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Agriculture Department launches 2003 Gypsy Moth trapping program


Fri, May 23rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Gene Hugoson today announced that the department will soon begin its summer trapping program to monitor the state for evidence of start-up populations of gypsy moth, a destructive tree pest gradually moving toward the state from the east.

Now in its 30th year, the MDAs Gypsy Moth Trapping Program is the departments largest insect survey program. This year, seasonal staff will set nearly 16,000 pup-tent shaped traps in a grid pattern throughout the state. With so many traps in place, MDA plant protection officials say the MDA is well positioned to detect and eradicate start-up gypsy moth infestations across the state and keep Americas most devastating tree pest out of Minnesota for as long as possible.

Ranked as Americas single most destructive pest of trees and shrubs, gypsy moths were introduced into Massachusetts from Europe in the 1860s in an attempt to breed a hardier silk worm. Instead the caterpillars escaped and headed for the trees with disastrous effects. Their ability to feed and survive on more than 300 trees and woody plant species made the moths at home in North America as they slowly spread westward in recent decades.

"Thanks in part to the MDAs trapping program, weve been able to slow the moths migration into Minnesota," Commissioner Hugoson said. "Unfortunately, we havent been able to stop it entirely. Since the moth is moving in from Wisconsin, the areas most affected are the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota."

Trees subjected to two or more years of moth defoliation may be killed as the overall health of the tree declines and it becomes more susceptible to attack by other pests. Oak, poplar, birch and willow are preferred hosts but even conifers are susceptible to attack. Minnesotas primary infestation areas so far have been in the southeast and the urban areas - especially the Twin Cities. Last spring in south Minneapolis, the MDA successfully eradicated the largest population of gypsy moths yet detected in the state.

The gypsy moth spreads slowly on its own. Unfortunately, people unwittingly help the moth spread by giving it a free ride into new territory. The moths eggs can be deposited on any solid surface, including vehicle tires and nursery stock. People camping in infested areas such as eastern and central Wisconsin are particularly susceptible to carryi .....
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No one satisfied with special assessment decision in Preston

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

Ron Laughlin stood on the sidewalk in front of his home on Spring Street in Preston on Monday evening looking northward toward Highway 52.   Now, tell me how a new curb and gutter and sidewalk are going to improve the value ..... 
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Spring Valley Care Center honors nursing staff

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

Sixteen years ago, a family situation spurred Spring Valleys Dave Thouin into a career change that would eventually lead him to a position as a Charge Nurse at the Spring Valley Care Center (SVCC). Thouins son, Christopher, was born with a multi-ha ..... 
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MPCA: This facility is not a significant health risk

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

This seems like a show, Bonita Underbakke said near the end of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) public information meeting in Preston on Tuesday . Does what these people say have anything to do with whether they will have a tire burni ..... 
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Rushford City Police will patrol Peterson

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

At the request of Peterson Mayor Dick Lee and the Peterson City Council, the Rushford City Council voted Monday night, May 12th, to have the Rushford Police Department patrol Peterson streets five hours per week. The money paid by Peterson for the se ..... 
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Wastewater Plant project moves forward

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

"Manholes look real good, like they were just laid five years ago," stated Mike Lynch, as he and Chuck Janski of Bonestroo Rosene Anderlik & Associates gave an update on the wastewater plant project to Harmony council members. If the outfall sewer li ..... 
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Friends of Forestville ready to do whatever it takes to save site

Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

"I love coming to Forestville and its celebrations. Theres kids in the metro area that can still take Spanish, and my school is faced with possibly losing its ag program. Now you want to close Forestville, thats not fair,"   [Read the Rest]

Wykoff residents recall killer tornado of fifty years ago

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Don Jeche, his dad, Otto, and his six year old nephew Dennis Boetcher were milking cows early on the afternoon of May 12, 1953. It was Mothers Day and the family was looking forward to sitting down for a special supper as soon as the chores were don ..... 
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Area communities ready for Syttende Mai

Fri, May 9th, 2003
Posted in Features

In Norway, the 17th of May is a little like Americas 4th of July. Known as Syttende Mai, this is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814.

Syttende Mai is celebrated locally amongst Norwegian-American communities, and s ..... 
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