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ON THE SIDE: Scooped, and why it’s OK

A story earlier this week in The Des Moines Register centers on the death of Randy Meyer at a hog confinement site south of Algona. It involves a review of complaints about the odor that emanated from the manure tank on that site, what the tank was permitted to contain, information filed with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and other technical data and state records located by a Register reporter.
The inclination for a lot of people, I am sure, is to wonder why the Kossuth County Advance wouldn’t have that information and how we got scooped in our own back yard. 
See all of Brad's column this week about the important of newspapers during this National Newspaper Week.

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