Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MnDOT seeks public input on ATIP Plan

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The public and other stakeholders are invited to provide input on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Area Transportation Improvement Program Plan for construction projects from 2013 to 2016. The public comment period for the ATIP is March 2 to April 2, 2012.

The ATIP is a four-year program for state and federally funded transportation investments of significance for the northwestern region of Minnesota. Each draft ATIP includes a prioritized list of projects that help solve transportation problems and achieve long-range objectives for the area. The principal investment emphasis is on preservation, safety and operational improvements in the existing transportation system and seeks balanced decisions, which promote effective and efficient transportation.

The ATIP is the result of recommendations that come from the Area Transportation Partnership, which is comprised of members from cities, counties, townships, tribal governments, transit providers, metropolitan planning organizations, regional development commissions and Mn/DOT. The ATPs integrate state and local priorities within their areas and submit those projects for inclusion into the draft State Transportation Improvement Plan.

To view and provide comment on the ATIP, visit the DOT website. To request a hard copy of the plan, contact Joe McKinnon, Mn/DOT District 2 planning engineer, at 218-755-6554 or

Short-term lane closures on Highway 75 in Warren

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists traveling on Highway 75 in Warren will encounter some minor delays and short-term lane closures on Johnson Avenue between First Street South and Second Street North during the week of March 5.

The closure will impact driving and parking lanes during regular business hours for about three days. In addition, no oversized and overweight vehicles will be allowed through the work zone.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will conduct soil borings to investigate a minor past petroleum release from an underground tank at the former LF Knutson & Sons site, located at 125 E. Johnson Ave. The release is not harmful to the public and the MPCA will determine if any corrective actions are necessary.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges drivers to be extremely alert near workers and equipment in the work zone.

For updated road condition information, call 5-1-1 or visit

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Essentia Health Ada partnering with Norman County West School

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Ada, MN – Essentia Health is excited to have the opportunity to partner with Norman County West School in Halstad, MN to offer athletic training to students through the Physical Therapy department of Essentia Health Ada.

Essentia Health’s Kristin Meinz, MSc, ATC has been working with Ada-Borup High School and Norman County East High as an athletic trainer since last fall. She has been providing the schools with additional awareness, education and training on concussion assessments for coaches and athletes – based on the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) evaluation system. Now Norman County West students will have access to Kristen’s services at the school 1 day per week. Student athletes are encouraged to visit with Kristen regarding injury recovery and prevention.

Meinz received her Master of Science in Sports Medicine from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and was previously employed by Fountain Valley School of Colorado as well as Joseph Volleyball Inc in Colorado Springs as a Certified Athletic Trainer. She is a certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association.

Meinz is originally from St. Cloud, MN and most recently lived in Colorado Springs before relocating to this area in August of 2011. She enjoys reading, cooking/baking, running and is a big fan of the Minnesota Twins.

For more information, please contact the Essentia Health Ada at 218-784-2727 or visit our blog at

Monday, February 27, 2012

MDA announces new formalized emerald ash borer quarantine

St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) recently formalized a new emerald ash borer (EAB) quarantine for parts of the state. Last summer EAB was discovered in Winona County, making it necessary to update the quarantine. Through the regulatory process, an emergency quarantine was put in place until comments from the public could be received. Staff took those comments into consideration and the updated quarantine was then signed and made official by MDA Commissioner Dave Frederickson. The new formal quarantine includes Winona, Hennepin, Houston, and Ramsey counties.

Any material that might contain EAB, such as firewood, ash logs, ash bark chips, etc., is consider a “regulated article” and cannot be moved out of an emerald ash borer quarantine. The only way to move these regulated articles out of an EAB quarantine is to receive a compliance agreement with the MDA and treat the material so there is no risk of spreading EAB.

“It is important that government and the private sector are working together to slow the spread of this and other invasive pests that harm our environment and economy,” said Geir Friisoe, MDA’s Plant Protection Division Director. “We try allow businesses to operate as normal as possible while protecting the state from the threat of emerald ash borer.”

EAB is one of America’s most destructive tree pests. Its larvae kill ash trees by tunneling into the wood and feeding on the tree’s nutrients. Since its accidental introduction into North America, EAB has killed tens of millions of ash trees in 15 states. The metallic-green adult beetles are a half-inch long, and are active from May to September. Infestation signs include one-eighth inch, D-shaped exit holes in ash tree bark and winding tunnels under the bark. The biggest risk of spreading EAB comes from people unknowingly moving firewood or other ash products harboring larvae.

The quarantine gives MDA the authority to take action against any company or individual violating the quarantine. Details of the quarantine can be found online at the MDA website. .

Time to sign up for hunter education

Right now is prime time to sign up to take a Firearms Safety Hunter Education class offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

"If you want to go hunting this fall and need to take a Firearms Safety Hunter Education class to get your first license, or to be eligible to hunt now is the time get into a class. There are lots of dates and locations this spring to choose from around the state," says Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Education program coordinator.

Classes are taught by DNR Certified Volunteers in their local communities typically spring and early fall. To become certified, students attend both classroom and field instruction. The course provides students with basic safe firearms handling skills, wildlife identification, outdoor skills and responsibility that accompany hunting and firearms use.

Don’t wait, classes fill-up fast. To find a class, visit: the dnr website or call 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367

Sunday, February 26, 2012

MN DOT road update

BEMIDJI, Minn.— (11:30 am) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in the northwest area of the state due to blowing heavy snow and reduced visibility.

MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. If you do need to travel motorists should remember to:

• Check road conditions at or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
• Headlights on for visibility to other drivers.
• Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
• Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
• Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
• Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to

For updated information on road conditions, call 511 or click on

Saturday, February 25, 2012

2nd Annual Halstad Vintage Snowmobile Show Results

Over 65 sleds were registered in the 2nd annual Vintage Snowmobile Show in Halstad. People came from as far as Bagley, Barnesville, Moorhead, and everywhere in between to show off their sleds. There was 5 categories that were judged at the show. Here are the results:

Best “Rat” Sled: Hunter and Amber Lee of Hendrum, 1973 Polaris Colt
Best Original Sled: Tom Baker of Ada, 1975 Arctic Cat El Tigre Z
Best Restored Sled: Shane Egge of Barnseville, 1971 Polaris Charger 488
Judges Choice: Howard Olson of Detroit Lakes, 1974 John Deere 295/s
People’s Choice: Lee Peterson of Bagley, 1970 Puma Mod 634

Here are the pics of the winners in order of listed from above:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Climate Change Seminar Set for March 7

Globally, 2011 was the 11th warmest year since records began in 1880, says Adnan Akyuz, North Dakota's state climatologist and assistant professor of climatology in North Dakota State University's Soil Science Department.

The annual global combined land and ocean surface temperature was 0.92 degree above the long-term average of 57 degrees. This marks the 35th consecutive year (since 1976) that the annual global temperature was above the 20th century average.

The annual average temperature for the contiguous U.S. in 2011 was 53.8 degrees, which was 1 degree above the long-term average and making it the 23rd warmest year on record.

"While the annual average temperature through the contiguous U.S. has increased by 0.12 degree per decade since 1880, it has increased 0.26 degree per decade in North Dakota during the same period, which is the largest increase in the contiguous U.S.," Akyuz says.

Akyuz reviews climate change globally and regionally and looks at the agricultural implications to the northern Plains.

Akyuz will host a seminar on climate change on March 7 from noon to 12:50 p.m. The seminar will be held in Sudro Hall, room 21, which is on the NDSU campus.

The seminar will be interactive to encourage real-time audience participation using a student response system. The real-time response will give participants the opportunity to discuss the perceptions the public has about climate change.

MnDOT seeks public input for statewide bicycle planning study

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle planning study at one of eight meetings statewide.

- Feb. 28 in Mankato – MnDOT Mankato Office, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato, Minn.
- Feb. 29 in St. Paul – Hamline Midway Public Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
- March 1 in Bemidji – Bemidji City Hall Council Chambers, 317 Fourth St. NW, Bemidji, Minn.
- March 6 in Rochester – University Center Rochester, Heintz Center classroom HA 102, 1926 Collegeview Drive SE, Rochester, Minn.
- March 12 in Willmar – Willmar Municipal Utilities, 700 SW Litchfield Ave., Willmar, Minn.
- March 13 in Detroit Lakes – Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, Minn.
- March 14 in St. Cloud – Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, Minn.
- March 15 in Duluth – Duluth City Hall Council Chambers, 411 W. First St., Duluth, Minn.

All meetings will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and attendees should plan to stay the entire time. The event will begin with a brief project description followed by a series of group discussions.

Those unable to attend in-person may join a statewide webinar discussion on Wednesday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Webinar details will be posted at

“Minnesota is often recognized as one of the top bicycle-friendly states in the country, and the best way to continue improving is to learn from constituents who use the highways, bike lanes and shoulders to bike,” said Tim Mitchell, MnDOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.

