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A successful Dairy Night on the Farm 2014


Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

Hosts Loni, Tracy, Bruce and Matt Wingert enjoy Dairy Night on the Farm 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

A perfect summer evening brought a large crowd to Blue Valley Holsteins for this year’s Dairy Night on the Farm hosted by Bruce and Tracy Wingert along with their son Matt and daughter Loni. Blue Valley Holsteins is a third generation farm located near Fountain, Minn., and they milk 200 cows twice a day.

Visitors were able to tour the farm and its buildings including free-stall barns and the milking parlor. There were displays with information on dairy farming and samples of different types of feed used in the industry. Area residents of all ages enjoyed seeing the cows and spending the evening on the farm while learning where the food comes from that we put on our table.

Michael and Vanessa Aggen of Harmony, Minn. brought their daughter Eliza, age 16 months, who was all smiles while looking at a calf as were many young children who attended. The children also spent much of the evening jumping in two bouncy houses and zooming down a very large inflatable slide. Cow Pie Bingo was played, which entailed spray painting a number board on the grass in a pen and then letting the cow in the pen and waiting to see who’s number got “landed on” first.

The American Dairy Association (ADA) sponsors Dairy Night on the Farm to promote the dairy industry and the ADA had their malt wagon at the Wingert farm with a constant line of people looking for a cool refreshment. Along with the regular malt flavors there was a new addition of rhubarb malts and many in line opted for the new flavor and were not disappointed.

Fillmore County Dairy Princess Melinda Woods, daughter of Daniel and Patti Woods of Ostrander, Minn., happily served the malts with help from Dairy Ambassador Allison Freese, daughter of Jeff and Carolyn Freese of Lanesboro, Minn. as well as others who donated their time.

A delicious summertime meal was served by the Fillmore County Cattlemen which included hamburgers hot off the grill. The burgers were very tasty and cooked to perfection. Along with the hamburgers guests had a full plate of beans, potato salad, and cheese curds. Dairy Ambassador Fred Williams, son of Fred Williams and Dennise Kluttz of Mabel, Minn., helped serve the food along with many other volunteers. Fred’s sister, Alexis Williams, also a Dairy Ambassador, was also on hand helping in the malt wagon.

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Father’s Day fun at Lanesboro’s Art in the Park

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Father’s Day in this area of Minnesota is also synonymous with another important date on the calendar which is Lanesboro’s Art in the Park event. For those who may have a difficult time finding dad that gift that you thought he may actually use ..... 
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“Officer Joe”, Harmony native, named South Dakota School Resource Officer of the Year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

“It has been a pleasure to work with Officer Joe in Brookings,” says Mickelson Middle School Principal Melinda Jensen, one of the administrators responsible for a nomination for the School Resource Officer of the Year award. “Officer Joe adds ..... 
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Preston Dairy and Farm Association breaks ground on expansion

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Groundbreaking on the Preston Dairy and Farm expansion outside of Preston took place Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with Preston Area Chamber of Commerce members, Preston Mayor Curt Reicks, Preston Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Wangen and EDA Direct ..... 
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Four Daughters breaks ground on expansion

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

When Vicky Vogt first dreamed of starting a vineyard and opening a winery, she, like all new business owners, hoped it would do well. After opening the doors of Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery on December 15, 2011 the business has so exceeded expe ..... 
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Mock crash brings real emotion

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

A routine fire drill sent hundreds of Fillmore-Central students to the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. on Friday, May 16, 2014 and what the students found there was anything but routine. As the student body and staff made their way to t ..... 
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South Dakota man survives plane crash in thick woods of Newburg Township

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Features

As farmers were working up the rich soil of Southeast Fillmore County on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17, an orange and white Preceptor Ultra Pup home-built single-passenger plane overhead seemed to be flying lower than usual. And, it was. Experienced military pilot, Carl Koch, age 65, had just refueled at an airport in Caledonia. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the pilot had just purchased the plane in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and was planning on flying it back to his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. His plane fell short of the 453 mile journey, only making it approximately 145 miles to where he crash landed. Koch’s original plan was to refuel in Caledonia, Albert Lea, and Worthington along the way until he arrived at his destination in Mitchell, South Dakota. But, due to mechanical difficulties still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pilot Koch had lost power and had to navigate where to crash-land his newly purchased plane. With a dense volume of woods throughout Newburg Township, Koch and his plane crashed just on the fringe of some tillable farmland on a property owned by Weisel Creek, LLP. Following his crash landing with blunt head trauma, Koch found his way across a field and down a gravel road to the entrance of the property at 42489 County Road 18. From the site of the crash to County Road 18 is a little over one mile on foot. Once he arrived at the entrance of the property, he dialed 911, at approximately 2:43 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, to inform the Sheriff’s Department. Then he contacted his wife, who was traveling by vehicle following his flight path. Koch ended up with minor injuries and was transported from the scene to the hospital by a private party. The Mabel Ambulance also responded to the call. In the days that followed the plane crash, an FAA inspector investigated the damaged aircraft, upside down and mangled among the trees. According to Sheriff Jensen, FAA inspectors do not speak to the media. In the weeks to come, more information will be made available relating to the investigation of the crash. Sheriff Jensen said that the FAA inspector shared with him that investigating a crash in which the pilot survives is very helpful. With these types of crashes, the pilot often doesn’t survive to talk about what went wrong. Victor Spaulding, one of the owners of the property where the crash occurred, also arrived on the scene, asking Sheriff Jensen, “Is the pilot OK? How’s he doing?” Victor Spaulding, his son Alan Spaulding, and another partner named Mike Cashill are owners of the property under the entity known as Weisel Creek, LLP. All three owners live in the Twin Cities area. According to correspondence with reporter Mark Roper with television station KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, an ABC affiliate pilot Carl Koch is in good spirits back at his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. Koch, who is the city attorney for the City of Mitchell, credits his experience for surviving the plane crash. “I don’t believe that I would have a fear of flying again. The truth of the matter is, that when I was flying in the military, I experienced things, and when things did go wrong it scared me more than this and obviously I continued to fly,” Koch said, in an interview with KSFY news anchor Mark Roper. But, he did go on to say, “I’m not going to put my wife, whom I expect to be married to until I die, and family, through concern and worry. I’m not going to put them through that kind of concern and worry again.”

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Visitors move quickly to attend Stand Still Parade

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Whalan Features

A horse with a mustache, a barbershop quartet, warm lefse, and classic cars were only a few of the attractions at this year’s Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Minn. on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The 19th annual Stand Still parade is one of the most uniq ..... 
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Chatfield couple finds a way to give back

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

When Tom and Michelle Root started planning a motorcycle run to benefit the Eagles Cancer Telethon back in February, they had no idea the amount of work they were getting themselves into. Thankfully, we all get by with a little help from our friends ..... 
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