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Donations Sought for 'Fencing for Flooded Farmers'

Southeast Minnesota Farm Bureaus are coordinating a donation drive to help farmers rebuild fences.

Recent flooding in Southeast Minnesota not only destroyed small towns and cities. It also had a devastating effect on farms as well.

Along with losing crops, buildings and livestock, many farmers lost miles and miles of fences.

Dodge County Farm Bureau President Jim Checkel says that local southeast Minnesota Farm Bureau organizations from Olmstead, Fillmore, Winona Dodge and Houston counties are working together and coordinating a donation drive to assist those who had fencing losses.

"We're calling the donation program, `Fencing for Flooded Farmers,'" Checkel says. "We are accepting donations of fencing material no longer needed on farms, as well as donations of new items for fencing and cash donations."

Fencing supplies needed include 5-½ and 6-foot T– fence posts high tensile wire, wire ties, staples, 8-foot treated posts, wire (barbed or woven), electric fence posts insulators, fencers and any good, used or new fencing materials.

To make a monetary donation, please make out checks to the Fillmore County Farm Bureau and mail them to:

Fillmore County Farm Bureau Office
121 St. Paul Street
Preston, MN 55965

Collection sites will be open Friday, October 12, from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 13, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at these locations:

-Bishop & Wachholz, Kasson
Collection Contact: Ruth Meirick, 507-634-6440

-Redwood Co. Farm Bureau Office, Wabasso
Collection Contact: Robert Pagel, 507-762-3324

-Arnold Implement, Willmar
Collection Contact: Phil Hofer, 320-264-5228

-Burggraf's Ace Hardware, Fosston
Collection Contact: Mike and Connie Gunderson, 218-938-4440

-Rudolph's, Sauk Rapids,
Collection Contact: Mike Kuechle, 320-685-3225

-Mankato Implement, Mankato
Collection Contact: Hank Roelfs, 507-381-3799

-Olson Power & Equipment, North Branch
Collection Contact: Ron Nelson, 320-358-4933

-Burggraf's Ace Hardware, Grand Rapids, MN
Collection Contact: Ron Block, 218-245-1720

For more information or to volunteer, contact: Ruth Meirick, Minnesota Farm Bureau, 507-383-1400 or rmeirick@fbmn.org or Scott Winslow, Fillmore County Farm Bureau, 507-951-0363.

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