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NOTICE OF HEARING ON IMPROVEMENT TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Ortonville will meet in the Council Chambers located within the Ar- mory Building at 315 Madison Avenue at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009, to consider the making of street, utility, and drainage improvements on McCIoud Street from Trunk Highway 7 (Lake Shore Drive) to a point approximately 1,000 feet west; street and drainage improvements on Spring Drive from McCIoud Street to Big Stone Lake; and sanitary sewer force- main improvements from the existing wastewater lift station located on Mc- Cloud Street south along Big Stone Lake to a point approximately 1,500 feet south of Spring Drive pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 429.011 to 429.111. The area proposed to be assessed for NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS BIG STONE COUNTY, MN STATE AID PROJECT Closing Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 NOTICE is hereby given that SEALED BIDS will be received by the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners at the Auditor's office, Big Stone County Court- house, 20 SE 2nd St Ortonville, MN until 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, for the following project: STATE AID PROJECT NO: SAP 006- 606-018 LOCATION: Between TH 7 to CSAH 7 TYPE OF WORK: Bituminous Overlay and Aggregate Shoulder LENGTH: 7.009 The major items of work are approxi- mately: AGGREGATE SHOULDERING CLASS 1, TON 4,758; TYPE LV 3 WEARING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS BIG STONE COUNTY, MN COUNTY PROJECT Closing Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 NOTICE is hereby given that SEALED BIDS will be received by the Big'Stone County Board of Commissioners at the Auditor's office, Big Stone County Court- house, 20 SE 2nd St Ortonville, MN until 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, for the following project: COUNTY PROJECT: CP 06-663-06 LOCATION: Between CSAH 38 and CR 60 TYPE OF WORK: Grading and Aggre- gate Base LENGTH: 3 miles The major items of work are approxi- mately: . 131,045 CY Common Excavation 93,130 CY Common Borrow (EV) 17,940 TON of Agg. Base Class 1 By court order, this project MUST be completed by December 31, 2009. Proposals, plans and specifications are available at Big Stone County High Department, PO Box 98, 437 North Min- such improvements are the properties COURSE MIXTURE (B)I TON 11,538;nesota Street, Ortonville, MN 56278. Cost abutting Spring Drive, properties abutting TYPE LV 5 NON WEARING COURSE - Counter Price $50.00. Mailed Price - McCIoud Street from Trunk Highway 7 MIXTURE (B), TON 2,487 $55.00 (non-refundable incl. 6.5% tax). A WELCOME TEA FOR NEWCOMERS TO THE BIG STONE LAKE AREA was held on Thursday, Apr. 30 at First (Lake Shore Drive) to Greenwood Av- Proposals, plans and specifications Make check payable to the Big Stone English Lutheran Church in Ortonville. ]he event was hosted by an independent group of women promoting enue, properties abutting Park Avenue, are available at Big Stone County High County Highway Department. getting acquainted with those new to'the area. Guests picturedahove are from left to right Carol Rabe, De6 properties abutting Greenwood Avenue, Department, PO Box 98, 437 North Min- Bids must be sealed, identified on the Larson, An,ta Longnecker, Diane Henriksen, Sandy Kumm and Denise Frette. properties abutting Saratoga Street, prop- nesota Street, Ortonville, MN 56278. Cost envelope and accompanied by a Bidder's erties abutting Manito Street, properties - Plan and Proposal Counter Price $50.00 Bond or Certified Check in an amount abutting Bay Avenue, properties between Trunk Highway 7 (Lake Shore Drive) and Big Stone Lake from McCIoud Street to Dahle Avenue, properties abutting all por- tions of Dahle Avenue, properties be- Plans and proposal may be down- tween Trunk Highway 7 (Lake Shore loaded at no charge at www.big- Drive) and Big Stone Lake from Spring stonecounty.org use E-Gram Link for Drive to and including Lot 1 of Block 1 of Highway Dept. Projects. Contractors who Penninsula First Addition. are going to submit a bid and who are The estimated cost of the improve- going to be a prime contractor are re- ment is $715,000.00. A reasonable esti- quired to purchase a full bid document mate of the impact of the assessment will packet from the Big Stone County High- be available at the hearing. Such per- way Department. sons as desire to be heard with reference Bids must be sealed, identified on the to the proposed improvement will be envelope and accompanied by a Bidder's heard at this meeting. Bond or Certified Check in an amount David Lang, City Clerk equal to a least 5% of the total bid made Ortonville, Minnesota payable to the Big Stone County Highway (May 5 & 12, 2009) Department. The County reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any irregular- ities thereof. ,4 Nick Anderson, ) diODe/ Big Stone County County Engineer (May 12, 19 & 26, 2009) Mailed Price - $55.00 (non-refundable equal to a least 5% of the total bid made incl. 6.5% tax). Make check payable to payable to the Big Stone County Highway the Big Stone County Highway Depart- Department. ment. The County reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any irregular- ities thereof. Check or bond will be for- feited in the event that the bidder