September 2014

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DU receives major gift in memory of Mike Commerford

Four Corners WMA Dedicated by Conservation Partners
Ducks Unlimited Major Sponsors Honored
The Four Corners state Wildlife Management Area (WMA) was dedicated by Ducks Unlimited with a ceremony and bronze plaque Aug. 23. It is near Sherburn in Martin County in far south central Minnesota.
Establishment of the WMA was made possible in part by a major gift to Ducks Unlimited made in the memory of Mike Commerford of Danvers. He died April 19, 2013, at the Swift County-Benson Hospital at the age of 49. He was the son of Norm and Marie Commerford of Danvers.
Project partners attending included the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Fox Lake Conservation League, the Martin County Conservation Club, and Ducks Unlimited.  They celebrated the acquisition of the 309-acre WMA and Ducks Unlimited’s subsequent restoration to a native prairie pothole complex. 

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Toxic ‘blue-green’ algae found in Lac qui Parle Lake

Blue-green algae, which can be toxic to humans and pets, appears to be in bloom in backwaters of Lac qui Parle Lake west of Milan. The bloom was noticed this past weekend by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff travelling along Minnesota Highway 40.
The MPCA advises pet owners to check water conditions when dogs are playing near lakes or slow-flowing streams. Blue-green algae “blooms” have a thick, cloudy appearance that can look like green paint, pea soup or floating mats of scum.
Some, but not all, species of blue-green algae contain potent toxins that can be deadly to dogs, livestock and other animals within hours of contact.

If possible, dog owners should keep their pets away from algae-laden water entirely.

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6W seeks to maintain supervision levels

Editor’s note: As 6W Community Corrections looks to balance its budget it has been studying its options in reducing staff and the number of people on probation and parole that it supervises. However, no easy fixes have appeared. Instead, 6W has gone to the counties that it serves requesting an increase in funding.
6W provides parole and probation services for Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties. Two commissioners from each of the counties serve on its board along with a judge.
It is expected that the agency will have a $117,000 deficit this year, requiring it to draw from its reserves to make ends meet. It is proposing a balanced budget for 2015, but that will depend on the four counties increasing their contributions by 16 percent.

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