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TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, May 19, 2004 Page 3 C nan's Dexter cattle are grass-fed using management intensive grazing. different blends of grasses in his pasture. board -,rompageone the board for support of Culture center. It was a wonderful wished they all with him. there he, his wife Kelsey were to manv festive )ne he said in one noted there were a from Europe. how well in with his people and they were with her knowl- back several for the culture demonstrated instruments he buildings and committee the neea for They are kt tuck pointing the School building in and starting a of window and door at both sites. on doing 3 to 4 Year and hope to the project in 4 to 6 roof works COmpleted with a received the will free for the window ects. They plan about $95,000 r's projects. About that will be for EPAIRABLE Lov asked the board for to hire summer workers, janitori- and life guards at The board the hiring. told the board approved 3 Paras approving 3 more The Paras have to get certified. told the board rules require a if there are ! ore filing for just director Leo Theisen expressed concern in filling the current vacant coaching positions. As of yet they do not have any appli- cations within the system. Theisen said he is working on a few of them. Senior class member Nathan Swanson reported on the Senior Class trip. He passed around albums of photos from the trip along with brochures of some of the sights they had visited. He said it was a fun trip and he talked about the high lights of the trip. A more complete report of the trip can be found in last week's Sentinel Tribune. Principal Bill Richards told the board the band and choir trip was a great suc- cess. He noted the NWEA test- ing had been completed. BST and MCA scores will be out around the 19th. He said some were good and some need improvement. We will lie offering Basic Standards retakes during summer school. Richards told the board he is working on a video of staff members to promote the school. The videos will be used in place of printed PER reports. He also told the board they could be taped if they would like to make comments on the taped. Richards praised the FFA and FCCL& for their recent recognition at the state level. Middle School Principal Paul Olson gave his report. He told the board the Middle School carnival date had been changed to Thursday May 271h. The carnival will start with a Whopper Feed serving from 5:30 to 7:30 pro. The carnival will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. There will be a Girl Scout Dance Class July 19-22 in Walnut Grove. A Phonemic Awareness summer workshop in Tracy will be held August 9th thru 12th. The Walnut Grove Piano Guild of Carol Mattison will be held May 19th in Mr. Woelber's office. Summer school letters have been sent out to par- ents. The first two weeks will be held in Walnut Grove June 21st thru July 1st. Classes will be held in Westbrook July 12 thru July 22. Classes will be for grades K-8. The 7th and 8th grade classes will go on field trips to South Dakota May 25th. There will be a special dinner for the 8th grade May 20th in Mrs. Rise's room. The elementary spring concert in Walnut Grove will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday ay 25th. The Walnut Grove and Westbrook Lions clubs have each said {'hey would donate a AED for the schools. Training to use the defribu- lators will have to be set up for persons to use them. Although it was pointed out that they are almost fool proof to use. The board approved a revised technology plan for 2004-2O07. The board approved an open enrollment of a Junior, from Tracy, for the next school year. A letter of resignation was accepted from kinder- garten teacher Karla Gundermann, after many years of dedicated service. A motion was passed to certify that WCG does not prevent or prohibit partici- pation in constitutionally protected prayer, and com- pliance with unsafe school choice option. Two teachers, contracts were approved. Candace Nichols for Spanish, and Michelle Redman for part time middle school Language Arts. A resolution to place sup- port staff on leave of absence for the summer months was approved by the board. Dexter cattle's size inconsis- tent with their usefulness By Carolyn Van Loh Beef Month Some farmers are in ,the beef industry" on a small scale. Their operations may be quite small, but their cat- tle may be small, too. David Shelgren, Fairmont, is one of about a half dozen farmers in MN who raise Dexter cat- tle. Management intensive grazing is a fit for me, said Shelgren as we sat on his golf cart, nicknamed his Kawasaki mule. We were in his pasture watching a dozen black and red cattle grazing on tender grasses. Shetgren grew up on the farm site south of Alpha. He learned about cattle working side by side with his dad. The farm site has been vacant for a number of years, so he researched his options. In 1998 he started raising Dexter cattle, the smallest breed that isn't a miniature. The cows weigh about 750 pounds and meas- ure 36 to 42 inches in shoul- der height when they' are three ),ears old. Bulls grow to about 1000 pounds and 38 to 44 inches. Dexters are a low-main- tenance breed, partially because they are a very docile animal. They are famous flr their strong maternal instinct and easy calving. Shelgren's pasture is former corn/soybean ground. He feels this type of ground gets the cattle through the good and the bad years. His pasture con- sists of two portions, each with a different blend of grasses. When one section is depleted, he moves the cattle to the next section. Because of their smaller size, a Dexter cow/calf pair requires only a half acre of grazing land. Shelgren raises his cat- tle primarily for their meat. which is noted for being nat- urally tender, flavorful, and fine-grained. The Dexter rib eye can be 15% bigger than the rib eye from a larger breed, but other cuts are a little smaller by comparison. Dexter cattle are desir- able for other purposes. Some families have pur- chased a cow because a fam- ily member has special dietary' needs. Milk from a Dexter can be tolerated by humans better than milk from large dairies. Shelgren has also trained a pair of Dexters as draft animals tbr a man in Wisconsin who uses them in parades. Shelgren has fbund a niche market through word- or-mouth advertising for his beef cattle, and through the Fairmont Farmers Market. He is not certified organic, but he follows most of the organic guidelines, such as not using hormones or antibiotics. Since his cattle are low maintenance, his operation consumes less fuel and energ:: He practices utal life cycle production by composting the barn manure and then spreading it on the pasture. Raising I)exters isn't for everyone, but it's a fit for Shelgren. He enjoys both his manufacturing job and his cattle operation. He is another illustration of the adage, you can take the boy off' the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the boy. Our hats are off to all beef farmers, not just during the month of May, but all through the year. Whether you have a few animals on a hobby farm or hundreds on a feed lot, your expertise and dedication are appreciated by those of us who enjoy juicy, tender, and flavorful burgers and steaks. *2000 Dodge Grand Caravan, *2002 F150 super crew Lariet 66,000 miles ........ $7,500 4x4, 26,000 miles ..... $19,900 *2003 F150 Super Crew XLT 4x4, 12,000 miles ........ $19,900 ,'1999 Isuzu Trooper 4x4, 65,000 miles ................. $7,100 '2003 Chevy Impala, 18,000 miles .................... $10,000 '1998 Olds Bravada, 80,000 miles .................... $5,800 "1999 Chevy Cavalier 7.24, 54,000 miles ................ $3,900 *2002 Ford Talurua, front & right side, have parts, 7,000 m.. $2,800 *2000 Ford Taurus E-Z ie. s,de. good bags. have pa, a4,0oo miles.. $3,600 *2000 Chew Venture Van E-Z driver, good bags, 48,000 m. $4,300 "1999 Mercury Sable, E-Z r ear door & /4. clean te. 50.000 m ..... $2,700 u i Tuesday, May 25, 2004 1 5:00 p.m. Lunch on Grounds i i igl ii i i i [':1 is c, Items oil k)ed ak lumace; cen a.. w Som& m'od ol xilng.  wa reractob' cod w/el,cue broom & of trailers Huldrich & Isabel, Nibbe, owners],, boat trailers parked at the Floyd Reagan i landing on the  ,..,.,, Of Shetek for last Week's fishing opener. .w.,..w... ..,o.,.. .,..mo. ,&c