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The prairie elevator

Slim McNaught

Photos by Slim McNaughtFMG Feed and Seed

Drive across the prairies of the Midwest and you will see a multitude of “Prairie Landmarks” – the grain elevators. Built through the years from the 1800’s, these goliaths of the prairie have served their purpose well. In the town of New Underwood in western South Dakota you will find one of these stalwarts of the prairie built about 1915. From the time it started operations until today, this elevator has served the day to day needs of the local farmers and ranchers.

The current owners, George and Gail Stone, took over the operation from the former owner, Andrew Raba, on January 1 of 2007. Having spent many years in California in the 911 emergency services industry, George and Gail decided they needed to reduce the stress in their life. Supervising over 200 911 emergency services personnel and the daily problems their working environment caused, then dealing with the media, the city, county and state administrations, all combined to create a high stress occupation.

They decided, as George said, “Lets not live where we work, lets work where we live.” After considering areas across many states and Alaska, they decided on a property near Nemo, SD. They moved there in September of 2006. George said he never thought he’d own a grain business in New Underwood, SD. He looked at several business opportunities, but this one just seemed to have a lot of potential, was very low key and low stress, which was just what they were looking for. One drawback is that George drives 67 miles one way to get to work every day, which in the winter can be a problem.

Andrew stayed for 90 days to help George get started because he had no useable skills from his prior experiences to apply to a grain mill. Like most new owners of established businesses, there were a few changes George wanted to make. He felt he needed to diversify a lot to meet the changing requirements of the farmer and rancher. Another change was the name, from New Underwood Grain to FMG Feed and Seed.

Drive across the prairies of the Midwest and you will see a multitude of “Prairie Landmarks” – the grain elevators. Built through the years from the 1800’s, these goliaths of the prairie have served their purpose well. In the town of New Underwood in western South Dakota you will find one of these stalwarts of the prairie built about 1915. From the time it started operations until today, this elevator has served the day to day needs of the local farmers and ranchers.

The current owners, George and Gail Stone, took over the operation from the former owner, Andrew Raba, on January 1 of 2007. Having spent many years in California in the 911 emergency services industry, George and Gail decided they needed to reduce the stress in their life. Supervising over 200 911 emergency services personnel and the daily problems their working environment caused, then dealing with the media, the city, county and state administrations, all combined to create a high stress occupation.

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They decided, as George said, “Lets not live where we work, lets work where we live.” After considering areas across many states and Alaska, they decided on a property near Nemo, SD. They moved there in September of 2006. George said he never thought he’d own a grain business in New Underwood, SD. He looked at several business opportunities, but this one just seemed to have a lot of potential, was very low key and low stress, which was just what they were looking for. One drawback is that George drives 67 miles one way to get to work every day, which in the winter can be a problem.

Andrew stayed for 90 days to help George get started because he had no useable skills from his prior experiences to apply to a grain mill. Like most new owners of established businesses, there were a few changes George wanted to make. He felt he needed to diversify a lot to meet the changing requirements of the farmer and rancher. Another change was the name, from New Underwood Grain to FMG Feed and Seed.

Drive across the prairies of the Midwest and you will see a multitude of “Prairie Landmarks” – the grain elevators. Built through the years from the 1800’s, these goliaths of the prairie have served their purpose well. In the town of New Underwood in western South Dakota you will find one of these stalwarts of the prairie built about 1915. From the time it started operations until today, this elevator has served the day to day needs of the local farmers and ranchers.

The current owners, George and Gail Stone, took over the operation from the former owner, Andrew Raba, on January 1 of 2007. Having spent many years in California in the 911 emergency services industry, George and Gail decided they needed to reduce the stress in their life. Supervising over 200 911 emergency services personnel and the daily problems their working environment caused, then dealing with the media, the city, county and state administrations, all combined to create a high stress occupation.

They decided, as George said, “Lets not live where we work, lets work where we live.” After considering areas across many states and Alaska, they decided on a property near Nemo, SD. They moved there in September of 2006. George said he never thought he’d own a grain business in New Underwood, SD. He looked at several business opportunities, but this one just seemed to have a lot of potential, was very low key and low stress, which was just what they were looking for. One drawback is that George drives 67 miles one way to get to work every day, which in the winter can be a problem.

Andrew stayed for 90 days to help George get started because he had no useable skills from his prior experiences to apply to a grain mill. Like most new owners of established businesses, there were a few changes George wanted to make. He felt he needed to diversify a lot to meet the changing requirements of the farmer and rancher. Another change was the name, from New Underwood Grain to FMG Feed and Seed.

