- Associated Press - Thursday, May 10, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot business extensively damaged by fire last year has lost a battle with the city over zoning issues.

The Minot Daily News reports Judge Douglas Mattson on Tuesday granted the city’s motion to dismiss the case. Earth Recycling was contesting the city’s cease and desist letter.

The recycling business had been operating on Minot’s western edge since 2008. A fire destroyed much of the business, including a building, on May 18, 2017. Because the damage exceeded 60 percent of the property, the city notified Earth Recycling that it was required to meet the current zoning ordinance that does not allow a business such as the one being conducted prior to the fire.

Earth Recycling countered that it was “grandfathered” and did not need to comply with new zoning requirements.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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