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A CROWD OF MORE THAN 100 spectators bundled up in warm clothes and blankets to watch Ortonville's first ever figure skating show, "Arts on Ice," held outdoors at the Ortonville Ice Skating Rink Friday. Skaters from the Watertown Figure SkatingAssociation performed a variety of routines to music. Volunteers from the Big Stone Arts Council servedhot chocolate and concessions in the warming house. Ideal temperatures for "Arts on Ice" skaters, spectators Mother Nature provided a beauti- ful evening with ideal temperatures for the outdoor figure skating show, "Arts on Ice," held Friday Jan. 28 at the Ortonville Ice Skating Rink. It's the only United States Figure Skating Association sanctioned event in the country to be held outdoors, with no man-made cooling systems. Temperatures reached the high 30s, melting the ice in the afternoon, but cooled off nicely to the high 20s, in the early evening to allow the show to go on. The weather couldn't have been more ideal for an outdoor show. More than 100 spectators bundled in blankets and extra clothes and enjoyed hot chocolate, hot dogs and Hobo Soup in the warming house between performances. Nestled in a valley, the rink was protected from the wind by frost cov- ered trees. A bonfire added to the ambiance to create the perfect outdoor setting for a fun night of figure skat- ing. The event was sponsored by the Big Stone Arts Council and the Ortonville Independent. BSAC volun- teers served the concessions, assisted spectators to their seats and video taped the event which is posted on the Council's website. If you'd like to view the video of "Arts on Ice" log onto the following website: www.bigstonearts.com Each skater was presented with a flower donated by the Ortonville Flower Shop, and received goodie bags from the BSAC and the Big Stone Lake Area Hockey Association. The Watertown Figure Skating Association in Watertown, SD per- formed solos, duets and group num- bers and Clarissa Blake of Ortonville skated two solo pieces. The skaters choreographed their own routines to music of their choice. Many of the skaters have skated at regional com- petitions. The skaters had a great time, and hinted at possibly making "Arts on Ice" an annual event. This was a community event, made possible by many volunteer organiza- tions, individuals and the city working together to make it happen. Family Living Focus A Healthy Appetite at Any Age- Part II 'Caregivers must be aware of their loved one's eating habits to ensure nutritional requirements are being :met. Just as we can't imagine passing up that bowl of sweet dessert, your loved one can't afford to miss the most basic of meals. Some Suggestions , Drink lots of water. It's the suggested course for many health concerns, but dehydration can also have a big effect on appetite. Tell a loved one not to drink too much before a meal but to keep hydrated throughout an entire day's time. Water is essential to keeping all body systems functioning at their very best. Try something new. We all get tired of the "same old" standbys. Imagine at 80, 90 years old, how many meatloaves a person will have eaten? Even a loved one needs change to hold their interest. Help them make a new meal, or better yet, drop off a sample of a new recipe that was hit at home. They'll appreciate the effort, and the change in routine. Flavor is not for "foodies" alone. A little garlic or lemon can spice up a chicken breast and a dash of nutmeg can take basic rice pudding to another level of enjoyment. Restricted diets only add to the challenge, but some simple seasonings can overcome that challenge. A loved one may not have much experience cooking with spices other than basic salt and pepper. A caregiver can offer them some mini- cooking classes, providing options for adding flavor while staying within a doctor's restrictions. Eat small portions. Snacking isn't just for kids. Many loved ones may not have the desire to eat three substantial meals each day. It's perfectly acceptable and encouraged to eat when hungry. Fresh fruits, vegetables, crackers and cheese, yogurt, or a bowl of soup are all good options. Count calories. Many will hear these words the day they start a new diet. For someone experiencing a loss of appetite and fearing malnutrition, it's the same concept, though the goal is to consume extra calories, not cut them. When you're older, 70 or 80, there's no such thing as bad food when you're losing weight. Nutritional supplements should be used with extreme caution, only at the recommendation of a physician. A loved one may not process Vitamin A, for example, as quickly as a younger person. It may cause more problems than solutions. However, a daily multi-vitamin could be a benefit, as well as a zinc supplement. Talk to a doctor for advice on how to proceed with a vitamin regiment. At any age exercise is important and it's easy to drift away from daily stretching as we age but it's just as important at 80 as at eight years old. Moderate strength training will increase metabolism, thus appetite. Many public television stations offer daily stretching programs targeted specifically for an older audience. One last topic regarding loss of appetite is one a caregiver may not realize is the underlying factor: money. Everyone knows the cost of food continues to rise, and the economy is hitting hard all around. A loved one on a fixed income is no exception. The money issue is even more pronounced in those who can't comprehend these price trends and why something costs "so much." Hence, they don't buy the product, and go without necessary nutrition. A loss of appetite in a loved one can be a very simple problem as loneliness with a quick fix by offering companionship. It also can suggest a more complicated issue such as medication side effects that require more creative solutions. If you would like more information on "A Healthy Appetite at Any Age - Part II" feel free to contact Gail 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 Gail at ggwaldner@rndc.org. Additional resources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge Line: 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. Ask a Trooper By Sgt. Kathy Pederson of the Minnesota State Patrol Dear Trooper Kathy: l received a "warning for having an "object hanging from my rearview mirror." 