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The fireworks for sale in Minnesota may be legal, but if not handled carefully they can be danger- ous. State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl calls the sparklers, snakes and other items that are legal in Minnesota "merely less dangerous than the outlawed fireworks that fly or explode." "The burning tip of a sparkler can reach 2,000 degrees," says Rosendahl. "That's not safe. It's hot enough to melt gold, and precautions are neces- sary to use sparklers and all other fire- works." According to the Consumer Products Safety Division, nearly 10,000 Americans are treated for fire- works injuries each year. In Minnesota, the devices caused 69 injuries serious enough for emergency room treatment in 2008 -- more than half of them to persons age 19 and under. Fireworks law specifies that you must be at least 18 to purchase con- sumer fireworks, and retailers are required to check ID. Fireworks may not be used on public property, including parks, roads, alleys, schools and any government property. Minnesota-legal fireworks include sparklers, snakes, ground spinners and spark cones, any of which can cause injury. Young children are most vulnerable. "Delayed combustion is not uncommon," Rosendahl says. "People who try to relight a device often end up with damaged eyes or fingers." To avoid injuries, the State Fire Marshal recommends following these tips: Set a good example by using only legal fireworks in your celebration. Dress appropriately. Shoes are essential. Avoid hats and loose cloth- ing. Light one item at a time, and never in an enclosed container. NEVER attempt to relight a device that doesn't ignite properly the first time. Keep a bucket of water handy to cool spent sparkler wires and extin- guish other fireworks. Avoid areas with dry grass, brush or debris; flying sparks can ignite these materials. 99 With heat warnings or advisories currently in effect for the Twin Cities and broad areas of greater Minnesota, state health officials are reminding people that extreme heat can affect your health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) suggest a number of things you can do to protect yourself and your family during hot weather: Drink: more fluids than usual - but avoid fluids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar. Check with your doctor if you have been advised to limit your intake of fluids or placed on diuretics ("water pills"). Stay indoors - in an air-coriditioned location, if possible. If your home is not air-conditioned, spending a few hours a day in an air-conditioned pub- lic place like a public library or shop- ping mall will help your body cope with the heat. Don't rely on electric fans they may make you more comfortable, but don't do much to prevent heat-related ill- ness. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Never leave people or animals - in a closed, parked vehicile. Check regularly on people who may be at higher risk of heat-related illness- infants and young children, people over 65, people with mental illness, and people with chronic health problems like heart disease or high blood pressure. If you must spend time outdoors, try to limit your activity to moming and evening. Try to take rest breaks in shady areas. Limit physical exercise. Again, when you do exercise, be sure to take in plenty of fluids. When you're outdoors, wear hats and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. ORTONVILLE JUST FOR KIX Mini Kix (4th and 5th graders) competed at The United We Dance competi- tion in Fargo/Moorhead on Apr. 19. The team placed 1st in their Mira Kix division, Mini Kix 4A. They compet- ed ag ainst other Mini Kix classes from around Minnesota and North Dakota. The Mini Kix practiced every Monoay from September until the end of April. Pictured above in front from left to right are, Taylor Wilke, Kenedi Stotesbery, Rachel Hoernemann, Stephanie Rausch, Mikala Gimmestad, Mikae[a Bork and Ana Lee. Back row left to right are Desiree Lindberg, Edann Cloos, Niki Essington, Kayla Moberg, Jenny Delage and Coach Kerry Klepel. ~, :- : .~.~ ~,~< ~ a tr= uly Fort Sisseton State Park will be hosting their Independence Day com- memoration in classic style on Saturday, July 4, from 2 to 6 p.m. A number of activities will be held for all ages, including candle dipping and making ice cream the old fash- ioned way. Throughout the day, tours will be led by either an era soldier or laundress. Old fashioned games are sure to entertain, and the Visitor Center, Museum and Gift Shop will be open. "This is the third annual 4th of July celebration at the fort," says park manager Katie Bogue. "The 2009 line-up looks great and should be a wonderful opportunity for families that are seeking a Saturday filled with a little something for everyone." In addition, Drawn to the Land: ion Homesteading Dakota, a traveling exhibit from the South Dakota State Historical Society, will be on display. This exhibit focuses on 1860 to 1920, when thousands of homesteaders poured into Dakota from across the country and overseas. Drawn to the Land tells the story of the home- steading experience in Dakota. Drawn to the Land was funded by the Cutler Family honoring Judge Alden and Elizabeth Cutler and the South Dakota Future Fund. There is no charge for the event; however, a park entrance license is required. For more information con- tact Fort Sisseton at (605) 448-5474. Fort Sisseton Historic State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Lake City off SD10. U of M Extension celebrates 100 years with special 4-H project University of Minnesota Extension is celebrating 100 years of providing Minnesotans with access to practical, research-based information to help improve their lives. Minnesotans have helped shape Extension's history - whether learning how to grow healthy food, serve it on a tight budget, or raise children during challenging times. To honor our shared history and stories, Minnesotans of all ages are invited to submit photos and memora- bilia in the form of a special Extension Centennial 4-H project. Projects should represent Extension's work over the years in agriculture, the environment, food/nutrition, youth, families, and communities. Individuals or groups may submit items that could be dis- played at their local county fairs and possibly at the State Fair this fall. Participation is free and Open to the public. Projects are for display pur- poses only and will not be judged. "Honorary" 4-Hers can submit items in the following categories: Photos: , Submit 1-6 photos depicting an Extension event or activity from Extension's history. Photos must be mounted on standard size poster board (22 x 28) with short captions describ- ing the photo (who, what, where, when). Note: Tri-fold, 3-panel dis- plays will not be accepted due to space limitations. Memorabilia: Submit artifacts that represent an event or activity from Extension's his- tory. Examples include antique equip- ment and supplies, old brochures or newsletters, clothing, quilts, etc. Please include short descriptions of the memorabilia (who, what, where, when). Note: Objects should fit in a car for transport. If your exhibit is too large to transport in a car, please con- tact your county 4-H staff. We will make every attempt to display larger items, but they must be pre-approved. Each county will be allowed to bring at least one exhibit to the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee that every submission will be exhibited. 4-H will provide transportation of exhibits to and from the State Fair. Items will be able to be picked up from county offices two weeks after Labor Day. Contact 4-H staff at your local Extension county or regional office to find out submission deadlines. County contact information can be found by v i s i t i n g www.fourh.umn.edu/offices.asp. most .adorable Big Stone County Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life will be promoting life and raising funds by holding their annual "Those Adorable Babies" at the Big Stone County Fair in Clinton July 9 to July 12. Pictures of your baby will be dis- played at the MCCL fair booth. For a small donation votes may be cast for your favorite baby to become "Adorable Baby 2009" and represent Big Stone MCCL in the Ortonville baby contest Cornfest Parade as well as receiving first prize of a $50 Savings Bond. To enter your favorite baby under two years of age, send a 5x7 or small- er photo along with the name of the baby, age or birth date, parents name and grandparents if you'd like along with a self-addressed stamped enve- lope (to return your photo) to: Carol Karels PO Box 64, Odessa, MN 56276. MN Online High School Small school Big success stories Ready for college Ready for life 1;800.764.8166 x 111 info@mnohs.org * "info" to 612-876-2227 PagelO INDEPENDENT Tuesday, June 30,2009