Participants will provide input on:

- What is working to make bicycling a safe and usable transportation option
- What needs to be improved to make bicycling a safe and usable transportation option
- Ideas for future bicycling accommodations on Minnesota roads
- Barriers to making improvements

All feedback will help MnDOT improve and develop consistent policies and practices for including bicycle components, such as wide shoulders or bike lanes, on future highway and bridge construction projects. It also will help MnDOT develop a new electronic and printable statewide bicycle map. Future public comment opportunities will take place as the project moves forward.

The public also may submit written comments on the project website, email or mail to Greta Alquist, MnDOT Office of Transit MS 315, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, MN, 55155

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to Please request at least one week in advance.

For more information on the project, visit

2011 spring light goose action begins March 1

Interested participants are reminded that the spring conservation action on "light" geese (snow geese, blue-phased snow geese, and the smaller Ross's goose) will open Thursday, March 1, and run through Monday, April 30.

The action is allowed under a federal conservation order that permits the take of "light" geese during the spring.

A required spring light goose permit may be obtained through any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) license agent, via telephone at 888-665-4236 or online at The permits are free, but there is a $3.50 application fee to cover the cost of issuing the permit. No other license, stamp or permit is required to participate.

Customers using the phone will receive a temporary authorization number in lieu of the permit until it is mailed to the applicant. Internet customers will be able to print their own permit when completing the transaction, and will not receive a permit by mail.

Most regulations that are in place during fall waterfowl season also apply during the spring season, including nontoxic shot requirements and federal baiting regulations. In addition, all refuges closed to either duck or goose hunting during fall seasons will remain closed during the spring season. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. No daily or possession limits apply. Use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns are allowed.

The conservation order season is in place in an effort to reduce the population of snow geese and Ross's geese that breed in the Arctic coastal areas and around Hudson Bay. High populations of these birds have caused considerable habitat damage to these fragile ecosystems.

Minnesota has participated in this spring conservation action each year since 2000. Harvest of light geese has varied from a few hundred to several thousand birds each spring.

"Minnesota is on the extreme eastern edge of the spring migration corridor for snow geese through the Upper Midwest," said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. "In addition, March weather, particularly snow and ice conditions, have a major impact on spring migration, migration routes and migration timing of snow geese in Minnesota. With such a mild winter and lack of snow cover, migration this year could be much earlier than normal."

A summary of regulations will be available from license vendors, DNR wildlife offices or by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

High Tunnel Gardener Workshop Set for March 6

The North Dakota State University Extension Service in Cass County and University of Minnesota Extension in Clay County are sponsoring a high tunnel workshop for home gardeners and commercial growers on March 6.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Clay County Family Service Center at 715 11th St. N. in Moorhead, Minn.

A high tunnel is a nonpermanent structure with no electrical service and no heating. A single layer of greenhouse plastic covers the frame and lasts two to three years. Vents are opened and the sides rolled up manually.

The plants in the tunnel are protected from frost by mulch or row covers.

High tunnels are becoming very popular because they allow home gardeners and commercial growers to produce an early crop and extend the end of the growing season. Also, fruits and vegetables grown in high tunnels often are of very high quality.

Topics to be discussed during the workshop are:

* Basics of high tunnel production

* Pushing the profit pencil with high tunnels

* Current and upcoming crops for high tunnels

* Irrigation and fertigation

* Pick you own raspberries

* Raised beds and children

* Horticulture trials in Clay County

* Climate change and regional implications

The registration fee is $20 if paid by March 1. After March 1, the fee is $25. The fee includes a box lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Todd Weinman at (701) 241-5707 or Randy Nelson at (218) 299-7338.

Gov Dayton Announces Membership of Transportation Finance Advisory Committee

Feb. 23, 2012 - Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the members of the Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner’s Transportation Finance Advisory Committee. Governor Dayton announced the establishment of this group on January 12.

About the Advisory Group, Governor Dayton said, “After traveling the state and meeting with business owners across Minnesota over the past several months, I have been reminded of how essential transportation infrastructure is to business success in Minnesota. Workers need to be able to get to and from work, and businesses need to be able to get goods to and from their markets. We must either improve our transportation systems or else suffer the consequences of their decline. I have asked Commissioner Sorel to gather the best and the brightest minds together to help us find new, innovative ways to finance improving our transportation systems.”

The Advisory Committee will identify investment opportunities to support a thriving economy and a high quality of life for Minnesotans over the next twenty years, select and analyze the potential of various revenue sources and non-traditional approaches to transportation financing, as well as examine opportunities for public-private partnerships to invest in transportation improvements. The group will also help develop a strategic marketing plan to obtain public support for the investment plan and any additional steps needed to obtain the funding.

MnDOT will staff and facilitate the Advisory Committee meetings, according to MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. “We are bringing together a cross section of some the best in transportation and finance from across the state,” Sorel said. “The intellectual synergy of these people should lead us to some new ways of thinking about how we finance transportation in Minnesota. The group will prepare a written report of its recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by December 1, 2012.

Members of the Advisory committee and their affiliations include:
• Tom Sorel, Commissioner, MnDOT
• Mark Phillips, Commissioner, Department of Employment and Economic Development
• Susan Haigh, Chair, Metropolitan Council
• Cal Brink, Executive Director, Marshall, MN Chamber of Commerce
• Charlie Zelle, President and CEO, Jefferson Lines
• Dan Riley, Vice President, Property Development Operations, Target Corporation
• Art Rolnick, Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota (formerly with Federal Reserve)
• Corey Hoeppner, Director, RBC Capital Markets
• Shawn Mason, Mayor, International Falls, MN
• Adolph Ojard, Executive Director, Duluth Seaway Authority
• Shar Knutson, President, AFL-CIO
• Peter McLaughlin, Commissioner, Hennepin County
• Toni Carter, Commissioner, Ramsey County
• Harlen Madsen, Commissioner, Kandiyohi County

Four Minnesota state legislators, two from each house and selected by legislative leadership, will also serve on the group.

Andy "Spud" Wagner to be featured on "The Racing Life"

Ada resident and driver of the 3X Midwest Modified Andy "Spud" Wagner will be featured on a locally produced television show called "The Racing Life." The Racing Life take a behind the scenes look at the race car drivers and those who are involved. The episode featuring Wagner will air in HD this Saturday at 5pm on WDAY TV 6 in Fargo and WDAZ TV 8 in Grand Forks. KRJB's Mark Askelson interviewed Spud earlier this week on what it was like.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NDSU Barley Research and Risk Management Featured at Carrington Workshop

Barley research at North Dakota State University and the Carrington Research Extension Center will be highlighted during a workshop on Feb. 28 at the Carrington REC.

The workshop will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the program will start at 10.

Featured will be a presentation about a new risk management tool by Joe Christianson, Cargill Malt global risk management specialist. Other topics and speakers are:

Barley feed update - Vern Anderson, Carrington REC animal scientist

Disease review and management - Robert Brueggeman, NDSU barley pathologist

Production research review on weeds, fertility and rotations - Greg Endres, Carrington REC cropping specialist

New generation variety development in barley and small grains - Richard Horsley and Martin Hochhalter, NDSU barley breeding program

Barley quality in malting and brewing - Alberto Jimenez-Diaz, NDSU barley and malt quality project

Business of barley production - Steve Metzger, Carrington REC farm business management instructor and coordinator

Sponsors include the American Malting Barley Association Inc., Anheuser-Busch Inc., Cargill Malt, NDSU Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences, Malteurop North America Inc., MillerCoors, North Dakota Barley Council, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, NDSU Extension Service, Carrington REC and Rahr Malting Company.

The workshop, lunch and breaks are free but preregistration is requested. To preregister, contact Linda Schuster at (701) 652-2951 or or Karen Hertsgaard at (701) 231-5384 or

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Am Red Cross offers lifesaving courses in the F-M area

FARGO, N.D. (Feb. 21, 2012) — Each year, more than 5 million people learn lifesaving skills in American Red Cross training classes and people in the Fargo-Moorhead area, can join the ranks of these everyday heroes by taking a class now.

The First Aid and CPR/AED course teaches people how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses, as well as will be offered for specialization in pediatric lifesaving skills.

The Babysitter’s Training course will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants, as well as some tools to help them get started in their own babysitting business.

Caregiving skills take prospective young sitters from feeding to diapering and playtime to bedtime routines. Participants also learn how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.

Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines, feature hands-on skills practice and include 2 year certifications, free digital materials and skill refreshers. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.

Courses are subject to cancellation without notification. Advance registration is required.

