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To the Editor,
The 2000 Fillmore County Fair is history. I think it will be remembered as one of the best county fairs here in decades. Not only was the weather perfect, the good mood and attitudes of those exhibiting and attending was unparalleled in recent years.
The Fillmore County Fair is a fine example of what the spirit of volunteerism can do for a county. From the tractor pull to the poultry show none of it would happen if it were not for the effort of the people that volunteer to help.
Unfortunately these volunteers and the Fair Board are often criticized in an unconstructive manner. Our family learned long ago that here in Fillmore County if you don't like the way something is being done, lending a helping hand goes a lot farther than an ill word.
"Hats off" to the Fillmore County Fair, the Fair Board and all the volunteers. It was a wonderful fair.
Jeff & Michelle Redalen
Fountain, MN


To the Editor,
In reading last week’s article concerning the investigation of the MN Dept. of Health, it amazes me to think how ignorant Mr. Scheevel and Mr. Davids think we as citizens are.
When Mr. Davids was confronted about this meeting, his first reaction was, “who told us,” and “how much do we know?”
Suspicious??? Possibly! He continued to say that the meeting wasn’t about the Reiland Dairy. O.K., let’s see who was in attendance - Mr. Davids, Mr. Scheevel, three staff members from the MPCA (who were assigned to this project to decide whether or not an EIS was needed), the Dept. of Health and the DNR (who just so happened to ask for an E. I.S. on this project).
Coincidence? We think not! To us it looks like a huge elephant that Mr. Scheevel and Mr. Davids are scared might just fall out of that willow tree on top of them.
When looking up what an E.I.S. is, it says that an Environmental Impact Study is done to see if a proposed project has the potential to impact the environment. Nowhere does it say that it is a tool to stop dairy expansion.
Maybe the topic at the next meeting Mr. Scheevel calls to order should be How can Reilands build a dairy without a 7.3 million gallon earthen lagoon. Mr. Davids and Mr. Scheevel both need to remember they are representing ALL farmers and citizens in this area.
Jeff Tart
Spring Valley, MN

Editor’s note; Also attending the March 29, 2000, meeting that Jeff Tart refers to were: Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples; Sen. Dan Stevens, R-Mora; Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel; as well as Commissioner of Agriculture Gene Hugoson and DNR Commissioner Allen Garber.

To the Editor,
Reading Al Mathison’s column entitled “Scheevel calls charges ridiculous,” we were disappointed that Greg Davids chose to label Land Stewardship members as a “terrorist group.” Sometimes he thinks of us as “tree huggers” and “bunny lovers.” Such extreme opposites - which are we?
We object to this because we are LSP members, and so are many of Davids’ friends and neighbors in Fillmore County.
The reason we chose to join LSP is because our thinking (for the past 53 years we have been family farmers on this same diversified farm) is similar to the philosophy of the LSP organization. We utilized the ration-a-day grazing for our dairy herd over 40 years ago - long before researchers found that it was a saving to have animals harvest their own grasses, rather than to invest in large machinery and storage facilities.
Another goal of LSP is to save soil. We erected two dams and laid out numerous contour strips to help prevent our ground from leaving our hilly farm.
But LSP has many other programs that we admire. They cultivate direct marketing which is an asset to both farmers and urban customers. They sponsor the Farm Beginning program, and the organization provides educational services with instructors coming from the University of Minnesota, bringing information to the rural areas. This mentions just a few of their offerings.
Another concern of LSP is that Minnesota residents have clean water. The MPCA has already determined that the South Branch of the Root River that flows through Forestville State Park has had dangerously high levels of coliform, especially each time we have had heavy rain fall during the past two summers. Now many of the area wells are unfit for drinking, also due to coliform (I shudder when I read headlines such as “Outbreak of E.Coli Kills Five”). Our members of LSP believe these to be health issues and that the Minnesota Dept. of Health should be involved in trying to reverse this trend.
Therefore we’ve asked that there be an investigation as to why the Minnesota Dept. of Health made the choice to withdraw their 9 page, 23 question request for an Environmental Impact Statement on the Reiland Farm EAW, since they still have issued a statement that says that they “still have concern for potential catastrophic failure of waste storage facilities in the karst region of S.E. Minnesota.”
Our request is not playing politics!
We did not ask that Scheevel or Davids be investigated.
Bob and Eloda Wood
Wykoff, MN
To the Editor,
The 2000 Fillmore County Fair is history. I think it will be remembered as one of the best county fairs here in decades. Not only was the weather perfect, the good mood and attitudes of those exhibiting and attending was unparalleled in recent years.
The Fillmore County Fair is a fine example of what the spirit of volunteerism can do for a county. From the tractor pull to the poultry show none of it would happen if it were not for the effort of the people that volunteer to help.
Unfortunately these volunteers and the Fair Board are often criticized in an unconstructive manner. Our family learned long ago that here in Fillmore County if you don't like the way something is being done, lending a helping hand goes a lot farther than an ill word.
"Hats off" to the Fillmore County Fair, the Fair Board and all the volunteers. It was a wonderful fair.
Jeff & Michelle Redalen
Fountain, MN


