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March 30, 2018
LETTER: Pollution is the problem, not carp
To the editor: Before 1945, Lake Winona was fairly clear. In 1977 when ALASD's plant started discharging into Lake Winona, water quality problems were already obvious. By 1984, Lake Winona was "hypereutrophic" due to "triggering factors" that "include the addition of excess nutrients...
March 30, 2018 - 5:51pm
February 10, 2018
Minnesota vs. 3M: A guide to the $5B trial: State’s biggest environmental lawsuit, over company’s PFCs in groundwater, starts this month
ST. PAUL — Call it the $5 billion Teflon trial — Minnesota's biggest environmental lawsuit ever. When the trial of the State of Minnesota vs. 3M Co. starts Feb. 20, it will pit the state against what may be its most-loved company. The state attorney general will be taking...
February 10, 2018 - 4:25pm
December 15, 2017
EDITORIAL: Help put our lakes on low-salt diet
Are you putting our lakes in a pickle? Stop. The negative impact of too much salt getting into our lakes has been a hot news topic lately. And for good reason. It only takes a teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control...
December 15, 2017 - 3:02pm
April 22, 2017
Letter: New buffer law will create problems
To the editor: The implementation of a new law will damage ecosystems in Minnesota by elevating phosphate levels in Minnesota waters. Phosphate has been identified as the most important cropland nutrient to prevent from reaching surface water. High phosphate levels cause algae blooms...
April 22, 2017 - 9:12am
April 7, 2017
Letter: Lessons from the Civil War
To the editor: One tragedy of the Civil War was the many painful deaths caused by gangrene due to unsanitary conditions. This is why today cleansing the wound prior to bandaging is practiced. Believing a good bandage will clean a dirty wound is absolutely false. In all the contentious...
April 7, 2017 - 5:17pm
March 22, 2017
LETTER: Please don't litter
To the editor: This winter I found a lot of garbage on the ice when I was fishing with my dad. This made me sad to see garbage on the ice, because it will sink into the water and pollute the lake. I picked up a whole bag of garbage this year. Next year, I want everyone to please clean...
March 22, 2017 - 8:00am
March 15, 2017
Cities object to high sewage treatment plant costs
ST. PAUL — The 1,700-population community of Osakis could find itself paying $11 million in sewage treatment plant work, a cost one city official...
March 15, 2017 - 6:16pm
March 8, 2017
LETTER: Environmental review is critical for livestock operations
To the editor: It was with great dismay that I learned that the Minnesota House and Senate are proposing bills, House File 1456 and Senate File 1016, which will increase the number of livestock from 1,000 to 2,000 before an environmental impact sheet will be required for the approval...
March 8, 2017 - 8:00am
February 3, 2017
COMMENTARY: Zebra mussels are mucking up our lakes
By Greg Henry, Otter Tail County Water Planner 2007-2012, Douglas County Water Planner 2012-2016
February 3, 2017 - 8:00am
Two local companies cited for pollution violations
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency lists cases in Douglas County among the 43 enforcement cases statewide in the fourth quarter of 2016. Penalties from all 43 cases, in 24 counties throughout Minnesota in the fourth quarter, totaled just under $260,000. In all of 2016, the MPCA...
February 3, 2017 - 7:00am
January 25, 2017
Comment period extended for three Osakis lakes
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has extended the public comment period about a water quality improvement report for Smith Lake, Faille Lake and Lake Osakis. The report, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load, focuses on pollution caused by excess nutrients, mainly phosphorus,...
January 25, 2017 - 9:00am
LETTER: Hungry fish would eat the lake clean
To the editor: Instead of removing the carp from Lake Winona, what if we requested the DNR to stock it with a couple hundred tons of hungry carp and bullheads each spring for, say, five years, to plow up the nutrient-laden muck that has accumulated from a century of pollution? At...
January 25, 2017 - 8:00am
January 18, 2017
LETTER: Restoring water quality on lakes is up to citizens
To the editor: I am writing to outline Minnesota's water protection process. Citizens test waters they are concerned about to document their condition. Occasionally, Minnesota Pollution Control provides grant funding. If enough samples are documented as polluted, the water will be...
January 18, 2017 - 8:00am
January 9, 2017
Treatment plant costs could skyrocket
New state requirements call for the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District to install a new treatment process that would cost more than $10 million — much higher than the state's estimate of $5.6 million. That's what Bruce Nelson, district director, told the Alexandria City...
January 9, 2017 - 10:21pm
January 4, 2017
LETTER: Whose job to monitor water?
To the editor: We attended the county commissioners' meeting on Dec. 20, regarding the feedlot in Millerville Township. We were told we were not allowed to speak at this meeting, that we had a chance at the public meeting the week before. Each person was allowed two minutes to talk...
January 4, 2017 - 8:00am