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To the Editor,

Have you ever seen someone intentionally driving their vehicle off the curb of the road to hit a cat? Have you heard someone speak of how many points a cat or dog are worth if hit and maimed or killed with their vehicle? Have you ever heard of people actually shooting domestic animals from their vehicle?

I have a question for these people, Dont you realize that these domestic animals are our childrens pets?

My children had a yellow lab, which they received as a Christmas gift two years ago. He was shot to death at the top of our driveway by a passing vehicle. Even though it was after dark, my children were still outside playing and heard the gunshot. I dont believe they will ever forget it.

Weve buried Buddy, but we will always remember him. He was still a playful puppy who sometimes got into mischief and looked sheepishly at you with his big beautiful golden eyes.

Debi Jertson
Rushford, MN


To the Editor,

I was shocked and disappointed at Al Mathisons snide remark in the Journal (Monday, July 31, 2000) about Spring Valleys motive for changing the name of their annual celebration from Ag Days to Wilder Fest. And not shocked and disappointed with you, but at US for failing to promote our Wilder connection in a manner that you would not have to question it.

Spring Valley is home to one of only two authentic Laura Ingalls Wilder sites in Minnesota, the other being at Walnut Grove.

Spring Valley is one of five LIW sites in the midwest now cooperatively marketing their sites through Historic Bluff Country and on the Internet.

We approached the MN State legislature recently, and successfully, and now the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway links all five sites - DeSmet, SD, Walnut Grove, MN and Spring Valley, MN, Pepin, WI and Burr Oak, IA.

Spring Valley is one of only two sites in the USA featuring the Wilder side of Lauras name, the other in Malone, NY, as the other sites are where the family of the Ingalls settled (or roamed as the case may be!).

Granted, we are slow on the uptake - a prophet is without honor in her own country? - and it has been a long struggle to gain recognition. Spring Valley was the second home of the Wilder family; the Ingalls were all over the midwest! The senior Wilders moved here in the 1870s, remaining until 1898. Brother Royal lived out his life here, died in 1925 and is buried in the city cemetery. Almanzo homesteaded in Dakota Territory in 1879; met and married Laura Ingalls and they married in 1885. After four TOUGH years trying farming, they came to Spring Valley in 1890 to regain their health. They indeed attended the Victorian Gothic Methodist-Episcopal Church which the senior Wilders helped build with their financial resources. The church is a local treasure, owned and operated by the Spring Valley Historical Society, open daily for your convenience through Labor Day. Over the years we have managed to build our site from a house museum to a five-building complex: The 1876 Methodist Church Museum, the c. 1865 Washburn-Zittleman House, the Ag Building, a History Hall, and the Washburn Workshop PLUS the Fillmore Co. Veterans Memorial. All within 1-1/2 blocks of downtown Spring Valley.

We sincerely invite anyone to come for a guided tour and welcome your visit to see why we truly do have a connection with Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Mary Jo Dathe
Spring Valley, MN


To the Editor,

Feds want more young farmers. This headline in recent edition of Agri-News makes us wonder why the Federal government doesnt get it. Its the price stupid!

The Rally for Rural America in March was an attempt to inform Washington of the problem, but they still havent gotten the message. I wrote to all of our Minnesota elected officials before the rally to voice our concerns for our community. Senators Scheevel, Grams, and Wellstone were the only ones to respond. I want to thank them.

We know this is a Federal problem, but we voice our concerns to state elected officials because they are one of the closest links to Washington. We deserve and expect them to listen respectfully and communicate our concerns to those responsible for making changes.

Representative Davids calling concerned citizens tree huggers, bunny lovers, and labeling Land Stewardship a terrorist group does not promote or encourage communication and adds to our feelings of frustration.

Is it possible Freedom to Farm has failed? Why are we tilling every inch of land fence row to fence row to produce something we cant sell? Argi-business would say Freedom to Farm is working very well, thank you.

It seems many of our policies are influenced by monied interests to benefit a few. We should be talking about enforcing anti-trust laws and campaign finance reform, but thats another letter.
Judy Emery
Mabel, MN
To the Editor,

Have you ever seen someone intentionally driving their vehicle off the curb of the road to hit a cat? Have you heard someone speak of how many points a cat or dog are worth if hit and maimed or killed with their vehicle? Have you ever heard of people actually shooting domestic animals from their vehicle?

I have a question for these people, Dont you realize that these domestic animals are our childrens pets?

My children had a yellow lab, which they received as a Christmas gift two years ago. He was shot to death at the top of our driveway by a passing vehicle. Even though it was after dark, my children were still outside playing and heard the gunshot. I dont believe they will ever forget it.

Weve buried Buddy, but we will always remember him. He was still a playful puppy who sometimes got into mischief and looked sheepishly at you with his big beautiful golden eyes.

Debi Jertson
Rushford, MN


To the Editor,

I was shocked and disappointed at Al Mathisons snide remark in the Journal (Monday, July 31, 2000) about Spring Valleys motive for changing the name of their annual celebration from Ag Days to Wilder Fest. And not shocked and disappointed with you, but at US for failing to promote our Wilder connection in a manner that you would not have to question it.

