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COL Olmsted ADA picks four princesses

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The American Dairy Association of Olmsted County crowned their 2005 Dairy Princesses at a luncheon April 17 in Rochester.

The new dairy princesses are Melissa Fortsch, Dover, daughter of Allen and Gloria Fortsch; Portia Holtegaard, Rochester, daughter of Meilinda and Roger Hotegaard; Billie Jo Larsen, Mantorville, daughter of John and Robin Larsen; and Krista Sheehan, Rochester, daughter of Robert and Jeannette Sheehan.

The princesses will be goodwill ambassadors for the dairy industry by appearing at various promotional events and speaking to consumers and the media.

Barn Preservation Workshop scheduled

NERSTRAND, Minn. -- A Barn Preservation Workshop will be held in southwest Goodhue County on May 21 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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The event is sponsored by the Friends of Minnesota Barns, a state-based 501c corporation organized for educational, scientific and charitable purposes.

Those who attend will be able to see foundation, wall and roof restoration work.

The fee is $45, which includes lunch. Friends of Minnesota Barns will receive a discount. To register, call (612) 338-2276.

'Positive Parenting' workshop set May 24

ST. PAUL -- A Facilitator Workshop on teaching "Positive Parenting'' will be held May 24 in the Ramsey County Extension office in St. Paul.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and the cost is $65, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required and can be made by contacting Kathleen Olson at (507) 536-6306 or 1-888-241-4536.

Professionals and volunteers who work with parents can receive materials and help with teaching good parenting skills from the Extension Service and its award-winning curriculum Positive Parenting.

The curriculum is for use with parents of early adolescents, 10 years old to 16 years old.

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Dairy Princess training set in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Division, will hold its Dairy Princess Promotion Training Seminar May 14-16 in the Holiday Inn, St. Cloud.

The event is also a preliminary step toward the selection of the 51st Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the official goodwill ambassador of Minnesota's dairy industry.

More than 80 county dairy princesses from across the state are expected. Finalists for Princess Kay will also be selected.

Extension office relocates in Red Wing

RED WING, Minn. -- The Extension office in Red Wing has moved to a new location in Red Wing.

The new address is Government Center Room 201, 509 West 5th St., Red Wing.

The office had been located on the main floor of the Government Center for more than 25 years, but because of a smaller staff, Extension office has relocated to a second floor office.

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The office houses 4-H program coordinator Amy Gergen, nutrition education assistant Kerry Kruger and administrative assistant Vicki Stevens.

Pasture walk to feature Spring Grove dairy

SPRING GROVE, Minn. -- Curt Myrah will host a Northeast Iowa Graziers pasture walk at 1 p.m. May 11 at his farm two miles west of Spring Grove, Minn., on Highway 44.

Myrah has a new dairy with low-cost milking facilities. He will also talk about the oak bark lanes he uses in his grazing system.

For more information, call (563) 245-2603.

SWCD has native grass, forb seed mixes

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Olmsted Soil and Water Conservation District is offering native grass and forb seed mixes for spring planting. A native prairie planting adds diversity to landscapes and attracts wildlife, birds and insects.

Olmsted SWCD has six types of native grasses and a 15 species forb mix available for sale. Custom mixes are available depending on your soils, the program you're enrolled in and for all sizes of prairie restoration.

For more information, call the SWCD office.

Red Wing Shoe will make a splash

RED WING, Minn. -- Public art is on the march in Red Wing with the announcement that the town will be decorated with more than 30 boot statues this summer to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Red Wing Shoe Co.

In an arrangement similar to the decorated "Peanuts" statues found around St. Paul in the past few years, local promoters will distribute fiberglass statues measuring about 4 feet, by 4 feet, by 2 feet wide. Each weighs about 50 pounds.

More than 50 local businesses and organizations will decorate the boots as a way to express appreciation for the company, which is famous for its work boots.

The Red Wing Visitors and Convention Bureau will distribute maps showing the location of the sculptures.

Master Gardeners will hold plant sale

OWATONNA, Minn. -- The Steele County Master Gardeners will hold their fourth annual plant sale at the farmers market in Owatonna's Central Park on May 14 from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Master Gardeners are volunteers who have received 50 hours of training from the University of Minnesota to provide education and consultation.

Steele County's Master Gardeners will be available at several local nurseries this spring to answer gardening questions. They will also be at the farmers market every Saturday from May 14 into September.

YELLO statewide conference is June 13-16

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Outlouds' annual statewide leadership conference is scheduled June 13-16 on the state fairgrounds.

More than 450 youth are expected to attend from across Minnesota.

Registrations are due by May 20. Cost is $180.

Regional forum will look at youth issues

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A regional forum on the importance of out-of-school time for youth will be held May 20 from 9 a.m.-noon in the UCR-Heintz Center.

The event, sponsored by the Extension Service, is designed for youth workers, community leaders and others concerned about youth issues.

The keynote speaker is Dale Blyth, associated dean for youth development at the University of Minnesota.

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