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Editorial-, comment Veteran Service News By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office are 7:30 a.m.-4 pm Monday through Friday My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. I ran this article a few weeks ago and have received dozens of calls with inquires to this benefit. Due to the increase in veterans and their dependents being served by the article, I will run this one again. Please stop in or give me a call! The Minnesota State Soldiers Assistance Program (SSAP). The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) provides subsistence, dental and optical assistance to veterans and their dependents (spouse/children) based upon their current income and need. Here is some general information about the SSAP Program. What is covered? For subsistence benefits, temporary financial assistance when veterans are disabled and cannot work at their normal occupation(s). Subsistence can assist with rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, groceries, etc. Veterans cannot receive subsistence from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other state/local assistance (such as GA) at the same time. For dental benefits, a maximum of $1,000 per calendar year may be approved for veterans and their dependents. To qualify, veterans and their dependents must meet strict income and asset guidelines. For optical benefits, a maximum of $400 for an eye examination and prescription eyewear may be approved once every calendar year for veterans and their dependents. To qualify, veterans and their dependents must meet strict income and asset guidelines. How often can I do this? For subsistence benefits, the maximum length is six months; dental and optical benefits are granted on a yearly basis. How does it work? For subsistence benefits, a current medical report is required. In addition, the applicant must be unable to work for at least 30 days. For dental and optical benefits, once your application is approved, you will receive an authorization letter; make an appointment with a local dentist or eye doctor; be sure to check and make sure that they will accept payment from the MDVA; take the authorization letter with you to your appointment so the doctor will know how to do their billing. Who is eligible? Veterans and their dependents (spouse/children), provided the income/assets do not exceed the maximum allowed. Veterans must have had 180 consecutive days of active duty to qualify as a veteran for this program, and must be a Minnesota resident. Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas !" Tile drained fields-storage space, infiltration vs surface runoff (Edi. note: This is the sec- ond of several articles pro- vided by the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District re- garding agricultural drainage and tiling. The article is writ- ten by Heather Fraser and Ron Fleming, P. Eng., Ridgetown College-University of Guelph. Citation: Fraser, H., Fleming, R. 2001. Envi- ronmental Benefits of Tile Drainage Literature Review. From: http:/gis.lrs.uoguelph. ca/AgriEnvArchives/bioen- ergy/download/drainage.pdf. Date accessed: April 21, 2010.) Comparisons in this report will be made between tiled and untiled agri- cultural land. Natural, undrained land, behaves differently-for example, peak runoff rates as well as sediment and pollutant loading are lower in natural systems than agricultural systems (Sk- aggs et al. 1994). Bearing in mind that agricultural production is essential to society and the economy, this section will review water behavior in agricul- tural areas only. Storage Space The literature agrees that tile drained fields can offer more tempo- rary storage space for water than their undrained equivalents (Van Vlack and Norton 1944; Mason and Rost 1951; Skaggs and Broadhead 1982; and Irwin and Whitely (1983). Skaggs and Broadhead (1982) observed five dif- ferent storm events. They noted that in these events, subsurface drainage in- creased storage capacity in the soil by continually removing excess, or "loose" water, from the soil profile. This "loose" water (also called gravita- tional water) is not available for use by plant roots. It fills the soil pores nor- mally occupied by air and leads to drowning of crops. Plant roots use "capillary" water, which is held to soil particles by surface tension. Soils with tile drainage were found to have a greater storage capacity than naturally well-draining soils that did not have tile drainage. Irwin and Whitely (1983) reviewed literature from the US, UK, Europe and Canada. They found that under "drained" conditions, it should 'take the water table three to four days to fall to drainage depth. In contrast, undrained fields may take several weeks for evaporation alone to lower the water table to a similar depth. If there is an intervening rain, it will take longer. Further, some soils drained with tiles may actually have a higher capac- ity to store water because tile drainage improves soil structure. Better soil structure means that the soil is more porous, and is therefore better able to store water. There was a man long ago... who came into the world a sinless human being. He grew and taught what's right. He taught that all have sinned and no one is righteous, no not one. But he was hated for telling the truth. They took him up on a hill and he died on a tree. If another was sinless then the one who hung on a tree lied and the tree episode did us no good and we are all lost. Think about this. Your eternal destination depends on it. 2005 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 1500 - $15,500 Full)' Loaded. Heated Leather. 85,000 miles Check out all of our cars on our new website: PRO ROTO Kevin Bod(strond Ortonville, Hrl 320-839-7197 or 3Z0-839-2911 Infiltration vs Surface Runoff Because tile drained soils can have a higher capacity to store added mois- ture, more water is able to infiltrate into the soil profile, thus reducing surface runoff volumes. Extensive review arti- cles covering North American, Euro- pean and British literature (Baker and Johnson 1976; Hill 1976; Irwin and Whitely 1983; Belcher and Fogiel 1991; and Thomas et al. 1995) as well as other individual studies (Van Vlack and Norton 1944; Mason and Rost, 1951; Watelet and Johnson 1999) have confirmed that tile drainage reduces surface runoff. For example, in west- ern Oregon, Istok and Kling (1983) ob- served that when tile drainage was installed in a silt loam watershed with slopes ranging from zero-15 percent, watershed runoff yield was reduced by 65 percent. Reduced surface runoff can result in decreased soil, chemical and nutrient losses from a field, though the losses are dependant on the timing of the runoff event with respect to the time of application and protective cover crop. It can also decrease peak flows and total volumes lost from the watershed, as well as increase the time between the beginning of a rain event and the peak flow ("lag time"). Coming in our next article: Tile Drained Fields - Peak Rows Reduced ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Bruce Sitter Carol Larson Julie Gehm Roger Pederson Carol Holquist Tom Burdick Betty Reinke Loren Schake Krueger License Bureau Russel Broekel Us Fish and Wildlife Service Allison Moen Rodney Athey Deron and Sylvia Brehmer Kathy Athey Dorwin Swenson Gene Gloege Greg Cloos D. H. 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Something 4. Take a seat 5. Black tropical American cuckoo 6. One point E of due S 60. Exist 61. Natural logarithm The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) JAMES'I) KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor ! Advertising Rep Tues.,June 22, 2010 Vol. 92; No. 23 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 $35.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $40.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $45.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box 336, Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. 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