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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:17 PM

I just watched the last board meeting of the Houston County commissioners and am very disappointed with our representation of our county shown there by three of the commissioners, namely Teresa Walter, Judy Storlie and Steve Schuldt.

  • 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.

     
  • With summer coming and everything being planted, our community will be beautiful!

     
  • I just watched the last board meeting of the Houston County commissioners and am very disappointed with our representation of our county shown there by three of the commissioners, namely Teresa Walter, Judy Storlie and Steve Schuldt.

     
  • Residents who were incorrectly concerned that I do not support land buffers can rest easier tonight.

     
  • Thomas Trehus' recent letter to the editor (Spring Grove Herald April 29 issue) contained some inaccurate statements that need correcting.

     
  • Recently the Minnesota House Republicans unveiled their two-year budget. Though there were some good things in the budget, something was severely lacking — adequate school funding. With a nearly $2 billion budget surplus, the Legislature has a tremendous opportunity to re-invest in Minnesota’s future. Unfortunately their budget, crafted in large part by Tax Chair Greg Davids (R-Preston), fails to even come close to meeting the needs of schools.

     
  • Greg Rendahl recently expressed his disappointment with my opposition to Gov. Dayton's idea requiring 50-foot buffer zones along rivers and streams (Bluff Country Reader letter April 20 edition). He thinks I'm catering to the interests of a few "greedy" farmers.

     
  • This is a response to comments from Fred Arnold in area newspapers a couple weeks ago.

     
  • At the Houston County commissioners’ meeting April 14, the county engineer, an architect and county personnel in financing did a presentation for a new highway department building.  Those in financing explained how funds can be made available without raising taxes.

     
  • Today, April 14, I attended the portion of the Houston County board meeting that dealt with the proposed new highway department buildings. Unfortunately for the taxpayers of this county history is about to repeat itself.  
  • I have the privilege of being part of a non-profit organization that was started last June out of the Spring Grove Communications office building. The organization is called TaskTakers and we coordinate volunteers to help people in our community with basic tasks, from changing a light bulb to providing a ride to an appointment.

     
  • The frac sand debate in Houston County has mushroomed into a question of government accountability.  It turns out that Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Scanlon has retaliated against not only frac sand opponents, but also farmers. 

     
  • All of us, especially hunters and anglers, should care about Minnesota's environment, and want game and non-game wildlife such as pheasants, migratory birds, fish and pollinators to call our state home. That’s why we should support Gov. Dayton’s initiative to require a 50-foot buffer of vegetation along our lakes and streams.

     
  • There were a couple of long articles in local newspapers last week still trying to sell the strict regulation story. Dan Griffin, Houston County Planning Commission chair, and three of the Houston County board members, Judy Storlie, Steve Schuldt and Teresa Walter, say they won’t support a ban and want strict regulation. Let’s dig a little deeper into some of the misleading statements found in those stories.

     
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