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Published March 19, 2010, 07:40 AM

Big dairy planned northeast of Edgeley

EDGELEY, N.D. (AP) — A proposed $80 million dairy operation could start construction later this summer near Edgeley if it gets the necessary state permits.

EDGELEY, N.D. (AP) — A proposed $80 million dairy operation could start construction later this summer near Edgeley if it gets the necessary state permits.

Frontier Dairy President Ralph Friebel says the dairy would milk 10,000 cows, with another 2,000 dry cows and 16,000 heifers on the premises. An estimated 800,000 pounds of milk would be produced each day.

The dairy would create about 100 full-time jobs with a total payroll of more than $3 million per year. But some area residents who spoke at a public meeting this week said they are worried about the dairy's plans to bring in some workers from Mexico.

Some residents said they also worry about bad smells. Friebel says odor should not be a problem.

Friebel says the dairy is to be the first of six such operations around North Dakota.

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