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The rising cost of beef


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Features

If you have taken a trip to the grocery store or have gone out to eat in the last several months, chances are you have noticed a price hike, especially in beef. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average consumer price of ground beef per pound to be $3.70 as of March 2014. In March 2010, the average cost of beef per pound was $2.24. While the exact price increase depends on the cut of beef the consumer is buying, the overall cost of beef has gone up substantially.

Several factors play into the rising cost of beef. Recent droughts in areas like Texas and rising feed costs have played a large hand in the increased cost of beef. Droughts harm the crop yields, causing an increase in feed cost. Many farmers opted to sell their cows during this time as the expense of raising them to slaughtering age grew, making the beef farming industry less profitable. With fewer cattle being farmed there became a natural supply and demand issue, causing a hike in beef prices.

These problematic issues in certain parts of the country have contributed to the rising cost of beef at the retail counter. Ryan Oian, a beef farmer in Rushford, Minn., said, “In the last five years we have seen a lot of cyclical changes in the beef industry. The higher costs of raising commodities, drought conditions in 2012 and the last two years of harsh winter and spring calving seasons have made it challenging. The higher price for our cattle at market is a welcomed change.”

This change is not good news for everyone, though. Business owners like Debbie Kitchens, owner of The Creamery in Rushford, says that the hike in beef prices is having a negative effect on business. Kitchens first noticed the prices increasing in the Fall of 2013. As a result they had to increase their prices in January. Kitchens has had to be more creative in finding ways to save money on beef to try to avoid too much of a menu price increase. Kitchens says that she shops around a lot more for her beef products and is always looking for a sale. The same goes for Judy Christensen, owner of Stumpy’s in Rushford.

Christensen shared that they are unfortunately going to have to increase prices again soon despite having already made an increase only a few months ago. Restaurants take the hardest hit when there is a price hike in food items. Christensen commented, however, that it isn’t as difficult in a small farming community for people to understand the need for .....
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Oak Meadow Meats of Harmony

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Growing up on a farm near Harmony, Minn. with two older brothers and one older sister, Michael Aggen was active in showing cattle and swine at livestock shows along with his siblings. The family was involved in state and county fairs, junior livesto ..... 
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Eyes on the road

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Imagine a job in which you show up everyday and never know what to expect. Anything could happen, and your job is to remedy problems as they arise. In some cases, you are dealing with fatalities or life-changing events for someone you’ve never me ..... 
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Mustang celebrates 50 years with Serfling

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Not old enough to drive yet, he was just 11-years-old, but Dan Serfling had his eye on his dream car. Dan’s uncle Millard Runge, who passed away on May 31, 2012, at the age of 88, bought a 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang -- the very first year the world famo ..... 
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Road construction season not far off for Fillmore County and southeastern Minnesota

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

The joke is that there are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and road construction. Seeing as we’ve left one behind, it’s time for the other to begin. As usual, there are some projects that may impact your routes and travel times in the coming mon ..... 
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Often while hitting the road the road hits back

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Spring is in the air and potholes are in the road once again this year. The irritating but unavoidable potholes are caused when water enters the ground under the pavement and then expands when it becomes frozen. When the water thaws the pavement co ..... 
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Area resident is a lottery winner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

Congratulations to Dylan Himle of Ostrander, Minn. Himle won $20,000 by playing the Lottery’s $200,000 Bonus Jackpot scratch game. Himle claimed the prize on April 7, 2014. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, 640 N. Broadway St. in Sprin ..... 
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Jessie Street Java fills your cup and a calling

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

Stepping into Jessie Street Java in Rushford, Minn., it’s hard to pinpoint what comes over you first; the tantalizing smells, the enticing rural chic atmosphere, or the comfortable feeling that you’re home. Both eclectic and colorful, with a mode ..... 
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Preston, home of The Driftless Fly Fishing Co.

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This is no fish tale. There is a new business in Preston, Minn. that may reel you in hook, line, and sinker. Well hook and line anyway. No sinkers involved here. If you, a friend or family member loves to fly fish or have always wanted to learn n ..... 
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