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To the Editor,

There has been a lot of publicity regarding the mentoring program that we hope to get started throughout Fillmore County. Sometimes the word “mentor” is a little scary - especially to men. To help put it in perspective, let’s ask ...
“What does a young boy need from an adult mentor?”
• Someone to play catch.
• Someone to make a snowman with him.
• Someone to teach him how to play checkers.
• Someone to take him fishing.
• Someone to take him to a high school basketball game.
• Someone to help him fly a kite.
• Someone to help him build something.
• Someone who will take him to a farm.
• Someone who will teach him how to skip rocks.
• Someone who will look at his baseball card collection.
• Someone who will say, “good job”.

Are you a male, 21 or older? Can you do any of the above? Then please consider being a mentor. There’s a young boy who just might need you. Please call, and find out more about being a mentor.

If you live in the Fillmore Central school district, call Phyllis Hendrickson, 937-3455; Chatfield school district, call Laurie Bakken, 867-3726; Kingsland, Lanesboro, Mabel-Canton or Rushford-Peterson districts, call LuAnn Klevan, 346-2258.

Thank you for giving it some thought.

LuAnn Klevan, Lanesboro, MN
Fillmore County Volunteer Services

To the Editor,

There has been a lot of publicity regarding the mentoring program that we hope to get started throughout Fillmore County. Sometimes the word “mentor” is a little scary - especially to men. To help put it in perspective, let’s ask ...
“What does a young boy need from an adult mentor?”
• Someone to play catch.
• Someone to make a snowman with him.
• Someone to teach him how to play checkers.
• Someone to take him fishing.
• Someone to take him to a high school basketball game.
• Someone to help him fly a kite.
• Someone to help him build something.
• Someone who will take him to a farm.
• Someone who will teach him how to skip rocks.
• Someone who will look at his baseball card collection.
• Someone who will say, “good job”.

Are you a male, 21 or older? Can you do any of the above? Then please consider being a mentor. There’s a young boy who just might need you. Please call, and find out more about being a mentor.

If you live in the Fillmore Central school district, call Phyllis Hendrickson, 937-3455; Chatfield school district, call Laurie Bakken, 867-3726; Kingsland, Lanesboro, Mabel-Canton or Rushford-Peterson districts, call LuAnn Klevan, 346-2258.

Thank you for giving it some thought.

LuAnn Klevan, Lanesboro, MN
Fillmore County Volunteer Services

To the Editor,

The Pro Corn Ethanol Plant in Preston is proposing to double it’s production in the next year. For the next 30 days citizens may voice their concerns to the MPCA regarding the proposed expansion. I feel the MPCA must consider the following problems and require an Environmental Impact Statement. I know I am not alone in my opinion. If you feel the same, please contact the MPCA and make your voice heard. My concerns include:

Odor - I work in downtown Preston. On several days each month, I feel sick because of the smell being emitted from the ethanol plant. My symptoms include a headache, nausea, shortness of breath, and stinging eyes. Would increasing the production of the plant cause more smelly “steam” to be emitted? How will the plant address increased health related issues if production goes up?

Sustainability - Producing ethanol would not be a sustainable economic venture without subsidies provided by the government. We are merely stringing corn producers along by offering them a chance to sell their corn to the ethanol plant. Rather than promoting ethanol production, we should be subsidizing farmers who stop tilling the land and stop producing crops we do not need. We should be subsidizing individuals and businesses who conserve their use of resources. We should be subsidizing the development of alternative forms of transportation. By subsidizing the production of ethanol, we are starting on the wrong end of the problem. The need for ethanol at all, is the problem we should be addressing.

How will doubling the production of ethanol at the Preston plant really help our farmers? How long will it be before the jobs created by the plant are cut when government funding changes?

Visual Impact - I grew up just north of Preston, about two miles from where the plant is located. My parents still live there. They used to have a beautiful vista overlooking the valley north of Preston. Now the dominant feature of their view is the plume of smoke from the plant and the blazing orange lights illuminating it at night. The smell is overpowering when the wind blows from the southwest. It is a tragic example of how little we value open green space and clean air.

Also, when we who live here, and those who visit here, drive along the scenic route of Highway 52, the town of Preston is marked by an ugly plume, seen for miles. Though the plume probably does not influence the number of tourists who visit the area, it does impact the value of my parents land. And it will forever mar what used to be a scenic drive into the valley where the town of Preston lies.

Will the plume become larger with an increase in production? How much more will larger plume impact the value of the land it engulfs? How will this effect the scenic value of the Highway 52 corridor - “Gateway to the Blufflands” and the town of Preston?

For these reasons, the MPCA should conduct an Environmental Impact Statement at Pro Corn Ethanol Plant in Preston. Please submit your comments by Feb. 21, 2001.

Kia Donais
Spring Valley, MN

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