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Supervisors approve fall application of thistles

By Staff | Aug 13, 2008

Thistles are always a prickly topic, especially at the Emmet County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning.

Don Reffer of Brush and Weed Control Specialists gave the board quotes on cleaning specific ditches in Emmet County. He also gave them rates on different products that are used to kill the thistles.

“This year has been exceptionally bad for thistles,” Reffer told the board. There is a section near Ringsted which is particularly bad and will be cleaned up within the next few weeks.”

Supervisors Alan Madden and Ron Smith said they would like to try a fall application to kill the thistles.

The board approved the estimates given by Reffer.

Michelle Schaefers presented an agreement to the board on the East Fork Des Moines River Joint Powers Agreement. The project’s goal is to protect and enhance land and water resources in the East Fork of the Des Moines River watershed.

Iowa counties in the watershed are Emmet, Kossuth, Winnebago, Palo Alto, Hancock and Humbolt along with Jackson and Martin counties in Minnesota are also included.

The board approved a one-year agreement, and will pay a penny per acre. Nearly 93,000 acres of Emmet County are part of the watershed.

Government entities listed in the agreement include the boards of supervisors and the Soil and Water Conservation District boards from each of the counties in the watershed.