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Shirley's Park and County Retreat

Provided photo. The Brown County Board unanimously approved a conditional use permit application Tuesday filed by Brian Domeier to allow for expansion of 24 campsites to up to 70 campsites at Shirley’s Park and Country Retreat in Sigel Township.

After extended discussion about dust control Tuesday (Sept. 20), the Brown County (Minn.) Board unanimously approved a conditional use permit application filed by Brian Domeier to allow expansion of Shirley’s Park and Country Retreat from 24 to 70 campsites, according to The Journal.

A condition added to the application requires 300 feet of gravel road dust control for events with more than 100 people.

Other conditions are recreational vehicles must have toilet and bathing facilities. If not, the operator would be required to provide a central building with such facilities.

Several letters praised the park, calling it a great community addition with live music, handmade items, meditation classes and caring owners and fellow campers.

Several people who farm near the campground voiced concerns, mostly about dust control. Other concerns were about speeding on roads with agricultural machinery, storm shelter capacity and rapid campground growth.

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