New Spink County Hutterite Colony May End Hutterville Conflict

In Hutterite news, the Spink County Commission yesterday approved the creation of a new Hutterite colony. During Tuesday’s meeting, the commission approved a special exception for Sunrise Hutterian Brethren Inc. to place a machine/blacksmith shop, a church & school and a lagoon for domestic use and a variance for Sunrise to construct two multi-family units with six units per building in the northwest quarter of Section 4, Township 117, Range 64, which Google Maps tells me is about 13 miles northwest of Redfield, just west of US 281 between Ashton and Athol, and about 40 miles southwest of the Hutterville Colony up in Brown County.

The latter matters most, because the Hutterites building Sunrise are coming from Hutterville, which has been embroiled in disruptive business, legal, and theological conflicts for years. Johnny Wipf led one religious faction that attempted in a variety of ways to wrest control of Hutterville from its recognized leaders. Jake Wipf (who lists his address as Alexandria) and Glen Wipf and John Waldner (who list the same Ashton address as the new colony) filed to incorporate Sunrise Hutterian Brethren Inc. as a church and religious corporation on June 18, 2015. Their agent is Jeffrey T. Sveen of Siegel Barnett and Schutz of Aberdeen, a well-known lawyer for Hutterite colonies across South Dakota who was deeply involved in the Hutterville conflict.

Let us hope the formation of the new Sunrise colony signals an end to the Hutterville conflict that will allow both factions to get back to their peaceful Christian communism.

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A communist mindset may have gotten another South Dakota Hutterite colony in trouble. Montana-based ATechBuilder Corp is suing the Brentwood Colony in Faulk County and the colony’s ProComm Builders company for stealing ATechBuilder’s intellectual property. ATechBuilders and the Brentwood Hutterites worked together to build and sell energy-efficient houses from 2010 to 2012. ATech says Brentwood and ProComm kept using ATech’s plans after the partnership ended. Brentwood is countersuing, saying the plans they are using are either covered by signed agreements with ATech or part of the public domain. Have fun with that one, judge!


6 Responses to New Spink County Hutterite Colony May End Hutterville Conflict

  1. Paul Seamans

    Hutterville, wasn’t that the town on “Green Acres”?

  2. mike from iowa

    Yes it was,but they changed the spelling so straight laced christians wouldn’t be offended by “Hooters”.

  3. Paul Seamans

    Funny Mike. Does that mean that Jacob Hutter’s name was originally spelled as Jacob Hooter?

  4. Is Hutter German for Hooter? :)

  5. mike from iowa

    Lots of people changed their names when they moved west. If I moved to SoDak,I would no longer be mike from iowa,I would be mike from someplace else. :)

  6. Do we really understand what happens when we give this specific colony a special exemption? This colony is to be a commercial /industrial site. It says so in their application. It should have not been granted. It should have been rezoned. Much like when a business wants to locate in a residential part of a city. When property is rezonned, if that decision isnot liked, can be referred to a vote by the people’s in that entity. By granting a special exemption, the only appeal process is circuit court. This colony in its application said at the present time it was not to be agricultural, it is to be industrial. Exact wording was ‘blacksmith and truck repair’. It is located in an agricultural district not a commercial district. Spink counties ordaninces specifically address ‘blacksmith’ as industrial. Access to and from the site is to happen on minimum maintenance township roads. Since the colony only consists of 1 quarter of land in the township and it is 2.5 miles from a highway, the rest of the land operators in the township will bear the burden of fixing up the roads. Giving the exemption is a slap in the face to the other businesses who are already in a commercial classification. At this new shop, no labor will be hired, no wages will be paid, no community involvement by the owners or laborers will happen. When a non colony business opens, commerce happens, wages are paid, money is spent on residences,transportation, insurance is bought, money is borrowed and spent, goods and services in a community are utilized, It’s the Money Multiplier effect. Also families take part of the community. Not so much with the colony. With a colony the money doesnt see the light of day. Our local businesses deserve better. This spink county resident feels shame and disgust.