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Berreth, daughter of Lori and Jim Berreth, of recent Junior Illustrated Talk Event and will FCCLA at the National Leadership Meeting July. "Magic in the Making with FCCLA" was the state meeting. Over 1,700 were in attendance. was also recognized for its donations to the Red State FCCLA Scholarship Fund. Jess is the and Joanne Berndt of Big Stone City, SD. winner and a state officer were among the results returned home with after the state FCCLA in Sioux Falls. Freshman Jess Berreth won the Talk division, an event with 367 students presented will now compete at the National Leadership on July 7 to 11. Extension report John Cunningham County Extension Educator 839-2518 or 1-800-279-,2518 EXTENSION CHANGES JULY 1 On July 1 st, 2(X)2, the University of Minnesota Extension Service&apos;s new and much talked-about operational plan will become effective. The plan calls for focused, high quality programs that tie directly to the University of Minnesota's research base. As a result, some programs and acti,,:ities will be discontinued while others will be expanded. There will be basically three types of Extension Staffers in the new Extension Service. These are County Extension Directors, Regional Extension Educators, and County 4-H Program Coordinators. County Extension Directors (CED) will be the Department Head for the County Extension Office. There are 43 CED's, each will serve in 1 to 3 counties. I will be serving as CED in Big Stone and Stevens Counties. We are charged with ensuring that our communities receive the services most needed from the university. There will be 190 Regional .Extension Educators (REE) who will use their expertise regionally rather than serving individual counties. Of those educators, t60 will specialize in one of five key areas: 4-H and youth development; agriculture, food and environment; family development; natural resources and environment; and community vitality. In addition, 30 regional educators employed under contracts with other agencies and funding sources wilt continue to provide specific programs and education in agriculture and natural rcsources, according to their specific contracts. Big Stone County will have access y available f,)r cing energy bills has water heaters, windows, insulation, own a home." to Get Up Money to Bills". information on - St. Paul can get govern- heating and has made dollars in reduce their aSsistance is for loans for energy air conditioning, roofing, and siding. Many Minneapolis St. Paul MN area resi- dents do not know that this assistance is available or how to get it.", says Edmund Billings, a researcher at Financial Assistance Network. "We've published a booklet that explains the program and tells home- owners where to apply for assistance in the Minneapolis - St. Paul MN area. The booklet also has a special section to help people who are struggling to pay their soaring heating and cooling bills regardless of whether or not they Punch Grand Prize Giveaway Wednesday, June z6 Must be registered by 4pm drawings for cash from 5-1opm $1o, ooo Instantly at lopm! Tanya Tucker! ' Sunday, June 30 z Shows -4pm & 7pm Tickets $30 in advance $35 at the door Tickets available at the casino and at... ! Exit 1 off i-29 on the North and South Dakota border 1 .BOO.DAKOTA 5 Consumers can receive a copy by sending $5 to cover the cost of print- ing, postage and handling to: Financial Assistance Network, Government Help Booklet Offer 25GH-0614, P.O. Box 60848, Washington, DC 20039-0848. Consumers can also get information by calling 202-595-1028 or by visit- ing Financial Assistance Network's Internet web site: www.FinanciaJAssistanceNetwork.or g. Don't Let Soybean Aphids Eat Your Profits Th"re knox, s1 as uny terrors.The soybean aphid is an eastern Asian s%,bean pest daat first shod up in southeastern Minne)ta and Wisconsin in 2f)0. The bugs surviv winters as eg and inunattu-e nymphs on buck- thorn, which grow around field ed. Winged aphids then fly to soybean fields to establish colonies. Populations explode during flowering and start to wane during pod stage. Late-seamn plant symp- toms typicalb" include dtstorted and yeUowed leaves, tm-ning ahnost black w, id soot3' mold from honeydew excreted ' the aphids. Aphid infestations are more severe whma soybeans are moisture- suex-sed.Aphids can transmit diseases, indudug viruses like ,oybean nsaic. Insects and chsease in soybeans could mean a major impact to yields this fall. Scouting provides the best protection. If aphids are heavy in the bloom stage and predator insects and/or timgal disease aren't evident, it n' be tmae to spray. Lorsban*-4E insecticide treat- ments have been shoa to provide effecxive control of this invaswe pest. For exanaple, the University of Minnesota last year dernoustrated yield loss fim soybean aphi at St. Charl, Minn., as high as 61 percealt in an untreated strip trhal compared to a strip ',,,'here 1 pint of Lorsban-4E was used.The yield advantage to treatment ranged between 4.1 and 12.5 bushels per acre. A Universi" of Illinois experi- ment demonstrated that 1 pint of Lorsban-4E provided 99 percent control ofscb'bean aphids at three and 10 days after treannent. Unlike nmny foliar-applied imecticides, suppression of beneficial insects is more temporary with Lorsban-4E. For more infi)rrnation about using Lorsban--4E to control soybean aphids, contact your local ag retailer. L*>aE iremm,xl  a ted<raa. Rtrw(ed Uw vNw.dowa 'o .corn I mi to sixteen REE's. For instance, Bret Oelke (218-685-4820) and Craig Haugaard (800-489-3796) have responsibility for farm business management and marketing in West Central Minnesota. Doug Holen (218- 739-7130) who is stationed in the Otter Tail County Extension Office, will be crop REE. Kirby Hettver (320- 586-7423) and Vince Crary (218-385- 3000) will take care of livestock production. Milan Drewlow (218-643- 5481 ), Amy Rager (320-669-4471), and Bob Stommes (320-634-5735) will cover natural resources and environmental issues. Some horticulture and household pest questions will be directed to one of our Big Stone County Master Gardeners or to Extension's Yard & Garden Clinic. Master Gardeners are Edna and Russell Anderson, Clinton, (325-5315); Audrey Blum, Correll, (596-2148); Bob Dybvig, Ortonville, (839-3213); Dick Lane, Graceville, (748-7207); Myron Mueller, Ortonville, (839-3921); Joanne Schmeichel; Odessa, (273-2274); and Jim Schroeder, Clinton, (325-5166). Samples may also be sent to them for identification and problem diagnosis. For further details contact the Extension Office, or go to andgarden/ygclinic.html. LeRoy Williams, REE Horticulture, (320- 762-3890) will help with some of this work as well. Family Development REE's serving our area are Kari Beran, (320- 589-7423), Angela Berge, (218-739- 7130), Sara Corymans, (320-269- 6521), and Jean Kvols (320-598- 3325). Cindy Bigger (320-762-3890), and Dave Nelson (320-523-3713) will serve as REE's for Community Vitality programs. While I will be fully involved with the Big Stone and Lac qui Parle County 4-H livestock program at the County Fairs this year, in the future adult volunteers, our Regional 4-H Extension Educator Carrie Olson, and our 4-H Program Assistant will become increasingly involved with the program. Also supporting Community Youth Development work in the area will be Eric Vogel (320-231-7890). We haven't gotten all the details fine tuned yet but while some of the current programs might be discontinued or cutback, I do believe that this new operational plan will eventually allow us to provide superior and more focused Extension programming in Big Stone County. Please call the Extension Office at 1- 800-279-2518 with your questions or suggestions. I Cross-Cultural Adventure: A South Dakota Family in China An It was a question I never antici- pated. It came first just after we arrived. In one of the freshman oral English classes, students were looking at photographs in South Dakota: An Alphabetical Scrapbook by Greg and Jodi Latza. One of the brightest students in the class asked it. Months later, Molly, a visiting SDSU student, passed around a dis- play of U.S. money in a second- year writing class and gave stu- dents pennies and nickels. Again, one of the best, most thoughtful students called me over and asked it. Both students asked the same question word for word: "What does this mean?" The first student had been read- ing facts about South Dakota. She read that the state motto is "Under God the People Rule." The second student looked closely at his newly acquired nick- el. It says: "In God We Trust." Congress adopted the four-word motto in 1955; it has been printed on all denominations of the world's most coveted currency since then. It is being attacked by one segment of American society and strongly supported by another (there are web sties where one can order posters for both sides). But, no matter which side one is on, virtually no one asks what the phrase means. So, I was at first befuddled by the question. How can intelligent university students not know what the two phrases mean? A more thoughtful reaction, however, is that of course they don't know. Decades of atheistic ideology has had an impact. Religious suppres- sion has resulted in various mani- festations in Chinese society, but by Lyle D. Olson Unexpected Question: June 17, 2002 that's not a topic to discuss here. The second day after we arrived in China we became immediately aware that Judeo-Christian under- pinnings are not present. Sunday, we found out, is like any other day of the week. Despite changes during the 20th century, American society still honors the Fourth Commandment to "Observe the Sabbath to keep it holy" when compared m other countries. Here, banks, the post office, and shops are open as usual. Manual labor around the city continues unabated from daybreak until late into the evening. Universities hold classes. We were asked by another university to teach English on Sunday mornings to non-traditional students. One weekend in May, Yunnan Normal scheduled make-up classes not only on Saturday, but also on Sunday. I doubt universities in South Dakota will be doing like- wise anytime soon. I was a little better prepared the second time to answer the question, but not much. I decided that I owe it to our nation's forefathers and my own state's past leaders to explain both phrases more before I leave. We have enjoyed China immensely. Recently, Aaron told his mother: "I just love China." We will, however, return to the U.S.A. with a much keener appreciation for many things in American society, including an implicit understanding of "In God We Trust" and a shorter work week. Before we left, a friend told me that every time he returned to the United States after traveling abroad, he kissed the ground. We may just do the same when we land in Sioux Falls on July 3. The Olson's Fourth of July celebration will be especial- ly sweet this year. Independent Ads Get Noticed. (You're Reading This One Aren't You?) We'll Make It Worth Your WaiO FREE Movie Channels and Digital Cable TV! 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