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To the Editor: them enough so when a hazard assure you willreturn alive. This is motorcycle riding time in appeared, they were unable to react in The National American Legion Minnesota, a fun time but also a time. Legacy motorcycle ride with some dangerous time if you drink and drive. Just having one drink and getting 400 bikes last summer banned all Studies show that nearly 45 percent on a motorcycle is dangerous, but liquor from being consumed four of all riders killed in motorcycle riding in a group and having a drink is hours before the ride and none during crashes have been drinking. And, of even more dangerous. Usually the ride. That's being smart, and I these, just one-third had a blood groups ride close together; thus if one hope all sponsors of charity and alcohol concentration at or above the biker can't react to a hazard and similar rides here in Minnesota will legal limit to be considered too crashes, many other bikers wilt most have the same rule. intoxicated to drive, likely also crash. It just is not smart to drink and The rest had only a drink or Thus, officials advise if you plan drive a motorcycle, even if it is just two--enough to impair riding skills, on riding in a charity, or fundraising one beer. but not enough to be considered too motorcycle event, make certain no Sincerely drunk to drive, liquor will be allowed just before or Ted Storck, Morris. Just one drink probably impaired during the run. Doing so will help Dear Editor: It is admirable for Bill and Mike to A while ago I read that Bill Gates give back to society some of the many and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were millions they have earned, but they planning on donating at total of $500 should concern themselves with the million to reduce the incidence of plight of all the Americans who have smoking in developing countries, lost their jobs because of the cheap especially China. I haven't seen any goods manufactured in China and recent information on this subject, but exported to the U.S. with U.S. I believethey made a commitment to unemployment projected to approach this ridiculous project. 10 percent in 2009, they should be Why are they concerned with the investing the $500 million in the U.S. habits of the Chinese people? Do the to create jobs for Americans, the same Chinese worry about our health when American workers who made them they send all those tainted products to wealthy. the U.S.? Do the Chinese concern themselves with our economy when Donald Moskowitz they flood our country with their Londonderry, NH products and eliminate U.S. jobs? The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking to fill 15 seats on the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force (OATF), which was reauthorized by recent legisla- tion. The OAT, F advises the Commissioner of Agriculture and the University of Minnesota about poli- cies and programs that will improve organic agriculture in the state. Minnesota ranks fifth nationally in organic acres harvested according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's most recent census. Minnesota organic producers reported nearly 40 million dollars in sales of organic crops, livestock, poultry and related products in 2007. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson says this growing agriculture and food sec- tor needs and deserves support from public institutions 'like the Department of Agriculture and the University Ideas sought for new business Local entrepreneur is looking for ideas to open a new business in Ortonville. He is seeking ideas from the community as far as what type of business people would like to see here. If you have any ideas for him please call 320-839-3349 or e-mail Milbank, South Dakota Things are buzzin' in the "More Minnesota farmers are con- representative, and two public (at- verting acres to organic production large) members. All members must and a strong task force will help us be residents of Minnesota. The group make sure our resources are used will meet approximately four times effectively," Hugoson said. "We need per year. people with a wide variety od ideas Task force vacancies are filled and opinions that can help us create through the state's open appointments and provide programs that will assist process. The application form is organic growers and marketers." available online at or by calling the Organic Advisory Task Force Minnesota Secretary of State's office members serve two-year terms and at 1-877-551-6767. Commissioner must include three farmers using Hugoson encourages applicants to organic agriculture methods, one rep- submit a cover letter describing their resentative of organic certification interest and/or a brief resume along agencies, one wholesaler or distribu- with their application forms. tor of organic products, two organic The deadline to apply for these processors, one retailer of organic positions is June 23. The new OATF products, one representative from members will be appointed by University of Minnesota Extension, Commissioner Hugoson in consulta- one University of Minnesota faculty tion with the Minnesota Agricultural member, one representative from a Experiment Station, the dean and nonprofit organization representing director of University of Minnesota producers, one representative for the Extension, and the dean of the United States Department of College of Food, Agricultural and Agriculture, one organic consumer Natural Resource Sciences L Hwy. 12 Milbanlt SD Sales: Bubba 605-949-9044 Parts:. 