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Braunschweig retires as First Coop's manager

Friday, February 20, 2009

Paul Braunschweig is retiring as location manager of First Coop and a party is being planned for his send off.

The event is planned for Friday, Feb. 27 from 1-4 p.m.

"I appreciate it," Braunschweig said about the party, sharing that after serving 15 years at the Coop and being associated with farming all his life, it has been a "tough" decision to hang it up.

Braunschweig was born and raised on a farm near Peterson. At the age of 22 he began farming on his own.

He started working at the Coop 15 years ago, working seven years as a grain attendant and running the floater. For the past eight years he has been the location manager at Alta and has enjoyed his work.

There have been challenges each year, he said, seeing the change in equipment and chemicals used but he has most enjoyed seeing how farming has progressed over the years and watching the yields become larger and larger.

"We have had to remodify the elevator to keep up with the bigger equipment and yields," he said, adding when he first began farmers weren't using semis and filled wagons held 350-400 bushels as compared to today's wagons that haul in 700 bushels.

"We've always had a good clientele with the farmers and the great employees we have had here has made the job a lot easier. I need to stress that," he said.

Paul and his wife Jodi have two grown children - Heath who lives in Montana and works for Burlington Railroad and Paula who works for Fitzpatricks in Storm Lake.

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