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Holstein calf born at 15 pounds thriving and growing


Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Gleam, in front, at 3-months-old, is shown next to a 3-day-old calf.

By Hannah Wingert

High school freshman Kelsey Biel has seen many calves born on her family’s dairy farm, but there’s one that’s extra special to her. Gleam, a Holstein, was born on March 21 of this year weighing only 15 pounds.

Gleam’s mother, Glow, was one of Kelsey’s show calves. While Glow was pregnant with Gleam, another cow jumped on her back and broke it. Less than two weeks before her due date, Glow couldn’t get up and move around anymore, and so the vet was called to do a c-section on her. Glow didn’t make it, but her 15-pound calf did.

“All the other calves that I’ve seen born that small died right away,” said Kelsey. The vet, Kelsey, and her family expected Gleam to do the same. An average Holstein calf weighs about 90 pounds when it’s born, so a 15-pound calf is extraordinarily small.

Kelsey brought the calf into the house to take care of it. For the first week, Gleam wouldn’t suck at all and so Kelsey had to tube feed her twice a day, determining the amount of milk by Gleam’s weight. One day, Gleam just got the hang of it and decided to start sucking. “That was great,” Kelsey said with a proud smile.

For the first two months of her life, Gleam lived in a big cardboard washing machine box in Kelsey’s basement. When the vet performed a c-section on Glow, he accidentally made a cut on one of Gleam’s legs. Because of that, her legs were weak, and she wasn’t able to walk until it healed.

Around Easter, Kelsey brought Gleam outside to see how she would do, and the tiny calf started taking steps. She’s now able to get around just about as well as any other calf her age.

Gleam was recently moved into the regular calf barn with the other 45 calves the Biel’s have this year. “We had to wait until she was bigger and stronger so the other calves wouldn’t hurt her,” Kelsey said.

Gleam is still very tiny, weighing in at just 50 pounds at 2 1/2 months old, still about 40 pounds lighter than the average Holstein calf is when it’s born. But she’s strong, and she’s healthy. Kelsey thinks that Gleam will always be on the small side, but her size shouldn’t hold her back much. “I think she’ll be just fine and will still be able to give milk and calve,” Kelsey said. “She’ll probably just be later to do those things than other cows.” One of Kelsey’s younger sisters will be bringing .....
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Spend Father’s Day in Lanesboro at Art In The Park

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN – The annual Art in the Park Father’s Day festival returns for its 36th year on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park, with 90-plus fine art and craft booths and live music by Pushing Chain, Driftwood Bones, The Coter ..... 
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Ostrander resident questions city’s sewer rates

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

By Hannah Wingert “I can’t afford the sewer rates.” an Ostrander citizen, who asked not to be named, told the city council at their June 7 meeting. “I believe that they’re too high.” She went on to say that she had looked at sewer ra ..... 
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Mabel business owner questions sidewalk ordinance

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert “I’m going to try to get along with you even though I feel attacked,” said Debbie Marsden at the June 8 Mabel City Council meeting. Marsden, a Mabel resident and owner of Debbie’s Corner, was recently hand delivered a let ..... 
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Section Golf: Falcon Girls Dynasty

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende sports@fillmorecountyjournal.com It is officially a dynasty. Fillmore Central girls golf is the three-peat 1A champion. The Falcons are heading back to the state meet in Becker for a third time. It’s not a huge surprise. Lan ..... 
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Trehus distorting facts for political purposes

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By State Representative Greg Davids I find it highly ironic that Thomas Trehus accuses me of “passing the blame” on the political shenanigans being played by the Twin Cities Democratic leadership he supports, then proceeds to blame me for nea ..... 
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Legislative failure

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Thomas Trehus Spring Grove School Board member and candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives Once again, our state legislators failed to compromise on a transportation plan and a public infrastructure bill for our state. In Houston and ..... 
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Wykoff News - 6.13.16

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Government

By Donna Erdman On Wednesday, Diane and Larry Anderson of Ostrander stopped at Goodies & Gas to fill up with gas and supplies for their planned trip with a new boat. Diane stated it was good to be back in Wykoff. On Friday night at 6 p.m., on KT ..... 
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Letter about unnecessary spending on Hillcrest Drive ...

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Last fall, the City of Rushford had no plans to do any work on Hillcrest Drive, as there were no problems. Now suddenly, a few months later, Hillcrest Drive is a piece of “Rotten cake” and there are still no problems. How did it ..... 
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