Master Gardeners Table Topics: From 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, 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.

Master Gardener training: Oct. 1 is the deadline for applications from 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 go online at Fee is $290 for course and materials and $30 for a background check, total $320.


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