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This autumn, hunters in South Dakota will enjoy pheasant numbers that continue to be some of the best in the state's history. The 2010 brood sur- vey count shows a small increase from the 2009 survey. The Game, Fish and Parks Depart- ment completed its annual pheasant brood survey in mid-August, and tal- lied a statewide pheasants-per-mile count that is up about 3 percent from last year. "We had a very good year in 2009, and this peek as 'we go into fall tells us that hunters can look forward to some great opportunities in the coming pheasant season," said Game Fish and Parks Secretary Jeff Vonk. The official pheasant population es- timate is based on data reported by hunters' during the pheasant season, and does not come until after the sea- son is over. In 2009, South Dakota's official pheasant population estimate was 8.4 million, and hunters'averaged 9.9 roosters each for a total season harvest 2009 average of 6.26 and the 10-year of more than 1.6 million, average of 5.71. Every year from late July through "Our goal has been to increase qual- mid-August, GFP personnel survey ity hunting areas that are open to the 110 established routes scattered across public. South Dakota has worked in- the state to estimate pheasant produc- tensely with private landowners and tion and calculate a pheasants-per-mile other conservation partners to promote index. The survey is not a population habitat programs," Vonk said. estimate,but rather compares the num- "Statewide Conservation Reserve Pro- berofpheasants seen on the routes and gram acres have slipped to slightly establishes trend information,more than one million acres, but there "We've had a roller coaster ride of is encouraging news. Landowner inter- weather conditions over the past year," est in the program remains high and ad- Vonk said. "Pheasant numbers will be ditional acres will likely be enrolled down in a few areas, but they held through the recent general CRP strong in many other areas because of signup." excellent reproduction in parts of the South Dakota's regular pheasant state where we have good habitat con- season'opens on Saturday, Oct. 16 and ditions." runs through Jan. 2. Survey routes are grouped into 13 For more information on the pheas- areas, based on a local city, and the ant season, including the 2010 Pheas- index value of each local city area is ant Brood Survey Report with then compared to index values of the complete route comparisons for the dif- previous year and the 10-year average, ferent local areas, visit the GFP web- The 2010 statewide pheasants-per- site. mile average is 6.45, compared to the By: Darrin WeUe-Big Stone SWCD Contact 320-839-6149 Plumeless Thistle (Carduus acanthoides) Plumeless Thistle "is classified as a prohibited noxious weed in Minnesota. Grazed pastures, re- established grasslands, and of course your lawn, are susceptible areas for this thistle to take over. Once it establishes its ground thistles can spread rapidly. This is one reason that serious measures are taken to control the spread of thistles in the county. Plumeless Thistle is. in the Composite family. This plant is native to Eurasia and was introduced into North America as a seed contaminate. Plumeless thistle is a biennial weed that grows two to six feet tall and is very branched. The leaves are alternately arranged on an erect stem and basal rosettes have deep alternate lobes t-hat end with yellowish spines and are often pubescent on the underside along the midrib. This invasive weed is commonly found in disturbed areas, pastures, over grazed areas, roadsides, stream valleys, hay fields, and rangelands. Flowering occurs June through September. prevent seed production, which will Flowers are pink to purple in color help decrease the amount of seed and can be single or clustered with germination. For smaller infestations, spiny bracts at the base. chopping plants one to two inches Plumeless Thistle reproduces by below soil surface is effective in seed and one plant has the capability control, as well as cutting flower to produce up to 10,000 seeds. This is heads off and bagging for proper one reason this invasive weed is so disposal. Herbicide treatment for aggressive and poses a great threat to Plumeless thistle is most .effective native plant communities. Seed will during the rosette stages and least disperse within ten days of flowering effective when plant is in bloom. Spot and 80-95 percent will germinate, spray applications to rosettes with 2,4- Most seeds are dispersed long D in the fall. However, in highly distances by wind and will stay viable infested areas 2,4-D, Clopyralid, or a in the soil for 10 years, plumeless combination can be applied before thistle is very similar to musk thistle, bolting occurs with a backpack or These two species can even hybridize boom sprayer. with each other. The Cooperative Weed Control methods involve Management Area (CWMA) program biological, cultural, and chemical is targeting this invasive weed for controls. Biological control has had control. For more information about limited success with insects and has Plumeless thistle and other invasive not provided specific target results, weeds in our county contact Darrin Cultural controls consist of grazing Welle at 320-839-6149, management and rotational grazing, darrin.welle@mn.nacdnet.net, or your" because overgrazing weakens county Ag Inspector. Also visit desirable plant species. Tillage in www.bigstoneswcd.org for more cropland