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Keeping Houston County citizens informed and involved


Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
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By Justin Zmyewski, Commissioner District #2

SAND = JOBS ???

FACT: Wisconsin has been blindsided by the frac sand industry. They now have more mines than any other state in the country. The mines have led to a 0.001 percent job growth for the entire state. In other words, the industry will increase Wisconsin employment by less than zero and one thousandths of 1 percent.

FACT: The State of Minnesota has no official employment numbers for the frac sand industry.

FACT: According to University of Wisconsin economists for every 10 jobs that the frac sand industry promises only one will be created. There is no guarantee that any of the jobs would go to local residents and the jobs that are created are for the most part seasonal and short term.

FACT: Frac sand mining tends to be volatile, swinging through booms and busts. In a statement by University of Wisconsin economists, mining – dependent communities “tend to experience greater negative impacts after the mines close than positive impacts while the mines are open.”

FACT: In a study sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Farmers Union, frac sand mining is very landscape intensive and has often been associated with significant air and water pollution. That environmental degradation makes mining districts unattractive locations for both homes and non-mining businesses.

FACT: Sand = Jobs raises the question: At what cost to our air, water, health, safety, environment, roads and property values?

AmeriCorps LEAP Celebration

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
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By Tim Penny President/CEO Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation As students everywhere gear up to go back to school, so are 20 AmeriCorps LEAP members. These members work one-on-one in pre-school classrooms with children who are at-risk of fal ..... 
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A deterioration of trust and respect in America

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
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An environment of mutual trust and respect makes for good relationships of all kinds. Growing distrust of American institutions fuels dysfunction and disorder in society. Trust and respect are the glue that holds us together. They make our country ..... 
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WWII: Who really won, or lost?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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I have a question whose answer runs against the grain a little. It is prompted by a very interesting book written by Diana West. Titled “American Betrayal” it turns, to some extent, the conventional view of WWII on its head. The question is ..... 
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Concerning women’s healthcare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis We send representatives to the government to serve us. It is not our job to serve them. Over 90 percent of American women have used some kind of birth control in their lifetimes, yet it is harder every day for women to obtain a ..... 
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Guest commentary regarding Rushford-Peterson Schools

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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By Linda Hovland Thank You to Brett Kues and Stan Gudmundon for writing a letter to the editor. I am glad that there are people willing to talk about the new school. Whether you are for or against, I really think that there should be a lot of di ..... 
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Why government openness matters

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies ..... 
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The Good Lie

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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There’s no getting around it: although the recession is technically over in America (although some European countries are sliding back in), things are still not going well for a lot of Americans. Add to our troubles at home the current hot stories ..... 
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DNR was right to stop illegal silica sand mining in Houston County

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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By Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer, Houston County, MN The DNR is to be commended for their decisive action to ensure important new laws to protect trout streams from silica sand mining are not ignored. The law is straightforward and requires silica sand ..... 
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