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Kole Huiras holds a Silver Laced Wyandotte, one of four chickens he and his family are raising in their backyard in New London. Huiras came up with the idea for the family to raise laying hens, and he did much of the legwork himself, including securing the required city permit. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)

New London, Minn., family raising backyard chickens thanks to new ordinance

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NEW LONDON -- Despite being "city folks" without a shred of farming experience, Rick and Char Erickson and their son, Kole Huiras, are now raising egg-laying chickens.


They have four hens in their flock. The two Silver Laced Wyandottes are named Laverne and Shirley and the two Buff Orpingtons are named Lucy and Ethel.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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