Fractured community

To the Editor:

These ancient, provident, idyllic hills may get scooped up and carried away. Along with our peace and our sense of well-being, what a  terrible price to pay.

For a business plan that anyone can see is as bad as they get. It could ruin our land and pit man against man for profits besieged with regret.

A wonderful day in the neighborhood is dust to a frac sand mine. Near there and elsewhere the quality of life and the property values decline.

The mechanical mayhem folks have to endure would cause a stone to crack. Once set in motion, as with insults and bombs, we can’t wish this gold rush back.

Perhaps it’s not fair to ask all who surround it to pay so a mine can do well. Perhaps it’s not right to impose on ones’ old friends and neighbors this new kind of hell.

The fact is this country has one sacred bounty. One soul that will perish if defaced. It’s her natural beauty. Perhaps it’s our duty to see that she’s not laid to waste.

We don’t have the right to do everything wrong to our children’s and grandchildren’s gem. She’s not ours to ruin. She’s ours to preserve. For she’s only on loan from them.


Kent Holen
Houston, Minn.

  • terry karels

    Do you have a job? Do you have a job that uses precious resources ? We are talking about sand! The people of Houston County have a resource that has value. And you think that the “ancient provident, idyllic” sandstone hills in the county will make life “hell” if they are harvested? Do you realize that ears of corn “scream” when they are plucked (oscilliscope). You should ban corn crops!

    I find fault with anyone who talks about these hills in such eloquent terms. Please look around you (if you, in fact, you know the county). Thoroughly scour the bluffs around Brownsville, and just ignore the rattlers, they are also endangered!

    The landowners in the county, by definition, own the land to be mined. The basic question is why you think you have a right to decide how these people use an asset that has been mostly an annoyance to farmers for the last 200 years.

  • terry karels

    I just spent some time really spent time reading Kent’s comments. I’m impressed by his verbiage, reading a lot like a formulaic script rather than his own words.

    I enjoyed my childhood, riding along with Jimmy Wiechert on his Triumph bike exploring the county, (Mostly, seeing his girlfriends!) I love the Bluff Country, it will always be my home, but we have to take into account that our neighbors have a right to benefit from their own lands.
    Terry Karels

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