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RCTC announces Fall Dean's List Rochester Community and Technical College is pleased to announce its Fall Semester Dean's list. Students named to the list have achieved a grade point average between 3.0 and 4.0 for-courses completed in the fall semester ending this past December. Rochester Community and Technical College serves over 7,500 students a year in diploma and degree programs. Named to the Dean's List was Katherine Adelman of Bellingham. MEMBERS OF THE BIG STONE LAKE AREA SQUIRTS recently did well at a tournament in Watertown. The Waves finished in 3rd place and have put together a very nice season. (Photo submitted by Trish Kellen.) The state's 2008 boating fatality one collision with a submerged rate was the lowest since the object. There was also one fatal colli- Minnesota Department of Natural sion between two personal watercraft, Resources (DNR) started keeping also called PWCs or water scooters. records in 1961. The 12 boating fatal- "In most cases, we aren't talking ities last year equal 1.38 deaths per about fiery collisions between high- 100,000 registered boats, powered speed boats when it comes The DNR attributed the drop into boating deaths," Smalley said. boating deaths to Several factors "They are often one-boat accidents in including increased life jacket use, which the craft capsizes or the victim more boaters taking boating safety falls overboard. The victims often classes, strong alcohol laws and have some swimming ability, but they enforcement, and larger, more stable inhale cold water and drown because boats, they aren',t wearing a life jacket." "We're encouraged that water Half of the boats involved were fatality rates continue to fall, but there non-motorized canoes or paddleboats. are still too many people losing their Three of the other accidents involved lives," said Tim Smalley, DNR water anchored motorboats or boats next to safety specialist. "IWe still have room a dock. for improvement." Ten of the 12 victims were not Of the 12 fatal watercraft acci- wearing a life jacket. Alcohol was a dents, 11 were single-boat accidents, factor in five of the accidents. Cold There were five falls overboard, four water was a factor in five of the boat capsizings, one swamping, and deaths. All victims were males rang- ing in age from 14 to 78. In 2008, there were 33 non-boat related swimming and .other drown- ings in Minnesota, which was the fifth lowest on record. Nineteen drownings occurred in a lake or river, 12 in a pool or tub, and two in a mine pit. Alcohol was a factor in nine drownings. Victim ages ranged from 13 months to 78, with six under the age of seven. Twenty-six victims were male and seven were female. DNR water safety experts encour- age people to wear their life jackets, take a boating course, watch out for other boats, take swimming lessons, and carefully watch their children while near the water. Water safety information and acci- dent statistics are available on the DNR'-a Web site at People experience connections to son experience this significant the Minnesota River in many ways. resource through the use of video Connecting with the river can be as interviews with long-time residents of simple as walking along the bank the river, historical maps and photos. watching the water flow downstream, Developed by the Water Resources or catching slight of a bald eagle Center at Minnesota State University building its nest or embracing the Mankato, the site also features infor- quiet nature of its floodplain. Fishing, mation about Impaired Waters in the paddling and other recreational activ- Minnesota River Basin and conflu- ities will also bring you closer to the ence photos. Minnesota River and its many tribu- "This is where my great grandfa- taries, ther started his farming in Minnesota Today, there is another way to con- with his wife Johanna [Johann and nect yourself with the Minnesota Johanna] in 1872 " offers Richard River. The "Minnesota River Handeen of rural Montevideo. Interactive Web Site" will help a per- "[They] were driven by a conserva- Vehicle Graphex, Signs, Banners Schools-Businesses-Team-Club [Bi lilf|F|in Ideas www.streetgrapilex,com tion ethic." Richard and his wife Audrey Arner operate Moonstone Farm, offering river-friendly meats, local artisan foods, guest cottage and hand thrown pottery. Audrey and Richard's life on this diverse 240-acre farm is only one story of every-day people sharing a connection to the Minnesota River. There is also Dave Craigmile, a farmer and paddler from Lac qui iParle County. "You've got to understarud the river to get in it or on it and that is why I've always enjoyed canoeing on a river. It gives you that seat of the pants feel for the river." Downstream as the river makes it bend toward the northeast, Joe Michel and