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Austin Schmitt also awarded star in Proficiency Dairy Production – Placement by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer Royalton FFA Chapter President Austin Schmitt continues to lead his peers forward in greater agricultural experience and knowledge. He was approved to receive his State Degree at a regional event in Staples Feb. 8, and will be rewarded for his time [...]

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Ralma Holsteins outstanding in dairy industry by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer Ralma Holsteins from Schmitt Dairy are known around the world. The farm, located 5.2 miles from Rice and 4.2 miles from Royalton, has welcomed visitors from six continents – people wanting to learn more about the dairy operation and foreign students who stayed with [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer   The agriculture classes at Upsala High School have been the first in the state to utilize recordkeeping technology to track activities and achievements. Gretchen Schleper, ag teacher and FFA adviser, updated the School Board on ag activities, highlighting agricultural experience tracking (AET), agricultural education online recordkeeping system. “It’s really [...]

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Upsala graduate sees farming in the southern hemisphere   by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer   It was the supportive atmosphere and confidence-building that drew 2012 Upsala graduate Marjorie Schleper to the National FFA Organization (formerly known as Future Farmers of America.) While still in elementary school, Schleper was allowed to tag along when her mom, [...]

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Pat Tax and energized students working hard to keep the program alive By Tina Snell, Staff Writer Pat Tax, Pierz, dairy farmer and the mother of the former Princess Kay of the Milky Way Mary Zahurones, is the new FFA adviser in Royalton. She started her position the first day of the school year, taking the [...]

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Brad Irwin has already begun to get his classroom ready for the school year By Tina Snell, Staff Writer tina.snell@mcrecord.com The Pierz School District has hired veteran ag teacher Brad Irwin from Aitkin. He has accepted the FFA adviser position as well. “I am really enjoying Pierz,” Irwin said. “The people here seem very friendly and welcoming. [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@mcrecord.com    At the 83rd Minnesota State FFA Convention Tuesday, Upsala High School 2011 graduate Marjorie Schleper was elected FFA state vice-president for the coming year. Chosen by a nominating committee following two intense days of interviews and speaking, she was one of six team  members chosen from 21 statewide [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer tina.snell@mcrecord.com Upsala’s FFA Chapter is going through a rebuilding period. “We lost about six seniors last year,” said Audrey Schleper, a ninth grader and the treasurer of the Upsala chapter. “We have only one senior this year and 75 percent of the chapter are ninth graders or younger.” Audrey, in her [...]

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