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Volume 2 Issue 3 April 16, 2012

Coming Events April 16, 2012-Annual Meeting April 21, 2012-Treasures of the Land arts event. May 5, 2012Springtime on the Farm

Executive Director Report

May 10, 2012-School Tour Days Begin

34th Annual Membership Meeting April 16, 2012 is the designated date and time for this year’s annual meeting. During the annual meeting we elect board members, become updated on the progress towards our goals and challenges ahead. This year, we have every reason to be fantastically up-beat about our collective achievements and of exciting opportunities. Since our beginning, it has been the people who have made the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center-Farmamerica, a reality. In doing so, individual supporters have gathered from time-to-time to share their wishes, dreams and commitments for the continued improvement of the operations, the

A Beam Boring Tool recent gift.

All Hallows Eve

Spring is here! ‌ Inside this issue: 34th Annual Mtg.


Spring is here




Other Stories


Blacksmith Shop


Your Legacy


Between the Lines


Waseca Team Academy 4th Graders under the mentorship of Joe McCarthy, MAIC/Farmamerica master trainer plants potatoes and other vegetable crops they plan to harvest in the fall.

facilities and our programs. Membership does mean something. It is testimony to the realization that together we can accomplish more than when acting alone. At Farmamerica, dues represent commitment to the ongoing operations of the organization. Gifts of time, talent and additional treasures beyond your membership helps fulfill programmatic necessary to tell the story of agriculture-past, present and future. Thanks for your membership and your gifts of time, talent and treasure.

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Board of Directors Ed Frederic k , Chair Senior Fellow Former Chancellor University of \Minnesota ( 5 07 ) 835-3422 Roy Johnson, Vice Chair ( 12 ) Technology Manager, Cargill, Inc. 13800 78th Place North Maple Grove, MN 55311 ( 7 63 ) 274-3040 roy _a _ Linda Brekke, Secretary ( 13 ) Farm Broadcaster Linder Farm Network 764 South Street Owatonna, MN 55060 W- ( 507 ) 444-9224 Vic Richardson, Treasurer ( 13 ) Retired Educator and Tax Preparer 351 13th Street SW Owatonna, MN 55060 ( 5 07 ) 451-3441 Greg Bartz ( 11 ) DVM/Farmer 25455 State Highway 4 Sleepy Eye, MN 56085 H- ( 507 ) 794-7960 Mike Budach ( 11 ) Loan Officer, Farmers State Bank 1452 W. Main Albert Lea, MN 56007 ( 5 07 ) 373-1945 Kathy Gessner ( 11 ) Master Gardener/ 3948 360th Avenue Janesville, MN 56048 ( 5 07 ) 234-6774 Greg Gosen ( 13 ) Beef Producer 68831 150th Street Albert Lea, MN 56007 ( 5 07 ) 852-2920 Tom Hagerty ( 11 ) Retired Minnesota State Veterinarian Box 207, 405 Lincoln Drive St. Michael, MN 55376 ( 7 63 ) 497-2591 Marshall Herfindahl ( 13 ) Retirement Specialist 600 7th Avenue SW Waseca, MN 56093 ( 3 20 ) 226-4178 Norla Hesse ( 12 ) Retired Nurse/Master Gardener 2309 East Main Street Mankato, MN 56001 ( 5 07 ) 388-5981, Steve Melcher ( 12 ) Business Owner Melcher ’ s Power Vac, Inc. 37339 73rd Street Janesville, MN 56048 ( 5 07 ) 835-2033 Greg Pittman ( 12 ) Retired Dairy Inspection Supervisor 13390 420th Avenue Waseca, MN 56093 ( 5 07 ) 835-4376 Bob Zelenka ( 12 ) Executive Director MN Grain & Feed Association 3470 Washington Drive, Suite 200 Eagan, MN 55122( 6 51 ) 454-8212,

Farmamerica Operations Buildings and Grounds Committee work continues. There was a lot of attention on the prospect of business arrangement with a local investor to build a wind turbine that could serve to replace a portion of the electricity now purchased from the investor-owned utility (IPU) serving our site. Unfortunately, that particular investor decided not to go thru with the project. But we have learned a great deal about the subject. We know, for instance, that electrical rates are not fixed, for the most part. They vary not only by type of service, but by time of day, peak-load, demand/on-demand, and a number of other factors that make the determination of return on investment projections more difficult than one might have expected. We have also learned that there are specialists in renewable energy projects for nonprofits, like Farmamerica, that may be called upon for expert advise. We are particularly appreciative of the Region Nine Development Commission Renewable Energy Task Force for their diligence in analyzing our site for wind resources, turbine sourcing and analysis, and economic returns. There is some potential for education that renewable energy demonstration projects can serve us well. We have asked everyone to keep the notes together for the project and help us look for other investors and additional types of renewable energy technologies that we could also investigate for the future.

Fire and Burglar Alarms Are working. At least for now. Maybe it was just a battery on a door sensor. Maybe we have learned how the magic works. Whatever. The alarms are on. And the periodic inspections of our fire extinguishers are being conducted as we write this article.

Prairie, Signage and Planning We have met with the ecologist, Paul Bockenstedt of Stantec, an engineering consulting firm from St. Paul. He is the principal consultant on the Alliance Pipeline Farmamerica Prairie and Wetlands Environmental Education Center Project. The signage design has been selected. Paul and his colleagues also have distributed the seeds that will result in a more varied mix of prairie grasses and flowers typical of the region prior to farming. The agriscience students at Waseca High School will be helping with additional signage and lesson plan development under the guidance of their advisor Barbara Roesler. The interpretive center materials are starting to arrive and the firm contracted to build the 18 x 24 ft structure will be digging the holes for the posts this week.

