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Letter about Houston County planning commission votes not to enforce ordinances...


Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor



To the Editor,

At the July 23 Planning Commission meeting a motion was made and seconded to require that the county board mandate enforcement of county mining ordinances by the Planning and Zoning department.

As you may know, over 90% of the county’s mines are nonconforming (unpermitted) and do not have the required reclamation plan. About 75% are not active and past due to be reclaimed. These mines should be required to get a Conditional Use Permit so they can be properly regulated and brought into compliance. The county’s own consulting land use attorney recommended this two years ago.

In a roll call vote, chair Dan Griffin, Glen Kruse, Larry Hafner, and Terry Rosendahl all voted no to recommending the county board enforce the current mineral extraction ordinance. Rich Schild and Ed Hammell voted yes and Dana Kjome abstained.

Zoning Administrator Bob Scanlan stated that County Attorney Sam Jandt, on two occasions, has actually stopped notification of out of compliance mines of the need to come into compliance.

What does it mean when Planning Commission members vote against enforcement of county law? Why is the county Attorney preventing mines being brought into compliance with county law? Why has the Board of Commissioners not insisted on enforcement all along? Is it time to end cronyism in HC government?

Bryan Van Gorp

Rushford, Minn.

Letter about Houston County shop project...

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, This Houston County shop project is out of hand. Let me start by saying I sat on commissioner Steve Schuldt’s “public committee” the last time they met. There were some very rational and well thought out conversations. Would ..... 
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Letter about freedom follies...

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Castro, Mussolini, Stalin, and countless other monarchic and oligarchic regimes in the annals of history were leaders. I doubt any public input, much less any stinking public input meetings, ever took place under their leaderships ..... 
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Letter about the Lynn Swan effect...

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As more POTUS candidates enter the fray, each seems to be trying to outdo the others with improptu plans for tax reform. What they have in common, aside from sketchy research, is that they are all one species or another of a flat t ..... 
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Letter about response to Jon Pieper...

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It’s clear Jon Pieper has dusted off his DFL campaign playbook. The first entry is “if you keep repeating something often enough – even if it isn’t true – hopefully people will start to believe it.” This nonsense abo ..... 
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Letter about response to Jeff Erding’s commentary...

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Sirs: I rarely read right wing extremist Jeff Erding’s diatribes, but his op-ed paean exalting the NRA as some noble patriotic organization was beyond belief. This far right organization is nothing more than a front for the billi ..... 
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Letter about To whoever needed my garden hose & reel cart:...

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Someone took my 50ft. flexible garden hose & large reel cart from the end of my driveway during the recent Rhubarb Fest in Lanesboro last Saturday morning. I put the hose & cart near the end of my driveway so my car did not get b ..... 
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Letter about Clean air and water is not negotiable...

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Just a quick response to Doug Baker’s letter. First everyone should know Doug Baker is a PAID CONSULTANT for Greg Davids. I do not need to pay anyone to speak for me. Clean air and water are not negotiable. We can find local sol ..... 
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Letter about Linder quote...

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Mr. Linder likes to cherry-pick his facts as he fails to mention his recorded quote that “the school didn’t flood but the community did.” The fact is the R-P school is using a disaster from over seven years ago, that caused the ..... 
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