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WINTER CARNIVAL WEEK WILL BE HELD FEB. 7-11 AT OHS and shown above are royalty for 2011. From left to right are, seventhgrade Niki Essington, junior Danielle Mastel, eighth grade Courtney Schellberg, fresh- man Katelyn Berdan and sophomore Morgan Messmer. Coronation ceremonies will take place on Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the OHS Auditorium, wdh various activities held throughout the week. 2011 OHS WINTER CARNIVAL ROYALTY are pictured above. From left to right are, junior Yannic Graf, freshman Isaac CIoos, sophomore Austin Schoon, seventh grade Victor Kellen and eighth grade David Pettyjohn. Winter Carnival week will be held Feb. 7-11. Major flooding potential call for insurance reminder With last week's updated flood po- tential forecast, the insurance industry in Minnesota is reminding property owners that it is very important to take action NOW before the flooding strikes. Hydrologists have forecast a strong likelihood of flooding particularly be- cause of the deep snowpack in flood prone areas in Minnesota with the worst part of the snow season yet to come. Flood insurance is widely available in Minnesota, but the coverage avail- able through the National Flood Insur- ance Program (NFIP), carries a 30-day waiting period between the time the coverage is purchased and the time it becomes effective. "The waiting period makes it essen- tial that home and business owners talk to their insurance agent right away to Zach Kafka Memorial Hockey game set for Saturday, Feb. 26 The 7th Annual Zach Kafka Memorial Hockey Game will be held this Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Morris Ice Arena-Lee Community Center. All players for Zach's game are asked to register by calling Dan Kafka at 839-2542, e-mail to Dan@ProlmageParmers.com or con- tact Lori Gustafson at Minnwest Bank in Ortonville. This year there will be a change in the format as captains will be select- ing the teams. Registration for Zach's game is $30 per player and each participant will receive a Zach Kafka Memorial Game Sweatshirt. Please respond if you are planning on playing or helping at the game in any way. Zach had a witty spirit coupled with his desire to do the best he could in everything he did. He loved to play hockey. As goalie for the Big Stone Lake Area team in 2004, he recorded his one and only shut out for his team. In his most memorable game he took 71 shots on goal from the opposing team and only lost by one point. Tragically, Zach left us during the night on July 27, 2004. He died in his sleep due to complications from an epileptic seizure. Any high school seniors looking for applications for the Zach Kafka Memorial Scholarship can contact Dan at www.rernernberzach.net. 605-432-9111 discuss their flood risks and what's available," said Insurance Federation of Minnesota President Bob Johnson. "There is still plenty of time to make sure you are adequately covered, but it is important to act quickly." Most homeowner's insurance poli- cies don't normally cover flood dam- age, but flood insurance is available to nearly all Minnesotans through the NFIP, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Even though FEMA administers the program, the policies are sold and serv- iced by insurance agents and many in- surance companies. "There are many misconceptions about insurance coverage and flood- ing," said Insurance Federation of Min- nesota President Bob Johnson. "The biggest misconception is that you can't get flood insurance unless you live in a flood plain, but that's not true." For homeowners, the only require- ment to buy flood insurance is that your municipality participate in the NFIP. Almost 85% of Minnesota cities, towns, counties and townships participate in the NFIP. Federally regulated mortgage lenders require flood insurance for mortgagees who live in the areas most prone to flooding. But even if such coverage is not required by your lender, getting flood insurance may be prudent, even if you don't live in a flood plain. FEMA says 25% of all flood claims come from homes located outside designated flood plains. "Unfortunately many homeowners don't buy such coverage because they think it is too expensive," said Johnson. "Anybody buying property insurance for their home or business should ask their agent or broker about the cost of flood coverage. It many cases it is sur- prisingly affordable, considering what's at stake." Many homeowners insurance poli- cies do cover water damage from the backup of sewers or drains if the home- owner carries an additional 'rider' on their policy. This optional coverage also pays if a sump pump fails or is not working due to a power outage. The 'backup of sewer and drain endorse- ment' is surprisingly inexpensive, typ- ically costing under $50 per year. Auto owners also have coverage for flood damage to their vehicles under their comprehensive auto insurance coverage, if they've purchased it. While comprehensive coverage is not required under the state's mandatory auto insurance coverage, many lenders require borrowers to carry comprehen- sive coverage. Some commercial insurance poli- cies also have provisions that pay for flood damage if the business owner buys such coverage. A commercial in- surance agent or broker can help deter- mine the right amount of coverage needed. The NFIP also has flood cov- erage available for business owners. For more information about Min- nesota communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program, visit the IFM website at: www.insur- ancefederation.org Obituaries Marcile Ann (Van Lith) Seehafer Marcile Ann (Van Lith) Seehafer, of Las Vegas, NV formerly of Milbank, SD passed away on Jan. 19, 2011 surrounded by family members at her home in Las Vegas after a courageous battle with cancer. Marcy Van Lith was born Jan.30 1943 at Bernard's Hospital in Milbank, SD to Nick and Edith (Schneider) Van Lith of Big Stone City, SD. