Tick season has arrived! Now that the weather is warming up, it is important to keep a watchful eye out for ticks. Ticks can be found lurking in hardwood forests as well as in tall grasses. The two most common ticks in central Minnesota are the Blacklegged tick (formerly known as the deer tick) and American Dog tick (also known as the wood tick). To reduce contact with ticks, it is important to keep grasses at bay, keeping them mowed short around the homes and in areas where people commonly walk. It is important to clear away brush and fallen leaves near homes along with keeping grasses short. Place lawn furniture and play structures in sunny areas of the yard. Bird feeders and wood piles attract tick-carrying mice so keep them far from the house.
The Forest City Threshers club will be holding its first annual tractor drive Saturday, June 1. The day will begin with registration starting at 7 a.m. at the Forest City Threshers grounds (Litchfield) and the tractor drive will begin at 8:30. We will drive through scenic Meeker County with a few rest stops along the way, and end back at the show grounds at about 11:30.
There will be a pulled-pork and all the fixings meal along with music and door prizes. The cost for the tractor drive is just $25 per tractor, with the meal and a T-shirt included. Please call Matt Lindberg at (320) 398-2622, for a registration form for the tractor drive. Registration forms must be received by May 22 to participate in this year’s drive. All proceeds (above cost) will be donated to the Meeker County Food Shelf.
As a part of Meeker County for over 63 years, the Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 58th year of Stewardship Week
April 28-May 5, 2013. The 2013 Stewardship Week is themed, “Where does your water shed?”
Joe Norman acts as the District Technician for Meeker SWCD. The District was formed to assist landowners in dealing with a wide range of conservation protection, flood prevention measures, farm forestry, wildlife improvement, recreation and rural area development within the 17 townships of Meeker County.
When selecting trees and shrubs for your landscape, always plant several different species to help protect against invasive species or an insect or disease infesting and damaging your plantings. Properly selected and placed trees and shrubs in the landscape can offer multiple benefits to both urban and rural areas. These benefits include producing edible fruit or nuts, saving energy (heating and cooling), protection from the wind or snow, increase property value, protect soil and water resources, increase wildlife habitat, provide living screens and beautify the land.
The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management is announcing the wild horse and burro adoption program to take place in Decorah, Iowa, May 17-18.
Friday, May 17, is a preview from 2-7 p.m. and the adoption process is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The adoption is by “First Come, First Served.”
This is to take place at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds, East Main Street, in Decorah. Directions are to take Water Street or Montgomery Street to East Main Street. Go east on East Main Street until you get to the fairgrounds. For questions, please call (866) 468-7826, blm.gov.