Neighbors of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's compost heap are complaining about the smell.
The compost site, which takes manure as well as yard waste, opened last fall on tribal land at 1905 Canterbury Road. The tribe says the nearest residence is 1,700 feet away.
Tribal officials insist that their smell-o-meters show no serious or prolonged nuisance. They say they've taken steps to improve things.
But neighbor Christopher Sifferle told the Shakopee City Council last week that he's been driven inside his home 31 times.
"We've canceled family outings," he said. "No one wants to come to dinner on the deck."
By the time a monitor arrives, the wind shifts, he said, and it's the tribe's own measurements. "The fox is in charge of the henhouse here."
Mayor Brad Tabke said he accepts that "the problem is bad and affects your lives."
The city will try to make sure testing is reliable as one step toward a solution.
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