To the Editor,
In reading last week’s article concerning the investigation of the MN Dept. of Health, it amazes me to think how ignorant Mr. Scheevel and Mr. Davids think we as citizens are.
When Mr. Davids was confronted about this meeting, his first reaction was, “who told us,” and “how much do we know?”
Suspicious??? Possibly! He continued to say that the meeting wasn’t about the Reiland Dairy. O.K., let’s see who was in attendance - Mr. Davids, Mr. Scheevel, three staff members from the MPCA (who were assigned to this project to decide whether or not an EIS was needed), the Dept. of Health and the DNR (who just so happened to ask for an E. I.S. on this project).
Coincidence? We think not! To us it looks like a huge elephant that Mr. Scheevel and Mr. Davids are scared might just fall out of that willow tree on top of them.
When looking up what an E.I.S. is, it says that an Environmental Impact Study is done to see if a proposed project has the potential to impact the environment. Nowhere does it say that it is a tool to stop dairy expansion.
Maybe the topic at the next meeting Mr. Scheevel calls to order should be How can Reilands build a dairy without a 7.3 million gallon earthen lagoon. Mr. Davids and Mr. Scheevel both need to remember they are representing ALL farmers and citizens in this area.
Jeff Tart
Spring Valley, MN

Editor’s note; Also attending the March 29, 2000, meeting that Jeff Tart refers to were: Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples; Sen. Dan Stevens, R-Mora; Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel; as well as Commissioner of Agriculture Gene Hugoson and DNR Commissioner Allen Garber.

To the Editor,
Reading Al Mathison’s column entitled “Scheevel calls charges ridiculous,” we were disappointed that Greg Davids chose to label Land Stewardship members as a “terrorist group.” Sometimes he thinks of us as “tree huggers” and “bunny lovers.” Such extreme opposites - which are we?
We object to this because we are LSP members, and so are many of Davids’ friends and neighbors in Fillmore County.
The reason we chose to join LSP is because our thinking (for the past 53 years we have been family farmers on this same diversified farm) is similar to the philosophy of the LSP organization. We utilized the ration-a-day grazing for our dairy herd over 40 years ago - long before researchers found that it was a saving to have animals harvest their own grasses, rather than to invest in large machinery and storage facilities.
Another goal of LSP is to save soil. We erected two dams and laid out numerous contour strips to help prevent our ground from leaving our hilly farm.
But LSP has many other programs that we admire. They cultivate direct marketing which is an asset to both farmers and urban customers. They sponsor the Farm Beginning program, and the organization provides educational services with instructors coming from the University of Minnesota, bringing information to the rural areas. This mentions just a few of their offerings.
Another concern of LSP is that Minnesota residents have clean water. The MPCA has already determined that the South Branch of the Root River that flows through Forestville State Park has had dangerously high levels of coliform, especially each time we have had heavy rain fall during the past two summers. Now many of the area wells are unfit for drinking, also due to coliform (I shudder when I read headlines such as “Outbreak of E.Coli Kills Five”). Our members of LSP believe these to be health issues and that the Minnesota Dept. of Health should be involved in trying to reverse this trend.
Therefore we’ve asked that there be an investigation as to why the Minnesota Dept. of Health made the choice to withdraw their 9 page, 23 question request for an Environmental Impact Statement on the Reiland Farm EAW, since they still have issued a statement that says that they “still have concern for potential catastrophic failure of waste storage facilities in the karst region of S.E. Minnesota.”
Our request is not playing politics!
We did not ask that Scheevel or Davids be investigated.
Bob and Eloda Wood
Wykoff, MN

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