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Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:51

Join CHS Prairie Lakes to help fight hunger through CHS Harvest for Hunger

CHS Prairie Lakes is gathering donations of money, food and crops to help fight hunger. As part of CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive, CHS Prairie Lakes will accept contributions from March 1 through March 20 at its locations in Cyrus, Elrosa, Glenwood, Hoffman, Long Prairie, Lowry, Starbuck, and Park Rapids.  and deliver them to regional food banks.

“Hunger is a reality for more than 50 million people in America. That’s one in six who doesn’t have access to enough food,” says Brad Manderschied general manager, CHS Prairie Lakes.  “We’re working together to make a difference for those in need.”

Financial donations are encouraged because they enable food banks to leverage their buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates.

CHS Prairie Lakes events include:
February 28—Roller Skating, Hoffman Square 5pm—8pm
March 1—Snowmobile Fun Run, Park Rapids
March 6—Spaghetti Supper, Long Prairie VFW  4pm—7pm
March 13—Noon BBQ Meal, Glenwood shop 11am—1pm
March 20—Spaghetti Supper, Starbuck Community Center 4pm—7pm
March 1—20 2014—Pizza Sales, contact Elrosa Employee
March 1-20, 2014—Buy a “Cooking with the Coop” Cookbook  
compiled by CHS Prairie Lakes


“Our local communities also win when CHS Country Operations makes a contribution to help friends and neighbors right here in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to multiply the impact of every donation we make,” adds Manderschied.

Donations can be made at CHS Prairie Lakes’ locations or call 320-239-2226 for more information on how you can help.


At CHS Prairie Lakes our first priority is to help our farmer-owners and customers grow. This means providing quality products, the latest in innovation, and first-class customer service. As agriculture and our communities evolve, we are committed to staying at the forefront of the industry. Locally we employ a knowledgeable and professional staff to assist you with your agricultural, home and business needs.

CHS Prairie Lakes is a business unit of CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. For nearly 80 years, the CHS system has valued volunteerism and been a responsible steward in its communities; the CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive is designed to harness the power of the 70 CHS-owned/locally governed cooperatives to address America’s growing hunger problem.
 
Glimses From The Past PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pope County Historical Society   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:19

From the Glenwood Herald February 26, 1914

Some of the Gilchrist farmers packed the Lakeside Creamery ice house the fore-part of the week.

Kenneth McKenzie moved the old Bartos building formerly used as a millinery store [in Lowry] onto his lots on the south corner from the hotel and will fix same up for a residence.

M.A. Wagner of Millard, S.D., moved onto Mrs. Lewis’ farm last week.  His son-in-law, H.F. Belling, also of Millard, has rented the Stranahan place.

Ole Fosdahl is doing some work for Mr. Westergaard, remodeling the old Grove Lake school house.

The telephone crew which has been at work in Glenwood the past two weeks repairing the local system went to Starbuck on Tuesday to continue work at that point.

Geo. Hallett returned from the big cement show in Chicago last Sunday.  Mr. Hallett informs us that he purchased  big Peerless brick machine while he was there.  He also visited Milwaukee, Madison and the Twin Cities on his way home and reports a very enjoyable trip.

Mrs. Henry Jackson is busy hauling lumber for a  large barn which she is going to put up this spring.

Rasmus Feigum is busy hauling lumber for his new barn that he intends to build on his farm in Barsness.  The basement will be built of cement blocks.  He reports that sleighing is getting poor for hauling lumber.

The Chippewa Valley Band furnished the music for the farmers Short Course in Benson last week.

There was a ski tournament at Otis Thorson’s [in Gilchrist] Sunday afternoon.  John Oyen made a standing jump of 40 feet.

The Shippers Association [of Lowry] shipped a car of stock to South St. Paul on Monday.  Wm. Bennett, their buyer went with the car.

The first crow of the season was seen in Lowry Tuesday.

 
Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
News - State Legislators Comments
Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:13

Economist: Times are changing in ag

An economist at a meeting of the Rural Finance Authority last week in St. Paul was fairly blunt when he said that times are changing in agriculture. Cash grain farming, which has been quite profitable the past few years, will be hard pressed to show positive numbers in the next few years, while livestock producers should see strong profits in the immediate future. The reason for the switch is falling grain prices that are lowering production costs for those who milk cows or feed livestock or poultry.



