Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
My name is Noah Thompson. I am a seventh-grade student at Central Middle School in East Grand Forks, MN. This past Friday, I was given an assignment for our Life Science class, where I had to make sure I had fresh milkweed for a Monarch egg that was given to each of us.
This would have been an easy assignment, but we had to leave town right after school Friday. You see, we were on our way to the Minnesota State Pedal Pull in Hutchinson, where my brother and I were to compete.
My parents thought that we would have to stop at rest areas along the way to hunt for milkweed. We weren't too excited about having to do that, especially since it was pouring rain at the time.
My mother is the Manager at The Exponent, the newspaper in East Grand Forks. She contacted Jean Matua at Tri-County News in Kimball to see if she would know where to find some for me.
Luckily, Mrs. Matua knew just who to call. She called Carl Hoffman, a Master Gardener in her area. Mr. Hoffman happened to have some milkweed in his butterfly garden and graciously offered to pick some of his leaves and Mrs. Matua picked them up. We stopped in at the newspaper and had a nice talk with her.
I want to thank both Mrs. Matua and Mr. Hoffman for all of their help that night. My egg hatched overnight, and it was able to have fresh milkweed to eat right away.
East Grand Forks, MN