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! As spring turns into summer, many product labels -- Look for labeling that the leaves belongs on your lawn, where people are motivated to spruce up4heir reads "DANGER," "WARNING,,' it is good for thesoil and vegetation. lawn, home and clean out the clutter. "CAUTION," "TOXIC" or "POI- .Consider using phosphorus-free Americans generate 1.6 million tons SON." These warnings tell you if the fertilizers if you fertilize your lawn -- of waste each year from commonproduct is harmful and how to use, Maintain a healthy lawn without con- household products. These products store, and dispose of it safely, tributing excess phosphorus to can include paint, grease and rust~re- .Dispose of household productsstormwater runoff. This helps to keep movers, mold and mildew removers, safely-Never pour corrosive, toxic, our lakes and wetlands free of exces- oven cleaners and many more. Left- flammable, or reactive household prod- sive algae growth. overs of these products, often referred ucts down the sink, toilet or bathtub .Be sure not to sweep debris into the to as household hazardous waste drain unless the products are made for street-Oil-soaked dirt and grime can (HHW), may contain corrosive, toxic, that purpose, get washed into storm sewers and flammable or reactive ingredients. ,Try alternative products wheneventually end up in nearby streams, Improper disposal of householdavailable-Reach into the cupboard for rivers or lakes. This material should go hazardous waste can include pouring common household materials such as in the trash. them down the drain, on the ground, baking soda and vinegar that can often Many communities in Minnesota into storm sewers, or in some cases do the job of a heavy-duty cleaner, offer a variety of options for safely putting them in the trash. Improper dis- .Keep leaves and other debris out of managing your HHW. Check with your posal of these materials can pollute the the street-Leaves and grass can go in a local solid waste authority and or environment, backyard composter or compostable county for collections in your area. You The Minnesota Pollution Control bag for transport to a local waste corn- can also check out the MPCA Web site Agency (MPCA) provides the follow- posting site. Just make sure to only for locations of household hazardous ing tips: bring the leaves and twigs, not the sand waste collections at • Before you buy, always check the and grit. The sand and dirt mixed with LAYING WREATHS AT THE MEMORIAL at Mound Cemetery during • Memorial Day services on Monday, May 31 were Mike Dorry, left, of En su VFW Post #3964 and Ann Mattison, Auxiliary member. mmer Summer is near, and South Dakota state parks are offering several ways to enjoy time outside on the first weekend in June. During the weekend of June 5, state parks will host several events, includ- ing the annual Fort Sisseton Festival, several nature hikes and a fishing derby. Enjoy one of these weekend events: Fort Sisseton Historical Festival, Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, June Day Hike, Custer State park, June 5, 1 4-6. The West is alive and well at Fort p.m. MDT. This guided hike takes par- Sisseton during this annual June cele- ticipants to one of the highest points in bration. Observe cavalry, artillery and the Black Hills. Hiking through a infantry demonstrations• The festival spruce-pine forest, then through a includes continuous living history rocky terrain, participants will venture demonstrations, musical entertainment, to the summit of the geological land- and food booths. Visit the Rendezvous scape. This hike is considered strenu- camp or watch arena events. Kids 11 ous and is not recommended for people and under free. Camping available, with health conditions or physical lim- Info: 605-448-5474 itations. Meet at the Sylvan Lake Gen- Prairie Trails National Trails Day eral Store parking lot. Info: Walk, Custer State Park, June 5,9 a.m. 605-255-4515 MDT. From wildflowers to grasses, Festival of Feathers, Indian Creek from wildlife to unseen beauty, this Recreation Area, June 5, 10 a.m. CDT. guided hike exposes participants to the West Whitlock Recreation Area, June significance of the Great Plains. This is 6, 10 a.m. CDT. Participants will go on an easy to moderate hike. Participants a guided hike, learn some basic identi- will meet at the Wildlife Station Visi- fication tips, try to spot some of the tor Center. Info: 605-225-4515 local inhabitants, listen to guest speak- Little Devil's Tower National Trails ers and make some bird-themed nature crafts. Info: 605-845-7112 Geocaching and basic GPS, Lake Thompson Recreation Area, June 5, 7 p.m. CDT. Learn the basics of the GPS and the fun and excitement of Geo- caching, a modern-day treasure hunt. Info: 605-847-4893 Fourth Annual Kids' fishing derby, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, June 5, 10 a.m. Kids will have the op- portunity to fish and win prizes for the largest, smallest, and most unusual catches of the day. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided. Event is weather dependent. Info: 605- 223-7722. The programs are open to all ages. There is no cost to participate in any of the events, though a park entrance li- cense is required. For more information on South • Dakota state parks and a full calendar of events, visit or call 605-773-3391. Where Does a Burglar Enter a House? 34% through the front door. 23% through a first-floor window. 22% through the back door. 9% through the garage. 