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ili iii il i~¸ !ii Trooper AGASSIZ & ODESSA MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY has announced the recipients of two $500 scholar- ships to area high school students. Recipients this year are Keven Berdan of Ortonville High School, son of Glenn and Lisa Berdan and Km/cee VanEps of Morris Area High School, daughter of Arvin and Sharon VanEps. Pictured above from left to right are Company President Matt Drobny, Kaycee VanEps and Company Manager Laurie Wellnitz. Inset photo is Keven Berdan. By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office are 7:30 a.m.-4 pm Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. I will be attaining certification training at the St. Paul VA Regional Office the week of 7-12 June 2010. This training is required to maintain my annual recertification as a Minnesota County Veterans Service Officer. VA will ensure access to audiology and eye care services including preventive health (care) services and routine vision testing for all enrolled veterans and those veterans exempt from enrollment. Eyeglasses and hearing aids will be provided to the following veterans: Those with any compensable service-connected disability; those who are former Prisoners of War (POWs); those who were awarded a Purple Heart; those in receipt of benefits under Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1151; those in receipt of an increased pension based on being permanently housebound and in need of regular aid and attendance; those with vision or hearing impairment resulting from diseases or the existence of another medical condition for which the veteran is receiving care or services from VHA, or which resulted from treatment of that medical condition, e.g., stroke, polytrauma, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, vascular disease, geriatric chronic illnesses, toxicity from drugs, ocular photosensitivity from drugs, cataract surgery, and/or other surgeries performed on the eye, ear, or brain resulting in vision or hearing impairment; those with significant functional or cognitive impairment evidenced by deficiencies in the ability to perform activities of daily living; and/or those who have vision and/or hearing impairment severe enough that it interferes with their ability to participate actively in their own medical treatment and to reduce the impact of dual sensory impairment (combined hearing and vision loss). In addition, those veterans who have service-connected vision disabilities rated zero percent or service-connected hearing disabilities rated zero percent if there is organic conductive, mixed, or sensory hearing impairment, and loss of pure tone hearing sensitivity in the low, mid, or high-frequency range or a combination of frequency ranges which contribute to a loss of communication ability; however, hearing aids are to be provided only as needed for the service-connected hearing disability. Lastly, veterans meeting the eligibility requirements to receive health care are eligible for diagnostic audiology services and eye and vision care services. Eligibility rules are the same for both inpatient and outpatient medical services. Veterans will not be denied access to audiology services and/or eye and vision care services covered by the Medical Benefits Package (38 CFR §17.38) because they do not meet the eligibility criteria for hearing aids and/or eye glasses. For additional information, veterans can contact the prosthetic representative at the nearest VA health care center and give your local CVSO a call. Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas !" Health care coverage for young adults that won't break the bank .... A health plan is probably the last thing on your young adult child's mind. But you've been around 1 long enough to know how important having one liii::.~:] is. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has a I~~::l plan called Simply BluesM that's perfect for young ~~iJ adults who aren't covered. And it's affordable because you pay only for what you need, not for what you don't. Plus there'll be first-dollar Tom Oakes coverage for office visits and preventive care right Agent away without a deductible. Give me a call and I can give you the details~ Authorized independent agent/agency for BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota 40 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2118 or 800-630-4978 Valid for all Medallion® Paints and Primers vais r~ 5 per gallon .,o,,.,o MEDALLION" Medallion® Interior Semi-Gloss $ 99 27= r Valspar 0 Medallion Paint Offers... 