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A feedlot officer for the county


Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

At last Tuesdayís Fillmore County Board meeting, zoning administrator Norm Craig introduced Mike Frauenkron (pronouced frown-crown), who has been hired as the countyís feedlot officer.

"Mike came in here like gangbusters and weíre going to get a lot done," Craig said.

Frauenkron said that he was looking forward to his new job and would be presenting a detailed plan of action to the board in the near future.

As the rest of the meeting turned out to be little more than lengthy discussions with department heads regarding their proposed 2001 budgets, which were about as interesting as watching paint dry or sitting down to watch the Republican Convention, I called up Mr. Frauenkron later in the week and asked for an interview.

"Youíve been introduced to the board and this would be a way of introducing you to the rest of the county," I said.

Frauenkron said that he is originally from Houston County and that he, and his wife, Sharon, had recently bought a house in Newburg Township near Mabel. The couple have two grown sons. Frauenkron worked as assistant zoning administrator in Houston County and for the last year and eight months has served as that countyís feedlot officer.

"I had very good luck with our feedlot program in Houston County," Frauenkron said. He noted that the Houston County feedlot ordinance is somewhat more restrictive than Fillmore Countyís.

"Iíve always been around farming and consider myself a farm advocate," Frauenkron said. "At the same time Iím committed to environmental protection."

Frauenkron said that he plans to work closely with other local agencies such as zoning, extension, water quality and soil conservation in assisting the farmer with feedlot issues. He stressed the importance of farm site visits, "whether they hold a current permit or have never seen a county employee."

"The important thing is to follow the feedlot permitting process through to the end and get everybody in line," Frauenkron said. "My door will always be open if anybody has any questions."

First on the agenda will be getting together the game plan and the strategy to carry out the feedlot program, and getting the approval of the county board.

"Iím hesitant to talk about the details right now, but once I submit my plan to the commissioners Iíll be happy to answer all of your questions," Frauenkron said.

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Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Agencies meet on flood cleanup

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Public meeting scheduledBy John TorgrimsonMonday, August 7, 2000

Over 30 officials from federal, state and local government agencies met in Preston on Thursday, August 3 to discuss how to continue with flood clean up activities in Fillm ..... 
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A history written in mud

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Soil erosion in southeastern MinnesotaBy By Wayne PikeMonday, August 7, 2000

It has been said that the history of mankind could be written in mud. No matter where humans settle, we disturb the natural balance by harvesting trees, grazing ..... 
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Plan Now for Fall Vegetables

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Itís not too late to sow seeds of many short season vegetables. Many gardeners want to get all their seeds in and then just let it grow! But staggering planting dates will give you a longer harvest season. This week there ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Mi ..... 
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The elusive Blue Racer

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

In an edition of this column published earlier this year (Fillmore County Journal Vol. 15, No. 34, May 29, 2000) we briefly examined how the physical geography of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, in combination with th ..... 
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Vanishing America

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

Ever since I read about Lilly and her general store in his book, Jailhouse Stories, Iíve been asking Neil Haugerud to take me over to the little burg of Amherst for a visit.

"Youíve never met Lilly?" Neil always ..... 
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Hauling

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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My family and I went to a wedding in Wisconsin on a recent Saturday morning. The wedding site was straight east of our place about one hundred twenty miles. There was no good way of getting there due to the negligence of the last glacier that failed ..... 
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