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Monday, June 15 marked the opening day for many high school and youth-aged student athletes to begin youth recreational camps and activities. To adhere to Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines, this year’s camps will follow state recommended guidelines regarding small class sizes,...
A few area amateur baseball teams began out-of-state non-league games, or in-state exhibition games this past weekend. The Montrose/Waverly Stingers of the North Star League traveled just south of the border to play a doubleheader on Saturday, June 13 at Bancroft Memorial Park in Bancroft, Iowa....
Look for crappies along the 12-15 ft. weedlines of Maple Lake, Indian Lake, Lake John, and Clearwater. Largemouth bass remain in the shallows and northern pike are located near weedline-related areas on most lakes. Crawlers and leeches are catching a few walleyes in 18-26 ft. on Big Swan Lake,...
Recreational activities entice people to embrace the great outdoors, particularly in summer. Stand-up paddling is one such activity that has become more popular in recent years. Recent research from the Physical Activity Council, a collective effort on the part of eight leading trade associations...
Rich, creamy and decadent, cheesecake is enjoyed across the globe. There are many famous cheesecake bakeries in North America, and those who can't resist digging their forks into this beloved dessert may assume that cheesecake traces its origins there. In fact, cheesecake traces its origins to the...
Bees, birds and butterflies play integral roles in pollinating many of the crops humans rely on for sustenance. The National Pollinator Garden Network, through the National Wildlife Federation, recently launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, an effort to increase the amount of nectar and...
We've seen some very heavy rains followed by hot weather over the last couple of weeks. These conditions can cause crusting on the soil surface. In this brief overview, I'll discuss how / why crusts form, and how you can respond in the immediate and longer term. At this point in the season, most...
  Small fruit size in strawberries is a common occurrence in Minnesota berry farms. Troubleshooting the cause of the problem and addressing it will help ensure higher marketable yields and happy U-Pick customers. There are several potential causes of small or deformed strawberry fruit. These...
Horticultural oils are widely used to mitigate insect pests in a variety of settings such as ornamental trees, landscape plants, greenhouses, fruit trees, and orchards. But what are they, what are their appropriate uses, and what precautions should you take when using them? What are horticultural...
Mary Antil, 56 Mary K. (Hehir) Antil, age 56, of Maple Lake, passed peacefully Sunday, June 14, 2020 at her home on Maple Lake surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale with Fr. John Meyer as the...

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blog-fruit-vegetable-ipm.extension.umn.edu/2020/03/guidance-for-fruit-and-vegetable.html   Updated 3/25/20   Author Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, on-farm food safety As our state and the...
Just a few weeks ago, this parking lot at Fitness Evolution would have been packed with cars. Now, because of COVID-19, it’s empty. (Submitted photo)
Just a few weeks ago, this parking lot at Fitness Evolution would have been packed with cars. Now, because of COVID-19, it’s empty. (Submitted photo)
Pike’s in Buffalo reflects this downward trend in prices. (Submitted photo)
Gas prices have been getting noticeably cheaper because of an oil/price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Pike’s in Buffalo reflects this downward trend in prices. (Submitted photo)
It was announced at the Wright County Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 24, that the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Wright County has made a full recovery. As of Tuesday, there were three...
The Hanover City Council on Monday, March 23, extended the mayor-declared local emergency and recognized an operational plan throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The city has shifted to an essential...
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Montrose City Council on Monday, March 23, declared a community health emergency. The action is a statement that “authorizes city staff to implement the...
In 59 years of marriage, Eddie Carver (left) has never been separated from his wife, Sandy (right) more than two or three times. Now, with COVID-19, he’s separated from her, for the time being, as she resides at The Glenn. Many families have had to be creative in communication and socializing with their loved ones, like above, where Carver views his wife through the facility window. (Photos courtesy of Kari Duske)
Eddie Carver, of Delano, will be the first to tell you that’s he lived a long time. 85 years, to be exact. He’s seen a lot of things come and go in the world, and he’s learned a lot of lessons. But,...
Tom Bauman
Tom Bauman has been the bearer of good news over his 20 years as Activities Director at Buffalo High School. On Wednesday, March 18, Bauman was on the receiving end of good news, when he was...
With the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering, the chances of extending the Friday, April 3 deadline for spring activities to have no interaction with any other member schools is highly likely. As of...
Buffalo High School senior Katie Horak (above) holds a bouquet of flowers in honor of her college national letter of intent she signed on Friday, Feb. 28 at Revolution Gymnastics in Rogers. Horak will be a Division-I gymnasts next season at the University of Minnesota. (Submitted photo)
Katie Horak elected to skip out on high school gymnastics. It’s a decision she holds with no regrets. While some of the state’s top gymnasts were on display in last February’s high school state...

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