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Gardening is more important than ever Iott’s Greenhouse & Gardens opening day is April 20

Spring gardening this year will be more important than ever, as so many of us are staying home. We’re looking for ways to pass the time while making our yards more beautiful and our gardens more productive. Iott’s Greenhouse & Gardens near Ward, SD can help. 

Iott’s Greenhouse & Gardens’ 2020 opening day is April 20, and the Iott family has great new annuals and perennials, along with colorful ways to celebrate spring while still observing social distancing and keeping you and your family safe.

Shoppers in Iott’s Greenhouse will be asked to maintain a six-foot distance from one another, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the greenhouse. For those who prefer to shop online and utilize Iott’s contact-free curbside pickup service, ordering by email or phone is available.

“We’ve put our entire plant list on our website for the convenience of gardeners throughout the region,” said owner and designer Nancy Iott. “Just go to and make your list, then call us or email your order and arrange for pickup at our greenhouse.”

Iott’s Greenhouse & Gardens is near Ward, SD on 225th Street. Beginning Monday, April 20, the greenhouse is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Call Chris or Nancy Iott at 605-997-2816, email them at or check out the amazing 2020 plant list at You’ll also find Iott’s on Facebook.

State Farm Mutual Returning $2 Billion Dividend to Auto Insurance Customers

On Average Most Customers Will See a 25% Policy Credit

In an effort to help customers during these challenging times, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the nation’s largest auto insurer, is announcing up to a $2 billion dividend that will go to its auto insurance customers. With schools and businesses closed, and many of us sheltering in our homes, people are driving less right now, so we’re returning value to customers as we anticipate fewer auto claims.

Customers do not need to take any action to receive this dividend, which will appear as a credit on their auto policy.

The dividend is part of the Good Neighbor Relief Program that also includes customer payment options and neighborhood philanthropic relief. This is the single largest dividend paid to customers in our company’s history. As the national leader in auto, home, and individual life insurance, State Farm has the financial strength necessary to help millions of customers and communities recover from the unexpected.

On average, State Farm Mutual auto customers can expect to receive a credit of about 25 percent of premium for the time period March 20 through May 31; exact percentages will vary by state. Every State Farm Mutual auto insurance customer will receive credits applied against bills beginning as early as June. We’ll continue to monitor our loss experience and respond appropriately.

“State Farm is returning value through a dividend to our customers,” said Chairman, President and CEO Michael L. Tipsord. “We insure more cars than anyone and we see from our claims activity people are driving less. This dividend is one of the ways we’re working to help our customers during this unprecedented situation.”

We’re committed to giving back not just to our customers, but to communities where we live and work by providing $5 million in donations across the country. These efforts are in direct response to COVID-19 and are focused on relief and recovery efforts.

State Farm is here to help our customers in these challenging times. We are making decisions that balance short-term solutions with maintaining our ability to remain financially strong for our customers to keep our promises now and in the future.

We encourage customers facing financial challenges to call their State Farm agent. Agents are working with State Farm customers one-on-one providing payment options.

2020 Farm Management Profitability Conference now available online

LAMBERTON, Minn. - The 2020 Farm Management Probability Conference is now available to view online free of charge. Since the in-person conference had to be canceled, presenters recorded their presentations for interested producers and ag professionals to view from home. To view the recorded conference on your computer or mobile device, visit:

The program features Monica Kramer McConkey, Rural Mental Health Specialist with MN Dept. of Agriculture, exploring unique stressors affecting farmers, warning signs that may indicate they are struggling emotionally, and strategies to assist. U of M Extension Economist & Associate Director of UMN CFFM Dale Nordquist presents a top farmer research study into the characteristics of highly successful farmers. The conference also includes an analysis of the 2019 profitability trends of the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association’s (SWMFBMA) member farms and a presentation on Structuring the Farm to Succeed: What Farm Business Entity is Right for You?

The 2020 Farm Management Probability Conference was sponsored by the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association, University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center, and University of Minnesota Extension.

Community Transit is on the job getting people to essential destinations.

We are available for anyone who needs essential transportation or access to food & supplies.

If our office staff are not available, leave a message with your phone number.

Your call with be returned as soon as possible. You also may make a ride request online.


• Exercise social distancing.

• Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

• Wear a mask if you are not feeling well and you must travel.

We will keep you updated on transit services as the COVID-19 situation changes.

Our priority is always keeping our passengers and drivers as safe as possible. Watch for updates on our website. 

CALL FOR AN ESSENTIAL RIDE The other way to book a ride is online. 


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FSA Youth Loans

The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5,000.

Youth Loan Eligibility Requirements:

• Be a citizen of the United States (which includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) or a legal resident alien 

•Be 10 years to 20 years of age

•Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements 

• Be unable to get a loan from other sources 

• Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above 

• Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor. The project supervisor must recommend the youth loan applicant, along with providing adequate supervision. 

Stop by the county office for help preparing and processing the application forms.