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Emerald ash borer arrives in Fillmore County


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

In disappointing, but perhaps expected news, the slow crawl of emerald ash borer has made its way into the county. The City of Rushford recently noted at the Monday, April 27 council meeting that the invasive, destructive insect has been identified within the city. Currently, just one boulevard ash tree has been indicated as infected in Rushford, but the city is teeming with the trees and it’s unclear if other are affected.

First discovered in North America in 2002, the Asian emerald ash borer was first confirmed as present in Minnesota in the South Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Minn. enacted an official quarantine May 14, 2009 in an effort to slow the spread of the infestation. February 22, 2012 a formal quarantine was placed on the counties of Houston, Olmsted, and Winona.

The borer, a small, iridescent green beetle, attacks and kills all types of ash trees. According the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the problem is primarily spread through transported firewood. “The adults are live outside of the trees during the summer months and the larvae, grub or worm-like, live underneath the bark of ash trees. Trees are killed by the tunneling of the larvae under the tree’s bark.” The “flight season” for the emerald ash borer begins May 1, as insects emerge from infested wood and trees and fly in search of a new host.

“Minn. has the highest volume of ash trees in the U.S. with almost a billion forestland and urban wood ash trees. The potential economic and environmental impact of losing these trees is substantial. The cost of removing and replacing a single tree can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars,” says the department.

The county been placed on quarantine by the state Department of Agriculture. Public meetings, educational information, and inspection by the department of trees is expected. There is no remediation plan that must be adhered to. Preventative sprays and treatments for already-infected trees are available, but are costly and their effectiveness is not apparent.

According to Rushford City Clerk Kathy Zacher, the Department of Agriculture had no specific instructions as to if affected trees need to be cut down. Ash wood material can be brought to a disposal site within a quarantined area. For Fillmore County, this is location has not yet been determined. It is important to note that ash wood material can be used within the quarantine .....
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Former Harmony High School coach inducted into hall of fame

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

On April 25, 2015, at the Minnesota Chapter National Wrestling Hall of Fame Honors Banquet, Jon Rhodes was inducted into the hall of fame as a 2015 Lifetime Service Honoree. Jon began his 36 year coaching career in Perham, Minn., moving on to coach ..... 
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Bad Springy in the Valley

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

After a week of warm spring temperatures, cold, wind, and rain ensued. The lousy weather coincided with a number of sporting events taking place in Spring Valley. It wasn’t a bad springy in the valley. M-C softball took on GMLOK. The Bulldogs ..... 
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Whalan Stand Still Parade

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Features

By Wesley Harding The Whalan Stand Still Parade will be standing in position for its 20th year on Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in Whalan, Minn. Whalan will be honoring Irish immigrant David John Whaalahan (yes, that is the correct spelling!), who f ..... 
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Mabel-Canton High School senior class trip highlights

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

Day 1: April 6 By Hannah Nolte and Devin Nelson Mabel Canton High School’s senior class woke up much earlier than the rest of the world on Monday, April 6, right after Easter. We were supposed to be in the gym by four in the morning to get our ..... 
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Mabel-Canton High School senior class trip highlights

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

Day 1: April 6 By Hannah Nolte and Devin Nelson Mabel Canton High School’s senior class woke up much earlier than the rest of the world on Monday, April 6, right after Easter. We were supposed to be in the gym by four in the morning to get our ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Avery Jillian Culbertson

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Avery Jillian Culbertson was born April 13, 2015 to Jared and Shelista Culbertson of Lanesboro, Minn. Avery weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 19 3/4” long. Her grandparents are Nancy Hall of Lanesboro, Minn., Robert and Kathy Culbertson of Lanesboro, M ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Cora Violet Olson

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Cora Violet Olson was born April 1, 2015 to Nate and Chellsey Olson of Rushford. Cora weighed 7 lb 3 oz and measured 20 1/4 in. long. Her grandparents are Doug and Becky Lind of Rushford, Bill and Brenda Falkowski of Houston, and Linda Olson of Wi ..... 
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Kingsland Key Clubber elected Lieutenant Governor of Region 7C

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

Jacelyn Horsman, a sophmore at Kingsland Public Schools, was elected Lieutenant Governor of Region 7C over the weekend when she attended the Minnesota Dakotas Key Club district conference for Key Club International in St. Cloud, Minn. Jacelyn will ..... 
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