The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is partnering with the Kandiyohi County SWCD to provide cost share assistance to landowners, townships and cities in Stearns and Kandiyohi Counties to eradicate priority noxious weeds. Five species have been selected as priorities for increased public awareness and eradication. These species include:
• Wild Parsnip
• Leafy Spurge
• Purple Loosestrife
• Spotted Knapweed
• Common Tansy
The DNR is once again offering their Walk-In-Access program to residents of Meeker County and 34 other counties in western Minnesota. This is a voluntary program that pays landowners to allow public hunting on their property. Landowners must enroll a minimum of 40 acres of non-cropland to be eligible, with bonuses if more than 140 contiguous acres are enrolled, if land is within one-half mile of existing state or federal hunting land, or if a multi-year contract is signed. As a landowner, you still retain ownership of the land; you are merely being paid to allow the public to hunt. This program is focusing on land already enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program or Reinvest in Minnesota Programs, but is also open to other permanent vegetative cover types.
This Memorial Day, we remembered the American service members who took courageous risks and paid the ultimate price on our behalf. In their own eyes they were ordinary men and women, but to us, their calling was extraordinary. In our memories they will always be heroes, and our lives have the potential to be remarkable only because theirs were first.
Memorial Day is not meant to be a day of sorrow, but a day of celebratory remembrance. We commemorate each fallen service member’s victory in dedicating their life not to war and death, but to the promise of peace and life.
As Americans, we have the privilege of living in a country that Abraham Lincoln once called “the last best hope of Earth.” More than one hundred years later, Ronald Reagan said, “I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.”
We have a duty to be good stewards of freedom passed down through many generations. What a light burden to bear, compared to those who paid the ultimate price.
I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day.
Senator Michelle Fischbach
This November, voters in Meeker County will head to the polls to elect, among other positions, supervisors for the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). If you live in one of the nomination districts up for election, and are interested in being involved with local water quality and natural resource issues, I encourage you to consider running for supervisor. Individuals can file with the county auditor from May 20 through June 3.
Positions on this year’s ballot will include those representing nomination districts 3 and 5. Nomination district 3 includes the townships of Dassel, Ellsworth and Collinwood; and nomination district 5 includes the townships of Danielson, Greenleaf, Cosmos and Cedar Mills.
As chair of the Meeker SWCD, I can attest to how rewarding it is to serve on the SWCD board of supervisors. We play an important role in addressing a wide variety of resource management issues aimed at protecting and improving water quality, properly managing wetlands, and preventing soil erosion. Our SWCD employees work with landowners and other units of government, in both rural and urban settings, to provide financial and technical assistance for these efforts.
SWCDs are local units of government, and supervisors are elected to four-year terms. Our terms are staggered so either two or three supervisors are up for election every two years. We hold monthly business meetings and also attend various conferences throughout the year. While we are not paid a salary, we do receive compensation for attending meetings and we are reimbursed for expenses.
Robert Schiefelbein, Chairman
Applications are now being accepted from citizens who would like to fill a vacant position with the Minnesota State Council on Disability.
This panel was created to advise the governor, state Legislature, state agencies and the public on disability policy. The MSCOD is governed by a council appointed by the governor. Council members either have a disability, have a family member with a disability, or work with people with disabilities.