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RD WINNERS for the Mites include (I-r, back): Johnny Anderson, Josh Tinklenberg, Nathan and Riley Blake. (I-r, front): Sara Tinklenberg, Isaac Knutson, Ben Va[ek, Craig' Mueller. AUTO ACCIDENT NJURY v # WINNERS for the BiR Stone Lake Area Hockey Association were (front): Nick Stolpman, Haukos and Bryan helstad. (Back): Cody Backstrand, Jim Laub, Kole Arndt, Josh Benck report Peterson, Building, 55155 STARTS AS SE ay traditionally of the end" of ;!on. Committees :Y issues have the focus shifts Weeks, both the Will finalize the sectors of agriculture, on. Once each has budget plans, conference committees are named to work out a compromise between the two plans. Hopefully, those compromises will be reached in time for the Legislature to meet its constitutional adjournment deadline of May 19. Overall, the House GOP plan follows the governor's plan, but allows for slightly smaller cuts in a few select areas. In the agricultural arena, the main item of concern remains ethanol producer payments. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget plan called for a 10-cent cut in ethanol supports, to 10 cents a gallon. Republicans, who control a majority in the House, proposed to reduce the cut to 7 cents, giving producers 13 cents a gallon. While that beats the Governor's offer, it may not make a practical difference. At least two ethanol plants have told the Legislature that even the reduced cuts would put them out of business. Moreover, to provide the increased funding for ethanol, the House Republican plan relies entirely on a theoretical $100 million increase in revenue from a proposed new casino in the Twin Cities. The problem is that it is highly questionable whether this casino would actually generate that amount of money - and it's not even certain the Legislature will even approve the casino plan at all. In this plan, we are quite literally gambling with the future of a critical rural industry. It's notable that groups allied to the GOP, the Minnesota Family Council and Taxpayers League, are running radio ads against the casino. Even if doing a 4-wheel alignment. & Service Inc. NOW OFFERS:.. 4-Wheel Alignment Tire Sales & Repair Brake Work Suspension Work 839-7197 or 839-2911 547 U.S. Hwy. 12 Ortonville, MN 56278 we could count on the revenue, do we want the social effects of wide open casino gambling? Ever hear anyone call Las Vegas a great place to raise kids? In contrast, a budget-balancing plan crafted by DFLers in the House would minimize cuts to ethanol while also protecting education, senior programs and local aid - and even provide an income tax cut for all Minnesota families with incomes of less than $500,000 a year. Key elements of plan include: * Cuts in ethanol support are reduced to 5 percent - a penny a gallon and cuts to Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, ag-in- the-classroom and other farm programs are also reduced. * Cuts in senior programs like Meals on Wheels and nursing home funding are fully restored. * Education from pre-school through college is held harmless. All the cuts proposed by Gov. Pawlenty are avoided - and so are the school property tax hikes and college tuition hikes that would have followed. * Cuts in aid to cities and counties are 5 percent, compared to the more than 20 percent sought by the Governor. That level can be absorbed without forcing massive city and county property tax increases. * Most other areas of state government are cut 6 percent across the board. Restoring these funds is accomplished by recovering income tax revenue from individuals making more than $250,000 a year and households with incomes of more than $500,000 a year. This is done by adjusting income tax rates to ensure people at all levels on the economic ladder pay an equal share of the tax burden. Incidentally, the House DFL does NOT include the fee on charitable gambling organizations found in the Pawlenty plan. It's worthwhile to note a couple of truths that have been neglected in this debate. Households with incomes of $650,000 received $22,000 in tax cuts and rebates since 1999. The revenue increase on incomes under this proposal is $3,880 for 2003-04 - and they would still be paying less than in 1998. Among all the budget plans offered, none offers a solution to the $4.2 billion deficit without tapping some new source of revenue. The Governor raises fees and property taxes. The House GOP counts on a ghost casino. DFL plans have other tax changes. As the adjournment deadline looms, the question has changed: It is not whether you raise new revenue or not, but how and where you raise it. As always, I appreciate your comments on this or other state issues. You can reach me at 313 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155; telephone (651) 296-4228; or at home at Route 3, Box 90, Madison, MN 56256; telephone (320) 226-1737, or e-mail to rep.aaron.peterson@house.mn Wild turkeys released at eight sites over winter Crews from the Minnesota Minnesota and as far north a Department of Natural Resources, in Mahnomen County in northwestern cooperation with the Minnesota Minnesota. Nelson said each of the Chapter of the National Wild Turkey 189 releases made since 1976 have Federation, released 135 turkeys at been considered successful. sites in five counties during the past "Every release since 1976 has winter. Crews use rocket-propelled resulted in the establishment of at nets to trap turkeys as the turkeys feed least a small population of birds," over bait piles. Nelson said. "Some of the birds Since 