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Heusinkveld’s named 2013 Farm Family of the Year


Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. — This year, 75 families from throughout Minnesota will be honored as a 2013 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

The families will be recognized in ceremonies set for 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 at the annual Minnesota Farmfest near Redwood Falls.

Local Extension committees chose the families for demonstrating commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture. The families represent each county participating in the program.

“Farm families and agriculture are a major driver of Minnesota’s economy and the vitality of Minnesota’s rural communities,” said Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension. “The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these outstanding families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.”

Heusinkveld Farms in Spring Valley, Minn. was homesteaded in 1856 by Bonnie’s great-grandfather. Cleon and Bonnie began operating the farm after they married in 1949 and began a partnership with their two sons Steve and Jeff in 1973. After Cleon’s retirement in 1998, Jeff’s son, Nate, came into the partnership and an LLP was formed. Today the dairy farm milks up to 350 cows and currently has 320 replacements. The farm also has 550 acres, which consists of an alfalfa and a corn rotation. On the farm, Jeff and Nate are in charge of the dairy operation. Steve retired from daily chores, but still does the computerized book work, check writing, and helps in the field and with fencing as needed. Cleon’s involvement is cutting the alfalfa.

Organizations Cleon has been involved include DHIA, Farm Bureau, FHA, Fillmore County Forage and Grassland Council, and the church board. Bonnie has been involved with Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Church Ladies, church choir, and a Mayo Clinic Hospice volunteer. Both Cleon and Bonnie were 4-H leaders for several years. Steve has been involved with the Fillmore County Agriculture Society, Farm Bureau, Kingsland School Board, and the church board. Ruth is a licensed PCA caregiver. Both Steve and Ruth enjoy helping at the local food shelf and participating in mission trips. Jeff and Darla own the Gateway Inn Restaurant in Wykoff, Minn. which Darla has operated for 20 years. Nate is an FFA alumni member and a seed salesman. Misty is a librarian at the Fillmore Central High School and is on the Forestville Township board.

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There will be Drama at Kingsland

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met July 15, 2013 in the conference room at Kingsland High School. All board members were present with the exception of Steve Tart and Deb Larson. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. Minutes of t ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discusses new bike path

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday July 8, night and considered a couple of items on a very short agenda. After the customary passage of minutes and accounts payable, attention was turned to a discussion on the concrete w ..... 
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Spring Valley resident celebrates her 97th Year

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Barb Jeffers Her words of wisdom are few - “keep active and keep moving” says Maggie Gragert, a resident of the Evergreens at Spring Valley Senior Living in Spring Valley, Minn. Born on June 28, 1916, Maggie just turned 97 and continues t ..... 
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Jack W. Beddow

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Jack W. Beddow Jack Beddow, age 66, of Brownsdale, Minn. died on Friday, July 5, 2013 surrounded by the love of his family. Jack Wayne Beddow was born April 1, 1947 in Forest City, Iowa to Donald and Charlotte (Cooke) Beddow. In 1959 he moved wit ..... 
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Hugh E. Horsman

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Hugh E. Horsman Hugh E. Horsman, age 90, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Thursday evening, June 27, 2013, at Ostrander Care and Rehab. Hugh was born January 26, 1923, in Spring Valley the son of Ernest and Tressa (Cheney) Horsman. He worked on area ..... 
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Warren L. Peterson

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Warren L. Peterson Warren L. Peterson, age 92, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Friday morning, June 28, 2013, at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center. Warren was born November 13, 1920, in the family pioneer homestead in Amherst Township, Fillmore C ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council briefed by school officials

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley All

The lights were turned off in the City Council room after the regular agenda of items and For the next several minutes the Kingsland Superintendent of schools delivered a presentation regarding the mission and objectives of the school district. John ..... 
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Kingsland School Board wraps up 2012-13 and looks forward to 2013-14

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, June 17, at 6:30pm in the Kingsland Conference Room. Members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Steve Tart, and Gwen Howard. Absent: Troy Asher. Also present was Superinten ..... 
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