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YOU'RE LOOKING AT "MR. HOBO"...made out of old railroad spikes, and welded together, showing a hobo roasting a hot dog over an open fire (a candle). Maker of this unique craft is John Garrett of Salem, Virginia. He's made over 100 in the past 15 years, after he retired from a job at General Electric. With each craft he sends out, he also includes a can of Ortonville's Hobo Soup, which he learned about through the National Hobo Association. You'll find one of John's creations in the Independent office. He gets orders mainly from belonging to a National Camping group, which holds conventions at which he displays his work. He sells each for $20, which includes the ca of soup. John has become "worldly" known, as he has one of his Hobo creations in Russia, Scotland, Japan, and Germany, as well as various places throughout the USA. Want one?..just send $20 to John Garrett at 2910 W. Main Street, Salem, Virginia, 24153. Exiension report Milan Drewlow Regional Extension Educator Natural Resource Policy, Planning and Management Wilkin County Breckenridge, MN 56520 218/643-5481 New Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizer Law into effect Jan. 1, 2004. Lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus cannot be used The future is looking a bit cleaner for Minnesota's 10,000 lakes after a bill restricting the use ofi phosphorus fertilizer on lawns in Minnesota was signed into law. The new law is designed to reduce the unnecessary use of the nutrient on lawns and goes in the seven county Twin Cities metro area. Greater Minnesota is restricted to lawn fertilizers with 3% or less phosphate content (phosphorus is measured as phosphate in fertilizer). Exemptions in the law allow for the use of fertilizers containing phosphorus when establishing new lawns or if a soil test determines a need for the nutrient. Phosphorus is an important nutrient for plant growth, but soils in many parts of the state already have enough phosphorus to produce healthy lawns. The unused phosphorus gets washed away by rains, along with leaves and grass clippings, and can move off-site into nearby lakes, streams, and rivers through storm water runoff. The added nutrients can accelerate algae growth - leading to the greening of Minnesota's sky blue waters. Excessive algae growth lowers the oxygen levels and darkens the water, causing problems for fish and other aquatic life. Lets take a brief look at how this new law may affect us as homeowners. The first step will be to have your soil tested to determine the nutrient levels already available in the soil. The soil test will also determine how much fertilizer is needed and minimize the excess use of nutrients. This is not only beneficial to the environment but may also be an economical savings to the homeowner. Getting a soil sample is a simple procedure and a soil test is inexpensive. Soil sample bags and instructions for a soil test are available through the county offices of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Assuming the lawn will need to be fertilized, the next step is purchasing the fertilizer. What does the homeowner look for? On any bag or box of fertilizer, there will be a string of three numbers. The first number is the Nitrogen percent, the middle number is the Phosphorus percent and the third number is the Potassium percent. The middle number on the fertilizer you purchase should read "0" in the seven county metro area, and "3" or less in Greater. Minnesota. It is best to fertilize your lawn in early fall. Sweep up any fertilizer spilled on hard surfaces such as walks or driveways and reapply to the grass. Never wash it off. What can you do to protect water quality? As there are many sources of phosphorus in urban landscapes including leaves, grass clippings eroding soil, animal waste and phosphorus in lawn fertilizer, it is important to pay attention to our lawn care practices. You can do your part by doing the following: Leave the grass clippings' on the lawn. The clippings will provide nutrients and can reduce the amount of commercial fertilizer needed. Aerate the lawn if it is compacted. Compaction keeps air, water and nutrients from entering the soil and may increase the nutrients that run off lawns. Sweep up leaves or grass clippings left