It's a family thing

josephsonboysIssac (left) and Adam Josephson had a great showing at the Lyon County Fair.

By Gayle VanVooren
Mascot Editor

The Josephson and Prellwitz families have a strong connection as family friends. And this year, they have taken that link a step further into the beef business.
Adam and Isaac Josephson have been making their mark in the beef business for a few years now, with sister Erin also having a lot of success during her 4-H years.
The boys are now headed to the Minnesota State Fair, with Adam having the Champion breeding heifer, Champion market beef and was the Champion Senior beef showman. Isaac is the Champion beef intermediate showman, and had the Reserve Champion breeding heifer and Reserve Champion cow/calf pair.

Showing animals at the Fair has a lot of do’s and don’ts connected with it. Said Isaac, “It’s how you lead them, set them up and control the animal.” Brother Adam added, “The quality of the animal is judged, how clean the lines, and how they lead on the halter.

Amanda and Hanna Prellwitz have been 4-H members, having many exhibits over the years, but this was their first time with beef. Said Amanda, “We leased two beef from the Josephson’s as we didn’t have any on our farm. We’ve been working with them for several months and while it was work, it’s also been fun.”

 

(See more plus lots of fair photos in The Mascot, 8-12-2009)

 
Living Services to take reins


By Gayle VanVooren
Mascot Editor  

The impending sale of the Minneota Manor Health Care Center is in progress, moving from the ownership of Richard Erickson to the Living Services Foundation, and Jennifer Kamstra, Chief Operating Officer of Living Services.
“We’ve been very fortunate,” Erickson said.
“We had good support from the community and churches, and good staff to work there. It’s been a good experience.”
Erickson has owned the  Minneota Manor since 1981. It was an 87-bed facility.
The Living Services Foundation’s interest in the Minneota Manor came about because, “We just think it’s a great facility,” said Jennifer Kamstra. “There are great people there and they provide really good care to the residents. We want to come in and be a part of what is already going on. We’re really looking for a good fit.”

(See more in The Mascot, August 12, 2009).

 
Need fixin'? Call Monte

Gayle VanVooren
Mascot Editor

“Basically, what I do is fix junk,” said Monte Yeo.
The Minneota Village “Smitty” has been in the blacksmith business for about 20 years and sees a change in what needs fixing.
With the change in economy, “people are fixing instead of replacing,” added Yeo, which means a more hectic schedule for him. At this point, he’s about two months away from getting big jobs done.
He added, “You have to pick and choose what goes in and what comes out.”
He has work to do on a corn picker, but knows he had a little more time on that. But one piece of equipment was needed now, so it was done. But he tries to be very fair with his customers.
“You have to work on a time line,” added Yeo, “and treat your customers all the same. That’s all that I can do.”

 

More on Monte Yeo plus a photo in The Mascot this week. 8-12-2009

 
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