Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
St. MARTIN, Minn. – A barn fire early Thursday morning near St. Martin killed about 6,000 turkeys. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, the fire was reported at 1:21 a.m. at St. Martin Farm Inc. in the 28000 block of County Road 12. By the time emergency crews arrived a 1,000-foot barn was engulfed in flames. One section was totally destroyed but the other half of the barn sustained minimal damage.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Too much rain and muddy fields are slowing down harvest this fall in west central Minnesota. Usually by this time, soybean harvest is nearly done and corn harvest is well underway. But soybean harvest is just getting started and harvesting corn for grain is a long ways off for most. "We are slower than normal because we've had so much rain this fall," said Liz Ludwig, Farm Service Agency director for Chippewa and Yellow Medicine counties.
WILLMAR, Minn. — The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has confirmed that a series of five tornadoes swept across west-central Minnesota last week, damaging several farm sites and small-town businesses, and uprooting trees. All of the tornadoes were ranked as EF-1, with winds that ranged from 88 mph to 100 mph. The storm started brewing just before midnight on Sept. 19 in Chippewa County, where a short-lived tornado with winds of 88 mph traveled about 2 miles across the south side of Montevideo, according to the weather service report.
BELGRADE, Minn. — Leaning against a wagon filled with items salvaged from his demolished farm shed, Darrel Henry looks across the road where all nine of his grain bins are in a smashed heap. With a total 350,000 bushel capacity, Henry had had a nice grain drying and storage set-up on his Swift County farm, located between Murdock and Sunburg.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Emily Annexstad, of St. Peter, Minn., was crowned the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way Wednesday night at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Kandiyohi County Dairy Princess, Jessaca Zuidema, of Blomkest, was in the top three and was selected as a runner-up along with Margaret Socha, representing Wright County. Zuidema, the daughter of Jan and Jolene Zuidema, was also one of three contestants awarded a scholarship.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Sitting near a soybean field that was planted this spring by students who will harvest the crop this fall, Ridgewater College teachers shared a meal and conversation with Kandiyohi County farmers Thursday afternoon at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Called a "Soil Social," the purpose was to talk about food that's grown and consumed in Kandiyohi County and find "common ground" in the topic of agriculture, said Kim Lippert, an instructor with Ridgewater's ag department.
FRANKLIN, Minn. — A rural Renville County man was killed Friday night when he was run over by a vehicle on a farm southeast of Franklin. According to the Renville County Sheriff's Office, the preliminary investigation indicates Randy Oletzke, 59, died as a result of being run over by a vehicle at a farm residence in the 62000 block of 430th Street in Camp Lake Township,
WILLMAR, Minn. — Saying that the nation's farm economy is on the brink of a crisis and needs a strong safety net, people from a variety of backgrounds offered ideas Thursday, July 27, in Willmar about what should be included in the next farm bill. The current farm bill expires in September 2018, and with $10 billion in proposed cuts looming for the program, there's concern the safety net will have more holes than it does now.
PENNOCK, Minn. — In the days following the storm Sunday that tore apart the Carlson Dairy farm near Pennock, members of the Carlson family have had long days of adrenaline-infused work sprinkled with a few, rare moments of tears. But the overwhelming response from the five-generation family is that of gratitude for the volunteers, business partners and widespread community support that is helping the family cope with the current losses and to make plans for the future.
PENNOCK, Minn. — In 1953, Dolores and the late Don Youngren bought six spring heifers and started milking cows on their rural Pennock farm. Today, there are 380 cows on the third-generation Youngren dairy farm and robots do the milking. Operated by brothers Mike and Dean Youngren and Mike's son Trevin, the state-of-the-art barn is the site of the annual Kandiyohi County June Dairy Days open house this Saturday.