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City clerk completes verification of 'Save Our Neighborhood' petition

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The group 'Save Our Neighborhood' has won another battle in the fight over land at 85th and Minnesota in South Sioux Falls.

The city has verified more than 5,300 signatures in their petition to stop construction of a new Walmart.

KSFY News spoke to the City Clerk about the latest.

City Clerk Lorie Hogstad tells me verifying the signatures was no easy task.

She says she logged a 160 hours in five weeks to get this done.

A few months ago, neighbors who live near 85th and Minnesota started a petition.

They wanted to put the issue of rezoning a nearby plot of land, the site of a proposed new Walmart, in the hands of voters.

Walmart fought back and contested whether all of the signatures were valid.

And Thursday, both Walmart and the neighbors got their answer from the City Clerk's office.

"It was great to be done, it's been a long project, I've been pushing myself to get it finished," Hogstad said.

"When I looked at each name, I looked at them each on their own merit, and I did not know until it was actually completely done, how the tally would come out, and so it was nice that I didn't know that, I didn't have a sum total I just simply looked at each one as required so I was anxiously awaiting the results as well," Hogstad added.

Hogstad told us there are many reasons such as non-registered voters and missing or incomplete information, as to why some of the signatures may have been thrown out.

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