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Riddle - Letter to the editor


Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Obituaries

Letter about Heartland

I am writing to express concern about the proposed Heartland Tire Burning Plant near Preston, MN. According to plans, the plant would burn 103,000 tons of tires a year, or 396 tons a day, producing thousands of pounds of toxic air pollutants and releasing 44,000 gallons of wastewater a day.

For more than 22 years I have been an organic farmer, gardener, inspector, educator, policy analyst, author, and consumer. I was founding chair of the Independent Organic Inspectors Association, (IOIA), and have trained hundreds of organic inspectors throughout the world. I have chaired the Minnesota Department of Agricultures Organic Advisory Task Force. I serve on the National Organic Standards Board, which advises the USDA on organic agriculture policies and regulations. In 2003, I was appointed Endowed Chair of Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota.

I would like to provide information on organic certification requirements, and discuss the potential impacts that a proposed tire burning facility would have on organic farmers in southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and western Wisconsin.

Organic farmers are required under USDA National Organic Program regulations to prevent unintended application of prohibited substances to their organic land. This standard is generally met by incorporating buffer zones, tree lines, or runoff diversion on the borders of organic fields. It may also be met by reaching agreements with neighbors to not apply prohibited materials adjacent to organic fields. If the tire burning facility is constructed, organic farms in the region will likely be subjected to the application of prohibited materials. No buffer zones or diversions will prevent widespread airborne contamination.

Organic livestock producers are required to establish and maintain preventative health care practices. They are also required to feed 100% organically grown feeds. If a tire burning plant is built, organic farmers will likely feed contaminated feeds which could compromise the health and well being of their animals. This would be a violation of the organic regulations.

To be sold as organic, products must not contain residues of prohibited substances in excess of 5% of the Environmental Protection Agencys established tolerance levels. Emissions from a tire burning facility would likely lead to contamin .....
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Joseph Albert Follmuth

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Obituaries

Joseph Albert Follmuth, 71, of rural St. Ansgar, Iowa, a longtime area dairy and grain farmer, died July 31, 2003 at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Born July 24, 1932, in Mitchell County, Iowa, he grew up in the area and graduat ..... 
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William "Ted" Schneider

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Obituaries

William "Ted" Schneider, 81, of Adams, formerly of Chat-field, died July 31, 2003 at the Adams Health Care Center.

He was born Jan. 4, 1922, in Chatfield. From 1942 to 1946 he served in the Navy with the rank of seaman. Mr. Sch ..... 
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Theron Marvel Redalen

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Obituaries

Theron Marvel Redalen, 82, of Fountain, a retired farmer, died August 1, 2003 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Born Jan. 31, 1921, in Fountain, he graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1939 and lived in the Fountain ..... 
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Henry “Hank” Steinemann

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Henry “Hank” Steinemann, age 76 of Freeport, Minn, died July 22 at his home after a short bout with cancer

Mr. Steinemann was born, the youngest child, June 14, 1927 in Melrose, to Henry Sr. and Elizabeth (Osterhues) Steinemann. ..... 
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Anorah Dahl

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Anorah Dahl, 98, of Chatfield, a homemaker, died August 2, 2003 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Anorah Kolstad was born July 31, 1905, in rural Fountain. She lived there until 1931 and then in rural Chatfield until e ..... 
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Lawrence E. Hoiness

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Lawrence E. Hoiness, 88, a Harmony native, died July 30, 2003 at his home.

Lawrence Hoiness was born November 20, 1914, in Harmony to Edward and Jane Hoiness. After graduating from HHS, Lawrence attended St. Olaf College in Nort ..... 
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Donald R. Burrs

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Donald R. Burrs, 76, of rural Lanesboro, died August 1, 2003 at his home.

Donald Burrs was born June 2, 1927, in rural West Concord. He graduated from Byron High School and served in the Navy during World War II and in the Army ..... 
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Richard T. Rostvold

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Richard Rostvold, 76, of San Antonio, formerly of Harmony, died August 3, 2003 at a hospice facility in San Antonio.

Born May 4, 1927, in Harmony, he graduated from Harmony High School, received a business administration degree ..... 
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