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SENTINEL TRIBUNE ON R00,C0RD Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Page 2 ]00)EATH NOTICE Minne.00ota farm incomes Evelyn Yahnke funeral Friday Evelyn Yahnke age 94 of Westbrook passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Lake Ridge Care Cemer in Buffalo. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Interment is in the Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com ( ." )B ITUARY Bruce K. Rhubee Funeral services for Bruce K. Rhubee were held Saturday, Aurii 5, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran rch, Jeffers, MN. Burial fol- lowed in Jeffers Cemetery in Jeffers, MN. Bruce, 58, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Sanford Hospital, Sioux Fall, SD. Bruce was born on October 20, 1955 in Norfolk Fakenham, England to Darrell and Anita (Oieson) Rhubee. He was bap- tized at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Storden and later con- firmed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Whittemore, Iowa. Bruce received his education in the Storden-Jeffers Public Schools; graduating from the Storden-Jeffers High School in the Class of 1973. On August 1, 1981, Bruce was united in marriage to Janice Duggen at the Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Through the years, Bruce farmed, ran his own custom shelling business, was a custodian and bus driver for the Storden-Jeffers Public Schools and was a heavy equipment operator for the Cottonwood County Highway Department. Bruce was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers. He was a mefither of the Sun Valley Gun Club in rural Windom. Bruce had many enjoyments in life -- his love for all seasons, including, fishing, football and hunting; being a passionate Vikings fan with every Sunday in the fall as Family Vikings Day; their yearly trip to Ali's cabin on Juergens Lake near Sauk Centre; and grilling, gardening, camping and most of all, being Papa. Survivors include his wife Jan Rhubee, rural Jeffers; chil- dren, Amber (Nic) Danielson, Jackson; Jed (Anna) Rhubee, Jeffers; two grandchildren; mother, Anita Rhubee, Jeffers; siblings, Dixie (Steve) Severson, Westbrook; Michael Rhubee, Minneapolis; Todd (Wendy) Rhubee, Windom; Kyle Rhubee, Jeffers; mother-in-law, Mavis Duggen, Westbrook; nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his father, Darrell Rhubee; father-in-law, Bill Duggen; nephew, Jeremiah Johnson; grandparents, Kenneth and Charlotte Rhubee and Elmer and Alice Oleson. COTTONWOOD COUNTY COURT March 31 - April 2, 2014 Speeding: $125.00 - Tanner J. Ponting, Sioux Falls, SD; Sharon L. Doherty, Windom, MN; Courtney F. Ripoll, Naperville, IL $135.00 - Margaret J. Regan, Redwood Falls, MN; Catharine M. Veenker, Bingham Lake, MN; Ian M. Fleace, Minneapolis, MN $145.00 - Saral S. Harrison, Minnetonka, MN Driving after suspen- sion: $285.00 - Sang L. Xayavong, Mt. Lake, MN Vehicle registration required: $115.00 Andrew J. Jenniges, Storden, MN Possession of drug paraphernalia: $135.00- Alexis J. Smith, Windom, MN Seatbelt violation: $110.00 Michael R. Harrington, Storden, MN Disorderly conduct: $285.00 - Kyle D. Schlepp, Mt. Lake, MN 36 hour parking viola- tion: $34.00 - Daniel R. Schrupp, Heron Lake, MN Thu 4110 59139 Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s. Fri 4/11 , Q jl 66/47 Plenty of sun. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 40s. Sat 4/12 ( , 68/36 Slight chance of a thunder- storm. Sun Mon 4/13 4/14 44/27 Mostly Cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the upper 20s. r  2 46/28 Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the upper 20s. drop (00ramatically in 201 3 As corn prices declined in the fall of 2013, so did farm incomes for a majority of Minnesota farms, accord- ing to a joint analysis con- ducted by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and University of Minnesota Extension. Overall, net farm income was $41,899 for the medi- an farm. That compares to $189,679 in 2012, a 78 per- cent decrease. While crop farm incomes plummeted due to declining commod- ity prices, livestock farms did not fare much better as incomes for dairy, hog and beef farms also declined. The analysis used data from 2,063 participants in MnSCU farm business management education pro- grams, 111 members of the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association and 41 partici- pants working with private consultants. "A decline from 2012 levels should not come as a big surprise. We have to remember where we came from," said Dale Nordquist, Extension economist in the University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management. "2012 was a very profitable year for Minnesota farms. Land rental rates have been catch- ing up with the increased profitability of crop produc- tion. Most crop producers were in pretty good shape to handle a down year. The question is how long will these reduced profits last?" Dramatic drops in crop prices Corn and soybean pric- es dropped dramatical- ly. Net return per acre of corn dropped from $377 in 2012 to minus $24 in 2013. Soybeans went from $216 net return per acre in 2012 to $85 in 2013. The price of sugar beets dropped from $65 a ton to $35. Sugar beet producers lost an aver- age of $300 per acre in the Red River Valley and west central Minnesota. Price was not the only factor that led to reduced profits for crop producers. Yields were down due to a cold, wet spring followed by developing drought con- ditions in parts of the state. The statewide average yield for cam was 160 bushels per acre compared to 171 in 2012, below the ten-year average of 167 bushels. Soybean yields were down from 46 to 42 bushels per acre. Meanwhile, the cost to grow an acre of corn increased by 10 percent. Land rental rates increased by 15 percent for corn pro- duction. "The full extent of this has not been felt by crop producers