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Weather conditions improve for most of Buffalo Days festivities

Crowned last Sunday, June 18, the new Miss Buffalo of 2017-18 is Ashley Weber (center), daughter of Dave and Allison Weber.  The new princesses are Noelle Green (left), daughter of Nate and Amy Green, and Hannah Wallenta (right), daughter of Dennis and Arliss Wallenta.  (Photo by Ed DuBois)

By Ed DuBois

A severe storm on the opening morning of the 2017 Buffalo Days celebration was followed by mostly sunny, pleasant weather throughout the week-long festival.
Some light rain fell on the parade Saturday evening, June 17, but the turnout was good.  The conditions Friday night, June 16 for the fireworks were nearly perfect.
On Thursday evening, June 15, five contestants performed in the first-ever Buffalo Sings event at the Bandshell in Sturges Park.  Two entrants, Justine Green and Abby Vogeler, are advancing to Minnesota Sings in September.  Green is a local college graduate, and Vogeler is a Buffalo High School student who performs with the Concert Choir.  All the contestants sounded great, officials said.  The others were Caitlyn Hutchcraft, Rachel Huss and Sara Kivi.
Thursday evening also included the annual Movie in the Park and a presentation of the Kurt Weiche Memorial Award, which was given to the Schultz sisters, Lori Pulvermacher, Lyne Daniels and Lana Fabel.  (See related story on this page for more information.)
Last year, rain threatened the 2016 fireworks display, but the weather was gorgeous this year.  Meanwhile, the Crows Feet band was performing at the Bandshell, and people enjoyed the concessions and the carnival.
Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce President Sue Olmscheid said the overall turnout for the carnival was higher than last year, and the location (in Sturges Park) received good reviews from the carnival owners.  Previous locations were separated from all the activities in the park.
Olmscheid added that the carnival and the Friday evening beer garden are major income producers for covering Buffalo Days expenses, and the financial picture for the 2017 celebration is looking good.
Suzanne O'Dell, the Chamber of Commerce office manager, documented some of the participation levels at various Buffalo Days activities.  For example, 35 children were dancing at the ECFE Teddy Bear Band event on Tuesday, June 13, and the crowd included about 200 people.  Around 40-50 children were on a nearby playground.
A Toy Workshop event included 140 children.  During a royalty ice cream event at the library, 400 cups were served.
Twenty people entered the Cribbage Tournament at the Buffalo Community Center.  John Stangl was first, Victor Cohen was second, and Rob Nosbush had the lowest score.
During a royalty Dairy Queen event, 120 Dilly Bars were served, and 186 pounds of food were donated to the food shelf.
The audience at the Buffalo Sings event included about 125-150 people, and around 250-300 people enjoyed the Movie in the Park.  A bingo event attracted 130 people.  Sixteen children took part in the Kiddie Parade.

The big event Saturday morning, June 17 was the annual Fishing Klinic for Kids, and organizers estimated 800-850 children participated.
Buffalo Mayor Teri Lachermeier was on hand to present the annual Dock Master honor to John Kurkosky, a singer and songwriter from Annandale who enjoys performing at the Klinic.  He was thanked for performing at no charge and paying his band out of his own pocket.
(See more about the Fishing Klinic for Kids on the sports pages in this week's issue of the Journal-Press.)

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As always, several high school marching bands performed in the Buffalo Days Parade.  The Alexandria band won the Grand Champion honor.
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg took first place in Class "A," and the St. Anthony Patriots were first in Class "AA."
The bands were treated to pizza after the parade from Little Caesars Pizza.

The KRWC Medallion Hunt lasted until the last day, Sunday, June 18.  The Medallion was partially tucked under the base of a section of boards at the outdoor hockey rink behind the newer part of the Buffalo Civic Center.  The Medallion was found by Chuck Buschel of Annandale, who is receiving hundreds of dollars worth of prizes and gift certificates.

The winning Buffalo Days button numbers this year are: 392 ($500 prize), 482 ($100), 1064 ($100), 841 ($50), 992 ($50), and 1043 ($50).  If you have a winning number, by sure to contact the Chamber of Commerce to claim your prize.

