Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hoffman Commerce and Ag minutes from 12/18

Thursday, December 18, 2008
12:00~Dew Drop Inn

Members Present: Kathy Crandall (Main Street Galleria), Randy Olson, Gordon Bredy, Ed Persons, Phil Corrigan, Dan Persons, Jeff Swenson, Kevin Hammer, Rachel Volker, Leigh Verhoeven, Deb Krusemark, Julie Fredette, Lori Reeder

New Face: Kathy Crandall joins us from Main Street Galleria. She lives by Herman/Wheaton.

Secretaries Report: Read and approved. Dan Persons, 2nd Jeff Swenson MCU

Treasurer’s Report: Funds on hand: $7,528.28

Membership Report: No change

Business Changes/
Additions/Expansions/
Reductions: Bob’s Appliance: Opening other half of Arnquist Building- he is going to display more items and storage for appliances. Business is going well.

Second Hand Duds: Moved to Ag room in the Hoffman Square.

Rich Bullik: Completed the remodeling of Wally’s Shoe Shop.

Healthcare Mall: Demolition is complete. They will be ready for bids on the inside soon.

Horizion Program: Some people went to special training. Hoffman is going to be on the national blog…this means great things for Hoffman. This program is going very well.

Events Scheduled
(not done yet): Snowman/woman Contest: Brent and Rachel Volker will be heading this event. We are going to wait until the cold weather tames down a bit.

Fishing Outing: We will have to reschedule for next year.

Picnic in the Park: Will need to be rescheduled for next year.

Events not Scheduled: Holiday Train/Food Shelf Donation

Skate Exchange: Brent and Rachel Volker will help out with this event.

Holiday Expo: $765- income from booth rentals
$442.92- income less advertising
Next years date: November 14th (4th Annual)
Being advertised in the Minnesota Art Directory
Referral Program brought in 20 more people
Attendance: over 300

Galleria Open House: Went very well.

Festival of Trees/
Santa Days/
Customer Appreciation: 15 trees this year. Santa Days went really well. Tanya Winter took over 100 pictures. Deb Krusemark said we might want to buy some bigger gifts for next year. Ex. Bikes, Skates, etc.

Park: Phil Corrigan has been busy putting up lights this month. Don Schmidt was going to put up more lights. Deb said that instead of putting up an inflatable Santa, we should put up something more for the whole winter instead. We will come up with a plan in January.

Ice Rink: The ice rink needs to have some work done to it before it is open. Brad Frank is working on this project.

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, January 17th. We will be meeting with the HEDA group.

The members of the Commerce & Ag Club should bring salads and deserts. HEDA will bring the hot dishes to pass.

5:00 p.m. - Pot Luck meal
6:00 p.m. – Meeting
7:00 p.m. - Entertainment

The meeting was adjourned by Ed Persons. MCU

Respectfully Submitted,

Leigh Verhoeven
Secretary

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

A.P. news story: "Lower enrollment means less dollars for schools"

The Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn.

School enrollment keeps falling in Minnesota, and with it schools will have to do with fewer dollars from the state.

Educators attribute the lower numbers of students to a tough housing market, an aging population and a lower birth rate. Statewide, 90 percent of school districts should see declining enrollment by next year, according to a 2006 analysis by the state House of Representatives.

The state of Minnesota is facing a huge budget deficit next year, and the governor and lawmakers are expected to reduce revenue to Minnesota schools by about $22 million.

Many districts are facing budget deficits of their own, and most will deal with them through budget cuts.

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sights around the Hoffman area - Monday Dec 22




Christmas decorations at Starner Farms...Frosted windows, courtesy of Minnesota weather!..and frosted cookies, courtesy of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Collin Peterson releases statement on Obama's appointment of Tom Vilsack to head Agriculture department

Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson today released the following statement on President-elect Barack Obama's nomination of Tom Vilsack for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

"I congratulate former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack on his nomination for Secretary of Agriculture. Governor Vilsack is a strong advocate who understands the changing landscape of our nation's rural economy. I look forward to working with him and President-elect Obama in advancing food, conservation and energy policies that are in the best interest of American agriculture and the American people."

