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Spring is a good time to review dock and platform regulations

Before installing or investing in a new dock or dock platform, lakeshore owners should check to ensure it will meet state requirements. Lake service provider businesses should also review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they sell or install is in compliance. Dock and dock platform size are regulated in Minnesota by the Department of…

Speakers on mental illness for faith-based communities, May 28

Speakers will share their personal stories of recovery from mental illness in a free, online presentation designed for faith-based communities from 12 (noon) – 1 p.m. Friday, May 28. Sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the In Our Own Voice speakers provide a unique public education program in which trained speakers share…

Getting ready to plant your gardens

By Karen Johnson,  U of M Extension Have you put much thought into your garden yet this year? Now is a great time to take a soil sample, consider plant placement within the garden, and to get started planting some of the cool-season germinating vegetables. Do you know what the nutrient levels are in your…

Kimball blood drive May 18

Kimball Fire & Rescue are sponsoring the American Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Anne’s Church from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18. Every time you donate blood, you help save a person’s life. What bigger difference can you make in a person’s life, than to give them life itself? For donor eligibility questions, including health…

Properly planting trees

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Trees provide many things for our communities: beauty, energy conservation, reduction of soil erosion, filtering air pollutants, raising of property values, a home for wildlife, and so much more. Trees are an integral part of our home landscapes and neighborhoods. If you are looking to plant a tree for…

Lawn mowing considerations

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Whether you see mowing your lawn as a chore that has to be done, or a relaxing way to wind down after a long week at the office, there are some tips you should take into consideration this season. If the weather and your individual lawn conditions allow for…

April Weed of the Month: Habitat Restoration

By Shane Blair, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Habitat loss is one of the most important causes of species decline in the United States. More and more people are looking to restore parts of their property, or their entire property, back to a natural setting. This is great news for native plants, insects, birds, and other wildlife that…

MPCA recognizes wastewater treatment facilities in Central Minnesota for operational excellence

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today recognized 71 wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in Central Minnesota for outstanding permit compliance. To receive this recognition, facilities were required to demonstrate consistent compliance with monitoring, operations, and maintenance requirements, submit all reports to the MPCA correctly and on time and employ staff certified by the MPCA in…

SWCD celebrates Soil & Water Stewardship Week 2021

Theme: “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities” For more than 80 years, Minnesota’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have been hard at work protecting our resources by working with landowners on voluntary programs and practices that support conservation and healthy working lands. The Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) honors and celebrates that work…

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