on the sidewalk or driveway after mowing. This will help keep the leaves and clippings out of the storm water. Always clean lawn and garden equipment on the grass, not on hard surfaces such as driveways. Control soil erosion by keeping bare soil covered with vegetatiori or mulch. Follow Minnesota's new phosphorus lawn fertilizer law. Milan Drewlow is an Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Natural Resources Policy, Planning and Management serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Big Stone City i Gall Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 The American Legion Auxiliary will meet Jan. 14th at 7:30 at the Legion clubrooms. Hostesses are Shirley Voeltz and Gloria Arndt. PLEASE Auxiliary ladies we need you at our meetings. Harry Loeschke spent four days in Rapid City with Doug and Vicky Gully and the two girls. Harry and his wife Lily from the nursing home had Christmas dinner with Doug and Vicky. (Only Lily is in the nursing home not Harry.) Harry Loeschke went and got his wife Lily from the nursing home and they had dinner at Melvin Loeschke's on Saturday after Christmas. The Saturday following Christmas Julia Angerhofer from Brookings visited at the home of her parents Arlin and Verna Angerhofer until Monday, Dec. 30th when she returned to her home. Friday, Jan. 3rd Arlin and Verna Angerhofer attended the funeral of Olga Angerhofer at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on rural Milbank. Arlin and Verna Angerhofer went to Sioux Falls Dec. 23rd to spend several days at the home of Greg, Leanne, and Tommy Barnett. Also joining the group for Christmas on Dec. 23rd were Joe, Julia, and Cindy Angerhofer all of Brookings. Shizuko Takahashi was also a overnight guest Dec. 23rd at the Barnett's home catching a flight to Japan on the morning of Dec. 24th to spend her vacation with her family. Joe, Julia, and Cindy stayed at the Barnett's until the evening of Dec. 25th. Arlin and Verna stayed until the 26th. New Years Day Melvin Ballhagen of Beardsley and Ada Herrmann of Ortonville were guests of Ervin and Lamoine Herrmann. Ervin and Lamoine Herrmann and Ada Herrmann were Christmas Day dinner guests along with other relatives at the Darvin Ballhagen's home of Wilmot. Elmer and Charlotte Athey and Keith Athey and Matthew Athey were among those who enjoyed New Year's Day at the Don Tillman's home on Corona, SD. Ralph and Lavina Loeschke had all their children in and out during the Christmas holidays to help Ralph and Lavina celebrate Christmas. Sunday, Jan. 5th Grace Van Hout, Tom and Tammy Meyer and their two boys, and Jim and Kim Voeltz and their three children were at Lola Voeltz's house in Milbank for dinner. Peter and Pam Steinke yisited Bode and Bea Steinke on Sunday, Jan. 5th. Delores Bengtson's family had Christmas on the 22nd. Most of them came down. Bonnie Swezey and Delores Bengtson were for supper at Shelia Optiz's in Milbank to help her celebrate her birthday on Jan. 3rd. Delores Bengtson's birthday was on Jan. 8th. Vernon and Marlys Redepenning of Bellingham stopped in for Delores's birthday. Lula Hagen's daughter Mrs. Janell Johnson of Coon Rapids came Thursday, Jan. 9th to spend a few days with Lula. Christmas guests at the John and Jerri Van Hout's home were Monica and Gerald Osmera and sons Tyler and Kyle of Westin, NE; Randy, Marian, and Dylan Jest of Custer, SD; Letters to the editor David Van Hout of Mill and Gary Knoll and Brian and Vanorny of Ortonville; and Chuck Van Hout of Big Stone. Lamonte and Jane Pratschl Jackie, Nick, and Lee of Far Christmas week-end Donna Rabe and Tim Rabe's Val and Paula Rausch and went to Sioux Falls and ce Christmas Day with the Mile: Vi Rabe went to the Cit Christmas. Steve and Sue Roggenb Brooklyn Park visited her Jurgens and his mother Roggenbuck of Northridge Christmas to Sunday, Dec. Kevin and Bobbi Re Inver Grove Heights visitq mother Sally Roggenbu( Northridge the week-end Christmas. On Christmas Day Vince anq Kvidera took Sally Rogl dinner in St. John's Catholic t basement. It was a delicious dinner. Monday, Jan. 6th the Christ prayer group met at in the prayer room. On Sunday, Jan. 5th Mr. a Elton Mogard of Milbank Roggenbuck and Marie Northridge. Also on Sunday Mrs. Marjean Radem Ortonville visited Sally Rogget Mrs. Fran Roggenbuck Mrs. Mary