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Opinion Page Page The Tyler Tribute, Thursday, October 2, Commissioners Notes I IIIIIIII II I by DAVID D. NORGAARD 5th District Commissioner, Lincoln County Zoning Ordinance Discussed At Public Meeting September 29 A public meeting was held by the Lincoln County Environmental Office on September 29 at 7 p.m. with all of the Lincoln County Townships in attendance. The pur- pose of the meeting was to thor- oughly go through the Lincoln County Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to help township offi- cials more clearly understand what the ordinance consists of, the steps taken by previous county board members, the planning and zoning board members and assorted oth- ers, to complete the present ordi- nance, and what changes if any should be considered in the future. Robert Olsen, the Lincoln County Environmental Administra- tor, and Brent Riess, Assistant County Environmental Administra- tor, had prepared a power point presentation concentrating on the feedlot portion of the Lincoln County Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. All of the steps involved for a new or existing feedlot to be- come permitted along with the set- back requirements and all of the necessary paper work needed to complete a feedlot permit applica- tion was thoroughly explained. Mr. Olsen went through each of the phases necessary to legally complete a feedlot permit, answer- ing questions as he progressed. The majority of the concerns that were voiced again were the odor issues associated with the open lagoon that is part of the Christensen far- rowing facility in Marble Township of Lincoln County. The county, in conjunction with Christensen Farms, continues to try and find a more permanent solu- tion to this ongoing odor issue. All of the newer swine facilities that are issued permits in Lincoln County have manure pits under the barn which contains the odor in that exact location unless the manure is being removed and land applied from the facility. When the manure is removed from any livestock fa- cility it is going to smell until such time as the removal and applica- tion has been completed, and all efforts are made by those involved to make this as short a period as possible. I have been involved in agriculture since I was six years old and manure has always stunk. It is more palatable with the equip- ment that is used in today&apos;s farm- ing practices as we inject the ma- nure in to the soil, reducing the amount and intensity of the manure odor emitted. 1 had attended an AMC policy conference in St. Paul on Septem- ber 18 and had some of the AMC staff members collect a condensed version of what a township would have to accomplish to have a town- ship zoning ordinance. There are no shortcuts involved to have and administer a zoning ordinance, but all townships may be more restric- tive and have their own zoning or- dinance if they so desire. One of the other issues that were discussed at this meeting was the imposition of township moratoriums, or an in- terim zoning ordinance. Imposing some sort of development morato- rium cannot be done solely for the purpose of stalling. One of the re- quirements for imposing an interim ordinance is that a study be con- ducted with the intent of ultimately adopting planning and zoning regu- lations or changes. Courts have routinely struck down attempts to impose a moratorium when no study is actually being conducted and no ' other work on revising the planning and zoning documents is occurring, so unless a township is moving towards full scale zoning, an interim ordinance does nothing. All things considered I thought this was a very positive, and informa- tive meeting with our township of- ficials and hopefully will go a long way in clarifying some of the finer details. On one more livestock related issue, the Berkshire group produc- ing Berkshire hogs for the Japanese market is open for more smaller local producers to become a part of this very profitable niche mar- ket. Contact Gene Goldenstien at 1-800-423-6230 for details. As always I can be reached at 507-247-5672 or email at J tl i i My Trip To Iraq by Congressman Mark Kennedy I recently visited Iraq with 10 other members of Congress to ex- amine the reconstruction efforts and visit our troops. I am proud to report that there is great progress being made in Iraq. One of the most commonly asked questions I get about my trip is "How are the troops?" I met with a wide cross section of troops and had the privilege of dining with Minnesota soldiers from the Ist Armored Division in Baghdad, the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul, the 4th Infantry Division in Tikrit and with Marines in Babylon near AI Hillah. I also had the opportu- nity to mingle with other soldiers at those units as well as those who transported us on C-130's and Blackhawk helicopters and met with soldiers at Camp Anaconda in Ballad. Overall, even though the troops expressed concerns especially about the heat while wearing a uni- form and bulletproof vest, the sol- diers and Marines I spoke were positive about what they were ac- complishing. They were clear about the value of their mission and rightly proud of their success. Of greatest concern to the troops is a date certain for return- - E00*abhhed/n 197"2- OffiolJ New=pap of Llnooln County, the City of Tyler, RTR Middle School, _Russell, and RTR High School, Tyler Guest Column ALL SUhthtl00R LONG COhtPLAINS OF HOT T00htPS--AN' ANY WORI< ON HIS PLACI00 NIXIES... THI00N TH' FIRST CHILLS OF WINTI00R B00AR DOWN, AN' SCURRIES ABOUT/I00AI<IN' FIXES! More Fun Facts To Know And Tell And Dazzle Your Friends Okay, here we go again. These are some bits of infor- mation that we found - again - in an e-mail. Who knows if they are 100% true. We don't - and we don't guar- antee them. But most sound pretty legit... Even the peanuts in the dyna- mite item sounds plausible to us. And since we are allergic to the things, dynamite is a good place for them! Our first offering is entitled: "Think You Know Everything?" A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. I lll I II ii ing home and, in the case of the Guard and Reserve, completingde- ployment. The current split of re- sponsibilities has necessitated a heavy reliance on the Guard and Reserve for many functions impor- tant to winning the peace. The ad- dition of activiation and deactiva- tion time has extended their