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Steve Hoffbeck, a history professor Home Front in Fergus Falls, for Pro- at MSU Moorhead and a Minnesota fessor Hoffbeck has gathered informa- Book Award-winningauthor, will give tiofi about Otter Tail County by his illustrated presentation on "The searching through the entire run of Fer- Home Front In Minnesota During gns Falls Daily Journal newspapers World War II," on Saturday, May 7 at from 1941 through 1945. The city 2 p.m. at the Big Stone County Mu- practiced black-outs of lights and win- seum. dows several times, for fear that the Hoffbeck will relate the stories of enemy would bomb the city during the how Minnesotans responded to the war. war, sending soldiers to the battlefronts Dr. Steve Hoffbeck is a professor of and enduring shortages and rationing history at Minnesota State University, of vital war materials in a brief, 45 Moorhead. Specializing in the regional minute talk. A question and answer history of the Upper Midwest, Hoff- session will follow the presentation, beck has written about topics such as More than 300,000 Minnesota men the history of aviation, baseball, street and women went off to World War II pavements, and fishing. A book that he and 6,000 of them perished in combat; wrote about farming in Minnesota, en- 400 died in prison camps; and 500 oth- titled The Haymakers: A Chronicle of ers were missing in action. Hoffbeck's Five Farm Families, won a Minnesota father served in the U.S. Navy during Book Award in 2001. The Haymakers the war and survived kamikaze attacks has become a book beloved by its read- in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. This ers for its insights into the trials and and other stories of Minnesotans will joys of farming. be a part of the public program. Hoffbeck's second book, Swinging Special attention will be given to the For The Fences: Black Baseball in MinnesOta, won the Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award for 2005. Both a chronicle of forgot- ten baseball teams and a repository of crisp baseball biographies, Swinging For The Fences traces the stories of sixteen ballplayers over the last t50 years. Hoffbeck and a team of writers told the stories of black athletes who tried to overcome the "color line" or their own weaknesses to find fulfill: lent on the baseball diamonds of Min- nesota. Both books were published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. Professor Hoffbeck has published several articles in Minnesota History magazine and in North Dakota Histbry journal on regional topics. Addition- ally, he has written articles about base- ball and agricultural topics for regional magazines, such as Minnesota Monthly, Farm and Ranch Living, Lake Superior Magazine, and Lake Country Journal. Originally from Mor- gan, Hoffbeck lives in Barnesville with his wife and family. ill " The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife-dependent public uses are le- 273-2231 or alice_h/ml'ey (FWS) is seeking public comment on a gitimate and appropriate uses and are The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service draft Compatibility Determination for to receive priority consideration in is the principal federal agency respon- the rehabilitation of a public use facil- planning and management. There are sible for conserving, protecting and en- ity on Big Stone National Wildlife six wildlife-dependent public uses: hancing fish, wildlifeand plants and Refuge in Odessa. hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, their habitats for the continuing benefit The project involves the rehabilita- wildlife photography, environmental of the American people. The Service tion of the Highway 75 Dam trail and education and interpretation. The Act manages the 96-million-acre National overlook east of Odessa, MN. This directs managers to allow recreational Wildlife Refuge System, which en- project includes an upgrade of the trail opportunities on National Wildlife compasses 545 national wildlife and parking lot and the construction of Refuges when compatible with the pur- refuges, thousands of small wetlands a new observation platform at the end poses for which the Refuge was estab- and other special management areas. It of the trail. The accessible trail will lished and the mission of the National also operates 69 national fish hatch- lead from the parking lot to an accessi- Wildlife Refuge System. eries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Manage- ble wildlife observation platform over- Although the above public use islent offices and 81 ecological services looking the Refuge's East Pool compatible, new facilities for public field stations. impoundment, use activities are subject to the corn- The agency enforces federal The National Wildlife Refuge Ira- patibility review process which in- wildlife laws, administers the Endan- provement Act of 1997 requires that cludes a public comment period, gered Species Act, manages migratory before permitting new or expanded Copies of the draft Compatibility De- bird populations, restores nationally