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Key piece of rail crossing deal included unusual provision to muzzle local farm family

Robin Froerer's family and business agreed to a deal with the county to end a dispute over a railroad crossing but the pact stipulated they could not talk to the media about the rail reload project. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

NYSSA – The county’s $400,000 deal to settle a dispute over a rail crossing required something unusual from the people getting the money: Silence.

Farmer Robin Froerer, her family and her businesses had to agree not to speak to the media about any matter related the Treasure Valley Reload Center, proposed on farmland near the Froerer operation.

The provision was inserted into a contract county officials needed to keep the rail project going. And it came after Froerer questioned the project, complained about the credibility of the key county official in charge of the project . . .