Hutterite colony hopes to open creamery, sell cheese

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A Hutterite colony near Frankfort is working on getting approval to operate a plant that would produce milk and cheese.

The Spink County Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans for Spink Hutterian Colony to build a creamery.

Jamie Wagner-Lutter, Spink County zoning administrator, said the colony is applying for a creamery to process its own milk and make cheese.

The plans include a 68-by-200-foot processing building and a 40-by-60-foot retail office building where the cheese would be sold.

A state permit has yet to be approved for the treatment ponds and lagoons, but Paul Wipf is optimistic that if all goes well, there will be a roof over the building and work can begin inside before winter.

Wipf is a member of the colony, and his name is on the state permit.

“We’re hoping to get it under the roof this fall yet, then we’ll be able to work through the winter,” he said.

Wipf said the milk processing building would be big enough to house 300 cows.

The creamery and retail office will be at 18206 Spink Lane, Frankfort.

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