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The local Ortonville FCCLA (Fam- Throughout the meeting, when they Events. The following projects were ily, Career, and Community Leaders of weren't presenting their variousawarded a Gold medal for their efforts: America) members once again went to S.T.A.R. Events, the Ortonville stu- Abby Weber, Camille Scholberg, Katie the State meeting, which took place in dents were able to attend sessions and Berdan, Erin Meyer, and Andrea Hoff- Bloomington on April 15 -17. With a listen to the messages that the many man in "FACS of Lifeskills". Abby theme of "Life's A Canvas ... Create speakers had for them. Some of these Weber and Katie Berdan in "Food In- It!" it was bound to be an exciting time. included Sam Glenn, The Attitude Guy novations". Abby and Katie were also Thursday started the State FCCLA - his message was "Our attitude is the the runner up for Nationals. Congrat- Meeting. This year the chapter took ~ one thing we have the power to choose, ulations to all participants for your hard along five of its members - Katie Choose to Go Positive! Also Peter work and awards! Berdan, Andrea Hoffman, Erin Meyer, Bloedel entertained Thursday evening Region meetings were conducted on Camille Scholberg, and Abby Weber. with his perpetual Vaudeville perform- Thursday evening where next year's To start out the meeting there was a ance. Throughout the three days Region officers were installed. This general session, where the State Offi- FCCLA members attended sessions on year Abby Weber was a candidate. cers introduced them to the theme of health & nutrition, leadership skills, Abby took a written test, gave a speech the year and to some of the speakers, budgeting their money and Taking the and answered inpromtu questions. She After the general session ended, stu- No Phone Zone Pledge where students will be the new Region 5 Treasurer. dents scattered to their various rooms viewed a slideshow about conse- The members of FCCLA thank you to present their S.T.A.R. (Students Tak- .quences of driving, texting, and drink- as readers and as a community for your ing Action with Recognition) Events rag. support of the organization. and impress the judges as well as they On Saturday morning students were could, awarded their medals for S.T.A.R ucers By Marcia Endres, University of animal abuse appearing in the news, Minnesota Extension such as on ABC Nightline and an ani- There was a time in our nation's his- mal fights organization's video depict- tory when many people lived on a farm ing poor welfare conditions at a or had close relatives who owned a Pennsylvania dairy farm. These are ex- farm. Most consumers today have no treme cases--definitely not the norm. direct relationship to livestock produc- Consumers can get influenced by this ers. Many have a close relationship negative propaganda about the dairy with their pets and love animals, so industry. they want to know how animals are The industry is taking a proactive cared for on the farm. There is a need approach to demonstrate to consumers to assure them that producers care for that producers are committed to pro- their animals, viding the best care possible. In Octo- There have been various recent ex- ber 2009, the National Milk Producers amples of undercover footage of dairy Federation and Dairy Management Inc. Highly regarded Twin Cities. 0 50'/= off to first 5 50% Off Event - May 6-May 9 12-6 p.m. or by appointment call Dire (320) 266-1538 THE BIGGEST FISH OF THE TOURNEY was caught by Jack Beutler, shown above, and his father John Buetler of Watertown, SD. The big fish weighed in at 7.19 Ibs. They reeled in three fish for a total basket weight of 14.26 Ibs. bringing them third place honors. anlma announced the National Dairy FARM program. FARM stands for Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. The program focuses on animal care and is available to all producers. The National Dairy FARM program aims to provide consistency and uni- formity across states. It includes an ed- ucational program for producers so they can conduct self assessments, on- farm evaluations by a second party (veterinarian, field coop personnel, Ex- tension educator), and third-party ver- ification by an independent company. Training programs and other logistics are currently being developed. Guide- lines for various aspects of dairy ani- mal care are summarized in the FARM program's Animal Care Quick RefeP, ence Guide and are more detailed in the Animal Care Manual. For more information and to down- load materials, visit FARM's website at Univer- sity of Minnesota Extension plans to deliver educational seminars about FARM as the program develops, and I will coordinate the program. Dairy .pro- ducers can contact me at m]en- with questions about FARM. For useful educational infor- mation on other dairy production top- ics, check the Extension dairy website at I encourage producers to participate in the FARM program because of its potential positive impacts on consumer perception. Each farm should also de- velop its own policies for animal care and handling, and hold employees ac- countable for any misconduct. Most dairy farms that I have worked with in Minnesota have employee accounta- bility policies in place. Producers could also develop a se- curity plan and know who is visiting the dairy, have a trained media spokesperson, and tell their story to consumers via websites, social media and farm tours. Consumers need to know that producers take good care of their animals KDIO Temps Hi Low April 25 61 45 weekend rain reports: 9/10" Bellingham, 3/4" Clinton, 1/2" Big Stone City April 26 61 46 April 27 64 37 April 28 70 43 April 29 61 52 April 30 55 51 May 1 55 46 PEOPLE WHO READ NEWSPAPERS ARE it all starts with Newspapers RECEIVING GOLD MEDALS and placing second out of 12 teams in the FACS of Lifeskills competition at the State FCCLA Meeting in Bloomington April 15-17 were these five OHS FCCLA members. Pictured in front from left to right are Erin Meyer and Andrea Hoffman. Back row left to right are Abby Weber, Camille Scholber~ and Katie Berdan. FACS of Lifeskills is a trivia quiz jgame with questnons from the FACS area, such as child oevelopment, family life, foods ad nutrition, housing/interior design and consumer education. Their advisor is Peggy Duffield. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! OAHS is offering the following screening services at a huge reduction in price to promote cardiac health and diabetes screening in our community. Tests offered include: Metabolic Syndrome Screen ....................................................... $20.00 Lab tests included are Lipid Panel and Glucose. HDL, triglyceride and glucose values are used along with blood pressure value and waist measurement to determine if you have Metabolic Syndrome. Lipid Profile (12 hour fast) ......................................................................... $15.00 Tests good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. Routine screens are suggested for men 35 and over and for women 45 and older. TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) ................................................................ $15.00 Used for routine screens of thyroid disease in adults.. PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) ................................ ...... $15.00 Used to help evaluate prostate health. Hemoglobin ....................................................... " if, ........... $5.00 Helpful in diagnosing anemia. - (lower level of Dialysis Building) - Wednesday & Thursday, May 5 & 6 7:OO-9:OO AM CLINTON CLINIC- Friday, May 7 7:OO-9:OO AM A ea Heald Se ,ees Page 6 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, May 4, 2010