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.,,1 Spring Instrumental Concert Tuesday, May 13th-7:30 p.m. JohnPhillipSousa Adults. $4.00 Award winner Students- $2.00 IN THE ORTONVILLE HiGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM will be announced. • • O "),  .. i AIR. WINNERS for the American Legion Auxiliary contest are pictured above. Fourth grade utson, first; Thomas Rausch, second; Austin Schneider, third; Jonah Thune, third. Fifth Marissa Baerwaldt, first; Nicole Gustafson and Taylor Stotesbery, second; Nichole Rauscher 'enson, third. Sixth grade, Zachary Raffety, first; Melissa Grabow, second; Hillori Gronholz lune, third. Seventh grade, Molly Rausch, first; Lauren Smith, second; Micaela Rausch, third. Bolsta, first; Rachel Behlings, second; Joseph Brandt and Logan Jacobson, third. report OELKE ounty tNERS HAVE TO SIGN UP , i)•: nd both landowners-. need to be aware implications of program that may since the the Farm Security known as the 2002 )st people know, opportunity of under the In many as a percent of up to 100% of ng the updating for producers as collect the lYments and the payments on acres, resulting inCome stability which also has proven to positively impact landowner returns as well Because of the increase in base acres in these situations, land owners that wish to enroll acres into the CRP program for 10 or 15 years, need to make decisions on potentially reducing base acres when they sign a new CRP contract. As in the past, landowners need to consult with the operator of the farm and have agreement to enroll acres in the CRP program. This normally was not a problem as poorer and other less productive or environmentally sensitive portions of the farm were generally targeted for enrollment. Also, in the vast majOrity of cases, there was very little negative financial impact on the operator from a government payment standpoint. That situation has changed with the increased base acres on many farms. If a landowner wants to sign up for the CRP program on a farm that has 100% of the tillable acres as base acres, then base acres for the whole farm need to be reduced permanently on the acres that are enrolled into CRP. Landowners may choose which base to reduce if there is more than one crop base on a particular parcel, but once that decision is made and the contract is signed the base is gone forever according to rules in place today. Because of these issues, producers that have land placed into the CRP program will lose the guaranteed direct payments on any acres that are removed from their base. They also will not be eligible for any potential counter-cyclical payments on those acres, resulting in a loss of revenue that may not be made up by the payments through the CRP program. All of us can agree that the protection of our soil and water resources is essential and that the CRP program is an important part of protecting those resources; however the financial impact on farm owners and operators needs to be carefully considered before land is enrolled into CRP. Bret Oelke is an Educator with the University of Minnesotaxtension Service in Business Nlanagement and Marketing serving the' West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Next CWC set May 20th "Bear With Us" at our Tuesday, May 20 morning coffee at our Ortonville Christian Women's Club. All ladies of the surrounding area are invited to come to Zion Lutheran Church, Highland Highway in Ortonville, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. "Bear-y Cute Ideas" highlight Twyla Hinneberg's memorial bears presentation. Karl Weness of Bellingham will be singing some "Precious Memories." If you would like to absorb some "Paws-l-Tive Thoughts," you will want to hear Sandy Cook of Lakeshore, give some tips on developing a positive self image. Sandy enjoys stitchery, knitting and scrapbooking. Tickets are $3 inclusive. Reservations are made by calling Violet (605-862-8500) or Susie (320- 273-2340) by Saturday, May 17. A nursery is available upon request. come, bring a friend to this fun May gathering! Minnesotans asked to report trumpeter swan pairs Trumpeter swans, once almost' of new nesting pairs has become tion of the sighting; the number of eliminated due to market hunting and increasingly difficult, according to tagged and untagged birds; the color habitat loss, have made a dramatic comeback, and Minnesotans are being asked to help in the restoration cffort. The Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to report sightings of new swan pairs in wetlands in order to help locate new nesting sites, said Steve Kittelson, DNR nongame wildlife trumpeter swan restoration project leader for Minnesota. The DNR's trumpeter swan restoration