Buffalo Days concludes every year on Father's Day with the annual Coronation.
A Minneapolis Aquatennial Honorary Commodore Award was presented to Ione Olson of Buffalo for many years of outstanding service to the community.
Honors for Miss Buffalo candidates included the title Miss Congeniality, which was given to Holly Larkin.  The candidate who sold the most Buffalo Days buttons was Hannah Wallenta, who sold 151.  The Community Service Award was given to Holly Larkin.
Miss Buffalo of the past year, Danielle Norton, was invited by Aquatennial representatives to enter the Queen of the Lakes Pageant next month.
The new Miss Buffalo of 2017-18 is Ashley Weber, daughter of Dave and Allison Weber.  Among activities, she has helped at the food shelf.  She plans to study this fall at the University of North Dakota.
The new princesses are Noelle Green, daughter of Nate and Amy Green, and Hannah Wallenta, daughter of Dennis and Arliss Wallenta.
Green is a sister of Buffalo Sings winner Justine Green.  Noelle has served as a high school football manager.  She plans to study at the University of North Dakota.
Wallenta enjoys playing the piano, as well as photography and crocheting.  She plans to study at Bethel University.
Larkin, voted Miss Congeniality by the other candidates, is a daughter of Tom and Mary Larkin.  She enjoys cooking, fishing and weather spotting.  She coaches, and she also volunteers at Northwinds Elementary School and the Buffalo Hospital.  Larkin plans to study at St. Cloud State University.

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Farm Family of the Year announced

The 2017 Wright County Farm Family of the Year was announced this week at the county board meeting.  Pictured above are (from left): County Commissioners Mike Potter and Charlie Borrell, Extension Educator Rod Greder, Jerry Ford, Willard Kreitlow, Marienne Kreitlow, and Commissioners Chris Husom, Mark Daleiden and Darek Vetsch.  (Photo by Ed DuBois)

By Ed DuBois

The 2017 Farm Family of the Year was announced at the Wright County Board meeting last Tuesday, June 20.  The honor has been given to the Kreitlow and Ford farm family.
Rod Greder, extension educator, introduced the Farm Family of the Year.  He said the Kreitlow farm in Middleville Township goes all the way back to 1898, and Willard Kreitlow, who is well known for his involvement with soil and water conservation practices since the 1940s, is a third-generation farmer.  He is also a longtime member of the Wright County Parks Commission.
The farm was a dairy operation until the 1990s, and then it was primarily a vegetable and pasture operation.  Willard's daughter, Marienne, and her husband, Jerry Ford, have been growing organic garlic and potatoes in more recent years, and the farm also produces eggs.
Jerry and Marienne are much involved with the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota and helped establish the annual Minnesota Garlic Festival.
Marienne, an accomplished professional musician and singer, serves with the Central Minnesota Arts Board and has been much involved with the music program at the Buffalo United Methodist Church.
The County Board congratulated the 2017 Farm Family of the Year.
In other business:

The Board is planning to include a new ditch coordinator position in the 2018 budget.  County Commissioner Mike Potter explained the county is obligated by statute to maintain the ditches and the ditch records, and the task has become much more involved and complex.  Assistant County Attorney Greg Kryzer commented that a ditch coordinator is now needed to handle all the documentation work and "get in front of" ditch issues instead of reacting to them when problems occur.  Potter said now is the correct time to create the new position.  Commissioner Mark Daleiden compared the ditches to a city's storm water system.  Ditches are the county's rural storm water system, and it needs to be maintained just like cities needs to maintain their systems, he said.

In other actions, the Board:
• adopted a resolution for the reestablishment of records for County Ditch 36 in northern Silver Creek Township and authorized signatures on an agreement with Houston Engineering Inc. for reestablishing the records;
• authorized cleanup work on a taxforfeited property in Monticello;
• approved out-of-state travel for a county IT business analyst to attend a conference in September;
• approved filling a financial worker position in Health & Human Services, as well as a deputy position in the Sheriff's Office;
• authorized attendance at a legislative update hosted by the Wright County Economic Development Partnership on June 29, 11:30 a.m., at Huikko's Bowling & Entertainment Center in Buffalo;
• approved fleet card transactions for the period ending May 31 ($16,371) and procurement card transactions totaling $38,048; and
• approved $569,107 in claims involving 472 transactions with 234 vendors.

