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Thursday, June 4, 2009 Tri-County News • Kimball, MN ::,:,~, ~ i~i ~i~ ~nt~:..~:":~:~ .............. ...... ~ ~ ..... .~ ~ .......... .. In rural America, small business is king By Brian Depew, Center for Rural Affairs Greater numbers of rural peo- ple are self employed or work for small business than in urban areas. Small businesses also cre- ate most of the new jobs in rural America, and during an economic downturn our economies rely even more heavily on the inge- nuity of rural people as they start new businesses that rebuild our economic prospects. Investing in small businesses also helps revitalize our main streets and build our communi- ties. That is why I was pleased to hear recently that Washington is paying attention to the needs of rural small businesses. In the coming month the USDA will launch a new program to sup- port rural entrepreneurs as they start up and expand small busi- nesses. The new Rural Microentre- preneur Assistance Program will make grants to organizations that provide technical assistance and make small loans to businesses. The program was one of the victo- ries for rural America in the 2008 farm bill. We also received great news with the release of the president's budget this month. The budget proposes a six-fold increase in funding for the microentrepre- neur program expanding it to $26 million annually. That is an,excel- lent start in the effort to expand the reach of the program and help set rural America. and all of Amer- ica, back on track. For more information visit . The Center for Rural Affairs was family farms and rural commu- established in 1973 as an unaffil- nities, and we work to strengthen fated nonprofit corporation under small businesses, family farms IRS code 501(c)3. The Center for and ranches, and rural communi- Rural Affairs was formed by rural ties. Nebraskans concerned about Fire department called to Arnold's Purina Chow The Kimball Fire Department was called to a "shed fire" at Arnold's Implement in Kimball at around 5 p.m. Thursday, May 28. The fire turned out to be a burning treehouse just across the fence from Ar- nold's. One of the Arnold's warehouses was damaged in the fire, and the treehouse was a total loss. According to police chief Jim Frilstad, the fire was started by children playing with matches. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Japanese rock pool mosquitoes become established in state Officials urge residents to rid had survived the Minnesota winter. * Unclog rain gutters to ensure property of water-holding contain- "We suspect that we will soon find proper drainage. ers to thwart breeding of the new this mosquito in other counties as • Be sure rain barrels are fitted Minnesota mosquito, well," Neitzel said. with screens to preverit mosquitoes Faced with a new mosquito spe- LaCrosse encephalitis is usually from using them as breeding sites. cies that could transmit disease in transmitted through the bite of an • Check your trees for pockets of Minnesota, stare health and rues- infected Eastern tree hole mosquito standing water. Often water collects quite-control officials are urging res- (Aedes triseriatus), a daytime-feed- between trunks or where a branch idents to rid their property of water- ing mosquito common to much of joins the trunk. Drain any water holding containers. The Minnesota southernMinnesota.This mosquito found and fill the pocket with sand. Department of Health (MDH) and also uses water-holding containers Most of the mosquitoes pro- the Metropolitan Mosquito Control as breeding sites. These same con- duced in containers do not fly far District (MMCD) confirmed that the tainers are also used by some types from where they develop, so home ]apanese rock pool mosquito (Aedes of Culex mosquitoes that maintain cleanup helps to protect family and japonicus) is established in at least West Nile virus in the environment, neighbors from mosquito-trans- five southeastern Minnesota coun- but don't commonly bite people., mitted disease. ties. This mosquito could potentially Removal ofwater-holdingcontain- LaCrosse encephalitis affects transmit LaCrosse encephalitis virus ers will control all three types of the brain and central nervous sys- (LAC) and West Nile virus (WNV) to mosquitoes and help prevent both tern. Severe cases occur primarily humans. LaCrosse encephalitis and West in children and adolescents under • "Spring is the perfect time to Nile virus, the age of 16 and are character- take simple steps to prevent mos- Here are some spring-clean- ized by symptoms like high fever, quite-transmitted disease later this ing tips that can help prevent rues- headache, confusion and seizures. summer," said David Neitzel, an quito-borne disease this summer: Since 1985, 124 LAC cases (includ- MDH epidemiologist who special- • Inspect your yard, surrounding ing 1 death) have been reported to izes in mosquito-borne diseases, brush ~nd woods, and neighbor- MDH. "Several types of disease-carrying hood for any containers (e.g., tires, Most WNV cases experience mosquitoes use water-holding con- buckets, cans) that can hold a small fever, headache, fatigue, and some- tainers, such as old tires, buckets, amount of water, times a rash. Severe WNV enceph- or cans, as breeding sites. If every- * Properly dispose or recycle any alitis cases tend to occur in older one dumps the water out of these unwanted containers and store all people, rather than children or ado- containers and removes them dur- other containers indoors so they lescents. Since 2002, 451 WNVcases ing their spring yard work, we can do not collect water. In the seven- (including 14 deaths) have been reduce the number of mosquitoes county Metropolitan area, MMCD reported to MDH. that could transmit disease later will help you recycle old tires. Information on LAC, WNE, and this summer." , Change the water in bird bathg m0gquitoeg can be found at the The Japanese rock pool mos- and animal-watering bowls orMDH Web site: , and the MMCD Web site: accidentally imported into this ° Keep water moving in foun-. country, has been steadily moving tains, ornamental ponds and water People who have questions across the United States since it was gardens, or stock fish that eat mos- about mosquito -transmitted dis- first found in NewIersey in 1998. It quite larvae, eases can call MDH at (651) 201- was first identified irl Minnesota in ° Make sure that unused swim- 5414 or (877) 676-5414 (outstate) Scott County in 2007. During 2008, ming pools, fountains, and boats between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Men- it was also detected in Dakota, are kept completely drained of day through Friday. For questions Goodhue, Wabasha and Houston water, on mosquitoes, call MMCD at (651) counties. 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