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Rep. John Kline listens to Goodhue dairy farmer Brent Lexvold tell of the hardships he's faced after a winterkill destroyed all 190 acres of his grazing hay. Area farmers are facing nearly double the price to bring in livestock feed from Canada and the Dakotas. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Kline, farmers discuss 'dire' winterkill

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GOODHUE - U.S. Rep. John Kline toured the dairy farm of Steve and Mary Mathees Friday to see firsthand the damage caused to area fields by the long winter and wet spring, while also providing an update on the House farm bill passed Thursday.

The exceptionally harsh weather caused a winterkill of alfalfa crops, while standing water late in the season prevented farmers from planting acres of corn and soy beans.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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