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Community is one reason I live in the Midwest


By Michael Cruse

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse

Extension Educator for

Fillmore and Houston Counties

There are many reasons why I live in the Midwest and the strength of our local communities is one of the primary ones. Community strength can be seen in many ways, but one of the most profound is when you see neighbors helping neighbors who are in need.

On August 23, 2016 our neighbors in northeast Iowa experienced an historic flood. The area received intense rainfall causing local rivers to rise upwards of ten feet over just a few hours. These flood waters inundated many homes and buildings, often while people were sleeping inside of them. Part of my extended family was among those who were flooded in Freeport, Iowa. The water completely flooded their basement, most of their garage and was three inches deep on their first floor. Work continues to clean up their home as well as the homes of their neighbors. I would like to comment here on some of the things I took away from the time I have helped with cleanup in the area.

First of all, there are many people and organizations that need to be thanked. Thank you first responders. Thank you for waking people in the middle of the night and getting them out of their homes safely. Thank you random strangers. While it is not a surprise to see family and friends helping with cleanup, it is humbling to see random strangers donate their time to come work in the mud and the muck. Thank you local athletic teams. Often times you just need people to haul stuff after a disaster and local sports teams continue their history of showing up to perform these tasks. Thank you local food distributors. Multiple restaurants delivered food free of charge to those helping with the cleanup effort and I cannot tell you how much a simple cheese burger can mean. Thank you local community members. From starting donation campaigns to bringing over clean clothes, the support of neighbors and friends is immeasurable.

Secondly, safety needs to be on everyone’s mind during and after flooding disasters. Floods of this magnitude not only trap people in homes but also undermine the integrity of roads and bridges, leave behind hazardous materials, and promote the growth of dangerous mold. Listen to what your local responders are telling you. They do what they do to keep us all safe. Make sure you wear proper protective equipment when doing clean up. From nails to contaminated water, there are m .....
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Florenceville-Granger tractor pull attracts more than 60 pullers

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

GRANGER, MN - Despite the threat of storms, a large crowd of tractor pullers and fans turned out for the annual event on August 27. The rain held off, and a total of 144 pulls provided great entertainment. Classes at the pull included Farmstock an ..... 
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Trash the garbage burning habit

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Friends of the Root River will sponsor a program on Issues with Open Burning on Wednesday, September 28, at Tri-County Electric Cooperative, 31110 Cooperative Way, Rushford. At 6:30 p.m., doors open for light refreshments. Program at 7 p.m.: Why ..... 
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No Seat? No Rider

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Tractor rollovers and runovers are consistently among the top causes of on-farm injury and death. The risk for severe injury from rollovers and runovers is especially high for ..... 
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Compaction a concern for fall field work

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Healthy soils are the foundation of our cropping systems. One of the most important attributes of a healthy soil is good soil structure. Due to the excess rainfall we have rec ..... 
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Fall safety concerns in agricultural communities

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties The beginning of fall signals the beginning of many exciting things: schools are back in session, local sports begin, new hunting seasons are right around the corner and fall ..... 
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County 2016 Farm Family of the Year

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Doug and Deb Ristau family has been named Fillmore County’s 2016 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. Doug and Deb purchased a 320-acre farm in 1987 with a small 30-cow Herford herd, which they purchased from the previous ..... 
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CPS of Harmony has reasons to celebrate

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

Crop Production Services of Harmony, Minn., is close to having their new building which will store and mix dry fertilizer complete. This is reason enough for the company and its employees to celebrate, which is why they will be hosting an open hous ..... 
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Root River noxious weeds: Japanese hops

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties When most people hear the word hops, they think of the common hop used for brewing beer. But over the past five to ten years a related species, Japanese Hops, has been invadin ..... 
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