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Vote absentee if unable to make it to polls on Aug. 10 Secretary of State Mark Ritchie again reminded voters that voting ab- . sentee is an option for those who are unable to make it to the polls on Aug. 10 to participate in the primary. "The upcoming primary is right around the corner." Ritchie said. "If you still want to participate but will be unable to make it to the polls on Aug. 10. vote absentee. State law allows eligible Minnesota voters to vote absentee either by mail or m person for one of the following reasons: Absence from the precinct (away from home) Illness or disability Serving as an election judge m an- other precinct Religious discipline To vote absentee in person, voters may wsit their county auditor's office during regular business hours Monday - Friday until Aug. 6. between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sat.. Aug. 7. or up until 5 p.m. on Aug. 9. In-person absentee voting may be offered at many municipal clerk offices as well. If you are not registered to vote. an election official, will provide you a voter registration form to com- plete along with your absentee ballot materials. To successfully register, vot- ers must show proof of residence. Visit for more infor- mation about proof of residence op- tions. Voters may also choose to vote ab- sentee by mail. Visit the secretary of state's Web site to download and print an absentee ballot application, or con- tact your county auditor or munimpal clerk directly to obtain one. Upon re- ceipt of your application, election offi- cials will send you a ballot by mail to complete. Remember that ballots must be returned on or before Aug 10 to be counted for the primary. Secretary Ritchie urged Min- nesotans to join him in helping to re- mind our neighbors, friends, or loved ones who may be serving in the mili- iary and overseas about the earlier pri- mary date. The office developed a special one-stop-shop Web site https://minnesota.overseasvotefounda- for active-duty military per- sonnel, their dependents, and Minnesotans overseas to assist these voters in requesting their absentee bal- lots. These voters may request that their absentee ballot be e-mailed to them to reduce the transit time. but still must return their paper ballot by mail so that it arrives on or before election day. "Even if you have voted absentee for years, pay special attention to the instructions when completing your ab- sentee ballot materials this year.' Ritchie said. Recent court rulings now reqmre that election officials reject an absen- tee ballot if the form on the envelope is not completed entirely. There are dif- ferent requirements for military and overseas voters as well as voters who are not already registered at their cur- rent address. Domestic absentee voters who are already registered must pro- vide the following information on,their absentee ballot envelopes: -Voter signature and date -Witness name -Witness residential address (do not use a P.O. Box) -Witness title if the witness is an of- ficial or notary -Notary stamp if the'witness is a no- tary -Witness signature Election officials will mail new bal- lots to voters if a problem is discovered more than five days before the election. If the problem is found less than five days from the primary, election offi- cials will try to notify,the voter by phone or e-mail. The office has produced several m- formative brochures to guide Min- nesotans on voting. Visit for more infor- mation on voting and registration. New law protecting youth from tobacco now in .effect A new state law pro!ecting Min- nesota youth from the harmfuleffects of tobacco products went into effect Aug. 1. The Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act was passed by the 2010 Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pawlenty. The new law applies existing state tobacco taxes and regulations to new smokeless tobacco products which at- tract young customers because they are low-cost. Specifically. the law: Expands the definition of tobacco products to include any product that contains tobacco and is intended for human consumption. Requires all tobacco products and tobacco-related devices to be sold be- hind the counter so they are not easily accessible to youth. Prevents the sale of new tobacco products and e-cigarettes to youth. "Tobacco use continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in this country," said Minnesota Assistant Commissioner of Health Patricia Adams. "While cigarette smoking among Minnesota youth has declined since 2000, there has been no change in the percentage of students smoking cigars or little clg.ars or using smoke- less tobacco. This new law will help young people avoid the harmful effects of tobacco by decreasing their access to today's new generation of tobacco products." Adams added that the new law com- plements work being done through the Statewide Health Improvement Pro- gram (SHIP) to prevent tobacco use. SHIP was established in 2008 as part of the state's health reform law. Com- munities across the state are using SHIP grants to reduce chronic disease by decreasing the number of Min- nesotans who use or are exposed to to- bacco or who are obese or overweight. "SHIP takes a new approach toward prevention by focusing on creating sus- tainable, systemic changes that make it easier for individuals to make healthy choices in their daily lives," Adams said. "The new Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act is an example of the kind of systemic change that can lead to improved health across the state." Counties and cities are responsible for enforcing the Tobacco Moderniza= tion and Compliance Act. For more in- formation about the law, see d/tpc/legal.html. Family Living Focus place. Respite can be achieved on a daily basis with the smallest of kindnesses. Know your limits! If you wear Give yourself a break Doctor appointments that must be scheduled: the constant care and attention your loved one needs, both physically and emotionally; the back and forth to grocery stores, drog stores, physical therapy sessions and. most of all. the need to know you are doing the "right thing" for the loved one in need of your care. We all know the daily challenges we face as caregivers and that we seldom have time for ourselves. But we do need time to reflect, relax and rejuvenate for at least few hours each week. This "private time" gives us a renewed strength to carry on. It's important to take that time. You deserve it. AND. you should not feel guilty about it. There are ways to allow yourself time away. For an hour. a day or even a weekend, take time to collect your thoughts and get back on track. It's okay to do that. You have a very important role to play as caregiver. If you do not care for yourself, who will step in to care for you AND your loved one? Take the time to read through this "guilt free" list and know you'll be a better caregiver for