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I Veteran 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. Flash News! The 18th Annual Sports and Leisure Show is nearly here. The show will be held at the Ortonville High School on March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. I will be there with our County's first VA Benefits Informational Booth for Fiscal Year 2011. Stop by and let's talk!!!!! In this week's article and the next four weeks, we will be discussing "Presumptive" disability benefits for certain groups of veterans. The following two questions will set the discussion. Veterans with continuous service of Wh#t is "Pjesumptive" Service 90 days or more: Veterans diagnosed Connedtion? with amyotrophis lateral sclerosis Veterans Affairs (VA) presumes (ALS/Lou Gerhrig's disease at-any that specific disabilities diagnosed in time after discharge or release from certain veterans were caused by their qualifying active duty service is military service. VAdoes this because sufficient to establish service of the unique circumstances of their connection for the disease, if the military service. If one of the veteran had active duty, continuous conditions is diagnosed in a veteran in service of 90 days or more. one of the groups contained in the The following groups of veterans next four articles, VA presumes that will be covered in the next four the circumstances of his/her service weeks: Former Prisoners of War, caused the condition, and disability Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent compensation can be awarded. Orange, Atomic Veterans exposed to What Conditions are "Presumed" Ionizing Radiation, and Gulf War to be Caused by Military Service? Veterans with certain Undiagnosed Veterans identified in the upcoming Illnesses. articles: Entitlement to disability Today's Article is brought to you compensation may be presumed under by the Minnesota Department of the circumstances we will describe the Veterans Affairs and the Linkage conditions. Line-your link to experts. The Veterans within one year of release number to. call is 1-888-LinkVet (546- from active duty: Veterans diagnosed 5838). This telephone is available 24 with chronic diseases (such as hours aday. arthritis, diabetes, or hypertension)are Until next week, take care and encouraged to apply for disability "Fair Winds and Following Seas!" compensation. Burnt light ballast sets off school smoke alarm The Ortonville Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Ortonville School on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 9 a.m. According to Superintendent Jeff Taylor a light ballast was burnt out and smoke near a ventilation system set off the smoke alarm. Officials at the school were able to take control with no damage and school And other places I've two girls about eight years old came continued. Four applicants. for Ortonville Golf Clubhouse Four applications were received by the City of Ortonville for the lease of the Ortonville Golf Course Clubhouse. The Ortonville City Council will vote on the Golf Board's recommendation at their meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 23. Applicants include Adam Ellard and Gene Hausauer, both of Ortonville, William Gibson, Jr of Beardsley and Debbie Bennett of Odessa. hung out over the years running up to me during recess, say- By Arlo Janssen ing, "They do, too," "They do not," One of the mothers of a first-grade over and over. Then one of them said, girl in the one:room school, in which "Mr. Janssen, don't babies grow in I taught in the late forties; told this your tummy?" about her little daughter. I foolishly said, "No, not in mine." When the mother's sister was The other girl said,"See, I told you!" about eight months pregnant, the little Needless to say, I shouldn't have girl asked why Aunt Lucy's 'tummy' joked with them, but being a 20-year- was getting big. Rather than try to old male, I wasn't sure how to rectify explain anything to such a young girl, it. I called one of the mothers that she said, "Oh, your aunt has been eat- evening and told her what had hap- ing watermelon seeds again; shepened, hoping she would know how shouldn't do that." to explain things to her daughter. I'm The little girl said no more, but the not so sure she did. next Sunday at church, she saw a Signed copiesofArlo'sbookabout woman who was obviously also about growing up in Odessa are available at 'eight months along.' She walked up Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If to the lady, whom she knew well, and you would like to contact him, write to said, pointing to her middle, "I know PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- what you've been doing." mail: arlo.janssen@gmail, com That reminds me of a day when Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Cities. The Ronald McDonald House ica's productive farmers and ranchers. Week, Feb. 20-26, is devoted to help- provides a "home-away-from-home"According to the most recent (2007) in- ing teach Americans how to stretch for the families of seriously ill children formation from the USDA's Economic their grocery dollars with healthy, nu- receiving medical treatment in these Research Service, American families tritious food. America's farmers and areas. The food will be used to help and individuals spend, on average, less ranchers are committed to producing feed visiting families staying at the than 10 percent of their disposable per- safe, healthy and abundant food. And, houses, sonal income for food. they share a common concern with The Big Stone County Farm BureauBy the third week in February, the consumers when it comes to putting will sponsor drawings for gift certifi- average american family has earned nutritious meals on the table while cates at each of the four county grocery enough to buy food for the entire ram- sticking to a tight budget, stores. Sign up is the week of Feb. 20- ily for a year. To mark the. occasion, the Min- 26. winners will be notifiedl For more information on Food nesota Farm Bureau Federation Now in its 12th year, Food Check- Check-Out Week, contact Don Diek- (MFBF) will donate $500 to be used Out Week also highlights America's mann, your local Big Stone Co. Farm for food to the Ronald McDonald safe, abundant and affordable food sup- Bureau chairman at 265-6388 or Houses of Rochester and the Twin ply, made possible largely by Amer- Jerome Holker at 320-265-6327 neral nn Last month at the National Pheasant provides participants with rental pay- CRP and has been cropped at least four Fest, USDA Secretary Vilsack an- ments (in