The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is accepting applications to serve in the Minnesota GreenCorps. Applicants can serve at one of 44 selected sites, including the cities of Rochester, Winona and the Prairie Island Indian Community.

The program — part of AmeriCorps and coordinated by the MPCA — matches MN GreenCorps members with host sites around the state to address environmental issues and community resilience, and train a new generation of environmental professionals. Interested individuals can view the list of 44 project sites for 2020-21 in Minnesota and apply for the program at

Detour starts Monday for bridge removal

RED WING — Traffic on U.S. 61 near the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge of Valor in Red Wing will be detoured beginning Tuesday while crews remove the temporary Highway 63 bridge that spans Highway 61, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The detour is expected to last through Friday and will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Because drivers will not be able to go under the Highway 63 bridge, drivers traveling across the Highway 63 river bridge to downtown Red Wing will use the slip ramp and Third Street, drivers traveling across the river and using eastbound Hwy 61 will detour using Third Street, Plum Street, Seventh Street West, Seventh Street East and Highway 292. Drivers using Highway 61 to come into Red Wing from the east will follow the route in reverse. Those traveling westbound on Highway 61 to cross the bridge to Wisconsin will use the normal route of Highway 61 to the signal at the buttonhook ramp. Nearby neighborhoods are likely to hear overnight construction noise, MnDOT advised.

Zumbro Valley Foundation raises funds for gift cards

ZUMBROTA FALLS — The Zumbro Valley Foundation partnered with food shelves in Mazeppa and Zumbro Falls to offer $25 gift cards from six area restaurants. The money was raised from local residents, businesses and community groups with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

With local restaurants losing money due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the food shelves and the foundation worked to address both problems at one time.

“One thing you can count on in the valley is that if there is a problem, the neighbors will come out to help fix it” said Al Christenson, chairman of the Zumbro Valley Foundation. Gift cards can be redeemed for take-out at Leo’s Sports Bar, Zumbro Falls Golf Club, Delila’s Café, Buck Wild, The Local Pizzaria, and Mac's Park Place.

Three Mower County SWCD seats up for election

AUSTIN — With the filing period for elections running through June 2, there are three positions up for election on the Mower County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. These districts include the following townships: District 1, Dexter, Red Rock, Sargeant, Udolpho and Waltham; District 2, Frankford, Grand Meadow, Pleasant Valley and Racine; and District 5, Austin and Lansing.