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Sierra Club meets with farmers


Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Sierra Club members met with local farmers Saturday, September 20 at the Root River Church of the Brethren in rural Preston to discuss issues of sustainable agriculture. The meeting was led by Jeff Webster, a 25-year resident of southeast Minnesota, who was recently elected to the Sierra Clubs National Agricultural Committee. Working with Webster was Tarah Heinzen, who has been interning for the Clubs Antibiotics in Agriculture campaign. The taped discussions would be taken back to the national level as a tool for the club to work off of.Webster described "Factory Farms" such as Tyson Chicken as a creeping cancer, whittling away at smaller farmers who have a respect for the land and its surrounding resources. He also views many ag instruction at the college level to be slanted, with grant money hedging towards corporate wallets. Webster stated that the Sierra Club wants farmers to tell them how the club can help to make sustainable farming more viable.The meetings presentations included several speakers..Dan Hutton Dan Hutton, a Century Family Farmer in SE Minnesota, focused his discussion on buffers implemented on his farm that is riddled with sinkholes. He and his family farm about 1,000 acres of crops and woodlands. His philosophy of "Farm the Best & Buffer the Rest" is described as perfect for his situation. It keeps things simple. Buffers help runoff water to actually "clean up" as it makes its way through the fields, emphasized the farmer. In his case, the buffers cut up the fields to some degree, a quality that large farming equipment would find cumbersome to work around. 130 acres of his 600 workable was put into the buffer program. He said it sounds like a lot, but in actuality, it was the poorest land that was used for the buffers. Four grasses and 15 different types of wild flowers have been seeded. Some of the plants have roots that are up to 25 long. This all helps to "sop up the water" notes Hutton. As roots rot, the components of the soil are also improved. To maintain weed control Hutton favors burning. The DNR promotes this technique as well. The farmer does receive a cash incentive from the buffer program of $120 per acre. Huttons land is in a 15-year contract. Shorter contracts are available.Open discussion following Huttons presentation brought out the point that the government needs to get away .....
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Fall Home & Garden: Heaven on the hill

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Larry Dahl says he knew he wanted to buy the land for his new home the first time he saw it. While Dahl liked his home and neighborhood in Rushford, he was drawn to the land formerly owned by Obert Colbenson on top of the Highway 43 hill. Larry nestl ..... 
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Eliminating MPCs will help save dairy farms

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Editors note: Preston area dairy farmer Delbert Mandelko participated in the National Farmers Union Fly-In in Washington, D.C. recently to lobby members of Congress to support legislation that would close trade loop-holes that allow the importation ..... 
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Board listens again to Heartland opponents

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."   Benjamin Franklin

Concerned citizens took their case for an Environmental Impact Study for the proposed Heartlands tire burning plant to th ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report:Long-needed water utility improvements get underway

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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At their September 22, 2003 meeting the Rushford City Council followed the recommendations of Bill Chang from BDM Consulting Engineers to begin the citys water utility improvements. At Changs suggestion, the city agreed to send BDM utility drawings ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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The September 16 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen Treasurer, J ..... 
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Fall Home & Garden: Autumn garden care to-do list

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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By Nancy Huisenga, Fillmore County Master Gardener  Now that the 2003 gardening year is drawing to a close, its time to go through a To-Do List of Garden Care Tips to ensure the best chance for successful wintering of trees, ..... 
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New school immunization rules adopted by state

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has adopted rules that set out new immunization requirements and makes several modifications to the current school immunization requirements.

Beginning with the 2004-05 school year, child ..... 
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Harmony seeks to purchase property from the county

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority (EDA), City Administrator Jerome Illg, and Council Member Mark McKay approached the commissioners about the possible acquisition of a parcel that runs just west of the incubator building at 235 2nd St. NW in ..... 
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