By Emily Bialkowski
Houston County was fortunate this year with more hay than other places, according Kevin McCormick, who partners with Hoyt Zenke on winter hay auctions at the Zenke Auction site on Hwy. 44. The once-a-month sale is proving to be fruitful for the Save Our Swimming Pool campaign, which is accepting donations in the form of hay sales. Farmers can donate the proceeds from the sale of a “lot” of hay. On Feb. 20 donors Mike and Daniel Schroeder, who own a farm just south of Caledonia, stepped up to the plate to help the cause.
McCormick came up with the idea after he saw some farmers donating corn. “Little donations add up,” he said. A lot of hay is currently going for about $1,000, depending on quantity and quality, so farmers can really make an impact and help build the new aquatic center. Additionally, Bonanza Grain is willing to donate the weighing of the hay for any farmer wanting to donate. Another hay auction is set to take place on March 20, and anyone interested in donating hay can contact either McCormick at 507-450-9055 or Zenke at 507-429-9999. Hay prices are high, so it’s generous of farmers to donate, McCormick said. The aquatic center campaign is also ramping up efforts for its April 1 phonathon.