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WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Located along the eastern basin of Lake Ocheda, the New Beginnings Garden Center is popping with color. Bright pink, magenta, red, white and purple blooms are mixed in with the lush green colors of foliage in and around the new greenhouse and garden center.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Despite concerns from a neighboring property owner, a rural Rushmore man will be allowed to construct a 51-by-408-foot total confinement barn to house 2,400 head of finishing pigs in the northwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 2, Little Rock Township.
SIBLEY, Iowa — It’s never easy letting go. Twilla Bents knows that all too well, as she’s had to let go of a lot in recent years. Next month, she’ll have to let go of a little bit more. It has been a difficult journey.
LUVERNE, Minn. — It has been nearly two years since flood waters washed through Rock County, Minn., farm fields, carrying away topsoil, creating gullies and wiping out crops. The county’s Soil and Water Conservation District is still trying to repair the damages. It will take another five years to fix everything — and that’s without the threat of additional damage, Rock County Land Management Assistant Director Doug Bos said Tuesday.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Nearly a year after Minnesota's controversial buffer program was signed into law, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources continues to make progress on releasing preliminary maps to counties showing where 50-foot buffers are required on protected waters, and where 16.5-foot buffers are needed on public ditches.
WORTHINGTON — Worthington-area farmers grew accustomed to praying for timely rains during the past several years. Now, they’re praying for sunshine and some wind to dry up the fields so they can get their crops planted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its weekly crop progress report May 9, and it noted that 89 percent of the state’s corn crop and 46 percent of its soybean crop was planted.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A drawdown on Minnesota's Lake Ocheda would do so much to improve the health of the lake that the rural Worthington water body could be removed from the state’s list of impaired waters, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Administrator Dan Livdahl said Tuesday. The data was gleaned from information in a draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report presented to watershed managers during their meeting Tuesday. The TMDL study provides information on allowable phosphorus levels on both a daily and annual basis.
ST. PAUL — Two area FFA members returned home Tuesday as Stars over Minnesota agriculture following the 87th Minnesota FFA Convention, hosted Sunday through Tuesday on the University of Minnesota campus. Juliana Pederson, a member of the Westbrook-Walnut Grove FFA Chapter, was honored Monday as Minnesota’s Star in Production Placement, while Payton Vold, of the Red Rock Central FFA Chapter, was named the state’s Star in AgriScience.
ROUND LAKE, Minn. — With any new technology there’s a learning curve, and that’s the case with a fish kill on Illinois Slough near Round Lake. Earlier this week, a farmer spotted hundreds of dead fish in shallow water along Jackson County 4. The marshy area is separated from Illinois Lake by an electronic fish barrier installed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources last fall to prevent invasive carp species from moving upstream and into Illinois Lake and nearby Round Lake.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — When you walk through the produce aisles, along the meat case and past the frozen food section of your local grocery store, chances are Smith Trucking had a hand in helping bring some of those products from the farm to your table.