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FOLLOWING A HEAVY SNOWFALL early last week, Mother Nature showed her good side for this area on Sunday, brushing our landscape with a Winter Wonderland of beauty, such as you see in above photo taken of an evergreen on the south edge of Ortonville's Golf Course. MN Nat'/ To Nominate Members Employers for Award Guard and Reserve members and families encouraged to nominate employers supportive of military employees During this season of giving, Guard and Reserve members and their families across Minnesota have the opportunity to give the gift of thanks to civilian employers who go above and beyond in support of their military service by nominating them for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition the U.S. Government gives to employers for their outstand- ing support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. The award honors those employers who not only safeguard the positions of their mili- tary employees while they are deployed, but establish exceptional and generous initiatives that accom- modate and care for these employees and their families. To date, 81 Minnesota employers have been nominated. Fifteen employers will be selected from across the United States and territo- ries for the award to be presented at a ceremony on September 22, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Last year's recipients, a cross-sec- tion of large, small and public sector employers, met privately with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who thanked them for the exceptional support of their Guard and Reserve employees. Nearly one-half of the U.S. military is comprised of the Guard and Reserve, and supportive employees are essen- tial to every Guard and Reserve ser- vice member who stands ready to serve their country in times of war or national emergency. With less than a month remaining in the nomination season, more than 3,100 nominations have been received from Guard and Reserve service members and their families from across the nation. Service mem- bers and their families are eligible and encouraged to nominate employ- ers that have provided exceptional support to the Guard or Reserve employee beyond the federal law requirements Nominations may be submitted at www.FreedomAward.mil through January 17, 2011. The names of all nominated employers will be announced in the spring, and the 15 Freedom Award recipients will be announced in early summer. Minnesota to keep all U.S. House Seats Minnesota will keep all eight U.S. House seats based on the newest U.S. Census count. Minnesota's poluation grew 7.8 percent in the last 10 years to a grand total of 5.31 million The growth paces lower than the nation as a whole, which grew 9.7 percent percent. It did grow faster than many Midwestern states such as North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin The bureau releases population figures every ten years that are used to distribute the 435 seats in the U.S. House. Fast-growing states often pick up seats at the expense of those growing more slowly Demographers say Minnesota was on the edge of losing a seat for the first time since 1960 as the nation's population shifts south and west. Senior LinkAge coordinator coming The Senior LinkAge Line@ has trained volunteer specialists available in your area to help answer your ques- tions and simplify your life. Volunteers can provide assistance with Medicare, Supplemental Insurance, Long-Term Care Insurance, Medicare Savings Programs, Prescription drugs, Forms Assistance and much more. The outreach site in your area is at the Ortonville Senior Center. A trained specialist is available the last Thursday of each month from 10 a.m.-12 noon in Ortonville. Call 1- 800-333-2433 ext. 82024 to set up an appointment. You may also contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800- 333-2433, if you need to schedule help with a volunteer at a different time and/or location. The Senior Linkage Line is a ser- vice of the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging,Inc. MN led nation for 2010 tornadoes Minnesota led the nation for having the most tornadoes in 2010. According to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center, the state had 145 tornadoes. The state with the second highest total was Texas, which had 105 tornadoes. Forty-eight tornadoes were spotted in the state June 17, making it the day with the most tornadoes in Minnesota history. Turns out that day had the most tornadoes for the entire country, with 115. Minnesota farmers and ranchers hog and crop farmer from St. Peter. He many different types of operations you have been given a gift of "more time." was awarded a CSP contract this past see in agriculture. We happen to be or- The USDA has extended the Conser- year, and says the program is good ganic, but this certainly isn't a program vation Stewardship Program (CSP) ap- public policy, that is designed with organic in mind." plication deadline to Jan. 7. Originally, "The government funding is goingMinnesota was awarded nearly $10 it was Nov. 1. toward things that in my opinion can million in CSP contracts in 2009. Traci Bruckner, assistant director of enhance profitability on the farm. It Farmers applying for the incentives rural policy for the Center for Rural Af- also gives support dollars for doing need to complete the Conservation fairs, says harvest time made it difficult something that's going to be protecting Measurement Tool as well as the ap- to meet the first deadline. Because the this national resource we have, that plication. The process is highly corn- program rewards are based on long- we're dependent on for our food and petitive; contracts are awarded based term commitments to keeping water, fiber, our meat and that sort of thing." on scores and rankings compiled soil and wildlife habitat healthy, she Nuessmeier uses the program for through the measurement tool and doesn't want eligible farmers and pest management and to extend his other sources. ranchers to miss out. crop rotation. He says numerous other The CSP is administered by the Nat- "People who are making conserva- sustainable practices are funded by the ural Resources Conservation Service at tion the core of their operation have CSP, too. He encourages farmers to re- USDA. Applicants who want extra often done that to their economic dis- search all the potential practices cov- help are welcome to call the Center.for advantage." ered by the grant. Rural Affairs helpline, 402-687-1200. Tom Nuessmeier is a diversified "A lot of things canapply to the Minnesota's crop economy, which Minnesota, including University of are already pointing toward and as has totaled over $12.7 billion in 2009, de- Minnesota Extension, analyzed three been forecasted by climate-change pends not only on corn and soybeans decades of 'Robust' yield trial and models, the expectation is that the but on a variety of other crops, includ- weather data from the university's Re- southern edge of the barley growing re- ing wheat, sugar beets, dry beans, al- search and Outreach Centers in Morris gion will move north because barley is falfa, sunflower, potatoes, oats, and and Crookston. no longer well-suited for Minnesota. barley. These crops are important in 'Robust' barley is one of the most Funding for the project was pro- Minnesota in large part because our cli- successful variety releases from the vided through a grant from the Center mate is conducive to their growth. University of Minnesota. Developed for Urban and Regional Affairs Minnesota's climate trends, however, 30 years ago, it has dominated the six- (CURA) at the University of Min- may affect some crops, row malting barley acreage for nearly nesota. The complete report is ex- Long-term observations across Min- as long. The recent analysis showed pected to appear in the spring issue of nesota provide evidence for higher av- that climate has had an impact on yield the CURA Reporter, available in erage temperatures (particularly at from 'Robust' over this period, with a March 2011. night), higher summer dew points, and stronger impact in Morris than in For more information about agricul- higher total precipitation. This raises a Crookston, Minnesota. tural production of small grains, visit question about whether the productiv- The group concluded that barleywww.smallgrains.org, a collaborative ity of individual crops and cropping was still within its climatic tolerance at website from University of Minnesota systems will change. Crookston, whereas barley at Morris is Extension and the Minnesota Associa- To determine whether changes in growing in an environment that is tion of Wheat Growers. climate have had an effect on the pro- closer to its climatic limits. However, Jochum Wiersma is a small-grains ductivity of barley, a group of re- if growing-season temperatures are to specialist with University of Minnesota searchers from the University of increase further, as some of the records Extension. 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