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    Brooklyn Park condemns century-old farm for road expansion

    Wednesday, August 22 2012 12:35 AM EDT2012-08-22 04:35:45 GMT
    Charlie Fischbach has been selling corn grown on his family farm for decades, but that's all about to change now that Brooklyn Park has condemned it to make way for a road project.
    Charlie Fischbach has been selling corn grown on his family farm for decades, but that's all about to change now that Brooklyn Park has condemned it to make way for a road project.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (KMSP) -

At 93 years old, Nellie Fischbach is getting used to living in a new house for the first time.

"Changes are always hard," said Fischbach.

Fischbach spent her life on a century-old farm at the intersection of Highway 169 and 93rd Avenue. She first moved back in the mid 1960s when local government forced her and her husband to relocate their home and seven children so Highway 169 could expand through the middle of their farm.

Decades later, Brooklyn Park condemned the property in the summer of 2012 to make for the new Highway 169 and 93rd Avenue interchange. It's all an effort to help 70,000 drivers move through the area more safely and avoid gridlock.

"It's killing, but you can get over it," Fischbach told FOX 9 News. "You can go with the flow. You learn that over the years."

Accepting the change has helped Fischbach move closer to her family, but her daughter-in-law, Julie, admits it wasn't easy moving a 93-year-old woman in the dead of winter.

"Everything has been made easier for her, the widened doorways, the wood floors," said Julie Fischbach.

Now that Nellie is settled in, the Fischbachs are more concerned about customers finding the new location of Charlie's Sweet Corn stand. Instead of being just east of 169 on 93rd Avenue as in years past, they are now leasing 112 acres and plan to put up a similar produce stand just west of Highway 169.

"You can see 169, you can see the traffic from here," Julie Fischbach said. "That's four blocks."

Yet, with road construction and road closures between the old location and the future location, customers will have to find their way through a tangled neighborhood full of detours to get to the sweet corn so many love.

"Can we get them here? Are they going to come?" asked Julie Fischbach. "We hope so."

While they are faced with all sorts of obstacles, the family is just crossing their fingers that construction will move quickly. In the meantime, Charlie Fischbach is off planting corn and is determined to keep the family business going.

"It's starting over. It's been really stressful. It's hard," said Julie Fischbach.

Road construction in the area is scheduled to be completed by the fall.

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