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Eureka will take a closer look at agritourism options

Eureka Township officials are trying to determine just what agritourism means, and how it should be implemented in their township.

An agritourism task force has been meeting since October to identify a definition and parameters to the term. The outcome of the process will help the Eureka Township Board of Supervisors determine how to handle requests related to agritourism in the future.

The discussion came up earlier this year, when a township resident asked to amend the text relating to agritourism in the township’s ordinance. As discussion went on, board members could not decide what the term meant, or how it should be applied, so they decided to form a task force to study the issue, deputy clerk Linda Wilson said.

“They decided to form a task force that would sit down and really review all of the information and pull an agritourism definition together,” Wilson said. “They’ve been meeting every week for a month and a half.”

They’re hoping to involve businesses like Bachman’s — an agriculture-based business — to make sure any new language will not affect any of the existing ordinance that affects those businesses.

“They don’t want to defy any of the ordinances we have in place. We’re taking things like parking, lighting, and what we can allow in the township,” Wilson said.

The task force is having an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 to share information with residents, and get some feedback. The open house will be held at the Eureka Township Hall.

The task force also meets on Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Eureka Township Hall. The meetings are open to the public.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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