Iowa farmer fighting state highway project

MINGO, Iowa (AP) — A third-generation Iowa farmer is fighting to keep a highway reconstruction project away from his land.

KCCI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/12A0Cku ) that the controversy surrounds land near Mingo, northeast of Des Moines in Jasper County.

Larry Cleverley, of Cleverley Farms, has launched an online petition to stop the project, which could take a little more than 200 acres, or half of the farm’s acrage.

The Iowa Department of Transportation made an adjustment to the interchange two years ago, after the intersection saw more than 50 accidents and six fatalities in a decade. Cleverley suggests a stoplight, but the DOT doesn’t think that would be the safest option.

The online petition has already received more than 3,000 electronic signatures, and Cleverley has collected 1,000 by hand.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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