The Detroit Lakes City Council took unofficial action to proceed with a somewhat controversial project: Changing its ordinance with regard to the raising of chickens within city limits.

After hearing a brief presentation in favor of raising urban chickens by Detroit Lakes resident Nina Kleinschmidt, Mayor Matt Brenk took a straw poll of the aldermen to see if there was enough support for the proposal within the council to proceed with plans to amend the ordinance.

Four council members — Jay Schurman, Natalie Bly, Dan Josephson and Bruce Imholte — voted in favor of exploring the city's options for amending the ordinance, while Jamie Marks-Erickson and Matt Boeke said they chose to remain neutral on the proposal until they had more information. Both Dan Wenner and Ron Zeman said they were against it.

"I guess there's enough support to move forward," Brenk said, but cautioned those listening in the audience that this didn't really signify that the city would approve the proposal, just a commitment to explore the possibility of doing so.

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