ICE OUT in Pine Island!

August 22nd, 2018

Amazing.  Tonight the Pine Island City Council reversed its position and rescinded it’s previous Resolution in support of the ICE detention center proposed for Elk Run area of Pine Island.  YES!

KAAL – The City of Pine Island Rescinds Support for ICE Detention Facility

KIMT – Pine Island changes its mind on an ICE detention center

Here’s the Resolution rescinding the previous Resolution:

Here’s the original Resolution of support, boilerplate language from the proposed developers:

It’s DONE, for now.  It could come back, but methinks they understand that we’re ready!  Methinks they know what to expect if they try again!


I should have gone up in the front row and captured the smirk on the Mayor’s face through almost all of the meeting.  Was he nervous and feeling the heat, or was he dismissive of everyone who showed up?  Showed up for what?  For the Pine Island City Council meeting, the first one after City Council meeting where they voted to approve a resolution of support for Management and Training Corporation’s 640 bed ICE detention facility.

Here’s Alan Muller’s comment:

FULL meeting link — City says their site is broken so they posted it HERE – CITY FB PAGE

Here’s the Post Bulletin on the meeting:

Crowd weighs in on potential Pine Island ICE facility

The ICE request for proposals:

Immigration Detention Services – Multiple Areas of Responsibility 

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Fair use from Rolling Stone

Next Pine Island City Council meeting: 7/17 at 7!

City Council Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm on the 2nd floor of City Hall. City Council Meetings can be viewed here.

In New York Times:

All over U.S., Local Officials Cancel Deals to Detain Immigrants

The ICE request for proposals:

Immigration Detention Services – Multiple Areas of Responsibility 



Pine Island – Proposed Immigration and Customs Enforcement in which Pine Island says:


Let Pine Island know what you think about an ICE detention facility:

Mayor Rod Steele <>, Jerry Vettel <>, Jason Johnson <>, Mike Hildenbrand <>, David Friese <>, City Administrator <>, Finance-Account Clerk <>, Economic Development Director <>

Some recent articles:

Should Pine Island stay in the discussion for ICE detention center?

Our View: ICE looks at Pine Island for detention center

Pine Island Looked at as Potential Site for ICE Detention Center

How one Minn. town is weighing the morals and economics of immigrant detention




Minnesota DNR page on Chronic Wasting Disease


In the STrib:

Chronic wasting disease seen in SE Minn. deer

If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it marks the first time the disease has been found in Minnesota’s wild deer herd.


A deer killed by an archer in southeast Minnesota last fall is believed to have been infected by chronic wasting disease, the first wild whitetail in the state to be stricken.

Preliminary tests show that a doe felled Nov. 28 near Pine Island in Olmsted County carried the disease. Very little of the animal has been eaten by the hunter or his family, the Department of Natural Resources reported Friday morning, and authorities will pick up the butchered meat for further testing.

CWD is not believed to pose a danger to humans, though hunters and others who eat venison and elk meat are warned that an animal’s brains and spinal cord should be avoided.

The deer was killed about three miles from a captive elk farm near Pine Island that had been shut down recently after CWD was identified in its herd, which subsequently was “de-populated,’’ or killed in its entirety.

DNR big game coordinator Lou Cornicelli said Friday there is no way to determine how the wild deer became infected.

Before it was shot, the animal appeared thin, the archer recalled, but otherwise behaved normally. CWD can gestate in an infected animal for as long as four years before clinical signs of the disease are detected and the animal dies.

The archer has asked state authorities to remain anonymous.
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