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Broberg: Trout farm didnt follow the rules and now wants legislative remedy


Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Apparently, the owner and local supporters of Spring Valley Ponds think legislative action is necessary to finally get the permits for the fish hatchery and park. After so much time and money has been spent operating without the required permits, the owner now blames state regulatory agencies for keeping it from opening. If you believe the owners testimony at the hearing before Rep. Greg Davids House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, the agencies and a few elitist trout anglers have singled him out, are trying to thwart his visionary plan and threaten his business interests. We dont think any agencies are at fault here, we think the owner has a problem managing his own regulatory affairs because he constructed his facility before he received the necessary permits.Whenever Minnesotans plan water projects and propose construction and grading in trout stream tributaries, whenever private commercial projects capture, pipe and use the water from natural springs, and whenever someone proposes recreational fishing facilities designed to have crowds of kids, elderly and handicapped anglers, there are health, safety, welfare, water quality and environmental protection rules they must follow. Adequate plans must be submitted, reviewed and approved by the responsible agencies. But some people believe if you have enough money, enough influence and enough friends in high places it can actually be easier to get forgiveness than permission. We now have Rep. Davids committee reviewing the owners request for forgiveness. At the same time, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the public are still hoping to see detailed plans instead of more double-talk.The steps to apply for a permit for a water-related project are really pretty simple. Start by making a detailed plan. Understand the applicable regulations. Present your plan to the permitting authorities. Request and negotiate favorable conditions for your plan. Get the permits. Build the facility. And finally, comply with the conditions and regulations in your permits. This predictable path is followed on a daily basis at all levels of government. We cant understand why Spring Valley Ponds, a commercial operation that hasnt followed the rules since beginning operations in 2003, cant do so and now seeks special treatment from the legislature.Were concerned because detailed plans that satisfy the regul .....
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We need a couple of dozen Carl Sagans

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Thursday before Earth Day, the 20th, PBS had a National Geographic special featuring Dr. Tyrone Hayes. Hayes, a Harvard trained PhD researcher at the University of California, held an audience at Eagle Bluff Learning Center spellbound for over an ..... 
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Victim: Put your bad experience to good use by speaking out

Fri, Apr 21st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

On September 17, 2005, at the age of fifteen, I became a victim. I was approached by a complete stranger, a 26 year old married man and father. I was all alone and had nowhere to go when this man took away my trust and safety. I was a victim of an at ..... 
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Ethanol may be the answer

Fri, Mar 31st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The answer to Americas dependence on gasoline could come from the Midwest, not the Middle East.  Using ethanol as a transportation fuel can be traced back to Henry Ford and other transportation pioneers. Fords Model T, prod ..... 
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Shock and shame

Fri, Mar 24th, 2006
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The 1970s Academy Award winning documentary Hearts and Minds, which detailed the course of the Vietnam War, from our initial contacts with the Ho Chi Minh resistance during World War II to our ultimate draw down of troops in 1973, documents how succ ..... 
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DOMA: The marriage of discrimination and religion

Fri, Mar 10th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

With the start of the 2006 Minnesota Legislative Session on March 1st, Republicans were aggressively pushing their tool to prevent gay marriage, the so called Defense of Marriage Amendment. Hundreds of thousands of DVDs distributed around the State f ..... 
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So long to number 34

Fri, Mar 10th, 2006
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I think it was May, 1992, but dont quote me. We were visiting Minnesota from our home in Michigan, and my sister had given us Twins tickets. What I remember about the game was that Kirby Puckett hit a grand slam, and the announcer said it was Pucke ..... 
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A budget is a statement of ethics

Fri, Mar 3rd, 2006
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The Union of Concerned Scientists asked its members to write to the local papers concerning the Bush administrations perverse use of scientific research, the muzzling of scientists, and use of political litmus tests for hiring and appointment to rev ..... 
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Ben Franklin and the opinions of men

Fri, Mar 3rd, 2006
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Sometimes we print things people dont like to read. I guess thats the nature of a newspaper.

Sometimes people dont like what I write; at other times, they dont like what others write that we print.

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