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Buffer strips are a priority concern for County Board

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Stevens County farmers who farm along county ditches no. 2 and no. 4 will be getting a letter from the county soon, reminding them to leave the buffer strip alone.

In his report to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, County Engineer Brian Giese noted that "the buffer strip has been infringed on a great deal" on ditch 2.

Minnesota drainage law requires one rod, or 16.5 feet, of grass along drainage ditches to help reduce erosion and sedimentation.

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