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from Ortonville's James Knoll Elementary competed in a science fair last week at Ortonville School. Winners include, left to Lders Alissa Tinklenberg, Kayla Brown, Kaylee Iieleson, Andv Strei. Keven Berdan. Codv Jenkens and Kayla Holker. Middle I " -- v J - - -- , -- . lha Lmdahl, Ben Gere, Laura/Vlarsolek, Abby Knutson, Courtney Dawald, E-van Sammon and take Henrtchs. In back are sixth Amanda Brown, Zacfi Larson, Lindsey Thymian, Morgan Simonitch, Colleen McLaughlin and Andy/Vlaas. wages below market value for one's occupation; and 4. Earning wages below market value for one's skill rn MN Wages "Lag" Says Survey; Not News Here Lois Torgerson news to folks who but a front page story ; February 17, 2002 Star what we already in western Minnesota. quoted information data from the of Economic states the among the in southwestern (of which Big Stone 44.5% earned $10 ;ss, and 17.2 percent $20 an hour. Cities area, however, is $15.23 an hour, a statewide average of Big Stone County on .'e Council for and listened and Survey Coordinator review the publica- 7 at our monthly I received an of the Labor for Region 6W - 9tY area of Big Stone, qui Parle, S,ift counties, with facts five counties. first of its kind in the wage distribution period, from 1998 the largest portion receiving an .sala(y. of $20,000 to primary job; 32% an annual salary of $20,000 to $30,000. There were 13% who reported receiving an annual salary of over $50,000. The median employment tenure for primary jobs in Region 6W was seven years; the average employ- ment tenure was 11.5 years. In 28% of the respondents, they reported working at their primary job for 16 years or more. Of those working full-time, 80% were offered medical benefits through their place of employment, compared to only 36% of part-time employees. There were 66% who responded they were offered life insurance benefits through their place of employment, and 73% were offered a contribution to a retirement plan. Paid vacations were offered to 77% of the full-time workers, com- pared to 44% of part-time workers. Residents who were not working reported various reasons for not being employed; most - 62% described themselves as retired, while 12% who said they were not currently working, described themselves as homemakers, and 11% stated they were disabled, while 2c said they were seasonal workers. In talking about rural Minnesota - and wages, people have a tendency to say, "Well, the wages may be Ics'S, but the quality of life .... ...." According to the survey, the respon- dents in Region 6W indicated the most important factor when consider- ing a job is "Increase in pay" and More Job Benefits", followed closely by "Job Security". Schedule Flexibility and Working Conditions followed closely. The highest education level com- pleted by respondents 25 years of age or older in Region 6W were 18% with less than a high school diploma; 33% with high school diploma or GED, and 22% with some college. There were 20% with a bachelor's, master's, doctoral or professional degree, and 8% with an associated degree. The fact that I found the most astonishing, however - was 71 per- cent of the households reported hav- ing no children under the age of i 3 residing at home. I guess we knew this area has a lot of 'seniors' but when you consider all of the towns in these five counties - 71% without children under age 13 really proves that fact! Of the respondents, 23% of the households reported having one or two children under the age of 13 residing at home; and only 6% report- ed having three or more children under the age of 13 residing at home. Most of the people are employed close to where they live. The com- muting patterns for Region 6W show 74% traveling 0 to 15 minutes to woyk one-way, and 71% reported traveling 0-I0 miles to work one- way. Nineteen percent reported trav- eling 16 to 30 minutes; and 17% reported traveling il-20 miles to work ofie way. The survey also addressed 'under- employment' facts, which was defined in four ways: !. Working part-time involuntary; 2. Overqualified or overeducated for one's current employment; 3. Earning set. There are quite a large percentage of workers in several occupations, who are working as 'underemployed' in the various categories, including 39% in 'Education, Training and Library Fields', and 33% in 'Management'; and 45% in 'Food Preparation and Food Service', to name a few. Jay Mousa, director of