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LSP to host workshop on ‘How to Use Township Rights to Control Frac Sand Mining” in Rushford August 30


Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

A workshop on how to use township zoning powers to control or ban frac sand mining and processing will be held by the Land Stewardship Project in the southeast Minnesota communities of Frontenac and Rushford in August. On Thursday, Aug. 23, the workshop will be in Frontenac at the Sportsman’s Club and Community Center. On Thursday, Aug. 30, it will be held in Rushford at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Both workshops run from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Space is limited and a registration is required by contacting Bobby King at 612-722-6377 or bking@landstewardshipproject.org or online at www.landstewardshipproject.org. The cost is $10, payable at the door.

Frac sand mining, also called silica sand mining, has been devastating to rural communities in Wisconsin, where it moved in quickly before the tremendous negative impacts were fully understood. Mining interests are now buying land in southeast Minnesota and applying for permits.

“We want Minnesota townships to know that they have the right to restrict or ban silica sand mining,” said Bobby King, a policy organizer with the Land Stewardship Project. “The corporate interests pushing these frac sand mines often threaten lawsuits, so we want townships to understand their rights and how to properly use them so if they are challenged in court, they win.”

The workshop was created in response to calls from township residents for more information on how the threat of frac sand mining and processing can be dealt with at the township level. The state of Minnesota has not taken any meaningful action on this issue, despite the evidence in Wisconsin of the harm posed by this type of mining. While southeast Minnesota counties have adopted moratoriums on frac sand mining, many township residents are concerned that adequate county level protections will not be put in place before the moratoriums expire.

In Minnesota, townships have strong zoning authority at their disposal if they choose to use it. Townships can adopt local ordinances that are more restrictive than those at the county level. Many township residents are realizing that it may be up to the township to use this power to make sure the community is protected from the outside corporate interests proposing these large-scale silica sand mines and processing areas.

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Engagement- Fishbaugher ~ Raveling

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Angie Fishbaugher and Ryan Raveling of Elk River announce their engagement. Angie is the daughter of Roger and Diane Fishbaugher of rural Janesville. She is currently employed with The Dolan Company in Minneapolis as a human resources manager. ..... 
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Engagement- Johnson ~ Mierau

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Andrea Johnson and Alex Mierau are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Parents of the bride are Gary and Elaine Johnson of Andover, MN. Parents of the groom are Chuck and Karen Mierau of Rushford, MN. Andrea graduated ..... 
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Letter about City of Rushford

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Open Letter to Rushford from City of Rushford Councilperson Vern Bunke: Because of work related travel, I missed the May 29th Council meeting and will also miss the June 11th meeting. I hate not attending because important decision ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria, a food lovers event - you be the judge

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria The date Saturday, September 22nd is circled on calendars and hungry culinary fans are getting their tickets early for the 2012 ExpoCulinaria—a taste of Rushford, MN. Relished from the success of last year, ExpoCulinaria is ..... 
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P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson, 82, of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson was born February 17, 1930 to Elmer and Minnie (Ellefson) Olson Sogla a ..... 
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P. Kenneth "Kenny" Olson

Mon, Aug 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson, 82, of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. P. Kenneth “Kenny” Olson was born February 17, 1930 to Elmer and Minnie (Ellefson) Olson Sogla at home in rural Rushford, MN.  ..... 
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Engagement- Volkman - Schollmeier

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Volkman ~ Schollmeier Tiffany Volkman and Carl Schollmeier, both of Pine Island, Minnesota, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride is the daughter of Lowell and Alecia Volkman of Rushford, Minnesota. The groom i ..... 
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Rushford comes to terms with city hall financing

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Two weeks ago, after much back and forth debate, the city began to move forward seeking bids for the city hall project. At that time, City Administrator Steve Sarvi had stressed the importance of the council being in some accord over where funding f ..... 
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