100% Acrylic Latex One Coat Coverage • Stain Resistant • Scrubbable • Very Low Odor Medallion® Interior Satin 99 price after rebate Medallion® Interior Eggshell ' 99 price after rebate Hurry in... Sale ends Saturday, June 5th! • 10 Gallon Limit • See Rebate Coupon for Complete Details 219 S Main, Milbank 605-432-6422 By Sgt. Kathy Pederson of the Minnesota State Patrol Dear Trooper Kathy: I thought everyone would be wearing their seatbelt by now. How is Minnesota compared to other states in seatbelt compliance? Trooper Kathy Says: Minnesota reached an all time high last fall of over 90 percent seatbelt usage statewide. That sounds great but we all know that in town and rural roads are STILL not very high in compliance. You are doing great on the MN State highways but with THIS ticket or click it campaign we want to get EVERYONE to wear their seatbelt! FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS- STATEWIDE ENFORCEMENT CLICKS -OFF Drivers, passengers and kids better be buckled up or in the correct child restraint as around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies begin heightened seat belt patrols during a Click It or Ticket campaign, May 24- June 6. The campaign marks one year since the state's primary seat belt law became effective June 9, 2009, allowing law enforcement tO stop and ticket motorists or passengers solely for belt violations. Minnesota State Patrol is emphasizing the consequences of belt non-use - especially among teens and young adults - with a graduation-style setting of 206 empty chairs and mortarboards, representing teen traffic deaths during the last five years (2005-2009) of which half were not belted. The primary law requires passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat, to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. A seat belt fine is $25 but will cost more than $100 with court and administrative fees. The campaign will also include enforcement of Minnesota's strengthened child passenger safety law that requires children to be in the correct restraint until they are age eight or four feet nine inches tall - whichever comes first. This law requires booster seats for kids usually starting after turning age four; boosters help adult seat belts fit children correctly. "Despite progress in increasing belt use, many motorists still aren't buckling up, and as a result, they are putting themselves and others at great risk," says Lt. Eric Roeske of the Trooper Kathy says: I try not to Minnesota State Patrol. advocate one group over another but Lt. Scan Meagher cites the need for sometimes when I find worthwhile the enforcement effort following a information I will pass on to you deadly stretch on the road in late where you can "get it. Here's one April. example. "Enforcement of the seat belt law An eye-catching new traffic safety starts with you. Insist your passengers booklet from AAA Minnesota/Iowa (a are buckled up," says. Meagher "This part of the Auto Club Group) and the is a time of year for teens to toss Minnesota Safety Council provides graduation caps in the air, not toss safe engaging and practical tips for drivers driving choices, such as seat belt use, of all ages. Get There! Your Guide to out the window," Traffic Safety addresses twenty top Meagher notes that in rollover issues drivers face behind the wheel, crashes, unbelted motorists are usually ranging from distracted driving to bad ejected from the vehicle and then weather, sharing the road and more. It crushed by the vehicle. Unbelted focuses on universal best practices, as motorists also can slam into and injure opposed to specific laws. others in the vehicle. In less severe Written in a conversational tone, crashes, unbelted motorists will crack the free 28-page full-color booklet teeth out on a steering wheel or break blends recommendations with fun their nose. facts, quiz questions and vivid Each year, unbelted motorists photographs. It's available just in time account for more than one-half of all for the summer travel season. The vehicle occupantg killed, roughly 100 days from Memorial Day Annually, nearly 80 percent of to Labor Day are historically the most unbelted traffic deaths occur on dangerous time of year on America's Greater Minnesota roads. Belt use is roadways. especially low among teens and young "Get There! can serve as a great adults. Statewide each year, motorists refresher before the height of the age 15-29 account for 45 percent of all summer driving season," said Randy unbelted deaths, yet this groupWilliams, president of AAA represents only 25 percent of licensed Minnesota/Iowa. "We encourage drivers. This same age group accounts drivers of any age or geographic for 55 percent of all unbelted serious region to take these practices to heart injuries, and help reduce their risk behind the We stress that motorists not only wheel." wear belts, but wear them correctly. "Knowing enough to get a