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Hall. How to Donate Blood Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit to make an appointment or for more in- formation. All blood "types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 poufids and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. About the American Red Cross Governed by volunteers and sup- ported by giving individuals and com- munities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to pro- viding nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communi- cation link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts. MN ethanol industry pumps $2.5 billion into economy THE REGULATORS BAND entertained the crowd at the Family Fun Night Fundraiser on Sunday, Aug 1 in the Gazebo at Lakeside Park. The fundraiser was for the Minnesota River Trailhead and Lakeside Park Project. Kids had a fun time adding their artistic touches to a mural on a traveling sign depicting information on the new bike trail. Food was provided and a silent au(:tion was also held. Give blood in Bellingham, get chance to win new car Voluntarily giving blood or platelets for patients in need is a great reward in itself, but the American Red 'Cross and Red Cross Racing are upping the ante by giving away a brand new car. Thanks to a generous donation by the Ford Motor Company, the Red Cross is giving away a 2011 Ford Fi- esta to one lucky winner. From July 1. 2010 through Nov. 1. 2010. all pre- In addition, every time donors record their blood or platelet donations at, they'll accrue points which can be exchanged for Red Cross Racing-themed prizes, including t-shirts, hats, and even a miniature die- cast Red Cross car! Red Cross Racing is an innovative program designed to encourage NASCAR fans to donate blood A chance to win. A reason to give. Join the Red. White and Vroom sweep- stakes today! Visit for the official rules. While all blood types are needed to meet patient demand, type O negative and B negative blood are especially needed at this time. If you have type O negative or B negative blood and are eligible, please make an appointment senting donors can register online at through the Red Cross. Thanks to on- today to give. for a chance to going support from 3M Company, the Upcoming Blood Donation Oppor- , win. It's the Red Cross' way of saying Red Cross has two full paint schemes tunities " thank you to committed blood and on the Rousch Fenway No. 16 Ford Bellingham;Friday, Aug. 13from8 platelet donors. Fusion this racing season, a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bellingham City Minnesota's ethanol industry gener- ated more than $2.5 billion in eco- nomic activity in 2009 and supported more than 6,800 jobs according to a new report from the Minnesota De- partment of Agriculture (MDA). Ethanol production in the state in- creased to 862 million gallons in 2009 from 550 million gallons five years ago. The MDA report estimates the in- dustry is on tap to increase production to 1.1 billion gallons this year with a projected economic impact of $3.1 bil- lion and approximately 1,500 addi- tional jobs. Minnesota Agriculture Commis- sioner Gene Hugoson says the rebound is good news for the state's 21 ethanol plants, half'of which remain farmer- owned cooperatives. "The ethanol industry's downturn in 2009 was felt on farms and in our rural communities." said Hugoson. "This year is looking much better in terms of increased production, economic impact and employment." In 2009. Minnesota processed 308 million bushels of corn into ethanol or about 29 percent of the state's total corn crop. This year the industry is pro- jected to process 400 million bushels ofcom or about one-third of the state's crop. Minnesota Corn Growers Associa- tion President DeVonna Zeug says the ethanol industry is an important eco- nomic driver for the state. "The ethanol industry is adding value to every bushel of corn we grow right here in our state. When we're able to keep more of the value of what we produce - rather than give it up to another state or another country - it's a huge advantage for Minnesota." said Zeug. Grants available for feedlot, septic improvement projects More than $4 million in state grants is availableto local government units for projects to protect and restore water quality by improving feedlots near im- paired waters and replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) that are identified as an imminent health threat. The grant programs were ap- proved by the Minnesota Board of Cel'ebrate 0rt0nville., MN Fri. & Sat., Aug. 20 & 21 | Lakeside Park- Ortonville, MN National Recording Artist N Boss Gran t & The.Johnny Cash Revue 9pm - 6 Wheel Dr / Rain backup: Ort Andy Gibson formerly of Eclipse cludes s tax Armory. No Refur responsible for Io: items. If concert i= refunds will be gi ]5O Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) on June 23. "These grants will enable more landowners with feedlots near im- paired lakes, rivers or streams to en- hance their operations and bring them into compliance," said John Jaschke, BWSR Executive Director. The application period will be from ve mville :Is Not ,t or stolen canceled en Lakeside Park Ortonville, a n d 7 , atertown Milbank, Soufh Dakof-"-'a'" price ir sale 00SLEN  CONSTRUCTION DESIGN I,nJAGE - BUILD  NDENT! July 1 to Aug. 14, 2010, and early ap- plications will have a higher priority, Jaschke said. If there are unspent grant dollars after the initial enrollment pe- riod, a second enrollment period will be from Aug. 15 to Sept. 30, 2010. Eligible feedlots must have less than 300 animal units, must be located in an impaired watershed or on ripar- ian land, and address pollution prob- lems. Interested landowners should contact their county feedlot officer or soil and water conservation district as soon as possible. Feedlot igrojects also require a cash or in-kind cash value match of 25 percent. The SSTS grants will be targeted to low-income homeowners, and no matching funds are required. Local governments eligible to apply for the feedlot funds include cities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, watershed management organizations and joint powers boards of these organizations. Counties administering the SSTS pro- gram under Minnesota Rule 7080 and cities within those counties are eligible to receive SSTS funds. Funding sources include $3 million from the Minnesota Clean Water Fund (one of four funds established by the Clean Water, Wildlife, Cultural Her- itage and Natural Areas Amendment in 2008) and $1.1 million from the state General Fund. In addition, the Min- nesota Department of Agriculture will provide Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Program funds for the feedlot grant program. Additional information on these grant opportunities is available on the BWSR website: Application materials will be posted on the BWSR website by July l, 2010. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources consists of 20 mem- bers, including local government rep- resentatives that deliver conservation programs, state agencies, and citizens. Board members are appointed by the governor to four-year terms. The board is the state's administrative agency for soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, metropolitan wa- tershed management organizations. and county water managers. The BWSR mission: Improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil re- sources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 f! n i T '1  '1 l IIl[I[l II il'l i INDEpENDENT ! L ll; / iil il Itll !li ; I[I Page 9