Fillmore County’s planning commission convened last  April 12 to address numerous private campground matters, beginning with Carrolton Township residents Scott and Karrie Ellingson’s request to establish a 10-site primitive campground on their property in southeast Minnesota.

The Ellingsons proposed a “primitive” campground, meaning that the sites are only for tents — no RVs of any kind allowed., the Marshall News-Record reported. Karrie Ellingson presented the couple’s plan, saying, “For now, we would have 10 primitive campsites. We want to make them big sites so they’re private and have lots of borders between them.”

Her husband added, “I’m planning to build a sandbox, a rain shelter, I bought an outhouse, and I’ll probably build a self-contained bathroom. We’re trying to keep this primitive and low key.”

Robert Benson, whose brother owns the adjoining property and shares a driveway with the Ellingsons, stated, “I haven’t seen maps or sanitation plans. There was no invitation to come down and see them.”

County zoning administrator Chris Graves replied that the invitation is implied and that the public is welcome to view documents related to zoning matters. Benson countered that the notice he received stated “information will be available before it goes to the county board.”

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