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Shakopee residents at odds with Mdewakanton Sioux over smelly compost facility


March 27, 2019

David Joles – Star Tribune

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community opened the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility (ORF) in the fall of 2011.

When Paula Larson moved to Shakopee in 2001, her house overlooked a cornfield. Now that land is host to a large compost facility where discarded food and yard waste is turned into a soil additive.

It's where the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) seven years ago located its Organics Recycling Facility (ORF), creating compost, grinding and drying wood, and mining sand and gravel. After it opened, some neighbors said the stench rivaled that of a dumpster. They said that homes and cars were covered in dust, and machinery noise sounded at all hours.


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