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Mankato City Council won’t play chicken

Some Mankato residents want to raise chickens in their backyards, inside the city limits, but the City Council says no.

Some Mankato residents want to raise chickens in their backyards, inside the city limits, but the City Council says no. They wouldn’t even hold a special hearing on the subject, said the Mankato Free Press.

One council member said he didn’t want the city to turn into a barnyard; another worried that, with budget cuts, there wouldn’t be enough city staffers to handle complaints.

But another council member thought it a good idea: Charlie Hurd said it was a question of property rights and argued that homeowners should be able to use their property for their own enjoyment so long as it doesn’t bother other people.

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But I have it on good word, from someone who grew up on a farm — with chickens — that they do sometimes bother people.