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Open House/Christmas activities held at First State Bank of Kensington this past week




Knights girls basketball team improves to 6-0, defeats HOL rival Breckenridge at home 59-39

The Knights girls basketball team improved to 6-0 overall and 6-0 in the Heart O' Lakes Conference with this big win over the neighboring rival Cowgirls. They hold a half-game lead for first place over Perham, who is 5-0 overall and in the HOL.

According to what I've read, the 6-0 start is the best in West Central Area history for girls basketball.

Below is a photo from Bob's Applicance store in downtown Hoffman. It is one example of Christmas-related decorating that businesses have put up this holiday season. Remember, SHOP LOCAL! In our small towns, we're all in this together.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

FREE gift wrapping at Hoffman's Main Street Galleria

Greetings from the Main Street Galleria! As the holidays near, we want to extend an invitation to shop with the Galleria and receive FREE GIFT WRAPPING!!!

That’s right…FREE! Beginning this Thursday, December 18th through Wednesday, December 24th, receive FREE gift wrapping on any items purchased in the Galleria! Not only can you find all of your gift needs, but you can head home with them wrapped and ready to go under the tree! And, the Galleria has added even more vendors so come and check it out!

The normal Galleria hours are:
Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday’s 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday’s 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Galleria will also be open extended holiday hours, as follows:
Sunday, December 21st *10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, December 22nd *4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 23rd *4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 24th *9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please pass this along to all of your family and friends! The Main Street Galleria is located in downtown Hoffman, MN. For questions, please call 320-986-2008.

Happy Holidays from the Main Street Galleria and all of its wonderful Vendors!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Another issue is off to the printer, excited to get feedback when I return to Hoffman on Thursday!

After a long, hard Tuesday in the office, I managed to pull off another "gem" in my opinion (if I don't count another handful of mistakes I made!)... I already have on my list for my "day off" on Wednesday a phone call to Tory Belgum with the Farm Bureau up in Elbow Lake. I managed to botch his investment ad on the Sports page.

Funny how you can look at a page 18 times and not see a mistake. But if you go back 6 hours later (after it's too late to make changes) a BIG mess-up is staring you right in the face.


I'm settled back at my house in Belgrade, after re-filling my corn/wood pellet stove downstairs. All I can say is Brrrrr!!!!!!

(Time for a good, full night's sleep under a few layers of warm blankets.)

Here's more photos from Monday's snow-moving day...




President-elect Obama picks former Iowa governor as Secretary of Agriculture

Sources: Obama selects Vilsak for ag post
Mike Glover, Associated Press
Published Tuesday, December 16, 2008

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic sources say President-elect Barack Obama has selected former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary and will announce the appointment on Wednesday.

Two sources familiar with the selection process spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the selection.

Vilsack sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 but dropped out after poor showings in early primaries. He endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and campaigned actively for her in the long primary campaign against Obama. After Obama defeated Clinton in the primaries, Vilsack endorsed him.

Vilsack served two terms as governor of Iowa, a major farm state. He was first elected in 1998.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A couple photos from Santa Days in Kensington - more to follow



More photos can be found at my "photo blog," the URL is below the photos. http://hoffmankensington.blogspot.com.

HEDA meeting tonight in Hoffman - Kensington Lions meeting as well

On Monday night in Hoffman, the HEDA board will meet at 7 at the community center.

Down in Kensington, the Lions will meet at 7 at the Kensington community center.

Winter hammers western Minnesota on Sunday - Dangerous driving conditions continue into Monday





Winter hammered most of Minnesota over the weekend. Here are a few sights from Monday morning around Hoffman, which received at least 10 inches of snow over the past 24 hours.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Santa Days in Kensington on Saturday, Dec 13th

Have you and your family caught the Christmas spirit yet?

