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Discussions aid understanding of high-tech dairy systems, cow health and the farm’s bottom line When Lisa and Steve Groetsch's cows are ready to be milked, they approach a milking robot on … more
If you have a private well water supply after heavy rains or flooding is a good time to inspect your well and get your drinking water tested at a certified laboratory. Proper well construction can … more
The fishing season for sauger, walleye, and northern pike will open this Saturday, May 14. Many of us are familiar with walleye and northern pike, but what about sauger? The cousin to our state … more
At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), our tagline is “Collaborating for Regional Vitality.” Whether we are working with partners in early childhood, economic … more
This column was written by my wife Ashley because she has crazy adventures in Tennessee as well. I am about 1/4 mile away from the bridge, going about 80mph.  It's dark. I have the music at … more
A giant ship’s engine failed, and the vessel’s owners consulted one expert after another, but none of them could fix the engine. They finally brought in an old man who had been fixing … more
My family moved to Minnesota from the south right as the century was turning from the last into this current one. For us this meant the winter of 2000 was our first Minnesota winter and our first … more
I talked about soil and rain barrels and composting last week. But what about organic matters? What is it? Does it matter? How much organic matter matters? Can it be too much? According to the … more
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is continuing its investigations into the alleged misuse of dicamba herbicide products intended for dicamba-tolerant (DT) soybeans, though on-going work … more
The primary for the special election to fill the 1st Congressional District seat that was vacated when Congressman Jim Hagedorn passed away, is set for next month and Rice County has been … more
Former Rice County Sheriff’s Sgt. Justin Hunt was honored posthumously with a Meritorious Service Award from the Special Operations Training Association.    The award … more
Rice County Attorney John Fossum said he does not believe the legislature will pass a bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana during this session and added that he would not support … more
The Rice County Sheriff’s Office announced they are joining with the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association and sheriff’s offices all over the state in donating bulletproof vests … more
Farmers enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) have higher profits than non-certified farms, according to a recent study by the Minnesota State … more
Prompted by the many sources of stress affecting farmers and ranchers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), Linder Farm Network, and the Red River Farm Network (RRFN) have joined forces to … more
I'll never forget Easter 1946. I was 14, my little sister Ocy 12, and my older sister Darlene 16. We lived at home with our mother, and the four of us knew what it was like to do without many things. … more
Greetings,  last month was the annual meetings for our townships and I just want to send out a big Thank you to all our supervisors, clerks, treasurers and staff that work for our townships. … more
Many farmers and applicators will soon apply anhydrous ammonia (NH3) prior to planting or sidedress after planting. Even with a rush against time and weather, safety should never be compromised. … more
I saw an ad in the local paper saying “we sell Farmland”. It struck me as such an over simplification. It should have read, “We sell the lifetime hopes and dreams of a … more
Listening is in danger of becoming a lost art. This dated anonymous anecdote just about sums it up. When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving advice, you have not done what I … more
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