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By JDK Talking with friend Ed Kiernat recently brought back a memory of an incident involving his late and younger brother, Jim, a classmate of ours at OHS "back in the good old days!" 1948 to be exact! It was our senior year and we were seated in a study hour under supervision of teacher Mr. Sabin. Not to our credit, of course, we were goofing off a bit, and Mr. Sabin became quite irritated, (rightly so) so much in fact, he arose from his chair and starting heading towards us seated in the front row. No sooner had Mr. Sabin taken about two steps, when our "loyal" friend, Jim, sitting a row back of us and to our left, got up from his seat and took a few steps toward Mr. Sabin, point- ing a finger at the teacher and shout- ing so everyone in the room could hear, "don't you dare lay a hand on my good friend!" Mr. Sabin stopped dead in his tracks and retreated to sit down. Indeed, Jim was a friend for many years! ***** What an insult! Last week, both Jeanette and I received a piece in the mail about our "one-time pay- ment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." It informed us a one- time payment of $250 would be coming in May to each of us. The notice was on a full sheet of 8.5 paper, and mailed first class. The money we will get would hardly pay for two tanks of gas at today's prices. And , the mailing, gathering, and postage to send each form out must have cost nearly what we will receive! Yet President Obama and our "drunk-spending" lawmak- ers throw trillions of dollars into bank baifouts and stimu- lus without batting an eye! When will this irresponsible handling of our taxpayer dol- lars ever end?????? Maybe when we're all broke!? ***** We "note where many, especially those of the Obama administration, have been sharply critical of the alleged torturing of terrorists by the Bush administration. Really, how "sweet" should terrorists be treated?? The only way we feel terrorist should be treated is as you would treat a RAT. Anyone whose belief or goal in life is to kill others, and even kill themselves to supposedly "reach" heaven, should be wiped off the face of our Christian world Never will we understand why Obama ordered the closing of Guantanamo and the release of those terrorists! Why not open all the prison gates?!! Does that make sense?? What a pleasant surprise it was for us one day last week upon seeing long-time friend Dick Schultz, one of the co-founders of KDIO radio, along with yours truly, Cy McCormick and Don Egert. Dick is looking as hale and hearty as ever and is still in the radio business, now working out of Huron. Indeed, we hashed over a few good memories "of the good old days!" ***** History buff Neil Speckeen sub- mits a page from Ortonville City Council minutes from 1900 to 1902. Here tis: April .1900, On motion, it was ordered that a charg~ of $25 be made against all boats using the city dock (where present pier is) for hand- ing and loading passengers or mer- chandise, (I presume this charge was per season.) Sept. t900, Bid award- ed for 400 tons of coal to the power house at $5.25 per ton. 1901 bond set at $2000 to sell ;'intoxicating liquors" on ground floor of Columbian Hotel. Also $2000 bond for like establishment at the present site one building south of where Radio Shack is now. April 1901, The city recorder was instructed to have the city park, (Union Park, behind present day Armory) wired and light- ed with incandescent lamps. March 1902, Marshall wages set at $50 a month. City Clerk $20 a month, Treasurer $100 per year. April. 1902, Lots 16 and 17 block 17 used for public pound, for stray animals (across street from present day Cen Bank) June 1902, saloons in city of Save this paper for recycling Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), attend you can still pick them up after Bring lawn chairs or blankets for your Big Stone Arts Council (BSAC), May 16 at Snortum's or the Ortonville picnic. The bugs won't even be bad Central Park Restoration Committee Public Library. yet! (CPRC), and Snortum's are sponsor- Three fun activities are planned for An end of summer event will be ing the Park Passport project for chil- the day. BSAC will have the kids held Tuesday, Aug. 25 from5:30-7pm dren ages 0-12. decorate tiles with items that they find at Neilson Park. Prizes for passport The project encourages children in the park. Volunteers from CPRC completion will be given out during and their families to look for adven- will be taking children and parents on this evening. Again, we would love tures at their local parks. The Park nature hikes where kids can find for families to use this as an opportu- Passports will include information, items to use on their tiles (bring plas- ~ nity to bring a picnic lunch for the pictures, and activities for the seven tic bag for collecting). Then, family to enjoy! Ortonville Parks. Snortum's is sponsoring a planting We want to thank ECI, BSAC, This Saturday, May 16 will be the where kids can get down and dirty CPRC, Kristi Delage, and Snortum's Kick-Off Party at Central Park locat- (Hint, hint parents have kids wear for making this possible. The event is ed behind (East) of the Family clothes that can get dirty) and plant free so join us May 16th. Services Building from 10:00-11:30 morning glories to take home. Contact Kari Dorry 839-6229 or am. Park Passports will be given out Families are encouraged to bring a Laura Lamb 839-7100 with any ques- this day, but if you are unable to picnic lunch to enjoy after the event, tions. ~" remln The Minnesota Department of progress in the fight against bovine Last