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Kauten Fills Vacancy On City Council

By Staff | Oct 28, 2010

Emmetsburg Mayor John Schad (left) welcomes Tony Kauten to Emmetsburg City Council. Kauten fills the unexpired term of Ward 2 councilman Pat Degen. The appointment was made at the Oct. 25 Emmetsburg City Council meeting. --Jane Whitmore photo

Tony Kauten now represents Ward 2 residents on Emmetsburg City Council. The appointment was made Monday by unanimous vote of the council.

Kauten resides at 707 State Street, in Ward 2. The position was vacated by long-time City Councilman Pat Degen when he resigned last month.

“With the opening, somebody needed to step forward,” said Kauten. “This community has a great history, a great past. Someone needed to step up and be a part of the future.”

Kauten is in his second year of serving on Emmetsburg Community Development Corporation.

The Kauten family moved to Emmetsburg in December 2005. Tony works as a pharmacist at Hughes Pharmacy in Emmetsburg. He earned his degree from South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy.

Tony and his wife, Michelle, have three children. Abby is six years old and a first grade student. Alex is four years old and attends preschool. Little Macy will be one year old on Dec. 1.

Kauten will serve as Ward 2 City Councilman until the November, 2011 election.

Pasture Walk &?Supper

Community Developer Steve Heldt issued an invitation to City Council members and the community on behalf of Soper Farms. A Pasture Walk and Supper are being held Monday, Nov. 1

Soper Family Farms is in the beginning of a new venture, transforming 260 acres of their sixth-generation family land into an enterprise that will raise and market organic food products.

At the Pasture Walk, area residents will hear the Soper’s five year plan to build a grass-fed cow/calf operation that harvests 160 organic cattle and 9,000 organic pastured chickens per year. Their plans also include adding 80 acres of organic vegetable production to their operation.

The supper will be held at McNally Bakery and is limited to the first 200 people. Organic chef Donna Prizgintas of Ames will prepare dinner with Emmetsburg bakers Chuck and Kim Mammen, and Mark Skoglund of Skoglund Meats, West Bend.

The Pasture Walk and Supper are organized by Practical Farmers of Iowa in support of farmland owners interested in making changes in how their land is farmed.

The supper is hosted by the Soper Farms Family. Harn Soper is President of Soper Family Farms.