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Kiwanis elects new officers The Kiwanis Club of Ortonville held its Installation banquet at Lakeside Supper Club on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Kiwanis Region 6 Lt. Governor Chuck Grussing of Morris was present to address the club about the upcoming Kiwanis year and for- mally install the officers. Darrell Bee will serve as President, John Ragan as Vice President, Jan Schmidt as Secretary, Carol Knoll, Treasurer. Newly elect- ed Board of Directors members this year are Ileta Herberg and Don Lundell joining Bill Heel, Craig Raridleman, Becky Parker, Burt Nypen, Sally Rakow, Norm Shelsta and Jack Gable to conduct the club business. Outgoing President Linda Hofhenke will also serve on the Board of Directors. The club currently has 29 mem- bers meeting weekly on Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. at the Ortonville Community Center. Following the noon meal a short program is held. Meetings last only an hour making it convenient for working members to be present. The focus of the club is community service and anyone inter- ested in being part of this active group is welcome to attend. The Kiwanis motto is "We Build!" ROGER HYNNEK OF ORTONVILLE harvested this eight point buck with his bow and arrow on Saturday, Sept. 25. This was the 35th deer he has taken with a bow. KDIO Temps Hj Low Sept. 26 68 42 Sept. 27 77 48 Sept. 28 72 50 Sept. 29 72 52 Sept. 30 72 48 Oct. 1 64 46 Oct. 2 55 35 Minnesota's pheasant index remains land region of Minnesota. CRP acres in Minnesota by 32 percent. unchanged from 2009 but is 22 percent "Given the severity of last winter, To help offset continued habitat below the 10-year average, according we expected a decrease in the range- losses caused by reductions in conser- to the Minnesota Department of Natu- wide pheasant index and we werevation set-aside acreage, DNR has ac- ralResources (DNR). pleasantly surprised to observe no celerated acquisition of Wildlife Contributing factors to the below- change from last year," Haroldson said Management Areas in the farmland re- average index include: Pheasant hunters are expected to gion of Minnesota. DNR also supports The most severe winter in theharvest about 400,000 roosters this fall, habitat conservation on private lands farmland region of Minnesota since similar to last year and 2004. This com- by working with a variety of partners 2001, resulting in hen counts 28 per- pares to harvests that have exceeded in the Farm Bill Assistance Partnership cent below the 10-year average.. 500,000 roosters five of the past seven and Working Lands Initiative. Fewer nesting opportunities years. The 500,000 bird harvests corre- The August roadside survey, which caused by the removal of more than spond with a string of mild winters and began in the late 1940s, was standard- 100,000 acres of private land from the high CRP enrollment, ized in 1955. DNR conservation offi- Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ,~The best opportunities for harvest- cers and wildlife managers in the and other farm programs during the ing pheasants likely will be in the farmland region of Minnesota conduct past four years, southwest, where observers reported the survey during the first two weeks Cool. wet weather during the nor- 104 birds per 100 miles of survey in August. This year's survey consisted real June peak of the pheasant hatch driven. Hunters also will find good of 168 routes, each 25 miles long, with appears to have reduced early brood harvest opportunities in the central and 148 routes located in the ring-necked survival, west central regions, where observers pheasant range. A severe winter, fewer acres of habi- reported 76 and 70 birds per 100 miles Observers drive each route in early tat, and a cool. wet June allcontributed driven, respectively. This year's morning and record the number and to what DNR wildlife biologists are statewide pheasant index was 63 birds species of wildlife they see. The data :alling a below average pheasant pop- per 100 miles driven, provide an index of relative abundance ulation. Haroldson said the most important and are used to monitor annual changes "We expect hunters to harvest a sim- habitat for pheasants is grassland that and long term trends in populations of ilar number of birds in 2010 as they did remains undisturbed during the nesting ring-necked pheasants, gray partridge, in 2009 ?' said Kurt Haroldson, a season. Protected grasslands account eastern cottontail rabbits, white tailed wildlife biologist for the DNR's Farm- for about six percent of the state's jackrabbits and other select wildlife land Population and Research Group in pheasant range. Farmland retirement species. Madelia. "But after a series of above-, programs such as CRP, Conservation The gray partridge index was simi- average pheasant harvests from 2005- Reserve Enhancement Program, Rein- lar to last year but 55 percent below the 2008, Minnesota's pheasant population vest in Minnesota and Wetlands Re- 10-year average. The cottontail rabbit aas fallen below average for a second serve Program make up the largest index was also below the 10-year and zonsecutive year." portion of protected grasslands in the long-term average. The jackrabbit The pheasant population estimate is state, index was 96 percent below the long- 9art of the DNR's annual roadside High land rental rates and compet- term average. In contrast, the mourn- Wildlife survey. The survey summa- ing uses for farmland diminish the eco- ing dove index was similar to last year "izes roadside counts of pheasants, nomic attractiveness of farmland and the 10-year average. gray (Hungarian) partridge, cottontail conservation programs. During the The 2010 August Roadside Report "abbits, white-tailed jackrabbits and next three years, 500,000 additional and pheasant hunting prospects map ?ther wildlife observed in the early acres would be removed from Min- can be viewed and downloaded from norning hours duri ng the first two nesota's CRP land if no acres are re-en- http://mndnr.gov/hunting/pheasant. a, eeks of August throughout the farm- rolled, reducing the total number of ATTHE ill TRESPA ._ .tve.mi..'n ON ,SING These 2 Different Style Signs Now On Hand! With many duck hunters out