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K bly h I bill U et anD out of town and your phone conks out. = We need this service if rural areas are going to play a role in the economy of by Senate Committee 2.7 percent to 3.4 percent in 2004. This translates to an ethanol-fuel blend of about 10 percent. "I wanted a more aggressive increase in the ethanol-blending stan- dard?" said Kubly. "Unfortunately, the federal government would have to approve an mcrease in the oxygenate standard for anything over 3.8 per- cent. My legislation makes good sense because it allows for an increase in production which won't trigger the federal approval requirement." Minnesota's 14 ethanol plants pro- duced over 350 million gallons of ethanol last year. The Kubly bill would increase the production goal to 480 million gallons in 2008. "Ethanol has been the state's most effective rural economic development strategy to date," said Kubly. "Minnesota is a pioneer in ethanol production and we are recognized throughout the nation as an industry leader. Ethanol has brought good sta- ble jobs to rural communities where they are sorely needed. My bill repre- sents an important step in building this valuable economic resource." "In a time when we seem to be subject to the whims of the world's leaders who control oil, doesn't it make sense to move toward a renew- able fuels standard and even a renew- able energy standard for all areas of our economy? It seems to me the time to move is now." Kubly said. The Kubly bill will next go to the Senate floor where it will be debated by the full Senate. by Sen. Gary Falls) was =, Senate Agriculture, lation and Veterans last week. The bill an increase in the pro- of Minnesota ethanol the marketability of in Minnesota. a realistic, market- "h to increasing the Minnesota's ethanol "It increases the allowed in This boost will for ethanol and SOme assurance that able to sell their their bottom lines." would increase the motor fuel from on backs bill to extend phone service statewide parts of Rural other rural legislators have introduced Rural Minnesota will keep up with the enduring spotty or a bill to support expansion of cellular technology of the 21st Century," [ular phone service, networks to every corner of the state. Peterson, of rural Madison, said. "The and a group of "This is a question of whether networks are decent in the bigger t's ente00t00ainment the 21st Century." The bill would have the Minnesota Commerce Department provide low- interest loans and grants to companies willing to establish cellular service to unserved rural areas. The program would be funded by a 20-cent-a- month fee on cellular phones activat- ed in Minnesota. The state loans could be made in conjunction with private finding. The loans would be for a maximum of 10 years. "The whole reason for having a cell phone is to let you communicate while moving around," Peterson said. "Under this bill, $2.40 a year guaran- tees your phone works wherever you go." Peterson noted that the state gov- ernment .is supporting_extension of high-speed internet service through- out Minnesota in a number of ways, allowing communications networks to lay fiberoptic cable in highway right- a-ways. "This is just the latest phase  of something the government has been doing since it supported the building of railroad and telegraph lines 150 years ago," he said. The first priority for service improvements would be a major inter- regional highways, such as Hwys, 12 and 212 in West-Central Minnesota. Letters to the editor I II To the Editor: It's only a matter of time before someone is going to loose their life or get seriously injured in Big Stone County as a result of highway sign vandalism, This past week alone Big Stone County Highway Department personnel discovered eleven highway signs that were vandalized in Graceviile Township alone. This problem is not unique to the Graceville area; it is spread evenly from county line to county line. All eleven of these signs were installed new last November