•Wooden timber to be used for heat source
The scene along Highway 14 in Walnut Grove will be changing drastically as one of the wooden frame elevators will be razed and turned into a heat source or bedding. The wooden frame structure nearly 100 years old has served the farmers of the area well over the past century, but conditions and larger facilities has made it obsolete as well as unsafe.
Presently owned by Dennis
Hemish who farms north of Walnut Grove, the structure was a storage area for his crops when he purchased it in
1991 from Revere-Walnut Grove Farmers Elevator when the firm disbanded. “It just became too clumsy to fill it,” owner Hemish noted. “Filling it was labor intensive. Most of the equipment obviously was dated, but still worked, but it has seen its better days,” Dennis added. When he purchased it he had little storage on his farm but now has enough for about half his crop of the 2,000 acres he operates, putting corn and soybeans in it.
He has a salvage firm taking it down and paying more to have it razed than he paid for it when he purchased it. The 2×6 timbers are well dried and rotted.
Hansen Concrete of Spicer,
MN, was the bidder on razing the structure along with three metal bins on the property. The metal bins have been taken down, which were 26’x40’ each. Four young guys comprise the Hansen crew. They have left the Walnut site and presently are taking down a much larger grain elevator at Ortonville.
The wooden building has a
wooden leg used to move grain into the three side bins and 4 center bins. It could hold about 20,000 bushels of grain. In its hey days of the 50’s and 60’s, it was a huge operation as wagons with triple boxes brought in grain, corn and soybeans. Many horses pulled wagons through
the drive, later tractors pulled the wagons and later trucks drove through. It was too small for the semi trucks now used to transport grain.
Dennis surmised he needed
to get rid of the structure, as he hadn’t used it for storage since 2009. “There was no area to expand it,” he added.