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Schreifels find
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in sport
By MARIA HAGER
Staff Writer
RICHMOND The onset of September marks the
beginning of a new school
year. Students equipped with
sharpened pencils, brand new
pens, pristine notebooks and
nervous anticipation for the
year ahead. But, for the Schreifels children, September is
the opening of bear hunting
season.
The Schreifels family
Anton and Amy, with their
children, Hunter, 17, Hannah,
16 and Hope, 14 of Richmond are quite simply, a family of hunters.
We go on family hunts, or
whoever can go out at the time
goes, Anton said. Nothing
is going to stop us from hunting.
Amy and Anton, from
Richmond and Cold Spring,
respectively, first started hunting in their youth.
I went hunting with my
dad, Amy said. We would

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The Schreifels family Amy, Hunter, 17, Hope, 14, Anton and Hannah, 16, enjoys hunting together
throughout the year. The family lives in Richmond and prefers to hunt using bows, with each family
member having their own.

go deer hunting and fishing.


But, Anton and I started dating
when we were sophomores in
high school, so we went hunting together, too.
For Anton, the list of animals hunted at an early age ex-

tends far beyond deer and fish.


Oh, wed hunt deer,
pheasant, grouse, ducks and
eventually turkeys, Anton
said. The whole barrage.
Amy, a home daycare provider, and Anton, an employee

of Granite-Tops in Coldspring,
have kept the hunting tradition
alive in their family, exposing
their children to the sport.
All of the kids started
archery at the indoor lanes at
Channel Marine and Sports in

town when they were in second grade, Amy said. And


now, its amazing to see their
progression. When they were
little, we helped them hold
a gun and told them the spot
to shoot from. To see how
far theyve improved in their
skills, its rewarding as a parent.
The family hunts, traps
and fishes quite literally
everything they can in the
area, including bear, deer,
goose, duck, turkey, pheasant, turtle, coyote and carp, to
name a few.
While all initially hunted
using guns, the family favors
bow hunting instead, noting
the challenge and convenience
of a longer season with fairer
weather. The family owns seven Mathews bows, including
Hannahs pink camouflage variety and Hopes jet-black bow
with blue accessories. In addition, Hunter and Hannah have
bows for carp fishing. The
family also owns several guns
and decoys, including homemade spearfishing decoys.
The money is an investment, but its irrelevant to the

Preserving a tradition

SCHREIFELS
continued on page 4

Zenzen rooted with


canning, growing a future
By MARIA HAGER
Staff Writer

ELROSA As an early-morning
August thunderstorm rolls over the
lush Minnesota landscape, the deepest
purple, beautifully-veined beet plants
rest on the front porch of the Zenzen
farm.
By the time the clouds part, and the
heat churns the air humid, those beets
will be resting in a new way as freshly-canned pickled beets.
They wont, however, make the
transformation by themselves. Virginia
Zenzen, daughter of Neal and Theresa,
is the chef and her specialty is canned
goods.
Zenzen, 24, is the oldest of five
children who call the 39-cow dairy
farm near Elrosa home. The organic farm features Holstein and Brown
Swiss milking cows as well as chickens. The family also produces corn,
ZENZEN
continued on page 6

Virginia Zenzen, 24, enjoys canning produce from the garden on her familys farm near Elrosa.

PHOTO BY MARIA HAGER

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Its a life full of hunting.
With so many different species,
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Hope favors venison back straps while
Hannah enjoys deep-fried goose. Anton said he loves bear meat and Amy
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The family showcases their kills
with mounts of fish and deer filling
their walls as well as displaying their
bear hides.
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said. Ive passed on a lot of animals just because I
enjoy watching them. You learn how they act in different situations and can figure out their movements
and habits.
For Hope, its about the excitement hunting provides.
Its such an adrenaline rush because you spend
the whole time leading up to it, and then all of sudden
it happens, Hope said, when speaking about waiting
to spot and kill an animal.
Hannah might enjoy the quiet and adrenaline,
too. But, mainly she enjoys hunting for an all-together different reason.
I like it because I can prove my dad wrong,
Hannah said with a definite response. Last year, he
told me not to go out deer hunting, because he didnt
think I would have enough time to spot one. I went
anyway and must have only waited for 15 minutes
before I shot my six-point buck.
As a mom, Amy has experienced moments of
pride while watching and helping her children hunt.
I was with Hunter the first time he shot a deer,
Amy said. It was such a neat experience and was
almost better than getting a deer myself.
Anton has experienced similar moments. While
away on a hunt in Wisconsin, he successfully shot
his trophy 12-point buck. The same day of his hunt,
Anton received a phone call from Amy with news
that Hunter had shot his first buck.
The friend that was hunting with Anton said Anton was more excited about Hunters deer than his
own, Amy said.
The Schreifels predominately hunt in the immediate area, although for the last four years, they have
ventured to Camp Ripley, near Little Falls, to bow
hunt deer as a family. Hunter and Anton also travel to
Glenwood City, Wis., to hunt deer after the Minnesota season comes to a close.
In the immediate future, the Schreifels will be
goose hunting. Hunter has already dabbled in taxidermy and plans to advance his skills. And with the
bear season opening on Sept. 1, a trip is planned to
Park Rapids as Hunter and Hope have bear licenses.
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farm kids, in that I worked on the farm
all the time growing up, Zenzen said.
Doing chores when they needed to be
done and contributing to the farm.
Leaving the farm upon high school
graduation, Zenzen attended the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, for
nutrition. During her time in school,
she became involved in the colleges
Common Ground Garden in the Community Supported Agriculture program
(CSA), a localized system that allows
for a direct link between farmers and
consumers.
For four seasons, Zenzen worked
in the planting, preparation and harvesting of produce as well as the weekly distribution for members. She also
worked in organizing and conducting
informational classes for community
members on topics ranging from pickling to making homemade mozzarella
cheese.
Because of my work in the CSA,
I fell in love with vegetable farming,
Zenzen said.
With a passion coupled with a degree in hand as of May 2013, Zenzen
decided to commit to a one-year position with the AmeriCorps Volunteers
In Service To America (VISTA) Program a 50-year national service program dedicated to help fight poverty in
America.
Beginning in July 2014, Zenzen
moved to Omaha, Neb., where she
worked as a nutritional educator for
Food Bank for the Heartland. Within
this position, Zenzen taught nutrition
lessons and educated the organizers of
the bank in ways to better encourage
individuals using the service to eat a
balanced diet. It was during this time
that Zenzen began to have an idea.
I started thinking about starting
my own food related business, and
having real-world experience in my