1976, DNR crews have been released may have become prey for live trapping wild turkeys from large predators or may have succumbed to flocks in southeastern Minnesota and the elements, but the overall survival releasing them in other areas of the rate is good." state with suitable wild turkey habitat. Nelson said that the DNR has no To date, approximately 4,200 birds plans to release turkeys where habitat have been released in 60 counties may not sustain the birds, such as the across the state. Arrowhead region of northeastern This year, birds released in Mille Minnesota. Lacs, Kannabec and Pine counties The Minnesota Chapter of will also be used in an ongoing St. National Wild Turkey Federation has Cloud State radio-telemetry study that provided volunteers to transport birds will determine if agricultural crops as well as funding to help trapping primarily corn - is critical to winter efforts. survival. Birds were also released in "Without their help, we wouldn't Wadena and Benton counties, be able to continue this program at its "We had a mild winter in the current level," Nelson said. "The southeast, so the birds were all in overall success of the wild turkey pro- excellent condition," said Gary gram has resulted in many additional Nelson, Winona area wildlife manag- hunting opportunities across the er and supervisor of the DNR wild state." turkey trapping program. "However, Minnesota's wild turkey season the weather also made natural foods runs from April 16 through May 25. more available, which hampered our The DNR expects about 22,000 live-trapping efforts." hunters to participate in one of eight Wild turkeys are now found five-day hunting seasons this year. throughout most of southern ( Check out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com ) Whiplash is a powerful force like the sudden, sharp snap of a whip. It hurls your head backwards (hyperextension) and forward (hyperflex- ion), injuring your neck and back. A car accident, sports injury or simply a push from behind - all can cause whiplash injury. Symptoms may not appear right away. Neck pain, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, arm pain and back pain are some of the symptoms that can be related to whiplash. A thorough examination and early treatment when necessary are sound advice following any auto accident. 320-839-2323 H s To Success Past, Present& Fc0000re It takes a lot of studying to earn a college degree, it takes a lot of money too. When you add up the cost of tuition, fees, room, board, books, supples, activities and other expenses, the amount can be overwhelming. If you need financial assistance, we'll be happy to talke with you about our Student Loan Programs. Bob Bauer Stop in and talk to Bob Bauer or Deb Maher Deb Maher Clinton State Bank 320-325-5401 ,2003  INDEPENDENT Page 3b RD WINNERS for the Mites include (I-r, back): Johnny Anderson, Josh Tinklenberg, Nathan and Riley Blake. (I-r, front): Sara Tinklenberg, Isaac Knutson, Ben Va[ek, Craig' Mueller. AUTO ACCIDENT NJURY v # WINNERS for the BiR Stone Lake Area Hockey Association were (front): Nick Stolpman, Haukos and Bryan helstad. (Back): Cody Backstrand, Jim Laub, Kole Arndt, Josh Benck report Peterson, Building, 55155 STARTS AS SE ay traditionally of the end" of ;!on. Committees :Y issues have the focus shifts Weeks, both the Will finalize the sectors of agriculture, on. Once each has budget plans, conference committees are named to work out a compromise between the two plans. Hopefully, those compromises will be reached in time for the Legislature to meet its constitutional adjournment deadline of May 19. Overall, the House GOP plan follows the governor's plan, but allows for slightly smaller cuts in a few select areas. In the agricultural arena, the main item of concern remains ethanol producer payments. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget plan called for a 10-cent cut in ethanol supports, to 10 cents a gallon. Republicans, who control a majority in the House, proposed to reduce the cut to 7 cents, giving producers 13 cents a gallon. While that beats the Governor's offer, it may not make a practical difference. At least two ethanol plants have told the Legislature that even the reduced cuts would put them out of business. Moreover, to provide the increased funding for ethanol, the House Republican plan relies entirely on a theoretical $100 million increase in revenue from a proposed new casino in the Twin Cities. The problem is that it is highly questionable whether this casino would actually generate that amount of money - and it's not even certain the Legislature will even approve the casino plan at all. In this plan, we are quite literally gambling with the future of a critical rural industry. It's notable that groups allied to the GOP, the Minnesota Family Council and Taxpayers League, are running radio ads against the casino. Even if doing a 4-wheel alignment. & Service Inc. NOW OFFERS:.. 