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Root River Ag improving their Wykoff facility


Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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The Root River Ag building in Wykoff will undergo remodeling this year. Photo by Jade Wangen

Root River Ag Service in Lanesboro was started by Jeff Redalen in 2009. Redalen bought the Lanesboro Ag Service building and started his own company. That year, Root River Ag also bought a building in Wykoff.

According to Jeff's brother, Steve Redalen, there are plans underway to do some remodeling at the Wykoff site.

"We're improving our facilities, making them safer for workers, and more efficient for operations," said Redalen.

Redalen works with his brother at Root River Ag in agronomy and sales. Their brother The team works together, along with their other brother Justin, in both Lanesboro and Wykoff selling feed and seed to farmers. They Wykoff location is primarily for the fertilizer part of the business.

"What's going on in our plant right now is we are putting in a conveyor for the semis, and expanding our presence over there," said Redalen. "Wykoff is a good place for us."

Redalen recommends fertilizers for farmers and helps them with plant growth and health, as well as weed control. He has a degree in Economics with a minor in agronomy from the University of Minnesota.

The brothers grew up on a farm, and they have years of experience and education behind what they do. "Jeff has been in many different organizations, too. He has managed many coops in the area," said Redalen. "He has probably been in every acre in the county."

Root River Ag is a full service feed company. According to Redalen, they do custom mixes, bulk delivery, and sell alfalfa and oats, among other things. He explained their feed supplier, Big Gain, has a wonderful feeding program for raising baby calves. He said they have found that if you double a calf's weight in the first eight weeks of life, they will produce anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 pounds more milk in their first lactation.

"That's exciting stuff," said Redalen. "That's the kind of stuff we need, better animal care, better health. It all goes hand in hand."

The remodeling in Wykoff will be extensive, but Redalen said it will look nicer, and be so much more efficient than it is now. "That's what we're excited about," he added.

Down the road they may consider seed service from the Wykoff site, but right now it will just be fertilizer. They are committed to staying in Wykoff for the long haul, and are glad they have a presence there.

City of Ostrander has new website

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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Rhonda Klapperich became the City Clerk/Treasurer for Ostrander in 2009. It wasn't long after she began that she suggested the city get its own website.

"I thought it would be nice to get some information out there," said Klepperich.
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Bringing wine country to Minnesota

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Driving on Minnesota State Highway 16 outside of Spring Valley, you can't help but notice the construction of a big building surrounded by several rows of a vineyard. This 9,000-square-foot building site will soon be the home of Four Daughters Viney ..... 
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Fresh meat in Harmony

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Residents of Harmony have been watching the new building go up for months and have heard stories of the new business that is now open. Oak Meadow Meats is a new meat locker to serve the farmers of the area, as well as people who want their meat proc ..... 
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NTLC fishing for its future in Preston

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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With a fairly successful first year of operation at its temporary location, the National Trout Learning Center is on a steady course toward development. Steering Committee co-chair George Spangler suggests it may take a decade to fully develop the c ..... 
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Wykoff is blazing with talent

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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If the winter has you feeling down and you're looking to learn something new and exciting, Wykoff has something for you. Michael and Maggie Blazing, owners of Magpie Studios and Blazingstar Pottery, have a whole lot of talent to share with the area. ..... 
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Peterson changes the guard

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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2010 was a year of growth for Peterson, even at the most basic level: city hall. The changing of the guard began in September 2009 with the resignation of former mayor Dick Lee, who had served the city for over 12 terms, the rough equivalent ..... 
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Continued success in Lanesboro

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Lanesboro, a small community centered neatly between the bluffs of Fillmore County, has had a great year throughout 2010 with immeasurable progress for the town in several different areas. Despite the continuing economic recession, Lanesboro ..... 
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The new Mayor of Mabel: Liz Folstad

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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The city of Mabel elected a new mayor this last fall, something they haven't done for a long time. Jim Westby was the mayor of Mabel for fourteen years. At the city council meeting in January, a new mayor was running the show.

Liz F ..... 
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