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Editorial comment Ort GUEST EDITORIAL... Underage tobacco use is big problem Underage tobacco use in Big Stone County is a big problem. Studies show that lifetime tobacco addictions generally start before the age of 18. The youth in Big Stone County who are smoking today are likely to be addicted tomorrow. It's estimated that one-third of them will eventually die from smoking- related illnesses. That's too many unnecessary, preventable deaths. So what can we do about the problem? There's a new law in Minnesota to make it more difficult for minors to purchase tobacco. The law requires all tobacco vendors to be licensed, bans self- service of single packs of cigarettes and spit tobacco so that minors have to interact with a clerk in order to buy, bans vending machines from establishments which admit minors, and provides penalties for merchants who sell to minors and for minors who try to purchase tobacco. The state law is one of the most comprehensive in the nation. But the law(s) alone won't keep tobacco from our kids. We must all do our part to make sure our kids can't buy tobacco. This means making sure our stores check ID each and every time they sell tobacco, thanking our merchants who make an extra effort not to sell to kids, informing store managers immediately if we see a violation of the law, and making sure vending machines are removed from areas where minors are allowed. We must also inform our children about the law and its penalties as well as the serious health consequences of smoking. And,we should serve as good role models for our children by either being smoke free or not using tobacco in the presence of our children. Let's work together to make 1998 the year our kids can't get tobacco. For a free tool kit with information on what you can do to help keep tobacco out of the hands of kids, contact the American Cancer Society at (612) 925-2772 or 1- 800-582-5152. -Dorothy Gmiterko, Communications Chairperson Big Stone County Unit of the American Cancer Society BIG STONE COUNTY 4-HERS who participated in the horse judging contest are left to right, front row: Kirstin Koch, Kendra Koch, Jessica Chase; back row: D.J. Hggerty, Sam Chase and Coach Tracy Kellen. Not pictured are Amber Bailey, Kristin Weber and James Thompson " Precious treasures theme Of CWC on Jan. 20th Ladies, a "Precious Treasures" Morning Coffee awaqts you next Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, 9 to 11 a.m. at Zion Church, Highland Highway, Ortonville sponsored by Ortonville area Christian Women's Club. "Fashions From Generations Past," presented by Ann Lundberg of Ortonville will be the special feature for the morning. The unique and beautiful styles from yesteryear will be modeled by lovely young women oftla'e present. Ann, retired rcretary, from the Ortonville High School, continues using her secretarial skills in another capacity. "Oldies, But goldies" music will be furnished by Amelia Propp of Clinton, a farm wife and mother of four, is well known for using her singing abilities in this area since high school. "Golden Toughts Never Tarnish" will be the theme for Marilyn Moorlach's talk Marilyn is from Brandon, SD where she is a wifeL mother t6 fou SnS, g grandoiher, /t is a coronary care nurse. Invite a friend and make you3- reservations by calling Ruth (320) 839-3546 or Violet (605) 862-8500 by Saturday noon, Jan. 17, 1998. Free nursery is available on site by calling Ruth at the above number. Cancellations by Monday noon, Jan. 19, 1998. Tickets are $3 inclusive. IF YOU DON'T SEE WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR HERE, TRY... CLUES ACROSS CLUES DOWN 1. Containers 4. Collection 8. Deity 9. Inorganic substance 10. Bulges 13. Small, tropical American tre 14. Priest's vestment 15. Can't move 17. Pulsate 19. More than a few 21. Escape 22. Gallery 23. Gardener 24. Alliaceous plants SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. Suffrage activist 2. Feline 3. Coal formation 4. Getaway 5. Robbers 6. Of agriculture 7. Cowards, slang 11. Swab 12. Frocks 15. Edibles 16. South American country 18. Helicopter part 20. Heroism SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. Sacks , 4. Library 8. Satyr 9. Mineral 10. Nodules 13. Icaco 14. Alb 15. Pareses 17. Throb 19. Several 21. Outflow 22. Lanai 23. Yardman 24. Ramps 1. Susan B. Anthony 2. Cat 3. Seral 4. Lain 5. Bandits 6. Agria 7. Yellowbellies 1 I. Dab 12. Saris 15. Pabulum 16. Surinam 18. Rotor 20. Valor C 1980003 i __ ONCE AGAIN . . . MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Loranee Hamann Marie Tague Norma Swenson Leslie T. Olson Floris Thieike David Klepel Frances Fridgen Mrs. Pete Classen Maurice Johnson Donald Moorhead Mark & Linda Gere Big Stone Environmental Services Gag Olson Mark Kunde Chuck Homan Patrick Soreusen Pat Gores George Schlagel David Schlagel Dwayne Koehntopp Sylvia Cushing Charles Maletta Berniece Hintz David Gruenwald Agnes Pomerenke Kenneth Hansen Joe Strei Lynne Gutzman Elayne Fahlgren Dorothy Gmiterko Ernest Gerjets Vi Mehlhop Ed Holker Jim & Cindy Nelson Ervin Herrmann Conrad Herrmann Clarence Hillman Robert Kvatum Martha Kuefler Ethel Anderson Harold Dimberg Brian Dimberg Alan Dimberg Dear Readers: In the last 5 years I've been swamped with requests for computer systems. In the past I've given them namely to physically challenged individuals because I felt this group needed the technological edge more than anyone else. What I propose to you now is a contest in which I will award the winner $1,500 to purchase the computer of his or her choice. Please answer in approximately 500 words or less this statement: If Percy gave me a computer, my life would change for the better because..." Address your response in care of "KEYBOARD FRENZY", P.O. Box 39000 C, Mpls., MN 55439. The winning entry will be published during the month of April 1998. May the most deserving person win! Dear Mr. Ross: Twenty-two years ago my girl friend and I made a serious