Tom Cherveny / Forum News Service
RENVILLE, Minn. — Producers with the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative harvested a whopping 3.67 million tons of sugar beets last season, one of the cooperative's largest crops on record.
RAYMOND, Minn. — If you're craving a fresh yak steak and can't make the trip to the Everest Steak House Restaurant in Kathmandu, Nepal, take a short ride over to Raymond. That's where you'll find the Hot Disch Farm, home to Shawn and Craig Dischinger and their assistants, sons Jack, age 5, and Peter, age 3. They'll happily sell you ground yak, or yak roasts, steaks, brats and sticks.
UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY, Minn. — Minnesota faces a serious workforce shortage as baby boomers retire. "We are in the middle of some really big changes,'' said State Demographer Susan Brower.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — A hearing on a permit to build an underground pipeline to carry millions of gallons of liquid manure drew a small crowd to the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday afternoon in Montevideo despite a snowstorm. Ten landowners joined David Yost, representing Louriston Dairy, to show support for the dairy's plans to bury a pipeline to carry liquid manure.
OLIVIA, Minn. — After finding lackluster interest, the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District increased the amount of cost-share funds it would offer per acre to assist with installing buffers along public ditches. It also took to the airwaves to promote the new cost-share rates.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — A large, global energy developer plans to build a 150-megawatt wind farm in western Yellow Medicine County in Minnesota.
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.