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Blue Diamond Dairy is Good Neighbor


Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Stearns County couple will receive the monthly Good Farm Neighbor Award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Sadie and Glen Frericks of rural Melrose operate a 70-cow dairy and were selected the May winners of the award. Sadie Frericks says they are very concerned about their herd's health and well-being.



"Glen and I are really 'cow people' and we give them a lot of individual attention," says Frericks. "We know their entire family and life history and I think because we know them so well we can tell when something might be wrong."



In addition to their focus on animal care, Frericks says maintaining a positive public image and protecting the environment are also important to them. She says they developed a 'good neighbor' policy for their farm in which they listen to concerns people may have and try to mediate the situation. She says they've also enrolled in the MDA's Livestock Environmental Quality Assurance Program to improve the quality of the water, soil, air and wildlife habitat on their farm. Hard work and dedication has also earned the Frericks the Five Star Dairy status from the Minnesota Milk Producers Association.



Sadie Frericks says they're concerned about their community and try to stay involved in a variety of ways, including writing a blog titled "The Next Generation" to help young dairy farmers and others learn more about the dairy profession.



"When our neighbors see us doing good things in the community, it makes them realize we're interested in the big picture."



Winners of the MDA's Good Farm Neighbor Award are selected by a committee representing the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the MDA.



Nominations can be emailed to margaret.hart@state.mn.us or mailed to Good Farm Neighbor Award, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 North Robert Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55155. A nomination form can be downloaded at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/news/publications/aboutmda/goodneighboraward.pdf

2009 Minnesota Quality Award Celebrates Excellence

Tue, Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, May 20, 2010 - The Minnesota Council for Quality honored Workforce Development, Inc. and eight other recipients of the 2009 Quality Award, which recognizes Minnesota's leading organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to continuo ..... 
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BBB, MN Cyber Crime Task Force Warn Small Businesses Foreign Hackers Are Targeting Them Immediate PCI Compliance Urged

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

May 25, 2010 - St. Paul, MN - The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and the Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force (MCCTF) are issuing a warning to all small businesses that process credit cards. Foreign hackers are targeting small ..... 
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STILLWATER TEENS' TV SPOT WINS "DON'T TEXT & DRIVE" CONTEST

Mon, May 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - A TV public service announcement produced by Stillwater teens humorously showing a nagging mom pushing cigarettes and alcohol onto her son - and other unsafe choices - won in a landslide in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)/A ..... 
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TASTE OF MINNESOTA ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 100 HOURS OF NONSTOP LIVE MUSIC

Thu, May 20th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 20, 2010) -Taste of Minnesota will rock the Harriet Island riverfront with more than 100 hours of live music and a lineup that's bigger, bolder and better than years' past.

"This year's lineup at the Taste of Minnesota is ..... 
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Dylan Days taps Range roots

Wed, May 19th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

HIBBING, Minnesota - The 9th annual Dylan Days event in Bob Dylan's hometown

will be May 27-30 and organizers are "bringin' it all back home."

"This year our mix of music, art, literature and theater will take on even

more of a ..... 
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Minnesota Association of Museums Celebrates Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund

Tue, May 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN: The Minnesota Association of Museums is pleased to announce "The Summit at Summit: A Celebration of Minnesota's Arts, Cultural, and Heritage Fund," organized for museum professionals and all Minnesotans working in the arts, culture a ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, May 17th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, May 17- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.78/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.87/ ..... 
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AIRPORT FOUNDATION MSP ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2010 MSP EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mon, May 17th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - The Airport Foundation MSP awarded three Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport employees with a trophy, certificate, and check for $1,000 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) board meeting today.


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