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Farm Safety Day Camp VI

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The sixth joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 485 students registered, representing all fifteen schools in the two counties.

During the day, they will hear presentations on basic first aid, fire extinguishers, calling 911 and using seat belts, lawn mower safety, ATV safety, tractor rollovers, livestock safety, general farm safety, danger of grain drowning, sun safety, electrical safety, and PTO safety. MedLink Air from Gundersen Lutheran working with the Mabel Ambulance Crew is scheduled to be present in the afternoon.

The Fillmore County Cattlemen are serving lunch to nearly 600 people, in addition to the fourth grade students; there are teachers, volunteer presenters, and FFA members. The lunch includes hamburgers, white and chocolate milk provided by the Fillmore County ADA, Houston DHIA, Fillmore County DHIA, and Houston County ADA; the Rushford, Preston, and Harmony IGA’s are providing chips, with bananas coming from Kwik Trip.

The Mabel-Canton, Spring Grove, Fillmore Central, Rushford-Peterson, and Caledonia FFA’s will serve as group leaders, assist presenters, do presentations, and provide many other valuable services. Each student will receive two farm safety books to take home. Generation X Construction and the Lanesboro Sales Commission help fund t-shirts for each student and FFA member assisting.

Generous financial support comes from many area businesses and organizations; From Caledonia: SNO PAC Foods, Danielson Insurance Agency, Inc., Portland Prairie Embryo Services, Caledonia Haulers, Inc., Miken Sports, Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191, Caledonia Implement Co., and Farm Bureau Insurance-Audre Myrah. From Eitzen: Hammell Equipment Inc., Eitzen State Bank, Staggemeyer Insurance, and Wagner Insurance. From Canton: First Southeast Bank. From Chatfield: Chosen Valley Veterinary Clinic, and Manahan Machine Shop. From Fountain: First State Bank of Fountain, Fountain Building Center Inc., and K & R Equipment. From Harmony: First Southeast Bank, Hammell Equipment, Inc., Harmony Repair Service, Gundersen Lutheran Harmony Clinic, Ironside Trailer Sales & Service, Solberg Welding inc., Morem Electric, Inc., and Bluff Country Computer Works. From Houston: Eastwood Bank, Ace Telephone Association, and Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance Company. From Lanesboro: S & A Petroleum Bulk Plant & Martin Oil Bulk Plant, Associated Bank, Sveen Construction, and the American Legion. From Mabel: Bank of the West, Mengis Funeral Home, and Craig’s Auto Repair. From Ostrander: Ostrander Farmers Coop Elevator. From Preston: American Family Insurance, F & M Insurance, Gehling Implement & Auction Co., Fastenal, Scheevel & Sons Inc., Poet Biorefining, Hanson Tire Service, McCabe Repairs, and Olmsted Medical Center. From Rushford: American Legion Post 94, Darr Auctions & Realty LLC, Valley Veterinary Clinic, and Farmer’s Coop Elevator. From Spring Grove: Shooting Star Native Seeds, Inc., Wilmington Mutual Insurance Co, Merchants Bank, Red’s Hometown Market, and Kraus Oil Co. Inc., From Spring Valley: Bloomfield Mutual Insurance Co., SEMA Equipment Inc., Essig Agency, and Himlie Insurance Agency. From Wykoff: Security State Bank-Lewiston, Spring Valley-Wykoff, Denny’s Equip & Trailer Sales, and Fillmore Sawmill. Donations also came from the Houston County Cattlemen and Franciscan Skemp, Mayo Health Systems, LaCrosse.

In addition to cash donations, Preston Equipment Co provides a tractor, spreader, and lawn mowers and Kingsley Mercantile, Harmony provide push lawn mowers. Storlie’s Portable Pit Stops, Spring Grove, with partial support from the Mabel FFA provided port-a-potties.

Next week, I’ll highlight all the presenters and other individuals who assisted with the fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp.

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