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December 11, 2017

11/30/2017 12:10:00 PM
Prem Meats coming to Dodgeville
Brooke Bechen
Reporter/News and Features

After tabling a developer's agreement and offer to purchase several times, Dodgeville Mayor Todd Novak was finally able to share details on the business arrangement at the council's meeting last Tuesday evening.
"It's exciting to announce Prem Meats will be opening and building a store here," Novak said.
Brothers Terry and Marty Prem have offered to purchase lots 3 and 4 behind Walmart on Leffler Road. The lots were gifted to the city last year and had been for sale for $1 per an incentive package approved by the council this May. The City and the Prems hope to close on the properties by the end of the year, Novak said.
Prem Meats and Catering is currently in operation in Spring Green, and the store would likely be an expansion of their already successful business.
A land lease between the City and Kyle Levetzow for the two lots will be cancelled, although the City will remain leasing the remaining acreage purchased from Levetzow this past August.
Prems will provide the following per the developer's agreement with the City of Dodgeville:
-Written confirmation of secured financing in an amount necessary to provide for the development of the project at least 45 days prior to the commencement of construction or by January 15, 2019, whichever is earlier;...
See the rest of the story in the November 30, 2017 Chronicle issue.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Article comment by: David SWANSON

Letter to the editor December 7, 2017
The hogs are coming……..
While recently, our attention has been with the dairy factory farms, now the hog factory farms are lining up to come to Wisconsin. A hog mother house with over 5,000 sows is proposed in Liberty Township near Fennimore to be operated by Pipestone Systems, based in Minnesota. A hog slaughterhouse is to be located between Viroqua and Westby. The slaughterhouse will slaughter 700 hogs a day or 246,000 hogs a year and is owned by Lynch Livestock from Iowa. What will happen next? The hog finishers will be needed to accept the hogs from the mother house and raise them to size acceptable to the slaughter house. Ideally, the finishers are located within 50 miles of the slaughterhouse.
Why is Wisconsin so ripe for factory farms? Iowa and Southern Minnesota are already at capacity with the current concentration of hog CAFOs. The increase in the number of factory farms in Wisconsin is the result of inadequate safeguards in place to protect our future. These operations pose a threat to the environment and community.
At the DNR hearing held in Lancaster recently regarding the hog factory farm in Liberty Township, the majority of the neighbors spoke against granting a permit. Water and air quality, public health and land values were all concerns that affect the neighbors of factory farms. I find it interesting that the owners of factory farms rarely live next to the animals that are being confined.
The secret to success of many of these operations is to have one corporation buy up the land, a second corporation build the facility, and a third corporation hire the help and run the farm. Does this sound like the family farms that we grew up on? I think not……….so get ready, because the hog factory farms are coming to southwest Wisconsin!
Dave Swanson

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