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. ztmlmqulIImIIl~ IilIPRmluI~IPlIIIIIII~r]II]H~II~I~IWIIIINJ SEVEN TEAMS PART!CIPATED in this year's 6th Annual Chili Cook-(~ff held near Lakeside Park. Pictured above are the teams. They included Luck of the Irish, Ja-Mak-N Ya Crazy Chili, Gut Busters Chili, Doc's Chili, The G Team, Burnt Chili and Rippin Rick's Chile. Winnin 1st Place was the G Team (which also won the People's Choice), 2nd Place was Doc's ~hili, Showmanship and Hoot n' Holla was won by Ja-Mak-Ngau Crazy Chili. / Field Day to ighlight pasture management for Organic Dairy On Tuesday, Aug. 31 there will be since 1968 and has been the lead a pasture walk/workshop to learn about grazing pasture management and the requirements under the National Organic Rule. This will be held at the West Central Research & Outreach Center (WCROC) from 1-4 p.m and is geared towards NRCS, other ag educators and farmers. The 2008 decision to transition a portion of the dairy herd at the University of Minnesota, WCROC to an organic production system has provided an unique opportunity to set new directions in research, teaching and outreach at the Morris site. Dr Dennis Johnson will lead this pasture walk/workshop and discuss the applicable research being conducted ' at WCROC for successful grazing of an organic dairy heard. Dr. Dennis Johnson has been with the WCROC researcher in transitionmg the WCROC herd to organic Jeff Duchene, Grazing Specialist for "the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will lead a dis- cussion about grazing management strategies, fertility management on pasture, weed control, pasture seeding and plant ID. Doran Holm from Organic Valley will all also be on hand to share applicable pasture management infor= mation from Organic Valley. This field day is geared towards NRCS, other ag educators and farm- ers who want to learn more about pas- ture management in an organic dairy system and is being co-sponsored by Land Stewardship Project, Organic Valley and WCROC. Musings from the Museum Minnesota employers added 9,800 jobs in July, according to figures re- leased today by the Minnesota Depart- ment of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state's seasonally adjusted un- employment rate in July remained un- changed from the previous month at 6.8 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was also unchanged in July at 9.5 percent. Including rFvised figures that re- duced June's job losses from 3,700 to 800, the state has gained 40,900 jobs since the beginning of 2010. Over the past 12 months, Minnesota has added 29,100 jobs, the state's best over-the- year showing in four years. The num- ber of jobs in the state grew by 1.1 percent in the past year, while the U.S. rate was flat during that period. "While we still have a ways to go, Minnesota remains on a steady path to recovery," said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. "The private sector gained nearly 19,000 jobs in July, an the state has now recovered more a quarter of the jobs that were lost i~ the recession." The largest gains in July occurred i/3 education and health care (up 5,500], followed by professional and busines services (up 4,300), leisure and hospi tality (up 2,900), other services (u1 2,400), manufacturing (up 1,300) trade, transportation and 'utilities (uI 900), financial activities (up 700), con struction (up" 600) information (ut 200), and mining and logging (up 100) Government shed 9,100 jobs durin! the month, including 1,400 censu, worker positions. Job gains occurred over the pas year in leisure and hospitality' (u! 15,200), education and health service, (up 14,200), professional and business, services (up 11,100), manufacturinl (up 3,000), trade, transportation anq utilities (up 2,500), and informatiol (up 200). i The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the dead- line to enroll in the Conservation Re- serve Program (CRP) general sign-up is quickly approaching. Farmers and ranchers have until the close of busi- ness on Friday, Aug. 27 to offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up. Applications can be completed by land owners at the FSA County office where their farm records are main- tained. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres. In addition to producers signing up for the first existing co expire on Sept. 30 may elect roll under a new 10-15 year Cropland that is highly erodible, within a national or state Conservation Priority Area, or is covered under an expiring CRP contract is generally eli- gible to be enrolled into CRP, provided all other eligibility requirements are met. Contracts awarded under this 39th sing-up are scheduled to become effec- tive Oct. 1. CRP is a voluntary program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agri- l Over-the-year job losses occurred in construction (down 6,500), other serv- ices (down 4,700), government (down 4,300), financial activities (down 1,600), and logging and mining (down 50). In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past year in the St. Cloud MSA (up 0.9 per- cent), the Rochester MSA (up 1.7 per- cent) and the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 0.5 percent). Over-the-year job losses occurred in the Duluth-Su- perior MSA (down 0.1 percen0 and the Mankato MSA (down 1 percent). DEED is the state's principal eco- nomic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention~ workforce development, in- ternational trade and community de- velopment. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at www.PositivelyMinnesota.com. cultural producers protect their envi- ronmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, re- source-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance. In addition to the general sign-up, CRP's continuous sign-up program is ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. For more information on th general CRP sign-up, or the continuous CRP signmp, producers should contact their local FSA county office or visit .... 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. 