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Jan 22

Record Rains, Trees and Fishing

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 10:30 AM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 1/21/2019


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

No upcoming meetings or hearings.

Project Updates:


  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Things are buttoned up until spring.  Spring will bring just a few final items and clean-up work.
  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)   Not much movement from our contractor due to ground frost issues.  I’m not anticipating much until spring thaw comes again.    
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Nothing new to report on this project from last week.
  • CD56 Branch 18 (Lincoln Twp.)  All work is completed for now, and we hope to install an iron sand filter next spring.  These new filters will help to filter out phosphorus.     

Three Minnesota towns crowned new kings of rainfall totals

Three towns in southeastern Minnesota have broken the state's previous rainfall totals.  The previous record was from Waseca in 2016 at 56.24 inches.  The three record breaking cities include Harmony, Mabel, and Caledonia.  Harmony came in at the top spot at 60.21 inches.  These new record totals are unofficial until certified by National Weather Service.  Most precipitation records aren’t broken by multiple inches, making this potential new record even more impressive.

Researchers are saying that Minnesota rainfall amounts have been increasing since the 1970’s.  This current decade is said to be possibly the wettest in Minnesota history.  Major storms are becoming more and more common and frequent.  Minnesota can be the land of two extremes.  While many cities have been seeing wetter than normal conditions, other parts of the state are seeing lower than normal precipitation levels.  Predicting weather patterns is becoming harder and harder to do for many climatologists.

Spring Tree Buying

2019 Tree Program has begun!

Our local Blue Earth County SWCD is holding its annual spring tree sale.  If you’re in the market for some new varieties of trees or shrubs, check out the link for more information.

Ice Adventures

I was able to go up north on a fishing trip recently.  We went as far as you can possible fish in the United States, and we also fished into Canada for one day.  It was a very fun experience, and I highly recommend it for my fellow fishing enthusiasts.  Below you will find just a few photos from my trip.  No record book Walleyes were caught, I but still had a great time making memories.
nw anglefishing
canadian crappiessunset


Recent Drainage Inspections – week of January 14 – January 18:

  • None at this time.


We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist