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Contributed The site of the proposed feedlot is located near the intersection of County Road 1 and Lake Jennie Road and is less than a half mile away from the Chippewa River. (Contributed)

Feedlot raises concern in Evansville Township

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Feedlot raises concern in Evansville Township
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A proposed feedlot project in Evansville Township is drawing fire from nearby residents.

Prairie Lakes Farm, LLC, is requesting a permit and variance for a new feedlot operation consisting of 996 animal units, beef cattle, near the intersection of County Road 1 and Lake Jennie Road.

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The facility would include three 220-by-400-foot open lots, each containing a 40-by-200 foot open front partial-confinement building.

At full capacity, the lots would house 830 cow-calf pairs. Manure would be stored in covered bed-packs within the buildings and temporarily stockpiled until it’s applied on the land.

The Douglas County Planning Advisory Commission held a site review meeting last Friday that drew more than 50 people, including 42 citizens.

Nearby residents, such as Dave and Sharon Henneman, are worried about runoff from the feedlot getting into the Chippewa River, which is less than a half mile away, and into Long Lake.

They’re also worried about air and odor pollution from the feedlot operation and how it may affect the respiratory health of residents in the area.

A public hearing about the project will take place in the Douglas County Commissioners Room on the second floor of the Douglas County Courthouse on Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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