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Silo Art Shares Dairy’s Story
Folks around Hutchinson, Minn., don’t have to drive to town to see art. They just need to look up at an old 100-ft. stave silo on the Luthens’ farm, Skyview Dairy.
“There are many different types of dairy products lined up along the bottom of the silo. As you work your way up the silo it takes people back to our roots of how our farm started when Daryl Luthens first purchased it in 1969. Our goal was to remind people that as dairy farmers, we all love our cows,” daughter-in-law Melissa Luthens explains. The second-generation farm started with seven cows, and now two Luthens brothers milk 1,400 cows and farm 3,000 acres.
The family worked with artist Tony Stafki (Walls of Art LLC) from the Twin Cities to brainstorm a design that he outlined on the silo before painting in the details with high quality industrial paint. The Luthens rented a lift for Stafki to easily work all the way around the silo. It can be seen from Hwy. 7, Nickel Ave., and the Luce Line and Dakota trails.
The biggest challenge of the 5-week project was wind, weather and painting on and around the silo’s steel cables.
“No matter what size your farm is or how many generations your farm has been in the family, we all have the same passion and produce the same product that people all over have enjoyed and will enjoy for years to come,” Luthens says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Skyview Dairy, 18503 Nickel Ave, Hutchinson, Minn. 55350 (ph 320 587-3658; melissa@luthens.com; Facebook – Skyview Dairy; Facebook – Walls of Art LLC).

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1