Editorial: Fortunately, state park trees will staySoaring high: Black walnut trees are valuable.
By: R-E Editorial Board, The Republican Eagle
Soaring high: Black walnut trees are valuable, particularly in the hands of master carpenters and crafters of handmade furniture. They pay top dollar for lumber from the best specimens in Minnesota.
Black walnut trees also are priceless, particularly when you’re talking about those growing tall, straight and true in our state parks.
The Minnesota House and Senate understood the difference. Both passed outdoor legislation Tuesday, and fortunately Rep. Steve Drazkowski’s proposal to cut down black walnut trees from Frontenac and Whitewater state parks wasn’t included.
Rough landing: Outdoor advertising at local athletic fields might be a good idea, but no one can really know without specifics. The City Council voted 6-1 Monday after the ordinance’s first reading. Before the final vote, someone please answer President Ralph Rauterkus: “Why would I want to pass an ordinance when I don’t know how it’s going to be used?”