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  • Finifrocks honored for conservation work, outreach

    Kim Samuelson, SWCD News|Dec 28, 2018

    Four landowners were recently chosen by the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) as the 2018 Carlton County Conservation Award winners. All four were honored for the unique projects they have accomplished to conserve and protect natural resources on their properties and in their communities. In addition, they were honored for their contributions toward another SWCD goal - education, a key component of SWCD work. These 2018 winners are Alan and Sharon Finifrock, Outstanding...

  • 'Walk in the Woods' puts forestry education into action

    Kim Samuelson, SWCD News|Dec 14, 2018

    What better classroom could there be than the great outdoors? One of the main purposes of the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is to teach people how to care for the natural environment. Throughout this past year, Carlton SWCD Forestry Technician Kelly Smith was instrumental in coordinating a series of "Walk in the Woods" events for local landowners to learn how to care for their forests. During the walks - sponsored by the Kettle River Woodland Council chapter of the...

  • Wishing a Hyvää Joulua to all!

    Kim Samuelson, Finn News|Dec 7, 2018

    Since Finnish Independence in 1918, it has been a tradition for families in Finland to place two lighted candles in each window of their homes on Dec. 6 to celebrate Itsenäisyyspäivä (Finnish Independence Day). Many people of Finnish descent in the U.S. also do the same. However, did you know that this long-time tradition actually came from an even earlier tradition? Legend tells us that in the 1800s and early 1900s, two candles were used as a sign to young Finnish men — who were on their way to Sweden or Germany to join the infantry — that t...

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