1 think the officer was being a little too strict. Everybody has stuff hanging from their rearview mirror. A SIMILAR QUESTION: Is it legal to drive a vehicle with the handicap sign dangling from you rear view mirror? To me this blocks your vision while driving. I had .a temporary one and I thought it said to not drive with it in place. Trooper Kathy Says: Yes, all HIGH HONOR FOR PETE's GRANDSON! Pictured here is a very proud (and rightly so) Pete Christensen, left, formerly of Ortonville and Odessa, ,vith his grandson, Jonny Dill, captain of the Maple Grove Crimson wrestling teams. Jonny, a junior at MG, recently celebrated his 100th career win for the Crimson wrestlers, during the Armstrong Dual, at which MG crushed Armstrong 68-3. Dill also took second place at the Eastview Invitational tourney. And after the above photo was taken, he notched his 103rd win. Two more reasons for Pete's "shining pride" is that Jonny is currently a straight "A" student at MG, and earlier this year he shot his first deer in our Ortonville area. Congrats, indeed, are in order! Photo courtesy of Osseo-Maple Grove Press. objects suspended from the rearview mirror are illegal. WINDSHIELD. Subdivision 1 .Prohibitions generally; exceptions, (a) A person shall not drive or 0pr-at'e any motor veliicle with: (1) a windshield cracked or discolored to an extent to limit or obstruct proper vision; (2) any objects suspended between the driver and the windshield, other than: a. sun visors; b. rearview mirrors; c. global positioning systems or navigation systems when mounted or located near the bottommost portion of the windshield; and d. electronic toll collection devices; or (3) any sign, poster, or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield, sidewings, or side or rear windows of the vehicle, I asked one of our accident re- constructionists to calculate the area obstructed by a 3.5" wide x 5" high object hung from a mirror or windshield. He estimated that the average distance from the driver's eye to the typical view obstruction is two feet. Since drivers are supposed to scan the roadway ahead of them as they drive, he based his calculations on a distance of 100 ft in front of the driver. At 100 feet away, a 3.5" x 5" object will create a blind spot 14.58 feet wide and 20.83 feet high for a total of 303 square feet (if the hanging object is a perfect 4 sided object. As it just so happens, 303 square feet is nearly the exact perceived square footage of a typical passenger vehicle at 100 ft away. In other words.., at 100 ft, math proves that a 3.5" x 5" view obstruction can nearly completely 7 7 JUNIOR HIP HOP made up of eighth graders and sophomores performed at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game between Ortonville and CGB on Frida), Jan. 21. Kerry Klepel is the Just For Kix Instructor. FOUR GENERATIONS OF SMITHS gathered at the home of the Aaron Smith's of Big Stone City, SD. Cassaundra Rae Strommer was born on Nov. 18, 2010 a the Montevideo Hospital weighing 6 Ibs. 13 oz. and was 21 inches long. She is the daughter of Kaitlyn Smith and Jordan Strommer of Montevideo. Pictured above, from left to right are, Maternal Grandmother Lori Smith of Lennox, SD, mother Kaitlyn Smith holding baby Cassaundra, and Maternal Great Grandparents Aaron and Sharon Smith. block a driver's view of a typical passenger vehicle If you have any questions regarding traffic safety and/or traffic laws, please email her atkathy.pederson @ state.mn.us. Sgt. Pederson will not offer advice on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement. JCPenney catalog to stay open This week, JCPenney announced a series of actions, including winding down its remaining catalog operations and exiting the outlet store business, to support its growth strategies. In response to questions we've received, the company wants to assure cus- tomers that the JCPenney Service Desk location inside Ortonville's Liebe Drug is not affected by these actions, nor are the other 390 JCPenney Service Desk locations operated by independent merchants around the country. The JCPenney Service Desk con- tinues to offer a one-stop shop where you can order and pick up JCPenney purchases, make returns and exchanges, make payments on your JCPenney credit card accounts, and purchase JCPenney gift cards. "We look forward to continuing to provide these JCPenney services to our friends and neighbors in the Big Stone Lake area," said Carol Knoll, local JCPenney catalog Sales Manager. Classifieds work for you! 84% of community newspaper readers said their classified ad got results---either a sale or many calls. National Newspaper Association readership study, Spotlight on the Reader For more information, call 1 (800) 829-4NNA. ................  ..... 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