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Kunstleben - Letter to the Editor


Mon, Apr 26th, 2004
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Letter about bill allowing foreign investors to own dairy farms

While I and other dairy farmers are working and getting ready fro spring planting, corporate ag interests have been busy at the Capital. Legislation authored by Sen. Sams of Staples, with co-authors Sen. Wergen of Princeton and Sen. Dille of Dassel, that would allow foreign investors to own Minnesota dairy farms passed through the full Senate. If as farmers we do not call our legislators and the Governor this bill will become law.

Supporters of the bill claim it is to help immigrants. This sounds good until you learn that Minnesota law already allows immigrants to own farmland. That is good policy and should stay in place. But this bill is about foreign investors, not immigrants.

The bill would allow holders of E-2 non-immigrant investment visas to own Minnesota dairy farms. From the website of the United State's Embassy in the Netherlands (www.usemb. nl/cnvtreat.htm): "The principal applicant (of a E-2 or treaty investment visa) must be a Dutch citizen and must not be immigrating to the U.S." In other words, these are not visas for people intending to become citizens, but for investors who are in the country for a limited time.

This bill will allow foreign investors to operate mega-dairy operations in Minnesota and that is what has happened in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. These dairies displace existing family dairy farmers and turn a profit by using volume premiums and other pricing gimmicks available only to large operators. This bill undermines our state's corporate farm law which was passed to promote a family farm based system of agriculture in our state.

Sen. Sams is the lead author. Call him at 651-297-8063 and tell him to drop this legislation. Also, call the Senate Majority Leader Sen. Dean Johnson at 651-296-3826 and Speaker of the House Rep. Steve Sviggum at 651-296-2273 and tell them to oppose this bill. Minnesota's dairy farmers deserve better from our legislative leaders.

Jeff Kunstleben, President

MN Dairy Producers Board

Albany, MN

Denzer - Letter to the Editor

Mon, Apr 26th, 2004
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Letter about clean energy  A few well known facts that bear repeating over and over and over until we catch on. There are already wind farms in Minnesota that generate significant clean, cheap electric power. Minnesota has wi ..... 
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McCallson - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
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Letter about Heartland

How should fairness be exacted in the Heartland issue? How should the courts look at the case, once the judge hears both arguments?

Nobody can predict how any judge will act, but, the ..... 
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Leistikow - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
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Letter about Slabaugh trial

In regards to Fillmore County's new high tech courtroom, I'm happy to learn that justice will be better served in the future.

In the court case of Fillmore County vs. Eli Slabau ..... 
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Lanesboro Public Library - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
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Letter about National Library Week

This week, communities across the country celebrate National Library Week and the valuable contribution of our libraries, librarians, and library workers. Libraries are part of the American dre ..... 
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Svebakken - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Apr 16th, 2004
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Letter about Journal Writing Project article

How refreshing to read Chris Erichsen's article in the April 5, Fillmore County Journal. I'm sure that teachers everywhere are grateful for students like Chris who have the maturity t ..... 
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Wolter - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
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In response to Norm Eastvold's letter to the editor appearing in last week's Journal.

To quote my article "Enough is Enough": "Why is there a war on terror' where there should be a war on ignorance, the real enem ..... 
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Waltzer 2 - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
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Letter about discrimination against Christians  Just a few quick rational notes in regards to Todd Pearson's hysterical paranoia that Christians are being discriminated against in America (April 5, Fillmore County Journal).[Read the Rest]

Pool - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Apr 9th, 2004
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Letter about the Bible

I have been reading and following the debate the last several weeks about biblical literalism and if the Bible is the absolute word of God. I was going to quote some Bible verses to refute some of what oth ..... 
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