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Rep. Falk column Getting our hands dirty, working hard for Minnesota Thank you for allowing me the honor to serve you in the Minnesota House of Representatives for another term. Like last session, Minnesota faces many challenges. Now, more than ever, state lawmakers and Governor Dayton must work together to responsibly resolve the budget deficit and get Minnesotans back to work. The Great Recession was the steepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. While I believe that we are starting to turn the corner, Minnesotans are still working, earning, and spending less, than before the onset of the Great Recession. As a result, our State Economist Tom Stinson and other budget experts have predicted another multi-billion dollar budget deficit. With 209,000 Minnesotans out of work, and thousands more working fewer hours and earning less under deep wage cuts, the state now faces a $6.2 billion budget shortfall. Already, billions have been cut from the state budget and the temporary budget tools to delay the problem have been exhausted. It's time now to make some very difficult choices that resolve the problem fairly and responsibly, while protecting Minnesota jobs, classrooms, and the elderly and vulnerable. That is no easy task. But as Franklin Roosevelt said at the height of the Great Depression: "We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils our forefathers conquered, because they believed and were not afraid we have still much to be thankful for." Minnesotans need that confidence and courage now, as ever. Even though the effects of the recession linger, recent job trends are improving. According to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), unemployment in Swift County is down to 6.5 percent, compared to 9 percent last January. In Lincoln County, unemployment has dropped 2.6 points to 4.4 percent. It has dropped 2.3 percent in Yellow Medicine and La qui Parle counties. And unemployment has dropped 1.6 percent in Big Stone. Emerging from this deep recession will take time, hard work, and uncommon patience. But compared with the challenges faced by those who came before us, I am confident that we can change the outlook for our economy, restore growth to rural Minnesota, and make our state an even better place to live. As your state representative, I am committed to that important work. This session I am serving on the House Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Committee. As a farmer and renewable energy developer I understand the challenges facing farming families and small businesses throughout rural Minnesota - and I am passionately committed to addressing those challenges head-on. I will also be serving on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee as well as the Veterans Services Division. The challenges ahead this session are serious, and require the work of many hands. I challenge every person to take one additional step to help improve our community and our state. Please consider volunteering your time at a school or long-term care facility. If you are a small business contemplating a new hire, I challenge you to create that job. There are still many highly talented and highly skilled Minnesotans looking for work. Throughout the weeks and months to come, I ask that you contact me with your questions, concerns, and suggestions for legislation. Your input is crucial as the legislature makes decisions that will shape the course of our future and impact the lives of all Minnesotans. You can reach me by phone at (651) 296-4228 or by email at You can also reach me by mail at 239 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155. As always, I look forward to hearing from you. TIP hotline effective in 2010 An anonymous call to Minnesota's Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) hotline re- cently led a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to a man who had al- legedly poached a trophy buck in Hugo. The man is facing $10,000 in fines and restitution, and loss of his hunting privileges for three years if convicted. Information from the public leads to the vast majority of arrests for hunting and fishing violations in Minnesota, said DNR conservation officer Alex Gutierrez of Forest Lake. "With the number of vacant field stations, the extra set of eyes provided by the public has never been more im- portant," Gutierrez said. "TIP is an in- valuable asset to conservation officers." Since 1981, TIP has provided a toll- free hotline. 800-652-9093, for poach- ing information and rewards for arrests and convictions of game and fish vio- lators. TIP's aggressive anti-poaching mes- sage has been showcased (until re- cently, see related release on vandalism) in two "Wall of Shame" trailers containing the mounts of wildlife confiscated as a result of ar- rests for violations of Minnesota game laws. Minnesota's TIP hotline was very effective 2010. Investigations into 1,699 TIP calls resulted in 299 arrests and a total of $6,690 in rewards paid. That compares to 1,355 TIP calls, 237 arrests, and $4,350 in rewards paid in 2009. TIP helps to stop wildlife poachers, but that is only part of what TIP has ac- complished, noted Col. Jim Konrad, DNR Enforcement director. "The TIP hotline actually discour- ages violations, and with most people carrying cell phones, keying in #TIP can quickly report a violator," Konrad said. "All sportsmen/women, landown- ers, citizens and wildlife benefit fiom poachers being caught." When a person calls TIP, informa- tion such as how many violators, vehi- cle description with any license numbers and details of what happened are important to the conservation offi- cer who will be dispatched to handle the call. Finding a conservation officer is just a click away at cerpatrolareas. Click on the map, and a balloon will pop up that shows the of- ricer phone number and State Patrol dispatch number. THE 00INDEPENDENT "A CONSTRUCTIVE NEWSPAPER IN A LIVE COMMUNITY" Phone 320-839-6163 Ortonville, MN 56278 NOTIC'00 TO SU BSCRIBERS! ! NOW IS THE TIME TO RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION! As you know, most Independent subscription renewals are due Feb. 1st of each year. Thus, your pre- sent subscription will be expiring with the Feb. 1, 2011 issue. This is only two weeks away, so you'll want to renew your subscription today! DON'T MISS AN ISSUE!! This notice is to remind you of the deadline so you won't miss an issue. 