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Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Conservation shines in Fillmore CountyBy Mike McGrathMonday, July 16, 2001

Last Thursday, the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) hosted a bus tour that featured recently installed conservation practices on local farms. The tour was well attended by farmers, conservation professionals, county commissioners and others.

The focus of the bulk of the tour was to educate the attendees on the new open feedlot regulations. The new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) feedlot regulations that went into effect last year require all feedlot operators to come into compliance with manure management rules.

Under the MPCA’s 2005/2010 Open-Lot Certification program for open-lot feedlots with less than 300 animal units, farmers are given the opportunity for an extended schedule to address manure-contaminated runoff from their open lots.

Those registered feedlots that are enrolled in the certification program have until October 1, 2005 to install interim corrective measures, and until October 1, 2010 to complete final corrective measures. Without certification in the program, owners must correct pollution hazards within 24 months.

The first stop on the tour was Rumpus Ridge Farms near Preston. Due to bio-security issues related to the recent Hoof and Mouth disease outbreaks in Europe, the group did not leave the bus. However, they were able to observe the construction of a new collection basin for manure solids and a storm water diversion system being installed at a new feedlot site on the dairy farm owned by Jerry Gartner.

The expansive Rumpus Ridge Dairy is utilizing cost-share programs through the SWCD office to construct a new feedlot runoff and drainage system that addresses both the runoff from the feedlot as well as the storm water entering the feedlot.

Local SWCD Administrator, Kevin Scheidecker, was the guide for the bus tour and carefully explained the new programs that are coming into effect.

"The whole reason we are focusing on this is the Karst topography and sensitive ground water," explained Scheidecker.

Scheidecker introduced the Fillmore County Feedlot Officer, Mike Frauenkron, to the tour group and explained that Fillmore County is fortunate to have its own feedlot officer to provide "local control and flexibility" in the administration of the state’s new feedlot regulations.

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County Board has short day

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Monday, July 16, 2001

Following a week off to observe the Fourth of July, the County Board whisked through an unusually short meeting last week, coming to adjournment a mere 87 minutes after the call to order.
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Planning for the future

Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Re-mapping the Ag DistrictBy Carol ThouinMonday, July 16, 2001

For 36 years, Spring Valley's Jan Czapiewski has taken needle in hand to create some of the most remarkable, artistic creations in the county. She has the awa ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jul 13th, 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


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jul 13th, 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
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jul 13th, 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.

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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Jul 13th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
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