Fortunes of Wisconsin landowners take turn with St. Croix River bridge

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES and , ANDREW JOHNSON
  • Updated: May 8, 2012 - 7:52 AM

Bridge project has highway extension dissecting family farms.

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brainerdguyMay. 7, 12 8:15 PM

This bridge boondoggle has ALWAYS been about making wealthy land developers in Wisconsin even WEALTHIER!!!

Don't we also have a stadium boondoggle going on around here too???

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cheiron55402May. 7, 12 8:27 PM

"To take and wreck anything this beautiful because Stillwater wants a bridge ... ," said Gillstrom, his voice trailing into the wind. "That whole bridge project is about as crooked and political as anything can get. They've got all the politicians in the country telling me what's good for this land."------------I wonder how often he uses the bridge. He might not be doing so well without it.

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hittodeadMay. 7, 12 8:52 PM

The story quoted two landowner farmers who are critical of the project and are also elderly. No mention of a succeeding generation among the family who want to preserve the farming tradition on this land, so what happens when they die? I'm not happy that the land their family has farmed for generations will be converted to expressway, but what's the alternative for them? Maybe they they should be thankful for the money now...

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aladdinsaneMay. 7, 12 8:55 PM

@cheiron55402. The answer is never. The bridge hasn't been built yet.

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julann98May. 7, 12 8:57 PM

My family had a simular issue with the expansion of HW 12 a few years go. Either you take the deal or they take the land. Maybe the families should get a royality for what the land will be worth after development? They are going to get ripped off in this. What is sad is that you can't fight it. They will simply condemn the land.

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alansonMay. 7, 12 9:14 PM

A "Stillwater Bridge" in name only. This article shows the primary beneficiaries will be politically connected Wisconsin real estate developers. Minnesota does half of the lifting and gets little or none of the benefit. Yet the political impetus came from a bipartisan group of naive Minnesota politicos - Dayton, Bachmann, Franken, Klobuchar (and others). DFL environmentalists got trampled. Republican fiscal hawks turned chicken. Why are we always the rubes?

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bandit135May. 7, 12 9:30 PM

the farmers will make out fine, all that land along the highway they own they will be able to sale for big money and retire.

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lawtonj1May. 7, 1210:08 PM

Future bridge to not too much.

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rlwr51May. 7, 1210:40 PM

"That whole bridge project is about as crooked and political as anything can get. They've got all the politicians in the country telling me what's good for this land." ******** that pretty much hits the nail on the head. It's criminal even if it's "legal"

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justsayinMay. 7, 1210:47 PM

If there's a bigger boondoggle in the whole country I'd be surprised - and sickened. Amy K thumbed her nose at old Walter M and helped push this thru. Sad. Makes you almost want to join the t-baggers. Trouble is, their champion Michelle B was right there by Amy's side, face down in the government trough with all the rest. Pathetic.

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