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Aerial video shows site of Wholestone Farms' proposed pork processing plant

Footage includes progress on a small butcher shop and proximity to nearby businesses and landmarks. Sioux Falls voters will decide whether to ban future slaughterhouse in the city on Nov. 8.

Wholestone Farms overhead
Aerial view of the Wholestone Farms customer butcher shop under construction near Benson Road exit on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The controversy over Wholestone Farms plans to build a pork processing plant begins with geography.

The major subtopics of odor, water quality, traffic, labor supply and economics all relate to location.

It can be hard to visualize through descriptions, or even photographs, from the ground.

Changing the perspective can change the impression and technology gives us the ability to do that without growing wings or getting in an airplane.

Forum News Service produced this drone video to give readers some context of the where.

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We begin at a landmark for orientation, the Benson Road exit on Interstate 229. The exit is just south of the I-229 interchange with I-90.

Wholestone is building a small butcher shop on the site, which it believes qualifies as a slaughterhouse under Sioux Falls ordinances. That means a citywide vote on Nov. 8 that, if approved, would ban all future slaughterhouses within city limits, does not apply to their plans.

The farmer-owned cooperative, based in Fremont, Neb., hopes to process about 6 million pigs a year at the site.

Smart Growth Sioux Falls, the group formed to put the question on the ballot, has challenged that assertion in court. They are asking a judge to stop the city of Sioux Falls from issuing any new permits for the project and rescind others that were issued after petitions were filed asking for the vote.

A hearing on that injunction is scheduled for Oct. 11.

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Patrick Lalley is the engagement editor and reporter for the Forum News Service in Sioux Falls. Reach him at plalley@forumcomm.com.
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