bag of tricks would be helpful, Zenzen said.


To fulfill this, July 2014 saw Zenzen moving to Isle, Minn., to work
as a general small business developer,
also a one-year commitment, with the
AmeriCorps VISTA program. Here,
she was focused in community involvement and advertisement for business classes offered.
With her AmeriCorps position
coming to completion in July 2015,
Zenzen saw firsthand issues relating to
food security and locally and organically grown produce.
People in rural areas are just as
food insecure as people in highly-populated areas, Zenzen said. We think
because we grow the food, were
growing it for ourselves. But, organically and locally grown produce is a
luxury that doesnt help people who
cant afford it. If people cant get their
calories from this produce, then its not
helping producers.
There exists a barrier between the
producers and consumers in creating
and selling value-added products. A
community kitchen can bridge the gap,
said Zenzen.
Some day, Id like to have popup community kitchens for producers, with employees available to hire,
to make the products, Zenzen said.
There would be stations for labeling,
and services for marketing and advertising. This way, producers would have
a place to turn their produce into products which then can be purchased in
the community.
Zenzen admits her business will
have to wait. So for now, shes content
to do canning in her spare time.
I started canning during my senior year of college with my grandma, Zenzen said. I started thinking
about the people that are around now
that have the skills; they arent going
to be around forever. Someday, grandma wont be here to make grandmas
pickles. Someone needs to keep doing
this.
Since learning the art, Zenzen
has made rhubarb vanilla, tart cherry
champagne and ginger peach jellies
with plans to test more recipes. The
majority of her recipes have come
from on-line sources, such as food52.
com and allrecipes.com.
Being Zenzen is currently living at
home, she has and continues to use her
moms jars and canning equipment.
Luckily, the family garden has been
doing exceptionally well this year, said
Zenzen. The garden boasts produce
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Beets from the Zenzen garden rest on the familys front steps during a morning
thunderstorm Aug. 6. The beets were processed into canned pickled beets that
afternoon.

few.
Upon harvest, Zenzen plans to can
spaghetti sauce and a variety of soups.
Canning is not a simple process, said
Zenzen, and one has to be conscientious of food safety.
Beginners, especially, need to
follow a recipe. Some foods, depending on the acidity, will go bad if you
dont pay attention to the ratios.
Zenzen said pickling is more a
matter of the spices you add, where
jellying is a matter of the flavor profile
paired with the fruit. For any canning,
the first step is to sterilize the jars by
boiling, washing or using the oven or
dishwasher. Carefully following the
recipe, Zenzen fills the jars and is attentive to the headspace, the unfilled
area between the produce or liquid,
and the freshly-boiled lids. Next, the
jars are ready for a water bath, either
using a pressure cooker or a large pot.

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The process removes air from the jars,


creating a seal, and stops the otherwise
natural spoilage that would occur.
Canning is easy once you know
how, said Zenzen.
Its better to try and fail than let
the produce go bad, she said.
Whats next on the menu? Zenzen
said she wants to try more fermented
products such as sour beets. As for her
future, she is currently looking for fulltime employment and hopes to utilize
her nutrition degree by working in education and connecting farmers to consumers.
No matter where she ends up, Zenzen will continue to preserve produce,
as well as a lifestyle.
It is empowering to know that if
something were to happen and if I am
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Witnessing a miracle

As a kid on the farm, it was the


coolest thing when a
calf was about to be
born. I knew not to go
into the pen, but Id
get as close as I could,
whether it was looking through a fence
or climbing onto the
straw bales that took
by Diane up a portion of the dry
Leukam cow barn, as we called
it.
If the cow was cooperative and
laid down in the right direction, I could
see the whole process, waiting patiently for her to give birth. It was a miraculous thing to watch, and I never got
sick of it, even as an adult.
As fascinating as I found watching
new life coming into the world, I can
only imagine the reaction of a city kid
being able to watch animals give birth.
Thats where the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair comes
in. This is such an impressive and important attraction, giving countless
people adults and children alike the
opportunity to witness the miracle of
birth.
More important, it is an opportunity to educate the public on modern
farming practices, particularly in the
care of livestock.
Agriculture today is, in general, a
high-tech business, where every effort
is made to give animals the best care
possible from the moment theyre born.
Farmers, veterinarians, herdsmen, nutritionists and farm workers provide
for their every need to create healthy,