National Legion Auxiliary President visits Buffalo

Buffalo Legion Auxiliary President Marilyn Miller (left) speaks with National Legion Auxiliary President Mary Davis (right) during her visit here on Flag Day.  (Photo by Ed DuBois)

By Ed DuBois

The members of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) at Post 270 in Buffalo enjoyed an evening of hosting the National Legion Auxiliary President, Mary Davis, on Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14.
Davis, who has been an ALA member 40 years, lives in Lacey, Wash. and is proud to have helped make a difference for veterans and military families.  Her background includes 20 years as a Veterans Affairs service officer, and her late father was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.  Her mother was a World War II veteran who served in the Women's Army Corps.  Her husband served in the Army and is a Vietnam-era veteran, and her son is a Desert Storm Air Force veteran.
Davis said she loves the thrill and excitement on the face of a veteran when she has helped overcome difficulties and has completed a successful claim for benefits.
"We get to be part of that process," she said delightedly.  "It keeps us going."
There is pride in what the ALA does, and she enjoys handing out ALA pins.
She remembers one young fellow who looked at the pin, and then exclaimed, "Alabama!"
Explaining what the ALA pin actually stands for was an opportunity to tell what the ALA does, Davis said.  The pin opens doors for conversations and welcoming others to join the cause.
She mentioned her mother, who is 95, attended a recent ALA convention.  A strong, tough veteran, she got around on a scooter and enjoyed beer with her soup, Davis recalled.
"Later, she was wheelin' around hotel lobby," Davis said.  "She's a kick."
Telling stories like that is fun, and all ALA members have stories to tell.  Doing so can lead to inviting others to join the world's largest women's patriotic service organization.
One area she especially enjoys is education and scholarships.  Davis mentioned the scholarship amount has been increased.  Now there are 15 scholarships available, and they are worth $5,000 each.
Davis was in Washington, D.C. for a convention a while ago, and the key topic was avoiding an erosion of veterans' benefits.  One of the activities while at the convention was a stop at the Vietnam Wall.  She mentioned people are now being asked to provide photos to give a face to each name on the wall.  To learn more, find "Faces on the Wall" on the Web, said suggested.
From veterans, she changed the subject to those who provide care for our heroes, and she referred to them as the "Hidden Heroes."  These are spouses, sons, daughters, and others who silently provide support.  Davis talked about an ALA program that pampers the Hidden Heroes for a day, giving them manicures, coffee shop visits, goodie baskets, and more.
"We don't have the skills they have to help veterans, but we can give them a day," Davis commented.
She said some ALA groups try to work too many programs.
"You don't have to do them all.  Do a few, and do them well," she suggested.
She also talked about enhancing the ALA member experience.  One way to do that is to ask a teacher to take part in the ALA's Americanism Contest program.
In conclusion, Davis thanked all the Legion and ALA members for coming to the Flag Day dinner in her honor at the Buffalo American Legion Club.  She was given gifts from local ALA unit president Marilyn Miller and ALA Department (State) President Carol Kottom, who lives in Buffalo.  Bonnie Hanson of Rockford, the American Legion Tenth District Commander, said a few words during the event, also.

Army Reserve engineers train in Montrose; regional park will be ready for facilities

Lt. Jason Erspamer, left, of the Army Reserve 411 Engineer Company is the officer in charge and project manager for the soil correction, grading, and road base at the regional park in Montrose. Second in command is First Sergeant Sean-Paul Vangorp, right.  (Photo by Doug Voerding)