Nathe of St. Kathy Karels of Ortonville Sally Roggenbuck of Northrid Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 8th. To the Editor: contributions are a shining example of On behalf of those The Salvation the true spirit of Christmas. Army's County Service Unit will be To everyone who supported our able to serve, I'd like to thank the Christmas Kettle effort, please know community for their support. We how valuable your contributions raised 73% of our goal for a total of are--not just in terms of the mouths it $7342.00, that we can use to help will feed or the lives that it will help those in need all year long. reconstruct--but you have brightened More than 80 volunteers rang bells lives by letting those in need know to make this possible. Their John Cunningham County Extension Educator 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 DATES +TO REMEMBER: ',+,' , Jan., t' 8 + 25th.Annal. MN lt Breeders Conference at U of MN, St. Paul Jan. 20 - Courthouse closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 31-Feb. 2 - 4-H Horse Project Winter Roundup Leaders Forum We have received a supply of the MN Varietal Trials books. If you would like one, please stop in at your convenience to pick one up. There is no charge for these. You may want to pick up a copy of the 2002 Farmers' Tax Guide, too. Also, the banks in the County have a limited supply of the Tax Guides. rlfla M es Niel [ Sept. they are surrounded by pran Ct members of their own communil [Roger Thank you for your onlpony, p support. [yn ant Ilville, LeRoy(Bud [enfhPe brid CHAIR BIG STONE COt It. She v SERVICI  satin. Salvatior front an , silvel t n floral pleated, me witi in the Miibank Mall $25 GETS YOU Drawings for winners every now through February 8 See Linda's for details BUILT STRONG & HEAVY! The Basic Standard Barns: 8x12.. I0xi Treated floor frame .Fir plywood- siding All frame work 2x4 16" oc Pr.imed, ready for paint 25 year shingles Old school craftsmanship I0x16.. DAKOTA STORAGE BUILDINGS 47809 155th Street. Milbank, SD 57252 (5.8 miles South of Milbank, Hwy 15, Call Hours: 8am-Spm Mon-Fri 9am-3pm Sat Page 6 0000INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan. YOU'RE LOOKING AT "MR. HOBO"...made out of old railroad spikes, and welded together, showing a hobo roasting a hot dog over an open fire (a candle). Maker of this unique craft is John Garrett of Salem, Virginia. He's made over 100 in the past 15 years, after he retired from a job at General Electric. With each craft he sends out, he also includes a can of Ortonville's Hobo Soup, which he learned about through the National Hobo Association. You'll find one of John's creations in the Independent office. He gets orders mainly from belonging to a National Camping group, which holds conventions at which he displays his work. He sells each for $20, which includes the ca of soup. John has become "worldly" known, as he has one of his Hobo creations in Russia, Scotland, Japan, and Germany, as well as various places throughout the USA. Want one?..just send $20 to John Garrett at 2910 W. Main Street, Salem, Virginia, 24153. Exiension report Milan Drewlow Regional Extension Educator Natural Resource Policy, Planning and Management Wilkin County Breckenridge, MN 56520 218/643-5481 New Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizer Law into effect Jan. 1, 2004. Lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus cannot be used The future is looking a bit cleaner for Minnesota's 10,000 lakes after a bill restricting the use ofi phosphorus fertilizer on lawns in Minnesota was signed into law. The new law is designed to reduce the unnecessary use of the nutrient on lawns and goes in the seven county Twin Cities metro area. Greater Minnesota is restricted to lawn fertilizers with 3% or less phosphate content (phosphorus is measured as phosphate in fertilizer). Exemptions in the law allow for the use of fertilizers containing phosphorus when establishing new lawns or if a soil test determines a need for the nutrient. Phosphorus is an important nutrient for plant growth, but soils in many parts of the state already have enough phosphorus to produce healthy lawns. The unused phosphorus gets washed away by rains, along with leaves and grass clippings, and can move off-site into nearby lakes, streams, and rivers