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!: .......... ii: ....... FROSTY THE SNOWMAN! Jesse Roscoe and Cameron Larson built this snowman during the 40 degree weather recently infront of the Tom and Darcy Roscoe residence in Big Stone City, SD. They spent hours creating the nearly nine foot snowman. When the weather turns a little bit colder they are going to try to mist it down with water so it freezes. By Sgt. Kathy Pederson of the headlights are blinding. The new Minnesota State Patrol "brighter" headlights are legal as long Dear Trooper Kathy: Why do as they are adjusted correctly. cars have blue lights? Also, why are Sometimes they appear to have a people driving with those BLINDING bluish cast but they are not blue. halogen headlights? Is it legal?If you have any questions TROOPER KATHY SAYS: I regarding traffic safety and/or traffic wish I had a nickel for every laws, please email her at complaint I have heard about thekathy.pederson@state.mn.us. Sgt. "new" headlights. In a nutshell: NO- Pederson will not offer advice on BLUE LIGHTS ARE NOT LEGAL. specific situations or real events, Next question: not all halogen which involve law enforcement. Small business stunned Governor's proposed budget Minnesota's leading small business expanding in Minnesota or moving to association expressed its shock and Minnesota, and it also punishes suc- strong opposition Wednesday to the cess in a significant way, if these pro- large income tax increase proposed by posals were somehow enacted." Gov. Mark Dayton at a press confer- Hickey noted that based on current ence this morning, tax rates, Minnesota would jump to "He not only proposed the 10.95 the top of the list, well above current percent income tax increase that he second-place Oregon and Hawaii, campaigned on, but he is also adding both of which have a top 11 percent a temporary three-year, 3-percent sur- individual income tax rate. The same tax on incomes of $500,000 or more," would occur regarding capital gains -- said Mike Hickey, Minnesota state Minnesota would be at the top of the director for the National Federation of list with Oregon second at 11 percent Independent Business. "When you and New Jersey third at 10.750 per- add it all up for those earning cent, according to data from the Small $500,000 or more, the tax rate on their Business and Entrepreneurship income above $500,000 will be a Council. whopping 13.95 percent--by far the Hickey noted the Dayton plan is highest in the nation? It is unlikely also weak on permanent spending that the capital gains rate could be cuts, making only approximately decoupled from this high individual $485 million in net permanent cuts. income tax rate, and Minnesota would "This is so far out of sync with where have by far the highest individual the Legislature is coming from that it income tax and capital gains tax in the really makes one wonder where this nation, budget debate is going," said Hickey. "You could not take more destruc- "We have a projected $6.2 billion tive action than this, considering the budget shortfall and only a small part reputation Minnesota already has for of the governor's spending proposal being a high tax state, in addition to addresses permanent spending cuts. the terrible recession we find our- NFIB will definitely, strongly oppose selves in. These actions will really the governor's misguided solution." dissuade business owners from ?qt ' 0 Ca//me for an appo/ntment. Curt Schake Agent~Owner hVC. 320.487.0145 or 605.432.5884 A new survey on health and health habits of adults in Southwest/South Central Minnesota conducted by Wilder Research finds most adults re- port their overall health is good, very good, or excellent. Still, about one-half of adult residents in the 19 counties have a chronic health condition related to poor nutrition, inadequate physical activity, and/or tobacco use-most fre- quently cited were high blood pressure (30 percent) and high cholesterol (30 percent). In addition, nearly one-third (31 percent) of adult residents are obese, according to their Body Mass Index. Elizabeth Auch, Countryside Public Health Administrator, stressed the importance of this survey to deter- mine the health status of our commu- nities. "This survey lays the foundation to move forward with improving and creating systems changes in our com- munities to improve the health status of our residents." Findings related to tobacco, physi- cal activity, and nutrition habits in- clude: 15 percent of adults currently smoke, and nearly 10 percent still allow smoking in their home. Over one-third of residents were ex- posed to secondhand smoke in a public place in the past week. Only 4 out of 10 adults meet rec- ommended physical activity guidelines for moderate activity based on the Cen- ters for Disease Control and Prevention The Preservation Alliance of Min- nesota (PAM) is pleased to announce completion of an informational exhibit about historic preservation. The two- panel informational exhibit is a com- panion to PAM's annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places display, which has been exhibited at historical societies, public buildings, and com- munity festivals throughout the state since May 2010. The exhibit is cur- rently on display at the East Central Regional Library in Princeton and may be viewed during regular library