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There is no justice in Houston County


Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Planning and Zoning Director - Bob Scanlan, Environmental Services Director – Rick Frank, Planning Commission Chair – Dan Griffin, and Houston County Commissioners – Judy Storlie, Teresa Walter, and Steve Schuldt have denied the citizens of Houston County due process. Each of them have been informed verbally and in writing on several occasions of six different permit violations on the Erickson mine. They have refused to allow us to present our evidence and when we filed an appeal to the Board of Adjustment several weeks before the vote on the permit, they acted as though it had never happened. They returned the appeal only after the vote so no action could be taken by us. They also falsely claimed that our appeal was invalid because a board had made the decision. Only Bob Scanlon and Rick Frank were involved in the cover-up of Erickson’s permit violations.

All decisions made about this permit were based on false statements by Bob Scanlan. The decisions are invalid if they are not based on all known evidence at the time. He repeatedly told each decision making body there were no permit violations; we have solid evidence that he knew about proving this to be a false statement. If we could have a chance to prove these violations the permit would have to be revoked. Instead it was renewed without an adequate investigation of the facts.

Violation #1 - Erickson attempted to mine frac sand without a valid permit to do so. That was decided by Judge Walter in court to be a fact.

Violation #2 – Erickson broke the county moratorium, there is a record of my call to the Sheriff’s office and the county then passed a stop work order base on that violation.

Violation #3 – Erickson cut down trees that were a screen along Highway 16 that his permit specifically said were not allowed to be cut, we have eye witnesses but Bob Scanlan says that does not constitute evidence.

Violation #4 – Erickson dug test wells without a permit; we have an eye witness account and videotape testimony of the company that dug the wells.

Violation #5 – Erickson encroached on Rosemary Iverson’s property within the 50 foot setback and caused erosion, we have pictures and a tape measure.

Violation #6 – the previous owner buried construction debris at the mine site, if Erickson inherits the permit he inherits the violation, the evidence can .....
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Correction 7.21.14

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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In the July 14, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Wykoff citizen questions city council ethics article. It was NOT Roxanne Mensink who spoke to council about the controlled burn, it was Roxanne Sabatke.

Tilting at windmills and blowing smoke; can liberals keep fooling the voters?

By Jeff Erding

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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Given the current political situation, no one can envy the position of the liberals and secular progressives in America. New and more serious problems and scandals seem to pop up every day, most of them not at all favorable to the Obama Administrati ..... 
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Correction 7.14.14

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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In the July 7, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there were a few errors in the New owners at The Gateway in Wykoff article. Their Friday night fish fry includes fish, shrimp, and ribs. They no longer do chicken drummies on Friday night. And t ..... 
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The Affordable Care Act

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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By Dale J. Eppen The Affordable Care Act, the Democrats say one thing and the Republicans say another, so what is the truth? As a health insurance sales person for 38 years I have read editorial after editorial, and all I read is pooled ignorance ..... 
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Are we doomed to polarization?

By Lee Hamilton

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
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We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ..... 
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Time to "Pay it Forward"

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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Our life span is a mere moment in time in comparison to the age of the planet we live on. It is our responsibility to pass on this gift of a life sustaining planet to those that come after us. We disrespect the rights of future generations by not p ..... 
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One Moment, Please... A conflicted state

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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We have a conflicted state here in Minnesota. Our state government preaches so positively about economic development while at the same time making it harder for businesses to stay in business. What I am referring to relates to small town America. ..... 
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Paint the Town

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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By Tim Penny Since 1998 Valspar Corporation, headquartered in Minneapolis, has partnered with the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations for the “Minnesota Beautiful” program. This grant provides free paint to communities and nonprofits for beaut ..... 
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