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Professors from Eastern Europe learn about market economy


Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

Four university professors from eastern Europe were browsing around the Fillmore County countryside this past week looking at the economics of agriculture. Some of the their activities included talking to farmers in the Rushford area, meeting with seed dealers and taking a tour of the ethanol plant in Preston. The group even managed to get in a little biking on the bike trail.

The four academics, who teach in universities in Russia, Yugoslavia and Kyrgystan, are participants in a six month exchange program with the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture. Called the Newly Independent States Faculty Exchange Program, the exchange started in the early ‘90s with the breakup of the Soviet Union.

According to Dr. John Vreyens, Director of the International Agricultural Programs at the University of Minnesota, the idea was to bring young faculty members to American universities to learn new teaching methods, become more specialized in their field of expertise using market economics, and develop courses to be used in their home universities.

Students start out in Washington, D.C. for three weeks learning about federal agricultural policy before moving on to their host university. Besides Minnesota, other colleges involved in the program this year include Colorado State, Nebraska, Penn State and Ohio State universities, to mention a few.

Ed Usset, a Grain Marketing Specialist at the University of Minnesota, hosted the four students on their five day trip to the area.

“Each of the students are teachers and have different areas of expertise,” Usset said. “They are here to learn about market economics and develop curriculums that they will use back in their countries.”

Nurlan Kubenov, a professor of agricultural production at the Kyrgyz Agrarian University, said that he was amazed at the size of agricultural production and processing in this country. Nurlan, who is studying agricultural marketing and government policy while at the University of Minnesota, said that he was impressed with the ethanol plant and that as a value-added product “it helps farmers to be more independent.”

“You can get two gallons of gasoline from one bushel of corn,” Nurlan said with amazement.

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Chaos serves no one

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council meeting ended in chaos on Monday night, August 18, some three hours after it began.

When the meeting started, there was a quorum of four council members, with council member Mike Gartner, who is being t ..... 
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Lanesboro explores police options

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Sheriff Jim Connolly appeared before the Lanesboro City Council August 18th to share his suggestions for police coverage in the city of Lanesboro. Pointing out the unique situation caused by the influx of tourists in the city, Connolly suggested join ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: City to consider joint police operation with Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz was given the go ahead by the Preston City Council at their Monday, August 18 meeting, to research the feasibility of entering into an arrangement to provide law enforcement coverage for the city of Lanesboro. The ci ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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Felony Charges  According to court records, the following individuals were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 18:  •Travis Ryan Jonsgaard, 19, Rushford, was charged with felon ..... 
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Planning Commission approves two new subdivisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission approved two new housing subdivisions at its meeting last week, one in Amherst Township and one in Chatfield Township.  The Secluded Land Company, DeSoto, Wisconsin, is developing the A ..... 
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Where does a Twin Cities celebrity go to retire?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

For Jan Smaby, the answer was obvious: Fillmore County.

"I knew from a young age if I ever got the chance to live in southeastern Minnesota permanently, I would do it," she said.

Smaby retired last year fro ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: OFFSET to help establish setback distances for odor control

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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"This tool is site specific. It will measure setbacks from feedlots to city limits,” stated Feedlot Officer Michael Frauenkron as he briefed county commissioners on Tuesday on new technology used to measure odor and determine setback limits. OFFSET: ..... 
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Commissioners review department budgets

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The county board, as part of their budget review process, met with a number of department heads on Tuesday.  •Recorder’s Office. Recorder Richard Mensink informed the board that for every document the office updates and files ..... 
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