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WALKING THE TRACK at the Ortonville Athletic Field were elementary students, teachers and members of the community_ during tthear nu? c n e hwalku e?Syraeyeb ,H7 UyfsWh sp A?geol;;,walk ille artist wins stamp corn A ruddy duck painted by StephenThe $7.50 duck stamp is required P. Hamrick of Lakeville will be fea- of all Minnesota waterfowl hunters tured on the 2012 Minnesota ages 18 through 64. Stamp sales gen- Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. crate between $500,000 and $900,000 Hamrick's painting was chosen as .per year for habitat enhancement pro- the winning design from among 26 jects in state wildlife management entries in the stamp contest spon- areas and shallow lakes. sored by the Minnesota Department The DNR offers no prizes for the of Natural Resources (DNR). stamp contest winner, but the winning Thirteen entries advanced to the artist retains the right to reproduce the second stage of judging, from which work. Each year, the entries are limit- four finalists were selected. The other ed to a predetermined species that finalists were second-place winner breeds or migrates through Thomas Buchal of Mahtomedi; third- Minnesota. place winner Ron Van Guilder of The eligible species for the 2013 Cedar; and fourth-place winnerstamp design will be the northern pin- Thomas Moen of Montrose. tail. Women's ministry " ' " at New Life :, New Life Community Bapt-~st Church, "Girlfriends" Wom~'s Ministry is hosting a short day ten- ' mg conference, "Releasing God's ~! , Power through Praying and Sharing"'. A severe winter followed by a wet weather and favorable spring nesting pire. If not re-enr011ed, this would re- The conference, presented by spring contributed to a significant de- conditions, duce CRP acres in Minnesota by 36 Marilyn Wallberg of United Prayer ctine in Minnesota s pheasant counts. Minnesota is not the only state to percent. Ministries, is on Saturday, Ocfi. 1, According to the Minnesota Depart, see pheasant index declines. Wildlife To help offset continued habitat 2011 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. : lent of Natural Resources (DNR), the officials in South Dakota reported a 46 losses caused by reductions in conser- "Releasing God's Power" is a con- pheasant population index declined 64 percent population index decline, vation set-aside acreage, DNR has ac- ference designed for women of all percent from 2010 and is 71 percent North Dakota's spring population sur- celerated acquisition of Wildlife ages, who desire to grow spiritually below the 10-year average, vey showed a decline, too. Management Areas in the farmland re- through a deeper prayer relationship Contributing factors include: The pheasant population estimate is glen of Minnesota. DNR also supports with God and sharing their faith with A second consecutive severe win- part of the DNR's annual roadside habitat conservation on private lands others. Marilyn is a dynamic interna- ter, resulting in hen counts 72 percent wildlife survey. The survey summa- by working with a variety of partners tional conference and retreat speaker, i below the 10-year average, rizes roadside counts of pheasants, in the Farm Bill Assistance Partnership She serves on several Christian rain- Cold, wet weather during the April gray (Hungarian) partridge, cottontail and Working Lands Initiative. Also, istry boards, including America's through June nesting period, resulting rabbits, white-tailed jackrabbits and nearly 10,000 acres of private property National Day of Prayer Committee. in brood counts 75 percent below the other wildlife observed in the early will be open to public hunting through A retired flight attendant with 10-year average, morning hours during the first half of the state's new Walk-In Access pro- Northwest Airlines, Marilyn brings a Loss of nearly 120,000 acres of August throughout the farmland region gram. down to earth style of communicating grass habitat enrolled in farm programs of Minnesota. The August roadside survey, which God's love to people of diverse back- such as the Conservation Reserve Pro- The highest pheasant counts were in began in the late 1940s, was standard- grounds, gram (CRP) since 2007. the east central region, where observers ized in 1955. DNR conservation offi- The $8 registration fee includes Severe winters combined with cold, reported 51 birds per 100 miles of sur- cers and wildlife managers in the morning coffee and muffins and a wet springs are doubly hard on pheas- vey driven. Hunters will find fair har- farmland region of Minnesota conduct