This weekend, bring your family to Kensington’s Santa Days and Lions pancake feed! Saturday, Dec 13 at the Community Center from 7am to Noon. Kids eat free, with a free-will offering accepted for adults. Santa arrives at 9am for visits and photos, and he will bring candy canes and presents too.


I'll be there with cameras in hand!

Farmers State Bank of Hoffman hosts Customer Appreciation Days all day Friday


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I'll be stopping back this afternoon to grab more photos of the event. When I first arrived around 11am, quite a few customers were visiting and enjoying the coffee and cookies. At the time I recorded this video clip, most of that crowd had cleared out and a fresh group was walking in.

Man is it cold out! Are you ready for the blizzard on Sunday?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

This guy is nuts! Headline: "Local Government Aid Should Be First Reductions in State Budget"... I STRONGLY disagree

Press release from the TAXPAYERS LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA

Contact: Phil Krinkie
December 10, 2008 Ph: (651) 919-4945

Local Government Aid Should Be First Reductions in State Budget

ST. PAUL – At a Minnesota State Senate Tax Committee hearing on Wednesday, city and county officials from several communities around the state testified that the State Legislature should not reduce state Local Government Aid (LGA) payments to help balance the projected $5.2 billion state deficit. But these local officials aren’t realistic. As state economist Tom Stinson testified, the deficit will likely be greater than the current $5.2 billion shortfall announced last week by March 2009.

Statewide, cities are set to raise property taxes an average of 5.4% to fund increasing city budgets, instead of facing the difficult decision to scale back, cities are continuing to increase their budgets.

Some Minnesota cities currently receive more in State LGA payments than they levy in property taxes. Combine that with the fact that slightly less than 50% of Minnesotans live in cities that receive no LGA transfer payments from the State. With most Minnesota homeowners already facing increasing property taxes, it’s time for cities to break their tax and spend habit.

“Minnesota taxpayers are facing tough economic times and cities should be scaling back their spending, not raising taxes. Cities should stop looking for a handout from state government,” said Phil Krinkie, President of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.

“I’m glad that Governor Pawlenty is willing to put LGA reductions in his proposed 2010-2011 budget. Why should the legislature give payments to cities that continue to spend, spend, spend and then hand the bill to property owners,” added Krinkie.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Low Plains Drifters Banquet goes down as one of the best ever!

The LPD Club meeting will be held at 1:00pm at the Barrett Inn & Cafe.

Many who have experienced LPD banquets in the past are in agreement - the ninth annual event held in Ashby on November 22nd was one of the best they've ever attended!

Much of the credit goes to the Ashby American Legion and Ashby Auxiliary...these folds did an awesome job of making the banquet a huge success. The Ashby Auxiliary provided a prime rib meal that will be remembered as "the best ever!"

Another great hit was comedian Chad Daniels, who had some folks in tears from laughing so hard and others with sore stomach muscles! Chad connected well with the audience.

Even though it was a busy fall, attendance at the banquet turned out just fine. Thank you to all who attended, we hope you'll be back next year!

Irv Sax is the president, and Randy Satterlie is the vice president.

Bob's Appliance microwave drawing winner - Sheryl Marlow of Kensington


Sheryl Marlow stands proudly next to her new microwave, won at Bob's Appliance the Friday before Thanksgiving (Nov 22)...she also won $25 in Hoffman Bucks to go with it!

Foster Grandparents: A Gift to Our Communities Written by Laura Schwarz, Foster Grandparent Program Intern

Despite its swirling snow and glistening icicles, the month of December is always associated with the warmth and cheer of the Holiday season. But this year, as the economy continues its unceasing and unpredictable slide, more and more people will be forced to reduce or even give up their usual seasonal traditions. Under such circumstances, it is easy to succumb to the gloom of December’s sharp winds and frigid temperatures.

