PPJG Original article  4:15 cst  September 23, 2009

 

elkby Marti Oakley (C) 2009

When I read that a prized herd of 700 elk in southeastern Minnesota was being destroyed by sharpshooters under the employ of the USDA, I just couldn’t help but wonder what was really going on.  Supposedly, from all published accounts, a dead cow had tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.  This supposedly occurred in January of 2009 and the herd has been quarantined since that time.  In my opinion, this is what the elk herd really suffered from: 

Chronic, “These elk are in the way of our new investment and building plans; help us get rid of them” disease.

June 18, 2008     

TOWER INVESTMENTS UNVEILS PLANS FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER AT ELK RUN FACILITY.

Intro from this publication: (excerpted)

Pine Island, Minn. – (June 18, 2008) Tower Investments, LLC announced today at the Bio2008 International Convention in San Diego, Calif., plans for the Biotechnology Center at Elk Run (BCER) research, development and manufacturing facility. The center is a nonprofit organization committed to the development of biotechnology firms, technologies and services. Its first home—part of the 200-acre BioBusiness Park at Elk Run—is the first building slated for construction as part of the 2,325-acre master planned Elk Run development. (end excerpt)

Unfortunately for Tower Investments, a herd of 700 elk stood in the way of their grand scheme.  Actually, the herd represented a minor nuisance as Tower Investments immediately began working with local Representative, (D) Tim Walz which proved quite beneficial. More