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Watch Where The Snow Has Drifted

March 11, 2014
Emmetsburg News

To Whom it May Concern,

Last fall I wrote an editorial requesting farmers to mow, disk or burn fence rows or the edges of fields to prevent drifting during the winter. Now that the snow will be leaving soon, I ask everyone to take note of where the snow banks got their start. Sometimes because a little brush, or tree or grove, but mostly because of grass that was left along the edge of the field or in a fence row.

Now, I don't advocate burning all ditches, the wildlife need a place to hide too, but controlled burns and mechanical remediation will do wonders. So I'm asking you to remember these drifts next fall and remind your friends to take care of future problems before they happen. The money it will save our county can be better used elsewhere.

(signed)?Dave Waldschmidt

Cylinder, IA



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