yet," said Ran Dvergsten, Farm Business Management (FBM) instructor/FBM program coordinator at Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls. Bear.hunt apphcahons available Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accept- ed now through Friday, May 2, at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online at www.mndnr.gov/ buyalicense and by tele- phone at 888-665-4236. A total of 3,750 licenses are available in 11 permit areas, the same number of licenses available last year. Bear licenses cost $44 for residents and $250 for non- residents. The season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and clos- es Sunday, Oct. 12. Notification to success- ful lottery winners will be made in mid- to late May. The deadline to pur- chase licenses awarded by lottery will be Thursday, Aug. 1. Any remaining unpurchased licenses will be available to those eli- gible stagging at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 6. An unlimited num- ber of bear licenses will be sold over-the-counter for no-quota areas in east- central and far northwest- Notice to Walnut Grove & area subscibers & readers A drop box for various news items is located at the... Bubai Food Store 507-859-2160 Thrifty White Pharmacy Maynard'sGrocery ExpressWay WalnutGrOve Hoyt Oil &:Convenience Bubai Grocery Store St0rden Shady Drive Inn Subscriptions and advertising can also be  ordered by phone using your Master Card, Visa, Discover For your convenience there is a toll-free number at our Westbrook Office "Cash flow was not a prob- lem through much of the year as producers sold 2012 crop at high prices. Most of the decrease shows up in the reduced value of inventories at the end of the year. That means cash flows for 2014 are really tight. At current prices, many producers will lose money on cash rented land in the coming year." Feed factors reduce live- stock profits Livestock farms faced high feed costs for much of the year; feed prices did not decline substantially until harvest. While the price of milk, pork and beef were all up from the previ- ous year, the combination of high feed costs and lower values of feed inventories reduced livestock farm profits. Milk sold for $20.34 per hundredweight com- pared to $19.63 in 2012. With a cost of production of $19.92, dairy farmers made 42 cents on every hundred pounds produced or about 5 cents per gal- lon on average. Market hog prices increased from $63 per hundred pounds in 2012 to $66 in 2013. Market beef prices increased from $122 per hundredweight in 2012 to $125 in 2013. Prospects for livestock producers are better for the coming year. After sev- eral years of high feed costs that benefited crop produc- ers, the tables will likely be turned in 2014. "Prices are projected to be strong for all major livestock sectors this year," Nordquist said. "And feed costs will be much lower so livestock produc- ers should have a very good year." The one wildcard for pork producers is the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). While the virus is not transferred to humans, it can be devastat- ing to pig herds and cause severe financial conse- quences. 2014: Tighter margins ahead Crop producers will see much tighter margins in 2014. "The good thing is that most crop producers come in to the year with very strong working capital positions," Dvergsten said. "Another plus is that fer- tilizer prices are down. But other costs, including land rent, are projected to increase. It is likely that many crop producers will have to use some of their working capital to cover losses in the coming year." The statewide results are compiled by the Center for Farm Financial Management into the FINB1N database which can be queried at www.finbin.umn.edu. 2013 regional reports and reports from previous years can be found on the MnSCU Farm Business Management web- site at ww .fbm.mnscu.edu 1-800-410-1859 If you have questions or would like to place an ad or order printing please call the above number. ern Minnesota. No-quota licenses are valid only in a no-quota area. Hunters with a no-quota license can harvest one bear. By offering the same number of licenses as last year, the DNR con- tinues to work toward its goal of gradually increas- ing Minnesota's bear population. The state's bear population was esti- mated at 17,000 in 2008. Trends since then suggest that today's population is 10,000-15,000. Reducing the number of bear licenses results in hunters harvest- ing fewer bears, allowing the population to gradually increase. Complete information on the fall bear hunt is avail- able on the DNR website at www. mndnr, go v/hunting/ bear. Area news briefs Fulda Free Press - Brandi Spies, an eighth grader at Fulda High School, won the thirteen year old division of the Minnesota State Knights of Columbus Free Throw competi- tion. To date, Spies has been a four-year recipient (2011 - 2014) of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Council Award. Lamberton News - Darla Haugen, who has been taking care of the postal needs in Lamberton, has resigned her post here, effective Thursday, April 3. Darla began working at the Lamberton PO in May, 2011 as a PSE and in September, 2012 was named Officer in Charge. Tracy Headlight Herald - Words are hard to come by, as Albert Dalle explains what it was like to receive a blessing from Pope Francis at the Vatican. The former rural Balaton man returned recently from a 10-day trip to Italy. A stop at the Vatican and a meeting with the Pope was easily the trip's highlight for the 78-year-old Dalle. Tyler Tribute - In the four-plus decades since the Lake Benton Opera House was saved from demolition by a group of ambitious citizens, the local theater has been honoring individuals who have gone above and beyond in service to the historic theater. This year Carol and Greg Mensen were honored as Friends of the Opera House. 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