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,t By Richard Johnson The Office Hours for the Big Stone Veterans Service Office are as follows: Tuesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. If there is an emergency of any sort I can be reached at my home at (320) 568- 2448. I do have voice Richard Johnson mail at the Office. Leave your name and number and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, you can call me at home at the above number. I do have an answering machine at home. My office phone number is (320) 839- 6398. OFFICE MOVED The Big Stone County Veterans Service Office has moved to the Big Stone County Government Building on main street across from the courthouse. The telephone number is the same (320) 839-6398. My Office hours are the same - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8-4:30 p.m. each day. My office is located in what is now the conference room at the front of the building to the right of the counter. My new address is: Big Stone County Veterans Service Office, 11 SE 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278- 1541. FLAG DAY WAS JUNE 14 Flag day was first observed in flag's proud stars and stripes have long 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the inspired our people, and its beautiful Continental Congress adoption of the red,white, and blue design is known Stars and Stripes as the official flag of around the world as a beacon of the United States. In that year, liberty andjustice. Congress asked that all public Today, America's Flag graces buildings fly the flag on June 14. The classrooms, statehouses, courtrooms, idea quickly caught on and many and churches, serving as a daily people wanted to participate in waving reminder of this Nation's past the flag. One early supporter was B.J. accomplishments and ongoing Cigrand, a Wisconsin schoolteacher dedication to safeguarding individual who wanted June 14 to be known as rights. The brave members of our "Flag Birthday." In 1916, President Armed Forces carry "Old Glory" with Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Flag them as they fulfill their mission to Day as a national celebration, defend the blessings of democracy and However, the holiday was not peace across the globe; our banner officially recognized until 1949 when flies from public buildings as a sign of President Harry Truman signed the our national community; and its folds National Flag Day Bill. Although Flag drape the tombs of our distinguished Day is not celebrated as a Federal dead. The flag is a badge of honor to holiday, Americans everywhere all - a sign of our citizens' common continue to honor the history and purpose. heritage it represents. The longest- Throughout the year, let us do all running Flag Day parade is held we can to teach younger generations annually in Quincy, MA, which began the significance of our flag. Its 13 red in 1952 and will celebrate its 59th and white stripes represent not only year in 2009. The largest Flag Day the original colonies, but also the parade is held annually in Troy, NY, courage and purity of our Nation, which bases its parade on the Quincy while its 50 stars stand for the separate Parade and typically draws 50,000 but United States of our Union. Let us spectators, pledge allegiance to this Flag to In 1996, a Proclamation was issued declare our patriotism and raise its by President Bill Clinton: There is no colors high to express our pride and better symbol of our country's values respect for the American way of life. and traditions than the Flag of the Let us remember to keep our flags United States of America. Chosen by serviceable. If faded and worn, replace the Continental Congress in 1777, it them with a new Flag. Keep them continues to exemplify the profound illuminated at night or take them commitment to freedom, equality, and down and put them up again in the opportunity made by our founders morning. more than two centuries ago. Our Now that spring has come to lets the users of the lake become own- Minnesota, are you looking forward ers of more than just the recreation it to spending time on your favorite lake offers. "Watching my little lake go this summer? Can't wait to put your from crystal clear in spring to fairly boat or canoe into the water for the cloudy makes me want to know the first time? Steve Merten has been cause, and to be able to judge if the waiting to get back on the water all change is a natural cycle tied to the winter long and he has an important seasons, or if it is warning of prob- reason to do so, lems