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Guest Commentary: Balance sheet approach to frac sand mining decisions


Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Bryan Van Gorp

By Bryan Van Gorp, Rushford, MN

Let’s look at the economic, social, and environmental pros and cons to frac sand mining in SE Mn.

Economic impact

Dr. Steven Deller an economist from U of W who studied sand mining in Western Wisconsin says there are both plus and minus impacts.

Plus - there will be some decent paying jobs created

Plus - for each mining job there will be a multiplier affect of about 1/10 job created in surrounding communities (most purchasing will be done outside local communities at major shopping hubs)

Plus - a few land owners and mining companies will make substantial profits

Minus - flicker affect – cycles of boom and bust based on price fluctuations resulting in increased unemployment

Minus - increased healthcare costs for local residence

Minus- decreasing population, he repeated several times that no one wants to live next to these things

Minus - decreased property values of 50 percent adjacent to the mine with decreasing impact out to 3 to 5 miles and along haul routes

Minus - decreased income from other sources such as tourism

His conclusion was basically no net economic gain or loss, it is a wash.

Social impact

Plus - no positive impact on quality of life other than the economic impact discussed earlier

Minus - increase in truck traffic resulting in more accidents, dust, noise, and slower commutes

Minus - increased road repair at tax payer expense

Minus - has already been proven to divide the community

Minus - decreased natural beauty and enjoyment of our environment

Minus - possible increase health problems caused by silicosis, diesel fumes, polyacrylamide use, as expressed by Dr. Feyereisn from Mayo Clinic

Minus - possible loss of springs, wells, and water contamination, this is likely if washing, processing, and mining near the water table are allowed

Net social impact is clearly negative.

Environmental impact

This is most important because a healthy economy or society is dependent on a healthy environment.

Plus - nothing conceivable

Minus - taking down scenic bluffs and scaring the landscape as is happening now in Wisconsin

Minus - decreased air quality from silica dus .....
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HBC launches new agenda in Bluff Country

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - “SE MN Historic Bluff Country (“HBC”) will be different in 2013,” says its new Board President, Valencia Gaddis, a web designer and owner of SonSations Business Services in Rushford. “We can’t attract visitors today the sa ..... 
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Industrial Craft Expo will showcase “Made in Bluff Country” products

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, Minn. - “It’s time we show off the quality products and incredible innovation that comes out of this amazing Bluff Country region,” remarked Val Gaddis, Chairman of SE MN Historic Bluff Country, Inc.(“HBC”), a non-profit regional ..... 
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Nancy Dubbs-Hughes

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Nancy Joann Dubbs-Hughes, 78, was taken by the angels on April 4, 2013, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Nancy was born on March 8, 1935, to Wallace and Gladys (Gilbertson) Dubbs in Rushford, Minn. Nancy lived an incredibly rich li ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Chapter of the National Honor Society

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

On Wednesday April 17th the Rushford-Peterson Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony. The National Honor Society recognizes those students that have followed our school’s motto of “Always Our Best” in the area ..... 
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R-P speech finalists

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Congratulations to the speech coaches and participants on a job well done at Sections. They have done a fine job of representing R-P Schools! Please join me in congratulating the following students on their accomplishment of advancing to the state c ..... 
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R-P board hits at board member letter

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner A March 27 open letter to a local news publication by R-P board member Taylor Peterson prompted the need for comments by nearly all board members at the April 15 regular meeting. A long-time advocate for cost savings in the dist ..... 
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One for the birds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

For reasons that seem unfathomable, feeders have been made for squirrels. Ask any avid birder and they’ll tell you that there’s always one pesky squirrel, if not a rebel gang, that makes off with a cheek full of prime bird seed, leaving the poor ..... 
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Rushford business gets simple

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Five years, four kids and one successful business later and Rushford’s exclusive baby boutique, Cloth Diapers Today has new owners, a new location, and a new name. What began in February 2008 for energetic mom Tina Darr to showcase her interest in ..... 
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