Statewide, 2012 was a record high year for farm income. Pushed up by the price of corn and soybeans, net farm profits soared for those who made their living by selling those commodities. Last year, with strong yields in the main part of the Corn Belt, supplies of corn and beans recovered and prices fell dramatically. From a high of nearly $8 per bushel, the price of corn has dropped to between $4 and $5, with shipping costs (basis) lowering that price to around $4 at the elevator.



“We are going back to narrow, or in some cases, negative margins for crop farming,” said University of Minnesota extension economist Dale Nordquist. “Smaller farms, especially those that no longer have any livestock, could have a difficult time competing in this environment.”



Plugging in numbers for an average crop farming operation show little margin for error. As an example, if a farmer produced 175 bushels of corn per acre and was able to sell that corn for $4.75 per bushel (about 75 cents above current new-crop prices), he would still be beneath the cost of production. The same is true of soybeans as a 46-bushel per acre yield, if it were sold for $12 a bushel, results in a negative return of $9 per acre, according to Nordquist’s figures.



“The coming year looks to be a correction year for crop farming,” he added, “and it may be difficult for some to adjust to more lean times.”



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It appears that prices for propane gas may have peaked, at least for the time being. With the new month, supplies of LP increased and they seem to be holding in most locations. The wild card in all this is, of course, the weather because if it stays cold and demand continues to be high we may have supply issues toward the end of the month again. Forecasts are calling for a much-anticipated warm-up later this week, with highs in the 20’s being cause for celebration!



The Chippewa Valley ethanol plant operating in Benson, Minn., held its annual meeting Feb. 8. General Manager Mike Jerke told those in attendance that the plant has been curtailed from using natural gas on many occasions so far this winter. “There are system-overload days and then there are critical-overload days when we get a phone call to make the switch from natural gas to propane.”



As a result, the company has used much more propane this winter than in past seasons. Jerke estimated the increased cost of using propane instead of natural gas during January alone was around $1 million.



An economist from Kansas State University, Dr. Art Barnaby, was the guest speaker at the CVAC annual meeting. He gave a presentation on the new farm bill, which was passed by Congress and signed into law this past week by President Obama. He called it “as good as we could expect” in these times of fiscal restraint in Washington.

 
County outlines top priorities for State Legislators PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:11

County outlines top priorities for State Legislators


Rep. Paul Anderson and Rep. Jay McNamar visited with Pope County commissioners at last Tuesday’s board meeting about the county’s concerns for 2014 and beyond. Sen. Torrey Westrom was also on the schedule but unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.
Earlier in the agenda, county commissioners approved a list of top legislative priorities for 2014. The primary purpose of meeting with the area’s state representatives was to share those priorities with them—to give them information on what is important to Pope County and why.
At the top of the list was the need for an increase in transportation funding from the state. County Coordinator Jim Thoreen shared some reasons on how that priority pertained to Pope County, including basic road safety for drivers and transit needs for non-drivers.
Anderson said, “Of all the times to raise taxes, election year is not the time to do it. I don’t know how much traction this [transportation funding] will get this year.”
Thoreen said, “I recognize the politics, but the clock is ticking.” He told Anderson and McNamar that without additional County State Aid Highway funding, Pope County was considering putting 18 miles of blacktop back to gravel in the coming years. “Long term that’s probably not the best option,” he said. “But we’re squeezed.”
Anderson asked if the new wheelage tax would help. Thoreen said that money is pegged for basic maintenance that needs to be done anyway. Commissioner Larry Lindor added, “We’re using it [the wheelage tax] to extend the life of our current pavement.”

Highway 29 overpass discussed
Commissioner Gordy Wagner showed the board, Anderson and McNamar a preliminary concept drawing from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) outlining a possibility for a Highway 29 overpass. The overpass would allow traffic on Highway 29 just north of Glenwood to bypass the railroad tracks running parallel to Highway 55.
The concept shows that traffic moving south on Highway 29 would flow over the railroad tracks, then over Highway 55; drivers would turn left at an expanded 160th Street, then left or right to catch Highway 55 east or west. Drivers heading north on Highway 29 would take a right on 160th Street to access Highway 55. The concept also shows a section of Highway 55 near the current intersection with Highway 29 moved slightly to the north to flow under the proposed overpass.
Both Wagner and Thoreen emphasized that the plan shown was a preliminary conceptual layout, and by no means the final plan from MnDOT. Thoreen said that though the county is not directly involved in the overpass project, the county is supportive of MnDOT’s plans.
Wagner said the project is on MnDOT’s radar now in part because the intersection of Highways 29 and 55 near the railroad crossing is over the state limit for incidents. He said the state determined that “the traffic and accident counts warrant an overpass.”
“The status quo is not acceptable; MnDOT agrees,” said Thoreen. “We’ve got good communication with MnDOT,” he said. He added that concern at the local level, the legislative level and from business leaders has helped the overpass project gain traction.
Pope County Housing and Redevelopment Authority/Economic Development Authority Executive Director Dick Dreher agreed. “We very much appreciate the interest you and Senator Westrom have shown [in this project],” Dreher told McNamar and Anderson.

