July 6, 2018 – Luke Werner, an Animal Science graduate of the University of Minnesota is now employed by Hendel Dairy Farms, Caledonia. Prior to this, he worked at a 4200 cow dairy in Florida. He was in charge of genetics and embryo sales to China. The embryos went to a 10,000 cow dairy in China. All Florida milk goes to market as fluid milk. They don’t make cheese in Florida.
He has a broader variety of jobs at Hendel Farms in his role as assistant herdsman.
July 13, 2018 – Nate Rask, owner of Ken’s Small Engine, spoke about his business. It’s a busy place as he sells and repairs many products from lawn mowers to chain saws. He sells numerous brands. He employs four fulltime, one part time and one high school student.
He said fuel is the largest cause of failure in equipment. It isn’t as stable as it was years ago and breaks down leaving gummy deposits in the engine. One should use fuel less than a month old.
One of the new items he sells is the robotic lawn mower. One is in use in Caledonia with very positive results. A wire is buried around the perimeter of the lawn. The mower makes a 13-inch cut. It maneuvers slopes well. It knows when to mow, where to mow and docks itself when the battery is low. All a person has to do is watch it from the comfort of the home or deck.
July 20, 2018 — Sarah Glasrud, co-owner with Eric Lee of Good Times Restaurant spoke about taking over the restaurant. She plans no menu changes for this year. They have remodeled the patio area and plan to access it from the bar in the future. The biggest challenge, she says, is estimating the number of customers each day. She and Kris Wedl do catering together. Sarah does the cooking and Kris takes the food and serves at the site. Website for Good Times is GTCaledonia.com.
July 27, 2018 — Bob Spencer of the LaCrescent Rotary Club told us about the LaCrescent Playground Project. They turned $5000 into $21000 from Rotary. This new safe playground equipment located at the elementary school includes items for “challenged” kids. It is movable if that’s ever needed.