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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by the Goodhue County Board to permit a proposed factory farm in Zumbrota Township. Circle K Family Farms, owned by brothers Mike, Yon and Jeff Kohlnhofer, will have capacity for 4,700 hogs and include a 3.5 million gallon liquid manure storage tank. Last winter, the Goodhue County Board issued a conditional-use permit for the project that was quickly challenged by Zumbrota residents and family farmers.
WARSAW TOWNSHIP—At the far western edge of Goodhue County sits a partially completed castle atop a small hill. It's made of stone and concrete, the front wooden door is festooned with British iconography and a good sized garden awaits its first crop — but the throne room, bathroom and every other kind of room is empty. Without furniture or electricity. This tiny kingdom is in transition and it's ready for a new owner to come and sweep it off the market.
Diana Machado came to Red Wing when she was 7 years old. She doesn't remember much about her childhood in El Salvador, except for the violence and knowing that her father wasn't there. "I remember talking on the phone with him," Machado said. "My mom was left to raise my brother and I." Machado's father had come to America to get out of the house building industry in El Salvador, where his future was uncertain, and make more consistent money to help build the family's future in the U.S.