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Financial Report (continued from previous page) CITY OF ORTONVILLE, MINNESOTA STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENSES, AND CHANGES IN NET ASSETS PROPRIETARY FUNDS YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009 Enterprise Funds OPERATING REVENUES Charges for Services Other Total Operating Revenues OPERATING EXPENSES Health Care Assisted Living Purchased Power Source of Supply Purification Distribution/Collection Waste Treatment Facility Golf Course and Clubhouse General and Administrative Interest Depreciation/Amortization Total Operating Expenses Total Operating Income (Loss) NONOPERATING REVENUES (EXPENSES) PERA Rate Increase Aid Grant Revenue Interest Income Interest and Fiscal Charges Gain (Loss) on Sale of Capital Assets Total Nonoperating Revenues (Expenses) Income (Loss) Before Transfers TRANSFERS Transfers In Transfers Out Capital Contributions CHANGE IN NET ASSETS Net Assets - Beginning of Year NET ASSETS - END OF YEAR WATER LIGHT SEWER GOLF $ 587,127 $2,397,401 $ 426,600 $242,092 7,349 6,800 2,584 21,875 594,476 2,404,201 429,184 263,967 34,669 232,597 78,155 1,312,934 535,604 150,363 102,481 15,578 300,340 126,174 86,351 94,074 487,173 2,235,229 346,918 249,362 49,543 298,905 107,303 168,972 82,266 (34,938) 204 510 70 9,122 34,936 31,643 (72,387) - (10,520) (63,061) 35,446 21,193 44,242 204,418 103,459 187 (60) 127 (34,811) 10,000 - - (157,809) - (10,000) 44,242 56,609 103,459 (44,811) 1,374,663 3,361,024 2,650,394 433,930 $ 1,418,905 $ 3,417,633 $2,753,853 , $389,119 Immunity need a boost? Whoop. ing cough is becoming more common in infants - and a big part of the solution is for women to get a booster vaccination before they be- come pregnant or right after they give birth. Also known as pertussis, whooping cough is a contagious bacterial disease of the upper respiratory system. It can lead to uncontrollable coughing and breathing difficulties and can cause permanent disability and even death in infants. Dr. Jim Conway, an infectious dis- ease specialist and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wis- consin School of Medicine and Public Health, says that, until they can be vac- cinated, infants are totally dependent on the antibodies they get from their mother during pregnancy. "The baby's primary protection for the first couple of months of life is what they get from morn," Conway says. "So, it is important for moms to get vaccinated, so they can give some immunity to the baby." But Conway says this rule doesn't apply only to the mother. "Anyone who has contact with in- fants should also receive the vaccina- tion so that they don't expose the infant," he says. "The mother is one part of it, and should receive vaccine either before pregnancy or immediately after delivering. In addition, all family members should get it." Dr. Greg DeMuri, also an infec- tious-disease specialist and associate professor at UW, says there have been greater efforts to get new morns immu- nized. "Many women who have given birth have not had a pertussis booster since kindergarten," he says. "Some hospitals are implementing vaccination programs on their labor and delivery units." The booster vaccine not only pro- tects against whooping cough, but also against tetanus and diphtheria. Infants get their first immunizations in three doses, beginning at two months of age. After that first series, children should receive shots between 15 and 18 months; four to six years; and when they reach age 11 or 12. Immunizations don't end at child- hood, and adults should check with their physicians during routine visits and annual physicals to see if they are due for booster shots to guard against tetanus, an infection often connected to puncture wounds from rusty nails, fish hooks, or open wounds infected by dirt. If left untreated, tetanus may cause muscle contractions and other compli- cations requiring hospitalization. "Tetanus is a soil microbe, so as long as there is soil, there will be tetanus, and people will be at risk of tetanus contaminating a wound," says DeMuri. "It's completely preventable by vaccination. Adolescents and adults should receive regular boosters every 10 years." Conway says about 30 to 40 cases are diagnosed annually, and most of them are in the western part of the country and involve people over 40 years old. "They stop paying attention to their health, think they are super human and don't need the vaccine," he says. "Also, it's not routine practice to ad- minister these vaccines in other coun- tries, and some immigrants may not be protected. Older adults who get tetanus usually survive, but it's an un- pleasant condition in which all of your muscles are spasmodic." Conway says people who get punc- ture wounds or infected lacerations should get a shot as soon as possible if they are not sure of their vaccination history. However, a product called tetanus immunoglobulin can be given to patients who wait too long and put themselves at greater risk. "If someone stepped on a nail three or four days ago, and they haven't had a tetanus booster for more than 10 years, tetanus immunoglobulin can provide instant immunity and the anti- bodies needed to fight off tetanus," he Save money being a good steward by: Anthony Wild, Soil Conser- mand for petroleum based fuels and Farmers and ranchers can reduce vation Technician, NRCS Energy potentially improving air