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Letter about Miller’s actions


Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor



To the Editor,

In this time of crisis, Southeast Minnesota deserves leadership to provide strong protections against the ravages of industrial-scale frac sand mining. Not only is Sen. Jeremy Miller not leading, he is an obstructionist to meaningful legislation.

Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing, working with Trout Unlimited, proposed provisions to protect Trout Streams in Southeast Minnesota from the frac sand industry. The protections in the Game and Fish Policy Bill--Senate File 796--would include: a mile setback from trout streams; a limit on how much groundwater frac sand facilities could use; a prohibition on mining within 25 feet of the water table. Even DNR Commissioner Landwehr testified that we need these provisions to protect trout streams. Despite this, Sen. Miller cast the deciding vote to kill these provisions.

Karst matters. Our area has some of the best trout streams in the country because of the pristine cold water springs that come with karst geology. Frac sand mining threatens to pollute this water and also disrupt the flow of springs in ways that could raise water temperature. This is death to trout!

Trout fishing brings over $1.1 billion to our driftless region every year. Think of the jobs provided! Our state has invested millions in stocking and protecting these streams. Yet Miller’s obstructionism means this revenue is put at risk and the investment dollars are trashed.

I suppose Miller’s actions should not come as a surprise. He doesn’t seem inclined to protect citizens--the air we breathe, the water we drink, the roads we drive on, our home values and quality of life--so why would he care about trout?

Please call Sen. Miller at 651-296-5649 and let him know that you want him to side with his constituents and not frac sand special interests.

Donna Buckbee

Rushford, MN

Letter about Greg Davids survey

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, One of the questions that Greg Davids brought up in his questionnaire was to put a 3.5 percent tax on our insurance premiums. I don’t know about anyone else, but my insurance premiums are a huge chunk out of our check already. He ..... 
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Letter about liberal brilliance

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Here are a few gems highlighting liberal brilliance. “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” -Nancy Pelosi “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go?” -Barack Obama “Thank God, I ..... 
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Letter about R-P School Board

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P School Board To the Editor, December was my last Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting, after serving one four-year term. Neither I nor my family is RP alumni, since we have lived here only 13 years. With this background, I was s ..... 
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Letter about R-P Referendum

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I attended the RP referendum meeting, took the tour of the facilities and listened intently to presenters, numerous questions and answers. I learned new facts and gained greater understanding of what assumptions were used in developi ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, When I mentioned to a proponent that increased taxes for a new school are problematic for people on a fixed income, she said, “There are a lot of old people with money here. They are just greedy.” The 2007 flood was absolutel ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

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

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, I think everyone in Rushford would love to have a new school. The thing that concerns me is the cost to the tax payers. $15,000,000 is not something to deal with lightly. I know that the interest rates ar ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

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

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, This letter is in response to the commentary featured prominently in The Journal on November 26, written by Brett Kues, about the school referendum. I have never heard of Mr. Kues, even though I’m also ..... 
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Letter about ...Rushford-Peterson Referendum

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about ...Rushford-Peterson Referendum To the Editor, We are writing to inform people about the upcoming referendum for Rushford-Peterson residents on Wednesday, December 19 from 11–8 pm in the Rushford-Peterson High School lobby. The requ ..... 
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