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RED WING, MINNESOTA
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By Danielle Killey
ST. PAUL – Many Min-nesotans are not surewhether more silica sandmining could mean danger-ous dust and contaminatedwater, a booming economyor something in between.Cities and counties havetried to manage mounting interest in mining Min-nesota’s silica sand, butwith many questions stillsurrounding the industrysome think it is time forthe state to step in.“I want to address theunanswered questionsthat are troubling ourlocal decision-makers andstakeholders and con-cerned citizens,” Sen.Matt Schmit, DFL-Red Wing, said. “The state hasthe capacity to get some of those answers.”The Minnesota Legisla-ture will take its first lookat the issue this year onTuesday. Lawmakers willhear testimony on silicasand mining issues at a joint House and Senatecommittee meeting, andbills will be discussed in theSenate Environment andEnergy Committee Feb. 26.The Land StewardshipProject, a nonprofit organi-zation focused on sustain-ability and land issues,plans to pack the hearing room. The group and itspartners are pushing for astatewide environmentaland economic study to in-clude information aboutwater, health, infrastruc-ture and economic impacts,and clearer state regula-tions, policy program or-ganizer Bobby King said.“While that’s going on,we need a moratorium sothe industry doesn’t getahead of appropriate reg-ulations,” he said. A statewide moratoriumwould temporarily putnew operations on hold.Concerns about the min-ing industry include stresson roads due to increasedtruck traffic, noise and im-pacts on water and airquality. Gov. Mark Daytonhas said that transporta-tion issues are among hisbiggest concerns.The round, hard silicasand grains — mainlyfound in parts of Min-nesota, Wisconsin, Iowaand Illinois — are used toextract natural gas or oilin a process called hy-draulic fracturing, or“fracking.” The sand is in- jected along with waterand chemicals into oil andgas wells to prop opencracks and increase theproductivity of the wells.Supporters note the in-dustry can have a positiveeconomic impact on com-munities around mining or processing operations.“These businesses havelivable-wage jobs,” saidDennis Egan, head of the
Red Wing rushes to goalie Ashley Corcoran after defeating New Prague 9-1 in the Section 1Achampionship
Thursday at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna
to clinch a spot in the Class 1A tournament.The Wingers are headed to their fourth state tournament in five years.
Library director enjoyed his five years
Sand debatearena widens
By Rebecca Rudolph
The director of the Red Wing Public Library willleave his position afterholding it for five years.When James Lund firstcame to Red Wing as thedirector in 2007, the li-brary had a different lookand feel to it.During his time there,he led projects like replac-ing the roof, rearranging the children’s collection,expanding Internet ac-cess, installing a new ele-vator, and, perhaps thebiggest one, combining thedesks, said reference staff worker RandyDecker.Merging thecirculation andreference desks“created a seam-less team envi-ronment with thestaff” to more ef-fectively help li-brary patrons,Lund said.He thinks that the per-sonal touch at Red Wing’slibrary is very importantand that is what makes itmore than just a place tocheck out books.The merged desks cre-ate an opportunity forthat by not having patronsbounce betweendesks.This month,Lund acceptedthe position atthe WestminsterSeminary Cali-fornia in Escon-dido, Calif., asthe library direc-tor, as a profes-sor of theologyand as the bookstore man-ager. His last day as Red Wing Public Library direc-tor will be March 16.After going to school inCalifornia to receive hismaster’s in theology, hedecided to pursue a careeras a library at the Univer-sity of Wisconsin-Madi-son. After graduating, hemoved back to Californiato work at the seminary asthe library director and asan assistant professor,only to return to the Mid-west .He said if he did not feelso called to this new posi-tion, he would want to re-tire at the Red Wing Public Library because hehas enjoyed the experi-ence so much.“The five years I havehad in Red Wing havebeen the most enjoyable,rewarding and produc-tive,” Lund said.
Cannon Fallsstudents must find$35,000 to showtheir constitutionalknow-how
By Sarah Gorvin
CANNON FALLS — Itsounds like the premise for agame show: know all you canabout the Constitution and Billof Rights, be prepared to answerquestions about the U.S. gov-ernment and how it works, don’tbe intimidated by the stateSupreme Court justices who are judging you — or by the othernationally ranked teams com-peting against you.And, on top of all that, alsoraise $35,000.But that’s exactly what Can-non Falls High School’s We thePeople team faces. And teammembers only have until Aprilto do so.“We have to raise a lot,” stu-dent Shannon Phelps said.We the People is a nationallyrecognized program sponsoredby the Center for Civic Educa-tion. Its purpose is to teach peo-ple about the Constitution andget them interested in partici-pating in government.Competitions are held each year at state levels. Winners arethen invited to compete at in Washington, D.C.The Cannon Falls We the Peo-ple team — made up of 23 ad-vanced-placement governmentstudents — competed againstother Minnesota teams at thestate Capitol in St. Paul in earlyDecember. Their efforts thereearned them a spot at the na-tional competition.“We worked really hard be-fore it,” student Phelps said.“We worked really hard.”Students from Cannon Fallshave competed in the national We the People competition for years. Previously, federal andstate grants have just about
We the People … we the fundraisers
Cannon Falls We thePeople team memberJoseph Hanka bagsgroceries atEconoFoods inCannon Falls. Theteam — made up of 23advanced-placementgovernment students— is working to raise$35,000 to attend thenational We thePeople competition inWashington, D.C.
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