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22
Jul
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Livestock entries down, but not much

BY DAN THALMANN
 
Livestock entries were down overall in the Washington County Fair last week, but by division there were some increases to go along with the decreases. The beef division took the most noticeable hit. There were 61 entries this year compared to 75 last year. Sheep numbers were down six, from 30 to 24, and dairy goats were way down, going from 15 to nine this year after one local dairy goat family moved their operation to Marshall County. While still popular, the meat goat division was down by one, from 34 to 33.     

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22
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They’re farmers and they show it

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BY DAN THALMANN

The Peterson Farm Bros concert was the biggest event of the Washington County Fair last week. Their Saturday evening concert drew a packed house, fi lling all of the bleachers, dugout benches and even lawn chairs in open areas in the big ball diamond in Washington. The trio of brothers from Assaria entertained and educated through a series of parody songs, using agricultural lyrics set to the music of several familiar pop songs. The brothers, Greg, Nathan and Kendal Peterson, gained sudden popularity on YouTube after releasing a parody of “I’m Sexy and I Know It” titled “I’m Farming and I Grow It.” Between singing a selection of their more popular tunes, the brothers explained the experience of going from young farm boys who were students at K-State and in high school, to YouTube celebrities.    

Wed
22
Jul
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4H project takes entrepreneurial twist

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BY DAN THALMANN

Erin Holtmeier wanted a new challenge with 4H, or she was ready to quit. Erin, daughter of Lee and Steph Holtmeier, had been a member of the Busy Bee 4H club since she was fi rst eligible at seven years old. She had participated in a wide variety of projects, including cooking, photography, crafts, horses, bucket calves, crops and fl owers and usually brought a wide variety of projects to the fair, including some years where she had “a ridiculous number” of entries.  

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Wed
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NEAL EHLER’S SHEEP SHOWING EFFORT DOMINATED THE COMPETITION at the WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR

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BY DAN THALMANN

Neal Ehler has been involved with show lambs since he could walk. But his performance at the Washington County Fair last week was one of the most dominating to date. Neal, the son of Trai and Lori Ehler, won the senior showmanship contest in the sheep division, then went on to win both classes in the ewe division and the grand champion breeding ewe title.

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Wed
15
Jul
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Ohlde Seed Farms adds innovative new seed treating facility

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PALMER – Ohlde Seed Farms recently completed a major expansion at their farm headquarters south of Linn with the addition of a seed treating facility. The facility is at the southeastcorner of the Ohlde Seed complex and it began operation this spring. Ohlde said the new facility will allow Ohlde Seed to provide high speed and effi cient custom seed treatment
for his customers.
 
Wed
15
Jul
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YouTube stars to perform at county fair

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The Peterson Farm Brothers worked on the farm during the month of June, with wheat harvest, hay baling and soybean
planting. According to the middle of the three brothers, Nathan Peterson, it has been some time since they’ve done a performance.
 
Wed
15
Jul
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Mormon Springs monument dedicated

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As the American fl ag rose over a veiled stone monument a fewmiles south of Washington on Sunday afternoon, it caught the blast-furnace breeze and snapped to attention, its crisp, sharp notesseeming to summon the memory of all that had gone before, and all that had been lost.
 
Wed
08
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County Fair board hopes large crowd shows up for new carnival

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BY LESLIE MANNING
To secure a contract with a carnival several elements must be in place. First, the event requesting the carnival must fi t into the carnival’s booking schedule. Second, the event should fi nancially compete with other events wanting to book the carnival. Third, the event benefi ts from a reputation for supporting longevity with a carnival circuit.
 
Wed
08
Jul
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Washington woman killed in accident along Highway 15

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BY DAN THALMANN
LINN – An accident southwest of Linn on Thursday resulted in the death of Sheila Krzykowski, 50, of Washington. Krzykowski was reported missing on Friday by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. At the time of the report, she hadn’t been seen since 6 a.m. Thursday. The Washington, Linn and Palmer Fire Departments and the Washington County
CERT team assisted in the search for Krzykowski.
 
Wed
08
Jul
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ANANVIL BLAST from the past

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A powerful explosion launches an 80-pound anvil into the air at a fi eld southwest of Washington on Saturday morning. The anvil blast, which is an old Fourth of July tradition for blacksmiths, drew a large crowd to see the unusual event.
 

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