Storing Wet Hay Increases Barn Fire Risk

HayFarmers are reminded to make sure their hay is adequately dry before putting it into the barn for storage, as wet hay increases the risk of a fire. Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson says the moisture content of hay for storage should be no higher than 20 percent. That’s because heat-tolerant microorganisms can develop in hay bales and raise their temperature. If it gets higher than 150 degrees, farmers should take apart the bales or stacks and let air circulate. Johnson says fire becomes very likely if the temperature hits 200 degrees. He adds this year’s wet conditions make the risk of fire even greater. Continue reading

DNR Taking Part in National Boating Under the Influence Campaign

DNR law enforcementIndiana Conservation Officers will be on the lookout for people drinking and boating this weekend on Indiana waterways. They are taking part in a national Operation Dry Water weekend enforcement campaign. The effort focuses on deterring boaters from operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Continue reading

July Marks Firewood Cutting Season for Indiana State Forests

Indiana residents will soon be able to cut firewood in certain portions of Indiana State Forests.

The Department of Natural Resources says permit holders can begin cutting the firewood on July 1st. The tool is designed to allow Hoosiers to heat their homes and reduce their utility bills.

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Help Hoosiers In Need All in One Day, at One Time, in One Movement

please-giveThe ‘All Indiana’ campaign is aimed at helping non-profit organizations of Indiana acquire $10 million in one day. The mission of the campaign is to assist the Hoosier community with a 24-hour fund-raising campaign for local charity organizations. Continue reading

Local Company Represented in Trade Delegation to China

A Pulaski County business was among those selected to travel to China as part of a trade delegation.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann organized her second trade mission to Asia, but is largely focused on China during this month’s trip. According to a press release, the Indiana delegation met with both national and provincial leaders to promote agricultural trade.

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Incredible Causes will Benefit from Spirit of Pulaski County Proceeds

st0pThe annual Spirit of Pulaski County, formerly known as Germanfest, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 8 this year at the Train Depot in downtown Winamac. During the event, the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a spirit ride and spirit walk in memory of Tina Kasten and all other domestic abuse victims. Kasten is a local woman whose husband was arrested for her murder back in May. Continue reading

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Northern Indiana

A flash flood watch is in effect for Northern Indiana through this evening. The National Weather Service warns thunderstorms with heavy rainfall will spread over the area this morning and continue through this afternoon. Localized rainfall amounts of one to three inches in a short time are possible. Continue reading

Pulaski County Recommends E-Poll Book Purchase

Plenty of consideration has led to a recommendation from the Pulaski County Election Board to purchase E-poll books.

The Election Board met Wednesday morning to further discuss using the devices in Pulaski County’s election activities. Starke and Marshall County’s have proposed similar measures.
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Pulaski County 4-H Fair Pre-Judging Locations Changed

Pre-fair judging for electric, consumer clothing and sewing and fashion review 4-H projects will be held off of the Pulaski County fair grounds. This change allows time for the fairgrounds to be tended to following recent flooding. Though the locations have shifted, all times remain the same. Continue reading

Poison Hemlock Toxicity Can Cause Problems for Livestock

Purdue Extension LogoA plant with the potential to cause harmful side effects is sprouting in Northern Indiana this month.

According to Purdue Extension, Poison Hemlock can be found along roadsides, farm fields, and railroad tracks. The plant is considered a biennial – which means it lives over the course of two years. The stalk can grow between three and eight feet tall.
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Prepare for Storms Before Going to Bed Tonight

More severe storms are in the forecast during the overnight hours, with damaging winds, large hail, dangerous lightning, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes possible.

Before going to bed, turn up the volume on cell phones to ensure you hear alerts, and make sure your weather apps are set to provide notifications if weather watches or warnings are issued. A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather. Continue reading

Purdue Extension Remains Hopeful Pulaski Fairgrounds Will Dry Prior to Fair

Purdue Extension LogoThe fairgrounds in Pulaski County are dealing with some standing water.

According to officials with Purdue Extension’s Pulaski County offices, recent rains and flooding have caused the water at the site. Hope remains though that the 4H fair and Pulaski County Community will still be held at the fairgrounds.
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Take Action! Don’t Let Mosquitoes Bug You This Summer

6-16-14 mosquito picAccording to the Department of Natural Resources health officials report that the West Nile Virus is not only present in Indiana, but is actually widespread. The virus was first identified within the state in 2001, the same year it was discovered in Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa and Illinois. Continue reading

Local Fire Departments Receive Indiana Homeland Security Foundation Grants

Fire departments in LaPorte and and a town in Pulaski County are among the recipients of grants from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation. Statewide more than $370,000 was given to 101 recipients in 61 counties for critical needs. Eligible projects include equipping emergency responders with personal protective equipment, acquiring equipment for use by emergency responders, providing radios and technology equipment and training for emergency responders. Continue reading