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9ongratulations to Kenny and Tracy Kellen. . . NOVEMBER FARMER OF THE MONTH We Think Money Matters! I Clinton State Bank CLINTON, MN I PHONE 325-5401 PRO RUTO Professional Body Work N Free Estimates We specialize in repairables. We'll find a car or truck that's right for you. Kevin Backstrand Ortonville, MN Congratulations , , "":  to the Kenny and Tracy Kellen on a job welldone! ~ SERVICE SHOPS - s - OU Changes - Grease - Enges - Pats ~ CONVENIENCE STORES ~ Pizzas - Subs - Videos - Groceries - Gas - Diesel ~ FERTILIZER ~ Custom Application - Chemicals - Anhydrous Seed - Crop Scouting - Liquid & Dry Fertilizer ~ FUEL ~ Propane - Diesel - Home Heating Oil - Gas - Oil BIG STONE 'COOPERATIVE CLINTON 320-325-5466 ORTONVILLE * 320-839-6187 MILBANK * 605-432-5532 "Growing to meet your needs." Wst EL. IEentral JEn ' ac'c'cll Phone (320) 748-7239 Gr e, Minnesola Member FDIC I CAR CARE CLINIC Because We Care... Custom Pipe Bending :Alignments Transmissions .Major Overhauls Ortonville, Minnesota Phone (320) 839-2026 nin BEARDSLEY FARMERS ELEVATOR CO. Elevator One Elevator Two 265-6933 265-6181 nIluunnnnuu BUTCH THOLE DISTRIBUTING Cloverleaf Dairy Products Phone 839-2573 0rtonville I I fill I I1 KEVIN'S BODY SHOP Complete Auto Body Repair and Glass Installation Ortonvifle 839-3066 KEVIN RAAF Salutes American Agriculture and Our Farmer of the Month November AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE KELLEN FARM. Recently, operation. The Kellens farm approximately four miles The dairy business isn't new to Kenny Kellen of rural Beardsley, having grown up on the homestead four miles southeast of Beardsley and milking his entire life. What is new, he says, is the amount of new technology that comes along with it. A 1989 graduate of Beardsley High School, Kenny says the amount of computers used on the farm these days is unreal. "Nowadays," he says, "fanning is more of a challenge than other occupations. Small farms need to be run more like small businesses than family farms in order to survive, and computers and whatever new technology is out there are all very important." He and wife Tracy both attended school and received associate degrees for applied sciences in Crookston, him for dairy and her in equine (horse) science. They both handle the entire workload from the 95 head, 80 of which are milked. The buildings can house as many as 109 cows in free stalls. Kenny could be considered a third generation farmer in the area, since his father Paul, who Kenny took over for a couple years farm a couple miles place. Paul is built a new 1991. He lives there the 760 acres of portion of the The Kellens use a for milking, and produces around milk per day, which gallons. The milk is every other day, and logged Feed for the total mixed ration which includes a high-moisture corn,  blend with corn A series of conve] computerized scale amounts of each tyPe mixture for the Tracy, who gre.W Brainerd, says par of activities when not farm. She enjoys assisting with the 4-H horse progr; project leader and AUTOMATED MILKING METHODS are used for m Kellens' operation. Kenny says stalls like these are u.sed are still mdking. "It's really not as complicated as it lOOt.-,, Wellendo MACHINE SH Wayne WeUendorf Call (320) 839-397g 327 Second Street Ortonville, MN .- Complete Veterinary Services R.R. Lentz, D.V.M. K.E. Peterson, D.V.M. 517 - 4th Avenue West Milbank, SD