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Mount Pleasant family could lose century-old farm to Foxconn

Posted at 10:16 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 00:26:45-05

A local family is watching the developments in the Foxconn deal closely.

After Wednesday's approval of the contract by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Braun family is more concerned. The family who owns Pine Hill Farm in Mt. Pleasant is even more worried their century-old family farm could be gone in the next year. 

Dan Braun expected to hear something from someone after he saw his property on TV included on the map the electronics giant unveiled Oct. 4th. Since then he has collected whatever he can find in a binder and attended meetings on the subject. The big question now is should he move forward with preparing the farm for the spring, this fall.

"If something falls apart and I get to stay say a year or two, I am going to have to hustle to get caught up," said Braun.

Braun says he knows some people will say take the money and run. 

"I love getting up in the morning having a plan to do something. Enjoying the life,  I love running the machinery and being outside," he said. 

At this point, Braun has not been offered anything or contacted by anyone involved in the Foxconn deal. His property sits in the Southeast corner of the proposed development and he knows he may be contacted later than others involved. 

Right now Braun is savoring what he believes may be the final months on the property that has been in the family since 1912.

"My grandfather bought this piece of property, built this house and started the farm," said Braun.