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Teener Polecats win two, lose two games last week After almost a month on the road the Teener Polecats hosted Milbank to an evening of baseball. After losing to Milbank before the Polecats were looking to even the score, but this would not happen. With Milbank taking a two run lead in the top half of the first inning, the Polecats looked like they were off to a slow start. With Milbank's confidence up the Polecats would come to bat. Nick Bear would start the Polecats off with a lead off homerun and Adam Stielow would follow three batters later and park another two run homer. The Polecats would take the lead 3- 2 and the second inning was scoreless for both teams. In the top half of the third inning Milbank took the lead 7- 3. But in the. bottom half of the third Ryan Schmeichel put another two run homer over the fence. This would tighten the score up to 7-5 Milbank. In the top of the fourth inning the Men's Golf Schedule THURSDAY, JULY 2 18-HOLE LEAGUE TEAM 1 TEAM 21 Aden LaCombe Terry Gem Ray Thompson Gary Johnson TEAM2 TEAM 22 Roger Sandberg Ray Seiler Randy Stattelman John Stdpman TEAM3 TEAM 23 Wesley Strei Bob Dybvig Duane Stock Doug Smith TEAM 4 TEAM 24 Gerry Kunz Todd Cloos Tony Rausch Mike Miller TEAM5 TEAM 25 Scott Bimonitch John Drewelow Ron Athey Gene Oleill TEAM 20 TEAM 26 Virgil Sis Wendell Paulean Gary Watkins Art Novak TEAM7 TEAM 27 Jim Kaercher Randy Stock Brett Jacobsen Virgil Gerber TEAM8 TEAM 13 Norm Davis Dan Petersen Tom Gronseth Marcel Bieniek TEAM9 ......... TEAM 14 ...... .... Herb Streich Jerry Stettelman Erv Mikkelson Kad Duhr TEAM 10 TEAM 15 Dennis Hullstrom BilFPansch Glenn Nelson Tom Kindt TEAM 11 TEAM 16 Blair Johnson Verdan Gerber Biil "rhyne Gordon TEAM 12 TEAM 17 Bill Hartman Les lverson Mike Rausch V' Colago TEAM 19 TEAM 18 Robert Pflueger Tom Kramer Morde Hoffman Tim Hdtquist 9-HOLE LEAGUE TEAM7 TEAM6 Curl i/stol Randy Chdstensan Dan Nelson Jim Teske TEAM8 TEAM5 Jerry Wkman Ryan Dinger Brent Nelson Roger Bird TEAM9 TEAM4 Tim Jurges Bob Roes Gordon H00pen Dmge TEAM 10 TEAM3 Paul Bascyk Mad Gem Stan Nelson Dan Petersan, Jr. TEAM 11 TEAM2 Gary Dinnel Dan Weiberg Brant Zahrbock Sam Haugen Polecats shut Milbank down with a 1,2,3 inning. The Polecats tied the score 7-7 in the bottom half of the fourth when Dave Marthaler slammed another two run homer over the fence. The Polecats would not score again and Milbank won the game I0-7. In the second game of the evening Milbank took an eight run lead in the top of the first. The Polecats showed there hitting abilities when they came to bat in the bottom of the first. With two runners on, Chris Rabe hit a sin- gle and collected an RBI. The next batter loaded the bases and Blake Schmeig took one downtown with a Grand Slam. This made the score 8-5 Milbank. In the top half of the second inning Milbank scored three more. Big Stone attempted to battle back in the bottom of the second when Ryan Schmeichel drove another two run home run over the fence. Chris Rabe followed this up with a double and Adam Stielow brought him around with another dou- ble. This would make the score 11-8 Milbank. Milbank shut the Polecats down for the rest of the game and won 18-8. On Thursday, Wheaton traveled to Big Stone to play the Teener Polecats and went home disappointed. Nick Bear started the Polecats off with a homerun in the first inning and Wheaton would never see the lead in this game. With Chris Lee almost flawless game the Polecats won 2-1. The second game of the evening had the fans at the edge of their seats; this game would go an extra inning to decide the winner. Wheaton took a 3- 2 lead in the first inning, but Big Stone battled back and tied the score 3-3 in the third. Wheaton took the lead again in the fourth inning 7-6. In the fifth .inning the Polecats tied the score 7-7. With the game tied, an extra inning was needed to decide the game. Wheaton took the lead again 9-7 before the Polecats shut them down. The Teener Polecats battled back and tied the score 9-9. With two down the Polecats drive in another run and won the game 10-9 The games scheduled Saturday were cancelled due to poor field con- ditions after the rain Friday night. Check out the Teener Polecat Baseball action this week, with the team at Watertown today, Tuesday June 30. Game time is 5:15 p.m. On Thursday, July 2, Big Stone is away at Wilmot, with a game time of 6:30 p.m. Extension report John Cunningham, County Extension Director 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 T.IPS FOR CONSUMERS: MANAGE CREDIT WITH CARE Joyce Jones, Kansas State Research and Extension specialist in family financial management prepared this week's material. It is estimated that as many as 80 percent of all U.S. households have at least one credit card. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) reported more than $1 trillion of consumer purchases were made via credit cards in 1996. While many households pay off credit card charges each month, a significant number carry over these balances. The CFA report estimated that 56-60 million households 'revolved' credit card debt that year. It's not hard for most people to get a credit card -- multiple mailings offer low introductory interest rates and attractive 'extras,' ranging from travel benefits to cash rebates. The economy is good and -eeple are optimistic, but a, buy-now, pay-later attitude ceua cause major financial headaches and damage credit histories to a point where it can take years to rebuild. Having a credit card also may prompt people to spend more than they would if they were paying cash. Most consumers can learn to use credit wisely. Credit does offer some advantages and can be a convenience. For example, traveling is difficult without a credit card - it's almost impossible to guarantee hotel or motel room reservations or arrange for a rental car without one. With a credit card, mail order purchases are not likely to be delayed'while a check clears. Credit cards also can facilitate returns and, in some cases, offer protection to consumers when merchandise is defective. Credit does, however, have some strings attached. Using credit costs more, ties up future income and can tempt the unwary to overspend. So, what's the best way to manage credit? Here are some tip Choose credit cards carefully, with consideration "for your family's spending and repayment patterns. For example, if the balance is paid in full each month, the best credit card may TEAM 12 TEAM1 Joe Beming Val Rausch Dale Finke Morrie How(and TEAM 13 TEAM 22 Bernie Kirchberg Eric ToRerson Greg Peterson Mike Swanson TEAM 14 TEAM 21 Roger Nomes Tim Giese Jim Collins Mike Hyrmek TEAM 15 TEAM 20 Dave [.arson Mark Hughes Jim Schrneichel Dan Oakes TEAM 16 TEAM 19 Dave Reiffanberger Dennis Justtson Joe Radpmutcher John Cunningham TEAM 17 TEAM 18 Dave Engson Ne Giese Tim Swanson Dave Gruenwald SUBSTITUTE LIST LeValb Bedmr, Tim Soberer, Ed Tolson, Robert Yaeger, Darrell Bmcke, Tim Radermacher, Sev Stean, Steve Hoffrnan, Bruce Swi0erd, John Mason, AmkD Mdemon, Don Tmgs,Glann Rademacher, ,aaron Knutson, Brock Tatge, Jeff Larcom DAN THOMPSON BELTS ONE OUT OF THE PARK. Ortonville's smmer.recreatipn program is in full swing, with the city's new pool sy ano more than 100 kids in little league, junior league and softball. awnda Johnson, summer recreation director, stated that there are 37 children in softball, which is broken into third throush fifth grades and sixth through nin grades. Also, 18 boys are in]un,or league baseball mr 11-13 year-ores and 49 kids, which make up four teams, are in the little league for 8-10 year olds. Below, Kyle Arndt waits to make the play at first base. DONATIONS PACKED THE ODESSA FIRE HALL for the Larson Benefit Larson's home in rural Odessa was destroyed by fire June 19. Volunteers w( many donated items, which filled the hall to capacity. Mary Hillman, who helped benef'd car wash at the Ortonville and Clinton Cenex Convenience Stores, stated that the overwhelming and many people turned out tO show their support. Funds from the wash were matched up to $300 by Lutheran Brotherhood Branch #8392. Currently, a being coordinated for the Larson family, and an account has been set up at Minnwest Bank be one with no annual fee and a longer grace period. If balances are sometimes carried, consider a lower annual percentage rate and the most advantageous method of calculating the balance upon which the finance charge is applied. Limit the number of cards you have. With several cards, it is easy to lose track of your total debt. Cancel unused or unnecessary cards, rather than allow accounts to remain open. Cancel cards in writing and keep a copy of the cancellation letter. Cutting up a card is not enough. Too many credit cards also can be a liability when applying for a car, home or other substantial loan, even if they are not used. Potential debt is a consideration in loan applications. For example, if a consumer has five credit cards each with a $5,000 limit, their potential debt of $25,000 may limit loan fund availability. Resist the temptation to take advantage of new 'offers.' Additional cards may only increase temptation. If you want to consider a new card, carefully evaluate the credit card features and costs, then compare it to current credit cards. Make sure you understand the terms of the credit offer before accepting it. Consider canceling an existing credit card. DNR cautions boating, alcohol do not mix The Fourth of July is considered one of the most dangeus days of the year on Minnesota waterways. There are more accidents and boating fatalities on this day than any other. DNR Division of Enforcement Director Leo Haseman says about half of all boating accidents involve intoxicated operators. Haseman says if you are caught "Boating While Intoxicated," the penalty can be severe. "You can pay a heavy fine and even lose your motor vehicle license," Haseman said. "Common sense can prevent a lot of