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WORTHINGTON, Minn. — With combines across the region still working through fields of corn, farmers have found it slow going as they harvest what appears to be another bumper crop. Rural Bigelow, Minn., farmer Matt Russell wrapped up harvest late last week. He said corn yields are about 10 percent better than last year, while soybean yields were slightly lower, though still good at 50 to 65 bushels per acre.
LUVERNE, Minn. — Staffers from Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz’s office met with leaders in Luverne, Minn., Monday to discuss assistance and strategies after Pilgrim’s Pride announced last week it will close its Luverne poultry processing operation Dec. 29, leaving approximately 200 employees without work.
BALATON, Minn. — The trū Shrimp Company announced today it intends to build its first hatchery in Luverne, Minn., sharing the campus with the planned shrimp production facility, Luverne Bay Harbor.
LUVERNE, Minn. — Approximately 200 employees of Pilgrim’s Pride learned Tuesday afternoon their jobs at the Luverne, Minn., facility will be eliminated by the end of this year. Citing inefficiencies, the company plans to shift production and equipment to other operations.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — More than 200 sixth-graders from Worthington Middle School took a field trip Tuesday to visit a pair of farms north of Worthington, Minn., to learn about crop and livestock production. Spearheaded by the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers, the event’s goal is to provide a connection between kids and the agriculture industry at a time when fewer children are exposed to farm life.
ELLSWORTH, Minn. — In the words of Leroy Mulder’s neighbor, you work with a crop for five months and in five minutes it’s over. Mulder was looking forward to harvesting his early soybean fields this week. He figured it was a real good crop — 60 bushels per acre — but those hopes were crushed when a narrow band of hail went through the Ellsworth, Minn., area and stretched north of Interstate 90 toward Reading.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Rolf Mahlberg has spent nearly his entire life on the rolling prairie along the shores of Lake Ocheda, south of Worthington, Minn. It’s where he learned from his dad, Donald, to protect the water by protecting the soil.
ADRIAN, Minn. — Approximately 400 head of market-weight hogs were lost during an early morning blaze Tuesday six miles southwest of Adrian, Minn. Five fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported shortly after 2 a.m.
WILMONT, Minn. — Rod Bosma tries to stay grounded — to put his trust in the Lord and believe he will provide — but it gets a little tough sometimes.
SIBLEY, Iowa — The Berkland family has been synonymous with Osceola County 4-H for more than 30 years, so when the youngest of Drs. Dan and Loretta’s four children, Jill, competes for her last time in the show ring this week, there may be a few tears shed.