• Paula Mohr

    When Minnesota Agriculture Makes Metro News

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     by Paula Mohr
     on November 27, 2013

    I spent last Saturday attending both the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's and the Minnesota Farmers Union's annual meetings in Bloomington and Minneapolis, respectively. Attendance at both meetings was strong. Delegates at both farm organizations re-elected their current leadership. MFBF delegates re-elected Kevin Paap to his fifth term as president. MFU delegates gave approval for Doug Peterson's seventh term as president and re-elected Gary Wertish as vice-president. Both…

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  • Paula Mohr

    The Other Side of Local

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     by Paula Mohr
     on November 21, 2013

    When the metro newspaper arrives on Thursdays, one section is devoted to food. By the time I am done reading it, which is usually when I'm eating lunch, I've got some good suggestions for new recipes and restaurants to try. My favorite restaurant reviewer is truly an artistic food journalist. He paints savory word pictures with his adjective-laden prose about foods he has sampled at restaurants all over the greater metro area. Last week, he featured a new restaurant that noted on its…

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  • Paula Mohr

    If Animals 'Suffer,' Why Wait?

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     by Paula Mohr
     on November 4, 2013

    An animal rights group released another spliced-together video about alleged animal abuse. The most recent one showed video from a Pipestone System hog barn, unveiled at an Oct. 29 press conference. An undercover employee reportedly shot hidden-camera video in August and September while working at the farm over a 10-week period. The video shows a worker euthanizing runts by using blunt force trauma, piglets getting castrated and having their tails removed, and sows confined in gestation…

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