The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 6, 2012

Your View: High quality farmland is disappearing

By Patricia Hilgers Morrow, Mapleton

— In 1951, Gov. Orville Freeman appointed my dad, Paul Hilgers, a farmer, as the first Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor of Blue Earth County.

He worked hard the 21 years he served to protect and conserve the rich soil and water of this county and the hard-working farmers of this county have enjoyed very productive crops from this "blue earth."

I cry for him as I read articles such as "Development project gets initial O.K." under "briefs" on Oct. 26 in The Free Press. Another 35 acres of our precious soil is being destroyed by building and black-topping it over. I'm so glad he is not here to see this.

Progress? Yes, I know Mankato has to expand, but our rich county farmland, acre by acre, is slowly disappearing.

Think about it.