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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Communi Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Page .MIRROR OF TEN YEARS AGO March 9, 1994 Walnut Grove Cub Scouts held their annual Pinewood Derby last Monday night. Marvin Kleven and Orlyn Wiemers joined school lead- ers from across the state at the 12th annual School Board Member Day at the Capital. Vicki Van Gelderen, Shelley Nelson and Jean Heggerston, Walnut Grove, once again were guides for sight-impaired skiers in col- orado. Also participating was Brenda Seeger, Westbrook. TWENTY YEARS AGO March 9, 1984 Logger girls came up short Saturday night in a game with Sanborn. Sanborn defeated the Loggers 64-43, ending Walnut Grove's sea- son with a 2nd place finish for the District title. Susan Deal has been awarded the Chancellor's BYGONE DAYS l Award for Academic Excellance at the University of Wisconsin, Stout. Ed's True Value in Walnut Grove has completed their remodeling and enlarging project, adding approxi- mately 1,000 sq. ft. the stores' display area. THIRTY YEARS AGO March 7, 1974 Roger McGauhey, art instructor at the Walnut Grove High School has resigned. He plans on doing graduate work at the University of South Dakota. Beautiful days in the area last week. Temperatures ranged from a low of 40 degrees on Thursday, to a high temperature of 68 degrees on Saturday, March 2nd. Dale Himes, Marshall has been hired as the new policeman in Walnut Grove. He is a native of International Falls, MN and attended Bemidji State College. By Sandy Anderson Black Magic Some people wouldn't think of putting black flow- ers in their gardens, but black flowers and foliage can provide contrast and add a visual depth to your group- ings. You can use black in the landscape as you would a dark green plant. Dark flowers and foliage look star- tling with white or gold, romantic with pastels and superb with greens. Sometimes most so- called black plants aren't really black at all, but very dark purple, red, or brown. Here are some ideas if you would like to try adding a touch of black to your flower bed. Some annuals classified as black are: Nemophilia maculata (Penny Black) is 4%o tall with penny size blooms that are deep purple to black edged in silvery white. Pansy (Blackberry) which has purple-black flow- ers edged in white Viola (Black Magic) has black flowers with a gold center Blackie, sweet potato vine which is a very popular container plant. Colocasia or Elephant,s Ear (Black Magic) grows to 5-6 feet high and wide with 2 foot leaves Shrub: Physocarpus opulifolius Diablo,which is hardy in our zone; forms a spreading mound of reddish black, maplelike leaves. Outstanding when paired with white, pale blue and yellow flowers Perennials Rudbeckia (Black beau- ty) has black cones surround- ed by a ring of gold; butter- flies like it and birds use it for food in the fall Ligularia (Brie Marie Crawford) the foliage is dark glossy black and maroon on top, dark purple undersides and orange-yellow flowers Heuchera or coral bells (Obsidan) has near black, round broad, slightly lobed leaves with a smooth glossy finish Bugbane (Brunette) has deep blackish-purple foliage and stems with pinkish white flowers : Alcea: rosea : or: Hollyhock (Nigra) has large velvety black flowers 3-5 inches across, blooming in July and August Tulip (Queen of Night) is a sultry, maroon-black, and blooms in May There are several black iris: Black Jack has dark tones of blue and purple so dark that they gleem black Old Black Magic is coal black in color with yellow beards Black Tie Affair is very inky black in color with a vel- vety texture Before the Storm is dark with a dark beard Dark Passion has black ebony petals with a dark licorice hue and smells like grapes Night Game is velvety blackish purple with orange beards Around Midnight is a dark purple with blacker falls and shines like pol- ished ebony There is a water garden iris called Black Gamecock which has a velvety black bloom surrounded by yellow markings. If you have any ques- tions, you may call me at 752-7658 or e-mail me at Find us on the Webat Find the Rest of The Story in the Sentinel Tribune End Of The Season Clearance Winter Fishing Tackle 25% Off While supplies last. Does not include minnow buckets. Sale good through March 15, 2004. 'C' Store Open Dally 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. West Hwy 14, Tracy, MN 507-629-4351 111"/Sl WA N Rushing Water PLUM CREEK -- Last week temperatures rose enough to get the water flowing on Plum Creek. Climatologists say there is tittle danger of flooding this year, although some low lying areas may be flooded. Teri Herier David and Herder were overnight guests home of Margie Margie David and Nancy were Sunday at the home Mark Koblegard. Janice Carter with Helen Friday afternoon at View Health Cen tal her a happy also visited Edna and then went O'Brien Court to and Victor Darlene Mankato, was a Minnesota's shallow lakes are either gone, or in trouble. "The question now is, what can we all do, collec- tively, to begin turning this lamentable situation around," explained Ron Harnack, Executive Director of the state's Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Harnack will be one of approximately 150 expected