By Tyler Trieglaff

Notes from the Chief

It’s been a productive week on the farm, we are up to 38 babies alive and well. Red, black, red-white face and black-white face calves, even a Charolais colored calf.  

We had two days with 5 calves being born. I believe the record is 6 calves in one day. 

It is also time to check the fence after winter. The last two years we took out and replaced 27,000 feet of fencing and installed a high-tensile electric fence. The issue is the snow will pull on the fence and break the plastic insulators. The fence will ground itself and not deliver as much of a jolt to the cattle.  

I had started to replace the insulators and forgot to unplug the fencer. I did not feel the shock as the fence was grounding itself, but as I replaced more and more insulators, I started to feel the tingle in my fingers that the zap was getting stronger. By the time I made it a mile away, the fence was again at full power. I know this because there happens to be a few knicks and cuts in the insulated handle on my pliers. The fence is fixed and will be ready for our pasture rotation this summer.  

A few weeks ago, I was at a friend’s house and his teenage son was home and I asked the boy if he was seeing anyone. His dad chirped in and said, “I wish he was. I’m tired of seeing him happy all the time.”

Have a nice week!

Friday, April 21

7:50 a.m. Report of damage to school property.

12:19 p.m. Vehicle on Maple Ave W that got entangled in the wire of a power pole.

2:13 p.m. Complaint that a vehicle was damaged by the city snow plow when pushing the wet heavy snow. Damage to vehicles by the snow during snow removal is not the responsibility of the public entity removing the snow from the roadway. If there is damage to property from the actual plow or equipment, there may be cause for reimbursement. Vehicles parked on the street during snow removal can be a hindrance and the plow drivers do the best they can to clear the streets while dodging vehicles.

11:35 p.m. Male reporting being threatened by another male over a female.

Saturday, April 22

4:46 p.m. Vehicle unlock on 120th St.

5:25 p.m. Assist with a medical.

5:54 p.m. Welfare check requested on adult daughter by mother who lives in the cities. Unable to make contact with daughter.

10:04 p.m. Suspicious vehicle at a business on Frazee Rd.  

Monday, April 24

5:01 p.m. Background check for landlord.

5:57 p.m. Male calling to report issues with his ex and her boyfriend.

8:13 p.m. Disturbance in DL and kids ended up in Frazee.

Tuesday, April 25

8:42 a.m. Parking complaint on N. Lake St in the city parking lot.  

4:48 p.m. Domestic assault reported on Cherry Ave. Report completed and charges were declined by the city attorney.

Wednesday, April 26

4:53 p.m. Male reporting he lost his wallet, most likely misplaced.

6:09 p.m. Officer made contact with female from welfare check on Saturday. She said she had talked to her mother and all was well.

Thursday, April 27

11:21 a.m. 911 hang-up with a child on the phone. All was well.

11:34 a.m. Business reporting getting a blank check in the mail. Officer did some research and it seems that an elderly female sends out a check here and there. Her bank in Wisconsin was aware of the conduct by the client and they told the officer to void and shred the check.

3:38 p.m. Two stray dogs found and taken to Lucky Dog.