25, 1937-Congress establishes the state's first national monument: Pipestone National Monument in south-western Minnesota. Pipestone, or catlinite, named for painter George Catlin, who visited the quarry in 1936, is still used by Indians too make calumets (peace pipes). Aug. 25, 1938-Decision to be made on a proposed $153.000 WPA project for filling at the foot of the lake,, dredging, landscaping and improving the Eahtonka beach'on Big Stone Lake. Aug. 26, 1919=The state legislature ratified the 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, granting women, the right to vote. Prior to this federal amendment, the state's women had been permitted to vote only in elections for school officials and for library officials, since 1876 and 1898 respectively. Aug. 26, 1923-A freak storm with hail and wind after a three-day cold snap with silos and machines blown over and crops threshed in shock. Thousands of blackbirds were killed. Aug. 27, 1979-An UFO sighting m Ii Annual recycling reports from counties in Minnesota show recycling rates in the state have leveled off since the 1990s. Although Minnesota has one of the higher recycling rates in the country, valuable recyclable material continues to be tossed in the garbage. In 2007, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) partnered ::i ".:i!:.:.i:::?'"/.'z-:":.. i! ::! :::?' !~ : Marshall County? In the early morning Sheriff's Deputy Val Johnson is driving his car when he sees a bright light and then loses consciousness. An investigation by Sheriff Denis Brekke finds the car's windshield irtexplicably damaged. The Ford Motor Company determines that the windshield cracked due to a combination of high pressure inside the car, and low pressure outside. Later it is discovered that Johnson's wristwatch and the car's clock are both 14 minutes slow. No further explanations of the event have come to fight. Aug. 27, 1925-Ortonville McDowell's Ford Garage second-floor had a "Radio Listening Room." Aug. 28, 1977-Lake City's Ralph Samuelson, the "father of water skiing," dies. In 1922 Samuelson had successfully tested water skis on Lake Pepin, having fashioned the skis by boiling and curving the tips of boards purchased at a local lumberyard. Aug. 28, !988-Drought during spring and summer declared our area a "disaster" area. Aug. 29, 1857-The Constitutional Conventions for the soon-to-be state of Minnesota agree to a compromise document as the state's constitution. The convention had split into two parts, Republican and Democrat, with the Recycling Association of Min- nesota to create the Recycle More Min- nesota campaign to get Minnesotans to start recycling more. After studYing state and local recycling data, and con- ducting research and focus groups, the team confirmed Minnesotans wanted easy and convenient-access to recy- cling service and more information on | shortly after it convened. While the groups were unable to bring themselves to work together formally, they manage to produce nearly identical documents that form the state's constitution. No change in cooperation has been noted since. Aug. 29, 1918-End of the era for the' Odessa Signal Newspaper. Aug. 30, 1812-The first of the Selkirk colony members reach the Red River Valley, where the Earl of Selkirk had claimed land covering much of present-day Manitoba and parts of present-day North Dakota and Minnesota. Rivalries between fur companies, grasshoppers, and a flood in 1826 lead to the colony's failure, and many of the settlers would move to the Fort Snelling grounds. Aug. 30, 1900-Clinton Advocate reported the first automobile passed through this village. In 1960 the New Life Community First Baptist Church in Ortonville was organized. Aug. 31, 1823-Giacomo C. Beltrami reaches and names Lake Julia, which he incorrectly declares to be the source of the Mississippi River. Aug. 31, 1862-More than 600 white settlers were killed in the Sioux Uprising with Inkpaduta, Dakotan Indian involved. the benefits of recycling other than "it's good for the environment." To provide information about the benefits and ba- sics of recycling, the team created http://www.recyclemoreminnesota.org, a one-stop-shop for recycling informa- tion as part of the campaign to increase Minnesota's recycling rate. To provide more assistance to resi- dents and counties, the Web site was recently updated to make it more inter- active and user-friendly. The home page now features an interactive map of the state: users can click on their counties and view information about what can be recycled, where recy- clables are collected, and whom to con- tact for answers to other recycling-related questions. In addition to the interactive map, toolkits focused on getting the word out that recyclables aren't garbage were also repackaged on the site. Cit- izens will find fact sheets, advertise- ments and other materials that can be used in their county, schools or busi- nesses to help implement a recycling campaign with ready-made, customiz- able resources. "Recycling not only saves energy and resources, but is a significant source for jobs in the state," said Jo- hanna Kertesz from the Minnesota Pol- lution Control Agency. The MPCA estimates nearly 20,000 jobs are di-~ rectly and indirectly supported by com- panies that manufacture products with recycled materials. Using recycled materials for new products also saves energy: it takes 90 percent less energy to make an aluminum can from recy- cled content, 50 percent less energy to make products from recycled glass, and 70 percent less energy to make re- cycled paper. "Recycling at work, at home, or on the go keeps materials out of the waste stream," said Kertesz, "There are many great reasons to recycle, from saving energy and conserving re, sources to creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is easy to find a reason to make a commitment to recycle more." t$ Minnesota Department of Health www.mdhflu.com 651-201-3920 1-800-657-3903 (toll-free) 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday (11/09) Your city or county public health department Countryside Community Health Services 201 13thSt, S, Benson, MN 56215 1-320-843-4546 Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: 1-888-232-6348 24 hours/every day a i i i I I Page 8b INDEPENDENT Tuesday, August 24, 2010