delicious lunch. For more informa- ant populations. That's because fewer vest opportunities in pockets of south the survey during the first half of Au- tion and to register, please contact hens survive the winter and those that central and southwest Minnesota, but gust. This year's survey consisted of Lynda at New Life Community do are less successful in producing haD/est opportunities in most of Min- 166 routes, each 25 miles long, with Baptist Church of Ortonville at 320- broods, nesota's pheasant range are rated poor 148 routes located in the ring-necked 839-3440 or emaih Pheasant hunters are expected to to very poor. This year's statewide pheasant range. office.newlife@midconetwork.com, harvest about 250,000 roosters this fall, pheasant index was 23 birds per 100 Observers drive each route in early (ADVx2) the lowest harvest since 1997. This miles driven, the lowest index since morning and record the number and compares to harvests that have ex- 1986. The pheasant index in southwest species of wildlife they see. The data Big Stone ceeded 500,000 roosters five of the Minnesota, typically the state's best provide an index of relative abundance past eight years. The 500,000 bird her- pheasant range, fell 82 percent from and are used to monitor annual changes Senior citizens ves correspond with a string of mild last year to 19 birds per 100 miles and long term trends in populations of winters and high CRP enrollment, driven, ring-necked pheasants, gray partridge, "We expect hunters to harvest a sire- Haroldson said the most important eastern cottontail rabbits, white tailed See. Carol Holtquist ilar number of birds in 2011 as they did habitat for pheasants is grassland that jackrabbits and other select wildlife Big Stone Senior Citizens met on Sept. 6 with 21 present for a pot luck in 2001, which was another year with a remains undisturbed during the nesting species. dinner. Vice president Alice opened severe winter followed by a cold, wet season. Protected grasslands account The gray partridge index was sill- the meeting with the pledge to the spring"saidKurtHaroldson, awildlife for about six percent .of the state's lar to last year but 75 percent below the flag and the table prayer, biologist for the DNR's Farmland pheasant range. Farmland retirement 10-year average. The cottontail rabbit Secretary and treasurers report Wildlife Population and Research programs such as CRP, Conservation index was also below the 10-year and were read and approved. Group in Madelia. Haroldson noted Reserve Enhancement Program, Rein- long-term average. The jackrabbit Old business: None. survey results indicated an unusually vest in Minnesota and Wetlands Re- index was 96 percent below the long- New business: Dorothy gave a talk low ratio of hens to roosters. This sug- serve Program make up the largest term average. Finally, the mourning about the Big Stone County cancer gests hen mortality was high or hens portion of protected grasslands in the dove index was 26 percent below last walk and we voted to give $25 each were nesting or caring for young state, year and 29 percent below the 10-year to the Big Stone and Grant County broods during the survey. If the late High land rental rates and compet- average. cancer walks, nesting effort was greater than normal, ing uses for farmland diminish the eco- The 2011 August Roadside Report A motion was made to give a$25 the 2011 pheasant population and the nolle attractiveness of farmland and pheasant hunting prospects map memorial to the Lotthammer family, fall harvest may be higher than fore- conservation programs. During the can be viewed and downloaded from cast. Pheasant populations can rebound next three years, contracts for 550,000 http://mndnr.gov/hunting/pheasant. Readings were given by Lamoine quickly given good habitat, mild winter acres of CRP lands are scheduled to ex- and Pastor Iva. Next meeting will be on Oct, 4. New members are always welcome. Senior citizens club news STEPHEN P. HAMRICK OF LAKEVILLE had the winning design of the 2012 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. His painting ofa ruddy duck was chosen from among 26 entries in the Stan . gntest sponsored by the Minnesota DNR. The 2011 apple harvest is underway supply of early varieties like Zestar, in Minnesota and for most growers it is Paula Red, and others. Harvest of the shaping up to be a good one. Orchards SweeTango is just beginning and the are open for business and have a good popular Honeycrisp will be available in I m i Call our 24/7 Information Helpline to g, and support you need to live with Alzheimer's. get