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A gift of another chance


Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The rescue of 55 horses, mules and donkeys last November 29 from a property in Beaver Township, Fillmore County has provided the gift of another chance for the survivors. Five died or had to be put down soon after the rescue due to severe health issues, injury, and/or malnutrition.

Twenty-seven ended up at Truhaven Ranch, Winsted, Minnesota. About twenty are still there. They are untrained and as of yet unadoptable. Many are mules and ponies. Some are still wary of their caretakers having suffered abuse by a human at one time.

The first steps in training, halter training, and the feeding and care of over twenty additional equines wintering at the ranch has required a lot of extra work. Candy Phillips, operator and manager of Truhaven Ranch, noted some have been adopted, some are in foster care, and a few more could be adopted.

The real payback for all the extra work is “the look of contentment on the face of a well fed animal, it’s the greeting of those now sure they will get fed, it’s the curiosity and trust of the scared animal who now comes up to the human feeding them.” Malnourished animals have been gaining weight, putting a healthy covering over that bony skeleton, and their eyes have become brighter, as they have been cared for by Truhaven Ranch or Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue.

Extensive needed veterinary work including pregnancy checks, castrations, eye surgeries, Coggins testing, vaccinations, and deworming has been done.

Healthy adequate diets, veterinary care, and hoof care are just part of total rehabilitation. Many still need more rehabilitation and training. Some will receive training through the Trainers Challenge program. They need to redevelop trust. Trust does not come easily, especially for a few that had likely been beaten. For them, the journey will be a long one.

Charges Filed in Fillmore County District Court

Eighty year old Wilbur Schmoll has been charged with twenty-five counts of animal cruelty and one count of improper disposal of dead animals. He has been directed to own no domestic animals other than his two dogs.

Truhaven Ranch

Candy Phillips has been in tune with horses most of her life learning their behavior and psychology. She became disillusioned with training horses as a professional trainer when she realized many just wanted to make money selling the horses. Candy cared about where th .....
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Battling Stubborn Weeds

Tue, Mar 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Minnesota and What You Need to Know Farmers battle weeds in their fields every year. With the introduction of new herbicides and other tools to the market in the last 20 years, many farmers believed they had the weapon ..... 
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Silica sand mining voted down

By Andy Siefert

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Andy Seifert On Wednesday, March 12, St. Charles City Council mayor William Spitzer motioned against three annexation petitions seeking to designate land for a frac sand processing plant. Council Members voted unanimously for a resolution settin ..... 
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Selling Wild Mushrooms

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Soon after I was hired, I was advised, “When someone calls with a question, you might as well find out the answer, because others will have the same question.” I’ve now had ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H kicks off 2nd Annual Gold Card Fundraiser

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Between now and the first week of April, 4-H families throughout Fillmore County will be selling Gold Cards, which are coupon cards to various merchants throughout Fillmore County. There are 31 Fillmore County businesses on the cards including gas ..... 
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Summer conservation apprentice opportunity

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

A summer apprenticeship position for a young adult, age 18-25, is available at the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) through Conservation Corps Minnesota. The SWCD has been chosen as one of several placement sites throughout the s ..... 
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Katelyn Ristau 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Minnesota Simmental Association is excited to present Katelyn Ristau, daughter of Doug and Deb Ristau of Preston as the 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen. She was crowned at the 40th annual MN Simmental Banquet held on February 22 in Rochester, Min ..... 
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Forages for “U” Workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Forages For “U” Workshop will be offered March 21 in Rushford at the Lynndyn Bridge Restaurant. It will feature Dr. Dan Undersander, Extension Forage Specialist, University of Wisconsin. At the workshop key forage production and management i ..... 
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Winter Rye Field Day March 16 in SE Minnesota

Thu, Feb 28th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

HARMONY, Minn. -- What to do with winter rye as the planting season approaches is the topic of a short field day Saturday, March 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the hog farm of Travis Willford southeast of Harmony. The event is free, though an RSVP ..... 
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