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GUEST EDITORIAL. Minnesota's Road to Recovery by Joe Sheran So far, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has done a good job clearing out some of Minnesota's road, highway, bridge and transit backlog, put construction workers back on the job and provided a road map for future infrastructural growth in the state. While there has been criticism of the federal come. But in order to truly capitalize on this funding, the state must find a better long term-solution to investing in infrastructure. That's the important part because our needs are great. Daily traveling is likely to take many Minnesotans over one of the state's more than 5,000 bridges at money's impact, Minnesotans in every corner of the least half a century old or across pavement that is in state can already, or will soon, see signs of progress, less than good condition. Roughly half of the paving Many projects scheduled for two or three years from on our roads is in fair or poor condition These are now are getting started this summer because of the expensive fixes, and the state doesnt have the additional federal funding, money to pay for them all. Over the next 20 years, In Traverse and Big Stone Counties, federal the Minnesota Department of Transportation expects stimulus dollars will help pay for nearly $9 million in to have about $15 billion in revenue; however, it road and bridge upgrades. Some of the money will projects nearly $65 billion in highway and bridge go towards upgraded shouldering and seal coating of infrastructural needs during that time. Even if the Highway 16. The stretch of Highway 75 from state took a preserve-only mode, it would still fall Graceville to Ortonville will also be resurfaced, short because maintaining existing highways alone according to Minnesota 2020's recent report, Road will cost $16 billion, according to MnDOT. to Recovery. Across Minnesota, the Recovery Act's nearly $1 billion in infrastructure spending is expected to create 26,000 jobs. The Minnesota Department of Transportation obligated half of its $502 million in recovery funds for roads and bridges in half the time requiredby the federal government. Contractors and public bodies are also quickly working to bid and award these projects. With the economic downturn and the drop in the cost of building materials, many bids have come in below projected costs, with the extra savings going to fund even more construction. While an excellent boost, this one-time spike in transportation spending, represents only about half the state's typical yearly budget for roads and bridges. In the short-term, it will reverse heavy construction job losses while producing safer, more efficient, prosperity-boosting ways to get around for decades to Adding to the problem, Minnesota's roads deteriorate faster than other states' throughways because of our harsh winters. Wrecked roadways cost Minnesota drivers about $350.a year in car repairs. Rush-hour drivers pay about $800 a year in congestion costs. Minnesota can't afford to let its roads fall further into disrepair if it wants to attract, retain and maintain quality companies and grow jobs locally. Year-to-year quick fixes will only add to the backlog of road and bridge projects. The worst thing we can do as a state is put off this discussion or delay action until we reach a critical infrastructural deficit. Just as with repairing our cars, it's always cheaper to repair a minor problem now than risk a major costly breakdown by ignoring it. By Richard decision to stop enrolling new Priority enrollment as this will help us in our Johnson Group (high income) Veterans in order future planning and budget efforts as The Office Hours for the Big Stone to assure all Veterans are provided well as allow us to be in a better Veterans Service Office are as timely and quality medical care. New position to indentify necessary follows: regulations take effect on June 15, funding levels to Congress. Tuesdays - 8- 2009 that will allow VA to reopen Determine if you may be eligible: 4:30 p.m. enrollment healthcare to VeteransTo determine if you may be Wednesdays - 8- whose household income does not eligible under this new regulation, we 4:30p.m. exceed the current VA income have developed this enrollment If there is an thresholds (means test threshold calculator which will help you in emergency of any and/or geographical means testdetermining if your income falls sort I can be threshold) by more than 10 percent, within the new l0 percent income reached at my More than 266,000 Veterans may now threshold guidelines. Once you have home at (320) 568- be eligible for enrollment, entered all required information, this 2448. Denied enrollment on or after Jan. calculator will determine if you may I do have voice ~RiehardJohnson 1, 2009: If you have applied for be eligible for enrollment under the mail at the Office. enrollment on or after Jan. 1,2009 and new rule. Leave your name and number and I you were denied enrollment because The proposed changes (defined in will get back to you as soon as your income exceeded the VAincome Public Law 110-329) provide VA possible. Also, you can call me at threshold, VA will determine if you additional funding to allow expanded home at the above number. I do have are eligible under this new rule, once enrollment opportunity to Priority 8 an answering machine at home. My the new regulations take effect. You veterans who may have been office phone number is (320) 839- will not need to submit another previously denied enrollment in VA's 6398. application for enrollment. If you are health care system because their OFFICE MOVED eligible under the new rule, we will income exceeded VA's means test The Big Stone County Veterans notify you by mail. You will receive a thresholds. Service Office has'moved to the Big letter from the VA Health Eligibility On the effective date of the Stone County Government Building Center notifying you of your regulation, a veteran who applies for on main street across from the eligibility for enrollment andenrollment, who