Brand Frentz see the Minnesota River in another light. "When I am on the river, especially alone, there is a real spiritual connection . . . you can almost feel it," relates Michel. "I don't know how to explain it, just you're closer to god to me." According to Brand Frentz, "I had some experiences with being out in nature and suddenly just feeling part of it. The feeling was like when I saw a beaver, it was not just me watching, but me being part of the whole scene HOCKEY PLRYER$ OF THE WEEK , McKINLEY LARSON is the son of Jay and Angle Larson of Ortonville. NOAH NELSON is the son of Todd and Kathy Nelson of Ortonville. Noah is McKinley skates for the a Mini Mite. Mites. TYLER ELBERT is a Mini Mite. His parents are Jason and Hope Elbert of Big Stone City, SD. Proud Sponsors of Big Stone Lake Area Hockey OPTOMETRIST = ; ~U~?~;~[~d~!~ ~; ~ ~; ;; == = 128 NW 2nd Street, 0rt0nville, MN 56278 zza Ortonville, MN Milbank, SD 320-839-3006605-432-5200 I (;00d Thi, , 72024 U.S. Hwy. 75 Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-2037 m Dr. Steven N Winther, DDS 17 SE SECOND STREET ORTONVILLE, MN 56278 N 320.839.2596 M with the beaver, he's there I am there. Just the feeling I get and the feeling that's so good is part of it. That's part of the natural way of things, there it is and I am in it." Go for a tour of the Minnesota River Basin by clicking on the "Minnesota River Interactive Web Site" at views/interviews.html. Hear the voic- es of long-time residents and see what gets them excited about this natural environment. Each interview features video clips, maps, photos and an inter- view transcript. Other aspects of the "Minnesota River Interactive Web Site" include a place to explore the impaired waters in the Minnesota River Basin using an interactive map. Find out what rivers, lakes and wetlands have been assessed and are now on the Federal government's impaired waters 303 (d) list. There is also a chance to see many tributary confluences with the Minnesota River from historical pho- tos, and 360 degree panoramic photos. Through the use of the Google Earth Flyover program, people can also get a bird's eye view flying the river val- ley. More on the "Minnesota River Interactive Web Site" will be featured in future issues of the Minnesota River Minute. The Minnesota River Minute high- lights what is happening across the Minnesota River Watershed, courtesy of the Minnesota River Watershed Alliance. This regular feature covers various aspects of the watershed including current events, history, nat- ural characteristics, and much more. Look for it in your local paper. The Minnesota River Watershed Alliance (Watershed Alliance) is an organized network of citizens, public agencies and private organizations dedicated to communicating the bene- fits of an ecologically healthy Minnesota River Watershed to others and are actively working toward its improvement and protection. The Watershed Alliance meets four times a year and encourages landowners and recreational users of the river to be part of this effort. Birthdays As taken from the Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary Birthday Calendar. Tuesday, Feb. 17 - Jodelle Melander, Katie Lee Johnson, Arvilla Bergseth, Elizabeth Ketz, Joe Kraemer, Joseph Kellen, Cindy Scholberg. Wednesday, Feb. 18 Stephen Grosse Bley, Shar Petersen, Alyssa Wakeman, Alyssa Gustafson, Bev Cloos. Thursday, Feb. 19 Carol Ann Kockx, Shawnda Johnson, Arlene Wiese, Becky Backstrand, Tyler James Dimberg, Robert Allen, Jessica Spanton, Carol Holtquist, Isabella Van Lith. Friday, Feb. 20 Sara Streed Mathes, Stephanie Olson Voth, Wade Swezey, Shawna Speth, Devon Brecke, Greg Sotebeer, Kayla Sotebeer, Sarah Karels, Clayton Hedman, Bonnie Hans, Gene Roggenbuck, Ava June Hanson, Brandy Verhelst. Saturday, Feb. 21 Greg Scheff, Jenny Streed, Jodi Frevert, Ethan Henneberg, Shelby Wacker, Vema Scott. Sunday, Feb. 22 Susan Jane McCarthy, George Gimmestad, Vern Wakeman, Sara Kraemer, Jackie Horman, Pastor Beth Conrad, Deb Wiik. Monday, Feb. 23 Jayson Bogenreif, Anna Rothi, Kim Backstrand Klancke, Helen Danielson Breden, Patricia K. Shiek Taheri, Jim Klancke, Steve Kasper, Eric K. Burman, Alison Lundberg, Leonard Johnson, Michael David Karn, Dusty Mueller, Eddie Heath, Kassidy Ebnet. Tuesday, Feb. 24 Ken Kolb, Lilah Hoffbeck, Ashley Holtquist, Mark Thompson, Seth Daniel Jurgens. 