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Published August 17, 2010, 01:36 PM

Chicken permit policy falters in Minnesota city

MANKATO, Minn. — Nearly a month after three permits to raise backyard chickens became available in Mankato, no one has applied.

MANKATO, Minn. — Nearly a month after three permits to raise backyard chickens became available in Mankato, no one has applied.

The Free Press of Mankato reports the requirement that 75 percent of neighbors within 300 feet approve of the chickens appears to be the biggest obstacle.

Lee Ganske was one of four people to pick up an application. He says he’s met the requirement of getting unanimous consent from adjacent neighbors.

He says the problem is those further away. That’s about 25 more neighbors and some are hard-to-reach absentee landlords and legal entities like trusts.

Mankato Councilman Mark Frost, who came up with the 300-foot rule, says it’s working as planned. He says all the neighbors affected have rights, too, and getting a chicken-raising permit was supposed to be tough.

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