A 10-year-old girl has been found dead after a hay bale fire Thursday night in southwestern Minnesota. The fired happened at a farm west of Adrian, Minn., around 7 p.m. Once the fire was out, firefighters took apart the round hay bales and found Perry Heideman’s body lying among them.
After a difficult summer, Minnesota farmers are confronting a new challenge as colder weather moves in. The price of hay has more than tripled in the past six months, fueled by a shortage caused by a drought-plagued autumn and wet spring that diminished yield.
This winter could be particularly difficult for Minnesota horse owners after drought and disease have led to a shortage of hay. That makes it extra expensive for owners, and animal rescue groups are saddling up for a tough road ahead. It’s all due to alfalfa crops not faring well in the last year.
A 59-year-old man has unknown injuries after his tractor rolled over Thursday afternoon in Sauk Centre, Minn., authorities said. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department said Randy Pieper was operating a tractor at about 8 a.m. Thursday at Vogt Dairy on Queensfield Road.
Fields lined by leafy, green rows of freshly cut alfalfa may just as well be strips of gold, as the essential feed for dairy cows and horses is quickly becoming a huge cash crop for Central Minnesota farmers.