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BY MARION RENAULT

mrenault@postbulletin.com
Southeastern Minnesota livestock
and crop farmers all agree, this
years spring planting season was
one of the most difcult in their
lifetime.
Unexpected precipitation and cold
temperatures that lingered deep into
spring forced many farmers to leave
hundreds of acres uncultivated.
Weve had bad years before,
said Brian Sorensen, owner of
Walthams Sorensens Farms. Its
certainly the worst Ive ever seen.
In April, there were only about
16 hours of suitable planting time
in Minnesota. Farmers normally
would have enjoyed three to ve
days per week, according to reports
by the United States Department of
Agriculture.
By the beginning of May, about
6 percent of land was prepared for
planting corn, compared to 85 per-
cent at the same time last year.
Its really been tough, Sorensen
said. One-third of his acres were
left unplanted because of excessive
moisture.
Lori Feltis, owner of Feltis Farm,
said about half of her corn never
got planted.
Much of the corn in southeastern
Minnesota was planted an entire
month late, and a fair amount of
it under less-than-ideal soil condi-
tions, said Jeff Coulter, Univer-
sity of Minnesota Extension corn
agronomist.
Coulter said this would affect the
corn yield for 2013, with an esti-
mated 10 to 15 percent reduction.
Soybeans, a more exible crop, will
be less disrupted, he said.
Unlike last year, when southeast-
ern Minnesota enjoyed better-than-
average yields compared to other
parts of the state and the Midwest,
this year, the south central and
southeastern regions are countered
by more successful regions of Min-
nesota.
In other parts of the state (and
corn belt), the crops look amazing,
said Kent Olson, a University of
Minnesota applied economics pro-
fessor. So its a big deal locally.
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Inspired by Hennepin Countys
Domestic Abuse Service Center
in Minneapolis, Olmsted County
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up a similar, albeit smaller, center
on the fth oor of the county
courthouse.
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shop where people who are vic-
tims of domestic
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programs.
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professional a victim would need,
including law enforcement, district
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who can help them immediately.
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A son is lost; questions remain
BY KAY FATE
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A Rochester woman is looking for
answers after learning two weeks ago
that her son had died after apparently
suffering an asthma attack at the state
prison in St. Cloud, where he was
incarcerated.
Rhonda Payton told the Post-Bulle-
tin this
week she
has yet to
hear from
the Min-
nesota
Correc-
tional
Facility-
St. Cloud,
aside
from a
registered
letter in
which she
was told
there may
be money
left in her
sons com-
missary
account;
her signa-
ture was
needed to receive those funds.
The Post-Bulletin contacted the
prison multiple times regarding Jo-
seph Paytons death and didnt receive
a callback. A state Department of
Corrections spokesman this morning
conrmed that Payton was an inmate
at the prison and died June 27.
This is what Rhonda Payton knows:
Her son, who was 32 and lived in By-
ron, was 28 days into a 46-month sen-
tence when he died. He was sentenced
in May in Olmsted County District
Court after a conviction for felony
DWI, which followed multiple arrests
for DUI and other driving infractions.
When he was taken from the court-
room May 21, the Lord spoke to me
and said that was the last time Id see
my son, Rhonda Payton said this
week, wiping tears away.
On June 25, his girlfriend, Monica
Hampton, spoke to him by phone.
He told her he couldnt breathe
(well) in there, Rhonda Payton said.
He told her the air was dirty, and
there were bugs. He told her he was
going to do good so he didnt have to
stay there.
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Ed Twohey planted more corn than usual this year because of the weather. Be-
cause of the late spring, we had to plant even more corn because the later you
plant, the less your yield is, he said at his farm in Stewartville.
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Rhonda Payton grieves the death of her son Monday afternoon in her southeast Rochester apartment. Paytons son, Joseph
Payton, died June 27 after having an asthma attack while in the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud.
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stay there.
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BY MARION RENAULT
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Not every farm responded to this years
difcult planting season the same way.
Some delayed planting, but Ed Twoheys
Stewartville farm actually over-planted
corn this year, but only to compensate for
the alfalfa lost during the winter.
