From: Jane Cowgill
Recently, there have been a number of Letters to the Editor regarding the role of Senator Jeremy Miller in the defeat of the solid frac sand regulations proposed by Senator Matt Schmitt of Red Wing and in claiming unwarranted credit for the watered-down and generally useless bill which eventually passed.
Perhaps there is lingering doubt about Millerís relationship to the frac sand interests in our area and about whether he really is committed to supporting the interests of all citizens, or just those of a few local frac sand entrepreneurs. A quick look at the website of the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board will give us some help in answering this question. It shows that in 2012, Jeremy Miller received $2000 from Winona frac sand interests: $500 from Candice Kohner, $500 from Steve Kohner, $250 from Kim Schwab, $250 from Pete Schwab (who now runs Biesanz Quarry), $250 from Nancy Hemker and $250 from Robert Hemker. All these people are connected to frac sand facilities (or proposed facilities) in Winona.
Given the way of things these days in politics, these are not enormous sums. However, they do indicate who is expecting to have his/her interests represented in St. Paul and by whom. Significantly, according to the Campaign Finance Board, neither Gene Pelowski, nor Greg Davids, nor Steve Drazkowski, nor Matt Schmitt received contributions from Winona frac sand interests.
That leaves you, Senator Miller. Why not fess up to your true position on the frac sand issue? Tell us what you really think about the intrusion of the frac sand industry into our beautiful bluff lands. How about a little transparency so that your constituents can make an informed judgment about whether or not they want to support you when you next come up for election?