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MN to receive an additional $56.3 million for LIHEAP The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security (OES) has announced Minnesota will receive an additional $56.3 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP). When added to the $86.4 million in federal funds already received by the state, this allocation will bring the total for the current heating season to approximately $142.7 million. OES reports it has already received more than 146,000 applica- tions from households requesting assistance. OES allocates these funds to 36 local service providers who work with households to distribute the funds. "This release of additional funds will help more low-income Minnesotans," said Mike Rothman, Commissioner of the Minnesota t Rep. Falk column Rep. Andrew Falk applauds Governor Mark Dayton for signing federal health reform executive order State Rep. Andrew Falk (DFL- Murdock) applauded Governor Mark Dayton today for signing an executive order that will bring approximately $338,240 in federal funding to seven area hospitals. Rep. Falk said the order will stabilize cash-strapped rural hospitals, protect jobs, and drive down health care costs for middle-class Minnesotans. "When Tim Pawlenty line-item vetoed General Assistance Medical Care in 2009, rural hospitals paid the price," Falk said. "A patchwork solution temporarily only stemmed the bleeding. This executive order will help to stabilize our hospitals, protect needed jobs, and improve the quality of health care in rural Minnesota." Because of the executive order, seven area hospitals stand to gain roughly $338,240 in new federal funding, including (figures are approximations based on most recent estimates): Appleton Municipal Hospital $37,583 Swift County Benson Hospital $37,583 Johnson Memorial in Dawson $75,162 Holy Trinity in Graceville $37,583 Hendricks Community Hospital $37,583 Ortonville Health Services $75,162 Tyler Healthcare Center $37,583 In total, the executive order signed today will bring more than $1 billion back to Minnesota, generate $2.7 billion in business activity, protect or create 20,000 jobs, and produce $984 million in salaries and wages. Rep. Falk says it will also relieve stress on counties and middle-class Minnesotans who have been stuck with the tab for uncompensated care. "According to a recent Families USA study, the average Minnesota family pays a hidden tax of roughly $1,017 to pay for uncompensated care in our state," Falk said. "We pay that tax in higher premiums and higher health care costs-not to mention higher property taxes." But the executive order signed by Governor Dayton today will help relieve that burden on families while providing affordable care for the poorest and sickest Minnesotans. "While many people continue to debate the merits of the federal health care reform legislation, there are benefits that directly impact, in a positive way, our rural health care facilities-and that is a good thing," said Rep. Falk. The order will also help relieve pressure on the state budget by minimizing the shortfall in the Health Care Access Fund. The predicted $54 million shortfall can now be applied to the state's bottom line. Falk says that is welcome news heading into the 2011 Legislative Session. "The state is facing a $6.2 billion deficit right now," said Rep. Falk. "Anything that will help reduce that deficit is good news. It means fewer cuts to other critical services Minnesotans depend on. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Today's action by Governor Dayton was a step in the right direction." Department of Commerce. "Many families struggle economically with heating costs in the winter and the LIHEAP funds provide valuable assistance at a critical time." Last year, " Minnesota served 164,783 households with $160 mil- lion in federal funds. This year, the average grant per household is about $500. Customers with 50 percent or less of the state median income ($43,500 for a family of four) may qualify. Households with seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children are especially encour- aged to apply. Qualifying families must apply for assistance at the local service provider in their area. Funding is lim- ited and is administered on a first- come-first-serve basis. A list of local service providers and more information about the Low- Income Home Energy Assistance Program can be found at www.stay- by clicking on "Low Income Assistance" or by calling 651- 296-5175 or toll free in Minnesota 1- 800-657-3710. East Hwy 12. Milbank, SD 605-432-6866 January Special:- Hot Fudge Cake Sunday Bullet Breakfast Buffet starts at 8 a.m. Dinner Entrees & Sides added at 10:30 a.m. on FIGURE SKATING SHOW Featuring student skaters from the Watertown Figure Skating Association. Bundle up in warm clothing and bring blankets so you can enjoy the outdoor show! Family Living Focus Grandpar'enting and Discipline When it comes to grandparenting and discipline, these two words should not have to come together very often, unless the grandparents happens to be the guardian for their grandchild. As the saying goes, if a parent turns out to be great enough as a parent, then one day they will gain the honor of becoming " a "grand" parent. Grandparenting is an honorable role that one deserves to cherish. The stress of regular discipline should not have to interfere with the beauty of the relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild. Grandparents have already graduated from the role of parenting and hopefully disciplined their own children well enough, so that their children who have grown up and become parents, can now discipline their children well on their own, without the help of their parents. It is beneficial for parents to have the advice and encouragement of their own parents, now the grandparents, when raising their own children. This is where the wisdom of grandparents can really shine through by sharing past stories and examples to help their children discipline the grandchildren. Grandparents have already lived through and disciplined through many of the same or similar situations that their children will encounter with their children. The beauty of grandparenting is in being able to just sit back and relax and enjoy nourishing a relationship with their grandchildren, as well as gaining a newer and deeper relationship with their children, the new parents. Of course, grandparents should avail themselves to their own children, whenever necessary to ensure they feel the necessary support to fall back on. A situation can arise on occasion when a grandparent may need to discipline a grandchild. Perhaps if the parents are away, out on a date, or at work, a problem may occur with more than one grandchild or in the case of danger, and a child must know, from an adhering adult, what is right and what is wrong. A grandparent can deal with a situation in the way that they know their child, the parent of the grandchild, would want a situation dealt with. For example, giving a child a time out for fighting with another. Yet, more often than not, a grandparent will probably rely on their old discipline tactics without even realizing it. Therefore, it could be necessary for a grandparent to know in advance how their children want them to deal with the grandchildren, should discipline situations arise. Above all, it is extremely important for grandparents to keep open lines of communication between their children and children-in-laws, in order to best develop the beautiful relationships that can take place between grandparents and grandchildren. If you would like more information on "Grandparenting and Discipline" feel free to contact Gall Gilman- Waldner, Program Development and Coordination-Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging@, Inc. and Professor Emeritus-University of Minnesota at 507-389-8869 or e-mail Gall at Additional resources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge Linea at 1-800-333-2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info@ website at www.MinnesotaHelp.Info@. Be sure to watch for more Family Living Focus information in next week's paper. ENTERTAINING THE CROWDS during the fall and winter sports season is the OHS Pep Band under the direction of Mr. Matt Lamb (shown playing trumpet in front row). The pep band not only consists of OHS band members, but also former graduates of the band, along with former band director Don Donais. This energetic group plays favorites for all ages to set the stage for the sporting event. THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE BIG STONE ARTS COUNCIL BLACK VELVET 75 MuniCi OLD MILL or OLD MILL LIGHT $]75 Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents & MacKenzt MUSIC, DPtNCE & PIPING Of SCOTLP, ND Memorial Auditorium - Dawson, MN $15.00 Adults ~ $5.00 Students Box Office: 320-769-2955, ext. 246 Event Sponsor: AMPI of Dawson Artist Showcase: Jill Blom HAPPY HOUR Tues.-Fri. 4:30-6:00pm S 50 Domestic Beer & Well Drinks Wednesday Night: 112 Price Beer P/tr,,herJ WlNG SPEClAL " . I  (served untilgone) \\;l eZ BAR MENU ONLY 5:00-10:O0 PM ffl ,. :::,i-i;! :...:::.i r Wednesday Night: "  : " ' | ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT I l Chicken Fettucini ] o.,,s7.95 RATED Fri. & Sat. Niahts: Prime Rib is served! Ask server for details! Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 INDEPENDENT Page 15