Thursday, June 27, 2013

Campsites still available at Minnesota state parks for Fourth of July weekend

Despite statewide storm damage from severe weather last week, Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are open and campsites are still available Fourth of July weekend, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

“Storms knocked out power and trees at a number of our state parks,” said Parks and Trails Division Director Courtland Nelson. “But the lights are back on, debris is being cleaned up and parks are open for business. Our staff is ready for a busy holiday weekend. I encourage you to plan a visit to a state park or trail today.”

Up to a third of the campsites at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are nonreservable and available to campers on a first-come, first-served basis. In state forests, all campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The following state parks, all within 100 miles of the Twin Cities, had at least 10 reservable campsites remaining for the holiday weekend as of June 24:

  • Carley State Park (near Rochester), a spot to hike and trout fish amid wildflowers and white pines along the Whitewater River.
  • Flandrau State Park (New Ulm), with overlooks along the Big Cottonwood River, hiking and a filtered sand-bottom swimming pool.
  • Minneopa State Park (Mankato), where highlights include waterfalls and panoramic views.
  • Myre-Big Island State Park (Albert Lea), with rental canoes and kayaks available for exploring Albert Lea Lake, a haven for waterfowl, and the 6-mile paved Blazing Star State trail, which connects to Albert Lea.
  • Rice Lake State Park (Owatonna), which has a variety of songbirds to observe while paddling the lake or hiking the park’s 5 miles of trails.
  • St. Croix State Park (Hinckley), the state’s largest state park, with 34,000 acres bordered by the St. Croix and Kettle rivers, a swimming beach, a fire tower, 21 miles of mountain bike trails and a 5.5-mile paved bike trail.
  • Sakatah Lake State Park (near Faribault), a place to boat and bike, with access to the 39-mile paved Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail that runs through the park.

Many campsites are available at state parks further from the metro area including:

  • In the southwest, Big Stone Lake and Camden state parks.
  • In the central region, Charles A. Lindbergh State Park.
  • In the southeast, Forestville/Mystery Cave and Great River Bluffs state parks.
  • In the northwest, Red River SRA, Hayes Lake, Lake Bronson, Maplewood, Old Mill and Zippel Bay state parks.
  • In the northeast, Scenic and Schoolcraft state parks.

Several group camps are available for campers planning family reunions or traveling with friends. These have space for multiple tents and can be reserved for $50-$125 per night.

A vehicle permit ($5/one-day or $25/year-round) is required to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.

Camping or lodging reservations can be made be made up to a year in advance by visiting or by calling toll-free 866-857-2757, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Now is the time to take a hunter safety course

With the fall hunting seasons just around the corner, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges hunters to sign up now for a hunter education class.

"Though classes are held throughout the year, their numbers peak in the summer and early fall," said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Division education program coordinator. "So now is the time to sign up and complete a course, because once the hunting season gets rolling, it might be too late."

Besides ensuring the ability to hunt this year, taking the class sooner rather than later means more time for scouting hunting locations, sighting-in rifles, practicing shotgun skills and securing permission to hunt on private lands.

Minnesota hunters born after Dec. 31, 1979, must take a DNR hunter education firearms safety training course and receive a certificate of completion before buying a license for big or small game.

Classes are taught by
DNR certified volunteers in their local communities. Students, depending on their age, have a few options to become certified. Regardless of which option they choose the course provides them with basic safe firearms handling skills, wildlife identification, outdoor skills and responsibility that accompanies hunting and firearms use.

Classes fill-up fast. To find a class, visit, 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

Heavy rains lead to more mosquitoes this summer in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 27, 2013)–Mosquitoes are especially abundant this summer because of heavy rainfall and increased moisture in the environment.

University of Minnesota Extension entomologist Jeff Hahn explains mosquito larvae live in small pools of water. Increases in rainfall lead to more mosquito breeding grounds. Although rain cannot be controlled, there are many steps Minnesotans can take to combat mosquitoes.

  • Mosquitoes avoid direct sunlight They are more common during early morning and evening as well as cloudy days. Try to avoid these times when possible.
  • Draining small child pools, clogged gutters and other small pools of water prevents your yard from turning into a mosquito breeding ground. "If you have something that collects water, dump it or drain it," Hahn says.
  • Put a thin layer of vegetable oil on water that cannot be drained (like rain buckets and bird baths) to suffocate the larvae and stop mosquito breeding. Also, keep weeds and grasses from getting tall.