through storm water runoff. The added nutrients can accelerate algae growth - leading to the greening of Minnesota's sky blue waters. Excessive algae growth lowers the oxygen levels and darkens the water, causing problems for fish and other aquatic life. Lets take a brief look at how this new law may affect us as homeowners. The first step will be to have your soil tested to determine the nutrient levels already available in the soil. The soil test will also determine how much fertilizer is needed and minimize the excess use of nutrients. This is not only beneficial to the environment but may also be an economical savings to the homeowner. Getting a soil sample is a simple procedure and a soil test is inexpensive. Soil sample bags and instructions for a soil test are available through the county offices of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Assuming the lawn will need to be fertilized, the next step is purchasing the fertilizer. What does the homeowner look for? On any bag or box of fertilizer, there will be a string of three numbers. The first number is the Nitrogen percent, the middle number is the Phosphorus percent and the third number is the Potassium percent. The middle number on the fertilizer you purchase should read "0" in the seven county metro area, and "3" or less in Greater. Minnesota. It is best to fertilize your lawn in early fall. Sweep up any fertilizer spilled on hard surfaces such as walks or driveways and reapply to the grass. Never wash it off. What can you do to protect water quality? As there are many sources of phosphorus in urban landscapes including leaves, grass clippings eroding soil, animal waste and phosphorus in lawn fertilizer, it is important to pay attention to our lawn care practices. You can do your part by doing the following: Leave the grass clippings' on the lawn. The clippings will provide nutrients and can reduce the amount of commercial fertilizer needed. Aerate the lawn if it is compacted. Compaction keeps air, water and nutrients from entering the soil and may increase the nutrients that run off lawns. Sweep up leaves or grass clippings left on the sidewalk or driveway after mowing. This will help keep the leaves and clippings out of the storm water. Always clean lawn and garden equipment on the grass, not on hard surfaces such as driveways. Control soil erosion by keeping bare soil covered with vegetatiori or mulch. Follow Minnesota's new phosphorus lawn fertilizer law. Milan Drewlow is an Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Natural Resources Policy, Planning and Management serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Big Stone City i Gall Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 The American Legion Auxiliary will meet Jan. 14th at 7:30 at the Legion clubrooms. Hostesses are Shirley Voeltz and Gloria Arndt. PLEASE Auxiliary ladies we need you at our meetings. Harry Loeschke spent four days in Rapid City with Doug and Vicky Gully and the two girls. Harry and his wife Lily from the nursing home had Christmas dinner with Doug and Vicky. (Only Lily is in the nursing home not Harry.) Harry Loeschke went and got his wife Lily from the nursing home and they had dinner at Melvin Loeschke's on Saturday after Christmas. The Saturday following Christmas Julia Angerhofer from Brookings visited at the home of her parents Arlin and Verna Angerhofer until Monday, Dec. 30th when she returned to her home. Friday, Jan. 3rd Arlin and Verna Angerhofer attended the funeral of Olga Angerhofer at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on rural Milbank. Arlin and Verna Angerhofer went to Sioux Falls Dec. 23rd to spend several days at the home of Greg, Leanne, and Tommy Barnett. Also joining the group for Christmas on Dec. 23rd were Joe, Julia, and Cindy Angerhofer all of Brookings. Shizuko Takahashi was also a overnight guest Dec. 23rd at the Barnett's home catching a flight to Japan on the morning of Dec. 24th to spend her vacation with her family. Joe, Julia, and Cindy stayed at the Barnett's until the evening of Dec. 25th. Arlin and Verna stayed until the 26th. New Years Day Melvin Ballhagen of Beardsley and Ada Herrmann of Ortonville were guests of Ervin and Lamoine Herrmann. Ervin and Lamoine Herrmann and Ada Herrmann were Christmas Day dinner guests along