the depart- ment's research and statistics office, pointed to the lack of an industry mix and the dominance of low-paying agricultural jobs as keys to the low wage averages in the western regions. COUNTY LESS THAN 1% OF STATE POPULATION Another interesting number regard- ing Big Stone County, is the fact that with our population of 5,820 - Big Stone County represents only .0012% of the state's population! Big Stone County receives $42,300,946 in fed- eral dollars, of which 32% of those funds are Social Security dollars. And Food Stamp funds in the County Tours00 T C N C A ! N S T I T U IF. 230 1 Ith Street NE :, Watertown, SD 57201 (605) 882-t00n I-8(]O-657-4344 are listed as $170,136. UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES Unemployment insurance activity during 2001 increased substantially, as the economy continued slowing, according to the Job Service/Unem- ployment Insurance Division. The Initial Application rose from 207,000 during 2000; to 311,000 during 2001 - which is a 50.2% increase. The average weekly wage increased 5.8% in 2000, causing the maximum week- ly benefit amount to increase from $427 to $452, effective August !, 2001. In Big Stone County there were 206 Claimants, who were paid $564,593. Thirty claimants received their final payments, while 136 received their first payments. As of February 1, 2002, the Montevideo office of Job Service reported 1570 applicants 22 years or older on file since July 1, 2001. In December 67 new job seekers regis- tered with Job Service for placement. Court report IIIII (Week of Mar. 13, 2002) ORTONVILLE POLICE DEP'I: Josh David Wagner, Milbank, SD, Speeding 62/45. Fine $55, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Eric David Pederson, Milbank, SD, Speeding 44/30, Fined $45, Surcharge $35. Court Costs $15, |leith Ryan Sher(vd, Ortonville, Speed a5/30, Fined $55, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Paul Roland Thompson, Montevideo, Expired Registration, Fined $15, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. MN HIGHWAY PATROL Alexis Ann ttaukos, Beardsley, Speeding 73/55, Fined $55, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Steven Lee Johnson, Bloomington, Speeding 70/55, Fined $55, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Kenneth Lee Erickson, Victoria, Speeding g3/55, Fined $95, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Corey Lee Hills, Huron, SD, Speeding 74/55, Fined $55, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Chelsea Suzanne Schmeichel, Mc Laughlin, SD, Speeding 69/55, Fined $45, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Andrea Lynn Staiger, Eden Prairie, Speeding 65/55, Fined $55, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. BIG STONE CO. SHERIFF Jesse Martin Bendickson, Montevideo, No Current Registration, DL Suspended, Fined $15, Surcharge $25, Court Costs $15. Kyle Thomas Johnson, Plymouth, Speeding 69/55, Fined $45. Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Steven Darrel Hanson, Atwater, Poss. Pseudoephedrine/MV/Poss. Drug Paraphernali/M, Fined $500, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $10, Jail/Prison: 30 days Stayed 90 days for I yrs.. Marcis Wyatt Joachim, Corona, SD, DNR/Trans Load Firearm/Passe., Fined $100, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $10. Daniel Patrick Larkin, Buffalo, Assault in Fifth Degree, Fined $700, Stayed $350, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $10, Jail/Prison: 5 days Stayed 90 days for 1 yrs. Thomas John Krenz, Wheaton, Speeding 65/55, Fined $35, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Michael Allen Strei, Oxbow, ND, Speeding 69/55, Fined $45, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. James Richard Tolbers, Pequot Lake, Speeding 69/55/Expired Plates, Failure to Appear, DL Suspended. DNR Robert John Vassallo, Plymouth, Take Waterfowl/Open Water, Fined $45, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Peter John Cation, Minnetrista, Take Birds in Open Water, Fined $45, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Markets III No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.04 Soybeans ............................ 4.22 Corn ................................... 1.69 March 19, 2001 No. I Wheat ...................... 3.05 Soybeans ........................... 3.99 Corn ................................... 1.60 Wease read and recyclel STOCK UP FOR THE HOME PLACE. 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