Monarchs & Milkweed

young-milkweedThe Monarch Butterfly Population

The Monarch butterfly populations have plummeted by as much as 90% in the past 20 years and are on the cusp of moving toward protection on the Endangered Species Act.

One of the primary reasons for this decline is the decrease in milkweed plants, which grow easily in Minnesota. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of the milkweed plant and it is the only source of food for the monarch caterpillar. If you have milkweed growing in your yards and fields, please don’t pull it, and let it grow. Planting milkweed is one of the easiest ways that we can make a difference for the monarchs.

Residents that are interested in planting milkweed in their yards to help the Monarch butterflies can pick up a bag of seeds, free of charge, while supplies last, at City Hall, 2052 County Road 24, Medina, MN 55340 during regular business hours M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additional resources on the Monarch Butterfly can be found below:

http://www.monarchjointventure.org/resources/publications/ – View a number of publications on Monarchs and Milkweed

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/index.html – This organization was started by Karen Oberhauser at the U of M who has studied the Monarchs for years

http://www.nwf.org/Pollinators/Monarch/Milkweed-Resources.aspx – The National Wildlife Federation explains the importance of milkweed.

http://www.saveourmonarchs.org/ – This organization is out of Edina, MN, and is working to provide milkweed seeds for planting. The site also does a great job of explaining the importance of milkweed.

http://www.nwf.org/Pollinators/Monarch/Communities.aspx – The National Wildlife Federation provides practical examples of what communities can do to help protect the Monarch butterflies.

 

Links for Purchasing Bulk Milkweed Seeds

http://www.prairiemoon.com/seeds/

http://www.prairieresto.com

http://www.saveourmonarchs.org/store/c4/Get_Seeds.html

 

Free Assistance for Businesses/Entrepreneurs

Are you thinking about starting your own business or are you currently operating a small business and interested in FREE technical Open to Business Image 400 x 250assistance?
Medina has partnered with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) to offer the Open to Business program. This program provides FREE one-on-one assistance from MCCD’s expert staff, customized to meet the specific needs of each entrepreneur. This can include creating a business plan, suggestions on financial management and bookkeeping practices, assisting with marketing, and referrals for financing. MCCD also administers a small business loan fund which provides capital to expand local businesses.

For more information please contact Rob Smolund from MCCD at rsmolund@mccdmn.org or (612) 789-7337 ext. 260.

Xcel Energy Power Grid Upgrades (previously Hollydale Project)

Xcel Energy has been studying ways to address electric reliability issues in the Plymouth area, and has three new alternatives (view details at the link below) to address the power grid deficiencies. In 2011, Excel Energy proposed the Hollydale project, an upgrade of an existing 69 kilovolt (kV) line to a larger 115kV line in the Plymouth area to address electric reliability problems. They withdrew that proposal in order to identify a smaller scale solution to correct the electric reliability issues in the area and to provide sufficient capacity to meet long-term needs.

The city of Plymouth population has quadrupled over the last 40 years. Since 1990, the population has grown from 50,000 to over 75,000 residents. The growth has driven electricity demand in the area. A strong local power grid is necessary to ensure that Xcel Energy is able to provide reliable electric service to the community.

More information on the proposed alternatives can be found at this link: http://www.transmission.xcelenergy.com/Projects/Minnesota/Plymouth-Project