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WINNERS OF THE LADIES DIVISION at the Arctic Open Golf Tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 12 on Lake Eli in Clinton are pictured above. From left to right are Jennifer Nordly, first place with a score of 30, Todd Sandberg CCSC member and Gina Anderson, second place with a 31. 2011 FSA Farm Program sign-up deadline is June 1 The 2011 Direct and Counter Cyclical Program (DCP) and Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) signup is well underway and will end on June 1. This deadline is mandatory for all producers and NO late-filed applications will be accept- ed. Producers are encouraged to com- plete their signup prior to starting springs work. All signatures from producers receiving a share in the DCP/ACRE payments are required to be in the office by COB June I. advance payments equal to 22 percent of the established program payment rates. If no changes have been made in your farming operation payments will be the same in 2011 as they were in 2010. Producers also have the option to enroll in the ACRE program in 2011. This decision to enroll in ACRE must be made by June 1 and is irrevocable. The owners of the farm and all pro- ducers on the farm must agree to enroll in ACRE according to Scott Schneider, Big Stone County Executive Director. Eligible producers will receive I 00sw,,o]i Bierschbach Dental Windwater Suites • 1203 E. 4th Ave., Suite 103 Milbank, SD 57252 E-maih NEW WEBS I TEI - www.bierschbochden taLcom 605-432-5032 - 5pro - Tues.:Tam, 12 noon = 8am - 6pro • Fri. 8am - 12 noon Green power workshop to be offered in Benson MBNK-9014 More and more businesses are becoming aware of how they can not only help the environment, but also save money, by applying green prac- tices in their businesses. "Going Green" is growing, and having a knowledge of green practices can help a business succeed in Minnesota's expanding green economy. Employees and job applicants who have an awareness of environmentally friendly practices in the workplace are or can become a valued part of a busi- ness. A free, one-day (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) GreenPOWER workshop is being offered in Benson on Wednesday, March 2, at the Law Enforcement Center meeting room; and in Worthington on Thursday, March 3, at MN West Community & Technical College, Room 207. This training will teach a variety of environmentally friendly practices in the workplace and help participants gain awareness of sustainability methods. This is a fun, fast-paced workshop that combines classroom-style learn- ing with interactive "live" simula- tions. Whether you are a business wanting to learn more about how to implement green practices into your workplace, an employee wanting to increase your value to an employer, a job seeker looking for skills to help increase your employability or some- one who wants to learn more about using green practices in your every- day life, this workshop will benefit you. The training is sponsored by a part- nership between the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation and the SW MN Private Industry Council, with the support of an Energy Training Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The workshop is free, but work- shop size is limited, so please pre-reg- ister. To register, or for more informa- tion, contact: HYPERLINK "mail-"cdombek (email ,referred) or Carol at 320-269-5561 Montevideo) or 1-800-422-1346. VISUAL ART was a big part of Zach Kafka's life. He created many works of art using clay, modeling paste and paints. His family cherish- es these pieces and this year, because of Zach's love of art, they donat- ed more than $2,300 in proceeds from the Zach Kafka Memorial Hockey Game and the Prolmage Partners open house luncheon to the Big Stone Arts Council. Shown in the photo above with the retired BSLA Hockey jersey of the late Zach Kafka, left to right, are, Luke Kafka, in back; Becky Stattelman and Liz Rackl of the Arts Council, Dan and Brenda Kafka. In front are Karina Kafka and Mai Cao, OHS foreign exchange student living with the Kafkas this school year. ::! i!::i +:ii:! .... i=   ? iiiiiiiii .......... ...... ..................................... MONTHLY ................... SERvIC ........... S AND EVENTS CALENDAR .... Kanya Vanadur0ngvan. MD Vichit Vaneder0ngvan MD Kevin Bjordahl, MD Peter Reynen, MD Nanci Van Peursem, MD Crispin Webb, MD Brenda Holscher, PA-C Patrick Dreis, PA-C Avera Waabay Clinic Avera Big Stone City Clinic Peggy Schuelke, CNP Revillo Clinic Avera Terry Seeman, MD Milbank Area Hospital Avera At Avera Milbank Medical Center and Milbank Area Hospital Avera, we're making a positive impact on the lives and health of our community. OUTREACH SPECIALISTS i i/ii!i  Susan teddy, CNP Avera Wilmot Clinic CAMPUS SERVICES Blood Pressure Screenings - 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. 1:30- 5 p.m. at the Clinic Acute Clinic - every Saturday. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Hospital Daily Services - Chemotherapy, Bone Density Scans, CT Scans, MRI Scans, Ultrasounds, Digital Mammography Nudear Medicine - Every Monday Sleep Study Lab - Once per month SATELLITE CLINICS . Avera Big Stone City Clinic - (605) 862-7999 • Revillo Clinic Avera - (605) 623-4695 • Avera Waubay Clinic - (605) 947-3422 • Avera Wilmot Clinic - {605) 938-4351 MilbankArea Hospital Dietary Julie Danielson, RD Mat. 17 (605) 4324587 (0s)43287 Dr. Amin  10 =i Matg,23 (800) 38-4 M.Ti., ()432538 Pa Dr.Westbrook ME 14 (605) 4324538 ()4324587 (6(;5) 886-5262 Psychology Dr. Bud M16 Avera Avera Milbank Medical Center BIG STONE AREA ARTS COUNCIL members served the luncheon at Prolmage Partners last week during the firm's open house. The BSAC also sponsored the Arts on Ice outdoor figure skating show in Ortonville held in January: Arts Council members shown above were among the volunteers serving concessions at the ice show. Left to right