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Doug Crosby stands aside a portion of his field now poised for traditional tilling and reseeding. Crosby, a Helga Township resident, is fighting the Helga Town Board over a requirement that he obtain a permit to excavate fields planned for grazing. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Land dispute: Farmer, Helga Township disagree whether permit needed; lawsuit filed to settle excavation issue

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HELGA TOWNSHIP - A landowner here is fighting the town board over its insistence he must first obtain a permit to excavate areas planned for his ranching operation.


Doug Crosby, 41, says he simply is trying to clear rock in preparation for his grazing fields. Helga Township officials say Crosby must obtain a permit to excavate the land.

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