Feds file lawsuit over Hutterite colony wetlands

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has filed a lawsuit against a Hutterite colony in Willow Lake, alleging that it hasn't abided by the terms of a 36-year-old wetlands easement.
     The agency says the Mayfield Hutterite Colony hasn't respected an easement from 1979 that requires the landowners leave the area's wetlands intact. The colony purchased the land in 2005. 
     The colony put drain tiles along three of the five protected wetlands several years ago. The colony's management says they don't consider those areas wetlands.
     The Fish and Wildlife Service has asked a judge to order the colony to restore the wetland at its own expense. It is also wants the colony to pay the government for the cost of the lawsuit.

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