Dairyland Peach http://dairylandpeach.com Sauk Centre, Minnesota Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:56:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hospitalized patients now receiving care from hospitalist team http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/hospitalized-patients-now-receiving-care-from-hospitalist-team/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/hospitalized-patients-now-receiving-care-from-hospitalist-team/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:56:22 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18034 CentraCare Clinic’s family medicine providers are transitioning the care of their patients who are hospitalized at St. Cloud Hospital to the care of the hospitalist team beginning Sept. 15.

This change in practice should increase the family medicine providers’ availability to see patients in the clinic because they no longer will need to spend time at the hospital caring for their patients. Patients who are hospitalized will be seen by a provider with the hospitalist team. These internal medicine or family medicine physicians and nurse practitioners provide high-quality, efficient patient care in a hospital setting only.

The hospitalists are available for patient, family or physician consults at any time and are extremely knowledgeable in the discharge services available to patients.

St. Cloud Hospital has employed hospitalists since 2001. Hospitalists provide care to hospitalized patients who are referred to them from other providers. After these patients leave the hospital, they return to their primary care provider for follow-up care in a clinic setting.

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Hunters need to know their own heart health http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/hunters-need-to-know-their-own-heart-health/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/hunters-need-to-know-their-own-heart-health/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:55:23 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18032 By John Michaelson
Minnesota News Connection

Thousands of hunters fanned out across Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 18 with the opening of pheasant season. With the firearms deer season approaching as well, hunters are being reminded not only about gun safety, but also to be heart smart.

Dr. Arashk Motiei is a cardiologist with the Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato. He says it’s very easy to put extra stress on the heart with the physical exertion that comes along with hunting and hiking through the fields and woods.

An American Heart Association study has actually compared the heart’s workload off an individual deer hunting to that of the same individual exercising on a treadmill,” Motiei says. “They found deer hunting actually places the heart under much more strain.”

Motiei says ways to reduce the risk of heart issues include quitting smoking and regular physical activity, not just during the fall hunting seasons.

Motiei says it’s also a good idea to avoid hunting alone and to bring a cell phone, so emergency responders can be contacted if someone is suffering from cardiac arrest. The most common symptom is chest pain, which can be severe right away or begin with just a mild discomfort.

“Very often the discomfort starts and gets worse with activity or with exertion,” says Motiei. “The hunters I’ve taken care of who’ve had heart attacks often noticed the discomfort started when they started to climb hills or when they were hauling bucks. And they also noticed it gets worse with continued activity.”

Other symptoms can include shortness of breath, nausea and pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Every year in the United States, more than 700,000 people suffer a heart

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Farm to school program continues to expand in state http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/farm-to-school-program-continues-to-expand-in-state/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/farm-to-school-program-continues-to-expand-in-state/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:44:54 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18021 By John Michaelson
Minnesota News Connection

October is National Farm to School Month and in Minnesota, it’s an event being celebrated in an ever-growing number of school districts, in every corner of the state.

The Farm to School program links school districts with nearby farms, to open new markets for those growers and get more healthy and fresh foods into cafeterias.

It’s also aimed at educating children about where and how their food is grown, says Erin McKee VanSlooten, Farm to Institution senior program associate with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

“Minnesota is really a leader in farm to school,” says VanSlooten. “We have been at the vanguard and doing a lot of innovative programs, trying to get more regionally sourced products into their meals.”

Ten years ago, there were less than 10 districts in Minnesota participating in Farm to School. Today, the program is in more than 200 districts, serving nearly 610,000 students.

While the focus started on schools, it is quickly expanding to include kids in preschool and childcare. VanSlooten says that includes a new project in St. Paul, connecting the Hmong American Farmers Association with Head Start sites run by the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties.

“We have five of their centers participating in a pilot program, serving local products in their meals,” says VanSlooten. “They’re also using the curriculum we developed to do activities that reinforce the lessons of Farm to Childcare.”

She cites the work of companies like CKC Good Food catering and Russ Davis Wholesale as critical to the success of the project. She explains that strong partnerships with companies in the food supply chain are among the reasons this type of programming in the state continues to grow.

