Gardening

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 www.mg.umn.edu. Fee is $290 for course and materials and $30 for a background check, total $320.

Outdoors

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.

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

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.

Clean Up the Crow Day: The annual Clean Up the Crow will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at the Mill Pond boat landing in New London. More than 3,000 volunteers have removed 66 tons of trash from the Middle Fork of the Crow River over the past 14 years. After a morning of garbage picking, enjoy a complimentary lunch at the Goat Ridge Brewery to tell stories about the trash you find (i.e. a tv, Frisbee, wallet), and other ways we can positively impact water quality on our stretch of the Crow River. For more information, contact Kala Kaehler, 320-796-0888, kala@mfcrow.org.