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[] eNVIRONMeNTAL DeFeNSe finding the ways that work ONCE AGAIN MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: David McLaughlin William Powell Leonard Olson Gary & Sharon Watkins Dave Jones Burton Nypen Dwayne Koehntopp Sandra Josephson Mayme Jurgens Richard Kvidera Vivian Janssen AI Hooser Roman Karels Ethel Anderson Brian & Lisa Merritt Jason & Kimberly Mork Richard Nichols Dan Nelson Margaret Johnson Delores Sitter Gary Pillatzke Marilyn Chindvali Terry La Voi Germain Kunz Marie Gagnon Mary Sanborn Aaron Smith Kelly Stotesbery Donna Rabe Jay Mielitz M. Howland Grog CloDs Mike & Lonie Rausch Randy Christensen Jerry Adelman by Patrick Moore and Pr r Oj e~ is organizing another trip on Duane Ninneman -the Chippewa on Saturday, June 13 More people than ever, it sees, are starting at 9:30 a.m. For more gettin gout on the rivers of the Upper information cah 320-269-2139 ext MN River Watershed. For CURE, this 120 or email is a dream come true! See photos jennifer@chippewariver.qQrn Check from past River Trips by clicking on: out the ~ and waiver form. We are looking ahead to Saturday, verPhotos June 20 when the 8th Annual Mary fell in love with the Riverfest Rendezv0u8 and the first experience of floating ever so gently ever ~ will be held. Get and silently through the rich perfumed your running shoes on, your bike in riverine forest where we saw owls, gear and your kayak in the water and orioles and otters in the course of a head to Montevideo's a L. ago oII.P ~ for three hour float from Hwy 40 Lentz River Fun! to Wat n Lions Park Hope to see you soon! The Chippewa River Watershed ion or ans To support high-quality health care $1.3 million of a $2 million project. for Minnesota Veterans at the state's Last year, VA spent about $1.5 bil- Veterans homes, the Department of lion in Minnesota on behalf of the Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding two state's 400,000 Veterans. VA operates grants totaling $5.2 million for major medical centers in Minneapolis mprovements at the state-run facili- and St. Cloud, eight outpatient clinics, ties in Minneapolis and Silver Bay. Vet Centers in Duluth and St. Paul, The grants will pay up to 65 per- and the Ft. Snelling National cent of the cost for improvements at Cemetery in Minneapolis. the two facilities. Construction at More information about the both sites is scheduled to be complet- Minnesota state Veterans homes and ed within 180 days. related Minnesota services for In Silver Bay, VA is providingVeterans are available on the Intemet $3.9 million for a $6 million project, at In Minneapolis, the grant will cover m 2 m 18 23 m Clues ACROSS 1. Basics 1 4. amite: Nobel invention 2. 7. Failed bomb 3. 10. SW Scottish river 4. 12. Cow sounded 5. 14. Dried corn dough 6. 15. Singing with florid 7. ornamentation 17. Got older 8. 18. Extreme in degree 9 19. Enzyme 11 21. Am. black cuckoo 12. 22 Gaborone airport code 13. 23. Donkeys 14. 25 Weasel genus 16. 27. Gidget's Sandra 20. 28. Holiday candy 23. deliverer 24. 34. Sea eagle 35. Snakelike fish 36 Informal debt instrument 27. 37 Owned apartment 29. 43 Institute legal proceedings 44. Lofty nest 45. Microwaves (slang) 47. Golf score 48. No seats available 49 Hearable 51. Site of '84 chemical spill 54 Pats lightly 56. Measures hearing sensitivity 59 One of the Greats 60 Apprehension 61. Beano 62. London radio station 63. sa: rabies 64. King Cole, musician Clues DOWN 30. Large integer General's assistant 31 Lilly, drug (abbr.) company Bronx cheers 32. We in French Nat King 33. Cantonese dialect Shower with affection 38. Force from power Not I 39 2nd largest Algerian Dweeb city Ban : cut 40. Innumerable protector 41. Barefoot Put into service 42 Russian city on the Father Oka River Stars 46. 100=1 ruble Actress Tomei 49. Invests in little Unsafe state enterprises Lesotho capital 50. Ringlet Actress Zellweger51. Fabric diagonal 7th Hebrew month 52. Egyptian Sun god About aviation 53. Singer/actress Home 1991 champion 54. Actress Reynolds' driver Ayrton nickname 26. Licorice flavored 55. itrageur: herb businessman Month (abbr.) 57. Partidge actress zes: grabs Susan 58. Decay II I~- The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) ,o e e JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZEI-FE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor/Advertising Rep BARBARA A. KAYE Sales and Marketing ~, o i e Tues June 9, 2009 Vol. 91; No. 21 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $34.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $39.00 for all other : counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $43.00 per year. 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