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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 Fries: July 7, 1862-One hundred and thirty gold miners, including a group frbm St. Paul led by James L. Fisk, set out on ox-carts from Fort Abercrombie on the Red River for the Montana gold fields. The federal government encouraged the expedition in an effort to find gold to finance the Civil War. July 7, 1974-The Assembly of God Church in Ortonville was organized, July 8, 1939-The final day of operation for Duluth's streetcars, which are replaced by trolley buses. July 8, 1931-Clinton Coop" Elevator Association is incorporated with J.C. Bender President. In 1876 swarms of locusts are located in Big Stone County with winds spreading the eggs. July 9, i823-Major Stephen H. Long leaves Fort St. Anthony (later Snelling) to explore areas of present- day Minnesota then unknown to the United States. Glacomo C. Beltrami joins Long as he travels up the Minnesota River and then down the Red River to Lake Winnipeg. July 9, 1975-An earthquake occurred at 9:55 a.m. The center was seven miles west of Morris, covering 60,000 square miles, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale. In 1921, about 40 former Clinton and Ortonville people met at Lake Hairiet in Minneapolis for a picnic and formed a Big Stone CountyAssociation to have an annual picnic. July 10, 1823-Major Joseph Delafield and his party arrive at Grand Portage to run the first survey of the international boundary in .the region. July 10, 1917-The Muskegon Boat sank in Big Stone Lake, killing seven people on board, with only two saved. July 11, 1999-Duluth's state representative Willard Munger dies. He had served over 40 years in the Minnesota House and was known as an advocate for environmental protection. July 11, 1892-The Board of County Commissioners organized School district No. 53. In 1877, the Artichoke Seventh Day Adventist Church was organized. July 12, 1829-Lieutenant Colonel "Zachary Taylor ends his command at Fort Snelfing, which had begun May 24, 1828. He would later lead the US Army in the war against Mexico, and "Old Rough and Ready" would take the fame to the' White House. Taylor is the only US President to have spent a significant amount of time in Minnesota. July 12, 1930-The American Legion held a bathing beauty contest. The winner of over 20 entries was Ila Sigloh (Beckman). July 13, 1787-Congress passes the Northwest Ordinance. Authored by Thomas Jefferson, it set up the rules of government for the Northwest Territory of the United States, which included present-day Minnesota east of the Mississippi River. Slavery was outlawed, the land was to be surveyed into townships, and each township was to set aside land for a school. In addition, the ordinance stated that "the utmost good faith shall always be observed toward the Indians, their land and property." July 13, 1897-The United Methodist Church in Correll was organized. Citizen volunteers the front line in protecting lakes and rivers The Minnesota Pollution Control The MPCA uses the information Agency is seeking volunteers for its collected by these volunteers to track Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Mon- water quality trends and make deci- itoring programs. Volunteers will take sions on watershed protection and to the water this summer to measure the health of Minnesota's rivers and lakes. Monitoring the 105,000 miles of rivers and more than 12,000 lakes is a massive undertaking that requires the help of Minnesota citizens who care about water quality. Volunteers in the Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Mon- itoring programs play a critical role in collecting long-term water quality data. Collecting this data is the first step in protecting or improving water quality throughout Minnesota. restoration. Volunteer-collected data is the only information that the MPCA and-its partners have for some rivers and lakes in the state. Minnesotans who regularly visit or live on a lake or river are encouraged to join the MPCA's citizen monitoring programs. The MPCA provides equip- ment and training. The monitoring is easy, fun and provides a new way to learn more about the water. Volunteers are particularly needed in the following counties: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Big Stone, Cass, Chippewa, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Koochiching, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Meeker, Morrison, Ottertail, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, St. Louis, Stearns, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Wilkin, Winona, Wright and Yellow Medicine. More information about the volun- teer monitoring programs, along with lists of specific lakes and rivers that need volunteers, is available on the MPCA's Web site at www.pca.state.mn.us/cmp or by calling 1-800-657-3864. Weed of the Week I By: Darrin Welle-Big Stone SWCD Contact 320-839-6149 Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula) If you're driving around the country right now you might be seeing yellow patches of flowering plants along the roadways and in pastures. I know this splash of yellow color might look nice, but it might be leafy spurge. Due to heavy grazing of some pasture land or seed spread by mowing, it has moved quickly through the county. Most cattle will not eat the weed in pastures, but it is toxic to them if they eat the plant. The problem occurs when the ditches that are infested are cut and bailed for hay. Check your ditches before you cut them this year to see if it is growing in your area. Currently, leafy spurge inhabits about three million acres of rangeland in the