It is important to protect your skin when you are outside.

"Repellent is a good first line of defense," says Hahn, who recommends using sprays, such as DEET or picaridin on your body and clothes. Also, covering your skin with long sleeves and long pants is an effective method of preventing bites.

Alternative and homemade methods of mosquito prevention are minimally effective, if at all, Hahn says. Citronella candles, ultrasound repellents, or insect zappers will not reduce the amount of bites you get outside, even if you catch a few mosquitoes. In the case of bug zappers you may even end up attracting more insects than the amount you're exterminating.

Besides irritating bites, mosquitoes can carry diseases like West Nile virus, which increased nationally and in Minnesota last year. Last year, there were 70 cases of the virus here, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

"Humans are most likely to get infected with West Nile at the end of the summer so even though mosquito numbers go down, people still need to protect themselves," Hahn says.

For more information on mosquitoes and other insects in Minnesota, visit

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Work begins on demolition of old Ralph Engelstad Arena

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison announced today that preliminary work has begun on the demolition of the old Ralph Engelstad Arena east of Memorial Stadium. Once the demolition has been completed, construction will begin on Phase I of the UND Athletics High Performance Center, a new indoor practice and competition facility for UND Athletics.

Demolition of the old Engelstad Arena, which is being undertaken in multiple phases for salvage purposes, is expected to be completed later this summer. Faison said the goal is to begin construction on the UND Athletics High Performance Center in Fall 2013. Phase I of the new facility will include a full-sized football practice field, an 8-lane / 300-meter track, throws and jumps areas, and seating for approximately 1,500 spectators.

“We’re excited for this facility, which we’ve called a game-changer for UND Athletics. It’s been talked about and dreamed about for a long, long time, and we’re thrilled to finally see it coming to fruition,” said Faison. “This past spring was a perfect example of why a facility like this is so critical. Our spring sports, particularly football, baseball, softball and track and field, were forced to endure multiple weather-related issues that a facility like this will prevent in the future.”

The UND Athletics High Performance Center will be utilized by all UND Athletics teams. It will also serve the Greater Grand Forks community by offering a host site for youth and collegiate events.

“The facility will be a tremendous asset for the entire community,” said Faison. “We will be able to host track and field events at all levels, and we will seek to host Division II and III and NAIA championships, as well as possibly get into the rotation to host Big Sky Conference championships.”

When fully completed, the UND Athletics High Performance Complex will also feature state-of-the-art strength and conditioning and sports medicine facilities. It will also house UND’s Athletics Academic Support Services operations, as well as coaches offices and locker rooms.

“This project is the result of a complete team effort that was headed by [UND President] Dr. Robert Kelly, [UND Alumni Association & Foundation Vice-President and CEO] Tim O’Keefe, the Alumni Association & Foundation, and our coaching staff,” said Faison.

For more information on the UND Athletics High Performance Complex, please visit

Public meeting for Highway 2 improvements in Crookston set for June 13

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The public is invited to learn more about the Highway 2 improvements in Crookston at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at Crookston City Hall, 124 North Broadway.

Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the contractor, Interstate Improvement, Inc. will be on hand to provide a progress report and plans for upcoming construction activities. They will also address questions or concerns about the project.

Crews are repairing the concrete surface on Highway 2 from Memorial Drive to Fairfax Avenue and during construction; there will be inconveniences to both mobility and access. When the project is complete motorists will experience a smoother ride and safer highway.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Commerce Dept reminds real estate professionals & collection agencies to renew licenses

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of commerce is reminding real estate professionals and debt collectors with a license expiration date of June 30, 2013 to renew by 4:30 PM Central time.

This includes abstracters, abstracter companies, real estate brokers, real estate salespersons, real estate companies, closing agents, limited brokers, collection agencies, and debt collectors whose licenses have a June 30, 2013 expiration date.

“Renewals are now done entirely online,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Reminder postcards were sent earlier this month to individuals responsible for these licenses.”

