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July 30, 2013

McGowan farm in dispute with county about flood rules

McGowan, county at odds over new flood regulations

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"What choice do I have?" he asked.

As it all gets sorted, Sandquist said the county is amenable to letting Historyfest and everything else at the farm go on as scheduled.

"And it's not a matter of Jack having to make these changes before it can take place again," Sandquist said. "It's a matter of figuring out a solution and retrofitting the buildings."

Meyer said they've tried to be fair.

"We've tried to find a middle ground that works out for all parties involved," he said, speaking in general about land use disputes. "It's not fair to say to one person you can't do this and not treat the next person the same way."

Still, McGowan can't help but think much of this could have been avoided.

"I think money is being wasted," he said. "If the county wants to move some buildings, change some things, I can live with that. But if I have to do it, it ain't gonna happen."

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