United States. According to the North Dakota State University North Dakota al'one loses $75 million annually due to loss of production. It was first recorded in the U.S. in 1827 probably through contaminated agriculture seed. This deep-,rooted perennial, native to Eurasia is one of the most aggressive invasive weeds in the Midwest. Leafy spurge is found in disturbed areas, roadsides, prairies, woodlands, pastures, gravel pits, and rangeland. Leafy spurge blooms early June to the end of July and grows one to three feet tall. The leaves have a bluish- green color and are usually drooping. The flowers are very small and fused into a cuplike structure. The flowers and bracts are a yellowish-green color and are arranged in umbels at the tops of the stems. Leafy spurge can protluce more than 200 seeds per plant making it hard to control. The capsules expel the seeds passively Or they explode, spreading the seed up to 15 feet away. Seeds have a high germination rate with most germinating within two years, but seeds will stay viable for up to eight years. Leafy spurge can also spread by rhizomes. The taproot can reach 15' deep, but the rhizomes can spread laterally up to 35' making it almost impossible to control. The rhizomes are the primary reason for expansion of this invasive weed. Once the plant is mowed or cut at ground level the rhizomes will grow back, usually thicker. Control methods include botfi chemical and biological controls. Early detection of a leafy spurge infestation is important to be successful in controlling spurge. Prescribed burning in conjunction with repeated treatments of 2, 4-D and Dicamba has been experimented With good results. Fall spray.ing of a chemical such as an lmazapic (Plateau) has shown good results as well. Biological control includes the use of beetles, sheep, and goats. The weed is not toxic to Sheep or goats and if they do eat the plant, it has promising results. Flea beetles of the genus Aphthona have seen the most promising results in spurge eradication. The Cooperative Weed Management Area program is targeting this invasive species. For more information about Leafy Spurge and other invasive weeds in our county contact Darrin Welle at 320- 8 3 9 - 6 1 4 9 , darrin.welle@mn.nacdnet.net, or your county Ag Inspector. 'Scab Smart' helps growers understand and manage FHB The U.S. wheat and barley sectors are being aided in their efforts to con- trol Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) - also known as "scab" - by a valuable new website. Launched last fall, "Scab Smart" provides a wealth of informa- tion for each small grain class affected by this disease. The direct link to this website is: www.scabsmart.org. Scab Smart is designed to serve as a quick guide to integrated strategies that will result in optimum reduction in FHB and its primary associated myco- toxin, deoxynivalenol (DON). Site vis- itors can go directly to a particular strategy they are interested in (e.g., va- rietal resistance, fungicides) or to a grain class (e.g., hai-d red spring wheat, soft red winter wheat, spring barley'). There they'll find specific information - all based on extensive research - re- garding useful products and strategies. Much of the research has been sup- ported by the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI) with fund- ing provided by the USDAAgricultural Research Service. Among the most useful features of Scab Smart are scab forecasting mod- els for each grain class. These models predict disease risk during the crop's relevant growth stage and aid produc- ers in their fungicide use decision-mak- ing process. This spring, the USWBSI instituted a "scab alert" system through which growers, crop consultants and others could receive improved advanced no- tice of scab outbreak threats in their re- spective areas. The alerts are sent out to one's cell phone or email (depend- ing on user preference), t.hus allowing for more-timely treatment of fields with fungicides. Producers, crop con- sultants, grain processors and others can sign up for the alerts by going to the following website address: ' http://scabusa.org/fhb_alert.php. Marcia McMullen, extension plant pathologist at North Dakota State Uni- versity, coordinated the development of the Scab Smart website and also has been a primary facilitator of its updat- ing since the site was launched last fall. McMullen says the site has attracted substantial usage over the past several months, and she expects its popularity to continue growing as more small grain' producers and industry personnel become familiar with it. In addition to the direct link to Scab Smart at www.scabsmart.org, the web- site may also be accessed by logging on to the U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative's site-www.scabusa.org- and clicking on the Scab Smart link under the 'Grower/Industry Tools' tab. MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD REPRESENTATIVES presented Pro Image Partners of Ortonville with a Minnesota flag that had been flown over the local guards base in Kuwait, along with l plaque of a F preciation for thenr support while the local National Guard Units were deployed. Pictured above from left t) rt M are James Mitchell, CIV, Minnesota National Guard, Capt. David Johanson, Brenda Kafka, Dan I L, Val Henrichs, Holly Koval and Brittany Johnson (kneeling). FUN ON SKATES as all the troops from the Ortonville Girl Scouts attended a roller skating event on May 25 at Sioux Historic Pavilion. Some of the Girl Scouts are shown above having a great time as the leaders of the Ortonville Girl Scout troops chaperoned. (Submitted photo.) 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