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TROJAN SOPHOMORE JORDEN ROGGENBUCK is shown above taking control of his match against 'Brandon Garbers of Canby. Roggenbuck won the match 5-4 and ended up p|acing fourth in the Section 3A Tournament in Redwood Falls at 152 lb. Jorden finished the year with 25 wins. Veteran Service News By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office I are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. FLASH NEWS!!!! Due to a final regulation just- issued, VA officials will now presume herbicide exposure for any veteran who served between April 1, 1968 and Aug. 31, 1971, in a unit determined by VA and Department of Defense officials to have operated in an area in or near the Korean DMZ in which herbicides were applied. Veterans with covered service m Korea who have medical conditions that may be related to Agent Orange are strongly encouraged to submit their applications for access to VA health care and compensation as disabling: Avitaminosis; beriberi; chronic dysentery; helminthiasis; malnutrition (including optic atrophy); pellagra; and other nutritional deficiency; irritable bowel syndrome; peptic ulcer soon as possible. In other words, call disease; peripheral neuropathy me o( stop i_n._m_E o_ffice_ASAP! ........... cirrhosis of the liver: The following "Presumptive" service-connected conditions apply to former Prisoners of War (POWs). (1) Imprisoned for any length of time, and disability at least 10 percent disabling: Psychosis; any of the anxiety states; dysthymic disorder; organic residuals of frostbite; post-traumatic osteoarthritis; heart disease or hypertensive vascular disease and their complications; stroke and_its residuals. (2) Imprisoned for at least 30 days, and disability at least 10 percent Next week's article will describe and include a listing for "Presumptive" service-connection for Vietnam Veterans (exposed to Agent Orange). Today's Article is brought to you by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Linkage Line - your link to experts. The number to call is 1-888-LinkVet (546-5838). This telephone service is available 24 hours a day. Until next week' take care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas!" Wetlands have important function With spring just around the corner, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is reminding people to check with the Corps to see if a pro- posed project is located in a wetland area. If you are planning to build a home, a driveway, excavate, a pond or clear land, you must check beforehand to de- termine whether your proposed con- struction project is located in a wetland area that may be subject to federal wet- lands regulations. Wetlands such as swamps and marshes are often obvious, but some wetlands are not easily recognized be- cause they are dry during part of the year or have saturated soil but no sur- face water. Wetlands provide many important functions and benefits. One of the pri- mary functions of wetlands is to store -hfer and slowly release it over time. This reduces the effects of flooding. They also act as filters to retain sedi- ments and nutrients, which results in healthier streams and lakes and, ulti- mately, clean drinking water. Wetlands also provide wildlife habitat and recre- ational opportunities, such as hiking, photography, hunting, fishing and trap- ping. The functions and the degree to which a wetland provides these func- tions depend on its type, size, land- scape position and level of disturbance. Although a wetland may not serve all functions, each wetland works in com- bination with other wetlands or streams as part of a complex integrated system. Because of the importance of these functions, federal regulations require property owners to avoid, minimize and compensate for adverse impacts to these resources. A permit may be required for dis- charges including, but not limited to, placement of fill material; excavation, when the excavated material is sidecast into a water of the U.S.; levee and dike construction; land grading or leveling; road construction; and the placement of riprap. Joint local, state and federal appli- cations for wetland and water projects in Minnesota and Wisconsin are avail- able ulatory: Corps staff is available to assist landowners in completing the applica,,, tion, to answer general questions re- garding the permit process, to determine whether a project would re- quire a federal permit and as time al- lows, assi-sting with the determination of whether wetlands are present at a project location. You can contac t a Corps representa- tive toll free by leaving a message at (800) 290-5847, Ext. 5525, or by visit- ing us at regulatory. If you are interested in learning more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and its non-regulatory functions in Wisconsin and Minnesota, please visit the website at Acting now can prevent feedlot flood pollution If you live in a rural area or operate leum provider and kept empty until cals to an area that is safe from flood- a feedlot where flooding is a possibil- floodwaters recede. Fittings, copper waters. If that is not possible, make to your county's household hazardous waste facility. For its location, see The threat of flooding also poses challenges for manure management __. amqng feedlot operators. Smaller op- erations that spread solid manure dur- ing winter must ensure that the manure does not run off with snowmelt flow- ing to ditches, streams and other wa- ters. Manure-contaminated runoff not only threatens water quality, it reduces the value of manure as a crop nutrient. "Manure applied to snow-covered and/or frozen soils during conditions of snow melt or rain on frozen soils can contribute the majority of the annual nutrient losses," said Dennis Frame, University of Wisconsin-Extension. "There is a high potential for manure runoff this year based on field condi- tions and weather patterns." If possible, farmers should refrain from spreading manure during periods of rapid snow melt. In an article posted at farms/2011/02/now-is-the-high-risk- period-for-manure-runoff/, Frame offered these suggestions: .During the period of active snow melt or when rain is predicted on frozen soils, producers who must haul manure from their barns should stack it in an area where the potential for runoff is low. Farmers who haul manure daily should work with their local conserva- tion departments to identify safe stack- ing sites that