COL Farmamerica plans waffle fundraiser

WASECA, Minn. -- An all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast is planned Sept. 13 at Farmamerica's Visitor's Center.

Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Children under age 5 are free. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Farmamerica Country Church repair project. Matching funds will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The Country Church, formerly the Brighton United Methodist Church, was moved to Farmamerica in 1987 by an ecumenical effort of the parishioners, neighbors and friends of all faith.

Tickets for the Belgian Waffle Breakfast are available at Farmamerica, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans office in Waseca and the Green Scene Nursery &; Landscaping on east Highway 14 in Janesville.

After breakfast, participants can for the Draft Horse Expo, the last festival of the season.

4-H club honored for conservation work


BLUE EARTH, Minn. -- The Barber Flyers 4-H Club in Faribault County was recently honored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for its work on building a bluebird trail.

The trail was built in the new Charlotte Hyne Wildlife Management Area near Delevan.

DNR Commissioner Gene Merriam presented the 4-H club with the award during the state fair. The award is given annually to a 4-H member or club that demonstrates initiative, leadership, creativity and achievement in the conservation and wise use of natural and agricultural resources.

4-H Federation will meet Sept. 15

LAKEFIELD, Minn. -- The next Jackson County 4-H Federation meeting is planned Sept. 15 in the Multi-Purpose Building in Lakefield. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

Business on the agenda includes installation of officers, county fair evaluations, National 4-H Week Promotion, record judging plans, premium checks and more.

New Vision organizing photography contest

LAKEFIELD, Minn. -- New Vision Co-op is sponsoring a photography contest for 4-H members in Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Rock and Watonwan counties.


The winning photograph will be used for the cooperative's annual report cover.

Entries should be 4x6 photos depicting farm life, with a limit of two photos per 4-H'er. Include the 4-H photographer's name, address and telephone number.

Entries may be submitted to New Vision Co-op, 37308 County Road 8, Mountain Lake, MN 56159.

Entries must be received by Sept. 30 and can be dropped-off at any New Vision office.

McCoy family honored at State Fair

ELMORE, Minn. -- The Caleb and Dannelle McCoy family from Elmore were honored at the Minnesota State Fair for their contributions to agriculture.

The McCoys have four children -- Nathan, Aaron, Andrew and Amber. The family was one of 53 recognized for demonstrating a commitment to agriculture, their communities and to the stat. Farm families who were recognized demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and ag production.

The Calvin Stade family of Jackson was also honored last month at the State Fair by the Minnesota Extension Service.


Spring wheat yields please most growers

DASSEL, Minn. -- Growers in south-central Minnesota are pleased with their spring wheat yields this year, says Dave Schwartz, Meeker County Extension educator.

On clay loam soils nearly all spring wheat yields were in the 60-70 bushel range, which was double the yield from the year before. Disease was to blame for lower 2002 yields, Schwartz said.

Growers will have a new spring wheat variety to plant in 2004 called Oklee. It is an early semi-dwarf with high yield potential and good disease resistance to leaf and stem rust and some resistance to scab.

Parent, teen dinner scheduled Sept. 25

WINDOM, Minn. -- A dinner for parents and their 12-year-old to 14-year-old children is planned Sept. 25 in the Windom Community Center Dining Room in Windom.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with dinner prepared by Hi-Lo Supper Club to follow at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Val Kvale, who will discuss "Talking About Talk.''

The meal is free. Registration is required by Sept. 18. To register, call 1-800-247-1401.


Nutrition Conference set Sept. 16-17

ST. PAUL -- The 64th annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference is planned Sept. 16-17 in the Holiday Inn St. Paul.

The conference features dairy, beef, swine and poultry nutrition subjects.

The conference is designed for nutritionists, feed industry representatives, veterinarians, educators and producers. The conference provides participants with the opportunity to share information about current research being conducted at universities, in industry and at government centers.

More information is available from Mary Kay Ferguson at (612) 625-8215.

Van De Wiele will quit planning, zoning job

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. -- Yellow Medicine County's planning and zoning director offered his resignation last week after being confronted about unauthorized Internet use on his office computer.

Jeff Van De Wiele, who also is the county's feedlot officer, resigned effective immediately after reaching an agreement with the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners.


A county investigation into the contents of Van De Wiele's office computer "revealed that there were a substantial number of visits to Internet sites that were for non-county business," according to the county board.

County Attorney Thomas Kramer said the terms of the agreement prevent the county from discussing the type of sites visited, but he said there was no allegation of criminal usage.

Promoters plan scarecrow contest

JACKSON, Minn. -- The Jackson Business Promoter's invites 4-H clubs and members to participate in its annual scarecrow contest.

Entries will be displayed in Festival Park on the north end of Main Street in Jackson.

All entries need to be completed by noon on Oct. 16 and removed between Nov. 1-6.

Jackson Bucks will be awarded to the best entries. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce office at (507) 847-3867.

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