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Body shop, livestock expansion permits requested

WORTHINGTON -- Proposals for two livestock expansion projects in rural Adrian and an auto repair business in rural Worthington were presented to Nobles County Planning Commission members Wednesday night for preliminary approval of conditional use permits.

Marlyn Nystrom, owner of Grandpa's Fun Farm at 31463 Read Ave., south of Worthington, sought a permit to construct a 36- by 45-foot heated shop on the property for his son-in-law, Jeremy Peters, to operate an auto repair business. Initially, Nystrom and Peters planned to use an existing machine shed on the property, but the doors aren't in the ideal place and it would cost too much to heat the much larger structure.

"(Peters) has gone to body shop and mechanical schooling and he'd like to start his own body shop on our farm," Nystrom told the Commission. "Grandpa's Fun Farm, I think, would go very well with what we've been doing there."

Plans for the new structure meet all of the setback requirements, and the building will be at least 20 feet away from the well on the property. Nystrom said there are no plans to have cars stored for parts on-site, and if that were to happen, they would be kept in the machine shed.

"We've tried to run Grandpa's Fun Farm as a neat, clean place and we'd like to keep it that way," he added.

The Planning Commission gave initial approval for the plans, with conditions including that no more than five vehicles be displayed at the end of the driveway for sale; and that all chemicals be disposed of properly.

Nystrom and Peters will now take their request before the Nobles County Board of Commissioners on March 19, for final approval.

Jerry Lonneman, on behalf of Sy Lonneman & Sons, appeared before the commission seeking a conditional use permit for expansion of an existing livestock site in the southeast quarter of Section 31, Olney Township. Plans are to construct a new 51- by 192-foot total confinement barn. Additional land was acquired adjacent to the site to meet the required setbacks.

The new barn will house wean- to finish-weight pigs, and because the farm is already operating at more than 1,000 animal units, Nobles County Feedlot Officer Alan Langseth said the Lonnemans' application for construction must be approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

"I don't see any problem why these boys can't have another barn," said Commission member Brent Feikema in his motion to approve a conditional use permit that essentially continues the conditions already placed on the farm. Those conditions include that the good neighbor policy be adhered to, and that there be an enclosed containment for dead animals.

Lonneman's request will also advance to the March 19 Nobles County Board meeting for final approval.

A third request to be heard Wednesday night was tabled after the applicant failed to attend or have a representative present for the meeting. Rick Bullerman had submitted a request for a conditional use permit to construct an 81- by 104-foot total confinement barn in the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 25, Lismore Township. Bullerman's request will be heard at the March 27 Planning Commission meeting.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may 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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