By Teri Knight, News Director
Bridgewater Township supervisors voted on Wednesday evening to move ahead on developing a petition for the incorporation of Bridgewater Township. Glen Castore, Gary Ebling and John Holden voted unanimously on the resolution that states, in part, at town meetings held in 2019, the consensus of citizens attending was to continue to examine the feasibility of incorporating. This process has been discussed by the supervisors for over a year. They’ve held public and private, neighborhood meetings. The City
of Dundas has already indicated that they will fight against incorporation as they have an annexation agreement with Bridgewater through 2033. Next Tuesday, the Northfield City Council will hold a closed session regarding possible litigation and/or boundary adjustments. According to Bridgewater’s new website, the Board of Supervisors will be attending the meeting after the closed session. Bridgewater Supervisor Glen Castore will be in studio on June 24 to further discuss their plans.
Knecht determined to battle wild parsnip and win
Knecht’s Nurseries’ Leif Knecht started battling wild parsnip about three years ago. He said, “I have never seen a noxious, poisonous weed spread like this one. This one has the capacity to spread into really well-established grasslands at phenomenal rate.” Knecht said that Bridgewater Township has been at the forefront locally to proactively battle the noxious weed. He and Steve Albers have loaded their backpacks and gone out hand spraying. Last year Bridgewater purchased a piece of equipment to enable a more effective spray program. Wild parsnip’s poisonous sap, when combined with sunlight, creates a chemical reaction called phytophotodermatitis and is so corrosive that it can cause second degree burns. And sweat makes it absorb quicker! Knecht said when it’s actively growing, it’s at its most toxic and right now, as it’s growing, it’s hard to see because the grass has grown so tall with the rainfall. MnDOT’s mowing of roadside ditches has actually spread the weed because, “to protect nesting wildlife, they wait till after August 1st to mow these ditches in most jurisdictions and by then seed is mature. It lands on the top of the mower deck.” As the mower moves along, where there is no wild parsnip, the mower can hit a bump which causes seeds to be released and planted. Rice County and the City of Northfield have stepped up efforts this year. In the meantime, Knecht says, MnDOT is really the organization that needs to get behind spraying. He added, “I’m here to tell people this is not hopeless. The areas where we have sprayed where there were infestations of hundreds or even thousands of these wild parsnip and where we’ve been able to spray two or three consecutive years, there are just a handful of these weeds now.” Knecht said the weed is jumping from roadway ditches to private land. If there are just a few dozen plants, hand-digging is an option as long as you’re fully covered. More than that and you’re going to have to use a chemical spray. There is a link with more information with Knecht’s interview on kymnradio.net under the Morning Show tab. And here’s more information at minnesotawildflowers
Last chance to go to Gooter’s
Gooter’s Dough To Go is going out of business. By the end of the month, you’ll lose your chance to get fresh, made-to-order TakeNBake pizzas from the store in Dundas, cookie dough, frozen pastries and pasties as well as specialty culinary items. Peggy Weaver took over the ownership of the store seven years ago. With rising rent and costs for product rising with the yeast, she’s liquidating. Weaver had the business for sale for over a year but without success. The store will close June 30, 2019. gootersdoughtogo.com