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Hinckley Holsteins


Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
Posted in Features

Not everyone can tell you the first day they started their current occupation, but Marlys Hinckley can. She can tell you that April 25, 1981 is the day that she and her husband, Dale, began their farming career together. They’ve never looked back.

Dale was raised on a dairy and crop farm near Utica. He and Marlys both attended high school in St. Charles. After graduation, Marlys went to Winona State and Dale attended the University of Minnesota in Crookston. Dale shunned inside jobs, so he and Marlys went to work with a farmer in the Zumbro Falls area. They started out milking twenty-six cows on shares. Marlys, a self-described city girl now married to a self-described country bumpkin, found herself doing farm work. She and Dale also had three children during that time. They worked to expand that herd to sixty of their own cows and eventually cash rented the farm they were on. In 1990, they went on their own and moved to their present location about five miles east of Chatfield. They call their farm “Hinckley Holsteins”.

Marlys remembers one of their biggest headaches before they moved was milking more cows than their barn would hold.

“When we moved here and had enough stalls for all the cows I thought I was in hog heaven,” Marlys explained, “We didn’t have to switch cows any more. It was really neat.”

Dale laughed and quickly added, “But within six months we were switching cows again.”

They also added another child to their family about that time. Their children are grown up now. They are Paula Bauer (husband Tony), Holly Thompson (husband Donald), Matt (wife Alicia), and Adam. Matt farms with Dale and Marlys. Adam is attending Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar where he studies agronomy and dairy science.

Today, the dairy herd that started with half interest in twenty-six cows has expanded to 280 cows. Dale proudly lists just a few of the herd accomplishments from memory. Their rolling herd average stands at 28,156 pounds of milk per cow per year with three times per day milking. Their average cow also produces over 1000 pounds of butterfat per cow per year. An average cow in Minnesota produces less than 20,000 pounds of milk per cow per year and about 700 pounds of butterfat per year. Their herd’s somatic cell count, a measure of cow health and milk quality, hovers around the 200,000 level, far below the statew .....
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Practice makes perfect

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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FORESTVILLE - Lucy strains at her leash, as she is eager to begin work. She has been waiting in her cage for a couple of hours. The waiting is routine for Lucy. Her handler, Marie Christianson, tries to calm the seven year old Golden Retriever as the ..... 
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Scenic tractor drive set for June 13

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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SPRING VALLEY - A long time interest in restoring vintage tractors has helped to bring about the first Fillmore County Scenic Tractor Drive.

Glen Van Grevenhof, a township employee, Joe Bezdicek, a retired Kingsland Ag instruct ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Phase one approved for well number 5

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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“We gotta lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!” exclaimed Rushford city council member Ron Mireau as he urged action on proceeding with the well no. 5 project at the regular Rushford City Council meeting on May 24th. The proposed booster pum ..... 
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Theater Review: Commonweal launches surefire hit with “Steel Magnolias”

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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When it comes to finding a play that does it all—makes you laugh, cry, and ponder the meaning of life—it probably doesn’t get much better than “Steel Magnolias,” which opened May 22 at the Commonweal Theater in Lanesboro.

The p ..... 
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Commissioners have lengthy citizens’ input session

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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Long time Preston resident Richard Nelson addressed the county board during its monthly citizen input session on the area’s local recreational trails, giving a brief background on the subject and how he sees it progressing. The project started in the ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board Report: Middle School staff host special units presentation

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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Since 1993, the Fillmore Central Middle School staff has hosted an Interdisciplinary Unit event. The length of the unit started out at two weeks and has gradually been shortened to four days. Topics include countries, wars, decade fashions and events ..... 
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“The worse they look, the better I like it”

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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Glen Van Grevenhof’s brown eyes beamed with excitement and his voice took on a quality of respect while he described his love of restoring vintage tractors.

“The worse they look, the better I like it,” said Van Grevenhof as he p ..... 
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A day of remembrance

Mon, May 24th, 2004
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Memorial Day, traditionally known as Decoration Day or Remembrance Day (and still is around the world) was observed for the first time in the United States on May 30, 1868.   General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Rep ..... 
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