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:i : Sixth Grade performed "Stealing Natures Gifts". ST Photo. grade class danced "Reuse the Used" ST Photo. II Tropical Forests" was the theme of dance by the 8th grade class. ST Photo. COUNTY Wayne Hansen - what is it worth? ii like we are all some private donations and grants. Our federal funding has actually about what we get for increased slightly over the past And should be, couple of years, but not enough to all work hard for what keep up with inflationary costs. I And when it comes toam sure that you have all heard we get for the taxesabout the potential cuts in funding probably scrutinize it a that the University of Minnesota is Nobody, it seems, facing. That has forced them to any more taxes than undertake such unpopular necessary, decisions as the closing of the governor, Arne Waseca campus. It has also Is forcing all levels of necessitated some prioritizing of and various agenciesprograms and strategic planning funded by tax de, liars within the MN Extension Service, a very hard look at resulting in a proposal for as he proposes reallocation of funding at the state ,s in the amount of level. Because county staff are the state coffers, deemed critical to an effective ts also facing cutbacks-- extension program, there are no in our state and universities. The proposals to reduce the number of county agents because of budget Extension Service isreductions and reallocation at the ) University of Minnesota is education, state level. Extension That leaves the county funding. by federal, state Nobody is certain what the final dollars, along with compromise will be between the governor and the legislature for WEDDING DANCE Ronda Hanson & Chad Mattison ,MAY 4, 1991 12:30 at the Walnut Grove Community Center BAND: Southern Comfort REMINDER: April 20, 1991, Monique Rysavy, will be at the Westbrook Walnut Grove state aids to local governments in the next fiscal year. If substantial cuts are made to the county coffers, county government will be forced to choose where they spend their limited dol "lars. Some programs are mandated and can't be touched. That means tough decisions will have to be made regarding funding of the rest of us. What services do you want or need, and what level of service do you expect? That leads me back to my opening statement. What are you getting for the county dollars being spent on the Redwood County Extension program? County funding of our office amounts to a little over $6.00 per person in Redwood county. What can you by these days for $6.00? Two 12- packs of pop on sale; a 12-pack of beer; a ticket to the movie and something to drink; renting a couple of video movies; 1/3 of a School Gym to bring us a message On laughter, which is good for us all. The program starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. Open to public. Mabel Mischke, coordinator tank of gas, or 1/3 of a month's bill for telephone service or cable TV. For simple figuring, I will assume that 1/3 of our county funding is going for programming in agriculture That would amount to about $25.00 per farm in Redwood County. And what can a farmer buy for $25.00? Enough seed corn to plant an acre; enough soybean seed to plant two acres; the herbicide and application cost for one acre; 2 to 3 acres of hail insurance; fuel costs for 3 acres of land, or a pair of blue-jeans. And what do you get for the money? Local access to the Almost everything we used in those years was for two purposes. Today we wrap an item in paper or plastic, use it only once and then throw everything away. But where is away? "Away" has been the landf'dl over the years and they are running out of space. Recycling is one way to better handle our garbage. Redwood County has purchased 7000 red recycling containers for county households. These containers are designed to hold your separated recycles: glass and plastic, paper, and aluminum/tin cans. In addition, a flyer will be included in each to remind us how to prepare products to be recycled. Listed below are the products received by DAC enterprises - the recycling redemption center. Paper Newsprint corrugated cardboard computer/office paper Zt 93331IF (i.e. magazines) Plastic #1 & #2 only (i.e. milk jugs) Glass food & beverage containers only * rinsed out * no windows, light bulbs, mirrors Aluminum i.e. pop cans Tin food containers, labels off and rinsed out By the year 2010, what will members of our young generation remember that is different about life today. Will our "new" recycling and conservation be part of their nostalgia. Toxins in the home When you think of "hazardous wastes', what picture comes to mind? Is it large chemical spills into rivers and lakes by big factories? Maybe you think of large quantifies of medical waste being thrown away. However, hazardous wastes discarded by these business and others are not the only types found. Look closer to home; under the kitchen sink, on the shelf in the garage, in the basement storage closet. Many common household products contain the same chemicals found in industrial hazardous wastes. These products require proper use, storage and SENTINEL & TRIBUNE Walnut Grove - Westbrook, MN - Wednesday, April 24, 1991 I l * Use non-hazardous alternatives whenever possible. * Replace chemical