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Special Section: Horses


Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

The coffee pot is always on, said Jordy Johns and Kim-Ann Hogan, the new owners of the Stone House Stables just outside of Preston. We want people to come, watch, visit and ask questions.

Later this summer Jordy and Kim-Ann will conduct clinics that focus on finishing a horse for the show ring. Most clinics focus on starting horses. Ours will be different finishing is our strong suit, Jordy said. Their boarding and training fee includes three lessons per week.

Jordy Johns is a successful horseman with a long history in the show horse world. He took the World Championship in Western Pleasure Riding and was 2nd National Champion and 2nd Reserve World Champion in 2004. Kim-Ann won 4th in the Nationals in the Amateur Western Pleasure Division and was in the top 10 in World Amateur Western Pleasure and took Reserve World Champion Amateur in the Mares Division in Western Pleasure.

I know Jordy, said Deb Hoffman of Hoffman Stables in Preston. Hes a trainer who has been around the block and has done incredibly well. What he does is very subtle.

Its all about finesse, Jordy said. Its about softness and beauty. Its about a rider using their legs more than their arms.

To do well you have to understand the needs of a horse and understand how their minds work, Kim said. There are no secrets training is repetition. We can explain every move we make on a horse.

As we walked down the wide aisles of the once-upon-a-time chicken barn, horse stalls lined both sides. Although they have only been in this facility for a couple months, already 21 of the 35 stalls are filled with horses from around the country. Show horses are like hot house flowers, she said. They are the peacocks of the breed. We are their maids, laundresses, chefs, masseuses, personal trainers and chauffeurs. We do everything for them. Their pedicures are works of art. In winter they are kept in heated rooms and in summer fans keep them cool.

Kim introduced me to their two Morgan stallions; Iron Forged Dressed Blues and Iron Forge Red, White and Blue. Its our dream to produce champion Morgans, she said. We like this truly American breed because of their versatility and tractability.

Kim-Ann and Jordy are getting Dressed Blues ready for Jordy to compete at the Grand National Morgan Horse Show and .....
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Special Section: Horses

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

While some kids grow up riding their bikes or playing cops and robbers for fun, hundreds of American youth have a very different way of life: riding and training horses. Katelin Redalen, an eighteen year old from rural Lanesboro, is one of those youn ..... 
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A family of blues

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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GRANGER Schwarz und Weiss in German means black and white and refers to the simple life and old way of doing things. Like milking cows by hand, cooling it with groundwater and ice and transporting it in traditional milk cans. The Golden Ridge Chees ..... 
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Heartland withdraws application from MPCA

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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ROCHESTER The owners of Heartland Energy and Recycling, a proposed tire-derived fuel plant, have officially withdrawn their air permit application for the Preston, Minn. site. In a letter dated Mar. 7, 2005, and received at the Minnesota Pollution ..... 
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Agreement reached on engineer fee cap

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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HARMONY After an hour of negotiations, between engineers involved in the Lutes-Scrabeck housing development, an agreement was reached that would place a cap on city engineer inspection fees paid for by the developer of the project. A not to exceed ..... 
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L.A. Stories

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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The great thing about going to L.A. for a few days is that you dont have to hassle with carrying your passport or going through customs, which doesnt necessarily mean you are not entering another kind of country.

Ive always ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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Im confident I can get you out of the contract, declared Attorney Terry Chiglo to the Rushford City Council at their meeting March 14. Chiglo informed the council the generator contract with Ziegler had seven deficiencies within it that could enab ..... 
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Zoning body okays gas permit, approves hog feedlot

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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Back in February, the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission tabled any action on an application for a conditional use permit by Northern Natural Gas Company (NNG) to add an additional compressor at their facility in Jordan Township because the ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board: Art mural and rec center dominates meeting

Fri, Mar 18th, 2005
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Two very unconventional community projects dominated discussion at the Lanesboro School Board meeting. There were further updates on the proposed Recreation/Youth Center, but discussion started off with a proposal by Lanesboros arts community.[Read the Rest]
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