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P- -- 22 ! d.-- Thursday, August 19, Kimball Ubrary offers watercolor basics for children . Watershed Area USDA awards conservation funds to Sauk River Children ages 7 to 12 are invited tion is required The Sauk River Watershed to the Kimball Public Library to Great River Regional Library area, including portions of Doug- learn how to "Watercolor with (GRRL) provides library services at las, Pope, Stearns, and Todd coun- Mr. Linn." The KAHS art instruc- 32 public libraries in Benton, Mor- ties, has been approved to receive tor Mike Linn will be at the library rison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, and Wright Counties. It provides to teach the basics of watercolor. Central Minnesota residents with Learn how to paint water, trees, nearly 1 million books, CDs and shadows and reflections. All mate- DVDs, 250 public computers, pro- rials will be provided. The atten- gramming and information ser- dance limit is 20 and pre-registra- vices. more than $12 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry out projects that will help landowners implement conserva- tion practices that prevent, con- trol and trap nutrient runoff from agricultural land. "The funding announced today by USDA is great news for landowners," said Chuck Uphoff, a dairy producer, .and Stearns County Soil and Water Conserva- tion District Supervisor (SWCD). '~These new funds will allow addi- tional conservation practices to be applied to the landscape, expand- ing their reach and impact." Under the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Ini- tiative (MRBI), USDA's Natu- ral Resources Conservation Ser- vice (NRCS) and partners will pro- vide both technical and financial assistance over a four-year period for projects in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisi- ana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mis- souri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wis- consin. The MRBI builds on efforts to address nutrient loading in the Mississippi River Basin. Nutrient loading contributes to both local water quality problems and the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mex- ico. Many conservation practices are available through the MRBI, including animal-waste manage- ment systems, nutrient manage- ment, crop residue management/ tillage, grassed waterways, irriga: tion water management, and pre- scribed grazing. Partner organiza- tions also contributed additional financial resources. This funding will help land- owners implement a system of YOURi MRBI Project Area TODD COUNI"Y 024 8 ::::::: conservation practices that will control soil erosion, improve soil quality and provide wildlife hab- itat. "We will help landowners identify and install practices that will achieve environmental bene- fits every day," says Dennis Fuchs, Stearns County SWCD adminis- trator and Sauk River MRBI proj- ect manager. "These funds will allow landowners to demonstrate their ability to implement volun- tary conservation practices that will reduce pollutant loading on a landscape-scale." The map shows the area of the Sauk watershed that will be targeted. Interested landown- ers should visit their local NRCS/ SWCD offices in their pertinent county to sign up for the program. The sign-up period will end Fri- day, Aug. 27. These multi-year watershed projects were selected through a competitive process. Awardees will receive additional funding over the next three fiscal years. A listing of the projects by state and additional information about the MRBI are available at . All programs and services' of the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation are available with- out regard to race, color, national origin, sex, r~ligion, age, disabil- ity, political beliefs, and marital or familial status. Stearns County contacts: Dennis Fuchs, SWCD adminis- trator, or Dave Rose, NRCS District Conservationist at phone number (320) 251-7800 ext. 3. Are your ducks in a row Can't even find the row you're in . You need to read the Tri-Count.y News. Find out what's happening in your community and "where you fit in your row." I(' k if you re not a subscriber, you'll find the Tri-County News at these locations: ( r KIMBALL: ' Gohmann's Foods ,--Schnfidty's Convenience Store I % S=, ge I ] -Tri-County News office I . I "South Haven Sports WATKINS Stein's Thriftway Foods Jack's Oil 398-5000 www.KimballArea,com