Challenges of doing business in Minnesota cited in unraveling of shrimp facility in Luverne

AARON LAVINSKY – STAR TRIBUNE: A Pacific white-legged shrimp

Regulatory confusion doomed a coveted shrimp farm in Luverne.

by Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribute, March 4, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

The idea seemed far-fetched from the start: build a warehouse 1,000 miles from the nearest ocean, heat it to tropical levels and fill it with saltwater tanks to grow shrimp.

But state and local officials bought in to the idea when one of western Minnesota’s largest companies, Marshall-based Ralco, four years ago started a shrimp company called Tru Shrimp. Regulators in St. Paul put together subsidies. And the small town of Luverne readied an industrial park for a $45 million shrimp-growing facility, dubbed a “harbor.” ...

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