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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Page 3 elsen -- From page 1 Nelsen's preferred recruiting tool is in the form of homespun, handwritten letters he pens to current and expiring members, and non-members. Nelsen personal- izes the letters and thanks the farmer for being a member; he might also reference family members and extend holi- day greetings. "It's important to show people that you care and don't just want their money," he said. "I like to show and explain what they're getting from their membership out of the back end, too." Nelsen estimates he pens about 300 recruiting letters every year, most of them addressed to soybean growers in counties in southwestern Minnesota. "I think people appreciate the time I put into those let- ters," says Nelsen, who was awarded a lifetime MSGA membership in 1999. "They know it comes from the heart; I even get thank you letters back from some peo- ple." Corey Hanson, MSGA's membership chair, met Nelsen about five years ago and was struck by his dedication to recruiting, and his passion in communicating what MSGA achieves for its members. "Bob's commitment to membership is infectious," Hanson said. "Recruiting is essential to membership, and we're going to need more people like Bob in the future. But I find it motivating to have great leaders like Bob taking the time to bring people into the organization and showing how recruiting is done." Even the most decorated recruiters need someone to bring them into the fold. Nelsen recalls a neighbor convincing him to join MSGA during the organization's infancy in the early 1960s. "I think I've been with MSGA pretty much from the start," says Nelsen, who also helped found the Murray County Corn and Soybean Growers Association. "The organization has come a long ways." Nelsen has two grandsons who farm, and plans to con- tinue recruiting. "I've got the time to keep doing it," he says. "It's nice to win awards, but it's not why I do it. When MSGA does well, we all win." Nelsen will be honored at the ASA Awards Banquet March 3, 2017, in San Antonio during Commodity Classic. "It's amazing that Bob still takes the time to do that one-on-one contact," Gillie says, "He is the rock star of MSGA membership." WWG One act takes third in Region 3A By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune REDWOOD FALLS -- Last Saturday the Charger Theater took their One Act Play "Cage Match: Lo ;e is Just a Word" to Redwood Falls to compete with eight other schools. The Chargers garnered third place at the com- petition. Russell Tyler Ruthton took top honors with a play that was most unusual in that it was all mime. Russell Tyler Ruthton will move on to State Competition this Friday. • to the Recent mild temperatures in the area have made water open up on some lakes and streams. With even milder weather forecast for the weekend and beyond persons ven- turing out on the ice should take necessary precaution, especially when using a vehicle. MnDOT extends mowing permit application time frame Due to public con- cern regarding last fall's mowing and baling per- mit announcement, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has extend- ed the time frame for permit applications by those who want to mow and bale on state highway right of way adjacent to their land and has modified permitting requirements. The agency has worked closely with farmers, law- makers and agriculture advocacy groups to modify requirements to better serve those who mow while still adhering to the law. Landowners who want to mow on state highway right of way adjacent to their property now need to apply for a permit before the end of February to be considered ahead of oth- ers. All others who wish to mow on state right of way not adjacent to their property may apply for the permit after March 1. The agency will also revise requirements such as: *The amounts and type of insurance necessary *The use of safety equip- ment mounted on mowing vehicles and wom by indi- viduals mowing *The amount of the per- mit deposit fee *Permit reassignment and procedures *How many miles a per- mit will cover After March 1, MnDOT will review and approve CLASSIFIED SMALL RESULTS • • • • • • • • • • • • • permit applications on a • • includingfirst-c°me' first-servethose alreadybasis' • Sentinel Tribune Tip Line , submitted. Landowners . If you see news happening or have. a story idea call our News Tip Line. who have already received permits for mowing will receive an updated permit in the near future, so they do not need to re-apply. Last fall, MnDOT announced that it had adopt- ed a statewide standard for mowing and baling in state highway right of way and had revised the permit application form. 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