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Actually, he said there would be 2 parallel 100 car sidings, which means they could easily be receiving far more truckloads than they admitted. In addition, an undisclosed amount would be shipped be truck, so the numbers don't make any sense.
We've learned through experience that trusting these folks is dangerous to our property values, and to this place we love.
God forbid that this goes through, I hope the county commission has the good sense to codify maximum volumes so as to limit the damage. Better yet, declare an indefinite moratorium on all mining. Pepin/Stockholm is a national treasure.
The people of Stockholm are informed, active, involved. proud of their beautiful town. Concerned about the environment. Good Job Stockholm!
It's interesting how evasive people can be when they don't want to tell the truth - the folksy charm doesn't always fool an informed populace. Good job Stockholm area residents in being prepared with the hard questions and demanding answers.
Unfortunately Stockholm and towns downriver are informed only because of the diligent, but so far unsuccessful, attempts by our friends in Maiden Rock to stop the rape and pillage of their village and town by mining interests. That mine, a huge intrusion to the safety and well-being of the locals, was apparently referred to by the Muskie CEO as that "little mine." Is that a big enough clue as to what they are really planning?
Stockholm is a save heaven and one of the most beautiful places I've ever lived. The residents, artists, locals and families have built a community that exists in harmony with their surroundings. Sand mining does not fit into that equation. Lying corporations who care nothing about community do not fit into that equation. This fight must be won. Stay diligent!
I have to agree with patrinka's comment. Our friends and neighbors up and down the river and across on the Minnesota side have been fighting this battle for longer than we have, and we can see the toll this industry is taking on their communities as sand mines and processing facilities spread across the landscape. We will fight this terrible proposal with everything we have.
I first discovered Stockholm when a college student at UW Stout in 1973. My botany professor, Orlin Anderson,lived on a farm in Stockholm with his mother. (Incidentally, his PhD dissertation was on the plants of the native "goat prairies" on the rocky bluffs along the Mississippi River.) We kids would take weekend drives along Hwy 35 and I remember a B&W photo I took of the dead quiet main street going up the bluff. I've visited Stockholm many times since, staying at B&B's, shopping, having coffee,...always mindful that what makes the town special is the glorious land that embraces it. I'm heartbroken to hear about the mine at Maiden Rock,...western WI is our precious land and must be saved. Please fight with everything you have to stop the sand mining. Can I help?
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