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Published October 24, 2012, 06:06 PM

Ads in Fargo Forum, Grand Forks Herald show Mayville residents' grudge against elevator

Mayville, ND (WDAY TV) - A half page page ad in Tuesday's Forum. A full-page ad in today's Grand Forks Herald. Some people in Mayville are questioning the expansion of the elevator.

Mayville, ND (WDAY TV) - A half page page ad in Tuesday's Forum. A full-page ad in today's Grand Forks Herald. Some people in Mayville are questioning the expansion of the elevator.

They want it moved.

It's the talk of the town that nearly no one wants to talk about - the half page ad taken out by an anonymous person or group.

It complains about the number of trucks delivering corn to the co-op located in the center of the small city. The dust from the elevator and the traffic headaches caused when 110 car trains like this one which was just loaded block all but one crossing in town.

There are plenty of theories as to who took out the ad.

Plenty of people expressed an opinion about the ad off camera to us but no one was willing to go on the record because in a small town your business is dependent on the people who own and use the elevator.

Bob Andre lives in the shadow of the elevator and was the one resident that would talk to us.

Bob Andre, Mayville Resident: "My basic problem is the noise; I have more problems with that then the other people do. We've got other people in the neighborhood that have repository problems and I think they’re the ones doing the most objections.”

Richard Moen, President MayPort Co-op: “I guess if they want to do it, it's there opinion.”

Moen is the president of the co-op and says moving the facility out of town is just not and option.

Moen: “That would have been wonderful if we'd had the money but our business exists there along the railroad track and we made use of the facilities that were there plus added on.”

He says plans were made in June to address the dust issue but they could not be put in place before this year’s harvest.

As for the trains the elevator says Burlington Northern Sante Fe will only deal with the large trains and often they have to turn them around in 12 hours.

Moen: “Basically one a month except during harvest, then it's two a month, so it's 14 to 15 110 car trains a year.”

For now the author of the ad remains a mystery and the business owner we talked to said they were willing to put up with the inconveniences for the business it brings, while neighbors hope more that the concerns in the ad are addressed.

The President of the Co-op says the elevator has been there for almost 100-years, and the town and the elevator have grown together.

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