Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.09.2015

April 7, 2015

Today: Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (O’Neill X 2)

Birthdays: Rotarians across the globe

Next Week: Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

Last Week:

Kevin Born calls it “missionary work.” He is promoting an innovative piece of farm machinery that limits soil erosion, reduces fertilizer applications and cuts time and expenses by using a one-pass field technique. He thinks it will be a key to feeding the projected nine billion people who will populate the globe by 2050.

Kevin is the chief executive officer of Environmental Tillage Systems, Inc., a Faribault-based manufacturer of conservation tillage and nutrient management equipment. The company’s product is the brain-child of a Cannon City farmer, Mark Bauer, and his wife, who sought to build a better mouse trap. What emerged is the SoilWarrior, a machine that strikes a balance between conventional tillage and no tillage, and, using GPS, limits fertilizer use by targeting application to where the plants will be growing.

Kevin says the machine protects the soil by not only limiting erosion, but by reducing soil compaction and reducing the decline in soil biology. It also protects waterways by minimizing soil erosion and fertilizer runoff.

The company has been in business for about 10 years.

Selling directly to farmers, they have machines in 18 U.S. states, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Despite it being a home-grown product, Kevin said Minnesota farmers have not been early adopters.


Rich Lorang is still a veterinarian. When he is not working with small animals in his clinic in Dundas, he is hunting fishing, bee-keeping, running or kayaking.

He has been practicing in the Dundas-Northfield area since 1998. He and his wife, Virginia, have three children. Zach, 26, is married and works as a Russian interpreter; Sam, 25, is an illustrator, and their daughter, Mary, is graduating from Iowa State this spring and moving on to a graduate program in psychology at the University of Denver.

New Members: Paul Krause, film-maker (Sinning), Elizabeth Child, executive director of Northfield Area United Way (Estenson) and Jayne Hager-Dee, former extension service administrator (Prowe) were formally inducted into the club. Welcome.

Guests: Former exchange students Nikolai Svendsen and Camilo Zuluago; Tuuli Tuomilehto; Natalie Mortensen, Environmental Tillage Systems; and Peg Nemo, Lakeville Rotary Club (Rich). 

Scholarship Enhancement: Beth Kallestad, come on down.

— Lilly Noble and Nathaniel Urke are this year’s student representatives to Rotary’s Camp RYLA, a youth leadership development experience. Jane Ludwig, who attended last year, will also be back as a junior counselor. They will need transportation to the camp near Hudson, Wis. on April 24. You must be a certified volunteer to do this. If you can help, see Matt Hillmann.

— Charlie Cogan alerted us to a story on polio eradication that was published in Monday’s Star Tribune. It is his prose, elegantly edited by Betsy Spethmann.

— Elizabeth Child is looking for members who would be willing to talk about their philanthropic impulses to a student from Carleton College. The students are doing a study for the Northfield Area United Way. Elizabeth needs to know soon if you are interested.

— Richard Maus encouraged us to find and view last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” segment on using DNA from the polio virus to fight cancer.

2015-16 Outbound Exchange Students 

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez,Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, AhnaCole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

April 23 — Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

April 30 — Jodi Greene, Deputy Under-Secretary of the Navy (Policy) (Madigan)

May 7 — Paul Krause, Classification (Sinning)