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To the Editor,

To the Editor,
A big thank you for the article "Finding his own way" (Journal, October 23). Very few medias would recognize what a human interest this story is for so many in our local community. It shows interest in all people
and it shows the committment our schools and local businesses have to assist their residents in having a full life in the local community.

As a parent of a child with disabiliites who has just began job training at ALCO in Spring Valley, it gives me great hope for the future. Thanks to local business people like Ed McLeod and Don Lanning, our young adults with disabilities can say they have a future in their home towns. Hats off to those business members, the local schools, and yourself for recognizing this potential and supporting it!

Rita Wiersma
Spring Valley, MN


To the Editor,

To the Editor,
I would like to respond to the letter to the editor from Mr. Linder and Mr. Veschio that blamed the damage in the Big Woods area to the flood of 2000.

Our family moved to Fillmore County almost 15 years ago. Being trail riders we felt fortunate to live so close to a unique untouched area. We could ride four to five hours on old logging roads enjoying the quiet, flowers, wildlife and just sheer beauty of nature. You never saw any refuse or misuse of the trails. Everyone should see the rock formation called Cabbage Rock. Its part of the Fillmore County heritage. In visiting with many life residents about local history of the Big Woods and the Shattuck Springs area you soon realize the area is something to save for future generations.

I dont remember the exact year that the misuse began but I know about five years ago we started seeing huge ruts that were full of stagnant water. As each year goes on the stream crossings are more damaged and you now see garbage, pop and beer cans in this beautiful area. Ive visited with some young men telling about being stuck in the mud so bad they had to spend the night before someone could come to pull them out.

This summer my husband and I rode down through there and couldnt believe the damage in the last five years. We notice more traffic of trucks by our place and have sat on our deck and can hear motors roaring over three or four miles away.

We have complained to the DNR but commend Larry Topness for taking the time to draw attention to the problem. We arent saying it should be closed but it needs to be managed before it is completely destroyed. The drivers of the mud bogging trucks should be ashamed of themselves for the damage they have done. As a community we need to band together to use the area responsibly.

Linda Bergan
Lanesboro, MN

To the Editor,

To the Editor,
A big thank you for the article "Finding his own way" (Journal, October 23). Very few medias would recognize what a human interest this story is for so many in our local community. It shows interest in all people
and it shows the committment our schools and local businesses have to assist their residents in having a full life in the local community.

As a parent of a child with disabiliites who has just began job training at ALCO in Spring Valley, it gives me great hope for the future. Thanks to local business people like Ed McLeod and Don Lanning, our young adults with disabilities can say they have a future in their home towns. Hats off to those business members, the local schools, and yourself for recognizing this potential and supporting it!

Rita Wiersma
Spring Valley, MN


To the Editor,

To the Editor,
I would like to respond to the letter to the editor from Mr. Linder and Mr. Veschio that blamed the damage in the Big Woods area to the flood of 2000.

Our family moved to Fillmore County almost 15 years ago. Being trail riders we felt fortunate to live so close to a unique untouched area. We could ride four to five hours on old logging roads enjoying the quiet, flowers, wildlife and just sheer beauty of nature. You never saw any refuse or misuse of the trails. Everyone should see the rock formation called Cabbage Rock. Its part of the Fillmore County heritage. In visiting with many life residents about local history of the Big Woods and the Shattuck Springs area you soon realize the area is something to save for future generations.

I dont remember the exact year that the misuse began but I know about five years ago we started seeing huge ruts that were full of stagnant water. As each year goes on the stream crossings are more damaged and you now see garbage, pop and beer cans in this beautiful area. Ive visited with some young men telling about being stuck in the mud so bad they had to spend the night before someone could come to pull them out.

This summer my husband and I rode down through there and couldnt believe the damage in the last five years. We notice more traffic of trucks by our place and have sat on our deck and can hear motors roaring over three or four miles away.

We have complained to the DNR but commend Larry Topness for taking the time to draw attention to the problem. We arent saying it should be closed but it needs to be managed before it is completely destroyed. The drivers of the mud bogging trucks should be ashamed of themselves for the damage they have done. As a community we need to band together to use the area responsibly.

Linda Bergan
Lanesboro, MN

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