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There's still time to sign up for lawn care seminar

A Lawn Care training session will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 12:30 to 5:45 p.m. at the Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Class fee is $25. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at $30, based on available space. Pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Participation is limited, so sign up early! This training seminar is sponsored and presented by the University of Minnesota Extension. Register and pay online at: Registration forms can also be found at the University of Minnesota, Clay County website: For more information, please contact Will Yliniemi, Extension Educator, Becker County at 218-846-7328 or Randy Nelson, Extension Educator, Clay County at 218-299-7338 or toll free at 800-299-5020.

Bovine TB assessment is $1 per head for 2008

Minnesota has made steady progress in its effort to stamp out bovine tuberculosis, but plenty of work remains.

As you may recall, the 2008 Minnesota Legislature approved a temporary $1-per-head assessment on all cattle sales in the state between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009. This measure passed with the support and encouragement of the Minnesota cattle industry, and the funds collected will help support bovine TB control activities.

The $1 per head assessment applies to all cattle sold during 2009, including private treaty sales to out-state auction markets, feedlots and processors. The Minnesota Beef Promotion and Research Council has been contracted to administer this state mandated assessment, and it will be handled much like the $1 per head Beef Check-off.

However, it is important to realize that this special bovine TB assessment will be kept separate from check-off funds. The funds collected through the bovine TB assessment will be used to fight this disease with the ultimate goal of removing it as an economic burden for Minnesota producers.

More information about this issue and the state's overall effort to eradicate bovine TB can be found online at, or at the Minnesota TB Hotline, 1-877 MN TB FREE. This information is provided by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155.