Introducing John Jenatschek John, along with Cathy DeBates are working to round-out our part-time, temporary staffing needs. Cathy was introduced in the March report. John just joined us in April. John has most recently employed at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. The greater part of his career has been serving as livestock buyer.

Blacksmith Shop Blacksmith Shop working group led by retired Waseca Area High School Industrial Arts Instructor, Don Siems, has already started their work. Having met an evening and two Saturdays already, we are looking forward to renewed interest in inclusion of the Blacksmith Shop as a part of our active interpretive Program. This trip hammer was manufactured in Mankato. One of the two that we have will be sold to make way for improved display space.

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The Blacksmith Shop and Meriden Town Hall

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What will be your legacy ?

The story behind that two story building along the time lane road that serves as the admissions office for the Corn Maze in the fall and hangout for ghosts and goblins nearer Halloween. Will be back in business ….at least the blacksmith shop

A Legacy is more than money. Read this story recently received from Don Siems about the Blacksmith Shop and Town Hall at Farmamerica. Don: Good to hear from you. Yes (About the photo hanging in the Blacksmith Shop) Sam (Samuel Edward) Grandprey (1860-1945) [next] is my twin brother Loie and my Grandfather. He built the shop with a hall above to hold dances. The shop was built around 1900. The first location was South of the Grain Company in Meriden. Later it was moved to the South of the Creamery. My mother's father Joseph Ochs from Owatonna was one of men that moved the shop. Sam was the second youngest of 8 and stayed on the farm South of Meriden which his father Joseph Grandprey had homsteaded in 1858. There wasn't enough income to support he and his bride Hattie so he learned the blacksmith trade from a traveling smithy. He also was the manager of the Meriden Grain Company and the Postmaster of Meriden. In 1918 he sold the blacksmith shop and went into the hotel business in Owatonna. The hotel was the Alpha Hotel on the corner of Oak and Main and was initially the Winship House a stagecoach stop. My grandmother ran the kitchen and they operated it until 1939. He had sustained a rupture from shoeing a horse and was not able to continue the blacksmith trade. The hall above the shop became the Meriden Town Hall. As a kid we went to movies there and other entertainments. My mother held a shower for my wife when we were married in the summer of 1952. My, Dad Lloyd Sr., managed the Hayes Lucas Lumber Company in Meriden from 1925 until the yard closed in 1963. So Meriden was our home. When the Blacksmith Shop was first moved to Farm America a number of us Grandprey's were invited and both my Dad's sister Medora wife of former Minnesota Governor Hjalmer Petersen and my dad's younger brother Claude who lived in Blooming Prairie spoke at the ceremony. I may have the same picture and the other men were Jack Frantz and a grain buyer whose name escapes me. Jack was a Violin player and also played the cornet. My Dad's older brother took up the Violin and my Dad played the cornet as a result of this man. He came to Meriden with a horse and buggy and a Maytag washing machine strapped to the back. He was ill and my grandmother nursed him back to health and he stayed on to work for Sam. The Blacksmith shop was donated by the Dick Reitfort family. Dick was a soldier in the German Army in World War I. My Dad also a US WWI vet was a good friend. Meriden was mostly people of German extraction. Dick married the local school teacher Gert. His oldest daughter Barbara retired from the Richfield School District in 1992 the same year I did. She was a secretary at one of the Richfield elementary schools. I remember as a boy watching Dick weld (not good for the eyes) and work in the shop. We always took rough sawn boards a full inch thick down to the shop to use his band saw when we made rafters for round top brooder houses for chickens and hogs at the lumber yard. That's where Loie and I got interested in tools and it led to both of us becoming Industrial Arts Teachers. I taught at Richfield and Loie taught at Windom.

What will be your legacy? It’s not too late to plan. If you are interested in a class on estate planning or on writing an ethical will give us a call or send an email. Be sure you tell your own loved ones and legal advisors know what you want your life to represent. Write those thoughts down as a way to help express your own thoughts in something other than legalese. One specialist calls this process writing an ‘ethical’ will.

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Four metered service entrances at Farmamerica.

Each with a unique function. A history in itself.

Treasures of the Land—coming April 21 at 6:30 pm. More than 50 entries. Photography, Acrylics, Sculpture. $18 ahead. $20 at door.

Between the Lines 

David Kelliher and David Grabitske, Minnesota Historical Society, visited on last Wednesday in follow up from a request by Rep. Tony Cornish to help us become more competitive in our grant seeking with the “Legacy” funds. A worthwhile visit.

Carrie Moore, daughter of Jim and Kenna Gibson, has taken on the assignment of marketing and promoting and conducting the Treasures of the Land Arts Event at Farmamerica April 21. Through an extended deadline process and additional promotion, the show is building well beyond our 2011 event. Fun to see a pro in action. Carrie has 17+ years of experience in this kind of work in the UK. Most recently with the Foundation Programme of the National Health Service.

Ed Frederick was inducted into the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame at a recent meeting in St. Paul. Ed’s photo joins others similarly enshrined at Hacker Hall starting in 1934. Congratulations! Ed will also be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota during the state FFA Convention in St. Paul on April 24.

Did you know that Kwik Trip food managers from stores in the Twin Cities and Southern Minnesota convene at least every other month at Farmamerica? These folks provide a new reach into the communities we serve too.

The New Richland Hartland Ellendale Geneva (NHREG) high school students enrolled in agriculture will be helping plant 33 apple and crab apple trees in four locations at Farmamerica. This will become known collectively as the Gosen Orchard in honor of the grandparents of Board Member, Greg Gosen.

All it takes to make it rain is having watered the shrubs and laws. Thanks to Steve Melcher and his brother Ron, the two hundred shrubs/bushes he and Vic planted have received a couple of drinks of cool well water in preparation for a big rain a day later. It worked, Steve!

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