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Green training grants now available for MN businesses The Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership (MSESP) is accepting in- novative proposals from Minnesota- based businesses and organizations to train Minnesotans for jobs in the en- ergy efficiency and renewable energy industries. MSESP, which plans to distribute up to $3 million, will consider proposal requests ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. Partnerships and inter-re- gional collaborations that extend be- yond Minnesota are also eligible. Proposals must provide details about training, job placement and re- lated activities in the energy efficient building, construction and retrofit in- dustries; the renewable electric power industry; and the biofuels industry. Pro- posals that address supporting sectors and suppliers will also be considered. For more information or to down- load a copy of the request for proposal, visit http://www.gwdc.org/commit- tees/MSESP/20 1 I_MSESP_Re- quest for Proposals.htm. "The Minnesota State Energy Sec- tor Partnership initiative combines pri- vate-sector leadership with a broad partnership of key stakeholders to de- velop the talents of Minnesota's work- force," said Cyndi Lesher, MSESP co-chair and former Northern States Power Co. CEO. "This is an opportu- nity to build our state's competitive ad- vantage in the renewable energy industry, by providing training and job opportunities for Minnesota's work- force ." "This MSESP initiative provides a great opportunity for individuals who want to build a career and become a sustaining part of Minnesota's green economy," said Inez Wildwood, MSESP co-chair and manager of talent at Duluth-based AlleLe Inc. MSESP, an initiative of the Gover- nor's Workforce Development Council (GWDC), is funded by a three-year, $6 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to provide training, job place- ment and related activities in the en- ergy-efficient building, construction and retrofit industries; the renewable electric power industry; and the biofu- els industry. Partnership members include repre- sentatives from energy efficiency and renewable energy businesses and in- dustries, GWDC, Minnesota Depart- ment of Employment and Economic Development, Office of Energy Secu- rity, representatives from apprentice- ship and veterans agencies, labor organizations, state legislators, non- profit organizations, educational insti- tutions and economic development organizations. Extension news Consider people, planet, profit for a sustainable dairy farm Ag News Wire By James Paulson, University of Minnesota Extension Sustainability is the popular ' buzzword. The simple definition of sustainability for your dairy business is the ability to continue, endure or maintain. Think of sustainability as a three- legged stool like your grandparents may have used while milking. For the greatest stability, each leg has to be equal in length to support the whole system. The three standard legs of sustainability are often generally defined as economic, environment and social. For your dairy farm, let's define those legs more specifically as profit, the planet and the people. The first priority of any business is to survive. A business has to be profitable over the long term to survive. Without generating a profit, no dairy operation can sustain itself very long without an outside infusion of capital. We also consider our financial sustainability for the future. We may not have thought of it as sustainability, but expansion decisions are most likely about sustaining a /// Mn/DOT reminds Big Stone County Dairy Princess public not to push ii!:....ii'" The Minnesota Department of i Transportation reminds the public that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street. Minnesota law and many local ordinances prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow on to public roads. This includes the ditch and right of way area along the roads. Violations are considered misdemeanors, but civil penalties also apply if the placement of snow creates a hazard, such as a slippery area, frozen rut or bump, that contributes to a motor vehicle or pedestrian crash. The civil liability can extend to both the property owner and the person who placed the snow. Improperly placing snow on or near a public road creates hazards including drainage problems, drifting, sight obstruction and unsafe access. Special attention should be made to keep crosswalks, intersections, entrances and exits clean and unobstructed. BIG STONE COUNTY DAIRY PRINCESS - Katelyn Blackwelder, business. Very few farms are the same size as two generations ago. Your dairy operation is not sustainable unless the profit leg is stable both today and in the future. The planet aspect of sustainability is just as important as profit because it is required to increase productivity with finite resources while meeting environmental responsibilities and regulations. In the past couple of years, the planet portion of sustainability (greenhouse gases, feeding the growing population, water quality) has received more focus from the public. The people leg of your sustainable three-legged stool involves people in rural and urban societies. The research base is in sociology and community vitality. It is about what people think of what we,do, and it is about farm families and their personal values. It is about quality of life for everyone. Sustainability often involves choices; choices that are not black and white, but "better" or "worse." As an individual dairy producer, you need to able to answer the question, "Is there any part of my business or anything that we are doing now that the next generation will not be able to do?" The dairy industry as a whole needs to discuss sustainability. We need to figure out how we are going to feed a growing world population in a way that keeps families in business while not compromising the ability of future generations to have the same opportunities. Many of these topics will be discussed in the