comfortable environments where the


animals can thrive. Quite honestly,
their nutrition alone would make most
human diets look pathetic.
Back in 2001, Dr. Florian Ledermann was the veterinarian on the farm
where I lived. Ive always had the
greatest respect for him, and after reading this, I think you will too. Many of
our area farmers will remember him as
a soft-spoken, kind man who always
kept up with the latest technology in
his field.
I didnt realize it at the time, but he
and a colleague, Dr. Mary Olson, had a
vision of how to bring the farm to the
city. It evolved from the public relations committee of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA),
of which they were members, wanting
to educate the public on their role in
agriculture.
In 1999, Dr. Ledermann attended a
fair in Kansas and Dr. Olson attended
one in Michigan, where the livestock
exhibits were small but nice. They
wanted their own veterinary surgery
suite, at the time being run at the pet
center at the state fair, to become more
of an educational opportunity. Eventually, they were able to get the Minnesota State Fair to commit to building a
facility, and the first exhibit opened in
2001.
The CHS Miracle of Birth Center is a three-way partnership with the
MVMA, the Minnesota FFA and the
College of Veterinary Medicine at the
University of Minnesota.
After the first five years, when
roughly 400,000 fair-goers packed into

the birth center building, it was clear a bigger,


better facility needed to
be built. Now 800,000
people a year can enjoy the exhibit, which
is voluntarily staffed by
140 veterinarians, 100
veterinary students and
50 FFA students.
Since its inception,
the CHS Miracle of
Birth Center has been
the birthplace of more
than 3,000 animals,
with an overall attendance of approximately 9.2 million people.
Every year, around 200
animals are scheduled
to be born during the
fair, something most
people wouldnt otherwise have the chance to
witness. There are usually around 16 calves
and 35 lambs born, with
the rest being piglets.
Early on, the center
won an award from the
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National Association of Dr. Florian Ledermann, co-founder of the CHS Miracle
State Fairs for the best of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair, holds a piglet
agricultural exhibit, and at the 2014 fair.
to this day, its the best
attended free event at the fair. Thats The Great Minnesota Get-Togethtruly a vision transformed into reality. er begins next Thursday, Aug. 27 and
It was a team effort, Dr. Leder- extends through Labor Day, Sept. 7. I
mann said. I thought it would last a hope you get a chance to go, and if you
couple years, but now its a part of go- do, maybe you, too, can witness a miring to the fair. Seeing new life being acle.
born is still exciting.

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knowing the nitrogen or phosphorus value of manure and taking into
account any carry-over nitrogen from manure application the prior year
can save money. After all, why spend money on fertilizer costs if its not
needed.
Complete manure records provide documentation that nitrogen inputs
are not exceeding the crop needs potentially saving money. Records
can provide documentation that manure
application setbacks from water resources
have been met. Manure application
records also assist in developing a more
accurate manure management plan. In
addition, complete manure records can
help increase eligibility for current or new
programs such as the Ag Water Quality
Certification program.
The State of Minnesota requires most
livestock producers maintain written
manure records. Keeping complete records
can assure that fertilizer costs are kept as
low as possible.

So whats the difference between manure


records and manure management plans?
A manure management plan (MMP) is like a forward-looking budget showing how the annual
family income may be spent to meet the familys needs except the MMP shows how all the
nitrogen generated from a years worth of manure will be applied to meet the needs of crops.
A manure record is like a checkbook, showing what was actually spent, or rather, what nitrogen
was applied to the corn crop and that the nitrogen was applied at an agronomic rate.
Much like other businesses, farming takes planning and management. The best way to improve
planning and the bottom line of a business is to keep sufficient records.
As crop and gas prices fluctuate, manure record keeping is one way to potentially trim output
costs and increase annual profits. There are many tools available and resources for manure
record-keeping and manure management planning. Co-ops and consultants have resources
to assist as do the Soil and Water Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation
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I scream, you scream, we all
scream for ice cream! Thats right,
July had everyone
screaming for ice
cream.
Looking
back on the month,
I can safely say I
enjoyed ice cream
every day. Many of
those servings were
by Morgan the good old classic
vanilla ice cream,
Uphoff
Stearns County however, I like to
Dairy Princess keep the toppings
interesting. Ive had
just about everything from strawberries, bananas and
blueberries to cookies, nuts and candy.
I recently tried maple syrup and sunflower seeds. It just never crossed my
mind before until it was suggested to
me at a farmers market where I served
ice cream.
I hope everyone enjoyed National Ice Cream month as much as I did.
If you have a unique topping that you
would like me to try the next time I
have a bowl of ice cream, let me know.
Im always looking for new ideas.
The Stearns County Fair is one of
my many favorite events. I was able
to serve milkshakes to fairgoers just
about every day. The conversations I
had with people are what I remember
most. Besides serving milkshakes, I
got to hand out the ribbons during the
dairy shows. This was a new experience for me since I never did show
cows or watch cattle shows long
enough to understand how everything
works. It was amazing to see the kids
pride and dedication for taking such
great care of their animals. Many kids
had more than one animal that they

brought to the fair for showing. Their


smiles were so convincing, a part of me
wanted to try showing cattle.
The last weekend in July I was
able to gather with the other 11 Princess Kay finalists in Morris. We had
a very fun and educational weekend
planned by the Princess Kay coordinator. We toured Riverview Dairy on
Saturday morning and spent the day
learning more about dairy and preparing ourselves for the state fair and Princess Kay competition. This farm is one
of the largest farms I have toured and
yet they are still family owned and the
majority of the work is done by several different families. For having over
10,000 animals on site, it was amazing
to see that all the cows were happy,
healthy, comfortable and well cared
for.

