All you had to do was take one whiff of the early morning breeze and you automatically knew the breeze was coming out of the south. It smelled like cow manure. Yes, you read it correctly. There’s a dairy farm a mile south of my place and it’s loaded with all sorts of dairy cows. It’s been there for over a century and with the same family as well. It was one of the reasons why I moved here.
No, I didn’t move here to smell cow manure every other morning. I did move here because a mile south of me was farm land. Less than a mile to the east or west was farm land. It was nice and quiet when I moved here. Well out of the hustle and bustle of urban Minneapolis/St. Paul. I liked that. Quiet is good for me at this stage of my life. I don’t feel a need to be living in downtown Minneapolis in order to satisfy some need to be right in the middle of a social night life.
Things have changed in my area and it’ not like how it was when I moved in. They lengthened the north and south runways at MSP and the planes now fly overhead on their way into MSP. That I’m OK with after spending 20 years in the Air Force. A little aircraft noise is nothing to me and I actually slept better with them flying overhead. My neighbors hated it but I just smiled and said nothing.
Now they have a couple big housing developments south of me. I was talking to someone that lived in one of them and they mentioned that the area smelled of cow. I had to ask them if they didn’t notice it when they bought their lot and had their house built. They had but they thought it would be developed. That was a good laugh for me until a few of them got a petition together to petition the city council to declare it a nuisance. A number of us caught wind of it and let the city council have it with some rather heated opinions on the fools that built and moved in. That was the end of that for now especially since the farm was there long before they were and caveat emptor. That and letting them know we voted them in and we can vote them out.
But I afraid there will come a time when the dairy farm is bought out, closed up and the land divided up into lots so some developer can build their Minnesota Mini Mansions. I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time before expansion and the right amount of money gets the place. I think it’s inevitable because that’s change in the south metro. There are times when change is not a good thing.