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Guest Commentary: Balance sheet approach to frac sand mining decisions


Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Bryan Van Gorp

By Bryan Van Gorp, Rushford, MN

Let’s look at the economic, social, and environmental pros and cons to frac sand mining in SE Mn.

Economic impact

Dr. Steven Deller an economist from U of W who studied sand mining in Western Wisconsin says there are both plus and minus impacts.

Plus - there will be some decent paying jobs created

Plus - for each mining job there will be a multiplier affect of about 1/10 job created in surrounding communities (most purchasing will be done outside local communities at major shopping hubs)

Plus - a few land owners and mining companies will make substantial profits

Minus - flicker affect – cycles of boom and bust based on price fluctuations resulting in increased unemployment

Minus - increased healthcare costs for local residence

Minus- decreasing population, he repeated several times that no one wants to live next to these things

Minus - decreased property values of 50 percent adjacent to the mine with decreasing impact out to 3 to 5 miles and along haul routes

Minus - decreased income from other sources such as tourism

His conclusion was basically no net economic gain or loss, it is a wash.

Social impact

Plus - no positive impact on quality of life other than the economic impact discussed earlier

Minus - increase in truck traffic resulting in more accidents, dust, noise, and slower commutes

Minus - increased road repair at tax payer expense

Minus - has already been proven to divide the community

Minus - decreased natural beauty and enjoyment of our environment

Minus - possible increase health problems caused by silicosis, diesel fumes, polyacrylamide use, as expressed by Dr. Feyereisn from Mayo Clinic

Minus - possible loss of springs, wells, and water contamination, this is likely if washing, processing, and mining near the water table are allowed

Net social impact is clearly negative.

Environmental impact

This is most important because a healthy economy or society is dependent on a healthy environment.

Plus - nothing conceivable

Minus - taking down scenic bluffs and scaring the landscape as is happening now in Wisconsin

Minus - decreased air quality from silica dus .....
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Tired of Budget Shenanigans?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

With the formal release of President Obama’s budget, the pieces are finally in place for a reprise of the Washington drama we’ve all come to know. There will be high-stakes negotiations, lines in the sand, and enough intrigue to keep Beltway ins ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Minnesota’s gambling problem

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Well, well, well. It looks like the Minnesota Vikings e-pulltabs funding projection miscalculation trumps what I tho ..... 
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Purrfect

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis There are angels who walk among us. They tread the halls of the nursing home where I am recovering from knee surgery. We humans are subject to the winds of time which sweep us along without consulting our will. We are carried a ..... 
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Not the school you remember

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen There’s something making the rounds out there on them there interwebs: it’s a resignation letter from a teacher of nearly thirty years. In it, the teacher says a “long train of failures” in decisions not by his school, but b ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Hook, line and sinker

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Commentary

By Jerry Grehl, Harmony Guest editorialist Jeff Erding’s passionate opposition of all things that might restrict in any way gun ownership is based on a false premise: a premise that has been sold to him hook, line, and sinker by the billion dolla ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Promoting Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com As you may have noticed, recently, we invested in having our Fillmore County Journal van wrapped up at Kelly’s Prin ..... 
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Federal Spending

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Karen Reisner The deadline for filing 2012 tax returns will soon be here. When filing your return do you question where your federal tax dollars go? According to the Office of Management and Budget in 2011 these dollars were spent as follows: ..... 
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We’d Be Better Off If The Parties Were Still Relevant

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, the Republican National Committee issued a 100-page report aimed at reviving the GOP after its poor showing in last November’s elections. It was remarkably blunt about the specifics of the party’s shortcoming ..... 
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