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Pizza Hot Dish http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/pizza-hot-dish/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/pizza-hot-dish/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:42:39 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18019 2 lbs. hamburger
1 onion
Brown, then add the following:
1 (15 oz.) Ragu Spaghetti sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. water
1 Tbsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder

Simmer above until thick for 45 minutes. Cook and drain: 1 (8 oz.) package wide egg noodles. Mix with: one can Cheddar Cheese soup. Line casserole with 1/2 meat mixture. Add all noodles next and the rest of the meat mixture. Sprinkle 1 (8 oz. size) package grated Mozzarella over top, bake at 350° oven for one- and one-half hours.

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Sweet Potatoes & Ham http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/sweet-potatoes-ham/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/sweet-potatoes-ham/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:42:12 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18017 3 c. mashed, cooked, fresh sweet potatoes (about 2 lbs.)
2 c. finely chopped cooked ham
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground mustard
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 3/4 c. crushed corn flakes
Shortening for frying

Combine mashed sweet potatoes with the above ingredients and one cup of the corn flakes. Shape in 12 3-inch patties. Coat on all sides with remaining corn flakes. Fry on both sides in a small amount of shortening over low heat. Serve at once.

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Pumpkin Dessert or Pie http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/pumpkin-dessert-or-pie/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/pumpkin-dessert-or-pie/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:41:12 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18015 1 pkg. sugar free instant butterscotch
pudding mixed with 1 1/2 c. skim
milk as directed on package.

Add to prepared mix:
15 oz. can pumpkin
1/3 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 packets of Equal
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves

(If you have a special combination of pumpkin pie spice you like use it). If you wish this to be pie, make a crust of eight graham crackers, 2 Tbsp. oleo, one package of Equal. Press in pan and bake eight minutes. Serve with Cool Whip.

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Wild Rice Soup http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/wild-rice-soup/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/wild-rice-soup/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:40:47 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18013 2 – 3 slices bacon, diced
2/3 c. wild rice, rinsed
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1/2 c. carrots, diced
1/2 c. celery, thinly sliced
4 – 4 1/2 c. chicken stock or broth
1 1/2 c. whipping cream
1 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. minced parsley
Salt and pepper

Fry bacon, drain and reserve 2 Tbsp. fat. Sauté rice, onion, carrots and celery in bacon fat for five minutes. Return bacon to pan. Stir in four cups of chicken broth. Heat, stirring constantly to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer covered 40 minutes. Mix butter and flour – stir in remaining stock and cream, 1/2 cup each.

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Wild Rice Casserole http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/wild-rice-casserole/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/wild-rice-casserole/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:40:14 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18011 1 c. wild rice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. chopped onion
3/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 c. slivered almonds
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. raisins
1 can (4 oz. size) mushrooms drained, optional
2 tsp. instant chicken bouillon
2 c. water

Cook rice in water to cover for 20 minutes, drain and rinse. Sauté onion and almonds in butter. Combine with rice, raisins, bouillon, salt, garlic salt, parsley, mushrooms and water. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes in covered casserole. (Serves six).

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Venison Chili http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/venison-chili/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/venison-chili/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:39:35 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18009 1 gallon kidney beans
3 lbs. bacon
5 lbs. ground venison
2 qts. onion
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 gallon tomatoes
1 Tbsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. salt

Cut bacon in small pieces, brown to a crisp. Add venison and brown. Combine rest of the ingredients in a large kettle, add browned meat and enough water to cover; simmer two hours. If if gets too thick, thin it with red wine.

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Venison Casserole http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/venison-casserole/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/venison-casserole/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:39:14 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18007 Venison (or pheasants), cleaned, dressed and cut up in frying size pieces
1/2 c. margarine or butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. cherry wine

Sauté meat in margarine or butter until brown. Put in large casserole dish and add salt and pepper. Mix mushroom soup with milk and sherry; pour over meat. Cover and bake at 375° until hot (Any mushrooms – fresh or canned, are good added to the gravy)

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Fried Venison Steak http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/fried-venison-steak/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/fried-venison-steak/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:38:34 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17996 Rub venison steaks with salt and pepper, and roll in flour. Fry in half butter and half lard until a golden brown. Lift from frying pan and place in oven or a warm place to keep sizzling hot while making gravy. To make gravy, add flour to fat, stir well. Add boiling water and currant jelly (1 Tbsp. jelly for each cup of water added) and stir until smooth. A glass of red wine may be used instead of the jelly. Serve hot from the oven, with gravy as a side or pour gravy over steaks. Always keep them hot as that is the secret of good venison.

