Say Goodbye To Winter At Iott’s Open House April 26-28
After a long, hard winter, it’s time to celebrate spring and stock up on flowers and plants at the Spring Open House at Iott’s Greenhouse & Gardens near Ward, SD. This year, the Open House is April 26, 27 and 28, and you’ll find greenhouses packed with colorful new annuals and perennials, hanging baskets brimming with seasonal hues and ornamental planters ready to instantly beautify your home for the growing season.
“Many area gardeners look for the newest selections from Proven Winners,” said Nancy Iott, designer and co-owner. “Our greenhouse team has been certified as Proven Winner experts—and they are ready to show people some exciting introductions. With winter finally behind us, we’re all ready to get some color into the landscape!”
The Iott’s Open House has become a can’t miss annual event for area gardeners who look forward each year to receiving their postcard invitation. With door prizes each day, great specials in the greenhouse and coffee and cookies for everyone, Iott’s Open House is a spring party every year.
Iott said the greenhouse has added several exciting new plants this year, including Popcorn Plant. Give this stunner some space in your garden—up to a 4 by 5 foot sunny area. Popcorn plant is a tropical from Africa with a fresh buttered popcorn fragrance from the leaves along the stalks of yellow blooms.
Heuchera Lemon Love is another newcomer, growing 10 to 14 inches with flower spikes to 20 inches. Slightly ruffled, chartreuse leaves resist burning. Lemon Love is a vigorous grower, with creamy flowers and lime green coloring in deeper shade. Over time, this plant will spread to about 3 feet wide if given the space.
Hydrangea Invincibelle Mini Mauvette grows up to 3 feet tall with purple-pink colored blooms on extremely dark green foliage. Stems are very stiff and strong to hold up the flowers, which rebloom until frost. Iott also recommends Pulmonaria Pretty In Pink, which grows up to 14 to 16 inches with rose-pink flowers that stay pink and dark green leaves speckled with silver. This plant will thrive in part to full shade with adequate moisture. And Superbells Holy Cow!, a Calibrachoa hybrid from Proven Winners, will catch your eye with its pink, white and yellow blooms trailing up to 22 inches.
Check out all of this year’s plants at Iott’s Greenhouse & Gardens near Ward, SD. Spring hours at the greenhouse are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm, closed only on Easter Sunday and Memorial Day for services. Call Chris or Nancy Iott at 605-997-2816, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their colorful website at www.iottsgreenhouseandgardens.com for more information. You can also find Iott’s on Facebook.
Congrats State Speechers!
Murray County Central had an impressive showing at the State Speech meet in Wayzata, on Friday, April 12, with two students earning state medals and three team members receiving All-State recognition.
Megan Busman, who was making her 3rd State appearance, placed 4th in the category of Great Speeches with her Stefani Germanotta speech. Many of you know the musician Stefani Germanotta by her stage name Lady Gaga. Busman’s speech involved writing commentary as well as delivering Germanotta’s Elle Women in Hollywood Acceptance Speech.
Cale Engelkes, also making his third State appearance, place 2nd in Storytelling. After performing three other stories in preliminary rounds, Cale selected the story “Chicken Licken” from his final round draw. Cale depicted various feathered friends who helped Chicken Licken in a quest to tell the King that the sky was falling, or as Cale noted, the apocalypse was arriving.
Also competing at State Speech were Cole Ahlers in Discussion, Rylan Behnke in Discussion, and Alyssa Boynton in Extemporaneous Reading for her second state appearance.
The Minnesota Speech Coaches Association has in the past few years awarded All-State recognition to seniors with outstanding career accomplishments.To be considered for All-State, these seniors needed to have participated in at least 2 state tournaments, have placed 1-6 in at least 12 invitational tournaments, qualified for numerous subsection and section contests, and been active in speaking opportunities outside of speech team activities. Murray County Central’s Alyssa Boynton, who competed in Extemporaneous Reading, joined this year’s medalists Megan Busman and Cale Engelkes in receiving this high school speech career honor.
4-H Crop Scouting Event
MORRIS, MN (04/9/2019) – The Center of 4-H Youth Development and the University of Minnesota Extension is excited to announce a 4-H Crop Scouting Event beginning this summer. 4-H and FFA teams are invited to participate. The 4-H Crop Scouting event will allow youth to test their crop-scouting skills on agronomics, weed, insect, and disease scouting through outdoor hands-on activities. “This is a great opportunity for youth in grades 7th - 12th to showcase what they know and to advance their crop scouting skills,” says, Brian McNeill, University of Minnesota Extension Educator. The top two teams in Minnesota will advance to compete in the national competition in Iowa.
The 4-H Crop Scouting event will take place on July 29th, south of Benson, MN. The teams will test their knowledge and learn about topics such as insects, diseases, corn and soybean growth stages, sprayer technology, forages and many more. Registration is open and teams can sign up at: https://z.umnedu/4hcropscoutingregistration. Registration will close June 1st!
To learn more about this NEW 4-H Agronomy opportunity or about 4-H in your county, contact your local County Extension Office and talk to your 4-H program coordinator. They will be happy to help you any way they can.
