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Special Section: Horses are growth industry in Fillmore County.


Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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Without the horse what would have become of man? It has served us for transport, in agriculture, industry, and every kind of activity since the dawn of time. Bertland Leclair

“People don’t realize how big the horse industry is in this county,” said Dan Solberg, a “lifer” when it comes to his involvement with horses. Solberg and his wife Penny, son Jess and daughter Jamie live three miles from Preston with 28 horses, including several quality studs, broodmares, and a young crop. The farmsite has a large indoor and outdoor arena, round pen, box stalls, tack and wash areas, and a roomy office.Solberg smiled as he reflected on the first pony he had at age four and the many other stablemates that followed as he grew up. As a teenager he found that he was good at taking a green or poorly broke horse and making it better with good schooling. And, there was money to be made. Solberg remembered a horse being purchased for $330 which later brought $1,200 after being trained. “You couldn’t turn down an offer like that,” Solberg said.Solberg raises and trains horses full time, travelling frequently to horse sales and shows. He can be coaxed into taking on the occasional problem horse that needs additional training, but at present he doesn’t board other people’s horses. Fillmore County, has seen considerable growth in the number of people involved with horses in recent years. According to Solberg, this follows a trend nationally.. The horse industry in general have seen positive changes noted Solberg. Somewhere between the mid to late 80’s the economy picked up. There was more disposable income and folks who already enjoyed the horse world were becoming even more willing to make additional investments in their hobby. Noticeable too, were the growing number of individuals who could afford to retire early, spending time and money on their favorite equestrian friend.No matter the age group, the demand for better quality horses and increased knowledge of that animal has driven the market. In Fillmore County this is evidenced by the number of farms specializing in raising and selling horses as well as the rise of tack shops and other specialty stores. And there is of course demand for people like Solberg.Natural Horsemanship“It’s a lot like nuts and bolts—if th .....
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Horses are growth industry in Fillmore County

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

  Without the horse what would have become of man? It has served us for transport, in agriculture, industry, and every kind of activity since the dawn of time.   Bertland Leclair

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Vaccination and disease prevention for your horse

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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Spring is here, and it is time to prepare your horses for the coming summer season. Now is the time to vaccinate, before they are exposed to infectious diseases.

There are three important elements in protecting your horses from ..... 
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Horses are a billion dollar industry in Minnesota

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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Minnesota’s horse industry generates nearly $1 billion in economic activity every year in Minnesota, according to a new analysis conducted by a University of Minnesota applied economics professor.

Associate professor Brian Buhr ..... 
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The “Village Smithy” goes to school

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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  Under the spreading chestnut tree   The village smithy stands;   The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms   ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: School board looks to combine counseling with principal position

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
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“Due to Mr. Zmyewski’s resignation, we have the opportunity to adjust the job description for the High School principal position,” Supt. Myrna Luehmann told the school board members at their Tuesday, March 16 meeting. “Our initial discussions have ce ..... 
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Highland Prairie celebrates 150th anniversary

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Editor’s note: The following is a two part feature on sister churches Elstad and Highland Prairie. These two Lutheran churches are among the oldest in Minnesota as well as having some of the earliest Lutheran congregations of Norwegian heritage in th ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Noisy trucks, speeding vehicles top concerns

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Nancy and Dave Huisenga came forward Monday, March 15 at the Lanesboro City Council meeting to share their concerns about semis parked on Highway 16 between Kenilworth and Sheridan streets. Not only concerned about the noise caused by the refrigerati ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Funding for sesquicentennial’s “Coming Home” approved

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Preston council members addressed a multitude of routine business items Monday evening. Richard Petsch and Marc Sather of the Preston Historical Society described plans to put together a book for Preston’s upcoming 150 year anniversary. The book woul ..... 
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