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Change wanted in Cloquet chicken rule


July 31, 2020

Caleb Swanson

The Tracy family has grown to love the chickens they started keeping seven years ago. They are, from left, Harmony, Brent, Emily, Oliver, and Brennan. They would like to keep raising chickens despite living in an area of the City of Cloquet not zoned for animal husbandry.

Emily Tracy and her family are trying to change the rules around chickens in Cloquet city limits.

She has written a petition and it is circulating the internet and gaining traction in the community. The petition explains the many blessings chickens can bring to a home, while still expressing an urge to change the current ordinance allowing farm animals on large lots only in certain parts of the city.

"When it comes to the benefits, well, they are endless," Tracy said. She has had her chickens about seven years now. She said they are therapeutic, calm and easygoing. Just watching the animals...

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