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Nitrate clinic provides valuable service to area residents The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in cooperation with the Cities of St. Martin and Kimball, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and the Minnesota Department of Health will host two free nitrate water-testing clin- ics Tuesday, Aug. 2, and Thursday, Aug. 4. The clinics will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday's clinic will be hosted by the City of St. Martin at the St. Martin City Hall. Thursday's clinic will be hosted by Kimball at the Kimball City Hall. Nitrates are the most com- mon contaminant in Minnesota's groundwater. Since you can't taste it or see it, many people are not aware it is in their water. The source of nitrate in groundwater is influenced by a number of factors, including septic systems, lawn fer- tilizer, crop fields, animal wastes, and decaying plants. "Rainfall and land manage- ment techniques can contrib- ute to the presence of nitrate in groundwater," stated SWCD Administrator Dennis Fuchs. "As more water moves through the soil profile, it flushes out excess nutrients into the water table. Areas with sandy soils are more susceptible to nutrient loss with increased rainfall." To keep your drinking water safe, have your well tested annu- ally for nitrate and bacteria. Continue to properly manage nitrate sources near your well. Small things like routinely pump- ing your septic tank and apply- ing fertilizer to your lawn when it is actively growing will help keep you and your family safe. To participate in the free test clinic, bring your water sample to one of the clinics or drop offa sam- ple at the Stearns County SWCD Office located in the Marketplace Mall, 110 2nd Street South, WaRe Park. Water samples should be collected after a tap has been left running for 5 minutes. With the faucet running, collect the water in a plastic sandwich bag or glass or plastic container and label it with your name and something to help you identify which fau- cet the sample came from. Please collect one cup of water no more than 24 hours before the test will be completed. Keep water refriger- ated until the clinic. Water should be tested while cool" If your house uses water treatment equipment other than a softener, it is recom- mended to take a sample before and after to determine if your sys- tem is working properly. Water softeners will have no effect on the level of nitrate in your water. For more information on proper sample collection or man- aging nitrate sources, contact the Stearns County SWCD at (320) 251-7800, ext 3, or visit the website at: www.stearnscountyswcd.net. Motorcycle Accident ]uly 19 Tuesday, July 19, at 7:54 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff's Office received a report of a motorcy- cle accident near the intersection of 725th Avenue and 300th Street in Kingston Township. In addition to Sheriff's Deputies, Gold Cross Ambulance and Dassel Fire/Rescue were dispatched to the scene. Colton Deel, 17, of Ashland, Wis., was riding a 2006 Honda motorcycle north on 725th Avenue, when he lost control and crashed on the road. A passerby found Deel dazed and walking in a bean field next to the crash site. Deel was not One-car accident in Darwin Monday, July 25, at about 8:49 a.m., the Meeker County Sheriff's Office responded to a one-vehicle personal injury acci- dent in the 68000 block of 237th Street in Darwin Township. Upon arrival deputies identified the driver, Cole Cochran, age 16, of Darwin. Deputies determined Cochran was the sole occupant of a vehicle that went off the road and entered the ditch striking sev- eral trees. Cochran was taken to Meeker AI Kern for Congress I am AJ Kern, and I am chal- lenging COngressman Emmer in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District Aug. 9 primary. Witnessing the growth of the establishment party in Washington, many republicans have essentially abandoned con- stitutional principles our founders designed including limited gov- ernment and protecting national sovereignty. Today, our children face many challenges. With over $19 trillion in national debt and unaccept- able national deficits, our children are competing with cheap foreign labor in every job sector as our GOP controlled Congress rubber stamps President Obama's trade anti immigration policies. Republican representatives have betrayed our trust, vot- ing with Democrats in sup- port of the federal education bill Every Student Succeeds Act and Maloney amendment pushing the president's transgender agenda. The Republican-controlled Congress has failed to pro- tect America's borders from ille- gal immigration in addition to allowing refugee resettlement to become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Despite top intelligence direc- tors' sworn testimony that Syrian refugees cannot be properly screened, refugees continue to be resettled in Minnesota. We need to push the pause button on refugee resettlement. Congressional leadership should pass H.R. 3314 Resettlement Accountability National Security Act, placing a moratorium on ref- ugee resettlement while the gov- ernment accounting office per- forms an audit on resettle- ment costs, providing transpar- ency and accountability, and H.R. 3892 Muslim Brotherhood wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Deel was transported to St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance with non-life threat- ening mlunes. This accident is under inves- tigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office. Memorial Hospital and later air lifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Dassel Fire Department, Dassel Rescue Squad, and Gold Cross Ambulance. Terrorist Designation Act, requir- ing the State Department to evaluate the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. You have an important choice. Continue to support st~/tus quo establishment party leadership or vote AJ Kern. A veteran, business owner, for- mer St. Cloud Times writer and former planning commissioner, I am running a grassroots cam- paign and need your support. As a Christian constitution con- servative, I will not serve corporate lobbyists, but will serve you - the people of the 6th Congressional District. Vote Aug. 9, or better yet, vote today! Please visit www.AJKern. corn, and www.facebook.com/ AJKernforCongress/ For more information, www. AIKern.com. PROTECT THE HOME THAT BRINGS YOUR DREAMS TO LIFE, CALL ME TOOAY. Thomas Ehltnge~ A~mt~/, Inc. 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