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Letter about frac mining


Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

Letter about frac mining

To the Editor,

As a lifelong resident of southeast Minn., I’ve been reading with interest the information being put forth by the pros and cons of the Frac Sand debate. I personally see more pros than cons in this debate. Maybe I need more information, but how can a naturally occurring substance (sand) be considered so detrimental to our environment? From most of the articles I’ve read, the mining companies are proposing reclaiming the land when they are finished removing the sand, recycling the water they use to wash the sand, having dust control policies and practices in place to limit the dust produced by traffic, and using the same flocculent to settle out the wash water in sand processing that is used in many sewage treatment plants in the area. The complaints of increased truck traffic being detrimental to our roads might be credible if it wasn’t for the fact that each one of those trucks pay what is called a heavy use tax which goes right back into building and maintaining these roads that we all travel. The more I read the more I believe it is a win-win situation for southeast Minn. We’re helping our country become more energy independent by providing a much needed resource that is used in the Oil and Gas Drilling Process. If we don’t provide it here they (The Oil and Gas Companies) will import it from somewhere else, thus driving up the cost of oil production which we will eventually pay for at the pump. The economic plusses alone with increased jobs, increased tax revenue from both business and personal income taxes will go towards improving our infrastructures, schools, and revitalize our small towns. The last thing we need to do is stifle small business and local entrepreneurs who want to see southeast Minn. blossom by providing jobs and tax revenue in this bleak economy. America was built on ideas like this so anything we can do to become energy independent I’m all for. Plus after the sand is removed and the topsoil replaced we will have more tillable and less highly erodible land to help feed a hungry world in the future.

Lawrence Hindt

Spring Valley, MN

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Kingsland Schools to receive Project Lead the Way national certification

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland Public School will receive national certification for their Project Lead The Way Engineering and Biomedical Programs. Kingsland Middle School/Junior High will receive national recognition for the Gateway To Technology (GTT) Program it has ..... 
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New furnaces and air conditioners at the Spring Valley library

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Arts & Culture

By Gary Peterson At the Spring Valley council meeting the major item of concern was the news from the library that the furnaces and air conditioners for the building are in bad condition. The units on the roof have been leaking carbon monoxide, and ..... 
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Miken Sports products prize in local fundraising contest

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Exclusive sports products from Miken Sports in Caledonia is the prize for an upcoming challenge between two area Community Foundations. The Spring Valley Community Foundation has challenged the Preston Area Community Foundation to see who can have t ..... 
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Rep. Greg Davids receives Minnesota Ambulance Association Award

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

(Spring Valley, MN) State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) was recently presented with the ambulance industry’s prestigious “Legacy Award” for his record of strong support for rural Emergency Medical Services policies at the Minnesota L ..... 
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Open House at Spring Valley Senior Living Evergreens

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

Spring Valley Senior Living (SVSL) will host an Open House celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Evergreens on November 9, 2012, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Evergreens, 800 Memorial Dr ..... 
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Theresa A DiFiore

Mon, Oct 29th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Theresa A. DiFiore, age 90, of Spring Valley died Sunday October 28, 2012 at St Marys Hospital following a lengthy repertory illness. Theresa A. DiFiore was born October 25, 1922 in Jersey City, N.J. to Benjiman and Mary Shindlo. She grew up in ..... 
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Spring Valley approves agreement with Waste Management

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting got underway at 6:00 on Monday night, and six minutes later the meeting was over. The agenda consisted of approval of the minutes from October 8, Consider the October Final Accounts Payables totaling $365,080.5 ..... 
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Elsie Bessingpas

Tue, Oct 23rd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Elsie M. Bessingpas will be held at 10:30 Saturday October 20, 2012 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev Dennis Timmerman officiating. Burial will be in the Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield Twp. Fillmore Co ..... 
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