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Just fill out the coupon below and return it with proper pay- ment to: Please Renew My Subscription For Another Year Name Address SEND TO: Subscription uepartment, Ortonville Independent, Box 336, Ortonviiie, MN 56278 All Other Areas $4500 Minnesota River Board to meez The Minnesota River Board (MRB) will be getting together on Jan. 24 (Monday) at 9 a.m. for the full board meeting at the Sibley County Service Center ( 111 8th Street) in Gaylord. The executive committee meets at 8 a.m. Paula Westmoreland and Lansing Shepard will be doing a presentation on their new book This Perennial Land, showcasing the innovations of citizens, farmers, scientists, conservation agen- cies, and others working to build a dif- ferent future in the greater Blue Earth River watershed. Westmoreland and Shepard spent three years traveling the length and breadth of one iconic Midwest water- shed-the greater Blue Earth River basin in south-central Minnesota and north- central Iowa to discover who was driv- ing that change and what impact they were having. Along with professional photographers Meg Ojala and Chris Faust, among others, they documented the work of farmers, scientists, recre- ationists, conservationists, policymak- ors, and field level state and federal agency staff. What they discovered they brought together in This Perennial Land. Through essays and photographs the authors trace the natural and cultural history of the land and share stories of a new breed of pioneering farmers who are working the land with nature in mind. Organized around a unique, mul- tilayered GIS map of the landscape, they've put together a vision of an agri- culture that could be-a truly restorative agriculture and a possible way to get there. Other agenda items include: Election of Officers for the Exec- utive Committee Agency, Citizen, City, County, and Watershed Updates Staff Updates and New Business The Minnesota River Board tradi- tionally meets six times a year (Janu- ary, March, May, July, September and November) in various locations across the Minnesota River Basin: For more information on the meeting and the Board go to the web site: www.min- The mission of the Minnesota River Board is to provide leadership, build partnerships, and support efforts to im- prove and protect water quality in the Minnesota River Basin. As a joint powers board, it is made up of one county commissioner from each of the counties in the watershed. For more information on the Min- nesota River Board please contact Shannon Fisher at 507-389-5690. Maple Grove resident wins 2010 turkey stamp contest A painting of three turkeys near a deer shed by Steven Troika of Maple Grove will be featured on Minnesota's 2012 Wild Turkey Stamp. ttis design was chosen from among 24 entries in a contest spon- sored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This is first time Troika has won the annual turkey stamp contest. Eleven entries advanced to the sec- ond stage of judging, from which five finalists were selected during the con- test held Jan. 6 at DNR Headquarters in St. Paul. The second place finalist was Donald Blakney of Princeton. David Chapman of Minnetonka placed third. An artist whose work is selected tbr a Minnesota fish or wildlife stamp receives no compensation from the DNR, but does retain reproduction and marketing rights. The Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp was authorized by the 1996 Minnesota Legislature at the request of turkey hunters. Stamp revenue is used for wild turkey management and research. Revenues from stamp sales are dedicated to the development, restoration, maintenance and preser- vation of wild turkey habitat in Minnesota. STEVE TROFKA OF MAPLE GROVE was the winner of Minnesota's 2012 Wild Turkey Stamp. The painting depicts three turkeys near a deer shed. This is the first time Trofka has won the annual turkey stamp contest. O00onville Police nor 0ut For all you do to serve our community! Gary Dinnel has been a member of the Ortonville Police Department since 1973. He served as Police Chief from 1998- 2002 before retiring and has worked part-time since for the Ortonville Police Department and Big Stone County Sheriff's Office. Dinnel was born and raised in Ortonville. After graduating from OHS, he went into the U.S. Navy for four years. He came back to Ortonville and worked at 7-Up Bottling Co. for four years, then worked for Norgas for one year. Gary and his wife Diane were married in 1969 and have three children - Nicole of Dassel, Denise of Lakeville and Jeremy of San Diego, CA, along with eight grandchildren. Gary avid sports fan of every sport and likes to fish and work on his landscape around the yard. This salute sponsored by the following... , ,, ('5. ,  , - .':5/ "Celebrating Life, One Family at a qTme" Traditional & Contemporary Services Cremation Services Monument & Marker Options Preplanning Services Online Obituaries & Guest Register Attractive Facilities Visit our website: www, SUPER00ALU ORTONVILLE, MN Fresh Meats, Produce, Bakery, Dell Sandwiches and Salads, Chester Fried Chicken STORE HOURS: Mon-Sat, 8am to 9pm; Sun, 9am to 5pm Hedge & Herberg Trucking Big Stone City, South Dakota 57216 605-862-8143 L. G. Sverist, Inc. 43966 Co. Hwy. 17 Ortonville, MN 56278 Rock Solid Since 1876 Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 @00INDEPENDENT Page 11 ii