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Future of city chickens to be decided next month

NEW LONDON -- The New London City Council tabled a request Wednesday by a resident who wants to raise a half-dozen chickens in his backyard.

According to City Clerk Trudie Guptill, the council members said they want more information on possible permits and fees the city could implement for backyard chickens and want to get more public input on whether chickens should be allowed in town.

During a public hearing Wednesday night, Greg Rasner told the council he wanted to raise four to six chickens in a small coop so his 3-year-old daughter could learn to care for them and eventually show chickens at the Kandiyohi County Fair.

Last year Mayor Bill Gossman made a similar request to be allowed to raise chickens, but his request was denied on a 2-2 vote.

The council is expected to make a decision on the latest request at the next meeting in June.

Carolyn Lange

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

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