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Canton woman on the front lines of environmental advocacy


Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

How does a girl from the Twin Cites’ suburbs grow up to be an activist for agriculture and the environment?

Loni Kemp of Canton admits it’s a stretch.

She is currently the senior policy analyst for The Minnesota Project and well as a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a two-year program of distinguished leaders nationwide.

For the source of her passion for agriculture and the land, she looks back to her formative years.

Her high school years occurred during the “raucous” late 1960’s. She was influenced by things like the first Earth Day, feminism, and the atmosphere of social change.

“People lived and breathed change,” she said. “Since then I never wavered in that I wanted to help work for social change,” she said.

And though she grew up in the city, she frequently visited rural North Dakota where her family came from.

In addition, she attended numerous camps, and later became a camp counselor. “And that’s where my love of nature comes from,” she said.

Kemp, whose husband is attorney Dick Nethercutt, seems reluctant to talk about herself. She’d rather talk about issues dear to her. Or her recent trip to Europe.

Kemp was part of a delegation from the Northern Plains made up of top elected and government officials, industry and agriculture executives, and renewable energy and sustainable agriculture advocates from Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba who recently traveled to four leading energy countries—the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Iceland—to seek energy solutions that will position the region to prosper over the next several decades and beyond.

The group met with key policy and business leaders in each host country to discuss climate change mitigation, renewable energy development and transition steps toward a hydrogen economy,

The trip was part of the Powering the Plains initiative, a new industry-led, public-private consortium aiming to accelerate our region’s shift to a hydrogen economy and to position the region as the continental leader in the production and distribution of hydrogen from renewable and carbon-neutral sources.

Kemp says she is still thinking about and sorting through the trip, but was especially struck by the contrast between .....
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Fillmore County Board discusses Heartland, defers any action

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

It was the Commissioners turn on Tuesday to state their positions —if they had one—regarding the proposed tire burning plant that has raised so many questions since the onset of the project. County Attorney Matt Opat outlined the proposed project’s c ..... 
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Commissioner upset over dust control problem

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

A lengthy discussion concerning the lack of dust control being implemented by Roverud Construction of Spring Grove at their Norway Township site south of Peterson was spearheaded by Commissioner Randy Dahl. He has received numerous calls on the dust ..... 
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Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health calls for EIS on Heartland

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, October 7, the Fillmore - Houston Joint Board of Health passed a resolution asking the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Heartland Tire Burning Facility pl ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Morten’s attorney asks that Judge Benson be removed

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

The attorney for Trevor Morten has filed a petition with the Minnesota Court of Appeals asking that Judge Robert Benson be removed from the case.

Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Lo ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Sauer fills council vacancy

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met in the basement of the F & M Community Bank Monday night to accommodate the great number of citizens that were expected to attend.

The council faced a busy agenda which allowed adjournment after fou ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: City Administrator takes steps to improve city books

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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Bobbie Torgerson stepped into her role of city administrator and submitted her plan to correct negative cash balances in city funds at the October 6th Lanesboro Council meeting. Some of the funds had corresponding CDs which Torgerson suggested cashin ..... 
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October is National Pork Month: Yes I work with pigs, and darn proud of it!

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Features

“I haven’t woke up once and not wanted to go to work. My favorite part of the job is Life being born every day."   Kim Merkel   Farrowing Manager

The swine industry has taken man ..... 
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Eagle Bluff celebrates 25th anniversary

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Joe Deden recalls plowing out the long drive way at Eagle Bluff one winter day more than 20 years ago, only to run out of diesel fuel midway through the task. He cross country skied down to his nearest neighbor, John Horihan’s place in the valley, wi ..... 
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