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Clausen - Letter to the editor


Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Last weeks Journal had articles addressing Forestville State Park and the proposed bike trail additions. Forestville is in peril of being shut down due to a lack of State funding and new additions to the bike trail are being considered with $950,000 that has already been budgeted (but still lacking funding of probably much more than that to complete the trail to Forestville).

According to the articles, Richard Nelson is an active volunteer in seeking funding for Forestville. As a member of the Joint Powers Board he very actively seeks to expand the bike trail, and recommends that the city of Preston donate $35,000 to the renovation of the historic elevator in Preston. I am very concerned about these items and believe the taxpayers of Preston (also the county, state, and country) should be also.

My views are that Forestville needs to remain open as a great learning center and needs funding in any way we can get it. From what I understand Forestville is funded through the DNR, but the DNR appears to have overextended what it can maintain by using our Federal Tax dollars expanding itself to include one of the highest miles per capita bike trail system in the U.S.. The bike trail expansions should stop until our elected officials can prove to us that funds will be available to maintain the taxpayer owned entities that are already in place. The grain elevator restoration project in Preston, to my knowledge has been a privately funded project although I believe the city has pledged a donation in excess of $7,000. Mr. Nelson's suggestion of $35,000 additional funding by the city is ridiculous with today’s economic problems that all cities are having ($35,000 divided by a guestimated 1,500 citizens figures out to $17.50 for each man woman and child).

I would like to ask everyone to contact their elected officials and any unofficial volunteers and give them your views.

Dennis Clausen

Preston, MN

Editor’s note: Forestville State Park is funded through the DNR and is not in danger of closing; Historic Forestville is funded through the Minnesota Historical Society and faces closing July 1 unless private funds can be raised to keep it open.

The $35,000 that Mr. Nelson would like the city of Preston to donate to the elevator restoration project would come from the sale of the city trail to the DNR.

Mioch - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter from foreign exchange student

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Burt - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about “Operation Shoebox”  I wanted to send a letter of thanks to the community of Fountain and surrounding areas that played a part in any way in “Operation Shoebox”. When I received the box from an unknown person, I ..... 
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