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Fillmore County residents invited to public meeting concerning emerald ash borer Public can also weigh in on adoption of a formal quarantine of Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Residents in Fillmore County are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 regarding the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the county.

On April 24, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an EABV infestation in Fillmore County. The find was in a boulevard ash tree in the city of Rushford.

Those attending the upcoming meeting will have an opportunity to listen to presentations on EAB, hear about local plans to deal with the insect, and learn how residents can limit the spread of the bug. Experts from the MDA and other local, state, and federal partner agencies will be available to answer questions.

Emerald ash borer

informational meeting

A public meeting to answer questions about the recent discovery of emerald ash borer in Fillmore County will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Montini Hall (connected to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church) 105 N. Mill Street, Rushford, Minn.

Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and other local, state, and federal partner agencies will be available to answer questions.

The public will also have an apportunity to provide input on the adoption of a formal EAB quarantine of Fillmore County. An emergency quarantine placed on the county in April when EAB was discovered. The MDA will take comments on the formal quarantine from May 15 - June 30, 2015 and proposes to adopt the quarantine on July 15, 2015. The quarantine limits the movement of ash trees and limbs, and hardwood firewood out of the county. The proposed quarantine language can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us/eab. Comments can be made at the public meeting on June 3 or by contacting Mark Abrahamson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, Minn. 55155, Mark.abrahamson@state.mn.us, Fax: (651) 201-6108

Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk. Minn. is highly susceptible to the destruction caused by invasive insect. The state has approximately one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation. For more information on emerald ash borer, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/eab.

Minnesota state parks and trails offer new bike tune-up stations

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has installed 31 new bicycle tune-up stations in state parks and on state trails. The stations are equipped with basic bike maintenance tools, including air pumps. “These stations are a convenient n ..... 
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Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

Wed, Apr 22nd, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure that begins today, April 22. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout ..... 
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That squirrel is not an albino, probably.

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Most white squirrels are not albino squirrels, but are those who have a white fur coat due to leucism, which is caused by a recessive gene found in certain eastern gray squirrels. In short, most of the white squirrels are not albinos, but both term ..... 
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Help us conserve bees, protect sensitive areas

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Conserving bees and other sensitive species and foliage requires effort from everyone. We need your help identifying areas that might be sensitive to pesticide or fertilizer spraying. Every year Farmers Co-op Elevator employees attend applicator t ..... 
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Preston hears NTC update

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

George Spangler, NTC board of directors chairman, presented a detailed five year review of the National Trout Center since its inception in 2009 at the Preston City Council’s March 16 meeting. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent. The environmen ..... 
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Barrel racing is an exciting sport

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Sports fans and athletes have a plethora of sports to enjoy in this country and around the world, and those options include equestrian events. Equestrian sports have a deep-rooted history and have inspired some avid fans, including those enamored wi ..... 
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Magnum Sports offers archery for all

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

When MSX NexGen corporation began, it was simply a business started in a garage. Since that point, it has expanded greatly to include equipment, ranges, and lessons for all hunting and fishing sports needs. Regarding their selection of hunting a ..... 
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Italian and Dutchman to speak at Owl Festival banquet in Caledonia

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The International Festival of Owls has the word ‘international’ in its name for a reason: it is where the annual World Owl Hall of Fame Awards are presented. Past owl experts who have traveled to the festival to receive awards have come from as ..... 
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