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n.h., Thursday, June 13, 2013 i- County News www.tricountynews.mn ~ ~:~:~::~:~i~ .... ...................... ,:'by Jean Doi ah Mama The facts prove it It was a long, hard winter ates on a two-year funding cycle, A recent article in MinnPost andlast year's savings helped fund cited these facts about the 2012-13 this year's extra costs. winter. They quantify just how bad It wasn't our imaginations or this winter was. All future winters bad memory. The past four weeks may be compared to this one. of rain have helped us forget about ,67.7 inches of snow were offi- the long, hard winter of 2012-13. ciallyreported at the MSP airport. But it still leaves us wondering: Last year, it was 22.3 inches. Where is summer? MnDOT used 47 percent more It is June 13, nearly halfway salt than the five-year average: through the first month of sum- 304,555 tons statewide, as com- mer. It's hard to think about jump- pared to last year's 154,072 tons. ing in the lake when it's only 56 Costforsnowremoval(includ- degrees. Barbecuing in a steady ing labor, equipment and materi- drizzle doesn't sound like fun als) was $90.5 million for this past either. winter, nearly double last year's We can only hope that we get $45.9 million. "real" summer soon, that it's not The good news is thatlastyear's too miserably hot and dry (or wet). mild winter left MnDOT with time And, while we're at it, let's hope and money to do needed repairs that winter 2013-14 is a mild one l and equipment purchases. ThisMost of all, what are we hoping was helpful since MnDOT oper-for? Something other than weather to talk about. FSA 2013 reporting of prevented planting extended to July 15 Farmers must report prevented date may be subject to late filing planting acreage to their local fees. USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) Direct and Counter Cyclical Pro- office by July 15, 2013. FSA State gram (DCP) participants that claim Executive Director Debra Crusoe prevented planting and don't plant stated, "Due to an unseasonably a subsequentcrop on that acreage cool and wet spring, planting has are required to have an acceptable been significantly delayed or pre- cover crop on all crop base acreage vented in many areas of Minne- to protect the land from erosion. sota this crop year." "Farmers must The cover crop cannot be hayed, remember to visit their local FSA grazed or otherwise harvested office before Iuly 15 to report all before Nov. 1, 2013. Information on their crop acxeage, including that approved cover crops for Minne- which has been prevented from sota is available at local FSA offices. planting." Crusoe said. Farmers with highly erod- USDA policy requires farmers ible land are reminded they are who request prevented planting required to follow a conservation credit to report the applicable acre- plan to retain conservation compli- age to FSA on form FSA-578 (Report ance eligibility. If the weather con- of Acreage) and file form CCC-576 ditions change a farmer's planting (Notice of Loss) within 15 calendar plans, they need to ensure they still days after the final planting date for follow an acceptable conservation the crop. Final planting dates vary plan. by crop but are all typically well State Executive Director Crusoe before the final acreage reporting also reminds farmers that it is date of July 15. For 2013, however, important to accurately report FSA has simplified the process due failed and prevented planted acre- to the widespread disaster situation age for crop insurance purposes by extending the various prevented and in the event future disaster pro- planting acreage reporting dead- grams are made available through lines for Minnesota to coincide USDA. with the final crop acreage report- For more information about the ing date of July 15, 2013. Prevented programs administered by FSA, planting acreage reported on visit any FSA county office, or www. CCC-576 and FSA-578 after this fsa.usda.gov. J[|| PerUer "Slices of Life" Trip Mol The end of the school year bit tired. (Oh, please let them be means one thing - besides back- tired3 At least you'd hope they'd packs sent home filled with crum- be quiet. pled spelling worksheets, artwork, They were neither. The ones in pencil nubs and capless markers, my small group were mostly wet. I I'm talking about field trips. These found fifth graders to be extremely school-induced excursions usu- hands-on when it comes to aquar- ally involve rain, along with a few iunis. other elements - namely a signed The parents on the bus, while permission slip, $8 for admission dry, were exhausted. At least I to some museum, a bag lunch and was. We'd earned exhaustion. chaperones. We;d spent the day trying to help Three out of five dictionaries kids learn. Do you know how dif- define chaperone as: 1. "The par- ficult that is? God bless the teach- ent who always sends permission ers who do this on a daily basis, slips back on time and volunteers and I mean that with my entire, every Tuesday to help kids with depleted being. math." Or, more often: 2. "A par- " On the way home, after aH this ent, who out of guilt for not volun- wholesome learning, one child - teering during the regular school who happened to be in my small year, justifies that taking one day group all day - decided to yell the to visit a nature center to learn word "pop" over and over again. about turtles, sharks, butterflies or Mind you, this was in an already fill-in-the-name-ofayour-favorite- decibel-laden bus full of ll-year- animal-here will make up for this olds. huge and indiscriminate indiscre- I was seated no more than five tion." feet from said popper. Through I fit into definition number two. the glazed daze of kid overkill I (Why do I always end up feeling leaned back and prepared to close like number two?) I do not, regret- my eyes in attempt to get to my tably, volunteer on Tuesdays, and happy place. I didn't even regis- have never considered myself ter the fact that someone was yell- tutor-worthy - in just about any ing the "P" word. Heck, as far as subject, including math. I was concerned, everyone was Because of the aforementioned yelling. It was a gosh darn free for factors, I found myself on a yel- all, except, of course, everyone low school bus, filled to the brim remained seated (Bus Rule #1). with fifth graders, in the middle of The teacher sat in the front, single-lane road construction, en about 15 seats from me appear- route to a museum and aquarium ing calm and nonchalant. Her ears for a day filled with both historic pricked. She turned around in a andamphibious learning, manner that made me fear whip- I was assigned a small group lash. of six students. Teachers consider Her eyes darted like a viper in six small because they deal with hot pursuit of prey. She caught 25 or more kids each day. They my eye and mouthed the words, also have bionic ears and eyes in "Who. Is. Yelling. Pop?" I motioned the back of their heads. I was born vaguely to the right side of the with only normal hearing. Morns bus. Teacher stood up like a whip- like me do not consider six chil- persnapper, authoritatively and dren a small group. To us, it's more bravely ignoring Bus Rule #1, like the Brady bunch. I am proud We were on the interstate doing to say I kept my group in tow for 60 mph at the time. Defying the most of the day, except for once or propulsion of forward motion, She twice when I misplaced a couple made her way to the back of the of them. But, hey, who's counting? bus. Despite road construction Has anyone seen Brady? and uneven pavement, she didn't We spent the morning learning waver in her resolve. The heroism about history; the afternoon about and endurance of teachers never watery ecosystems. We came. We ceases to amaze me. saw. We touched. We splashed. We She caught the culprit who'd conquered, been yelling what could only be After the aquarium personnel considered a swear word in these fed the otters, it was time to board circumstances and let them know the hot, yellow, crowded school they were on her super sonic bus for home. I could hardly stop teacher radar. I myself was scared. myself from letting out a cheer. I We all know teachers have super was ready to sit in the less-than- powers. I'm sure she could look comfortable, faux leather, all-too- right at me and knew I'd failed upright bus seats. Who am I kid- to keep my small group intact ding? I was ready to sleep there, throughout the entire day, not to ! But, our field trip wasn't over mention the fact I'd forgotten all ~-~,-.,r--rr~*~* ~ :~'~/~1~~~ yet. Hooray. Here's one of the my kryptonite at home. I kept my ~~ ~ ,~ ~~t~)~x~~~ many things i learned that day: eyes forward and hands and feet fiftl -grade kids are still young inside the aisle and for sure fol- ~~~~ ~l enough to sit three to a seat in a lowed Bus Rule #1 for the rest of r~gulation school bus. This means the ride home. they are three times more likely to Jill Pertler is an award-winning do something silly, loud or irritat- syndicated columnist, playwright ing. " and author of "The Do-It-Your- One would think after several selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication', lessons about World War II fighter You can read more columns at the pilots and various water-loving Slices of Life page on Facebook. critters, the kids would be a tiny POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-CoUnty News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. 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