Where’s the beef? Not near Worthing, at least not in the immediate future. According to unofficial results from yesterday’s Lincoln County referendum on a proposed slaughterhouse near the I-29/US 18 intersection, 69.3% of voters rejected the county’s rezoning of the land in question.
The unofficial vote tally was 382 for, 861 against. That’s only 1,243 ballots cast out of 42,154 registered Lincoln County voters, a pathetic turnout of 2.95%. So it only took 2.04% of Lincoln County voters to kill this plan
East Dakota Beef was playing a little coy before the vote, saying that even if the voters approved the rezoning, they were still only considering negotiating with the landowner to acquire the land and build the slaughterhouse. The company also indicated it would fit with Governor Kristi Noem’s small-meatpacker promotion program, which has included corporate welfare checks to her favored packers. But the rezoning nixed by voters, East Dakota Beef will likely have to seek another location for its project.