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Editorial comment Letters to the editor To the Editor: I am writing this in support of Sheila Hoememann. It seems that she has been knocked down by the school board, and then kicked by the headlines in the paper. She has been treated very unfairly. I think most of the community is aware of how this came down and who the instigators were. Hold your head high, Sheila; you know that you did what was best for the team. This is the second time that parents have had a coach dismissed. Who would want to coach in a system when the parents and students are allowed to run the program? Kristen Unruh Big Stone City, S D Central Park restoration By Muriel Sherman What a wonderful Central Park we have. Central Park would have many stories to tell, such as Lawrence Welks frequent visits to the park and how he enjoyed coming here each time he and his band played for dances here. Central park is such a beautiful- unique, historic and scenic park. Ortonville should be very proud of it for it is also a natural park. How many other towns have such a park? Historically this park is 120 years old. Children love to explore, play, and wander around and grown ups like to reminiscence about all the fun loving times they have enjoyed there. Now the committee for the reStora- tion of the park is hoping to solve the water problem and then go on to add additional things necessary. We hope in the future it will be used for picnics, BBQ's, weiner roasts, breakfasts by the Te Fireplace, birthday parties, cof- fee parties, organizational meetings, arts in the park, music, coficerts, and many, many activities and events. "We ask all of the citizens of Ortonville to support the restoration of Central Park. Come out and enjoy the music in the park this summer. Thank you to the junior class of Ortonville for planting sedum in the rocks in the park. Hats off to you. President Obama signs Minnesota disaster declaration The President declared a major dis- aster exists in the State of Minnesota and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, torna- does, and flooding during the period of June 17-26, 2010. Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit,organi- zations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in Faribault, Freeborn, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Polk, Steele, and Wadena Counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitiga- tion measures statewide. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Lawrence Sommers as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery opera- tions in the affected area. FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if request- ed by the State and warranted by the results of further dhmage assessments. CGB receives grant to improve nutrition strategies Clinton Graceville Beardsley School has received a grant from Countryside Public Health Statewide Health Improvement Program to work on changes in nutrition policies and practices during the 2010-2011 school year. The goals of the CGB school grant include: To integrate school garden pro.duce in the lunch program (increase access to nutritious/locally grown foods), to develop plans/policy for extending the growing season with the assess- ment and design of a greenhouse that will be completed after the grant cycle, education of Naff in using the school garden, the future greenhouse and Farm 2 School program in the lunch program, establishment of sources for Farm 2 School food items, evaluate cost-effectiveness of using local fresh produce, development of policy to use-he garden/greehouse as a learning environment, determine possible policy, system and environ- mental changes that would help increase access to nutritious, locally grown or produced foods. School-based nutrition strategies and comprehensive programming can improve dietary practices that affect a young person's health, growth, and intellectual development. This in turn will prevent immediate health prob- lems related to poor nutrition choices, obesity, and long-term health prob- lems, These strategies can assist youth in attaining their full education- al potential and good health by pro- viding them with the skills, social support, and environmental reinforce-" merits they need to adopt long-term healthy eating behaviors. This will lead to fewer absences, greater acade- mic achievement, reduced chronic disease, and reduced health care costs in Minnesota. This grant is being made possible through funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) of the Minnesota Department of Health. The goal of the Statewide Health Improvement Program is to help Minnesotans live longer, better, healthier lives by reducing the burden of chronic disease caused by tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition and physical inactivity. Wheaton man sentenced for killing toddler with baseball bat A man who accidentally killed a toddler with a baseball bat while attacking her stepfather in a western Minnesota church has been sen- tenced to 20 years in prison. David E. Collins, 5 l, of Wheaton, was sentenced Thursday, July "1 by Traverse County District Judge Gerald Seibel in the death of Aundrea Brownlow, 14 months, as he went after Claude Hankins, in September of 2009 insid e Thy Kingdom Come Church. Collins and Hankins were in a dis- pute over $20 and a used washer and dryer. The Rev. Danny Barnes of the Thy Kingdom Come said he gave the appliances to Hankins, and that angered Collins. Collins was convicted in a bench trial before Seibel of unintentional second-degree murder and second- degree assault with a dangerous weapon. With time served and credit for good behavior in prison, Collins could end up serving as little as 12 1/2 years. Soon after the killing, Collins' wife said her husband didn't see Aundrea before crushing her skull. U of M researchers launch Parenting 2.0 Project University of Minnesota researchers have launched a new online research project to help under- stand how and why parents use tech- nology. Called "Parenting 2.0," the project findings will be used to develop University of Minnesota Extension "and other outreach pro- grams for parents and families. Parents who use the Intemet and are willing to share their experiences are encouraged to visit the survey website at The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Jodi Dworkin, Extension family relations specialist, is co-directing the research with Susan Walker, asso- ciate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. "We hope to determine some of the processes and outcomes around par- ent technology use, such as how par- ents use the Internet for seeking advice and information about parent- ing," said Dworkin. "Additionally, we'd like to know how parents use the Internet for family-oriented com- munications, such as monitoring chil- dren's online behavior and participat- ing in social networking themselves." To learn more about Parenting 2.0 go to www.extension.umn:edu/go/1036. 