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Sauer, M.D. Letter to the editor


Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

Since the last Preston City Council meeting it has become apparent that there is much misinformation circulating in town. Most, of course, concerns the proposed tire-burning plant. Most appears to be rumor and innuendo. I cannot, and will not, speak to the motives of anyone on either side of any issue. These are my opinions, alone.

The primary misrepresentation is that the present City Council is trying to stop the building and operation of Heartland entirely. That has never been my position. In the straw poll taken at City Hall in October 2002, it was reported that 7 out of 8 people wanted and Environmental Impact Study (EIS). Certainly, many of our neighbors have expressed fears regarding the tire-burning plant, but it is my understanding that votes from people residing outside of Preston were not counted. Simply put, people are afraid of the possible toxic effects of the plant and want reassurance.

At the 10/20 City Council meeting Preston resident, Vern Runningen stated, “No one here knows what will be coming out of that stack!” Because there is no comparable plant, it is my position that it is not unreasonable for people to question the value of reassurance from Heartland or E.P.I. (Energy Products of Idaho, the corporation that builds the fluidized bed boiler and owns the technology). Both of whom have a financial interest in the plant.

The previous City Council voted to request an Environmental Impact Study. Because of bureaucratic house-keeping problems the request was delayed and did not reach the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in a timely fashion. The request may have been ignored by the MPCA, in any event, as it did not arrive until 12/23/02 (two months after the due date of 10/23/02).

As citizens, we cannot rely on State and/or Federal government to protect us without grass roots pressure. The states allowing local governments to get into “hot water” over the TIFs (Tax Increment Funding); the Federal government’s handling (or non-handling) of the Social Security questions and the recent weakening of emissions standard for power plants all attest to the arrogance of State and Federal officials.

If an Environmental Impact Study is done and the tire-burning technology passes the tests (by an independent testing group), all of the fearful people should be reassured. At that point, all I would .....
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Lernout - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Letter requesting info about soldier from Whalan

My name is Patrick Lernout. I live in Waregem-Belgium about one mile from the U.S. Flanders Field military cemetery. I am interested in the history of World War I, so this cemeter ..... 
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Larsen - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Letter about skate park

I am writing this as a response to “The youth of Fillmore County need a skate park” (October 20 Journal). In his article Mason Seablom states how good it would be of the people of Fillmore County to build ..... 
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Sackett - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about dog killed near Bristol Center

This is to the person driving along by the house with the white picket fence on Hwy. 44 in Bristol Center the evening of October 10, and you know who you are. We try to teach our child ..... 
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Rushford Historical Socity - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about Root River Trail Wagon Ride

Like many other organizations, we encourage our elderly members to take advantage of the yearly Root River Trail Wagon Ride for the elderly and handicapped. Nearly every member has either ..... 
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McHan Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about dog killed near Bristol Center  To the person who ran over our dog:  As you were traveling down Hwy. 44 west toward Bristol Center you passed by a house with a white picket fence and chil ..... 
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Lucas - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about picking corn

I was interested in Mr. Pike’s reference to picking corn by hand in last week’s Journal (October 13, 2003). The last person my father hired to hand pick corn, in the early 1940’s, was Dewey Palmer, for ..... 
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Johnson, Robert K - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about nuclear weapons

Sept. 16 the Senate approved $15 million to research a Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator that would be up to 70 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The intended use is to destroy enemy ..... 
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Beier - Letter to the editor

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Letter about mercury in our streams and rivers

I read with amazement that the Technical Support Document for the Heartland tire burning plant assumes there will be no more than 4 pounds of mercury per year emitted. The streams a ..... 
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