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It's Our 9th Annual Sports & Leisure Show Ortonville High School, Ortonville, MN Saturday, March 16, 10am-(00pm • Sunday, March 17, 11am-4pm GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM MEMBERS finished up their regular season recently. The team includes, left to right in back, Lisa Spors, Amanda Arndt, Kelsey Henningson, Coach Jim Timmerman, Sarah LaVoi, Kelly Larson and Lizzy Rausch. Middle row, statastician Holly Ellingson, Ashley Zahrbock, Hilary Libka, Jessica Chase and statastician Janelle Volkenant. In front are Megan Reiffenberger, Emily Dragseth and Amanda Croatt. County DFL elects officers; caucuses held The Big Stone County DFL held their precinct caucuses and their annual County Convention at Mallard Point Lodge on Tuesday, March 5. • reflect population changes every ten years. A special five-judge panel, appointed to draw maps if the legislative process deadlocks, will be announced on March 19. At this time it is not known in which Congressional di.trict, or State Legislative Districts Big Stone County will be in for the upcoming At the convention, Jan Eifealdt of election. Ortonvi|le was elected County Chair, Presently, Big Stone County is with Gi'(iff LFnJqu' of'O(toh')l '4 sved"by-two House members: elected Associate Chair. Dave Douglas Peterson (DFL) of Madison Torgerson of Clinton was elected secretary/treffsurer. The Big Stone County DFL elected delegates to the District and State Conventions, and did not have a straw vote for the various state offices. One of the unknowns at the time of the caucuses was the redistricting that will be done this year, following the 2000 census. States are required to redraw political boundaries to in the south half of the county; and Torrey Westrom, (Rep) in the northern half of the county. Charlie Berg (Rep) serves the entire county as State Senator. Also, Big Stone County is currently in the Second Congressional District, that is currently served by Congressman Mark Kennedy (Rep). Traverse County is served by Congressman Collin Peterson (DFL). The PRINTING Is Our Business We stand behind our work, as we have for the past 75 years. Your satisfaction is guaranteed, no matter what! You are guaranteed the best price in the area too. We will not be undersold, because we will beat any legitimate bid. For your convenience, we will pick up and deliver the job to you. GIVE US A CALL TODAY 839-6163 I IIIIII I III Congressional boundaries will most likely be changed, as well. Aaron Peterson of Madison (DFL) has announced he will be challenging Kennedy for the-Congressional seat. The. Congressional District convention dates and times have not been set, due to the redistricting, but must be held between March 30 and July 14. The State DFL Convention will be convened May 2 and continue through May 5 at the Convention Center in Minneapolis. Legion Aux flag etiquitte program The Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary held a flag etiquitte program for elementary students at James Knoll Elementary the last week of February. The program was also presented to students at the Big Stone School. Bridal shower set for Amy Ambuchl Open house bridal shower for Amy Ambuchl, bride-to-be of Travis Lieb will be held this Saturday, March 16 from l0 a.m. to 12 noon at the home of Deb and Bill Wiik, 457 Tioga, Big Stone City, SD. No local invitations have been sent. All friends and family welcome. Markets No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.00 Soybeans ............................ 4.17 Corn ................................... 1.68 March 12, 2001 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.10 Soybeans ........................... 4.18 Corn ................................... 1.70 cannot survive unless Our ,RESPONSIBLEi  i . _ Check out our web site at ) Extension report I II Jean Kvols County Extension Dh'ector 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 THE ART OF QUESTIONING CHILDREN Every parent has experienced the frustration resulting from asking a child what he did at school. No matter how the questions is asked - lovingly, enthusiastically, softly - there is one universal answer that issues from the child's lips: "Nothing." It does not matter what has actually happened at school. Your child may have won the math contest, been punished for tardiness or elected class treasurer. The events of the day have little bearing on the responses• Somewhere, children learn that the answer to that question is "Nothing," just as they learn that 2 x 2 = 4. Children seem to take pride in answering adult questions in a minimal fashion. They provide only the information requested• They do not volunteer to elaborate on their responses• This points out the danger of asking questions that can be answered with a simple "yes" of "no." Asking a child