it. Accept the help others offer. Suggest specific things they can do for you and your loved one. This is rule #1 for a reason. No one is a Super Hero. Don't feel like you're the only one that can take dad to the doctor or your wife to her physical therapist. REACH OUT and ask another family member or close family friend to assist you occasionally so you have time to yourself. Trust in their willingness to help. Many times they do not know how to reach out and help unless you are able to communicate your needs. Ask for and accept favors such as a friend staying with your loved one while you are able to get out of the house for a while, a dinner being cooked for you and your loved one once a week. an offer to go to the supermarket or drugstore in your yourself out caring for your loved one, who will step in to care for the both of you? Remember. caring for yourself is not selfish, ff's the greatest gift you can give your loved one. If you would like more information on Give Yourself a Break feel free to contact Gail Gilman-Waldner, Program Development and Coordination - Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and Professor Emeritus - University of Minnesota at 507-389-8869 or e-mail Gail at Additional resources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info website at www.MinnesotaHelp.Info. Be sure to watch for more Family Living Focus information in next week's paper. SIXTY-FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE HELGESON FAMILY enjoyed beautiful weather on the shores of Big Stone Lake for their triennial family reunion July 23-25. The reumon had not been held in Ortonville since 1980. Reunion headquarters was at the Big Stone Camp for Christ located about four miles north of Ortonville on Highway 7. Family members came from Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois and.Ohio. Attending from the farthest distance were Jeri and Bud Breigenzer from Franklin, OH. The oldest family member in attendance was Derald Linduist from Correll and [he youngest was Brooklyn Kay Bucher of Fergus Falls, granddaughter of Gordon and Dnane Lindquist of Ortonville. Highlights of the reunion included a magic show by family mem- ber Mike Madden and several performances by family members in a show of Helgesons Have Talent. Many went to watch the motorcycles of the LTD ride oass on Highwav 75 north of Ortonville. Saturday evenin they enjoyed a Helgeson Chrisimas dinner in July that included lese, Swedish meatballs, cranberries and al the usual fixings. On Sunday they had a pioneer church service at the church at the Big Stone County Museum led by two pastors in the family, Pastor Dave OIson and Pastor Don Kirchner. Many family members wore pioneer costumes for the church service. The photo shows many of them in front of the church. Local family members include Larry and Sandy Helgeson, Harley and Ellie Helgeson and family, Charles and Shari Lindquist, Gordon and Diane Lindquist all of Ortonville and Derald Lindqu'st of Correll. PERFORMING AT CENTRAL PARK in Ortonville on Friday, July 23 were the Melody Kings, before the rains came and canceled the rest of the music for the evening. (Submitted photo.) Money Management Smart ways to spend your tax i'efund You did it. You pulled together your tax information, got your return prepared. Maybe Uncle Sam has received it, or maybe you filed an extension. You may have already spent your tax refund, or, at the very least, have big plans for it when it arrives. In 2009, more than 110 million taxpayers received tax refunds that averaged $2,753 (2010 numbers are not yet available). If you're fortunate enough to get a refund this year. the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers some wise advice on the best ways to spend it. Get out of debt Lowering your outstanding high- interest debt should be one of your top priorities for a tax refund or any other cash windfall. Although you can get more immediate satisfaction from a vacation or other splurge, chopping away at your outstinding debt balances will put more money in your pocket over the long-term. That's because once you pay off your credit card or other consumer loans, you save yourself all the interest you might have paid on those balances in the coming months and years, an amount that can build quickly. While it's.almost always a good idea to pay off high-interest consumer loans, such as credit cards, paying down other borrowings, such as a home mortgage, may or may not deserve to be a top priority. Pump up your reserves Do you set aside money each week or month in a savings account? Are you contributing to a retirement plan? If not. or if you're not happy with the amounts you've put away it may be. a good idea to park your tax refund in a savings account or secure investment or to add to or open a retirement account. Again. it may not be as much fun as a t;rip to the mall, but down the road you'll be happy you built this foundation for the future. Make needed repairs If you are facing urgent home repairs or your car really needs new tires, this may be a great use of your refund. Keeping up with your home or car maintenance can save you money if it helps prevent more serious problems later. Think ahead Will you or another family member be attending college in the fall? Do you usually have a lot of people on your holiday gift list? If you know that you have some big expenditures ahead of you-such as books or other college supplies or expensive presents or holiday entertaining-it may be a good idea to earmark your tax refund for these outlays. You might even consider doing some of your seasonal gift buying now, which is a fun way to bring the holiday spirit into the hot summer months Have some fun Although we've advised against a big splurge, it might actually be wise to spend a,part of your refund on a small indulgence, such as a weekend at a local B&B instead of a week in the Caribbean or a new appliance instead of a kitchen renovation.. You're more likely to use your money wisely if you do allow yourself some rewards, so if you're hankering for one affordable luxury, go ahead and indulge yourself. Be sure that any spending you do fits in your overall budget, however. Consult your local CPA If you received a tax refund this year, you might want to lower your withholding on your regular paycheck, so that you get a little bit more money each week and receive a smaller refund (or none at all) next year. If you're not sure whether this change is right for you, turn to your local CPA. He or she can offer valuable advice on taxes, paying off debt and othe.r financial questions facing your family. Information and resources are available to the public on the MNCPA Web site (www.mncpa org/information including tax and 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 PRINTING "At Its Finest , and  At Lowest Prices NO JOB TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL! 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