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R LUCK AT FISHING on Big Stone Lake's opening day of fishing Saturday were Roy of Clinton, now of Sioux Falls, SD and his cousin Bradley Dalberg of Ledgerwood, ND, at nty board grants DNR's acquisition proposal Tuesday, the allowed the of land in southern to the Department of though they had the sale. to purchase 178.4 acres, Schmidt tract, area's hunting condi- revenue to local Lac qui Parle Manager Dave meeting March 17, COncern over the land would be put it in agricul- who farms near told board members in the area would the loss in taxes and that if the Would only be more aters blocking the le Office CALL Lac qui Parle County Wildlife Manager Dave Trauba assured farm- ers that their taxes would not increase due to the proposed acquisition. "When you look at all those cars, don't think about how much they block the roadway, but think of how much those hunters spend in the area," he said. A DNR report presented to board members Tuesday stated that in 1991, the average hunter spent $476 in the area. Ralph Schmidt, whose wife is part owner of the land, stated that the land would still be in production, just not from agriculture. '.'Besides, only two percent of Big Stone County is wet- lands," he said. Board member Jeanne Krueger expressed her concern that the county is declining in population, and that selling too much land to the DNR could make it worse. "I just want what's best for the county," she said. "I don't work for Mr. Schmidt or the DNR, I'm here to work for the ever- ileclining population in Big Stone County," stated Krueger. Commissioner Dick Lane offered the resolution to allow the sale as orig- inally proposed March 3, and it was passed 4-1, with commissioner Alan Maas casting the dissenting vote. Other issues before the board Tuesday included Big Stone Coymty Veterans, Service Officer .-Ooug Tomschin s request for more/working hours. "In addition to being the Veterans Service Officer, I have to also handle emergency management, clerical work, and manage and maintain two separate budgets, which is not possi- ble working only four days a week," Tomschin said at the board's April 7 meeting. "Of the 28 counties in Minnesota with a Veterans' Service Office, ours is the only one that does not have full time help." Though he stated that his hours were not enough to complete the job, Tomschin reported that Big Stone County is ranked number six out of 87 Minnesota counties in percentage of veterans helped and money brought into the county. "Out of the 560 or so veterans in Big Stone County, almost 20 percent of them are being served, while other counties are closer to only seven percent," he said. " I don't expect an increase in pay, just an increase in the time I have to do my job." Big Stone County Sheriff Joe Berning was also in attendance in sup- port of Tomschin's request. He stated that Tomschin handles a tremendous amount of the emergency manage- ment work, and "if there's anyone that deserves to be full time, it's Doug," he said. Despite Berning's support and a report detailing the need for a full time Veterans Service Officer position, board member Elwood Throndrud made a motion to return Tomschin to four-fifths time as before. The motion was passed in a 3-2 vote, with Chairman Dave Torgerson and Commissioner Dick Lane voting against it. In other business, Holly Arnst has requested purchase Ortonville's Columbian Hotel for delinquent tax value. Arnst stated that she has already applied for a full liquor license and a downstairs apartment has been claimed. Since she has an interest in the form of a mortgage on the build- ing, she will be able to have first chance at buying it from the state, and all that remains now is the $15,661.22 in back taxes and special assessments. The board tabled their decision on the matter until the next meeting, awaiting Arnsrs tax refund that, added to the $8,000 from the Border City Tax Credit Allocation, will give her the funding to buy the building. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS "Because We Care" No scheduled monthly payments Revolving line of credit You decide how much of your HOME CASH you will USE and WHEN and WHY you will borrow HOMZ CASH AVAILABLE AT CenBank "Where the Magic Never Ends!" P.O. Box 306 • 113 NW 1st Street • Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-6123 * 1-800-335-8920 Fax 320-839-6127 DRIVE-UP TELLER HOURS: 8:00 am. to 5:30 p.m. y ttu'u Friday; 8".30 a.m- to 12 noon Saturday o00000000iNDEPENDENT Maatz named President ........ RRV Potato Growers Assn. Honor has come to Duane Maatz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Maatz of Bellingham. Duane has been named president of the Red River Valley Potato Growers Associ- ation, and began his new duties last week. Duane, 38, lives in Grand ": .iL. Forks, ND and brings a diverse ag background to his new position, according to a story on his new office in the April issue of Valley Potato Grower publi- cation magazine, the official publica- tion of the Association. Duane grew up on the small fami- ly grain-livestock farm near Bellingham. He graduated in 1982 from North Dakota State University, Fargo, with a BS degree in ag educa- tion. After spending a year as a graduate research assistant in that department, he taught high school vocational edu- cation at Petersburg, N.D., and Larimore, N.D., until 1992. That year, Maatz joined the North Valley Vo-Tech Center at Grafton, N.D. He was instrumental in develop- ing and coordinating the Adult Farm Business Management program. Maatz worked with farmer clients in an effort to reach their farm, family and financial goals. The program has over 60 participants, including more than a dozen operations where pota- toes are the major crop. "In working with my potato grow- er clients, I have developed a great interest in the potato industry in the Red River Valley," he said. "I have worked to improve my knowledge and skills about the industry and the effects it has on the farm operation." Justin Dagen, chairman of the RRVPGA board of directors, said "Duane Maatz knows the potato industry from the ground up. He brings enthusiasm and common sense to the position. "Recent staff changes at the asso- ciation have presented an opportunity for the board to equip the grower/members with leadership to best serve their needs as we approach the 21st century. While the potato industry in North Dakota and Minnesota has undergone significant changes in the past 8 years, the future looks bright. With many exciting opportunities for expansion in our processing industry, as well as contin- ued growth in the seed, chip and fresh segments." Maatz said he is looking forward to the challenges and the many posi- tive aspects of the position. "One of my first goals is to improve and enhance the relationship of the growers and the association through personal contacts," he said. "This will allow the grower to feel the ownership of the association and the benefits it provides to them." Agriculture in general, and the potato industry in particular, have seen dramatic changes in the past few years. But change doesn't have to be negative, Maatz said. "I think all of agriculture is chang- ing, but it will stabilize. Although things may not return to what we once knew as 'normal,' the new direction can be positive. "We're in a down cycle right now and there are going to be changes in the industry. But we'll come out of it and be better for it. By not being sta- tionary, you improve yourself "Technology and research will help us in the future," he added. "Every month, you can pick up a magazine and read something new about precision agriculture. "Our first reaction may be that it is expensive and may not fit our opera- tion. 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