connected today www.alz.og]mnnd alzheimer's association" Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter ,/Free Custom Floorplans! ./Free Whirlpool Appliances! Energy Efficiency Packagel ./Lennox Furnace Standard! Investments In The Ortonville Area Senior Citizens Club will meet at the Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m: Ethyl Swenson will speak to the club about the Minnwest Prime Timers' tours. Following the meeting, members will go to Paul Hamann's winery for a tour and w, ine tasting. mid to late September. "As a result of the cool spring weather, most varieties will ripen about 7 to 10 days later than normal," said Paul Hugunin, Coordinator of the Min- nesota Department of Agriculture's (MDA) Minnesota Grown Program. "If you're looking for a specific vari- ety it's a good idea to call ahead or check the orchard's website to verify which varieties are available." Hugunin says more than 115 retail orchards are listed in the MDA's 2011 Minnesota Grown Directory. He says in addition to apples, many orchards also have pumpkin patches, fall rasp- berries, hayrides and other family ac- tivities. "Having so many great local or- chards in the directory makes it easy to find one to match your own prefer- ences. Some offer lots of activities and entertainment along with apples - while others simply focus on providing great tasting apples," said Hugunin. The free Minnesota Grown Direc- tory is available online at www.min- nesotagrown.com or by phone at 1-800-657-3878. To find a local or- chard in the online directory, con: sumers carl simply enter their city or zip code to find which orchards are lo- cated closest to them. The online di- rectory also offers Google maps making it easy to find the orchard and direct links to the orchard's website for all the details about the apples and ac- tivities they offer. Minnesota added 28,400 jobs in Au- (down 3,300), financial activities In the state Metropolitan Statistical gust, largely related to laid-off state (down 200), other services (down 200) Areas, job gains have occurred in the employees returning to work after the and information (down 100). Mining past year in the Mankato MSA (up 3.7 three-week government shutdownand logging was unchanged, percent), Rochester MSA (up 2.7 per- ended, according to figures released by Over the past year, the following cent), the Duluth-Superior MSA (up the Minnesota Department of Employ, sectors have added jobs: trade, trans- 2.3 percent) and the Minneapolis-St. lent and EconomiC: Devel0p 0, t ipo afiop ,,and':iu tilities (up 12;400 , Paul MSA (up 1,5 percent). The St. (DEED). '%~ ~ !~'~ l~t~'~~~~i~ Clofid MSA was statistically un- "Job growth in the private sector' ucation and health services '(up changed: continues to be a bright spot of the 11~200), manufacturing (up 7,100), DEED is the state's principal eco- Minnesota economy," said DEED professional and business services (up nomic development agency, promoting Commissioner Mark Phillips. "We 5,400), financial activities (up 500), business recruitment, expansion and have seen state manufacturers, con- and logging and mining (up 200). retention, workforce development, in- struction companies and other private Year-over-year job losses have pc- ternational trade and community de- businesses add more than 42,000 jobs curred in government (down 2,600), in- velopment. For more details about the in the past four months." formation (down 1,200), other services agency and our services, visit us at Phillips also noted that initial claims (down 1,100) and construction (down www.PositivelyMinnesota.com. Fol- for unemployment insurance benefits 100). low us on Twitter at fell to 19,625 in August, the fewest in www.twitter.com/PositivelyMN. Minnesota in three years. The return of government workers accounted for 22,600 of the job gains, while the private sector added 5,800 Entries jobs during the month. The state un- employment rate remained unchanged Yellow Bank photo contest at a seasonally adjusted 7.2 percent, al- though that number was skewed by the The Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank qui Parle counties. "smoothing" of data that understated Clean Water Partnership is sponsor- You do not need to live within the the impact of thousands of state el- ing a Photo Contest. All photos must watershed to submit a photo. Digital ployees returning to work en masse, be from the Lac qui Parle Yellow photos are preferred. There is a maxi- Along with state government, other Bank watershed and be taken within mum of three photos per person. sectors that gained jobs