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Hike to Indian Monument


Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

High atop the bluff on the south side of Houston, Minn. and hidden amongst the dense tree canopy lies a large and interesting rock formation locally known as “Indian Monument.” There is no known connection to Native Americans, but the hike and formation are intriguing nonetheless. The trek requires a significant degree of physical prowess as the trail is steep and long.

If you’re up for the challenge, meet at the Houston Nature Center at 7pm sharp to carpool to South Park to the beginning of the trail. Wear long pants, good hiking shoes, and be prepared for mosquitoes and ticks. The hike will be cancelled if it rains that day due to the resulting muddy and slippery conditions. Cancellations will be posted on the Nature Center’s Facebook page as well as on the answering machine.

Hike to Indian Monument

7:00 PM Saturday, July 6

Houston Nature Center

This program is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged since the Center is funded solely by the City of Houston and donations. The Houston Nature Center is located one block north of the intersection of Highways 16 and 76 in Houston on West Plum Street. For more information contact the Center at 507-896-4668 or nature@acegroup.cc.

Recap of Weekend Power Outages

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Three days of storms that brought heavy rain and lightning have left Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) employees and members hoping for a break from Mother Nature. Power outages began Friday morning (June 21) and continued on ..... 
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Stand (for) our ground

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

If there was ever a year to be a worst case scenario for soil erosion, 2013 could be it. The last two years of timely rains and almost ideal conditions for harvest have erased the memories of the rains of 2007 and 2008 which devastated parts of sou ..... 
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Be Aware of All Requirements When Clearing Trees

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When clear cutting more than 10,000 square feet of land (or an area equivalent to 100’ x 100’), the Fillmore County Soil Erosion Control Ordinance requires that the Fillmore County Zoning Office is contacted for a permit. Many areas are being cl ..... 
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Luther College hosts Iowa Prairie Conference July 18-20

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

2013 Iowa Prairie Conference features regional experts on prairies and the Driftless Region. DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College will host the 14th Iowa Prairie Conference with the theme “Prairies on the Edge” July 18-20. This is the first time t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Wide WEED UP!

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

Spring has sprung and with it have come the unsightly weeds that threaten to overtake our public green spaces. We need your help to get Lanesboro’s greenery under control! Join fellow volunteers on Monday, June 24 from 6 - 8 pm at the Lanesboro Vi ..... 
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Live Snakes of the Blufflands

Mon, Jun 10th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Live Snakes of the Blufflands 7:00 PM Saturday, June 15 Houston Nature Center Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes, including the timber rattlesnake, live in the Blufflands. Join Sara Grover of Whitewater State Park to learn how ..... 
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Severe Weather Hits SE MN

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

On the eve of Wednesday, May 29, severe storms hit Fillmore County. Pictured above is the roof of Drury’s Furniture Warehouse in Fountain, Minn., which was damaged by high winds in the storm. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Severe Weather strikes Spring Valley area

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

For several days the National Weather Service has been predicting strong storms that would be affecting NE Iowa and SE Minnesota and their warnings started on Sunday afternoon. It started out as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, advanced to a Warning and ..... 
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