at a cost to taxpayers of over ,$1000. The cost of installing a sign on a county road varies from $90 to $120 depending on the drive time and-labor involved in the installation. The sign and post alone will cost an average of $55.00. However, it is not these costs that are of the biggest concern. The loss of a life and the threat of serious injury are the greatest costs and concern of all. Last year Big Stone County encountered 40 road signs that were pushed over by what we believe was a four wheel drive vehicle. All of these signs were snapped off at the ground and the wheel tracks present at many of the sites indicated that they were intentional acts of vandalism most likely carried out by the same party. The seriousness of this is staggering. I Some of these signs were curve signs, stop ahead signs, and yield ahead signs in 55 mph speed zones. These signs, when in-place, make the difference between a safe trip and a tragic one, especially for the unfamiliar traveler and the nighttime driver. How long will it be before this act of vandalism is directly responsible for the loss of another life on Big Stone County roadways'? Additionally, Big Stone County has experienced continued trouble with people shooting bullets at road signs. This type of vandalism affects over 60 signs per year countywide. You can figure the costs and danger to the public in exactly the same way as the above-mentioned vandalism. Please help us apprehend the responsible party or parties. The Big Stone County Highway Department is asking all citizens to report acts of vandalism to road signs to the County Sheriffs Department. Even suspicious behavior related to road signs should be reported so that the authorities can investigate the matter. Help us catch these vandals! The life that is saved could be someone you know or love. Thank you. Nicholas A. Anderson Big Stone County Engineer FISH "ALL YOU CAN EAT/" 14, 2003 4:30-7:30 PM WILL OFFERING & Gun Club MN Dialysis Projectl Mention This Ad and Receive I: $1 O0 o,, ', A SIRLOIN DINNER I '   8 oz. or 12 oz. Slrloln Ortonville, MN 320-839-2270 includes choice of potato, .lad a nttOmaSL J m n m m m m m mm mmm n m m m = m m m mm an m mm m m mmm KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL Annual Ham & Turkey April 1 1 7 pm Odessa City Hall Pop & Bars " 20 / _games for $2.oo Welcome/ Community Fun Flea Mart DANCING BEAN COFFEE SHOP ORTONVILLE Sunday, April 13, 2003 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM St. John's Catholic Church ~ 0rtonvtlle, Minnesota .... Aaults  $6.00 ........... : ChilaTrbh (6thougli 12) - $3.00 " Under 6 - FREE STARTS FRIDAY, APRIL 11 (PG13) st(u'r& Jack N&chotson and Adam Sandier Hanallltent" STARTS FRIDAY, APRIL 11 (G) "Piglet's Big Movie" 3 dmjs only -  & SoL 7:00 PM. Sun. 5: STARTS FRIDAY, APRIL 11 (PG13) Academtj Awards for Best Ac(or & Best Direcr "THE PIANIST" FTL & Sat. 9:15 PM. Sul.-Thurs. 7:30 PM CONTINUING (PG) "What A Girl Wants" COME AND SELL OR BUY... Auon - Tuppertoare - Gent Gel - Dish Towels - detoelry - Home Interior - Woven Rugs - Used a Bit Bargains 81aOnsored by Dancing Bean (839-0888), Eppels Antiques and Crafts, Gifts, Tupperware & More (800-939-5105) ENDING THURSDAY, APRIL 10 "BI",., "HEAD OF STATE",=-) LORD CALVERT S MILLER UTE S  tY.15 BILBANK, SD PH. 605432.4421 OVIE NTALS -. SPECIAL m 3days for Dries for 1t'300 as for 5 days for|'5 O0 F IIIDAYg 7-9 APRIL 18 STIIT(3;- TILL " WEDNE SDAYJUNE 4TH NEW SUMMER SCHEDULE GAME & GAME BOX RENTALS . FOR SI{/kTING WILL - 2nO St_ NW Ortonvmlle, MN o,-,  o .J"  ss FAVDItlTE MUSlg ro .o.sS "_,. 6"1 320-839-2077 BBQ Ribs Ist Dinner Reg. Price 2nd Dinner for $ 1.00 WITH COUPON ONLY Not redeemable with gift certificate or any other coupon. WED., APR. 9, 2003 6 OZ. Broiled Lobster )12.945 WITH COUPON ONLY THURS., APR. 10, 2003 Steak Cubes Ist Dinner Reg. Price 2nd Dinner for $ 1.00 WITH COUPON ONLY Not redeemable with gift certificate or qny other coupon ,_.q ecial 8 o; 'SIRLOIN, SALAD BAR and TUES.