are Liz Rackl enjoying a delicious hotdo, Neva Foster and Becky_ Stattelman. Proceeds from both events and the Zack Kafka Memorial Hockey Game all go to promote the arts in the Big Stone Lake area. 11 Independent Ads Get Noticed. it (You re reading this one aren t you?)ill = Dogs may be shot for chasing deer Reports of dogs pursuing deer this time of year is an annual problem, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "It's cold, and deer are expending every bit of energy to stay alive, while the dog is likely frisky, full of food, and ready to run," said Col. Jim Konrad, Minnesota DNR enforcement director. The penalty for dogs caught chas- ing deer canbe death. And the owner of a d0g that kills or pursue, a big game animal is guilty of a petty mis- demeanor and is subject to a civil penalty of up to $500 for each viola- tion. State law says any conservation officer or peace officer has the option of killing a dog that is caught wound- ing, killing or pursuing a big game animal. Also, between Jan. 1 and July 14, a person other than a peace officer or conservation officer may kill the dog. The officer or person is not liable for damages for killing the dog. The last thing a conservation offi- cer wants to do is talk to people about controlling their dog, Konrad said. "If people make a little extra effort, we won't have these problems," Konrad said. "The DNR doesn't per- ceive this as a dog problem. We per- 'ceive it as a people problem." Snow, ice build up can harm gas meters, furnaces, appliances Minnesoa Energy Resources is ad- vising its ctstomers to carefully clear the area around their natural gas meters and regulalors to help ensure their proper and continuous operation. Sim- ply brushing deep snow away from the meter and regulator with a broom is sufficient. Shovels or other heavy items could damage meters and regulators. Deep snow or ice build-up by the meter and regulator could affect their operation, potentially causing such equipment to malfunction. In addition, additional stress to the meter, regulator, and piping frdm the weight of snow and ice could also cause a malfunction. With the recent warmer weather, the formation of icicles on roofs due to warm daytime temperatures and below freezing nighttime temperatures is pos- sible. If broken off, larger icicles formed above electric or natural gas meters and regulators could damage the meters, regulators and piping. Min- nesota Energy asks that customers clear the area above the meters and reg- ulators before large icicles can form. Another potential danger is clearing roofs of snow by using a metal snow rake. Caution must be used to ensure contact is not made with above ground electric lines. Contact could be fatal. In addition, care should be made not to rake heavy snow onto electric or natu- ral gas meters and regulators that might damage them. Minnesota Energy advises cus- tomers with newer high-efficiency fur- naces and other natural gas appliances that vent through the wall (not into a chimney) to keep the vents free of snow or ice buildup. A blocked vent could cause the heating system to mal- function by shutting off or, in extreme cases, lead to the accumulation of car- bon monoxide in the home. Minnesota Energy customers with service con- tracts should call the company if natu- ral gas appliances are not functioning properly. Other customers should call their heating/appliance dealer. Natural Gas Safety There are three things to remember- sight, smell and sound-that may indi- cate the presence of • Look: Near a gas leak outside, you may notice blowing dirt, bubbling water and dry spots in moist areas or dead grass plants surrounded by green, live plants. • Listen: An unusual hissing sound near gas lines or appliances may indi- cate a gas leak. • Smell: In its raw state, natural gas is odorless. Gas utility companies add a harmless substance called mercaptan to create a rotten-egg-like smell. You should take action even if the odor is faint. WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUS- PECT A GAS LEAK: • If in a building, exit the building immediately. Do not use telephones (even cellular), flashlights, light switches or other items that can pro- duce a spark. • If outside, immediately leave the area. • If working outside, turn off any equipment being used, if possible, and move upwind from the suspected leak. • From a safe location away from the suspected leak, call the Utility's nat- ural gas emergency number or 911 im- mediately. Do Not assume someone else will report the condition. Provide exact address or location, including any cross streets, if possible. • In the event of fire or explosion, call 911. • Avoid flames and operating elec- trical appliances and/or equipment. Do not smoke or light matches. • Do not attempt to correct problem. Forty-one attend Invasive Weed Workshop last Thurs. The Big Stone Cooperative Weed Management Area hosted an Invasive Weed Workshop at the Lakewood Sup- per Club on Big Stone Lake on Thurs- day, Feb. 24. Forty-one people were in attendance for the event and there were several speakers from different agen- cies. Matt Christensen with Pheasants Forever spoke on establishing native grasses. Louanne Brooks, a representa- tive fro Dow AgroSciences spoke on chemical uses. Marsha Watland, the Becker County Ag Inspector, spoke on their county invasive weed program. Krecia Leddy from the local NRCS and Justin Bakeberg, Big Stone County producer spoke on the EQIP program and its several applications to help ag producers. The workshop was a huge success DARRIN WELLE of the Big Stone County Soil and Water Conservation District is shown above during his presentation at the Invasive Weed Workshop held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at Lakewood Supper Club. Welle was one of the organizers of the event. Clinic: (605) 432-4587 • Hospital: (605 432-4538 ,, Page 14 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, March 1,2011