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Truck wash proposed in Little Rock Township

WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit during its Wednesday night meeting for Dustin DeBoer, Adrian, to construct a truck wash on a 15-acre tract in the south half of the southwest quarter of Section 22, Little Rock Township.

A 70- by 120-foot truck wash will be built along with a 2-million-gallon capacity earthen lagoon, which will store runoff from the facility. Drawings for the lagoon show it will have a bottom dimension of 179 feet long by 44 feet wide, with a top dimension of 275 feet long by 140 feet wide. Maximum depth of the lagoon will be 16 feet, with the contents irrigated to farm land three-quarters of a mile to the east of the site. There will be a fence installed around the perimeter of the lagoon.

Because of the plans for an earthen lagoon, and because DeBoer will generate income from others using the facility, a conditional use permit is required.

In speaking before commission members, DeBoer said the facility will be used to wash their trucks, which haul 20 to 30 loads of hogs per week.

"There were other people interested in the idea of being able to use it," he said, adding that the lagoon is built large enough to handle water and materials from 90 livestock trucks per week. The drive-thru washout facility would require two driveways to the site, which have to be approved by the township.

"My goal is to keep a good facility, a good clean yard," DeBoer told the commission. "I hope to live there some day."

The earthen lagoon was professionally designed by Wenck Associates, Inc., of Windom. Nobles County Environmental Services Director Wayne Smith said Wenck has designed more special earthen basins than anyone else in Nobles County.

"It is (a big lagoon), but in this case it's mostly water," said Nobles County Feedlot Officer Alan Langseth.

Wally Schultz, a member of the Kanaranzi-Little Rock Watershed board, raised several questions about the lagoon during the public comment portion of the meeting. He wanted to make sure the clay liner met the state guideline, and was assured that two feet of clay will be used to line the lagoon.

Schultz also asked about monitoring methods to ensure the contents of the lagoon don't leak out. Langseth responded that perimeter tile will be installed around the lagoon for monitoring purposes.

The truck wash will utilize water from the Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water line, and DeBoer said he also plans to dig a well.

Commissioners approved DeBoer's request unanimously. It will now advance to the Nobles County Board for consideration at the Feb. 7 meeting.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer can be reached at 376-7330

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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