COL National hay, photo contest planned

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. -- A national hay contest and national photo contest will be held in conjunction with the 2002 American Forage and Grassland Council meeting later this year in Bloomington.

The national hay contest includes various classes for both grass and legume samples. Judging will be based on relative feed value, physical appearance and crude protein. Awards will be presented to the top three entries in each class and up to seven "champions of show'' will be awarded.

Entries can be mailed to the Stearns DHIA, AFGC Contest, 825 12th St. South, Box 25, Sauk Centre, MN. 56378.

The national photo contest's purpose is to recognize the multi-faceted use of forages through photography. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best photos. Mail color print negatives or slides and a $10 check for each entry to AFGC office, Box 94, Georgetown, Texas 78627.

Entrants for both contests must be AFGC members and the entry deadline is May 1.


Sheep, Wool Festival set May 11-12

LAKE ELMO, Minn. -- The 5th annual Shepherd's Harvest Sheep &; Wool Festival is planned May 11-12 on the Washington County fairgrounds in Lake Elmo.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Visitors will be able to watch sheep being shorn, visit a living catalog sheep breeds display, watch Border Collies work and other special events.

Classes on spinning, felting, knitting and natural dyeing will be offered by Patsy Zawistoski.

The two-day festival is sponsored by the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Association.

Additional information is available by telephoning Pat Ryan at (651) 459-8554.

The Washington County fairgrounds are located at 12300 North 40th St. at the intersection of Washington County Road 15 and Minnesota Highway 5 east of Lake Elmo.


Rock Gardening workshop is April 23

BROWERVILLE, Minn. -- A Rock Gardening Workshop is planned April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Browerville Community Center.

The workshop is sponsored by the Todd County Extension Service.

Rock gardens are one of the most popular type of gardens. Participants will learn how to design and where to put in a successful rock garden. They will learn about the types, shapes and plant colors that are appropriate to the shape and size of a rock garden.

To register, telephone the Todd County Extension office at (320) 732-4435.

Chamber awards eight scholarships

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The St. Cloud Area Chamber has awarded eight, $400 scholarships raised through its annual farm show.

Ag scholarship winners include Angela Bengston, Kandiyohi; Leann Beumer, Hillman; Alicia Blunt, Litchfield; Lynn Boecker, Freeport; Brent Czech, Little Falls; Jared Nickel, Litchfield; Darin Pierce, Pennock; and Matthew Willenbring, Cold Spring.


In order to be eligible for the scholarships students must be college-bound high school seniors who have displayed an on-going dedication to agricultural and animal sciences.

ServSafe class scheduled May 7

HUTCHINSON, Minn. -- A ServSafe class for food service managers is planned May 7 in Hutchinson.

The class is taught by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and taught by certified instructors.

The session will be held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with the certification exam beginning at 4:30 p.m. Instructors are Extension educators Mary Schroeder and Kimberly Asche.

The registration deadline is April 23. To register and for more information, telephone 1-800-728-1485.

Oliver Collectors plan plow day

MANTORVILLE, Minn. -- Darren and Rachel Durst will host the Great Northern Oliver Collectors Spring Plow Day April 20.


To reach the Durst farm: Go north of Mantorville on Highway 57, turn east of Dodge County Road 22, go about 2 miles, turn north on Dodge County Road 11. The farm is the second place on the right.

Tractors will begin being unloaded at 10:30 a.m. A parade of tractors and plows will begin at noon. Plowing will follow the parade.

For more information, telephone Darren Durst at (507) 356-8177 or Dean Smith at (507) 477-3423.

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