“I was raised by a dad who often reminded me, ‘Kristi, we don’t sell land, because God’s not making any more land….”
Kristi Noem has often invoked that admonishment from her father in her political storytelling. I thus initially found it hard to believe this announcement from one of Kristi’s Hazel neighbors that Kristi’s brothers Rock and Robb Arnold are selling some of their land:
Obviously, Vanessa is drawing attention to an important public meeting for the Hazel community on October 3rd.
Once Rock and Robb learned they had a viable site for Riverview, they have contacted people personally, visiting them in their homes or on the phone as much as they possibly could in the past two weeks. They have answered questions, given information, and done any requested research asked of them. I think many Hazel community members, whether they are fans of the dairy or not, would attest to this fact.
As is apt to happen, once they had spoken with more and more people personally, word traveled organically in social circles (sometimes along with some misinformation), and it became clear it was time to reach a broader audience and have a meeting for anyone the Hazel community. Flyers were posted and distributed. My guess is it never even crossed their minds to post to social media because they don’t use it. Personal interaction is their preference [Cindy Grantham, FB comment, 2023.09.27].
Riverview, one of the largest dairy corporations in the United States, milking cows and imperiling groundwater in five states, including Arizona, isn’t hurting for cash. Zippia reports their 2022 revenue was $230 million, and just last February, Riverview received a friendly $4.4 million from Rock and Robb’s sister’s Office of Economic Development to expand a nearby Kingsbury County. It’s good to see those government dollars turn over in the community and benefit wise participants in the free market.
The public meeting Tuesday, October 3, 6 p.m. Central, Hazel Fire Hall, will be a good opportunity to hear from Riverview just how big a dairy they plan to build on the Arnolds’ land. It may also be a chance to hear from Rock and Robb just where God started making new land so they can justify abandoning their dear departed dad’s advice and selling off their family’s closely held heritage.