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WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man is the owner of a bucking bull that was chosen to buck in the Professional Bull Riders finals this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Kind of like your kid is going to be pitching in the World Series,'' said Grayson Swalin, owner of Arctic Assassin, when reached in Las Vegas.
APPLETON, Minn. — In a span of 16 days last month, workers removed and replaced all of the shelving, restocked them all, and poured 102 yards of concrete to build a new floor while keeping the doors of Don's Food Pride open for all but six and a half hours of its regular schedule. "Looking good, Tim,'' said a customer pushing a cart down the newly polished floor in Appleton's grocery store last week.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Now that Yellow Medicine County has discovered the high cost of developing a fiber optic network to serve its rural residents, a wireless provider based in the county is urging it to consider a hybrid model that would build on both technologies.
MADISON, Minn. — Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak needed only a garage to develop Apple computers and change the world forever. Carmen Fernholz hopes a 2-acre parcel of his Lac qui Parle County farmland will be what it takes to launch a change in Minnesota's agricultural landscape for a long time to come as well. At the request of a researcher he's known at the University of Minnesota, Fernholz planted 2 acres in 2011 with an intermediate wheatgrass grain trademarked as Kernza.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Narrow, steep shoulders and springtime weight restrictions combine to make one of the region's most important farm-to-market highways unsafe and, all too often, an economic choke point. That's the message that Chippewa County and producers relying on Minnesota Highway 40 delivered as they urged the Minnesota Department of Transportation to upgrade the 40-mile segment from Milan to Willmar.
OLIVIA, Minn. — Renville County ranks as one of the state's leading counties when it comes to producing crops meant to be shipped as commodities, processed or canned. When it comes to foods raised to go directly from field to table, it has no claim to fame.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — There's never a cloudy day in the greenhouse built by students at the Yellow Medicine East High School in Granite Falls, Minn. Nor is there a single window pane.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Amy Rager spotted the first drops of sap seeping from a wound on the sugar maple tree on her Chippewa County farm and was in disbelief. It was the last week of January. As the director of the University of Minnesota Extension's Master Naturalist program, she keeps an eye on the natural progression of seasons in Minnesota. This is one that tops the charts.
OLIVIA, Minn. — Minnesota's new buffer law is getting a lot of attention in Renville County where farmers will soon face decisions on how to comply with it. The Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District sent out 507 letters earlier this year to the owners of lands that border public waterways, where 50-foot buffers must be seeded by Nov. 1.
HECTOR, Minn. — Zipping along at 140 miles an hour just above the corn tassels while dodging power lines, trees and towers is not the time to be wondering if you’ve made the right career choice.