deploy- ment for well beyond a year. Poli- cies to ease this burden for future deployments are actively debated. Their sacrifices and those of their families remind us all of the price of freedom. The military is also doing some very innovative things to maintain troop morale. For example, they are providing opportunities to contact families by awarding phone cards, and making more Internet cafes available to the troops. Additionally, the military is providing more qual- ity off-duty opportunities to reward the troops with stand down days, rest and relaxation opportunities in the region - including the ability to have a beer (which is not allowed in lraq or other largely Islamic countries). Published Weekly on Thursdays by Hunt & Hunt Newspapers 151 North Tyler Street Tyler, MN 56178 Pa0tm,/Ealr Charles R. Hunt Periodicals Postage Paid at Tyler, MN 56178 The seeds for democracy have been sowed in Iraq. Early growth is promising. The Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) has selected a 25-member cabinet to head the administrative departments of the lraq central government. The IGC has been accepted by the Arab League and welcomed by the UN. The IGC has appointed a com- mittee to prepare for a consitutional convention. Over 90% of Iraqi towns have councils. Though much remains to be done to bring to life the Arab world's first true democracy, the building blocks are in place. One of the key provisions in the UN resolution the U.S. recently pro- posed was that the IGC, the U.S. and the UN would agree on a time- table for transferring sovereignty from the Coalition Provisional Au- - Continued On Page 5 - Tributaries by CHUCK A snail can sleep for three years. AI Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill. Almonds are a member of the peach family. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. Babies are born without knee- caps. They don't appear until the child reaches two to six years of age. Butterflies taste with their feet. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt." February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction. If you are an average Ameri- can, in your whole life, you will spend an average of six months waiting at red lights. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable. No word in the English lan- guage rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. Peanuts are one of the ingredi- ents of dynamite. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand; "lollipop" with your right. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing. The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts. The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a ra- dar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious." Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. Women blink nearly twice as much as men. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest it- self. .... now you know everything. This next item we find intrigu- ing. Probably because we spend time editing and proofreading. It is amazing how fast we first read this item. It is entitled: "The paomnnehil pweor of the hmuan mnid." Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the Itteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoentnt tihng is taht the frist and Isat Itteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total roses and you can sitil raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey Iteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? 0000tPEOPLE t FREE 7.. PRES 1867 ' Member- Minnesota Newspaper Association Subscription Rates Lificoln, Pipestone and Lyon Co.. $25.00 . Residents with 561 or 562 Zip Codes (Excluding Lincoln, Pipestone and Lyon County) ................. $30.00 All Others ................................ $35.00 Foreign Countries ..................... $40.00 "Sno-bird" Rate ....... $1 per month extra 50 Off to Senior Citizens 62 or Older POSTMASTER: Address changes to: The Tyler Tribute Box Q, Tyler, MN 56178 USPS 963-720 Our Goals This newspaper tries conscien- tiously to report news fairly and accurately. When we fall short of this ob- jective, we welcome complaints from our readers. Please direct your complaints to our editor whose name is listed on this page, Letters The Tyler Tribute strongly en- courages its readers to use the Letters to the Editor Health Care Program Cha.l Go Went Into Effect October Dear Editor, Most Minnesotans didn'l October 1 on their for many people it was an tant day. A number of the s ing changes made to state care programs during islative session went into The impact is serious thousands of people who their health benefits cut or nated. But the re be far broader. When the ment makes these cuts, will still have the same re: ity for caring for people services. And hospitals are a facing cost pressures creases in the ranks of the sured, emergency and rising labor costs. The impact doesn't the state's 139 nonprofit either. Businesses and who pay for their 1: surance will have to make difference, paying tal care because the isn't paying enough. The state was hospitals more than six than what it costs to for people on state-s grams like MinnesotaCare, aid and General Assistance cal Care. As of October 1, problem just got worse. Bruce J. President. Hospital Old Telephone Operators Were Great Dear Editor: You know, 1 was about 11 when we town. 1 still remember phone number was 108. had a different system. I ber Grandmother Tyler asking central for 3 on I heard a story once one trying to make a long call to Tyler from some and having trouble operator that such work. Maybe the person me about it would and send it to the Tribute. For many years the office in Askov was on the s, floor of a store building Street. Someone phone a certain number, operator might say, "Wait a I just saw him out on the She would then open the and call out, "Henry, wants you on the phone. here and take the call." Or the operator would "She isn't home to Duluth. Try evening." Another time sage might be, "She is mother's place today. here there?" Our present telephone is efficient in many wayS. can't give the service the phone operators gave. They great. ApI: Tillie forum provided on this to the editor should be in advance of publication signed by the author. We would prefer typed, double-spaced and 500 words. Copies of have been submitted to pers will receive a low publication. 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