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AN OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY was held at Grandma'sThrifty Hideaway on Ortonville's main street on May 21. Shown above are owners Theresa and Lane Nelson and members of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the community. Blandin awards grant to LQP Computer Commuter Blandin Foundation announced today that it has awarded six grants to- taling $147,750 that assist rural Min- nesota communities in advancing high-speed Internet access and use in their communities. The Lac qui Parle Economic Devel- opment Authority will support resi- dents in gaining digital literacy skills available through the local Computer Commuter, with support of a $25,000 Blandin Foundation grant. "We're excited to receive this sup- port from an organization as strong as the Blandin Foundation," said Mary Quick, coordinator for the Lac qui Parle Computer Commuter. "Our mo- bile computer lab has become a valu- able asset in increasing the digital literacy skills of our residents. We look forward to continuing that effort." The Lac qui Parle Computer Com- muter is a mobile computer lab that tours the county to provide training and YOUR COMPLETE AUTO GLASS & BODY SHOP iiiiiiii iitine examinations [:}: .............. ii:::.. iiii i!:iii !iess will provide a v i! i iiii::::'::ionvit e Area Health Services the lst:!:d iiiiiiii! ii,: 8{::each month, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. //:ii!ii!iiiii!ifiiiii}#ii!iiii!iii!iiiiiiiiiiiii,}iiX.] For more information or to schedule a#i iiiiiiiiii iiilil]ii i!iiiiii i i i please call Brown Clinic at 6588684iiiiiiiiiiiiii!iii]i`iiiiiiiiiii@iiiiiiiiiii!iii#!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii@ Bro00CI Personal brownclinic.org FACFAS BSAC awarded grant for Lakeside Writers weekend assistance to residents and local busi- nesses. Since it hit the streets in 2010, more than 3,431 residents have used the Computer Commuter's services. "Rural leaders know that connected communities are vibrant communi- ties," said Dr. Kathleen Annette, CEO of Blandin Foundation. "We are de- lighted to see how the Lac qui Parle Economic Development Authority is using the Computer Commuter to offer more residents access to the opportuni- ties that high-speed Internet offers." Since making rural broadband use and access a focus in 2003, Blandin Foundation has partnered with leaders in more than 60 communities and 80 organizations across the state to sup- port sustainable broadband adoption to enhance quality of life and place. The Big Stone Arts Council,was awarded a $3,215 grant from the Soutwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) for their 2014 Lakeside Writ- ers Weekend. In all, 17 area organizations and eight area artists have recently been awarded a total of $106,099 in grants from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC). Southwest Minnesota Arts Council grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative ap- propriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund, by the McKnight Foundation, and by contributions from individuals, busi- nesses, organizations, schools, cities and counties. Southwest Minnesota Arts Council is the designated regional arts council for eighteen counties in southwestern Minnesota (Big Stone, Chippewa, Cot- tonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine). The organization provides financial and technical assis- tance to non-profit organizations and schools interested in sponsoring or pro- ducing arts activities, as well as offer- ing grants to individual artists. Please call the SMAC office at 507-537-1471 or toll free at 800-622-5284 for infor- mation on grant guidelines or applica- tions, or email us at info@swmnarts.org. Prairie Five hosts appreciation dinner for their volunteers On April 23, Prairie Five C.A.C. hosted an appreciation dinner at the Montevideo Community Center for the volunteers who provide rides through the Prairie Five RIDES program and for the volunteers transporting meals for the Prairie Five Nutrition program. During this dinner they served 110 Vol- unteers, guests, directors, managers, staff and Prairie Five Board Members. Gail Jerve, Prairie Five's Assistant Director, provided them with some in- teresting facts from 2013. Last year they provided services to approximately 9,100 unduplicated in- dividuals in Region 6W of which 65 percent are individuals over 60 years of age. Did you know every day approxi- mately 70 of our volunteers travel an average of 2,400 miles to deliver meals on wheels and provide needed trans- portation to medical appointments, shopping and social activities? Also, they have approximately 300 volun- teers that contributed 17,000 hours of their time and drove 610,000 miles to deliver 138,000 meals and provide over 140,000 rides. It was estimated that their volun- teers purchased 30,500 gallons of fuel last year, resulting in spending almost $110,000 for gasoline alone ($3.55 per gallon). Prairie Five