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AVOCA, Minn. — Tucked behind the barn on a rural Avoca acreage, Dillon and Chandra Carlson have constructed a 16-kilowatt, 64-panel solar array that will generate enough energy to power their farmhouse, with excess energy feeding into the power supply grid. While the project was completed in September, the Carlsons have yet to capture the full advantage of the system — the warm summer sun.
BREWSTER, Minn — A large granite rock unearthed from a rural Brewster, Minn., farm three years ago will get a new resting spot by early next week, weather permitting. Since it was dug up from a farm field three miles north of Brewster in 2014, the rock has rested not far from a field approach along Nobles County 1. It will now be moved a few miles farther north — to Fury’s Island, a Nobles County park in Graham Lake Township. There, the hope is more people will be able to see it.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A representative from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service appeared before Nobles County commissioners on Tuesday to discuss a 97-acre Bloom Township parcel that will be restored to wetlands, native prairie grasses and forbs.
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.