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Aria Olson holds one of her family's chickens while another is on a leash outside a shed behind their Cottage Grove home. Brian and Rykna Olson want the city to allow them to keep their three chickens as pets on their urban residential lot. They currently violate existing city ordinance. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

Backyard birds get brief reprieve as Cottage Grove council considers 'urban poultry' issue

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Puffin, Lucky and Caramel can stay in their Jeffrey Avenue home for at least a little longer.

The three chickens, kept as pets by Cottage Grove residents Brian and Rykna Olson, got a reprieve after the City Council agreed to consider allowing poultry and fowl on urban residential lots.


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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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