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MATMEN finished their regular season after sending five members to the state tournament in St Paul Team members are, left to right in !eaders Jessica Eastman, Mallory Roelke, Maria Rausch, Nikki Webster an(i Amanda Kro,srud, and assistants Ashley Welberg and Amber ld!e row, To.m Sparby, Clay Plemmons, David Webster, Cory Schmie, Dustin Roggenbuk, Joe Karels, Jon Karels, Man Croatt, Patrick tr&apos;toKeYhlanwnbaareC:na, CchoJl:uieaaed om Croa.tt,.Matt,Afhey, Matt. Koval, Keith Haggerty, Jason Kellen, Blake Schmieg, Eric I  J , ylan MCLaln ano t.oacn Joe Iarels. INDEPENDENT S&L Show w,., ,os Bank President Terry Gere hopes that local students will apply for the scholarship to camp, saying "entre- preneurial skills are the future of our country." MBV is offered to high school stu- dents in grades 9-12 and is held at St. John's University July 7-12, 2002 and at the College of St. Scholastica July Ilwest Bank of Ortonville summer scholarships. Bank of Ortonville is and after. Among other workshops eholarship for a local stu- and projects at camp, the RBL helps lend Minnesota Business their company develop and present a IBV), a summer financial complete business plan to a panel of I business education camp. bankers by the end of the week. program of BestPrep. is a Minnwest Bank's trade organiza- sidentiai program, offer- tion, the Minnesota Bankers pl he opportunity to have a Association, has been a sponsor of the L_usiness. MBV provides MBV program for 15 years and ancial and entrepreneur- together, have provided thousands of , including, starting )'our Minnesota high school students with a , learning to invest, dis- one-week investment that will pay off w to make the most of for the rest of their lives. , etc. Students guide them- trds topics that interest atch their skill level, such eir first car, paying for ring a small busifiess loan. o market yourself to md more. at MBV are separated Oups, called companies. ith Resident Business 28-Aug 2, 2002. For more informa- Ls) throughout the week tion about the MBV program or to nt many of Minnesota's apply for a scholarship, visit MBV Ittions and volunteer to online at www.bestprep.org, or call k on to serve as mentors mp 612.337.5252, ext. 226. ING is Our Business 00INDEPENDENT u.,... It]urami*J[ itX n ,l t< late to ck legal assistance, We nt a significant num-r ,l diet drdt u and can help "v(x v, ith iBIlr claim in-the $3.75 billkm scnlemenl. qL'_" vacs are handled on a contingen fee basis If there is no xer.. ou ill (vc nothing. Ann: James B. Hovtand i 310 GrOvelana Ave. Mpls. MN 55403 612-874-8550 . 1-800-374-4487 (Continued from page 1) articles have been published by numerous general circulation newspapers and other outdoor publications including: Fishing Facts, MidWest Outdoors, Dakota Outdoors, Hawkeye Outdoors, Dakota Country and Northland Outdoors. In addition, Mike is a staff columnist for The Outdoors weekly publication. Mike is also the host of Fishin' With Frisch, a five minute weekly radio program that airs throughout his home area of central Minnesota. He has also appeared on the Fishing The Midwest with Bob Jensen television show several times. Frisch's goal as a fishing educator is to help anglers be more successful during their time on the water. A school teacher and coach by profession, Mike spends the summer months guiding on west central Minnesota lakes and fishing regional walleye and bass tournaments. During his guiding trips and tournaments, Mike is continually developing and fine-tuning fishing techniques that he then passes on in his writing and fishing seminars. Local hunters will display their various personal trophies in the Sportsman's Pride exhibit, returning again this year Fifteenth annual MS Walk set for April 21 This spring, more than 6,000 Minnesotans are expected to partici- pate in the 15th annual MS Walk, a fund-raising event coordinated by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Scheduled for Sunday, April 21, the MS Walk will be held in 13 cities across the state: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, Duluth, Brainerd, Bemidji, Fergus Falls, International Falls, Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Willmar. Walkers enjoy rest stops, entertain- ment, lunch, volunteer support and vehicles to help tired walkers. They also have the opportunity to earn prizes by raising pledges. To register, call the MS Society at 1-800-FIGHT-MS or visit www.msso- ciety.com on the lnternet. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nerwms system. Symptoms may he mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or impaired vision. Most people with MS are diag- nosed between the ages of 20 and 40, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifehmg. The progress, severity and specific symp- toms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. Last year, 6,473 participants in I1 cities raised more than $1 million for MS-related research and programs for families living with MS. The National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter pro- vides support programs to improve the quality of life for people with MS. The chapter offers counseling ser- vices, including groups led by profes- sional counselors and support groups facilitated by trained volunteers. Respite care reimbursement is avail- able for MS partners to take needed time off from care. Chapter staff is on hand for consul- ration to discuss employment, insur- ance, Social Security issues and to assist with individual advocacy to help people understand their rights. Service referrals enable people with MS to become self-advocates. To register for the MS Walk----or for more information about MS Society support programs, call 1-800- FIGHT-MS or visit www.them- swalk.com. Agriculture groups nationwide endorse Johnson's country-of-origin amendment Seventy-two groups from across the country have written the chairman and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committee expressing strong suppo for U.S. Senator Tim Johnson's (D-SD) amendment to the farm bill requiring country-of-origin labeling of meat. The letter was signed by five organi- zations in South Dakota. We respectfully urge you to fully support the mandatory country-of-ori- gin language passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee and now included in the Senate Farm Bill. The U.S. cattle industry invested consider- able time, effort, and money to improve, promote, and advertise its finished pr(r3uct - U.S. beef. The U.S. cattle industry now needs the ability to identify its beef from among the growing volume of beef supplied by its foreign competitors. The ability to differentiate domestic beef from for- eign beef is necessary to ensure that U.S. cattle producers have a competi- tive, open market that allows con- sumer demand signals to reach domestic cattle producers," the groups wrote to the Agriculture Committee leaders. Mike is married and is the father of "We lr(mly uppr the nandal,- guage passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee. Specifically, we strongly support the following key elements: 1 ) Mandatory country of origin labeling for beef, lamb, pork, fish, fruits, vegetables, and peanuts. 