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Fillmore SWCD to receive dividend from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust


Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will receive a dividend in the amount of $3,234 from Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) in November. MCIT is a member service organization that provides 81 of Minnesota’s 87 counties and 378 associated entities with property, casualty and workers’ compensation coverage, as well as risk management and loss control services designed for public entities. Fillmore SWCD’s decision to join MCIT has resulted in significant cost savings to taxpayers over the years.

MCIT’s decision to issue a dividend is based on a comprehensive actuarial review of the Trust’s reserving and rate level strategies, the performance of its investment portfolio, operational expenses, and claim history. The efforts of Fillmore SWCD to manage situations that expose it to loss had a positive impact on the performance of MCIT and contributed to the ability of MCIT to return a dividend this year.

The total dividend that MCIT will distribute to members in 2014 is $13 million: $5.5 million from the Workers’ Compensation Division and $7.5 million from the Property/Casualty Division. Fillmore SWCD will receive $1,463 from the Workers’ Compensation Division and $1,771 from the Property/Casualty Division this year.

According to MCIT Board Chair Scott Sanders, Watonwan County commissioner, “The 2014 dividend demonstrates the benefits of pooling, members’ dedication to managing risk and the reward of Fillmore SWCD’s continued participation in the Trust.”

Minnesota starwatch for August 2014

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Deane Morrison August is a great month for vacations, and even the planets seem to be at play. Take Mars, for example. Last month its eastward motion carried it past its longtime companion, the bright star Spica, in Virgo. As August begins, Ma ..... 
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Houston overlook sign program July 26

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Visit the HOUSTON overlook sign on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Meet at the Houston Nature Center. Ever want to go up to see the huge stone “HOUSTON” sign on the hill north of Houston but didn’t know who to call or how to get there? Here’s ..... 
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New EAB discovery near Caledonia prompts renewed call to restrict firewood movement

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed another emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation – this time on private land near Caledonia, in southeastern Minnesota. MDA Entomologist Mark Abrahamson says the infestat ..... 
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Forestry Field Day July 23 near Chatfield

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

On July 30, 2014 the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a field day to explore past, present, and future restoration practices taking place at the Isinours Forestry Unit just outside of Preston, Minn. The tours will begin ..... 
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Battle of Tupelo, MS. Commemoration and Civil War Soldier Grave Rededication

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Saturday July 12, 2014 Silver Creek Cemetery, Houston, Minn. Ceremony commences at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by: Civil War Commemoration Task Force, Silver Creek Cemetery Association, Houston American Legion Post 423 and the Houston County Historica ..... 
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The ABC's of bees

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

A free beekeeping class, “The ABC’s of Bees,” will be held Wednesday, July 9, from 5-6 p.m., at Creekside Park in Rushford, Minn., in the small pavilion. The class is part of an ongoing educational and community effort by the Rushford Peterson ..... 
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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, accordin ..... 
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Fillmore SWCD seeking applicants for Reinvest in Minnesota Buffer Easement program

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is seeking applicants for the 2014 Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Riparian Buffer Easement Program. The program creates vegetated buffers on riparian crop land adjacent to streams and l ..... 
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