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Minnesota Master Naturalist Program invites volunteers to serve on National Public Lands Day at Lac qui Parle Mission

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist Program, in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, Chippewa County Historical Society and CURE, invites area residents to participate in National Public Lands Day (NPLD) from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 28.

National Public Lands Day is the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Since 2012, the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program has facilitated this effort at sites across the state. More than 1,000 volunteers have removed invasive species, planted pollinator gardens, protected newly-planted trees, among other projects for over 5,000 service hours to date. This year, the MN Master Naturalist Program encourages residents to join this growing tradition of stewardship through service at one of 19 locations in Minnesota.

Volunteers are encouraged to register before Sept. 7 to receive a Master Naturalist NPLD 2019 T-shirt. Registration officially closes on Sept. 18. To find the National Public Lands Day site nearest you, go to: https://z.umn.edu/NPLD19 For a map of locations: https://arcg.is/1KeWaz0

Volunteers at Lac qui Parle Mission will help remove buckthorn by the means of cutting or pulling and then piling.

The Lac qui Parle Mission is jct. of Chippewa County Hwy. 13 and County Rd. 32, Montevideo, MN 56265. To register for this site, go to: https://z.umn.edu/LacquiParle.

Michigan agriculture officials plan trade mission to China

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is planning another trade mission to China.

The fourth annual trip is scheduled for Nov. 8-12 and the agency says representatives of Michigan food and agriculture companies will travel to Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Shanghai. It’s part of an effort to better understand the Chinese market and meet with Chinese buyers interested in Michigan products.

Michigan officials said China is the state’s fifth-largest export market for food and agriculture products.

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