Drive across the prairies of the Midwest and you will see a multitude of “Prairie Landmarks” – the grain elevators. Built through the years from the 1800’s, these goliaths of the prairie have served their purpose well. In the town of New Underwood in western South Dakota you will find one of these stalwarts of the prairie built about 1915. From the time it started operations until today, this elevator has served the day to day needs of the local farmers and ranchers.

The current owners, George and Gail Stone, took over the operation from the former owner, Andrew Raba, on January 1 of 2007. Having spent many years in California in the 911 emergency services industry, George and Gail decided they needed to reduce the stress in their life. Supervising over 200 911 emergency services personnel and the daily problems their working environment caused, then dealing with the media, the city, county and state administrations, all combined to create a high stress occupation.

They decided, as George said, “Lets not live where we work, lets work where we live.” After considering areas across many states and Alaska, they decided on a property near Nemo, SD. They moved there in September of 2006. George said he never thought he’d own a grain business in New Underwood, SD. He looked at several business opportunities, but this one just seemed to have a lot of potential, was very low key and low stress, which was just what they were looking for. One drawback is that George drives 67 miles one way to get to work every day, which in the winter can be a problem.

Andrew stayed for 90 days to help George get started because he had no useable skills from his prior experiences to apply to a grain mill. Like most new owners of established businesses, there were a few changes George wanted to make. He felt he needed to diversify a lot to meet the changing requirements of the farmer and rancher. Another change was the name, from New Underwood Grain to FMG Feed and Seed.

Drive across the prairies of the Midwest and you will see a multitude of “Prairie Landmarks” – the grain elevators. Built through the years from the 1800’s, these goliaths of the prairie have served their purpose well. In the town of New Underwood in western South Dakota you will find one of these stalwarts of the prairie built about 1915. From the time it started operations until today, this elevator has served the day to day needs of the local farmers and ranchers.

The current owners, George and Gail Stone, took over the operation from the former owner, Andrew Raba, on January 1 of 2007. Having spent many years in California in the 911 emergency services industry, George and Gail decided they needed to reduce the stress in their life. Supervising over 200 911 emergency services personnel and the daily problems their working environment caused, then dealing with the media, the city, county and state administrations, all combined to create a high stress occupation.

They decided, as George said, “Lets not live where we work, lets work where we live.” After considering areas across many states and Alaska, they decided on a property near Nemo, SD. They moved there in September of 2006. George said he never thought he’d own a grain business in New Underwood, SD. He looked at several business opportunities, but this one just seemed to have a lot of potential, was very low key and low stress, which was just what they were looking for. One drawback is that George drives 67 miles one way to get to work every day, which in the winter can be a problem.

Andrew stayed for 90 days to help George get started because he had no useable skills from his prior experiences to apply to a grain mill. Like most new owners of established businesses, there were a few changes George wanted to make. He felt he needed to diversify a lot to meet the changing requirements of the farmer and rancher. Another change was the name, from New Underwood Grain to FMG Feed and Seed.

Drive across the prairies of the Midwest and you will see a multitude of “Prairie Landmarks” – the grain elevators. Built through the years from the 1800’s, these goliaths of the prairie have served their purpose well. In the town of New Underwood in western South Dakota you will find one of these stalwarts of the prairie built about 1915. From the time it started operations until today, this elevator has served the day to day needs of the local farmers and ranchers.

The current owners, George and Gail Stone, took over the operation from the former owner, Andrew Raba, on January 1 of 2007. Having spent many years in California in the 911 emergency services industry, George and Gail decided they needed to reduce the stress in their life. Supervising over 200 911 emergency services personnel and the daily problems their working environment caused, then dealing with the media, the city, county and state administrations, all combined to create a high stress occupation.

They decided, as George said, “Lets not live where we work, lets work where we live.” After considering areas across many states and Alaska, they decided on a property near Nemo, SD. They moved there in September of 2006. George said he never thought he’d own a grain business in New Underwood, SD. He looked at several business opportunities, but this one just seemed to have a lot of potential, was very low key and low stress, which was just what they were looking for. One drawback is that George drives 67 miles one way to get to work every day, which in the winter can be a problem.

Andrew stayed for 90 days to help George get started because he had no useable skills from his prior experiences to apply to a grain mill. Like most new owners of established businesses, there were a few changes George wanted to make. He felt he needed to diversify a lot to meet the changing requirements of the farmer and rancher. Another change was the name, from New Underwood Grain to FMG Feed and Seed.