fails to enter into a contract. No bidder may with- draw a bid within 30 days after the sched- uled closing time of the receipt of bids. Bidders who are going to be providing quotes as subcontractors may download plans and proposals through the Big Stone County website, www.big- stonecounty.org, use E-Gram link for highway dept. projects, at no charge. See instructions on the website for download- ing. Plan holders who are going to be prime contractors are required to pur- chase a full bid document packet from the Big Stone County Highway De- partment at PO Box 98, 437 MN St. N Ortonville, MN 56278 Nick Anderson, Big Stone County County Engineer (May 12, 19 & 26, 2009) | (to avoid a late payment penalty) (1) First Half Real Estate Taxes On All Classes of Property (2) Taxes of $50.00 or less Pay in Full (3) Personal Property Taxes Pay in Full INDY NELSON TREASURER Big Stone County Ortonville, Minnesota ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The City of Ortonville is seeking bids for the window replacement at the Or- tonville airport. Specifications are available and bids may be sent to the City Office located at 217 Third Street NW, Suite 101, Or- tonville, MN 56278. Bids must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2009. Bid opening will be held in the city meeting room lo- cated at 315 Madison Avenue at 4:00 p.m Thursday, May 28, 2009. (May 12 & 19, 2009) MCCL thoughts for life By Carol Karels Mother's Day is an easy day to cel- ebrate even without the many re- minders. Because of their personality, financial status or goals some mothers stand out but in our hearts the feeling is the same. A safe place of acceptance was provided even during our rebel- lious years. As you get older your mother will get sick or even not re- member and you are caring for her but that connection is not broken. As we support life by working to change the laws we should carry out our respectful feelings for our mothers into society. Be aware of needs a mother may have, young or old. You will be blessed! 2009 Welcome Tea held at First English Lutheran Church On Thursday evening, Apr. 30, a a The lovely decor was in a May Bas- group of ladies were treated to a Wel- ket theme. An interest table featured come Tea for newcomers to the Big brochures and information sheets about Stone Lake Area. many activities in the area including The event was held at the First Eng- hobbies, sports and volunteer groups. lish Lutheran Church in Ortonville and Delicious desserts were served and hosted by an independent group of each guest selected a nice door prize. women promoting getting acquainted The evening was very enjoyable as with those new to the area. each guest told about themselves and the group to know each other bet- ter. g~t Even though the date of the event presented a conflict for some newcom- ers, it was much appreciated by the guests including Anita Longnecker, Denise Fr tte, Carol Rabe, Sandy Kumm, Deb Larson and Diane Hen- riksen. Committee members included Gretta Yaeger, Janis Sellin, Norma Jean Burdi~k, Edys Sis and Ethel Swenson. ' Now that we have left the doldrums of winter behind us, the promise of a new growing season beckons. Al- though we hope we don't encounter in- sect pests, we should be prepared to act if it becomes necessary. When using integrated pest management (IPM), we explore any non-chemical methods that could be effective first. However, there may be times when some of us may need to consider applying an in- secticide in our garden or yard. The following is a list of common garden and yard insecticides that homeowners may find in stores. This is not a list of every insecticide avail- able to home gardeners, but inclu.des many of the low-impact and most common active ingredients. The listing of any specific trade~ 'names is not meant as an endorsement of these products but to just point out examples of pesticides with a particular active ingredient. When examining product labels, look carefully for the active ingredient, which is often in small lettering. Ex- amine product labels carefully to be sure the plant you wish to treat is listed on it and the product is used correctly. Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) variety kurstaki is a naturally occurring bacte- rial disease of insects. It is specific to caterpillars (butterfly and moth lar- vae). It is a stomach poison, killing in- sects after they have consumed it. It is most effective against young larvae. Examples include Bonide Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT), Hi-Yield Dipel Dust, and Green Light Dipel Dust. Horticulture oils are either derived from petroleum oil, plant oils (typi- cally derived from the seeds), or even fish oils. Oils are used to suffocate cer- tain insect and mite eggs, It can also suffocate certain immature and adult insects, especially soft-bodied ones like aphids and scale crawlers, as well as mites. Examples include Bonide Mite-X (cottonseed oil, clove oil, gar- lic extract) and Ortho Volck oil spray (petroleum oil). The active ingredient of insecticidal soap is listed as potassium salts of fatty acids. They are generally effective against small, soft-bodied insects, such as aphids. They are usually believed to affect insects by penetrating and dis- rupting the cell membranes. Examples include Bonide Insecticidal Soap, Nat- ural Guard Insecticidal Soap, and Gar- den Safe Insecticidal Soap. Neem