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Wetsch pleads guilty to robbing Brewster bank

BREWSTER - The Shakopee man who authorities claim was responsible for the “Man in Black” bank robberies across Minnesota pleaded guilty today to holding up Brewster’s Rolling Hills Bank in January 2012 during a hearing in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.


Cabinet Members Pledge Portions of Salary

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Des Moines Register he would give up part of his salary if the department were forced to furlough employees as part of government-wide across-the-board spending reductions known as sequestration.

“I’ve indicated that early in the process,” Vilsack said in an interview. “We’ll be doing what we have to do.” All cabinet secretaries make just under $200,000 a year.


MSRPC Fishing Trip Sweepstakes

If you recall, Minnesota Soybean gave the public several opportunities to win a year's worth of free groceries through a fantastic giveaway through March. With April turning a new leaf, the Minnesota Soybean is once more holding another giveaway; in April, you can enter once a day to win a fishing getaway for yourself (and three guests!) at McQuoid's Inn on Lake Mille Lacs!

The sweepstakes officially kicked off April 1st and will run through May 5th. Remember: limit one (1) entry per person per day.


Need Tree Service? Approved Solicitor List

Out of Town Tree Service Contractors APPROVED for Soliciting

Local Contractors

Prairie Land Trees
Paul Langseth
507-360-5844 
Love, Inc
507-727-7291         
Gator's Tree Service
Gator Keningator
507-360-3778

Out of Town Contractors

Minnesota Tree Experts
Jacob Gall/Michael Mrusla

Anticipated Corn Planting Dates Still in Range for High Yield Expectations

ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Weather conditions are delaying the onset of corn planting, but wide fluctuations in corn planting progress are not uncommon in Minnesota. By the end of April, about 50 percent or more of Minnesota’s corn acres were planted in 2009, 2010 and 2012, compared to less than 5 percent in 2008 and 2011.


Farm 40 On Us

4th Annual Farm 40 On Us is ON!

If you're an area farmer, we want to honor YOU!

Farm 40 on US95 and AM 730 KWOA just wrapped up Thursday night at Hickory Lodge in Worthington. Congratulations to the Farm 40 On Us grand prize corn winner: Vern Bosma!

Congratulations to the Farm 40 On Us runner-up bean winner: Jean Meester!


Storm Damages Blue Mounds State Park Campground

Blue Mounds State Park, near Luverne in the southwestern corner of Minnesota, has closed its campground through Sunday, April 21, due to ice-storm damage.

Park Manager Craig Beckman said freezing rain and strong winds have taken down numerous trees and branches in the park’s campground. “With more rain, wind and snow predicted, I can only assume that branches will continue to fall,” he said.

No campers were in the park during the storm and no injuries occurred. No camping reservations had to be canceled.


2012 ISU F.A.R.M On-Farm Research Reuslts

The report of the NW Iowa on-farm research projects conducted during 2012 is available on the web. Find it here. This report not only summarizes data from our original 3 counties in the NW corner of Iowa, it also has data from other counties across Iowa that have started to look at replicated, field length trials on farms. This past year there were 130+ different comparisons! You can also find the report from the 2011 and 2010 trials at this web page.


Livestock Manure Management in Minnesota

Rapid snow melt and potential for flooding pose challenges for manure management among the more than 25,000 livestock farms in Minnesota. Many farmers who spread solid manure during winter must ensure that it doesn’t run off with rapid snowmelt flowing to ditches, streams and other waters. Manure-contaminated runoff not only threatens water quality, it reduces the value of manure as a crop nutrient. If possible, farmers should refrain from spreading manure during periods of rapid melt.


Learning to swim

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Justine stopped by the YMCA this afternoon to watch second grade students from Prairie Elementary learn to swim, courtesy of the Jami Cummings Learn to Swim Fund. The students, in three different groups, will head over the to Y every day for the next week to take more lessons. They're learning to swim, and if the smiles and laughter are any indication, are having plenty of fun in the process!