have minimal potential to run off into either surface or ground- water. Producers need to be cautious about spreading manure from lots or facilities with bedded pack systems during this high-risk period. Cleaning lots and applying manure on fields be- -fore the frost-goes out can grea/tly ih- crease the potential for nutrient losses. Producers who must haul manure during high-risk periods should iden- tify fields that are away from streams or lakes and have minimal risk of ma- nure running to surface or groundwa- ter. Minnesota rules require a 300-foot setback from surface waters and open tile intakes for manure spread on frozen soil. To reduce the impact of manure applied under these conditions, avoid steeper slopes; seek fields, or parts of fields with less than six percent slope for solid manure, two percent for liquid manure, or have greater than 30 percent crop residue. Feedlot operators who experience manure runoff into wa- ters of the state must report to the State Duty Officer by calling 800-422-0798. They must also take immediate action to reduce environmental impact, such as creating temporary berms to stop discharge, temporarily plugging cul- verts and drain tile intakes to prevent manure inflow, and soaking up liquid with absorbent material, such as hay, straw, cornstalks or wood shavings. For more information, see the MPCA fact sheet, "Managing Manure and Land Application during Adverse Weather Conditions ." at f8-46.pdf; contact your county or MPCA feedlot staff (a directory is at #contacts); or call the MPCA at 800- 657-3864. The MPCA has information about protecting your property during a flood at Should flooding causes a crisis, such as chemical spills or manure runoff, farm- ers and residents should not hesitate to call the State Duty Officer for assis- tance at 800-422-0798. This toll-free number is staffed 24 hours a day. WIC voucher pickup for March March 1, Countryside Public Health Office, Ortonville from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ity, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) says there are simple things yo u can do to minirnize poilu .... tirely pulled out if a-tank begins to float undated. tion threats to your home, property and or shift in a flood. Spilled oil, gasoline In addition lines, regulators and other tank-related sure they are in secure containers that March 2, Multi Media Room, attachments may be damaged or en- will not leak, rupture or float off if in .... Madison from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m ...... March 7, Countryside Public the environment. Anchor and/or secure all propane and liquid fuel tanks so they will not tip over or float away in floodwaters. Turn off the valves on LP tanks before securing them. If possible, liquid fuel tanks should be emptied by YOUr petr0- or other liquids may then leak into a well, home or outbuildings, destroying or greatly reducing the value of prop- erty and possessions. Floating propane tanks may leak, creating an explosion or fire hazard. Move household and farm chemi- to water damage, flooded basements are often contami- nated by spills of household chemicals normally stored in them, such as paint, drain cleaner, and varnish. If possible, before a flood, move these items from your basement to a secure location or, if you no longer need them, take them Health, Benson from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 15, Countryside Public Health, Montevideo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17, City Building, Appleton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. THE CLASSROOM (andotherpla;8IA:ung;:;vertheyear8) .::: '.. C:f :tli:i Z;dg tfr::i!icfflt (iz! t: i;!eba: i;]!titraf li:!i;f:/fi.f; fakb":i, ii: !iJi!r d(,ii!!s  I And other places I've hung out over the years By Arlo Janssen As I recall, by the end of WW II, much of the use of German went by the wayside for most people in west- em Minnesota. For some reason, that was not true in Wisconsin. In the late forties, when I taught in a one-room Lutheran school not far from Green Bay, all of the pupils were exposed to a Low German dialect, and about half of them could converse in the language. Their English conversation, conse- quently, was influenced by German. That involved pronunciation, word order, and frequent personification of inanimate objects. One day a girl came to school and announced that her brother was going to be late, saying "My brother has to kill my mother some chickens so she can boil my father one of them so he can for his noon out-in-the-field lunch eat it." Another girl explained why her brother had a knob on his head, saying "I threw my brother over the smoke house a baseball. He wanted to catch it, but that dumb ball tried to kill him. z On his head it conked him." A boy said one day, "Ya see them clouds, Mr. Teacher; they don't like us; they wring out water on us every time the school lets us out for recess." Another boy said, "My dad's old 'blunder bus' dug his knobbies in and gave a snort for joy when he saw our barn comin' around the curve in the snowstorm." Almost everyone in that area, in the late forties, also often said, "Ain't so?" (translation of nicht wahr-not true?) after statements. Also, it was common to hear at a ball game, "Let's get a hit, once a couple times." Incidentally, my German-speaking parents had both been teachers in similar situations. They advised me not to correct the children outside of class, but only to tell them that if they wanted to go on to high school or col- lege, they'd have to learn 'the book way' of talking, too. It was good advice. Signed copies of ArlO's book about growing up in Odessa are available at Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If you would like to contact him, write to PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- mail: arlo.janssen@ gmail, com 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ - $18,900 Fully Loaded. Heated Leather. Sun Roof. Keyless with Factory Autostart. 9.000 miles 2006 Chevrolet Silverado K2500 Ext. Cab - $15,500 6.0, PW/PL, 90,000 miles Check out all of our cars on our new website. PRO FiUTO NOTHI BEATS OUR THEATRNE G DVR TRIO. EXCEPT SAVING $539,THAT SURE BEATS IT. The Midcontinent Theatre DVR Trio...the best bundle EVER. Just ask the Better Bundle Bureau. Hu_ndreds.of channels more On Demand and HD choices, super:fast broadband and huge long-distance savings. 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