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-qj Pa00e 20 Community Thursday, April 15, 2010 Tri-Countv News Kimb. MN Traffic signal and lighting installations begin in Crow Wing, Stearns, Todd, Wright counties Motorists may encounter inter- mittent lane closures at the inter- section of Highway 25 and Wright County Road 138 in Buffalo begin- ning Thursday, April 15, while crews install new traffic signals. The work should take approximately three weeks to complete. :NOUNG LENDSn Thursday, April 22, crews will begin installing new signals at the intersection of Highway 10 and 210 in Morley. This work is expected to be completed by mid-May. Lighting installations are sched- uled concurrently for various loca- tions on Highway 371 in Crow Wing County, Highway 25 in Wright County, Highway 23 in Stearns County and Highway 55 in Wright County. This work is expected to be completed by early June. Lighting intersections at night in rural areas improves safety by helping motor- ists see they are approaching an Are You Considering A Home Improvement Project? A V With today&apos;s low interest rates, there's no better time than now. Add a room, do a kitchen or bathroom makeover, landscape your yard or start that special project you've been thinking about. We're your "Hometown Bank" and we're here to help. Come see us about a Home Improvement Loan. We offer competitive rates and affordable payments with fast, convenient. "hometown" service. STATE BANK OFKIMBALL P.O. BOX 70 KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 www.tatebankofkimball.oom Member FDIC VJ intersection, according to the Min- nesota Department of Transporta- tion. Motorists should slow down and watch for intermittent lanes closures in areas where crews are working. Design Electric Inc. of St. Cloud is the prime contractor for this $340,770 safety-improvement proj- ect. For updated statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel information, visit <www.511mn. org>. Additional open burning restrictions in effect April 12 Because of an increased con- cern about wildfires across the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is tightening restrictions on camp- fires in 37 Minnesota counties beginning at 12:01 a.m. April 12. Counties affected by the new restrictions are: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Bel- trami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chis- ago, Clearwater, Cook, CrowWing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Kooch- iching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Penning- ton, Pine, Polk (that portion east of County Highway 6 and south of State Highway 92), Pope, Roseau, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, St. Louis, Todd, and Wadena. Campfires will not be allowed at non-designated campsites and other remote locations. This will impact shore lunches, dispersed campsites, day hikes, and backpacking trips. Campfires are still permitted in designated fire receptacles at residences, dwellings, camp- grounds, and resorts if they are no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet in height. In addition, fireworks will be prohibited outside municipalities because of the volatile nature of these explosives. Similar restrictions will be in place on national forest lands in both the Chippewa and Supe- rior National forests including the entire Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Lack of rain after the rapid spring snowmelt has heightened fire dan- ger across much of Minnesota. The restrictions will remain in place until sufficient precipitation is received to moderate fire danger. If normal precipitation is not received in the near future, additional restric- tions may be imposed. For the latest wildfire informa- tion, visit < forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions. html>. SWCD to host open house The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be hosting an open house in celebration of the SWCD's 60th Anniversary and Earth Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 22. The open house will be held in the Atrium of Marketplace Mall, 110 2nd Street South, Waite Park. The Stearns County SWCD staff and board will be available to visit about programs, discuss natural resource concerns, and showcase completed conservation projects in Stearns County. Refreshments will be served. The Stearns County SWCD works with landowners and groups on many soil and water conservation projects. Some of the more popular practices are ani- mal waste management, lakescap- ing, shoreline erosion control, lake management planning, water and sediment basins, grassed water- ways, rain gardens, rain barrels and well-head protection. The mission of the Stearns County SWCD is to: Address local environmental concerns by providing technical and financial assistance to private landowners and operators. Assist schools and organiza- tions with environmental educa- tion. Collaborate with local state and federal agencies in protecting the natural resources. Dennis Fuchs, Administrator of the Stearns County SWCD states, "SWCDs are local units of govern- ment that manage and direct nat- ural resource management pro- grams at the local level. SWCDs work with private landowners in both urban and rural settings to protect our natural resouces." The Stearns County SWCD can be reached at (320) 251-7800, Extension 3. Feel free to visit the Stearns County SWCD Web site at <>. All programs and services of the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation are available with- out regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disabil- ity, political beliefs, and marital or familial status.