mistake. I was 17, she was 16 and we thought we were in love. A baby girl resulted from our demonstration of love and we were forced apart. OuJ baby was later given up for adoption and that's the last contact I had with either of them. That is until a week ago. My daughter, now of age, made contact with her birth mother. After an exhaustive search, they contacted me. I've never experienced such mixed emotions. On one hand, I'm excited over the prospect of being reunited-hardly a day goes by that I don't think of them. On the other hand-I got on with my life. I'm happily married and have 3 children of my own. My daughter and her mother live in the same city, 1,600 miles from where I live. They want me to fly in for a visit. My wife and children know nothing about this aspect of my past. I'm so torn. For $600 I could go visit for 2 days but would have no way of explaining the absence of the money. I could tell my wife I was going on a golf weekend with the guys, but could not justify spending $600 doing that. I'm in a real dilemma, but with your financial help, I believe I could have the best of two worlds. Mr. P. L .... Journal Newspapers, Arlington, VA Dear Mr. L.: I could never condone lying to your wife by sending $600. What I will do though is send $300. That way you either a) tell your wife the truth and cover the balance or b) buy a one way ticket. In either case, I think the woman you married will come out ahead. Dear Mr. Ross: Let me give you the definition of stress. My mother broke her hip and had to move in with me until she's well enough to get around on her own. I have a husband and 2 children. Even though we have the room, it has been nothing but chaos. My youngest son has a severe form of asthma. My mother is a smoker-a heavy smoker who has only recently cut down to two packs a day. You guessed it. Since my morn moved in I've had to take my son to the emergency room twice because of an asthma attack. I know it's the smoking that triggered it. My mother becomes very defensive every time I tell her not to smoke in the house. My husband told me if she doesn't quit smoking he's going to place her in a nursing home. I was wondering if you'd send me $250 for the Nicoderm patch. She'll be here for another 4 weeks and with the holidays and added hospital bills I don't have any spare cash. I think if she can have the nicotine without smoking we can make it through this stressful time. Mrs. B. D .... News Herald, Le Sueur, MN Dear Mrs. D.: You know who I feel for in this situation? You. You feel the need to please your mom and your husband, yet protect your son. Who looks after you? I've included an extra $50 for a total of $300. Buy yourself some soothing music and bubble bath-it could be a long 4 weeks. Editor's note: You may visit Percy Ross' web site at www. thanksamillion, corn Write Per O, Ross, P.O. Box 39000- B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. Extension report John Cunningham, Connty Extension Director 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 LIVING SNOW FENCES CAN CUT SNOW REMOVAL COSTS~ PROVIDE CRP BENEFITS Gary Wyatt, Extension Educator in Watonwan County prepared the material for this week' s column. Deep snow drifts on rural roads often go hand,in-hand with winter in Minnesota, costing local and state governments millions of dollars for snow removal. Planting trees and shrubs is one way to reduce those COSts. Total state, county and township budgets for snow removal averaged $113.5 million per year from 1992 to 1995. During the 1996-97 winter, total snow removal costs at these levels was more than $220 million. One way to prevent large snowdrifts in the future is to plant "living snow fences." These are trees and shrubs planted according to a specific design in farm fields next to roads that tend to drift heavily. A living snow fence slows the wind and causes snow to pile up in the field, rather than on the road. An eight-foot-tall single row of shrubs stored 21 tons of snow per lineal foot of row in a field near Redwood Falls, Minnesota last winter. The shrub row was 544 feet long and stored approximately 11,400 tons of snow. The average cost of snow removal is $3 per ton so, in this case, the shrub row saved over $34,000 in snow removal expense for the nearby highway. A federal government program established as part of the 1995 Farm. Bill offers landowners an incentive to establish living snow fences to reduce II potential snow drifting on roads. The program is called the "Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)". It pays landowners to establish living snow fences, with the payment based on cash rental rates for specific soil types. Almost all lmadowners are eligible for this program if their land is next to a road where snow drifting occurs annually. There is no competitive bid process,.but the land must have en farmed at least two out of the last five years. Payment to landowners is based on cash rental rates for the soil types that make up the land, and are available for up to ten years. In south central Minnesota, the cash rental prices can easily range from $90 to $100 per acre. Cost-sharing for up to 50 percent of the planting expenses is also available. The main challenges in establishing a living snow fence involve Aocation of tile lines, management of broadleaf post- emergence herbicides, and potential planting delays in the spring due to snowdrifts in the field. Meeting these challenges is a matter of proper planning and crop management. The living snow fence program under Continuous CRP is offered through Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) offices in each county. Program details are available from these offices. The benefits of this program are more than just landowner compensation. There are benefits to neighbors, the community, and the county in the areas of safety, aesthetics, economics and wildlife. Page 4 00INDEPENDENT The Ortonville Independent Publisher JAMES D. 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