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William Anderson, 61 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/william-anderson-61/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/william-anderson-61/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:18:54 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18004 William   Anderson, 61

William D. Bill Anderson, age 61 of Grey Eagle formerly of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at his home in Grey Eagle, Minnesota.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Mitchell Bechtold officiating and Rev. Vince Lieser concelebrating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Family and friends may attend the visitation prior to Mass from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church to celebrate the life of a wonderful husband, father, brother, and son.

Bill Anderson was born October 20, 1953 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Alex Gus Jr. and Irma (Hagedorn) Anderson. Bill attended schools in Tuscan, Arizona and Sauk Centre; graduating in 1972. On October 18, 1985, Bill married Jean (Kraker) Anderson at St. Marys Catholic Church in Melrose where they were later blessed with two beautiful children, Blake and Kayla. While attending school in Arizona, Bill was a member of the renown traveling Tuscan Boys Choir. Following graduation, Bill enjoyed putting his green thumb to work at Anderson Florist, the family business. Bill began his career at John Wiese Ford; retiring thirty-five years later as a top salesman.

Bill was a very humble man who appreciated the simple things in life such as spending time on the lake, gardening, playing card games, writing poems, and relaxing in the sun. Above all, Bills greatest joy was his family. Bill was known for his quick wit, sense of humor, love of conversation, and storytelling. He will be remembered for the twinkle in his eyes, warm smile, and unconditional love for his family, friends, and pets.

Survivors include, Jean; children, Blake (fiance;, Jackie Shea) of St. Cloud and Kayla (special friend, Sean Kerin) of Grey Eagle; mother, Irma Anderson of Sauk Centre; three brothers, James (Barbara) Anderson of Sauk Centre, Charles (Nancy) Anderson of Sauk Centre, and John Anderson of Alexandria; two sisters, Cheryl (Jerry) Keller of Nashua and Janet Anderson of Sauk Centre; many loving nieces, nephews; brothers, sisters, and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alex Gus Anderson Jr.; brother, Bob Anderson; and niece, Bethany Keller.

May Bill find his eternal home in the dwelling places of heaven and may God provide his soul with everlasting peace. Bill is so loved, always remembered, and will always be dear to our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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James Donbroski, 59 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/james-donbroski-59/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/james-donbroski-59/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:18:50 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18001 James   Donbroski, 59

Jim Donbroski, age 59, of Cold Spring, MN (formerly of Maple Grove, MN) passed away on October 21, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim loved the Lord Jesus Christ and is with the Lord in heaven now. Jim exhibited great faith, integrity and strength in how he lived. Jim is greatly loved and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He spent his entire career in the car business.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Luella (Roers) Donbroski. Survivors include: his wife, Carol; children, Shannon (Josiah) Smith, Michael (Kristina) Donbroski, and Sarah (Taylor) Thiewes; grandchildren, Ethan, Naomi, and Levi Smith; sister, Debbie (Joe) Rico; parents-in-law, Patricia (Richard) Lorvick; sisters-in-law, Judy (Dave) Dolan, and Barbara (Larry) Magnuson.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 27, 2014 at River of Life Assembly of God Church in Cold Spring, MN. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014 and Monday, October 27 at 9:30-10:30 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring & Richmond, MN.

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Clayton Tepley, 61 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/clayton-tepley-61/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/clayton-tepley-61/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:18:46 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17998 Clayton   Tepley, 61

Clayton Roy Tepley, 61, of Burnsville, died unexpectedly at his home on October 16, 2014. Funeral services will be held for Clayton on Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Browerville; burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Browerville. Friends may call on Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 4:00 7:00 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville.
Clayton was born October 27, 1952 in Bertha, MN to Louis & MaryAnn (Petron) Tepley. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father. Clayton was ordained on May 15, 2005 and was a Pastor at Sanctuary Church in Burnsville. He was a very involved with the church and led many ministries including the Dakota County Jail Ministry. He had a passion for sharing his love of the Lord. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
Clayton is survived by his parents, Louis & MaryAnn Tepley of Clarissa, daughter Sarah (Alex) Isaksen of Roseville, granddaughter Samantha Rose Wild Flower Tepley, great grandson Nathaniell Jordan-Louis Tepely; siblings, Patricia Bledsoe of Eagan, Nancy (Michael) Tepley-Mimbach of Hastings, Lynn Tepley-Kilau of Clarissa; nieces & nephews, Michael J. Mimbach II, Jesse Mimbach, JoAnn Mimbach, Katie (Michael) Manthey-Mimbach, Mary Mimbach, Rachel Kilau, Ryan Kilau and Mason Meyer, and his special angel and long time companion, Sue Wilson.
Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home, Browerville & Clarissa itenfuneralhome.com

