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Published May 24, 2012, 05:29 PM

New Ulm orders eviction of horse, citing manure

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — For decades, neighbors, children and horse lovers have been visiting a gentle gelding named "Chammy" at a small New Ulm barn.

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — For decades, neighbors, children and horse lovers have been visiting a gentle gelding named "Chammy" at a small New Ulm barn.

But now the city says Chammy has to go — because of excessive manure.

Charles Hintz has owned Chammy for years and says he's never gotten complaints.

New Ulm building official Dave Christian sent Hintz a letter last week ordering that Chammy be removed in 30 days because of an "excessive amount of manure."

Christian tells The Journal of New Ulm he received a few complaints. He says other residents tried to have farm animals and have faced ordinance violations.

Hintz says it will be hard to part with Chammy, and he hopes to resolve the issue through mediation.

A farmer picks up Chammy's manure roughly every two weeks.

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