The state fair is just around the
corner and that means it is almost time
to crown the 62nd Princess Kay of the
Milky Way. I would like to invite everyone to the coronation on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 8:30 p.m. located at
the bandshell on the state fair grounds.
There will be a fan bus leaving from
Melrose at 5 p.m. and picking up in
St. Joseph along the way. The cost to
ride the bus is $10 and that will include
transportation to and from the fair and
a lunch; there is no admission fee that
night. Sign up at the Albany, Melrose,
Freeport or Sauk Centre Central Minnesota Credit Union locations.
Be sure to like our Facebook page
(Stearns County Dairy Princesses and
Ambassadors) to keep up to date with
us throughout the year and to find out
who will become the 62nd Princess
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Country View by Arlene and Bill Haroldson Jr., Sauk Centre


How long have you lived in the country? The Haroldson family moved to the farm in 1969, relocating
from the Twin Cities to raise a family in the country.
Describe your place in the country. The farm was
more of a hobby farm setting with 40 acres of land
and Sauk Lake shoreline. In the early years, beef
cattle and chickens were raised. Mother had many
gardens, totaling close to 2.5 acres in size. A mobile
home park was constructed in the 70s and was subsequently sold, leaving 20 acres with the farmstead.
What is your favorite thing about living there?
The whole family has enjoyed the country living and
all that goes with it, from work to play and family
togetherness.

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Arlene Haroldson and her son, Bill Jr., stand next to Arlenes raised garden at their home near Sauk Centre.

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Since Bill, Sr., passed a few years back, oldest son,
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mother Arlene with chores and upkeep while still
working in semi-retirement mode in real estate
with sister, Debbie. Garden space has lessened, but
mother still manages over half an acre. Along with
her love of gardening, Arlene still enjoys canning and
baking. Bill just loves the outdoors, keeping over two
acres of lawn groomed, with landscaping and maintenance chores to work on. Brother, Rick, stops by to
help with mechanics and such.

trips each month to his log cabin on Farm Island


Lake, Aitken County. Bill loves the phone calls from
friends when they say, Lets go fishing!
Tell us something about yourself that most people
may not know. Mother has lefse nearly every morning and is a big fan of Judge Judy. Bill, Jr.s fishing
nickname is Walleye Willy. During deer hunting, its
Whitetail Willy. Bills four-legged friend, Eyes, is
one quarter wolf and is quite the charmer.

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experience? The Haroldson family has been blessed
with so many experiences, wonderful neighbors and
friends for nearly 50 years. With that, mother and father came up with the nickname of The Haven of
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Haroldsons property.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Arlene loves her gardening and baking. She also enjoys
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Within the Sauk River watershed there are 253 lakes and over 500 perennial and intermittent
streams that eventually reach the Sauk River. This incoming water is made up of stormwater
runoff from many different types of land use. Stormwater runoff picks up and carries nutrients
such as phosphorus and soil particles, called sediment, and deposits them in the receiving water
body. However, the longer stormwater is held on the land the more nutrients are captured and
used by vegetation. One of the simplest form of stormwater retention is a vegetated buffer strip.
The vegetation slows down runoff allowing the vegetation to draw up the nutrients and trap the
sediment. A well maintained grass buffer can reduce nutrient runoff significantly while providing
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cooperative effort designed the SRWDs new Hayed Buffer Program which allows a landowner to meet the 50 foot vegetated buffer State rule and still benefit financially.

The SRWDs Hayed Buffer Program offers landowners 75% cost share to establish a 50
foot vegetated buffer and offers a $100 annual payment per acre to keep the buffer
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Celebrating a Mass for Good Harvest in

Gods Cathedral

PHOTOS BY CAROL MOORMAN

Conrad and Sandra Grubers rural Spring Hill farm provided the perfect backdrop for a Mass for Good Harvest on July 23. A large bale of straw provided a perfect altar for
Fr. Marv Enneking to say Mass. Fr. Marv was raised on a farm not far away.

Families host
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By CAROL MOORMAN
Staff writer

SPRING HILL The Sandra and Conrad Gruber 60-cow dairy, 280-acre farm, in
rural Spring Hill, provided the perfect backdrop for a Mass for Good Harvest Thursday,

July 23.
With flourishing farm fields in the background, Fr. Marv Enneking said Mass near
the Grubers red barn with a large white star
on the top and recently-milked cows inside.
He walked up the aisle in front of a makeshift altar a large straw bale preaching to
those sitting in lawn chairs they brought with
them.
Were here in Gods cathedral, said Fr.
Enneking, adding, Ive never celebrated a
Mass on a straw bale, but this is good.
It was the second Mass for Good Har-

vest held during the summer at farms in


the four-cluster parishes of St. Michaels
in Spring Hill, St. Andrews in Greenwald,
St. Johns in Meire Grove and St. Marys
in Melrose. The parishes are served by Fr.
Enneking, who is pastor, and Fr. Mitchell
Bechtold, parochial vicar. People from other
parishes also attended the Mass.
Fr. Ennekings idea was to celebrate a
Mass on the farm once a month during the
summer. Char and Dan Meyer of rural Meire
Grove hosted the June Mass for Good Harvest. The Grubers volunteered to host the

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Birds chirped and an American flag
flapped back and forth on this windy evening
as songs were sung and led by Don Brang
and son, John, and Terese Dehmer during the
hour-long Mass.
During his farm-related sermon, Fr. Enneking talked about how nice it was to see

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As lector, Bryce Gruber practices the readings before the Mass began, sitting on a
ledge in the yard he ran around in as a child and now he is a fourth generation Gruber
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the crop growth, with the corn tasseling, and
how God had a hand in that.
Just after Communion, a familiar noise
a short distance away had him saying, That
motorcycle might be Fr. Mitchell, said Fr.
Enneking, who grew up on a farm not far
from there.
Within eyesight was a playground area,
which kept some children busy as the hourlong Mass continued.
Nearby, Laina Young sat on the shoulders of her dad, Scott, while sister, Taylor,
clung to his legs.
A quarter moon shone brightly as the
sun started to set and Mass ended. But people hung around visiting and sharing food
and refreshments in the Grubers shed.

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as summer leads into harvest time.
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Q&A

Avid fall hunters


How and at what
age did you get interested in hunting?
I was interested in
hunting and the outdoors since I was a
little kid.

Nick Hoffman
Sauk Centre

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different
game do you hunt
in the fall? I enjoy
hunting all game archery, hunting for
deer, waterfowl and
pheasant hunting.

Which is your favorite? Why? My


favorite now would
be archery for deer, because its a good way to see wildlife in a natural setting.
Meaning, there is less pressure by other hunters and animals are more relaxed.
What do you enjoy most about hunting? Hunting to me is a good way to unplug from day-to-day stress. I enjoy the harvest, processing and preparing the
game into healthy meals for my family.
What are some of your secrets to having a successful bow hunting and goose
hunting season? Some advice for archery hunting would be put the wind in your
face, scout from a distance, practice with your bow a lot, and be patient for a
good ethical shot. Some advice for goose hunting would be to scout for birds and
pattern them. Try to set up your decoys exactly where the birds were the night or
morning before; set your decoys up keeping in mind that birds land into the wind
so you can get a close shot. Also, many hunters do not realize how far they can
ethically shoot birds. Know your gun and ammo and remember if its too high to
die let it fly.
Tell us your best fall hunting story? I have many good hunting stories, but most
memorable would have to be as a kid duck hunting with classmates in the State
Land east of town before the land was developed around the area. We didnt really know what we were doing but we had a lot fun trying.
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ridge lines, natural funnels, etc.
Jesse Lutgen
Also different weather and seaAvon
sonal changes are exciting, i.e.
storm fronts, summer, autumn,
winter change. Also to be in the stand for the fall waterfowl migration.
What are some of your secrets to having a successful bow hunting season?
Im not sure if it is a secret, but time. When bow hunting, a person must be patient.
Tell us your best bow hunting story? I have many fond memories of bow hunting, but the one that stands out most is a nice buck I harvested on my folks land
a few years ago. I was in my stand early in the evening waiting for deer to start
moving and saw several deer feeding and moving around in the brush. I hoped
that one would come close. Sure enough, one did. It was a nice buck. Ten yards
broadside. To make a long story short, my emotions ran high from that experience. Not too many times does a hunter get that close to a deer, especially in their
favorite stand on family land.
What other game do you enjoy hunting? I also waterfowl, pheasant, grouse
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of sloughs with long grass.

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Spring Hill

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Tell us your best pheasant hunting story? We had a pheasant circled and when it got up we realized
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What is your favorite way to prepare a pheasant? After we skin it we take the
breast off and deep fry them. Weve also slow-cooked the breasts with a can of
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Cherished memories from years past

Dear Al...

Borgerding on farm life,


long-distance courtship
By DIANE LEUKAM
Staff Writer

FREEPORT Frances (Kometscher) Borgerding was born on Sept.


4, 1924, in a farmhouse near the small
town of Indianola in southwest Nebraska near the Kansas border.
As the second youngest of 12 children, she is the only remaining child of
Henry and Kate Kometscher.
Frances grew up on a typical dairy
farm with stories similar to anyone in
those years in the central Minnesota
area. The Kometschers raised a lot of
chickens and a big garden, doing a lot
of canning. They had no indoor plumb-

Frances Borgerding

ing, aside from a pump for water near


the kitchen sink.
Frances outside chores included
milking the cows and taking care of the
chickens. Their cows were tame, to the
point where they milked them right out
in the lot, just standing there while they
were milked by hand.
One night the boys all went to
the sales barn and by the time they got
back I had 25 of them milked, said
Borgerding.
Aside from milking cows and
feeding the chickens, most of Frances work was done in the house. She
helped making the meals and lunch.
The day started with breakfast sometime between 7 to 7:30 a.m., followed
by lunch at 10 a.m., a big noon meal, 3
p.m. lunch and 6 p.m. supper. Lunches consisted of coffee, sandwiches
and cookies, which the children often
brought out to the fields. At night they
were on their own.
Wed get done with one meal and
start on the next one, said Borgerding.
When Frances reached her early 20s, she met Alphonse Borgerding
from Freeport, Minn.
Back in the 1940s, it was common
for couples to meet at weddings or the
local dance hall. For Frances and Al,
things took a little twist from the norm.
Al went down to Indianola to visit
his friends, John and Mary Walz and
Leo and Mary Kometscher. While
there, he met Mary Walzs and Leos
sister, Frances, and their long-distance
romance began.
In this age of smart phones, face

