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CONSERVATION OFFICER CRAIG MISKA is shown above visiting with fourth graders about staying safe in the outdoors during the summer as well as being respectful to the environment. MARL Class VI participants selected "We were glad to see the number and quality of applicants continue to be high," said Tim Dufault, chair of the MARL board of directors. "The MARL board had a very difficult task select- ing MARL Class VI. It is unfortunate that we don't have positions to select all the qualified applicants. Our best alter- native is designating as alternates, those who are qualified, but weren't se- lected. They would be called upon to fill in if professional or personal issues prevent a selected applicant from par- ticipating." Applicants submit a written appli- cation that includes several essay ques- tions, secure written references, and participate in a personal interview be- fore being selected by the MARL board of directors, Successful applicants share two common traits, according to Tim AI- corn, MARL executive director. "MARL participants are actively in- volved in leadership roles in their com- munities and organizations and have high aspirations for success in more re- sponsible leadership roles in the fu- ture," "The MARL Program experience will sharpen their skills and broaden their horizons. It is the goal of the program to help the participants improve their perform- ance in their current leadership roles and prepare them for achieving their MN health care spending at cl!nicShwing'fittingat L_qP $35 billion In 2008 fa/0000r00lU0000aSshowing and Fitting Clinic the evening of June 28 Health care spending in Minnesota rose from $33 billion in 2007 to $35 billion in 2008, according to a new re- port by the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The report projects that health care spending in the state would have doubled in the next 10 years without Minnesota's 2008 health reform law. The report compares projected spending and estimated actual spend- ing to determine the level of savings over time as Minnesota implements its 2008 health reforms, which aim to sig- nificantly slow the growth of health care spending. While health care spending in' Min- nesota grew by 5.7 percent in 2008, it is lower than the 7.1 percent growth rate in 2007, but higher than the 4.4 percent growth rate in U.S. health care spending for 2008. Health care spend- ing in Minnesota is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 7.1 percent between 2008 and 2018. Despite the recent faster growth in health care spending, Minnesota con- tinues to spend less on health care per person than the country as a whole. In 2008; per person spending in Min- nesota was $6,720, compared to $7,166 nationally. MDH performed the analysis for the first time in 2010 for health care spend- ing in 2008, and the report establishes a baseline and methodology for the comparisons that measure the future impact of Minnesota's health reform law. The report is part of Minnesota's health reform law enacted in 2008. The law includes provisions such as provider peer grouping, which offers information to consumers to help them choose high-quality, low-cost providers, and health care homes, which encourage care coordination for Minnesotans with chronic or complex conditions. "Our approach to health reform in Minnesota includes payment reform, care redesign, market transparency, and public health efforts so that we can work to improve health and increase value by achieving better quality at lower cost," said Minnesota Commis- sioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "This part of the 2008 law will allow us to track health care cost savings as we implement health reform." The comparison of actual to pro- jected spending did not yield savings for 2008, primarily because many of the provisions of Minnesota's health reforms had not taken place. at the Lac qui Parle County Fair Grounds for all 4-H members starting at 6:30 p.m. The species to be covered will include: Beef, Dairy, Swine and Sheep. This is being sponsored by the Hantho Headliners 4-H Club. For more information, please contact Camey or Bernice at 320-752-4757. KDIO Temps Hi Low June 13 66 59 June 14 70 57 rain June 15 72 59 June 16 81 55 June17 88 66 June 18 78 55 June 19 77 61 Reloadables Fountains Aerial Displays Sky Rockets Bottle Rockets Firecrackers Sparklers Roman Candles Lots of Kid Friendly Fireworks And Much More! Located Right borderfrom Ortonvllle, MN on We Accept Street Big Stone City, 605-862-8365 future goals as quickly'as possible. By investing in these individuals, the MARL Program is an investment in rural Minnesota and its agriculture," MARL program leader, Mike Liepold, said the program experience is en- hanced by the participants themselves. "We put a lot of energy into making MARL a life-changing educational ex- perience. Participants learn a tremen- dous amount from each of the MARL seminars and national and international study tours we deliver," Liepold said. "They also learn a great deal from one another. In looking at the members of Class VI, I'm confident that these indi- viduals will add much to the experi- ence for their fellow classmates." MARL Class VI will begin meeting in mid-November for the first of a se- ries of nine in-state seminars held at different locations across the state. The program curriculum also features a five-day national study tour to Wash- ington, D.C. and a 10 to 14 day inter- national study tour. The program experience will conclude in March 2012. The objective of the MARL board is to select a class of approximately 30 participants with two-thirds being agri- cultural producers. Given the make-up of the class the seminar and study tour schedule is held almost entirely in the winter months. The variance from that schedule is at the mid-point of the pro- .gram experience. A single in-state sem- inar is held in Duluth at the end of June so participants see port operations dur- ing the Great Lakes shipping season. In-state seminars are roughly 48 hours long, running from approximately noon on Wednesday to approximately noon on Friday. The MARL curriculum features a variety of leadership studies, personal skill-building, and location-related