-THURS. & SUN. 5:00-6:00 PM FIESTA ROOM 8, 2003  INDEPENDENT Page 13 K bly h I bill U et anD out of town and your phone conks out. = We need this service if rural areas are going to play a role in the economy of by Senate Committee 2.7 percent to 3.4 percent in 2004. This translates to an ethanol-fuel blend of about 10 percent. "I wanted a more aggressive increase in the ethanol-blending stan- dard?" said Kubly. "Unfortunately, the federal government would have to approve an mcrease in the oxygenate standard for anything over 3.8 per- cent. My legislation makes good sense because it allows for an increase in production which won't trigger the federal approval requirement." Minnesota's 14 ethanol plants pro- duced over 350 million gallons of ethanol last year. The Kubly bill would increase the production goal to 480 million gallons in 2008. "Ethanol has been the state's most effective rural economic development strategy to date," said Kubly. "Minnesota is a pioneer in ethanol production and we are recognized throughout the nation as an industry leader. Ethanol has brought good sta- ble jobs to rural communities where they are sorely needed. My bill repre- sents an important step in building this valuable economic resource." "In a time when we seem to be subject to the whims of the world's leaders who control oil, doesn't it make sense to move toward a renew- able fuels standard and even a renew- able energy standard for all areas of our economy? It seems to me the time to move is now." Kubly said. The Kubly bill will next go to the Senate floor where it will be debated by the full Senate. by Sen. Gary Falls) was =, Senate Agriculture, lation and Veterans last week. The bill an increase in the pro- of Minnesota ethanol the marketability of in Minnesota. a realistic, market- "h to increasing the Minnesota's ethanol "It increases the allowed in This boost will for ethanol and SOme assurance that able to sell their their bottom lines." would increase the motor fuel from on backs bill to extend phone service statewide parts of Rural other rural legislators have introduced Rural Minnesota will keep up with the enduring spotty or a bill to support expansion of cellular technology of the 21st Century," [ular phone service, networks to every corner of the state. Peterson, of rural Madison, said. "The and a group of "This is a question of whether networks are decent in the bigger t's ente00t00ainment the 21st Century." The bill would have the Minnesota Commerce Department provide low- interest loans and grants to companies willing to establish cellular service to unserved rural areas. The program would be funded by a 20-cent-a- month fee on cellular phones activat- ed in Minnesota. The state loans could be made in conjunction with private finding. The loans would be for a maximum of 10 years. "The whole reason for having a cell phone is to let you communicate while moving around," Peterson said. "Under this bill, $2.40 a year guaran- tees your phone works wherever you go." Peterson noted that the state gov- ernment .is supporting_extension of high-speed internet service through- out Minnesota in a number of ways, allowing communications networks to lay fiberoptic cable in highway right- a-ways. "This is just the latest phase  of something the government has been doing since it supported the building of railroad and telegraph lines 150 years ago," he said. The first priority for service improvements would be a major inter- regional highways, such as Hwys, 12 and 212 in West-Central Minnesota. Letters to the editor I II To the Editor: It's only a matter of time before someone is going to loose their life or get seriously injured in Big Stone County as a result of highway sign vandalism, This past week alone Big Stone County Highway Department personnel discovered eleven highway signs that were vandalized in Graceviile Township alone. This problem is not unique to the Graceville area; it is spread evenly from county line to county line. All eleven of these signs were installed new last November at a cost to taxpayers