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LUDINGTON, MI

Moo-ve over: Michigan city takes another's ice cream record

Moo-ve over: One Michigan city has officially claimed another's ice cream world record.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that Moo-ville Creamery in Nashville has been recognized by Guinness World Records for staging the longest ice cream sundae in September.

Three months earlier, the massive dessert in the Lake Michigan town of Ludington organized by the House of Flavors measured roughly 2,970 feet long and fed thousands of people along eight blocks. Nashville, more than 100 miles to the southeast, broke that record by making a dessert that spanned 3,656 feet.

Moo-ville manager Tina Westendorp says she and others traveled to Ludington to see how it was done. Nashville's main thoroughfare wasn't long enough so organizers had to create two dessert tracks next to each other.

ST. PAUL, MN

Company starts offering farm plastic recycling in MN

A company that gives farmers a chance to recycle heavy plastic wrap used for grain storage is starting to offer its services in Minnesota.

In December, Winona County farmers picked up more than 130 bins to put on their farms to collect the plastic wrap, which Revolution Plastics will pick up. Revolution Plastics takes the full bins to a hub in Wisconsin where the plastic is baled and sent to Arkansas, where the company uses it to make trash bags.

The Recycling Association of Minnesota hopes Revolution Plastics will expand in the state, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. Executive director Brita Sailer of the recycling association said the company plans to open a collection hub in Sauk Centre in February.

There is no cost to farmers who participate. Although the program is not available to everyone yet, the recycling association is asking farmers statewide to sign up on its website and express interest.

HARTLAND, MN

Thousands of pigs die in SE Minnesota fire

A barn fire has killed thousands of pigs on a farm in southeastern Minnesota.

The Albert Lea Tribune reports between 7,500 and 8,000 pigs died after the building caught fire and eventually collapsed on Saturday, Jan. 7,  southeast of Hartland.

Geneva Fire Captain Alex Beenken says nine departments responded to the fire that afternoon. When he arrived the nursery barn for feeder pigs was engulfed in flames. No people were hurt, and fire damage was limited to the barn itself. The cause of the fire has not been released.

Firefighters responded to a call from the same address Sunday after the barn caught fire again.

WICHITA, KS

Researchers to try to make better barley for beer

Research money has been dedicated to growing better barley for beer in Kansas, which was the last state to do away with prohibition.

The Brewers Association awarded a group of brewers, researchers and agricultural experts a $35,000 grant to develop winter malting barley to be grown and harvested in the Great Plains. The project is eligible to receive annual funding for five years, depending on research progress.

Kansas is mostly known as a wheat-growing state, and much of its barley is grown as a high-protein grain for livestock feed. Barley grown for beer must be a lower-protein grain.

Kansas was the first state in the country to pass a constitutional amendment in order to forbid selling and producing liquor. The state prohibited alcohol from 1881 to 1948, and continued to prohibit liquor by the drink in bars and restaurants until 1986. Now, the Brewers Association ranks Kansas 35th in the U.S. in number of craft breweries.

The barley project will be mainly coordinated out of the University of Nebraska, and Magerl is hoping to eventually get grad students involved as well.

LUDINGTON, MI

Moo-ve over: Michigan city takes another's ice cream record

Moo-ve over: One Michigan city has officially claimed another's ice cream world record.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that Moo-ville Creamery in Nashville has been recognized by Guinness World Records for staging the longest ice cream sundae in September.

Three months earlier, the massive dessert in the Lake Michigan town of Ludington organized by the House of Flavors measured roughly 2,970 feet long and fed thousands of people along eight blocks. Nashville, more than 100 miles to the southeast, broke that record by making a dessert that spanned 3,656 feet.

Moo-ville manager Tina Westendorp says she and others traveled to Ludington to see how it was done. Nashville's main thoroughfare wasn't long enough so organizers had to create two dessert tracks next to each other.

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