Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Aug. 31, 2019

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Prairie Pothole Day: The 37th annual Prairie Pothole Day outdoor celebration will be Saturday, Sept. 7, with dog trials, black powder shoot, archery competition, slough scoot, walk in the woods, kids’ activities, food, raffle, duck calling contest, goose calling contest and more. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stoney Ridge Farm near the intersection of state Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71 north of Sibley State Park.

Renville County Parks archery hunt: Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. is the deadline to enter a special archery only deer hunt in designated county parks from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019. All information and application is on the county website or by calling 320-523-3747.

Special fishing regulations open houses: The state Department of Natural Resources is hosting 17 public meetings for anglers and others to give their opinions about proposed changes to special fishing regulations for 30 lakes. Many of the changes concern special northern pike regulations on certain lakes. The two meetings run by the Spicer area fisheries are:

  • Spicer: Sept. 18, 6 p.m., Dethlefs Community Center, concerning walleye regulation change on Green Lake.
  • Roseville Township: Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Roseville Township Hall, concerning largemouth bass regulation change on Long Lake.


Master Gardeners Table Topics: Every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m., a Master Gardener will be at the Willmar Public Library to answer questions. The library will also have a display with books to check out and handouts that will change each month.

Dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra will have their garden open daily from noon until dark until frost. Freewill donations for Guatemala will be accepted. Take Kandiyohi County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.


Fresh flavors of the garden, cooking with your produce: Sept. 18, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., display garden, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Presented by Mary Jo Forbord, registered dietitian and Morris Healthy Eating Coordinator at the University of Minnesota in Morris. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 320-589-1711.

Master Gardener training: Oct. 1 is the deadline for applications new Master Gardener volunteers. Those selected for the program will participate in an internship, which starts with the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener core course training on Jan. 11. The course is taught online or in-person at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum by University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty. Interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer service in the first year, working with local Master Gardener volunteers on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture. After completing the internship, volunteers become certified University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners. To remain certified, Master Gardeners must contribute at least 25 hours of volunteer service annually. For an application packet and more information, call the University of Minnesota Extension Kandiyohi County office at 320-231-7890 or online at Fee is $290 for course and materials and $30 for a background check, total $320.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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