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Veteran Service News By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans i Service Office are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. FLASH NEWS. Flood Relief Grants are available for Minnesota veterans and families. As a result of spring flooding in parts of the state, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is offering Flood Relief Grants for reimbursement expenses to veterans in approximately 46 Minnesota counties. Veterans, their families, and surviving spouses may be eligible for reimbursement assistance funds up to $750 if they have not received other state or federal assistance. Counties identified in Governor Dayton's Emergency Executive Order include: Aitkin, Becker, Benton, BIG STONE, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Jackson, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lyon, Marshall, McLeod, Morrison, Nicollet, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Ramsey, Redwood, Red Lake, Renville, Scott, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Washington, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, and Yellow Medicine. Veterans and their families should contact their local County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) for more information on this program or to request a Flood Relief Grant. For your local CVSO contact information, visit or call 1-888-LINKVET (546-5838). All eligible applications and copies of receipts must be dated between disaster timeframe, as designated by the Governor and/or FEMA. Applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2011. Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas !" Bellingham Farmers Elevator holds annual meeting April 7 Musings from the Museum By Norm Shelsta It is good to be back writing for the museum once again. The museum is now open, so come and see the things that have gone on during the winter. People have made a diligent effort to make it an interesting place to visit. This past winter I have been reminded many times of one of my favorite authors who depicts life on the prairie as quite an adventure. In her story, Laura Ingalls Wilder tells of being eventually out of food as the train is stuck in a snow bank most of the winter. The story "The Long Winter" era 1880-1881 is not too much different than it was for people living in our prairie town of Ortonville. The town of DeSmet, SD is the locale of this interesting winter. In our case the train was stranded far east of here for 126 days. At least, among other things, nobody had to resort to grinding wheat in a coffee grinder for flour, as so many of our early pioneers may have had to resort to doing. The museum is now open during the week days, and hopefully if we can get enough volunteers, we can have it open on weekends in the future. Many people are unaware of the many things we have in the museum in the form of records of the many significant happenings in past times. We have excellent records of over 30 cemeteries, and also have many obituaries on file of Big Stone County residents. You are most welcomed to make use of these resources. The museum welcomes pictures and other data of anything that pertains to the history of Big Stone County. To be of value to the museum, the pictures should be documented and dated, as this is of utmost importance to anyone doing any type of genealogy of their ancestry. Researchers want the accurate facts in their plot, which is the time and place of the events in their story. We have resources that are of great value in the archives of the museum. Newspaper articles are available that go back to days of long ago. Some of our earliest newspapers are no longer in print, but have carefully been preserved by faithful folks who had an interest in preserving the history of the events of the past times. We trust you will find these many resources useful in your research of historical events, which are important to you. In May we look forward to having the fourth graders from the local school visit our museum rural school. They can experience life in a country school. They can observe the unexpected visit by the county superintendent of schools, which unknown to the students was the teacher's worst nightmare. The county health nurse will also pay a visit to see that everyone is in healthy condition. Rural life on the prairie was much different before radios, television, computers, cell phones and so many things that children in today's society just take for granted. One of my favorite memories of my childhood and rural schools was riding to school in a sleigh pulled by my Dad's swiftly trotting Percheron horses. Isn't it interesting how the term "the good old days" seems to advance in stages as we ourselves get to that point in life. In closing, I wish each and every one of you a Happy Easter and hopefully very pleasant springtime. Lab Promotion Wednesday, Thursday & Friday April 28 & 29, 201 OAHS is offering the following screening services at a huge reduction in price to promote cardiac health and diabetes screening in our community. Tests offered include: Metabolic Syndrome Screen ....................................................... $20.00 Lab tests included are Lipid Panel and Glucose. HDL, triglyceride and glucose values are used along with blood pressure value and waist measurement to determine if you have Metabolic Syndrome. Lipid Profile (12 hour fast) ......................................................................... $15.00 Tests good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. Routine screens are suggested for men 35 and over and for women 45 and older. TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) ................................................................ $15.00 Used for routine screens of thyroid disease in adults._ PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) ................................ . ...... $15.00 Used to help evaluate prostate health. ffeWingei;e  Hemoglobin ............................................................. . .......... $5.00 Helpful in diagnosing anemia. ORTONVILLE - Wednesday & Thursday, 6 April 27 & 28 7:00-9:00 AM CLINTON CLINIC- Friday, April 29 7:00-9:00 AM The Bellingham Farmers Elevator held its annual meeting on Thursday, April 7 at the Bellingham City Hall with a large attendance of stockholders. President John Plathe called the meeting to order. CPA Brad Bergerson gave the financial report. Mike Gloege was re-elected to the board. Former board member Albert (Boots) Hoffman was presented the Community Service Award by the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association. Equity payments made to patrons 78 and older amounted to $43,008.62. Equity payments for the balance of 1976 and all of 1997 amounted to $445,223.76. Also paid out was 35 percent of the current years profit in the amount of $580,564.44. Pictured above are Equity check recipients, from left to right, Frank Hoffman, LouJean Schake, Harvey Wildung and Bellingham Farmers Elevator General Manager Curt Pederson. At left, Albert "Boots" Hoffman received the Community service Award from Bob Zelenca, Executive Director of