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Published February 19, 2008, 12:00 AM

N.D.'s Foster County plans hearing on dairy farm proposal; group aims to keep

CARRINGTON, N.D. (AP) - Foster County officials have scheduled a public hearing next week on a Canadian family's proposal to start a dairy farm three miles southeast of Carrington.

By: Associated Press, The Forum

CARRINGTON, N.D. (AP) - Foster County officials have scheduled a public hearing next week on a Canadian family's proposal to start a dairy farm three miles southeast of Carrington.

Corne and Conny Van Bedaf, who are originally from the Netherlands, are seeking a permit for a dairy operation with up to 1,500 cows. A public hearing is scheduled next Tuesday night at the county courthouse in Carrington.

Ted Keller, who has organized a group called "Stink Free Carrington," said his groups believe the proposed dairy site is too close to the city.

"We've already got one problem three miles north of the city (the Baca cattle feedlot) that you can smell in the summer," Keller said. "What we're against - the No. 1 problem - is the location of the dairy."

The Van Bedafs could not immediately be reached for comment.

Carrington Mayor Don Frye said the site will not even be within half a mile of any rural neighbors.

The closest home to the proposed dairy site, about a mile away, belongs to R.D. Reimers.

"I've never seen one of these facilities before, so I plan to go to the meeting and see what I can find out," Reimers said.

Ron Wiederholt, a member of the Agricultural Development Committee of the Carrington Area Chamber of Commerce that toured the site with the Van Bedafs, said dairy farms are built differently from feedlots and handle waste materials differently.

"If it's managed properly, odor should be a non issue," he said.

The commission has 90 days after the hearing to decide whether to grant the permit.

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