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. I,q,J,,OOlOIJ.llJllqIH,,llJl,n,J,..ndql,,dqll,. ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09/13/99 SmallTownPapexs Inc i0 217 W COTA ST ! SHELTON. WA 98584--2263 6 VOLUME NO. 27 Wednesday NUMBERO Sept. 7, 2011 10 PAGES Plus supplements in 1. O0 ........... local edition ......... ~ , ~~y~,~:~~~j~;.. ~ - . . ......................... ...... ~ .:_~ .;- _.-.-. -.~ . --.. .._ ~ -- _ _ . - :.. .. REDWOOD FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR Maas Dairy recognnized for committement to agriculture, and community NOTE: the following story is courtesy of the Redwood Gazette, story and photos by Troy Krause. In 1924, Waker and Ida Anderson pur- chased a farm in Johnsonville Township a few miles north of Walnut Grove. The operation, like most in its early days, was a diversified operation with crops and livestock with an emphasis on dairy cattle. That emphasis continues today, as the third and fourth generation of the Maas family operates Maas Dairy. Maas Dairy, primarily operated by Bruce and Maydra Maas - the third generation on the family farm, was recently recognized by the U of M Extension Service as the Redwood County Farm Family of the year. The family is going to be recognized, along with 74 other Minnesota families, during an event held this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Farmfest. "This is a very special honor,"said Bruce Maas, "we are really humbled by it." Maydra Maas added there are a lot of hard- working farm families in Redwood County, and they are proud to represen~ them as the 2011 farm family of the year ........ The thrm took the Maas name when Alice Anderson married Arthur Maas, who lived just across the field from the Johnsonville Township site. The dairy emphasis continued, as the Guernsey herd was a major part of the farm- ing operation that also included crop fanning. Arthur Maas recalled planting everything from corn to small grain in the early years, with soybeans added later. With the exception of a couple of years, dairy cattle have always been on the farm. Part of the herd, which was sold after Arthur "got tired of milking" was reunited with the farm when Bruce moved back on and Several generations make up the Maas Dairy including: Arthur (left), Alice, Jonna, Maria, Marshall, Jared, Kari, Juliana, Maydra, and Bruce. The farm was originally purchased in 1924. took over in 1983. The family recalls with a smile when one of the cows was brought back to the farm she walked into the barn and right into the stall where she had been before being sold. Today the Guernsey herd has been replaced with Holsteins. The operation include~ i 50 dairy cows, as well as 900 acres of crop farming - primarily corn and soybeans with some alfalfa added in to the mix. Bruce and Maydra's two children, Jared and Jonna were raised on the farm, and today Jared is involved in the operation. He cares for the calves as part of the opera- tion in addition to running Maas Construction, a site prep construction company. Bruce, a Walnut Grove High School gradu- ate, went to Waseca to further his education with the intent of getting some veterinary education experience. He ended up getting a general ag education degree and returned to farm. The milking is done twice each day, and Bruce said he has hired hands to help with that. In addition to the farming operation, the family has been very involved with their com- munity. "We were taught the importance of being part of our community and giving back,"said Maydra. Bruce serves on the board for Associated Milk Producers, has been clerk for Johnsonville Township for a number of years, is a member of the Redwood County American Dairy Associa-tion and serves on the Milroy Cooperative elevator board. Maydra, who works at the Redwood Area Hospital as a nurse and has been involved with the Westbrook Walnut Grove school board and community education program, was a member of the Redwood County Ex-tension committee and the Redwood County American Dairy Association. Jared and his family, which includes wife, Kari who is a nurse for Mayo Health Systems in Springfield,-and children Mariah, 10, Marshall, eight, and Juliana, one, live in the Walnut Grove area. Their children are going to be the fourth generation of the Maas family to attend Wa/nut Grove schools. " Jonna is a medical student at the Duluth campus of the U of M. The family was very involved with the Redwood County 4-H program as members of the North Hero All-Stars 4-H Club. Bruce admitted the dairy industry has had its ups and downs over the years, but added that really is the nature of the industry. All in all, the Maas family believes farming and the dairy industry has been good to them over the years. Copyright 2011 Redwood Fails Gazette. Some rights reserved Currie Cuts and Curls has new owner Christine Johnson of Dovray is continuing the beauty salon By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune CURRIE -- For a while it looked like Currie would lose the long established business. After 20 year owner Elaine Schlichte, wanting to retire, was unable to find a new owner, and closed the business down July 1. When Christine, a cosmetologist for nine years, found out about the opportunity she was more than happy to take over the business. After a deal was struck, Schlichte opened the business back up until Johnson could take over. After working in several other salons in southwest Minnesota, Johnson said, "this was an opportunity she had been looking for." Johnson received her training at the Cosmetology Center in Mankato. She worked for several years in other salons before being offered a teaching position at Jackson Vocational Technical College, where she had taught since 2007. She and her fiance Adam LeClaire recently bought a home in Dovray. So it is a fairly short commute for her, plus she works as a clerk two Christine Johnson at her sink. days a week at Thrifty White Pharmacy in Westbrook. Johnson said she is very grateful to Schlichte for opening up the shop to keep it going until she could take over. Johnson has been doing some cosmetic enhancements to the business, new paint and decor. Currently Johnson is open all day Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday by appointment. She eventu- ally plans on expanding her hours as business demands it. Johnson said, "I am a full service salon. I do styling cuts for men, women, and children." She also gives perms and hair coloring, and facial waxing. She also has professional hair care and beauty products available to purchase. She welcomes walk-ins and notes, "we are always looking for new custom- ers." Her hours start at 9:00, but she has not set a closing time as yet. "I need to get a feel for what people want for me to determine my hours. So far business has been quite brisk," she said. If you would like to make an appointment call: 507-395-0034. ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION PAGE 7 INSIDE PAGE 3 SPORTS PAGE 8 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 9 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 AREA FOCUS PAGE 10 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 FALL SPORTS AGE 8 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-I 859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2011 Sentinel Tribune