The Kandiyohi County Solar Co-op is holding its last public information session on Wednesday the 16th at the Goat Ridge Brewery in New London at 6:30 pm. You’ll have a chance to learn about solar energy and how to have it installed at your home through a bulk purchase. Sign up deadline is February 28th• Signing up is free and is not a commitment to buying solar panels. The Kandiyohi county solar co-op web page has more information.

Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall has received a gift of $991 thousand from the estate 1974 grad Steve Williams, who passed away last year. His brother Jim made the announcement through a news release.
The Steve Williams estate recently donated $2.8 million toward the Montevideo Veterans home to be built, and another $991 thousand to the Minnesota/Dakotas Muscular Dystrophy association. Williams had a 30 year career with the Hormel Company.

Firemen from Brandon, Garfield, Alexandria and Kensington responded to a chimney fire yesterday at 12731 County Road 27 in Farwell, the Jon and Tanya Gackle home. The family had gotten out ok and watched as the fire spread to the roof and 2nd floor of the home. Fire and water damage was extensive. One fireman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.


The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture is accepting applications for the competitive AGRI Value-Added Grant Program. Up to $2.5 Million will be awarded in this round of proposals. The aim is to increase sales of Minnesota Ag products in a variety of ways. For info and applications go to the value-added grant program website. Farm rescue, the non-profit organization that provides planting, haying and harvesting assistance at no charge to farm and ranch families who’ve experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster is now accepting applications for livestock feeding assistance. The program, in year #2, provides volunteers and equipment to support livestock feeding when a rancher cannot, due to a crisis. Farm rescue has helped nearly 600 families since 2006 in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Montana. More info is available at:

As country legend Tom T. Hall wrote and sang, “I Like Beer”, and, apparently many Minnesotans agree. Minnesota now ranks 13th in the nation in breweries per capita, and 10th in pints brewed per capita. IN 2010, there were 12 breweries in the state, and today? Over 150 with 30 of those opening in 2017! Enjoy! Beer from here!

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