does not qualify for a courthouse. The telephone number is welcoming you to the VA health care higher priority group and whose the same (320) 839-6398. My Office system. Included with the letter will income exceeds VA's means test hours are the same - Tuesdays and be instructions for getting care and thresholds by 10 percent or less will Wednesdays from 8-4:30 p.m. each how to obtain a Veterans Identification be placed in a priority group that day. My office is located in what is Card. allows the veteran to be enrolled in now the conference room at the front Denied Enrollment before Jan. 1, VA's health care system. of the building to the right of the 2009: If you applied for enrollment The enrollment calculator can be counter. My new address is: Big Stone before Jan. 1, 2009, and were denied found at County Veterans Service Office, 11 enrollment because your income was healtheligibility/apps/enrollmentcalcul SE 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278- too high, VA encourages you to take ator/ 1541. advantage of this enrollment You can also see your local VA HEALTH CARE calculator to assist you in determining Veterans Service Officer who can ELIGIBILITY & ENROLLMENT if you are now eligible for enrollment access this calculator and do it for Changes to the Priority Group 8 under this new regulation. Whatever you. Enrollment Restriction: your enrollment determination, VA In 2003, VA made the difficult encourages all Veterans to apply for Tuesday thru Friday, July 14th-17th t, Basic FOR iiiiiiiii!!!ili!:iiiiii i iiiii ii!i !ii i iiiii i iiiiiiii!i ill 116 NW 2nd Street Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-3787 ONCE AGAIN MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Irene Longworth Ramona Dorry Orlend Mathison Doris Mueller Jerry Dragseth Germain Kunz Marty Brown Louis Brown Harry Pinkert Clara Zeek Derald Hay Dick Strei Robin Tietjen Pat and Liz Sorenson Carol Asche Ben Pollock Shawna and Jeff Carlin Dan and Maureen Stores Wayne Huselid Robert Rinke Robert Wiese Richard Lane Betty Chester Berthold Hillmann Paul Bohlman Sally Fischer Linda Kaderlik Chip Grosenick Sandra Gibson David Johnson Bill Senkler David Sager Jeff Ketchum Kathy Athey Joseph Scoblic oolqn9 foLt( c ause o , i jh 14ealth (? re cost , n0splt l ,/ i J /- 1. Defensive driving This certificate must be renewed every three years to remain e l!gibl - courses offered for the discount. Pre-registration for this class is a The Ortonville Community Cener, must. To do so, please call the Center formerly the Ortonville Senior Center, at (320)839-3555 by Tuesday, July 2! J 200 Monroe Avenue, will host the at 4:30 p.m. four hour AARP Defensive Driving The eight hour Defensive Driving course on Wednesday, July 22, from course will be offered at the Morris, 6-10 p.m. MN Senior Center, 603 Oregon Ave This class is for those who have on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 10 and previously taken the eight hour ll, from 6-10 p.m. both evenings. To course, and need to renew their cer- register for this class, and for more tificate to continue receiving a dis- information, please call (320) 589- count on their car insurance. 7400. A health plan. An account. A tax-saving idea. Whether you need a health plan for yourself, your family or your company, controlling costs is important, but so is having good coverage. I have a solid solution: Options Blue. You'll get outstanding health plan benefits and control over your health care spending. Plus, you'll get tax advantages from the money you put into John Stolpman Box 277 your health savings account. Best of all, it's Bellingham, MN (320) 568-2101 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Give me a call. We can talk about the options available and what is best for you. 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KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZE'I-FE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep BARBARA A. KAYE Sales and Marketing Tues July 14, 2009 Vol. 91; No. 26 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2rid St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Pededicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES ~r34.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui =arle, 'Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $39.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. ~l~thers, $43.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address The Ortonville Independent, Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATE SCHEDULE - ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE BASED ON A FEBRUARY 1ST DUE DATE- Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse, Swift Counties in Minnesota and Grant and Roberts in South Dakota February 34.00 August 17.04 March 31.20 September 14.20 April 28.77 October 11.36 May 25.56 November 8.52 June 22.72 December 5.68 July 19.88 January 2.84 ALL OTHERS IN MINN. AND SO. DAK. February 39.00 August 19.50 March 35,75 September 16,25 April 32,50 October 13,00 May 29.25 November 9.75 . June 26.00 December 6.50 July 22.75 January 3.25 ALL AREA OUTSIDE OF MINN. AND SO. DAK. February 43.00 August 21.54 March 39.49 September 17.95 April 35,90 October 14.36 May 32,31 November 10,77 June 28,72 December 7.18 July 25.13 January 3.59 "PUBLISHER'S LIABILITY FOR ERROR" The Publisher shall not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. 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 refund of any monies paid for the advertisement. DEADLINES Church notes - Saturday mail Display ads - Friday mail Correspondence - Monday mail Pictures - 5 p.m. Friday News - Friday afternoon Classified ads - Friday noon (Any ad brought in later will be too late to classify.) OFFICE HOURS I A Monday: 8 AM-5 PM A Tuesday: 8 AM-5 PM J A Wednesday 8 AM-12 NOON; 1-5 PM ~Thursday: 8 AM-12 NOON 1-5 PM Fr day: 8 AM-5 PM A Holidays may affect office hours. LE'FrERS 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 paper 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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