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A SUCCESSFUL TURKEY HUNT for brothers Don Lundell of Ortonville and Doug Lundell of Plymouth the weekend of Apr. 25-26. Don, pictured above, shot his tom on Saturday, Apr. 25 near Yankee Town south of Beardsley. It had a 9 1/2" beard. Doug, shown below, was also hunting near Yankee Town on Sunday, Apr. 26 when he shot his tom. It had a 6 1/2" beard. by using a moisture meter before rebuilding. Wood moisture content should be at or below 15 percent to minimize the potential for mold .growth. Meters calibrated for measur- mg wood moisture content provide a relative moisture measurement of other materials such as drywall. Moisture meters are available from some county offices of University of Minnesota Extension. Typically, a $100 deposit is charged and the deposit returned when the meter is returned. Contact the Clay County Extension office in Moorhead at (218) 299-5020 for more information. The meters do not determine if mold is present. Testing for mold requires sampling by a trained profes- sional with special equipment. Test kits purchased from stores or the Internet do not provide accurate infor- mation. Focus on removing wet mate- rials and drying the structure. If mold is visible or there is a musty smell, remove the moldy material using accepted procedures such as described in the Extension publication 'Molds - Your Safe Home,' at ution/housingandclothing/ ml. Check for moisture coming through basement concrete walls and floor by taping a 3 x 3 foot plastic sheet to the floor or wall and observe for moisture accumulating behind the plastic during a period of a few days. It may take weeks or months for the soil surrounding a home to adequately dry to permit rebuilding. After a flood, the typical response is to clean-up and rebuild as soon as possible. Clean-up, including remov- ing porous materials (like carpet, dry- wall, fabric and ceiling tile), cleaning other materials and thorough drying, should be done soon. Rebuilding, however, must wait. How "long must rebuilding wait? Until moisture is no longer coming through concrete in the basement and wood has dried to 15 percent moisture content. Wood submerged in water will absorb a large amount of water, so drying will take weeks. Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause mold growth and deterioration of wood and wall cover- ings. A common problem is mold growth within closed cavities such as on the back of drywall (sheetrock). Mold can trigger allergic reactions, asthma episodes, and other respiratory problems. Air will move from inner walls, basements and crawl spaces into the living space, so mold in these areas will affect people living in the home. It is unhealthy to live in an environment that contains mold. The University of Minnesota Extension flood website, provides information on flood recov- ery, including a video on restoring flooded buildings and fact sheets on topics such as cleaning your flooded or water damaged home. Building materials may be wet even though they appear dry on the surface, so check the moisture content We'll help pt,your boat or most of us, boating is enjoyed on the weekends In fact, most of the time, the boat isn't even in the water it's in storage Contact us today about boat insurance from Auto-Owners. It's designed to protect your boat in the water and out, and everywhere in between - all year long! luto.Ounwr Insurance Life Home Car Business Tein Klndt Agency 113 N~' First Street- Ortonville, MN Phone 320-839-6145 U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that within a week after stating his intentions to help finan- cially-stressed dairy farmers while at a town hall meeting in St. Cloud, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will take action to help dairy farmers struggling with the recent steep decline in dairy prices. Klobuchar first urged Secretary Vilsack to assist dairy farmers last month and secured an initial commitment for help when the two traveled to St. Cloud last week with Vice President Joe Biden to participate in a meeting of the White House's Middle Class Task Force. "Providing immediate and targeted support to stabilize prices is essential to helping our dairy farmers deal with market forces that are beyond their control," said Klobuchar. "Farmers are especially vulnerable during these tough economic times and Secretary Vilsack's actions today will help pro- tect our family farmers." Falling prices of dairy products, combined with unusually high costs and a drop-off in international demand due to the global economic crisis have imperiled the dairy indus- try. The price of milk has dropped 50 percent from a year ago according to USA Today. Vilsack announced that the USDA will create a program to purchase dairy products from the market and provide them to food shelf programs in order to stabilize prices and boost demand Specifically, USDA will make available about 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk (NDM) for further processing or barter. The acquired prOducts