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Zander James Coleman http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/zander-james-coleman/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/zander-james-coleman/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:11:20 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17981 Zander James Coleman

Zander James Coleman was born to Ashley Kircher of Swanville and Alex Coleman of Hoffman, October 17, 2014, at 4:36 a.m. at Centra-Care Health Systems, Long Prairie. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces.
Grandparents are Tim Coleman and Gayle Coleman of Hoffman, James Loxtercamp and Stacy Kircher of Swanville.

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Rita Hamm, 95 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/rita-hamm-95/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/rita-hamm-95/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:11:03 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17978 Rita   Hamm, 95

Rita R. Hamm, age 95 of Melrose, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at the CentraCare Nursing Home in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 24 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Ken Thielman officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. The Christian Mothers, Catholic Order of Foresters, and the American Legion Auxiliary will pray at 6 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Rita Rose Marie Theroux was born September 10, 1919 in Terrebonne, Minnesota to Joseph and Lea (Quesnel) Theroux. She was united in marriage to Rene Lizotte who passed away on July 19, 1973. Rita married Rolland Hamm on June 26, 1981 in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and resided in Melrose.

She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Melrose, Christian Mothers, Joan of Arc Circle of Melrose #568, Catholic Order of Foresters and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 101. Rita enjoyed reading the newspaper, playing Bridge with her card groups, and watching the Minnesota Twins.

Survivors include her children, Gerald (LouAnn) Lizotte of Cloquet, Joyce Killian of Sebring, Florida, Joan (Sheldon) Budde of Grey Eagle, Judy (Mark) Cox of Mounds View, and Faye Lizotte of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; two step-children, Rolland (Pat) Hamm and Connie (Keith) MacMurry; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; brother, Marvin (B.J.) Theroux; and sister, Barbara Fay.

Rita was preceded in death by her husbands, Rene Lizotte and Rolland Hamm; son, Joseph Lizotte; grandson, Mike Lizotte; brothers, Gary Theroux, Clinton Theroux, and Paul Theroux; and sisters, Dorothy Bower, and Eva Mae Bergeron.

Serving as casket bearers will be Sheldon Budde, Joan Budde, Gerald Lizotte, LouAnn Lizotte, Faye Lizotte, Judy Cox, Mark Cox, and Jodi Budde. Cross bearer will be Tom Budde and scripture bearer will be Kathy Budde.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to your favorite charity or the Breast Cancer Research foundation or the ALS Association.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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Clifford Amner, 97 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/clifford-amner-97/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/clifford-amner-97/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:18:59 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17973 Clifford   Amner, 97

Clifford Amner, 97 of Browerville, died at the Central Todd County Care Center in Clarissa on October 18, 2014. Funeral Services for Clifford will be Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville; burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Browerville. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the Iten Funeral Home.
Cliff was born November 18, 1916 to August & Cora (Johnson) Amner in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. In 1926 the family moved to Browerville and eventually bought 80 acres north of town where they farmed and raised livestock. He proudly served his country during World War II; he was stationed in Alaska, France and Germany. On November 3, 1945, Cliff was discharged from the army as a decorated veteran.
Cliff, along with his brother Milton, lived together on the farm for most of their lives. Cliff sold the farm in 2011 and moved into Clarissa for the remainder of his life; he will be remembered as a quiet, kind man who had a good wit and appreciated the company of others.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Millie Fisher in 1988, Dorothy Koppes in 2002 and brother Milton Amner in 2002.
Cliff is survived by his niece Karen (Gary) Werner of Long Prairie; nephews Jim (Joni) Fisher and Tim Fisher of Browerville
Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home, Browerville & Clarissa itenfuneralhome.com

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Use these guidelines when applying manure in the fall http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/use-these-guidelines-when-applying-manure-in-the-fall/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/use-these-guidelines-when-applying-manure-in-the-fall/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:18:23 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17953 By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension

It seems we’ve been thinking about all things fall lately. From harvesting crops to pasture prep to animal care, there’s always something to be done when the leaves start changing.

Let’s add something else to the list — manure. Any livestock producer can tell you what an asset manure is when it comes to crop production.

