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the M the Minnesota e at Fair The Minnesota De.partmen! .of Education (MDE) 1s inviting Minnesotans to take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Challenge at the Minnesota State Fair for a fun and free preview of the inno- vative online MCA assessment that students take every spring. State Fair visitors will have the "opportunity to test at three different levels in math and science: elemen- tary, middle and high school. MDE to know and be able to do at different grade levels. The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments serve as the state's accountability system for schools and satisfy the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The sample tests at the fair were done'in cooperation with the state's current testing vendor, Pearson. Parents of students taking the MCAs can participate more fully in their welcomes visitors of all ages to test child's education through Pearson's their knowledge with this fun, free, " Perspective website. The site helps and quick challenge, parents understand the information on "Are you smarter than a Minnesota the Individual Student Report, and fifth grader?" asks Minnesota lets them explore a wide range of Education Commissioner Alice online learning activities designed to Seagren: "Everyone should experi- enrich and improve their child's ence firsthand the high expectations knowledge and skills. we have for our students by taking By spring 2011 these practice these short sample tests." assessments will be'available online ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1955 celebrated their 55th Class Reunion during Cornfest weekend at the Matador Supper Club. This online challenge will offer for p irents and students: Seated in front, from left to right are Joan (Kamin) Jurgens, Vivian (Hanson) lanssen, Barbara (Brown) Kelzer, Arlene Gustafson, Sylvia insight into what students today need c ,e e, e,n, e onan ,ane, ,wensorn, c m, t Carol (lurgens) Hynnek, Keith Beachem, jack Blink, Kay (Kottwitz) Strandvold, Irene (Gerber) Sansness and Jerome Delgehausen. Back row left to i""""!"":iii"ii':': !i " rightHanson,are DennisPat GreueI,TonerJaCkandZUmmach,Bradley Gustafson.R n Kottke, Larry Cartwright, Richard Peterson, Dennis Oragt, Ed McDonald, Gene Fish, Herman Hein, Lou 0' Watch for late-season soybean diseases By Dean Malvick, University of Minnesota Extension Although the weather this summer has been good for soybean growth in "much of Minnesota, the same weather has favored development of soybean diseases. Several root and stem diseases that have potential to significantly damage yields have been appearing. Sudden death syndrome (SDS) and Phytophthora root and stem rot have been particularly common, but white mold is also a concern. SDS has been rapidly appearing in many fields in southern Minnesota. SDS had been confirmed in 23 counties prior to this year. but is now appearing in counties and fields where it had not been seen before. Weather conditions have been very favorable fro: development of this destructive disease, and symptoms were seen earlier than normal. Leaf symptoms appear as yellow. diffuse spots that expand between veins to become brown lesions surrounded by yellow areas. Tan discoloration also develops in just under the epidermis of the lower stem. The pith in the stem remains white, which distinguishes SDS from brown stem rot. Brown stem rot occurs across Minnesota, and will soon start to appear and damage yields in many fields, including fields where SDS is developing. This year has also been favorable for Phytophthora root and stem rot, and this disease is more widespread than it has been for several years. It is favored by wet and warm soil conditions early in the growing season. Infected plants develop root rot and brown discoloration of the stem extending up from the soil line. Leaves turn yellow and brown and typically stay attached. Plants are often killed in patches or sections of rows Some common resistance genes are not effective in many areas due to aggressive forms of the Phytophthora pathogen. White mold can be a serious problem and has been developing in soybean fields throughout Minnesota. Wet and cool weather during flowering is required for this disease to develop. While most parts of Minnesota have had adequate rain for white mold, the warm temperatures of the p~ist two weeks appear to have suppressed this disease. White mold is also favored by high plant populations, high fertility, narrow rows and fields where plants dry slowly. Earlier this month, I requested samples of soybeans with symptoms of SDS from Minnesota fields. With funding support from the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, we were able to diagnose the SDS samples free of charge. This opportunity to diagnose symptoms as they appeared has helped the University Of Minnesota expand knowledge on diseases that pose a risk to soybean production in the state. Information shared at a recent soybean-diseases workshop that I held through University of Minnesota Extension, such as diagnostic photographs and disease management recommendations, can be found on Extension's Minnesota Crop Diseases website at www.extension.umn.edu/go/1042. Dean Malvick is a plant pathologist with University of