Short takes

Tru Shrimp groundbreaking big news


There was more than dirt flying off shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony in Balaton Monday. Excitement was circulating through the air as well, as the tru Shrimp company celebrated the start of construction for the new training facility at the Ralco Technology Campus. This facility not only figures to be an attempt to establish an inland shrimp production industry in the Midwest, but it has the potential to be a major economic boon for southwest Minnesota. Tru Shrimp hopes to have the 12,000 square-foot- facility open by next summer.

Farmers looking at the bright side


According to a survey and two Minnesota West Community and Technical College instructors, farmers are hopeful for the future but very much concerned with the financial health of their farming operations. According to instructor Paul Lanoue, many of the smaller dairy farms are suffering right now with prolonged low prices for milk. Fortunately, many farmers have been recording some of the best yields ever historically which is keeping them in a “OK” position. Farmers are being encouraged to become better managers and look for ways to be more efficient.

Lincoln County accepts good audit


Lincoln County Commissioners received good news from an auditing report. The auditor reported that fund balances are up $1.3 million from the previous year. Auditor Clifton Larson Allen LLP also gave a “clean opinion” on the county’s financial statements.

Schwan’s holds grand celebration


The Schwan’s food company celebrated its 65th anniversary last Thursday at US Bank Stadium. It was quite a display of elegant food and entertainment. The event was actually held on the playing field with a large screen showing the NFL Network game being played that night. Right in the middle of all the celebration was the old Schwan’s delivery truck, which represented the company’s beginnings in Marshall.