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...,,/,,, By JDK Hey...you lovers of recipes and you who want to support Big Stone City's upcoming 125th anniversary! You must put on your "to Buy" list the newly-published BSC Centennial Cookbook, on sale now throughout our area, including The Independent office. Friend Deb Wiik of Big Stone City has a real "lulu" titled "Turkey Dressing." After her listing of ingre- dients, one of which is' one cup of unpopped po.pcorn, she says to "mix all ingredients. Stuff turkey with dressing. Roast turkey at 350 degrees• It will be done when the popcorn blows the hind end off the turkey." ***** A WHOPPING BIG SALUTE TODAY TO OUR OHS GOLF TEAM, IN WINNING THE STATE HIGH SCHOOL TITLE LAST WEEK. THIS IS THE  TIME EVER that an OHS team has brought home a State Title. Well done...congrats to all, further details which, along with another salute, you will find elsewhere this issue. ***** Once again, our Twins have shown greatness in "hanging in there" and "not giving up!" If you didn't watch or listen to their come- from-behind win over the Phillies Saturday, you missed one of the greatest games ever! Down, nine to four going into the ninth inning, the Twins finally won 13 to 10 in the llth. And to top it all off, Cather Butera got his first major league home run to help out in the 10th. Somehow, we had one of those feel- ings they would somehow pull it out! A great team effort. Go go Twins! HEY did you notice in the Twins win Sunday, Mgr. Gardenhire followed former pitcher Bert Blyleven's theo- ry of staying with a starter, regardless of pitch count, if he is HOT? Gardy left starter Pavano in for the full game, ending up on a high note and a great win! Keep thinking, Gardy...you'll be surprised how well it will work! As we all know, our nation is hurting from the Gulf oil spill, of which there doesn't seem to be a quick end in sight! So what do our politicians do? They cast blame wherever they can, and even some in the private sector are now scheming to profit from the disaster, the worst in our nation's history! Where is the leadership from either private or pub- lic to quit harping and blaming...and just get the constant leaking fixed, and as fast as possible!! Amen!! Strong Part Six Thou Must Realize That Plans Are Only Dreams Without Action He whose ambition creeps instead of soars, who is always uncertain, who procrastinates instead of acts, strug- gles in vain against failure• Is he not imprudent who, seeing the tide mak- ing towards him, will sleep until the sea overwhelms him? Is he not fool- ish who, given the opportunity to improve his lot, will deliberate until his neighbor is chosen instead? Only action gives to life its strength, its joy, its purpose. The world will always determine your worth by the deeds you do. Who can measure your talents by the thoughts you have or the emotions you feel? And how will you proclaim your abilities if you are always a spectator and never a player? Take heart• Know that activity and sadness are eternal oppo- sites. When thy muscles are strain- ing and fingers are gripping and feet are moving and your mind is occu- pied with the task at hand you have little time for self-pity and remorse• Action is the balm that will heal any wound• Remember that patience is the art of waiting, with faith, for the life you deserve through your good works, but action is the power that makes good works possible. Even the length of thy wait, for the good things you have earned, seems less when you are busy. No one will act for you. Your plans will remain no more than an idler's dream until you rise up and fight against the forces that would keep ye small. To take action is always dangerous, but to sit and wait for the good things of life to fall into thy lap is the only calling where failures excel. Everything that lies between your cradle and your grave is always marked with uncer- tainty• Laugh at your doubts and move ahead. And if it is leisure you seek, instead of work, take heart. The more you do, the more you can do, and the busier you are, the more leisure you will have. Act or ye will be acted upon. Public comment sought on .us00 of Roundup Ready Crops Thg' U.S. Fish and Wildlife comments for an additional effort,to Service is seeking public comment on the use of Glyphosate tolerant corn and soybeans on National Wildlife Refuge lands in 16 states in the Mountain-Prairie and Great Lakes-Big Rivers Regions and the use of farming as a management tool in the eight Midwest states. This public scoping effort pertains to local units of the National Wildlife Refuge System including Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge and Waterfowl Production Areas admin- istered by Big Stone Wetland Management District located in Lyon and Lincoln counties. National Wildlife Refuge staff are currently evaluating the use of Glyohosate tolerant corn and soy- beans for habitat management pur- poses in 16 states in the Mountain- Prairie and Midwest Regions. Glyphosate tolerant, often referred to as Roundup Ready, corn and soy- beans have been genetically modified through insertion of a gene which allows the plant to tolerate applica- tions of Glyphosate. When applied to nearly all other species of growing plants, Glyphosate kills the plant. The use of Glyphosate tolerant crops allows for the effective control and elimination of. noxious weeds and other undesirable plants prior to the area being reseeded or allowed to revegetate to more desirable species. Staff are also interested in your evaluate long term use of farming as a management tool on National Wildlife Refuges in the eight states of the Midwest. Farming on these refuges has been conducted for the management of habitats, control of invasive plants, moist soil rejuvena- tion, wildlife feeding and observation. Additional information will be avail- able at www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/Far mingNEPA/. Written comments can be sent to Big Stone national Wildlife Refuge or to Sandra Siekaniec, Assistant Refuge Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, BHW Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Ft. Snelling, MN 55111 or Sandra_Siekaniec @ fws.gov. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wldlife Service is working with oth- ers to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the AMerican people• They are both a leader and tructed partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for their scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicted professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on their work and the people who make it hap- pen, visit www.fws.gov• Gold in the Clay-Loam By Jim Molenaar, Dean of Management Education, Ridgewater College Legislators, economists, researchers and economic developers point to a factor known as the eco- nomic multiplier. It seems that a dol- lar generated in the local economy will multiply or grow seven times as it passes through the community. So how does agriculture grow our econo- my? According to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (FBM) Farm Business Management Education Program Database, pub- lished in March of 2010, each farm invests $691,704 annually. That spending goes for expenses such as interest, feed, seed, fuel, rent, equip- ment, living expenses and other oper- ating costs. Those spending dollars circulate through the economy and are critical to the success of our local business climate. While farm incomes were down significantly in 2009, as much as 50 percent in some areas, agriculture remains an important economic engine for our state. According to the Minnesota Agriculture Statistics and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, over twenty percent of the state's overall economic activity is vested in agriculture production and related business• This business activi- ty supports at least 367,000 jobs and over $50 billion dollars of economic activity. How important is agriculture to the Minnesota economy? In the process of researching and writing this article I was once again reminded of my agri- culture heritage• When I was a young, my great aunt invited me to pick up a handful of the "heavy" Clay-Loam soil that comprised our farm. With a passion that could only come from an early 1900's Dutch immigrant, she reminded me to never forget the gift of productive soil, and as she suggest- ed a resource "more valuable than gold. Agriculture is important to this area. Agriculture productivity is a renewable resource that is vital to the Minnesota Economy• As my great aunt asserted, there is a golden oppor- tunity in the soil and agriculture industry of Minnesota. Nonresidents required to purchase ATV trail passes All-terrain vehicle (ATV) opera- tors who are not Minnesota residents must possess a trail pass when riding on state or grant-in-aid trails, as the result of a new law that took effect Jan. 1, 2010, and was modified dur- ing this year's legislative session. The nonresident ATV State Trail Pass does not need to be displayed on the machine but must be available for inspection when requested by an offi- cer. The pass is not required if: • The machine is registered in Minnesota. • The vehicle is operated on a por- tion of an ATV trail that is owned by the driver or the driver's spouse, child, or parent. ATV operators can purchase one- year nonresident ATV trail passes ($21) any of four ways: • Online at www.mndnr.gov and click on "buy a license•" • By phone (credit card only) by calling 888-665-4236, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; there is a $3.50 convenience fee per transaction. • In person by visiting any one of more than 1,500 DNR Electronic License System (ELS) locations throughout Minnesota (the same ven- dors who sell hunting and fishing licenses). Locations are listed at www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/agents. html. DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. OHV trail maps, ELS vendor loca- tions, and other informational items are available at www.mndnr.gov or by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646- 6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A PINE IREE OVER 100 FEET TALL at the Bob Sherod residence in Odessa was struck by lightning with the passing storm that went through the area early Monday morning. MANY ATTENDED MUSIC IN CENTRAL PARK on Friday, iune 11. Shown above are some of the people that gathered with their lawn chairs. Entertaining the crowd were Ear[ Lundin and David and ;,iCF. ScholbCrg. -- Earl and Meg are shown below. This Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m. Central Park Restoration will be featuring the Melody Kings Jam Session with local singers Kalee, Adam and Kara Helgeson. Homemade pies, along with Schwan's ice cream will be available for a free will offering. I :s  As a community, you. make us proua Great job! Minnwest Bank 21 Southeast Second Street, P.O. Box 128 1 Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-2568 Member FDIC LENDER www.minnwestb=ink.com Page 2 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, June 22,2010