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Letter about frac mining


Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

Letter about frac mining

To the Editor,

To the handful of big land owners and county officials who will win the frac sand lottery, congratulations. Many more residents of Fillmore County fear the risks frac sand mining poses to our property values, air and water quality, noise levels, road safety and wear, tourism, farming, and scenic landscapes. Not to mention the downstream impacts to communities to which this sand is ultimately shipped.

The County’s proposed industrial mining ordinance offers some assurances, but ignores a host of reasonable protections requested by residents. For example, despite multiple requests to cap the number of industrial mines that can operate simultaneously in a single township, the Planning Commission (PC) advised residents to seek that protection from their townships. So the process has to be repeated more than 20 times by more than 20 different groups of people? Do residents even know who their township ordinance makers are? Is this efficient government?

For mines to potentially operate 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays seems excessive to the many residents and visitors who value this county’s peace and quiet. Requests to further cap mine hours of operation seemed to also be ignored by the PC. Several weeks ago, Tom Barnes sent the PC the language a Wisconsin county included in their ordinance to require mining corporations to ensure no loss of pre-mining property values within a certain radius of their mine. It is an excellent incentive for the corporation to operate responsibly. All our county officials had to do was copy and paste, but they did not. When leaders fail to protect the interests of the majority of residents, you begin to question whether financial conflicts of interest are weakening our democratic process. Hopefully the County Board will show greater leadership at their 11/27 meeting.

Jennifer Meadows

Lanesboro, MN

Letter about Thanksgiving

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

Letter about Thanksgiving To the Editor, Thanksgiving prayer. It’s a powerful tool we can bring to heal the fractious bickering that threatens to break our nation apart. Not the kind of prayer that pleads for “my” side to win. Not the reques ..... 
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Letter about Pubic hearing for Industrial Sand Mining ordinance

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Fillmore County’s draft ordinance for frac sand mining will have a public hearing on Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 pm in the Commissioners’ Room of the Courthouse in Preston. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in fra ..... 
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Letter about Marriage Amendment...

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I came out in high school in Decorah, Iowa. I was terrified, because I had been bullied and called a fag since elementary school, accusations which I always denied. I had a teacher who had been in a relationship with his husband for ..... 
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Letter about Voter ID

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Let Grandma & Grandpa Vote! The Voter ID amendment would make voting difficult for many of our seniors. For those who live in a Care Center or do not drive, getting the photo ID with current address means bringing a birth certific ..... 
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Letter about marraige amendment

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Do You Know The Facts behind the Proposed Amendment Change? Same sex marriage is illegal in the state of Minnesota and will remain so regardless of the outcome of the election. “The Marriage Amendment” is NOT about making same- ..... 
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Letter about marriage amendment

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I wonder how we would vote, if given the chance today, to end slavery, or to give women the right to vote, or whether to integrate the Little Rock High School in 1957. Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower showed the ..... 
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Letter about frac mining

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Frac Sand: What is the benefit/impact to Fillmore County? I have followed the discussion of frac sand mining ordinances over the past six months. Frac sand supporters have touted that jobs will be created to support this industry. It ..... 
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Letter about Tschumper

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I was reminded this weekend that our communities in Southeast Minnesota have come a long way since that day in August 2007 when eighteen inches of rain fell in our corner of the State. My neighbor recalled that our State Representati ..... 
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