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Public meeting tonight on Winona County’s biggest dairy farm wanting to nearly triple herd



Winona County’s biggest dairy farm wants to expand and neighbors will get a chance tonight to find out more about the plan.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)  holds a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Lewiston Community Center to review the proposal to increase Daley Farms.

The company wants to nearly triple its dairy herd from 1,700 cows to more than 4,600. It is already over the county limit of 1,500 animal units at its dairy.

Environmentalists are worried about air and water pollution which could result from a larger feedlot.

MPCA spokeswoman Cathy Rosshus said most projects like this lead to a common series of health concerns about odors, the impact on drinking water and the impact on lakes and streams.

MPCA has to approve the Daley Farms expansion before Winona County gets to vote on a zoning change.

Written comments to the agency will be accepted through Nov. 15.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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