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Thursday, April 25, 2013 Tri-County News www.tricountynews.mn Diversify tree and shrub plantings By Gary Wyatt, tl of M Extension When selecting trees and shrubs for your landscape, always plant several different species to help protect against invasive spe- cies or an insect or disease infest- ing and damaging your plant- ings. Properly selected and placed trees and shrubs in the landscape can offer multiple benefits to both urban and rural areas. These ben- efits include producing edible fruit or nuts, saving energy (heat- ing and cooling), protection from the wind or snow, increase prop- erty value, protect soil and water resources, increase wildlife hab- itat, provide living screens and beautify the land. Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April, and MayisArborMonth www.arborday. org. The University of Minnesota Extension offers resources to help you decide what kind of trees to plant in your region. The Exten- sion forestry website at www. extension.umn.edu/go/1027, has materials which can help you identify trees suitable for your location. Minnesota residents must consider planting shade trees other than ash, since emer- ald ash borer (EAB) was found in the state in 2009. Visit Extension's emerald ash borer website at www. extension.umn.edu/issues/eab, to learn more about EAB and alter- native shade trees. Shade tree species to consider in rural or urban areas include ginkgo, hackberry, American lin- Community III1111 Irll IHI rlllllll III I den or basswood, sugar maple (Fall Fiesta), Freeman maple (Sienna Glen, Autumn Blaze), red maple (Northwood), and dis- ease-resistant elms; Discov- ery and Princeton. Residents can plant trees that produce nuts and pods to add diversity, but they need to consider debris or main- tenance in these areas. Trees that produce nuts include Ohio buck- eye (Autumn Splendor), shagbark hickory, bitternut hickory, bur oak, white oak, bicolor or swamp white oak, and black walnut (can inhibit some plants from growing near it). Trees that produce pods are north- ern catalpa, Kentucky coffeetree (podless cultivar Stately Manor), honey locust (podless cultivars are Shademaster and Sunburst). According to the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture, "One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and produces four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people." Before planting, call Gopher State One Call at (800) 252-1166, to identify where underground utilities might be. For windbreak planting fact sheet, see: www. extension, umn.edu/agroforestry/ Remember landscape diversity by planting several different spe- cies of trees, shrubs and plants in your landscape. No one spe- cies should represent more than 15 percent of your landscape. Make it a family activity to plant trees or shrubs this year. You can pass on the benefits of trees when you explain them to your children. U of M May 2013 Starwatch Dementia Care Foundation receives $1,000 From Meeker Cooperative Electric Trust The Meeker Cooperative Elec- tric Trust presented the Demen- tia Care Foundation with $1,000 to extend the availability of the music therapy to continue for 30 resi- dents for the next three months. Lakeview Ranch Inc., has two residential rural homes in Darwin and Dassel that provide individu- alized dementia care specializing in challenging behavior manage- ment, by meeting the unspoken emotional, physical and spiritual needs of each resident. The music therapy program is provided by a native Litchfield resident. Dana (Schauer) Koehn. She provides the beautiful music Page 13 and singing for all of our residents on a weekly basis at both homes. Thanks to the Meeker Cooper- ative Electric Trust and their gen- By Deane Morrison After the April we've had, May has got to have clearer skies. Let's hope so, anyway. We'll need those clear skies to see Jupiter, Venus and Mercury perform an intricate dance dur- ing the second half of May. ]upi- ter, in the west, is dropping from the sky as Earth leaves it behind in .the orbital race; meanwhile, Venus and Mercury are climbing into the evening sky as they catch up to Earth. Mercury, being closer to the sun, is faster and outstrips Venus. The dance begins with Jupiter descending into the sun's after- glow as Venus comes up to meet it. Then, in the last week of the month, Mercury pops up and becomes the highest of the three planets by month's end. Try to get out the evening of the 26th, when the three will form a compact trio that fits easily within a binocular field. Saturn, still bright after being lapped by Earth in late April, comes out in the east after night- fall and follows Spice, the brightest star in Virgo, across the sky. Above the ringed planet, brilliant Arc- turus leads its kite-shaped con- stellation, Bootes, the herdsman, on its nightly journey. These three objects form a rather long, thin tri- angle with Arcturus at its apex. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is expected to peak in the pre- dawn hours of the 6th, but plenty of meteors will fly for a few days before and after that date. A wan- ing moon will be up, but shouldn't interfere much, especially on and after the 6th. Meteors will radiate from a point near the Water Jar of Aquarius, which rises a couple of hours after midnight in May. Eta Aquarid meteors are typically fast and bright, and often leave persis- tent trails. In the north, the Big Dipper is erous donation, we will be able to continue to provide this special- ized music therapy program. Stearns Veterinary Outlet and Pharmacy announces new name Stearns Veterinary Outlet and Pharmacy is pleased to introduce their new name - Leedstone. The company has been planning some upgrades to enhance customer experience and business opera- tions, and the name change is part of that process. "The decision came after many hours of internal and external research and discussion," said Dr. David