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PAGE 20 May 5, 2016 May Weed of the Month: Multiflora Rose g .... ,Kimbalrs Got Talent" Everyone's invited Saturday, evening, May 7, to a talent contest, silent auction, hers doeuvres, and presentation of Kimball Senior Scholar scholarships, (It might well be called "Kimball Area's Got Talent:' but that name wasn't quite as catchy.) A $25 ticket (avail. in advance at Harvest Bank, or either Kimball school office) gets you access to all the entertainment and fun. All proceeds support scholarships. Blood drive May 5 The Bloodmobile will be in Kimball Thursday, May 5, from 1- 7 p.m. at St. Anne's Church. (Bring your ID!) ! 320-685-3564 ByEmilie]usten, Minn. Dept. of Agriculture May's weed of the month is an aggressively spreading, thorny plant. Multiflora rose (Rosa mul- tiflora) is native to eastern Asia. It was introduced to North America as a rootstock for ornamental roses, and for erosion control, liv- ing fence rows, and wildlife hab- itat. Because of its highly inva- sire nature, it escaped cultivation and has become a serious threat to habitats where it outcompetes native plants and desirable agri- cultural forages. Multiflora rose is a multi- stemmed, bushy shrub with long, thorny stems. The stems can grow up to six feet tall, and spread hor- izontally up to 15 feet. Stems are green or reddish in color with Community banks are almost TWICE AS LIKELY as a large bank to APPROVE your business loan application. ST. AUGUSTA www.harvestbankm stiff, curved thorns. Leaves are compound and divided into 5-11 leafets. The leaflets are one-two inches in length. Clusters of showy white fowers are produced in May and June, and have a distinct rose fragrance. The fowers produce rose hip fruits that turn bright red and contain several seeds that persist throughout the winter. Multiflora rose can invade many types of habitat. It has been recorded in forest understories, hedgerows, savannas, stream banks, wetland and bog edges, pastures, roadsides, and other disturbed habitats. In Minnesota, it is commonly found in the southeastern part of the state and is spreading northward. It can invade new areas through seed dis- persal when animals consume the fruit and spread the seed, and it also spreads by the elongated stems rooting to the ground. Because of its ability to root from stems, multiflora rose can form thick, impenetrable thickets. The stems can also climb trees, shrubs, and structures that make it difficult for humans, wildlife, and livestock to navigate. Its invasive growth hab- itat prevents the growth of native herbaceous and woody plants. Management of multiflora rose requires a multi-year commitment. Large populations invading upland sites can be mowed 3-6 times per growing season for a period of 2-4 years. Smaller infestations can be pulled; however, pulled plants should be piled or burned at a des- ignated site to prevent the stems from re-rooting. Multiflora rose can be success- fully managed by grazing goats. If an infestation is managed prop- erly, grazing goats can kill multi- flora rose. Prescribed burns in early spring may reduce infestations. For infor- mation on prescribed burns, please visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website (http:// www. dnr.state, mn. us~forestry~fire~ - questions.html). Herbicide applications may also be effective at controlling multiflora rose. If using herbicide treatments, check with your local University of Minnesota Extension agent, co-op, or certified landscape care expert for assistance and recommenda- tions. There are several businesses throughout the state with certified herbicide applicators that can be hired to perform chemical applica- tions. Multiflora rose is also found Swim lesson sign-up If you missed Saturday's lesson sign-up for the Watkins Pool, you can sign up at Watkins City Hall. Payment is due with registration. Friends of the Library Eden Valley Friends of the Library meets at 6 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the library. New members are always welcome! Old Coots to meet The next meeting of the Old Coots (male alumni of KHS up to the early '60s) will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball. Photos at 12:15. "Gunslingers" coming! The Granite City Gunslingers club will compete at Kimball Rod & Gun Club (in the staging area south of the clughouse) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14i This is a free spectator event, and it's quite interesting and fun. (Protective ear plugs are available, and highly recommended.) Sign up for Kimbalrs Aft-city Garage Sale (See details on page 3.) Sign- ups are now being accepted for the May 14 All-City Garage Sale in Kimball. Sign up is at the Tri- County News office, or by calling Jayne at (320) 398-5000. There is no cost to participate in the All-City Garage Sale, but you must sign up to be included on the map and in advertising. All costs for the sale are being paid by the Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce. (So please thank a Chamber member!) 12 days left of school (but who's counting?) There are 12 days left of classes for EV-W and Kimball students. Graduation is Thursday, May 26, for both schools. Upcoming benefits May 7, Pancake breakfast at Kimball United Methodist Church Lake Union Covenant Church garage sale (South Haven) May 7,"Kimball's Got Talent" contest through Kimball Senior Scholarship y8, of breakfast (Cold Spring) in or around riparian and wetland habitats. If treating plants near water May 21, tl f with an herbicide, please be aware of the state pesticide laws and use only Klon~o 5K products labeled for aquatic use. (See calendar on page lK )