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THREE AREA CAR CLUBS met in Ortonville on Wednesday, April 21. The Cruisin Classics of Webster, SD, LA Cruisers from Sisseton, SD and the Big Stone Cruisers from the Big Stone Lake Area gathered at the Dairy Queen, with over 20 cars on display. Firearms Safety Training to be held at Ortonville School This year's Firearm Safety Course begins on Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Ortonville High School room B 107. This course will run six evenings and part of a Saturday. Any youth (male or female) that will be 12 years old or older by the end of the calendar year may attend. Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Registration Night The instructors request that a par- ent or guardian of the youth attend this registration meeting as their sig- nature is required on the registration form. Please bring a self-addressed, stamped, legal size envelope. Tuesday, May 4 at 7 pan. Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at 7 pan. Saturday, May 15 at 9 a.m. Is hunting safe? Based on a report by the National Safety Council, the answer would seem to be yes. The report shows hunting injuries occur at a rate of eight per 100,000 partici- pants. For the same number of partic- ipants, football generates 2,171 injuries; baseball, 2,089; bicycling, 904; tennis, 119; and golf, 104. Only accidents that required emer- gency room treatments were consid- ered. The study also reports that less than one person per 100,000 dies from firearm-related hunting acci- dents. Thanks go out to the fine sponsors which include the Pheasants Forever, KDIO, OHS and the Ortonville Independent. For further information, contact Dalen Roe, 839-3502; Gary Pfleger, 839-3351; Alan Webster, 839-2412; Craig Danielson, 596-2160; Darren Wilke, 568-2442; Craig Miska, 839- 4230; and Mark Brown, 839-7108. There is NO CHARGE to the stu- dents for participating in this Hunter Education Course. The fee is paid by the Pheasants Forever Organization. Wetland Restoration Program signup now through May 14 Landowners looking for competi- tive payment rates to restore wetlands are encouraged to sign up for the Rein- vest in Minnesota (RIM) - Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) program through May 14. County Soil and Water Conserva- tion Districts (SWCDs) are now ac- cepting applications for funding to restore wetlands that have been drained and have a history of being used for agricultural production. "Restoring wetlands on privately owned lands provides many public benefits, such as enhancing wildlife habitat, improving water quality and reducing potential flood damage in tar- geted areas," said Jenny Heglund, Act- mg State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Serv- ice. RIM-WRP is a local-state-federal partnership that combines the state's Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve conser- vation easement program with the USDA Wetlands Reserve Program. Combining these two programs allows state funds to leverage federal funds that are available through the Federal Farm Bill. Funding for this partnership is through the USDA Natural Re- Trophies, Awards, Plaques, Mugs, Gifts,Decals,Vinyl Graphex, Wall Art, Signs, Reflective Decals, Caps, Jackets, Spirit Wear, Jerseys, T's Prin00 FULL COLOI00 I00ann00r00! 2008 Chrysler Sebring Touring Edition - $10,900 Fully Loaded, Sun Roof, 3,000 miles 2009 GMC Sierra SLT 4x4 Z71 - $33,000 4 Door, Fully Loaded, Heated Leather, 1.500 miles Check out all of our cars on our new website: PRO FiClTO Kevin Backstrand Ortonville, MN 320-839-7197 or 320-839-2911 sources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Over the last two years, Minnesota has been one of the top states in the na- tion for leveraging federal WRP pro- gram dollars. In 2009 Minnesota had the highest number of WRP easements enrolled with 125, and the second- highest number of acres enrolled with 19,793. In 2008, Minnesota received 20 percent of the WRP dollars that were spent nationwide. The state dollars for this partnership are expected to be provided from the constitutionally dedicated Outdoor Heritage Fund, based on a recommen- dation of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. Details of the RIM-WRP Partner, ship: * To leverage federal funds that are available until the end of the federal fiscal year, the RIM-WRP signup pe- riod is from April 1 to May 14, 2010. * Interested landowners should con- tact their local Soil and Water Conser- vation District (SWCD) or Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff at their local USDA Serv- ice Center. Landowners may also con- tact the local Wetlands Reserve Pro- gram Specialist, Greg Olson, at (320) 589-4886 ext. 104 or via email at Gre- gory.olson@ * Eligibility is statewide, but prior- ity is given to areas of Minnesota that have experienced the greatest wetland losses. * Competitive payment rates have been established for this partnership using township average land values. Contact your local SWCD or NRCS field office to determine your payment rate per acre by township. The Mission of the Natural re- sources Conservation Service is to pro- vide USDA technical leadership, working in partnership with local, state, and other federal conservation agencies and organizations, to help people conserve, improve and sustain our natural resources. The Mission of the Natural Re- , sources Conservation Service is to pro- vide USDA technical leadership, working in partnership with local, state, and other federal conservation agencies and organizations, to help people conserve, improve and sustain our natural resources. Prairie Five Community Action receives food and shelter funds Prairie Five CAC, Inc., has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, A local board of representatives will determine how these funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for rec- ommending agencies to receive these funds. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmen- tal or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must be a pri- vate voluntary non-profit, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice non-dis- crimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are encour- aged to apply. Prairie Five has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously within in the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine. Agencies interested in applying must contact Brenda at Prairie Five CAC, Inc., P.O. Box 159,719 N 7th Street, Suite 302, Montevideo, MN, 56265 by April 30, 2010. i Ch00ckourwebsitewwwlortonvilleindependent, com l Musings from the Museum By Norm Shelsta On this date in Minnesota History followed by an event in Big Stone County History: April 14, 1861 - Minnesota is the first state to offer troops at the outbreak of the Civil War. Governor Alexander Ramsey is in Washington D.C. when word of the attack on Fort Sumter arrives, and he meets with Simon Cameron, the secretary of war, and offers one thousand Minnesota soldiers for the country's defense. He then telegraphs Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, who summons volunteers from across the state. This group of men becomes the famous First Minnesota Regiment. April 14, 1884 - John P. Johnson was born. He was foreman for Hunter Granite and then (with Gustav E. Lindholm) bought the Ortonville Monument Works in 1920. April 15, 1892 - The Lake Traverse Reservation - 600,000 acres in the Dakotas, across the western Minnesota border from Browns Valley is opened to white settlement. In a scene reminiscent of the Oklahoma land rush, a pistol is shot at noon and the stampede of prospective settlers begins. April 15, 1916 - WCTU proposed that the Big_Stone County Agricultural Society erect a 24 x 24 foot building for rest rooms in Clinton. April 16, 1901 - While in Seattle on business, St. Paul rail tycoon James J. Hill learns that Edward H. Harriman, in New York, is buying up shares of the Northern Pacific Railroad, trying to wrest control of the company from Hill. Hill orders all trains to give right of way to his express train and heads east for New York, making the 1,800-mile trip from Seattle to St. Paul in 45 hours and 50 minutes, 21 hours under the average time. From there Hill continues to New York and thwarts the deal. During the buying frenzy, Northern Pacific shares rise from under $100 to a peak of $1,000 on May 9. April 16, 1922 - Barry Minnesota has a woman mayor! April 17, 1895 - Hasting's spiral bridge opens. It would carry horse and automobile traffic into the heart of the city for over 50 years and would be replaced by a straight bridge in 1951. April 17, 1930 - The Census enumerators for Big Stone County met at the court house and received their final instructions for their work and started out on Thursday. April 18, 1807 - The first recorded mention of farming by white Minnesotans is made in a letter written by George H. Monk, who notes crops of potatoes, oats, cabbages, beets, beans, pumpkins, and Indian corn being cultivated at the North West Company's fur trading posts on Sandy and Leech Lakes. April 18, 1884 - William and Henrietta Gess bought railroad land from Hastings and Dakota Railroad Company. April 19, 1866 At Fort Wadsworth, SD, Samuel J. Brown receives word that an Indian raid is headed for settlements in Minnesota. He rides 60 miles to alert the settlers, only to find out that the report is erroneous. He then makes a return trip, riding through a blizzard to tell people that no attack is imminent. This ride cripples him for life. The Sam Brown Monument in Traverse County preserves his memory. April 19, 1949 - Flood thought to be the worst since 1919 and more rain and heavy snow continues. April 20, 1891 - Itasca State Park, the state's first, is established. Its 32,000 acres preserve more than 300 lakes as well as the headwaters of the Mississippi River. April 20, 1941 - While the WPA was building the Golf Course in Ortonville, Indian mounds were discovered and are preserved there. TS CALE Peter Reynen, MD Nanci Van Peursem, MD Kanyn Vanadurongvani Brenda Holscher, PA-C Avere Waubay Clinic Patrick Dreis, PA-C Peggy Schuelke, CNP Susan Leddy, CNF!.:I: : ; ::;:: :: :i::/iiil !::iii:;i::ii Avera Big Stone City Clinic Revillo Clinic Avera Avere WilmOt Clinic i: ::i: :::: :i:: ::::::ii::iiiii ::::!:iii::ii : i ;:;i]:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Milbank Medical Center and Milbank Area Hospital Avera, a positive impact on the lives and health of our community, : :: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: , i::i: i: SPECIALISTS CAMPUS SERVICES :i :I I Orthopedics - Dr. Seeman - Every Monday and Thursday at I the Hospital. Call (605) 432-4538. I Free Blood Pressm Screeeings - 2nd and 4th Wednesday of ,: each month, 1:30- 5 p.m. at lhe Clinic .=. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Oinic - every Saturday. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Hospital::i::::; ::::::::i t ()4587 Daily Services - Chemotherapy, Bone Density Scans, CT Scans, MRI Scans, Ullrasounds, Digital Mammography (6O5) 432-573O (605) 432-4538 ()885262 Nuclear Mecrmcine - Every Monday Sleep Study Lab - Once per month SATELLITE CLINICS . Avera Big Stone City Clinic - (605) 862-7899 Revillo Clinic Avera - (605) 623-4695 , Avera Waubay Clinic - (605) 947-3422 Avera Wilmot Clinic - (605) 938-4351 Avera Milbank Medical Center Milb .ankArea Hospital Avera Page 8b INDEPENDENT Tuesday, April 27, 2010