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Governor Jesse Ventura will travel to Germany this March to promote Minnesota at the world's largest trav- el exhibition in Berlin. On Sunday, March 17, the governor will address a reception for major German tour operators at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Daniel Coats. The fol- lowing day, he will address 1,000 German tour operators, travel agents and travel media representatives at an event hosted by the Great Lakes of North America, an association that promotes travel from abroad to Minnesota and other member states. The two-day visit is in conjunction with the International Tourism Exchange, or ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Boerse), which attracts exhibitors representing 180 countries and 60,000 tour operators, most of them from Germany. The governor will visit the Minnesota and Great Lakes booths at the exhibition. What a crazy, crazy world we live in today! We bomb the heck out of Afghanistan, and now the United Nations is gathering up $10 billion from its mem- bers ($296 million from the USA) to rebuild the country! And on the home front...thousands are unem- ployed, many people finding it difficult to even put food on the table, yet one of the Twins pitchers, Joe Mays, was just awarded a $20 mil- lion contract to throw a base- ball! Does any of it make sense!? Reader Virginia Schoon, RN, of Beardsley enlightens us today on some terminology .... Concerning the picture in last issue of 12 gallon blood donor, the Red Cross worker who collects the blood is called a 'phlebotomist.' I had to go to my medical dictionary to find the correct spelling. (I'm getting terrible at spelling, I need to play more Scrabble!) Thought you might like to know the spelling. Enjoy the paper!" One of our readers has identified the man shown in a recent looking-back photo in which there appeared Phil DeGreef and Don Richardson. The man on the horse at left in photo is Lynn Hogness, according to the reader who did not leave his name. Such sweet wording in a thank you received today from reader Isabel Kraemer of Ortonville, extend- ing thanks to us and sponsoring mer- chants for the scrip money she won during this year's Christmas promo- tion. "I don't want to thank you just for what you did (though it was very nice), I want to thank you for what you are, too, and the nice way you do what you do!! You can't know how much the dollars are appreciated...keep up the great work with your newsy paper." Thank you, Isabel. We're most pleased to see the great faith she has in our existence via the fact she used some of her scrip money to pay for four years of her Independent subscription. Love ya! Long time reader friend Sandra (Bruins) Gibson writes from their winter home in Palm Springs, CA to renew her paper. Couldn't live the rest of the winter without it!" It is said that "speed" in any sport is the dominating factor for victory. Certainly it's speed that makes the St. Louis Rams so domineering in all aspects, offense, defense, and special teams. If they don't win the big one again this year, it would be unbeliev- able. Such awesome speed...by all members of the team. Speed in get- ting off the ball, in taking hand- offs...ygu name it...the Rams have it! One of the greatest and fastest teams of all time in the NFL! And what about our cur- rent Trojan cagers?! They, too, are something else! Keep up the great work guys. You're wonderful! Natura gasbi s v t. p la n s a r g i n g Iowerthan year ago i lndependentr00 a I I e- m a i s e n t nust;iePerl'iitbNlitiri!'@au;5g:;:u:atlgll Howd2oe:rUa? s Received at The Independent today, via e-mail, is the following: Guess the warnings were true. Federal Bill 602P 5-cents per E-mail sent. It figures! No more free E-mail! We knew this was coming!! Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to charge a 5-cent charge on every deliv- ered E-mail. Please read the following carefully if you intend to stay online and continue using E-mail. The last few months have revealed an alarm- ing trend in the Government of the United States attempting to quietly push through legislation that will atTect our use of the Internet Under proposed legislation, the US Postal Service will be attempting to bill E- mail users out of "alternative postage lees.'" Bill 602P will permit the Federal Government to charge a 5-cent sur- charge on every e-mail delivered, by billing Internet Service Providers at source. The consumer would then be billed in turn by the ISE Washington DC lawyer Richard Stepp is working without pay to prevent this legislation from becoming law. The US Postal Service is claiming lost revenue, due to the proliferation of E-mail. is costing nearly $230,000,000 in revenue per year. You may have noticed their recent ad campaign: "There is nothing like a let- ter." Since the average person received about 10 pieces of E-mail per day in 1998, the cost of the typical individual would be an additional 50 cents a day -- or over $180 per year -- above and beyond their regular Internet costs. Note that this would be money paid directly to the US Postal Service for a service they do not even provide. The whole point of the Internet is democracy and noninterference. You are already paying an exorbitant price for snail mail because of bureaucratic inefficiency. It currently takes up to six days for a letter to be delivered from coast to coast. If the US Postal is allowed to tinker with E- l mark the end of the "free" the United States. CongresSional representative, Tony Schnell (R) has even suggested a "$20-$40 per month surcharge on all Internet service" above and beyond the governments proposed E-mail charges. Note that most of the major newspapers have ignored the story the only exception being the Washingtonian which called the idea of E-mail surcharge "a useful concept who's time has come" (March 6th, 1999 Editorial). Do not sit by and watch your freedom erode away! Send this E-mail to EVERYONE 'on your list, and tell all your friends and relatives to write their congres- sional representative and say "NO" to Bill 602P. It will only take a few moments of your time and could very well be instrumental in killing a bill we do not want. American Cancer Society supports MPAAT's fighting secondhand smoke The American Cancer Society's Minnesota offices support the approach that the Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco (MPAAT) has taken in regards to secondhand smoke issues and Supporting public policies regarding smoke-free ordinances. Surveys demonstrate that when smokers spend time in non-smoking environments, cessation rates increase from five percent to 21 percent. Other research indicates that youth tobacco use is curbed in areas where tobacco use is considered abnormal social behavior. Thus, the elimination of smoking in public places dramatically decreases exposure to secondhand smoke, influences people to try to quit smoking and encourages youth to remain smoke free.