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ORTONVILLE AREA HEALTH SERVICES allows for a Casual Dress Day on Fridays and occasionally other special events. This policy states that employees who participate donate a minimum of $1 each Friday or spe- cial event they choose to wear jeans. That money is deposited into a casual fund policy. Quarterly the Employee Events Committee chooses a charity or charities to donate money to. These funds are employee funds ear marked for charitable giving and not organizational funds. For this quarter, the Employee Events Committee approved a $1,000 donation to the Big Stone County Food Shelf. Karin Mack, Get Involved Program Coordinator is shown above accepting a check on behalf of Northridge Residence and below accept- ing a check from Ortonville Area Health Services. Health groups rally at Capitol to protect Freedom to Breathe The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Clearway Min- nesota joined forces on Thursday, April 7 at the Capitol to rally against pro- posed legislation that aims to roll back the Freedom to Breathe Act. Physician Courtney Jordan Baech- ler, a preventive cardiologist with Uni- versity of Minnesota Physicians, says she's speaking out to protect the land- mark legislation because it has proven to be a huge success in helping protect workers against the effects of second- hand smoke. "For me as a cardiologist, one of the greatest things has been that there's fewer heart attacks. Also, just after one month of the law going into effect, ex- posure to all cancer-causing chemicals in non-smoking hospitality workers, such as the bar industry, had fallen by 85 percent." The bill's authors have argued that the law has hurt the bar and restaurant business, but Baechler says her brother owns a bar, and the law actually helped level the playing field for him by hav- ing a uniform state law that treats all businesses the same. She adds that 79 percent of Minnesotans overall are in support of the law, and 28 other states also have a smoking ban that protects all workers. Baechler, who is also the Twin Cities Medical Society representative for the Tobacco Tax Coalition, says the Freedom to Breathe Act continues to carry broad non-partisan support, be- cause many lawmakers understand the social and financial costs of tobacco- related health problems. "It continues to be the number one preventable cause of mortality. Time and time again, the biggest things that change tobacco use are improving poll- cies regarding it. Whatever we can do to make sure current laws, like Free- dom to Breathe, don't get roll-backs is huge." According to a recent report out from the Minnesota Department of Health, the rate of cigarette smoking it  Minnesota has gone down consistent over the past decade and is lowet-:tt i the national average. The report, attri , utes the trend to a decade of tobacco control policy. .... The health organizations are also rallying in support of the Cigarette Uniformity Act, which would treat lit- tle cigars the same as cigarettes. Baech- ler explains that little cigars are the same size and shape as cigarettes, they come with a filter, they come 20 to a pack, but they currently escape the same taxes and regulations. "Because of this, they're much cheaper, and they come in all sorts of fruity flavors that make them very ap- pealing to kids. We know one of the biggest issues is getting people not to start smoking at all. So, if we can keep kids from ever starting to smoke, they're less likely to smoke later on." The full Department of Health re- port is available at 29th Home Fun and exciting for all the horse lovers in your family/ Veteran Sel,Jic:e News 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 p.m. Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. Hello, and welcome to today's article. A reminder. I'll be out of the office to attend the Minnesota CVSO Annual Spring Conference/Training from April 12-14 at the St. Paul Regional Office. Flash news! I am looking for some local area children to assist in our County Veteran's Outreach Program. I am requesting that some young folks help me during the Ortonville Cornfest Parade this year. We are Extension going to be walking in the Cornfest Parade and handing out U.S. Flags and U.S, Flag lapel pins to those in attendance. My truck will be adorned in a patriotic theme, however, instead of me riding in the back this year, I'll hope to be walking with all the little volunteer patriots. Again, I need volunteers to hand out the U.S. Flags before the parade, then distribute U.S. Flag lapel pins and help carry patriotic banners in honor of our veterans during the parade. Please ask your kids if they want to participate in this event and give me a call at my office phone number or stop by. In other news. One of the eventualities in life, but one that the spouses and families of veterans must face, is the death of a veteran. To help ease the burdens on a deceased veteran's family certain preparations can be made by the veteran in advance. Some of these preparations I can assist the veteran with are: keeping important records/documents in their Big Stone County veterans file; discussing VA burial and memorial benefits and the VA provided headstones and markers program; ensuring that a burial flag will be ordered and who the veteran wants to receive this Flag; looking into possible reimbursement of some burial expenses; insuring that your loved ones receive a Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) that honors your service from a grateful Nation; ensuring that a PMC will be placed in our County's "Book of Honor;" and the planning of military funeral honors in advance. I have a brochure guide to pre- planning "What to do before a veteran dies" at my office. Please call me and let's make a appointment to talk about how I can assist you. Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas!" McLaughlin-Robson vows spoken uoltE, 't, Pltlt Rodeo, Lozes, 8011 "=="'='"'; APRIL 29, 30 & MAY 1 MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS For admission and schedule iormation, call the Minnesota Horse Expo 952-356-2029 or visit www, The Original Minnesota Vodka cgua Co==Z / Minnesota's OWN Craft Distilled-Award Winning-Premium Vodka at an All-American price. Distilled, bottled & delivered by REAL Minnesotans. AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE. PLEASE ASK FOR IT! gtmatb.q #u nta, q. "lw., qrlCl, 800. 