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Root River Veterinary Center has new owners


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

As of September 4, 2014, the Root River Veterinary Center in Preston, Minn. is under new ownership. Dr. LeAnne Froese and Dr. Deb Finnegan officially took over on September 4, although discussions about the two purchasing the business had been in the works since February.

Originally, the closing was to take place in July, but there was an equipment leak that flooded the main part of the clinic over the July 4 weekend while staff was away, which set back the closing date. Although unfortunate, the clinic now has the area remodeled with new equipment installed, which is very nice.

Dr. Froese grew up in a small farming community in Alberta, Canada, with a population of approximately three hundred, and loved being on a farm. She was involved with animals in many different ways while growing up, including being an active member of 4-H. Froese said she “trailed along to trips to the vet” when a cow got sick and would help out any way she could. Froese has always taken care of animals, even as a child, taking in injured animals to nurture them back to health, such as birds that fell out of their nests.

Although animals had always been her passion, when the time came to go to college she considered the years of schooling required to become a veterinarian and instead decided to become a high school biology teacher. She attended the University of North Dakota for her undergraduate studies, with a biology and teaching major. She graduated from UND in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science and Biology degree.

While working in the biology department at the university and doing research, she was working with animals and enjoyed it very much, which got her to thinking maybe she should go to graduate school and focus on research. As she started looking into graduate school, she found out she had all the prerequisites for veterinary school and decided to go for it. She graduated from Colorado State in 2010 with her D.V.M. degree.

While attending Colorado State, Dr. Froese met Dr. Finnegan, and Dr. Froese explains that they both had children while attending graduate school, which was a bonding experience, and the two became close friends.

Dr. Froese also met her husband, Tyler Nielsen, while attending Colorado State. Following graduation, the couple moved to Lewiston, Minn. in order to be closer to family, and Dr. Froese began working at Pet Medical Center in Winona, Minn.

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ATV deaths on the farm

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Katherine Waters, University of Minnesota Extension Many Minnesota farmers use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to check on crops and livestock, inspect and repair irrigation systems and fence lines, supervise field crews, herd livestock, and to mo ..... 
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Blue Jackets Bright Futures Program Announced

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

As Minnesota FFA prepares to welcome thousands of young people into membership at the start of the school year, the Minnesota FFA Foundation will again offer the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program, which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota ..... 
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Whitewater WMA gets new manager

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

For only the third time in its 80-year history, one of Minnesota’s most popular public hunting grounds has a new manager. In August, veteran DNR staffer Don Nelson took over management of the 27,000-acre Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ..... 
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National Farm Safety & Health Week

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Nathan Winter, University of Minnesota Extension The third week in September represents National Farm Safety & Health Week. This week corresponds well with the fall harvest season in Minnesota, and serves as a reminder to practice farm safety, ..... 
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New equipment technology bolsters farm safety

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

In a memo on the Department of Agriculture blog last September, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted the work load demand and dangers of the agriculture industry. 2012 recorded the “highest fatal injury rate of any industry, with the rate of on ..... 
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Minnesota apple orchards open for picking

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota apple growers are reporting orchards full of big, high quality apples for fall family fun. Orchards are open for picking across the state with many ripe varieties on the trees. Charlie Johnson, President of the Minnes ..... 
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Add value to your ag operation with grants this autumn Farmers and producers encouraged to apply before October deadline

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has another round of funding available for projects to help farmers, producers and processors add value to their operations. A total of $2 million in funding has been made available t ..... 
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