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Slater gets variance to build hog barn

WORTHINGTON -- In a brief meeting Wednesday evening, the Nobles County Board of Adjustment voted to allow Gary Slater, Rushmore, to vary from the required 1,980-foot separation distance from the nearest neighbor to build a total confinement swine...

WORTHINGTON - In a brief meeting Wednesday evening, the Nobles County Board of Adjustment voted to allow Gary Slater, Rushmore, to vary from the required 1,980-foot separation distance from the nearest neighbor to build a total confinement swine barn.

Slater plans to construct the 193- by 101-foot barn alongside an existing swine barn owned by his son, Matthew, in the east quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 13, Larkin Township.

Nobles County Planning and Zoning Administrator Kathy Henderschiedt said she hadn’t received any comments from neighboring landowners about the request. Board members also had no objections to the plan.

Conditions placed on the variance include that Slater must provide dead animal containment, use a pit additive and incorporate manure to control odor, and build the barn according to plans.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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