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Another Successful Tesmer Farm Safety Day Camp

Another Successful Tesmer Farm Safety Day Camp

By Katie Drewitz, University of Minnesota Extension 

PRESTON and CALEDONIA, Minn. (05/23/2023) — This past week we wrapped up another successful Tesmer Farm Safety Day Camp. Thank you to the sponsors, volunteers, teachers, chaperones and students for making the 2023 event such a success! Two events were held this year. On May 16th, seven Fillmore County schools, a Houston County School and several home school families came to the Fillmore County Fair Grounds in Preston and on May 18th eight Houston County schools came to the Houston County Fair Grounds in Caledonia. In total, 517 students and 66 teachers and chaperones attended this year’s program. 

Tesmer Farm Safety Day is a program that saves the lives of children and is completely funded by local donations. Every donation of money, safety products, food, time, and resources contributes to that effort. Please join me in thanking the people and businesses that make it happen. 

Topics & Presenters:

911 Simulator – Fillmore County Sheriff John DeGeorge 

ATV Safety – Brad Harguth 

Basic First Aid – Preston and Caledonia Ambulance

Bicycle Safety – Brenda Pohlman and Lisa Dierks

Electric Safety – MiEnergy Cooperative

Fire Safety – Preston, Caledonia, and Eitzen Fire Departments

General Farm Safety – Mike Cruse and Jane Bjerke

Grain Drowning – Scott Winslow, Jeff Eickoff and Brad Hoschiet

Horse Safety – Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project and Mandi Niebeling

Lawn Mower Safety – Roger Holdeman and Midwest Machinery in Caledonia  

Livestock Safety – Dr. Lynn Aggen, Sara West and Mike Cruse 

Plant Identification – Dean Thomas and Dan Wermager

PTO Safety – Mike Root 

Tractor Rollover – Lisa Dierks and Doug Heintz 

Water Safety – Houston County Sheriff Brian Swedberg and Chief Deputy Bill Hargrove 

Location support: Fillmore and Houston County Fair Boards and groundskeepers 

Livestock: Jesse Baker, Sara West and Mandi Niebeling 

Equipment donation: Preston Equipment Company, Midwest Machinery, Brad Harguth, Roger Holdeman, and RunRight Power Equipment

Student Volunteers: Fillmore Central FFA and Caledonia FFA

Lunch: Fillmore County Cattlemen, Fillmore County ADA, Houston County ADA, Rushford, Preston and Harmony Foods, Kwik Trip in Caledonia and Rushford, FormAFeed – Mike Root, and Houston County Cattlemen 

Camp Shirts and Bags: Kelly Printing and Signs 

Sponsors: Safety Officer: $1 - $249 - A1 Precision Pumping, Acentek, Ag Partners, Ameriprise Financial-Beneke & Associates, Bloomfield Mutual Insurance Co, Cabin Coffee Co., Caledonia Lumber Co., INC, Caledonia Oil, Caledonia Veterinary Clinic, Christine K Rischette-H & R Block, Houston & Caledonia, Compeer Financial Services, Craig's Auto Repair, Danielson Insurance Agency, Inc., Denny's Equip & Trailer Sales, Dev-Lin Holsteins-Devoine & Linda Kruse, Drury Furniture, ESB Banking and Insurance, Essig Agency, F & M Communtiy Bank & Insurance Services, Farmer Insurance-April Carrier, Farmers Win, Finseth Milk Hauling, First Southeast Banks - Harmony & Canton, First State Bank, Fitting Brother's Excavating, Gp Truck Painting, Graf Insurance, Gunderson Lutheran Houston Clinic, Hammell Equipment Inc., Harmony & Cresco Veterinary Clinic, Harmony/Preston Agri Services, Inc., Hoff Funeral Home, Inc., Horihan Insurance, Houston County DHIA, JMS Agronomics Inc., Kathy's Beauty Salon, Klug Insurance, Kraus Oil Company/Country Store, Kwik Trip, Manahan Machine Shop, Inc., Mauss Pumping Services, McCabe Repairs, Midwest Machinery Co., Minnwest Bank, Morem Electric, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Scheevel, Oak Meadow Meats, LLC, Ody's Country Meats Processing & Catering, Olmsted Medical Center, Pete's Auction & Photo, Inc., Pioneer Seeds, Paul Frank, Spring Valley, Poet Biorefining, Preble Farmers Mutual, Root River State Bank, Scheevel & Sons Inc., Southeast Electric Inc, Spring Valley Sales Co, We Be of MN, Safety Supervisor: $250 - $499 - American Legion Post 423, Bremer Bank, Caledonia Haulers, Hammell Equipment Inc., Eitzen, Loveless-Eikens, American Legion #191, M & M Lawn & Leisure, Mensink Farms, MiBroadband, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Safety Superhero: $500+ -  CHS, Farm Bureau Financial Services: Scott Evans, Fillmore County Cattlemen, Fillmore County Farm Bureau, Houston County Cattlemen, and Houston County Farm Bureau. 

Extension Staff: Heather Barth, Jennifer Burrichter, Tanner Marquardt, Hannah Myhre and Katie Drewitz 

Planning is already underway for 2024! If you are interested in learning more or supporting Tesmer Farm Safety Day please reach out to the Fillmore or Houston County Extension offices at 507-765-3896, 507-725-5807 or email Katie directly at wins0115@umn.edu.

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