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Letter: Don't let environmental radicals rule St. Paul

What would Herald readers say if I told them that there is a project that could bring many blue-collar jobs to northwest Minnesota and $25 million in annual property tax payments?...

What would Herald readers say if I told them that there is a project that could bring many blue-collar jobs to northwest Minnesota and $25 million in annual property tax payments?

What would they think if I said that this project would help get our crops out quickly and increase transportation safety? Wouldn't they like to see a project like that move forward? I know I would.

This project is the Sandpiper Pipeline. It's a proposed pipeline that would transport oil in North Dakota and Minnesota. It would create many jobs and increase funds for our schools and road and bridge improvements.

Sadly, Enbridge, the company proposing Sandpiper, recently announced its withdrawal of the $2.6 billion Sandpiper Pipeline Project application before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

It may have been another story if our government had been more cooperative. North Dakota already granted the permits for the pipeline, but permits in Minnesota had been held up in the Minnesota bureaucracy.

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And when proposed mining on the Iron Range also goes down, is it any wonder why DFL mayors on the Iron Range are endorsing Republicans?

According to the Star Tribune, the DFL mayor of Eveleth, Minn., wrote a letter to the editor saying that if this election falls to the liberal radicals, we could very well see the last generation of miners in Minnesota.

I hope that voters will send people with rural common sense to St. Paul-people such as Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, Rep. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, and Senate candidate Mark Johnson.

We need their voices to check and balance the detrimental policies coming from the metro-centered left in St. Paul.

Jacob Bakke

Kennedy, Minn.

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