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Daybreak Foods explains new route

Bridge work forces detour

July 31, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Due to construction of the Riverview bridge, Daybreak Foods has had to reroute track traffic to another route. Todd Halbersma and Mark Valen told the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday how it has changed that temporary route to make it more acceptable to the public.

With the bridge out, of course, Halbersma said Daybreak has had to route more traffic through Estherville, resulting at one point in company concerns of the impact of odors from trucks on Avera Holy Family Health. He said Daybreak met with hospital officials over their concerns, and the route was changed to follow South Seventh Avenue to the east side of Estherville then north out of town.

"Ninety-five percent of the time they (hospital) said they never had a problem. We're just trying to avoid the hospital but we can't avoid it a hundred percent," Valen said.

Halbersma said there will be 30-40 trucks a day for the next two months on South Seventh Avenue.

"We're going to be earlier than we've ever been," said Halbersma. "We just wanted to be proactive with this. We've had no DNR complaints in the last two years."

Supervisor Jon Martyr said he had received a call from Avera administrator Mike Hall.

Halbersma acknowledged more problems in spring than in fall, due to heavy spring mists that hold down odors. "We're not going to haul through town during Sweet Corn Days," he said.

Supervisor Ron Smith acknowledged the care that drivers have used to prevent load spillage.

Halbersma said he believes Daybreak has done a better job every year in educating the public about its operation.



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