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Letter about county commissioners


Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

I write to commend the elected officials of Fillmore County, MN. Of particular note are the County officials who have carefully guided the drafting of two new local mining ordinances. One ordinance governs traditional sand and aggregate mining (for roads, building and livestock bedding). The other is dedicated to a brand new industry, mining of industrial frac sand for export. Fillmore County’s efforts, initiated after a moratorium on sand mining took effect in February, lasted until both ordinances were approved on November 27, 2012. Also praiseworthy are the citizens who bothered to learn about industrial sand mining and attended meetings shaping its future here.

Along the way, County meetings taught me more than I ever expected to learn about local affairs. I refer not to mining but a broad range of concerns; permitting, community and economic development, labor relations, public welfare, veterans affairs... Our Commissioners were informed, patient, even wise. And at the same time, they and other Administrators admitted to learning more than they initially expected about this new and looming sand industry. They learned through the open, public process they allowed. Despite, or maybe because of moments of picketing and protest, it was a respectful, two-way street.

If County hearings in general lack for anything, it is for even greater public input. And though our County’s nine months of sand mining meetings were an education in themselves, they were sadly devoid of student attendees. I believe local government would only gain from the involvement of young people, students, and anyone who is part of the future of our little piece of Minnesota.

But now it really is up to every citizen to study something new, because industrial sand mining will change Fillmore County. And the opinions we have held about theoretical sand mines should be weighed against their reality. Be aware. Forward-looking Fillmore County citizens must turn a new leaf, and regard with open eyes and minds the unfolding developments as frac sand mining begins.

Anna Loney

Lanesboro, MN

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 ..... 
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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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