Celeste Edenloff / Forum News Service
ST. PAUL — Wearing tan pants and a dark-colored sweatshirt with shackles on his hands and feet, a teary-eyed Julio Estrada Escobar admitted that he's made mistakes but he wants a different life for his children. "They need to be raised and taught good moral values," Escobar said, glancing a look at his two children, Julio, 13, and Candis, 11. "I want to teach them to be good."
Pro-Ag Farmers Cooperative is following suit of other cooperatives in Minnesota by offering health insurance to its members. So far, the response from members have been very positive, according to Mark Jaskowiak, the general manager of Pro-Ag. "Last year, a lot of our members had a difficult time finding insurance and hopefully this will help," Jaskowiak said. "This gives our members another option for health insurance."
EVANSVILLE, Minn. — Julio Estrada Escobar, a farm worker in Evansville who fled — illegally — from Guatemala to the United States, will remain in custody while federal officials determine his immigration status. After a review of his case Saturday, Oct. 21, Escobar's wife, Nancy, was informed Monday morning, Oct. 23, that he will remain in jail until his next court appearance.
EVANSVILLE, Minn. — Julio Estrada Escobar was born and raised in Guatemala. But in 2001, at the age of 18, he fled to the United States — illegally — to find work. He needed money to pay for the loans his family took out when his mother fell deathly ill and medical bills were beginning to pile up. Julio left behind his parents, three younger siblings and many more close family members. Today, Julio sits in the Carver County Jail in Chaska waiting to find out if he is being deported back to Guatemala.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Minn. — The state's new buffer law was championed by the governor's office, but it will be up to local authorities to enforce it. Representatives from Douglas County Land and Resource Management have been working cooperatively with other local and state authorities on a countywide buffer ordinance that would comply with the state's law.
EVANSVILLE, Minn. — Nancy Estrada was on the phone talking to her husband, Julio Estrada Escobar, when he told her, "I just got pulled over. This is it." Julio and Nancy have lived in Evansville since 2013. But Julio doesn't have a Minnesota driver's license and is not a U.S. citizen.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Minn. — Farming has been in the family for Dave and Amy Staples all their lives. They were both raised on farms in Douglas County. Dave grew up on the farm his father, Richard, bought in 1977. Amy grew up in Millerville on a farm that had been passed down from generation to generation. Her great-grandfather passed it down to her grandfather and then he passed it down to her father.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Minn. — There's a group of young ladies from Douglas County who know how to talk turkey. The five 4-H students, from different 4-H groups, teamed up to compete in the Douglas County 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge. The challenge is designed so that a 4-H group works with a partner who acts as a mentor and helps define a problem the group can hopefully solve.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Minn. — Douglas County will soon receive funding to help enforce the state's law requiring buffer strips of vegetation between farmland and waterways. The Douglas County commissioners approved a resolution at their regular meeting Tuesday morning reassuring the state that Douglas County will carry out the provisions of the law.