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Kanabec County family wins monthly MDA award


Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A multigenerational Kanabec County farm family has been awarded this month's Commissioner's Good Farm Neighbor award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Stacy and Kevin Thoeny along with Kevin's parents Don and Debra Thoeny operate a 200 cow dairy near Ogilvie.



Winners of the Good Farm Neighbor Award are selected for their high animal care standards, environmental stewardship and community involvement. For this dairy farming family, everything they do is with the cows in mind.



"We truly believe healthy happy cows produce quality milk," says Stacy Thoeny. "And the cows are the queens of the farm. For example, we have a comprehensive health program and our veterinarian is out every two weeks to check on our herd. We also consult a nutritionist on a monthly basis to develop balanced rations for the cows."



The two families grow 1100 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa for livestock feed and cash crop.

Stacy Thoeny says this past year they adopted new conservation tillage practices to help reduce soil erosion.



"We've introduced no till practices and have installed some dikes and controlled drainage on a field of more than 200 acres to stop erosion and reduce runoff," she said.



This year the Thoenys hosted their second "Breakfast on the Farm" to help educate people about dairy farming. The family is also active in the Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.



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.



Award 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.

State grants available for feedlot and septic system improvement projects

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul - More than $4 million in state grants is available to local government units for projects to protect and restore water quality by improving feedlots near impaired waters and replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) that are iden ..... 
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Great American Backyard Campout: Trading the Wii for the Wilderness

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - School's out for summer, and instead of letting the kids turn into couch potatoes, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is encouraging Minnesota families to enjoy some time together under the stars during the annual Great American ..... 
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USE AND TRANSPORT FIREWORKS SAFELY, LEGALLY

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The July 4th holiday is a time when Americans celebrate generations of independence with family gatherings, community events and casual use of dangerous explosives.

">From a safety perspective, it doesn't make sense to celebrate any ..... 
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Nat'l Summer Learning Day: Putting the "Summer" into MN Summer School

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - It may be summer break, but a busy day is planned for thousands of children as part of National Summer Learning Day today. It's an annual event intended to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality summer educational opportuniti ..... 
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Minnesota Skateboarding Millennial Has High-Flying, Hip Business

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

June 2010, Saint Paul, Minnesota: Most 17-year-old skateboarders have enough trouble juggling schoolwork, hanging with friends and finding awesome places to test their boards. Dennis Nelson, a junior in high school from Saint Paul, Minnesota, decided ..... 
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NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED FOLLOWING TORNADO OUTBREAK

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Governor Tim Pawlenty activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist in three Minnesota counties following tornadoes and severe storms. A total of 74 soldiers will assist local authorities by providing security and operating traffic chec ..... 
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MDA Loan Program Hits Milestone

Tue, Jun 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has completed its 10,000th loan to farmers and rural landowners to help finance practices that prevent pollution. Under the agency's Agricultural Best Management Practices (AgBMP) loan p ..... 
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Construction begins on new facility at Mpls Veterans Home

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Ground was broken today at the Minneapolis Veterans Home for a new 100-bed skilled nursing facility.

This building will replace Building 9, which was demolished in 2009 at the same location. Residents were moved from the b ..... 
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