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COL Beef Quality Assurance event is March 30

ALBERT LEA, Minn. -- A Beef Quality Assurance meeting sponsored by the Minnesota Beef Council and the Freeborn County Cattlemen's Association is scheduled March 30 in the Country Inn &; Suites, Albert Lea.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will offer dairy and beef producers strategies to maximize profit potential from their cattle.

"Our goal is to provide consumers with an enjoyable eating experience every time they choose beef,'' said Ron Eustice, executive director of the Minnesota Beef Council.

Beef Council and association representatives will discuss injection site administration, careful cattle handling to avoid bruising, feed supply management and other issues.

The event is free. For more information, call Paul Hanson at (507) 448-3465.

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Rock County Crops Day is March 26

LUVERNE, Minn. -- The 2004 Rock County Crops Day will be held March 26 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne.

The featured speaker will be regional Extension educators Jodi DeJong-Hughes and David Bau. DeJong-Hughes will discuss zone tillage and Bau will speak on farm management issues.

Rock County Agency directors Eric Hartman and Kurt Halfmann will also speak during the event.

Fossum family donates 207 acres to DNR

ODIN, Minn. -- The Fossum family has donated 207 acres near Odin to the Department of Natural Resources to create a wetlands management area.

The donation will officially be known as the Fossum WMA. The tract, with an appraised value of $414,000 will be managed for wildlife at the request of the family.

Rosalyn and Dennis Fossum offered to donate the land if they could receive a life estate allowing them to continue to operate the farm until their deaths. The DNR agreed.

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"When the life estates expire, the land will become open to the public,'' said Bob Hobart, DNR reality specialist in New Ulm.

The Fossums requested that the property eventually be used as wildlife habitat, restored wetlands, food plots and for environmental education.

Tree Care Advisors training series offered

LAMBERTON, Minn. -- A series of training opportunities for Tree Care Advisors in southwest Minnesota will be offered at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton.

Sessions are planned March 27, April 3, April 17 and April 24. All sessions will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Tree Care Advisor Program is similar to the volunteer Master Gardener Program. Tree Care Advisors pay an $80 fee to receive 30 classroom hours of both hands-on and in-class training with local experts.

In exchange of training and support, volunteers are expected to perform 50 hours of community service the first year and 25 hours each additional year.

For more information call Gary Wyatt, regional Extension educator, at (507) 389-6748 or 1-888-241-3214.

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4-H community projects to be honored

Four 4-H community projects will be recognized by the Association of Minnesota Counties March 24.

The two projects that will be recognized are "4-H Terrific Tuesdays'' completed by the Anoka County 4-H Program and "Honoring Our Civil War Veterans'' completed by the Rush River Rushers 4-H Program in Sibley County.

Two other 4-H community projects received honorable mention. They are "Residential Hospice Quilts'' by Pleasant Valley 4-H Club in Carver County and "Benefit for Brock'' by the Racine Ramblers 4-H Club in Mower County.

The Association of Minnesota Counties developed the awards to recognize 4-H clubs or 4-H youth development leadership groups for outstanding contributions and service to communities.

Cannon River Watershed plans meeting

FARIBAULT, Minn. -- "Farming For Watershed Health: Conservation Farming Practices, Programs and Policies'' is the title of the Cannon River Summit 2004 event in Faribault.

The March 30 event will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the American Legion Hall, Faribault.

University of Minnesota staffer Dave Mulla will talk about the benefits of conservation farming and Gordon Cumming, the executive director of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership will also speak.

They keynote speaker is Sheryl Corrigan, the commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

A conservation farming panel discussion will also be held with a question-and-answer session featuring state Reps. Ray Cox and Dennis Ozment.

Breakout session topics include programs and participation in conservation programs, the no-till option and the future of conservation farming, and a legislative update.

The cost is $35 for CRWP members and $45 for non-members. Send payment by March 25 to CRWP, 1325 Armstrong Road, Suite 118, Northfield, MN 55057.

Mud Lake will now be called Boo

LITCHFIELD, Minn. -- This lake's name is no longer mud.

The Meeker County board last week approved changing the name of a Mud Lake near Dassel to Boo Lake.

Marvin Granath led the effort to name the lake Boo after his great-grandparents, John and Anna Boo, Swedish immigrants who settled near the lake in the 1870s.

Granath said there were already nine lakes in Meeker County named Mud.

A Department of Natural Resources official, Rob Collett, also spoke for the change. He said there are about 200 Mud Lakes in Minnesota, making it the most common lake name in the state. There are no known Boo Lakes in Minnesota, according to the DNR.

The name change still needs approval from the DNR and the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.

Teenagers, families focus of workshops

MARSHALL, Minn. -- "What's New With Teenagers and Their Families -- Research Update for Professionals,'' workshops will be held at several locations in April.

All the workshops -- sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service -- will run from 8:30 a.m.-noon, Extension specialists will summarize the latest research for professionals who serve families. The workshops are intended for school personnel, social workers, counselors, faith-based staff and others who work with teenagers and families.

Meetings are planned April 2 in the Lyon County Government Center, Marshall and April 16 in the Blue Earth County Government Center, Mankato. For more information, call Colleen Gengler at (507) 372-3907.

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