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.FISHING FOR CASH were these young people in front of the Ortonville Independent, as part of the Ortonv|lle Crazy Day activities held Saturday, July 17. ECI to Ortonville "Tot Swim" ing Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative has been hosting a "Tot Swim" fun night at the Ortonville Swimming Pool once a month this summer. The next "Tot Swim" will be held Thursday, Aug. 12. Children from birth to kinder- garten age and their families are wel- come to join in the fun at these free events. If any parents have questions about introducing their young child to the water, lifeguards will be on hand to give tips on blowing bubbles, going under, and they'll even catch those brave little ones who want to jump off the board. ,Bring a picnic supper to the park adjacent to the swimming pool to enjoy beforehand. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Madeline Lamb is shown in side photo having fun at a recent "Tot Swim" event. She is the daughter of Matthew and Laura Lamb of Ortonville. night % CANDLES PURSES WALLETS CLOTHING GIFT WEAR GOOSEBERRY PATCH COOKBOOKS HOURS- Wed. thru Fri. IOam-5pm," Sat.~ lOam-3pm Do~,~aette tb Bouttque 85113 250th St. Beardsley, MN 320.265.6139 Front Beardsley, 1 mile south on Hwy. 7, 1 mile east on 250th St To Township/City Clerks and Voters in the County of Big Stone, State of Minnesota Notice is hereby given that a Primary Election wil be held at the following locations: ToWnship/City Almond Township Big Stone Township Otrey Township City of Clinton City of Graceville City of Ortonville Polling Place Hours Clinton Memorial Building 10:00am-8:00pm Big Stone Town Hall ] 0:00am-8:0Com Otrey Town Hall ~ 0:00am-8:00pm Ctinton Municipa Building 7:00am-8:00pm Graceville Community Bldg. 7:00am-8:00pm Ortonville City Shoo 7:00am-8:00pm Mail Ballot Precincts* Akron Towr ship Artichoke Township Brow'ns Valley Townshit) Foster Township Graceville Township Malta Township Moonshine Township Odessa Townshi p Ortonville Township Prior Townsh D Toqua Township City of Barry City of Beardsley City of Correl City of Johnson City of Odessa *Please note that the polling place for non-registered mail ballo~ precincts is the County Auditor's Office. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, for the our 3ose of nominating candidates for the following offices which are to be voted for at me General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, fo-wit: FEDERAL OFFICES United States Representative for District 7 STATE OFFICES Governor and Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Attorney General Dated: July 23, 2010 Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Big Stone County, Minnesota Minnesota's unemployment rate de- clined 0.2 percentage points to a sea- sonaIly adjusted 6.8 percent in June. according to figtires released today by the Minnesota Department of Employ- ment and Economic Development (DEEDS. The state unemployment rate remained well below the U.S. rate of 9.5 percent in June. The state shed 3.700 jobs during the month, primarily U.S. census jobs that had been filled on a temporary basis. Minnesota's labor force participa- tion rate fell 0.4 percentage points dur- ing the month to 72.2 percent, while the national rate declined from 65 per- cent to 64.7 percent. In June nearly 14.000 workers left the state's labor force. The number of jobs in Minnesota has grown 0.4 percent in the past 12 months, compared with a 0.1 percent decline nationally. "Minnesota's employment picture in June mirrored the nation's, reflecting the uneven nature of economic recov- ery," said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. "Still, Minnesota has gained When you need cash in retirement Last year's stock market declines took their toll on many Americans, but those in retirement were among the most affected. After saving diligently, most people probably believed they could now safely enjoy their post- career years, but market losses that ate into their portfolios put an end to many of those assumptions. If your nest egg took a hit, the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers some advice on the best ways to stretch your dollar in retirement. Cut back to necessities If you are experiencing serious financial problems, it's time to consider smart spending cuts. Of course, there are many steps that apply to any consumer, including skipping takeout or restaurant meals. carpooling and forgoing vacations for the time being. In addition, many people who are in or approaching retirement will purchase a second home m a dream location. It may be a good idea to look into selling that property or renting it to generate cash. Downsizing to a smaller house will also cut down on expenses, and could require less time and money spent on maintenance than a larger residence would. A downsized residence may even be better designed to deal with physical and mobility challenges a retiree might encounter in the futuI'e. Finally, make sure you take advantage ofthe many senior discounts available on everything ranging from transit fares to movie tickets. Adjust to your new'situation more than 11.000 jobs in the past 12 months, representing the first year- over-year employment growth in the state since.April 