Source: Star Tribne
On July 3, 2003 the Star Tribne reported that "along with environmental concerns, fears that the camp will train terrorists have stirred up many Iowans and others across the country. The Army Corps of Engineers, which will lease the federal land to the Muslim nonprofit group, gave the go-ahead Tuesday for a scaled-down version of the project. That only served to fuel the controversy... Weeks of news coverage and sometimes nasty letters to the editor were capped Wednesday by a visit from conservative radio talk-show host Mike Gallagher... Muslim community leaders in the Twin Cities and across the nation have monitored the debate over the camp, and view its approval as a key victory for religious tolerance in post-9/11 America."