Manure can benefit an operation’s soil nutrient system and overall crop production. Crop yields are increased with manure usage. Soil nutrient levels are boosted, including micronutrients. And manure provides valuable organic matter to soil that improves soil tilth, aids in the retention of water and nutrients, and promotes growth of beneficial micro-organisms.

However, livestock producers must be extremely aware of potential environmental risks from manure’s nitrogen or phosphorus. Jose Hernandez with University of Minnesota Extension offers some insight on manure timing guides for fall.

Fall applications of manure, either injected or broadcast, allow more time for the organic portions of the manure to break down before the plant needs the nutrients as compared to spring application.

In contrast, fall applications also provide more time for potential loss of N. Hernandaz says, “The University of Minnesota recommends that if fall application is necessary, it should be done in late fall when soil temperatures are below 50 degrees. Low soil temperatures prevent the nitrogen in the manure to be available for leaching losses. If manure is applied to soils when soil temperatures are above 50 degrees F, the inorganic nitrogen converts rapidly to nitrate-nitrogen, which is a very mobile form of nitrogen and increases the risk of nitrogen leaching into the ground waters.”

Some livestock producers may also find that winter application of manure is inevitable. However, the practice is generally discouraged. Hernandez says, “First, in the winter, incorporation of the manure into the soil is not possible; therefore, most of the available, inorganic nitrogen will be lost. Second, the manure is lying on the soil surface, susceptible to movement by runoff into waterways, ditches and streams.

“If manure must be spread in the winter, select level land and apply only conservative rates of manure to minimize nutrient concentrations susceptible for movement.

“In addition, avoid applying manure where tillage was done going up and down the slope and avoid applying during times of snowmelt.

“With good management, winter-applied manure will provide the same phosphorus and potassium and about a third of the available nitrogen amounts as fall- or spring-applied manure.”

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Belgrade cousins shorten bucket list; to be on ‘Family Feud’ Oct. 31 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/belgrade-cousins-shorten-bucket-list-to-be-on-family-feud-oct-31/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/belgrade-cousins-shorten-bucket-list-to-be-on-family-feud-oct-31/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:00:56 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17943 The grandchildren of Mike and Rosie Gruber of Belgrade crossed off bucket list item and lifelong dream of participating on the “Family Feud” and meeting guest show host Steve Harvey. L to R Amanda (Lieser) Polingo, Samantha Hemmesch, Steve Harvey, Katie Gruber, Stacie Braegelman, Tiffany (Gruber) Breitbach.

The grandchildren of Mike and Rosie Gruber of Belgrade crossed off bucket list item and lifelong dream of participating on the “Family Feud” and meeting guest show host Steve Harvey. L to R Amanda (Lieser) Polingo, Samantha Hemmesch, Steve Harvey, Katie Gruber, Stacie Braegelman, Tiffany (Gruber) Breitbach.

By Kerry Drager, Correspondent

A small town Minnesota family will be featured on the “Family Feud” Friday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m on the WUCW Network (CW23). Five cousins who are the grandchildren of Mike and Rosie Gruber of Belgrade, have completed their lifetime dream of being contestants on the game show.

After a trove of auditions, practices and excitement, these young women took the flight to Atlanta and completed the final step of becoming official contestants.

The last audition occurred on stage with a mock game as well as a dress rehearsal. This was the first time the studio’s main producer met the cousins and determined if the casting producer from Minneapolis had made a good selection.

“They were very helpful,” said Samantha Hemmesch. “The casting producers remember who you are from your casting. They are really rooting for you to get onto the show.”

Left to right, Stacie Braegelman, Katie Gruber, Amanda Polingo, Samantha Hemmesch, Tiffany Breitbach

Left to right, Stacie Braegelman, Katie Gruber, Amanda Polingo, Samantha Hemmesch, Tiffany Breitbach

It was an intense hour and a half of taping for the Belgrade cousins. They had to relinquish their cell phones and sign a contract stating that they wouldn’t tell anyone who won the show until after the air date. They got an opportunity to sit in the audience for two shows, then they were shuffled into a dark waiting room while a new audience was brought in, and they were prepped to go onstage.

“You start the morning with a recap of the rules of what you cannot do while you’re there. You can’t ask the audience, you can’t raise your hand if you are in the audience, you can’t look at the audience. You are not allowed to socialize with Steve until you are on the stage with him,” said Hemmesch.