Local Seniors participate in Tim Orth Memorial Event
Montana Beckmann, Ines Rios Rus and Amanda Muecke, participatedin the “Jam the Gym” event in Wabasso on March 23. This is an annual fundraiser for the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation. They played side by side as a team with their Red Rock Conference competition and you would have thought they’d been friends for years - supporting such an important cause!
It was the Tomahawk Conference vs the Red Rock Conference. Awesome entertainment was provided by Alexandria Aces, Fargo-Moorhead Acro Team and The J Blaze Variety Circus Act.
The mission of the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation is to assist, financially or otherwise, children (birth to age 18) in the West Central area of Minnesota who are facing substantial medical expenses incurred as a result of a serious accident or illness.Tim Orth, the Foundation’s namesake, was a junior at BOLD High School in December of 1995, when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.Tim will always be remembered for his courageous fight against the cancer that claimed his life on February 14, 1997.
In Tim’s memory, over 200 families have received financial assistance for children who are fighting to overcome difficult challenges brought on by illness or accident.Some of these challenges include complications due to cancer, brain injury, automobile accidents, premature birth and numerous other diagnoses we cannot even pronounce.
Murray County 4-H Highlights Volunteer David Herrig For National Volunteer Week
Organizations celebrate National Volunteer Week annually in April, this year it was April 7 – 13.Along with a letter of thanks to all 4-H volunteers, Murray County 4-H highlighted one volunteer on the Minnesota 4-H Facebook page and Twitter account.This year Murray County 4-H volunteer David Herrig was honored for his years of service to 4-H.According to 4-H records, Dave’s been a volunteer for 28 years, however, it took a while to convince him to officially register as a volunteer so that number can probably be raised by quite a few years.Dave is an instrumental part of the Murray County 4-H sheep project.He helps 4-H members by offering an Adopt-a-Lamb and a Lottery Lamb program.Those programs allow youth the opportunity purchase a market lamb and learn about raising and showing sheep. Dave is also a member of the Murray County Extension Committee and the Murray County Fair Board, both huge supporters of Murray County 4-H.We would like to take the opportunity to thank him for his support, as well as thank all our volunteers.Murray County 4-H would not be the program it is today without our dedicated volunteers.
By: John Stenen
In 1885, the Garden Tomb was discovered, and the godly General Gordon was sure that this was the place where the body of Jesus was laid. There is a traditional tomb inside the wall of modern Jerusalem, but there is little or no certainty that that is the right Tomb. The Garden Tomb was covered for many centuries with rubbish twenty feet high. When the spot was first cleared, it was with great caution that they gathered all the dust and debris within the Tomb and shipped it to the Scientific Association of Great Britain. Every part of it was carefully analyzed, but they found absolutely no trace of human remains. If that is the real Tomb of Christ, then Jesus was the first to be laid there, and the last.
Regardless of whatever Tomb the dead body of Jesus was laid in – He was raised from death on the third day by the power of the Holy Spirit and He is alive forevermore. Other religions can boast of their prophets, but their bodies still lay in their graves. Christians worship and serve the only true and living God who came to earth, born of the virgin Mary; He lived a sinless life and went to the cross for your sin and mine. He became sin that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Cor. 5:17-21). What other god can compare with our Mighty, Magnificent, Loving and Awesome God. He is truly Wonderful! Do you know Him as your Savior yet? He is coming again for those who belong to Him; it could be soon. There is no other way to God the Father, but through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6).
FREE Classes for People New to Medicare
Slayton, MN, April, 2019 – There are important decisions that need to be made when you become eligible for Medicare. Making the wrong decision can lead to not having any or enough health care coverage and financial penalties. The Senior LinkAge Line® through the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging® (MNRAAA) is sponsoring two classes for people who will soon be eligible for Medicare. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota during the first class. They will also learn how to research these options using non-biased tools, such as the Medicare website and the Medicare Plan Finder Tool during the second class.
The classes will be held in Jackson at the Jackson Library from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Class size is limited, so call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 to register.
The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line® is the federally-designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Minnesota and is the place to call for Medicare and health insurance issues. Call 1-800-333-2433 for assistance or go to www.MinnesotaHelp.info® to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line® specialist.
WHO: Senior LinkAge Line® and Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA)
WHAT: Free Classes for People New to Medicare
WHEN: Monday, April 29, 2019, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Jackson Library, 311 3rd Street, Jackson
Visit our website at: www.mnraaa.org
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest
It’s that time of year when students across the country sharpen their pencils and their handwriting skills to compete in the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest. Now in its 28th year, the most prestigious and recognized national handwriting contest in the country offers students the opportunity to practice and perfect their handwriting with the potential to earn some serious bragging rights. Students in kindergarten through second grade compete in the manuscript (print) category, while students in grades three through eight compete in the cursive category. All students write the required sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” because it contains every letter of the alphabet. Judges select winners based on the shape, size, spacing and slant of their letters.Following are the grade level winners from MCC.1st Grade - George Rosenbrook, 2nd Grade - Kendall Bose, 3rd Grade - Suttyn Schryvers, 4th Grade - Jayden Gleis, 5th Grade - Dannie Huge and 6th Grade - Griffin Braun.