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.   ' . - - • - - _ _ JIHll l _ ' • I ! --A!i.ll Jll(/lllll)llllII  ;- . i 131 READY TO TURN A DOUBLE PLAY is VFW shortstop Sara Schellberg, center, and second baseman Lynelle Dwyer (27) in their " game against Browns Valley on Saturday in Graceville during the Women's Softball League Tournament. Looking on is third baseman Tiffany Giese. The VFW defeated Wheaton Liquor Store 15-3 and Browns Valley 9-4. On Sunday, the VFW lost to Chokio and Dumont to end their season. Conservation Reserve Program signup Aug. 2 thru 27 Secretary of Agriculture 'Tom Vilsack has announced that a General CRP signup will be held Aug. 2 and continue through Aug. 27. 2010. Farmers and ranchers interested in offering land under the competitive general CRPsign-up are encouraged to contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA). CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers use envl- ronmentally sensitive land for conser- vation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-con- serving covers to control soil erosion. improve water and air quality, and develop wildlife habitat. In return. FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between l0 to 15 years depending on the chosen prac- tice. A couple of major changes have recently occurred with CRP. One is a change in the Soil Rental Rates (SRR) and the other is in the years used to determine land eligibility. The SRR's have increased for Big Stone County from an average SRR of $77 to an average SRR of $90 per acre. The SRR varies by the different soil types throughout the county. These changes are effective for both this general sign-up and also the continues CRP sign-up. through 2007. Contracts that are expiring on Sept 30. 2010 may also be offered for re-enrollment under the general CRP sign-up Land must also be physically capable of being farmed at the time of the offer to be eligible for CRP. Land that has been prevent- ed from planting may not be eligible for CRP according to Scott Schneider, County Executive Director• FSA will evaluate and rank eligible offers utilizing the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) to determine environmental benefits gained from enrolling land in CRP. EBI consists of five environmental factors: including wildlife habitat, water and air quality, reduced soil erosion, enduring bene- fits and cost. At the end of the general sign-up, the Secretary will determine the EBI cutoff and analyze the EBI scores of all submitted offers. Land that has previously be eligible may not meet the EBI thresholds and not guaranteed to be eligible under this general sign-up. Producers may also have environ- mentally sensitive land that is eligible for the continues CRP sign-up which has additional incentive payments that are not offered under the general CRP sign-up. Additional information about CRP or any other FSA program may be found on the web at WVYF to begin on Aug. 9 in Milbank Whetstone Valley Youth Football registrations are now closed. Those that still need football equipment should come to the Milbank, SD High school between 8-10 a.m. on Aug. 4-5. Please contact Lane Lindquist at 605-949-0412 for details or to set up a different time. Practice will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9 and will be held north of the high school, just east of the baseball field in Milbank. There are 61 players in grades five and six that will form four teams, and 51 players in grades three and four that will form three teams. Scrimmages will begin Saturday, Aug. 28. Players and parents should check their website (www.wvyf.org,) to keep informed with practice and other information The public is welcome to attend Taco Johns night that will start after practice is over on Aug. 11. All proceeds will go toward equipment needs of WVYF. If you have any questions, contact Kevin Cantine at 605-432-9090. JUDY HILL OF RALEIGH, NC caught this 10 Ib catfish .o'n May 23 at Lake Lochmere while at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Wendy and Bill .: Eligible land includes cropland www.fsa.usda.gov or by calling your Johnson. The 94-year old, who : tllat is planted or considered planted local FSA office at 320 839-6121. for many years along with her il lit least four of six, years from 2002 husband Wendell, lived in their 19th Annual Oak Tree Golf Tournament set for Sept. 11 Registration forms for the 19th An- nual Oak Tree Classic Golf Tourna- ment will be in the mail this week The tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Ortonville Golf Course. You can also pick up a registration forms and raffle tickets m the Big Stone Health Care Foundation main Office (in the Dialysis Center building), the Ortonville Hospital, the Ortonville Golf Course Clubhouse and from com- mittee members. Call Sally at 320- 839-4135 for more information or email rakows@oahs.us. Registration is $90 person which in- cludes greens fees, meal and drink ticket. Cart rental is also available for $30 which is payable with registration. The tournament is limited to the first 54 pre-paid thre6 person teams by Sept. 7. Fill-ins are available if needed. This year, the registration form in-- cludes the option of pre-paying for mulligans and any or all the games you want to participate in during the day. The first player to hit a hole In one dring the tournament will be awarded $9,000 Thanks to Ortonville Area Health Services, Ortonville Hardware Hank, Border States Cooperative. Or- tonville Pizza Ranch, Conroy Eye Care, Big Stone Therapies. Inc.. Oc- cuPro. Inc. and Rausch Brothers for their sponsorship. Hole number 15 also offers a golf cart from NB Golf carts to the first hole m one on that hole. Once again there will be plenty of fun on the course with games and hole prizes. Collectors can fill in any gaps in their golf ball collec- tion with balls from previous Oak Tree tournaments which will be on sale at the tournament for $5 a sleeve. "Putt for the Project" will also be taking place on the putting green. Besides golf, the Oak Tree Classic also conducts a raffle and a Silent Auc- tion featuring some really great pack- ages. Raffle tickets are on sale now. Top prize this year is a 2006 EZ Go Electric Golf Cart featuring the Oak Tree Classic logo. Other prizes are a set of men's golf clubs, golf bag & cov- ers made by Chuck Natalie and do- nated by Dr. Robert Ross, a 12 gauge shotgun donated by Ed Kiernat. a gas grill donated by Ortonville Hardware Hank, a TaylorMade Golf Bag with the Oak Tree logo donated by ProImage Partners and cash prizes of $100 and $50. Only 800 tickets will be sold at $10 each and are available at the Foun- dation office, the Ortonville Clubhouse or from any golf committee member. Committee members are Steve Barr. Chris Batchelor. Dr. Chris Conrov. Don Donais. Dan Kafka, Chet Messmer, Dr. Greg Peterson. Tony Rausch. Val Rausch. Dr. Robert Ross, Coralie Sandberg, and Ranet Schmeichel Sponsors so far include Barr Elec- tric. Cenbank. NXC Imaging, Dallas I. Hanson Construction, Hartman's Su- perValu Foods. Valley Office Products. Ash & Reedstrom. Minnwest Insur- ance Agency, Ameriprise Financial. Anthony Hilderen DDS. Clinton State Bank & Insurance, Hasslen Construc- tion Co.. Inc.. Milbank Ford & Mer- cury, Ophthalmology Associates. Ellingson's Inc., Stattelman Lumber, West Central Radiological Associates. Eide Bailley, Sanford Health System, Lakewood Lodge & Sioux Historic Pavilion. Protmage Partners and Steven Winther, DDS. Musings from the Museum By Norm Shelsta On this date in the State of Minnesota History Files followed by an event from the Big Stone County History Files: Aug. 4, 1854-Congress approves legislation guaranteeing pre-emption for Minnesota settlers squatting on lands that had not been surveyed. Technically, the',land could be sold only after being surveyed, but settlers had poured into lands purchased from the Indians, sometimes making substantial !mprovements before the surveyors completed their work. This act, sponsored by delegate Henry H. Sibley, allows the settlers to purchase their land after the fact of settlement. Aug. 4, 1974-The dam was dedicated as a flood control measure for Big Stone Lake/Whetstone River seven miles down the river from where it is born in Big Stone Lake. Aug. 5, 1851-The Mdewakanton and Wahpekute bands of Dakota sell most of their lands in the southern part of the state when the Treaty of Mendota is signed. Governor Alexander Ramsey and. Luke Lea represent the United States. and Little Crow, Medicine Bottle, Good Thunder, Six, and Wabasha sign for the Dakota. Other bands had sold their lands in the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux. Aug. 5, 1880-Malta Township Clarksville Post Office is run by Frank B. Sanders. Aug. 6, 1945Fighter pilot Richard Bong dies in an airplane explosion in California• Bong had shot down 40 Japanese planes uring the war. making him America's top ace. The Bong Bridge, which opened Oct. 25. 