ELECTION RESULTS: Voters to Speak on Frac Sand; Recall Election Tuesday in Glenwood

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UPDATE: Election Results

According to the Glenwood City website, the unofficial results of the December 17, 2013 recall election are as follows:

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Voters to Speak on Frac Sand; Recall Election Tuesday in Glenwood

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Vista Sand's frac sand mine, proposed less than a half mile from Glenwood City's school, is the driving force behind the December 17, 2013 recall elections engulfing the city council and its mayor.

Vista Sand’s frac sand mine, proposed less than a half mile from Glenwood City’s school, is the driving force behind the December 17, 2013 recall elections engulfing the city council and its mayor.


Four days from now, on December 17, citizens in Glenwood City will finally be able to voice their opinion on the fate of their small Wisconsin community which has been grappling with frac sand issues for the last couple of years.

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In Wisconsin, “we are the underclass of the underclass,” Says Same-Sex Couple

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Wanda Brown and Phyllis Goldin live in River Falls, WI.  The couple discusses the struggles they've faced as a same-sex couple for the past 40 years.

Wanda Brown and Phyllis Goldin live in River Falls, WI. The couple discusses the struggles they’ve faced as a same-sex couple for the past 40 years.

HEARINGS have begun in WI Supreme Court challenging the Domestic Partnership law.

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Proposed Bill “dangerous and reckless” says Wisconsin Mother about Frac Sand Legislation

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Julie Augesen, Glenwood City mother of 7 year old twins lead the effort to recall City Council members over Frac Sand mining.

Julie Augesen, Glenwood City mother of twins led the effort to recall City Council members over Frac Sand mining.

Senate Bill 349 “is dangerous and reckless,” says mother Julie Augesen, whose 7-year-old twins attend school near a proposed silica frac sand mine.

 

Augesen and other citizens around the state of Wisconsin may lose local control of mining sites in their communities.  Currently, municipalities may regulate air and water standards appropriate for each location.  If this bill passes, that power would transfer to the state, leaving “our hands tied to protect our children” from silica dust and other hazards says Augesen.

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Despite Burnt Petition, Three Recall Elections Likely over Frac Sand in Glenwood

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On Wednesday, October 9, citizens in Glenwood City, WI presented the city clerk with enough signatures on petitions to trigger three recall elections against local officials for their decisions regarding frac sand mining issues.

But getting here has not been easy.

The atmosphere in Glenwood, much like hundreds of other Wisconsin communities debating the merits of frac sand mining, has boiled over into confrontations.

For instance, on October 1 a Glenwood City man reportedly lit two ends of a recall petition on fire while it was being circulated by a local woman.

Recall petition burned containing 9 valid signatures; Glenwood City, WI, 10/1/13; Photo taken by Julie Augesen from city sidewalk.

Recall petition burned containing 9 valid signatures; Glenwood City, WI, 10/1/13; Photo taken by Julie Augesen from city sidewalk.

Tension is high as Mayor John Larson and city council members Nancy Hover and Dave Graese have been targeted for recalls.  The recall group, lead by mothers with children near the proposed frac mine site, claim the stakes for their children are simply too high.

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Mother against Mining Files Recall Petitions for 3 Officials in Glenwood City

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On September 20, a local citizen bustled into a Glenwood City restaurant and announced, “We’re recalling 3 local officials.”

Mother Julie Augesen submitted recall paperwork which targets 3 local officials who "refuse to let us vote" on frac sand mining near her children's school.

Mother Julie Augesen submitted recall paperwork which targets 3 local officials who “refuse to let us vote” on frac sand mining near her children’s school.

To the collective applause of the small group of diners at The Cafe, Julie Augesen, a mother of 7-year-old twins in Glenwood City school, explained what sparked the upcoming recall attempt.

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“The democratic process is window dressing”, Man says of Frac Sand Mining in Glenwood

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Over persistent opposition from citizens, on Monday night the Glenwood City council went into a closed-session meeting with representatives of Texas frac sand company Vista Sand.

Before entering into a private meeting on September 16, people were given an opportunity to address the council. Numerous citizens asked the city council if they had received a request to annex from Vista Sand.  “Absolute silence” was the response, reported local citizen Charlotte Heimer.  “They just sat there.”

