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Pa00e 10 Community Thursday, July 8, 2010 so .K!mball, MN Education I Thursday, July 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., "Frog Symphony" at Kimball Public Library; for ages 3-12; see story on page 3 for details. Monday, July 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m., "Splash of Science" at Kimball Pub- lic Library; for ages 7-12; pre-regis- tration is required (398-3915). Monday-Thursday, July 12-15, CLIMB Theatre Camp at Annan- dale Public Library, for grades K-6; see story on page 3 for details. Wednesday, July 14, 10:30 a.m., Sunshine Story Time (ages 3-7) at Kimball Public Library. Thursday, July 15, 10:30 a.m., "Color your own Beach Ball" at Kimball Public Library; for ages 3-12; pre-registration is required. Ants in the Lawn By Ianelle Kuechle, U of M Extension I have had several calls about treating ants in the home lawn. Homeowners have been report- ing large numbers of ants in their lawns. Although their presence and volume may be alarming, their damage is usually minimal. When you see ant mounds in the lawn, the ants did not kill the grass, but instead are taking advantage of pre-existing problems in the lawn. Cornfield ants are commonly found in lawns where they con- struct a small mound that is found in exposed areas in the soil as well as in the cracks of sidewalks, patio bricks and driveways. Many mounds may be present in the lawn, especially in places where the grass is thinning or the soil is bare. Although their appear- ance can be unsightly, these ants are not harming the turf. They are merely taking advantage of favor- able nesting sites provided by the bare soil. A thick, healthy lawn will discourage ants. It is not practical to control cornfield ants in a lawn and the homeowners should toler- ate nests that are present. If con- trol is attempted, only try to elim- inate ants from small areas in the lawn, sidewalk, patio or other area where they are most conspicuous. Seed or otherwise encourage grass to grow in areas where it is thin- ning to help discourage ants from establishing nests as well as mak- ing nests less visible. Cornfield ant mounds found in the gardens can be ignored. These ants do not harm garden plants. Field ants, sometimes called thatching ants, are a second spe- Benefits Saturday-Sunday, July 10-11, Pearl Lake Festival (Holy Cross Parish); see ad on page 3 for details. (See more info. under "Commu- nity".) Saturday, July 10, 9 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sunday, Benefit for Katy Stewart- James: bike/car run, hog roast, silent auction, music by "Pan- demic." Bike/car run starts at Kim- ball Legion, departing at 10 a.m. Hogroastandsilentauctionstartsat 5 p.m. with live band at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 5-8 p.m., Spa- ghetti dinner and silent auction at Kimball Legion Club, to ben- efit KMS Memorial Ride; www. See ad on page 3. cies that may be found in the lawns. Field ant workers are up to one-quarter inch in size and are either black or black and red in color. Unlike the small mounds constructed by cornfield ants, the field ants build a crater-like nest that may be a foot wide or larger. Field ants do not need bare areas to establish their nests and they are often found where grass is growing normally and even in tall, unmowed grass. Although they certainly are more of a nuisance than cornfield ants when found in the lawn, the field ant nests are not common in turf. Jeff Hahn, University of Min- nesota Extension Entomologist, states that management of ants in turf is difficult and at best only temporary. If nests are treated in an area, new nests will re-colonize that site after the insecticide resi- due dissipates. It is never suggested to attempt to treat all ant nests in a yard as you can never stay ahead of them. It would become an unend- ing cycle of pesticide treatments, which is not practical or recom- mended. You can target a small number of nests that are particu- larly a nuisance or those that are located where the ants may cause a problem indoors. There are sev- eral insecticides that can be used to treat ant nests, including per- methrin and carbaryl (Sevin) in both liquid and granular form; bifenthrin and cyfluthrin as gran- ules; and acephate (Orthene) in liquid form. Be sure that the prod- uct you select is labeled for treat- ing lawns and turf, and always read directions before applying. Tickets 888-859-3102 Avandia Side Effects , __Tr00-co.00tyo , I &apos; I fro, eeoae! ] Tri-County News Subscription Form:  EW IR:.NIWAC] [-) $30/year for mailing i,, Mi,mesota or [ *40/year for mailhlg om "Of-sta'e [ I'm $20/year SENIOR rate in Minnesota J $30/year SENIOR rate out-state [ (SENIORS are age 62 and older) I |,,lame:  ]lephone: __ r, ddressiCitylStateIZip: ! rethodorpaym..t: Oc,, P,o..oc.a,g. ,om, ! 2ard number: - . - exp. date: / Signature i I P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353-0220 I I Tel/Fax (320) 398-5000 L .. .. __. ...... .. .. J www.tricountynews.MN Government Wednesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Fire & Rescue meeting. Thursday, July 8, 7 p.m., Wat- kins City Council. Monday, July 12, 7 p.m., Wat- kins Economic Development. Tuesday, July 13, 7 p.m., Maine Prairie Township meeting at Kim- ball Area Fire Hall; (320) 398-2905. Wednesday, July 14, 7 p.m., Clearwater River Watershed Dis- trict meeting, Annandale Middle School. Wednesday, July 14, 8 p.m., Wat- kins Planning Commission. Tuesday, July 20, 7 p.m., Kim- ball City Council meeting, Kim- ball City Hall. (320) 398-2725. Wednesday, July 21, 6:30 p.m., Kimball school board meeting. 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. Parade is 6 p.m. Satur- day; kids' events Saturday morn- ing at John Clark Elem.; Kids' trac- tor pull 2 p.m. Saturday; fireworks Saturday evening. Thursday, July 10, 9:00 a.m., Bike/Car run benefit for Katy Stewart James, Kimball Legion (SEE under "Benefits"). Saturday-Sunday, July 10-11, Pearl Lake Festival (Holy Cross Parish); see ad on page 3 for details. Street dance 8 p.m. Saturday; Polka Mass 10 a.m. Sunday; Grilled pork WILDER PAGEANT July 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2010 Walnut Grove, MN Outdoor drama based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder Performance 9:00 pm Alison Amgflm "Nellie" Guest Stars from the Dean Buffer "Almanzo" Appearing July 24 "Little House" "11/Series Appearing July 17 FREE 2-NIGHT VACATION! Donate Car Boat RV Motorcycle 1-800-227-2643 The diabetes drug Avandia has been linked to an increased risk of serious and potentially fatal injuries. If you or a loved one took Avandia and had a Heart Attack, Stroke, Heart Failure or Death, please contact us for a free consultation. Hollis Law Firm, P.A. 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Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m., Kim- ball Cares meeting at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball. All are welcome! Thurs.-Sun., July 15-19, Rich- mond River Lake Days. Friday-Sunday, July 16-18, First Anniversary Fest at Millner's Her- itage Winery, just south of Kimball on Hwy. 15. Monday, July 19, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Lions. Tuesday, July 20, 8 p.m., Forest City Threshers. Thurs.-Sat., July 22-24, Cold Spring Hometown Pride Festival. Fri.-Sun., July 23-25, South Haven Days. Tuesay, July 27, 7 p.m., Watkins Lionesses. Tuesday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Kingston Legion. Wednesday, July 28, 1-7 p.m., Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Watkins City Hall; call Theresia at 764-7251 or Betty at 764-9163; < www. redcrossb lood.o rg>. Wednesday, July 28 - Sunday, August 1, Stearns County Fair. Thursday, July 29, 12 noon, Kimball Chamber. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m., Kimball Legion. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 8 p.m., Watkins Legion. Tuesday, Aug. 3, National Night Out in Kimball's Willow Creek Park. Aug. 4-8, Wright County Fair, featuring Minneapolis-Moline. (763) 972-2880. Aug. 5-8, Meeker County Fair. Thursday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Saddle Club. Thursday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m., Wat-Kim-Valley VFW. Fri.-Sat., Aug. 6-7, Watkins Kraut 'n Wurst festival. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 9 p.m., Wat- kins Sportsmen's Club. Thursday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m., Minnesota Prairie Spinners, at KAHS. Thursday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m., Wat- kins Lions. Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 12-14, Minne- sota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival at E1 Rancho Mafiana. Fri.-Sat., Aug. 13-14, Clearwater Heritage Festival. Saturday, Aug. 14, New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 13-15, KIMBALL DAYS. NOTE: parade has been changed to 10 a.m. Saturday; the route will also be changed; watch for details! Monday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., Kim- ball Lions. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m., Forest City Threshers. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., "A Day at the Museum" at Stearns History Museum; includes archeological dig, nature games and hikes, story-telling, and mak- ing ice cream; for ages 7-11, cost is $20 for the day-long camp. (320) 253-8424 to register. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 21-22, Forest City Threshers' Show. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 21-22, Forest City Stockade Rendezvous. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m, Wat- kins Lionesses.