Young adults, ages 18-25, are encouraged to apply for one of 160 positions available with Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa. Conservation Corps is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps field crew leader and member positions for the 2014 program year. Positions are available statewide, including northern, central and southern Minnesota, as well as central Iowa. Priority application deadline is Dec. 4.
All projects are completed on public land in cooperation with nonprofit organizations and government agencies, such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These opportunities provide technical field experience and professional certifications for future natural resource careers. Many DNR employees got their start in natural resources with the Conservation Corps (formerly MCC), where they learned a strong work ethic and a first-hand appreciation of the environment.
Corps members receive on-the-job training in natural resource management and put those skills into practice working on habitat restoration projects throughout the Midwest. Typical project work includes exotic species management, prairie and oak-savanna restoration, stream bank stabilization, trail building and maintenance, prescribed burning and wildland fire suppression.
Eden Valley-Watkins Cub Scout Pack 363 will be distributing bags for their annual “Scouting for Food” drive Sunday, Oct. 27. Please fill these bags with non-perishable food items, or other items listed on the bags, and have the bags outside your doors Saturday, Nov. 2, by 9 a.m. for pick-up. In the past, the people of Eden Valley and Watkins have been very generous and have made past food drives big successes, thank you!
The Kingston Am. Legion Auxiliary and the Kingston Lions Club will host a Halloween party for Kingston area kids from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Kingston Community Center. There will be ghoulish games, freaky fun, and a frightening good time. Free admission.
The Kimball Kruisers came home with lots of medals and plaques after the Meeker County 4-H Awards Banquet. All county fair Grand Champion winners were recognized. In addition, the Kruisers had some outstanding awards. Bailee Schiefelbein was awared the Chester and Muriel Larson Young Achiever Award. This award is for 4-H members who have not completed sixth grade yet.
“And the Award goes to…!” The annual Meeker County 4-H Awards Celebration was held Sunday, Oct. 13, at the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. The Awards Celebration began at 2 p.m. with Federation Officers and Council Members honoring Meeker County 4-H’ers for their accomplishments during the past year. During awards, we installed our new Federation Officers, recognized our volunteers, donors, champions, and other award winners. Prior to the program, Anne Gathje, Calvin Kipf, Elijah Michaletz, and Curt Wedin served ice cream floats. Thank you to all volunteers and 4-H’ers who came early to help set up and stayed afterwards to clean up. I was once again overwhelmed at your helpfulness! Also, thank you to all donors. Our program would not be as successful without you.
New Meeker County 2013-2014 4-H Federation Officers are, from left, Elijah Michaletz, Katie Peterson, Shelby Schiefelbein, Alison Radunz, and James Gathje.