't V Get ready for first alfalfa harvest Ag News Wire By Paul Peterson, University of Minnesota Extension For high-quality forage, prepare to take first harvest earlier than normal this year. The early warm weather this spring has perennial forage stands off to the races. Forage stands that shouldn't be har- vested early include those for animals with low to medium nutritional needs, and stands that suffered some winter injury and thus need more time to build more below-ground energy reserves to power second-crop growth. Also, if you need more "effective fiber" in your ration, allowing more maturation be- fore first harvest may make sense. As pure alfalfa stands develop in spring, their relative feed value (RFV), generally declines three to four units per day, while relative forage quality (RFQ) declines four to five units per day. These changes 'correspond with neutral detergent fiber (NDF) concen- tration increasing 0.5 percent units per day, and NDF digestibility decreasing 0.5 percent units per day. NDF values reflect the amount of forage an animal can consume. As NDF percentages in- crease, dry matter intake generally de- creases. To assist growers with first-harvest scheduling, University of Minnesota Extension coordinates a 'scissors-cut harvest-alert' program in central Min- nesota, led by Extension crops educa- tor Dan Martens. Beginning the first week of May, several alfalfa fields around central Minnesota will be sam- pled for standing-crop quality every Monday and Thursday, in collaboration with farmers and commercial forage testing labs. Results will be shared online at, via radio at KASM (Albany and Princeton area) and KLTF (Little Falls), and via phone at 1-800-964-4929, exL 5081. These results help with planning, al- though alfalfa development can vary greatly with location, soil type, stand health, etc. Monitor your own stands closely. A useful tool to estimate quality Of standing forage is a Predictive Equa- tions of Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) stick or yard stick. PEAQ sticks use matu- rity and height to estimate RFV/RFQ of Iure alfalfa stands; and can be pur- chased from the Midwest Forage As- sociation ( The currently available RFQ-PEAQ sticks provide good estimates of RFV, but recent Wisconsin and Minnesota data have shown that stick readings should be adjusted to provide a better estimate of RFQ. Bsed on northeastern U.S. data, Cornell University has developed guidelines to estimate standing-crop quality of alfalfa/grass mixtures based on alfalfa height and an estimate of grass percentage. The assumption is that the target standing-crop NDF for 'dairy-quality' forage ranges from 38 percent, for pure alfalfa to 50 percert for pure grass. Based on their data, a 70:30 alfalfa:grass mixture is ready to harvest when the' alfalfa is 29 inches tall; a 50:50 mixture is ready when al- falfa is 24 inches tall, and a 30:70 mix- ture when alfalfa is 19 inches tall. More information on harvest scheduling is available on the Extension forages website at ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Terry and Pallia Lavoi Earl Lunden Karon Althaus Nick Anderson Luann Streed Pepsi Americas Monte Zehringer Wilfred Tucholke Md Ehlert Mark Pillatzki Wayne Knudson Donald Blahosky Dennis Pansch Jay Gustafson Dr. Marlyn Storm Amanda Oslund Scott Greene Richard Eekberg Edward Holker Alison and Calvin Gnnniek Marguerite Stegner Amy Holdenfie!d Eugene Von Eschen Greg Scheff Peter Kostiuk Angela Redepenning Carmen Leger Deanna Hughes Megan Tormanen Jon Brandenburger Gerry Turbes John Bergwail Nancy Dawald Mary Boelz James Eckberg John Thompson Rosemary Stock Ronald Nordick Don Haukos Dennis Dwyer Robert Hornstein Toby and Marci Reiffenberger Clues ACROSS 1. Said blessing before a meal 7. A wheel furrow 10. Removed wrinkles 12. Cold Adriatic wind 13. Double braids 14. Indigenous South 2. Memorization 25. Bangladesh currency 3. Essential oil from (abbr.) flowers 26. Emmet 4. 22nd Greek letter 29. Poet __ Cummings 5. Snakelike fish 30. Make a choice 6. Tooth caregiver 31. Highway foundation 7 ."Air Music" composer 32. Citizens of Seoul 8. Lord of Searing 35. Grab Americans Flames 15. Claremone Landscape 9. The bill in a Garden city restaurant 16. Expanse of a Surface 10. Rainbows and 17. Schedule (abbr.) ranges 18. Nuclear near reach 11. Misunderstand weapon speech 19. Flower stalk 12. Cutting remarks 36. Panegyric 38. Peach __, dessert 40. Weekday (abbr.) " the nilht 41. before Christmas" 42. Family residence 43. Muslim ruler title 21. Ed Murrow's network 22. Serious injury 27. Atbmic #67 (abbr.) 28. IBM's home town 20. Not inclined to speak 33. Undergraduate degree 23. Thronging 34. Small cutlery for fluids 24. Squash bug genus 36. Non commercial network 37. Scarlett's home 38. Mother of Hermes 39. A young woman 40. 13-19 41. White garden snail genus 44. Network of Russian prison camps 45. Insane females 48. Northeast by North (abbr.) 49. Figures with triangular faces 50. N. American republic (abbr.) 51. Old Faithful Clues DOWN 1. Painter Vincent Van 14. Bottles for corrosives 44. Large African 17. Very fast,airplane antelope 18. Neutral middle vowel 45. Gas usage measurement 46. Yes vote 47. Not wet The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 4:12-460) o e JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate' Editor / Advertising Rep Tues., July 6, 2010 Vol. 92; No. 25 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2od 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. 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The Publisher's liability for other errors or omissions in connection with an adver- tisement is strictly limited to publication of the advertisement in any subsequent issue or the retund of any monies paid tor the advertisement. DEADLINES Church notes - Saturday mail Display ads - Friday mail Correspondence,- Monday mail Pictures - 5 p.m. Friday qews - Friday afternoon Classified ads - Friday noon - (Any ad brought in later will be too late t o classify.) OFFICE HOURS & Monday: 8 AM-5 PM & Tuesday: 8 AM-5 PM bWednesday: 8 AM-5"PM A Thursday: 8 AM-5 PM A Friday: 8 AM-5 PM A Holidays may affect office hours. LETTERS POLICY Letters to the editor discussing com- munity issues are encouraged. Letter writers should be aware that The Independent reserves the right to edit and/or condense letters for print. The )aper also reserves the right not to pub- lish letters that are unsuitable or for which it might be held legally liable. 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