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L TmBUNE Area Focus Wednesday, July 16, 2003 Page 7 nty Safety camp in Windom Van Loh [nel Tribune ay, July 9, over and girls between d 7th grade gathered arena on the County Fair for a day of safety The Cottonwood Extension office and County Farm cooperate to hold annual day camp. 4-H assisted in the It and supervised the as they went to session. Local business- provided financial include Bank Heartland Bank, Vision Co-Op, and Mutual Presenters offered ses- made the children of safety around ani- electricit>; PTO, rock ing, and grain bins. The lg general session a demonstration by Windom Ambulance a simulated farm acci- In the afternoon learned about safety. the conclusion of the campers filled out s for business One 3rd grade boy Presenter Carolyn Van Loh asked the campers to find Farm display. said he learned how to ride a horse, stop it, and steer it: a 1st grader said he learned how they test blood pres- sure; a 4th grade girl said she learned not to go in a grain bin, not to be on top of a wagon of soybeans, stay away from augers and PTOs and not to get near a horse she didn't know. Each camper went home with a t-shirt remind- ing him of safety, a bag of valuable safety information, and a renewed awareness of the importance of being careful around animals, water, and farm equipment. i J t ! ! i kick rec kids practiced soccer at the football field in Walnut Grove following concemed & responsible citizens and businesses support the , churches, and their activities. Greenwood Nurse00, "Most COmplete  & l-andscape center in S.W. Minnesota" S. 4th Street Ph. 629-3485 Tracy Hwy. 23 Ph. 532-9430 Marshall Almlie Funeral Home Westbrook, MN Phone 274-5464 Tracy, MN. Phone 629-4510 Meadowland Farmers Co-op Wabasso, Walnut Grove, Clements, Sanborn, Storden, Revere, Lucan, Wtbrook, Avoca LAMBERTON. MAIN OFFICE 752-7352 Westbrook / Walnut Grove Funeral Home 507 -274-6700 Westbrook, MN. 507-859-2161 Walnut Grove, MN Maynard's Food Center 274-5555 Westbrook, MN. Sentinel Tribune Westbrook, MN Phone 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 Koblegard Auto 859-2220 Walnut Grove, MN. Kuakmuhs Ageny 507-859-2154 Walnut Grove, MN 507-274-5962 Westbrook, MN Your local long term provider since 1961 49 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 507-274-6155 Over 100 communi- ties interested in becoming U of M Extension Service regional center More than 100 Minnesota communities are interested in hosting one of the approximately 18 regional centers for the U of M Extension Service that will open in January. 2004. Counties and communities were invited to submit a let- ter of interest that addressed the 9 criteria established for determining regional center locations. The communities that regional centers will be hazards depicted on the Mini- located in will be announced later in July. "I have been very impressed with the number of interest letters we received and the quality of their submissions," said Dr. Charles Casey, Extension dean. "Communities have emphasized their technology capacity and interest in col- laborating to support educa- tion." The following criteria, identified by a special task force, will be used to deter- mine the center locations: The community and site supports a strong technolo- gy connection. An existing U of M facil- ity will be considered when- ever possible. The centers should be distributed geographically to ensure that Extension is available throughout Minnesota. Locations will be sought that maximize value for anticipated costs for the employer, customer and employee. The location lends itself to increased collaboration with agency partners. There are existing acceptable facilities. There is an active com- mitment from the host com- munity: There are partnership opportunities with other educational institutions. There are partnership opportunities with other educational institutions. The site is a user-friend- ly location for customers and the deployment of staff. All Minnesota communi- ties will be considered for a location, even if they did not submit an interest form. After determining the com- munities m which the cen- ters will be located, Extension will then negoti- ate specific building loca- tions within those communi- ties. Regional Extension educators, a regional Extension director and sup- port staff will be housed in each regional center. Your Enoagemenr is special andyour ring shouff  too,.. With over loo years of service & quality, let us help you select the rings of your dreams... at the price of your dreams... Yinancinq Available P[I . JEW[-LP, Y & GII:IS 936 4 th Avenue, Windom 507.831.2382 StMbn Ekaffi 12 Cubic Foot GE Cycle Defrost ................ $ 425.00 " 15 Cul Foot  Self Defro ............ $469.00 16 Cubic Foot Hotpoint Glare Shelv ........ $ 525.00 18 Cubic Foot Hotlxt Bisque .................... $ 56900 18 Cubic Foot GE Bottom Freezer .............. $ 899.00 , 25 Ctd Foot GE Modular Door ................. $ 875.00 i i i i Walnut Grove 850-2114 III Regional Organic Field Day planned July 25 LAMBERTONA field day filled with topics impor- tant to organic agriculture is planned from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., July 25, at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) near Lamberton. The day will begin with field tours of the Elwell Agroecology Farm, a portion of the Research and Outreach Center important to organic research studies because of how its produc- tion history lacked fertilizers and chemicals. Tour topics will include edible soybean varieties by U of M soybean breeder Dr. Jim Orf, meth- ods of controlling Canada Thistle in an organic system by U of M weed scientist Dr. Don Wyse, using soil quality indicators to assess soil health by U of M soil scien- tist Dr. Deborah Allen and soil scientist and Extension educator Jodi DeJong of West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, interseeding in row crops and ways to extend an organic rotation by U of M forage specialist Dr. Craig Sheaffer and SWROC plot supervisor LaMoine Nickel, and organic gardening by SWROC horticulture staff Dorinda Speh and Doreen Kronback and producers Laurie and David Houger- Eitzman of Big Woods Farm in Nerstrand. Additional morning events will include a pest and disease clinic led by SWROC integrated pest management specialist Bruce Potter, an open forum for thistle discussion led by Dr. Wyse, and poster dis- plays. A lunch featuring organic and locally produced food will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. and will be fol- lowed by a 12:45 p.m. panel discussion called "Exciting Happenings for Organic Agriculture in Minnesota." Organizations invited to participate on the panel include the SW MN Poultry Cooperative, MN Dept. of Agriculture, MN Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Land Stewardship Project, and the Sustainable Farming Assn. They will provide updates about cur- rent projects that help to support organic and sustain- able agriculture production systems. Three breakout sessions are planned from 1:30 - 3 p.m. in the afternoon. A ses- sion called "Fostering Livestock Production in an Organic System," will fea- ture MN Institute for Sustainable Agriculture endowed bench member Jim Riddle, producers Richard Handeen and Audrey Arner of Moonstone Natural Beef of Montivideo, and a repre- sentative of the SW MN Poultry Cooperative. An "Adaptive Management, Adverse Weather and Weed Biology" session will be led by agriculture economist Dave Archer and weed biolo- gist Frank Forcella of USDA Agricultural Research Service in Morris. A session called "Fertility Management and Nutrient Sources, What are Feasible," will by led by Deborah Allen and an additional speaker. Participants can choose to attend any two of the three breakout sessions. Anyone interested in organic food production and sustainable farming meth- ods is welcome to attend. There is no need to lre-reg- ister. The SWROC is located about 1 mile west of Lamberton north of U.S. Hwy. 14. For more informa- tion, call the SWROC at 507- 752-7372. Christmas comes early for 4-H Cloverbuds There will be a "bliz- zard" of fun at the fair- grounds on Wednesday, July 23 as Murray County 4-H Cloverbuds enjoy "Christmas in July". The second annual Clover Kids Camp sponsored by the McAmbies will include Christmas crafts, holiday treats and lots of fun games. Camp will begin at 11:00 a.m. and dismiss to the pool at 2:00 p.m. Parents will need to super- vise their children at the pool but 4-H will pay for an afternoon pool pass. Murray County 4-H Cloverbud mem- bers should bring a sack lunch, $3 fee and your swim- suit. The McAmbies will take care of the rest. Sign up-deadline for "Christmas in July" is July 16. Contact the Murray County Extension Office at 836-6927. I i II i i Good Samaritan STAR employee for July 2003 Annalie Bloch CNA