By Doug Voerding

"We appreciate the support of the community," said Lt. Jason Erspamer. "We have met many people in the community, and everyone has been so friendly and courteous."
Erspamer was referring to the community of Montrose, where U.S. Army Reserve 411 Engineer Company is working this month to grade the regional park on the north side of the city along County Road 12 in preparation for the park facilities that will be added later.
Based in Iowa City, Iowa, the 411 brought all of the necessary grading equipment to Montrose at the end of May.
"We are here to focus on the mission," said Erspamer. "It's a small acreage, but a lot of work."
That mission is soil corrections, laying a road base, and grading. The grading includes drainage and a water retention pond near a small stream that marks the west edge of the park.
The work the Army is doing is a federal program Innovative Readiness Training (IRT). The Army Reserve uses such projects for actual training to maintain engineering skills and gain experience in the use of a variety of equipment. Last year, the 411 built a runway in Germany.
The training is necessary because, as Erspamer said, "The men and women in the Army Reserve are 'warrior citizens.' The soldiers have a variety of jobs in civilian life, some do similar work and some are college students, so this training is essential for learning new skills and for refreshing skills."
Joining the 411 are the operators of the 348 Engineer Company out of Kansas City, the surveyors of the 389 Engineer Company out of Dubuque, Iowa, and the fuelers of the 366 Engineer Company out of St. Joseph, Minnesota.
The mobile mechanics station with eight soldier mechanics is also on site. Their job is equipment maintenance and repair.
Erspamer said that there is a medic on site to make sure the soldiers stay healthy while working in the hot sun and humid temperatures.
The project is providing training for two platoons of the 411. The changeover was last Wednesday, June 14, with a new crew coming on Thursday, June 15.
While Erspamer is the officer in charge and project manager, the engineer company is following the plans and specifications prepared by Montrose City Engineer Justin Kannas of Bolten and Menk. Erspamer and Kannas are working closely, especially when changes have to be made.
Said Kannas, "There is more soil correction than we expected. The area needing correction is deeper and wider. We are replacing all of that with sand for better drainage."
By last Friday, June 16, an estimated 47,000 cubic yards of dirt had been moved.

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Kannas was not certain why the Montrose project was selected by the U. S. Army for IRT.
"After I found out about this program," said Kannas, "I worked on the application with a person in Washington."
Kannas said that the Army may have selected the Montrose project because of the kind of equipment needed or the size of the project. Kannas did think that it helped that Montrose was flexible in the timing of the project and that Montrose was able to provide facilities for the soldiers.
The more than 50 soldiers are staying in the Montrose Community Center, reasonably close to the work site. The city is providing an eight-station shower unit for the soldiers.
Since this is a mission, the men and women are working from 7:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. every day and do not have a lot of free time. In the spare time they do have, they sleep and maybe watch movies. Their meals are MREs, Meals Ready to Eat, but they have been doing some grilling outside of the community center. The soldiers have also been going to the local restaurants.

The city acquired 22 acres of the park land back in 2012 through tax forfeiture. The city could keep the land only if it was used as a recreation space and as long as the city began work on the park within two years. The 22 acres were connected to another five acres that had been designated as the Rolling Meadows Park, creating the 26-acre Regional Park.

In May, 2013, the city conducted a survey to help guide the development of the park. The survey was completed by 144 people.
On July 11, 2013, the city council and the Parks and Recreation Commission met with the city engineer to give direction to the design of the park. The council ordered two or three possible master plans and decided to consider the area a regional park rather than a neighborhood park, as the park facilities would draw residents from all parts of Montrose.
On Sept. 23, 2013, three concepts plans were presented to the city council and the parks commission. At that meeting, there was considerable discussion about an outdoor swimming pool, but the cost was considered prohibitive for the city.
On Feb. 13, 2014, a community meeting was held to present the plans to residents. More than 80 people were at the meeting where residents liked the park plans and supported the idea of building the park as money becomes available.
On March 13, 2014, the council approved the completion of a plan for complete grading, erosion control, and storm water pollution prevention plan, all required by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency before any grading work could begin.
At that time, the city, at the suggestion of area residents, was checking with the Minnesota National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers to see if either group would be interested in doing the grading at no cost to the city. In the end, Kannas found the Army Reserve IRT program to do the work.
In 2014, the cost of the grading was estimated at $455,000. Now, three years later, the savings to the city could be more than $600,000.