Once the rules were firmly established, the fun began for the Belgrade cousins. Their lifetime idol, Steve Harvey, met with the young women, and they got an opportunity to tell him about their life in Minnesota, their large, close family and how they have always been fans of the show.

“I was so nervous about talking to him, but he made you feel so comfortable, like talking with an old friend,” said Tiffany Breitbach.

The casting crew told the ladies to think of Harvey as an uncle. Something that was not difficult for a family that already has 26 uncles.

“He was a hoot to interact with,” said Hemmesch. “We told him there was already an article written about us. He asked if anyone in our town knew that we were here. We said we were kind of like local celebrities.”

Out of the eight families that were taped that day, the Belgrade cousins were the only ones from Minnesota. The women had a good time telling Harvey and the audience about the state and small town living. The weather was brought up and left the audience amazed by how cold it could.

Left to Right: Stacie Braegelman, Katie Gruber, Amanda Polingo, Samantha Hemmesch, Tiffany Breitbach

Left to Right: Stacie Braegelman, Katie Gruber, Amanda Polingo, Samantha Hemmesch, Tiffany Breitbach

“The audience was shocked that we plug our cars in during the winter so that they can start in the morning,” said Hemmesch.

After over an hour of joking around, the show then cut for a commercial break. During this time their makeup and outfits were checked while Harvey spent some time with the audience.

Breitbach said, “Everyone that worked for ‘Family Feud’ said that Steve was such a down to earth host. Instead of going back into his little room behind the stage, he’d do stand-up. That was really awesome. He would answer audience questions and crack jokes left and right. He’s hilarious.”

Aside from the amazing opportunity to take part in a lifelong dream of being on “Family Feud,” the cousins also enjoyed as much of Atlanta as they could during their visit.

As big sports fans, the ladies did not pass up an opportunity to attend a Braves game. They enjoyed the sights and sounds of the historic city, including riding a giant Ferris wheel overlooking the city and checking out the CNN building.

“The weather there was not extraordinary. It was very similar to Minnesota’s weather at the time,” said Breitbach.

The cousins have now succeeded in crossing off an item on their list of adventures that they would like to accomplish together. It was an amazing experience that will be a tale they can pass down as the next generation sits together and enjoys the classic game show.

“It was on our bucket list since we were like 10 years old,” said Hemmesch. “I’ve always thought that this was the one thing on my list that I’d never achieve. Now I have to review my bucket list, because apparently the impossible can happen.”

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Here’s how to negotiate fair farmland rental rates http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/heres-how-to-negotiate-fair-farmland-rental-rates/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/heres-how-to-negotiate-fair-farmland-rental-rates/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:00:51 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17950 By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension

One of the most common topics for questions I get at the office is cropland rental. Renting farmland is common for many farmers seeking land, and the value of land causes many landowners to hold on to it, even after their own farming days are over.

I can’t believe I’m already saying this, but the year 2014 is quickly drawing to a close, with less than three months until 2015. Now is the time that many landowners and tenants begin to renegotiate for the coming year. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Know the value of your land. A lot of factors come into play when determining the value of a piece of land. Soil type and quality, location, and size and shape of the parcel are just a few of the factors to consider. If you aren’t sure where to even start with valuing your land, you can look up the average rent for land in your county.

However, if you do this, it is important to remember that these numbers are just averages. In large counties, like Stearns, land values can vary greatly. You can get information about county averages by calling your county Extension office, or visiting www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/business/land-economics.

Next, determine the rental agreement. Will you be paying a fixed amount per month for a year? Will you be using a flexible land rent agreement? Flexible land rent agreements are becoming more popular, as they allow tenants and landlords to share risks and rewards.

No matter what type of agreement you choose, make sure you put it in writing. If something were to go awry, having the agreement documented will help protect both the landlord and tenant. For a basic, “fill-in-the-blank” type rental agreement, visit www.aglease101.org.

Finally, educate yourself. In November and December, Extension will again be offering land rent workshops, titled, “What is a Fair Farmland Rental Agreement?” We will have four in the area:

• Friday, Nov. 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Greenwald Pub in Greenwald and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Mr. Jim’s in Foley.
• Thursday, Dec. 11from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls and from 1:30-3:30 p.m.at the Browerville Community Center in Browerville.

If you have additional questions about land rent or the workshops, contact the Stearns County Extension Office at 320-255-6169, Benton County Extension Office at 320-968-5077, or the Morrison County Extension Office at 320-632-0161.

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