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In a dramatic late-night vote, the GOP health care bill got smacked down. John McCain swung the hammer.
Mall of America closes ride after Ohio State Fair accident involving similar attraction
Release of pet goldfish may have killed thousands of carp in southern Minnesota lake
Casting a rainbow during battle
Irondale marching band to perform July 27 at Big Cat
Junior Legion: Morris falls to elimination bracket
Sunny skies for annual Marv Meyer Fun Run
Legion Baseball: Hancock eliminated from sub-district playoffs
Zosel heads to USF for golf
Amateur Baseball: Morris takes Stevens County with win at Hancock
Rodney Owen Thompson
Letter to the editor: Second amendment not under attack
Colorful crew tosses candy July 4
Stevens County Times Editorial: Take care of your lawn
Letter to the editor: Contact Senate about healthcare bill
Letter to the editor: Happy July 4
West-central Minnesota farmer a pioneer in raising Kernza
Active farming applications available July 24
Dairy hosts Open House
WROC's Features from the Farm: Research on industrial hemp
Taking a break from ag work
University of Minnesota Extension
June 14, 2015
Grrowing Green: Promoting Pollinators
Pollinators play a key role in the production of fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables and in the beauty of annual and perennial flower gardens. Shrinking natural habitat leading to lack of pollinator friendly flowers, the widespread overuse of pesticides, and numerous diseases and parasites...
June 14, 2015 - 3:30am
June 10, 2015
Growing Green: Pollinator friendly landscapes
Pollinator insects, such as bees and butterflies, are a valuable part of our ecosystem. They assist in the pollination of many types of vegetation, including flowers, fruits, and vegetables. According to the Xerces Society (www.xerces.org), pollinators play a role in the reproduction...
June 10, 2015 - 4:57am
June 4, 2015
Growing Green: Shade loving perennials
At a party last weekend, I was talking to a friend who was struggling to find plants that bloomed in the shade. She was surprised to hear that there are choices beyond hostas and impatiens. In fact,there are quite a few shade loving plants that can add color and texture to your garden,...
June 4, 2015 - 4:52am
May 25, 2015
Growing Green: Apple pest management
This winter was particularly hard on my orchard. One apple tree blew over in the wind, revealing a fully rotted trunk; another emerged from the winter 2/3 dead. This sad state of affairs seems to have occurred widely, as the volume of apple tree calls confirms. Dead trees, dying...
May 25, 2015 - 5:31am
May 18, 2015
Growing Green: Crabgrass prevention
The annual harbinger of spring has arrived…the spring lawn care questions have begun in earnest, specifically, when to start treating for crabgrass. If you want to preemptively strike out against this menace, the following information should help in your home lawn defense. Crabgrass...
May 18, 2015 - 5:34am
May 15, 2015
Growing Green: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
As reports multiply about the Avian Influenza virus affecting poultry producers around the state, I have had many questions about how this affects small producers and backyard poultry owners in our area. The following report, prepared by W. Martin, R. Porter Jr., S.L. Noll, and C....
May 15, 2015 - 9:38am
May 10, 2015
Growing Green: Backyard composting
As the lovely weather approaches, gardeners are eager to get out in their yards and start the growing season. Before planting your wee seedlings, I would recommend getting your soil tested. A soil test will tell you the composition and type of soil you have in your garden, and make...
May 10, 2015 - 6:31am
April 26, 2015
Growing Green: Get off the grass!
This beautiful spring weather has really spurred my urge to get gardening. My dreary winter lawn is just crying for attention, and it is all I can do to keep from grabbing my rake. If you are also tempted to get started on your lawn, remember these pointers. Don’t begin yard...
April 26, 2015 - 11:09am
April 22, 2015
Growing Green: Protecting your pet
Now that the weather is warming up, we are spending more time outside with our pets. My dog, Jasmine, likes to sample everything as she runs by, or pick up the weeds as we pull them out of the ground. It is not unusual to find her with a hunk of green hanging out of her mouth. As...
April 22, 2015 - 4:06am
March 3, 2015
Growing Green: Ornamental grasses add dimension to your landscape
I never thought much about using grasses in my ornamental beds…grass was something you mowed in the summer. In recent years, though, I have found that annual and perennial grasses add just the right color, texture and movement in the garden. Their seed heads are feathery, plumey,...
March 3, 2015 - 2:25pm
February 24, 2015
Growing Green: 2015 - The Year of the Gaillardia
One of the surprise performers in my perennial beds last summer was Gaillardia x grandiflora commonly known as blanket flower. These tough perennials abundantly produce daisy like flowers in shades of red, orange and gold from mid-summer through frost. They are drought tolerant, deer...
February 24, 2015 - 11:30am
February 3, 2015
Growing Green: Herbs
The thing I miss most in mid-winter is fresh herbs and veggies from my garden. Although I still have canned and frozen produce, there’s nothing quite like fresh culinary herbs added to your recipes direct from the plant. Herbs are an easy indoor plant to start from seed, and can...
February 3, 2015 - 3:04am
December 26, 2014
Growing Green: Be a Locavore!
The locavore movement—in which people eat food produced near their home to reduce their carbon footprint—is getting more and more popular.;From field to fork, the average dinner has traveled 1500 miles. When you buy direct from local farmers, your dollars stay within your community,...
December 26, 2014 - 3:27am
Growing Green: Food Rules
Now that the growing season is put to bed, and the holiday season is in full swing, I pause to consider the food that I prepare and serve to my friends and family. Fortunately, our garden provided an abundance of potatoes and squash this year, and I was able to can some tomatoes,...
December 26, 2014 - 2:38am
December 22, 2014
Growing Green: Last minute gifts for the constant gardener
Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list? There’s still time to shop for that special, gardening Christmas present! Many local businesses carry items that would appeal to your gardening friends and relatives, including: hand tools, garden gadgets, house plants, bird...
December 22, 2014 - 9:47am