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"[ 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. If you are a veteran with the Minnesota Army National Guard " and recently returned from deployment to Kuwait and Iraq, you need to contact my office and set up an appointment. This especially pertains to those veterans who received injuries during their active duty deployment• As part of your out-processing at Fort McCoy, WI, those injuries were noted/documented, with one of the Minnesota County Veterans Service Officers• We need to schedule an appointment to begin the claims process with respect to those injuries as service-connected disabilities with the Department of Veterans Affairs. August is going to be a busy month for the office. I will be conducting two outreach VA Benefits Booths during the month of August. The first is scheduled for the Big Stone County Fair that will be held from Aug. 4-8 in Clinton. The second VA Benefits Booth will be at the 72nd Annual Cornfest Celebration. The Cornfest will be held from Aug. 20-22 at the Lakeside Park in Ortonville. As in the past, there will be a BETTER AND MORE EFFECTIVE PARENTS Dr. Mutnick focuses on treatment of asthma, allergies and immune disorders for both adults and children, Dr. Mutnick provides specialty outreach service in Ortonville two times per month. Medical Education: UniVersity of Nevada School of Medicine Residency: University of California-lrvine and University of Minnesota-Mirmeapoljs Fellowship Training: University of Minnesota-Minneapolis (Allergy &amp; Immunology) Jack M-L Mutnick, MD rO,-tonvillc A,.,a ! I-,dth 5c,-,i,:,, ' 450 Eastvold Ave. • Orlonvtlle, MN * 20-839-2502 ' To learn more about Dr. Mutnick or to schedule an appointment, please call OAHS'Outreach at (320) 839-4120 parade on Sunday, Aug. 22 during the Cornfest. Why do I mention this parade? Because I will be having a veterans float in the parade. Before the parade begins, a group of local children will be helping me hand out U.S. Flags to those in attendance. During the parade, the kids and I will be walking with the float to honor all our veterans. Help us honor our veterans by-attending the parade. In the "Did you Know?" segment. Did you know in next week's article I will be providing our readers with some statistics and the services provided by the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office. Stay tuned for this information. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Until next week, take. care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas!" !derly prone to 00heat stress Elderly people aged 65 years and older are/hare prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons: • Elderly people do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. • They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that upsets normal body responses to heat. • They are more likely to take pre- scription medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its tempera, ture or that inhibit perspiration. Heat stroke is the most seriousheat- related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat, and it is un- able to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes• Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided, Signs and symptoms of heat stroke vary but may include the following: • An extremely high body tempera- ture (above 103°F) • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweat- ing) • Rapid, strong pulse • ThrObbing headache .Dizziness .Nausea Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbal- anced replacement of fluids• Signs and symptoms of heat ex- haustion vary but may include the fol- lowing: • Heavy sweating ,Paleness .'Muscle Cramps •Tiredness -Weakness .Dizziness ,Headache • Nausea or vomiting .Fainting • Skin: may be co01 and moist • Pulse rate: fast and weak • Breathing: fast and shallow You caja follow these prevention tips to protect yourself from heat-related stress: • Drink cool, nonalcoholic non-caf- feinated beverages• (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.) .Rest. • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath. • If possible, seek' an air-conditioned environment. (If you don't have air conditioning, Consider visiting an air- conditioned shopping mall or public li- brary to cool off.) • Wear lightweight clothing. • If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day. • Do not engage in strenuous activi- ties. If you have elderly relatives or neighbors, you can help them protect themselves from heat related stress: • Visit older adults at risk at least twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. • Take them to air-conditioned loca- tions if they have transportation prob- lems. • Make sure older adults have access to an electric fan whenever possible. If you see any signs of severe heat stress, you may be dealing with a life- threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the affected person. Do the following:" • Get the person to a shady area. • Cool the person rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For exam- ple, immerse the person in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the person with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the hu- midity is low, wrap the person in a cool, wet 'sheet and fan him or her