Big Stone County, avg pay- years from 2002- 2007 may be offered nounced the upcoming General Con- ments increased from $90/ac to for enrollment during this CRP sign- servation Reserve Program (CRP) $103/acre) and cost-share assistance up. Also, hay in a rotation may be el- sign-up. Secretary Vilsack acknowl- (up to 50 percent) to establish the igible, but must not exceed 12 edged Pheasant Fest as a fitting place cover. Contract duration is between 10 consecutive years. In addition, CRP to celebrate CRP during the program's and 15 years. Accepted contracts for participants with existing contracts ex- 25th year and remarked on CRP's im- this sign-up will have a Conservation piring on Sept. 30, 2011, may also sub- portance to farmers, ranchers, wildlife, Plan completed by the local Natural mit offers. This upcoming CRP hunters, and everyone concerned about Resources Conservation Service, Soil sign-up may be a great opportunity to America's soils and water quality. The Conservation District, or an approved re-enroll your expiring contract. Secretary reiterated the importance of Technical Service Provider prior to the To submit CRP offers, producers keeping CRP near its 32 million acre contract start date of Oct. 1,2011. must visit their local FSA office. FSA cap (approximately 31 million acres "Over the past 25 years, support for will accept offers only during the sign- ?. are currently enrolled). CRP has grown thanks to strong back- up period (March 14 through April 15, The 2011 CRP general signup (#41) ing from partners like Pheasants For- 2011). Call now to set up your ap- will be held March 14 to April 15, tar- ever, farmers, ranchers,pointment - Big Stone County, 320- geting up to four million acres for ac- conservationists, hunters, fishermen, 839-6121 Ext. 2. To find your local ceptance. CRP is a voluntary program and other outdoor sports enthusiasts," FSA office, visit the USDA website at that helps agricultural producers use said Vilsack. "Not only has CRP con- environmentally sensitive land for con- tributed to the national effort to im- tor/app. servation benefits. Producers enrolled prove water and air quality, it has All programs and services of the in CRP plant a long-term, resource- preserved habitat for wildlife, and pre- Big Stone County Soil and Water Con- conserving cover to control soil fro- vented soil erosion by protecting the servation District are available without sion, improve water and air quality, and most sensitive areas including those regard to race, color, national origin, develop wildlife habitat. In return, the prone to flash flooding and runoff." sex, religion, age, disability, political USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Land that is not currently enrolled in beliefs, and marital or familial status. The Scholastic Book Fair is on its way to James Knoll Elementary School. The books are scheduled to ar- rive on Wednesday, Feb. 23 and they will set up and be ready to go on Thurs- day, Feb. 24 from 3-8 p.m. at the ele- mentary gym. Classroom teachers will be taking their classes down to the elementary gym during the day on Thursday to preview the fair. Students will have the opportunity to purchase books during their preview time. Each class will be able to select a book of their choice to add to their classroom libraries. Many of the teach- ers will be reading their book selection on March 2 as part of their ReadAcross America celebration. During the week teachers will have the opportunity to show an author DVD to their classrooms that show- cases books selected especially for their reading levels. Each student re- nities for prizes such as posters, treats ceived a flyer highlighting some of the and free book picks. book titles that will be on display. The They are encouraging everyone to DVD and flier generate a lot of inter- join them at the book fair. Their goal is est in the books - which is exactly what to get quality books into the hands of they want to get kids reading, as many children as they can. Showing The fair will be open after school your child that reading really matters is and continue until 8 p.m. in the one of the best examples you can set. evening. During this time they will have special promotions and opportu- c Ill MN State Fair, FarmBureau Accepting Century Farm Applications Kevin Raaf ,., Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or ........................................................................................ more are encouraged to apply for the 2011 Century Farm Program. Family farms are recognized as Complete Collision Century Farms when they meet three Repair requirements. The farm must be: 1) at ............. ' ' least 100 years old according to V Glass Replacement authentic land records; 2) in continu- and Chip Repair ous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the Frame and farm is not required); and 3) at least Suspension Repair 50 acres. A commemorative certificate l signed by State Fair President Denny Baker, Minnesota Farm Bureau ~'~ '~ Federation President Kevin Paap and Gov. Mark Dayton will be awarded to North Minnesot? St. & Eastvold Ave, Ortonville, MN qualifying families, along with an Work (320) 839-3066 Home 605-676-2457 Cell 605-880-4252 outdoor sign signifying Century Farm }5 status. -- ALL WORK GUARANTEED - Applications are available online at ill mnstatefa, (click the "Recognition Programs" link at the bottom oi tne home page); at; by calling the State Fair at 651-288-4400; or at statewide county extension and county Farm Bureau Zane Austin and McKenzie Seidell of the Big Stone City School third grade class. Member FDIC t offices. The submission deadline is April 1. Recipients will be announced in May. Previously recognized fami- lies should not reapply. Information on all Century Farms 817 lhe of tbe gbetstone l'alh, v ,,, w,,, be av a,, a,~,e at the M,nnesot~ Water Softeners and Salt Delivery Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2011 Ill Q)f~f.~"~'ce" Minnesota State Fair, which runs to Your Home or Aug. 25 to Labor Day, Sept. 5. The Minnesota State Fair is one of WE SERVICE ALL MAKES OF SOFTENERS the largest and best-attended exposi- tions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota's finest agri- culture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always "12 Days of Fun Ending Labor Day." Visit for more infor- Serving the Big Stone Lake Area/ mation. More than 9,000 Minnesota farms have been honored since the program began in 1976. Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Feb. 22,2011 iiiiiiIiiiilillnll ll .... .... . .