12% through the basprnent, a storage area, or from the second floor. Source: National Burglar and Rr¢ Alarm Association. DAN MEYER, Big Stone County Veterans Service Officer, was the featured speaker at the ORTONVILLE AREA HEALTH SERVICES honored their employees Memorial Day Program held at shown above for their dedicated years of service. From left to right are the Ortonville High School Pauline Karels-20 years and Neely Drewelow-15 years. Gymnasium on Monday, May 31. Minnesota students are better pre- over last year. pared for career and postsecondary ed- Since 2007, the percentage of stu- ucation than they were only a few years dents scoring proficient in the Reading ago according to Minnesota graduation MCA-II increased 13 percent and the requirements results announced today percentage of students scoring profi- by the Minnesota Department of Edu- cient in the Math MCA-II increased 11 cation (MDE). percent• In the Math Graduation-Required "More students are achieving profi- Assessments for Diploma (GRAD), ciency and meeting Minnesota's rigor- which is embedded in the Math MCA- ous Math and Reading requirement," II, 58 percent of Minnesota llth- Minnesota Education Commissioner graders met the state's more rigorous Alice Seagren said. "We need to con- math graduation requirement on the tinue our efforts to prepare every Min- first attempt by earning a proficient nesota student for success in the 2lst score on MCA-II or a passing score on century through greater academic the GRAD. That is a 1 percent increase rigor." from2009. Reading, Math and Writing Additionally, 78 percent of Min- Graduation Requirements nesota 10th-graders met the state's Students must meet the math and reading graduation requirement on the reading graduation requirements in first attempt, by earning a proficient order to graduate. Multiple GRAD score on MCA-II or a passing score on retest opportunities are available to stu- the GRAD. The Reading GRAD is dents who did not meet the graduation embedded in the 10th-grade Reading requirement• Schools provide remedi- MCA-II. ation to those students prior to taking The graduation requirements are de- the GRAD retest online• However, signed to ensure that students have the under legislation passed in 2009, for needed academic skills and knowledge the next four years, students who do before they graduate, not meet the math graduation require- For the Minnesota Comprehensive merit can still graduate if they: Assessments-II (MCA-II), 43 percent .Complete all coursework and cred- of Minnesota 11 th-graders scored pro- its required for graduation. ficient in the Math portion, which is a -Participate in district-prescribed 1 percent increase from last year. Sev- academic remediation in math. enty-five percent of Minnesota 10th- -Participate in at least two retests of graders are proficient on the Reading the math GRAD exam or pass the math MCA-II, which is a 1 percent increase GRAD exam, whichever happens first• Schools must also place a student's passing status for Math MCA-II, Read- ing MCA-II, Writing GRAD, Math GRAD (if applicable), and Reading GRAD (if applicable) on a student's transcript. Of the estimated 63,000 Minnesota seniors, 97 percent have met the writ- ing graduation requirement. For Read- ing, 92 percent of Minnesota students met the graduation requirement and, for Math, 72 percent of seniors met the graduation requirement. This year, 90 percent of Minnesota 9th-g.raders met the writing graduation requirement by passing the Writing GRAD. Last year, 89 percent of Min- nesota 9th-graders also passed the GRAD. The Writing GRAD assess- ment, which is not embedded into an MCA-II, is designed to measure whether or not a student has attained basic writing skills before graduation. Those skills include the ability to for- mulate and communicate a written message in English to an adult reader. Taking into account several factors, in- cluding composition, style, sentence formation, grammar, and mechanics and spelling, the assessments are graded as passing or not passing. Stu- dents who do not pass the Writing GRAD assessment will have opportu- nities to retest during statewide testing windows. .~ 2010 Reading and Math MCA-II Results The MCA-IIs measure student per- formance on the Minnesota Academic Standards. Those standards define what students should know and be able to do in a particular grade and are de- veloped in partnership with Minnesota educators. Students who meet or ex- ceed standards on the MCA-II are con- sidered proficient. Since 2007, the percentage of Min- nesota 10th-graders proficient in- creased 13 percent in Reading to 75 percent in 2010. During the same time, Minnesota llth-graders increased 11 percent in math to 43 percent in 2010. Complete Reading and Math MCA- II data, including school and district data, is scheduled to be released during the week of June 28. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)results are to be re- leased in August• MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD REPRESENTATIVES presented the Ortonville Independent with a Minnesota flag that had been flown over the local guards base in Kuwait, along with a plaque of appreciation on Wednesday, April 28. Pictured above from left to right are Capt. David Johanson, Sue Kaercher-Blake of the Ortonvi/le Independent and James Mitchell, CIV, Minnesota National Guard. MINN r PpA! Ri ORTONVILLE AREA HEALTH SERVICES recently honored employees with a dinner at the Ortonville Golf Course Clubhouse on Wednesday, May 19. Shown above are those honored for five years of service. Pictured from left to right are Jennifer Wiik, Misty Wittnebel, Sara Tollakson, Shirley Reiffenberger, Kristen Brobst and Connie Sonne. Not pictured are Jane Millim, Lisa Williams, Laurie Notsch, Anita Homan and Nicole Lovgren. HONORED FOR 10 YEARS OF SERVICE AT OAHS were these employees. Pictured from left to right are Kris Meyer, Leanne Propp, Patti Homan, Judy Porder, Delores Strege, Tammie Giese and Sandy Kathman. Not pictured was Priscilla Carlson. The employees were honored at a meal at the Ortonville Clubhouse onI ~Nednesday, May 19. ORTONVILLE AREA HEALTH SERVICES recently honored their employees for their dedicated service with a ,.i~i meal at the Ortonville Clubhouse on Wednesday, May 19. Thirty-year employees shown from left to right are Donna Moberg, Gayle Anderson, Phyllis Barr, LaVonne Rinke andLaurie Benck. T~I= fNDEPENDENT Page 14 Tuesday, June 1,2010