month, markets, Agriculture (IVtt)A) reminds livestock TB. Recent accomplishments include sales/marketing agencies, and slaugh, producers that the state has'imple- herd buyouts, increased cattle testing, ter facilities received report and mented a temporary $1 per-head the construction of protective fencing remittance forms to be used to admin- assessment on all Minnesota-raised under a cost-share program, and the ister the assessment in their establish- cattle sales in the state during 2009. implementation of movement restric- ments. The state's auction markets, This measure will raise funds to help tions to prevent the spread of the dis- cattle sales/marketing agencies, and support ongoing efforts to contain and ease to new areas of the state,slaughter facilities are required to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (bovine "Minnesota's agricultural commu- remit the dollar upon the producer's TB) from Minnesota. nity has a tradition of working togeth- behalf. Created by the 2008 Minnesota er to overcome challenges," Producers selling cattle by private Legislature with the support and Commissioner Hugoson said. treaty or through outstate auction encouragemem of Minnesota's cattle "Eradicating bovine TB from markets, sales/marketing agencies or industry, the assessment applies to all Minnesota is a top priority, and the slaughter facilities are required to Minnesota-raised cattle sold between funding generated by this assessment submit the assessment by the 15th of Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31,2009. The will help us reach that goal more the month following the transaction. program applies to all forms of cattle quickly. We are thankful for the lead- Producer remittance forms and sales, including 3utstate auction mar- ership and cooperation the cattle sec- more information on the bovine TB kets and sales/marketing agencies, as tor has provided in this effort." assessment and the state's overall well as private treaty sales to buyers In November 2008, letters were effort to eradicate bovine TB can be within or outside Minnesota. sent to Minnesota cattle producers, found online at According to MDA Commissioner auction markets, sale agencies, and or by calling the bovine TB hotline at Gene Hugoson, the support of the slaughter facilities informing the cat- 1-877-MN-TB-FREE (668-2373). state's cattle producers has helped tie industry about this temporary $1 state and federal officials make per-head assessment. By Lizabeth Stahl, University of withacetatra.pdf. Minnesota evaluated reduced rates of Minnesota Extension When using a product that contains atrazine tank-mixed with several Atrazine is the third most widely- atrazine, be sure to check the label for postermergence broadleaf herbicides used corn herbicide in Minnesota, and use restrictions. Setback requirements at Rochester, Minn. (2007 and 2008) according to the Minnesota for an atrazine application include a and the Southwest .Research and Department of Agriculture (MDA), minimum of 50 feet from wells and Outrea,ch Center in Lamberton was used on 22 percent of sinkholes, 66 feet from points where (2008) A 0.5 pound per acre rate of Minnesota's corn acres in 2007. field runoff enters intermittent and atrazine was used in the trial, which is Restrictions were placed on the use of perennial rivers and streams, 66 feet below the BMP rate for atrazine. atrazine (it is a from standpipes on terraced fields if Results from this trial demonstrated Restricted-Use Pesticide, as is any atrazine is not incorporated or if no- that although results varied by year product containing atrazine) after till is not used, and 200 feet from and location, the addition of a low rate atrazine and its breakdown products lakes. Some product labels contain of atrazine can enhance weed control were detected in ground and surface language where a 66-foot setback is and lead to increased yield, with only waters. Following required setback required from all standpipes, regard- a minimalincrease in input costs. This restrictions and voluntary Best less if the field is terraced. Always trial also compared potential replace- Management Practices (BMPs) refer to the herbicide label for specif- ments for atrazine. Further details on should help reduce the risk of poten- ic requirements on the product you are this trial can be found in the "2008 tial impacts of atrazine on our water using. The MDA website also pro- Southern Minnesota Regional resources, vides helpful discussion on label lan- Research and Demonstration The majority of atrazine applied in guage and interpretations on atrazine Summary" on the Southwest Minnesota is through pre-mixed prod- restriction requirements Research and Outreach Center web- ucts where it may not be readily(www.mda.state.mn.us/atrazine).site at http://swroc.cfans.umn.edu/. apparent if atrazine is .a component or Following voluntary BMPs for Atrazine has been a tool in weed not. Check the active ingredient list- atrazine can also help reduce potential management for decades. As produc- ing on the herbicide label to determine impacts on our water resources,ers plan herbicide applications for this if atrazine is included. The MDA also BMPs developed for atrazine can be growing season, be mindful of has a listing of products that contain found on the MDA website listedrequired setbacks and voluntary atrazine for handy reference at above. One of these practices includes BMPs to help reduce or prevent http://www.mda.state.mn.us/news/pu using a reduced rate of atrazine, potential impacts of atrazine on our blications/protecting/bmps/herbicides Researchers at the University of water