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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:03 AM

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.

  • 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.

     
  • The results of a 2014 investigation into the actions of the Houston County zoning administrator has been released.

     
  • In recent weeks, lots of articles and letters to the editor have been written and many radio and television interviews have been conducted on both sides of the industrial sand mining issue in Houston County. But one article deserves some attention.  

     
  • I spent some time with a knowledgeable, experienced attorney last Tuesday morning and we talked about sand mining and “findings of fact.”  
  • 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. 

     
  • This last week I sent two emails to Chairman Schuldt, the commissioner who is my representative.  He did not respond to either one.

     
  • Can Russian roulette and our health, safety, and well-being drink out of the same dish? The three Houston County commissioners who are promoting essentially unlimited industrial frac sand mining are willing to bet our lives on it. Their mining ordinance certainly won’t offer any player protection.

     
  • At the March 24 Houston County commissioners meeting, they discussed removing the public comment section from their meetings because it's creating a "hostile work environment" for county employees.  During that discussion, our county sheriff asked, "How did we get to this point?" 

     
  • A few words to my three critics from last week’s Spring Grove Herald:  Bruce Kuehmichel, Michael Fields and Ken Tschumper.

     
  • In reference to a letter Commissioner Walters published last week
  • Numerous commercial liability insurance companies have notified policy holders they no longer have coverage for: Silica or Silica-Related Dust; specifically "bodily injury" arising, in whole or in part, out of the actual, alleged, threatened or suspected inhalation of, or ingestion of, "silica" or "silica-related dust". Reminiscent of the first alerts about asbestos.

     
Prom

In the United States the average family will spend $919 on prom - down six percent from last year. Do you think this is too much, too little or just right?




 

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