1984, connects Dtduth with Bong's birthplace, Superior WI. Aug. 6, 1892-The Clinton Advocate newspaper was published until July 1895. In 1921. Foster Township was organized when Prior Township was divided. It was named for Foster Resort. Aug. ,7, 1915-Towed by the Ottumwa Belle, the last log raft passes Winona. The sawmills downstream soon cease operat.ions as the lumbering era draws to a close. Aug. 7, 1977-"Know Your Merchant" was a series in the Ortonville Independent Aug. 8, 1857-Organized baseball teams square off for the first time in Minnesota when members of the Base Ball Club meet on a field in Nininger. Aug. 8, 1962-Girl Scouts under the direction of Mrs. Jim (Muriel) Geier attend troop camp. Aug. 9, 1842-The Webster- Ashburton Treaty, which set the boundary between Canada and the United States, is signed by the United States and Great Britain. The boundary had been in dispute since the end of the American Revolution. Minnesota's curious Northwest Angle is a result of this treaty. Aug. 9, 1986-Bob Dybvig was one of 10 persons m Minnesota to receive an Award of Merit for service at Minnesota's Horticulture Society for the Constitution Garden at the Big Stone County Museum and other projects. Aug..10, 1909-Mail carrier John Beargrease dies. Born in 1858. the son of an Ojibwe leader and a white woman. Beargrease grew up in Beaver Bay and delivered mail along the north shore of Lake Superior from 1887 to 1904. his route being Two Harbors to Grand Marais. During open water the trip took him three days by towboat, and in the winter he used a dogsled. Aug. 10, 1959-Jack Hynnek swam the length of Big Stone Lake. In 1877. Prior Township Custer Post Office was operated by John T. Crippen. In 1930.23 blocks of new pavement in Ortonville were dedicated. cottage on Sherman Shoreline FSA SURE crop disaster along Big Stone Lake, proves 2010 CRP meetings to be that fishing is a lifelong sport. More than 70 years ago, her held in Ortonville, Clinton honeymoonwasafishingtrip.(Photo courtesy Of the Observer program sign-up continues Newspaper in North Carolina.) Producers who suffered crop pro- duction losses due to natural disasters during the 2008 crop year currently have the opportunity to sign up for the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE). Since the implementation of the SURE program, Minnesota has made $16 million in payments to producers for crop losses due to disasters. SURE provides crop disaster assis- tance payments to eligible producers on farms that have incurred crop pro- duction or crop quality losses. The pro- gram takes into consideration crop losses on all crops grown by a producer nationwide. SURE provides assistance in an amount equal to 60 percent of the difference between the SURE farm guarantee and total farm revenue. The farm guarantee is based on the amount of crop insurance and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on the farm Total farm revenue takes into account the ac- tual value of production on the farm as well as insurance indemnities and cer- tain farm program payments To be eligible for SURE, producers must have suffered at least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance. In addition, producers must meet the" risk management pur- chase requirement by either obtaining a policy or plan of insurance, under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or NAP coverage, for all economically signifi- cant crops For 2008 crops, producers had the opportunity to obtain a waiver of the risk management purchase re- quirement through a,buy-in provision. Producers considered socially disad- vantaged, a begirming farmer or rancher, or a limited resource farmer may be eligible forlSURE without a The USDA has announced a new sign up period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) from now through Aug. 27. This is the first sign up period that has been offered to landowners since 2006. A series of public meetings are being held across the state about the program. Locally, meetings have been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Pizza Ranch in Ortonville and at the Clinton Memorial Building in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 11. Both meetings will begin at 10 am. The public meetings are being held in the area to help explain the CRP and: • How to increase your chances for qualifying. • The different options available for landowners. • HoW CRP can increase your farm and ranch income. • How CRP can benefit wildlife. To learn more about other meet- ings and their locations across the state log on to