Training Course Schedule

March/April 2012

Location: Minn-Kota Red Cross (2602 12th St. N., Fargo)

Adult CPR/AED Review - 3/13/2012 6:30-8:00pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
Pediatric CPR/AED Review - 3/12/2012 6:00-8:00pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
First Aid Review - 3/12/2012 8:00-9:30pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
First Aid Review - 3/15/2012 6:30-8:30pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
Adult/Ped CPR/AED & First Aid - 3/17/2012 9:00-3:30pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter . Cost $110.00
Adult CPR/AED Review - 3/22/2012 9:00-11:30am at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
First Aid Review - 3/22/2012 12:30-2:30pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
Babysitter’s Training - 4/7/2012 9:30-3:00pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost **$85.00
Pediatric CPR/AED Review - 4/16/2012 6:00-8:00pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
First Aid Review - 4/16/2012 8:00-9:30pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
Adult CPR/AED Review - 4/17/2012 6:30-8:30pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
First Aid Review - 4/19/2012 6:30-8:30pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid - 4/21/2012 9:00-3:30pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $110.00
Adult CPR/AED Review - 4/26/2012 9:00-11:00am at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00
First Aid Review - 4/26/2012 12:20-2:00pm at the Minn-Kota Chapter. Cost $55.00

Am Red Cross Offers Lifesaving Courses Grand Forks Area

FARGO, N.D. (Feb. 21, 2012) — Each year, more than 5 million people learn lifesaving skills in American Red Cross training classes and people in the Grand Forks area, can join the ranks of these everyday heroes by taking a class now.

The First Aid and CPR/AED course teaches people how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses, as well as will be offered for specialization in pediatric lifesaving skills.

The Babysitter’s Training course will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants, as well as so me tools to help them get started in their own babysitting business.

Caregiving skills take prospective young sitters from feeding to diapering and playtime to bedtime routines. Participants also learn how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.

Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines, feature hands-on skills practice and include 2 year certifications, free digital materials and skill refreshers. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.
Courses are subject to cancellation without notification. Advance registration is required.
Training Course Schedule March/April 2012

Location: East Grand Forks Red Cross (1708 River Road NW, EGF, MN)

CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Health Care Review - 3/3/2012 9:00-1:00pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $90.00

Pediatric CPR/AED Review - 3/5/2012 6:00-8:00pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

First Aid Review - 3/5/2012 8:00-9:30pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

Adult CPR/AED Review - 3/6/2012 6:00-8:00pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

Adult CPR/AED Review - 3/20/2012 6:00-8:00pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

Pediatric CPR/AED Review - 4/9/2012 6:00-8:00pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

First Aid Review - 4/9/2012 8:00-9:30pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

Adult CPR/AED Review - 4/10/2012 6:00-8:00pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

Babysitter’s Training - 4/14/2012 10:00-4:30pm at the Chapter Office. Cost *$85.00

CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Health Care Review - 4/21/2012 9:00-1:00pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $90.00

Adult CPR/AED Review - 4/24/2012 6:00-8:00pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

Am Red Cross offers Lifesaving Courses in Fergus Falls

FARGO, N.D. (Feb. 21, 2012) — Each year, more than 5 million people learn lifesaving skills in American Red Cross training classes and people in Fergus Falls, Minn.,can join the ranks of these everyday heroes by taking a class now.

The First Aid and CPR/AED course teaches people how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses, as well as will be offered for specialization in pediatric lifesaving skills.

The Babysitter’s Training course will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants, as well as some tools to help them get started in their own babysitting business.
Caregiving skills take prospective young sitters from feeding to diapering and playtime to bedtime routines.

Participants also learn how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.

Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines, feature hands-on skills practice and include 2 year certifications, free digital materials and skill refreshers. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.

Courses are subject to cancellation without notification. Advance registration is required.

Training Course Schedule March/April 2012

Location: Fergus Falls Red Cross (1008 Frontier Drive)

Babysitter’s Training - 3/3/2012 9:00-3:30pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $85.00

Adult CPR/AED Review - 3/15/2012 6:00-8:30pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

First Aid Review - 4/9/2012 4:30-6:00pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

Pediatric CPR/AED Review - 4/9/2012 6:00-8:30pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

Adult CPR/AED Review - 4/18/2012 6:00-8:30pm at the Chapter Office. Cost $55.00

F-M Comic-Con returns this Saturday

Fargo-Moorhead Comic-Con2 --the celebration of comics and popular culture!—returns this Saturday, February 25th from 10am-6pm at the American Legion Building in Downtown Fargo!

The event will feature:
DC/Marvel Comic Creator Joel “Mojo” Moen
DC/Marvel Comic Creator & Pinup Artist Tom Nguyen
Comic Creator Noel “Scotch” Anderson
Comics Artist Brad Thingvold

Fargo-Moorhead Comic-Con is the celebration of comics and popular culture in all media, be it print, film & TV, games, toys, art and much more! Last February, FMCC debuted with a great turnout during one of the coldest days of the winter but this year the weather is cooperating, so FMCC anticipates an even bigger event!
Highlights include local and regional vendors of all things comics and also assorted memorabilia, games sponsored by SECTION 9 CYBER CAFÉ and also an assortment of board and card games, panels and workshops, films and videos and a costume contest for kids and adults! Fun and activities are geared for all ages. The FMCC2 is sponsored by Rasmussen College, Paradox Comics and Section 9.

The FMCC2 has moved to the American Legion in downtown Fargo at 505 3rd Ave. North. Convenient parking right across the street or on the street (Saturdays have no ticketing!). The Legion will also have very affordable food and drink options available beginning at 11 am.

FMCC is presented by ValleyCon and Red River Science Fiction & Fantasy, a non-profit, educational event and organization. ValleyCon has been utilizing popular culture to promote literacy and generate funding for other area non-profits for over 30 years.

Doors open at 10am until 6pm, Saturday February 25th!

Admission is only $5 for everyone 13 and over; $3 for 5-12 and under 5 is free!

For more information, visit the FMCC2 website:

MN Secretary of State provides online redistricting info

St. Paul, Minn.—February 21, 2012—The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State is providing redistricting information at The online information includes:

• State redistricting maps

• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

• Redistricting timeline

• 2011 Redistricting Guide

“All Minnesotans appreciate the excellent work done by these judges who are devoted public servants,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

It is important to note that neither federal nor state candidates are required to live in the district in which they will run at this point in the election cycle. Residency requirements for candidates differ depending on the office they seek. State legislative candidates must reside in the district that they wish to represent by May 5, 2012 (six months before the election) and must be residents of the state for one year before the election (by November 5, 2011). Candidates for Congress do not have to ever reside in the district they seek to represent. They must be residents of the state on Election Day (by November 5, 2012), but do not have to be residents of the state before this date.

Residential address information for current legislators was provided on their affidavits of candidacy when they filed for office in 2010 including virtually all home addresses. Please note that candidates’ residential address information is private if they opted out of that requirement for security reasons as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 204B.06, Subd. 16, clause (c). Complete 2010 candidate filing information is available as a downloadable text file at:

Informational guides for candidates that include residency requirements and filing deadlines for major and minor parties are available at:

Monday, February 20, 2012

HCSCC receives grant for video project

Moorhead, Minn., Feb. 20, 2012 – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) received a $15,000 grant for a new video project titled, “Thirty Years after the Dream: The Hjemkomst Legacy”. This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the state of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

The purpose of the project is to record the stories of the crew and Asp family members and how the building and sailing of the ship has impacted their lives 30 years later. Prairie Public Television will coordinate the project, providing personnel and equipment, to record interviews and document the reunion and 30th anniversary celebration of the famous voyage of the Hjemkomst which will take place on July 21 at the Hjemkomst Center with a free open house noon to 5 p.m. Visitors will also be invited to record their Hjemkomst stories via a camera set up at the open house. A panel discussion with the crew and family will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Interviews will be transcribed and deposited in the Clay County Archives for preservation and future research.

For more information, please call 218-299-5511, or visit us online at or The Hjemkomst Center is located at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead, Minn.

MN Landscape Arboretum's Spring Expo

Chanhassen, MN (Feb. 20, 2012) - Get in gear for gardening! The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Spring Expo, planned for March 9-11, offers the latest and best gardening info from the experts. The expo is themed "Learning to Grow, Growing to Learn." Here's a glimpse at the schedule:

Friday, March 9: "Seeding the Future: Preserving Biodiversity One Garden at a Time" (1:30 p.m.) and "Seed Saving Primer" (2:30 p.m.), both led by Shannon Carmody of the Seed Savers Exchange. A maple syrup hike and "chat and chew" conversation follows from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 10: Author talks and book-signings of new gardening editions from the acclaimed Timber Press are scheduled: 10 a.m., Jeff Gillman, Meleah Maynard ("Decoding Gardening Advice"); 11:15 a.m., David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth ("What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?"); 1:30 p.m. Chuck Chapman ("Irises for the Cold Climate"); 2:45 p.m. Meleah Maynard ("Annuals and Perennials for Shade").

On Sunday, March 11: The following talks are planned: 10 a.m., Lynn Steiner (native plants); 11:15 a.m., U of M horticulture professor Dr. Mary Meyer (landscaping with grasses and sedges); 1:15 p.m., Arboretum pest expert Dan Miller (preventing/ managing garden pests) and at 2:30 p.m. horticulture grad student Luke Haggerty (choosing fruit-bearing shrubs and trees).

In addition to the above speakers, local plant societies, landscapers and garden stores will have displays showcasing the newest gardening trends, methods and products.

Participants have the choice of a three-day pass ($35 members/ $45 non-members) or a one-day pass ($20 for members and $25 for non-members). For a detailed agenda and to register visit: Or call 952-443-1422.

Student and School Arts Equipment Grants Available

Schools and high school students are all encouraged to apply for arts grants. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren is accepting applications for a variety of grants in literary, performing, and visual arts. The Arts Council serves the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau. Therefore organizations, schools, cities or individuals applying must be from those counties. Three grant programs have March 2012 postmark deadlines. They include our Legacy Arts Grants, Student Artist Training Mentorship Grants, and Arts Project Grants for school arts equipment.

The Legacy Arts Grant category is mainly geared towards funding non-profit arts organizations but other agencies and schools and perhaps even artists within our region can also apply. New outcome measurement tools for evaluation are part of this application process. Each app licant may apply for a maximum of $10,000.00 with a 10% cash match requirement. One-on-one assistance is available with the application form. Examples of projects already funded include a music recording studio at the Fosston Community Arts Center, a large metal sculpture in Roseau, and a variety of artists for a Cinco de Mayo Hispanic celebration in Crookston. Public art projects and proposals that bring about lifelong learning and access to the arts are encouraged. More examples of highlighted projects are on our web site at in the grants awarded section. The next deadline is March 1, 2012. If funds remain, additional deadlines will occur on the 1st of each month in this category.

Schools can apply right now for artistic equipment grants.

In the Arts Project Grant program we are holding a special Arts Equipment Grant deadline on March 1, 2012. Schools may apply for up to $3,000.00 for the purchase of artistic equipment for their music programs, visual art programs, theaters, or media arts programs. Schools must provide a 25% cash m atch.

High School Student Artist Grants for $500 also available.

March 15, 2012 will be the deadline for students to apply for $500.00 grants to attend a summer arts camp. Applications are available on-line or by calling 218-745-9111. Visual art students are also encouraged to enter our Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit. 1st Place student award is $300.00. The deadline is March 30 to submit to the call for entries. The form is on-line at in the exhibit section; or by emailing to request a form.

Mara Wittman will be holding a grant informational workshop at 3:00 pm in Warren on Monday, February 27, 2012. Please RSVP if you will be attending to (218) 745-9111 or

Application materials for all the grant programs are available from Mara Wittman, Arts Council Director, NWRDC, 115 South Main, Warren, MN 56762, (218) 745-9111 or through the agency website at in the grants section. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and by funds from The McKnight Foundation.

Essentia Heath - Ada welcomes husband/wife duo

Monday, February 20, 2012, Ada, MN – Essentia Health Ada is pleased to welcome Bantoo Sehgal, MD and Paulina Purnama, PA-C. Dr. Sehgal and Paulina Purnama are both part of the Essentia Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine department at our 32nd Avenue Campus in Fargo. Beginning February 20th they will be available to see patients at Essentia Health Ada.

Dr. Sehgal received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and completed an orthopedic surgery residency at New York Medical College. He recently fulfilled a fellowship in sports medicine at Kaiser Permanente Orange County in Irvine, CA. Dr. Sehgal is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sehgal specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, hip and elbow. His clinical focus is in advanced cartilage restoration and meniscus procedures. He also performs joint replacement surgery including shoulder arthroplasty and general fracture care.

Paulina received her physician assistant degree from St. John’s University in New York and is certified by the National Board on the Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She also holds certification as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

As an orthopedic & sports medicine provider, Paulina focuses on general orthopedics and sports medicine including sports injuries, basic trauma, knee arthritis and injury prevention.

Dr. Sehgal and Paulina reside in Fargo. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking, traveling, biking and snowboarding, reading and cooking.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sehgal or Paulina Purnama, please contact Essentia Health Ada at 701-784-2727.

Friday, February 17, 2012

20th Annual Aldrich C. Bloomquist Lectureship Set for March 21

David Thompson, Thompson Consulting and co-principal of Neighborhood Partners LLC, Davis, Calif., will be the featured speaker at the 20th annual Aldrich C. Bloomquist Lectureship on March 21 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

The presentation will take place at noon in the Executive and Board Room.

The lectureship is sponsored by the North Dakota State University Quentin N. Burdick Center for Cooperatives and Aldrich C. Bloomquist Endowment, which was established by the American Crystal Sugar Co.

Thompson has worked with cooperative organizations in the U.S., Britain and Japan, as well as the United Nations. He has visited cooperatives in more than 30 nations on five continents.

Thompson specializes in funding the capital needs of the cooperative business sector and low- income housing in the nonprofit and cooperative sectors. He has won numerous awards from the cooperative community.

Al Bloomquist was a longtime executive and president of American Crystal Sugar. The lecture series was established in recognition of his contributions to the company and the industry.

The lecture is free and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Greg McKee at by March 15.

Essentia Health - Ada welcomes new Occupational Therapist

Friday, February 17, 2012, Ada, MN – Essentia Health Ada is happy to announce that Jennifer Hamre has accepted the position of Occupational Therapist at the Ada campus.

Hamre is originally from the Hillsboro, North Dakota area. She completed her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota Medical School in May of 2009 and has three years experience in the healthcare industry; most recently, as Lead Occupational Therapist at Sanford Medical Center Mayville. She is registered and licensed in both Minnesota and North Dakota and has been certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy since June of 2009. Hamre is also a certified lymphedema therapist, educated in compression wrapping and manual lymph drainage techniques.

Jennifer’s areas of focus include orthopedics, neurological conditions, lymphedema treatment, home evaluations and adaptive equipment recommendations for increased independence. Her education and specialties will be a great asset to the Essentia Health Ada Therapy Department.

Jennifer resides near Caledonia, North Dakota with her husband, Brandon, and their two sons, Ross (23mo) and Emmett (4mo). Jennifer and her family enjoy traveling, do-it-yourself projects and home decorating.

For more information, please contact the Essentia Health Ada at 218-784-2727 or visit our blog at

Thursday, February 16, 2012

KRJB & KRJM to air FFA student interviews during National FFA Week




Tuesday, February 14, 2012

NDSU Sets Agricultural Outlook Conferences

Given the volatility of commodity markets and input costs, the North Dakota State University Extension Service has scheduled agricultural outlook conferences at Hettinger, Bismarck and Jamestown.

Several members of the NDSU Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics will be presenting.

Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension crops marketing specialist, will provide his
outlook on crop markets and how to manage price risks. Tim Petry, NDSU Extension livestock economist, will provide an outlook on livestock markets.

Dwight Aakre and Andy Swenson, NDSU Extension farm management specialists, will discuss a variety of topics, such as farmland economics, crop selection and input costs.

Dates and times of the conferences are:

Feb. 27 - Hettinger Research Extension Center, program from 12:30 p.m. to 4, lunch provided at noon for $5

Feb. 28 - Bismarck State College, Multipurpose Room in the Career Academy
Building, 9 a.m. to noon, farmland lease workshop 1 to 4 p.m., agricultural outlook conference

Feb. 29 - Jamestown, North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch provided

There is no fee for the conferences in Bismarck and Jamestown.

Equine-assisted Therapies Conference

North Dakota State University's Equine Science Program is co-hosting the
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) Region 6 conference in Fargo on March 9-11.

Riding on Angels' Wings (ROAW) of Felton, Minn., and the Serenity Therapeutic Equine Program of Minot also are co-hosts. The conference will be held at the Doublewood Inn in Fargo, with the barn track at the NDSU Equine Center.

"The fields of equine-assisted activities and therapies are growing rapidly," says Erika Berg, an assistant professor in NDSU's Animal Sciences Department and a conference co-organizer. "This conference provides an excellent, cost- effective opportunity to network, share knowledge and disseminate information on this exciting discipline."

NDSU offers minor and certificate programs in therapeutic horsemanship through a partnership with Minnesota State University Moorhead, ROAW and PATH Intl.

The conference is open to anyone with an interest in equine-assisted therapies.

Online registration ends Friday, Feb. 17, but on-site registration is available after that. Discounted registration is available for students. For the online link to this event or more information, contact Berg at

“Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo” at UMC Receives Grant

CROOKSTON, Minn. – A $10,000 grant awarded by the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council will support the fourth annual “Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo” at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event is slated for Saturday, April 21, 2011. The grant, offered through the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, helps support access and exposure to the arts in all corners of the region.

Area clubs or organizations interested in helping to support the “Fourth Annual Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo” are encouraged to contact Kenneth Mendez at 218-281-8329. Since the first celebration in 2009, the event was designed to honor the rich heritage of the Mexican people.