Luckily, one particular group of people hasn’t given up on the Holiday spirit of good will and hope for the future. On these dark chilly mornings, the women and men of the Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program can be found diligently scraping their car windshields or waiting patiently at bus stops. They are on their way to schools, childcare centers, residential facilities, and other nonprofit agencies, where they will spend a sizable portion of their days working with children who have special, emotional, or exceptional needs.

These outstanding volunteers, all age 60 or better, give 15 to 40 hours each week to create meaningful mentoring relationships with these children. For these children, the Foster Grandparents provide gifts that are more meaningful than anything they might find in their stockings: love, friendship, and compassion. Foster Grandparents offer the one-on-one attention that teachers might not always be able to supply, listening when the children need to talk and providing the positive influence of an older adult.

Through their service, the Foster Grandparents are also giving a gift to our entire community. Their work with our children is an investment in the future, a physical embodiment of the belief that the future can and will be a brighter place. By inspiring and motivating the youngest generations, our older volunteers are ensuring that these young people will care for themselves and for our world as they grow older and take responsibility for our collective futures.

This is especially admirable when most of the Foster Grandparent volunteers will not even see the long-term results of their gifts. As a Greek proverb states, “A society grows great when we plant trees whose shade we know we shall never sit in.” The Foster Grandparents might not actually witness their first-graders growing up to become contributing members of society, but it will be because of their dedication and love that these children will have the confidence and ability to do so.

Foster Grandparents are shaping the world into a better place, a place where warmth radiates in spite of financial difficulties, or where those difficulties vanish altogether, swept up the chimney by a roaring and comforting fire.
Happy Holidays from the Foster Grandparent Program!

*****
For more information about the Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program, please contact Pat Scherf at 1-320-293-0682 or pscherf@gw.stcdio.org.

Knights girls basketball team is 3-0, win at Lake Park-Audubon 64-41 tonight

On Tuesday night, the Knights girls basketball team raised their record to 3-0 with a Heart O' Lakes Conference win over the LP-A Raiders, who were a sub-section finalist in Section 8A last season.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hoffman City Council meets, accepts Swanson's resignation in lieu of his new post as county commissioner - City audit reviewed







...Prior to going to the City Council meeting on Monday night, I took a few minutes to get photos at the Boy Scouts meeting, taking place in the same building (the community center). Here is a glimpse of the pie-throwing contest that the scouts did after a successful fund raising venture with Christmas wreaths.
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Friday, December 5, 2008

2008 Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days present strategies for feedlot producers

The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team is proud to announce this year's Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days to be held Dec. 9-11. This year's program will focus on strategies to assist feedlot producers in discovering and developing new profit sources for their operations. The topics and speakers for this year's program are: Mixing integrity of diets containing byproducts by Dr. Sheri Bierman of Corn Belt Livestock Services; Determining the value of manure in feedlot operations by Dr. Mindy Spiehs of the USDA Meat Animal Research Center; Backgrounding calves: Strategies and Management by Dr. Grant Crawford of the U of M Beef Team; Value of corn crop with various harvesting methods by Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo of the U of M Beef Team; and an update on bovine TB and the bovine TB assessment by representatives from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days will take place at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris and the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne on Tues., Dec. 9; the Royal Loon in Slayton on Weds., Dec. 10; and the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton and the LaQuinta Inn in Rochester on Thurs., Dec. 11. Registration will begin in Morris, Slayton, and Lamberton at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30. In Luverne and Rochester registration is at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:00.

The cost for registration is $30, with each additional person from the same farm or family at $15. The registration fee includes a meal and all educational materials. Pre-registration is encouraged by contacting the location coordinator. For Morris, contact Rhonda Wulf (320-231-7890 or wulfr@umn.edu); for Slayton, contact Mike Boersma (507-825-6715 or boers001@umn.edu); for Rochester, contact Lori Schott (320-225-5055) or (weddl002@umn.edu), and for Luverne and Lamberton, contact Grant Crawford (320-234-0441 or craw0105@umn.edu). Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days information can also be found on the Beef Team website, http://www.extension.umn.edu/Beef.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My second issue is off to the printer

...I hope it looks as good on the newsstand as it did on my computer before I sent it down to Lowry!

