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Fillmore County is home to MSA Queen


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge

Royal titles of queen and princess are not just limited to the monarchies of the world as Fillmore County is considered home for 20 year-old Minnesota Simmental Association Queen Katie Ristau. But not everyone can be queen, as she worked her way to the top through a complex selection process.

Beginning with the completion of an application, resumé, and a brief essay, Ristau advanced to the next level of the candidate process which involved the composition of a speech that she titled, “An exciting time to be a Simmental.” She delivered her speech twice, once in an interview in front of a panel of judges and once at the annual Minnesota Simmental Association Banquet. Also, during her interview, she was questioned about her knowledge and background in the beef industry, and how she would fulfill her duties as queen.

It’s not every year that there’s an MSA queen from Fillmore County, and the position carries a wide range of duties. As Queen, Katie Ristau promotes the Simmental industry. Her summer will be packed with trips to county fairs and presenting ribbons at open shows. She even has an opportunity to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, which is where the American Junior Simmental Association National Classic will be hosted. “I’m using my title to be a spokesperson for the industry and to get the word out about how it’s a great industry to be a part of,” she commented. Katie explained that her main goal is to share with others her passion for the beef industry and Simmental breed.

Although the MSA queen represents the entire state, Ristau expressed how important the beef industry is to Fillmore County saying, “We are truly blessed by the quality and quantity of beef cattle that we have in our area.” According to Ristau this is a known fact as the Fillmore County Fair’s Beef Show is one of the most competitive in the state of Minnesota. However, to Ristau, being a part of the beef industry is much more than just being a farmer, “Being a member of the beef industry has several roles… they help our communities grow and prosper,” she explained.

Katie has extensive knowledge of the beef industry. She is the daughter of Doug and Deb Ristau of rural Preston. She has a sister named Kelsey, 23, and brother named Brady, 13, who are also involved in the beef industry. The family has 121 commercial cows, many of which are Simmental-Angus crossbreeds. .....
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Used motor oil and used oil filters should be recycled. Recycling them will not only help save resources and energy, but will also protect the environment. I might also add that it is illegal ..... 
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New Board of Animal Health rules address needs of today

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that its new rules are now in effect. The Board has been working with livestock groups to adopt rules that allow the Board to control diseases and are sensible for Minnesota farmers ..... 
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Youth Tractor Safety Classes Offered

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The twenty-fourth joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 7. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m. each day. Brad Harguth, Caledonia High School Ag Instructor ..... 
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Another sinkhole

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

As most passers-by on Highway 52, just North of Fountain, Minn., have noticed in recent days a fairly large sinkhole has opened up about a quarter mile outside of town on the West side of the road. Being conspicuously placed along the roadside it h ..... 
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MnWARN coordinators visit Fillmore County for presentation

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Nearly six years later, the vivid images of the devastating floods of 2007 are still fresh in the minds of many across southeastern Minnesota, especially those who lived in the community of Rushford at the time. Even though seventeen inches of rain ..... 
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Rushford offers option for MPCA issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Kirsten Zoellner The 814 North Mill Street property of Jon Dammen has been on Rushford’s radar for a number of years. A remaining private septic system within the city limits, it has been racking up fines from Minnesota Pollution Control Agenc ..... 
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When Spring comes, it will be nuts!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

We all know that spring will come! When it does, every farmer will be putting in long hours to get the crop planted. A few years ago, University of Illinois Extension Safety Specialist Bob Aherin said taking a break can actually be one of the best t ..... 
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SWCD staff seeks to detect flush of pollutants into Root River

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

When snow melts or rain falls, the water picks up pollutants as it drains across land to a stream. Measuring that flush of pollutants can be tricky because some stream water levels rise and fall so quickly - in a matter of hours. It’s also importa ..... 
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