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Efficient dairy operation part of “Rolling Acres” diversified farming mix


Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

June is a month that is set aside to honor our local dairy farmers and also make the public aware of their contributions to the community. One of the traditions of June Dairy month is Dairy Day on the Farm. This year’s proud host is one of Fillmore County’s largest dairies, Johnson Rolling Acres. The family owned and operated farm sits on the prairie southwest of Rushford. Johnson Rolling Acres was started in 1979 by Leroy Johnson and four of his sons. The dairy originally held 150 cows until the new dairy was built in 2000, and the operation was upgraded to around 700 cows. Leroy Johnson’s children (and also their families) have shared ownership and work responsibilities since its start. Some have even moved on to other interests but later came back to the farm. At present, Leroy is semi-retired, part owner and also fills in as tour guide. Mark Johnson is in charge of the dairy, along with Gerald Eide (Leroy’s son-in-law) who manages the feed. Richard and Brad Johnson work with the crops, hogs and general maintenance. Leroy Jr. (Ike) helps with the farm’s heifers and with hoof trimming. Steve Oian, Jr., Leroy’s grandson also helps out with the heifers. Ellen Eide (Leroy’s daughter) serves as secretary. The Johnson’s are quick to point out that their family isn’t the only one involved in the dairy as they rely on other operations to support their effots. An example is Doug and Deb Ristau’s D & D Farms in Preston who are just one of a number of families that help with the dairy by raising heifer calves.The 700 cow dairy operation isn’t the only farming the Johnsons do however. In addition to milking, they finish hogs and raise 1750 acres of corn and 600 acres of alfalfa. "We are a very diversified farm," says Leroy. "We provide a lot of opportunity for a lot of young kids in the area." Besides the family, Johnson Rolling Acres has 21 employees. Most of these are college students from Winona State and high school students from Rushford. The Johnson’s milking operation is highly organized. There are three milking shifts. Each shift is 5 1/2 to 6 hours with three people milking each shift. The shifts are at 7:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. The milkers go through a specific milking procedure to ensure efficiency. The milking parlor is all electronic, with the main body of the milking machines located in a room under the parlor to make it more convenient .....
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Commissioners’ Report: End of legislative session shows state cuts

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

With the completion of the extended Minnesota Legislative session, cities and counties could assess the losses in local government aid and make necessary adjustments to their budgets.

Fillmore County Policy Coordinator Karen Bro ..... 
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Historic Forestville asks community’s help to meet deadline

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Features

I’m enough of a farmer yet-why would you build a barn if you don’t have the money to buy the cows to milk?

Mrs. Eloda (Robert) Wood, reflecting on budget cuts.

"We have to make a commitment by June 23," st ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts back at the starting line

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Mike McGrath, a former board member of the Lanesboro Center for the Arts, addressed the Lanesboro City Council at their June 2 meeting.

Reminding the council, "You are in the driver’s seat in the state’s eyes," McGrath advised ..... 
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Preston City Council Report : Plea for support for Forestville

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Historic Forestville is scheduled to be closed July 1 because of budget cuts. The State Historical Society because of reduced funding has been forced to eliminate support for several sites across the state.

Dick Nelson, in an e ..... 
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Family picks up the pieces after arson fire damages home

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

Bill Collett of Chatfield seemed fairly philosophical for someone whose house had been extensively damaged by an arson fire. Collett, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Madison moved into their home less than a year ago.

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Commissioners focus on courthouse project

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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"Please ask about the 43 loads of sand brought in. I thought that’s why we did boring tests," requested Commissioner Helen Bicknese, as she wouldn’t be available during the courthouse project’s update.

Oh, yes, the other commis ..... 
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Moose arraigned on 11 felony counts from terror spree

Fri, May 30th, 2003
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Floyd George Moose, 39, Chatfield, was arraigned in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Tuesday, May 28 on 11 felony counts, including second degree attempted murder, first degree arson, and several counts of attempted kidnapping, aggravated ..... 
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Once again, no public consensus on zoning issues

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Features

It was another long evening at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday as the commission tackled a long agenda of public hearings that covered a wide range of issues from a bluff ordinance variance to dwelling densities in the ..... 
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