Department heads weigh in
Speaking to the other points on the board’s list of top legislative priorities, Pope County department heads had a chance to highlight their main concerns for Anderson and McNamar as well.
While the details differed by department, Director of Probation Terry Jaworski, Human Services Director Nicole Names, Public Health Director Sharon Braaten, Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley, Pope County Assessor Mike Wacker all seemed to have similar wish lists: keep it simple; streamline; make it easier for counties to deliver the services needed by their residents—both by getting rid of wasteful complication and keeping funding promises made at the state level.
 
County outlines top priorities for State Legislators PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Deb Mercier - Tribune Editor   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:11

County outlines top priorities for State Legislators


Rep. Paul Anderson and Rep. Jay McNamar visited with Pope County commissioners at last Tuesday’s board meeting about the county’s concerns for 2014 and beyond. Sen. Torrey Westrom was also on the schedule but unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.
Earlier in the agenda, county commissioners approved a list of top legislative priorities for 2014. The primary purpose of meeting with the area’s state representatives was to share those priorities with them—to give them information on what is important to Pope County and why.
At the top of the list was the need for an increase in transportation funding from the state. County Coordinator Jim Thoreen shared some reasons on how that priority pertained to Pope County, including basic road safety for drivers and transit needs for non-drivers.
Anderson said, “Of all the times to raise taxes, election year is not the time to do it. I don’t know how much traction this [transportation funding] will get this year.”
Thoreen said, “I recognize the politics, but the clock is ticking.” He told Anderson and McNamar that without additional County State Aid Highway funding, Pope County was considering putting 18 miles of blacktop back to gravel in the coming years. “Long term that’s probably not the best option,” he said. “But we’re squeezed.”
Anderson asked if the new wheelage tax would help. Thoreen said that money is pegged for basic maintenance that needs to be done anyway. Commissioner Larry Lindor added, “We’re using it [the wheelage tax] to extend the life of our current pavement.”

Highway 29 overpass discussed
Commissioner Gordy Wagner showed the board, Anderson and McNamar a preliminary concept drawing from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) outlining a possibility for a Highway 29 overpass. The overpass would allow traffic on Highway 29 just north of Glenwood to bypass the railroad tracks running parallel to Highway 55.
The concept shows that traffic moving south on Highway 29 would flow over the railroad tracks, then over Highway 55; drivers would turn left at an expanded 160th Street, then left or right to catch Highway 55 east or west. Drivers heading north on Highway 29 would take a right on 160th Street to access Highway 55. The concept also shows a section of Highway 55 near the current intersection with Highway 29 moved slightly to the north to flow under the proposed overpass.
Both Wagner and Thoreen emphasized that the plan shown was a preliminary conceptual layout, and by no means the final plan from MnDOT. Thoreen said that though the county is not directly involved in the overpass project, the county is supportive of MnDOT’s plans.
Wagner said the project is on MnDOT’s radar now in part because the intersection of Highways 29 and 55 near the railroad crossing is over the state limit for incidents. He said the state determined that “the traffic and accident counts warrant an overpass.”
“The status quo is not acceptable; MnDOT agrees,” said Thoreen. “We’ve got good communication with MnDOT,” he said. He added that concern at the local level, the legislative level and from business leaders has helped the overpass project gain traction.
Pope County Housing and Redevelopment Authority/Economic Development Authority Executive Director Dick Dreher agreed. “We very much appreciate the interest you and Senator Westrom have shown [in this project],” Dreher told McNamar and Anderson.

Department heads weigh in
Speaking to the other points on the board’s list of top legislative priorities, Pope County department heads had a chance to highlight their main concerns for Anderson and McNamar as well.
While the details differed by department, Director of Probation Terry Jaworski, Human Services Director Nicole Names, Public Health Director Sharon Braaten, Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley, Pope County Assessor Mike Wacker all seemed to have similar wish lists: keep it simple; streamline; make it easier for counties to deliver the services needed by their residents—both by getting rid of wasteful complication and keeping funding promises made at the state level.
 
