Family’s fight over vacation land goes to U.S. Supreme Court

The Murr family cabin sits on the bank of the St. Croix River in St. Croix County. /Murr family photo
The Murr family cabin sits on the bank of the St. Croix River in St. Croix County. /Murr family photo

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Milwaukee Journal

Wisconsin is full of stories about cabin owners at odds with shoreland conservation and development rules.

But only one has made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier this month, the justices agreed to hear the Murr family’s claim that St. Croix County effectively took its property without compensation.

The case started 11 years ago when regulations from the 1970s derailed four siblings’ plans to finance improvements to the cabin their parents built on Lake St. Croix in 1960 by selling their vacant lot next door.

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