project has released more than 300 swans since 1987. But keep- ing track of the fate and whereabouts Kittelson. The Minnesota flock of trumpeter swans now consists of more than 1,500 individuals. "These free-flying birds could show up virtually anywhere in the state," Kittelson said. The DNR trumpeters have expand- ed their range and have paired up with trumpeters from other state restora- tion projects, including Iowa and Wisconsin. Kittelson asks anyone seeing a new pair of trumpeter swans at a wet- land, to write down the date and loca- and the I.D. number from witag tags or neck collars, if possible. Minnesota DNR swans have orange plastic wing tags (right wing on males, left wing on females). New swan pairs should be reported to Steve Kittelson at (651) 296-9662 in the Twin Cities metro area, toll free at 1-888-MINNDNR in greater Minnesota, or e-mail steve.kittel- son@dnr.state.mn.us. "With this valuable information we can determine which birds are nesting, where they nest, and whether or not they are successful," Kittelson said. "Hay, y'all bring y.our car on to Progressive!" • Complete Auto Body Repair Shop • Windshield Repair & Replacement • Largest In-Stock Windshield Inventory • Comfortable Lobby -P_ROG R E$S I VE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. Steve and Linda Roggenbuck Iorden and Dillan Roggenbuck 109 SE 2nd St. • Ortonville, MN 56278 • 320-839-2255 or Toll Free 888-819-2255 A Ferrari Out Front Won't Make The Neighbors Jealous. But Our Service TruckWill. I Total Home Care Service / rdt Your NESS the old g on street 'Air Conditioners, Household Equipment, Freezers, d Door Repair Also! 570 E-Mall: cary@maxminn.com Get Hooked With A Digital Trio Bundle & Save! Get it all with just one call! Digital Cable TV, MidcoNet  High-Speed Internet and Local Phone Service from Midcontinent Communications for an incredible value of $79.95 per month. Digital Cable W with over 200 channels plus STARZ! and ',= ,,r.,,,,u:,,,o,,,. =,,.' $ 7995 . MidcoNet" High Speed Intemet Local & Long Distance per month Phone Service with 7.g’/min. long distance, anytime FREE installation for new customers and customers upgrading to the Digital Trio Bundle. Call today and GET HOOKED! 1-800.888-1300 ,,.. e= ervlee "ueNI'IAL0000,u)00 Midcontinen[ COMMUNICATIONS 320"839"37@4 ..... Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 13, 2003 INDEPENDENT Page 5b .,,1 Spring Instrumental Concert Tuesday, May 13th-7:30 p.m. JohnPhillipSousa Adults. $4.00 Award winner Students- $2.00 IN THE ORTONVILLE HiGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM will be announced. • • O "),  .. i AIR. WINNERS for the American Legion Auxiliary contest are pictured above. Fourth grade utson, first; Thomas Rausch, second; Austin Schneider, third; Jonah Thune, third. Fifth Marissa Baerwaldt, first; Nicole Gustafson and Taylor Stotesbery, second; Nichole Rauscher 'enson, third. Sixth grade, Zachary Raffety, first; Melissa Grabow, second; Hillori Gronholz lune, third. Seventh grade, Molly Rausch, first; Lauren Smith, second; Micaela Rausch, third. Bolsta, first; Rachel Behlings, second; Joseph Brandt and Logan Jacobson, third. report OELKE ounty tNERS HAVE TO SIGN UP , i)•: nd both landowners-. need to be aware implications of program that may since the the Farm Security known as the 2002 )st people know, opportunity of under the In many as a percent of up to 100% of ng the updating for producers as collect the lYments and the payments on acres, resulting inCome stability which also has proven to positively impact landowner returns as well Because of the increase in base acres in these situations, land owners that wish to enroll acres into the CRP program for 10 or 15 years, need to make decisions on potentially reducing base acres when they sign a new CRP contract. As in the past, landowners need to consult with the operator of the farm and have agreement to enroll acres in the CRP program. This normally was not a problem as poorer and other less productive or environmentally sensitive portions of the farm were generally targeted for enrollment. Also, in the vast majOrity of cases, there was very little negative financial impact on the operator from a government payment standpoint. That situation has changed with the increased base acres on many farms. If a landowner wants to sign up for the CRP program on a farm that has 100% of the tillable acres as base acres, then base acres for the whole farm need to be reduced permanently on the acres that are enrolled into CRP. Landowners may choose which base to reduce if there is more than one crop base on a particular parcel, but once that decision is made and the contract is signed the base is gone forever according to rules in