HRA/EDA bids for Phase II of Bay Meadows PDF Print E-mail
News - Pope County Tribune - Starbuck Times
Written by Zach Anderson - Starbuck Times New Editor   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:02

HRA/EDA getting bids for Phase II of Bay Meadows project


Pope County Housing and Redevlopment Authority/Economic Development Authority (HRA/EDA) Executive Director Dick Dreher presented a plan for Phase II of Bay Meadows near the Starbuck Airport at the HRA/EDA board’s Feb. 5 meeting. The plan showed the floor plan for the new units, one double and two single units to go with the existing plat.
Dreher said the problem they had with the current Bay Meadows units was mostly because the late spring and short construction season led to a late construction finish and leasing start. Dreher said with the four units of Phase II, the bids are due on Feb. 28. After that there will be a bid opening and he said he is hopeful construction will be able to start around March 11. That would leave the units ready to be leased in July.

The board also discussed the Lakeview RV Park in Starbuck.
The Lakeview RV Park in Starbuck has been a subject at recent HRA/EDA meetings because the board is looking to find an alternate location to move the RV park to so they can use the land where the current park resides for something else.
In discussions with Palmer Aaberg, Dreher said Aaberg gave approval for the HRA/EDA to relocate the RV park to his land.
The next step, Dreher said, is sending a plan to Studio-e Architects for them to see if it is possible to fit the RV park on that land. If possible, the HRA/EDA will make arrangements to relocate the RV park, and if not, it will have to find another suitable location.
In other action the board voted unanimously to be a Platinum Sponsor for the Pope County Community Expo for $2,500. The board agreed that the expo is a great event that brings many people to the area.
 
Notes From The Capital PDF Print E-mail
News - State Legislators Comments
Written by Paul Anderson - State House Representative 12A   
Saturday, 01 February 2014 07:56
By now, most folks are probably aware of the huge spike in price that has occurred in the LP or propane market this winter.  What was priced under $2 a gallon just a couple of weeks ago is now between $4 and $5.  Reasons given include the wet harvest that pulled down inventories of the fuel used for corn drying last fall and now our bitterly cold winter.  Retailers are having difficulty in sourcing product, and there have been reports of trucks being sent as far as Kansas or even Texas to bring back supply.

This is having a big effect on folks’ ability to pay for heating fuel.  Budgets weren’t set with the idea of gas doubling in price.  As a result, instead of filling tanks, retailers in some cases are limiting deliveries to as little as 100 gallons.  And it’s not just home heating that’s effected by this shortage.   Livestock facilities, especially chicken and turkey barns are large users of LP gas during the winter heating season.  I heard from one turkey grower who has six, 1,000 gallon tanks alongside his barns.  Just imagine the increased cost of filling those tanks right now…if he can get that much delivered.  A month ago, six thousand gallons would have cost less than $12,000, but today that same expense will run between $24,000 to $30,000.  It will be difficult to recoup that additional expense because farmers can’t set their own price -- they take what the market will pay.  And a short-term spike like this will probably not affect prices in a significant way.

One retailer was quoted as saying that we are dealing with one-half the inventory this year and that product supplies are at levels not seen in years.  And even more concerning is that the pipeline terminal in Benson which has been a major source of product for this part of the state is phasing out of propane.  Originating in Canada, this line, called the Kochin Pipeline, is in the process of reversing its pumps and, after this spring, will no longer be delivering gas to the Midwest.  Instead, it will be pumping drilling material north to the oil fields in Canada.

The federal government has appropriated additional funding to help with this sudden increase in heating costs.  At this time, it’s not known how much will be coming to Minnesota.  Here is a phone number folks can call to learn more about getting assistance with their heating bills: 800-657-3710 (Department of Commerce).

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If you happen to be having a birthday and turning 65 soon, you are not alone.  Studies show that approximately 10,000 Americans are reaching that milestone every day and will continue reaching our once traditional “retirement age” at that pace for the next 15 years or so.  This rapidly aging demographic is having a large impact on social and medical programs, in addition to causing shortages in some areas of the US workforce.  This same “aging” is also being seen in agriculture, where during the period from 2002 through 2007 the number of farm operators under the age of 25 decreased by 30 percent while the number of older operators increased by 20 percent.

Another statistic gleaned from a recent ag seminar is that 98 percent of farms today are family-run.  When they are included in the broader category of family-run businesses, we were told that only 30 percent of family-run businesses survive and are passed on to the next generation.  Even fewer, 12 percent, are passed on to the third generation, and only three percent reach the fourth generation.
 
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