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Feeding birds can enhance your backyard all year long

by Tom Watson

February is “Bird Feeder” month – possibly due to the fact that the heart of winter is a critical time for our feathered friends or perhaps it’s to get a head start on welcoming migrating spring birds into our yard as they fly north. Either way, focusing on bird feeding can enhance a backyard into an ongoing natural aviary all year long.


Appleton OHV Park could soon include a motorcross track

by Reed Anfinson

A new feature is being planned for the Appleton Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park that could attract hundreds of motocross competitors to the area.

At its meeting Feb. 6, the Swift County Board of Commissioners approved contracting with KLJ, a Twin Cities engineering firm, for an archaeological study of 30.82 acres of land adjacent to the park. It will be developed into a competitive motocross-only track to attract competitions and big races, Parks, Drainage, and Wetlands Supervisor Kody Fossum told commissioners.

Swift County in partnership with the Appleton Project purchased the land from Lonnie Perry. As it moves forward with the project, the county will purchase the Appleton Project’s interest.

Swift County is seeking a Federal Recreation Trail Development (FRTP) grant for the project. Those grant funds require the archaeological study to be performed. Subscribe or Log In


from the archives

125 YEARS AGO – 1899
– Appleton Pop: 400

Joe Webster is installed as cook at McMillen’s restaurant. Appleton has an electric lighting plant, but in the opinion of The Press it is unfortunate for the municipality and the inhabitants thereof that such an enterprise exists in the village because of the unreasonable rates for poor service. B. W. Brokaw, the optician, will be at LuRue and Johnson’s drug store every month. Subscribe or Log In