quality. Con- costs, maintain production, protect nat- Article vert to alternate energy sources such as ural resources, reduce dependence, on In an increasingly unstable national solar, wind and hydro energy, to sub- fossil fuels, and save money by using and global economy, compiled with in- stitute for conventional energy sources the conservation practices described on ORTONVILLE EDA-SENIOR AREA HEALTH ASSISTED STORM SERVICES LIVING WATER 9/30/2008 Total $ 870,638 $ 13,860 $ 18,687,089 $ 23,224,807 1,801 288,940 329,349 872,439 13,860 18,976,029 23,554,156 15,601,692 15,601,692 668,331 668.331 - - 1,312,934 = - 34,669 - - 232,597 1,375 - 765,497 - - 102,481 - 249,362 - 315,918 193,043 193,043 61,069 818,991 1,236,202 729,400 1,375 16,613,726 20,712,726 143,039 12,485 2,362,303 2,841,430 - , 971 - 15,927 15,927 3,179 95 91,327 170,302 (134,887) (217,794) - (21,646) (21,706) (131,708) 95 85,608 (52,300) 11,331 12,580 2,447,911 2,789,130 F 10,000 (35,116) (202,925) 500,000 500,000 11,331 12,580 2,912,795 3,096,205 132,859 9,598 12,297,154 20,259,622 $ 144,190 $ 22,178 $ 15,209,949 $23,355,827 Big Stone Senior citizens I Sec. Gen Strube The Big Stone Senior Citizens met on May 4 with 16 members present. Cliff opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag, birthday song and table prayer. This was followed by a delicious pot luck dinner. At 1 p.m. the business meeting was opened by Cliff. Secretary's report read and approved as read. Treasurer's given. Motion made and seconded to accept report as read. Old business: none. New business: Election of officers. President: Cliff Christensen Vice President: Alice Holtquist Secretary: Carol Holtquist Treasurer: Clara Lotthammer Stories: Charlie, Clara, Cliff Being no further business, motion made for adjournment. Cards and bingo played. Won't you join us for a delightful afternoon, good home cooking and friendship. eCk out our web site rtonvilleindependent.com_ Piano, Organ exhibit set for Blue Cloud Music and history buffs, piano and organ is your opportunity to see and enjoy 30 antique yet time- less instruments. Blue Cloud Abbey is hosting an exhibit of Steve Misener's collection from May 10 to May 30. This is a gift to our communities; no admission ,will be charged. (M- Sat. 1-5 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.) closed May 15. You may stop by and see those beautiful instruments on your own, Better yet, you may have a guided tour with the history of these unique pianos and organs by contacting Steve by phone 605-676-2355 or check his schedule by email Music matters for body and mind Music can lift you up. It can bring tears to your eyes. It can help you relax or make you get up and dance. You probably hear music several times a day on the radio or TV, in the super- market, at the gym or hummed by a passerby. Music has been with us since ancient times, and it is part of every known culture. Music strikes a chord with all of us. There's something about music and engaging in musical activities that ap- pears to be very stimulating for the brain and body. Singing favorite songs with family and friends, playing in a band or dancing to music can also help you bond with others. It's a way of synchronizing groups of people and en- gaging in a common activity that everyone can do at the same. Scientists are exploring the different ways music can influence our bodies and minds. Their research may also shed light on creative processes. Ulti- mately, scientists hope to harness the power of music to develop new treat- ments for people with stroke, autism and many other conditions. Several studies have found that lis- tening to music can alleviate pain or re- duce the need for pain medications. Other research suggests that music can benefit heart disease patients by reduc- ing their blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety. Music therapy has also been shown to lift the spirits of patients with depression. Making music yourself by either playing instruments or staging can have therapeutic effects as well. Scientists have long known that when music and other sounds enter the ear, they're converted to electrical sig- nals. Brain imaging techniques have shown that music activates many un- expected brain regions. It can turn on areas involved in emotion and memory. It can also activate the brain's motor re- gions, which prepare for and coordi- nate physical movement. Unfortunately, for some people lis- tening to music can be an unpleasant challenge. About one in 50 people have a disorder called tune deafness. They have trouble hearing the differ- ences between musical tones. They can't carry a tune. The most severely affected people can't even recognize it as music. To them it just sounds like traffic noise. When you make music, it engages many different areas of the brain, in- cluding visual, auditory and motor areas. That's why music-making is also of potential interest in treating neurologic disorders. Research suggests that music may help with pain, Alzheimer's disease and other medical conditions. Try the following activities: Play CDs, tapes or records. Attend a concert or musical pro- gram. Talk about the music, the singer or the memories the songs bring up. For those who play instruments, get together and play with friends and family. Sing or dance along together. Play musical games like "Name That Tune." Trees benefit rural landscapes By Gary Wyatt, University of Minnesota Extension If you