of over ,$1000. The cost of installing a sign on a county road varies from $90 to $120 depending on the drive time and-labor involved in the installation. The sign and post alone will cost an average of $55.00. However, it is not these costs that are of the biggest concern. The loss of a life and the threat of serious injury are the greatest costs and concern of all. Last year Big Stone County encountered 40 road signs that were pushed over by what we believe was a four wheel drive vehicle. All of these signs were snapped off at the ground and the wheel tracks present at many of the sites indicated that they were intentional acts of vandalism most likely carried out by the same party. The seriousness of this is staggering. I Some of these signs were curve signs, stop ahead signs, and yield ahead signs in 55 mph speed zones. These signs, when in-place, make the difference between a safe trip and a tragic one, especially for the unfamiliar traveler and the nighttime driver. How long will it be before this act of vandalism is directly responsible for the loss of another life on Big Stone County roadways'? Additionally, Big Stone County has experienced continued trouble with people shooting bullets at road signs. This type of vandalism affects over 60 signs per year countywide. You can figure the costs and danger to the public in exactly the same way as the above-mentioned vandalism. Please help us apprehend the responsible party or parties. The Big Stone County Highway Department is asking all citizens to report acts of vandalism to road signs to the County Sheriffs Department. Even suspicious behavior related to road signs should be reported so that the authorities can investigate the matter. Help us catch these vandals! The life that is saved could be someone you know or love. Thank you. Nicholas A. Anderson Big Stone County Engineer FISH "ALL YOU CAN EAT/" 14, 2003 4:30-7:30 PM WILL OFFERING & Gun Club MN Dialysis Projectl Mention This Ad and Receive I: $1 O0 o,, ', A SIRLOIN DINNER I '   8 oz. or 12 oz. Slrloln Ortonville, MN 320-839-2270 includes choice of potato, .lad a nttOmaSL J m n m m m m m mm mmm n m m m = m m m mm an m mm m m mmm KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL Annual Ham & Turkey April 1 1 7 pm Odessa City Hall Pop & Bars " 20 / _games for $2.oo Welcome/ Community Fun Flea Mart DANCING BEAN COFFEE SHOP ORTONVILLE Sunday, April 13, 2003 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM St. John's Catholic Church ~ 0rtonvtlle, Minnesota .... Aaults  $6.00 ........... : ChilaTrbh (6thougli 12) - $3.00 " Under 6 - FREE STARTS FRIDAY, APRIL 11 (PG13) st(u'r& Jack N&chotson and Adam Sandier Hanallltent" STARTS FRIDAY, APRIL 11 (G) "Piglet's Big Movie" 3 dmjs only -  & SoL 7:00 PM. Sun. 5: STARTS FRIDAY, APRIL 11 (PG13) Academtj Awards for Best Ac(or & Best Direcr "THE PIANIST" FTL & Sat. 9:15 PM. Sul.-Thurs. 7:30 PM CONTINUING (PG) "What A Girl Wants" COME AND SELL OR BUY... Auon - Tuppertoare - Gent Gel - Dish Towels - detoelry - Home Interior - Woven Rugs - Used a Bit Bargains 81aOnsored by Dancing Bean (839-0888), Eppels Antiques and Crafts, Gifts, Tupperware & More (800-939-5105) ENDING THURSDAY, APRIL 10 "BI",., "HEAD OF STATE",=-) LORD CALVERT S MILLER UTE S  tY.15 BILBANK, SD PH. 605432.4421 OVIE NTALS -. SPECIAL m 3days for Dries for 1t'300 as for 5 days for|'5 O0 F IIIDAYg 7-9 APRIL 18 STIIT(3;- TILL " WEDNE SDAYJUNE 4TH NEW SUMMER SCHEDULE GAME & GAME BOX RENTALS . FOR SI{/kTING WILL - 2nO St_ NW Ortonvmlle, MN o,-,  o .J"  ss FAVDItlTE MUSlg ro .o.sS "_,. 6"1 320-839-2077 BBQ Ribs Ist Dinner Reg. Price 2nd Dinner for $ 1.00 WITH COUPON ONLY Not redeemable with gift certificate or any other coupon. WED., APR. 9, 2003 6 OZ. Broiled Lobster )12.945 WITH COUPON ONLY THURS., APR. 10, 2003 Steak Cubes Ist Dinner Reg. Price 2nd Dinner for $ 1.00 WITH COUPON ONLY Not redeemable with gift certificate or qny other coupon ,_.q ecial 8 o; 'SIRLOIN, SALAD BAR and TUES.-THURS. & SUN. 5:00-6:00 PM FIESTA ROOM 8, 2003  INDEPENDENT Page 13