LEWISTON, Minn. — Daley Farm’s recent withdrawal of its lawsuit against the Land Stewardship Project (LSP), elected officials, and other community members is yet another example of why this limited liability partnership’s efforts to impose an unprecedented expansion in Winona County is unwarranted. Daley Farm filed this lawsuit right before the November 2022 election in an apparent attempt to intimidate public servants for doing their jobs — including protecting Winona County’s water, land, and air. Daley Farm’s lawsuit also seemed to be an effort to silence neighbors who have spoken up for their community and core values.
During the past four years, neighbors of Daley Farm and other residents in Winona County have repeatedly made it clear that Daley Farm’s proposed expansion, which approaches four times the County’s animal unit cap, is not welcome in the community. Despite being turned back several times by the Winona County Board of Adjustment, Daley Farm continues to litigate its first lawsuit against the County, LSP, and others, evidently to circumvent local democratic processes.
It is time that Daley Farm finally recognizes the reality: the proposed expansion makes no sense legally, environmentally, or from a community wellbeing standpoint. It is well past time that Daley Farm listens to the people of Winona County, stops wasting public resources, and drops its expansion proposal.