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Cease-and-Desist Ordered for Seth Jeffs' Cook Co. Property

Baihly Warfield
Updated: May 29, 2019 08:41 PM

Cook County sent a cease-and-desist letter to known polygamist leader Seth Jeffs, telling him his company, Emerald Industries, LLC, must stop work on a 40-acre property outside of Grand Marais. 

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The county said the construction activity has violated several county rules and policies around conserving wetland resources. 

The letter from Bill Lane with Cook County Land Services says that there are violations with the size of excavation, improper fencing, a lack of erosion control and going beyond the driveway construction estimates. 

"These are serious matters, even more so given the emphasis Cook County places on the conservation (of) our wetland resources," Lane wrote. "Nevertheless, permit compliance remains the responsibility of the property owner and we will expect impacts to be repaired in a timely manner."

Tim Nelson, director of Cook County Land Services, said in an email that "the actions that we take are based solely upon the level of actual non-compliance that is maintained by any property owner with regards to the permits issued as well as compliance with the standards of the relevant ordinances."

Less than two weeks ago, there was a forum for Cook Co. residents to hear from a private investigator who has worked on cases involving the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

Seth Jeffs took a plea deal in a multi-million dollar food stamp fraud case in 2016. He led the FLDS sect's Black Hills compound. His brother, Warren Jeffs, is serving a life sentence for child sexual assault.

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