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The truth: Setting the record straight

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:59 a.m. CDT

From Drew Henderson


On Thursday, March 28, 2013, the Creston News Advertiser printed a story written by Assistant Managing Editor Kyle Wilson entitled "Supervisors: Henderson may build house near Taylor hog confinements." Within the first paragraph, the article indicates I am looking into building a home "right in the middle of Mike Taylor's two 5,000 head hog confinements. Why would he do that?" The article further speculates my reasoning for doing this is for the benefit of Taylor Farms.

Through assumption, speculation and manipulative conjecture, this article has falsely presented a situation associating my wife and I with the proposed Taylor hog confinements.

The truth needs to be stated. Did I inquire with Union County Engineer Steve Akes about a cost estimate for road upgrades to a portion of 2301 Street and Ivy Avenue for my personal use vehicles? Yes. During this inquiry, was there at any time discussion with my involvement with the Taylor hog confinements? No. Am I still looking into constructing a home on Ivy Avenue? No. The purpose of my inquiry was to establish cost estimates to determine the financial feasibility of constructing a home for my family on farm ground that is owned by my father-in-law. The cost study for this location was considered due to strong public facts leading to the potential for the south confinement to not be constructed.

It is important to understand that the purpose of this cost inquiry was for my family only. There is no connection between my cost inquiry and any benefit it would or would not have with the proposed Taylor hog confinements. The Creston News Advertiser and author Kyle Wilson have created a relationship between the Henderson family, and Taylor farms, which simply does not exist.

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