By Tyler Trieglaff

Notes from the Chief

Fall is here so it is time for fall cattle work. Vaccinating the calves is a two step process, with the calves needing two rounds of vaccines. The landowners were able to get the 15 pairs still on pasture captured so those calves were vaccinated at the other farm. We will vaccinate the 50 calves at home as soon as the rest of the vaccine comes in.  

In three to six weeks, we will give a booster shot to the calves at weaning time. This practice of vaccinating calves well before weaning is called preconditioning. When the calves are weaned in a month or so, they will have a good buildup of antibodies to fight off any germs that may try to cause them harm. Weaning from the cow is the most stressful time in a calf’s life so we try to ward off those bugs by getting their immune system in shape before weaning time. We do have all the pairs at home caught in the up-close pens and corral so we can easily separate the calves and vaccinate when ready.  

Our pastures are about grazed down for this year with the exception of one field that will be next. Hopefully with the 2 ½” of rain we got and some nice weather, the grass may grow just a little more. Any little bit of growth helps so we don’t have to start full-blown feeding of the corn silage and round hay bales.

We still have lots to get ready around the farmyard before the snow flies. We need to install the waterer for the calf feedlot as we moved the fence while we built the new shop. The feed bunks need to be moved into position for feeding over the winter.  The tub grinder needs its annual maintenance check  Several pieces of farm equipment need to be moved and parked in the cold storage machine shed. Lots to do and so little time. Have a good week!

Friday, Sept. 22

8:17 a.m. Report of threats being made between high school students over Snapchat pictures.  Officer and school involved in trying to mediate the issue at hand.

8:20 a.m. Assist with a search warrant.

10:15 a.m. Report of a black calf in the ditch on US Hwy 10. Officer called owner and they got the calf back in.

2:06 p.m. Vehicle parked in the no parking zone on Lake St S.

2:16 p.m.  Officer helped remove debris on St Hwy 34 on his way to Bemidji.

6:27 p.m. Domestic between several family members. Officer gave female a ride to Perham to help calm the situation for the evening.

9:28 p.m. Male reporting his ex’s new man may be a shady character and he is concerned for his kids. Officer did not find any proof of such shadiness. More of a child custody/civil matter between parents.

11:33 p.m. Assist with a one vehicle rollover on St Hwy 87.

Monday, Sept. 25

9:02 a.m. Assist with a medical.

10:35 a.m. Assist with a medical.

4:49 p.m. Wallet turned into city office. Owner came to pick up wallet at the PD.

8:09 p.m. Report of a train spraying liquid from the engine. Train was rail maintenance equipment.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

5:59 p.m.  Report of an elderly male that might not be safe behind the wheel. Officer helped male get a safe ride home.

9:20 p.m. Report of possible gunshots on St Hwy 87. Officer and deputy found that someone had put an aerosol can in the fire.  

Wednesday, Sept. 27

9:19 a.m. Assist with a search warrant.

9:25 a.m. Male reporting being harassed by someone from his home state as well as his girlfriend’s ex. Same people involved in above call.  Advice given to block those people on social media and seek restraining orders if necessary.

10:28 a.m. Vehicle unlock on Lake St S.

3:43 p.m. Vehicle unlock on Lake St S.

7:13 p.m. Parent reporting his daughter was being followed and harassed by a classmate’s mother. Issue seemed to be from kids playing together and possibly a broken phone.

Thursday, Sept. 28

8:18 a.m. Traffic complaint with officer talking to two high school boys about their driving conduct.

1:47 p.m. Report of a loose dog near the school during recess. Dog took off before officer arrived.