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Dan Biersdorf, the attorney Dargi hired for the condemnation case, said he would not be able to ballpark the amount of damages they will seek until Cameron vs. Dakota County is ruled on by the state Supreme Court. That case, argued by Biersdorf last November, deals with the vague terminology in the Minnesota Minimum Compensation Statute, which articulates what compensation is necessary for the government to provide to displaced business owners. He added that he doubts that the condemnation trial will proceed for at least another year, maybe two years, due to all of the legal issues that still need to be addressed.
“The feeling in the neighborhood is that [the former Dargi residence] is an eyesore, and neighbors want something to be done,” said Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris. About a year and a half ago Harris and other members of City Council held a meeting at a nearby home to discuss the Dargi case.
“People want to know what’s being done, and when, and how soon can it be remedied, so for the last year and a half I’ve been in office, we’ve increased our communication with the neighborhood to keep them up-to-date,” Harris said.
Dargi has been involved in a number of lawsuits in the past, and neighbors contacted for this story declined to go on the record, citing his history of frequent litigation.
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