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Letter to the Editor

To: Editor:


1) Kraemer admitted to taking the $1.9 million dollar bonus; only after it was leaked.

2) The board members who took the $70,000, also only did so after it leaked (newer members, Paul Koering Bryan McCulloch Rick Larson and a few others were not board members at that time).

3) Fact: Martin and Theiese did not take the $70,000 years ago, but were on the board and KEPT the SECRET. Martin (when asked about the secrecy), stated “secrecy is very important on a board.”

4) At the 2019 Annual Board Meeting, the majority of members voted: Remove Kramer from CWP and to do a forensic audit. When the board voted on this only 3 board members voted to remove Bruce. They are Bryan McCulloch, Paul Koering and Rick Larson. Bryan McCulloch made a motion for the forensic audit but did not get a second. The rest refused to follow the requests of the members, disrespecting those who voted for them!

5) Mine Royalties, given to Bruce Kraemer, Doug Hereon, Don Nelson: Kraemer claims to he’s removed from the agreement; no documentation showing the others have been removed or that remaining percentages would return to coop members. Anyone given money from the original 5%, stands to make millions. The concern: The 2% that was originally “undesignated,” could find its way into the pockets of Kraemer (and others), if entire 5% is not legally designated back to the cooperative. McCulloch states “this conflict of interest still concerns me but I can’t get support to dig deeper.”

6) CWP Management and Board President tell us to ask them if we have questions. Sorry but that feels like asking the FOX how things are going in the HEN HOUSE!

Gary Bakken,
Breezy Point Mn
(concerned members group)

I Think We Forgot How

Letter to the Editor

I think we forget how inherently strange this world is. We fabricate realities for ourselves, realities that fail to quench our unrelenting compulsion to discover and create. As said by him, her, and everyone- we’re all a little mad inside. It’s this wee thrum of madness that keeps humanity constantly reeling forward on the evolutionary ladder, and this constant churning that leaves us in a mild haze, wondering dimly if stumbling through our tired minds is what we ought to do in order to matter.

Somewhere along the line we declare ourselves qualified to judge this world and others, and then judge those who do the same. We’re all unintentional hypocrites mired into the maelstrom of unflinching reality. I think we have to submit to judgments because without them we don’t exist; we have no substance. Despite this understanding, a part of me has qualms with the idea of nothing ever being impartial with us. I know I’m a hypocrite as well. That’s the fun of it. There exists a silent grief. Contained within a falling leaf. Departing from the mother tree. Another fading memory. A melancholy dance in air. Pirouettes for added flare. Sun rays reach to kiss goodbye. A kiss and dance before it dies. The leaf subsided in the light of dawn and then it’s gone. This season let’s focus on being there for one another, by going the extra mile to help someone in need. Show everyone what this country has to offer and in return you’ll be rewarded.

Kat Beireis
Pequot Lakes, MN

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Honor the Earth denounces latest Keystone Pipeline “Spill” in North Dakota this week,
Encourages investors to divest of failing Tar Sands Oil Industry and Enbridge’s Line 3

Letter to the Editor

November 1, 2019 – Citing the alarming number of oil and gas pipeline accidents this year and last from the Canadian border to Kentucky, and a significant number of historic Enbridge spills over the past 28 years, Honor the Earthtoday denounced the latest crude oil spill near Edinburg, North  Dakota, where an estimated 383,000 gallons of tar sands oil leaked from the 9-year-old Keystone pipeline owned by TC Energy into a prairie wetland. This spill follows on another major spill of 407,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota in November 2017.

Winona LaDuke, the co-founder and Executive Director of the indigenous-led environmental justice organization on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, decried the North Dakota spill, and called on investors to stop funding fossil fuel infrastructure, including the controversial Line 3 in northern Minnesota proposed by Enbridge, Inc. Enbridge is responsible for two of the largest inland oil spills in US history in Michigan and Minnesota.*

“This latest spill proves once again that new pipelines are not necessarily safer,” notes LaDuke. “Enbridge claims that building a new pipeline will be safer, but even new pipelines rupture. Safe operation of both old and new pipelines depends on Enbridge’s commitment to safe operation[. That's a lot of luck and a little too much risk for Minnesota waters.”

Due to a settlement agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Enbridge, existing Line 3 is subject to more stringent inspection and maintenance standards than required by federal law.

LaDuke adds, “Anyone who doubts whether oil pipelines like the one Enbridge is trying to foist upon First Nation tribes and the citizens of Minnesota who will be stuck with the bill if and when the tar sands oil industry declares bankruptcy, should read the 2018 Greenpeace report: Dangerous Pipelines: Enbridge's History of Spills Threatens Minnesota Waters.” She also raised a red flag about the growing divestment in fossil fuels and infrastructure projects.

“The growing fossil fuel divestment movement worldwide, especially with tar sands oil, should be a sign that the Canadian oil industry is in deeper trouble than most imagine. Investors who still consider a guaranteed return on investment, should get smarter about very real risks, especially those associated with tar sands extraction, as noted  in a recent report about Exxon, investment and climate change.”

*More about the Historic Spills in Minnesota and Michigan
The largest inland oil catastrophe in U.S. history occurred near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, with a Line 3 pipeline rupture on March 3, 1991, spilling over 1.7 million gallons of oil, much of which flowed into the Prairie River, a tributary of the Mississippi. Were it not for the 18 inches of ice on top of the river, the spill could have poisoned the drinking water of millions downstream, and would likely be remembered very differently today.

That incident was very similar to the 2010 rupture of another Enbridge pipeline that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of heavy Tar Sands crude into Talmadge Creek, then the Kalamazoo River. Clean up and ongoing restoration have cost the company more than $1b dollars.

- Honor the EARTH

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