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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 your chance! All landowners and renters involved have granted the public permission to visit the sign as part of this special program only. (To visit at any other time you must secure permission from the landowners on your own.)

Many years ago the only way to get to the sign was a very strenuous hike on foot, but these days we can cheat and drive to within 100 yards of the sign! We’ll meet at the Houston Nature Center at 7 p.m. sharp to carpool to the top of the hill. You’ll find out a little about the history of the sign, get to see the remnant goat prairie around the sign, and take in the beautiful view of Houston in full swing during Houston Hoedown Days.

Please follow the group up to the sign and do not go ahead on your own for safety reasons, as there is a small chance of encountering rattlesnakes.

This program is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. The Houston Nature Center is located one block north of the intersection of Highways 16 and 76 in Houston in Trailhead Park. For more information call 507-896-4668 or e-mail nature@acegroup.cc.

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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Root River citizen conversations at five local events

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Join Root River watershed neighbors in June at five local events from Grand Meadow to La Crescent for citizen-led conversations about protecting water resources in the watershed. Portions of six counties drain to the Root River: Dodge, Fillmore, Hou ..... 
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MDA to set nearly 15,000 traps statewide to look for gypsy moth

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will set nearly 15,000 gypsy moth traps across Minnesota this spring. The work is part of the MDA’s annual detection trapping program and is designed to protect Minnesota’s forest ..... 
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