He usually sells his extra crop in mar-
kets, like Feltis, but this year he might not
even have enough to feed his dairy farm,
even with the extra 100 acres he planted.
Hopefully, we have enough feed for the
cows this winter, Twohey said.
Now that the time for planting has
passed, the corn that did get planted is
still two and a half feet shorter than it
should be.
Luckily, many farmers purchased crop
insurance and should receive refunds on
products, chemicals and seeds that were
unused and now unusable.
There will be very few that dont have
any (insurance), said University of Min-
nesota applied economics professor Kent
Olson.
That certainly doesnt bring them up to
the same gross revenue they would have
had with a normal crop, he said, but it
does cover a fair bit.
For Lori Feltis, owner of Feltis Farm,
itll just mean protecting her farm until
next years harvest.
We hope to break even, she said.
That means we worked all year, and we
will not prot at all.
Brian Sorensen, owner of Walthams
Sorensens Farms, said he thinks hes lost
a minimum of a quarter of his income,
and the effects of the missed planting will
be felt for years.
Its going to be long-term, Sorensen
said. Its going to affect the farming for a
while until we get back to normal weather
conditions.
The weather is a trickle-down event
that will hit local economies hard,
especially disturbing livestock produc-
tion, feed mills, grain elevators and even
consulting companies usually hired by
farmers, Olson said.
Feltis said shes still worried about
an early frost and disease, as well as the
the price shell pay for not making it to
markets.
Sorensen said hes buckling down and
hoping for the best.
Theres years like this along the way.
This is just how it is ... you just deal with
it, Sorensen said. We have hopes for
what we have in.
Others simply dont want to have to live
through this episode again any time soon.
Were hoping its a once-in-a-lifetime
event, Twohey said.
PageA1: Farmers havetoughrowtohoewithoneof the
most dicult plantingseasons inmemory
Farmers hope for no repeat
BY BRETT BOESE
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AUSTIN For the second
time in less than two years, a
dog death has been reported
from violence at the Austin
Dog Park.
Mary Mangskau, 58, says
she took her little white
bichon named Taz to the park
on Saturday afternoon. Imme-
diately upon entry, Mangskau
said, a black cocker spaniel
began biting Taz.
That apparently riled a
nearby black lab, which
grabbed Taz by the throat and
shook the 8-year-old pooch,
puncturing her throat in two
places before Mangskau was
able to intercede.
Nobody helped me, Mang-
skau said. I dont know why. I
dont understand.
An emergency visit to the
veterinarian raised hopes,
but Taz vomited blood Sunday
morning to prompt another
visit. Mary and her husband,
Frank, were en route to a
third visit Monday when Taz
died in her owners arms.
Mangskau said the owner of
the black lab called to apolo-
gize after the initial incident;
the owner of the cocker span-
iel didnt apologize. However,
a call made Monday asking
for reimbursement for the vet
visits has not been returned.
The Austin Dog Park
opened less than two years
ago, intended to be a safe play
area for canines. In June 2012,
a pitbull attacked and killed
a chihuahua there. Austin
Parks and Recreation Director
Kim Underwood had not been
made away of the situation as
of Friday morning and says
an incident report has yet to
be led.
However, she said the situa-
tion could lead to action from
the city council, which could
result in the offending dogs
being put down.
The dog parks website lists
18 rules. Among them, the
rules state, owners are legally
responsible for their dogs
and injuries they cause; dogs
showing aggression or with
histories of aggression are
not tolerated; and violators of
the rules are subject to having
their park privileges revoked.
Its unclear if the recent
canine death could lead to a
legal dispute, though Mike
Nigbur, director of parks and
forestry in Rochester, says its
likely a civil issue between the
two dog owners. Mangskau,
who says she may get a new
pet, says she plans to never
visit the Austin Dog Park
again.
We got this dog by chance,
by word of mouth, so maybe
well get another one that
way, she said. Maybe its
better to wait and see. I will
never take her to the dog
park. I dont want to risk it. I
couldnt go there anyway. Id
be too devastated. Too many
memories.
Rochester has two dog parks
that have been operating for
years without a reported
death, Nigbur said. A third
park is being planned.
Canine attacked, killed at Austin dog park
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