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Above:
Wedding
guests
from
Minnesota made the 600-mile trip
to Nebraska for the Alphonse and
Frances Borgerding wedding.
Right: The wedding car is decorated
prior to the marriage of Alphonse and
Frances Borgerding on the morning
of Aug. 25, 1948 in Indianola, Neb.

timing, texting and instant everything,


its hard to imagine a courtship through
letters and a few visits, but that was the
reality for Frances and Al.
When Al came to visit, hed stay
three or four days. Me and my sister
went up to his place one summer and
met his parents, she said. And when
Al came to visit, they had a lot of fun,
with activities like visiting with John-

ny and Mary, going to shows, playing


cards and going for drives recorded in
the diary Frances kept.
By the time they got married, they
had been able to spend time together
on only several occasions, with the
balance being letters back and forth.
Entries like this one from March 8,
1948 were common: Up 6:15, Mass
in chapel, work in kitchen, wrote letter
to Al, embroidered, listened to radio &
read papers. Snowing and cold. Bed
9:35.
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The Mass was at the church, and
the reception was at Frances parents
home. Two carloads of guests from
Minnesota made the 600-mile trip
down. A write-up in the local paper
listed their names, which included,
among others: Mrs. John Braun, Sauk
Centre, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard
Michels, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Borgerding, Mrs. Henry Borgerding, Mrs.
Anthony Doege and daughters, all of
Freeport, Minn.
After a honeymoon in the Black
Hills, the couple made their way back
to Als farm near Freeport.
Less than a year later, Frances was
pregnant with their first child, when
her father, Henry, passed away back in
Indianola. Frances wasnt able to travel for the funeral. Her diary entry from
Aug. 16, 1949, simply read: Up 6:30
took care chick(ens), did washing,
made pie & cake, did ironing. Daddy
passed away at 6:10 p.m. Nice day.
Bed 9:30.
In those days, life had a way of
making people tough. And Borgerding
is one tough cookie.
Together, Al and Frances had eight
children, including Dorothy Gertken

(deceased), Clarence of Freeport, Patricia Messer of New Munich, Jerry of


Sauk Centre, Rita Wiechmann of Freeport, Esther Borgerding of Clearwater,
Linus (deceased) and Linda Rogers of
St. Joseph.
When asked if it was difficult living so far from her family, Frances said
at first it was, but she managed. She
went down to visit them every three or
four years, sometimes taking the train,
and sometimes going by Greyhound
bus. She remembers one trip down,
especially, when she had to stay there
for a while when one of her daughters
suffered from appendicitis. Her family
occasionally visited them in Minnesota as well.
The Borgerdings lived on the farm
until 1975, before moving into the
town of Freeport. Al passed away in
July of 1986, at the age of 76. Frances,
now 90, spent many years in Freeport,
enjoying her children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.
Looking back on her long-distance
romance, Borgerding feels her courtship was sufficient to know she was
ready for marriage. And when asked
what went through her mind when she
first met Al, she said with a twinkle
in her eye, WellI thought he was
OK!
Alphonse
(from
left) and Frances
Borgerding
are
pictured with her
parents, Henry and
Kate
Kometscher,
on their wedding
day. Henry passed
away less than a year
later, and a pregnant
Frances was unable to
travel for the funeral.

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By BRYAN ZOLLMAN
Staff Writer
SAUK CENTRE Just beyond
the outskirts of Sauk Centres city limits sits 80 acres of pristine and prime
hunting land.
Chad Beste purchased the 80 acres
of corn in 1997 with the idea of turning it into a hunting preserve and clay
shooting range. In the past 18 years, he
has done just that.
I had a 100 percent corn base
when I bought it, said Beste, 44, who
operates Bestes Sporting Clays with
his wife, Beth, a schoolteacher, and
their son, Ethan, 14. But we slowly
switched it all over. For the first five
to six years we did something every
year to it. Now things have taken off
on their own.
When he first started he hired kids
to operate 10 manual throwers, which
loft clays into the air after shooters yell
pull! There used to be 10 stations set
up throughout the preserve, which is
full of mature trees, native prairie grass

PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN

Chad Beste and his son, Ethan Beste, spend a lot of time in the clubhouse, where
hunters often gather after their round of shooting clays or after a guided pheasant
hunt.

and wildflowers. Beste purchased the


land from Harold Otte and made a path
through the cornfield with his pickup
truck. He eventually plowed under
the rest of the corn and began planting trees and wildflowers. The land is
dotted with 350 crab apple trees, 200
Black Hills Spruce, and numerous sug-

ar maples, oaks and chokecherry trees.


In 2007, Beste purchased and installed automatic throwers and now has
16 stations. He holds league-shooting
events weekly throughout the summer
and fall, where team members shoot
two to three rounds each. Each round
consists of 50 sporting clays, which are

biodegradable and are either launched


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or bounce along the ground like a scurrying rabbit.
Since Bestes Sporting Clays inception in 1997, there have only been
six shooters to record perfect rounds:
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has taken a liking to what Beste has to
offer.
Bestes Sporting Clays also offers
pheasant hunts. Because he has 80
acres, Beste started pheasant hunting
trips in 2000 for hunting groups. Because he has two-acre food plots and
rents land from neighbors for buffer
strips, he can send out four groups at
a time without them crowding each
other. Since the pheasant population
has diminished in Minnesota in recent
years, hunters are spending more time
on private preserves where they are
guaranteed birds.
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Puppy housebreaking fundamentals