2) Only meat from animals exclusively born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States shall be eligible for a USA label. 3) The USDA Quality Grade Stamp cannot be used on imported meat," the organization's letter stated. Several importing and processing industry groups are aggressively working to weaken the Senate Farm Bill's mandatory country-of-origin labeling language. They want to elim- inate the exclusively born, raised, and slaughtered definition of origin. They also want to exempt ground beef from among the meat covered by the legis- lation. We strongly oppose any such changes as they would severely impair the competitiveness of U.S. cattle producers," the letter stated. Since 1987, the U.S. cattle indus- try has invested millions toward a mandatory check-off program to research, promote, and advertise beef. It is now time to take the next logical tcp ,f requiring cuntry-ff-riin very beef U.S. cattle producers have worked so hard to promote. Proper labeling of beef will benefit all check- off contributors. The identification of meat in the marketplace is also becoming increasingly important given the global threat of bio-terror- ism. Without labeling, we cannot seg- regate or recall meat now flowing through our food distribution chan- nels if a contamination or outbreak were announced by any one of our many trading partners. Finally, con- sumers deserve to have accurate coun- try-of-origin labeling so they can make informed purchasing deci- sions," the groups concluded, "I am very pleased with the sup- port shown by such a large number of organizations that represent livestock producers around the country. These organizations represent the strength and backbone of America's livestock production. America's consumers deserve ;.o know the origin of the meat they are purchasing. I believe that American consumers will prefer American meat over any imported meat. I am going to fight to keep this provision in the final version of the farm bill," Johnson said. .... ................. ; .... bee  ry *country-of-origin tabling :Jan- for nmre ormation on tl sno-.v, please call iheB'ig Stone Lake Area ............. Chamber of Commerce at !-800-568- 5722 or 320-839-3284. A.helpful guide to this year's Sports and Leisure Show is included nn this issue of The Ortonville Independent. iabehng so consumers can identify the Extension annouces new staffing model to meet community needs The University of Minnesota Extension Service has restructured its staffing model as part of a strategic three-year plan to address financial shortcomings while continuing to serve the people and communities of Minnesota. "Our goal is to retain Extension staff in every county in the state, and this model meets that goal," said Charles Casey, dean of the Extension Service. 'q'he model aligns our staff expertise with the local needs of com- munities to ensure that our staff addresses the critical needs of Minnesotans by connecting the research of the university with real life issues." In the new staffing model, 236 Extension educators will remain housed in county and university offices around the state, and will .serve more than one county. Of those edu- cators, 160 will specialize in one of five key areas: 4-H and youth devel- opment; agriculture, food and envi- ronment; family development; natural resources and environment; and com- munity vitality. To maintain a strong local pres- ence, 43 current Extension educators will serve as county Extension direc- tors, each covering one to three coun- ties, and ensuring that those commu- nities receive the services most need- ed from the university. In addition, 30 regional educators employed under contracts with other agencies and funding sources will continue to pro- vide specific programs and education in agriculture and natural resources, according to their specific contracts. "We must ensure that our program- ming addresses the most critical issues in Minnesota and ties directly to the research base of the university," said Casey. "We also must have the flexibility in our resources to respond efficiently and effectively to the needs of local communities." Currently, 90 percent of the Extension budget is dedicated to per- sonnel. In order to meet the goals of the strategic plan, Extension is mak- ing reductions in administrative, col- legiate and field operation budgets. Last week, Extension educators across the state received personal notification of changes to their indi- vidual assignments that will begin July 1/ in total, the number of Extension educators across the state ( Check out our web site at www.ortonviUeindependent.com will be reduced by 43 positions, or 15.6 percent (of 275). Of the 43 posi- tions eliminated, 23 were through retirements and attrition and 20 through non-renewal of appointments. "Unfortunately, financial realities do not allow us to keep the current level of staff," said Casey. "We are working with the educators who lost their jobs to offer counseling, job placement and any other support they need from us." Staffing decisions were made based on the needs identified in the communities and the experience, expertise and interest of the staff. Because contracts have not yet been signed by educators, and the plan requires negotiations with coun- ties that pay portions of educators salaries, specific personnel details will not be available until after March 4. Educators who were offered reas- signments have until March 4 to decide whether or not they will accept their offers. Positions not accepted will he filled through an open search. Extension currently has seven administrative districts. VHICH WAY TO GO is Ross Wiegman, as teammate Pete Ross looks on. Wiegman continued school record scoring total with 11 points last Thursday. EL. Support Our ao OHS TROJANS wuth a TROJAN TOWEL CHEER ON THE TROJANS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WITH AN ORANGE AND BLACK TROJAN TOWEL Available at The Ortonville Independent office wi, be . Get Yours donated -OW For The to OHS student organizations. 12, 2002 INDEPENDENT Page 7