Bomb blasts and nature: Not a good mix along Minnesota Valley State Trail

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 22, 2012 - 3:31 AM

Air Force Reserve officials say that practice bomb disposal is too dangerous to be near hikers and bikers, putting plans for a trail in flux.

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go220mphMar. 21, 1210:54 PM

What a load of crap. I am normally hugely supportive of the military but this is simply ridiculous. They have known of the trail since long before adding a "practice" bomb disposal pad. With the pending merger with the Guard there are many other options for siting - or a simple debris fence and signage on the trail warning of occasional test blasts. There are plenty of solutions short of disrupting a long planned and highly desired trail link.

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det101Mar. 22, 1212:34 AM

HA HA! Signage and a debris fence! What state do you live in?? The minute some "entitled" minnesotan is either hit with the smallest branch, leave, and twig, or the noise scares thier little pooch or makes them wreck thier stupid road bike they think is a car, the lawsuits against the Government will start overflowing like water! The government owned the land before 1969 and still own it to this day, build that stupid trail elsewhere!

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marrmanMar. 22, 12 5:17 AM

The trail will benefit the most amount of people. Tell the military to take a hike.

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wileyrulesMar. 22, 12 7:46 AM

I know it's further from the O Club, but couldn't they practise blowing up bombs at Ripley?

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paxtonhallMar. 22, 12 8:03 AM

A map would make this story easier to understand.

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betseypMar. 22, 12 8:06 AM

I agree, wileyrules. It seems dangerous and impractical to blow things up so close to the airport and its main landing zone.

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shuckMar. 22, 12 8:30 AM

Didn't they just decide to move a number of C-130s out of here to save money? I have to imagine that this function could also move to some consolidated location elsewhere... Of course that move also probably freed up some tarmac space which would closely resemble a concrete pad ;) I'm sure bomb practice at an airport would go over well...

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foodfeedMar. 22, 12 9:01 AM

Another fine example of the military lacking foresight. These concerns about shrapnel make me wonder what they're gonna do once the mission is over, clean it all up or just leave a mess for future generations as per usual.

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glgMar. 22, 1211:05 AM

wow! had no idea they were practicing blowing up stuff near the cities - can't they hand off this "mission" to Area 51 in Nevada? lol

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