Even before you start looking for a puppy, you
need to decide if and when you have time for all the
work it takes to start a puppy off
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the bigger chores involved in new
puppy ownership and it takes time,
patience and consistency. Most
puppies will not have the developmental ability to master housebreaking until about 16 weeks of
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6-8 weeks to devote the time needed to lay a good
foundation.
The three pillars of housebreaking are confinement, supervision and adequate clean-up. Until your
pup is housebroken, he will need to be either confined or supervised 100 percent of the time.
Options for confinement include a kennel/crate,
portable exercise pen, or a small room without carpet
which can be separated from the rest of the house
with a baby gate. Dogs are related to other wild canines and all have a den mentality. This means they
instinctively do not want to soil the den. Being
confined in a smaller area (the den) encourages the
puppy to wait to eliminate until outside the den,
thus learning bladder and bowel control.
The confinement area will work best if it is just
big enough for the puppy to stand up, turn around and
lie down comfortably. Smaller breeds given larger areas of confinement will often go to one end of the
area and eliminate, then move to the clean end. What
a small breed considers enough territory for living
quarters is different than what a large breed will consider enough territory for the den. This translates to a
large breed being more naturally inclined to want to
go outside the house than a small breed, so you may
have to slowly increase a small breed puppys access
to your entire house until he has proven himself trustworthy in his housebreaking.
Do not leave food and water in the confinement
area because after eating and drinking the puppy will
need to eliminate and will be unable to do so. An additional advantage of teaching your puppy to accept
a crate/kennel is that they will be more comfortable
when kenneling is needed for vet care, grooming,
travel or emergencies.
Confinement is only for when you cannot supervise your puppy. Puppies need to be out in the world
learning and bonding with you. This is the supervision part of the equation. When you are home and
awake your puppy needs to be where you can watch
it at all times.
If the puppy has an accident, it is your fault not
theirs. They do not understand housebreaking. You
need to take the puppy outside to the area you want
them to eliminate about once an hour some puppies

more frequently. Puppies will usually need to eliminate upon waking up, upon release from confinement
(even a short time), after eating (so meal feed), after chewing on something and after hard play. Keep
these things in mind and give them opportunities to
be in the right place at the right time.
You need to go outside with them every time.
This sounds exhausting, but you need to take them to
the location you want them to use so they can imprint
on that surface (grass, not carpet for instance). You
need to be there to see if they eliminate and whether
it was urine and/or stool so you can learn their bodys
rhythm. You need to develop a cue phrase like go
potty which you say as they go so you will have that
command as a tool later in life when you are in a hurry or in an unfamiliar location. You need to be there
when they eliminate to calmly praise them and offer
a reward. The reward can be a small treat, a game of
fetch, a short walk, or immediate return to the house
if that is what makes them happy.
Never turn a puppy outside and leave them. You
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housebreaking and your puppy may begin to avoid
asking to go outside if they think they are going to be
left out for a long time.
Never punish a puppy for an accident. They may
become fearful and learn to sneak off in the house to
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At first, your puppy will need to get up in the
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BESTES continued from page 18

Here they can get four or five guys


together for half the price and shoot
50-60 birds. Its really taken off the
last few years. Some days Ill have two
guys cleaning birds and a couple more
guys guiding. Well serve them meals,
cook up a bunch of chili, or brats and
what not.
As you enter the long winding
driveway into the hunting preserve,
hunters will come upon a clubhouse.
This is Chads refuge, or man cave,
if you will. Couches align the outer
wall and the interior gives off a cabin
feel with deer mounts extending from
the pine walls. Beste installed a small
bar and owns a 3.2 beer license. Most
guys, after shooting a round, will stick
around in the clubhouse and share
hunting stories over a couple beers.
This summer Beste had 60 shooters in his league. The number had diminished some, but he says it is coming back as the economy improves. He
also hosts a lot of events for kids ages
12-18. On Aug. 15 he held a youth trap
shoot that included an archery range.
The kids received free ammo, targets
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From there it just kind of grew
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During the day he drives truck for
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can be found down on the range, out
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Friday, August 21, 2015 - Country Acres Page 21

Goats provide year-round interest for Van Becks


By HERMAN LENSING
Staff writer
FREEPORT Sara Van
Beck has gotten used to hearing the bleating of goats in her
yard.
I hear them out my kitchen window every morning as
the kids do chores. I know the
chores are getting done as I am
doing my dishes because I can
hear them. It gets pretty loud
at times.
She and her husband,
Noah, and their five children
have goats year round on their
farm north of Freeport. When
their children, Spencer, Quentin, Thatcher, Maretta and
Jena, became old enough to
join 4-H and work on animal
projects, goats had an immediate attraction.
Spencer is going to be
16 soon. We started with the
smaller animals, the rabbits and chickens. He started
showing goats about five years
ago. They are easier to handle
than cows, said Sara.
The Van Becks showed
goats in the market class this
year at the Stearns County Fair.
Both Spencer, who earned a
reserve showman award, and
Maretta placed high enough
to qualify for state, but neither
will show goats at the state
fair. Maretta is not old enough
to participate at the fair this
year, and Spencer might have
done too good of a job raising
his entry, called Tex.