hours. The new informational display, en- titled "Historic Preservation: Bringing Our Past into Our Future," answers questions such as "What is Historic Preservation?" and "Who Preserves?" Four case studies of successful preser- vation projects from throughout Min- nesota are presented with photographs and text. The informational panels, along with the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places exhibit, were made possible by the Arts and Cultural Her- itage Fund through the vote of Min- nesotans on Nov. 4, 2008, and administered by the Minnesota Histor- ical Society. The current "10 Most Endangered Historic Places display includes photo- graphs and an informational leaflet about the sites on PAM's 17th annual compilation. Of the ten listed proper- ties, several have already been saved or are in progress. The former Jackson High School, which was constructed as a Public Works Administration project in 1938 and had housed the county re- source center, was recently demolished despite a legal challenge by the Jack- son Preservation Alliance. The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list is drawn from nominations submitted by citizens and groups from around the state. PAM is presently re- viewing nominations for 2"011, and will announce this year's 10 Most Endan- gered list at its second-annual (Anti)Wrecking Ball on May 12,2011, at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. The 10 Most Endangered program is designed to spotlight historic prop- erties that face imminent danger through demolition, neglect, severe al- teration, organizational and financial challenges, or inappropriate public pol- icy. Through this program PAM seeks favorable outcomes that can be achieved through a preservation ap- proach. Of the nearly 140 historic places listed over the life of this im- portant program, two-thirds have been saved in part through the awareness generated by their listing. Success sto- ries include Midtown Exchange and the Ivy Tower in Minneapolis, Saint Paul's Head and Sack House, the Still- water Lift Bridge, the former Red Wing High School, the Litchfield Opera House, and Virginia's B'Nai Abraham Synagogue. A full listing of previous I0 Most Endangered proper- ties, and more information about PAM's work to preserve, protect, and promote Minnesota's historic re- sources, can be found at www.mn- preservation.org. The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places exhibit for 2010 was made pos- sible by a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, and by the follow- ing in-kind and financial sponsors: Black Box Images; Pioneer Photogra- (CDC) recommendations of 30 min- utes of activity five days a week. Most commonly reported barriers to becom- ing more physically active were cost of programs or memberships, lack of self- discipline, and lack of time. About one-third of residents eat the CDC's recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily. About half of residents eat breakfast every day. Almost all residents eat a home-cooked meal at least once a week, and over one-third of residents do every day. About six out of 10 adult residents eat fast food at least once in a typical week. The survey also found seven out of 10 residents had seen a health care provider about their own health in the past 12 months. Of those,just over half reported that the provider discussed their weight, nutrition, physical activ- ity, and/or tobacco use with them~ "This survey provides county level results to local public health agencies," said Ann Kinney, research scientist at the Minnesota Department of Health and advisor to the project. "Many of our health data sources provide results only at the state level, so local surveys like these are extremely valuable." Nearly 9,000 adult residents were sur- veyed using representative sampling methods. The survey has a +/- five per- cent margin of error at the county level. The survey was sponsored by eight public health agencies, and funded by the Minnesota Department of Health as part of the Statewide Health Improve- ment Program (SHIP), which aims to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by reducing the burden of chronic disease. Fact sheets of survey highlights, as well as county-level data, are available for each of the counties at www.wilder- research.org or http://countrysidepub- lichealth.org/ Countryside Public Health serves the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medi- cine. Wilder Research, part of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, issues nearly 150 reports per year that help improve the community's un- derstanding of major social issues. The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), an integral part of Minnesota's nation-leading 2008 health reform law, strives to help Minnesotans lead longer, healthier lives by prevent- ing the chronic disease risk factors of tobacco use and exposure, poor nutri- tion and physical inactivity. SHIP seeks to create sustainable, systemic changes in schools, worksites, communities and health care organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives. For more information, visit http://www.health.state,mn.us/healthre form/ship. phy; David Heide Design Studio; the tion.A photographic exhibit of the sites Duluth Preservation Alliance; Friends on the 2011 - 10 Most Endangered