The goal of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the U of M, Crookston is to promote learning, understanding and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts, and cuisine. It is held in honor of Cinco de Mayo, a day that historically, represents the victory of Mexico over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and culturally, represents Mexican heritage and pride.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council serves the seven counties located in the northwest corner of the state. The Arts Council receives funding from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment from the Minnesota State Legislature. This allows the Arts Council to develop services and grant programs for arts access, arts learning, and folk and traditional arts. More information is available at

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor’s degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. “Small Campus.

Third Annual Horse Judging Open at UMC

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The third annual Horse Judging Open Invitational at the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been set for Friday, March 30, 2012, at the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC). Both youth and collegiate teams are eligible to participate. Individuals and four-member teams will compete in 4 halter classes and 4 performance classes with reasons given on 2 classes. The entry fee is $80 per team and $20 for an individual entry. Pre-registration is required by March 16, or late fees will apply. Payment is due by Friday, March 30 and should be made payable to UMC Equine Science. Concessions will be provided.

The Youth Division welcomes teams from 4-H clubs and FFA, as well as high school teams. The day begins with registration at 8 a.m. with competition beginning at 9 a.m. sharp. The four halter classes will run from 9-11 a.m. with a break at 11:15 a.m. for lunch. From 12-1:30 p.m., the four performance classes will be held followed from 2-4 p.m. by reasons. All competitions will take place in UTOC except students will be escorted to Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center for reasons. The day concludes at 4:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony in the arena in UTOC.

Awards will be given for each team division in halter, performance, and reasons, as well as the top overall teams. The top ten individuals will be awarded in each division along with overall individual awards. Entry fees cover the cost of the awards and official judges’ fees.

Visit and choose Department Activities for more information and to access the registration forms, or contact ADawn Melbye at 218-281-8125 (

Kragnes intersection to become four-way stop Feb. 15

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Motorists traveling on Highway 75 north of Moorhead will soon be required to stop at the Clay County Road 26 intersection, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

MnDOT is converting the intersection from a two-way stop to a four-way stop to improve safety. Northbound and southbound Highway 75 traffic will be required to stop at the intersection when the work is completed Wednesday, Feb. 15, weather permitting.

Motorists may encounter crews working at or near the intersection prior to Feb. 15 while they prepare for the conversion. Crews will add rumble strips to Highway 75 and the new stop signs and stop-ahead signs will be enhanced with flashing lights. Temporary message boards ahead of the intersection also will alert motorists while they become accustomed to the change.

MnDOT crews will add pavement markings to Highway 75 at a later date as weather permits.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Clean Water Fund investments on track according to state report

Minnesota agencies that receive Clean Water Fund dollars released their first collaborative report today, indicating the state is on track with its investments so far, although many challenges remain. The report helps Minnesotans understand connections between Clean Water funds invested, actions taken, and outcomes achieved in 2010-2011.

The eighteen measures in the report provide a snapshot of how CWF dollars are being spent and the progress that's been made. Of those eighteen, status and trends vary; however, six measures showed improving trends, seven were too early to assess, and one showed a declining trend.

To view the 2012 Clean Water Performance Report on the Internet, go to .

DNR names Forrest Boe director of Forestry Division

Tom Landwehr, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced today his selection of Forrest Boe as director of the DNR's Forestry Division.

For the past 29 years, Boe has worked for the DNR in numerous leadership positions, most recently as the deputy director of the Parks and Trails Division. He spent 20 years of his career in northern Minnesota with the agency's former Trails and Waterways Division.

"Forrest has a long track record at the DNR of working closely with industry groups and citizens on complex issues, including off-highway vehicle and recreational trail access in northern Minnesota," said Landwehr. "He has demonstrated outstanding leadership at every place he has worked within the agency."

One of Boe's first jobs during and after college was operating his own forestry business, which included tree planting and management. The business was inspired by his father, a DNR forester for 39 years.
"I've had an interest in forestry my entire life," Boe said. "I look forward to working with our extremely talented forestry staff."
Boe said one of his main goals will be to balance needs of the forestry industry with the environmental aspects of forestry.

As Forestry Division director, Boe will oversee a $70 million annual budget and a staff of 350 employees. The division is responsible for protecting people, property and natural resources from wildfire on 45.5 million acres of land in Minnesota. The division manages 4.2 million acres of state forest land for wildlife, timber and recreation.

Division staff works with the forest products industry to provide 30 percent of the industrial wood fiber used in the state. The division also works to prevent disease and insect infestation on forest lands, and offers forest management assistance and advice to private forest landowners.

Jack Rajala, owner of the Rajala Companies, a forest products company based in Bigfork, was among the panelists outside the DNR who interviewed candidates for the Forestry Division position. "I was very impressed with Forrest," Rajala said. "He brings a lot of enthusiasm and knows a lot about natural resources. He likes to keep learning and facing new challenges."

St. Louis County Land Commissioner Bob Krepps said he has worked with Boe on parks and trails issues over the past six years, and is confident Boe will work well with northern Minnesota counties on forestry issues. "Forrest has always been extremely open with us," Krepps said. "He has the personality to reach out."

Scott Dane, executive director of Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota, was also on the interview panel. "Two things really impressed me about Forrest. He has a long history of working for the DNR, which is extremely important. And secondly, he demonstrated a solid understanding of managing people. He has the management skills to bring the Division of Forestry together to do its job in the most efficient and professional manner."

Another panelist, Pete Aube, woodlands manager for the Potlatch Company, a forest products company, said, "He will bring energy and a different perspective to the position. I look forward to working with him on the substantial opportunities in Minnesota forestry."

Boe began his DNR career in 1983 as a development specialist on the Root River Trail. In 1986, he became area supervisor for the Trails and Waterways Division in Brainerd. He became the division's regional manager working out of Bemidji in 2001 and division director in 2006. When that division was merged with the Parks Division, Boe was appointed deputy director of the new Parks and Trails Division.

Boe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He lives in Hastings, Minn.

Take advantage of Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend Feb. 18-20

Minnesotans who want to introduce a child to ice fishing may want to take advantage of Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend Feb. 18-20. During those days resident anglers age 16 and older do not need a fishing license if they are accompanied by a child younger than age 16. This weekend is also an opportunity for kids to introduce an adult to ice fishing.

"Many kids now know how to make a jiggle stick and how to use it by attending our clinics or learning from classroom curriculum," said Roland Sigurdson, MinnAqua specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "For kids eager to fish, Feb. 18-20 could also be called take an adult ice fishing weekend."

Sigurdson encouraged anglers venturing out on the ice to be extra cautious given varying ice conditions throughout the state. The best way to determine ice conditions is to check with local bait shops or the county sheriff's office. DNR ice safety information is available at

Several Minnesota state parks are offering Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing opportunities during this special weekend. The clinics offer an indoor presentation on ice fishing safety, gear and techniques. Participants should dress for the weather because ice fishing will be among activities at most clinics. Kids will make their own jiggle sticks to take home.
Clinics are offered Saturday, Feb. 18, at Sakatah Lake State Park near Waterville, Scenic State Park near Bigfork, Bear Head Lake State Park near Ely, and Cloquet Middle School in Cloquet. Lake Bemidji State Park offers a Berrrmidji Kids' Ice Fishing event on Sunday, Feb. 19. Kids ages 8-15 can join the Lake Bemidji State Park naturalist for perch fishing on Lake Bemidji.

Participants must register for events by contacting the appropriate state park or MinnAqua staff at .

Tips for a successful ice fishing trip are available online at

An educational podcast about ice fishing featuring Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring coordinator, and Mike "Smitty" Smith of "Ice Team" is at

64th Flax Institute Set for March 29-30

The 64th Flax Institute will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 29-30, at the Doublewood Inn in Fargo.

North Dakota State University has been the lead university in organizing the biennial Flax Institute.

The aim of the Flax Institute is to bring together national and international researchers with an interest in flax to share and learn about flax research. More than 20 presentations will be given by researchers from Canada, China, Pennsylvania and South and North Dakota.

A tour, poster session, exhibits and dinner will provide added learning and networking opportunities.

The topics covered during the event include breeding flax, agricultural production, use of flax in food products, using flax fibers for industrial purposes and human health effects of consuming flax.

Those interested in scientific presentations are encouraged to attend the institute's meeting.

Registration for the event will start at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, with the program starting at 8:15 a.m. On Friday, March 30, the program will run from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hans Kandel, NDSU broadleaf agronomist and president of the Flax Institute, invites participants to share information informally about their interest in flax during the dinner on Thursday evening.

The institute will conclude with a short business meeting after lunch on Friday. Cliff Hall, NDSU associate professor and vice president of the 64th Flax Institute, will provide a tour of the NDSU food science laboratory and talk about flax food research taking place at the university.

In 2011, 196,000 acres of flax were harvested in North Dakota, which is 87.5 percent of all the flax acres planted in the U.S. Flax has gained in popularity as a food source because of its beneficial characteristics.

