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Published May 28, 2013, 09:12 AM

West Fargo city commission orders stench probe

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — West Fargo city commissioners say they are stung by the stench from the city's sewage lagoons.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — West Fargo city commissioners say they are stung by the stench from the city's sewage lagoons.

Commissioners have asked the city's public works director to find out what can he do about an unusually pervasive smell that has led to complaints.

City commissioner Mark Simmons says the odor "roams the city" and believes the leaders owe to citizens to be proactive and offer an explanation.

Public Works Director Barry Johnson says he's skeptical about complaints that the West Fargo smell has invaded Fargo. He says he doesn't know how people could differentiate smells from different composts and landfills.

The Forum newspaper reports that West Fargo has tried chemically treating the ponds, but the lagoons are too big and it costs too much at $60,000 for each application.

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