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Judge approves permits for proposed mega dairy farm

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Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

TOWN OF SARATOGA, WI (WTAQ) - A judge has ordered that building permits be issued for a proposed 7,000-acre mega dairy farm south of Wisconsin Rapids.

Visiting judge Tom Eagon ruled Thursday that the Wysocki family should get permits for seven structures from Lorelei Fuehrer, the building inspector in the Wood County town of Saratoga.

She refused to issue the permits after the Golden Sands Dairy applied for them – and the town later placed a moratorium on new construction.

The proposed farm would have 5,300 animals. Jim Wysocki says the family hopes the dairy can now move forward, and become good neighbors.

An appeal is possible, but Fuehrer’s attorney is not sure about that yet. The dairy still faces some other hurdles – including a court case which challenges the Saratoga moratorium, and the state’s process for approving DNR permits for a series of large wells.

The DNR will hold public hearings on the project, once an environmental impact statement is submitted.

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