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The scientist in the woods


Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Features

There may be no other person in America that is more closely associated with woody agriculture than Phil Rutter. In the June 2003 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Senior Editor Corby Kummer, in his article A New Chestnut, credits a “dedicated few” with helping to restore the American Chestnut tree. Phil Rutter, who founded the American Chestnut Foundation in 1983, appears prominently in Kummer’s article as one of those “few”.In 1904, a fungus brought into this country by imported Asian Chestnuts began destroying great stands of American Chestnuts. The Asian trees were resistant to the blight, the American trees were not. Rutter grows chestnuts and hazelnuts on his 160 acre farm near Amherst. Badgersett Research Farm is part field laboratory part farm. Thirty acres is devoted to plant trials in hazelnuts and chestnuts. Another 50 acres is planted to a hazelnut crop that, five years from now, Rutter hopes to be harvesting through mechanized farming techniques, just like row crops are being harvested now on surrounding farms. Some recent hazelnut trials have shown yields of 8000 lbs. of dry nuts per acre.Rutter has studied over 10,000 hazelnut and chestnut varieties since the late ‘70’s and has developed plants that are suitable for northern climates. Not a fan of the corn/soybean model that dominates Midwest farming, Rutter says that “these plants are being grown where they don’t belong.”“Corn is a long way from Guatemala and soybeans, well, how far is China?” Rutter asks.Rutter, who left a Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota a thesis short of a doctorate, refers to himself as an “evolutionary ecologist”. When I look at the soils on this farm, Fayette tells me Forest, and Tama tells me Savanah/Prairie,” Rutter says, as his hand waves at the rolling hills. “These thin soils are highly erodible. Hazels (hazel-nuts), with their deep roots, are helping save this land.”Coincidentally, Rutter sees hazelnuts as a perfect replacement for soybeans and chestnuts for corn. “Whatever you can make from corn, you can make from chestnuts,” Rutter says, noting that the chestnut is high-starch, high-protein, and low-oil. Walking through a grove of chestnuts, Rutter talks about the suitability of land for growing things. When a Marsh Hawk flies in the air, singing kee-kee, with a field mouse .....
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2004 County Fair set for third week of July

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Fair board members met Tuesday night, August 5 at the County Office Building conference room to evaluate their efforts and discuss results from the recent county fair.

President Tracy Hanson, Chatfield, Vice-President Jim Nels ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Courtroom moved to Chatfield temporarily

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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The Chatfield Municipal Building and the Thurber Community Center will become the temporary site for Fillmore County’s courtroom as construction moves forward at the courthouse. Judge Robert Benson, Court Administrator Jim Attwood, and Joel Young, Ch ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Trio arrested for Lanesboro break-ins

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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A man, a woman and a juvenile were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, August 7, with burglary following break-ins at the Das Wurst Haus and Coffee Street Wine Company in Lanesboro on August 5.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Art Center details “draw” council’s attention once again

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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At the August 4th Lanesboro City Council meeting, the council turned their attention to a letter in which Cornucopia, Commonweal, and Root River Valley Friends of the Arts (RRVFOA requested a waiver so the three groups could hire Twin Cities attorney ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Bonding bid for County 17 accepted

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Another busy agenda was tackled by the city council of Preston. Confusion, occasional disorder and conflicting personalities fueled a long meeting.

Mike Bubany of David Drown & Associates presented the bids for the County 17 bon ..... 
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Lanesboro lets Police Chief go

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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On Friday, August 25, in a special meeting, the Lanesboro City Council voted to release Stuart Stotts from his position as Lanesboro Chief of Police.

In a prepared statement released by City Attorney, Tom Manion’s office on Mon ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Board will consider a proposal to hold trial court in Chatfield

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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On Tuesday, August 5, the Fillmore County Board will consider a proposal to enter into an agreement with the city of Chatfield to hold trial court at Chatfield City Hall beginning the week of August 11. The court needs enough space for a courtroom an ..... 
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Rushford Council accepts damage settlement for tennis court

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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The Rushford City Council accepted the settlement offered by Wausau Insurance for the damage done to the Creekside Park tennis courts and basketball courts at their meeting Monday July 28th. In the settlement the city will receive $10,812 to resurfac ..... 
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