I would love to get more photos/videos added to this blog, but time constraints have prevented me from getting that done. As December goes by, with all the Christmas activities going on, I will get more added.

Hope to see big crowds in Hoffman this weekend. Enjoy the mild weather...we KNOW it won't last!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Exciting happenings in Hoffman ... Two new businesses move into Galleria this week


Jean Sasek, a retired University of Minnesota-Morris worker, works to gather items for another new business in the Galleria. As of now they don't have a name, but it will include collectibles.


A glimpse of "Re-Done Duds by Diane and Judy", a new business that specializes in giving "new life" to clothing. Their main items include purses, vests, and mittens.

More information on these businesses as well as other events in Hoffman this week can be found in the December 4th issue of the Hoffman Tribune.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Photos from the Nessman benefit in Kensington on Saturday morning


Randy was in great spirits during the pancake feed on Saturday at the Kensington Community Center. As of 10:00am, almost 300 people had been served. The event ran from 7:30am to Noon.





Friday, November 28, 2008

Randy Nessman Benefit Saturday Morning in Kensington

Another reminder for everyone to attend the Randy Nessman benefit pancake feed on Saturday morning in Kensington.

The event will be at the Kensington Community Center from 7:30am to Noon, and it is sponsored by the Kensington Lions Club and First Lutheran Church.


Other upcoming community events:
  • "Over the River and Through the Woods" at Roosevelt Hall December 4th - 7th.
General admission is available for all performances with tickets at the door; adult $12 & student $5. Curtain is at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with Dinner Theatre on Friday and Saturday, (Saturday dinner theatre is sold out). Sunday performance is a matinee with curtain at 2:00 pm. Dinner Theatre will feature a catered meatball dinner with all the fixings served by the Barrett Men’s Group from Peace Lutheran Church. Wine will be for sale ($3). For Friday night dinner theatre reservations only, call Tammy at 218-770-0212, $30.

  • Festival of Trees in Hoffman.
Dates are December 5, 6 & 7. Santa Days and Customer Appreciation are on the 6th. The Main Street Galleria offered to help out with this event. Sounds like a good time to me!

  • "Skate-It-Forward"
Bring your old skates to Hoffman Grocery before December 13th. There will be free skates and a skate exchange on Saturday, December 13th. Even if you don’t have skates to exchange, you are welcome to come and pick out a pair. More information to follow in the next 2 weeks. Please pass the word!

  • Santa Days in Kensington on Saturday, December 13
A pancake breakfast will take place from 8am to Noon at the Kensington Community Center, with a free will offering. (I forgot where the funds go...my bad, I'll get that updated as soon as I find out.)

I'll get photos posted from the Nessman benefit this weekend. I hope everyone has had a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving weekend. I spent my Thursday at my mom's place near Lake Latokha by Alexandria.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Trying out some video on this blog

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T.J. Clavin talking about kids watching movies in snowbanks...well, maybe the discussion didn't exactly go that way, but last Thursday's meeting of the Hoffman Commerce and Ag Club was a lively one, for sure. The big items discussed included all the upcoming December events in the Hoffman area.

Be sure to read the November 27th issue of the Hoffman Tribune to learn about some of those events. More will follow on the December 4th issue.

Wrapping up my day at the office now, heading down to Morris. My church in that town, First Lutheran, has a Thanksgiving meal and service tonight. I've been infrequently attending First Lutheran of Morris since leaving that town in 2001.

My home church is East Norway Lake Lutheran Church, of rural New London. I'm one of those hardy Norwegian Lutherans (originating from Sunburg, of all places!)

Happy Thanksgiving, may you spend blessed and quality time with your family. It is my hope that over the Thanksgiving weekend I can update more information on this blog from home (in Belgrade, in case anyone was wondering). The blog itself still isn't everything I want it to be, but hopefully in December I'll have more time to upload photos and video clips for people to check out.

