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Guest Commentary: Global climate change


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest

Recently a frequent contributor to this publication wrote a letter addressing several environmental issues, advocating drastic reductions in fossil fuel use to reduce carbon outputs. How many times have we heard the President say “The science is settled” or “97% of climate scientist’s agree global climate change needs to be stopped” I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at this time and have taken several science classes. One common thread in all of them is science is NEVER considered settled, you always leave the door open just a bit to allow for new discoveries that may change what we currently know or believe.

Alfred Wegener was a climatologist who first proposed the idea of tectonic plates. He based this theory on the shape of the coastlines of eastern South America and western Africa, and how they appear to fit together. He also looked at the similar rocky coastlines of Eastern Canada and Ireland and how similar they appeared. His ideas were scoffed at first. How could this “weatherman” come up with something like that? Land masses don’t move! After the invention of submarines that could take soil borings off the ocean floor, he was proven correct. This is a good example of why you don’t slam the door shut on an idea, something will come along and shake things up. So why do we keep hearing the science is settled? If you hear a lie long enough you start to believe it.

I began to wonder how they came up with the 97% number too. This is good! Some researcher sent out over 10,000 surveys containing two very generic climate questions that almost anyone who has studied climate would agree with. A little over 3,000 surveys were returned. Of these 3,100 surveys all but 77 were eliminated, and 75 of those answered “yes” to this question,

“Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?” So what constitutes “significant”? Does “changing” include both cooling and warming… and for both “better” and “worse”? And which contributions…does this include land use changes, such as agriculture and deforestation?http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/18/about-that-overwhelming-98-number-of-scientists-consensus/

That 97 % is at least inaccurate at least if not just a big fat lie. The Wall Street Journal reports of a blogger from Australia looking at 11,000 abstracts of papers and coming up wit .....
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Response to Yvonne Nyenhuis’ commentary regarding abortion

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Yvonne Nyenhuis’ defense of the pro-choice position consistently misses the mark (“Concerning women’s healthcare,” Aug 25). She argues that facilities like Planned Parenthood provide essential healthcare to women, but that ..... 
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Ag Days fields fun for all

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The annual Ag Days celebration took place August 12-17, 2014 in Spring Valley, Minn. with activities taking place from Tuesday through Sunday all around town. Spring Valley Senior Living’s Cutest Pet Contest got the ball rolling on Tuesday and t ..... 
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Legacy-funded prairie restoration benefits trout stream

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

A trout stream in the far southeastern part of the state is benefitting from Minnesota’s approval of the Legacy Amendment nearly six years ago. Earlier this year, an 18-acre area within the Etna Creek Aquatic Management Area (AMA) was burned, tr ..... 
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New ambulance director selected for Spring Valley

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A new ambulance director has been named for Spring Valley. Todd Jones informed the Council that Brett Rima of Thief River Falls has accepted the position starting Sept. 2. Previously an offer of employment had been made to Ryan Marking and he decli ..... 
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Spring Valley makes an offer for ambulance director

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council is in the process of hiring a new ambulance director. Since Jim Cooper announced in April that he was going to retire on August 15 the council has been working on finding a replacement. After the advertising phase for ..... 
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Marjorie Earley

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Marjorie Earley, 98, of Spring Valley, Minn., died on July 23, 2014, at the Spring Valley Senior Living Center. Marjorie was born in York Township, Minn. to Gerit and Mary (VanGrevenhof) Zwart on November 4, 1915. She attended Bristol Center Sch ..... 
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Fillmore County resident is a lottery winner

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley All

Roseville, Minn. – Congratulations to Tanner Thobe of Spring Valley, Minn.. Thobe won $10,000 by playing the Lottery’s Feelin’ Lucky scratch game. Thobe claimed the prize on June 23, 2014. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, 640 N. ..... 
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Virgil Kenneth Arett

Mon, Jun 30th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Virgil Kenneth Arett, age 92, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014. He was born March 22, 1922 in Freeborn County near Moscow, Minn. to Benjamin and Ida Mae (Hubbard) Arett. He married Lillian E. Kingsley June 8, 1940 at the L ..... 
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