ex- periences. Resource personnel from the private and public sector and academia deliver the curriculum. The mission of the MARL Program is to develop the skills of Minnesota agricultural and rural leaders so they may maximize their impact and effectiveness in local, state, national, and international arenas. The MARL Program is a pri- vate/public partnership. Southwest Minnesota State University administers the program and the University of Min- nesota Extension coordinates the cur- riculum. The program is funded through participant fees and donations. The MARL board of directors estab- lishes the budget and oversees the di- rection of the program, operating as an affiliated board of the Southwest Min- nesota State University Foundation, a private 501 (c)(3) organization. Participants from 30 counties are taking part including representatives from Swift and Chippewa counties. FLIP-FLOPS, mainstays of summer footwear, can cause serious foot problems. Are flip-flops hurting your feet? Easy ways to ease foot pain Flip-flop sandals are staples of a summer wardrobe. However, experts warn this popular footwear can cause permanent damage to the feet and legs. If foot pain is a problem, indi- viduals may have to explore alterna- tive footwear this season. The mainstay of summer wardrobes, flip-flops are the ultimate comfortable, casual shoe. People wear them to the beach, shopping, strolling the boardwalk -- just about everywhere once the weather warms. But podiatrists and other experts say that flip-flops may be unhealthy for your feet and legs because of the way individuals must alter their gait when wearing the sandals. Researchers at Auburn University in Alabama studied the mechanics of flip-flop usage and determined that wearing the footwear for long periods of time can lead to sore feet, ankles and legs. The pain can even radiate all the way up to the hips and back. The trouble with flip-flops is that people tend to grip their toe to hold the sandal in place. As such, they take smaller steps and hit their heels on the ground with less ve1:tical force than if they were wearing athletic shoes or other shoes with support. Also, individuals wearing flip-flops don't bring their toes up as much as the leg swings forward. This causes a larger angle to the ankle and a shorter stride length. Apart from these mechanical study results, flip-flops pose other inherent dangers to the foot. Their wide-open design leaves the foot open to injury from items falling on the feet or abra- sions from tripping over the sandal itself. Flip-flops generally are lacking in arch support, which can tire out the foot and lead to various sorts of pain. Individuals also often contend with poor traction from flip-flops, both on the bottom sole of the shoe and from the foot becoming slippery" on the insole of the sandal. This can lead to falls and other injuries. Experts say that while flip-flops are not the best shoe to wear, they don't need to be eliminated from a person's closet entirely. Wearing flip- flops in moderation -- namely to the beach or poolside -- and choosing other footwear when a lot of walking will be done is key. People can also choose flip-flops that offer more arch support or ones that feature alterna- tive styles, such as additional ankle straps. Relieving Summer Foot Pain Summertime can be brutal on the feet, causing a number of ailments even for those not among the flip-flop wearing masses. Use these guidelines to help ease the ouch. Wear supportive shoes. If you prefer sandals, look for styles with adequate arch support, straps that keep the sandal in place and soles " that will offer good traction. Stop walking barefoot. Many people skip shoes altogether during the warm weather. This can lead to cuts, stubbed toes and burns on the feet from hot asphalt or sand. If you must walk barefoot, do so as little as possible. Splurge for a pedicure. Pedicures not only keep the feet looking nice, the process removes dead skin, tames cuticles and massages tired feet. Keep blisters at bay. Not wearing socks often means putting feet in direct contact with shoes. Use mole- skin or bandages to protect points of friction. Also, if the shoe just isn't comfortable, pass it up. Blisters can quickly become painful and hinder walking. Ill Independent Ads Get Noticed. (You re reading this one aren t you?) Minnesotans answer 2010 Census in record numbers Eighty percent of Minnesotans returned their 2010 Census question- naires, an increase from 2000 when the state tied with Iowa at 77 percent. Only Wisconsin has a higher initial participation rate in 2010, at 81 per- cent. The nationwide participation rate stands at 72 percent. Nine Minnesota communities i'ank in the top 20 nationally among cities with populations greater than 50,000. As of May 1, Maple Grove is third with an 86 percent participation rate, followed by Lakeville, ninth; Minnetonka, llth; Plymouth, 13th; Woodbury, 16th; Apple Valley, 17th; Blaine, 18th, Bloomington, 19th; and Eagan, 20th. A total of 21 Minnesota cities and townships have a 100 per- cent return rate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which will release final participation rates in October. On the county level, Hennepin County is tied with Oakland County in Michigan with the highest rate-81 percent-for those with populations of at least 1 million people. Minnesotans can find out how their community fared by visiting the Census Bureau's "Take 10 Challenge Map/' online at ke 10map/. The Census Bureau continues to collect data from residents. Census enumerators are starting door-to-door visits to contact those who haven't returned their questionnaires. Enumerators will carry a badge from the U.S. Census Bureau and a black shoulder bag with the Census logo. Residents who are concerned about the validity of the enumerator can request a phone number to call the Kansas City Regional Census office. Door-to-door enumerators will never ask to enter a residence, nor will they ask for Social Security, driver's license or bank account numbers. They also will not ask questions about immigration status or income. Residents suspecting someone of impersonating an enumerator should notify local police, Page 10 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, June 22, 2010