A southeast Minnesota Amish couple faces a third misdemeanor charge for allegedly building a home without a permit. They say a county ordinance that requires the installation of a septic system violates their religious beliefs. But earlier this year, Fillmore County zoning officials cited the couple for building a house without a permit. They entered a not guilty plea a few months ago.
The legal issue involves county regulations as of December 2013 requiring a septic system for new homes. According to the couple, such a system is considered a modern day convenience that goes against Amish beliefs and lifestyle. A second Amish couple was also in court facing similar charges for building without a permit.
The full story from Minnesota Public Radio is here.