Julie Buntjer / Forum News Service
LAKEFIELD, Minn. — Wind speeds of 50 to 80 mph across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa early Tuesday morning, May 16, left area residents picking up the pieces from heavily damaged farm buildings, and clearing away downed trees and other debris. At the Arland and Melinda Lubben farm near Brewster, the winds caused a large cattle shed to collapse, killing one 700-pound feeder steer.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — After seeing snow covering their farm fields just one week ago, area farmers are now out in full force getting this year’s corn and soybean seeds in the ground. Temperatures in the 80s on Sunday and Monday, with a seven-day outlook showing minimal rain chances, should give farmers enough time to make significant planting progress in the coming days. “It’s been a slow start this year,” University of Minnesota Extension Crops Educator Lizabeth Stahl said Monday.
ADRIAN, Minn. — They may be small but they gave off a mighty cry as they were placed into the awaiting arms of their new owners Sunday evening on a farm near Adrian. Nigerian Dwarf female goats were awarded to a trio of Nobles County 4-H’ers after the youths wrote essays explaining why they wanted to win a goat, what they hoped to learn, where they would house it and what they would feed it.
LUVERNE, Minn. — A pair of Luverne women with a passion for health and wellness are teaming up to garner support for creation of a food co-op in the community. With plans for a public input meeting tonight (6:30-7:30 p.m. at Hilger Commons, 215 N. Cedar St., Luverne) and another from noon to 1 p.m. March 15, at the same location, they hope to provide education about and seek input on the needs and wants in a food cooperative.
WORTHINGTON, MINN. — For the second consecutive year, a Worthington High School agriculture teacher and FFA advisor has been awarded a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) grant to advance agriculture education in the high school. Matt Tripp was notified in December that his grant application was approved to receive a $3,000 grant. The money will be used to purchase equipment to aid in leading the CASE curriculum.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Jerry and Terry Perkins, along with their daughter, Julie Lopez, will be recognized next month during the Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual convention as Nobles County’s Outstanding Conservationists. The Perkins family has practiced conservation efforts on their rural Worthington farm for decades and their renter, Tim Hansberger, continues to maintain them.
WORTHINGTON -- So, that bag of dirty diapers someone tossed from their car window into a ditch south of Adrian -- a 4-H’er picked that up. Those empty pop bottles, bait containers and yards of tangled fishing line left along the shoreline at Lake Bella County Park? A 4-H’er cleaned those things up as well. They call it Community Pride -- working with their hands, and giving from the heart (two of the H’s in 4-H) -- to make their communities better and to give back to others.
WORTHINGTON -- The Downtown Farmers Market in Worthington will begin offering customers a new way to pay for their fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, jellies, meat and eggs when it debuts a card reader kiosk at Tuesday’s market. The card reader will make it possible for individuals to purchase tokens with credit or debit cards, EBT cards and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards. The tokens are then used to purchase items from farmer’s market vendors.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. - The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District board of managers discussed Tuesday the recent concerns raised by landowners of excess water flow through the County Ditch 4 system. In late June, landowners appeared before the Nobles County Board of Commissioners to discuss flooding issues along the ditch system. The ditch flows from Herlein-Boote Slough to Nobles County State Aid Highway 35 in Dewald Township, west of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Several landowners served by Judicial Ditch 12 in Bloom Township appeared before Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday after a request was made to replace tile on two lateral lines. The estimated cost to replace the tile is anticipated at more than $30,000 -- about $6,000 more than the fund balance currently in the ditch system’s account.