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Page 10 Bulletin Board ,4 Calendar Baseball Fri., June 25, TBA, Howard Lake Tournament. Sat., June 26, TBA, Howard Lake Tournament. Sun., June 27, 1 p.m., at St. Augusta. Fri., July 2, 6 p.m., v. Pearl Lake (make-up game from June 12). Visit, the official website of Kimball Express. Kimball Days special meeting There will be a special meet- ing at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Kimball City Hall regarding Kim- ball Days. This is your chance for your voice to be heard. The plans for Kimball Days need your input. Please take the time to attend this meeting. Communt00 Thursday, June 24, 12 noon, Annandale Ubrary Frog Symphony - July 7 All ages are invited to the Annandale library for a presenta- tion called "The Frog Symphony" 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7. This presentation by staff from St. John&apos;s Arboretum involves singing, storytelling, and imitat- ing calls of local frogs using home- made instruments. The atten- dance limit is 25 and preregistra- tion is required. This program is sponsored by the Annandale Area Friends of the Library. Sunshine Story Time at Kimball Ubrary The Kimball Public Library is offering a Sunshine Story Time series for children ages 3 to 7 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning June 23, and continuing through the summer. Children will enjoy stories and other activities at Sunshine Story Time, and be assisted in their development of early liter- acy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually read and write. These include being able to describe things and events and tell stories, and knowing the sounds and names of letters. For more information about Kimball Public Library activities, please'contact the library at (320) 398-3915. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Mor- rison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly one million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, program- ming and information services. Kimball Library open hours Monday 3-6, Wednesday 10-1, 3-6, Thursday 10-1, 3-8, Saturday 9-12. Gene Hugoson Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Let's keep greater MN clean and beautiful Driving around greater Minne- sota the last few weeks, I've been struck by the natural beauty of our ag.ri'cultural landscape. The bright green plants, the sparkling lakes and rivers, and (to a farm- er's eyes) the beautifully rich black soil all reinforce Minnesota's well- deserved reputation as a terrific place to farm and raise a family. The wonderful scenery of Min- nesota farmland is the perfect back- drop to give you some perspective on issues big and small. It's also a powerful illustration of the positive role agriculture can play in resource conservation. I wish more non-farmers could visit greater Minnesota and see how much work goes on at the farm level to protect soil and water quality. This month, for example, we're rec- ognizing a major milestone in the Minnesota Department of Agricul- ture's (MDA) Agricultural Best Man- agement Practices loan program. To date, 10,000 loans have been issued totaling more than $150 mil- lion for projects that prevent pol- lution. This includes 2,000 loans to provide financing for manure man- farmers purchase conservation till- age equipment. Farmers are using the equipment financed by this program on more than 2 million acres of land. And the work continues. Just recently, MDA rolled out a new pro- gram for Minnesota livestock pro- ducers called the Livestock Envi- ronmental Quality Assurance Pro- gram (LEQA). Using funds from the environmentally-dedicated sales tax, we launched the program to help livestock producers take the initiative to evaluate water quality issues and implement appropriate practices. The idea is that this pro- gram will be a useful tool for farm- ers looking to take the next step in addressing environmental con- cerns on lands they manage. The LEQA program merges farmers' and government's efforts to obtain a water-quality score for any particular farm. The assessments help the farmers figure out what actions they can take themselves, and how the government programs can help. More information is avail- able at <www.agresourcestrategies. corn>. agement and 3,000 projects to help www.tricountynews.MN r ........... i | , 00rrCounty News | i 00omo00h00. ! .   for everyone! . I Tri-County News Subscription Form:  NEW  RENEWAL! 3 $20/year SEN IOR rate in Minnesota. (SWIORS are age[ $30/year SENIOR rate out-state62 and older) I I |Vlethod of payment:  Check enclosed or  Please charge $__to my:  ViSA : C | I |.;ard number: - - - exp. date: I | | iiii P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55a5a-0220 ! ! Tel/Fax (320) 398-5000 L ......... i, i J One aspect of this prQgram worth highlighting is that it is vol- untary and not based on the assumption that farmers need to be coerced into action. We're using the carrot and not the stick, and based on farmers' past record we have every reason to expect that this approach will be very successful. After all, Minnesota farmers under- stand the importance of clean water as much as anyone. And as people who make their living from the land, they certainly understand the value of keeping topsoil where it's at. That's why producers have been and always will be at the fore- front of managing Minnesota's soil and water resources. Yes, when bad actors or care- less operators pollute or degrade our environment, they must be held accountable for their actions. But those incidents get attention because they are out of the ordi- nary. We can't let those rare, high- profile mistakes and misdeeds blind us to the positive contribu- tions made every day by so many farmers around the state. As some- one once said, the real conserva- tionist isn't the one who says the river is dirty; it's the one who goes out and cleans up the river. Even better are the folks who prevent it from getting dirty in the first place. Rubber stamps % You can now order 'i{ rubber stampg, seals and signs. Quick service, low prices and high quality. Stop by and take a look! 70 Main Street South Kimball (320) 398-5000 Thursday, June 24, 2010 Tri-Coun News Kimball, MN Education Kimball Chamber. Thursday, June 24, 4:30-7 p.m., Community picnic and open house at Thomes Insurance (inter- section of Hwy. 15 & 55 in Kim- ball); food and prizes. Everyone is welcome! Thurs.-Sun., June 24-27, Eden Valley Daze. Friday, June 25, 3-6 p.m., Kim- ball Area Farmers' Market (behind Triple R). Stearns County Dairy Princess Hannah Schaefer will hand out 50-cent ice cream in honor of Dairy Month, while sup- pplies last. Saturday, June 26, Fair Haven Old Settlers' Picnic: see page 7 for schedule. Brenda Newman, (320) 236-7491. Sunday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. Crow Creek Gospel Band will perform church service at Lake Union Cov- enant Church. rual South Haven Saturday-Sunday, June 26-27, U.S. Navy "Blue Angels" Air Show in St. Cloud; www.GreatMinnesota for info. and tickets. Tuesday, June 29, 7:30 p.m., Kingston Legion. Thursday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., Kim- ball Saddle Club. Thursday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., Wat- Kim-Valley VFW. Sunday, July 4, 10:00 a.m. Pio- neer Park Country Church Ser- vice. Breakfast to follow, Free will donation. Tuesday, July 6, 7 p.m., Kimball Legion. Tuesday, July 6, 8 p.m., Watkins Legion. Thursday, July 8, 6:30 p.m., Minnesota Prairie Spinners. Thursday, July 8, 8 p.m., Wat- kins Lions. Fri.-Sun., July 9-11, Rockville Rock-Fest. Saturday-Sunday, July 10-11, Pearl Lake Festival (Holy Cross Parish); see ad on page 3. Saturday, July 10, Annandale Petals and Palets garden tour and luncheon; tickets available at Snooty Fox in Annandale. Aug. 13-15: KIMBALL DAYS. Wednesday, June 30, 10:30 a.m., Sunshine Story Time (ages 3-7) at Kimball Public Library. Wednesday, July 21, 6:30 p.m., Kimball School Board meeting. Saturday, July 31, 6 p.m., KAHS class reunion for classes of 1984- 1985-1986. (320) 398-3046. Monday, Aug. 16, Sports prac- tice begins for football, cross- country and volleyball: Saturday, Aug. 21, KAHS Class of 1975 reunion, at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball. (320) 398-5000. BeheSts SaturdaSunday, June 26-27, St. Mary Help of Christians Parish Festival (in St. Augusta); see ad on page 3 for details. Thursday, July 10, 9:00 a.m., Bike/Car run benefit for katy Stewart James, Kimball Legion; watch for details. Saturday-Sunday, July 10-11, Pearl Lake Festival (Holy Cross Parish); see ad on page 3 for details. Government Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m., Spe- cial Meeting regarding Kimball Days, Kimball City Hall. Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m., Clearwater River Watershed Dis- trict Board of Managers Work Ses- sion, Kimball City Hall. Thursday, June 24, 5 p.m., EV-W Joint Water Board. Monday, July 5, 7 p.m., Watkins Fire Dept.; 7:30 p.m., Watkins Res- cue. Monday, July 5, 8 p.m., Fairhaven Township, F.H. Town Hall. (320) 251-3425. Tuesday, July 6, 7 p.m., Kimball City Council meeting, Kimball City Hall. (320) 398-2725. Tuesday, July 6, 7 p.m., Kingston Township. (320) 398-8400. Activities arrive at Farmers Market Don Thurber brought supplies and tools to last Friday's Kimball Area Farmers Market and he helped kids make birdhouses on a windy but beautiful day. This Friday (June 25) there will be ice cream and a Dairy Princess. (See calendar note above.) The market takes place from 3-6 p.m. each Friday in the parking lot behind Triple R. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.