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Horses are a billion dollar industry in Minnesota


Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Minnesotas 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 found that Minnesota ranks 9th in the country in number of horses, which results in $930 million in direct and indirect economic benefit.

Minnesota has a thriving horse population, with 155,000 horses currently being raised here, said Buhr. We have significant horse activity in every county, which means lots of work for horse trainers, veterinarians and farmers throughout the state.

Although Minnesota has a large number of horses, the report found that the value of the states horses ranks significantly behind comparable states. Minnesota is ranked 45th among states in sales value per horse, with an average value of $1,200. The national average for horse value is $3,145, with Kentucky leading the county with an average horse value of more than $23,000.

The analysis was a follow-up to a University of Minnesota report released last year examining the value of livestock in Minnesota. The equine report can be downloaded at www.apec.umn.edu/faculty/bbuhr/mnhorse.pdf.



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The Village Smithy goes to school

Fri, Mar 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

  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
Posted in Features

Due to Mr. Zmyewskis 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
Posted in Features

Editors 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
Posted in Features

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 sesquicentennials Coming Home approved

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

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 Prestons upcoming 150 year anniversary. The book woul ..... 
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Planning Commission tightens up adult use ordinance

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

Its required by federal law to permit these businesses, stated Fillmore County Zoning Officer Norm Craig as the commission asked why they had to even consider such permits.

Adopted in March of 1998, the purpose of the ordina ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Who pays for extra meters?

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Harmonys council members thought they had covered all the issues when they redid their meter policy several months ago. It was their intent that the changes reflected fairness both to single dwelling property owners, multi dwelling units, and the ci ..... 
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Commentary: Europe questions Bush strategy on terror

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

I was in Europe when the bombings in Madrid took place on Thursday, March 11.

In fact, my daughter and I had taken a train from Amsterdam to the town of Haarlem and then on to the coast at Zandvoort that day. It was cold and cl ..... 
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