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Area feedlot hit with $12,000 manure fine

A northwestern Minnesota feedlot agreed to pay $12,075 and address a number of manure-related issues, according to a statement last week from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

A November inspection of BGR Dairy, west of Detroit Lakes, found a manure spill, pools of manure-contaminated runoff, damage to liquid-manure storage areas, an unauthorized drain and an open lot without runoff controls. The liquid-manure storage areas lacked depth markers.

The MPCA also studied aerial photographs to determine the feedlot had expanded its feed storage area a couple years ago without getting a permit.

The facility, which is near Lake Park, must submit plans for managing wastewater, apply for a discharge permit and make repairs.