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Citizen initiatives stregthen social and economic bonds


Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Monday, April 9, 2001

The report, Finding Food in Farm Country, profiles four organizations that are committed to a regional food system.

Root River Market

In response to the closing of Houston, Minnesota's only grocery store in 1998, citizens of the town formed a locally owned cooperative grocery business, the Root River Market, which opened November 7, 2000. "The grocery store in most towns is the center of the business community," said Tony Denstad, manager of the Market. "If there is no grocery store, that hurts all the other businesses." The Market aims to become a full-service cooperative, eventually offering healthier foods and featuring local produce.

Rebekah’s Restaurant

Rebekah's Restaurant in Plainview, Minnesota, owned by Paula Wheeler and Diane Lutzke, buys food from 13 local producers and cooks all meals from scratch, changing the menus daily according to the available harvest.

"People think it is more difficult to buy from local farms since you have to deal with so many more businesses," says Wheeler. "You can't just place one single order and have it delivered. To us, that is the fun part. We see our neighbors on a regular basis. We know how they raise the food. We support the growers and they support us . Lots of our customers agree that organic food tastes better and is more nutritious."
Earthen Path Organic Farm

Steve Schwen is the proprietor of Earthen Path Organic Farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm at Oak Center, near Plainview. He also coordinates a marketing cooperative, Full Circle Cooperative, that takes the organic produce from 14 local growers to Twin City cooperative food stores. "We sell an average of $800-$1,000 of produce each week during the season," Schwen says. He would like to add to his client list more restaurants and institutional buyers from the Southeast region.

"We have been able to show to our buyers that what we have is not just excellent quality produce," says Schwen, "but that we're different in how we approach the buyer. We're not just another entity marketing food. We are committed to building a sustainable region."

Sunflower Fields Farm

On Sunflower Fields Farm CSA in Northeast Iowa, Michael and Linda Nash raise organic produce for their immediate rural neighbors and have recruited neighboring farmers to join them in creating a multi-producer CSA. Michael Nash says, "We don't grow vegetables as .....
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Zimmer and Root vie for vacant commissioner seat on April 17

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, April 9, 2001

On Tuesday, April 17, voters in District Three (Fillmore, Bloomfield, Forestville, Beaver and York Townships and Ward I Spring Valley) will elect a new county commissioner to fill the vacancy created wit ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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City attorney to look at art center sites; council meets with cable companyBy John TorgrimsonMonday, April 9, 2001

If Lanesboro City Council member Kevin Drake has anything to say about it, the Regional Art Commission will need to do some expl ..... 
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County ready to deal with Waste Management

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, April 9, 2001

Fillmore County is prepared to enter into an agreement with Waste Management to privatize some of the functions at the Resource Recovery Center. The announcement was made by Commissioner Duane Bakke, who ..... 
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Finding Food in Farm County

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Economics of food and farming in SE MinnesotaBy Nancy Overcott Monday, April 9, 2001

"As much as $800 million each year flows out of our agricultural region as local families grow and buy food. Almost none of this money b ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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