There is a registration fee of $125 for the event to cover the breaks, lunch, dinner and scientific proceedings. Registration can be completed online at
or contact Lisa at the NDSU Plant Sciences Department at (701) 231-7122.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Trail County Relay for Life Kick Off Event Set for February 25th!!

Relay for Life Kick-Off Event
Pancake Breakfast
Free Will Offering
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Hillsboro Event Center, Hillsboro ND
9:00 am – noon
**Teams will get $25 off registration, Door Prizes, Survivor Registration for Reception at Relay Event**

Traill County Relay For Life 2012 is scheduled for June 1st/2nd
at the Hillsboro Event Center.

To join Relay For Life in your community, call 1-701-430-9588, or visit

Skalmusik to perform at several area librarys today and tomorrow.

Founded in 1990, Skålmusik (pronounced Skoalmusik) of Brainerd, Minnesota is a five piece ensemble that performs traditional Scandinavian and Scandinavian/American dance and vocal music. Native Midwesterners often remark that Skålmusik really know how to “put the ‘yump’” in their tunes! They have toured widely in the Midwest and beyond, playing at a variety of events including ethnic festivals, community celebrations, state fairs, and, of course, old time dances.

Friday, February 10
10:00 a.m. – Climax Community Center
2:00 p.m. – Fertile Library
6:30 p.m. – Shelly LINK Site

Saturday, February 11
10:30 a.m. – Mahnomen Library
1:00 p.m. – Ada Library
7:00 p.m. – Rothsay Community Center

These events are free and open to all.

Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

Here's a recording of Skalmusik performing "Archie's Polka"

Thursday, February 9, 2012

State One Act Play Festival Results

After watching, listening, and then individually critiquing eight Class A dramatic productions, a panel of judges rated three of them “starred performances” on Thursday, Feb. 9, during the 2012 State One Act Play Festival sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The two-day festival is conducted at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium on the St. Catherine University campus in St. Paul. Eight productions by Class AA schools will be staged Friday, Feb. 10.

The top eight Class A productions from across the state took the stage throughout the day. The three schools whose performances were cited for “starred performances” were (in order of performance) Belle Plaine for The Invasion of Earth as It Began in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, St. Charles for The Man in the Bowler Hat, and East Central of Sandstone/Askov for Juda’s Daughter. The other participating Class A high schools were Wadena-Deer Creek, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Sauk Centre, Roseau, and St. Croix Lutheran of West St. Paul.

Representing Section 2, Belle Plaine’s “starred performance” of The Invasion of Earth as It Began in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey by J.R. Mimbs was directed by Tony Hartmann and Peter Jacobson. For four different groups of people awaiting the radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds in 1938, things go horribly awry when a news report indicates that aliens may have invaded Grover's Mill, New Jersey. As fears set in, concerns over money, conspiracies, faith, and self-defense come to a head and panic builds as everyone struggles to decide what to do next. But what if things are not necessarily as they seem? In the face of a possible catastrophe, everyone must discover what is important in their lives. The school was making its 10th appearance and earned its ninth “starred” rating. The school earned previous “starred” ratings in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. Cast members were Aiden Winterfeldt, Kyle O'Brien, Nick Johnson, Tyler Fatz, Cassidy Pumper, Erin Winters, Mitchell Farmer-Lies, Kyeanna Pickar, Kali Gorman, Jake Hartmann, Kelly Morrison, Matthew Ludvik, Laura Schaefer, Patrick Selly, Dylan O'Brien, Rylee Pumper, and Alec Lroenz. Bren Preusser, Andrew Winterfeldt, and Mikhayla Clausen provided support.

Representing Section 1, St. Charles’ “starred performance” of The Man in the Bowler Hat was written by A. A. Milne and directed by Theodore Derby. The school was making its ninth appearance and earned its fifth “starred” rating. This is the story of a stuffy upper-class British couple just aching for some excitement in their lives. Enter a lusty young couple, a pair of crafty villains, and of course the mysterious Man in the Bowler Hat, and the thrills may just bowl the prim couple over. The Man in the Bowler Hat is a witty comedy from one of the world's most beloved authors. Cast members were Ethan Mundt, Ashley Paladie, Kasey Mihalovic, Adam Muschler, Rachel Storey, Mitchell Jones, Laura Kramer, Jack Roessler, Anthony Paladie, and Annalise Gall. Support personnel were Ben Krause, Alexis Persons, Jessica Mueller, Abby Forbes, Catelyn Holm, Ashley Thorpe, Sadie Davis, Mariah Bell, Terrel McDermott, and Jaclyn Storey. The Saints earned previous “starred” ratings in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007.

Representing Section 7, East Central’s “starred performance” of Judah’s Daughter by Jules Tesca was directed by Kathleen M. Ebnet and Richard Ebnet. East Central, which includes the communities of Sandstone and Askov, was making its sixth festival appearance and earned its fourth “starred” rating. The school earned its other top ratings in 1989, 2002, and 2004. This production, set in late 15th-century Venice and Verona, hinges on Judah and his daughters. The story of one daughter, legitimate and raised as an orthodox Jew, and the other, illegitimate and raised as a Christian, is a family tragedy. Cast members were Stuart Lourey, Rowan Hilty, Joyce Domogalla, Colton Lourey, Dannielle Yaste, Phillip Jansen, Bailey Beckman, Keith Rolston, Rene' Nelson, Kasha Wallace, and Sami Yocum. Support personnel included Amanda Downs, Kirsten Ecklund, McKinley Larson, and Chelsea Lourey.

The Minnesota State High School League State One Act Play Festival does not involve direct competition. Judges rate the plays according to specific criteria, including pace, blocking, costuming, and projection of the play’s meaning. Each production is limited to 10 minutes of stage preparation and 35 minutes of actual performance.

The judges consult after each production and then openly critique each in front of the cast, crew, and audience. “Starred performance” ratings are determined by private balloting of the judges. One school from each of eight sections in each class gets to perform at the state level. Two hundred and eighty-one teams participated in One Act Play this season, 194 in Class A and 87 in Class AA.

Each cast and crew member involved with these three productions was also presented a Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence recognition pin. This is a fine arts recognition award created by Wells Fargo, the League’s premier sponsor, in cooperation with the League. The casts and crews were also awarded a handsome acrylic trophy incorporating the Spotlight on the Arts logo.

Eight Class AA troupes will present their productions on Friday, Feb. 10 at 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4 p.m.

NCE School Counselor seeks unwanted guitars

NCE School Counselor Rhoda Habedank is seeking used and unwanted guitars to help give students a chance to learn how to play the guitar. Rhoda has always had a guitar in her office and believes music is a great way for kids to connect with their emotions and feel comfortable expressing them. She has handfuls of kids that come into her office everyday because they get a chance to learn for free. Rhoda's goal is for every kid that wants one to have a guitar lesson before they graduate. However she needs more guitars so that the kids have something they can borrow to practice on in their own time. She is seeking used, and unwanted guitars that people have laying around. She will pay up to $25, but would like people to donate and is promising they will get put to good use. If you would like to offer her a guitar or would like more information, contact Rhoda at the NCE High School at 218-584-5151.

Here's an audio clip of one of Rhoda's songs that she wrote.

Mark Askelson
R & J News

Region 8A "Triple A" Award Winners

Winners of the Triple A (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) Awards for Region 8A were announced.

Congratulations to Samantha Lee from Win-E-Mac High School and Davis Mills from Stephen-Argyle Central High School for being named winners from Region 8A

Samantha and Davis will now advance to the State Triple A competition. They will both be honored at the Target Center in Minneapolis during the State Boys Basketball Tournament.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Super Pooper Scooper School Set

The North Dakota State University Extension Service, with assistance from the North Dakota Department of Health, will host three daylong workshops on nutrient management.

The dates and locations for the Super Pooper Scooper School are:

* Feb. 29, Dickinson Research Extension Center

* March 1, Teddy's Restaurant, Edgeley

* March 2, Dakota Farmers, Rugby

The programs will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

Topics for the schools are containment pond management; containment pond irrigation systems; euthanasia practices; animal mortality, heat stress, air quality and pen management; an update on concentrated animal feeding operation regulations; manure nutrient management plans; and drug withdrawal.

Speakers for the workshops will vary by location. They are Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist; Charlie Stoltenow, NDSU Extension veterinarian; Karl Hoppe and John Dhuyvetter, NDSU Extension area livestock systems specialists; Chris Augustin, NDSU Extension area nutrient management specialist; Larry Schnell, Stockmen's Livestock Exchange general manager; Lori Frank, Barnes County Watershed coordinator; E.J. Habrock, K-line Irrigation regional representative; Terry Kemmet, K&K Well Drilling certified well driller; Jesse Vollmer, North Dakota Department of Agriculture assistant state veterinarian; Scott Ressler, North Dakota Stockmen's Association environmental services director; Jim Semerad, North Dakota Health Department, Division of Air Quality; and Karl Rockeman, North Dakota Health Department, Division of Water Quality.

