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Rox open 2011 season with win over Arlington, 14-1 grin a game played in cold blustery weather on Saturday, April 30, the Or- tonville Rox opened up the 2011 base- ball season with a nice 14-1 win over Arlington. The Rox started the scoring in the bottom of the first when Riley Sam- mon drew a leadoff walk and promptly stole second. John Thomas followed with a single and then Riley scored on an error by the third baseman on a ball hit by Matt Fellows. The locals had a big third inning scoring six runs. Thomas led off the in- ning with a walk and stole second on a Matt Fellows strike out. Thomas scored on an error by the second base- man on a ball hit by Chance Haugen. Joe Fuller scored Haugen with a ring- ing double, Chris Fellows followed with a double of his own plating Fuller. Tim Haugen was hit by a pitch and Chris Smith walked to load the bases. Tony Schake walked to force in a run for his first RBI as a Rox player. Two more runs scored on an error by the third baseman making the score 7-l. The score held until the bottom of the fifth when Chris Smith led off the inning with a long double. After a Schake strikeout, Riley Sammon reached on an error by the third base- man, John Thomas then singled to scored Smith. Matt Fellows doubled to plate Sammon and Thomas. After an out, Fellows scored on a single by Joe Fuller, making the score 11-1. The Rox scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tim Haugen led off the inning with a single which was followed by walks to Chris Smith and Tony Schake. Riley Sammon then doubled to score Haugen and Smith. Thomas then flew out to left and Matt Fellows grounded into a fielder's choice with Schake being cut down at the plate. Chance Haugen then hit a single to score Sammon, making the final score 14-1 for the Rox. Curt Schake started on the mound and went three innings, giving up one run on a double steal, two hits and struck out three. Chris Fellows threw the final four innings to pick up the win, giving up no runs on two hits while striking out four. Leading hitters for the Rox were John Thomas and Joe Fuller with two hits each, Riley Sammon, Matt Fel- lows, Chance Haugen, Chris Fellows, Tim Haugen and Chris Smith each had one hit. The Rox were scheduled to play Clinton on Sunday, May l but the game was postponed because of cold and windy weather. "It was a really good start for us. To play in the bad weather and hit the ball the way we did, pitch the ball well and commit only one error speaks to how well we played," stated manager Ron Thomas. On Saturday, May 7 the Rox played host to Sacred Heart. Ortonville broke out with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-0 lead, only to have Sacred Heart come back with four runs of their own to go on top 4-3. The Rox gave up six more runs in the top of the ninth and could only score one of their own in the bottom of the inning to make the final score 10-4 in favor of Sacred Heart. Joe Fuller got the start and threw four shutout innings, giving up three hits while striking out seven. Chance Haugen came on to throw two and one- third innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four. Cory Stat- telman threw two innings allowing seven runs on three hits while striking out two. Matt Fellows finished the game going two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. "We really got beat when Jeremy Hinderks hit three-run homers in both the seventh and ninth innings," said Rox Manager Ron Thomas. "I had to put some of our pitchers in situations they are not used to and it just didn't work out. In the long run, this game will give us more confidence and a deeper pitching staff." On the offensive side, the Rox scored three nins in the bottom of the sixth when Joe Fuller started things with a single. Fuller was forced at sec- ond on a fielders choice by Matt Fel- lows. Chance Haugen hit a double and after a fly out, Zach Giese pounded out a two-run single. Tim Haugen followed with an RBI single of his own. The locals added another run in the bottom of the ninth when John Thomas drew a one out walk. Fuller followe, with a walk of his own. After a strike out, Haugen doubled to score Thomas, The Rox were scheduled to pla: Appleton on Sunday, but were raine, out. The next game is this Saturda 3 May 14 when the Rox travel to Choki, for a 4 p.m. game. II I Fosamax , Boniva & Acotnel are drugs taken for osteoporosis. They have been linked to an increased risk of fractures of the femur (thighbone). If you took these drugs and had a femur fracture, call us. You may be entitled to compensation. Lee J. Hollis, Attorney 1-800-701-3672 RATE INCREASE NOTICE Notice of Public Hearings for Minnesota Energy Resources For MERC-PNG Customers served by the Northern Natural Gas Pipeline On November 30, 2010, Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation- PNG ("MERC-PNG") asked for permission to increase its natural gas rates by approximately $13.7 million, or about 5.9% overall. Depending upon customer class and usage, the actual percentage of any increase will vary. The requested increase would add about $5.46 to a typical residential customer's monthly bill in the MERC-PNG Northern Natural Gas Pipeline rate area. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ("MPUC") will make its decision regarding the final rates in early 2012. Public Comment Administrative Law Judge Manuel J. Cervantes has scheduled public hearings so that customers may present their views regarding MERC-PNG's recently filed rate case. MERC-PNG customers and members of the public are invited to attend and to provide comments at the hearings. You are invited to comment on the adequacy and quality of MERC-PNG' s service, the level of rates or other related matters. You do not need to be represented by an attorney in order to participate in these hearings. Rochester Thursday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. Olmsted County Govt Center - Room 104, 151 4th Street SE Public Hearings Schedule Rosemount Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. Dakota County Technical College - Room 2-1.04, 1300 145th Street East Cloquet Monday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. Cloquet City Hall - Council Chambers, 1307 Cloquet Avenue You may also send written comments to Administrative Law Judge Manuel J. Cervantes Office of Administrative Hearings P.O. Box 64620 St. Paul, MN 55164-0620 E-mail: Manuel.Cervantes @ state.mn.us Written Comments Written comments are most effective when they include: 1) the issue in MERC-PNG's proposal you are addressing; 2) your specific recommendation; and 3) the reason for your recommendation. Please reference Docket Numbers OAH 16-2500-21807-2 and MPUC G-007, 011/GR-10-977 in all correspondence. The deadline for written comments is July 7,2011. Accommodations If you need any reasonable accommodation in order to enable you to fully participate in these public hearings (i.e., sign language or large print materials), please call the MPUC at 651-296-0406 (voice) or 1-800-657-3782 at least one week in advance of the meeting. Persons with hearing or speech disabilities may call through Minnesota Relay at 1-800-627-3529 or by dialing 711. Evidentiary Hearings Formal evidentiary hearings on MERC-PNG's proposal are scheduled to start on July 19, 2011 in the PUC's Large Hearing Room, 121 Seventh Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN. The purpose of the evidentiary hearings is to allow MERC-PNG, the Minnesota Department of Commerce-Office of Energy Security, the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General-Residential Utilities Division and others to present sworn testimony and to cross-examine witnesses on the structure and reasonableness of the proposed rate increase. Anyone who wishes to formally intervene in these proceedings should contact the Administrative Law Judge, Manuel J. Cervantes, at the Office of Administrative Hearings, P.O. Box 64620, St. Paul, MN 55164-0620. Effect of Rate Changes Below are examples of the effect of the proposed increase on typical bills of MERC-PNG customers. Individual changes may be higher or lower depending upon actual natural gas usage. The rate changes described in this notice have been requested by MERC-PNG. The MPUC may either grant or deny the requested changes, in whole or in part, and may grant a lesser or greater increase than that requested by MERC-PNG for any class or classes of service. PROPOSED CHANGE IN AVERAGE MONTHLY BILLS MERC-PNG Northern Natural Gas Company Service Area Customer Class General Service - Residential Sales General Service - Small Commercial & Industrial Sales General Service - Large Commercial & Industrial Sales Small Volume Interruptible and Joint Sales Large Volume Interruptible and Joint Sales Transportation Average Monty Usage(Therms) Present Monthly Bin* IntedmMonty BiH Proposed Monthly Bill 75 $76 $78 $82 80 $83 $85 $90 669 $614 $625 $643 3,282 $2,327 $2,371 $2,369 9,947 $6,267 $6,312 $6,248 200,252 $3,478 $3,750 $3,671 * The present rate levels identified in this application represent the rates authorized in Docket No. G-007,011/GR-08-835. In addition to the proposed increases in the average monthly bill described in the table, MERC-PNG is proposing to increase the monthly customer charge and the per therm distribution charge for all of its customers. MERC is also proposing a revenue decoupling mechanism for residential and small commercial customers to reduce MERC's disincentive to promote energy conservation. If approved, revenue decoupling would allow MERC to automatically adjust rates up or down each year to make up for any shortfall or excess in Sales revenue, MERC is also requesting approval to charge its customers in the MERC-PNG Northern Natural Gas Company and MERC-NMU Northern Natural Gas Company service areas the same rates. For more information You may visit MERC-PNG's offices during normal business hours to examine the current and proposed rate schedules. Our offices are located in Bemidji, 301 2nd Street NW Cloquet, 910 Cloquet Avenue Fairmont, 304 North Park Street Rochester, 3460 Technology Drive NW, and Rosemount, 2665 145th Street West Details of these proposed charges for customers in your proposed rate area are described in the February 2011 notice of interim gas rates for MERC-PNG Customers Served by The Northern Natural Gas Pipeline that was in your February bill and available here: http:llwww.minnesotaenergyresources.comlcompanylrate_case.aspx Or, you may contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce (MDOC) MDOC 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101 Phone 651-296-9314 Web: https://www.edoekets.state.nm.us/EFiling/search.jsp select 10 in the year field, enter 977 in the number field, click on Search, and the list of documents will appear on the next page. Customers may also register a comment or complaint with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. MPUC 121 7th Place East, Suite 350 St. Paul, MN 55101-2147 Email: PublicComments.puc @ state.mn.us Phone: 651-296-0406 or 1-800-657-3782 Persons with hearing or speech disabilities may contact the MDOC or MPUC through Minnesota Relay at 1-800-627-3529 or by dialing 711. Important Comments will be made available to the public on the MPUC's website, except in limited circumstances consistent with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. The MPUC does not edit or delete personal identifying information from Submissions. jI41NNESOT,00 NERGy OURCES Page 6 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, May 10, 2011