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.L AWARD WINNERS are shown above, listed with their respective awards from the they are Lisa Spors (Top Defender, Most Improved), Megan Reiffenberger race Winner) and Kelsey Henningson (Top Rebounder). spying, which can lead to family con- flict. Balance your supervision and think about how your kids might react. Be realistic. Understand what your kids are exposed to both online and in the real world. To determine what you allow them to see on the Web, think about the music they hear and the movies they see. Be clear on each other's expecta- tions. Go online together. This prac- tice makes the online journey a fami- ly affair, keeps children away from undesirable sites, and allows you to steer your kids to sites you think match their interests and age groups. Monitor your child's online activi- ties. You make it clear that you have the right to see what sites they visit, what they type and whom they talk to. Establish rules. Create and enforce policies that your children must fot- i i marion such as name, address, phone, and shopping preferences. Explain to t_ your kids that on the Internet, some people are not who they claim to be. . Know your child s friends. Even if 'II'#,L _ = II all_ you restrict your children's Web _.,,1111 n lr__rll v||lrn access at home, they can still log on all "-.-- w,vm'F iVy--=w,= from nlaces where vou can't keen tabs lp,41, ..... JI. ----a'--'l, = ,on them. Talk to the parents o(your I" nl II.t00rnlRt SPllelV /kids' friends and gauge their take on ....... ,I ./' safe surfing. " e. . Expres your concerns about otevens Count Rnskedal CYFAR Coordinator and nforcln A ,h. . Y " ' . . i. e "" g rules. Protect passwords "" provided the technolo s ecmhst wlm the Center ,llti,, gY .P and create hard-to-decipher user " -"" for 4-H Youth Development here in namo-- "" ............. " . _ s. , your mus never to give child's safe- Morris to help you understand the out their passwords. Be wary about t think you continuum of Internet Safety. She wdl posting family photos in Web sites. should be holding a .Parent. Educanon" " ..session Use a photo-sharing site that offers is a re at the Unlversny of Minnesota w t ro g at  .  .:  .  pass ord or other securi y p tection. contlnuou Lxtensmn ervme umce m stevens s . Use filtering software. Though this touch with County (10 E. Hwy. 28) next to would be a last resort, filtering pro- D RICK CHRISTENSON from Mandt Livewires 4-H at'ue,l- received the 2001 Outstanding 4-H Adults lect_t. ne Annual Association Conference. Donna and !roUt to receive the adult from the SW Association ,, ' utstandiml contributions to their local 4-H Club, ry .4-H Youtff Development programs and their work ! -H Adult Volunteer Association throughout their , i'_Years. Pictured with Donna and Rick is Bernice IIISc ut Parle 4-H Leader and Board of Directors milrlrlesota. " Prairie View Nursery. The session will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 5:15 p.m. for approximately one-hour. Before monitoring your children's online activities or enforc- ing rules on their Web access, think about what you need to accomplish and consider the consequences. Bear these points in mind: Maintain trpst. Overprotecting your kids might convey that you don't trust them Make sure your kids understand your intentions for watching over them. Respect privacy Kids have a right to privacy as long as you know they're safe. While you should keep tabs on their online habits, exercising too much authority can be construed as online your child a city, city can marketing, met. Or, out FBI's [d pornog- cases. Increased at .Your family a reason to that effort have Lynn m :00V,90NiI&j What to do if you can't pay your taxes Millions of Americans use tax time as a way to raise vacation money or make a big purchase after receiving a tax refund. But what happens when you owe the federal government? "When you're expecting a refund and end up owing taxes it's like waking up Christmas morning and having to pay Santa Claus," said Steve Rhode, pres- ident and co-founder of, the nation's only financial crisis and treatment center. "If you're suddenly facing a large tax bill and don't have the cash to pay it, you can't hide for long." Unlike credit card companies and collection agencies, the Internal Revenue Service has a considerable amount of power when it comes to collecting tax debts. "The IRS can take swift action such as seizing assets and garnishing your wages without having to take you to court," said Rhode. "If you can't pay the bill up front, it might be better to take out a loan or use a credit card to pay your taxes so you will owe a bank or cred- it card company instead of the IRS. However, be careful. If you use your credit card to pay taxes and then later file bankruptcy, the amount that you used to pay your taxes may not be dis- Rites held for James Dodds low when they're online. Remind Jim was preceded in death by his them to consult you when they see wife Pat (nee Bailey)formerly of Big confusing or questionable content. Stone City, his parents and daughter Provide instructions on what kinds of Melaney. sites they can visit, when they can go Jim is survived by six brothers and online, and how long they can stay his sister, Mrs. Wayne (Pat)Schad. there. Remind your child not to give out personal information. Malicious marketers target kids for private infor- grams block specific Web sites or sub- jects, and they restrict activities such as online chats and file downloads. Barnhardt, Drake to graduate PC A total of 79 students will be receiving degrees at the 51st annual commencement exercises on Saturday, May l lth, 2002, at Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD. Among the graduates from this area are Jackie Lynn Drake of Bellingham and Tamara Joy Barnhardt, Big Stone City, SD. Both will be graduating in the field of Nursing, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. Word comes today from Mrs, Wayne Schad of-Milbank that her brother, James M. Dodds, 73, of Miami, Florida, died there on Thursday, April 18th, 2002. Jim was the son of the late Morrie and Nel Dodds, formerly of Ortonville. charged in bankruptcy." If you don't want to take out a loan or charge your taxes but still can't pay the full amount, the IRS can set up an installment plan in which you could pay your tax bill over a three year period You will be charged a sctup fee, plus interest, plus penalty per month on the unpaid balance until it's paid off. Another option is to make an offer in compromise, which settles your tax debts for less than you actually owe. To qualify there needs to be some I I I'I ?'i' 'iI1" I [OIB'[IIIP . doubt that you actually owe the tax or doubt that the tax can be collected from you. Be sure your offer reason- ably reflects your ability to pay. "An offer in compromise will lower your tax liability but might not be the best solution," said Rhode. "If your offer is accepted you must meet all of your tax requirements for the next five years and if you don't com- ply with the terms of your offer the IRS may reinstate the entire tax liabil- ity." For an in depth look at your options when owing taxes, read the publication "How to Deal with the IRS if You Can't Pay Your Taxes.: Download the publica- tion from publication or send $5, payable to, to IRS Publication,, P.O. Box 8587, Gaithersburg, MD 20898- 8587. I weeken&. In fact, most of the time, the boat isn't even in the water - it's in storage. Contact us t(xtay about boat insurance t(n Auto.Owners. 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