2008." Leisure and hospitality added 5.100 jobs in Minnesota in June, followed by financial activities, which grew by 2,300 jobs. Job losses during the month were led by trade, transportation and utilities (down 3.200), primarily in retail. Losses in retail employment were con- sistent with other measures of declin- ing consumer confidence and consumer spending. Losses also occurred in other serv- ices (down 2,800), professional and business services (down 2,600), con- struction (down 900), manufacturing (down 900), information (down 200), education and health services (down 200), government (down 200), and log- ging and mining (down 100). Over the past 12 months job gains. occurred in leisure and hospitality (up 9,100), professional and business serv- mes (up 8,700), government (up 8,300), education and health services (up 7,100), and logging and mining (up 500) The following sectors have-lost jobs in the past year: construction (down 10,200), other services (down 8.100), financial activities (down 2.200), man- ufacturing (down 1,100), trade, trans- portation and utilities (down !.000), and information (down 60), In 'the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past year in the St. Cloud MSA (up 0.9 per- cent), the Rochester MSA (up 0.9 per- cent) and the Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.1 percent). Over-the-year job losses occurred in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (down 0.1 percent) and the Mankato MSA [down 1.5 percent). DEED is the state's principal eco- nomic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, in- ternational trade and community de- velopment. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at crisis occurred, you'll want to take steps to ensure it doesn't happen again. Now's a good time to create a new budget and research investment options to see if you are on the best financial footing. Consult your local CPA If you're unsure about how to proceed, remember that your local CPA can help. Turn to him or her with any financial question facing your family. Information and resources are available to the public on the MNCPA Web site ( including tax and financial planning information for individuals and small businesses. A free CPA referral service is also available on the Web site or by calling 800-331-4288. The MNCPA is part of the national 360 Degrees of Financial .Literacy campaign to help Americans' improve financial literacy; information and resources are available at A Doll Among Dolls! HAPPY GOLDEN ...lust a little late f If you're happy and you know it... ...write a letter to the editor! j FA I gli,1 0 I UI~IP. ~UUI~I I I io I Oldie- ur mINN~'~Ul~i~ I ~u~u~l 3u, zulu STATE PARTISAN PRIMARY BALLOT INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS: MINNESOTA ELECTION LAW PERMITS YOU TO VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATES OF ONLY ONE POLITICAL PARTY IN A STATE PARTISAN PRIMARY ELECTION. DO NOT VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATES OF MORE THAN ONE PARTY. To vote, completely fill in the oval(s) next to your choice(s) like this: 91. FEDERAL OFFICES FEDERAL OFFICES FEDERAL OFFICES 0 GLEN R. MENZE 0 ALAN ROEBKE 0 COLLIN C. PETERSON Despite the bad news of any financial losses you may have suffered, the good news ]s that your expenses may drop because of your change in position. For example, your tax position may have altered if your income or assets have declined, so consult with a qualified advisor, such as a CPA. to determine if you should be paying less in taxes. If you have children in college, find out whether your changed circumstances qualify you for greater financial aid or better deals on students loans. By taking such steps, you may be able to cut fixed costs without making drastic changes to your lifestyle. ConSider the equity in your home Tapping into your home's equity can be a great source of cash, especially if you have lived in your house for many years and do not have a large existing mortgage. If you have gone into debt because of a financial reversal, a home equity loan will likely carry a lower interest rate than credit card balances and the interest may be tax deductible. Shop around to find a second mortgage or home equity line with the lowest interest rates and fees. But be sure not to squander your home equity unless you truly need it or plan to use it for a worthwhile purpose. Your CPA can help you determine when using home eqmty is right Branch out in a new direction As the American population gets older, more and more people in their sixties and older are staying in the workforce. In fact, by 2016, workers age 65 and over are expected to account for 6.1 percent of the total labor force, up from 3.6 percent in 2006. according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If money is tight, it may be time to join the many Americans of traditional retirement age who continue to work full or part rime. It's a great way to supplement your income and you might find a new interest or social circle through your new job. Reconsider your money management choices No matter how your current cash kll,n0epen0entA,s Get Noticed. /11 {You re re ding this one Ill arent you?) Ill STATE OFFICES o LEE BYBERG STATE OFFICES ::: ::::! 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