driver's Belts should be low and snug across license isn't the same as having the the hips; shoulder straps should never good driving habits that we need to be be tucked under an arm or behind the well-prepared, courteous, crash-free back. drivers," said Carol Bufton, president The Click It or Ticket effort is of the Minnesota Safety Council. "Get supported by an advertising campaign There! is designed to help you get targeting the most at-risk group - teens where you're going - without a traffic and young adults. The campaign ticket and all in one piece!" ' includes ads on TV/cable, radio,Single copies are available for free alternative print weeklies, online, (one per person) at any AAA branch movie theaters, gas pump-toppers, bar office in Minnesota as well as at the restrooms and mobile outdoor. Minnesota Safety Council office in St. If you have any questions Paul. Get There! Your Guide to regarding traffic safety and/or traffic Traffic Safety can be downloaded laws, please email her at from www.minnesotasafety kathy.pederson@state.mn.us. Sgt. council.org/traffic/GetThere.pdf. Pederson will not offer advice onIf you have any questions specific situations or real events, regarding traffic safety and/or traffic which involve law enforcement, laws, please email her at Dear Trooper Kathy: I realize kathy.pederson@state.mn.us. Sgt. summer is coming. Do you have any Pederson will not offer advice on special tips I can give to my kids OR specific situations or real events, my parents when they come to visit which involve law enforcement. this summer. I worry about them traveling. resource managers by Julie Goehring, meat. els in streams and channels; they work Twi ns arrive at Communications Coordinator, Whatever the name or boundary of to prevent flood damage and to protect Red River Basin Commission ' the water management districts, all water from misuse or contamination; S~/a rtos fam I ly~ - We often take our water managers have wide-ranging responsibilities for they unde~keprojeCts for water sup, f'or granted. We may not even know managing the natural resoUrces of their plyl sanitary' gewer systems, dams, Dan and Maria Swartos of who our local water managers are. local area. In Manitoba, a Conserva- even cloud seeding, among their many Ortonville are happy to announce the And this, despite the important work tion District determines programs and duties. birth of their twins, Jude Daniel and these fellow citizens do for us, espe- projects that fit local needs, with the And none of this is to mention the Campbell Jean. cially here in the Red River Basin ideal of becoming a 'one-stop conser- responsibilities of water managers for They were born on April 8 at where land and water natural resources ration shop for linking citizens with using funds wisely to solve immediate Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. play such a large role. these programs. Projects can range problems and work towards long-term Jude weighed four pounds and seven The subdivisions that water man- from drainage to eco-tourism and na- solutions. Or their having to mediate ounces and Campbell weighed four agers head up have different names de- ture trails, from individual riparian local water management disputes-- pounds two ounces, pending on where they are located, projects to dams, along with many with the threat of litigation always a They will join big brother Bennett Manitoba has Conservation Districts; other possibilities, possibility. at home in Ortonville. Minnesota, Watershed Districts; and Minnesota Watershed Districts work Yes, these citizen water managers, Grandparents are Steve and Anita Ust of Brookings, SD and Steve and Cathy Swartos of Volga, SD. Great grandparents are Ruth Olson of Volga, SD, Dorothy Swartos of Brookings, SD and Jim Klinkel of DeSmet, SD. DONATIONS and MEMORIALS [ to Rice Hospice/Ortonville- ] Graceville Branch are always very] much appreciated, and put to ] good use. I Girls to Rice Hospice help suppport I extraordinary expenses that are criticallyI important to the patient and family's I physical, emotional or spiritUal comfort. I The assistance is available to patients and families served by Rice Hospice. Contact Rice Hospice - Ortonville Area office (320) 839-4124. Lois Banken, RN is the Satellite Coordinator at Ortonville. rice Ortonville/Graceville Satellite Office FOR INFORMATION CALL 320-839-4124 r WildBlue brings high-speed Interact to virtually every corner of rural America. And now it's more affordable than ever before[ Hurry, offer ends July 31, 2010. North Dakota, Water Resource Dis- to prevent and solve water-related our neighbors, are doing mightily im- tricts, problems on a number of fronts. These portant work! 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