Somehow I pulled it off, "only" a half dozen glitches in the November 27th Tribune


At left is a scene from the Monday night Hoffman Lions club meeting at the Senior Citizens Center.

Somehow, most likely with some welcomed Divine intervention, this week's paper was assembled and printed off without a hitch (well, with very few problems anyway!). Other than a missing section on the title to Peace Lutheran's "Luncheon and Bake Sale" ad, as well as problems with not having proper borders around some of my photos, this week's issue of the Tribune came out looking pretty good.

I finally was able to personally get some news items out of Kensington, when I stopped there Monday night for their Legion Post #268 meeting at the Community Center. You can find a photo and more information from that on Page 5 of the Nov. 27th Tribune.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Randy Nessman Benefit This Saturday Morning in Kensington

A benefit for Randy Nessman will be held on Saturday, Nov 29th, at Kensington Community Center from 7:30am to Noon. A pancake breakfast will be served by the Kensington Lions and First Lutheran church of Kensington.

Update at 7:40am Wednesday...My apologies that I haven't been getting much up this week. I just spent a good portion of my night assembling the November 27th issue of the Hoffman Tribune. It was fun, to say the least! All 10 pages are done and sent off to the printer.

Hope to see you all on Saturday morning at the Nessman benefit in Kensington.

Photos from Holiday Expo
















A couple photos from Saturday's Holiday Expo will be posted. The event was held at Hoffman Square, in the John Kleinsasser Gymnasium, from 9am to 3pm.

Still can't figure out this blog format. It's a bit different than what I was used to on the old Blogger format. Grr... frustrations of technology!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

67th Annual Minnesota Farmers Union State Convention Wraps up Sunday - Farm Bureau Convention Also Held This Weekend

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Senator Amy Klobuchar talks about meat labeling laws, during the convention.
videoSenator Amy Klobuchar talking about problems on Wall Street during her keynote speech at the Farmers Union state convention.

Senator Amy Klobuchar and Wally Sparby at the MFU Convention on Saturday night, following the banquet. Wally works with Congressman Collin Peterson.

I just finished up my time at the MFU state convention in Minneapolis, MN. I'll begin assembly of the November 27th Thanksgiving issue of the Hoffman Tribune on Monday morning. I'll also be adding information to this blog from the MFU convention, as well as information I've receieved from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Convention, which also took place this weekend.

A sidebar...community event-related... Be sure to block out Saturday morning, December 6th on your calendar. At 9:00am, Santa will be in Kensington for Santa Days and other Christmas celebrations taking place. The information I have from this event shows events running from 8:00 to Noon that Saturday.

Sunday night at 7:00 I'll be glued to Fox on my TV, with the "24 Redemption" show airing. There is no bigger "24" fan than me!

The following is a press release regarding the Minnesota Farm Bureau state convention.

Minnesota Farm Bureau President Addresses Members Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Kevin Paap addressed Farm Bureau members from Minnesota during the MFBF 90th Annual Meeting on November 22 at the Northland Inn. He reviewed issues that Farm Bureau played a key role in this past year and will continue to work on in 2009. The issues include: eradication, containment and control of bovine Tuberculosis (TB); proposed water permit fee increases; greenhouse gas reduction; implementation of the farm bill; food safety; and continued importance of animal agriculture and renewable fuels. Paap urged Farm Bureau members to connect with their elected officials at the local, state and national levels before they start their work at the Capitol. He also re-emphasize the importance of Farm Bureau’s policy development process. Paap reiterated the importance of communicating with consumers about who we are, and how we raise the food, fiber and fuel they use. “We must strengthen the link between farm families and urban residents to let them know where their food comes from,” said Paap. Paap concluded by asking Farm Bureau’s members to stay rooted in Farm Bureau’s tradition while continuing to cultivate a strong and secure future for agriculture. Minnesota Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in the state. Members determine policy through a grassroots process involving the Farm Bureau members in 78 county Farm Bureau units in a formal, democratic process. Through this process, members make their views heard to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for Young Farmers & Ranchers help develop leadership abilities and improve farm management. Promotion & Education committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom, and safety education for farm children. Farm Bureau is active in a variety of other programs and activities. For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau office.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

"The All Star Cast" for the American Legion Country Western Show

The following performers will be entertaining the public at the Hoffman Community Center on Saturday night, November 22nd... They are unpaid...they work for thunderous applause!

