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.......... .......... www.tricountynews.mn PAGE6 Au st 11, State agencies seek feedback on Minnesota Walks The Minnesota departments of transportation and health are seeking public feedback on Minnesota Walks - a statewide guide for creating safe, desirable and convenient places to walk and roll where Minnesotans live, work, learn and play. Minnesota Walks is Minnesota's first comprehensive statewide effort to address pedes- trian needs and challenges. When completed, it will guide transpor- tation and pedestrian planning, decision-making and collabora- tion for agencies, organizations, policymakers and public and pri- vate entities across the state. The goal of the work is to make walk- ing safe, convenient and desirable for everyone in Minnesota. The document is available for review at Minnesota Walks. Members of the public are invited to share their feedback through Aug. 21. "Minnesota Walks will guide and advance the vision to improve the pedestrian environment at the local, state and regional levels," said Jean Wallace, assistant direc- tor for the Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) Modal Planning and Program Management Division and co-chair of the project advisory committee. "People in Minnesota were great at giving us their thoughts during the first round of public input. As we finalize this document, it will be our action plan for making all cities and towns walkable communities." Thousands of people in Minnesota from communities and organizations helped develop Minnesota Walks. They attended events, contributed their ideas online, attended meetings, pro- vided leadership and identified challenges. In addition to this input, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), MnDOT and the project advisory committee col- lected expert opinions and the most current research. "Minnesota Walks will be such a useful tool for our Statewide Health Improvement Program grantees and local partners who are working to expand opportu- nities for active living - includ- ing walking - to improve health in communities across the state," said Julie Myhre, director of the MDH Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives and co-chair of the project advisory committee. People can make comments on the Minnesota Walks project website or by sending an email to health.activeliuing@state.mn.us. In addition, people are encour- aged to join the conversation on Facebook (follow @mndot) or on Twitter (use hashtag #mnwalks). Managing flies in the summertime By Emily Wilmes, U of M Extension In the summer, it always seems like if it's not one thing it's another. If it's not the heat, it's the flies. As much as flies and insects may bother us during the summer, just imagine the additional stress they put on cows. Not to mention that they can also be a threat to the cow's health. Mastitis-causing bacteria on biting flies can be spread among cows when flies congregate on teat ends. Research has shown that heifers and cows in herds with fly control programs have lower prevalence of mastitis than in herds without fly control. Because of these threats to herd health, it's crucial to practice some form of fly control on your farm. Fly control consists of three main types: chemical, biologi- cal, and physical. Chemical con- trol methods exist for different life stages. Make certain any pesticide selected is approved for use in lac- tating dairy animals. For maxi- mum effectiveness, use chemi- cals that abort the larval stage as well as chemicals that kill adults. Chemical-impregnated ear tags and fly blocks are a popular fly control method for cattle. Other chemical control methods include foggers, exit lane dusters, and pas- ture back rubs. Biological fly control uses natural enemies of flies to reduce fly populations. Many bird spe- cies feed on flies, including blue- birds, purple martins, and tree or barn swallows. Each of these birds will capture and eat hundreds of flies daily. Parasitic wasp lar- vae are another biological control method. These wasps will invade a host when they are in the larval stage, and kill the insect by act- ing as a parasite. These larvae may be purchased from biological sup- ply houses. These wasps are a safe option as the small aduk wasps do not sting cattle or humans. A physical form of fly control is an electric pass-through station. These are another effective control method. The cattle pass through a short tunnel. Black lights encour- age the flies to leave the ani- mal and pass through electric- charged panels where the flies are electrocuted. Of course one of the most effective and cheap- est ways to keep flies away from your cows is to keep their environ- ment clean. Strict sanitation and mortality management, especially around calving areas, silos, grain bins, and hay racks, plus prompt manure removal and disburse- ment help control these pests. If you have any questions about fly control on your farm, visit www.extension.umn.edu. Advertise Here in next week's Tri-County News to reach more than 10,000 readers! Call us today at (320) 398-5000 or 453-6397. By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The Kimball Area Fire Depart- ment hosted a National Night Out event at the fire hall Tuesday eve- ning, Aug. 2. Hot dogs, beans, chips and a drink were served up to all who came. A free-will donation was accepted to benefit Sam Rossman and his family as he battles cancer. More than $1,000 was raised that night for the Rossmans thanks to the generosity of so many. The fire hall was open for kids and adults to explore the vari- ous vehicles. Kimball Police were there with pencils and badges for the kids. Kids got to play water ball out- side (with water turned lower than when the grown-ups play), and it was a warm, beautiful summer evening for playing in the water. Little Miss Kimball and her princesses were on hand for the evening as well. National Ni The Kimball Firefighters Auxiliary served dinner to all who came out for the National Night Out at the Kimball Area Fire Hall Tuesday evening, Aug. 2. Staff photos by Anton Matua. Kids, many of them the children of firefighters, got to play water ball with hoses outdoors. [] our goal in 2016 is to bring strong communit) ganiZati0ns, and the importance of doing business near home; in other words: "Shop Local." You'll be surprised to learn about our local businesses and how much they contribute to our communities! Y Owner: Brad Rosenow Founded: The business was established in our garage Aug. 8, 2008. We moved to our current facility on Highway 55 in Watkins in 2013. Our Employees: There are three people working at Mafia Customs including myself. There is a part-time person helping in the shop, and my wife Colleen takes care of the books. What do we do? Welding and fabricating for motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, farm and construction equipment, as well as small engine repair. What sets us apart: The parts created at Mafia Customs are truly custom-built; they are not stock catalog parts. Custom parts are built individually to fit the customer's needs. Our customers: We have customers from Brad Rosenow started Mafia Customs in 2008. He moved to his current facility along Hwy. 55 in Watkins in 2013. all over with different needs. Many of our customers are bikers, but we have customers in the construction trades and agriculture aswel! Community involvement: I am currently the president of the Watkins Lions. We support the school system, and help out where we can. The shop was closed for two days after the July 11 tornado to allow us to help those who needed assistance in the community. Contact info.: Web mafiacustomsUc.com; Email brad@mafiacustomsUc.com; Tel. (320) 764-7640; you can also find Mafia Customs on Facebook.