resources. ( Check out our web site at www.ortonviUeindependent.com The' Minnesota Department of parents-t0-be and health-care profes- ing the long-term storage and use of Health (MDH) has announced a series sionals with improved information on dried blood spots. If passed, the bill of measures to improve and strength- newborn Screening for infants born in would reqmre babies' spots be en the state's newborn screening pro- Minnesota. The new site at destroyed after 24 months and within gram. The measures are designed to http://www.health.state.mn.us/new 25 months of the date of'birth, unless address concerns about the long-term bornscreening/ provides important a parent or legal guardian gives writ- storage and use of infants dried blood information for families and profes- ten, informed consent for longer spots for non-screening purposes and sionals,~ including how parents may retention. The bill would maintain the to improve the information that new request destruction of their baby's newborn screening program as an parents receive about all aspects of the specimens or test results or opt. out of "opt-out" program, according to cur- program, the screening. All required forms are rent law. In collaboration with birthing hos- available to download from the new An additional feature on the pitals and other health-care providers, site. redesigned Web site gives families the the department screens for 53 disor- Minnesota Health Commissioner chance to share the benefits of new- ders and hearing loss in 73,000 babies Dr. Sanne Magnan is sending a letter born screening. Parents are invited to born in Minnesota each year. All of to all hospitals in the state to strength- send pictures and stories about how the screened disorders are treatable, en efforts to educate parents about the screening made a difference for their Each year, approximately 140 infants importance and benefits of screening family. Initial postings include the are found to have a confirmed meta- and the right of parents to opt out of story of a boy who was found by new- bolic or congenital disorder, the program or request destruction of born screening to have MCAD For many of these children, early the samples or test results, (Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydroge- diagnosis and medical intervention MDH officials will engage in nase deficiency). He is now in kinder- can prevent death or severe disability, detailed discussions in February with garten, but as his mother explains in Another 150 babies receive early representatives from the largestthe Screening Spotlight, without early hearing loss detection and interven- birthing hospitals in the state on how identification of the disorder by tion services that greatly increase their to improve parent education and screening, he might not have sur- chances for improvement in cognitive awareness about newborn screening, vived. and language development, MDH will report to the governor Fact sheets on MCAD and the Key measures announced today: and Legislature about the current other disorders on Minnesota's new- . MDH will propose legislation efforts for enhancing parental educa- born screening panel are available on this session for the department to keep tion about the newborn screening pro- the Web site. Separate information on the dried blood for two years in order : gram and parents' options under the these rare and life-threatening condi- to manage the newborn screening pro- program, tions is provided for families and gram and develop and perfect screen- "We believe these measures health-care professionals at the time ing tests. After two years; the depart- improve the newborn screening pro- of detection and follow-up diagnosis. ment would destroy the blood spots gram by protecting the health of chil- More information about Minnesota's unless parents give consent for longer dren and the rights of 'parents," Newborn Screening Program can be storage. Magnan said. found at The department has launched a The proposed bill would address http://www.health.state.mn.us/new revamped newborn screening pro- concerns raised by Gov. Tim bornscreening/. gram Web site that provides parents, Pawlenty in a2008 veto letter regard- A health plan that covers preventive care A great way to keep the cost of health care down is to prevent the costs from happening in the first place. Catching a problem early can stop it from becoming a bigger problem later. Many plans from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota offer first-dollar coverage for preventive care right away without having to pay a deductible. And with all the options available, you can easily find a plan that's right for your budget. Give me a call. I can give you all the details and answer your questions. Authorized independent agent/agency for BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota Tom Oakes Agent 40 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2118 or 800-630-4978 Charlies' Angels Family Readiness Group Needs Volunteers The Charlies' Angels Family Readiness Group is in need of your help. They are asking for volunteers to help out with their Phone tree. The job involves calling 1-3 soldiers' families once a month and check in to seehow they are doing and if they need anything. Each volunteer is given a script to read or use when visiting with the families. This job can be very rewarding as you can become good support for a lot of the families that have soldiers deployed. This is a year-long commitment but is definitely a rewarding one. If you have any questions, you may contact Pat Collins at 320-760-2325; Lisa Cox at 605-880-4667; Jill