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Guest Commentary: Pipeline a safe source


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest, Spring Valley

I have read several letters against the Keystone XL pipeline. I am having trouble seeing why we should not build it. Some of the arguments make it sound like this is something new and we don’t understand the technology well enough to manage it safely. If that was the case, which it isn’t, and I will address this later, then we should not proceed with alternative energy either. If we can’t safely build a pipeline then we can’t safely build a windmill or harness solar, or for that matter make ethanol. We all know we are moving ahead with alternatives regardless of the risk. I am not saying alternatives don’t have a future but they are not ready to replace oil at this time, especially when they oil is so plentiful and the alternatives are so expensive. Windmills to produce electricity are fine but when the electricity they produce is 3 to 4 times more expensive than coal powered electricity even with huge tax subsidies, should we be thinking we have found our solution to fossil fuels? Not in my opinion. Batteries for hybrids are very expensive and very toxic to dispose of. These are problems too. As we build small, lighter cars we will be using more and more plastic, where does plastic come from? Oil! Solar panels use a lot of plastic. Many of our cutting edge pharmaceuticals are derived from petrochemicals. We are never going to wean ourselves from oil totally. There is a school of thought that says if we don’t build this pipeline this tar sand oil will stay in the ground. This line of thought is flawed. If the Canadians don’t sell it to us it WILL go somewhere else, probably China, to get refined. How environmentally friendly is that? Haul it by rail or truck or maybe pipeline, to the ocean, then ship it across the Pacific to be refined, and then some of it may end up back in the USA. Doesn’t it make much more sense to transport it by pipeline to a US refinery, maybe using solar or windmill produced electricity to pump it in the pipeline? We know how to extract this oil; it is going to be refined. If we don’t do it the Chinese will and we will do it in an environmentally responsible way, much safer than if the Chinese will. The Genie (tar sand oil) is out of the bottle, there is no putting her back now.

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Spring Valley City Council talks chickens

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on March 25th and started off the meeting by opening the Public Hearing on the proposed Chicken Ordinance. Mayor Struzyk opened the hearing by saying; “there is a need for regulation of the ch ..... 
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Rita Ann Heusinkveld

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Rita Ann Heusinkveld Rita Ann Heusinkveld, age 75, of Spring Valley, Minn., was received by the Lord, Wednesday morning, March 20, 2013, at the Spring Valley Care Center following a lengthy illness. Rita was born July 12, 1937, in Lanesboro, Minn ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses EMT Incentives

By Kevin Blanchard

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Barb Jeffers Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. Council members present were Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Tony Archer, and Jeff Vehrenkamp. Absent was Todd Jones. City Administrator Deb ..... 
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Birthday Announcement - Corbin John Keim

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Social Scenes

Corbin John Keim Jeremy and Tonya Keim of Spring Valley, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Corbin John Keim. Corbin was born March 10, 2013, weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. He joins brothers, Cowan and Carter at h ..... 
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Spring Valley looks at transportation issues

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Transportation Director of SEMCAC appeared before the Spring Valley City Monday night to discuss the possibility of increased transportation services in the Spring Valley area. Erlene Welshons is the Transportation Director for SEMCAC and she s ..... 
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Kingsland will be featured in EDTECH Magazine

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The Kingsland School Board met Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland conference room with a full agenda. All members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. All consent agenda items were approved including February ..... 
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Dorothy L. Fisch

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Dorothy L. Fisch Dorothy Louise (Burns) Fisch, age 88, of Rochester, MN passed away February 21, 2013 at Shorewood Retirement Community in Rochester. She was born November 5, 1924 in Walsenburg, Colorado, the daughter of Joseph Bryan & Esther ( ..... 
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Spring Valley SCDP preliminary proposal approved

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and took up several issues. Michelle Vrieze appeared before the council and discussed the Small Cities Block grant. She said that the city should know in June if the proposal of $539,750 is approved ..... 
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