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Jill Florida Tech Jill Randall graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL on May 8. Jill received her Master of Science in Space Sciences (M.S.). Randall's thesis was entitled "X- ray Emission Mechanics from Seven BL Lacertae Objects," wherein her two,year research was on the radia- tion emitted from black holes in the centers of distant galaxies Jill is the daughter of Rob and Kathy Randall of Ortonville and is a '2001 graduate of ortonville High School. She attended College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Physics in 2005. Along with her studies and thesis research, Jill has been working at Florida Tech as a tutor and instructor of physics to high school and under- graduate students, along with working as a research assistant to her advisor, Dr. Eric Perlman. Jill has been accepted to the PH.D. program at Florida Tech where she will start her doctorate Space Sciences in the summer of 2009. She plans to complete her advanced degree and work as an educator of sci- ence to people of all ages. GRADUATING FROM THE D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program were Ortonville's James Knoll Elementary sixth grade students. Graduation ceremonies were held Tuesday, May 5 at the high school auditorium. Madison City Police Officer Aaron Thoreson, D.A.R.E Instructor, shown in back far left, along with teachersNancy Aune, Joe-Eustice and Principal Joel Stattelman are show with the sixth grade class. ORTONVILLE'S JAMES KNOLL ELEMENTARY FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS graduated from the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)program with ceremonies held Tuesday, May 5 at the Ortonville High School Auditorium. Madison City Police Officer Aaron Thoreson, back row far right, along with Principal Joel Stattelman, back row far left, and fifth grade teacher John Olson are shown above with the class. only a month. Two ways to talk. 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Up to $175 early terminalion fee, up to 45 /min alter allowance & edd'l charges apply for data sent or received. Subject to Customer Agmt & Calling Ran. Push to Talk is available only ,i~ other VZW Push to Talk customers. Coverage not available evenp/nom. Coverage maps at ve/ Dev',ce capabililies: Add'l charges & coKlilJons apply. Offers & coverage, v~ng by service, not avadable everywhere. Network details & coverage maps at Rebate debit cord takes up to 6 weeks & e~ms in 12 months. @ 2009 Vedzon Wi~ess. Ortonville Library to have book sale , The Ortonville Public Library will be having a book sale May 8-15 during regular library hours, Monday-Thursday from noon-8 p,m. and Friday and Saturday from '10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will have books, paperbacks, large print and books on cassette, DVD and VHS available. The Minnesota Department of Transportation unveiled its 2009 con- struction program of 223 state high- way and bridge projects with a com- bined construction cost of $1.4 bil- lion. "Over the last six years we've moved forward with more highway construction than in any other compa- rable period in Minnesota's history," Governor Tim Pawlenty said. "People sometimes say Minnesot~a has two seasons - winter and road construction. This past winter was pretty intense and this upcoming con- struction season will be, too. Our aim is to move people and goods faster, better and safer throughout Minnesota." Some of the projects in west cen- tral Minnesota include: Resurfacing Highway 75 between Graceville and Ortonville (construc- tion cost: $5.1 million) - Resurfacing westbound lane of Highway 10 between Hawley and Dilworth, including eastbound lanes through Glyndon (construction cost: $7.2 million) Resurfacing and replacing cul- verts on Highway 108 between Pelican Rapids and Highway 78 (con- extension any na economist Doug Tiffany. has been named Extension Energy Economist by University of Minnesota Extension. Tiffany is a national expert in helping growers, investors and communities evaluate the business potential of ethanol, wind and biomass renewable energy enterprises. "Wind energy and ethanol have already provided a tremendous boost to Minnesota's economy. This new Extension effort will help individuals, communities and businesses take advantage of existing and emerging renewable energy opportunities," said Bey Durgan, Dean, University of Minnesota Extension. Tiffany grew up in Redwoods Fall, Minn and holds a Masters degree in agricultural economics, specializing in production economics. He applied his skills while working on land valu- ation and appraisal for the Minnesota Department of Revenue and Agribank before joining the University as a research fellow in 1995. Since that time he has built numerous models to determine profitability of renewable energy projects in biofuels and elec- tricity generation using alternative technologies and feedstocks "Minnesota is getting ready to take the next steps in renewable