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Colfax school board accepts $3,000 in donations to FFA for fairgrounds hog barn

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — The Colfax Board of Education has accepted $3,000 in donations on behalf of the Colfax FFA for a new hog barn at the Colfax Fairgrounds.

Colfax Board of Education member Kyle Knutson, who was the general manager at the time of Cedar Country Cooperative, told the school board at the October 23 meeting that Colfax High School student Jack Edwards had written a letter to him about a donation from the cooperative for the hog barn.

Edwards is active in the Colfax High School chapter of the FFA and has served in a variety of leadership positions.

In addition to $1,000 from Cedar Country Cooperative, which became Synergy Cooperative as of October 1, CoBank, through the Sharing Success program, also donated $1,000 toward the hog barn.

Also, Land O’ Lakes Foundation donated $1,000 to the Colfax FFA for the hog barn as a matching grant for the Cedar Country Cooperative donation.

The tech-ed students at Colfax High School are working on new hog gates and other new components for the barn, said Bill Yingst, district administrator.

The hog barn and the village’s pavilion/commercial building are the last two buildings at the fairgrounds that still need to be remodeled or replaced.

In February of 2014, the weight of heavy, wet snow caused the American Legion’s “beer tent” building to collapse.

The building was replaced in the summer of 2014 with a cream/white and Colfax red color scheme. The roof of the dance hall also was replaced with matching red tin, and the roof of the restrooms received new red tin as well.

After that, the Colfax FFA Alumni replaced the tin on the arts and crafts building to match the beer garden and dance hall.

And in the spring of 2016, Holden Lutheran Church replaced the food stand at the fairgrounds with a new structure that matches the refreshment building/beer garden and the arts and crafts building.

In early June of 2016, the Colfax FFA Alumni also had raised enough money to remodel the stock barn at the fairgrounds to match the other buildings. The project included building a permanent lean-to on the south side of the barn to house cattle during the Dunn County Dairy Open Show held on Saturday during the Colfax Free Fair.

The Colfax FFA Alumni also has updated the FFA food stand at the fairgrounds.