and Neem Derivatives are derived from the neem tree, a plant found in arid tropical and subtropical areas. There are many compounds that can be synthesized from neem and dif- ferent extraction methods can produce different products. Neem products are generally divided into one of three groups: azadirachtin-based products, neem oil-based products, and neem oil soap products. Neem can deter insect pests by inhibiting their feeding, re- pelling them, or disrupting their life cycle by preventing them from suc- cessfully molting. Neem is generally effective against a wide array of in- sects, such as aphids, caterpillars, bee- tles, leafminers, and thrips. Examples include Green Light Fruit Tree Spray and Green Light Neem II. Pyrethrins are made from the ground flower blossoms of the chrysanthemum plant, especially Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium. It is a fast-acting contact insecticide that af- fects the nervous system, paralyzing the insect. Some products may be mixed with a synergist, that is, a prod- uct that maizes the pyrethrins more ef- fective, altt~ough by itself it does not have any m" secticidal properties. This insecticide is effective against a wide spectrum of insects. Examples include Bonide Jal~anese Beetle Killer and Garden Safe Brand Rose & Flower Insect Killer. Spinosad is produced by the fer- mentation of a soil-dwelling bac- terium, Saccharopolysora spinosa. It is quick acting, attacking the nervous system of insects. It is most effective against caterpillars, flies (mostly leafminers), and thrips and is also rea- sonably effective against leaf beetles and grasshoppers and similar insects that consume a lot of foliage. Exam- ples include Garden's Alive Bulls- EyeTM, Bonide Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew, and Green Light Lawn and Garden] Spray. For additional insecticide options, view the Yard & Garden News on the University of Minnesota Extension website at http://wwW.extension.umn.edu/gar- deninfo/. Lrok for the article titled 'A Brief Survey of Insecticides Available to Minnesota Gardeners' in the April issue. It is nearly impossible to turn on the TV or radio or pick up a paper without hearing about the newest strain of in- fluenza. As adults, we listen for facts and try to understand and calculate our actual risks: How do our children per- ceive these news reports? What can we say to them to keep their fears in check? How do we protect them? As parents we need to reassure our children and make sure they under- stand the factual information. We need to listen to their questions and fears. We need to make sure they understand what they can do to prevent illness. This is a good time to reinforce good health and hygiene behaviors and to practice them yourself as a good role model. The information coming from a va- riety of sources is consistent. TO pre- vent the spread of the virus, follow the recommended steps of health hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Alcohol based hand cleansers are also effective. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is con- taminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically ac- your illness. Find out from your children wh it questions they have and answer them factually. Ask what they have heard from TV or from other children and ad- dress their fears. Help them to under- stand that this virus is much like almost any other flu they may have had and that most people recover. They should also know that there are entities in place that are doing their job to prevent this from becoming a widespread out- break. Schools are exercising caution to prevent this from quickly spreading among their student population. If your children seem to be ex- tremely fearful about this, you may want to limit their media exposure. Seeing a lot of people wearing masks may be frightening especially for young children. Your attitudes as par- ents can a!~o send a message to your children about the severity of the situ- ation. Are you remaining calm, are you panicky or are you dismissing the in- formation? If you see symptoms in your chil- dren, call your doctor or clinic and keep them home from school or day- care until you can confirm the source of their symptoms.l More information is available from University of Minnesota Extension at www.extension.umn.edu/flu. tive, manage your stress, drink plenty offluids, andeat nutritious food FULL THROTTLE CRUISERS CAR CLUB has announced they have Avoid Close contact. Avoid close awarded Laramie Peiker of rural tabolt, SD ith a $500 scholarship. contact with people who are sick. Laramie is the son of limmy and Deborah Peiket. Laramieis a senior at When you are sick, keep your distance Grant Deuel High School and will be attending Lake Area Technical Insti- from others to protect them from get- tute in the fall in the welding department. Laramie has been active in 4- H, on the Honor Roll and National Honor Roll ting sick too Roll class president, student Stay home when you are sick. If council, and played basketball. He has been awarded the Presidential Com- possible, stay home from work, school, munity Service Award and will he CompetingatNationals in the welding and errands when you are sick. You field. Pictured above is Dorothy Harms of the Full Throttle Cruisers Car will help prevent others from catching Club awarding Laramie his scholarship. Page 14 INDEPENDENT Tfiesday, May 12, 2009 t