uses on a refuge, the use must be de- termination can be obtained by calling significant fisheries, conserves and re- termined to be compatible with the pur- the Refuge headquarters at 320-273- stores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, poses of the refuge. Compatible means 2191. and helps foreign governments with that a use will not materially interfere Written comments on the Compati-their conservation efforts. It also over- with, or detract from, the fulfillment of bility Determination will be accepted sees the Federal Assistance program, the Refuge System mission or the through June 2. Written commentswhich distributes hundreds of millions refuges purposes, should be submitted to Alice Hanley, of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and The National Wildlife Refuge Sys- Big Stone NWR, 44843 County Roadhunting equipment to state fish and tern has determined that compatible 19, Odessa, MN 56276, and fax: 320- wildlife agencies. fi DISPLAYING TWO NICE WALLEYES is the 2011 Border Walleye Challenge winners Corey Joyce and Brendan Olson. Teams fishing in thisyear's tourney were greeted by 30-45 mph west winds and a brief rain- shower. Joyce and Olson concentratedtheir efforts fishing shorelines in the Rocky Ledge area netting them six walleyes weighing 14.06 Ibs. Ill Independent Ads I[I II Get Noticed. (You re rea, ding this one aren t you?) Madison therapist receives top honors Physical Therapist Assistant Susan Clark has been selected the Minnesota Physical Therapist Assistant of the Year by the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association. Recipients were nominated based on their outstanding achievements in clinical practice, community services, and personal commitment to physical therapy. Clark is a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD. Since her graduation, she has Been employed in Madison by Big Stone Therapies, which has corporate offices in Ortonville. Her professional interests include neck and shoulder complications, post-surgical therapy, and joint repair and replacement therapies. In her free time, Clark enjoys spending time with family, playing cards, fishing, and camping. r Now's the Time for Spring N !L Thatching Trimming Bagging Mowing .Hedge Trimming .Garden Tilting ping Ortonville, MN 605-237-3"976 J SHOTS CAN KILL. During National Arson Awareness nesota's 87 counties experienced no -Don't allow leaves, firewood or Week, May 1 7, State Fire Marshal arson fires that year. Since 1989, arson other combustibles to remain near Jerry Rosendahl wants to focus public fires in our state have caused at least 53 buildings. They make arson easy for attention on a crime that is too often deaths and more than $318 million in vandals and cause flames to spread rap- dismissed as victimless or impossible property destruction, idly. to control. "Arson takes lives, destroys The crime of arson is usually iden- .Keep doors and windows of unoc- possessions and paralyzes communi- tiffed by investigators, but too often, cupied buildings locked. Keep the keys ties with fear," he says. "It may be an the criminal is not. It can take a corn- handy. If necessary, board the building act of revenge, cruelty, fraud or delin- munity to catch an arsonist, and that's up. quency -- but it's always a criminal one reason forArson Awareness Week. .Illuminate the exterior of buildings act. And we all pay for it; our home and People who are watchful and know the at night and keep commercial dump- vehicle insurance rates reflect the cost facts on arson can help prevent it or sters at least five feet from building of arson." help apprehend arsonists, walls. In Minnesota, 1 268 arson fires The State Fire Marshal advises cit- "Never be afraid to make use of the were reported in 2009. They included izens who know of, or suspect an act of Minnesota Arson Hotline," Rosendahl 330 structure fires and 159 vehicle arson to call their fire or police depart- says. "It exists to help stop arson, and fires, with a total dollar loss of more lent. Report suspicious activity near your call may be anonymous if you feel than $6 million. Figures reported to the houses or buildings, and p/trticipate in that's best." The Arson Hotline number State Fire Marshal by local fire depart- Neighborhood Watch groups. In addi- is 800-723-202. ments show that only six of Min- tion, G([~(~_ J For~ll your Concrete Needs [ "~, .'~" I customer service I Ready Mix I I Thank you for your patronage! In maintaining our focus on being your ready mix concrete supplier of choice, GCC Ready Mix is selling its concrete placement division. We wish Flat Rate, Inc. continued success during their expansion. Effective May Ist, 2011 please contact O-- I "Nathan with Flat Rate Inc. toll-free at (855) 862-6085 for your placement needs, klJs &l (h t C&lr m "One Low Price, Plain and Simple, Check Us Out Online at 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT LOOk for us on Facebook 2011 Chrysler Town & Country GET O YOUR CROP IN EARLY WHILE MANAGING YOUR SOIL PREP NEEDS. 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