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Afton airstrip case to get a jury trial

The suit against Afton resident Jeffrey Walker and his allegedly illegal airstrip has taken off and is now flying to a jury trial in the spring.

It's been almost five years since Walker installed an airstrip on his property at 1022 Indian Trail South in Afton -- a move which Afton officials say is not permitted by city ordinance.

The case has been in and out of court, with Walker not attending the hearings and the charges being thrown out.

At a trial on Feb. 16, the court decided to uphold Afton's case against Walker, that the airstrip was in violation of their zoning code.

But the charge against Walker of operating an illegal airport and Walker's case that the Federal Aviation Administration preempts Afton's zoning code, were thrown out.

Afton city attorney Mitch Converse said he hopes to have the matter resolved prior to the jury trial.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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