"The Super Pooper Scooper School will be a great learning opportunity for livestock producers," Augustin says.

The schools are free of charge but registration is required. To register, contact Augustin at (701) 652-2951 or


NDSU Agriculture Communication - Feb. 8, 2012

:Source: Chris Augustin, (701) 652-2951,
:Editor: Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,

UMC named to "Best Value Colleges: 2012 edition"

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota, Crookston has been named to the Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition.”

The list of best value colleges, announced Tuesday, February 7, 2012 on the Princeton Review website and in USA TODAY, features 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities. The U of M, Crookston was listed among the 75 “Best Value Public Colleges.” The annual list is a project the education services company launched in 2004 identifying America's top undergraduate schools offering excellent academics, generous financial aid, and/or relatively low cost of attendance.

The Princeton Review bases its rankings on surveys of administrators and students at 650 institutions it identified as having excellent academics. The selection criteria examined more than 30 factors in the areas of academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, using data from surveys conducted from fall 2010 through fall 2011. This year's list included colleges in 37 states and the District of Columbia, with California having the most schools represented: 19. Fifty-six colleges, including the U of M, Crookston, are new to the list this year.

Using institutional data and the student opinion surveys collected, the Princeton Review selected its “Best Value” list based on data supplied by more than 650 colleges. The top schools were chosen based on academics, the cost of attending, and the amount of aid provided to students. The Princeton Review asserts some of the high-tuition schools on the list keep out-of-pocket costs down by offering generous financial aid packages.

More than 30 data points were assessed across three primary areas: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. Cost and financial aid data along with academic data came from the Company's surveys of school administrators. The Princeton Review also factored in data from surveys of students attending the schools who shared assessments of their professors and their satisfaction with their financial aid awards.

4 colleges in MINNESOTA made the list of 150
Crookston / University of Minnesota – Crookston
Minneapolis / University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Northfield / Carleton College
St. Paul / Macalester College

No North Dakota colleges were named to the list this year.

In recent years, the U of M, Crookston has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition including being named in the top three in the U.S.News and World Report “Top Public Regional Colleges” and the their inaugural Top Online Education Program rankings.
Another important feature of the Crookston campus is its "one-rate" tuition, which maintains the same rate for students from any state or country as for Minnesota resident students.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

UMC Chancellor search

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (2/7/2012) – University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration Robert Jones have launched a national search for a new chancellor of the Crookston campus.

University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Chancellor Charles H. Casey will retire on June 30, 2012, following seven years at the post.

President Kaler and Jones have appointed Bill Peterson, professor in UMC’s Department of Math, Science and Technology, along with Carol Carrier, special assistant to the senior vice president for System Academic Administration and professor in the Department of Organizational Learning, Policy and Development on the Twin Cities campus, to co-chair the search committee.

Other search committee members are:
• Alisha Aasness, undergraduate student, UMC, and president, Crookston Student Association
• Sue Brorson, professor and head, Department of Business, UMC
• Pam Elf, associate professor, Department of Math, Science, and Technology, UMC
• Stephanie Helgeson, department director, Department of Athletics, UMC
• Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, associate professor, Department of Liberal Arts and Education, UMC
• Denis Maier, assistant professor, Department of Business, UMC
• Harouna Maiga, associate professor, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UMC
• Roger Moe, former majority leader, Minnesota Senate, and president, National Strategies, Inc.
• Albert Sims, associate professor and director of operations, Northwest Research and Outreach Center, Crookston
• Pete Wasberg, director of human resources and safety, Otter Tail Power Co., and chair, UMC Advisory Council
• Deb Zak, regional director, University of Minnesota Extension, Crookston

The search committee aims to develop as rich and diverse a candidate pool as possible, and invites both nominations and applications for the position. The search committee’s goal is to name the next Crookston chancellor this summer.

“The Crookston campus strengthens the University and the state as a vital hub for applied research, teaching and outreach in Northwestern Minnesota,” said Jones. “President Kaler and I seek a visionary leader for UMC who will build on Chancellor

Casey’s significant accomplishments – including new degree programs, enrollment gains, increased diversity and technological innovation.”

For more information about the search, please go to

State One Act Play Festival

What happens when people think aliens have invaded Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, in 1938? How have women’s roles in war evolved over time? What transpires when a servant promises to help two young men who have fallen in love with penniless beauties? What happens when a school shooting shatters an Amish community? These are a few of the topics that will play themselves out on stage during the 2012 State One Act Play Festival.

Scores of the state’s most promising actors and actresses will take to the stage performing 16 one act plays this Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10, at St. Catherine University’s O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul during the 64th annual festival.

Eagan leads all qualified schools by making its 18th festival appearance, while Belle Plaine, which is making its 10th appearance, is the leader among Class A schools. Eagan also leads all schools in “starred performances,” and is hoping to earn its 17th this year. White Bear Lake Area is the only school making its debut appearance at this year’s festival.

Thursday’s festival-opening production will be Relativity by Wadena-Deer Creek High School and the day concludes with Judah’s Daughter by East Central High School of Finlayson. The other Class A selections to be presented on Thursday are Chipped, The Invasion of Earth as it Began in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, The Man in the Bowler Hat, Occupy Spoon River, Women and War, and Variations on a Theme.

The curtain opens on Friday with Equus by Minnetonka High School and the day’s concluding play will be Property Rites by Cambridge-Isanti High School. The other Class AA productions scheduled on Friday are Of Mice and Men, Scapin, Stop Kiss, The Amish Project, Interview, and Radium Girls.

The plays are limited to no more than 35 minutes, following a maximum 10-minute stage set-up. Total cast and crew cannot exceed 20 students.

It is a festival — not a competition. However, each production will be judged and publicly critiqued immediately following each performance. Each cast will attempt to achieve an exceptional rating known as a “starred performance.” In 2011, for example, eight of the 16 plays, five from Class AA and three from Class A, were awarded “starred performance” ratings.

The Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence will also be presented at the 2012 festival, a unique form of recognition for fine arts participants created by Wells Fargo, the League’s premier corporate sponsor, in cooperation with the League. Each cast and crew member of schools earning a “starred performance” rating will receive a handsome acrylic trophy incorporating the Spotlight on the Arts logo.

The Class A schools participating this year (including number of appearances and * starred performance years) are: Wadena-Deer Creek (ninth; * in 1998, 2001, ’02, ’06, and ’07); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (third; * in 1999; Tyler made one additional appearance in 1949); Belle Plaine (10th; * in 1993, ’97, ’99, 2000, ’07, ’08, ’09, and ’11); St. Charles (ninth; * in 2003, ’04, ’06, and ’07); Sauk Centre (seventh; * in 1975, ’76, and 2007); Roseau (fourth); St. Croix Lutheran, West St. Paul (second; * in 2005); and East Central, Finlayson (sixth; * in 1989, 2002, and ’04).

The Class AA schools participating this year (including number of appearances and * starred performance years) are: Minnetonka (eighth; * in 1969, 2003,’06, ’08, ’09, ’10, and ’11); Eagan (18th; * in 1991, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2000, ’01, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’10, and ’11); Delano (10th; * in 1981, ’83, ’87, 1990, ’95, ’96, and 2007); Eastview, Apple Valley (eighth; * in 1998, 2002, ’03, ’07, ’09, ’10, and ’11); Buffalo (15th; * in 1973, 1982, ’86, 1997, ’99, 2002, and ’05); Moorhead (ninth; * in 2007); White Bear Lake Area (first); and Cambridge-Isanti (third; Cambridge made two additional appearances in 1953 and 1981).

Here is the schedule of the performances:

Class A — Thursday, Feb. 9
Section / School /Play /Time
6 Wadena-Deer Creek : Relativity - An Original Production 9:15am
3 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton : Chipped by Forrest Musselman 10:00am
2 Belle Plaine : The Invasion of Earth as it Began in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey by J.R. Mimbs 11:00am
1 St. Charles : The Man in the Bowler Hat by A. A. Milne 11:45am
5 Sauk Centre : Occupy Spoon River by Margaret Kitterman & Doug Kampsen 1:30pm
8 Roseau : Women and War by Jack Hilton Cunningham 2:15pm
4 St. Croix Lutheran, West St. Paul : Variations on a Theme by Ed Monk 3:15pm
7 East Central, Finlayson : Judah’s Daughter by Jules Tesca 4:00pm

Class AA — Friday, Feb. 10
Section / School / Play /Time
6 Minnetonka : Equus by Peter Shaffer 9:15am
3 Eagan : Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 10:00am
2 Delano : Scapin by Bill Irwin & Mark O’Donnell, adapted from Moliere 11:00am
1 Eastview, Apple Valley : Stop Kiss by Diana Son 11:45am
5 Buffalo : The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey 1:30pm
8 Moorhead : Interview by Jean-Claude Van Itallie 2:15pm
4 White Bear Lake Area : Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory 3:15pm
7 Cambridge-Isanti : Property Rites by Alan Haehnel 4:00pm

The public is invited to attend the 2012 Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Festival. Admission is $10.00 per four-play session for students and adults, and there are two sessions per day. A daily pass is available for $15.00 per day.

