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Published December 11, 2012, 09:38 PM

Locals worry about the merger between Oakport and Moorhead

Oakport, MN (WDAY TV) -- In 2015, Oakport Township will become part of the city of Moorhead. The merger of the two may mean some changes in laws for both Oakport and Moorhead.

Oakport, MN (WDAY TV) -- In 2015, Oakport Township will become part of the city of Moorhead. The merger of the two may mean some changes in laws for both Oakport and Moorhead.

David Pearson is using his 4 wheeler to clear the drifted snow from his driveway. He's been living in Oakport for the last 50 years and he's not the only one with a 4 wheeler or snowmobile.

Pearson: "There a lot of them out here"

But ATV's and Snowmobile are not legal to ride in the city of Moorhead. And when Oakport and Moorhead merge, Pearson is worried he won't be able to use his.

Pearson: "well I think they've been used out here for so long that we should have some grandfather rights on them to use out here cause our lots are way bigger than any lot in the city and they're just hand for us.

It's not just ATV and snowmobile owners that could be effected by the annex there's implications for one of the oldest homesteads in the area as well.

Monique Snelgrove: "We're a working farm, so to some extent that begs and raises some questions, Well how's that going to work?"

The Probstfield farm works to educate the public on what life was like on a homestead farm. They recently fixed up this old Chicken Coop with the idea of brining farm animals back to the farm. But that would not fly with current city codes.

Snelgrove: "The Probstfield family was raising for family subsistence that means that they were raising there own chickens they were raising there own hogs they had draft animals to do work on the farm."

Several Horse Farms that are in Oakport have been grandfathered into place and the Probstfield farm also hopes they will get a similar exemption before 2015.

And Pearson hopes the same thing that attracted Randolph Probstfield to this area will remain.

I get out in the country and I was born and raised on a farm and I like the open area.

Back in August, the Moorhead City Council rejected a motion to allow back-yard chickens in the city. Early next year, the council will begin to look at these types of issues, involved with annexing Oakport.

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