Tomsche, DVM, co-owner of Stearns Vet Outlet. "It's meant to simplify communications and align our business offerings across the company." Known for its ani- mal health supplies, including pharmacy; livestock equipment Looking west lay 26, half an hour after sunset ', Mercury Jupiter @ Venus t very high during evening hours and "spills its water" down toward the Little Dipper. In the southwest, Leo, the lion, is also high, its head an upright but backward question mark of stars anchored by bright Regulus. Between Leo and the bowl of the Big Dipper, try to find three evenly spaced pairs of stars known as the Three Leaps of the Gazelle. The gazelle leaps along a line run- ning northwest from a spot just above Leo's hindquarters. These three pairs of stars are also identi- fied as three feet of Ursa Major, the great bear--the constellation that includes the Big Dipper. The Milky Way sits on the hori- zon in every direction during eve- nings in May. But in the early morning hours it lifts up in the east and moves westward behind the spring constellations. To Algonquin Indians, May's full moon was the full flower moon, corn planting moon or milk moon. The moon becomes full at 11:25 p.m. CDT on the 24th, having risen, round and beautiful, in day- light less than three hours earlier. At 11:11 p.m. the moon just barely grazes the northernmost part of Earth's penumbra, or light outer shadow, but this event - which is, technically, an eclipse-will not be noticeable. The University of Minnesota offers public viewings of the night sky at its Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. For more information and viewing schedules, see: Duluth, Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium: www.d.umn.edu/ planet. Twin Cities, Minnesota Insti- tute for Astrophysics (during fall and spring semesters): www.astro. umn.edu/outreach/pubnight. Check out the astronomy pro- grams at the University of Minne- sota's Bell Museum ExploraDome: www. bellm use urn. umn. edu/ ForGroups/ExploraDome/index. htm. Contact: Deane Morrison, Uni- versity Relations, (612) 624-2346, morriO29@umn.edu. Find U of M astronomers and links to the world of astronomy at http://www.astro.umn.edu. and supplies; and milking sys- tems, including robotics; the com- pany has outgrown the current name. So, why Leedstone? "It's impor- tant to us that we carry on the pride in community that our Stea- rns name offered," CFO/CO0, Brendon van der Hagen said. "The Leedstone name was derived from one of the first pioneer settlements in Stearns County; so it keeps that sense of community and adds a pioneering spirit as well." Along with the name and brand change, there are plans in place to upgrade their online presence. Store and staff contact information and the We Do Cows tagline will remain the same. For more infor- mation about these changes, please visit tinyurl.com/leedstone. Headquartered in Melrose, Stearns Vet Outlet, now Leedstone is in its 18th year of business and is owned by Dr. Tomsche and his brother Dr. Daniel Tomsche, DVM. The growing business recently acquired a branch in Glencoe, and has more than 70 employees working with herdsmen and ani- mal owners across the nation via print catalog, online store, and more localized retail stores and services. Memorial Softball Tournament July 27 The Second Annual Michael (Lody) Lodermeier Memorial Soft- ball Tournament is planned for Sat- urday, luly 27. All teams are welcome. The tour- nament will be held at the Lind- bergh Lions Recreational Complex Softball Fields (formerly known as Jaycee Park) at 8th Street and 2nd Avenue Southwest in Little Falls. The double-elimination tour- nament games will start at 9 a.m.. There is a $150 entry fee. Prize money will be determined by the number of entrants in the tourna- ment. Concessions will be by the Little Falls Flyers Wrestling Booster Club. For more information, or to enter your team, please call Steve Durham at (320) 360-0395, or Lisa Maslowski at (320) 296-0472. Picking vegetable varieties for preserving By Deb Botzek-Linn, [I of M Extension We welcome seed catalogues as they begin to arrive in our mail- box. We know they bring with them the promise of spring. If you are a vegetable gardener, you enjoy looking at the new vegetable vari- eties and check to see that your favorite variety of beets, green beans and other vegetables con- tinue to be available. If you are a home food preserver who plans to freeze, can, pickle or dry your garden produce, it is important to select vegetable vari- eties that have been developed for preserving. Planning to make dill pickles this summer? Be sure to select a "pickling" cucumber vari- ety rather than a slicing cucumber to plant in your garden. For pickled beets select a dark, rich colored beet. A beet variety description may state 'harvest early for pickling'. A thick flavorful salsa begins with planting a paste tomato variety like Roma, Viva Italian or Amish paste rather than a juice tomato. They will be identified as 'great for sauces and salsas.' Also, paste tomatoes are a good choice for making flavorful dried toma- toes. With green beans you will find that some varieties are better for freezing while others produce a quality canned bean and some are best for fresh eating. Read the description on the seed packet. Pole beans, rather than bush beans, are easier to pick! Winter squash freezes so much better than summer squash. Pumpkins are interesting as there are so many different kinds, but few will produce a quality pump- kin pie. A pumpkin for baking should state 'excellent for making pies and freezing' rather than 'use as a carving pumpkin and for fall decorations.' Enjoy paging through seed cat- alogues and exploring your local garden center, but be sure to read the description of the vegetables you are selecting, and match them to the preservation method you plan to use. And always, select a seed packet of a vegetable that is new to you, just for the fun of it!