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Judge dismisses mining case against County

Judge James Duvall dismissed a civil suit last Tuesday in which a Pierce County resident was asking the court for an order permanently suspending the highway department's gravel mining operation in the Town of Trenton.

Paul Greenhaw, Hager City, had filed suit last month, alleging the operation caused continuous damage to houses in the Hiawatha Heights residential development and interfered with "preexisting residential quiet enjoyment, peaceful use, health and safety" of the residents and their property.

Greenhaw and six other neighbors submitted affidavits documenting cracks in basement floors and walls, cracks in blacktopped driveways and damage to sheetrock. His complaint also said, along with damaging houses and diminishing the value of homes in the area, the blasting sometimes results in CTH VV being obstructed by debris and truck traffic.

Tuesday's hearing was well attended, as the courtroom was nearly full, made up of supporters for Greenhaw and county officials.

It started out with the county's request to dismiss the case, stating Greenhaw had failed to give a written notice of the circumstances of the claim within 120 days of injury to his property as well as a claim containing an itemized statement of the relief sought.

For more please read the Aug. 5 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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