Calvin Kellerman visits with a Vietnamese farmer as she manually harvests rice. Kellerman helped introduce a new heartier variety of rice seed that allowed locals to harvest higher yields. (submitted photo)
Calvin Kellerman advised civilians on agriculture
Calvin Kellerman, 89, keeps a small brass statue of an aged Vietnamese man hauling a load of firewood for cooking on display at his residence in Mendota Heights. He's not sure who made it, but he speculates it's made of artillery shells that had been fired by U.S. soldiers — collected, melted down, and turned into a gift given to him by the local farmers he advised.
A World War II veteran, Kellerman signed up in 1966 to serve during the Vietnam War as a civilian agricultural advisor.
During an awards assembly held at the Convent of the Visitation School May 11, four academic achievement awards were presented to Mendota Heights girls for their achievements in various academic disciplines.
Last week members of Mendota Heights Police Department accompanied the family of slain Officer Scott Patrick to Washington D.C. to partcipate in the memorial activites at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
The Highway 149 (Dodd Road) rehabilitation project, set for 2017, is still being discussed by Mendota Heights staff and Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives concerning design aspects of the project.
The Highway 13 reconstruction project, from I-35E to 2nd Street, has been awarded to New Look Contracting. Construction is expected to begin in early June with substantial completion expected by the end of September.
Even with a clear view of Minneapolis, sheep keep their eyes on their work, diligently grazing on invasive grass at Pilot Knob Preservation Site in Mendota Heights. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Sheep should help shear weeds, restore Pilot Knob prairie
Armed with botany guides, education and a keen eye for leaf shapes and petal numbers, conservationists can discern native from invasive plants and identify them by species, genus and family. But what then, faced with fields full of bluegrass or groves clogged with saplings?
That’s when the conservationists call in the sheep.