if he pushed over the bicycle is likely to elicit the response "no." But asking if he has ever played near the bicycles can start a chain of questions and answers that may, gradually, get the adult the information being sought. For example, on one occasion a five-year- old named Jennifer hotly denied knocking a bike over, but she had been near the bike and had seen it fall over. She explained that she had been standing right beside the bike and she wanted to feel the cushioned handlebars. Did she touch the bike? Yes, of course, she had to touch the bike in order to feel the handlebar covers. Did the bike fall over? Well, yes, as a matter of fact it did. Some parents might say that :Jennifer had lied when she said that she did not knock over the bike. Actually, she was telling the truth. She did not intend to knock the bike over. She intended to examine a part of the bike more closely• The fact that the bike fell over is not tied, in Jennifer's mind, to anything she did. This is an example of the importance of asking the right questions to get needed information. Children need help in elaborating their responses. They also need time - time to think through an answer, and time to provide the answer. The adult time flame and the child time frame do not always coincide. The timing of the question is also important. After a hard day at school and, perhaps, a long ride home on the bus, the last thing some children want to do is provide a blow-by-blow description of their day at school. But following a snack and some relaxation time they may be more than willing to share aspects of their day. Most of the time children do not willfully withhold information. They may not understand exactly what it is you want to know. Source: Ann Mullis, NDSU Extension Service Dates to Remember: March 14 - Afterschool Cloverbuds at Clinton March 18 - 4-H Federation Mtg at CMB (7:30 p.m.) followed by Amble Mtg March 21 - Carrie and Janet at 4-H State Fair Training March 27 - West Central District Extension Educators' meeting, Morris March 29 - Courthouse closed in observance of Good Friday Mm'ch 30 - 4-H Animal Science Workshop at Alexandria I r FEN-PHEN " Class Action Lawsuit If you or a loved one took the diet drug Fen-Phen also known as Redux or Pondimin, you may be entitled to benefits from the law suit. Fen-Phen damaged the hearts of as many as 30% of its users and an echocardgm, (ultrasound of the heart) is he 0nly lest dich can delernine heart value damage Paris & Fads is a legal fn that has ex,nce  e Fen-Phen seltlemenL We wil; be in your area performing echocadiograms PHP..P.. OF CHARGE to terme if you are eligible lor e compensation you deserve. For more information or to schedule your echocardegrarn cal 1-866-250-1786 J Extension report Carrie Ann Olson County Extension Educator 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 4-H AND LEADERSHIP: STEPPING FORWARD l watched a very shy little girl bloom to be a very independent young woman greatly due to her involvement in this program. That same little girl learned that it is OK to be yourself and be proud of who you are and stepped out in the world able to reach all her goals. -Sandy, 4-H Alumni, National 4-H Centennial website Leadership really means stepping forward. Stepping outside yourself. Stepping to the front of the classroom. Stepping into the heart of your community. For 100 years the 4-H Youth Development Program has given Minnesota youth the opportunity to take that step in any direction. Many of these opportunities have been provided by funds raised by the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. Last year the Foundation distributed more than $700,000 to youth participating in 4-H Youth Development programs. The Foundation's Small Grants program funded more than 40 4-H groups. For my kids. school presentations were nothing because they were used to giving dentonstrations. Teachers tell me they can always tell the 4-Hers in their class. Always. -Kate Koch-Laveen, 4-H Alumni, 2000 MN Teacher of the Year The effects of that investment ripple through the lives of youth. Research finds that youth who spend time in quality youth development programs like 4-H are more likely to: • Experience sohoo . -- • Become leaders • Help others • Strengthen their physical and emotional health From the simplest Cloverbud project to the youth governance, youth step future. The responsibility, setting, time management, organization, relations, having some of the learned throu COtnes /n'¢ ;t'aY because of my all the skills I hart -Joel 4-H Once they've 4Hers make ste of life. In 1985, a! 4-H alumni program • 4-H alumni in community attended • 4-H ex higher in gai" and in develo • 4-H alumn with their o to personal • 4-H alumni have children other participate organization. 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