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p.o. 19 T oh.I. m(b O--ilIUPi_l°lliifllt = Thursday, Februaryl2,2009 i.b., - ---, .mJvll.6  ,P ,&apos;wv6 ,mb,H,,.L. Tri:Cpun News, mball, MN. __ .................... !il! U of M offers classes on carbon credits By Gary Wyatt, U ofM Extension Diomy Zamora, U ofM Extension Minnesota agriculture, grass- land and woodland owners have an opportunity to receive payments for conservation tillage meth- ods, recent plantings of peren- nial grass and trees or an exist- ing sustainably managed-forest by selling carbon credits, which are credit payments for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Aside from mitigating the effects of global climate change; carbon trading has potential to help protect and improve soil and water quality, wildlife habitat, and introduce sustainable land use options in Minnesota's rural com- munities. Payments for carbon sequestration also reward land- owners for implementing more sustainable land use options. For example, trees and plants act as "sinks,'i absorbing carbon diox- ide-a greenhouse gas emitted by human activities-releasing oxy- gen, and storing ca}bon. Carbon credit payments are currently offered for: • Low-tillage planted crop fields (defined as no-tillage and strip- tillage); • New grassland (alfalfa and grass hay fields, CRP, grasslands) planted after Jan. 1, 1999; • Newtree plantings (tree plant- ings, shelterbehs, windbreaks) planted after Jan. 1, 1990; • On-farm methane digesters. • Existing sustainably man- aged-forests Carbon credits are sold to CCX through an aggregator (e.g., Farm Bureau (Agra Gate) <www.>, Farmers. Union <> and Delta Car- bon <> ). A landowner who wishes to enroll in a carbon program must con- tact an aggregator. The University of Minnesota Extension, through the Woodland Advisor program offers classes on carbon credit payments. Upcoming carbon credit classes include: (Registration is $20) Feb. 24 - Hutchinson, 7-9 p.m.; March 31 -Albert Lea, 6-8 p.m. To register for these workshops, visit: < wa/> or contact Kathy Eckwright, (507) 389-6972 or (888) 241-3214, <eckwrOOl>. 55+ driver improvement course The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the fol- lowing days: March 7 (4-hr. refresher course) 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. Cloud Technical College, 1215 15th St. N., Room 254, St. Cloud. March 4 (4-hr. refresher course) 5 to 9 p.m., Apollo High School, Room 614, 1000 44th Ave. N. Door 30, St. Cloud. Marchll(4-hr.refreshercourse) 5 to 9 p.m., Gilleland Chevrolet/ Geo Inc., 3019 Division St., St. Cloud. March 10 (4-hr. refresher course) 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2555 Clearwater Rd., St. Cloud. The four-hour refresher course is $18. To pre-register, call toll-flee (888) 234-1294. Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Min- nesota law. First time participants must complete two four-hour ses- sions, Repeat persons are required to take a four-hour refresher course. Urdahl, Gardner announce plans to observe Uncoln 200th Rep. Dean Urdahl, Minneso- ta's Commissioner to the Abra- ham Lincoln Bicentennial Com- mission, and Rep. Paul Gardner have announced plans to observe the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln's birthday. Minnesota will kick off its rec- ognition of Lincoln with a Cap- itol rotunda ceremony on Presi- dents Day, Feb. 16. Minnesota His- torical Society displays featuring Lincoln-related material will be presented in the Capitol, a House Resolution commemorating Lin- coln will be read from the floor of House of Representatives and a Lincoln impersonator will recite the Gettysburg Address. "While Abraham Lincoln never came to Minnesota, his impact still is directly felt by our state," said Urdahl, R-Grove City. "Proposals that he supported and signed into law included the Homestead Act of 1862, which brought many thou- sands of settlers to our frontier; the Pacific Railway Act launched transcontinental railroads that would traverse Minnesota; and the Morrill Land Grant Act which led to the establishment of the Uni- versity of Minnesota. Also, the for- mation of the Department of Agri- culture aided farming, one of our main industries. "But President Lincoln is most closely associated with Minnesota and the Dakota Conflict of 1863. A total of 303 Dakota men were sen- tenced to death by a military com- mission following the conflict. Lincoln reprieved the sentences of 265 but ordered the execution of 38 that he believed were guilty of heinous crimes. He also signed the order in 1863 that removed the Dakota people to reservations in South Dakota and Nebraska." Events are planned throughout 2009 to commemorate Lincoln, who was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Kentucky. Forums, symposiums, musical presentations, and a one- man play are scheduled for later in the year. "Lincoln's actions related to the Dakota Conflict have not yet been fully reconciled in Minnesota, but his influence on the state's devel- opment was far-reaching," said Gardner, DFL-Shoreview. "On the bicentennial of his birth, it is appropriate that we reflect on his leadership in saving the union." Educators are urged to high- light Lincoln's life and his impact upon Minnesota in their class- rooms. They may access lesson plans and information about Lin- coln at < www.>. Dean Urdahl represents Dis- trict 18B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The district includes most of Meeker County and a portion of Wright County. This is Urdahl's fourthterm in the Legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Stearns County's new plat book Just off the press, Stearns County is now selling its new "Commemorative Issue Honoring Our Armed Forces" Plat Book and Map Atlas. The 2009 Plat Book shows land ownership for each tract of prop- erty five acres and larger within Stearns County. Along with land ownership the plat book identi- fies cities, annexations, school districts, parks and recreation systems, watershed districts and many other features. New features in the Plat Book include lake con- tour maps and a new road index. "Stearns County's plat book is a real original in the industry," said County Auditor-Treasurer, Randy Schreifels. "It uses electronic data, instead of hand drawings, to create the maps. The information comes from County GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and tax sys- tems. We first used electronic data with our 2003 plat books, and now that we have the process in place, it allows us to produce our plat books much faster and much more economically." Cost for the plat book is only $40 which also includes the new 2009 County Highway Map. Plat books can be purchased at the Treasurer's Office and the License Center, both located in the County Administration Center in downtown St. Cloud, or plat books can also be purchased at Stearns County of Stearns License Center West near Wal-Mart in St. Cloud. To request a copy of the plat book by mail, or to get answers to any questions, call the Treasur- er's Office at (320) 656-3870 or visit their Web site at < ran. us/3894.htm>. The last edition of the Stearns County Plat Book was published four years ago, in 2005. cam AR N E'S POST FMF HEATINC. PLUMBINC. 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