Concerns in Wabasha over family farm

Concerns in Wabasha over plans to take over hundreds of acres of land from a family farm. The Army Corps of Engineers wants to use the land to collect dredge from the Mississippi River.

WABASHA, Minn. – Hundreds packed the Wabasha-Kellogg Public School auditorium Thursday, upset about a proposed plan that would take hundreds of acres of farm land.

The Army Corps of Engineers wants to use the land to collect dredge from the Mississippi River. Dozens of people made comments. And the people KARE 11 heard were all against the proposal.

The Corps wants to buy hundreds of acres of land for silt storage they get from the Mississippi River. Nearly 300 acres would come from the Drysdale family farm.

Willard Drysdale who owns the farm said the plan would devastate his livelihood.

“And this is not just about us. It's about our neighbor,” he said as his voice cracked with emotion. “They will be adversely affected socially and economically if this acquisition goes through."

The Corps says so far this proposed plan is the only financially and environmentally viable option to keep the channel unclogged.

It’s a channel that sees a lot of commercial traffic every year. The Corps told people decisions have not been made yet and the last date to provide a written comment is June 23rd.

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