Minnesota Extension. li Families United has launched the first National Gold Star Family Reg- istry. This public, online platform is the first, comprehensive record of fallen heroes and family network ever devel- oped. Whether they gave their life in WWII, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq or Afghanistan or another conflict, the registry is a place to ensure their mem- ory will live on. (www.GoldStarFam- ilyRegistry.com) "Up to this point, there has not been one place where all heroes who gave their lives can be found either in print or online." said Families United's Ex- ecutive Director Brian Wise. " There has not been a national registry or pub- lic database that serves as a perpetual memorial to'all those who paid the ul- timate price for this nation. The aim of the registry is to create the first "virtual memorial." ensuring that Americans from all over the country can learn about the heroic sacrifice of service members firsthand and allow their fam- ilies to connect " The National Gold Star Family Reg- II istry is not just a searchable database of the fallen, but a new community of America's Gold Star Families. Family members have the opportunity to cre- ate a tribute page for their hero as well as their own online profile as part of a private Gold Star network. The registry provides them with new avenues to communicate, support one another and most of all, honor the fallen. As the registry grows, Families United will add new functions that will further de- velop the largest online community of Gold Star Family members ever cre- ated. helping families support each other across the years and miles. Amy Dozier. Gold Star Wife from Durham. NC, said "This registry means so much to me. It's a chance for me to create memories with my little girl. Most importantly, it's a way for fami- lies to come together to support each other in the grieving process, while re- membering those who paid the ulti- mate sacrifice for usY "We can never repay the debt of honor that our fallen heroes gave to the cause of freedom," said Wise. "How- ever, with National Gold Star Registry, we can ensure that their effort and- bravery will be acknowledged for years to come." About the author: Brian Wise is the Executive Director of Families United, www.FamiliesUnitedUSA.org, the na- tion's largest military family support organization, celebrating America's fallen Heroes from WWII. Vietnam. Korea. Iraq and Afghanistan and other conflicts. Brian works on behalf of mil- itary families in honor of his friends the first two brothers. LCPL Jared Hubbard. and US Army CPL Nathan Hubbard who that were killed fighting for our Freedom in Iraq. His creden- tials as a former Network News Pro- ducer for ABe News. Fox News Channel and CBS News and in the na- tional security policy world allows him "to be an effective voice for the interests and values of America's military fami- lies. Big Stone Health Foundation's 19th Annual 3-person teams Scramble format 18 holes Limited to first 54 prepaid teams includes greens fees and meal Trophies and prizes Multi-item silent auction e RAFFLE PRIZES 2006 EZ Go Electric Golf Cad Set of Golf Clubs with Self-Standing Bag and Woods Covers Gas Grill Taylor made Golf Bag w/Oak Tree Logo $100 Cash $50 Cash SPONSORED BY Border States Cooperative, OAHS, Ortonville Hardware Hank, Big Stone Therapies / OccuPro, Rausch Bros. Monument Pizza Ranch - Ortonville, Conroy Eye Care Information contact Sally Rakow at 32o.839.4135 rakows@oahs.us www.bshcf.org Celebrate art -celebrate coffee The thirteenth annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, m downtown Willmar. This one-day fine arts event includes a full day of free exhibits, demonstrations, activi- ties. food. and entertainment .for all ages. On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m continuous music and danc- ing will be performed on the outdoor stage in the downtown area. The stage will be surrounded by opportu- nities to purchase juried artworks by approximately 40 artists, view artist's demonstrations, participate in hands- on art activities for children and adults, sample foods from a number of cultures and enjoy free coffee all day. The recognition and display of work by emerging artists will again be part of the festival. For more information on Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! contact the Willmar Area Arts Council office at (320) 231-8560, or check out the web- sites at www.celebrateartcelebratecoffee.com or www.willmarareaartscouncil.org. Celebrate Art ! Celebrate Coffee! is made possible in part by a grant from the.Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council (SMAHC) with funds appropriated by the State Legislature and/or by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. It was also funded in part by the Willmar Area Commumty Foundation and a number of commu- nity partners. First English Lutheran Church invites YOU to join us for 9:00 AM Worship with Holy Communion CONNECTIONS 10:00 AM Pancake Brunch Free Will Offering Family Sunday School with Scavenger Hunt Your Adult Bible Study Meet our Missionartes Phil and June Nelson! the Stranger, . are the First English Lutheran Church 9 NW 3rd Street Ortonville, MN 320-839-2527 2010 Dodge Gr. 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