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October 11, 2016

Check out the October Newsletter from the Dickinson County Extension Office!  It is designed to share out upcoming educational program opportunities, as well as address the latest local questions, happenings, and helpful information for our communities. 

Workshop Flyer
October 10, 2016

Looking for something fun to do with your friends? Join us at the Extension Office in Spirit Lake for a String Art Workshop on Saturday, November 5th at 10AM. Check out the flyer for details. Cost is only $5 and pre-registration is encouraged to insure materials. Call 712-336-3488 to register or for more information.

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August 18, 2016

We have had a number of oak tree branches and leaves brought into the office the last couple of weeks with "Woolly Tree Galls".  The galls look like dense wads of wool on the underside of leaves and are tan or pink in color. Galls are abnormal growths caused by insect bites on the leaves. In most cases, they won't harm the tree and there is no treatment. For more information on tree galls, check out this ISU Horticulture Article  http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2010/8-25/oakgalls.html

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February 12, 2016

Our hometown hero and Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, is awarded the Outstanding 4-H Alum Award at the 2016 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala. Hear his wonderful remarks about the 4-H Program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llsWP6q1oRA

May 1, 2016

We encourage 4-H families to use these NEW online links to enroll in 4-H, add or drop project areas, change contact information, verify livestock identification information and more. Come see how quick and easy it is to be in 4H!

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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