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Letter about...Who needs Texas?


Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor



To the Editor,

Let’s go to “Hoostontalk”. Yeah. Who needs Texas when we can get a change of pace right here at home? The majority of our planning commission has a reverse vernacular which will turn everything you thought you knew about thinking upside down. It’s a new mindset.

Let’s start with an ordinance that “prohibits frac sand mining for anything other than construction and agricultural purposes.” The planning commission, purportedly with a nod from the Houston County Attorney, eliminates that definition and replaces it with “prohibits frac sand mining for anything over 60,000 cubic yards per mine per year.” A couple of planning commission members failed to recognize this as a definitional improvement, but those more learned in this language and logic, and prevailing mindset, carried the day. This majority of planning commission members determined that an enforceable prohibition was only possible if frac sand mining was allowed to proceed. Confused? It’s “Hoostontalk”.

In keeping with this “more equals less” mentality, one might think 60,000 cubic yards too restrictive, but fortunately that only refers to sand. There are no limits on other aggregate products. On the other hand, if 60,000 cubic yards seems excessive, “Hoostontalk” will assuage you redundantly with…“It’s not that much.” “It’s not that much…” Don’t be thinking 4,000 fifteen cubic yard trucks + 4,000 return trips = 8,000 more truck trips x 200 mines =1.6 million more trucks on our roads per anum, minus our present sand truck traffic. Think instead: “Soot and dust may choke a horse, but commissioners won’t stray the course” if they’re fed enough “Hoostontalk”…“It’s not that much.” “Don’t worry.” “Everything will turn out fine.” “Trust us.”

Forget Luchenback. We’ve got “Hoostontalk”.

Kent Holen

Houston, MN

Letter about...Fred Suhler, Jr.

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I read and enjoyed the article that was done on Public Defender Fred Suhler, Jr. I have known Mr. Suhler for about the last 40 years. I first met him when he came to Fillmore County as an Assistant Attorney General for the State ..... 
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Letter about prayer for our law enforcement 1.12.15

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Over the past few months, an increasing number of law enforcement officers across our nation have been targeted and even killed. A dangerous occupation has become even more so in some areas. As we begin a new year, let us pray for ..... 
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Letter about... Thanking landowners who allow angling along their streams

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, We in Southeast Minnesota are blessed to have over 750 miles of trout stream water in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona counties. Anglers can fish for trout and smallmouth bass along the 221 miles of those streams wi ..... 
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Letter about Trout Unlimited...

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The local chapter of Trout Unlimited should be congratulated for securing a major grant for stream rehabilitation and improvement on the South Branch of the Root River. However, the local chapter may be surprised to learn that the po ..... 
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Letter about R-P school representatives.

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The community of Rushford-Peterson has been blessed with a superintendent and a recent school board who have made decisions based on what is best for the children and our community. First, I would like to commend them for not succumb ..... 
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Letter about... Giving thanks

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, My husband, Daryl Jensen, is soon retiring from the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department, after 35 years in law enforcement and 10 years as Sheriff, all served in Fillmore County. I met Daryl while I was in high school, when he c ..... 
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Letter about... Keeping Christmas in Christmas!

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, How many people in Spring Grove are as disappointed and dismayed as I to find an “in-your-face” Happy Holidays sign planted in City Park instead of a “Merry Christmas” salutation?! For Christians, Christmas is a religious H ..... 
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Letter about... response to Grehl’s letter

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Mr. Grehl, I respect your right to your opinion. However, you apparently missed the whole point of my comments. I certainly don’t loathe the Democratic Party or their agenda. However, I do loathe the inability of both parties to co ..... 
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