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Bur Oak Blight on Leaf
September 19, 2016

Dickinson County Extension is partnering with the Department of Natural Resources and the Dickinson County Conservation Board to bring Dr. Jesse Randall, Iowa State University’s Forestry Specialist, to the lakes area to speak on Bur Oak Blight that is affecting oak trees in the area. Dr. Randall will be at Gull Point State Park Lodge on Monday, September 26th, from 6- 7:30 pm to discuss Bur Oak Blight, its effects on the trees, and treatments. This discussion is open to the public and there is no fee to attend. Gull Point State Park is located at 1500 Harpen Street, on the West side of West Okoboji.

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September 1, 2016

Check out our NEW Monthly 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. 

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July 19, 2016

This is an 8-hour food safety training for foodservice managers and workers. Participants learn current best practices related to safe food handling and cleaning and sanitizing as well as tips on how to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. The training includes a resource workbook and concludes with a certification exam. Please click on the ServSafe Registration Form for complete details.

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July 19, 2016

Do you have picky eaters? Wonder how to incorporate MyPlate with small children?  If so, join us for some classes this fall at the Expo Center in Spirit Lake. ISU Nutrition Specialist, Renee Sweers will lead participants through activities to help picky eaters get involved in the kitchen, try new foods, and make mealtime more pleasant. Check out our Fall Childcare Training Brochure for details. 

Photo of woolly oak tree gall
July 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

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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