list of the Graves Farmstead; Connie Lies, will be available for public display in in honor of John G. and Violet Boquist; late May 2011. Society for Commercial Archeology; About the Preservation Alliance of Friends of the Riverfront; American Minnesota Society of Landscape Architects, Min- The Preservation Alliance of Min- nesota Chapter; Design for Preserva- nesota (PAM) is a statewide, private, tion; Blue Planet Museum Consulting; nonprofit organization advocating for Kasson Alliance for Restoration; Min- the preservation of Minnesota's his- nesota Chapter of the Society of Archi- toric resources. PAM was incorporated tectural Historians; and St. Cloud as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1981 by Historic and Neighborhood Preserva- Minnesota citizens concerned about the tion. future of the state's architectural and PAM's educational exhibit may be cultural landmarks. PAM has grown reserved for public display by contact- into a network representing thousands ing Erin Hanafin Berg, Field Repre- of voices across the state. Beyond our sentative for the Preservation Alliance membership, we collaborate and part- of Minnesota in partnership with the ner with other organizations and agen- National Trust for Historic Preserva- cies from the local to the national level. Disaster aid for livestock affected by winter weather USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess today issued a reminder to livestock producers throughout the Plains states and the Midwest that FSA programs may be available to assist them. Many are dealing with harsh winter weather, which is caus- ing serious harm to livestock due to heavy snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures. "This is turning out to be a tough winter for many ranchers and farmers in the nation's heartland, and learning about our FSA programs is an impor- tant step for producers to take," said Coppess. "We need producers to doc- ument the number and kind of live- stock that have died as a direct result of these winter storms and timely notify their local FSA office of these losses." FSA administers the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) which helps producers recover from livestock deaths that are beyond normal mortal- ity rates. For livestock death losses to be eligible under LIP, producers must file a notice of loss with their local FSA office within 30 calendar days from when the loss is apparent to the producer. Fact sheets for this and other pro- grams can be found at http://www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Newsroom, then Fact Sheets. Coppess also encouraged produc- ers to use Hay Net on the FSA website (http://www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet), an online service that allows producers with hay and those who need hay to post ads so they can make connec- tions. Hay Net is a popular site for farmers and ranchers who have an emergency need, such as the one caused by the current wintry condi- tions. Individual ads can be posted free of charge by producers who com- plete a simple online registration form the first time they use the site. "We encourage all who have suf- fered a disaster due to the recent cold weather and blizzards to read the fact sheets and visit with their local FSA county office staff so they get a quick start in the recovery process," added Coppess. Tuesday, March I l'ii ............................. Dr. ru gerWednesday. March 16 Podiatry ....................... Dr. Alex Lebri/a Podiatry ........... Dr. Steven Saccoman Cardiology ...... Dr. Leonard Nordstrom Thursday. March $ Thursday. March 17 POdiatry ............. Dr, Steven Saccoman ENT ..................... Dr Kenne ................ L~r. Preston Steep Oncology ................. Dr. Preston Steen Ontology. ,-. _ fh Rogotzke Friday. March 4 Friday. March I $ GI ........... GI .... ..................... %; ter Me,er tuesday. March 11 .Dr. Peter Meier ~. . : .................... g Schulfz Surgery ....................... Dr =uesday. March 22 Card~ology ....... . R.~b.Krueger Surgery ............... Dr " .............. ~om Stys Card~ology ....... Rob Krueger Wednesday. March 9 " ...................... Stys Wedwesday. March GYN .......... Dr . Orthopedics ............. Dr. James teen Orthopedics~ ........... .g,.. ,Kewn Benson Urology ........................ hr. gevin Unger Thursday, March I 0 ames Green Thursday. March OrthOpedics ......... Dr. Casey Johnston Orthopedics ......... Dr. Casey Johnston Friday. March I I Friday, March I l agement ...... Dr. Patrick Retterath . ?'ltrgy .................... Dr James Mutnick Allergy .................... Dr. James Mutnick Opthalmology ..... Dr. Curt Wischmeier M:;;:yl~;;: ................ Dr. Konkima,la M"'ay' March 2' e,h 14. Tuesday, March 29 Nephrology ...... Dr. Christina LankhorstGI . D Tuesday' March ............................r. roeger Thursday. March Podiatry.Nephrlgy ................. ...... Dr. Christinaur.,, _Dr. Alexlankhrst Orthopedics ........... Dr. Michael Vener ::::~ , These following services do not require a referral., Audiology (G/no KOnfz) 320-235-7244 ................ March 4 & ]8 ~ ~: Grief Counseling (Brenda Wi se) : Dates subjectCounseling (Rondi Ll/lehaug) ~ to change. 320-589-7641 -..TUesdays & Thursdays Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 INDEPENDENT Page 7b