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Talkin' Beans
April 14, 2005

Northarvest election results

At Bean Day 2005, the Northarvest Bean Growers Association members elected two new directors and re-elected one director to serve on the association's governing board. Mark Streed, Milan, Minn., was re-elected to represent District 9.

Don Streifel, Washburn, N.D., was elected to represent District 6. Don, his wife Loretta and son-in-law Jeff Kulzer, operate a diversified crop farm south of Washburn. They have raised pintos and navies since 1981. They grow irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans and wheat in rotation with dry beans. Don also sells crop insurance.

Daniel Webster, Penn, N.D., was elected to represent District 3. Daniel and his wife, Doreen, farm in the Devils Lake area. They began growing pintos 10 years ago. They also grow durum, spring wheat, barley, soybeans and corn. They also have raised canola and sunflowers. The Websters lost their farmstead to rising waters of Devils Lake several years ago and had to move to their current location west of the lake. They have four daughters. Dan has served on several local and state boards, including the Nodak Rural Electric board of directors.

Other directors include Gary Friskhop, Wahpeton; Mark Myrdal, Edinburg; Mark Hettervig, Buxton; Gary Paur, Gilby; and Alan Juliuson, Hope, N.D.; and Kevin Anderson, East Grand Forks; Mark Streed, Milan; and John Ewy, Deer Creek, Minn.


New districts

In 2004, the Northarvest Bean Growers Association board of directors redrew district boundary lines to reflect the shift in dry bean production in Minnesota and North Dakota. The districts were established in 1976. Minnesota used to have four districts. Now it has three. North Dakota used to have five districts. It now has six.


Northarvest directors elect officers

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association board of directors recently elected Kevin Anderson, East Grand Forks, Minn., president; Alan Juliuson, Hope, N.D., vice-president; and Mark Streed, Milan, MN, treasurer.

Term limits

Also during Bean Day, Northarvest members voted to amend the groups constitution to limit directors to serving three consecutive three-year terms. Previously, the Association did not limit terms.

Excited about Russian market

That's Kevin Anderson, an East Grand Forks, Minn., farmer and Northarvest Bean Growers Association board member in the Russian hat.

He and Gary Paur, Gilby, N.D., represented Northarvest as part of a U.S. Dry Bean Council team at an international food show held in Moscow.

"I am excited about the Russian market for beans," Anderson says.

"There seems to be different things that we can offer them," he says.

Russians grow some interesting looking beans, Anderson adds.

One is called a "skirted" bean. The top half is white and bottom half is speckled (or vice-versa). It gets its name from the fact that the bean looks as if it is wearing a skirt.


Soviet surprises

Though the team didn't have time for extensive sightseeing, here are some of the things Kevin Anderson was surprised to see in Moscow:

* Women dressed to the "hilt," most wearing mink and fur coats.

* Buildings covered with banners advertising Nike, Colgate and other well recognized brands.

* Huge hypemarkets -- bigger than Super Walmart -- with shelves full of every product imaginable.

Friendly people. "You get to know them a little and you find they are like anybody else."

* Nice weather.  "I could have been in East Grand Forks."


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