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Wednesday, September 02, 2015 10:14 AM

Much is being made of the alleged “healthy balances” in the city’s funds. Let’s give the citizens who have been contributing to those funds a break and have a moratorium charge for usage, until Dec. 31. In the interim, we can re-evaluate whether there should be extra fees for infrastructure or if we should just build it into the usage charges, like the city used to.

  • Much is being made of the alleged “healthy balances” in the city’s funds. Let’s give the citizens who have been contributing to those funds a break and have a moratorium charge for usage, until Dec. 31. In the interim, we can re-evaluate whether there should be extra fees for infrastructure or if we should just build it into the usage charges, like the city used to.

     
  • A year or so ago, the Syttende Mai committee published a letter to the editor in the Spring Grove Herald. In that letter we listed a number of issues that the committee was faced with, such as income, expenses, lack of attendance at events and the extreme need for volunteers to help during the celebration weekend.

     
  •   What, if anything, are some of our decision-makers in Houston County thinking?  
  • I want to make two comments on the recent action by the Houston County board to approve construction of the new highway shop at the current location.

     
  • By now you have probably caught wind of some sort of scuttlebutt surrounding the Tracie and Michelle Erickson Mine located three miles east of Rushford.



     
  • I usually agree with positions taken by U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (MN-1), but I strongly disagree with his recent vote in support of HR1599, which would ban states from requiring that foods containing genetically-engineered ingredients be labeled.

     
  • At the Thursday, July 23, Planning Commission meeting, a motion was made and seconded to require the county board mandate enforcement of county mining ordinances by the Planning and Zoning department.

     
  •   A series of monetary decisions leave Houston County taxpayers vulnerable
  • This Houston County shop project is out of hand! Let me start by saying I sat on Commissioner Steve Schuldt’s “public committee” the last time they met.

     
  • Castro, Mussolini, Stalin, and countless other monarchic and oligarchic regimes in the annals of history were leaders.  I doubt any public input, much less any stinking public input meetings, ever took place under their leaderships.  There is no need to confer with an expendable population when pursuing self-serving aspirations, goals and gains.

     
  • Some time ago, I read in the Spring Grove Herald that the Houston Board of Commissioners were considering “removing the historical site” status of the 140-year-old Houston County Jail.

     
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    I’m more disappointed than surprised that Planning Commission Chairman Dan Griffin declined my invitation to publicly debate the mining ordinance he’s been promoting. It’s the same proposed ordinance wisely rejected by the board in early March.

     
  • Do you know what happened at the Houston County board meeting on June 9? These weekly meetings, held Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Houston County Courthouse, are recorded and available to view online at http://www.co.houston.mn.us/ under Houston County Board Recordings.

     
  • One of the many problems with Houston County’s governance in recent years has been a lack of meaningful dialogue. Citizens are so far allowed only 120 seconds once a week to address the Houston County Board of Commissioners. Any questions a citizen may have must be rhetorical in nature because the board – like Mount Rushmore – will not respond.

     
  • It's undeniable that our rural towns are different than they were even one generation ago. There are a few less businesses, a few more shuttered houses. To passersby, it might appear that these places are dying, some already dead. Certainly, books like Joseph Amato's “Decline of Rural Minnesota” (1993) and Patrick Carr and Maria Kefalas' “Hollowing Out the Middle” (2010) tell the story of young people moving out, deaths outpacing births, and the decline of agriculture as a primary economic engine.

     
Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair kicks off this week in St. Paul. Will you be attending the fair?



 

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