cleaners with "elbow grease." Don't * Do not dispose of liquid chemicals, banned pesticides, batteries or motor oil in the trash. * Do not bury containers or leftover chemical products in your yard or garden. * Do not burn containers of leftover chemicals. * Never reuse any pesticide or chemical containers for other purposes. Residues remain in the container and will contaminate other materials subsequently placed in the container. Avoid using aerosol cans. * Do not use stoma sewers fog chemical waste disposal. * Do not mix chemical wastes together. New toll free ordering service and new poster available Minnesota's Bookstore in St. Paul has added a new nationwide toll-free number for credit card orders or inquiries about products. Callers from Greater Minnesota or anywhere in the continental United States may now dial 1-800- 657-3757. Twin Cities callers can continue the metro number - (612)297-3000. Among products available for ordering are maps, travel guides and a new poster titled Minnesota native Prairie. The 18" x 24" poster features a photo of sweeping prairie grasses and wildflowers. The back of the poster offers information about endangered prairie lands, the history of land free number: 1-800-657-3757 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m Monday - Friday. For FAX orders, call (612)296-2265. (Be sure to include your credit card number and expiration date). Mail orders are accepted with cheeks made payable to the State of Minnesota and mail to Minnesota's Bookstore, 117 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55155. Allow 4-6 week~ fog mail order delivery. Minnesota's Bookstore is operated by the State of Minnesota Department of Administration Print Communications Division. The division is also responsible fog printing, publishing and selling state publications. Minnesota's development and the subsequent Bookstore is located near the Slate loss of native prairie areas. Capitol in the Ford Building at 117 The poster sells for $5.00 and is University Avenue in St. Paul. available from Minnesota's Stop by and see the wide selection Bookstore by mail, telephone, or of products with the "Minnesota FAX order. To order the prairie Connection". Minnesota's poster, indicate number 9-57 and Bookstore is open from 8 a.m. - send $5.00 per poster plus 6 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. percent sales tax (MN residents only) and $2.00 shipping per order. Whether recreation plans involve For "express" delivery (1-2 weeks), fishing, biking, traveling, exploging place a credit card order by phone nature, or visiting our state's many or FAX. American Express, VISA, historical sites, many useful tools and MasterCard are accepted. Call to help you enjoy the best of (612)297-3000 (Twin Cities metro Minnesota are available. area) or our NEW nationwide to'd USDA announces 1991 changes Numerous changes have been made to the 1991 Wheat and Feed Grain Program as a result of comments on proposed regulations. It is imperative that all farmers understand these changes before end of signup, which is April 26, crop on ACR oi CU for payment cannot be hayed or grazed at any time. Nonparticipating program crops are eligible for loan if the plantings of the crop are limited to flex acres. If any acreage is planted greater than the available flex acres University of Minnesota, its faculty, and resources. Information disposal to protect your health and 1991. based on research and unbiased by the environment. The history requirement has for the participating crops, loan is the temptation to make a sale. In the landfills, the containers of changed for set-aside and CU for not available for any of the Information not available from hazardous substance, eventually payment acres so that either land production from the your local agribusinesses, service decompose, possibly releasing devoted to a small grain, row crop, nonparticipating crop. people, retailers, or magazines, their contents into the soil and or other crop planted annually in 1 Changes for Payment Limitation (And don t forget that much of the groundwater. Even small quantities of the last 5 years is eligible. Set- include combining minor children research information they relay of" these chemicals from each aside receiving ACP cost share to with farming interests with the started out from Extension!)household, add up to large establish multiyear cover practice parent receiving the larger amount Leadership on issues vital to a quantities in the landfill. About 1/3 must be designated for ACR for 3 in payments. USDA is requiring profitable and sustainable of Minnesota's landfills are known consecutive years. Cover must he irrevocable trusts to provide a lax agriculture, a healthy environment, and a healthful and satisfying lifestyle. You may not stop in the office or call us regularly, but hopefully, we will be here when ycu need us - during the next drought; the next outbreak of spider mites or grasshoppers; the next farm finan :ial crisis; when you don't understand the farm program and its mplications for ,:ou; how to kee our water supply safe and pure; how to produce safe and healthy food; how to compete in global economy; and how to deal with ethical issues such as animal welfare and biotechnology. The number of family