the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association. The award is presented every year recognizing a elevator or feed member of the MGFA for their strong leadership, dedication and commitment to the community in which they reside, Farm Management Minute The Race is On, By Mike Dierks, Farm Business Management Instructor Minnesota West College Farm business management lessons can be learned in everyday tasks. A farmer shared the story of his tractor versus a bumblebee. The farmer was driving fence lines on his John Deere 3020, fixing some snow damage. He is allergic to bees and all of the sudden there was a single large bee circling him. He shifted up a gear and hit the throttle, but still the bee hung with him. Mind you he is driving in the pasture and the tools for fixing the fence are bouncing around on the deck of the tractor. He pulled down his cap, felt the wind on his face, and shifted into road gear. The tools are bouncing off the tractor, the pasture trail was long and rough, but finally the bee tired and stopped the chase before it could sting him. The farmer's final comment was "A bee can fly faster than a tractor for a short period of time." I pictured my friend shifting the gears of his 3020 tractor higher and faster while trying to escape that bumble bee. The last few years of farming have been very similar to my friend's bee experience. The volatile agricultural climate is just like driving that tractor faster and faster. Producers have been trying not to lose control. There is grain to sell at volatile prices and inputs to purchase which change dramatically as well. Variable costs like fuel, rent, fertilizer, repairs, are rising and eroding potential profits. Pricing grains is not easy as prices move in either direction by large amounts daily. Selling commodities and pricing inputs in this climate requires a joint consideration in order for producers to attempt to lock in any potential profits. These potential profits are far from predictable because per acre costs continue to escalate. Factoring in all these variables feels just like that tractor driver shifting up the gears and speeding faster through his pasture. The financial risk of a future sting in farming is increasing dramatically along with all of these variables. To stay viable in this setting for the long run, a successful producer will know his variable costs, fixed costs, overhead costs and family needs and market for all these causes combined. This type of plan is referred to as a risk management plan. Developing a good risk management plan considers all potential events in agriculture and plans for future incomes and expense based on different events. If you need assistance in avoiding those potential stings there are qualified Farm Business Management Instructors located state wide that can help. A good risk management plan will diminish the potential for that harmful sting. For more information on farm business management, please visit the website at MN is land of 10,000 artists The land of 10,000 lakes is also home to more than 10,000 people and organizations engaging in creative ex- pression, according to interim results in MN Arts Count, a statewide census for individuals and businesses/ venues/ groups engaging in creative expres- sion. Officially, as of April 11,652 or- ganizations/venues/groups and 8,135 individuals had been counted in MN Arts Count being conducted by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the state's 11 regional arts councils. An ad- ditional 1,687 individuals responded to both the personal and organizational surveys. "The word is getting out about MN Arts Count census," said Sue Gens, ex- ecutive director of the Minnesota State Arts Board. "With our broad definition of 'art,' there are certainly many, many more. people and businesses, venues, bands and the like yet to be counted. It's important that as many people and groups engaging in creative expression and the organizations that support cre- ative endeavors be counted because the outcome of MN Arts Count could in- fluence future arts grants." MN Arts Count will run through April 30, 2011, and can be accessed at In addition to an online survey, a paper survey is available for those without Internet ac- cess or who would prefer to complete the survey offline. It is open to: Individuals: anyone who, profes- sionally or personally, sings, acts, dances, writes, draws, paints, sculpts, illustrates, photographs, films, knits, weaves, directs, plays an instrument, composes, shares stories, designs or engages in any other form of creative expression. Businesses/organizations that sup- port, host, produce or perform cre- atively: venues, restaurants, coffee houses, taverns, galleries, theaters, groups, troupes, bands, ensembles, companies, local governments, schools, community education depart- ments, churches, arenas, festivals, fairs, programs, businesses, social service agencies, or any other type of organi- zation which displays, hosts, or other- wise supports creative expression in the state of Minnesota. Results to-date After one month of the census, in- terim results reveal: Visual art is the leading form of creative expression, with 62 percent of respondents indicating that is their pri- mary creative outlet. 55 percent cited performing arts and 32 percent literary arts. (Respondents may indicate more than one creative outlet.) Of particular interest is the minor- ity populations. To-date, 12 percent of respondents.indicated they were non- Caucasian. The Arts Board is making a concerted effort to reach minority pop- ulations by translating the survey into Somali, Spanish, Hmong, Lao and Vietnamese, and canvassing minority neighborhoods. 36 percent of respondents indi- cated receiving no income from their form of creative expression. Only 12 percent said that they derived all of their income from artistic endeavors. 29 percent of respondents have jobs that are completely unrelated to creative expression (e.g., accountant). Op average, individuals spend 21 hours per week on all forms of creative expression in which they engage. The majority of respondents (66 percent) are women. On the organizational level, per- forming arts groups have had the high- est rate of participation. 34 percent of organizational respondents represented performing arts groups (musical group, dance group, theater company, comedy troupe). The MN Arts Count is being con- ducted by the' Minnesota State Arts Board and the state's regional arts councils under the direction of the Minnesota legislature to ensure funds from the Minnesota Legacy Amend- ment are invested wisely. MN Arts Count will help determine how many Minnesota individuals and businesses or organizations are involved in arts and creative expression, and how broad, and diverse their interest are. This will help ensure grants awarded by the Min- nesota State Arts Board and the state's regional arts councils are representa- tive of the spectrum of creative expres- sion in the state. The census can be accessed at Paper sur- veys for individuals can be requested by calling 800-748-3222 ext. 225. The MN Arts Count is also on Facebook and Twitter. Tuesday, April 26,2011 00INDEPENDENT Page 3b