traveled through rural Min= nesota last winter, you probably real- ized some of the benefits of windbreaks and living snow fences. In addition to protecting roadways and farms from drifting snow in win- ter, farmers and other rural residents know the value of properly placed trees and shrubs to save energy (heating and cooling), protect from the wind,protect soil and water, increase wildlife habi- tat, and beautify the land. forestry website at is a helpful place to identify trees suitable for your location. Minnesota residents must consider planting shade trees other than ash, since emerald ash borer (EAB) was found in the state last May. In most rural areas there is an abundance of green ash trees. EAB can attack and kill any species of ash trees in the state. Visit Extension's emerald ash borer website at www.extension sues/cab to learn more about EAB and Trees that produce nuts include Ohio buckeye (Autumn Splendor), shagbark hickory, bitternut hickory, bur oak, white oak, bicolor or swamp white oak, and black walnut (can inhibit some plants from growing near it). Trees that produce pods are north- ern catalpa, Kentucky coffeetree, honey locust (podless cultivars are Shademaster and Sunburst). Remember landscape diversity this Arbor Day and Arbor Month by plant- ing several different species of trees, shrubs and plants in your landscape. No one species should represent more than 15 percent of your landscape. Make it a family activity to plant trees or shrubs this year. You can pass on the benefits of trees when you explain them to your children or other children in your community. creased energy costs, we find ourselves and to help reduce carbon emissions continuously looking for ways tosave into the atmosphere. money. Well look no further, because Residue Management/ there are a number of simple, often overlooked farming practices that im- prove the environment, lower farm and ranch production costs, and decrease reliance on foreign energy demands. Here are some ways you can save money while being a good steward of the land. Nutrient/Pest Management: Adjust nutrient management and crop rotations to include legumes to offset use of petroleum-based nitrogen fertilizers. Integrated Pest Management plans can be implemented which will effectively reduce environmental risk, improve product quality, reduce energy use, and improve returns to producers. These savings will come from the re- sult of fewer trips to and from the field to apply pesticides and lower the amounts being carried in during the ap- plication operation. Grazing Systems: Introduce well-managed rotational grazing systems. Rotational grazing will increase the productivity of pas- tures by moving cattle to areas where feed is optimal, while resting other areas so grasses and forbs have time to recover. Fewer trips to the field with your machinery will help reduce your energy costs as well as reduce soil compaction. Alternate Energy Sources: Convert to bio-fuels, such as ethanol or bio-diesel, to directly reduce de- Conservation Tillage: Reduce or eliminate tillage and manage residues to reduce fuel use and improve soil, water and air quality. Diesel prices being where they are today, a producer could save $10 or more per acre by reducing or eliminat- ing tillage altogether. Other Methods: Precision agriculture is another way of cutting back on energy costs because it reduces the overlap and time spent on field operation. Windbreaks and shel- terbelts can help reduce wind -induced erosion, can save on heating and cool- ing costs associated with farmsteads, provide wildlife with food and cover, and add aesthetic and retail value to your property. When properly de- signed, windbreaks can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent. The Natural Resources Conserva- tion Service (NRCS) has developed an Energy Estimator Tool Designed to in- crease energy awareness in agriculture and to help farmers and ranchers iden- tify where and how they can reduce their energy costs. Energy estimator modules have been designed for ani- mal housing, irrigation, nitrogen use, and tillage operations. These tools can be found under the Conservation En- ergy Estimators heading at this link:, ergy/index.html this web site. For additional informa- Arbor Day is celebrated every year alternative shade trees. tion about available-practices, signup on ttie laStFfiday in Atsril, and Mayis Shade tree species to consider in dates, and guidance, contact or stop in Arbor Month. This is the time of year rural areas include ginkgo, hackberry, at the USDA Service Center, 342 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-6149 Ext.3 INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY soil and water conservation districts are working with rural residents in plant- ing trees and shrubs to enhance their way of life. University of Minnesota Extension can help you decide what kind of trees to plant. Extension's American linden or basswood, sugar maple (Fall Fiesta), Freeman maple (Sienna Glen, Autumn Blaze), red maple (Northwood), and Discovery and Princeton, both disease-resistant elms. A VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION LUNCHEON, honoring the 20 or so volunteers at the Ortonvillc Community Center, was held o=l ',va: April 21. These wonderful volunteers give of their time in various ways ensuring that the Senior Nutrition Meal is a success every day. Tuesday, May 11,2010 00INDEPENDENT Page 7b