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Minnesota milk production up despite dairy closures

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Udder paradox. The Star Tribune’s Adam Belz reports: “Dairy farmers are quitting en masse, but milk production keeps growing in another sign of the terrific forces at work against small dairies in the Upper Midwest. … A report this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that October milk production in the state grew by 15 million pounds, or nearly 2%, compared to the year before, even though the state lost 10% of its dairy farms last year.

Difference made. MPR’s Tarkor Zehn reports: “After pressure from Minnesota public-health and environmental activists, Amazon removed more than a dozen skin-lightening products with toxic levels of mercury off its website. … The move came after two organizations, the BeautyWell Project and the state branch of the Sierra Club, delivered a petition with over 23,000 signatures to the company’s fulfillment center in Shakopee on Wednesday.”

Keeping parks clean. The Southwest Journal’s Andrew Hazzard reports: “City public health officials are establishing 10 syringe deposit sites in South Minneapolis in an effort to keep neighborhoods and parks free of used needles. … Minneapolis launched the syringe pilot program in early November, when two deposit stations were placed along Bloomington Avenue. … Ultimately there will be 10 sites established, mostly near Bloomington Avenue between Lake Street and Franklin Avenue. Four will be at city parks: Currie, East Phillips, Franklin Steele Square and Peavy Field.”

Port’s back. KMSP reporta: “She was accused of being ‘too loud’ and faced #MeToo movement backlash, but nearly two years after dropping out as a DFL candidate in a state house race – Lindsey Port is back on the campaign trail … Wednesday, Port announced on social media she’s running for the state senate seat that represents parts of Savage-Burnsville and Lakeville.”

Property bothers. The Star Tribune’s Emma Nelson reports:Downtown St. Paul’s largest property owner is embroiled in a legal dispute with a union that alleged the company used its ownership structure to avoid paying employees overtime. … Madison Equities, which has a portfolio including the First National Bank Building, US Bank Center and Alliance Bank Center, is also fending off an investigation by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. … The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26, a union that represents workers including janitors, window washers and security guards, assisted workers with filing complaints that prompted the state action. SEIU released a statement last month and posted fliers saying the company avoided paying thousands of dollars in overtime wages by having security guards submit their hours to separate companies.”

In other news…

Nickeled to death:Minneapolis City Council Approves 5-Cent Plastic & Paper Bag Fee” [WCCO]

Cease & Desist:Lawsuit: Target’s Good & Gather line infringes trademark of Georgia woman’s business” [Yahoo! News]

Attention comedy fans:TV pilot set in Superior debuts on Amazon” [Duluth News Tribune]

Day brightener:Colorblind Boy Gets Special Glasses, Sees Color For The First Time” [WCCO]

Eatin’ good in the Uptown neighborhood:Replace that ‘cursed’ Uptown Minneapolis space with an Applebee’s” [City Pages]

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by David Tinker on 11/22/2019 - 04:01 pm.

    Cannibal Capitalism/American Exceptionalism

    R.I.P. Small Family Farms

  2. Submitted by William Hunter Duncan on 11/22/2019 - 07:25 pm.

    As to the dairy issue, most of those cows live three years before they are butchered, having lived miserable lives. By contrast, the happy rotationally grass fed cows at a friends farm produce healthy milk as old as 11.

    The loss of such dairies as my friends, leads to pollution, illness and the death of local economics and the communities they support.

    A contributer too to sky rocketing health care costs, and rampant drug, homelessness and suicide epidemics.

    America would do well to restore the small family, grass fed dairy.

    • Submitted by Larry Sanderson on 11/23/2019 - 11:22 am.

      I’d agree with you on small family farms, except modern health regulations require equipment outlays that cost a wee bit more than in days of yore, and milking cows is a two or three times a day life-sentence to the milking parlor.

      • Submitted by William Hunter Duncan on 11/24/2019 - 09:13 am.

        My friends started milking once a day. The milk-fat content is much higher than conventional dairy, and their loss of volume is negligible. Most of their farming neighbors said they were crazy. But they can’t argue with the results.

    • Submitted by Greg Smith on 11/23/2019 - 02:18 pm.

      So many inaccuracies in you comments.
      First,cows in conventional shares live more than 3 years.
      Last time I looked, average was around 3 some odd lacations. Puts the cow around 6 years. If you have a more productive genetically superior heifsr, it makes sense to replace the cow.
      A properly ma aged free stall dairy is farmore comfortable than a old fashioned the stall barn.
      Rotational grazing has its place, but to denigrate other methods is ignorant

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