www.minnesotapf.org. policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage. In addition to meeting the risk man- agement purchase requirement, a pro- ducer must have a farming interest physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Agriculture Secretary under a Secretarial Disaster Designation.. Regardless of a Secretar- ial Disaster Designation. individual producers may also be eligible for SURE if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the nor- mal production on the farm due to a natural disaster. For SURE, a farm is defined as all crops in which a pro- ducer had an interest nationwide. To schedule an appointment to sign- up for SURE or more information on the new program, please contact your local FSA county office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov. Weed of the Week By: Darrin Welle-Big Stone SWCD Contact 320-839-6149 Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa) Spotted knapweed seems to thrive in gravel areas and establishes quickly. Since the seeds stay viable for up to nine years at is hard to control this plant from spreading. In most cases soil erosmn increases in areas with spotted knapweed since the plant provides little ground cover. This weed is very good at taking over areas and creating a monoculture. Spotted Knapweed is considered a noxious weed in 15 states including Minnesota. This lnvasive weed. native to Eurasia. has become a wide spread invasive weed in, the Midwest. This plant releases allelopathic toxins into the soil that prevent the growth of neighboring plant species. This gives spotted knapweed the advantage to dominate areas and reduce diversity of plant species as well as forage potential. Spotted Knapweed is in the Composite family. It can be found around disturbed areas, roadsides, dry prairies, rangeland, gravel pits,, and sandy ridges. Spotted knapweed is a biennial or a short-lived perennial that grows one to four feet tall. A first year plant will grow a basal rosette and in the second year will bolt wiry branched stems. The leaves have alternate arrangement with a pale grayish green color. Flowers are pinkish or purplish'and occur individually on tips of stems. This weed will look very similar to a small thistle, but the leaf structure is easily distinguishable once learned. It blooms from late June through September. Seed production is this plants primary means ofreproduction. One plant can produce 500 to 2000 Seeds and are mainly dispersed by wind. wildlife, and humans. Seeds germinate throughout the growing season and are viable for up to 9 years. This makes it hard to control this invasive weed without multiple treatment procedures throughout many years until the seed bank is depleted. When handling this plant wear gloves due to potential skin irritation on the hands Control methods for spotted knapweed include cultural, chemical and biological controls. Cultural controls include hand pulling, digging up plants, mowing, annual burns. plowing, and grazing by sheep and goats. It is essential to remove the entire root to prevent re-sprouting. Mowing and plowing before seed production is a control method that will help reduce seed dispersal but new plants will surely emerge from the seed bank. It is important not to mow or plow after seed production because it will disperse seed. Chemical controls for spotted knapweed consist of clopyralid (Transline and Pyramid), which is fairly effective and is more selective than other herbicides. Aminopryalid (Milestone) can be used in rangeland or grazing areas with immediate re- entry. It is vital to repeat treatments for several years to deplete the seed bank. When treating rosettes use,2, 4-D water-soluble amine formulation in the fall and early spring. Biological controls involve three insects, the most effective being seed-head flies and a moth whose larva feeds on the roots. The Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) program is targeting this invasive weed for control. For more information about Spotted Knapweed and other invasive weeds in our county contact Darrin Welle at 320-839-6149 ext. 3, darrin.welle@mn.nacdnet.net, or stop in the SWCD office located in the USDA Ag Service Center in Ortonville. AN AffT EXHIBIT completed the Ort( Summer Rec Arts and Crafts program in July. The show was held at The Clay House, where the ceramics ch  were held. Participants showed'their parents and family mem- bers the work they created and everyone i!njoyed cookies and ptJnch. -. - Tuesday, August 3, 2010 INDEPENDENT Page 7 • V