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Weed of the Week By: Darrin Welle-Big Stone SWCD Contact 320-839-6149 Recently, Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded a grant for a Cooperative Weed Management Program (CWMA) in Big Stone County. The objective of this program is to approach our counties invasive weed problems through education, documentation, and treatments. The CWMA will work together with the existing invasive species management plans currently operating in Big Stone County which are the Big Stone Highway Department and Big Stone County Ag Inspector Work Plan. The partners that made this grant possible consist of the MN Department of Transportation (MNDOT), Big Stone County Highway Department, Big Stone County Weed Inspector, Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Natural Resources Conserva.tion Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Pheasants Forever and private citizens. Our main goal in this program is to reduce the environmental and economic threats posed by invasive plant species to the grasslands of Big Stone County. Educating and raising awareness of the significance of these threats is crucial to achieving our goal. The CWMA has decided to make wild parsnip and queen ann's lace our targeted weeds. As part of the education aspect, a weekly article will be written for the newspaper on a certain'weed the CWMA felt needed attention. This week we will discuss one of our targeted weeds, wild i ! parsnip. If you see wild parsnip on your property, avoid skin contact with the toxic sap of the plant tissue by wearing gloves, long sleeves and long pants. If the sap of wild parsnip comes in contact with skin in the presence of sunlight it can cause a rash and blistering and discoloration of the skin (phytophotodermatitis). If you come in contact with it cover the affected area with a cool, wet cloth and try to keep the blisters from rapturing for as long as possible. The skin can remain darkened for years after the blisters heal. The best thing to do is to contact us to confirm you have wild parsnip growing on your property so the Big Stone CWMA can take the necessary actions to help. Wild parsnip grows two to five feet tall, and has a light green hollow stem. Wild parsnip looks similar to golden alexander, a native plant that is easily distinguished by its smaller size, usually less than two feet, with smaller round stems, fewer flowers, and leaves not lobed. Wild parsnip is a monocarpic perennial herbaceous plant. This means the plant spends one or more years in rosette stage, blooms under favorable conditions, and then dies. Wild parsnip is in the Apiaceae family also known as the parsley or carrot family. This perennial plant is native to Eurasia and poses a great threat to native plant communities. It invades slowly, but once established it spreads rapidly and can severely modify dry and moist habitats. The leaves alternate and are made up of five-15 egg shaped leaflets along both sides of the stalk. Leaflets are sharp- toothed or lobed at the margins and I the upper leaves smaller. The flowers are fiat broad flower cluster two to six" wide, numerous five-pedaled yellow flowers that bloom from June to late into the summer. Most of the plants are now entering the flowering stage and can be easily picked out with its bright yellow flowers. Again, wild parsnip will grow up to five feet tall making it stand out in right-of-ways. The seeds are small, round, flat, and can stay viable in the soil for four years. The roots are long, thick, with an edible taproot, although we do not recommend eating the root from wild parsnip. Control methods include mechanical and chemical. An effective method is to cut through the root one to two" below the ground level with a shovel before the plant flowers. Proper protective clothing wearing gloves, long sleeves and long pants is a must when removing the plant. Wild parsnip is one of the first plants to green up in the spring and after a burning. Spot treatment with a glyphosate, such as Round Up, to the rosettes early would be recommended so harm to native plants is less likely when other plants are dormant. Applying two, 4-D or metsulfuron- methyl (Escort) in spring or fall has also been extremely effective and less harmful to other plants. The Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) program is targeting this invasive species. For more information about Wild Parsnip and other invasive weeds in our county contact Darrin Welle at 320- 839-6149, or your county Ag Inspector. We would appreciate all of your help in identifying new areas of infestations. Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir to perform this Sunday A group of about 40 high school singers who make up the 2010 Min- nesota All-State Lutheran Choir, in- cluding Jack and Maggie Ragan of Ortonville, will perform this Sunday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 806 Highland Highway, Or- tonville. The concert is free and open to the public. Chosen from applicants from all over the state of Minnesota, these Lutheran young people have been re- hearsing at Mount Carmel Ministries Camp near Alexandria prior to em- barking on their present tour. The Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir program, celebrating its 41st year, exists to provide an aesthetic ex- perience via choral music and to impart to local congregations enthusiasm and appreciation for music, new and old, in the worship service. The choir will be performing a great variety of music from classics to gospel. The choir is under the direction of Dr. Thomas D. Rossin. Now in his 20th year with the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir, he is the founder and director of"Exultate", a chamber choir and orchestra based in the Twin Cities. Unique to this concert is audience participation. Each concert is con- cluded with the choir seated within the audience and everyone taking part in the singing of hymns. This is done to share with the congregations the joy in- volved in singing the hymns of the church. Another unique aspect of this con- cert is [hat the choir sings only a por- tion of its concert in the traditional choir formation. Placing itself in other formations throughout the sanctuary, the choir effectively involves the audi- ence in this praise of God through music. Jack and Maggie Ragan are the chil- dren of Rev. John and Tammy Ragan of Ortonville. Jack will be a junior at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley High School and Maggie will be a freshman and Bemidji State University in the fall. Local phone co-ops to provide service to schools, libraries Farmers Mutual Telephone Com- pany and Federated Telephone Coop- erative along with other cooperating telephone companies announced the award of a contract to furnish telecom- munications services to over 200 NWLINKS member schools and li- braries in Northwestern Minnesota. This is the third time this group of telephone companies, known as North- west Minnesota Special Access, LLC, has been awarded the contract. Previ- ous contracts were awarded in 2002 and 2007. NWLINKS encompasses over 200 K-12 schools and libraries throughout 28 counties in northwestern Minnesota. Its primary goal is to assist school dis- tricts, public library systems and higher education institutions to realize their telecommunications goals. The three year investment by NWLINKS will enable greater dis- tance learning opportunities by using Farmers and Federated's coordinated network to access online curriculum re- sources, online classes, electronic ref- erence and research services. Video services will also provide connectively to the Learning Network of Minnesota, interactive television (ITV) services and professional development oppor- tunities. "We're pleased that NWLINKS se- lected Farmers, Federated and the Northwest Minnesota Special Access network for this extensive project," said Kevin Beyer, General Manager of Farmer; Mutual Telephone Company and Federated Telephone Cooperative. "We were there when they needed a telecommunications partner in 2002 to build the infrastructure for the network and we're excited to continue to pro- vide services that enrich the education of those who live in the communities we serve." As part of the Northwest Minnesota Special Access LLC (NWMNSA), Farmers, Federated and 17 other inde- pendent, local telecommunications providers will be supporting their com- munities' local schools and libraries with Internet connectivity for video and data until 2013. "This means good things for north- west Minnesota and we're proud to be a part of it," said Beyer. With offices located in Bellingham, Chokio and Morris, Farmers Mutual and Federated Telephone offer local communication services to its mem- bers and their communities utilizing fiber optic facilities. For more infor- mation, visit www.farmerstel.net and www.fedtel.net. Fir BANG "Pet More Bang for Your You Name It... We've Got It! Air Conditioned Shopping Carlos and Amber would like to thank all family and friends for their help and support in making the fireworks stand a success this year in our absence! Selection and Lowest Prices Aroundl New This Year.... 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