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Charles Catholic Church in Big Stone City. She graduated from Big Stone High School in 1961 and married Harold Seehafer on June 15, 1963. Harold and Marcy raised their family in Milbank, SD where Marcy worked at Whetstone Realty for Earl Bohlen and Harold farmed and worked for Games Unlimited. In 1987, they moved to Las Vegas, NV where they resided until Harold's death on July 16th, 2010 and Marcy's death on Jan. 19,2011. Marcy lived her life in service to her family and others. During the last 12 years, she managed a low income apartment complex. Every year, she hosted free Easter, 4th of July, Halloween and Christmas parties for the children in the complex. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her vacations back home at Big Stone Lake. Marcy is survived by her daughter Kathryn (Ken) Wiederrich, sons, Greg (Mary) Seehafer, Mike (Kelly) Seehafer, Nick (Bea) Seehafer, Tom (Charlotte) Seehafer, 13 grandchildren Chelsie, Amanda, Justin, Mikki, Zach, Jared, Alyssa, Seth, Sarah, Rachel, Mitchell, Jenna and Jamie, her sisters Theresa Van Lith and Ann (Harry)Bolkcorn and brothers John (Joanne) Van Lith, Joe (Loretta) Van Lith, Nick Van Lith, George (Karla)Van Lith, and Dennis (Rachelle) Van Lith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Seehafer, her sons, Peter and Paul, parents, Edith and Nick Van Lith, and brother Tom Van Lith. At her request she was cremated and there will be a funeral mass and burial at St Charles Catholic Church in Big Stone City, SD in June 2011. Memorial donations in Marcy's memory may be made to Autism Speaks using their webpage at www.autismspeaks.org or mailed to the Marcy Seehafer Family at 3653 E Biela Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89120. Daisy Jean Olson Daisy Jean Olson, age 87, Grand Rapids, passed away Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at Grand Itasca Hospital surrounded by her family. Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 from 11 a.m. until the 12 noon Memorial Service will be in St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids. Rev. George B. Gilbertson and Rev. Megan C. Crouch will officiate. Burial will be in Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, at a later date. Daisy was born Sept. 21, 1923 in Detroit Lakes, to Ben St. and Marion (Rudolph) Peoples. She grew up there and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1941. She was a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, as a Registered Nurse. She man'ied Leslie T. Olson Oct. 15, 1945 at Fitzsimons Army Base in Denver, CO. After they both completed their college educations, they moved to Canby, where Les started his dental practice. They were longtime residents in Ortonville and members at First English Lutheran Church there. Upon retirement, they moved to Waite Park and then to Grand Rapids in 1994. She was a member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids and participated in the quilting group. She enjoyed outdoor recreation, golf and was an avid sports enthusiast for all levels of sports. She loved to do cross stitch and hardanger projects. Most recently, she was a resident at Grand Village in Grand Rapids where she enjoyed many friends and activities. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leslie in 2006 and her brother Ben Jr. She is survived by: three sons, Doug (Karen Kuchera) in Minneapolis, Barry (Angela) in Grand Rapids, David (Elizabeth) in Waterford, PA, five grandchildren, Kristopher (Valerie), Matthew (Breanna), Bryan, Eric, Sonya, one great-grandson, Weston. two sisters, Betty Carlson in Eugene, OR, Emma Capps in Portland, OR, many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by Rowe Funeral Home and Crematory, Grand Rapids. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.c om. Allan Mueller Sr. Allan Mueller St., age 68, of Ortonville, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Milbank, SD. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville. Allan Lee Mueller Sr., the son of Walter and Geraldine (Holmquist) Mueller was born June 6, 1942 in Milbank, SD. He was baptized, July 12, 1942, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Marvin, SD and confirmed March 25, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. He lived in Iowa, Marvin, SD and Big Stone City, SD. Allan, graduated from Big Stone High School May 18, 1960. Allan was an honorary member of the USAF Air Defense Team. Allan was united in marriage to Dianna Mac Pederson Sept. 30, 1961 at the residence of Julius and Mary Pederson. They made their home in Ortonville and Bellingham. Allan was employed at Archer Daniels Midland Flax Straw for 10 years, managed the Bellingham Liquor Store for two years, worked at Sequoya Granite until he was injured in 1984 working there five years. Allan' enjoyed Woodwbrking, hunting, fishing, gardening, and" playing cards. Allan loved working on his tractors and loved his dogs. He looked forward to all family gatherings. Allan passed away Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Golden Living Center in Milbank, SD. Allan is survived by his wife, Dianna of Ortonville; children, Patty (Richard) Gose of Alexandria, Scott (Suzy) Mueller of Milbank, SD, Becky (David) Poe of Corpus Christi, TX, Kevin (Angel) Mueller of Milbank, SD, Allan Jr. (Peggy) Mueller of Milbank, SD, Brenda (Jim) Haugen of Ortonville, Mark (Sarah) Mueller of Milbank, SD; 18 grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Sharon Anderson of Willmar, Carolyn Daigle of Duluth, Arlys Schiesser of Ortonville, Julie Macziewski of Montevideo, Lorrie Hagge of Iowa, Debbie Gartner of Golden Valley; Dennis Mueller of Milbank, SD, L3)nda Rush'en of' Kerkhoven, Hjalmer Halvorson of Big Stone City, SD. Mike Halvorson of Ortonville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine and Walter; brother Darwin. Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences to the family, on-line, visit our website at www.larsonfuneral.com EQIP assistance available for producrs Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms should apply now for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). A new pilot practice that is avail- able this year under the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, seasonal tunnels are used to increase the availability of locally grown food produced in a conservation friendly way. "Potential natural resource benefits from using tunnel structures could include improved plant quality, improved soil quality and improved water quality through methods such as reduced nutrient and pesticide trans- port," said Krecia Leddy, Big Stone County District Conservationist for NRCS. NRCS will fund one high tunnel per farm, up to 2,178 square feet in size. The practice must be sited on cropland. To be eligible for financial assistance on this practice, a high tun- nel kit must be purchased from a com- mercial manufacturer and be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's recomrnendations. These are temporary, seasonal structures (not greenhouses) and are only for use in growing crops. Additional conservation practices for control of water runoff from the tun- nels or erosion may also need to be installed. Completed applications must be received at local NRCS Field Offices throughout Minnesota by February 9th for most producers in order to be considered for this funding period. Participation in EQIP is limited to agricultural producers. Organic pro- ducers, limited resource farmers, beginning farmers, and underserved farmers were designated in the 2008 Farm Bill as focused outreach groups and may benefit from EQIP. To find out more about EQIP in Minnesota, contact your local NRCS field office or visit the MN NRCS website: www.mn.nrcs.usda.gov Edna Kamin Funeral services for Edna Kamin were held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2010 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonviile. Pastor Peter Gluedner officiated and burial was at Mound Cemetery in Ortonville. Edna Hilda Bakeberg was born on Nov. 3, 1917 in Odessa Township, Big Stone County to parents Henry and Lydia (Steffen) Bakeberg. Edna was baptized and confirmed into her faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Odessa. Edna grew up in Ortonville where she attended country school until the eighth grade. On Nov. 21, 1938, Edna was united in marriage to August Kamin. To this union, they were blessed with one daughter, Arlyss. They made their home in Ortonville where Edna worked at the King Koin Laundromat for over 30 years. Edna enjoyed dancing and volunteering at the Senior Citizen Center in Ortonville. Edna died on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 at Fairway View Assisted Living in Ortonville; she had lived to reach the age of 93 years. Edna is survived by her sister Ve.rna (William) Beyer of Sartell, and numerous nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews. Edna was preceded in death by her daughter, Arlyss Kamin; husband August; her parents; six brothers and two sisters. Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville was in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family, on- line, visit our website at www.larsonfuneral.com. CONCENTRATING TO GET THE RIGHT ANSWER was the Ortonville Team 1, Knowledge Bowl team on Saturday, Jan. 22 during the Ortonville Knowledge Bowl Invitational at the Ortonville School-. Team members from left to right are Taylor Jensen, Shane Maas, Jonah Thune and Erik Kalberg. The team finished seventh out of 15 teams in the competition. (Photo courtesy of Terry Kalberg.) Tuesday, Feb. 1,2011 00INDEPENDENT Page 9