during the the last three years. Picture ideas include scenic views of month were trade, transportation and Select photos will be published in rivers and lakes, fun water activities, utilities (up 4,100), construction (up a 2012 calendar and may be used on wildlife or seasonal pictures. Use 2,200), education and health services their website and brochures with your imagination. (up 1,400), manufacturing (up 1,200), credits given. Cash prizes will be Contest entry form with map of the and professional and business services awarded with the first place photo watershed can be downloaded from (up 700). receiving $50, second place $30 and their website at y L t.lflJ 0 t The construction industry has added, third place $20. click on Clean Water 7,500 jobs in the past four months, the Judging will be completed by the Partnership button, of if you need a first gain in jobs during the summer Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Clean form mailed to you contact Mary construction season since before the Water Partnership TEAM which con- Homan" at 320-598-3319 or housing crash in 2006. sists of partnering agencies from mary.homan@lqpco.com. Deadline Job losses occurred in Minnesota Lincoln, Yellow Medicine and Lac for entering photos is Oct. 31, last month in leisure and hospitality wine production, and wine tourism accounted for a total economic impact of $36 million. Besides tastings and product sales, wineries offer a variety of music, art, vineyard tours and special events which provide opportunities for other sectors of the local tourism industry to build upon, such as lodging, restaurants and attractions. Consider benefits of tourism 'on the farm', Ag News Wire, By Kent Gustafson, University of Minnesota Extension This fall, farmers will be diligently harvesting their crops: corn, soybeans, sugarbeets and...tourists. Tourists? Yes. Families, motor agritourism operations as a way to supplement their farm incomes, they also see it as a means of educating the public about the importance of agriculture and as a way to build relationships between rural and urban communities. Agritourism encompasses a variety coach tour groups, couples out for a of activities such as farm stays, bird weekend_drive, and grandparents with watching, farm festivals, pumpkin grandchildren will be discovering a patches, school tours, corn mazes and variety of new experiences on the wine trails. While many agritourism farm. enterprises are associated with smaller According to the 2009 Census of operations, learning tours of larger l Befogo [ ZOE BARSE donated 111 Hospitality Chair, the survey also the state, with 35 licensed wineries at You Build... inches of hair to Locks of Love! found that another 30 percent of last count. , Zoe is the daughter of Jason andl farmers are planning for an Concentrated in the central and neslnn lomes.com Ginger Barse of Ortonville. Her agritourism operation as part of their southern areas of the state, Minnesota IIIf I~ II hair was cut by lody at Shape/ farm business by 2014. wineries are becoming known for their MN Co;)tractor #20146710 ] Wrap and Roll in Milbank, SD. 'While producers view their quality. In.2008, grape production, Minnesota agritourism operators provide a variety of experiences that will inform and entertain visitors while providing income for their Agriculture, 367 Minnesota farmsfarm operations and agricultural farms. were involved in ".agritourism and processing plants can also be The University of Minnesota recreational services." Those farms included. Tourism Center is a collaboration of generated approximately $8 million in One area of agritourism that has University of Minnesota Extension income from their tourism efforts, gained recognition in Minnesota and the College of Food, Agricultural A 2009 survey of'farmers during the last few years is wine- and Natural Resource Sciences. conducted by the University of related tourism. The development of For more research and educational : Minnesota Tourism Center found that four different cold hardy grape resources on strengthening local 30 percent already have some type of varieties by the University oftourism opportunities, visit agritourism business. Funded by the Minnesota has led to increasing www.tourism.umn.edu. Learn about Carlson Travel, Tourism and numbers of vineyards and wineries in other Extension prog.rams in community economics at www.extension.umn.edu/community. Kent Gustafson is a tourism educator With University of Minnesota Extension. i" W !, ! !1 1 i ( Page 14 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Sept. 20, 20]. 1