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Zumbrota hog farm issue elevated to the MN Supreme Court

Some Goodhue County residents and the Land Stewardship Project are taking their concerns about a proposed 4,700-head hog farm in Zumbrota Township to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The court has received and accepted their brief and will now have 60 days to decide whether or not to hear the case. The involved citizens and LSP decided to elevate this issue to the state Supreme Court after the Minnesota Court of Appeals sided with the Goodhue County Board's decision to issue a conditional-use permit for the farm. Their ruling was released Dec. 18, 2017. Two large-scale farms currently active in Goodhue County, also owned by the Circle K group, will be tested this year for hydrogen sulfide after an independent investigation conducted by the concerned citizen group and LSP reported unsafe levels during summer 2017. Until the Supreme Court makes their decision, the permit for the farm will be put on hold.