The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering a tax credit for beginning farmers interested in using that money toward the sale or lease of land, equipment, machinery and livestock. The Beginning Farmer Tax Credit was started in 2018, as a way to held Minnesota residents with a desire to farm get started.
Editor's note: As part of White Cane Day, Oct. 15, students at the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired wrote about their white canes and what they mean to them. Here is one area student's submission.
PEPIN — How does a reclusive, 19th century "lady poet" like Emily Dickinson become the subject of a zany lesbian comedy? It takes a little brazen creativity, a lot of scholarly research, and the inspired casting of SNL comedian Molly Shannon as Dickinson, with Minnesota actress Susan Ziegler as her lover. "Wild Nights with Emily," written and directed by Madeleine Olnek, will screen at the WideSpot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, as part of the 11th annual Flyway Film Festival.
When I was eating school lunch in the 1970s, there were just two days looked forward to: spaghetti day and pizza day. The mystery-meat hamburgers and overcooked vegetables, and hard, cold mashed potatoes were just bad. My children have been eating school lunch for the past decade, and I've been impressed with the daily offerings of fresh vegetables and fruits and the improved quality and nutritional value of the food. But the Farm to School "movement" really excites me.
One of the most successful and bipartisan programs in United States history is the National School Lunch program — and today as we celebrate National School Lunch Week this Oct. 15-19, it's important to reflect on the millions and millions of children who have benefited from this program over the years. This year schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week with the theme "Lots 2 Love," intended to encourage students and school nutrition professionals to share what they love most about school lunches.
We are the Mdewakanton Dakota Oyate (people) or "those who were born of the waters." We have been living here as one with this earth, these waters, the animals and the sky for countless generations. In our language, Barn Bluff is called He Mni Can. Pronounced Heh-Meh-NEE-Cha, it means "hill, water, wood" and it is one of our most sacred sites.
The Goodhue County 4-H Dairy Judging Team placed second — by just one point to Wisconsin who took the top honors — at the 2018 World Dairy Expo judging contest. Coached by Tony and Maizie Scheffler, Emily Pieper and Haley Leiding, the team consisted of Jay Dicke, Goodhue; Kjersten Veiseth, Goodhue; Madelyn Wehe, Faribault, and Owen Scheffler, Kenyon-Wanamingo. As a team they placed second overall and sixth in reasons, first in Brown Swiss and third in Guernsey.
This year, Oct. 7-13 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, a time to shine a light on mental illness and replace stigma with hope. Mental Illnesses are very common in the world today — one in five adults experiences a mental illness in any given year. Mental Illnesses can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, religion or income. Yet people are still afraid to talk about them due to shame, misunderstanding, negative attitudes and fear of discrimination.
October is internationally known as an awareness month to educate people about breast cancer. People may choose to wear pink ribbons and attend special fundraising events to raise awareness about this type of cancer. Substantial support for breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped create advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer survival rates have significantly improved due to advances in treatment.
Wabasha County Historical Society, Reads Landing School Museum, will hold an open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the museum and agricultural heritage building. The rug loom will also be demonstrated. Coloring pages and books are available for children. A photo opportunity in prisoner garb will be available in the jail. The museum located at 70537 206th Ave., Reads Landing, is commemorating its 53rd season. Admission is free; donations accepted.