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Veteran Se,ldce News Heavy foot means lighter wallet By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office are 7:30 am-4 pm Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. Flash news. On Friday, June 7, I will be having a VA Benefits Outreach Booth from 9 am to 12 noon on the sidewalk in front of Heritage Printing (Main Street Ortonville). There will be a free cup of coffee and a U.S. Flag Lapel Pin for those who stop by. As a reminder. In a past article, I mentioned that the VA was going to postpone the scheduled co=pay increase from $8 to $9 until July 9, 2010. The co-pay is charged for each 30 day prescriptions to veterans who are outpatients being treated for non- service connected conditions. Co-pays are not charged for prescriptions for service connected conditions; or to veterans for any prescription if they are 50 percent or more service disabled: or for some low income veterans. Again, the co-pays for prescriptions will increase from $8 to $9 effective July 9, 2010. In other news. Did you know that approximately 60 percent of veterans have never filed for veterans benefits? The more diverse and comprehensive methods 1 can use to reach veterans and their families, the more veterans will receive the benefits they deserve. I have scheduled several Outreach I events until the end of this year. "Outreach" means exactly that - reaching out to the community, forging partnerships and building awareness. The outcome of a viable Outreach Program enables a partnership with the community that has proved to be extremely beneficial to both the veterans and the community as a whole Here are some of the Outreach events planned for this year: A veterans benefit booth at the Big Stone County Fair; a veterans benefit booth at the Ortonville Corn Festival and the County Fair in Clinton, Ortonville Main Street POW/MIA Recognition Day booth, Big Stone City's 125th Anniversary Celebration Grand Parade Float, Ortonville Corn Festival Parade Float, and many more! Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas !" SMAHC announces deadline for Arts [ egacy Grant program The Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) an- nounces a May 3 deadline for Round two of their new Arts Legacy Grants for Organizations and Communities program. The earliest project start date for these projects is July 1, 2010. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to nonprofit organizations or govern- ment agencies in the 18 counties of the SMAHC service area for arts projects that will instill the arts into the com- munity, build upon past projects and show growth and/or diversity from past projects or existing activities in the co- munity. Applicants requesting $10,000 or more must contact the SMAHC office prior to submitting a grant application. Funding for SMAHC's Arts Legacy Grants is made possible through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on No- vember 4, 2008. Grants are available to support all the arts including music, dance, theater, visual art and writing. These funds may be accessed for projects that pro- vide access to arts activities, public art, arts education for people of all ages, and to support arts activities that repre- sent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions represented in this state. Grant writing workshops for the new Arts Legacy Grants for Organiza- tions and Communities have been scheduled on Monday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center, 104 E. Main Street in Pipe- stone, and on Tuesday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the SMAHC Offices, 1210 E. College Drive in Marshall. The grant writing workshop for Arts Legacy Grants previously scheduled for Tues- day, April 13 has been rescheduled for April 20. These workshops are free but pre- registration is required. Please email SMAHC at smahcinfo@iw.net to reg- ister or call toll free (800) 622-5284 or (507) 537-1471. You can read the Pro- gram Guidelines for the Arts Legacy Grants and download the application form from the SMAHC website (http://smahc.org/legacy_grants.htm). If you have any questions about the grants or grant process, call toll free (800) 622-5284 or (507) 537-1471. SMAHC is the designated regional 2 nights / 2 days $280 _ • Hates are per 3 nights / 2 days *325 person 2 -arson 4 nights / 3 days *455 minimum." CHECK OUR IEBSE FOR SUMMER RATES. , '!; GRACEVILLE HEALTH CENTER People You Know. Healthcare You Trust. arts council for eighteen counties (Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jack- son, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, No- bles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine) of southwest Minnesota. The organiza- tion provides financial and technical assistance to non-profit organizations and schools interested in sponsoring or producing arts activities, as well as of- feting grants to individual artists. Free breakfast at Subway Breakfast is now available in all SUBWAY® restaurants nationwide. To celebrate the launch of the new breakfast menu, participating SUB- WAY® restaurants throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin are hosting a Free Breakfast Day on April 30, 2010. Any customer who visits a local SUBWAY® restaurant on Friday, April 30 before 11 a.m. will be treated to one free breakfast melt (breakfast sandwich on an English muffin). All SUBWAY® breakfast items include an egg-white or regular egg omelet with cheese. All are made-to- order and served on a light whole- wheat English muffin, or SUBWAY® restaurant's traditional six-inch and footlong breads or flatbread. Breakfast menu options include Egg and Cheese; a Western and Cheese; the Black Forest Ham and Cheese; Double Bacon and Cheese; Sausage and Cheese; and Steak and Cheese. As with the entire SUBWAY® menu, all breakfast sandwiches are made to order, right in front of the customer and can be customized to include all available fresh vegetables and other condiments. I Dr. Paul Wasemiller General Surgeon will be at Graceville Health Center on Tuesdays, May 4 th& 18th! Dr. Wasemiller specializes in: Abdominal surgery  Laparoscopic surgery Endoscopy  Bariatric Consults PODIATRY ............................... Monday, Mqy 3 .............................. Amee Gibson, DPM UROLOGY ............................... Monday, May 3 ........................ Thomas J. Sti//we//, MD GENERAL SURGEON ............... Tuesday, May 4 ............................ Paul Wasemi//er, MD CARDIOLOGY ........................ Tuesday, May 4 ............................ Christopher Poo, MD PSYCHOLOGY ........................ Tuesdays, May 4, 1i, 18, 25 ........... Evy Rodne-Cole, LP DI ETITIAN ............................... Wednesday, May 5 ........................ Julie Danielson, LRD ORTHOPEDICS ...................... Friday, May 7 ............................... E. Alan Williams, MD INTERNAL MEDICINE .......... Tuesday, May 18 .................. '. ............... John Stock, MD GENERAL SURGEON ............... Tuesday, May 18 ......................... Paul Wasemiller, MD OPTOMETRY .......................... Thursday, May 20 .................... Christopher Conroy, OD AUDIOLOGY ........................... Monday, May 24 ...................... Gina Kontz, MA, CCC-A OPHTHALMOLOGY .............. Tuesday, May 25 ........................ Curt Wischmeier, MD MAM MOG RAMS & U LTRASOU N DS ..... Available daily through GHC Radiology Deportment * Dates subject ta change, We also offer Sleep Studies, Cardiac Rehab, Physical & Occupational Therapy and complete x-ray service, including ultrasounds, mammography, CT & MR.[ scans, Nuclear Medicine & Bone Density Testing. with added speed patrols in 2010 Minnesota law enforcement agen- cies are accelerating patrols in 2010 to combat one of state's leading contribu- tors to fatal traffic crashes -- speeding. Around 50 agencies will conduct extra enforcement to address speeding, and an ad campaign will remind drivers that the posted speed is the speed limit. The effort is a combined project of the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT). During 2006-2008 in Minnesota, il- legal/unsafe speed was a contributing factor in 391 traffic deaths. A majority of the speed-related fatal crashes (68 percent) occur on rural areas (less than 5,000 population). "Every day on every road motorists are ignoring speed limits, and as a re- suit, put lives at risk," says Col. Mark Dunaski, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. "NO matter how many motorists speed, it doesn't make it legal or safe. Speed limits are posted for a reason-- to reflect the safe speed for the road's design." DPS cites the dangers of speeding include greater potential for loss of ve- hicle control; increased stopping dis- tance; less time available for driver response for crash avoidance; and in- creased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries. MnDOT used crash data to identify corridors at which speed and aggres- sive traffic fatalities were prevalent. These roads will see added patrols year-long. Throughout the campaign, MnDOT will monitor travel speeds on select roadways to identify changes in travel speeds before, during and after heightened enforcement periods. The 2010 speed enforcement effort is supported by $1.5 million in federal funding, translating to more than 20,000 hours of additional patrols. The State Patrol is partnering with county and city agencies to target specific roadways statewide that have a history of speeding activity. The enhanced en- forcement will occur throughout the year. Costs of speeding violations vary by county, but typically ramp up to at least $120 for traveling 10 mph over the limit• Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months. The enforcement will include a focus on aggressive driving behavior, such as tailgating, abrupt lane changes and red-light running. Cheri Marti, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director, says patience and a shift of driving at- titudes is necessary to prevent crashes associated with speeding. "Speeding and aggressive driving often stems from the motorist's mind- set that the road belongs to them only, and everyone else is in their way," says Marti. "Drivers need to realistically an- ticipate travel times and allow the time necessary to arrive to your destination safely and on time. The minimal time gained while speeding could have life- long consequences." Marti adds that motorists keep at least a three-second following distance, noting it takes more than the length of a football field to stop when traveling at 60 miles per hour. She stresses that motorists plan in advance for trips to avoid the urge to speed. DPS reports that a motorist traveling at 65 miles per hour compared to 55 mph will save only 1 minute and 41 seconds on a 10 mile trip. "MnDOT supports the enforcement of the posted speed limit as speed plays a critical role in fatal and serious injury crashes," says Sue Groth, MnDOT di- rector of the Office of Traffic, Safety and Technology. "With limited re- sources we use our data to strategically deploy enforcement personnel where they can make the biggest impact." A federally funded paid advertising campaign, administrated by DPS, will support the additional enforcement ef- forts. The campaign includes TV, radio, print and out-of-home (gas pumptop- pars, restrooms, etc,) advertisements. To view the TV spot, hear the radio ads and view print ads, visit DPS Office of Traffic Safety at http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/re- source_catalog/newspapers_radio tv psa.asp. LOOKINGFOR THAT Extra Special Mother's Day Gift? Stop in and see our huge selection! Gait or stOp out anytime r. HOURS - Wednesday thru Saturday, lOam-Spin l! " BO Dannette Herberg, Owner 85113 250th St. • Beardsley, MN • 320.265.6139 From Beardsley, 1 mile south an Hwy. 7, 1 mile east on 250th St. We can handle your vehicle maintenance! • 4-Wheel Alignment • Oil Changes • Exhaust Work • Ti res .Brakes • Minor Tuneups We are no longer offering gasoline sales. Instead, we will be giving our full attention to our maintenance shop! ' information or to schedMe an appointment 18- 7223 Toll-Free 888-748-3981 Tuesday, April 27, 2010 00INDEPENDENT Page 7