Another terrific feature at the Rice County Fair is the "Ask a Master Gardener" University of Minnesota Extension tent outside the Conservation Building.

While walking around the fargrounds in Faribault I stopped by there to see what was happening.

Master Gardener Interns Cathy Larson and Margaret Huber Under U of M Extension Master Gardener Tent at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Master Gardener Interns Cathy Larson and Margaret Huber Under U of M Extension Master Gardener Tent at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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I asked them what question has been asked the most and they said, completely in unison, "Japanese Beetles."

They have some plants to give away including red pepper plants.

U of M Master Gardener Tent at RCF Plant Giveaway. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
U of M Master Gardener Tent at RCF Plant Giveaway. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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I stepped inside the Conservation building where they have some fish in tanks courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and educational displays from Rice County Soil and Water Conversation District.

Cover Crop Basics Display at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Cover Crop Basics Display at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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More Cover Crop Information at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
More Cover Crop Information at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Check out the moths display in the Conservation Building.

Moths Display at RCF Conservation Building. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Moths Display at RCF Conservation Building. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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An awesome butterflies display also.

Butterflies Display at RCF Conservation Building. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Butterflies Display at RCF Conservation Building. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Larry Richie is back with Orville.  Larry says Orville loves girls! Smart guy that Orville!

Larry Richie and Orville are back at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Larry Richie and Orville are back at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Not far to the west is the Rice County Sheriff's Office and Faribault Police Department Mobile Incident Command Center.  Notice it's parked next to a fire hydrant.  I had to text Faribault Fire Chief Dustin Dienst about it.

Rice County Sheriff/Faribault Police Mobile Command Center at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Rice County Sheriff/Faribault Police Mobile Command Center at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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They have some gifts for the kid's like stickers and bracelets.

Rice County Sheriff's Office Giveaways for Kids. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Rice County Sheriff's Office Giveaways for Kids. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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Paul LaRoche with the Rice County Sheriff's Office says law enforcement uses their Off-Highway Vehicle a lot.

Rice County Sheriff's Office Off-Highway Vehicle at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Rice County Sheriff's Office Off-Highway Vehicle at RCF. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
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LaRoche was a guest during the KDHL Fair Talk segment at 11:50 a.m. along with RCF Executive Secretary John Dvorak.

KDHL AM Minnesota from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Thursday will feature new Faribault Public Schools Superintendent Jamie Bente and new Middle School Principal Dr. Stacy Fox.

Friday Faribault's relatively new Police Chief John Sherwin has agreed to stop by the KDHL Rice County Fair Booth.

You can stop by and meet these new people in their respecitve jobs at our booth at the fair.

Jerry Groskreutz should be listed here because he is in the Rice County Fair Agriculture Hall of Fame.

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