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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Lake Elmo’s Backyard Goats Will Be Rehabilitated After Deciding Not to Fight City Hall

The Lake Elmo couple have decided not to fight City Hall: After a meeting with the city’s code enforcement officer on Monday, Scott Gove says he and his wife, Tina Rackett, decided to re-home their five goats has done.

The couple’s dilemma began when the city received a complaint: After the city’s code-enforcement officer sent them a letter about the goats as well as other (mostly) goat-related issues, the couple told Pioneer Press that They weren’t aware of the goats; properties smaller than five acres were not allowed on Lake Elmo.

The miniature goats – Sandy and Danny, Phil, Lily and Tommy – were a popular local attraction: this neighborhood of homes developed around their property in recent years faces a trail running into the couple’s fenced yard. The couple also threw pizza parties and other get-togethers with the goats, which also required a permit.

One of their neighbors started an online petition to “Save Lake Elmo’s Goats,” and it has 1,400 signatures as of Wednesday — some from residents of Lake Elmo, others from the Twin Cities as well as others around the country. Although the petition apparently did not prompt city leaders to raise the issue of backyard goats, the campaign helped Gove and Rasset find a new home for their goats. A couple living on 20 acres in a goat-friendly community has offered to take them in; They already have goats, so this should be a more welcoming community for a crew of five.

It seems like the best option for goats, Gove said, but saying goodbye isn’t easy.

Goats from left, Lily, Tommy, Sandy, Phil and Danny walk around Scott Gove and Tina Rackett’s 2.5-acre Lake Elmo property on Thursday, May 19, 2022. (John Auty / Pioneer Press)

Maybe it’s not goodbye.

“They said we can go to the goats whenever we want,” Gove said.

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