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  • 19 Jan 2018 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Friday, January 19, 9:30 a. m. - 4  p. m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 122 1st NW, Glenwood MN

    Do you want to see livestock on your farm again? Livestock and row-crop farming work extremely well together. Join us and learn how livestock can help increase your farm’s profitability and resilience, make it possible for a family member to join the operation, increase your farm’s revenue without buying more land, and take your farm’s soil health and nutrient cycling to the next level! We will have a panel of farmers who have integrated livestock into their operations, as well as presentations by Kent Solberg and Bryan Simon on the economics and the soil-building potential of livestock in row-crops. This event is co-sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project and the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.

    The cost is $25 for the workshop and lunch.

    For more details, contact Bryan Simon at 320-492-2526 or


  • 01 Dec 2017 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is the largest and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Join Tyrol Ski & Sports this Friday, Dec 1st when the World Tour comes to Rochester bringing the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival. For more information and tickets contact Tryol Ski & Sport at 507-228-1683 or

    When: Friday, December 1st, 2017. Starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm

    Where: Kellogg Middle School, Rochester, MN

    Tickets: $13 general admission, $16 at the door, $8 for students.  Can be purchased at Tyrol or online at 

  • 15 Nov 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    This year's MGWA conference will take place on November 15th, at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus.  For more information and to register click here

  • 25 Oct 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    RCTC is hosting a Harvest Dinner with Will Steger on Wednesday, October 25th.  Register by October 18th to ensure you don't miss the exciting event.  Click here for event details

  • 24 Oct 2017 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Why do we need to dredge Silver Lake? What is the timeline for the project? What is the City’s plan for the dredging of the lake? Join us to learn the latest on the Silver Lake Dredging Project and what you can expect as the project moves from the design phase and into the implementation phase. We will also discuss the history of the lake and what we can expect after the dredging is completed.

    Presentation by Megan Moeller, Communications Coordinator for the Rochester Public Works Department


    Date:     October 24, 2017

    Time:     7-8:30pm

    Place:    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Cascade Meadow

                   2900 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901

    Cost:      Free. No reservations are necessary.


    The Stormwater Presents Speaker Series is a monthly program featuring topics related to stormwater management in the City of Rochester. This program is FREE of charge and no registrations are required. All presentations are held in Rochester at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota - Cascade Meadow (2900 - 19th Street NW).


    All programs are subject to change. Full presentation descriptions and up-to-date information can be found

  • 11 Oct 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    More and more property owners are seeking to replace their traditional 

    lawn with an alternative that is beautiful, eco-friendly, and low-maintenance.  Learn more about turf options and installation at this FREE event!  Register by Wednesday, October 4th by sending your name, organization, title, email address, and phone number to or call 651-229-2426.

    : Wednesday, October 11th from 6:30 - 8:30pm

    Where: Cascade Meadow Wetland & Environmental Learning Center, 2900 19th Street NW, Rochester

  • 08 Oct 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Enjoy a relaxing fall morning floating along the Zumbro River with great company.  Join AARP on the Zumbro River Float! This is a free event and you need not be an AARP member, but there are only 55 spots.  For more information and to register:

  • 26 Sep 2017 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Rochester has implemented many different best management practies (BMPs) to mitiage the impacts of development or address specific water quality issues.  The BMPs vary according to regulatory requirements at the time of construciton, treatment area and physical site conditions and/or constraints.  The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss the types of BMPs that are relied upon by the City of Rochester to provide water quality treatment and the associated benefits of each including an overall assessment of treatment efficiencies.  The presentation will also focus on the future of stormwater management within the City of Rochester and emphasis on green infrastructure.

    Presented by Troy Erickson, Stormwater Engineer for the City of Rochester

    Date: September 26th, 2017

    Time: 7 - 8:30pm

    Place: Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Learning Center, 2900 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901

    Cost: FREE. No reservations are necessary.

  • 19 Sep 2017 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Location: 21609 Old US-14, Dodge Center, MN 55927

    Description: Plowville - click for more information

  • 30 Jun 2017 12:52 AM | Anonymous

    Just East of Byron, MN on Tuesday, July 11th, we've planned a cover crops, no-till and soil health filed tour. We hope you can make it. We'll visit with three innovative Byron-area farmers, Martin Larsen, Tom Pyfferoen and Curt Tvedt.

    July 11th*: Cover Crops, No-till & Soil Health Field Tour

    *Please note this has been rescheduled from the 13th*

    For the event flyer, click here

    Three local row crop farmers will be showing their no-till and cover crop operations on July 11th from 9 am to noon. Look for signs and car caravan will follow. We will meet at the Larsen's farm 7604 14th St NW Byron, MN 55920, which is about 2 mile East of Byron and 5 miles West of Rochester. Martin Larsen is a no-till farmer and works for the Olmsted County SWCD. He will be describing his experiences in no-till and cover crops, and how he interseeding of cover crops into v6 corn both on his own farm and the SWCD plot. We will also be showcasing an eye opening slake test to show the benefits of soil structure and water infiltration. The next stop will be at Tom Pyfferoen's farm, and Tom will discuss the do's and dont's of beginning no-till. Making sure the planter is setup for no-till planting is vitally important, and Tom can walk us through the process. He will also discuss how he planted corn into green rye this year. Curt Tvedt will wrap up the day by showing us some of the experiments he is trying out on his farm to improve his soil health. We will examine his planting of soybeans that he seeded into 4-5 foot tall rye and then rolled 7 days later!

    If you are still hungry for more discussion, you can join us after the field day for lunch at the Bears Den in Byron, MN. Please RSVP by July 9th to Shona Snater at 507-523-3366 or by email at

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