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Legvold’s legacy in water quality, soil conservation and no tillage
A Northfield farmer is on the cutting edge of environmental issues. Dave Legvold has been a dedicated conservationist on his family corn and soybean farm for decades and most recently hosted a media farm tour about the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification program. Legvold taught science and environmental studies for Richfield for decades and says water quality issues are in his blood. While the crops he grows may be conventional, his methods are not. He doesn’t use tillage. He says there are definite soil and water benefits to NOT turning the soil and doing heavy tillage each year. In the last 50 years, they’ve learned that plowing is one of the great destroyers of soil. Legvold says Scientific American came out with an article that said, “if we continue tilling our soils heavily, we have about 60 years of productive agriculture in the U.S. Which is a scary thought”. He says it’s a very difficult thing to bring about change, especially when it incites fear in some. Legvold has worked with Carleton and St. Olaf students who do scientific research of the way he farms and verify that it’s financially advantageous to reduce tillage and “the scientists are telling us that if you reduce tillage there are many many benefits including water quality”. This new voluntary program is designed to give farmers a chance to examine their practices and see how it measures up against water quality and soil conservation. Local experts work with farmers with a field-‐by-‐field risk assessment. It assures farmers that any new regulations that come along that impact water quality and the way they farm, they will not be held to those new regulations. Farmers in the program will receive priority for technical and financial assistance to implement the practices. Legvold’s interview is online at kymnradio.net.
May is Bike Month. Be prepared with safety gear at an affordable price. Kryptonite bike locks are now available for $8 at two locations in Northfield. They can be purchased at Northfield Public Schools Community Services, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays, and also at Northfield EMS (ambulance garage), 1600 Riverview Lane. For pick-up at the ambulance garage, please call 646-1414 to arrange an appointment.
The locks are made available at cost through a partnership between the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Tom’s Downtown Bicycles and the Rice County SHIP initiative.
As in the past, bike helmets are also available at those same two locations. Cost of a helmet is $10.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Strike at 507-664-3532.
Sheriff ID’s deceased
Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn has released the name of the man found dead at the Flying J Truck stop on Monday. Preliminary results from the investigation have determined that 51 year old Jay Hanson of Lonsdale died from self-inflicted wounds. Final results are pending the complete report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Rice County Coroner. Hanson was reported missing to local law enforcement on April 12th. He was later found in his vehicle by a deputy on April 18th. (more…)
Gov’t building evacuated after package found
The Rice County Government Services Building in Faribault was evacuated for a time yesterday morning after Sheriff’s Deputies were called on report of a suspicious package at an employee entrance on the west side. Sheriff Troy Dunn’s name was on the package along with 2 other employees. Dunn said there was writing on the package that read, “I found this and I’m giving it to the Sheriff and Eric as is”. They evacuated the building just after 7am and shut traffic down on the west side of the building. The Bloomington Bomb Squad responded. (more…)
Second Street West between Madison Street and Orchard Street will be closed to traffic for utility construction on Wednesday April 20, 2016.
During this closure, motorists are encouraged to use alternate east/west routes around the construction area such as St. Olaf Avenue and Forest Avenue/Third Street in lieu of Second Street.
The closure is expected to last from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The City of Northfield urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones, and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
For additional information contact Sean Simonson at 507-645-3049
- Todd Byhre
- Gary Rue
- Barb Wornson
- Lynn Ziegler and Mike Wilhelms
- DJJD Committee Members, Parts 1, 2, and 3
- Visita de Mariano Espinoza, Padres e hijos separados en la frontera
- Programas y eventos para la comunidad
- ArtZany: Population 485 at the Northfield Arts Guild
- ArtZany: Fleur de Lis Gallery and the Lakeville Art Festival
- Valley Grove Church and Prairie Restoration
- Dennis Macadanz of TIP and Al Heidebrink, Ret. Conservation Officer