Rhizosphaera needlecast on spruce trees

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Question: Several of the spruce trees in my yard seem to be dying. The inner needles on the lower branches turned brown, and many have dropped from the trees. The trees are growing in a row, and it appears that the problem is spreading from […]

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Considerations for purchasing rural property

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley I have a confession. Though much of my work pertains to rural affairs, I’m currently a city dweller. Life events have led me from the quiet countryside to a variety of living situations in semi-urban and urban settings. I value the experiences I’ve had living […]

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Managing stress in our busy lives

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-being Educator, Mary Metten In the busy day-to-day, life gets stressful. It is difficult to tend to the list of things that need to be done, should have been done and already have been done. Our lives are on the move. We learn to multitask as a […]

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A look at globalization and social impact networks

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil Since the mid-20th century, globalization has increased the pace of information technology and has changed the way people solve problems. Globalization disperses expertise, “flattens” access to low-cost/free information and “loosens/strengthens” degrees of boundedness of organizational structures. It has been an exciting period of new […]

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Addressing financial security in our community

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-being Educator, Mary Metten I’m new here. Starting a job comes with all sorts of new things: new culture at work, new people, new skills to learn, new day-to-day schedule, etc. All of those new things I was expecting and planning for. One aspect of the new […]

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Water management on Wisconsin farms

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley Water, and lots of it. May and June have pushed precipitation totals well above what’s considered normal for our corner of Wisconsin. As I watch local stream and river levels rise, I think about how water moves throughout our area’s watersheds and what it […]

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Dealing with the food, human sides of the holiday season

Article by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Educator, Kenosha/Racine CountiesOriginally published in the Kenosha News. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’m not sure if I find more pleasure cooking, teaching my kiddos to cook, serving and eating all of the wonderful comfort foods my family has enjoyed over the years, or celebrating the people I love by sharing […]

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Gratitude can increase health and personal well-being

Article by Amy Greil, community natural resource and economic development educator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. As we have enjoyed another Thanksgiving holiday, I thought it fitting to explore what research tells us about gratitude. More than a time of year, Thanksgiving is shown to be a key component to personal well-being […]

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Master Gardener Project wins national award

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, Interim Horticulture Educator, Kenosha  and Racine counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. The Kenosha County Center All-America Selections (AAS) Display & Demonstration Garden in Bristol was awarded third place in the 2017 AAS Landscape Design Contest!  This garden is an approved project of the UW-Extension Master Gardener Program. This landscape design contest […]

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Fall for a beautiful landscape with these garden tasks

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, Interim Horticulture Educator, Kenosha  and Racine counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. With the record-setting heat our area has experienced lately, it is hard to believe the growing season is coming to a close. Some garden tasks that are best done in fall can be done at this time. “Dig. Drop. Done.” […]

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