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PAGE 14 June 2, 2016 Mark Meteorologist Storm system on Friday Weather Column: We had a ever freezing temperature with a nice close out to our Memorial record low of32 degrees F. DayWeekendMondayforallofthe Weather fact: Lightning can Memorial Day observances withoccur within a cloud, between lots of sunshine, clouds, from the cloud to air, or Temperatures were gener- from the cloud to the ground. ally in the upper 70s and lower MNATAGLANCE: 80s across most of the area on Moorhead Low51 High 61 Monday, but a few mid- to upper- Duluth Low 46 High 64 80s were recorded across parts of Central Minn. Low 51 High 63 western Minnesota. Montevideo, Minneapolis Low 56 High.70 Appleton, and Wheaton all hitRochester Low 54 High 73 87 degrees for daytime high tem- Marshall Low 54 High 67 peratures on Monday. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy For those camping over the to cloudy and cooler, 20-per- weekend, however, it was chilly cent chance of showers. High 63 across parts of northern Minnesota Low 47 Wind: W 10-20 mph Prec. as temperatures dipped into the 30s Trace-.10" Monday morning. Crane Lake and Monday's sunrise: 5:34 a.m. Hibbing both fell to a cool 39. Monday's sunset: 9:04 p.m. Thankfully, the rain held offNormal High: 71 Monday until late in the evening Normal Low: 50 and overnight, when most of the Temperatures will be chilly on outdoor activities were wrapped Wednesday as we will be anywhere up and many of the campers had from five to ten degrees below aver- headed back home. age. It will be short-lived, however, ExpectacooldayonWednesday as we will return to above normal as clouds will hinder our daytime temperatures by Thursday. Look heating. Look for high tempera- for showers and thunderstorms to tures across much of the area only arrive by Friday as a warm from in the low to mid 60s. followed by a cold front will slide A warm front will arrive by through by Friday that could spark Thursday and we should be back some thunderstorms. Drierweather imo the 70s for daytime high is slated to return by Saturday after- temperatures, noon and Sunday. Our next storm system will Thursday: Partly cloudy, move across the Upper Midwest20-percent chance of rain late. Friday bringing with it showers High 75 Low 53 Winds: WNW and thunderstorms. 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20" Drier weather is expected to Friday: Mostly cloudy, 70-per- return by Saturday afternoon into cent chance of showers and thun- Sunday making for pretty nicederstorms. High 77 Low 57 Winds: weather at this stage. S 10-15 mph Prec..20"-.50" By the way, June 1 is the mete- Saturday: Mostly cloudy early urological start to summer. The then partly cloudy, 40-percent summer solstice, however, won't chance of showers/t-storms early. take place until June 20. High 75 Low 54 Winds: NNW 15-25 Welcome to summer.., almost, mph Prec..10"-.30" Weather history: On this dateSunday: Mostly sunny, 20-per- in 1993 it was chilly across the cent chance of shower/T-storms. state of Minnesota. For exam-High 78 Low 54 Winds: NW 10-20 ple, St. Cloud recorded its latest mph Prec. Trace-.20" USDA awards funding in support of rural economic development and seeks applications for future projects U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer May 25 announced funding in sup- port of rural economic development projects in central Minnesota. "We have seen time and again that our community investments are most successful when we part- ner with folks already embedded in the local fabric," Landkamer said. "These grants help bring jobs to our rural small towns, with USDA providing funding and technical assistance to help launch business and development projects specifi- cally tailored to the needs of each local and regional area." The Initiative Foundation will receive a grant of $172,372 to pro- vide training, technical assis- tance and financial support to 20 non-profit organizations serving low-income rural communities in central Minnesota. Funding is being provided through USDA's Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program, which helps community- based development organiza- tions, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups promote economic development in low- income, rural communities. The Initiative Foundation is one of 23 organizations, made in an announcemem last week by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, receiving awards through the RCDI program, an investment totaling more than $4 million. Secretary Vilsack also announced that USDA soon will seek applications for the next round of program funding. "The latest Census data show that last year, rural America's pop- ulation grew at the fastest rate since 2010," Vilsack said. "USDA stands ready to help rural com- munities create jobs and continue to be a place where people want to raise their families." RCDI grants are not provided directly to businesses or indi- viduals. Instead, awards are pro- vided to public or non-profit inter- mediaries that are locally-based and skilled in business develop- ment and job creation. Recipients must obtain matching funds, which doubles the impact of the grants. USDA will publish applica- tion information in an upcoming Federal Register notice. Since 2009, USDA has awarded $39 million to support 206 rural economic development projects financed through the RCDI pro- gram. The projects are exam- ples of USDA's support for local- ly-based devel9pment strategies. For more information on USDA programs, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ mn, and contact your local area office. Corrections agents Two Stearns County Senior Community Corrections Agents were awarded for their work. Roberta Frahm and Sarah Byers- Scott received the Board of Directors Award at the annual Minnesota Association of Pre -Trial Services Agencies (MAPSA) con- ference. They received the award for their outstanding dedicdtion, commitment and professionalism in the field of pre-trial services. Community Corrections agents supervise defendants who are on pre-trial, probation or supervised release and assist them with ser- vices and programs focused on changing their criminal behaviors. Agents Frahm and Byers-Scott were nominated for the award by the Stearns County Community Corrections Management Team. They are praised for effectively practicing early intervention with their clients, ensuring public safety and a greater likelihood of success in affecting client behav- ior change. They helped create a partnership between the Stearns County Attorney's office, the St. Cloud CityAttorney's Office and local police departments result- ing in better reporting and more timely and appropriate responses from corrections agents. They voluntarily work weekends and evenings to better do their job. Frahm and Byers-Scott were inte- gral members of a subcommittee receive iii~ili!i .......www.tricountynews.mn ~~S i,iH i 2 = state recognition Stearns County Senior Community Corrections Agents Roberta Frahm and Sarah Byers-Scott with their award for outstanding dedication, commitment and professionalism in the field of pre-trial services. Submitted photo. that set into place improved and have praised their work. Police more efficient methods for doing Officers often will call on Frahm pre-trial supervision procedures, andByers-Scott. resulting in the use of a pre-trial "We really appreciate Agents risk assessmem screening tool Frahm and Byers-Scott's dedi- and a pre-trial bail study screen- cation and passion toward pub- ing tool no longer requiring a face- lic safety and bettering the com- to-face interview with the client, munity and clients for whom The efforts of these agents in they work with," said Steve pre-trial has not gone unnoticed Klein, Supervisor in Community by parties in the criminal justice Corrections. system. Other corrections agents, judges, and prosecuting attorneys Minnesota Starwatch for June 2016 ByDeaneMorrison Saturn also has 53 known Saturn has been playing sec- moons. They display a dizzy- ond fiddle to Mars all year, but in ing variety, from giant, cloud- June the red planet fades while the shrouded Titan to the small, ringed planet reaches its pinnacle, incredibly cratered Hyperion and Saturn's big moment comes, ice-encrusted Enceladus, with overnight on the 2nd-3rd, when its global ocean and geysers that Earth laps it in the orbital race. At spraywater far into space. that time Saturn will be opposite Look for Saturn about 90 min- the sun in the sky and up all night, utes after sunset in the southeast. Also, its rings are now very favor- It's the bright light east of relatively ably tilted for telescopic viewing, luminous Mars, which moves west They were well tilted in 1610, against the background of stars too, when Galileo discovered until the 29th. Just below and them. His telescope couldn't between the planets is Antares, resolve their structure, and he the red heart of Scorpius. You may thought Saturn was sandwiched want to see all these objects in between two close, and gigan- the first week of June, while Mars tic, moons. Later, as Earth passed is still very bright and no moon through the ring plane, the rings interferes. turned edge-on and disappeared, Jupiter is high in the south- -adding to his confusion. In 1659 west, below Leo, the lion. Between Dutch astronomer ChristiaanJupiter and Mars shines Spica, the Huygens, benefiting from a bet- brightest star inVirgo, the maiden. ter telescope, published his the- Above Spica and Mars, high in the ory that Saturn was encircled by south, is Arcturus, the beacon of a ring. But it wasn't until the 1850s Bootes, the herdsman. that the Scottish physicist James Looking north, the Big Dipper Clerk Maxwell showed, usinghangs upside down, while to mathematics, that the rings were the lower right the Little Dipper not solid, but made up of particles seems to stand upright on the tip now known to consist of ice, dust of its handle: Polaris, the North and rock. Star. This is a good time to trace Looking north, ca.. ; 10:30 p.m. June4 / t t Big Dipper / Dragon's head ' \ / / \ /-. " , L/" / t t 1 ( / Little Dipper ! \\ / / \/ - /7 Polaris Minnesota starwatch the form of Draco, the dragon, as it snakes from its head near the bright star Vega, in the east-north- east, then around the bowl of the Little Dipper to its tail between the dippers. A star chart will help. On the 20th we get two nota- ble events. A full moon, known to Algonquin Indians as the full strawberry moon, arrives at 6:02 a.m. However, in most loca- tions it will have set by then; it's best seen 4:30-5 a.m. or the eve- ning before. The second event is the summer solstice, arriving at 5:34 p.m. At that moment the sun reaches a point directly over the Tropic of Cancer and summer offi- cially begins. 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 Institute for Astrophysics: www. astro, umn.edu/outreach/pubnight Check out the astronomy programs at the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum ExploraDome: www. bellmuseum.umn.edu/ exploradome Find U of M astron- omers and links to the world of astronomy at www.astro.umn.edu.