upstream," Merten said. As a volunteer in the Minnesota Monitoring is a simple and rela- Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) tively quick process. Volunteers visit a Citizen Lake Monitoring Program designated spot on one or more lakes (CLMP), Merten monitors Half Moon weekly, where they measure the clari- Lake in Hennepin County, taking ty of the water with a Secchi disk. A notes of'the water's physical condition Secchi disk is a white, 8-inch, metal and recreational suitability. He is one disk that is lowered into the water of nearly 1,300 volunteers who partic- until it can no longer be seen. The ipate in the CLMP. depth, measured by markings on the Merten understands the importance rope, is a useful indicator of the lake's of his volunteerism. "As a high school relative water quality. science teacher, I have been teaching Other volunteers like Merten are students about the hidden life of a lake needed to monitor water quality in -- the 'below the surface' world that is Minnesota's 12,200 lakes during the so closely connected to everything summer months. Monitoring data that happens above the lake," he said. gathered by volunteers provides valu- "Looking at a lake's turbidity gives able information about the current some great clues to its health and the health of Minnesota's waters. Johanna effects the surrounding world has had Sclrossler. CLMP program coordina- on that body of water." tor, said that the MPCA is always Merten, an avid fisherman and looking for more volunteers and that canoeist, likes the program because it there are many lakes throughout the Summer is here and it's time for the marinade is to be used as a sauce cooking outdoors with family and on the cooked food, reserve a portion friends. It's important to follow food of the marinade before putting raw safety guidelines to prevent harmful meat and poultry in it. However, if the bacteria from multiplying and causing marinade used on raw meat or poultry foodborne illness. Use these simple is to be reused, make sure to let it guidelines for grilling food safely, come to a boil first, to destroy any From the Store: Home First harmful bacteria. When shopping, buy cold food like Transporting meat and poultry last, right before When carrying food to another checkout. Separate raw meat and location,keep it cold to minimize bac- poultry from other food in your shop- terial growth. Use an insulated cooler ping cart. To guard against cross-con- with sufficient ice or ice packs to keep tamination which can happen when the food at 40 F or below. Pack food raw meat or poultry juices drip on right from the refrigerator into the other food put packages of raw meat cooler immediately before leaving and poultry into plastic bags. home. Plan to drive directly home from Keep Cold Food Cold the grocery store. You may want to Keep meat and poultry refrigerated take a cooler with ice for perishables, until ready to use. Only take out the Always refrigerate perishable food meat and poultry that will immediate- within two hours. Refrigerate within 1 ly be placed on the grill. hour when the temperature is above When using a cooler, keep it out of 90 F. the direct sun by placing it in the At home, place meat and poultry in shade or shelter. Avoid opening the lid the refrigerator immediately. Freeze too often, which lets cold air out and poultry and ground meat that won't be warm air in. Pack beverages in one used in one or two days; freeze other cooler and perishables in a separate meat within four to five days. cooler. Thaw Safely Keep Everything Clean Completely thaw meat and poultry Be sure there are plenty of clean before grilling so it cooks more even- utensils and platters. To prevent food- ly. Use tile refrigerator for slow, safe borne illness, don't use the same plat- thawing or thaw sealed packages in ter and utensils for raw and cooked cold water. You can microwave meat and poultry. Harmful bacteria defrost if the food will be placed present in raw meat and poultry and immediately on the grill, their juices can contaminate safely Marinating cooked food. A marinade is a savory, acidic If you're eating away from home, sauce in Which a food is soaked to find out if there's a source of clean enrich its flavor or to tenderize it. water. If not, bring water for prepara- Marinate food in the refrigerator, not tion and cleaning. Or pack clean on the counter. Poultry and cubed cloths, and wet towelettes for cleaning meat or stew meat can be marinated surfaces and hands. up to two days. Beef, veal, pork, and ( Check out our web site at "~ lamb