participants as well as a pre- senter at a public Shallow Lakes Forum slated for March 30 and April 1 at the Best Western Conference Center in North Mankato. Participants at the two-day session will attempt to iden- tify existing attitudes and expectations about shallow lakes, present the latest sci- entific information concern- ing management of these basins, and then begin to lay out a direction for how shal- low lakes and wetlands can be better managed, protect- ed and enhanced. "Shallow lakes and wet- lands in Minnesota, at least those that still exist, are often in pretty bad condi- tion," Harnack stated. "And, until more of us begin to understand how important they are to all of us, they're only going to get worse." Harnack said shallow lakes not only provide a diversity of outdoor recre- ational opportunities, from hunting and fishing to boat- ing and swimming, but also provide a "surprisingly large economic boost for local com- munities and the state as a whole." Water quality and flood mitigation also benefit from shallow lakes and wet- lands. Jon Schneider, acting Minnesota Conservation Program Manager for Ducks Unlimited (DU), said "it's not just embarrassing what we've allowed to happen to these waters in Minnesota, in my opinion it's shameful. They're so darn important for so many reasons but we've nevertheless allowed them to be destroyed and degraded at an unbelievable rate. We just have to come together and figure out a much better approach for protecting and enhancing them." Dave Leuthe, Southern MN Depar0000lent of Natural Resources Forum to Discuss Future of State's Shallow Lakes By Tom Conroy DNR Southern Region Information Officer Region Hydrologist for the Departmen t of Natural Resources (DNR) at New Ulm, said the problems fac- ing wetlands and shallow lakes stem from "basically three things. One, there is a lot of misinformation out there about these shallow basins. Many people, for instance, still equate aquatic vegetation to weeds and if it's a weed, get rid of it. The fact is, those aquatic plants help improve water quality and they are essential for fish and wildlife." "Two," Leuthe said, "the pressure on these small basins is tremendous. Everyone wants to live by water, it seems, and lakeshore development has become a huge problem. There are also many more people now interested in water recreation and that leads to conflicts between user-groups. While the angler might want more aquatic vegetation because it's good for fish, the recre- ational boater or swimmer wants it gone. You have opposing views that can oftentimes get in the way of sound management that's in the best long-term interest of the lake." The third aspect, Leuthe noted, "is pure economics. If someone can make money by buying up undeveloped lakeshore and developing it, there's a good chance they'll do it. Unfortunately, people too often wind up with unre- alistic expectations of what these shallow lakes are and then want to somehow change them into something they can just never become. There are no Gull Lakes in southern Minnesota and there's simply no way we can create one down here." The two-day forum will address a range of issues and challenges, Leuthe said. Experts are being brought in to talk about issues such as dredging, the economics of water quality, management of shallow lake habitat and the history of shallow lake formation. There will also be panel discussions and small group working sessions. "The major goal of this forum will be for partici- pants to understand the value of shallow lakes and develop realistic expecta- tions for what can reason- ably be done to optimi2e their natural resource value," Leuthe stated. The forum is being spon- sored by DNR, BWSR, DU, Minnesota Lakes Association, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The featured speaker on April 1 will be TV, radio and newspaper personality Ron Schara. Additional informa- tion and registration forms are available on the website www.shallowlakes, info. Find us on the Web at www.lyon- siouxpress. com guest at the home Smith. Clesta Smith Darlene Brandt Bonnie and Sunday for dinner Mediterranean m Vern and Bor ding anniversary. _ Dick and Lucill visited Rena Sunday at Jeffers. Prairie Festival Wow at SMSU The 14th annual] Festival Pow Wow held Saturda); the SMSU PE Gym. Grand entry is .An evening meal will be served at with re-entry at Traditional native crafts will be event. The Pow Wov and open to the donations acce meal. The event is by the SMSU Cultural Shakopee Sioux Cc Lower Sioux the Upper Community and the Lacs Band of An honorariu given to dancers oI and invited drums. For more contact the sMSU "Cultural Diversity 537-6018. IqlDWE00r 04 Wes! Cre Ave !y 14) Trac, 82%3428--Lac.ath/Gwnsd &$' Operad Io3   .i=-I. A special invitation to 1he Bride & Groom NOTICE The 115th annual meeting of Redwood County Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. of Lamberton, Minnesota w be he4d Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Hall In, Minne 11ze p.q)=e of dze meedal dll be for 1) ntu and Rnandd Slammn 2) Old Bmbls or any other business that policyholders wi meeti; 4) FJectkm of two directors for term of each. There will be lunch and door prizes awarded re=e4 Redwood County Farmes Mumal C Gwen E. Bmlden, Manager