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COL Workshop planned April 1 in Jackson

JACKSON, Minn. -- "Managing External Forces in Agriculture'' is the title of concurrent workshops planned in Jackson and in Marshall April 1.

The seminars will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on the campus of Minnesota West Community &; Technical College in Jackson and the Marshall High School Theater in Marshall.

Iowa State University Extension meteorologist Elwynn Taylor and Kansas State ag economist Barry Flinchbaugh will present the seminars.

The concurrent seminars will focus on understanding two external forces that farmers have no control over -- weather and politics and their impact on the 2002 farm bill.

To register for the workshop, telephone (507) 847-3320 or 1-800-658-2522, ext. 119.

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Stokesbary delegate to national event

Redwood County 4-H'er Chelsie Stokesbary was a delegate to the National Conversation on Youth Development held in Washington, D.C.

Stokesbary was part of a 28-member team of youth and adults from across Minnesota that produced ideas that have been generated from local conversations and from the recent Minnesota State Conversation on Youth Development held in St. Paul.

Chelsie is the daughter of Curt and Kathy Stokesbary of rural Redwood Falls. She is a sophomore at North Dakota State University, where she is studying family and child development.

Horticulture intern will be hired

MANKATO, Minn. -- The University of Minnesota Extension Service in Blue Earth, Faribault, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Sibley and Waseca counties will hire a summer horticulture intern this year.

The position will last for 12 weeks from late May or early June until late August. The position will include some work in all six counties, but will be based in Mankato.

The position is intended for college students who have completed at least two years of coursework in horticulture or a related field. The position will involve answering consumer horticulture questions, working with 4-H youth, writing newsletters and media releases and working with area Master Gardeners.

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Anyone interested in applying for the position should telephone Kent Thiesse at (507) 389-8141.

Special day attracts 1,000 students

About 1,000 3rd and 4th grade students in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties were part of special "Ag In The Classroom'' presentations by agricultural volunteers on March 12-14.

Participating school districts included Mankato, Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, Maple River, St. Clair, Nicollet, St. Peter and several area private schools.

Twenty-four volunteers shared information with students about the Minnesota agriculture industry and some specifics related to farming practices in the counties.

Volunteers included Lucas Lindeland and Scott Ewert, students at South Central Technical College; Alvis More, Michelle Hislop and Robin Kinney, all of Mapleton; Doug Westphal, St. Clair; Barb Overlie, Norm Seiling, Matt Lanz and Tony Jacobs, all of Lake Crystal; Sue Schutt, Dennis Sonnabend and Cathy Riley, all of Amboy; Dave Pongratz and Jennie Ward, Mankato; Shelly Wingen, Leah and Gina Fitzsimmons, all of Good Thunder; and Mike Annexstad, Rob and Gail Moline, Burt Norrell, Warren Krohn, and Jay Hanson, all of St. Peter.

Horticulture Day scheduled in Waseca

WASECA, Minn. -- The annual University of Waseca Horticulture Day will be held April 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Little Theater at Waseca High School.

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The event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Al Batt, a writer and storyteller. He writes a weekly column for the Albert Lea Tribune.

Horticulture Day will also look at the use of design and color in annual flower beds, new and emerging ornamental insect pests and landscaping shorelines.

Pre-registration is required and must be done by March 29. The fee is $15. For more information, telephone (507) 835-3620.

Tim Orth Foundation benefit planned

GLENCOE, Minn. -- The fourth annual Tim Orth Foundation All-Star Basketball Jamboree is planned April 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Glencoe Silver Lake Gymnasium in Glencoe.

Area selected senior all-stars, both girls and boys, compete in this non-profit even in which all proceeds go to help families with children with severe medical needs.

This year's event will benefit Mathew and Michael Kizer of Hutchinson, sons of Kevin and Beth Kizer, and Brandon Overman, son of Mark and Lisa Overman of Glencoe.

The girls basketball game will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the boys. A three-point shooting and quick shot contest will be held.

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