col Herbs focus of Nicollet County programs

NICOLLET, Minn. -- A Home Study Group lesson on using the herbs from your garden is planned in two Nicollet County locations April 4.

The first lesson will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Township Hall. The second will be at 7 p.m. in the Nicollet County Government Center, St. Peter. Jane Thompson, Nicollet County Master Gardener, will present the lesson. She will share how herbs can add flavor to food, add fragrance to the home, and more.

For additional information, telephone Kelly Kunkel at the Nicollet County Extension office at (507) 931-6800 or 1-800-247-5044.

Gardening topic of Litchfield meeting

LITCHFIELD, Minn. -- A Spring Garden Meeting is planned April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Litchfield High School cafeteria.


The featured speaker is Deb Brown, University of Minnesota horticulture specialist. Brown will focus on her speciality -- flowers.

She will discuss color combinations with annual perennial flowers and new plants for hanging baskets.

The Meeker County Horticulture Society will provide refreshments. The program is sponsored by Litchfield Community Education and the Extension Service. A registration fee of $3 will be charged.

Horticulture Night planned April 9

HUTCHINSON, Minn. -- The annual Horticulture Night will be April 9 in the Extension office on the McLeod County fairgrounds, Hutchinson.

This year's theme is "Bees and Apples.'' Linda and Scott Sederstrom of Cedar Hills Apple Orchard will discuss raising bees in an apple orchard. The McLeod County Horticulture Society and the Extension office are sponsoring the meeting.

Kandiyohi County honors family

LITCHFIELD, Minn. -- Lowell and Larry Konsterlie are Kandiyohi County's Farm Family of the Year.


Families are selected for the award by the University of Minnesota Extension Service staff, community and agricultural leaders based on the family's success in food production, commitment to agriculture and their involvement in the community.

Lowell and his 25-year-old son, Larry, are partners in their Pennock farm operation. They grow 1,400 acres of corn and soybeans.

Barn Preservation Workshop set

WASECA, Minn. -- The third annual Minnesota Barn Preservation Workshop is planned April 20 starting at 9:30 a.m. on the Farmamerica grounds near Waseca.

The workshop is sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society and by Farmamerica.

North Dakota State University agricultural engineer Dexter Johnson will provide practical information about adapting old farm buildings to modern farming practices.

Barn restoration contractor Mike Woodford will describe some of the techniques his company uses to repair foundations, replace rotted timbers and straighten structural frames.

Arsenic in well water focus of event


HUTCHINSON, Minn. -- The Environmental Protection Agency has reduced their allowable limit for arsenic in water from 50 parts per billion to 10 ppb. The question is, how will the change impact private well owners?

McLeod County agencies will hold an informational meeting on the topic April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Peace Center, Hutchinson.

The meeting will discuss the problem from a health prospective. Speakers will explain why we have arsenic in our wells throughout the state and particularly in McLeod County.

Participants will also have the opportunity to test their wells for arsenic, nitrate and coliform bacteria.

Outdoor play workshop set April 11

WILLMAR, Minn. -- "The Ups and Downs of Outdoor Play'' is the title of a workshop hosted by the Kandiyohi County Extension Service.

The workshop is planned April 11, starting at 6 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar.

"Outdoor play is very important for children, but it often brings with it dangers,'' said Kimberly Asche, Kandiyohi County Extension educator. "Each year it is estimated that over 205,000 children are injured in playground accidents.''

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