Chapter Meetings

Most monthly programs are open to both members and non-members. However, some will have space or venue limitations and will need pre- registration. Indoor programs will typically be held in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the Emmaus Baptist Church, 712 Linden Street N, Northfield, Minnesota. Parking is located on the south side of the church.

2020 Meetings

January 9, 2020
Goats for Land Management by Jake Langeslag
7:00 pm at Emmaus Baptist Church, 712 Linden Street N, Northfield

Goat Dispatch of Faribault, owned by Jake and Amanda Langeslag, specializes in land mangement/ brush removal with the use of goats. As a trained Ecologist, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, Jake is passionate about finding eco-friendly ways to manage our lands. What started as an ecological experiment of 5 goats in his home woods has now grown into a herd of around 400 goats working all over the State. He believes getting back to using animals to manage our lands is best for the environment. Jake will share some of results of managing land with goats found from a three-year study with the MN Dept. of Agriculture – Sustainability Grant.

February 13, 2020
Mader Wetlands Restoration by Packy Mader
7:00 pm at Emmaus Baptist Church, 712 Linden Street N, Northfield

From 2014 through February 2018, the Mader farm in Minnetrista, MN (Hennepin County) underwent a restoration process that converted 41 acres of tiled agricultural land back natural wetlands. It is the first and only certified Wetlands Credit Bank Restoration project in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Packy will share the rewards and frustrations of going through the rigorous process which involved years of engineering, berm construction, dealing with invasive plant species, planting native sedges, grasses, and wildflowers, and even the financial costs and benefits.

March 14, 2020
Lyme Disease by Rick Dahlman
7:00 pm at Emmaus Baptist Church, 712 Linden Street N, Northfield

Rick Dahlman, a retired MN DNR forester, has been living with the effects of Lyme disease for over 30 years. As a forester he was constantly exposed to Deer Ticks (Ixodes scapularis) and unfortunately, one transmitted Lyme Disease to him. Though he never had the typical rash, the persistent headaches, severe and chronic pains and fatigue and some mobility have plagued him. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted through the bite of tick, known in Minnesota as the Deer Tick and in Wisconsin as the Bear tick. Rick is now the chairman of the Minnesota Lyme Association’s Speakers Bureau and travels around the state educating people on how to reduce their risk of tick-borne diseases. Rick will have good advice for us all.

April 5, 2020
9th year Anniversary Dinner
6:00 pm at Fireside Lounge, 37540 Goodhue Ave, Dennison, MN
(This event was canceled)

April 30, 2020
Spring Ephemerals of Nerstrand State Park by Katie Gillispie
6:00 pm at Nerstrand State Park
(This event was canceled)

July 14, 2020

Minnesota Native Landscaping Production Site Tour by Dwayne Vosepka
The tour will start at 6:30 pm.  Please note that if the weather is uncooperative, we will need to reschedule.

Location:  10850 Echo Ave Lonsdale, Mn  (just South of Hwy 1 and about 3.5 miles west of I35).  There is plenty of parking available onsite.

Directions from Northfield:  Take Hwy 19 west, head South on I-35. Take 1st exit (exit 66), for County Rd 1.  Turn right (West) on Hwy 1 for about 3.5 miles, turn left on Echo Ave.  First place on the right.

Dwayne Vosepka, Native Plant expert, Northfield Prairie Partners member, Production Manager for Minnesota Native Landscaping Production in Lonsdale MN, member of Minnesota Native Plant Society and so much more, will give us a tour of his production site where he raises many native plant species. This is a great opportunity to learn how native seeds and plants are produced and how they ensure purity and quality. Dwayne can provide expert advice on growing native plants and how to ensure they are truly natives to our region. Come with your questions and see production fields of some of your favorite natives. Carpools from Northfield will be arranged.

Dwayne says timing looks good to see multiple native species in bloom.  In addition to showing us blooming plots of natives, he will share some of the unique challenges native seed producers face and explain the steps needed to produce seed for market. 
Please let Barb know if you plan to attend.  We need to make sure we are prepared for how many participants there will be.  We will do everything we can to keep us all safe, but nobody should feel the slightest bit of pressure to attend unless they want to and feel comfortable participating at this time.
Safety precautions, due to COVID-19, will be followed.  MNL has requirements Dwayne needs to follow for tours, and we also have expectations for safe interactions.
Safety precautions:
  • No physical contact will be necessary for this tour
  • We will not be arranging carpools.  Please let me know if you wish to follow someone or caravan and we should be able to work that out. 
  • We will only be outside in an open area
  • Dwayne will use the loud speaker system so everyone should be able to hear while we remain spread out
  • People are to stay more than 6 feet away from others (8′ minimum is even better)  
  • Please bring a mask.  Masks are welcome to be worn throughout the tour, but please do put them on if someone gets close to you
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Please bring your own water.  I’ll plan to have some extras with, but best if people provide their own at this time.  
  • If possible, please take your temperature before you leave home and stay home if it is elevated.
  • We will not be promoting this tour publicly in effort to not have too large of a group.  It is on our website and facebook page, but we will not actively promote it in the newspapers or online.
Please let Barb know if there is anything else you’d like to see us do for this tour to make you more comfortable.  
We will be able to drive up pretty close to the fields, but please wear comfortable field shoes and dress for the weather.