(l) Regional Communications Coordinator Kristine Hernandez says, "We believe that MPAAT has taken the right approach to fighting tobacco use, and we defend and support it." Several other states have been suc- cessful through measures simular to those being used by MPAAT. California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Arizona have adopted compre- hensive programs that have substan- tially accelerated a decline in smoking prevalence as well as a decline in per capita consumption above national rates. "'Our focus as an organization must remain on reducing tobacco through comprehensive strategies, including increasing smoke-free sites, treating nicotine dependence and preventing future generations from smoking. We will continue to develop strategic partnerships and to consult with MPAAT as requested," Hernandez says. Lung cancer is a top priority for both the American Cancer Society Midwest Division and the American Cancer Society nationally. It is the number one cause of cancer death in the U.S., and we must address it as an organization to fulfill our commit- ment to decrease lung cancer inci- dence and help the more than 150,000 people who die each year from the disease. "Our position as an organization hasn't changed. We believe that local smoke-free policies remain the only measure to truly ensure that employ- ees, patrons, and children are ade- quately protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke," Hernandez says. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based vol- untary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, educa- tion, advocacy and service. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society Web site at www.cancer.org. Extension00 report CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS less than the same period a year ago. a company official said today. During the 2000-2001 ,xinter season, historically high holesale natural gas prices caused customers of U. S. utilities, such as Peoples. to experience significantly higher gas bills. Since early 2001, gas prices have declined sharply, bring bill relief to consumers, according to Rory Lenton, community relations director for the company. "Based on current market conditions, we expect out natural gas customers to continue to see much lower prices during the rest of the winter heating season," Lenton said. snow excellent-done too slow average parking restrictions a 22 total votes Check out the neW every week at , www.ortonvil[eindependll ] and cast your WANT ADS, Massage now available Naturally treat conditions such as: Headaches Whiplash Injuries Chronic pain Tendinitis Bursitis Rotator Cuff Injuries Degenerative disc disease Multiple sclerosis (MS) Sdadc nerve pain Carpal tunnel syndrome much a: in." he u, R.T. Su ;only k] icipate( Scoliosls '!ollowir ihave a TMJ 0000hile mi, Arthritis :. We 1 Muscle aches and sgh, Fe had Parkinsons e ni Sinusitis .  ble: Thoracic outlet  best s Constipation of the d :the kill Fibromyalgia put it. ar Chronic Fatigue 'ere yet e were ; sons of ,,an islan, *****Ask about Insurance coverage for motor vehicle accidents arines * * *Gift Ceruficates available** * 21as goi --.-- ayt)e ]arines. , m  Was l S( Advanced Medical MaSSa00 mvse,f Sara Kaercher, MT jigh RR2, Box 178, Ortonville, FIN 56278 ] 1, two =ares tr 320-839-2828 'for Carrie Ann Olson County Extension Educator 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 CHANGE MANAGEMENT DETERMINES WHETHER YOU 'THRIVE' OR 'SURVIVE' A major change causes fear, anxiety and loss of control with most people. But what differs is how people react to that change. "You can react in a reactive or proactive manner," says Sharon Danes, family economist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Reactive people let change happens, then respond or adapt to it. They see change as a loss or threat. But proactive people, Danes says, plan for change and are open to new ways of doing things. They see change as an opportunity, or are at least open to reframing how they view the change. "In the long run," Danes says, "how one interacts with change is the difference between surviving and thriving in one's personal, family, work or business life. How you view changes influences how you communicate, make decisions and solve problems around change." Whether you view change as a loss or an opportunity depends on many factors. If many, changes come at once or at a very fast pace, there is a greater chance the change will be seen as a loss. How you personally view a specific change has a great impact on how you respond to it, Danes says. The greater the meaning you place on a change, the greater the sense of loss. Two people can have the same experience, but view it differently. Here's an example: Two dairy farmers get hurt and can no longer milk. Both have a son or daughter interested in continuing in the business. Both view their injury and its impact on the business as a loss. At first, both deny the impact of their injury because they're fearful and confused about what to do. Then they both become angry and irritable. These are normal stages of grief over things we see "as losses. Both experience the 'blues' for a while, but Danes says here is where they begin to differ. One farmer sees the injury as a loss of a way of life, becomes depressed and can't seem to move on. The other feels low for a while, but gets some help to talk about the situation and finds new meanings by exploring options and seeing the situation as a chance to get his child more involved in the business earlier. He also begins work on diversifying by creating a value-added product that he can be involved in, despite his injury. How you view change also determines how fast you progress through a normal series of adjustments like these two dairy farmers faced. Danes has just written a new publication, "Change: Loss, Opportunity and Resilience," that can help you make decisions in both your work and family life. Ask for it at your county Extension office, or call the Extension Service Distribution Center at (800) 876-8636. Ill[ CLASSIR00 D&L Photo 1-Hour Photo Processing Lab 307 Main St., Milbank 432-5222 Across from Pizza Ranch Advantix Processing Same Day - Next Day - Same Price 99 (25 exp) (without panoramic=) We offer quality film processing and great color-00 Develop your holiday film today/". Join our Good Customer Club % APY* 396 Day Term Effective January 8, 2002 Penalty for early withdrawal *Annual percentage yield / "'Because we caret. 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