Kim L. Samuelson
High E.coli counts were found in the Blackhoof River, Skunk Creek, Net River (downstream of Holyoke Park), Nemadji River and Kettle River. Carlton SWCD plans future work with other agencies to determine the sources of E.coli contamination and ways it can be reduced. In addition, Bear, Merwin and Twentynine Lakes were all found to have high TP and Chl-a levels and low secchi levels. High levels of one or more of these indicators were also found in Hanging Horn, Moose and Kettle lakes.
The youngest of four children, Finifrock's early years were spent on a 320-acre family dairy farm near the townsite of Nemadji. When he was 15 years old, his parents sold the farm, bought a more productive 120-acre farm on the south side of Bear Lake, and transitioned to raising beef cattle. There he continued to grow surrounded by animals and nature. Finifrock learned at a young age how to care for and improve the land.
"With all these new and existing forest pests and stressors, it has never been more important for landowners and land managers to take an active role in managing their forests for resiliency and health,” Bomier said. “This is especially true because as our forests grow older and more mature, they become more susceptible to these threats.
South Terrace Elementary Schools was awash in activity Saturday, March 12, at the Water Fest held by the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and partners. Children painted fish, conducted experiments, made paper, had their faces painted, and created nature crafts. The SWCD's Water (or Stream) Table was a hit with little hands constantly playing in the sand.