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Pa00e 14 Bulletin Board V3 Calend Thursday, April29,2010 ,r Tri-County News. Kim[, MN Those webs in the trees earlier this year in central Minne- sota and will probably be through feeding in early June. After they finish feeding, the cat- erpillars leave the web nest and spin a silk cocoon in protected places on the trunks of trees, fences or build- ings&apos;. About three weeks later, they emerge as reddish-brown moths which mate and the female lays eggs in band-like masses on small branches of trees. They overwinter as eggs and hatch again about the time the buds break in the spring. Eastern tent caterpillars are more of a nuisance than a seri- ous pest of trees. They rarely kill healthy, mature landscape plants. The damage is primarily cosmetic because of the unsightly tents and the trees often appear ragged until they replace the lost leaves. These insects can be controlled without the use of insecticides. In early spring, the small webs can be removed by hand. Larger webs can be removed with a stick or broom. Put the caterpillars in a pail of soapy water or crush, bury or burn them By Carl Hoffman, U of M Extension No, they are not "army worms!" Those conspicuous white masses of webby material that are seen in the forks of branches of trees are cre- ated by the eastern tent caterpil- lar. Populations of this insect fluc- tuate from year to year; there were high populations two years ago and judging from the number of webs present, 2010 appears to be another year of high populations. The silken webs or tents are con- structed by the caterpillars to pro- tect themselves from birds and other predators and from temper- ature extremes that occur at night or on cool or rainy days. The cater- pillars come out of the web to feed on the foliage of the trees when the weather is warm and sunny. Although they will feed on many trees, they are most often found on apple, cherry, flowering crabap- pie, plum and chokecherry trees. Although they normally begin feed- ing in late April or early May, east- ern tent caterpillars started feeding U of M May Starwatch lation Bootes, the ploughman. And if you look high in the north, you'll see the Big Dipper nearly upside down: In the morning sky, Jupiter is well up in the east at dawn. Try looking about 90 minutes before sunrise on the 9th, when a crescent moon hov- ers just above the giant planet. The rescent will sit inside the Circlet of Pisces, a ring of somewhat dim stars that make great viewing when skies are dark. The full moon rises shortly after sunset on the 27th, a mere degree above the bright red star Antares in Scorpius. Called the flfll flower moon by many Algonquin tribes, thi s lovely pale orb was also known as the corn-planting moon or the milk moon. The University of Minnesota offers public viewings of the night sky at its Morris, Duluth, and qWin Cities campuses. For more infor- mation and viewing schedules, see: Morris, UMN 16-inch tele- scope schedule: <cda.mrs.umn. edu/- kearnsk/Telescope/PubObs. htm>, Duluth, Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium: <www.d.umn.edu/ planet>, Twin Cities, Department of Astronomy (during fall and spring semesters): <www.astro.umn.edu/ outreach/pubnight>. Find U of M astronomers and links to the world of astronomy at <www.astro. umn.edu>. By Deane Morrison This year's May Queen crown goes, hands down, to Venus. The brightest of planets, it pulls away from the sun all month long in a move that propels it ever higher above the western horizon. Attend- ing the queen are Mars and Saturn, both of which are dimming, but still worthy of attention. As Venus climbs higher, the last remnants of winter stars pass it as they drop into the sun's afterglow. Perhaps the most notable event comes on the 14th, when Venus glides between the horns of Tau- rus, the bull. That same night and the next, look for a young cres- cent moon hanging with its cusps pointed toward the brilliant planet. Also in the southwest after sun- set, Mars moves eastward out of Cancer and into Leo this month. By the 31st the Red Planet will be only three degrees from Regulus, the bright star at the base of the Sickle outlining the lion's head. Moving eastward again, Satum is well up in the south at nightfall, just below the lion's hindquarters. If you have a small telescope, take a look at the rings. May is the last good chance to see them in nearly dosed position, resembling a pair of shiny spikes sticking out from Saturn's disk. The bright star to the southeast of Saturn is Spica, marking an ear of grain held byVirgo, the virgin. High above Spica sails glorious Arcturus, anchoring the kite-shaped constel- I ..... 