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Letter about 2014 investigation...


Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor



To the Editor,

The results of a 2014 investigation into the actions of the Houston County Zoning Administrator has been released

The law firm of Lockridge Grindal Nauen was hired by the County Commissioners due to the sheer volume of ethics complaints they were receiving about Bob Scanlon. This much needed investigation cost Houston County taxpayers $37,000.

According to this investigative firms findings, Mr. Scanlon abused his position to retaliate against frac sand oponents with bogus zoning violations, while showing favoritism to a certain pro frac sand individual.

The findings went on to say that Mr. Scanlon violated county confidentiality laws to retaliate against a family who voiced concerns about a mine next to their property. He actually went on to threaten that family with “removal of their house to meet set backs“. Something similar happened to a different neighbor who complained about the same mine. The list of inappropriate behaviors goes on and on.

Currently Planning and Zoning is in complete chaos. There are few if any mines in the county operating legally. Planning and Zoning is not even sure how many mines are in existence in Houston County.

The bottom line is this. Commissioners Steve Schuldt, Judy Storlie and Theresa Walter are fully aware of all of this, but they continue to enable, defend and support Mr. Scanlon. Since the Commissioners function as Scanlon’s boss, this tells me that they condone a county employee acting unethically, shirking his duties and mistreating their constituents. What an unacceptable and dangerous precedent set by officials elected to protect the public.

Susan Van Gorp

Rushford, MN

Letter about lies in Houston County...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Have you heard the 3 biggest lies in Houston County? 1. Lie number one; we can’t ban frac sand mining because we will get sued. The truth is both the County Attorney and County’s consulting land use attorney said the opposite. ..... 
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Letter about something smells fishy...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Something smells fishy in Houston County, and it’s not the lutefisk. On February 18, 2015, hundreds of concerned Houston County residents gathered for a public hearing in Caledonia to beg the Commissioners to ban frac sand mining ..... 
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Letter about something smells fishy...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Something smells fishy in Houston County, and it’s not the lutefisk. On February 18, 2015, hundreds of concerned Houston County residents gathered for a public hearing in Caledonia to beg the Commissioners to ban frac sand mining ..... 
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Letter about Houston County Animal Farm?...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Have you ever read “Animal Farm” by George Orwell? If so… you may remember how the pigs eventually took over control of the farm, a.k.a. local government. If you haven’t read it, here is a more modern and yet very adapted ver ..... 
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Letter about unsafe R-P facilities...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As many of you know, we had 2 sons in wheelchairs that attended Rushford-Peterson Schools. They loved being students at R-P. After the last vote on a new school, our son Michael told us of how very unsafe he felt at the high school, ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Da ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanl ..... 
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In response to Brett Kues commentary

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the editor, Recently a guest commentary in the Fillmore County Journal said that if United South Central School District (USC) in Wells, Minn., could build an EC-12 school for $28.8 million, Rushford should be able to do the same. I talked to US ..... 
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