0rt0nville High School 2008-2009 2nd Quarter 7th Grade Superior Honor Roll Mietitz, Tiffany Weber, Abby A Honor Roll Adelman, Alexis Berdan, Katelyn Cloos, Isaac Hoffman, Andrea Kuechenmeister, Taylor B Honor Roll Bohlman, Jordan Fredrichsen, Hanna Oiase, Brenna Oiese, Kirstan Henrich, Adam Larson, Lexy Meyer, Erin Nelson, Raquel Nitz, James Peterson, Rebecca Rushford, Samantha Scholberg, Camille Schumacher, Kenneth Strei, Shelby Strelch, Mackenzie Taffe, Kelly Teske, Joshua 8th Grade Superior Honor Roll Blake, Riley Hasslen, Jade Messmer, Morgan Sorenson, Amber A Honor Roll Berger, Rachel Knutson, Isaac Kottke, Kaitlyn Kuechenmelster, Trent Larson, Alec Larson, Zachary Mathes, Joseph Nelson, Brandon Roscoe, Rikki B Honor Roll Barnhardt, Taylor Carlson, Brandon Giese, Emily Giossi, Zachary Haugen, Jarett Henrich, Jacob Jensen, Taylor Jones, Taylor Kirchberg, Nicole Meyer, Courtney Schaber-Schlimme, Craig Skinner, Angela Swanson, Austin 10th Grade Superior Honor Roll Messmer, Tate Schumacher, Stephanie Thune, Jonah A Honor Roll Adelman, Philip Chitwood, Christopher Maas, Shane Rausch, Thomas A Honor Roll Holker, Kayla Larson, Brandy Mielitz, Kayla Strei, Andy B Honor Roll Adelman, Chelsea Arndt, Ashley Baerwaldt, Marissa Chan, Kayla Delage, Ryan Eustice, John Gustafson, Nicole . Hegge, Elsa Koch, Dustin Kracke, Shelby Larson, Aaron Relsdorph, Kelsey . Stattelman, Charles Swenson, Chelsey W atkins, Sean 12th Grade Superior Honor Roll Knutson, Abigail Larson, Randy A Honor Roll Adelman, Paul Berger, Jacob Fellows, Matthew Gere, Benjamin Maas, Seth Moan, Mackenzie Thune, Jebadiah Zahrbock, Bryant B Honor Roll B Honor Roll Arndt, Casey A Honor Roll Adelman, Mallory Athey, Ashley Radermacher, Michaela Berdan, Daniel Carlson, Eric Sorenson, Cassandra Burman, Emily Christopherson, Brooke Conroy, Lauren Dawald, Courtney B Honor Roll Frevert, Darshell Grabow, Melissa Adelman, Carolyn Halvorson, Melissa Gruenwald, Rachel Bousquet, Keinen Hoffman, Theresa Johnson, Benjamin Burman, Andrea Lee, David Kirchberg, Jonathan Eustice, Hannah Lindahl, Shane Larson, Samantha Griffith, Stefani Maas, Brittany Lindahl, Samantha Hanson, Ryan Mielitz, Jassica Marxen, Benjamin Hoffman, Jonathon Oakes, Isaac McLain, Kara Kampen, Erica Papasso, Michael Nelson, Nicole Koch, Shannon Pittatzki, Damian Ohrtman, Katadna Larson, Elijah Plathe, Colin Peterson, Michael Marsolek, Stanley Radermacher, Taylor Ringsaker, Dustin Ninneman, Braeahna Scherer, Amber Roe, Michael Roggenbuck, Jorden Schneider, Austin Roggenbuck, Jason Schoon, Austin Sis, Alexander Rushford, Candice Swenson, Quincy Smith, Bonnie-Joy Sammon, Evan Weber, Christopher Taffe, Charles Scherer, Nathan Wastlund, Jeanette Vaiek, Jessica Steuart, Nickolas W alsh, Bridget Stevens, Brittany Taske, Kayla 11th Grade Trelnen, Ashma 9th Grade Superior Honor Roll Voecks, Annie Superior Honor Roll Berdan, Keven W alters, Brittany Gulley, Nicole W atson, Jeffrey Helgeson, Kara Helgason, Kaylee Welberg, Brittany Koch, Dylan Koch, Ashley Mast@, Danieile Nelson, Anna Meyer, Jacob Sitter, Natalie Meyer, Kaitllyn Spors, Chad Roggenbuck, Dillan Stock, Bryn Stolpman, Bonnie Weber, Emily Tollakson, Caleb Winther, Michael HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL The Superior Honor Roll consists of those students who have earned at least an A- in each academic class. The "A" Honor Roll includes students who have a grade point average of 3.665 or above. In order to meet the requirements of the "B" Honor Roll, a student must have a grade point average of 2.665 to 3.664 A student who receives a "D", "F," or 'T' in any subject is not qualified for any of the honor rolls. Reminder of state rules for on farm storage of dry bulk fertilizer The Minnesota Department of a roofed building with adequate wall Agriculture (MDA) is reminding the support and a well-maintained con- state's agricultural chemical dealers crete floor. Outdoor dry bulk fertiliz- and farmers that anyone storing dry er storage on the bare ground or with- bulk fertilizer must obtain a state per- out covering from the elements is not mit and comply with rules that allowed. Storing dry bulk fertilizer include protective safeguards. -without the prescribed protective After spiking in 2008, fertilizer safeguards and proper storage permit prices have fallen in recent months, may result in enforcement response In some cases, this price swing has by the MDA. created an economic incentive for Permit applications can be found growers to purchase and store dry fer- online at tilizer on their farm weeks or months chemicals/fertilizers/blfstorage.htm. prior to intended use. Reflecting this Applicants should allow about 30 trend, MDA has received an increased days for MDA to review and issue a number of questions about the permit. If you have any questions requirements for proper storage, please call MDA's Greg harding at Dry bulk fertilizer is best stored in (651) 201-6274. BIG STONE CITY LITTLE LIONS PRESCHOOL has been learning about the community th s year and they recently visited Lori's Shear Perfection in Big Stone City, SD. Their visit was during "L Week" as they continue working their way through the alphabet. It was a beautiful winter day for a field trip. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 INDEPENDENT Page 3b Ik i