To the editor,
I would like to let the residents of Kanabec County know about the proposed build of a third dollar store in our county. The proposed location is approximately 6 and a half miles north of Mora on the west side of Hwy 65, across from mile marker 72.
The first concern is the safety of each person driving on Hwy 65. The volume of traffic and the speed with no turn lane (as proposed and approved by DOT) is an accident waiting to happen. The lack of visibility from the north adds to increase chances of a collision. Is this what we want for our safety?
Second concern is why is Dollar General building another store in Kanabec County? The answer is in their business model: saturate lower income areas making Dollar General the only shopping option. They offer minimal healthy food choices such as fresh produce. These stores have considerable impact on local businesses as many communities around the country have experienced. Income drops by 30 percent and many local businesses are forced to close. Property values decrease. Dollar General also does nothing to help the local job market by employing minimal workers, often only one per shift. Is this what we want for our health and local economy?
The third concern is the environmental impact on the surrounding area. Where does the runoff go? What about the noise of the added traffic and the visual impact of lights 24 hours a day. Township members mentioned reduced hours and being closed one day a week, but not a single Dollar General anywhere near us has hours less than 8 a.m.-9 p.m., seven days a week. Is this what we want for our rural landscape?
Please join your neighbors and voice your concerns 7 p.m. on June 17 at Knife Lake town hall meeting (west on County Road 19, 2013 260th Ave.). There will be a follow up meeting on the proposed Dollar General store 7 p.m. on June 24 at the same location.