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Protect vegetables

Vegetable growers will learn new ways to fight diseases, insects and weeds during a session hosted by University of Minnesota Extension and Berry Ridge Farm in Alexandria.

The session is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at Berry Ridge Farm, 1301 Firemens Lodge Road SW.

Instructors include: Annie Klodd, Extension educator in fruit and vegetable production; Natalie Hoidal, co-coordinator in pesticide safety and environmental education; Ron Branch, owner of Berry Ridge Farm; and Ken Frost of Frost Inc./The Spray Barn. Frost will demonstrate the best use of sprayers.

Anyone growing vegetables for market is encouraged to attend. Topics are designed for both organic and non-organic growers. Cost is $15 per person and includes a light supper and beverages. To register, visit or call Susan Hickey at 612-301-1206.

Shred Days

Sorry, cat lovers, this is not a community festival that mixes cats with brand-new couches.

Shred Days has more to do with purr-ivacy than purring.

It's a time Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union has set aside for community members to shred personal documents in order to protect private information such as Social Security numbers, financial account numbers and credit card numbers.

It's also free. The credit union is teaming up with Paper Storm Document Shredding to offer shredding in the parking lots of each of Mid Minnesota location. In Alexandria, the truck will be at 405 50th Ave. W. from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 19.

The credit union requests a per-person limit of three boxes of documents. Shredded documents are recycled.

Garden Bus tour

Douglas County Master Gardeners will lead their annual garden bus tour on Wednesday, June 20, to notable gardens in and around St. Cloud.

Stops include Clemens/Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, St. John's Abbey Garden in Collegeville, Bakers' Acres in Avon and Tree Top Nursery in Sauk Centre.

The tour costs $35. The charter bus loads at Aagard's (Old Kmart) parking lot in Alexandria at 6:45 a.m. and departs promptly at 7 a.m. The bus is scheduled to return around 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call the University of Minnesota Extension, Douglas County office at 320-762-3890 or stop in at 720 Fillmore St. in Alexandria, down the hall from the Douglas County Library.

Norwegian-Americans to meet

Americans who trace their heritage to western Norway and the Valdres region will meet at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria June 21-23 for their stevne (reunion).

Called the Vestlandslag and Valdres Samband, the group holds annual meetings in different cities.

Speakers scheduled for the event include: Amanda Seim, executive director of the Runestone Museum; Gary Lund, who often portrays Minnesota's Norwegian-born governor, Knute Nelson; Elaine Hasleton; Paul Rolvaag; and genealogists Taryn Flolid and Darin Flansburg.

A Thursday afternoon tour will go to the Runestone Museum, the Douglas County Historical Society and the Runestone Park, where dinner will be served.

Friday night will feature a show of traditional dress, dinner and music on a Swedish nyckelharpa and accordion.

For more information, visit or contact Robert Hanson at 763-441-4463 or 651-470-0236. For Valdres Samband registration, contact Ken Svor at