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Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation reminds customers that accidental contact from digging near underground utility services (natural gas pipelines, electric power lines, water lines and communication lines) can be extremely dangerous and could cause personal injury and disrupt vital services to entire neighborhoods. Contractors working on a job site and homeowners working in the yard must CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG. There is a pre-established system in place that will send a locator techni- cian to where the digging will take place as goon as possible, usually within two working days from when the request was received. There is no charge for the service and the call is toll free. "It's not just for those who are using power digging equipment," said Ann Carlon, Senior External Relations Manager. "We want anyone and everyone who is digging in their yard from a simple home project of planting a tree, installing a sprinkler PROUDLY DISPLAYING THE TRAVELING TROPHY is the Border Walleye Challenge winning team of Brendan Olson and Corey Joyce. The trophy was won by Minnesota for the third straight year and will be on dnsplay at Bud's Bait in Ortonville. system, to installing fence posts, tO, call the hotline first. Digging can be dangerous if you don't check before you start." For excavation contractors, ~. Minnesota Energy and Diggers Hotline hold around 25 annual "safe digging" meetings and invite anyone associated with commercial digging to attend. Nationwide, there are more than 200,000 unintentional hits on underground facilities annually. Minnesota Energy has about 4,500 miles of distribution and transmission pipeline in the state. Annual Welcome "lea set for May 5 The sixth annual Newcomers Welcome Tea for ladies of the Big Stone Lake area is being planned for Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. The gath- ering will be held at First English Lutheran Church, 9 NW 3rd St, Ortonville. All ladies new to the area within the last few years are invited to attend. Information on community groups of interest for adults and children will be available. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prize drawings. The annual event is hosted by an independent group of women to help new ladies to get acquainted and is not affiliated with any church. Please call Erlys Sis at (320)-839- 3786, Janis Sellin at (320)-839-3208 or Ethel Swenson at (320)-839-3866 to confirm your attendance. (ADV) DON WILLIAMS DISPLAYS THE TROPHY he received Thursday evening, as a finalist in the 2011 Jefferson Award program at Alexandria. He was one of six finalists recognized for their volunteerism at the event. Don, a retired Clinton businessman and county treasurer, continues to be a volunteer in many areas for his community. (See accompanying story.) KDIO Temps Hi Low April 24 63 36 April 25 61 36 April 26 50 43 rain April 27 55 39 April 28 63 37 April 29 64 41 rain April 30 51 37 The 2011 Jefferson Awards Gala Celebration was held at Alexandria's Broadway Ballroom on April 21, and Clinton's Don Williams was one of the six nominees for this year's award. The program is sponsored by KSAX/KRWF-TV along with Bremer Banks of Alexandria, Brainerd and Willmar; Leech Lake Gaming, Alexandria Technical and Community College, and Galeon and Leuthner Law Office. The program included the story of each of the six nominees, who were introduced and interviewed at the program. Williams was the first nom- inee to be introduced, and also report- ed on Big Stone County's Cancer Support Group's work, as well as Big Stone County's "Stroll for Epilepsy", held each fall. While Don was not selected to rep- resent the area in Washington, DC later this year, it was indicated time and time again, that all award nomi- nees were 'winners'. The area representative who will travel to Washington, DC is Marlyn Beaudine of St. Cloud. According to the program, he "volunteers up to 130 hours a week, and is described as both a protector and selfless handy- man". Some of his projects include helping remodel the Central MN American Red Cross Chapter offices, constructing handicap ramps, decks and steps, and also volunteering at Options, training people with handi- caps to function on their own. He sets up deer stands for the disabled veter- ans deer hunt at Camp Ripley, and assists at the food shelf and many other activities. The program also recognized sev- eral nominees as Junior Nominees. The Jefferson Awards were estab- lished in 1972 as a "Nobel Prize" for public and community services throughout the nation. ! THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO A PRODUCTION OF PERFORMED BY PRAIRIE FIRE CHILDREN'S THEATER AND STUDENTS OF THE BIG STONE CITY SCHOOL IN THE BIG STONE SCHOOL GYM BIG STONE CITY, TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR: Students $3.00 Adults $5.00 SD at Supper Club Sunday, May 8 Serving from 1 lam -2pro Sit clown meal with a choice of Roast Beef, Ham, Chicken or Pollock Adults 10.00 each Includes dessert & beverage No menu available er Club On Big Stone Lake, one mile north on Hwy. 7 Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-9972 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK RATED TRY USI!I m S, HWY, 15 MILBANK, SD PH, 605-432-4421 Retoadebles Fountains Aerial Displays Sky Rockets , Bottle Rockets Roman Candles ~ ~!-~ ..... Firecrackers. Sparklers Lots of Kid Friendly Fireworks And Much Morel A t/wee-course meal serving wine with each course. iliiiiii:i::ii:iiii S25.00perperso. ..... !iiiiiiiii!i!i i : Wi.e pairing preselited by Paal Amdahl of the dohnsoll Brothers Wine Specialists. We Accept Tuesday, May 3, 2011 INDEPENDENT Page 11 I