is a very effective way to information about the soil and water control thistle growth. Mowing before conservation district. flowering over several years will Active older adults are living proof 1) endurance, 2) strength, 3) balance, that exercise and physical activity are and 4) flexibility. good for you, no matter how old you 1. Try to build up to at least 30 min- are. In fa t, staying active can help utes of activity that makes you breathe you: hard, on most or all days of the week. Keep and improve your strength so Every day is best. That's called an en- you can stay independent, durance activity because it builds your Have more energy to do the things energy or "staying power." You don't you want to do. have to be active for 30 minutes all at Improve your balance, once. Ten minutes at a time is fine. Prevent or delay some diseases like How hard do you need to push your- heart disease, diabetes, breast and self? If you can talk without any trou- colon cancer, and osteoporosis, ble at all, you are not working hard Perk up your mood and reduce de- enough. If you can't talk at all, it's too pression, hard. You don't need to buy special2. Keep using your muscles. clothes or belong to a gym to become Strength exercises build muscles, more active. Physical activity can and When you have strong muscles, you should be part of your ec'eryday life. can get up from a chair by yourself, Find things you like to do. Go for brisk you can lift your grandchildren, and walks. Ride a bike. Dance. Work you can walk through the park. Keep- around the house. Garden. Climb mg your muscles in shape helps pre- stairs. Swim. Rake leaves. Mow the vent falls that cause problems like lawn. Try different kinds of activities broken hips. You are less likely to fall that keep you moving. Look for new when your leg and hip muscles are ways to build physical activity into strong. your daily routine. 3. Do things to help your balance. Four Ways to Be Active: Try standing on one foot, then the To get all of the benefits of physical other. If you can, don't hold on to any- activity, try all four types of exercise - thing for support. Get up from a chair without using your hands or arms. Every now and then walk heel-to-toe. As you walk, put the heel of one foot just in front of the toes of your other foot. Your heel and toes should touch or almost touch. 4. Stretch. Stretching can help you be more flexible. Moving more freely will make it'easier for you to reach down to tie your shoes or look over your shoulder when you back the car out of your driveway. "Stretch when your muscles are warmed up. Don't stretch so far that it hurts. If you would like more information on "Exercising and Physical Activity - Part I" feel free to contact Gail Gilman- Waldner, Program Development and Coordination - Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging,Inc. and Professor Emeritus - University of Minnesota at 507-389-8869 br e-mail Gail at gg- waldner@rndc.org. Additional re- sources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge Line~ at 1-800-333- 2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info website at www.MinnesotaHelp.Info . Be sure to watch for more Family Living Focus information in next week's paper. PASTOR IVA LAUDERMITH in her office at Tabor t 24 MONTH CD APY* Pastor Iva Laudemaith began her call at the Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City on July 1. Pastor Laudermith was born and raised in Scotland, SD and a graduate of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD with a degree in Business Administration. She spent 10 years work- ing for 'the State of South Dakota Department of Education before entering Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO, receiving her Master of Divinity Degree. From there she served in North Dakota, Kansas, Huron, SD, White River, SD and Mission, SD before coming to Big Stone City. "God called me into the ministry," said Pastor Laudermith. "The Bishop and God thought my'gifts and talents would be well served here." Pastor Iva has two children. Her daughter Angelica Laudermith is an Individual Volunteer in Mission to Haiti. She will be serving eight months there and has been giving presentations in the area before she leaves. Her son Aaron is a Scenic Design Artist for the Theater in Chicago, I1. Aaron will be getting married this coming week- end in Chicago, an event that Pastor Iva is very excited for. His fiancee, Ariel, is a Clinical Psychologist at Hine VA Hospital in Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, arts and crafts, traveling and taking care of her puppy, Shayla. Pastor Iva said that her near- ly two months here have been going well. "The people here have been wonderful, 1.oving and very helpful," said Laudermith. "They have been very welcoming and have made me feel very comfortable." We welcome Pastor Iva Laudermith to the Big Stone Lake Area. United Methodist Church. Series Sponsored by Minnwest Bank Our Money Manager CD offers you all this flexibility and a With a Money Manager CD**, you can: great rate too. Lock in the current rate, then take advantage Change the Rate of upward moving interest rates one time during the term. Add to the Balance While other CD rates may be declining, you Can add funds to your Money Manager CD. Plus, you can make a one-time Withdraw Without Penalty withdrawal should you unexpectedly need cash. Stop in and visit with us today. *APY isAnnual Percentage Yield. 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