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Cottage Grove resident Bob Burtman said his birds are more than just pets, "they are a part of our family." Burtman is one of several urban fowl owners fighting to change city code so that his four ducks can stay on his property. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss

The flock thickens: Cottage Grove seeks more info on urban poultry issue

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The debate over urban poultry in Cottage Grove remains unresolved as city officials continue to grapple with a solution to farm birds in residential neighborhoods.


After neighbors filed complaints to the city's Community Development Department last fall, the Cottage Grove City Council began looking into the issue. However, after several months of study, council members say they want more information.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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