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Karen Yost likes to say that she's part of "the nation's best-kept secret." "Even though we've been around since 1974, people hear our name and say, 'What's that?' But when they understand what we are, they're usually anxious to get involved," she says. Yost is national president of American Agri-Women, a coalition of 50 state and commodity affiliate organizations, as well as individual women, across the country. Her group represents about 50,000 women. Yost, of Billings, Mont., spoke at the 30th annual Harvest of Knowledge Agri-Women's Conference Oct. 26 in Grand Forks, N.D.
Julie Torizawa and Ted Braun, both of Las Vegas, are engaged to be married Dec. 29 in Del Mar, Calif. Torizawa is the daughter of Shigemi Torizawa and Cindy Southern of Norco, Calif. She is a 1995 graduate of Norco High School and a 2001 graduate of Western University of Health Sciences. She is employed by the Spine and Brain Institute in Las Vegas as a physician's assistant Braun is the son of Roger and Mary Braun of Willmar. He is a 1995 graduate of Willmar Senior High School and is enrolled in the American Military University. He has served in the U.S.
Alyssa Merten and Paul Radloff were united in marriage Aug. 11 at Our Lady of the Lakes in Spicer. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Deb Merten of Spicer. The groom is the son of David and Julie Radloff of Hutchinson. Matron of honor was Amanda Aponte, friend of the bride. Bride's attendants were Katie Rick, Laura Cooper, Cortney Miller and Angela Remily, friends of the bride, and Nikki Rickeman, cousin of the bride. Best man was Eric Radloff, brother of the groom.
Kelsey Myhre and Ryan Moran, both of Minneapolis, are engaged to be married Dec. 31 in Duluth. Myhre is the daughter of Steven and Linda Myhre of Willmar. She is a 1999 graduate of Willmar Senior High School and a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead. She is employed by Target as a senior buyer. Moran is the son of Gerald and Roberta Moran of Esko. He is a 1998 graduate of Esko High School and a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He employed by Target as an enterprise risk project manager.
Meghan Shaw Donner and Ryan Christopher Trader were united in marriage Aug. 5 at Trinity City Church in St. Paul. The bride is the daughter of John and Ginnie Donner of Clara City. The groom is the son of Michael Trader of Kansas City, Mo., and Bob and Loretta Shull of Lenexa, Kan. Matron of honor was Beth Hallstrom, friend of the bride. Bride's attendants were Crystal Donner, sister-in-law of the bride; Kerstin Magnuson and Sarah Magnuson, cousins of the bride; and Bethany Lundgren, Leslie Jorgensen, Christin Oien, Holli Jans and Shelly Lettau, friends of the bride.
FARGO, N.D. -- With 89 percent of its planted acres safely harvested and piled, American Crystal Sugar Co. implemented a new "frost quota" on Nov. 1, allowing at least a small percentage of frost-damaged beets in the far north to be brought in. Jeff Schweitzer, a spokesman for the Moorhead-based, farmer-owned sugar cooperative, said farmers will be able to deliver 1 ton per acre of frost-damaged beets that they planted in 2012.
WILLMAR -- A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture highlights the significant contributions that farmer-owned cooperatives provide to the local and regional economies of rural America.
WILLMAR -- Motorists in Renville County will experience detours beginning Tuesday on State Highway 4 near Hector as crews work on culvert and tile replacement in two locations. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the northern location is two miles north of Hector near 820th Avenue.