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Council tables talk of back-yard chickens

Austin residents who want to raise back-yard chickens avoided an official “no” but got a “not yet.”

At a work session Monday, the City Council voted 4-3 to table talk of an ordinance that would permit residents to raise chickens.

Chickens are not currently allowed within city limits. But after getting requests from residents, cities across the state have considered allowing back yard hens. Following a two-year battle, Farmington passed an ordinance in 2013 allowing chickens. So far, the city has approved five permits and gotten no complaints, the council agenda says.

Austin’s push came from Brittany Perry, 25, who wants to raise hens out of love for “animals, nature and sustainability.”

“I think it would really fun and great for my son,” she said Friday. “So I asked the city if it was legal and was surprised to find out that it wasn’t.”

Perry is “optimistic” about the council’s decision and, in the coming weeks, will build a stronger case with more specifics. She’d like an ordinance to allow a family three to six hens. No roosters, she said, because they “make a ton of noise and are not needed.”

JENNA ROSS • @ByJenna

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Body of Winona man, 88, found in Mississippi River

Emergency crews on Saturday recovered the body of an 88-year-old Winona man from the Mississippi River backwaters near Prairie Island. Robert Lester Duncanson apparently drowned after his canoe tipped over as he fished from it, authorities said.

Just before 3 p.m. Saturday, Duncanson’s body was found about 50 feet from where his canoe tipped. Crews using long poles with hooks at the end to drag the bottom of the river were able to hook onto his clothing.

Winona area emergency crews were called to Prairie Island on Friday morning after a group of men saw Duncanson struggling in the water. The men rushed out to him in a boat, but by the time they got there all that could be found were floating oars — and later, a floating life jacket.

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