Proposed changes to Rice County feedlot ordinance

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Stephanie Hendrickson sent me this photo (click to enlarge) and accompanying text of she and her colleagues…

…conducting our Rice County Farmers Union Convention dinner meeting at Perkins in Faribault Oct. 17. We passed a resolution to forward to Rice County Commissioners in opposition to proposed changes to County Feedlot Ordinance (raising of size limit and removing setback from feedlot to neighboring home).

See the Oct. 10 Northfield New article titled County agrees to changes in proposed feedlot code.

After weeks of discussion and two public informational meetings in early September, the board has scheduled a public hearing for their final proposal at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Commissioner’s Room of the Government Services Building, 320 N.W. Third St., Faribault. The main changes to the ordinance to date are a reduction in the minimum size for large feedlots; an increase in the animal units allowed; reduction or elimination in setback requirements; and restriction of manure spreading.

“I think the setbacks are creating a huge problem for us,” said Sammon.  Commissioner Galen Malecha held his ground and didn’t agree to the revision on setbacks. Nor did he agree to the proposal made by Kim Halvorson on Oct. 2 to increase the animal unit limit from 1,500 to 2,000. Malecha said he has had a lot of people question the animal unit increase.


  1. Stephanie Henriksen said:

    One of the ag resolutions on the ballot at yesterday’s Rice County DFL Convention was “maintain the right of counties and townships to do their own planning and zoning of development projects, including feedlots.” We lost our quorem shortly after the end of subcaucusing so the convention was adjourned without any resolutions debates.

    Resolutions Chair Harriet Wishnick held about a half hour of debates for the benefit of those remaining, however. Steve Albers and I spoke in support of the local control one.

    A resolution opposing the “shoot first” bill was also on the list. Mary Lewis Grow and an attorney in the Steele County Attorney’s Office took opposite sides at the mic on that one.

    March 16, 2008
  2. Ray Cox said:

    It is nice to see both political parties agreeing on the local control issue. There were discussions at the Rice-Scott Republican meeting a week ago about maintianing local control for zoning and regulatory issues like this. No resolutions were adopted as the wording gets too ‘clunky’ to work on in a consensus setting.

    March 18, 2008
  3. Stephanie Henriksen said:

    Was the Rice/Scott Republican meeting you refer to an actual county convention? Are resolutions submitted at primary/caucus level and presented on a ballot at county convention? Sounds like there was discussion, but no action.

    Can someone post a link to the current Republican State Platform? I used to carry a copy for comparison.

    March 18, 2008
  4. Ray Cox said:

    The Rice-Scott BPOU (Basic Political Organizing Unit) convention was held weekend before last in Faribault. We had a good turn out of roughly 150 people in attendance. It was covered in the Faribault paper I believe.

    The resolutions are submitted at the precinct caucuses then ‘boiled down’ by a resolutions committee and brought forward to the BPOU convention. If resolutions are approved at the BPOU they can move forward to the Congressional convention and to the State convention.

    I don’t have a good link to the Republican platform, but there are a couple of areas that address local control concerns. In Section 7 it clarifies that Republicans oppose annexation without the approval of township residents. In Section 8 it states that Republicans support returning government functions from the federal level to the state and local level whenever possible, and that government functions are more effectively carried out at the state and local level.

    I believe the majority of Republicans do support the concept of keeping government at the lowest level possible. In the case of zoning and planning issues I know the discussion favored keeping it at that level. However, I do not believe a resolution made it out of the convention on this topic. Few resolutions advanced.

    March 18, 2008
  5. Stephanie Henriksen said:

    Central Livestock in South St. Paul is having their final auction tomorrow, Friday April 11. Anyone want to drive up? Dennis Sjodin of Farmers Union will be selling some cattle. The end of an era. Call me 645-7086

    April 10, 2008
  6. Stephanie Henriksen said:

    London Telegraph:
    Cow farts collected in plastic tank for global warming study

    By Rupert Neate
    Last Updated: 9:55PM BST 09/07/2008
    Scientists are examining cow farts and burps in a novel bid to combat global warming.

    Experts said the slow digestive system of cows makes them a key producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide.

    In a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming, scientists collected gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs.

    July 22, 2008
  7. Stephanie Henriksen said:

    This topic is not appearing on active discussions on the sidebar. Griff, how many exchanges of comments has to occur before it does?

    July 27, 2008
  8. Griff Wigley said:

    One comment brings any blog post to the top of the discussion heap, Stephanie.

    July 29, 2008

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