farms deeps declining. But, the family farm is stronger in this part of the country than anywhere else. If family farms are to remain competitive, they are going to need all of the help they can get. Education is part of that key to survival of the family farm. Without public access to education, only those who can afford to pay for it will receive the knowledge and assistance. And that will only speed the move to very large farms and fewer family farms. Recycling was a way of life CAROL PETERSON In just a tittle over three decades, we have seen dramatic and rapid changes in family living and agriculture. Years ago we used almost everything we had for at least two purposes. Recycling was not a new program, it was a way of life. You know you are a part of a generation that practiced recycling as a way of life if you remember:. * Washing the cream separator or milking machine every morning in the kitchen sink. * Waxing the playground slide with disca ded bread wrappers. * Ice fishing without a fish house. * Wearing brown cotton stockings or long johns with trap doors. * Thawing frozen mittens, feet and hands while sitting in front of an open oven door. * Using the soft first pages of the Scar's catalog and those even softer pink paper wrappers which come with the summer peaches. * Cutting ice from the river in the winter for the ice box in the sum mer. to cause groundwater maintained for 3 calendar years identification number and a copy coutaminadon, after the calendar year in which the of the trust agreement. If Examples of possible hazardous cover is established, information is not provided, the hProducts include cleaning products, In addition peas and lentils may trust is considered revocable and obby and health care products, be planted on 20% of a will be combined with the grantor. paint and building products,participating crop's base and be Redwood county producers automotive products and gardening used for planted and considered should be aware of these changes and pest control products. Look for planted (P&CP) credit. Lupin, and must decide to enroll or these in your basement, kitchen, adzuki and fabin beans are added withdrew from the 1991 Wheat and garage, utility room, storage shed, to the crops that are authorized on Feed Grain Program by April 26, laundry room and bathroom. Safer flex acres. Mixtures containing 1991. For more information alternatives could include program crops (eg oats and field contact the Redwood County homemade products from common peas) which are vlanted as a cover ASCS Office at 507-367-3551. household cleaners that are not in special spray containers in the excessive packaging. Call or visit the Extension office for details for specific household alternatives. Earth Day is April 22. It's a day to remind us to be thinking about our environment What are you doing to save the earth? What more could you do? Taking a closer look at the toxins in your Farm bill pesticide record requirement not in effect this year Farmers will not be required by "The U.S. Department of federal law to keep records on then Agriculture, the Environmental use of Restricted Use Pesticides in Protection Agency and othea me 1991. Dean Herzfeld, coordinator meeting to work out what will be of pesticide applicator training fog required for record keeping," says home could be a start. Here's a list the Minnesota Extension Service, Herzfeld. "They will also ofl ' and don'ts for ideas, says there has been some determine bow the record-keeping misunderstanding of the record- regulation will be put into place Try to give leftovers to keeping provision of the 1990 and who will enforce the neighbors, businesses or Farm Bill. regulation. organizations who will use them "Tlie have been a number of"The USDA hopes to publish properly for their intended reports that farmers will have to proposed regulation in the Federal purposes, start keeping records this spring," Register for public comment * Recycle used motor oil andsays Herzfeld. "The 1991 Farm sometime this summer. Then the auto batteries. Bill does require that farmers keep USDA will finalize the regulation Purchase only the amount records on their use of Restricted sometime in earlyfali at the of product needed for the job at Use Pesticides. However, theearliest. Once this happens, lute hand. record-keeping provision will not and federal agencies, extension aml * Dispose of chemical solidsbe put into place until January others will work together to in original container whenever 1992, at the earliest." provide formation to grower| Herzfeld says the Farm Bill about new requirement. possible Keep all chemical wastes provision covers all users--both Infom ati on the requirement out of reach of children and pests, agricultural and non-agricultural- will also be included in Pesticide of Restricted Use Pesticides. Applicator Training proBxams." i FOR i i i i THIS'SPECIAL TIME IN YOUR LIFE ONLY THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH! Come in and see our complete selection of graduation supplies Announcements Name Cards Party Invitations Memory Books eSouvenlr Announcement Covers eGraduatlon Jewelry eParty Supplies (napkins, paper plates & cups) Thank You Notes SENTINEL NEWS INC. Westbrook Office Phone 274-6136 We're your one stop dealed I III III