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Kandiyohi Extension office closure

We take serving you seriously, which is why we are prioritizing the health and safety of you, our community and our staff. Our office will be closed to the public as of Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 8:00 a. m. until further notice. While doors may be closed and people at home, we are still available. Please email or call our office if you are in need of Extension services. Our work locations may look different, but the work we are doing remains the same.

Please note that- at this time- ALL Extension events are cancelled or postponed until or after March 31st, 2020. However, there are many online learning opportunities being offered- check out our Facebook page for more information.

In light of changing office schedules and staffing, we want to make sure you still have a direct line of communication to us. While you are welcome to call our main office number at 320-231-7890, we encourage you to call this temporary number: 218-231-9579. This temporary number will allow us to respond to you much faster.

If you have questions regarding programs, please contact the following staff:
4-H Livestock or Master Gardener questions, contact Nate Erickson-
General 4-H and event questions, contact Mikayla Frey-
General Extension questions contact, Laura Shoutz-
Other questions can be directed to the following helplines:
Farm Information Line: 1-800-232-9077
Household Expert: 1-800-854-1678
Gardening: 320-231-7890 ext. 5278 (Master Gardener Answer Line)

Private Pesticide Applicator’s Testing
Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, testing materials are unable to be accessed by the public in our office. If you need testing materials, you have two options:
1. Take the exam online OR
2. Email the program at to request a mail-in packet.
The Private Pesticide Applicator Safety Education manual found online (free) or you can order can order a printed copy through the University of Minnesota Bookstore ($10.00).
The test requires the 19th edition of the manual. If you have the 19th edition, you do not need a new manual.