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Leaf burning a chronic problem

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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

As a former resident of Baxter, I can attest to the chronic problem of leaf burning that occurs in Baxter on a regular basis. This is not a one-day, three-hour issue! This involves many residents burning whenever it is convenient for them. In addition to the chronic burning, residents would have campfires that they did not monitor and the fires would smolder all night long. Residents do not have motor vehicles idling near their homes for 3 hours, every day. And they have no input on pollution from businesses that may, temporarily, be polluting the areas near them. However, they do have a voice in ensuring that their neighborhood is a healthy one. Baxter offers a free dumpsite for leaves. I would have gladly helped any neighbor with raking their leaves or hiring a teen to do this to avoid burning the leaves. Our country has become one beset with asthma/allergy issues! This is serious and if we truly care about one another as neighbors, we will do what we can to make sure we can all breathe/live in a healthy environment!

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Jill Backberg

Brainerd

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