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Dec 05

Changes to Farming in Minnesota

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 8:32 AM by Michael Stalberger


Drainage update 12/4/2017


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

·         CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  We will be having a final improvement hearing during our December 12, 2017, Board of Commissioners Meeting.  Meeting location is on second floor of Historical County Courthouse Building, in the commissioner’s room.

·         JD17 (Garden City Twp.)  We will be hosting an informal landowner meeting to discuss possible repairs / improvements to this drainage system.  Part of the discussion will be updated plans and cost estimates.  Affected landowners will receive a mailed notice of time and location.


Project Updates


  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  Contractor has finished all work for this improvement project.  The contractor and engineer have signed a few finalizing documents and we will be scheduling an acceptance hearing for Blue Earth County Drainage Authority approval sometime in the near future.
  • CD12 (Mankato Twp.)  All crossings have been completed.  Contractor still needs to put some final touches on some water quality /alternative intakes.  Spoils from ditch cleaning are still very wet, so we will more than likely finish spreading spoils spring 2018.
  • JD34 (LeRay Twp.)  I was unable to visit this site last week.  I’m trying to get some televising projects wrapped up for the year.  I should be able to make it out to all projects this week, as our televising is put on temporary hold due to needed repairs to the equipment.


Shrimp Farming?

When you think Minnesota, most people think corn, soybeans, hogs, and cattle farming.  In case you haven’t heard yet…Minnesota is also home to a revolutionary shrimp farming business.  The shrimp farm business is owned by Tru Shrimp - a division of Ralco Animal Nutrition.  Ralco Animal Nutrition is based out of the Marshall area.  Balaton, Minnesota is the home of the current Tru Shrimp facility.  They hatch, grow, feed, and process shrimp in a controlled indoor environment.

Tru Shrimp is adding a few large facilities to the Luverne, Minnesota area.  The additional buildings mean more jobs: 75 – 100 new employees are expected to be needed to run their new “harbor”, waste water treatment facility, and a processing facility.

Tru Shrimp has teamed up with another well-known Minnesota company, Schwan’s, to expand the shrimp farming business.  Schwan’s made a considerable investment with Tru Shrimp to help with facilitating the processing part of the shrimp farming business.  There are multiple articles on this, but here’s a link to get you started on reading more on this subject,

I thought this article was interesting on multiple levels.  I like the fact that it’s helping boost job opportunities in rural parts of Minnesota and also bringing over $100 million in new construction.  The water quality aspect of them establishing their own water treatment facility to protect nearby ecosystems is also interesting.  I hope you find this new industry and its reading as interesting as I did.



Recent Drainage Inspections – week of November 27 – December 1:


  • CD56 branch 20 (Lincoln Twp.)  We televised the new portions of 18-inch HDPE pipe that we installed in September of 2017.  All of the new pipe, connections and joints looked great.  Hopefully this repair will last a long time.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  We finished televising what we could on the main tile line.  The main tile, 24-inch concrete, was found to have 4 – 6 inches of sediment in it, making it very difficult or impossible to televise every foot of this tile.  After discovering a few branch lines are in disrepair, we will more than likely start looking into some pretty major repairs for this system. Photo showing branch tile lines found full of sediment.televising 1



  • JD45 (Mapleton Twp.)  Started televising last Friday on this system that is just south and west of Mapleton.  I had 7 inspection holes planned for televising this system.  We only managed to televise one of the seven holes last Friday due in part to some technical difficulties.  From what we saw from televising, things look really good so far on this all tile system.


  • We plan on continuing to get ditch cleanings and repairs made all over the county as long as the weather cooperates.  I also plan to finish televising tile, despite the weather turning cold.



Please call with issues you observe on our public drainage system, as there is a lot of open ditch and tile in our county and only two of us in the drainage department.  We will do our absolute best to service your issues and concerns as we receive them.


We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist