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SLAYTON – Now available is the book “Homely Girls and Pretty Babies: A History of the Murray County Fair.” Author Anita Talsma Gaul has compiled this very readable history book which contains a lot of interesting stories and anecdotes about the Murray County Fair. Gaul is a native of Murray County and grew up on a farm near Chandler. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in American History at the University of Iowa and currently teaches at Southwest Minnesota State University.
The cost of the history book is $5.00 and all proceeds will go to projects at the Murray County Fair. Pick up your copy in the Murray County Extension Office or attend the Murray County Fair in August to hear a first-hand presentation about the book and get an autographed copy by the author.
WORTHINGTON — Plan to attend a town hall meeting to discuss plans for a new Worthington branch of the Nobles County Library. Town hall meetings in Worthington will be today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nobles County Government Center board room and from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Farmer’s Room at the government center, 315 10th St.
The meetings will begin with an approximately 10-minute program with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by an open house format to gather input and answer questions from the public. Information on all four proposed sites will be displayed.
WORTHINGTON -- The Western Minnesota/Red River Valley Area Labor Council AFL-CIO will be hosting a community forum on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Worthington from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event will take place at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, 117 11th Ave.
Josh Wise, Executive Director of the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition, will be the keynote speaker.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a massive new international trade pact being pushed by the U.S. government at the behest of transnational corporations. It would be the largest free trade agreement in U.S. history, covering approximately 40 percent of the global economy.
MINNESOTA - USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director (SED) Debra Crusoe announced Monday that Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in 19 Minnesota counties have been authorized for emergency haying and grazing due to excessive precipitation that caused a severe shortage of forage. Emergency grazing of CRP may begin immediately, while emergency haying of CRP cannot begin until August 2, 2013.
Counties approved for emergency haying and grazing of CRP include Goodhue, Faribault, Jackson and more. These counties experienced significantly higher precipitation from March through June 2013 and sustained a 40 percent or greater loss of available feed as a result of the precipitation.
Emergency haying and grazing of CRP may only be conducted on specific eligible conservation practices, and is limited to 50 percent of the field for haying or 75 percent of the field for grazing. To initiate emergency haying and grazing, producers must contact their local FSA office to apply before any haying or grazing begins. Producers must sign a modified conservation plan to allow haying and grazing. Fields containing or near environmentally sensitive areas may have further restrictions placed on haying and grazing activities.
Emergency haying must be completed by August 31, 2013, and the bales removed from CRP by September 15, 2013. Grazing must end by September 30, 2013.
MINNESOTA - Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 16, to apply for 18 mentored deer hunts this fall, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Youth ages 12-15 may apply for one of 15 special firearms youth deer hunts at selected state parks and refuges. Youth ages 12-17 may apply for three special archery youth deer hunts. A limited number of either-sex permits are available for each hunt, and new hunts are available at both Blue Mounds and Lake Shetek State Park.
A youth must apply for the hunt of his or her choice, which costs $1 and can be done at any DNR license agent or online at www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense.
If the number of applications exceeds the number of permits, a lottery will be conducted. Youth may only apply for one archery hunt and one firearms hunt.
An adult parent or guardian must accompany the youth at all times while hunting but only the youth may hunt. Youth and their mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation session.
MANKATO – Motorists in Rock County will need to wait until the week of July 29 for the Hwy 23 detour to be removed. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported earlier that the plan was to open Hwy 23 the week of July 22. Additional work needed on the shoulders has delayed the project completion.
Traffic has been detoured since May 6 to reconstruct the pavement.
MINNESOTA - Here’s the buzz about mosquitoes.The Star Tribune reports that mosquito counts have been running as much as three times the average this summer. The newspaper found that the long winter and late spring pushed back the hatching patterns of the pests and they are all arriving at once instead of over a series of weeks.
The good news is the backlog of hatches has caught up, so the worst is likely behind us.
August is prime season for the spread of the West Nile virus and the first human case has shown up in Wisconsin. The Associated Press reports that it was diagnosed in a Dane County resident.
Last year, 57 Wisconsin residents contracted West Nile virus, the highest number of cases since surveillance of the disease began. There were 70 confirmed cases in Minnesota.