Kwik Trip CFO/Glenwood property owner Scott Teigen (left); Texas company Vista Sand's lawyer, Anders Helquist (right).  Glenwood citizens have petitioned to vote on the frac sand mine proposed next to their public school.

Kwik Trip CFO/Glenwood property owner Scott Teigen (left); Texas company Vista Sand’s lawyer, Anders Helquist (right). Glenwood citizens have petitioned to vote on the frac sand mine proposed next to their public school.

Many citizens feel they were left without legal representation at the closed-session meeting.  The Glenwood City council, widely viewed as “disconnected” with the community on sand issues, was represented by Terry Dunst of Bakke Norman in New Richmond.  Vista Sand was represented by Anders Helquist of Weld, Riley Prenn, Ricci, Eau Claire.

“Who is in there speaking for us?” asked one resident angrily.

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Mining Referendum Stalled, Negotiations Begin with Frac Sand Company

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Crowd gathered to listen to the Glenwood City council to discuss the idea of a referendum on frac sand mining, September 9, 2013.  The council tabled the referendum petition on annexation signed by over half of the city's registered voters.

Crowd gathered to listen to the Glenwood City council to discuss the idea of a referendum on frac sand mining, September 9, 2013. The council tabled the referendum petition on annexation signed by over half of the city’s registered voters.

In the most subdued city council meeting in months, Glenwood area residents in western Wisconsin anxiously awaited to hear the action that would be taken by council members in response to their petition on frac sand mining.

It turns out they will have to continue to wait.

The council tabled the referendum discussion and did not schedule that discussion for any future meetings. Instead, the council scheduled a closed-session meeting with Texas company Vista Sand the following Monday.

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(Videos) Glenwood City Debates Frac Sand Mining

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Glenwood Area residents in western Wisconsin pack the house at the August 12, 2013 city council meeting.  The overflow crowd presented a referendum petition urging the city council to allow people to be "part of the process" when considering frac sand mining issues in their community.

Glenwood Area residents in western Wisconsin pack the house at the August 12, 2013 city council meeting. The overflow crowd presented a referendum petition urging the city council to allow people to be “part of the process” when considering frac sand mining issues in their community.

With over 130 frac sand mine and processing sites in Wisconsin, we have made it a priority to report about the process of one in our area.

Glenwood City may annex the Teigen/Crosby land in order to allow TX company Vista Sand to operate a silica frac sand mine in that location.  The potential “Vista” mine would be located within 1/2 mile from the public school with 650 children and hundreds of staff.

The Glenwood area is unique in its landscape and character.  However, dynamics surrounding frac sand mining in this community are far from rare.  These videos give you the inside feel of the sand story playing out in communities all around the state of Wisconsin.

In this video, more than 40 people packed into a small room in order to voice concerns about frac sand mining within the city limits.  More than half of the registered voters in Glenwood City presented the city council with a petition on Monday, August 12 requesting a referendum vote before the council moves to annex 400 acres of farmland into city limits.

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Mine? Let us Vote!” Glenwood Area Residents Want Referendum on Frac Sand

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Glenwood City, WI - On August 12, locals submitted a petition requesting that the western-Wisconsin city hold a referendum before annexing land next to their public school which is intended for a frac sand mine.

Glenwood City, WI – On August 12, locals submitted a petition requesting that the western-Wisconsin city hold a referendum before annexing land next to their public school which is intended for a frac sand mine.

 

Residents claim a right to vote on issues concerning frac sand mining in their community. But will they get it?

That’s the billion-dollar question facing the Glenwood area residents in the western Wisconsin community.  ”Screws are coming loose,” says one local who claims people are desperately fighting for their way life against a frac sand payout that may be worth a staggering $1.5 billion.

People wondered if they would be heard as they presented the Glenwood City Council with a petition Monday night requesting a referendum vote before the council moves to annex 400 acres of farmland into city limits.

A referendum would allow residents to vote on whether their city should annex the Teigen/Crosby land next to the public school in order to allow TX company Vista Sand to operate a silica frac sand mine in that location.

Julian Bender, former high school principal, presents a referendum petition to the city council.  The petition was signed by a majority of registered voters in Glenwood City, along with numerous citizens just outside the city who would also be affected by a potential frac sand mine.

Julian Bender, former high school principal, presents a referendum petition to the city council. The petition was signed by a majority of registered voters in Glenwood City, along with numerous citizens just outside the city who would also be affected by a potential frac sand mine.

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