energy, and there is need for practical and thorough economic analysis that involves rapidly changing science and strong incentives from policy changes like payments for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions," Tiffany said. Tiffany, in his new role as an Extension Educator, will be part of a larger team of Extension experts pro- viding research,based information for growers on production issues and also decisions on such varied topics as land rents, marketing programs, farm program decisions and family busi- ness decisions. Emera Emerald ash borer has been found, with its accompanying devastation to ash trees, in Victory, Wisconsin, just one mile across the border from Minnesota's Houston County. It is not the first time the pest has been found in Wisconsin, but its closeness to Minnesota's southwestern counties puts us on alert to continue efforts to protect our 900 million ash trees. Authorities are inspecting trees in Minnesota and Iowa to determine whether to put any counties in quaran- tine. For" now, residents and visitors are urged not to rhove any wood from Houston County. Jeff Hahn, an ento-. mologist with U of M Extension says people should not move wood from other areas either. "Hitchhiking" in loads of firewood is the primary way emerald ash borer moves into previ- ously uninfested areas. Always buy firewood locally from reputable, pro- fessional vendors. When camping, try to buy your firewood on site. Don't bring firewood home with you-- either burn it or leave it at the site. Be on the watch for ash trees that are dying for unknown causes. You can go to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website, agement/eab.htm for information on how to recognize emerald ash borer, and distinguish it from look-a-likes (not all green insects are emerald ash borers) The website also explains how to recognize the symptoms of emerald ash borer-infested trees and how to report possible cases. University of Minnesota Extension has gathered more information about the emerald ash borer on their website at: issues/eab/ struction cost: $7 fiaillion) Concrete rehabilitation of east- bound and westbound Interstate 94 between north Highway 59 junction and Grant County line, including preservation of Lake Iverson and Hansel Lake rest areas (construction cost: $10 million) Of the 16 projects in District 4 (Detroit Lakes/Morris), seven are funded with federal stimulus dollars and were previously announced by Governor Pawlenty and Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel in February. "Mn/DOT is committed to mobi- lizing our workers, our contractors and our partners to ensure that Minnesota's transportation dollars are spent efficiently and effectively," said Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel. "In addition to road and bridge projects, we will increase mainte- nance on state roads to improve exist- ing highway infrastructure." For a complete list of District 4 projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit ml. To view the complete list of pro- jects for the state of Minnesota visit For information on transportation and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit Sorel said that while the prospects of infrastructure improvements and job creation are exciting, the driving public should be cautious on the road- ways during this busy time. "We ask motorists to pay attention and follow the posted speeds, as work zones will be a common sight on our highways this season, said Sorel. During construction and road maintenance project work, Mn/DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol urge drivers to: Stay alert Watch for signs, equipment and workers Minimize distractions such as using cell phones, eating or drinking Avoid tailgating Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone As construction season progresses, call 511 or log on to for the latest statewide road and traf- fic conditions 5E1 XlOIIE Flin| fOgll DAY 2007 Pontiac G5 2.2L, 4 cyl, aluminum wheels, spoiler, power windows & locks, red, 70,000 miles $8,995 2004 Chevy Impala SS 3.8L, supercharge engine, loaded 73,000 miles $8,900 North Hwy, 75 Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-3333 OAHS DEPARTMENT HEADS as a group are at 100 percent participation with the Building a Healthy Future Capital Campaign. Their participation shows a commitment to the project and to the well-being of our community now and in the future. Pictured in back from left to right are Judy Porter, Tim Swenson, Marge Dragseth, April Staehling, Rick Ash, Sharon Scoblic, Donna Moberg and Maria Botker. Middle row left to right are, Gloria Ross, Jennifer Wiik, Liz Sorenson, Chris Batchelor, Pare Streich and Lori Larson. Front Row left to right are, Coralie Sandberg, Jeanette Felton, Sandy Hanson, Kristi Lillehaug, Kim McCrea and Sally Rakow. Not pictured are Barb Voecks, Chet Messmer, Ranet Schmeichel, Cindy Jorgenson, Kim Anderson, Jim Foster andMarilyn Homrighausen. Tuesday, May 12, 2009 INDEPENDENT Page 11