the accidents that occur on the water so leave the alcohol at the dock." The effects of alcohol can be more dangerous in the operation of a boat than in the operation of an automobile. Alcohol affects your balance, vision, judgement, and coordinition. Research has shown that alcohol, combined with boat and engine noise, sun, glare, wave action, temperature, and wind can impair a person three times faster than alcohol consumption on land. Alcohol severely diminishes your ability to react to several different signals from the brain at one time. With the first drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and your brain functions are suppressed. "It starts taking longer for information to be processed by the brain and the more you drink, the more affected you become," Haseman said. "The more affected you are, the longer it takes to react appropriately to a dangerous situation." Alcohol and boating don't mix. Limit your alcohol consumption, eat before you drink, and sip Y9ur drinks instead of gulping them. Remember, boating stressors alone can kill. Alcohol only speeds up the process. Eurasian watermilfoil discovered in popular Alexandria area lake lake Minnewaska, a large, heavily used lake south of Alexandria, has been found to be infested by Eurasian watermilfoil, the Department of Natural Resources announced today. The exotic aquatic plant was found near a marina in the town of Starbuck at the lake's west end. The DNR, which is currently surveying the extent of the infestation, plans to treat the milfoil with an aquatic herbicide before the end of June. This is the third Alexandria area lake to be infested; milfoi! is also pre- sent in Gilchrist Lake to the south of Minnewaska and Lake Oscar to the north. "It is unfortunate that milfoil has appeared in another lake in our area," said DNR Area Fisheries Manager Dean Beck. "We hope that people who use these lakes will be especially careful to remove all vege- tation from their watercraft before leaving the lake." Eurasian watermilfoil is a norma- tive plant that can form dense mats of vegetation and crowd out native aquatic plants, clog boat propellers and make water recreation difficult. Treatment is expected to knock the milfoil back in Lake Minnewaska, which will minimize nuisances in the lake. It will also reduce the likelihood that boaters might accidentally carry milfoil from the lake on trailered watercraft. Unfortunately, the treat- ment is unlikely to eliminate the plant. "The DNR now has. 10 years' experience with attempts to eradicate milfoil from Minnesota lakes," said Chip Welling, DNR Eurasian water- milfoil program coordinator. "We have learned a lot from watching efforts in other states," Welling noted. "]'he problems caused by nu'lfoil can be managed, but eradication of the plant is not a realistic goal." The DNR has also confirmed the presence of milfoil in two more Twin Cities metro area lakes, Lake George near St. Francis in Anoka County and Lake Marion in Lakeville. That brings the total to five new infestations this year. Eurasian watermilfoil has now spread to 85 Minnesota lakes, primar- ily in the Twin Cities area, and to four rivers or streams. Keep track of credit card spending. Use cards only when needed and try not to charge more than you can pay for each month. If you can't pay the total outstanding balance, reduce debt by making as large a payment as possible, rather than just the minimum payment. Use credit carefully. Limit non- mortgage consumer credit to less than 15 percent of your take-home pay. When more than 15 percent of take home pay is needed to meet non- mortgage loan and typical credit card payments, consumers may be getting into financial hot water. Skipping payments or only making minimum payments, using savings to or charging have been paid warning signs over-extended. Some spending with Consumers who managing on their seek help through counseling, debt the worst cases, s measure: bankruptcY. Check credit Make sure the and report any Letters to the editor To the Editor: As practicing ophthalmologists, we are writing to encourage our fellow citizens to celebrate Independence Day this year by attending public fireworks displays instead of using fireworks at home. We make this request for the following reasons: 1. Approximately 2,000 eye injuries are caused each year by the use of consumer fireworks. 2. About one-third of these injuries result in permanent eye damage and one-fourth in permanent vision loss or blindness. 3. Almost one in twenty fireworks- related eye injury victims lose all useful vision or require removal of the eye. 4. One-fourth of all eye injuries are inflicted on bystanders. 5. Three-fourths of all fireworks- related injuries are to 15. 6. The single of firework is flies injuries. The launch them fragments of glass 7. Sparklers, children, burn Fahrenheit, gold. Attending the Fourth patriotic way to independence, our hopes for a Curt A. 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