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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Settlement reached in Minn. lake lawsuit

  • Dairy owners James and Paul Merz have agreed to shut down much of their operation and improve manure handling.
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  • Lakeshore residents and a dairy farm have reached a settlement that's expected to lead to cleaner water in a popular but pollution-plagued Minnesota lake.
    Lake Independence turns slimy every summer, partly because too much manure and other fertilizers flow in and fuel the growth of algae and other aquatic plants.
    The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/10SEQGz ) dairy owners James and Paul Merz have agreed to shut down much of their operation and improve manure handling to resolve a lawsuit filed last summer by the Lake Independence Citizens Association and 21 individual homeowners.
    The changes will benefit YMCA Camp Ihduhapi (ih-doo-HAH'-pee) on the lake, about 100 shoreline owners, and tens of thousands of boaters, swimmers and campers who visit Baker Park Reserve.
    The 851-acre lake is about 15 miles west of Minneapolis.

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