roasts, chops, and steaks may be Lwww.ortonviUeindependent.comj marinated up to five days. If some of state that don't currently have a CLMP volunteer. While volunteers are needed statewide, the MPCA will also be looking for more lake volunteers iu specific watersheds to supplement the data that the agency and other local partners will be collecting. Those watersheds include: Dig Fork River, Bois de Sioux River, Buffalo River, Cedar River, Chippewa River, Crow Wing River, Grand Marais Creek, Mississippi River (St. Cloud and Winona), Minnesota River (Granite Falls), Shell Rock River, St. Croix River (Stillwater) and the St. Louis River. A list of specific lakes that need volunteers ss available at -sl-52.pdf. The MPCA provides volunteers with everything needed to be a moni- tor (although lake volunteers need access to a boat or canoe). More mfon-nation about/he volunteer mon- itoring programs is available on the MPCA's Web site at or by call- ing 1-800-657-3864. ONCE AGAIN MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Rodger Ulrich Twyla Hinneherg Joan Ronglien Emil Swezey Elaine Nawrocki Donald Wellendorf Fern Marohl Harold Dimberg Selma Felton Mel Ehlert Idella Ross Wendell Hanson Marie Scott Dwayne Strei Loren Strei Gail Johnson Jan Kirschbaum Sharon Carlson Harriet Kidman Warren Block Joel Koch David Klages Pete Holme Eldred Swenson Darlene Salverson Paul Maas EIdon Knutson Larry Helgeson Wm. Clifton Albert Vedder Lizzie Hanson Gladys Johnson Pauline Kaufman Sena Scholberg Dorothy McLaughlin Kent Stotesbery Steve Winther Ronn McDaniel Ada Herrmann Verna Scott Leslie McCallum Irene Karels Charles Dawald Silas Ulrich Dear Editor, Thanks for your help. Our faith in Times must be tough. Someone the goodness of people remains intact. has stolen a canoe from CURE. Sometimes we just don't think about We need your help in finding it. what we are really doing. It takes a Click on : community to create a sense of accountability. We know we have that stolen-canoe/to see a flyer showing kind of community here in the Upper what the stolen canoe looks like. MN River Watershed. So we are We have a hunch that the canoeasking you now to help us to keep was stolen by a local individual or doing what we do. group of individuals and that they might try to use it soon. Your Friend, We need this canoe (and many more like it) to fulfill our mission to Patrick J. Moore get people and families who can't afford a canoe, out on the rivers. 2 3 8 9 10 m 16 m 19 20 21 22 mm 5 m 32 33 35 m 41 42 43 48 58 59 60 61 m 56 m m Clues ACROSS 1. Molten rock 6. River in France 11.20th President 14. Ad : unplanned 15. Implied 16. Auricle 18. Alfred Thayer , USN 21. Ukrainian city 23. Of a node 25. Castanet 26. Starches 28. Anesthetized 29. Male vocalists 31. Metal food container 34. Free from gloss 35. Million gallons per day ('abbr.) 36. Leeches 39. Inductance units 40. Adventure stories 44. Ingestion 45. Supplies with microphone 4. US time zone (abbr.) 5. Honorable title (Turkish) 6. Lanka 7. Frequently 8. E 9. Ofl 10. Raised up 11. Soprano Sutherland 12. Atomic #89 13. Moves with music 14. Hectometer (abbr.) 17. Route 19:45810 OH 20. Annoy constantly 21. Polish city 22. utan: large ape 24. An easy return in a high arc 25. NYC opera 27. Lapplanders 28. Building lots 30. rodent 31. Spanish saloons 47. Russian pancake 48. Gulf of, in the Aegean 50. Our star 51. Dislike intensely 56. Birth control 57. Common file container 62. Egyptian statesman Anwar 63. Feelings of fright m m 32. (Scottish) island 33. Central Dravidian language 36. Waistline flounce 37. Envision 38. John Adam's cousin 39. Wheel centers 41. World data organization (abbr.) 42. Alias 43. World baseball playoff 46. Acidic taste 49. South Dakota 51. Flower petals 52. Bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich 53. Exl~resses surprise 54. Not on 55. Fish eggs 58. Sodium 59. Potato state 60. City of Angels 61. MD abbreviation Clues DOWN 1. Chauvinists 2. Morning 3. NBC parent company The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) * JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZE'n'E KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor/Advertising Rep BARBARA A. KAYE Sales and Marketing e o o i o Tues June 16, 2009 Vol. 91; No. 22 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Pedodicals 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. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonvilie Independent, Box 336, Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. 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