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One for the birds


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

For reasons that seem unfathomable, feeders have been made for squirrels. Ask any avid birder and they’ll tell you that there’s always one pesky squirrel, if not a rebel gang, that makes off with a cheek full of prime bird seed, leaving the poor birds to scavenge what’s left. And in this neck of the woods, deer pose just as much opportunity for frustration as they belly up to the bird seed buffet. Many attempts to deter, halt, and even send the intruders flinging through the air have been made, but with little success. All the while, the seed is devoured or scattered and to the buyer, money lost.

Rushford native Scott Tarras has felt the ire of backyard intruders. “I was frustrated with feeding the deer and the squirrels in my backyard, other than the birds, not to mention being tired of all the broken chewed up bird feeders.” Those irritations ultimately lead Tarras to work out an idea for a long-lasting feeding system that would actually feed the birds and just the birds.

The concept for the Feedsavr began in the fall of 2009 after the Tarras family suffered multiple setbacks, first with Scott’s wife Brandee being laid off in January from her graphic design job and Scott being laid off from his position as a pressman at a small print shop a few months later. With persistence, the family opened WonderInk Printing in Rushford and Scott soon after began tinkering with his pet project.

“We thank the Good Lord every day for the blessings we have. As hard as it was at the time when we lost our jobs back in 2009, God had a plan for us,” says Scott. “If not for losing our jobs, we would not have WonderInk Printing and the Feedsavr would have just stayed one of those ‘wouldn’t this be a good idea if’ thoughts.”

The Feedsavr has gone through many changes and challenges. Tarras estimates that over the course of the first two years, he worked through upwards of 20 prototypes. At that time, the initial efforts were fabricated in his garage with purchased machinery and parts. By the spring of 2011, Tarras was comfortable enough with the product to patent pend and market test it at Rushford Hardware.

The market test was highly successful and Tarras proceeded with manufacturing of the feeding system. Since, it has garnered national attention in publications like Fur Fish and Game (March 2013 issue) and will be highlighted in the May 2013 issue of Birds and Bloom. Locally, yo .....
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Rushford business gets simple

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Five years, four kids and one successful business later and Rushford’s exclusive baby boutique, Cloth Diapers Today has new owners, a new location, and a new name. What began in February 2008 for energetic mom Tina Darr to showcase her interest in ..... 
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Rushford cancels City Hall project, for now

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner At least for the time being, Rushford’s city hall will remain at its present location. Plans to convert the former municipal liquor store into new city hall have stalled more than once due to cost and funding. The council vote ..... 
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Semcac Annual Meeting

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Rushford, MN – Semcac held its Annual meeting in St. Charles on April 8th, 2013. The Board certified consumer sector elections and welcomed the following new members: Sandra Fleming, representing consumers in Freeborn County; Tina Bell, represen ..... 
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Free health screening offered in Rushford

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) and Semcac are partnering to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 7:30 to 10: 00 AM at the Tenborg Center in Rushford. This screening is open to both Se ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Announces 2013 Summer Meal Program

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Mondays thru Fridays during designated serving times. Summer meals will be served as follows: Breakfast from 8:00am-9 ..... 
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Rushford Community Foundation seeking proposals for grants

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Community Foundation is seeking proposals for projects or programs that fit the foundation’s grantmaking priorities. The foundation supports new and innovative projects or programs that improve the quality of life and build on existi ..... 
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Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes: new four-week program

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Are you or a family member at risk for developing diabetes or do you have diabetes and could benefit from a refresher course on how to manage your blood sugar? Winona Health’s Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes program is for you. Facilitated ..... 
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Early years are learning years with Rushford-Peterson Community Education

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Rushford-Peterson Community Education offers many opportunities for early childhood aged children and their families. Our Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes are open to birth-5 year olds. Parents and children attend the themed classes t ..... 
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