place today. Because of these issues, producers that have land placed into the CRP program will lose the guaranteed direct payments on any acres that are removed from their base. They also will not be eligible for any potential counter-cyclical payments on those acres, resulting in a loss of revenue that may not be made up by the payments through the CRP program. All of us can agree that the protection of our soil and water resources is essential and that the CRP program is an important part of protecting those resources; however the financial impact on farm owners and operators needs to be carefully considered before land is enrolled into CRP. Bret Oelke is an Educator with the University of Minnesotaxtension Service in Business Nlanagement and Marketing serving the' West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Next CWC set May 20th "Bear With Us" at our Tuesday, May 20 morning coffee at our Ortonville Christian Women's Club. All ladies of the surrounding area are invited to come to Zion Lutheran Church, Highland Highway in Ortonville, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. "Bear-y Cute Ideas" highlight Twyla Hinneberg's memorial bears presentation. Karl Weness of Bellingham will be singing some "Precious Memories." If you would like to absorb some "Paws-l-Tive Thoughts," you will want to hear Sandy Cook of Lakeshore, give some tips on developing a positive self image. Sandy enjoys stitchery, knitting and scrapbooking. Tickets are $3 inclusive. Reservations are made by calling Violet (605-862-8500) or Susie (320- 273-2340) by Saturday, May 17. A nursery is available upon request. come, bring a friend to this fun May gathering! Minnesotans asked to report trumpeter swan pairs Trumpeter swans, once almost' of new nesting pairs has become tion of the sighting; the number of eliminated due to market hunting and increasingly difficult, according to tagged and untagged birds; the color habitat loss, have made a dramatic comeback, and Minnesotans are being asked to help in the restoration cffort. The Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to report sightings of new swan pairs in wetlands in order to help locate new nesting sites, said Steve Kittelson, DNR nongame wildlife trumpeter swan restoration project leader for Minnesota. The DNR's trumpeter swan restoration project has released more than 300 swans since 1987. But keep- ing track of the fate and whereabouts Kittelson. The Minnesota flock of trumpeter swans now consists of more than 1,500 individuals. "These free-flying birds could show up virtually anywhere in the state," Kittelson said. The DNR trumpeters have expand- ed their range and have paired up with trumpeters from other state restora- tion projects, including Iowa and Wisconsin. Kittelson asks anyone seeing a new pair of trumpeter swans at a wet- land, to write down the date and loca- and the I.D. number from witag tags or neck collars, if possible. Minnesota DNR swans have orange plastic wing tags (right wing on males, left wing on females). New swan pairs should be reported to Steve Kittelson at (651) 296-9662 in the Twin Cities metro area, toll free at 1-888-MINNDNR in greater Minnesota, or e-mail steve.kittel- son@dnr.state.mn.us. "With this valuable information we can determine which birds are nesting, where they nest, and whether or not they are successful," Kittelson said. "Hay, y'all bring y.our car on to Progressive!" • Complete Auto Body Repair Shop • Windshield Repair & Replacement • Largest In-Stock Windshield Inventory • Comfortable Lobby -P_ROG R E$S I VE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. Steve and Linda Roggenbuck Iorden and Dillan Roggenbuck 109 SE 2nd St. • Ortonville, MN 56278 • 320-839-2255 or Toll Free 888-819-2255 A Ferrari Out Front Won't Make The Neighbors Jealous. But Our Service TruckWill. I Total Home Care Service / rdt Your NESS the old g on street 'Air Conditioners, Household Equipment, Freezers, d Door Repair Also! 570 E-Mall: cary@maxminn.com Get Hooked With A Digital Trio Bundle & Save! Get it all with just one call! Digital Cable TV, MidcoNet  High-Speed Internet and Local Phone Service from Midcontinent Communications for an incredible value of $79.95 per month. Digital Cable W with over 200 channels plus STARZ! and ',= ,,r.,,,,u:,,,o,,,. =,,.' $ 7995 . MidcoNet" High Speed Intemet Local & Long Distance per month Phone Service with 7.g’/min. long distance, anytime FREE installation for new customers and customers upgrading to the Digital Trio Bundle. Call today and GET HOOKED! 1-800.888-1300 ,,.. e= ervlee "ueNI'IAL0000,u)00 Midcontinen[ COMMUNICATIONS 320"839"37@4 ..... Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 13, 2003 INDEPENDENT Page 5b