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Buffalo River Race Park Owner Busted for Permit Violation

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The owner of an area race park may have crossed the line with last week's Snocross event when it comes to their racing permit.

The owner of Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minnesota, is facing a misdemeanor charge after the county says he violated a permit. The conditional use permit allows racing on Saturday and Sunday, but last week's U.S. Air Force Snocross also held events on Friday.

Valley News Teams Kristi Larson talked with Kevin Nathe, the owner of the race park, who said he had to run as his attorney was on the other line. He was issued the citation on Tuesday after a request from county attorney.

County Planning Director Tim Magnusson told Valley News Live he doesn't expect the entire permit to be revoked unless the planning commission is swayed with overwhelming opposition.

Instead, he says the planning committee is likely to open the permit to clarify the exact words and conditions. Magnusson adds that the track is well-liked and brings in revenue for the county.

Brennan Borg, a racer who is familiar with the race park, says he doesn't agree with the citation. Borg says the race park is open less than 10% of the year and depends on each event's revenue to continue operating.

Right now, the County Planning Director says he doesn't expect any changes as far as the summer racing season. Magnusson encourages the public to give their opinions on race track operation when it's brought up for discussion at the County Commission Meeting in mid-April.

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