with other relatives at the Darvin Ballhagen's home of Wilmot. Elmer and Charlotte Athey and Keith Athey and Matthew Athey were among those who enjoyed New Year's Day at the Don Tillman's home on Corona, SD. Ralph and Lavina Loeschke had all their children in and out during the Christmas holidays to help Ralph and Lavina celebrate Christmas. Sunday, Jan. 5th Grace Van Hout, Tom and Tammy Meyer and their two boys, and Jim and Kim Voeltz and their three children were at Lola Voeltz's house in Milbank for dinner. Peter and Pam Steinke yisited Bode and Bea Steinke on Sunday, Jan. 5th. Delores Bengtson's family had Christmas on the 22nd. Most of them came down. Bonnie Swezey and Delores Bengtson were for supper at Shelia Optiz's in Milbank to help her celebrate her birthday on Jan. 3rd. Delores Bengtson's birthday was on Jan. 8th. Vernon and Marlys Redepenning of Bellingham stopped in for Delores's birthday. Lula Hagen's daughter Mrs. Janell Johnson of Coon Rapids came Thursday, Jan. 9th to spend a few days with Lula. Christmas guests at the John and Jerri Van Hout's home were Monica and Gerald Osmera and sons Tyler and Kyle of Westin, NE; Randy, Marian, and Dylan Jest of Custer, SD; Letters to the editor David Van Hout of Mill and Gary Knoll and Brian and Vanorny of Ortonville; and Chuck Van Hout of Big Stone. Lamonte and Jane Pratschl Jackie, Nick, and Lee of Far Christmas week-end Donna Rabe and Tim Rabe's Val and Paula Rausch and went to Sioux Falls and ce Christmas Day with the Mile: Vi Rabe went to the Cit Christmas. Steve and Sue Roggenb Brooklyn Park visited her Jurgens and his mother Roggenbuck of Northridge Christmas to Sunday, Dec. Kevin and Bobbi Re Inver Grove Heights visitq mother Sally Roggenbu( Northridge the week-end Christmas. On Christmas Day Vince anq Kvidera took Sally Rogl dinner in St. John's Catholic t basement. It was a delicious dinner. Monday, Jan. 6th the Christ prayer group met at in the prayer room. On Sunday, Jan. 5th Mr. a Elton Mogard of Milbank Roggenbuck and Marie Northridge. Also on Sunday Mrs. Marjean Radem Ortonville visited Sally Rogget Mrs. Fran Roggenbuck Mrs. Mary Nathe of St. Kathy Karels of Ortonville Sally Roggenbuck of Northrid Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 8th. To the Editor: contributions are a shining example of On behalf of those The Salvation the true spirit of Christmas. Army's County Service Unit will be To everyone who supported our able to serve, I'd like to thank the Christmas Kettle effort, please know community for their support. We how valuable your contributions raised 73% of our goal for a total of are--not just in terms of the mouths it $7342.00, that we can use to help will feed or the lives that it will help those in need all year long. reconstruct--but you have brightened More than 80 volunteers rang bells lives by letting those in need know to make this possible. Their John Cunningham County Extension Educator 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 DATES +TO REMEMBER: ',+,' , Jan., t' 8 + 25th.Annal. MN lt Breeders Conference at U of MN, St. Paul Jan. 20 - Courthouse closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 31-Feb. 2 - 4-H Horse Project Winter Roundup Leaders Forum We have received a supply of the MN Varietal Trials books. If you would like one, please stop in at your convenience to pick one up. There is no charge for these. You may want to pick up a copy of the 2002 Farmers' Tax Guide, too. Also, the banks in the County have a limited supply of the Tax Guides. rlfla M es Niel [ Sept. they are surrounded by pran Ct members of their own communil [Roger Thank you for your onlpony, p support. [yn ant Ilville, LeRoy(Bud [enfhPe brid CHAIR BIG STONE COt It. She v SERVICI  satin. Salvatior front an , silvel t n floral pleated, me witi in the Miibank Mall $25 GETS YOU Drawings for winners every now through February 8 See Linda's for details BUILT STRONG & HEAVY! The Basic Standard Barns: 8x12.. I0xi Treated floor frame .Fir plywood- siding All frame work 2x4 16" oc Pr.imed, ready for paint 25 year shingles Old school craftsmanship I0x16.. DAKOTA STORAGE BUILDINGS 47809 155th Street. Milbank, SD 57252 (5.8 miles South of Milbank, Hwy 15, Call Hours: 8am-Spm Mon-Fri 9am-3pm Sat Page 6 0000INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan.