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MDA confirms emerald ash borer find in Olmsted County


Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) today confirmed an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation in Olmsted County near the interchange of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 63. The infested trees are approximately 45 miles away from the nearest EAB find in Winona County.

Because of this find, Olmsted County will join Hennepin, Houston, Ramsey and Winona counties in a state and federal quarantine. The quarantine is in place to help prevent EAB from spreading outside a known infested area into new areas. It is designed to limit the movement of any items that may be infested with EAB, including ash trees and ash tree limbs, as well as all hardwood firewood.

“While EAB can move on its own, we suspect this new infestation was caused inadvertently though human assistance,” said MDA Entomologist Mark Abrahamson. “This is why it’s so critical that people be aware of and follow the quarantine. We will greatly reduce the risk of EAB spreading around the state if people stop moving firewood and other ash materials.”

Minnesota is highly susceptible to the destruction caused by EAB. The state has approximately 1 billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation. EAB was first discovered in Minnesota in 2009. The last time a county was added to the quarantine was in 2011 when an infestation was discovered in Great River Bluffs State Park in Winona County.

“Because citizens, and local, state, and federal partners have done a good job in slowing the spread of emerald ash borer in Minnesota, the state has seen an infestation rate that’s approximately four times slower than other states with EAB,” said Geir Friisoe, Director of MDA’s Plant Protection Division. “However, this latest find proves that we still need the public’s help in battling this insect.”

Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling into the wood and feeding on the tree’s nutrients. Since its accidental introduction into North America, EAB has killed tens of millions of ash trees in 24 states.

The metallic-green adult emerald ash borer beetles are a half-inch long, and are active from May to September. Infestation signs include one-eighth inch, D-shaped exit holes in ash tree bark and winding tunnels under the bark.

The biggest risk of spreading EAB comes from people unknowingly moving firewood or other ash products harboring larvae. There are three e .....
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Free grief support group sessions offered at Winneshiek Medical Center

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

Losing a loved one brings on a series of complex emotions. Confronting the pain and other aspects of grief with the support of others can be an effective way to deal with loss. Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice is offering a free eight-week grief ..... 
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DEED awards 16 grants to train lower-income and current Minnesota workers

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded grants totaling $1,904,435 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 1,199 lower-income individuals and 505 current workers. Twelve Low ..... 
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Special blood drive held in honor of Jared Jergenson Houston community encouraged to give blood

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

HOUSTON, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Monday, Sept. 22 in honor of native Houston resident, Jared Jergenson. Jergenson, a Navy veteran and father of two small children, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 201 ..... 
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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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The Sudden Lovelys come to Chatfield Center for the Arts September 6

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

On Saturday, September 6, The Sudden Lovelys will present their unique brand of aggressive folk music at the Chatfield Center for the Arts’ Legion Room, in Chatfield. $20 tickets are available and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Advance Ticke ..... 
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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Sm ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

As summer draws toward its close, the Lanesboro Barn Dance presents the last dance of its 20th season. It’s a fine chance to kick up your heels…exercise while enjoying yourself! You can socialize with friends and new acquaintances while you glid ..... 
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WWII: Who really won, or lost?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I have a question whose answer runs against the grain a little. It is prompted by a very interesting book written by Diana West. Titled “American Betrayal” it turns, to some extent, the conventional view of WWII on its head. The question is ..... 
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