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The idea was unique, assuring all communities in the metro area a share of the area’s commercial-industrial growth, irrespective of where that growth occurred physically. It required no new or additional tax. Preeshl’s idea was adopted by the Citizens League committee. Lawyer John W. Windhorst Jr., on leave at the state Revisor of Statue’s office, drafted the idea into a bill for Weaver. The bill was approved by the 1971 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Wendell Anderson. It’s still in effect today.
It was among the laws passed that constituted the “Minnesota Miracle” as cited in 1971 by John Shannon of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
Ted Kolderie, St. Paul, and Paul Gilje Burnsville
The writers were on the staff to the Citizens League Fiscal Disparities committee in 1968-69.
Civil War graves need attention
During the Memorial Day observance at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, I noticed that the government-issued headstones for the Civil War soldiers had crumbled to the degree that names were no longer legible. Those soldiers gave their lives in possibly the most important war we ever fought. Minnesota soldiers played a pivotal role at Gettysburg, a turning point in the war. All we have left to remember our Civil War soldiers is their names, and we don’t even have that. Would someone at Fort Snelling ensure that the crumbling, government-issue Civil War-era headstones in Pioneers and Soldiers and other area cemeteries get replaced with legibly carved stones of granite?
By the way, the volunteer-hosted observance at Pioneers and Soldiers was wonderful, meaningful and memorable. Thank you!
Susan Frenzel, Minneapolis
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