CAC, Inc. reached out to local gas stations who were more than thrilled to provide gift cards, gift certificates and coupons to use as door prizes for the volunteers. They would like to thank all of them for doing this as it truly means a lot to the volunteers and Prairie Five CAC, Inc. To ensure that these programs run smoothly is a huge task. The RIDES program manager Ted Nelson and the Nutrition program manager Erick Hed- man maintain a full staff of people to help out, but without the people who volunteer their time and vehicles, these programs could not survive. Thank you so much for having a willingness to give back and be a part of a huge thing. "Helping People, Changing Lives" that's the motto of Prairie Five C.A.C. and with their volunteers that's exactly what they do. They provide transporta- tion to those who can no longer drive or whose family lives miles away. Many times the driver is the only con- tact outside of their homes for several days and the same is true of the Meals on Wheels program, individuals get a nourishing meal and a friendly hello. Many times the volunteers have de- tected the need for additional services or medical help that may have gone un- noticed. Many individuals that they serve were once active in their commu- nities and volunteered themselves and realize the importance of volunteering. "Volunteer: Change a Life". If you would like to find out how you could volunteer and help out the community, please contact Ted Nelson or Erick Hedman at Prairie Five CAC, Inc. 320- 269-6578. Important 2014 deadlines for livestock disaster aid Minnesota livestock producers can submit notices of animal loss and apply for payment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster programs, which were reinstated with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Funding is retroactive and covers some losses //-Congratulations.Graduates From the Crew at Progresswe Colhslon & Glass At Progressive, we take pride in everything we do! Largest In-Stock Windshield Inventory in Area 100% Customer Satisfaction .Complete Auto Body Shop PROGRESSIVE back to October, 2011. Claims from past years must have proper documen- tation to receive funding, which may include photos, ownership records or purchase and transportation receipts. "With funding restored, now is the time to act. The Minnesota Depart- ment of Agriculture (MDA) has been encouraging producers over the last few years to document all losses pend- ing this return in funding of livestock assistance programs. We encourage producers to connect with their local Minnesota FSA to seek reimburse- ment," said MDA livestock develop- ment supervisor, Curt Zimmerman. The reimbursements cover several areas of livestock and are broken down into three categories: Livestock Indemnity Program: pays producer for livestock deaths dating back to October, 2011 caused by ad- verse" weather or attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the fed- eral government. Deadline to submit a COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. i Steve and Linda Roggenbuck . ..... . SE Secnd T%' t Fre%888.8119_2M55627 Planters & Pots Seeds J.  Off ..............  .Garden .... : Supplies notice of loss and application for pay- ment is January 30, 2015. Livestock Forage Program: pays producer for livestock losses due to drought or fire on pastureland planted specifically for grazing, dating back to October, 2011. Deadline to submit a notice of loss and application for pay- ment is January 30, 2015. Emergency Assistance for Live- stock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program: provides producer assis- tance for eligible losses due to disease and weather conditions not covered in the Forage or Indemnity Programs. These losses are covered dating back to 2012 and deadline to submit a notice of loss and application for payment is Au- gust 1, 2014. Questions and specific qualifica- tions and deadlines to file for losses can be directed to the Minnesota FSA office at www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/state- offapp?mystate=mn&area=home&sub ject=landing&topic=landing. PLACING SECOND IN THE MWC TOURNAMENT last weekend was the team of Mike Frisch, left and Artie Arndt. The team caught their five fish limit each day and had a two-day total of 31 Ibs 10 oz. The tournament was held May 16-17 on Big Stone Lake. Statewide bass season opens Sat. Anglers can catch and keep bass starting Saturday, May 24. Anglers can generally keep six largemouth and smallmouth bass combined. A guide to telling the difference between the two can be found on the Minnesota De- partment of Natural Resources web- site. Some bodies of water have special regulations for bass. To find special regulations, use the DNR LakeFinder function at the Fish Minnesota site. To buy a fishing license, visit any DNR license agent, buy online via mobile or desktop or call 888-665-4236. After the bass opener, next up for anglers is the muskie opener on Satur- day, June 7. Page 16 INDEPENDE NT Tuesday, May 20, 2014