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Administrative Law Judge will decide Spring Valley Ponds case


Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The July 17 article by John Bondhus in the Fillmore County Journal, "Misinformation threatens Spring Valley Ponds" hardly is worth the effort to respond to. But a few points where he has committed slander against Jeff Broberg and me need to be corrected.

Bondhus said I was the secretary of the Minnesota Trout Association. That's wrong. Milton Hoberg was the first secretary of MTA, then Matt Quanrud (both of Preston) and Joe Tenley (Rochester) has been our secretary during the past two years. I have never been the secretary of the Minnesota Trout Association. My role has mainly been to write our newsletter and to provide professional advice on trout matters for MTA.

Bondhus accused Jeff of having too much influence over what DNR does because he used to be a member of the DNR Citizen's Trout Stamp Oversight Committee. How can Jeff do that when he hasn't been a committee member for more than two years? Chuck Prokop (White Bear Lake) is MTA's representative on that committee and all they are responsible for is to see that the trout stamp money is spent according to legislative intent. It has absolutely no influence over private fish hatchery licensing or permit violations like what Bondhus, rightfully, had to pay healthy fines for.

Bondhus accused me of providing faulty water temperature data on the outlet spring of Spring Valley Ponds because, in my 1987 biological survey report of Spring Valley Creek, I recorded outlet and source water temperatures at two locations from that spring when there was only one true source. The truth is that there were outlet flows from 4 ponds, minimal flows from two large warmwater ponds (.02 cfs & .01 cfs) and large flows from two trout ponds (2.40 cfs and 1.00 cfs). The two small flows were too little to even measure with an instrument and a pigmy current meter was used to measure the two flows from the trout ponds. Since the outlet temperatures of these ponds were very important to record, they were taken on about the hottest day of the year in late afternoon to see how much that water had warmed up while passing through those two ponds. We always did this with large beaver ponds also since ponded water causes water temperatures to increase. When water temperatures in a stream reach 80 degrees, that is the death of a trout stream in nutrient-rich SE MN streams. At any rate, recording the large trout farm spring in the survey report as 4 springs was a matter of procedure since the data from each flowag .....
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Misinformation threatens Spring Valley Ponds

Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A front-page story in the June 12th edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press addressed my efforts to turn an old hatchery into a world-class fish farm and park and detailed many of the state permitting issues that have put the project on hold. In the ..... 
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Open enrollment and athletic eligibility

Fri, Jul 14th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

An Associated Press story that ran in quite a few Minnesota dailies last week caught my attention. According to the article, the Minnesota State High School League has reacted to complaints of abuses of the states open enrollment rules by appointin ..... 
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A chicken in every pot

Fri, Jul 7th, 2006
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Governor Tim Pawlenty, fresh from his Republican endorsement as a candidate for a second term to lead the state, proposed back in June to offer free tuition for the first two years to the top 25 percent of Minnesotas high school graduating class at ..... 
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Friendship is fading

Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A friend, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is a person whom one knows, likes and trusts; a favored companion; one with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade; one who supports, sympathizes with or patronizes.

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The World Cup is the real Super Bowl of ftbol

Fri, Jun 23rd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Every four years the countries of the world get together to see which nation has the best soccer team. They call it the World Cup. Brazil won in 1994 and again in 2002. France won it in 1998. This year, Brazil is picked to lead the pack, but I have m ..... 
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Necessity is the argument of tyrants

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King: and there ought to be no other.  Thomas Paine     This Congress has been missing ..... 
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We all need to pay our fair share for services

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I am writing in response to Rushford Village Clerk, Judy Grahams letter in the Tri-County Record last week and to articles in the Fillmore County Journal regarding the tri-city (City and Village of Rushford and Peterson) meetings.    ..... 
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The War on Queers

Fri, Jun 9th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It is the War on Queers clear and simple. Sounds ugly doesnt it, in a white supremacist kind of way, with all of its shaved-head, boot-stomping racism. And if I have made you angry by using the pejorative, queer, then good. You and everyone in this ..... 
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