Based on the option recommended by residents and accepted by the council in March, 2014, plans for the park have been roughly divided into phases.
Phase One at the corner of County 12 and Aspen Lane has now been designated as a future phase. Originally, a community center and fire station was planned for there because the site connects with County Road 12. That piece of land is not being graded.
Phase Two is on the south end around the fenced in lift-station. That area is designed for a hockey rink, soccer field, dog park, rest rooms, and parking.
Phase Three just to the north of Phase Two and on the west side of Arapahoe Lane has been planned for a tennis court, basketball court, picnic shelter, restrooms, and a small playground.
Phase Four is the largest phase on the northeast corner and will feature a baseball field, softball field, basketball court, concession stand and restrooms, playground, and the main parking lot.
The phases are just a way of organizing the park development. The Montrose City Council has said that adding park amenities will be as funds become available.
According to Kannas, after the work of the Army Reserve is completed in early July, "the park will be further developed with athletic fields and other park amenities as funds become available."
Said Kannas, "A substantial investment will be required by the city at some point in the future to complete the streets, parking lots, athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball court, playgrounds, walking trails, and park shelter.
"The city is actively working on a plan to finance and complete these improvements within their 10-Year Capital Improvement Plan.  In the meantime, city crews will work on the park by establishing and maintaining the grass and planting trees as funds and resources become available."

While the Army Reserve is both appreciative of the training opportunity and the welcome by the residents of Montrose, the Montrose community is also appreciative of the work of the soldiers.
As the city website says, "A big thank you to the United States Army and its personnel for this opportunity!"

Schultz trio honored with Weiche Award

The Kurt Weiche Memorial Award was presented this year to the Schultz sisters, (from left) Lori Pulvermacher, Lyne Daniels and Lana Fabel.  (Photo courtesy of Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Schultz sisters were honored with the 2017 Kurt Weiche Memorial Award during Buffalo Days.  The equivalent of a citizen of the year honor, the Weiche Award was presented last Thursday evening, June 15 shortly before the Movie in the Park at the Bandshell in Sturges Park.
The Schultz sisters, Lori Pulvermacher, Lyne Daniels and Lana Fabel, are part of the Schultz Family Band with their mother, brother and in-laws, who have been providing music at many charitable events over the past 25-30 years.
The Schultz sisters are also known for their consistent willingness to sing outside in the cold weather every year at Christmastime events, such as the Deck the Halls party in the park and the Holiday Train event at the depot.
"They have given of their hearts and time to this community," said Chamber of Commerce President Sue Olmscheid.
Among many other activities, they have sung at nursing homes and at the Montrose Memorial Day service.  They have also volunteered at the all-night graduation party for eight years, and they have created and performed in their own series of "Nells and Clara" plays, raising funds for various charities.
The Schultz sisters have sung the national anthem at the Buffalo Rodeo, as well.
Lori, who is known as the comedian of the trio, has been a St. Francis choir member 20 years.  She has participated in Alzheimer's and Relay for Life events.  She was a band aide for the marching band five years.
Lyne, who is "Miss Fix It" of the group, was a coach for basketball and secretary for her girls' soccer program.  She has been a choir member and a smaller singing group member 25 years at St. Francis.  She has served on various committees at St. Francis and does volunteer work at the food shelf.
Lana, the "entertainer" in the group, loves to host gatherings and plan events.  She has been a choir director at Hosanna Lutheran Church for over 20 years and is now a worship team member at Albion Free Church.  She has served on the church council and was on the board for the varsity basketball booster club eight years.  She is also on the Chamber of Commerce Board and has helped with several Chamber events.  She has also volunteered at the food shelf five years.
The award is named in memory of Kurt Weiche, who was best known for owning the KRWC radio station in Buffalo.  He loved to travel hundreds of miles to bring listeners high school sports, Olmscheid said.  "He served in various organizations from Buffalo Days to Rotary and everything in-between that involved serving," she commented.
Weiche had a zest for life, though his life was taken too quickly by heart disease back in 1999.
"Since then, we honor his community contributions, leadership and visions through college scholarships and awards, fundraisers and the annual Buffalo Days Kurt Weiche Memorial Award for citizen of the year," Olmscheid concluded.