vig- orously. • Monitor body temperature and con- tinue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101°-102°F. • If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emer- gency room for further instructions. • Do not give the person alcohol to drink• • Get medical assistance as soon as possible. History of Pledge of Allegiance (Edi. note: the following was submitted by Ortonville's Muriel Geier, to whom we ex- tend our thanks. We think it • worthy of reading by every- one.) The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy. It was first given wide publicity throught the official program of the National Public Schools Celebration of olumbus Day which was printed in The Youth's Companion of Sept. 8, 1892, and at the same time sent out in leaflet form to schools throughout the country. School children first recited the Pledge of Allegiance this way: "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all." "The flag of the United States" re- placed the words "my Flag" in 1923 because some foreign-born people might have in mind the flag of the country of their birth instead of the United States flag. A year later, "of America" was added after "United States•" No form of the Pledge received of- ficial recognition by Congress until June 22, 1942, when the Pledge was formally included in the U.S. Flag Code. The official name of The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted in 1945. The last 'change in language came on Flag Day 1954, when Congress passed a law, which added the words "under God" after "one nation:" Originally, the pledge was said With the right hand in the so-called "Bel- lamy Salute," with the right hand rest- ing first outward from.the.chest, then the arm extending out from the body. Once Hitler came to power in Europe, some Americans were concerned that this position of the arm and hand re- sembled the Nazi or Fascist salute. In 1942 Congress also established the cur- rent practice of rendering the pledge with the right hand over the heart. The Flag Code specifies that any future changes to the pledge would have to be with the consent of the Pres- ident. Nicollet County added to FIVE GENERATIONS gathered on Easter Sunday, April 4 for the baptism of then five-month old Parker Spetzot'BrooklynPark. Federal Disaster=Decl rati Shown above from left to right are Parker's morn Ashle00 : ::a on Koepecky of Brooklyn Park, grandmother Kerri Koepecky ex Federal disaster ass'stancehasbeen tended to state andlocalgovernment The original 18 counties and one mty.C'°Unt'es and the Upper Si°ux C°mmu- (holding Parker) of Mounds tribal community designated in the agencies in Nicollet County, which April 19 major disaster declaration The counties of Cottonwood, View, great-grandmother Florene Westpha[of Redmond, WA and great-great grandmother Lueila Mack of Ortonville. Pictured to the left is 84-year old Luella Mack h Jh ling her great-great grandson P, irl  r Spetz. PEOPLE WHO READ NEWSPAPERS ARE It all starts with Newspapers sustained infrastructure damage during this spring's flooding, according to state and federal officials. Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the Federal Emergency Manage- ment Agency (FEMA) officials an- nounced today that Nicollet County is now eligible for Public Assistance (PA). The state requested the county be added after a review of additional damage assessment data. Under the federal PA program, state, local and tribal governments and Cer- tain private nonprofit organizations are eligible for federal reimbursement for certain costs related to flooding from March 1 through April 26. FEMA will fund 75 percent of the approved cost. Eligible work includes debris removal, emergency services re- lated to the disaster and repair or re- placement of damaged public facilities such as roads, bridges, buildings, utili- ties and recreation areas. were' Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Clay, Kittson, Lac Qui Parle, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Sibley, Tra- verse, Wilkin and ,Yellow Medicine McLeod, Pennington, Ramsey, Red Lake and Stevens, as well as the Prairie Island Indian Community,wereadded to the disaster declaration on May 4 and Grant was added on May 28. Active, Reserve or National Guard. If you've suffered a traumatic injury, whether or not the injury was related to ANY military activity, through TSGLI benefits you've already paid for. • llIW Call 1.800.95.1473 to see if you qualify. SFC James Rolshouse (Ret) ' 0IF 06)8 James Rolshouse & Associates [ toers at James Rolshouse & Associates ore licensed in / Attorneys at Law / MN and NV with principal offices in Burnsville, MN. llO',_llllfelll#00l:l:lli : I,I' £" 11,,1,<. WILDER PAGEANT July 9-10, 16-17,.23-24, 2010 Walnut Grove, MN Outdoor drama based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder Performance 9:00 pm Nleon ArnGrlrn "Nellie" Appearing July 24 l/ Guest Stars from the Dean Butler "Almanzo" u Little House TV Series Appearing July 17 ENJOYING THE ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY PARADE at Meadowbrook in locelyn Kline, dat hter of Alycia Kline of Coon IalHaS and gra ]taughter of Steve Lofgren. GRACEVILLE, MN BAUER COUNTYSIDE AG SERVICE • 320-748-7245 , Setvie Comes F#t Page 14 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jul'y 6, 2010 4