Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2013

Knox Co. deals with books and bugs at meeting

CENTER — Knox County Supervisors took action to support libraries and also voted to control noxious weeds with bugs during the April 25 meeting.

Board members agreed to continue to support the libraries across the county.

Six libraries – Lied Lincoln Township Library in Wausa, Eastern Township Library in Crofton along with libraries in Bloomfield, Creighton, Niobrara and Verdigre – will each receive $3,500 from county funds.

Virginia Lindquist, Director of the Wausa Library, told board members the support from Knox County is appreciated.

“The money is used wisely. It benefits a lot of people,” Lindquist said.

The funds given to the Wausa Library will be used to supplement the budget for books and magazines.

The Wausa Library keeps a large supply of books with large print according to Lindquist.

“A number of years ago we started buying the books with large print. It has been good for everyone,” Lindquist said. “We can’t buy two of each book so we started buying the books with the large print. It was a change for the people with  normal eyesight at first – but they like them now, too. They do a lot of reading in bed or in the car, so it is easier for everyone. It has been working very well.”

The Wausa Library also buys a lot of used books which is a savings.

Other libraries will be using the county funds for books, magazines, computers and for the e-book program.

Lindquist, along with Wendy Ketelsen, Wausa; Collette Panning, Bloomfield; Lindsey Nelson, Creighton; and Linda Leader, Niobrara, updated board members on how the funds from the county have been used in the past during the April 25 meeting.


Knox County Supervisors like the idea of using bugs to control noxious weeds rather than herbicides.

The Supervisors agreed to donate $500 to the South Dakota Nebraska Purple Loosestrife Management.

Galerucella beetles, which are a natural enemy of the purple loosestrife, are used for biological weed control according to Knox County Weed Supt. Norbert Guenther.

“This is the only way to control purple loosestrife. We do not want to spray,” Guenther said. “Roots from purple loosestrife are used to grow bugs that will eat the plant. The roots of the plant are dug up in April.”

The roots are collected and taken to the Yankton Trustee Unit where inmates put the roots in a five gallon pail with soil. After the roots have grown into a plant with foliage, beetles are added and a net is secured over the pail.

The beetles mate and lay eggs which hatch into larvae. The larvae turn into adult beetles – as many as 800 beetles can end up in one pail.

Knox County started using bugs to control purple loosestrife in the Niobrara River systems in 1999.

Purple loosestrife is an invasive weed that is hard to control chemically. The noxious weed grows vigorously in irrigation canals, ditches, stream banks and reservoirs and will clog the waterways.