1- I Always something to read... J Tri-county News Subscrip.on Form: ]-i,20, ya, SENIOa te i. Mi,,.e.ot  $30/year SENIOR rate out.state i =qame" Telephone. | I'ddress/CiWlState/ZiP: ! rethodofpayment: lCheckem:losedor ( Please charge $7_ to rav:, VISA iMC I Signature P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353-0220 I I Tel/Fax (_32_0) 398-5000 L ... .. ....... j www.tricountynews.MN if it is permitted. Do not tryto burn the web in the tree because you will cause more damage to the tree than the caterpillars would. It is not effective to spray the cat- erpillarg inside the webbing with an insecticide because they are pro- tected by the web. Wait until a warm sunny day when the caterpillars leave the tent to feed on the leaves and apply the product to the foliage. Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) is a bac- terial insecticide that is very low tox- icity and is effective if applied when the caterpillars are less than one inch in length. Insecticide products that are effective include acephate (Orthene), carbaryl (Sevin), per- methrein (Eight), cyfluthrin, esfen- valerate and malathion. If the tree is flowering, use Bacillus thuring- iensis which will not kill the polli- nating bees. Use insecticides with care. Read the label before you pur- chase the product and again before you use it. Follow all directions and safety precautions. St. Cloud Municipal Band's trip to Germany The St. Cloud Municipal Band's (SCMB) May 10 concert at the Par- amount Theatre in St. Cloud will feature music for their trip to Spalt, Germany in June. The band's per- formance will be af 7:30 p.m. and is titled "American Musical Jour- ney." Spoilt, Germany is St. Cloud's sister city, and will be celebrating its 1,200th anniversary as a town. The SCMB will be taking part in Spalt's 1,200th anniversary cele- bratien. Many of the pieces per- formed at the Paramount concert will be played by the band while they are In Spalt. St. Cloud Munic- ipal Band Director Adam-Tervola Hultberg says the group is excited to go, "we are honored to be taking part m Spalt's 1,200th birthday. The band is working so hard for both the Paramount concert and the trip, we could not be more anx- ious to share our music with both the St. Cloud and Spalt communi- ties.,' The group will perform five concerts in Germany. One perfor- mance will be in a castle court- yard and another will be on a boat tour. The group will also get to do some sightseeing while overseas. The SCMB will leave June 10, and return to St. Cloud June 21. The band is also getting some assistance from two other cohamu- nity bands for both the Paramount performance and the Germany trip.-The Star of the North Band, and Meire Grove Community Band have some members taking part in both activities. Tervola Hultberg says the municipal band could not make the Germany trip without the additional support, "the Germany trip is a huge endeavor for us and we want to make a strong impression as we represent St. Cloud. Some of our normal members cannot travel with us for the Germany trip, so mem- bers from the other bands are step- ping up to fillin sections where oth- erwise we might have been a little shorthanded." More than 30 musi- cians are making the trip. The Paramount concert will feature a wide variety of music from Sousa marches to Broadway musicals including The Stars and St ripes Forever and selections from Westside Story. The concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The concert is made possi- ble with support from the Central Minnesota Arts Board. <www.municipalband.com> Community f Wednesday, April 28, 5 p.m., Clean-up day at Lake Union Cem- etery in rural South Haven. Thursday-Friday, April 29-30, Flushing of Kimball water hydrants. Thursday, April 29, 12 noon, Kimball Chamber. Thursday, April 29, 5:30 p.m., TOPS meets at St. Anne's Church in Kimball. Friday, April 30, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Cloud StandDown at National Guard Armory in St. Cloud; see story on page 3. Saturday, May 1, Clean-up day at Maine Prairie Cemetery. Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kimball Clean-up Day, at parking lot ofA.M. Maus & Son. See ad on page 3 for details (NOTE that some items have changed in the ad). Tuesday, May4, 7 p.m., Kimball Legion. Tuesday, May4, 8 p.m., Watkins Legion. Wednesday, May 5, 5-7. p.m., $2 spaghetti supper at KUMC. Thursday, May 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., "Haunted Minnesota" (for teens and adults) at Kimball Pub- lic Library. Thursday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Saddle Club. Thursday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., Wat-Kim-Valley VFW. Sunday, May 9, Mother's Day. Sunday, May 9, Kimball Express Mother's Day dinner at Genera- tions Ballroom. Monday, May 10, 6 p.m., Pub- lic informational meeting at KAHS board room re: budgets and levy (Open to anyone who wants to understand the school district financial system.) (320) 398-5595. Monday, May 10, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Legion Auxiliary pot-luck sup- per; 7 p.m. meeting. Tuesday, May 11, 9 p.m., Wat- kins Sportsmen's Club. Thursday, May 13, 6:30 p.m., Minnesota Prairie Spinners, at KAHS. Thursday, May 13, 8 p.m., Wat- kins Lions. Friday, May 14, 3-6 p.m., Kim- ball Area Farmers' Market opens for the season. Saturday, May 15, Kimball All- City Garage Sale. Saturday, May 15, Armed Forces Day. Monday, May 17, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Lions. Tuesday, May 18, 8 p.m., Forest City ThresherS meeting. Wednesday, May 19, 5-7 p.m., $2 spaghetti supper at KUMC. Friday, May 21, Annandale Friends of the Library "Dinner with an Author;" this year's guest is Peter Rennebohm, author of "French Creek" (based on a visit to French Lake Auto Parts); at Reichel's Event Center in Annan- dale; (320) 274-8448. Saturday, May 22, Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce Mem- ber Appreciation Night; watch for details. Tuesday, May 25, 7 p.m., Wat- kins Lionesses. Tuesday, May 25, 7:30 p.m., Kingston Legion. Thursday, May 27, 12 noon, Kimball Chamber. Monday, May 31, MEMORIAL DAY. Tuesday, June 1, 7 p.m., Kimball Legion. Tuesday, June 1, 8 p.m., Watkins Legion. Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Saddle Club. Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m., Wat-Kim-Valley VFW. Saturday, May 1, 4:30-8 p.m., All-you-can-eat Smelt Fry at South Haven City Hall, sponsored by S.H. Fire & Rescue. See their ad on page 3. Saturday, May 8, 4-8 p.m., Spa- ghetti dinner and silent auction benefit for Sarah Gohman, at Kim- ball Legion Club; drinks & karaoke from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Main Street Pub in Kimball. (320) 249-7000, 250-2411, or 333-5579 for dona- tions. See notice on page 6. Sunday, May9, 10:45 a.m., Kim- ball Express annual Mother's Day dinner at Generations Ballroom in Kimball. Saturday, May 15, 4-8 p.m., Grilled pork chop dinner benefit for Alex Landwehr, at St. Augusta Parish Center; watch for details. www.caringbridge.org/visit/ prayforalex Saturday, May 15, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Area Dollars for Scholars annual Gala, at KAHS. See notice on page 3,_ and watch for more details. Sunday, May 16, 8 a.m.-noon, Wat-Kim-Valley VFW benefit breakfast (for Girl Scouts); watch for details. Saturday, May 22, 9:45 a'.m., Old Glory Run, 5K run/walk in Cold Spring; proceeds benefit Minn. Disabled American Veterans; <www.TheOldGloryRun.com>. 00overnment Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m., Clearwater River Watershed Dis- trict Board of Managers Work Ses- sion, Kimball City Hall. Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., City of Kimball special meeting to discuss Magnus Johnson/Linden Ave. project and City Hall renova- tion project. Monday, May 31 7 p.m., Watkins Fire Dept.; 7:30 p.m., Watkins Res- cue. Monday, May 3, 8 p.m., Fairhaven Township, F.H. Town Hall. (320) 251-3425. Tuesday, May 4, 6 p.m., City of Kimball Board of Appeal and Equalization, at Kimball City Hall. Tuesday, May 4, 7 p.m., Kimball City Council meeting, Kimball City Hall. (320) 398-2725. Tuesday, May 4, 7 p.m., Kings- ton Township. (320) 398-8400. Tuesday, May 4, 7 p.m., South Haven City Council. Wednesday, May 5, 4 p.m., Maine Prairie Township Board of Appeal and Equalization, at Kim- ball Area Fire & Rescue Hall. Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Fire & Rescue meeting. E&cation Monday, May 3, 8 p.m., Kimball FFA meeting. Wednesday, May 5, 2-hour late start (Kimball schools). Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m., Dol- lars for Scholars meeting at KAHS, junior high commons. All are wel- come. Monday, May 10, KES Spring Concert. Monday, May 10, 7 p.m., Kim-- ball Sports Boosters. Tuesday, May 1i, 6:30 p.m., P.I.E. meeting. Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., KES and KAHS Choir Concert, at KAHS cafetorium. Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., KAHS band & choir spring con- cert.