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LWV Holds Feedlot Press Conference

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On Tuesday, November 13, the Rice County Courthouse was the scene of a news conference held by the Northfield League of Women Voters to call attention to the impending action of the Rice County Commissioners to amend the feedlot ordinance.

Large feedlots and the resulting manure have the potential to pollute surface and ground waters. Since 1988, in response to a state mandate, Rice County has regulated feedlots associated with animal agriculture.

The ordinance includes regulations of the number of animals allowed in feedlots, the required acreage, the minimum separation between manure storage structures and abutting homes and the methodology for spreading manure on the soil. 

At issue are changes the Rice County Commissioners are considering which would relax many of the regulations. Opponents to the change, including the League of Women Voters, fear that the changes will endanger the many lakes and streams in Rice County as well as the ground water.

The Quiet Angel; Alene Fink retires

S6300168 At the October 21 Fall Meeting, retiring director of the Northfield Senior Center, Alene Fink, is pictured here with Cannon Valley Elder Collegium director, Bill Carlson and chair Vern Faillettaz. Alene spoke to the 75 Cannon Valley Elder Collegium students and faculty about changes in the concept of aging she has observed during her career. From being considered low income, frail and lonely, seniors are now perceived to be active, wealthy, engaged and assets to the community.

Bill read from a framed citation presented to Alene:

Alene’s leadership of the Senior Center during the past 25 years moved the organization from a dining group with a small membership and a small budget to the premier center in Minnesota with over 1600 members and a budget approaching one half million and assets over one million. Her clear goals and her leadership have made all this possible by quietly moving people beyond their expectations. Alene always had time for and genuine personal interest in all members.

Beginning January 1, 2008, Alene will have time to do many of the things her demanding work has prevented, including enrolling in Elder Collegium courses. The full text of the citation, as well as the list of the winter Elder Collegium courses can be found at: www.cvec.org.

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