and mary flotation devices, however, blind; there are now life jackets avail- about, Minnesota Department of Nat- Everyone on the boat needs a wearable able for around $40 with mesh in the ural Resources (DNR) reminds people personal flotation device of the proper upper body that allow hunters to shoul- to make sure they pack the one thing size and type. der a gun but still offer protection from that could save their lives - their life Life jackets made with the water- cold water. jackets, fowler in mind are available in camou- Don't overload the boat; take two "We want all hunters to come backflage colors, trips if necessary. to shore safely," said Tim Smalley, According to water safety experts, Learn how to float in waders and DNR boating safety specialist. "How- having a life jacket doesn't matter if it's hip boats or don't'wear them in the , ever, the lack of flotation devices is still stuffed in a decoy sack when the acci- boat. one of the most common law violations dent occurs. "You just don't have Stay near shore and avoid crossing among waterfowl hunters, and the most time," Smalley said. "Trying to put on large expanses of open water, espe- common cause of duck hunter deaths, a life jacket during a boating accident cially in bad weather. Thirteen hunters have drowned in would be like trying to buckle a seat Share trip plans with someone, ad- boating accidents since that time. belt during a car crash." vise them to call authorities if traveling "While 13 deaths is 13 too many, be- The DNR discourages hunters from party does return on schedule. fore life jackets were mandated, three wearing hip boots or waders in the boat In case of capsizing or swamping, to six hunters died in duck boat acci- due to safety concerns. Hunters have stay with the boat; even when filled dents nearly every season," Smalley drowned while trying to take their with water, it will provide some flota- said. waders off after they have fallen into tion and is more likely to be seen by According to national statistics,the water or their boat has capsized, potential rescuers. more hunters die every year from cold "That releases any trapped air in the "If you are near enough to a cell water shock, hypothermia and drown- boots and at the same time binds the phone tower, it's not a bad idea to bring ing than firearms mishaps. Last year, a victim's feet together so they can't kick your cell phone along in a waterproof, 60-year-old hunter not wearing a life to stay afloat," Smalley said. "How- zipper lock bag to call for help if you jacket, capsized in a ten-foot john boat ever, if you do wear that sort of foot get into trouble," Smalley advised. and drowned in 5 feet of water in Rat gear and suddenly enter the water, by "You can use the phone without re- Lake in Becker County. pulling your knees up to your chest, air moving it from the bag." Minnesota law requires a readily ac- trapped in the waders'or hip boots can The DNR has a free publication cessible U.S. Coast Guard approved act as a flotation device. You should about waterfowl hunting boat safety life jacket for every person on duck practice that maneuver in warm shal- called "Prescription for Duck boats. Plus, for boats 16-feet and low water before you need to do it in Hunters." It is available by calling the longer, one U.S. Coast Guard approved an emergency." DNR Information Center at 651-296- flotation seat cushion must be on board The DNR offers these water safety 6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367. to throw to someone in distress. Seat tips for duck hunters: cushions are no longer approved as pri- Wear a life jacket to and from the news Choose your fall tillage methods breaks apart more soil structure than based on soil conditions chisels. However, disks are very By Jodi Dejong-Hughes, effective at cutting and sizing residue University of Minnesota Extension for decomposition, making planting Fall tillage decisions became a lot easier in the spring. Depending on the more complicated because of the shape and size of the disk, 40 to 80 heavy rains in September. Flooding percent of the residue is incorporated. and the prospects for another wet If your fields are wet during harvest season will make effectively harvest and ruts are created, the first using tillage to manage residues more instinct is to aggressively fill them in. difficult. University of minnesota To protect the existing soil structure, Extension research can provide some just fill in the ruts with light tillage by guidance, running equipment at an angle. You In a dry fall, there are more options may need two or three passes to for residue management, and deeper accomplish this. These areas will not tillage will have less negative effect yield as well as the non-rutted area, on the soil. Even so, different but there is not much you can do to implements have differing effects on change this. soil structure and residue When the soils are wet and residue incorporation. Chisel plows have management is the main issue, a light more of a lifting effect on the soil and tillage pass with a vertical-till the soil tends to fracture along natural implement is useful for sizing and plains. Extension research shows that incorporating some residue and chisel plow~ can incorporate about 50 introducing air to the soil. Vertical to 70 percent of the residue, tillage runs one to three inches deep A disk has more down pressure, and uses straight or wavy coulters, a The smearing and shearing effect harrow, with rolling baskets being optional. Vertical tillage fluffs-up the remaining residue with shallow penetration and minimal soil movement. Lifting wet soils can create clods. If using a chisel plow or disk ripper, shallow up the shanks, and use narrow points. The wings have a higher potential for smearing the soil. Clods in themselves are not bad going into winter; they will leave more surface area for water infiltration. However, a field with. clods is more difficult to break apart and may need multiple tillage passes in the spring to get ready for planting. Keep your options open as things can change quickly. Visit the tillage page on the University of Minnesota Extension website at www.extension.umn.edu/tillage for more information. 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