The renewals are done online at; additional detailed information is available on the Commerce Department website here and here. A couple of items to note:

Renewing a broker, salesperson, or real estate company license is done by the responsible broker. Salespersons should make sure that the broker who holds their license has all the information necessary to complete the salesperson's renewal, including verification that the salesperson has completed all of the applicable continuing education (CE) requirements.

When an individual real estate broker or real estate salesperson license renewal application is submitted, the PULSE system verifies whether that licensee has completed the required CE. Any individual who has not yet completed all applicable CE requirements should do so as soon as possible and no later than June 15. Education providers need time to upload their student rosters into the PULSE system.

MNDOT finally closes books on the statewide 2012-13 winter season

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 2012-13 winter season was a memorable one—particularly because of its stark contrast from the previous mild season.

“This winter started out quiet. Maintenance crews capitalized on their summer work late into the fall,” said Steve Lund, MnDOT state maintenance engineer. “But winter weather during the spring months quickly made up for that.”

The 2012-13 season snowfall, reported at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, was 67.7 inches compared to 22.3 inches in 2011-12. Statewide salt usage was 304,555 tons. This is almost double last season’s usage of 154,072 tons and 47 percent above the 5-year average. In total, labor, equipment and materials cost the state $90.5 million this season, in contrast to the $45.9 million spent last season.

“Last year’s warm winter temperatures mixed with below average snowfall led to an unusual, but opportunistic 2011-12 snow and ice season for MnDOT,” said Lund. “The department caught up on repairs to cable median barriers, guardrails, culverts and fences and jump-started crack sealing and pothole patching. We were also able to purchase some new plows, and other critical equipment needs.”

“The good news is the easy winter of 2011-12 was the first in the state’s 2-year funding cycle, so we were able to leverage second-year funding for what Mother Nature threw at us during the 2012-13 season,” he said.


- Winter began to pick up in December for northern Minnesota. The region dealt with the heaviest slush they’d ever seen. Northwestern Minnesota recorded snow and ice events on 20 of the 31 days in the month. No events were major, but included many small nuisances.

- Several weekend storms throughout January, February and March caused Interstate 94 in west central Minnesota to close five times for visibility and crashes.

- MnDOT districts in the western part of the state ran out of salt late in the season, and districts in the eastern part sent salt their way.

- Many crews across the state thought they were done plowing for the season in April. They were forced to put the plows back on the trucks and then take them off again a few times this spring.

Lund said winter service is a priority for the department.

“It’s important that we spend the necessary amount to deliver services to the people of Minnesota, even if a severe winter means impacts to our summer work,” Lund said. “Citizens expect to be able to carry out normal activities though most weather events and to have quick and effective clearance shortly after an event has passed.”

MnDOT delivers snowplowing services on some 12,000 miles of state highway in eight districts that cover all regions of Minnesota. To meet performance targets for achieving bare pavement, the agency uses techniques to inhibit ice formation and improve the road surface for plowing. In addition, technology like Automatic Vehicle Locating, a global positioning-based system, allows MnDOT districts to track resources, including chemical and material usage, as well as monitor truck deployment.

For more information on maintaining Minnesota’s state highway system, visit 

I-94 cable median barrier project near Alexandria begins June 10

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Motorists on Interstate 94 near Alexandria will experience intermittent lane and shoulder closures when a cable median barrier installation project begins June 10, weather permitting.

Crews will install the cable barrier along 10 miles of I-94 from mile post 96 to mile post 106.

Motorists should prepare to slow down in areas where crews are working.

Work is expected to last about two months near Alexandria. Crews will install cable barrier in the Moorhead area beginning in late July or early August.

Cable median barrier prevents vehicles from crossing medians and hitting oncoming traffic. Installing cable median barrier in strategic locations helps prevent fatal and serious injury crashes.

Additional information about cable median barriers is available at:

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Traffic reduced to one lane starting Thursday in Fargo

(FARGO, N.D.) – Starting Thursday, June 6 at 6 a.m. CST, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) – Fargo District – will begin project work to replace northbound and southbound roadway markings on Interstate 29 (I-29). The work zone on I-29 will stretch from 40th Avenue North/County Road 20 to 52nd Avenue South in Fargo.

