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Kittson County passes resolution opposing buffer law

The Kittson County Board of Commissioners has joined the growing number of voices in opposition to the buffer strip legislation.

In last week’s board meeting, the commissioners unanimously voted to approve a resolution opposing the buffer law. In the resolution, the board voices their concerns about the law in regard to landowners’ rights and asks the legislature and Governor Mark Dayton to overturn or modify the law.

County Administrator Eric Christiansen said the resolution was created out of frustration with the state of Minnesota. “They are pushing legislation without consideration for landowner rights,” he said. “They are basically saying ‘you can’t use your land, but we’re not going to compensate you for it.’” He added it would be different if the state made the requirement to set land aside, but reimbursed landowners for it.

For more on this story, see this week’s North Star News.

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