Hennessy at 320-748-7380 or Leah Kellen at 320-273-2129. Department of Labor announces grant to help Red River Flood The U.S. Department of Labor intensive retraining services under today announced a $1,680,000 grant this grant. Additionally, the grant will to create approximately 140 tempo- rary jobs in Minnesota related to the Red River flood cleanup and recovery effort. "Recent flooding has left a portion of Minnesota in need of cleanup and recovery services," said Secretai'y of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "This grant will provide temporary jobs for a number of dislocated workers to help restore areas affected by flooding." The Minnesota Department of Employment and - Economic Development will receive the grant, which will create temporary jobs for the cleanup, demolition, repair, reno- vation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and land within affected communities. Those participant8 who cannot find work once their temporary assign- ments end also can receive core, Create wellbeing children after the flood provide food, clothing, shelter and other types of humanitarian assistance to flood victims. On Apr. 9, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the following Minnesota. counties eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program: Clay, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin. Of the $1,680,000 announced today, $560,000 will be released ini- tially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made avail- able as the state demonstrates a con- tinued need for disaster assistance. National Emergency Grants are part Of the secretary of labor's discre- tionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG. for elementary Life has been disrupted for every- one in the Red River Valley this year, and that includes children who are in kindergarten through grades five or six. Some school age children have been directly affected by the loss of their home or possessions. For the children who have not directly experi- enced the effects of high water the impact is the loss of their sense of pre- dictability and security. Canceling school, watching the weather and hav- ing your community inundated with heavy equipment, volunteers and major mess is enough to jolt any of us out'of our sense of wellbeing. If you have an elementary age child, or work with children this age, here are some things to keep in mind: Find ways they can help. Kids this age love to "do" and being a part of the solution is a great way to help children gain a sense of control over their life. Keep them in the loop. Children this age need to know in general what the plans for the family, school and community are. They especially need to know about details that affect them. Do they need to pack a bag that's ready in case of a future evacuation? Do they need to watch younger sib- lings or take on extra chores so par- ents can deal with flood recovery? Make sure they know you are thinking about their well being. Of course you are, but tell &em what plans you have made to ensure their comfort and safety. Watch your own responses. Your kids will respond calmly if you are in control of your fears and panic. As hard at this is in a time of disaster, it will help your entire family move through thi~ difficult time to recovery and the return of "normal" life. As difficult as it may be right now for you, your family and your com- munity, think about the stories you will have ~ter. Help your elementary age child be a part of that story. In the near future, your children will look back and take pride in their ability to improve Are you part of a west central Minnesota group of active citizens -- a church, civic or neighborhood group concerned about the availability of good, nutritious food for the children, families and elderly people in your community? If so, a new initiative in the region would like to help make that happen and its organizers want to hear from you. If you are interested in getting involved with this effort to make a difference in your community, contact Tom Taylor in the Land Stewardship Project's Montevideo office at 320-269-2105 or ttay- lor@ landstewardshipproject.org. in our communities and how creative .new approaches to our food system might be able to address this chal- lenge. - LSP's staff in Montevideo, in part- nership with the University of Minnesota's Extension Service, the West Central Sustainable Development Partnership and the Crossroads Resource Center, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield Prevention Minnesota, would like to partner with communities to plan how access to good food can be improved. This can be done through a variety of methods, including community gar- During the next few monthr, a col- dening, improving produce preserva- laboration of four organizations will . tion skills, and building markets and be seeking two communities that are venues for locally produced food, said interested in: Terry VanDerPol, Director of LSP's Taking a look at the availability Community Based Food Systems and and cost of nutritious food in the com- Economic Development Program. munities. "We really want to work with com- . Developing the capacity for pro- munities that have an interest in viding more good food ,locally improving their access to good, local through existing farms, new farms, food," she said. "This project will be community gardens and urban agri- shaped by the community group that culture efforts, knows its community and its assets Examining the extent of hunger and strengths the best." Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, May 12, 2009 I.