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Continued: Dateline Minnesota: Cuyuna, Winona and Mora

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Eminent domain fight is set to go to court

The city of Mora wants to build a second runway at its airport, and wants to take some land by eminent domain to do it.

Landowners Greg and Deb Yankowiak are fighting that, and the case is scheduled to land in court Monday.

The couple argue that the runway, a crosswind grass strip that would give planes another option on windy days, isn’t needed in that spot. Building it would destroy wetlands and trees on the nine acres they would be forced to turn over to the city.

City administrator Joel Dhein said the runway will replace a crosswind runway that closed in 2007 because of development and will give pilots in that region a safe place to land if they need it.

PAM LOUWAGIE

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