COL Forestville plans evening of leisure

PRESTON, Minn. -- Historic Forestville plans a night of 19th century entertainment at an "Evening of Leisure.''

The event will run from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Participants will be able to sing along with a string band, play horseshoes, croquet or checkers, or listen to the birds chirp along with the music.

Historic Forestville is located in Forestville State Park near Preston. Costumed guides portray actual residents going about their activity in the late 19th century. Cost is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for children ages 6-12. Children under six are admitted free.

Pesticide container collection day set


HAMPTON, Minn. -- The annual Dakota County empty pesticide container collection day is planned Aug. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Farmers Union Co-op in Hampton.

The collection, which is free, is designed for farmers, commercial applicators and ag chemical dealers. Rinsed, clean and dry containers with a No. 2 HDPE (the symbol is found on the bottom of the container) can be recycled.

The cap also needs to be removed. Over the past seven years, Dakota County has collected and recycled more than 40,600 empty pesticide containers in the program, which is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Beef Expo scheduled on fairgrounds

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The 3rd annual Minnesota Beef Expo is planned Oct. 18-20 on the state fairgrounds.

Sales are planned for Shorthorn, Limousin, Simmental, South Devon, Angus, Red Angus, other breeds and commercial steers and heifers, and prospect market calves.

Several age divisions are also planned in showmanship. A judging contest for individuals and teams is planned Oct. 18.

To receive more information about the Beef Expo, telephone (651) 643-6476. Sale entries are due Sept. 5. Show entries are due Oct. 1. Judging and Knowledge Bowl contest entries are due Oct. 1.


Fillmore County ranks in Top 10

PRESTON, Minn. -- Fillmore County ranks in the Top 10 in several agricultural production areas. The county ranks No. 1 in beef cows, No. 4 in oats, No. 5 in cattle and calves, No. 8 in milk cows and milk production and No. 9 in breeding sheep and lambs.

The number of acres planted to corn in the county fell from 158,400 in 2000 to 148,800 in 2001 and yields declined from 149 bushels per acre to 130. At the same time, soybean acres increased from 101,100 to 107,300 and yields declined from 46 bushels to 34.

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