Dig Pink Night is Sept. 30

When Round Lake-Brewster and Southwest Star Concept take the court on Thursday, Sept. 30, both teams will be looking for a win, but they will join efforts to help raise money for their first “Dig Pink” night. This fall, thousands of teams from around the country will be participating in the Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally. High School […]

Kay B. Rasmussen, 94

Kay B. Rasmussen of Rogers, Ark., died Sept. 15 at New Hope Health & Rehab Center in Rogers. She was born Oct. 8, 1915, in Sanborn, Wis., to the late Daniel and Rose Jurgrovic Yankovich and was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.She is survived by her husband, Marvin Rasmussen, and brother, George Yankovich of Wisconsin. No […]

Svoboda new FCA manager

A Jackson man with deep roots in the FCA Co-op has been named its new general manager.Jerry Svoboda will assume the office currently held by retiring manager Dennis Hunwardsen on Nov. 1.For more on Svoboda and the impending transition at FCA, see the Sept. 23 paper.

ATVs, UTVs find a place on farms

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), developed in Japan as a recreational vehicle, first appeared in the United States in the 1970’s, promoted and sold as recreational vehicles.While it’s still that way today, ATVs and now Utility Type Vehicles (UTV) are being used increasingly at the workplace, including on farms.ATVs, also known as a quad, quad bike, three wheeler, or four wheeler, is […]

Be safe this harvest season

Be smart and be safe. That’s the message from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) as many farmers across Minnesota gear up for fall harvest. In observance of National Farm Safety and Health Week September 19-25, MDA is offering tips and advice to ensure all Minnesotans are safe, whether harvesting fields or encountering farm equipment on roadways.According to federal and […]

Ackermanns enjoy changes through the years

Jerry and Nancy Ackermann aren’t about to complain about the changes that have been made throughout the years.The Ackermanns farm 1,000 acres of land just west of Lakefield on the same farm site Nancy grew up on. Those 1,000 acres are made up evenly of corn, alfalfa and soybeans.”They’re coming continually with so many new and exciting things,” Nancy said.It […]

Customer services makes for a big stop in a small town

It’s one of Highway 15’s big stops in the small town of Truman, and whether it’s the morning coffee, the lunch special or the premium diesel that brings a customer in, it’s a big deal for the staff at the Cenex NuMart Convenience Store.That’s because the staff, a team of 12 people from the area, consider themselves customer service experts.”It’s […]

Good neighbor winner focused on cow comfort

The hot, wet summer kept many Minnesota livestock farmers hopping to keep their animals comfortable. Among them was Doug Heintz, recipient of the August Good Farm Neighbor Award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Heintz and his family are owners/operators of Heintz Badger Valley Farm, located near Caledonia in Minnesota’s southeastern bluff country. Heintz milks about 120 Holsteins and […]

Stengler touts benefits of wheat

In a place where corn and soybeans reign supreme, one southern Minnesota farmer is intent on lending credibility to another crop.Wheat.Dick Stangler of Kilkenny is a crop farmer, owner of a fourth-generation seed company and a founding member of the Southern Minnesota Wheat Growers Group. He brought his pro-wheat message to Fairmont last week as the host of a winter […]

Diversify weed control, keep glyphosate effective

If using multiple applications of glyphosate at increasingly higher rates is not improving weed control in your crops, you must stop following glyphosate failure with more glyphosate. Early September is a good time to assess fields for the presence of common waterhemp and giant and common ragweed that have survived this year’s glyphosate applications, and to develop a strategy that […]