upcoming 1-29 Dairy Conference to be held Feb. 9 and 10 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, SD. Details and online registration are available at http://www.sdstate.edu/sdces/resource s/animals/dairy/i-29.cfm You may also register by phone: contact Valerie Denison at (605) 688- 4116. More educational information for dairy producers can be found at the University of Minnesota Extension website at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/Dairy James Paulson is a livestock educator with University of Minnesota Extension. daughter of Mark and Amy Blackwelder of Chokio, was crowned the 2011 Big Stone County Dairy Princess by former Dairy Princess Jenna Heck. lenna is the daughter of Peggy and Gerald Heck of Beardsley. Katelyn will be the Goodwill Ambassador for the dairy industry representing Big Stone County this year. Veteran Service News By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. A Hero C o m e s Home! !! ! An Air Force pilot from Fargo, who went missing in action 42 years ago, came home in a flag- covered coffin in December of last year. Major Thomas Beyer was shot down on July 30, 1968, while serving as a forward air controller in Vietnam. His remains were found in Vietnam and returned to Hawaii where they were identified through DNA testing. The family brought Major Beyer home on Dec. 15 to the Fargo airport where hundreds of Vietnam veterans from North Dakota and Minnesota welcomed him. His funeral was held on the Dec. 18 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo. Please join me in welcoming the Major home with your thoughts and prayers for him and his family. America .... "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave." Major Thomas Beyer is a true American hero!!!! In other news. VA facts of hearing loss and tinnitus. Hearing loss affects some 28 million Americans, including more than half of those over age 65. The most common cause of hearing loss is exposure to harmful levels of noise, either in military or civilian environments. Other possible causes are allergies, infections, drugs, genetics, or simply aging. Some hearing loss can be reversed through surgery or medication. In other cases, hearing loss is permanent but can be helped through the use of hearing aids. Noise-induced hearing loss is among the most common disabilities affecting veterans. VA pays more than $1.2 billion annually in compensation costs for hearing loss and tinnitus. Trivia question for last week: What was the B-17 long-range bomber nicknamed in World War It? Answer: The Flying Fortress. Trivia question of the week. What Persian Gulf warrior called his young majors in charge of combat operations "Jedi Knights"? The answer in next week's article. Until next week, take care and "Fair Wir/ds and Following Seas !" Big Stone Chiropractic Health Center invites you to our IIC IYQI One Year Anniversary WK I.ON6 "THANK ]rOll" C1.BRATION Monolay, Jan. 31 thru FrMay, Feb. #, 2011 Dr. Chance M. Haugen 20%OFF Supplements WELLNESS CLUB MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE 25% OFF! New patients will get a complete case history, neurological exam and x-rays (if necessary) for a $25 donation to Someplace Safe. x.. OUR NEW CHILDREN'S ROOM will be open on Thursday, Feb, 3rd! Patient with GET ADJUSTED FOR FREE! Appointment,, from 9am to 5pro. These time slots will go fast, so book GREAT PRIZES AWARDED! CHILD IN at 5:15 PM neurological win a year's supply of Vitamin D. Please register in advance as seats :: exam and adjustment. . are limited. TESTIMONIAL #1...My so stopped having bowel movements at two weeks old. We were giving him suppositories ever, days just so he could go. After Dr. Haugen treated him he had a bowel movement within 24 hours. After a few treatments, he was having regular bowel movements. At seven weeks old he developed colic and we were told he could have this until he was six months old. We were taking 15-minute shifts caring for him. We took him to Dr. Hahgen and after four treatments he was normal again. At five months, he experienced double ear infections and was put on antibiotics. Dr. Haugen treated my son and recommended Vitamin D and probiofics daily. Today my son is seven months old and is 100% better. I now take my son to Dr. Haugen before anywhere else. Dr. Haugen does a great job from explaining what the causes are and the treatment plan is and how to avoid recurrences. I do respect the honesty and kind heartedness that Dr. Haugen and his staff have shown my family. - Kim D. TESTIMONIAL #2...I came in because my shoulder was locked up and my neck was tight and sore. He adjusted me and set up a schedule of care. In the mean time he asked me if I had headaches, which I had every day. I had TMJ and had surgery because I could hardly use my jaw. I told him not to touch my jaw because I was functional now and could open my mouth about two fingers wide. He said that was fine and left my jaw alone. About a week and a half into treatment I noticed I could open my mouth further, sing in church longer and I didn't have headaches or pain. I was amazed because he hadn't even adjusted my jaw, but just in adjusting my neck in a way I had never been adjusted before. He increased the functional- ity of my jaw by another finger's width. - Theresa W. For more testimonials feel fi'ee to visit our website! TESTIMONIAL #3.. ,Big Stone Chiropractic was amazing with Bailey! We brought into Dr. Haugen thinking that she would get adjusted, but he figured out that she had some bowel movement issues, which she had since birth I would have never thought a chiropractor could fix it, but he did. We took her for some treatments and since we have not had any issues! We have gone from crying just about every time she went, to being excited that she went! She has been a much happter girl since then. - Brian & Lisa M. p00bf, 4 Dr " g awln for a Nintendo Hope to see you at our celebration! 16 2nd St. NW . Ortonville, MN56278 (320) 487-1010 www.bigstonechiropractic.com Page 16 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan. 18,2011