The scope of work includes removal of current roadway markings and replacement of new yellow edge lines and white travel lane markings. Project work will begin in the left lanes of I-29 in both northbound and southbound directions, resulting in a stretch of lane closure as they move through the work zone.

Weather dependent, project work will continue through the end of June.

Motorists are urged to use caution when driving through the area. To help prevent work zone crashes motorists are encouraged to slow down, allow extra distance between their vehicles and the vehicle in front of them, use caution and obey posted signs.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Major in Finance Offerred in Business Dept at UMC

CROOKSTON, Minn. – A new major in finance has been added to the portfolio of degrees offered in the Business Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The degree will be offered both on campus and online giving students the greatest flexibility. A minor in finance will also be offered. The bachelor of science major and minor in finance were approved at the May meeting of the U of M Board of Regents, the University system’s governing body.

As an interdisciplinary major, the finance curriculum draws heavily from courses in business, general education, management, marketing, and accounting. It is designed to help students understand the dimensions of performance and risk relevant to financial services within a company; assess consumer financial needs, describe and apply financial concepts, theories, and tools; and prepare personal financial plans.

Students in the major will focus on the skills needed to qualify for entry-level employment positions such as financial analysts, personal financial advisors, actuaries, and other positions in securities, commodities, and financial services. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections, it is expected that the finance and insurance industry will increase the number of jobs by 9% from 2010 to 2020.

Sue Brorson, head of the Business Department on the Crookston campus, is pleased with the addition. “Offering a degree in finance provides our students with another option for a career in a business field,” Brorson says. “It is a major that will fill a need within an organization that is both relevant and critical to success.

“Teaching contemporary financial measures of performance and risk as well as providing an understanding of how the financial services component industries interact with each other is an exciting opportunity for students and will prove a benefit to their future employers.”

A minor in humanities offered through the U of M Crookston Liberal Arts and Education Department was also approved at the May Board of Regents meetings, bringing the academic offerings to 28 majors, 20 minors, and 11 majors offered online.

Red River Watercolor Society 20th National Juried Watermedia Exhibition

Moorhead, MN- The Red River Watercolor Society (RRWS) and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County are pleased to announce the 20th Annual National Juried Water Media Exhibition, June 17 – July 28 at the Hjemkomst Center.  An opening reception will be held from 6 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The reception is free and open to the public. 

With around 300 artist’s entries from all over the US and Canada, The National Juried Watermedia exhibition is the only exhibition of its type in this part of the country, the next nearest shows of similar caliber being out of Chicago, Denver or Seattle.   This year’s exhibit includes stunning examples of florals, landscapes, figures and still life, as well as abstract, non-objective and experimental pieces with expressive and innovative use of various water media such as acrylic, casein, ink and gouache by some of the top names in watercolor media today. 

New to this year’s National Show are a series of public education and participation programs in conjunction with the exhibition. For more information, visit

Internationally prominent watercolor artist, author and teacher, Arne Westermann will be the juror of the show. Awards conferred will include $1250 Gold Medal, $750 Silver Medal, $500 Bronze Medal, and the new $500 Red River Regional Award for an artist from MN, ND, SD or Canada, as well as other awards and door prizes.

This exhibit is supported in part by grants from The Arts Partnership and from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, call 218-299-5511 or visit The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead.

RRWS National Show Events - All will be held on the 4th level in the exhibition space at the Hjemkomst Gallery.

June 17 - Exhibit opens  at the Hjemkomst on Level 4

June 18 - Awards Reception 6-9pm on Level 4 at the Hjemkomst.  Public invited, no admission fee.
Juror Presentation by Arne Westerman at 6pm. Awards presentation 7pm. Arne Westerman is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, has won many major awards in national juried shows including seven grand prizes. His paintings are in the permanent collections of ten American museums and his works have been featured in forty-two one person shows.  Selections of his art appear in six books .  He also has authored a satire on the art world entitled How to Become A Famous Artist Through Pain and Suffering. 

June 23 - Sunday  1pm to 3pm - Stop by the National Show exhibition and see local RRWS artists at work – ask them questions (they are really friendly) and see the different styles of painting.  We will also have a table setup for the public to work on mini-masterpieces.  These will be compiled into a mural for display at the Hjemkomst during the show. 2pm Docent tour of the National Show by Director of the National Show Carmen Bruhn

June 30 - Sunday  1pm to 3pm - Stop by the National Show exhibition and see local RRWS artists at work – ask them questions (they are really friendly) and see the different styles of painting.   2pm Docent tour of the National Show by Director of the National Show Robin Wichman of RRWS

July 13 - 2pm Docent tour of the National Show by President of RRWS Pat Jorgensen.  Join her for a look at the winners and highlights of this exhibition of some of the best watercolor artists in our country. 12pm – 3pm Paint out by RRWS members in the Gallery – watch, chat and learn from local artists about watercolor and acrylic painting.  They will be working on their own masterpieces in the gallery so this is a great opportunity to see art in action.

July 23 - Free Tuesday lecture by former National Show director, NS award winner and Signature Status holder and founding member of RRWS Janet Flom on watercolor, its history and features.  This is your opportunity to learn about the unique qualities and appeal of this medium.   You will learn much in this lively presentation. 45 minutes approx..

July 28 - Last Day of Show

August 1stSt John’s Bible exhibition opens – more art!!!!!  And watermedia!!!!! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

NDSU Crop Management Field School Scheduled for June 20 in Carrington

The North Dakota State University Extension Service's annual crop management field school will be offered Thursday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC).

The school will provide updates, using hands-on training in field research and demonstration plots, on crop and pest scouting and management recommendations. The school is targeted for crop advisers, but the program also will be beneficial for farmers.

Specific field sessions include:

* Weed identification - identify more than 60 living weed exhibits and review biology and control

* Herbicide mode of action - identify herbicide classes by examining crop and weed injury symptoms

* Wheat - fungicide strategies

* Insect management - review current insect concerns

* Corn -- plant health, nutrition, protection and intensive management

* Soybeans - root rot and white mold management

NDSU instructors for the field school are Venkat Chapara, Extension Service area crop protection specialist; Greg Endres, Extension Service area agronomist; Kirk Howatt, weed scientist; Mike Ostlie, CREC research agronomist; Shana Pederson, Extension Service area agronomist; Blaine Schatz, CREC director and research
agronomist; and Michael Wunsch, CREC plant pathologist.

Preregistration is required. A total of 50 participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will receive reference materials, refreshments and a
noon meal. Certified crop advisers participating in the event will receive 6 continuing education units.

For further details and preregistration information, go to or contact the Carrington center at (701) 652-2951. A completed preregistration form and $75 fee is required by June 17 ($100 after June 17).

HCSCC Presents "Minnesota on the Map" Traveling Exhibit

Moorhead, MN May 31, 2013 – Come visit the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst Center June 1 through July 28 and see “Minnesota on the Map,” a traveling exhibition that features dozens of maps ranging from Louis Hennepin’s 1683 map of the upper Mississippi River Valley to a satellite map of Minnesota produced by NASA. “Minnesota on the Map” illustrates how maps have documented and helped influence our understanding of the state, from early exploration to the present.
Drawing from the extensive map collection of the Minnesota Historical Society, the exhibit features 23 reproduction maps and atlases, a video station with commentary by local historians, and a bin of laminated maps that allows for an up-close look at Minnesota geography and history. Plus, an oversized jigsaw puzzle map of the state will provide an engaging element for schoolchildren and other young visitors.
Select maps include:
  • An 1863 map by Louis Hennepin of the upper Mississippi Valley
  • One of the earliest maps of North America, showing Minnesota as a new state
  • A map produced by the “Come to Minnesota Club” in 1947, highlighting Minnesota as a vacation paradise
  • A video map of Washington Ave. in Minneapolis in 1882, “geo-rectified” with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology
The “Minnesota on the Map” exhibit is based on the book “Minnesota on the Map: A Historical Atlas” by David Lanegran.
This exhibit is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be traveling to venues throughout Minnesota.
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County collects, preserves, and presents the history and culture of Clay County and the region. HCSCC also provides interpretation of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church Replica, and hosts traveling exhibits in 7,000 sq. feet of temporary exhibition space. The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County is a community resource for 150,000 people in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area and serves an average of 30,000 visitors a year from all over the world.
For more information, call 218-299-5511 or visit The Historical and Cultural So ciety of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead.
The Minnesota Historical Society Traveling Exhibits Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.

Police Summer Youth Program Registration

Registration/sign-up for the Moorhead Police Department’s Summer Youth Program will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at the Moorhead Armory (1002 15th Ave. N.) starting at 4:00 p.m. and will continue until the program is full or 7:00 p.m.  We are only able to accommodate a total of 200 youth ages 8-12 years old, so availability is on a first-come first-serve basis.  A parent or legal guardian must accompany their child at the time of registration.

This program is free to participants thanks to grant funding through the Minnesota Youth Intervention Program Association (YIPA) by the Department of Public Safety.   Minnesota YIPA is an organization that advocates for community-based youth intervention programs.  This program provides an excellent opportunity for police officers to interact with youth and help develop strong relationships and support positive decision making. The Summer Youth Program started as an opportunity for children in the community to participate in fun activities they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to. 

The program is held every Wednesday from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (or later on some weeks) for 7 weeks in the summer and targets all youth in the community who are available to attend each week.  Each afternoon consists of lunch, an educational component and a recreational activity including roller skating, Courts Plus Fitness Center, Thunder Road and swimming!

Youth Services Coordinator Louis Ochoa and School Resource Officer Brian Dahl are the coordinators for this program and can be contacted at (218) 790-4054 or (218) 790-4259 if you have any questions.


Welcome to the 2013 Moorhead Police Summer Youth Program.  All program dates will take place on Wednesdays.  Please read the times very carefully so your kids will not miss out.  We will be meeting at the Moorhead Armory (1002 15th Ave. N.) at the beginning of each day listed below.  A lunch, an educational component and the activity listed below will be provided each day for the kids.  

Not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.


June 12            Registration

                        A parent or legal guardian MUST be present to register child         

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or until all 200 spots are filled


June 19           Lunch:  Hot dog, chips, and pop

Educational Component:  Bullying

Activity: Skateland (Don’t forget your socks!)

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


June 26           Lunch:  Pizza and lemonade

                        Educational Component: Cyber Bullying

Activity: Thunder Road (unlimited outdoor activities)            

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


July 10            Lunch:  Picnic:  Hamburger or hot dog, chips, and lemonade

Educational Component:  DNR Presentation

                        Activity:  Swimming at Buffalo River

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


July 17            Lunch:  KFC Chicken Strips box meal and lemonade

                        Educational Component:  Healthy Living

Activity: Courts Plus (7 level playground, Zumba, Floor Hockey, Dodge ball, & Cycling)

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


July 24            Lunch:  Subway boxed lunch and water

                        Educational Component:  Lesson on animals

                        Activity:  Chahinkapa Zoo, Wahpeton

12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


July 31            Lunch:  Picnic:  Hamburger or hot dog, chips and lemonade

                        Educational Component:  Riverkeepers

                        Activity:  Gooseberry Park (Inflatable Games, Kick Ball, Bingo)

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


August 7         NOTE: STARTING AT 10:00 a.m.

                        Lunch:  Pizza and pop at Splasher’s

                        Final Trip: Grand Forks, Splasher’s of the South Seas Indoor Waterpark

                         10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact Youth Service Coordinator Louis Ochoa at 790-4054 or Officer Brian Dahl at 790-4259.

MSCA Summer Tour and Trade Show

The Northwestern Stockmen’s Association (NWSA) announces that it has been selected to host the 2013 Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Summer Beef Tour and Trade Show. Each year, a MSCA chapter showcases what it has to offer in terms of livestock facilities and operations, cattle handling techniques and practices, and other industry related enterprises to over 700 participants and vendors from around the state, region, and country.

The MSCA Summer Beef Tour & Trade Show will be held July 9th, 2013 in Roseau, MN. The Roseau County Fairgrounds will be the gathering location, with planned stops at Bear Creek Ranch, CarlSon Angus, Waage Farms, Isane Farms, Burkel Grain Service, Central Boiler, and Skime Ranch. Registration begins at 6:00 a.m. with buses departing at 7:00, 7:10, and 7:20. All meals will be provided on the tour. Visit for registration information.

The University of Minnesota Extension will participate in the event through an exhibit at the Roseau County Fairgrounds staffed by Deborah Zak, Regional Director, Northwest, and Alfredo DiConstanzo, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus.