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Leisure Page 15 Thursday, December 24, 2009 Sports .4&apos; ' Tri-County News * Kimball, MN U of M January Starwatch By Deane Morrison The first month of 2010 belongs to Mars, but the moon does its best to upstage the Red Planet. Mars waxes brighter and rises earlier nearly all month long as Earth catches up to it in the orbital race. On the 29th, Earth passes Mars, an event called opposition because it puts Mars exactly oppo- site the sun in the sky. Mars will, therefore, rise in the east around sunset that night, appearing as a celestial ruby trailing the Gemini twins into the night sky. But a moon, only a few hours from full, will rise a few short degrees from Mars, washing out much of its glory. To catch the Red Planet free of moonlight dur- ing evening hours, look before the 19th, when the moon sets around 9:45 p.m., or else wait until the first day of February. lanuary's full moon, known to Algonquin Indians as the wolf moon or old moon, will be the clos- est and biggest of the year. It rises about 5 p.m. on the 29th, but at that moment it  still be six hours from complete fullness, so sharp-eyed viewers may see that its roundness leaves a little to be desired. Following Mars into the sky is Leo, the lion, with the bright star Regulus anchoring the sickle of stars outlining the great beast's head. Below and behind Leo comes Saturn, which brightens as it opens its rings. In March, the ringed planet will reach its opposition, and then all amateur telescopes will be turned toward it and its gorgeously gossamer girdle. January is the best month to enjoy the bright winter constella- tions, namely Orion and his entou- rage, as they hold court in the south. The lowest but brightest of the bunch, Sirius, the Dog Star, ornaments Canis Major, the larger of Orion's two hunting dogs. Above Sirius, Procyon, in Canis Minor, marks the smaller dog. Immediately west of Procyon and Sirius, the angular form of Orion contains all sorts of won- ders. Hanging from his three-star belt, the sword of Orion is home to a great cloud of gas and dust called the Orion Nebula, which houses one of the MilkyWay's most active nurs- eries for young stars. Just northwest of Orion, the Hyades star cluster of Taurus is always fun through binoc- ulars; look for it between Orion and the equally fun, fuzzy Pleiades clus- ter. Nearly directly overhead twin- kles the multicolored star Capella, in Auriga. And don't forget the Andromeda galaxy, our MilkyWay's nearest large neighbor. It appears as a faint oval patch in the northwest, between the W- or M-shaped form of Cassiopeia and the Great Square of Pegasus. Earth reaches perihelion, the closest approach to the sun in its orbit, on the 2nd. On that day we'll pass a mere 91.4 million miles from our parent star - but absent a Janu- ary thaw, we'll still be plenty chilly. The University of Minnesota offers public viewings of the night sky at its Morris, Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. For more infor- mation and viewing schedules, see: Morris, UMN 16-inch telescope schedule:. <http://cda.mrs.umn. edu/-kearnsk/Telescope/PubObs. htm>; Duluth, Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium: <www.d. umn. edu/-planet> ; Twin Cities, Department of Astronomy (during fall and spring semesters): < outreach/pubnight>. iii!i!i!i!i!ii!iii:i00iiiii STRATEGIC ANIMAL AG CONFERENCE Litchfield Satellites 4-H Club The Litchfield Satellite 4-H'ers were busy cutting and gluing at our December meeting. For our Christ- mas party, we made Christmas cards for the residents of Augustana homes. Theyweren't just any Christ- mas cards though; they were recy- cled. 4-H'ers brought in old Christ- mas cards that we could cut apart to make new ones. This tied right in with our Community Pride project which we are doing on recycling. Anna Brock started off our busi- ness meeting by demonstrating to us how to make map-box adven- tures. We talked about ways we could recycle this holiday season. You could use shredded junk mall for packaging, old newspapers for wrapping gifts, and reuse old cards to make new ones. You can also recycle old Christmas lights. Let's help our environment out this hol- iday season by using some of those recycling tips. Our next meeting will be held at Gloria Dei on Jan. 11. We will be doing our skill-a-thon. Jane Hulterstrum, Reporter for the Litchfield Satellites Tri-County League 12-16-09 Aqua Lanes 28 4 Vinar Cabinet 22 10 Studio 44 22 10 Ameriprise Financial 10 22 Richie's Small Engine 10 22 Chickadee's 4 28 High games: Tim Eiynk 225, 213; Jer- emy Vinar 225, 208; Gordy Schreif- els 223, 207; Dean Bentley 214; Brian Arens 211 (Tie); Steve Becker 211; Bill Liedman 207; Matt Kotila 206; Russ Hinz 200. High series: Jeremy Vinar 615; Brian Arens 591; Gordy Schreifels 588; Steve Becker 583; Dave Kloeppner 580. Jill News 12-15-09 Aqua Lanes 26 16 Fair Haven Electric 26 16 A M Maus 24 18 Gohmann's Foods 21 21 Stuve's Auto Ranch 21 21 R & R Construction 20 22 Studio 44 19 23 Kimball Rescue 11 31 High ind. game and series: Denise Stuve 201; Carol Jordan 194; Lynn Adolph 192,539; Bonnie Rossman 515; Allison Korsmo 514. Team high game and series: A M Maus 580; Stuve's Auto Ranch 579; Aqua Lanes 577, 1686; R & R Construction 1678; Gohmann's Foods 1646. 160 game or better: Denise Stuve 201, 162; Carol Jordan 194; Lynn Adolph 192, 182, 165; Barb Liedman 189; Megan Kiffmeyer 187; Bonnie Ross- man 179, 177; Allison Korsmo 174, 172, 168; Jodi Vinar 173; Pat Brandt 167. Commercial League 12-10-09 Kimball Fire Dept. 78 42 H& S Heating/AC 67.5 52.5 Kim-Built 65 55 SOB's 57.5 62.5 Kimball Legion 57.5 62.5 Triple R 54.5 65.5 H & S Heating/Geo 45 75 Weekly top ten: Bill Liedman 258, 237, 690; Mike Nell 254, 235, 689; Travis VanNurden 244, 618; Mark Serbus 223, 214, 617; JeremyVinar 231, 617; Preston Fischer 236, 584; Matt Adolph 220, 574; Dwight Vinar 567; Micah Myers 553; Mike Schmidt 520. Valley Victors 4-H Club "Be sure to sign up for a door prize," was what Secretary Anne Gathje told everybody as the ValleyVictors assembled for their monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 7. Roll call was "What's your favorite Christmas Cookie?" Taylor Maas did a demonstration on how to clean a paintball gun. Joel Schmitz did a project talk on his latest photography project. Afterward, everybody enjoyed brownies and juice and a few lucky ones went home with a door prize. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 11, in the old Eden Valley Fire Hall. James Gathje, Valley Victors 4-H Reporter Kimball Express annual meeting The Kimball Express Base- ball Association is planning their annual meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Son of a Butcher's (SOB) Bar and Grill on Highway 15 in Kimball. The purpose of the meet- ing is for information and to vote on the Board of Directors for 2010, and discuss the role of what the KEBA does for our community. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. A Farmer's Footprint: Quality Management in the Land of 10,000 Lakes 5:30-8pm & Thursday, Jan. 14, .... 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