  • Art Johnson
  • Rodney Koser
  • Peggy Corey and Diane Ehlers
  • Craig Torgerson
  • Tammie Olson
  • Orlo Thompson
  • Cast & Audience will perform "God Bless America" to finish the show.

A freewill offering will be used by the Auxiliary to promote and fund the programs they sponsor. Visit the lunch bar anytime!

Photos from the activities in Hoffman will be posted on Monday. May your family have a safe and blessed weekend!

Olson Steps in as Interim News Editor/Reporter at Tribune

By Randy O. Olson, interim news reporter/editor.

I’d like to say a big “Hello” to the Hoffman-Kensington community from the news desk of the Hoffman Tribune. Readers with a good memory will remember me from the 2000 campaign trail, when I was the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsed candidate for House District 13A.

Since that year I’ve worked in three fields, education, agriculture, and sports/community journalism. In that time, I’ve toned down my political voice yet managed to continue my strong passion for rural Minnesota.

Refer to page 2 of the November 20th issue of the Hoffman Tribune for the rest of the story!

Time to get to the activities in town here in Hoffman and get some photos...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Saturday Will be Exciting in Hoffman

Upcoming Community Events in Hoffman

THE AMERICAN LEGION WESTERN NIGHT,
WITH 7 ARTISTS, WILL BE HELD SATURDAY EVENING(NOV. 22ND)
AT 7:00PM AT THE HOFFMAN COMMUNITY CENTER.
FREE WILL OFFERING

THE HOLIDAY EXPO WILL BE HELD AT
HOFFMAN SQUARE AND THE MAIN STREET GALLERIA
FROM 9:00AM TO 3:00PM TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 22ND.


THE MAIN STREET GALLERIA GRAND OPENING IS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND FROM 9:00AM - 5:00PM

I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO
SHOP LOCALLY FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
WE MUST MAINTAIN THE BUSINESSES WE HAVE.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS A STRONG COMMUNITY!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hoffman Commerce and Ag Meeting Held on Thursday

About 20 members of the Hoffman Commerce and Ag Club attended the Noon lunch meeting at the Dew Drop Inn on Thursday afternoon.

At the Commerce & Ag meeting...the main items discussed included a large number of upcoming events in Hoffman. This coming Saturday, November 22 the Holiday Expo and the Galleria Open House will take place. The Holiday Expo is at the John Kleinsasser gymnasium, while the Galleria Open House is...at the Galleria!

As this is only my third actual day of working in Hoffman, I am still enamored by the incredible level of activity going on in the Galleria. It's exciting to hear about the future Healthcare Mall as well.

The Hoffman Holiday Expo will take place from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, November 22nd, at the Hoffman Square and Main Street Galleria.
  • Free Admission
  • Gift for the first 100 customers
  • Bring your friends!
  • Children's area
  • Door prizes
  • Lunch available, served by Lincoln Church.
I've still got some glitches on this blog format to work out. but hopefully after using it for a few days I'll have things looking pretty sharp.

More updates will follow on Friday.

Horizons Meeting on Wednesday Draws Big Crowd


















An estimated 70 Hoffman-area residents were on hand for the Wednesday, November 19th Horizons meeting.


And in all my interest at taking photos of everyone at the event...after taking roughly 70 photos, I failed to get a shot of the whole crowd! Gasp!

A warm meal and daycare was provided to the audience prior to the meeting. Three members of the University of Minnesota Extension staff were on hand to facilitate the meeting.

Items discussed included basic "brainstorming" ideas that were developed at study circles that took place in Hoffman over the past few months.