This week Minnesota Today is taking a closer look at the state of Minnesota’s rivers and streams. Part of our coverage includes updates from Todd Foster and Scott Miller as they make their way down the Sauk River in the central part of the state. The duo set out yesterday and didn’t get far before they ran into a fence that crossed the river. In fact, they report having to cross three fences on the first leg of their trip.
MPR News intern Alison Dirr reported on the motivations for the trip on Statewide yesterday.
The fences are illegal and pose a potentially serious risk to boaters. Farmers, with land on both sides of the river, have long used the fences to connect their pastures and reduce the risk of a cow meandering down the river.
Stay tuned to the Statewide blog and @mntoday as this week’s coverage continues.
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Here is a video from the location of the first fence the duo encountered.
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This week’s debate: Tim Pawlenty told an audience during a recent campaign stop that if you can Google it, then government shouldn’t be doing it. New Jersey and Louisiana are making large scale changes based on the idea that government ought to get out of the business of broadcasting (in the former state) and health insurance (in the latter).
We’ve had a few debates aimed at public policy points in the news (gun law changes, Voter ID, whether to raise taxes). This is a discussion that looks at your values… what you believe government’s role ought to be.
Two very worthy debaters will take on the task of arguing whether government should get out of services that the private sector can perform.
We would very much like you to come on in and add to that discussion.
Enliven this bedrock debate with your perspective.