Tex is about a year old,


but he weighs 110 pounds,
said Spencer. Thats over the
maximum limit allowed for
the class.
Tex does not look unhealthy, and like most goats
looks ready to run and explore
whatever he sees around him.
They like to climb, said
Maretta of their goats. They
are always trying to get out of
the pens at the fair.
Goats are fairly easy to
care for. The Van Beck children will also testify that stories about goats eating almost
anything are true.
They will try to eat your
jackets, said Jena. Once they
got out and ate moms flowers.
Usually though, about the
only time they are out is when
they are being exercised and
prepared for showing. The Van
Becks entered their goats in the
market show. Some goats they
brought to the fair were dairy
goat breeds but were shown in
the market class.
Dairy goats are very
dainty, said Sara. In the
dairy show, they are judged by
their daintiness and structure.
Because they are smaller,
dairy goats are a better fit for
younger children.
The county fair show is
the focus of the Van Becks and
their goats.
We start working with
them right after school is out,
said Spencer. We work with
them every day.

PHOTOS BY HERMAN LENSING

The Van Beck children (from left) Jena, Spence, Maretta, Thatcher and Quentin showed goats
during this years Stearns County Fair. The goats they showed are (from left) Tex, Scooby, Thunder
and Clifford. Tex, a one-year-old goat, weighs about 110 pounds.

Almost from the day a


goat is born, the Van Beck
children are working with the
goat they plan to show.
The more time the kids
with spend with them, the
easier they are to show at the
fair, said Sara. When kids
(baby goats) are born in the
spring, the children hand bottle feed them. It makes them
more friendly and easier to
work with.
The workouts are to prepare the goats to walk in the
fair arena, how to stand and

Despite her best efforts, Maretta Van Beck has problems convincing Scooby, her goat, that a snack of
grass would be enjoyable.

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how to show of their form. For


Quentin, the daily workouts
with his goat, Clifford, paid
off.
He was really nice and
easy to work with in the ring,
said Quentin.
Thatcher had a similar experience working with Thunder.
I like showing him, said
Thatcher. He is really tame
and not hard to work with.
Maretta said getting goats
to that point comes with patience and work. The daily
workouts are just that, a workout for both the goat and the
handler.
When we started, my
goat (Scooby) was bucky,
said Maretta. I had to work
with it a couple of hours a day,
for a few months.
A key element to a successful show is learning how
to brace goats.
In bracing, you push back
so their muscles push against
them and you can look at their
form, said Sara. They show
off the muscles.
Daily exercise helps work
and develop muscles on the
animal for show. Preparing the
goat also includes grooming
and manicuring.
We do trim them, said
Sara. They like that when the

weather is hot. We also trim


their hooves and clean and
dry them, added Jena, who
will be joining 4-H next year.
Cleaning them can be interesting, especially when they
dry the goat.
We use a blow dryer, but
they dont always like that,
said Sara. When they are
clean, in the sunlight, they
look really shiny.
The Van Becks usually
have enough market and dairy
goats on hand for the children
to show at the fair and keep
some breeding goats. The rest
go to market for meat after
about one year.
There is a market for it,
said Sara. Some cultures really like it.
It is called chevon, added Spencer.
Chevon, or mutton, is the
term used for meat from adult
goats. The meat from younger
animals is called cabrito, or
capretto.
Within a few weeks, some
goats used by the Van Becks
will go to market. But already
plans are being made for next
years goats.
Another year for Sara to
hear the bleating of goats from
her kitchen window, entertaining her while she does dishes
on summer mornings.

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I love to use my slow cooker, and Im often called The Slow Cooker Queen. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family
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1 pkg. ( 1 ounce) dry onion soup mix
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 pound bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup sour cream
Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Combine
soup and soup mix in medium bowl; mix well. Layer chicken
breasts and soup mixture in cooker. Sprinkle with bacon. Cover
and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Stir in sour
cream the last hour of cooking.
Makes 6 servings.
Variation: Condensed cream of mushroom or condensed
cream of celery soup can be substituted for the cream of chicken
soup. Also, I use various pieces of chicken, not just the breast.

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3 medium unpeeled potatoes, diced
1 pkg. (16 ounces) frozen peas and carrots
1 cup sliced celery
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Garlic Beef Enchiladas

Honey Mustard Chicken Wings

Garlic Beef Enchiladas


1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. rubbed sage
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
Sauce:
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) beef broth
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1-2 Tbsp. chili powder
1-2 tsp. ground cumin
1-2 tsp. rubbed sage
1/2 tsp. salt
10 flour tortillas (7 inches)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Co-Jack cheese
In a saucepan over medium heat, cook beef and onion until
meat is no longer pink; drain. Add flour and seasonings and mix
well. Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and
simmer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in another saucepan, saut garlic in butter until
tender. Stir in flour until well blended. Gradually stir in broth;
bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes until bubbly. Stir in
tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through. Pour about 1 1/2 cups
sauce into an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Spread about
1/4 cup beef mixture down the center of each tortilla; top with 1-2
Tbsp. cheese. Roll up tightly; place seam side down over sauce.
Top with the remaining sauce. Cover and bake at 350 degrees
for 30-35 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted. Yi e l d :
4-6 servings.

3 pounds chicken wings


1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
2 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
3-4 thin lemon slices
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Cut off wing tips; discard. Cut
each wing at joint to make two pieces. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken. Place wing pieces on broiler rack.
Broil 3-4 inches from heat for about 10 minutes, turning halfway
through cooking time. Place broiled wings in slow cooker. Combine honey, barbecue sauce, mustard and garlic in small bowl;
mix well. Pour sauce over chicken wings. Top with lemon slices.
Cover; cook on low 4-5 hours. Remove and discard lemon slices.
Serve wings with sauce.
Makes about 24 appetizers. I use various pieces of chicken,
not just the breast.

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1 large onion, chopped
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8 ounces sliced pepperoni
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