O’Shaughnessy Auditorium is located at 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul.


PERHAM – Arvig has begun a search for scholarship candidates, according to David Arvig. If selected, candidates will receive a one-time $2,000.00 scholarship from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation.

Local telecom companies participating in the MTA’s scholarship program are approaching high schools in their serving areas looking for potential scholarship winners. To be eligible, applicants must be attending post secondary education at either a university, college or technical college, be a Minnesota resident, and the applicant’s family must subscribe to at least one service from Arvig. A telecom alliance panel reviews each application and selects the finalists based on applicants’ grades, academic achievements and extra-curricular activities. Preference to receive the scholarships is given to students who have an interest in telecommunications technology and rural communities.

Students and their families can obtain more information by contacting Arvig or by going to:

“We’re happy to have this chance to make an investment in our community by helping young people get a technical or college education” says David Arvig. “It makes us all proud when one of the statewide winners is selected from our area.”

Applications must be submitted to Arvig, Attention: Josie Winkels, 218.346.8213,, by March 2, 2012.

The Foundation is part of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, a trade association representing over 80 telecommunications providers in the state.

Monday, February 6, 2012

DNR, NWTF mentored youth turkey applications due soon

The application deadline is midnight Monday, Feb. 13 for first-time youth turkey hunters, ages 12 to 17, who are looking to go afield this spring and learn from an experienced National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) volunteer, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Participants will be selected through a random lottery. Applications, maps and general information for the wild turkey hunt are available online at

This is the 10th consecutive year DNR and NWTF have cooperated to provide opportunities for first-time youth turkey hunters. More than 1,500 youth have been introduced to this unique hunting experience since spring youth turkey hunts began in 2002.

Most hunts will occur April 21-22, which is the first weekend of the regular wild turkey season. Nearly all youth will hunt on private land thanks to the generosity of private landowners and the NWTF volunteers who obtained permission.

To be eligible, a youth hunter must be age 12 to 17 on or before April 21; have a valid firearms safety certificate; and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The program is for first-time turkey hunters only. Any youth who has ever purchased or been selected by lottery for a Minnesota turkey license of any type is not eligible.

Hunters and their mentors will be assigned a NWTF volunteer coach, who must accompany both the youth and parent or guardian throughout the entire hunt.

Participation in the hunts is only restricted by the number volunteers and private lands that are available. People who have an interest in providing quality turkey hunting land for the mentored youth hunts should contact a NWTF chapter online at

DNR looking for safe and responsible hunter mentors

People who have paid attention to recent outdoors newspaper, magazine and television stories may have noticed pictures of beaming youths following a successful hunt. What’s often missing from the picture is the young hunter’s mentor who made such a successful experience possible.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in need of additional mentors to serve as guides for its safety training programs, particularly the “All Day Range and Field Day” portion of the hunter firearms safety course found at

“The time shared between a youngster and a mentor is invaluable,” said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Division safety education coordinator. “There simply is no better way to introduce a young person to safe, ethical and responsible aspects of hunting than with the close supervision of an adult mentor.”

Mentors work for about five hours with a group of three to four students, ages 11-15, facilitating, mentoring and evaluating students as they complete hunter-based scenarios that include big game, small game and turkey hunting, as well as shoot/don't shoot, tree stand safety, outdoor survival, firearms transportation, common firearm action types, blaze orange and more.

Knowledge of various hunting activities and knowledge of the principles of safe, responsible and ethical hunting are required. Mentors also need to understand basic principles of mentorship and facilitation of “Range and Field Day” scenarios taught at instructor certification training sessions. More information is at

Mentor applicants must be 18 years or older and pass a background check. Prior to attending an instructor training session, applicants must complete instructor prerequisites listed at Certification sessions are conducted by DNR trainers when and where there is a need.

People are encouraged to complete the instructor prerequisites as soon as possible, so they will be prepared when a convenient training session is offered.

More information is available by contacting the DNR Enforcement Education Program staff at Camp Ripley,15011 Highway 115, Little Falls, MN 56345. People also can call 800-366-8917 or send an email to

A list of current instructor training certification sessions, locations and dates is available at

Nonresident Off-Road Vehicle Trail Pass now available

Trail passes for nonresident off-road vehicles (ORV) are now available, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Nonresidents operating an ORV on state or grant-in-aid trails must possess a trail pass and display it on the machine where it can be easily seen. This pass is not required if the machine is registered in Minnesota, or if the ORV is operated on private property that is owned by the operator’s spouse, parent or child.

Nonresident one-year and three-year ORV trail passes are now available for sale through game and fish Electronic Licensing System (ELS) agents. A one-year ORV trail pass is $21 and the three-year ORV trail pass is $31. Duplicates are available for $2.50. ELS has three options for buying passes and duplicates: online, by phone or in person.

For more information or to buy a pass:
• Visit the DNR website at
• Call 888-665-4236 (888-MNLicense) any time, seven days a week. Callers will receive a license identification number that will be valid until they receive the pass in the mail. All purchases must be made by credit card. A $3.50 convenience fee will be charged for each transaction.
• Find game and fish ELS locations at

Friday, February 3, 2012


ST. PAUL — Public safety officials are reminding Minnesota motorists to designate a sober driver before the coin toss on Super Bowl Sunday to avoid the dangers and consequences of a DWI.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, during Super Bowl Sunday, 2006¬–2010:

• Of the nine traffic deaths, four were alcohol-related. This 44 percent rate of alcohol-related fatal crashes is higher than the state’s annual average of more than 30 percent.

• 1,201 motorists arrested for DWI.

“For any night you plan on celebrating, get in the habit of planning for a sober ride home,” says Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol. “To stop preventable traffic deaths we need everyone to avoid the risk of driving impaired and always buckle up.”

Each year in Minnesota, alcohol-related crashes account for more than one-third of the state’s total traffic deaths (an average of 160 annual deaths in last five years) and 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI.

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time. Stronger sanctions are in effect for all repeat DWI offenders, as well as for motorists arrested for a first-time DWI with an alcohol-concentration level of 0.16 and above. Under these sanctions, DWI offenders must use ignition interlock for at least a year or face at least one year without driving privileges. Interlock requires the driver to provide a breath sample under 0.02 for the vehicle to start.

Keys to the Game
• Have a game plan — plan for a safe ride: Designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration.
• Make the call — report impaired driving: Call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Witnesses must be prepared to provide location, license plate and observed dangerous behavior.

DWI enforcement and education is a component of the state’s core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

BBB Video contest open to students in MN and ND

Saint Paul, MN – February 2, 2012 – The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) invites high school and college students in Minnesota a nd North Dakota to be a part of their “Lighting the Way” Centennial Celebration by entering the Ethics: Uploaded video contest. Students (and student groups) will be asked to consider how the decisions they make each day impact their lives, as well as their futures, and then submit short videos which demonstrate the value of ethics.

One of the goals of the BBB’s Centennial, which marks 100 years of promoting ethical business practices and nurturing a marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other, is to increase awareness and start a dialogue about the importance of marketplace ethics today.

“Events like the Ethics: Uploaded video contest and our upcoming Ethics Summit on April 17 are geared towards today’s students and young consumers,” said BBB President and CEO Dana Badgerow. “We want to highlight the importance of making ethical decisions. We also want to hear their voices, their visions. After all, these are our future business and community leaders.”

Interested students are asked to explain, in original videos 30 seconds to 3 minutes long, what ethics means to them and their peers. Video style and narrat ive is open, and creativity is encouraged. Contestants may produce their videos on any device they wish, including cell phones or Flip cameras. Entries will be judged by a panel of independent judges and scholarship prizes will be awarded for the best videos.

Submissions will be accepted beginning Thursday, March 1 with an upload deadline of 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. All videos must be uploaded to the BBB’s YouTube channel for consideration ( Each contestant must provide contact information on the submission website. A brief (50 words or less) introductory paragraph may be submitted but is not required.

Video categories/Winning Prizes:
High School (grades 9-12) individual / $1,250 scholarship

High School (grades 9-12) group/club / $1000 Best Buy gift card

College individual (undergraduate or graduate levels) / $1,250 Best Buy gift card

College group/club (undergraduate or graduate levels) / $1,000 Best Buy gift card

Contest rules:
This contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 and to college students at any level. Entries will be placed into one of two categories: individual and group or club. A group or club entry must be from an official sanctioned club or organization.

The independent panel will evaluate videos for clarity of message, impact, production value and relevance to the theme of ethics. Videos become property of the Better Business Bureau and can be used by the BBB and its partners at its discretion. Visit to see full contest rules.