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Off The Editor’s Desk – 4-30-2014

The proposed sand mine at Glenwood City still has several hurdles to jump yet. I was just wondering about how sand mines are operating in other areas of the state.

 Wisconsin is the number one state that has frac sand. I was informed that the mine at Blair, Wisconsin has over 90 employees. The publisher of the newspaper at Blair confirmed that figure during a conversation this past Monday. But he could not say how many of those workers were local people.

The mine at Blair is located across town from the school and apparently the mine has had no affect on the school, Lee Henschel, Blair Press publisher indicated. “The community collects no royalty from the mine, other than property taxes,” Henschel said. But he said that there is another proposed mine for Blair and they would be paying a royalty to the community.

A recently published article in the newspaper out of Whitehall stated that a mine company that had been denied a permit there a year ago is back with a new proposal and they are offering a buck a ton payment to the community. I thought this is a little more information on what is going on in other parts of the state with the frac mining.

The Town of Arcadia in Trempealeau County is currently receiving 40 cents per ton from the Guza nonmetallic sand mine.

In another matter, if you receive a check from your employer during April you should have noticed that your take home pay is more. You can thank Governor Scott Walker and the state house and senate for that. I looked over the new withholding schedule that the state furnished and noticed it has a big reduction. I compared it with the old schedules and noticed that a married person making five hundred a week would take home over $335.00 more a year.

A recent story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press stated that Governor Walker made Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2014. Included on that list were President Obama, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Koch Brothers, Miley Cyrus, and tennis star Serena Williams.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praised Walker for his leadership, saying “Leadership takes many forms in public office, one of the most difficult challenges is standing up for what you believe in when faced with relentless public attacks. Walker faced that test and passed it with flying colors.”

Christie’s item on Walker cites his fight over public workers’ collective bargaining rights in 2011 and his success in a recall election in 2012 as signs of Walker’s leadership.

Thanks for reading. – Carlton