A&W could be coming to Buffalo

By Rob LaPlante

The City of Buffalo had no alarming numbers when it came to the 2016 audit, presented by CliftonLarsonAllen Manager Sarah Utsch, at the Monday, June 19 city council meeting at the Buffalo City Center.
Besides the audit, the council acted on a plat for an A&W restaurant near Taco Bell in Buffalo (See more below.).
As for the audit, the largest spike in earned revenues totaled nearly $4.1 million in miscellaneous funds.  This was a jump up from last year's total of $717,296.  Utsch says the major increase was a result of the HRA refund bond issued to Wild Marsh Golf Course.
Another noticeable change was nearly a $6.1 million decline in revenue in intergovernmental funds.  This year's total reached $1.674 million, a decrease from last year's $7.793 million.  Federal and state grants used during road construction on the Trunk Highway 25 project, as well as the roundabout project on Highway 35, were the major reasons for the higher revenue in 2016.
Utsch said audits at the city's liquor store had met inventory requirements, but pricing of inventory was not equal to the wholesaler's retail price.
Operating expenses opposed to revenues closed from a $574,577 loss in 2015 to $102,327 in 2016 in the Golf Course Fund Operations.  This past year's total is at its lowest deficit in the past eight years.
Year-end unrestricted cash balances improved from $8.5 million in 2015 to $9.8 million at the end of 2016.

The council approved three CUP/PUD amendments on three business properties.
Marohn Family LLC was given approval of a preliminary final plat to build an A&W restaurant on a parcel at Orr Ave., which is south of the existing Taco Bell and northwest of Cub Foods.  The restaurant will utilize some of the same parking for Cub Foods.  The council discussed a potential exterior upgrade, but added, sticking to the A&W brand would also be acceptable.
Bri-Mar LLC received approval to install a drive-thru window on the east side of its Little Caesars Pizza building at 606 Crossroads Campus Drive.  The Little Caesars project would include alterations to parking, interior traffic lanes and signage.  As part of the proposed project, the applicant would also alter parking lot space surrounding the Dairy Queen location to the south of this parcel.
A pickup window already has been installed, but its part of a package upgrade, and not assuming approval would be granted.  It is currently used as a walkup window.  The council approved the window as a drive-thru for pre-ordered items only.
Pfeifer Property Management, LLC was given a conditional use permit (CUP) to amend a planned unit development at the northwest corner of 5th St. NE and 2nd Ave. NE.  The project is a mixed-use building to include commercial and residential space, and will include parking lot, access and retaining wall improvements.  The first floor would include residential apartments and commercial spaces.  The second floor would be entirely commercial.  The third floor would be entirely residential.

A bid of $241,305 from EnPointe for a new core fiber switch will replace an eight-year old outdated one.  City Administrator Merton Auger says the budget costs $530,000.  A secondary portion of the project will be dealt with at a later date.  The new switch, which operates most of the updated technology throughout the city, is hopeful of lasting 8-10 years.
With sad regrets, council approved Anne Mueller's request for resignation as the city's administrative assistant.  Mueller has accepted a position with Independent School District 883 as a Principal Secretary at Rockford High School.
A vacant position with the Golf Course Advisory Board will be filled by Jack Hutchinson.
There will be no city council meeting the first Monday in July due to Independence Day landing on the following day.  The next meeting will be Monday, July 17.

Wild parsnip control funds available

Wild parsnip plants stand erect at 2-5 feet tall.  Leaves have variably-toothed leaflet edges consisting of 5-15 leaflets per leaf.  Small five-pedaled yellow flowers sprout in 15-25 primary rays and are arranged in 2 to 6-inch wide clusters during the June-through-September flowering season.  (Photo courtesy of SWCD)

Wild parsnip (pastinaca sativa) control in Wright County began in 2008.  This rapidly spreading plant is a native of Europe and Asia.  Locally, wild parsnip is spreading from county to county along railways and road ditches and can be observed in Canada and all but five states in the U.S., according to the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
Reimbursement of costs for control of wild parsnip is available.

How to identify it
Wild parsnip is biennial, meaning it germinates and grows one year and then reoccurs and seeds the following year.  Individual plants stand erect at 2-5 feet tall.  Leaves are alternate, with variably-toothed leaflet edges consisting of 5-15 leaflets per leaf.  Small five-pedaled yellow flowers sprout in 15-25 primary rays and are arranged in 2 to 6-inch wide clusters during the June-through-September flowering season.  Wild parsnip moves into disturbed habitats, along field edges or in disturbed patches of ground.  It invades slowly, but once established and seeded, it spreads rapidly and chokes out other forms of vegetation.  Wild parsnip survives in nearly all conditions and is commonly found along road ditches, in pastures, along railroad tracks, and fields.

Health concerns
Avoid skin contact with the toxic sap of the plant tissue.  The sap of wild parsnip in contact with skin and in the presence of sunlight can cause a rash, blistering or discoloration of skin (phytophotodermatitis).  A very painful rash could develop, and it can lead to scaring for several months or longer.  Wild parsnip is most irritating at the time of flowering from the months of June through September.  Wearing gloves, long sleeves and long pants are some precautions to avoid direct contact with wild parsnip.

How to control it
For smaller sites, the best control method for wild parsnip is achieved manually through hand-pulling the plants after a heavy rainfall or during drought-like conditions when roots shrink.
Larger sites where it has blended in with brome or native flower/grasses, Escort XP and Garlon 3A can be used (or use similar 2-4-D product).
(Important - selective herbicide applications that leaves grass intact to fill the area are recommended.)

Full reimbursement for the herbicide cost is available for treating wild parsnip (private landowners, townships and Wright County Highway and Parks Departments).
Requirements for reimbursement include: receipt(s), map of area sprayed, spray log (time log), and forms can be found at

Reporting wild parsnip locations
To report wild parsnip locations, go to - report online, or call Wright County Weed Inspector Eric Heuring at 763-355-8639 (or email, or contact Dan Nadeau of the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) at 763-682-1933, ext. 3 or email

Buffalo Rodeo this Friday, Saturday

At last year's rodeo, Jordan Pelton of Halliday, N.D. hangs on tight while bareback riding.  This year's rodeo action is taking place this Friday and Saturday.  (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

The 2017 Buffalo Championship PRCA Rodeo opens with Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night this Friday as the 63rd anniversary of the Rodeo is celebrated.
Come and see professional rodeo action at the Buffalo Rodeo Grounds, starting Friday, June 23 and concluding Saturday, June 24.
Festivities began at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 with a warm-up and a 7:30 p.m. First-Run PeeWee Jackpot Barrels event at the rodeo grounds.
Family Fun Night takes place Thursday, June 22 at 4 p.m. on the rodeo grounds and features Mutton Bustin' Trials, plus: a Pork Chop Feed (freewill donation / nonperishable food or cash donation for the food shelf), the KRWC Roadshow with fun kids' activities and prizes, Wacky Hairdos provided by 4-H, a DOJO Karate bounce house, and the Wright County Mounted Patrol.  This is not a regular rodeo performance night.  Admission is free at the gate.
This year's rodeo will include specialty acts by Rodeo Clown Rockin Robbie Hodges, as well as PRCA Rodeo Announcer Davie Kimm.
The first rodeo performance is at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23.
But before that happens, the Wright County Mounted Patrol Chuck Wagon Breakfast is being served from 7-10:30 a.m. at the Buffalo Civic Center (next door to the rodeo grounds).  The breakfast is also being served Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25.  The cost is $6 at the door and $5 for each advanced purchase.  Children under 6 years old eat free.  You can purchase advanced tickets directly from the Wright County Mounted Patrol.
Afterward, enjoy the music of Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band until 1 a.m. under the stars after the rodeo.
On Saturday, June 24, the second rodeo performance begins at 7 p.m.
After the Rodeo, stick around to hear the Mitch Gordon and Unleaded Band perform 1 a.m.
On Sunday, June 25 at 10 a.m., you are welcome at the Cowboy Church Service.  Come for a real western worship experience outside service at the rodeo grounds.
For the rodeo performances, tickets are general admission only.  Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $8 for children (age 11 and under).  Admission is free for children under four years old.
Tickets are available for purchase online ( through Saturday, June 24.  They will also be available for purchase at the gate.

Buffalo Days 2017

Fireworks, parade, coronation, fun in the park, and more


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