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Southeastern Minn. town draws the line
I want to personally thank the brave and insightful folks in St. Charles, Minn., for the decision they made to hold the frac sand industry at bay. I was appalled by the attitude exhibited by an investor in the March 14 article “Frac sand partners pull out.” Minnesotans don’t need to have their environment held hostage to profits. If Wisconsin wants it, we can all add it to the list of why we are thankful not to be living there.
Let’s work together to create economic opportunities that can replace the short-term mining dollars with long-term sustainable options in southeastern Minnesota, a land of beauty and opportunity. I know that as a minimum I can spend my tourist dollars in the region, as I have been doing for decades and look forward to continuing to do.
Laurie Stammer, Buffalo, Minn.
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Thank you, St. Charles, for doing the brave and right thing.
Tim Cady, Buffalo, Minn.
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Sad! They need the jobs! Another case of the few who stymie growth for the majority.
Jim Farrell, Bloomington
ICE AND SNOW
Quest for traction has gone too far
Another quarter-inch of snow, and it’s everywhere! Not enough to even consider plowing, but we have been gritted again.
Gently winding streets without street parking or sidewalks; gentle curbs and 20 mile-per-hour speed limits — where only occasionally will a four-wheel drive, antilock-braking-system-and-stability-control-equipped SUV meet another — and we get tons of grit many times a winter.
How much time and expense does it take to mine, transport and distribute this stuff? How much does it cost for the authorities to then try (the operative word) to clean it up in the spring? How much time is involved removing it from our drives, garages, houses, cars and dogs? Have we saved one errant vehicle from going a couple of feet into a lawn? How many times do I drop 50 pounds of accumulated grit in my garbage after it rains during the summer?
The plows do exceptional work. Enough! Keep the grit on the main roads where it belongs.
George Arthur, West Lakeland Township
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