4St .os68 x3 Estimate farm machinery costs using survey data, individual factors, Ag News Wire, By Dan Martens, University of Minnesota Extension Many factors play into custom rate decisions in individual situations. Factors might include field size, field conditions, hazards like rocks, availability, travel distance, trading work, ownership and operating costs, and other personal and business goals. Iowa State Extension recently posted their Custom Rate Survey information for 2011 (available at A custom rate survey, like a lot of other information, should be viewed as a "starting point" for considerations about custom rates. The average values on a survey may not cover total ownership and operating costs. University of Minnesota Extension economist Bill Lazarus outlines a process for estimating ownership and operating costs in a publication called "Machinery Cost Estimates," which is available at Lazarus' Department of Applied Economics webpage at Lazarus' Farm Machinery Economic Cost Estimation spreadsheet (machdata.xls), also on the webpage, is a tool for figuring out your own costs. Remember that surveys are starting points, and not meant to be solely relied upon. The spreadsheet is intended to help individuals with doing their own calculations. The 2011 Iowa State Survey includes responses from 179 entities iricluding 22 percent doing custom work, 14 percent hiring work done, and 64 percent indicating both. The Iowa State survey also reports numbers for renting some items. Here are some examples from the 2011 Iowa State Survey. The numbers are listed as the low response, average response, and the high response. Chisel Plowing $9 $13.70 $18 Field Cultivating $7 $11.45 $16 Land Rolling $3 $6.55 $11 Planting with fertilizer/insecticide attachments $10 $15.70 $25 Drilling Soybeans $11 $14.85 $20 The average price for diesel fuel was assumed to be $2.75 per gallon compared to $2.25 in 2010. A fuel increase of $0.50 per gallon will cause the total machinery cost to increase about five percent. Leah Siobhan McLaughlin and Luke Jung Robson were united in marriage on Aug. 7, 2010. The out- door, double ring ceremony, officiated by Pastor Dan Trygg, was held at Summit Manor in St. Paul. A recep- tion, buffet supper, and dance were also held at Summit Manor. Two Korean traditions were incorporated into the ceremony; a Kunbere wine ceremony replaced a unity ceremony and the couple presented their parents with wooden ducks made in the groom's birthplace in Korea. The bride is the daughter of David and Patti McLaughlin of Ortonville. The groom is the son of Robert Robson and Kim and Tom Goodlavage of New Cumberland, PA. Escorted by her father, the bride wore a A-line, strapless white satin gown with re-embroidered lace, crys- tal beading, sequins and shamrock green accents on the bodice and cathe- dral-length train and a cathedral- length white veil. She also wore a cus- tom multi-strand pearl necklace accented with a vintage ivory enam- eled calla lily pearl brooch. She car- ried a hand tied bouquet of Picasso calla lilies. The bride also carried a ruby and diamond necklace worn by her great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother at their weddings; her RICK BARRETT OF NASSAU recently stopped at Pro Image in Ortonville to thank them for his recent for- tune. Barrett registered at Pro Image for a Power 106 promotion to 'live free for a month.' Barrett's name was drawn so he was reimbursed for one month's expenses, including his house payment, car payment, utilities, gas and groceries. Pictured above, from left to right, are Holly Deutsch, Brenda Kafka, Rick Barrett, Luke Kafka and Val Heinrichs. We co,Jet 00/our firearms... Checkout our farm in saran pro 00ams, TOM KINDT AGENCY Life Home Car Business _/" 113 NW 1 st Street Ortonville, MN 56278  z 00rh 320-839-6145 baptism bonnet; an Irish schilling; and a lock of Luke's hair his mother trimmed when he arrived in the U.S. from Korea as a baby. Maid of honor was Colleen McLaughlin, sister of the bride, of Lincoln, NE. Bridesmaids were Adrienne Kleinman, Minneapolis, friend of the couple, and Debbie Soukaseum, Durham, NC, college roommate of the bride. They wore chiffon shamrock green knee length dresses with white chiffon accents. They carried hand tied bouquets of purple and Picasso calla lilies. Bridesman was Jason Zahn, Mankato, friend of the couple. The bride's per- sonal attendant was Katy Bogart, Eugene, OR, friend of the couple. The best men, friends of the cou- ple, were Tim Lee, St. Paul, and Matt Carlson, Lake Elmo. Groomsmen were Wes Hart, and Paul Burns, friends of the couple from St. Paul. Ushers were Ross McLaughlin, St. Paul, brother of the bride, Daniel Pickens-Jones, San Francisco, CA, college roommate of the groom, Scott Schaffer, Blue Earth, and Eben Trygg, St. Paul, friends of the couple. They wore black tuxedos with Picasso calla lily boutonnieres. Ring bearers were Josiah McLaughlin, son of Me,an McLaughlin, Sioux Falls, SD and Raymond Kappel, son of Justin and Steph Kappel, Minneapolis. Train bearers were Maverick Hammers, son of Mark and Jackie Hammers, Chaska, and Holden Fossen, son of Tim and Natalie Fossen, St. Bonifacius. They are second cousins of the bride. They wore tuxedos to match the groomsmen. Readers were Elizabeth Nelson, St. Paul, who read "The Velveteen Rabbit," Sonia Kharkar, Los Angeles, CA, who read-"The Union," and Eric Weisser, Berkeley, CA, who read "The Apache Wedding Blessing." Programs, fans and bubbles were handed out by Yvette Menase, Washington, DC and Sara Kramer, St. Paul, friends of the couple. Following a honeymoon in San Diego, CA the couple is making their home in Portland, OR. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Ortonville High School, and a 2009 graduate of Hamline University, St. Paul. She is a second year law school student at Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR. She currently works as a Restraining Order Advocate at the county courthouse. This summer, she will start working in the intake department of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. The groom attend-', ed Macalester College in St. Paul and will be returning to school to obtain his Master's Degree in Elementary Education. He currently is a chess coach at eight schools in the Portland area and also gives private lessons. 61JHi00RENT.HIL ,-AmlfC Page 14 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, April 12, 2011 ( q