Spring Valley is home to one of only two authentic Laura Ingalls Wilder sites in Minnesota, the other being at Walnut Grove.

Spring Valley is one of five LIW sites in the midwest now cooperatively marketing their sites through Historic Bluff Country and on the Internet.

We approached the MN State legislature recently, and successfully, and now the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway links all five sites - DeSmet, SD, Walnut Grove, MN and Spring Valley, MN, Pepin, WI and Burr Oak, IA.

Spring Valley is one of only two sites in the USA featuring the Wilder side of Lauras name, the other in Malone, NY, as the other sites are where the family of the Ingalls settled (or roamed as the case may be!).

Granted, we are slow on the uptake - a prophet is without honor in her own country? - and it has been a long struggle to gain recognition. Spring Valley was the second home of the Wilder family; the Ingalls were all over the midwest! The senior Wilders moved here in the 1870s, remaining until 1898. Brother Royal lived out his life here, died in 1925 and is buried in the city cemetery. Almanzo homesteaded in Dakota Territory in 1879; met and married Laura Ingalls and they married in 1885. After four TOUGH years trying farming, they came to Spring Valley in 1890 to regain their health. They indeed attended the Victorian Gothic Methodist-Episcopal Church which the senior Wilders helped build with their financial resources. The church is a local treasure, owned and operated by the Spring Valley Historical Society, open daily for your convenience through Labor Day. Over the years we have managed to build our site from a house museum to a five-building complex: The 1876 Methodist Church Museum, the c. 1865 Washburn-Zittleman House, the Ag Building, a History Hall, and the Washburn Workshop PLUS the Fillmore Co. Veterans Memorial. All within 1-1/2 blocks of downtown Spring Valley.

We sincerely invite anyone to come for a guided tour and welcome your visit to see why we truly do have a connection with Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Mary Jo Dathe
Spring Valley, MN


To the Editor,

Feds want more young farmers. This headline in recent edition of Agri-News makes us wonder why the Federal government doesnt get it. Its the price stupid!

The Rally for Rural America in March was an attempt to inform Washington of the problem, but they still havent gotten the message. I wrote to all of our Minnesota elected officials before the rally to voice our concerns for our community. Senators Scheevel, Grams, and Wellstone were the only ones to respond. I want to thank them.

We know this is a Federal problem, but we voice our concerns to state elected officials because they are one of the closest links to Washington. We deserve and expect them to listen respectfully and communicate our concerns to those responsible for making changes.

Representative Davids calling concerned citizens tree huggers, bunny lovers, and labeling Land Stewardship a terrorist group does not promote or encourage communication and adds to our feelings of frustration.

Is it possible Freedom to Farm has failed? Why are we tilling every inch of land fence row to fence row to produce something we cant sell? Argi-business would say Freedom to Farm is working very well, thank you.

It seems many of our policies are influenced by monied interests to benefit a few. We should be talking about enforcing anti-trust laws and campaign finance reform, but thats another letter.
Judy Emery
Mabel, MN
To the Editor,

I read with dismay the article concerning the Reiland dairy project in the July 31 edition. There were two points that caused me extreme concern.

The first was the absurd statement attributed to Rep. Greg Davids in which he calls Land Stewardship Project a terrorist group. If this quote is accurate, it shows a bizarre and ignorant perception by Rep. Davids. As a chaplain in the Army Reserve, I recently attended a briefing on terrorism. There is no way LSP would even come close to meeting any reasonable definition of a terrorist group. However, real terrorism poses a grave threat to our service men and women overseas. Rep. Davids does them and everyone else who has to deal with the harsh reality of terrorism a terrible disservice when he plays fast and loose with the label terrorist group.

The second disturbing part of the July 31 article was that it demonstrated that we have forgotten about the neighbors surrounding the Reiland dairy project. Our focus now seems to be on the politics. It was the neighbors who originally turned to LSP to help them make their concerns heard. The neighbors should still be our number one concern in this issue. We must come to realize that in modern agriculture, large animal facilities have the potential to create detrimental affects far beyond the boundaries of any single farm. Let us ask ourselves these questions: How close would I like to live to 7.3 million gallons of liquid manure? How many days per year would I be willing to live with bad odors? How would I feel if something went wrong and my water was contaminated? These are the crucial questions - along with this one: If you had a concern, wouldnt you want straight, reasonable answers from the government officials involved?

In the midst of the complicated political process, and now, the silly name calling lets remember the neighbors. They are our neighbors!

Sincerely,
Jim Scaife
LSP Steering Committee
Rushford, MN


To the Editor,

Letters to the Editor is one of my favorite sections in your paper. Election times - an exciting time but often a disappointing time. We are now seeing signs in our yards asking us to vote for people who want to be our County Commissioners. That position is the most important one in a county. The commissioners are responsible for the welfare of all the citizens in the county. All other county officers are dependent on decisions made by the commissioners.

Have the people filing read the duties required to be upheld when they take over their oaths of office? Their responsibilities are overwhelming, as Im sure the present commissioners would agree. So, I ask how can any person in good conscience not speak out against these huge dairy and pig farms when they have promised to be responsible for the welfare

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