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Wednesday June 12, 2013 $1.00 ht ,, llh:,,l ,,td]lh,,t11|lh,hl "hfll'dwm"'h SmallTownPaPers Inc 217 W COTA ST SI-Ii TON. WA 9eS84-2263 09/13/99 . III[I!UI!UIII!!!IU!IIII. Volume No. 28 NUMBER 42 10 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Last month Wayne and Joan Spielman sent the last 20 cows of their dairy herd off to the Maas Dairy at Walnut Grove Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK --Wayne Spielman grew up on his folks Lloyd and Audrey's dairy farm four miles west of Westbrook. Like a lot of farm boys Wayne start- ed out as a youngster working with calves -- feeding and bedding them. He said, "That was kids chores." He started doing that when he was in about first grade in school. As he grew up he began doing many other chores as his age allowed, including helping with the milking. He contin- ued to milk with his folks until he grad- uated from high school in 1969. He then attended Mankato Technical Wayne Spielman stood beside his beautifully restored 1953 College for two years with studies in Ag Ford Jubilee tractor. It originally was purchased by his father Business and mechanics. around 1955. In the background are some of his stock cows. that it is a real commitment running and working on a dairy farm. Besides the long hours, there are a lot of regulations from various state organizations. There are reg- each cow would receive. It also kept a record of how much each cow ate at a feeding. Spielman said, "these days the tech- nology is really something! -- For instance there are two dairys in the coun- After returning home he purchased the place he and his wife Joan now live on. It belonged to his uncle Alfred who was retired. He said when they bought it the barn had stantions and his uncle had milked a few cows. He then added eight more ulations for manure handling from the stalls and began milking about 20 cows. MPCA, as well as inspections needed to Then in 1971 he bought 20 more 'i!i maintain Grade A status. "Earlier you ty that have installed robotics. They each Wisconsin Heifer calves, boosting the could sell grade 'B' milk to cheese plants have two units that can milk about 120 herd to 40 cows , _ _ - . .... but now I don tthink anyone picks up cows,' .... [he next few years they kept adding . " ............... A while back Spielrnan thought it ........... grane anymore, plelman salo. more cows ouuamg me nere up to aoout Spielmans have seen a lot of change would have been a good deal, but at his 90 cows. In the early seventies they in technology over the years. Computers age and not having someone to take over added their first pipeline system. In 1988 began entering the picture in the eighties, at the time, they felt it was too big a corn- they built a milking parlor in the ham. mitment. The parlor was a double six which A computerized feeding system was The Spielmans decided it was getting they could milk 12 cows at a time. "We one of the major upgrades put in by the to the point their equipment was needing thought it was a piece of heaven, Spielmans. The cows Were fitted with upgrading and the amount of time needed although Joan commented, "it was not so transponders on their necks, so when the to farm and still do the milking was get- great the first week, but after the first cows entered the feed station the comput- ring to be too much. week it made life a lot better." er would customize their feed ration and Most people in the rural area know regulate the amount and types of nutrients Dairy m on page 8 Nelson Bait open for business Last month Travis Nelson opened his bait shop located at 281 First Avenue. He sells all types of live bait including minnows, leeches and night crawlers. He also carries a line of tackle, ice, firewood and some camping supplies. He is open seven days a week. M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. S & S 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Travis Nelson in his bait shop on First Avenue. il Police chief asks for clarification on who determines when houses are inhabitable Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- In most citys abandoned or empty residences or commercial buildings often present issues for city authorities. Police Chief Alan Wahl asked the council, who decides when a building should be declared inhabtiable. After disaster or emergency situa- tions, that is often determined by emergency personnel, such as local fire, police, utility and health officials. However in cases where build- ings are left unattended or abandoned the city must determine whether or not action can be taken. In cases involving yard cleanup or mowing, the city issues letters to the owners to take care of the nuisance. After that if the yard is in need of mowing the city will mow the property at the owners expense. When the city mows the yard the first time $75.00 will be charged, subse- quently $125.00 will be charged. The council discussed how abandoned or vacant properties can be handled if there is problems which would be considered health or safety issues. Mayor Dennis Phelps thought that is something the council will have to look into. The city and utilities have filed for assis- tance for the extra cost to the city for branch pickup from the ice storm this past winter. The city received a quote for repairing sup- ports in the city recycling building for $900. The council accepted the quote. Dan Joel spoke about the wiring in the ambulance garage. Apparently the load center is badly in need of replacing. It will cost about $2,000 to replace it. The ambulance would like the city to pay half of the cost of replacement. The council voted to split the cost of the new load panel. Ambulance representative Jan Johnson told the council they would like to look into hiring a full time EMT. She noted that it is getting harder to find and train new personnel. Mayor Phelps wondered if Sanford might provide some funding, or possibly through Heritage Health Foundation. Phelps said, "it sounds like a good deal if a way can be found to fund it," City Clerk Katie Steen told the council she is waiting to hear from the League of Citys for information on a full time EMT person. Dan Joel and Carl Conrad talked about the sewer lift pumps. Sand is chewing up the impel- lers, and they are getting clogged by inconti- nence products causing them to shut down. Replacement of the pumps will be $5,800. The new pump impellers would have ceramic coating that is supposed to cut down on wear from sand and other objects going through them. The council is also going to look into the source of the incontinence products to see if a catch trap can be installed. The following building permits were approved: Eric Hansen, Bell Avenue, to build a fence. Keith Bums, Cedar Avenue, concrete drive- way approach. Jim Fowler, Fifth Street, drive way. Matt Jackels, to build a duplex on West Seventh Street. May Police report: One accident, two tickets issued, one funer- al escort, one county assist, one court case, two incidents of kids fighting in the city park. ON RECORD PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 IN SIDE PAGE 3 DAIRY MONTH PAGE 8 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 9 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 AREA FOCUS PAGE 10 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 DECOCK WINS AT STATE PAGE 6 INFORMATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING CIRCULATION 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-I 859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune t