Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)

An audit, conducted July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2007, revealed 15 findings of internal control and legal compliance that are related to financial management, grant expenditures, easements, and professional/technical services contracts. The BWSR did not adequately monitor payroll transactions, properly record grants on the accounting system, and did not have adequate internal controls over returned […]

Energy and Economic Development

Recently, I met with some local energy and environmental experts who shared with me their thoughts, concerns, and dreams about how to make positive change for our envi-ronment and our local economy. They believe we can transform our community by producing our own renewable energy and developing policies that promote conservation.  We might be able […]

Valuing Our Natural Resources

Sunday my church made its annual trek to the Valley Grove Church where we worshiped in the beautiful old church surrounded by ripening fields and restored prairie.  I volunteered to take the Sunday school class of 16 mixed age (4 to 8) students, which began with a song and a walk outside, looking for things […]

Cannon River and the CRWP festival

My first memories of Northfield are of coming to visit my grandmother who lived in the house I now live in on Lincoln Street. We would pass through town and over the bridge by the Ames Mill and the dam. Once at the home my brother and I would race back and forth over the […]

ELECTRICITY: WINNERS AND LOSERS

“We get relatively inexpensive, reliable electricity. Who pays the price for our power?” This was the question asked at last Wednesday evening’s forum hosted by ME3, RENew Northfield and Cannon River Watershed Partnership. Ken Bradley from ME3’s JustEnergy talked about reducing energy consumption to lessen the cost both to our environment and to consumers. He […]

FEEDLOTS AND EAW Requirements

I received earlier today an update from Charles Skinner concerning the importance of following the rules when it comes to EAW requirements for operation of feedlots over 1000 animal units. Gordon Cumming will present information to the County Board regarding the Boards consideration of a CUP (conditional use permit) request without an EAW (Environmental Assessment […]

Will the real Elmer please stand up?

Thursday evening I participated in a candidate forum at Carleton College, organized by David Holman of the Wellstone House of Organization and Activism. The many attendees were witness to a good discussion from city, county, and school board candidates, and the House 25B candidates, Rep. Ray Cox and myself. Roy Grow was the moderator and […]

Get specific! Whaddya gonna do?

At the Long Term Care forum at Three Links a question was “it seems likely that the greatest pressure in the 2005 legislative session will be for increased spending in five areas: transportation; k-12 education; corrections; increasing access to health care for children, low-income and the working poor; and older adult services. Since those five […]

FISH STORY

After a challenging school year and a campaign season that began in January, I was thrilled to take a four day break with a few of my friends from the Minnesota alternative programs association (MAAP) . Dan Daly of Liberty High Charter School in Blaine was the MAAP President just preceding me, and he suggested […]
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