4-Wheel Alignment Tire Sales & Repair Brake Work Suspension Work 839-7197 or 839-2911 547 U.S. Hwy. 12 Ortonville, MN 56278 we could count on the revenue, do we want the social effects of wide open casino gambling? Ever hear anyone call Las Vegas a great place to raise kids? In contrast, a budget-balancing plan crafted by DFLers in the House would minimize cuts to ethanol while also protecting education, senior programs and local aid - and even provide an income tax cut for all Minnesota families with incomes of less than $500,000 a year. Key elements of plan include: * Cuts in ethanol support are reduced to 5 percent - a penny a gallon and cuts to Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, ag-in- the-classroom and other farm programs are also reduced. * Cuts in senior programs like Meals on Wheels and nursing home funding are fully restored. * Education from pre-school through college is held harmless. All the cuts proposed by Gov. Pawlenty are avoided - and so are the school property tax hikes and college tuition hikes that would have followed. * Cuts in aid to cities and counties are 5 percent, compared to the more than 20 percent sought by the Governor. That level can be absorbed without forcing massive city and county property tax increases. * Most other areas of state government are cut 6 percent across the board. Restoring these funds is accomplished by recovering income tax revenue from individuals making more than $250,000 a year and households with incomes of more than $500,000 a year. This is done by adjusting income tax rates to ensure people at all levels on the economic ladder pay an equal share of the tax burden. Incidentally, the House DFL does NOT include the fee on charitable gambling organizations found in the Pawlenty plan. It's worthwhile to note a couple of truths that have been neglected in this debate. Households with incomes of $650,000 received $22,000 in tax cuts and rebates since 1999. The revenue increase on incomes under this proposal is $3,880 for 2003-04 - and they would still be paying less than in 1998. Among all the budget plans offered, none offers a solution to the $4.2 billion deficit without tapping some new source of revenue. The Governor raises fees and property taxes. The House GOP counts on a ghost casino. DFL plans have other tax changes. As the adjournment deadline looms, the question has changed: It is not whether you raise new revenue or not, but how and where you raise it. As always, I appreciate your comments on this or other state issues. You can reach me at 313 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155; telephone (651) 296-4228; or at home at Route 3, Box 90, Madison, MN 56256; telephone (320) 226-1737, or e-mail to rep.aaron.peterson@house.mn Wild turkeys released at eight sites over winter Crews from the Minnesota Minnesota and as far north a Department of Natural Resources, in Mahnomen County in northwestern cooperation with the Minnesota Minnesota. Nelson said each of the Chapter of the National Wild Turkey 189 releases made since 1976 have Federation, released 135 turkeys at been considered successful. sites in five counties during the past "Every release since 1976 has winter. Crews use rocket-propelled resulted in the establishment of at nets to trap turkeys as the turkeys feed least a small population of birds," over bait piles. Nelson said. "Some of the birds Since 1976, DNR crews have been released may have become prey for live trapping wild turkeys from large predators or may have succumbed to flocks in southeastern Minnesota and the elements, but the overall survival releasing them in other areas of the rate is good." state with suitable wild turkey habitat. Nelson said that the DNR has no To date, approximately 4,200 birds plans to release turkeys where habitat have been released in 60 counties may not sustain the birds, such as the across the state. Arrowhead region of northeastern This year, birds released in Mille Minnesota. Lacs, Kannabec and Pine counties The Minnesota Chapter of will also be used in an ongoing St. National Wild Turkey Federation has Cloud State radio-telemetry study that provided volunteers to transport birds will determine if agricultural crops as well as funding to help trapping primarily corn - is critical to winter efforts. survival. Birds were also released in "Without their help, we wouldn't Wadena and Benton counties, be able to continue this program at its "We had a mild winter in the current level," Nelson said. "The southeast, so the birds were all in overall success of the wild turkey pro- excellent condition," said Gary gram has resulted in many additional Nelson, Winona area wildlife manag- hunting opportunities across the er and supervisor of the DNR wild state." turkey trapping program. "However, Minnesota's wild turkey season the weather also made natural foods runs from April 16 through May 25. more available, which hampered our The DNR expects about 22,000 live-trapping efforts." hunters to participate in one of eight Wild turkeys are now found five-day hunting seasons this year. throughout most of southern ( Check out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com ) Whiplash is a powerful force like the sudden, sharp snap of a whip. It hurls your head backwards (hyperextension) and forward (hyperflex- ion), injuring your neck and back. A car accident, sports injury or simply a push from behind - all can cause whiplash injury. Symptoms may not appear right away. Neck pain, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, arm pain and back pain are some of the symptoms that can be related to whiplash. A thorough examination and early treatment when necessary are sound advice following any auto accident. 320-839-2323 H s To Success Past, Present& Fc0000re It takes a lot of studying to earn a college degree, it takes a lot of money too. When you add up the cost of tuition, fees, room, board, books, supples, activities and other expenses, the amount can be overwhelming. If you need financial assistance, we'll be happy to talke with you about our Student Loan Programs. Bob Bauer Stop in and talk to Bob Bauer or Deb Maher Deb Maher Clinton State Bank 320-325-5401 ,2003  INDEPENDENT Page 3b