are expected tO include items such as instantized NDM, ultra high temperature milk, cheese, and soups for domestic feeding programs. This includes: - 40 million pounds of NDM will be fortified and instantized, placed into consumer-sized packages, and made available for use in the National School Lunch Program, TEFAP, CSFP, and FDPIR; - 30 million pounds of NDM will be donated to States for further pro- cessing to acquire fortified fat-free fluid milk and macaroni and cheese, for use in the National School Lunch Program; - 60 million pounds of NDM will be bartered for 1% ultra high temper- ature milk, for use in TEFAP; - 20 million pounds of NDM will bb bartered for ready-to-eat, milk- based soups (Creamy Tomato, Cheese), for use in TEFAP; and - 50 million pounds of NDM will be bartered for reduced fat and lite cheeses, for use in the National School Lunch Program and TEFAP. In addition to the 200 million pounds above, USDA also plans to make NDM available as follows: - at least 1 million pounds on a competitive basis, for the production of casein; - about 500,000 pounds for use in the McGovern-Dole International Food for Educationand Child Nutrition Program; and - about 1 million pounds for use by the U.S. Agency for International Development, based on anticipated requests from the State Department. Products should be moving through the supply chain starting in this spring and continuing through 2009. For more information about the Dairy Product Price Support Program please visit In February, Senator Klobuchar joined with Senators Kohl, Feingold and other Senators to send a letter to the Secretary asking him to take action to help stabilize prices and pro- tect Minnesota's farmers from the rapidly declining milk prices. Klobuchar also recently met with nearly 75 dairy farmers in a packed room at Freddie's Restaurant in Mora, Minnesota in late February to hear about the impact of declining dairy prices ORTONVILLE'S KINDERGARTEN CLASS is shown above with their Class of 2021 Smoke Free t-shirts. The shirts were donated by Ortonville Area Health Service. Dr. Bob Ross and Neva Foster, pictured in back row, visited Kindergarten and talked about saying "no" to smoking. Dr. Ross and Neva v~ill help anyone who would like to quit smoking. Improve how conservation pro- grams are delivered to landowners and producers. That's the goal of Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever's (QF) Farm Biologist pro- gram, a program that has, in just six years of existence, accounted for over one million acres of land being improved for wildlife. With the spring habitat improve- ment season here, Farm Bill Biologists are on the front line work- ing with more acres and landowners than ever before. The Farm Bill Biologist program is designed to educate farmers and landowners ~ibout the benefits of con- servation programs, as well as assist those farmers and landowners after programs have been implemented. Pheasants Forever first began employing Farm Bill Bio!ogists in 2003 and now has 35 Fram Bill Biologists working in seven states- Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Farm Bill Biologists have contacted and consulted 21,004 landowners, resulting in the improve- ment of 1,107,797 acres of land for wildlife. "We've designed our Farm Bill Biologist program as the best possible resource for conservation informa- tion; one that is easy and user-friend- ly," said Jim Inglis, PF/QF Farm Bill Biologist Coordinator. "Our Farm Bill Biologists possess the necessary knowledge of federal, state, and local conservation programs. More impor- tantly, they are making local contacts and promoting programs on a person- al basis-over 150,000 hours have been spent with 21,000 individual landowner contacts. That's the formu- la helping landowners find the right conservation programs to meet their personal habitat and land-use goals." Primarily, the biologists work to accelerate enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and other Farm Bill conserva- tion provisions that work with farm operations. Farm Bill Biologists add wildlife technical assistance in USDA offices to assist the Natural Reso~irces Conservation Services (NRCS) and other conservation partners with the increasing wildlife focus as part of the Farm Bill and various state pro- grams. Funding 'sources for the Farm ill Biologist program~re diverse, from state wildlife departments and/or soil and water conservation districts, con- tribution agreements or contacts with the USDA's NRCS, local PF/QF chapters, watershed groups, founda- tions and other state and local part- ners. With the early success of the Farm Bill Biologist program in seven states, PF/QF envisions the program grow- ing into success stories for additional "states. "We are interested in adding more Farm Bill Biologist positions in new states and furthering our wildlife habitat mission." Inglis said. In Big Stone County, Travis Issendorf is the Farm Bill Biologist working with the Big Stone Soil and Water Conservatio~ District (SWCD. For more information on the Farm Bill Biologist program, contact Jim Inglis, PF/QF Farm Bill Biologist Coordinator at (41!9) 569-1096 or via email at jinglis @pheasants forever org By Richard Johnson The Office Hours for the Big Stone Veterans Service Office are as follows: Tuesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. If there is an emergency of any sort I can be reached at m home at (320) 568-2448. I do have voice mail at the' Richard Johnson Office. Leave your name and number and I will get back to you as soon as. possible. Also, you can call me at home at the above number. I do have an answering machine at home. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. OFFICE MOVED The Big Stone County Veterans Service Office has moved to the Big Stone County Government Building on main street across from the Court House. The telephone number is the same (320) 839-6398. My Office hours are the same - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8-4:30 p.m. each day. My Office is located in what is now the conference room at the front of the building to the right of the counter. My new Address is: Big Stone County Veterans Service Office 11 SE 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278-1541. RESPECT FOR THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE U.S. FLAG CODE is federal law, providing rules for proper display, treatment and respect for Old Glory. No committee of Congress has sole authority over the flag. No government Agency controls its place in society. There are not FLAG POLICE. The U.S. Flag Code essentially belongs to the people, and its enforcement is most often conducted through education. The code has been modified many times over the years, including 2008 when military personnel and veterans were given authority to salute the FLAG EVEN WHEN NOT IN UNIFORM. VETERANS, TROOPS CAN ALWAYS SALUTE A change to Section 9 of the U.S. Flag Code written into the Defense authorization act now gives Veterans and Members of the U.S. Armed Forces the authority to render a salute to the flag, whether or not they are in uniform or wearing identifying veteran apparel such as an American Legion Cap. All others present should remove any headwear, .face the flag and place their right hand over their heart. Headwear should be held to the left shoulder, leaving the right hand over the heart. These acts are to be conducted anytime there is a hoisting or lowering of the U.S. Flag whenever it passes. Citizens of Foreign countries should stand at attention. HOW DO I PROPERLY DISPOSE OF AN UNSERVICEABLE FLAG? U.S. Flag Code states that the Stars and Stripes should not touch anything beneath it, but it is not a requirement to destroy a flag that" has touched the ground. This section of the code is to encourage care in the handling of the flag in order to protect it from becoming soiled ordamaged. A U.S. Flag that is soiled but not worn or damaged may be washed or dry cleaned. When a flag is worn or damaged to the point where it no longer fit for display, the U.S. Flag Code suggests the, "it should be destroyed preferable by burning." American Legion posts and Boy Scout troops conducts disposal ceremonies to provide dignified and solemn disposal of unserviceable flags. SHOULD A FLAG BE DISPLAYED IN INCLEMENT WEATHER? The flag should not be displayed during inclement weather unless it made from an all-weather "material such as Nylon. Most modern flags are made of all-weather materials. WHY DO MILITARY FLAG PATCHES APPEAR BACKWARDS? The U.S. Flag patch on the right shoulder of a military uniform is reversed to reflect the proper method of displaying a flag that is moving, as if it being carried forward into battle, during time of war. OH SAY, CAN YOU SEE? It is 'customary to display outdoor flag only from! sunrise to sunset. However, a U.S. Flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The i American Legion interprets proper illumination as a light specifically placed to illuminate the flag (preferred) or having a light source sufficient to illuminate the flag so it is recognizable as such by the casual observer. The light of the moon can provide illumination. ' MEMORIAL FLAGS U.S. Flag Code does not prohibit later flying of a Casket flag used in a funeral service. Rather, it is a fitting tribute to the memory of the deceased veteran and their service when the flag is displayed. BIKE FLAGS Legion riders often display flags on the backs of motorcycles. The proper position for Old Glory, when two different flags ar~ displayed, is on the rider's right. OneU.S. Flag: center or rightl PATRIOTIC BUNTING Bunting is ~lot a U.S. Flag, but code states that l~unting should always be arranged with blue above, white in the middle, red below. FLAG APPAREL As long as thgy are not made from actual U.S. Flagg, patriotic articles of clothing and accessories featuring the Stars and Striped are not a violation of Flag Code. The entire Tgxt of the U.S. Flag Code is available online at /flagcode. Page 16 rr i 0 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, May 12, 2009 i