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TRIBUNE Education Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Page 5 Middle School Science Fair New U of M Extension Service Plan delivers the education January 12. 2004, from WWG Middle )ated in the Fair. Ninety in 7th and 8th )ate& place winner was Helmer with her s. Second Dusek with a of Mars. Third Was a tie between Madson and Ben .TWenty-eight stu- to participate SCience Fair, on 14th in Mankato. projects were as judges choices, a medal, $chmidt. Andrew Byers, Whitney Baumann, Andy Hemp, Samantha Hay, Ben Pacholl, Teng Her, and ) most creative proj- received a plaque, Sam Malmberg, Osland Wetter Menu 2004 Cinnamon roll, milk Breakfast milk PB & J, Sausage, bis- milk John, fruit, patty on Sorted potatoes, carrots, sand- Rice Krispie Tacos, chips & choice, corn, milk French toast omelet, fruit sandwiches, Science Fair Last Monday, a week ago, the WWG Middle School held its science fair in the main gym. Judges were busy judging the many exhibits. testing the strength if chain- mail, Grace Bitker, with _.,,, mummification, and Laurie  l,a Nordahl, with her home- made seismograph. L Lacey Hoffman College news ,y,. Walnut Grove Swanson accepted at U of MN - Morris Nathan Swanson, Walnut Grove, son of Joel and Lynn Swanson, has been accepted to and has chosen to attend the University of MN, Morris beginning Fall 2004. A 2004 graduate of Westbroo Walnut Grove High School, Swanson is the recepient of the Chancellor's Academic Scholarship fi'om the University of MN, Morris, an award given each year to recent graduates based upon high school rank and standardized test scores. Kashmarek on Honor's list It has been announced that Karl Kashmarek, Truman is on the Honor's list at Rasmussen College, Mankato. To qualify the student had to obtain a 4.0 grade point average. Jenkins on Honors List The Fall 2003 President's Academic Honors List was announced at Dakota State University, Madison, SD. To be on the list the student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or more. Included on the list is Jason Jenkins, son of Les and Jan Jenkins, Storden, a 2003 graduate of RRC. School Minnesotans want University of Minnesota Extension Service adminis- trators have added six agri- cultural positions to the new Extension system following extensive consultations with citizens, legislators, county leaders and interest groups. Four positions will be added to the statewide team of production agriculture educators. In addition, two previously open positions will be assigned to produc- tion agriculture, based on input received from the con- sultations. The positions and their locations include: * A livestock educator focusing in swine at the Extension Regional Center in Mankato. * A livestock educator focusing on beef in the Extension Regional Center in Grand Rapids. * Two crop educators focusing on crop production, one each at the Extension Regional Centers in Worthington and Hutchinson. * A business manage- ment educator with an emphasis in dairy at the Extension Regional Center in St. Cloud. * A business manage- ment educator with an emphasis in swine at the Extension Regional Center in Marshall. "We believe these addi- tions to the current regional Extension educators who provide statewide program- ming in production agricul- ture make this plan even stronger," said charles Casey, Extension dean and director. nese additions rein- force our commitment to serving agriculture and rural communities, which continues to be our focus as we bring the research of the university to the people of MN where they live and work," Casey said. "Whether the issue is soybean aphids, mad cow disease or the need to develop local leaders in rural communities. Extension will be visible and viable in rural MN." Under the new plan, Extension uses state and federal dollars to fund regional Extension educa- tors. They deliver work- shops, seminars and pro- grams on a variety of topics, including farm business management, nutrition edu- cation and waste water man- agement. Extension educators now serve the entire state from 18 regional centers funded by state and federal dollars, freeing counties to use their Extension budgets to fund specific programs, services and positions. All 87 coun- ties are funding local posi- tions that meet their coun- ty's specific needs. Soup, max stix, veggies w/dip, milk tater carrots, milk, ice cream Working families can earn credit The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the MN Working Family Tax Credit (WFTC) can help Minnesota's working fami- lies make ends meet. A family is eligible for a tax credit if one of these characteristics describes them in 2003: had one child and family income was less than $30,666; had two or more children and family income was less than $34,692; OR had no children, but adults were ages 25 - 64 and incomes was less than $12,230. According to the Children's Defense Fund MN, both the EITC and WFTC can reduce a family's taxes to zero, and may result in a refund. Workers can get money from the credits even if they don't earn enough to owe any income taxes. Working families may also be eligible for: Child Tax Credit (Federal); Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits for College Tuition (Federal); Retirement Savings Contribution Credit (Federal); Child and I)ependent Car(, ('redits (Federal and MN); Minnesota K - 12 EdUcation Credit and Subtraction (MN); and Property Tax/Circuit Breaker Refund (MN). Eligibility guidelines and income limits vary across the different credits. Families (especially immi- grant families) may be eligi- ble for one credit but not another. Free tax preparation assistance is available for low-income families and individuals in southwest MN. Contact the Children's Defense Fund - Marshall and Worthington at 507-350- 9228. 1b find other free tax assistance sites throughout MN, contact First Call for Help at 2-1-1 or 800-543- 7709 after February 1, 2004. Breakfast and Current issues ,n crop production A series of information meetings discussing current crop production issues will be held in the following loca- tions: * Jackson-- MN West Campus, Multipurpose room. Monday, January 26, 2004, from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. * Windom -- Law Enforcement Center, basement. Tuesday, January 27, 2004, 12:00 noon. * St. James --American Legion meeting room. Tuesday, January 27, 2004 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. George Rehm, a soil scientist from the U of M Extension Service will pres- ent "Fallacy in Fertilizer recommenda. tions", information on non-traditional soil fertility products that are being offered to corn and soybean producers. Jodi Dejong -Hughes, Regional Extension Educator in soils will discuss "Fact or Fiction in Zone Tillage", the latest information in tillage systems currently being researched at Research and Outreach Centers in MN. Wayne Schoper and Jim Nesseth, Lunch menus January 26-30, 2004 Breakfast: Monday: Breakfast pizza, fruit, milk Tuesday: Cinnamon tas- tries, sausage, fruit, milk Wednesday: Pancakes, sausage, fruit, milk Thursday: Breakfast bagel, fruit, milk Friday: Long John, sausage, fruit, milk Lunch: Monday: Tater tot hotdish, B/B, corn, pears, treat, milk Tuesday: Chicken patty on bun, french fries, glazed car- rots, peaches, milk Wednesday: Corn Dogs, mac and cheese, B/B, peas, fruit mix, cake, milk Thursday: Breakfast burri- tos, mixed vegies, yogurt, fresh fruit, salad, B/B, milk Friday: Soup and sand- wich, applesauce, ice cream, milk us on the Web at FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 Serving from 5:00 to 7:00 pan. at Call for reservations 274-6211 County Technical Advisors, will discuss current pest issues facing producers this growing season. Don't miss this opportunity to gather unbiased research-based information on these current issues. For further information, contact Jackson County Extension Office at 507-662-5293 or 800-552-4435, Cottonwood County Extension Office at 507-831-4022 or 800-967-1763 or Watonwan County Extension Office at 507-375-1275 or 800-204-1295. WWG Class of 2004 Whopper Feed TUESDAY, JANUARY 27 4:30 to 7:00 $4.0 meal includes whopper, chips, bar, and a pop. $2.00 for extra burger. WRESTLING MATCH AT WESTBROOK L