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County Loses Quest to Shut Down Dunrovin Ranch

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MISSOULA -

After an almost four year battle against Missoula Co. a district judge's ruling will keep the Dunrovin Ranch in Lolo open.

Judge Ed McLean ruled in favor of the ranch Monday, saying the county's quest to shutdown the ranch based on its accommodations was "bizarre" and "made no sense."

Court documents show the county was trying to shutdown the Dunrovin Ranch because it was too small to qualify as a guest ranch but did not meet the food, sewer and sleeping accommodations required of a bed and breakfast, inn or hotel.

In his ruling, Judge McLean says the county over-regulated and over-managed the ranch and should have been promoting the expansion of small business instead of hindering it.

He awarded the Dunrovin Ranch its attorneys fees at the cost of the county.

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