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, By JDK Is it time for Obama to resign?! Or at least get off his "high horse" thinking that he can do anything he wants? His latest "gone tO far", in our opinion, was his STUPID remark in calling stupid, the action of a Massachusetts police officer. And, no question about it, Obama's actions were racial. All because the police- man was white and he arrested (right- ly so) a black Harvard University Professor. Later Obama apologized for his remarks of stupidity which were far more stupid than the police- man's action which Obama tagged as stupid. Thank goodness, the police held their ground and demanded the apology! Indeed, it's about time the nation maybe appoint a 33rd Czar to watch over our President, or at least cause him to think before he acts ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Is President Obama now planning to run our Police Forces?! What arrogance! Certainly not befit- ting our nation's leader! ***** Congrats to Melanie Wiegman, who scored a hole in one on No. 17 during the Couples Golf Tourney last weekend. We wonder if she had a good repoire with a friendly banker, for as you know it's the custom for the "acer" to treat all those on the course that day. Wowee and so many were there that day!!!!!! Hopefully she was given a break. We'll have a photo of Melanie in a later issue. ***** What a thrill it was once again to see all the bikers in town over the weekend for the start of TRAM. Estimates are that close to 1,000 bik- ers were taking part, of all ages and all sizes, down some from previous years. Was nice to see Dallas Hanson again adding some color to the event with his big crane hoisting several bikes for a show. Also was nice to note that the new bike trails were used for the first time, thanks to our County Highway Dept. Luckily weather was ideal! Most heart- warming part of it all though was the praise many of the bikers had for our fair city. One of the last ones to leave turned to us with a wave, say- ing "LOVE YOUR TOWN!!" Indeed, nice to hear, in which we can all take pride! Go Ortonville! Some "makes sense" words today from long-time friend and reader Roger Martinson, OHS grad of 1945 now Hving in Georgia "I often read in the paper that folks 'want to thank' some- one. I have wondered for a long time (and so have we Roger) why folks don't sim- ply just go ahead and say THANK YOU leaving out the 'I wish!' Maybe we can start a crusade to change the practice with the hope that we might also reach the pub- lic speakers who say "wish to thank.' I wish to say hello to Jim." Gotcha, Roger! Thanks. Reader Jane Boldenow of Montevideo tells of recently hosting a group of men at her lake lot on Artichoke, and one of the men was most interested in the lake. "When we asked him why, he told us his father had drowned in. the lake in the year 1954 when he was a little boy. This was the first time the son had been back to the lake. He asked if ahyone knows of any information, has any record of the drowning or know of an article that may have appeared in the Independent on the drowning. I told him I would try to find out for him as it seemed painful for him. If you or any of your read- ers can help with the question Jim, let me know at 201 E. Ashmore Ave Montevideo, MN. Thanks!" News today from Rich Ross of Salt Lake City, UT "Just a short note to say hi vill drop by when I visit Ortonville for this year's Cornfest as well as cousins Jay Dee and Dr. Bob. I want to add another item to the three items you recently mentioned in your column on how to maintain happiness! That is to have a PET DOG. Hey, just a little Ross humor see you in August ope you are feeling well." Thanks, Rich, we are, so far, feeling well, thanks to the Good Lord and so many prayers from friends! Attorney Ron Frauenshuh, Jr. spoke at the July 20 Ortonville School Board meeting on behalf of a group of parents who have daughters on the OHS Girls' Varsity Basketball team. Frauenshuh said the group was concerned with coaching issues that they feel are an ongoing problem. "These parents are trying to work with the school district, but they are con- cerned they are not getting the proper result," he said. Frauenshuh said his clients' chil- dren didn't understand why they were not invited to participate in one of the summer tournaments, referring to a basketball tournament held in Marshall, in which only some of the OHS players participated. "In a small community, we need to include all, we can't exclude some of the children. We need to move in the right direction and be an inclusive club instead of an exclusive club. I'm not sure that is the message that is being delivered," said Frauenshuh. He said his clients want to work on making this a better program, so kids want to participate in the basketball program. OHS Girls' Varsity Basketball Coach Sheila Hoernemann responded stating she put the information about the summer programs on the school announcements before school was out. She said she mailed letters to all incoming junior and senior girls about the tournaments, and if they didn't get a response back, she assumed they were not interested. "In my opinion, I wasn't excluding, I would have loved nothing better than to have had the whole team par- ticipate in the summer camps," said Hoernemann. "There is no doubt I would like to see things better. For the Floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes are all functions of the natural envi- ronment and become hazardous when they threaten our "built" environment with destruction. Each year billions of dollars are spent by federal, state and local governments, not to mention individuals, in response to and recov- ery from natural disasters. Lives are lost or devastated; property is demol- ished or devalued; the economic via- bility of communities is impacted for years to come. Many techniques have proven effective in reducing or eliminating long-term effects of natural disaster. Such mitigation techniques, when undertaken before the next flood, earthquake or tornado, can lessen the likelihood that a natural hazard will become a disaster. It is important that community planning incorporates hazard mitigation to make a commu- nity a saferplace to live and work and a more sustainable environment for generations to come. As a result of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, FEMA County Board (continued from page one) support this project, it would be nice to see the City of Clinton behind it as well. Commissioner Joe Berning who serves on the Countryside Public Health Board reported on the federal stimulus grant available to the public health agency for immunizations. The grant would fund this project, which would serve as a pilot project, two years for chronic illness preven- tion from the Center for Disease Control. Olson attended a county restruc- turing meeting in Milan with com- missioners and family service direc- tors from five other counties, to look at case loads and consider combining services between counties, as a cost saving measure. "They see that this is the way the world is going and they would just as soon as get going," he said. Discussion was focused on directors and than supervisors, whether you have geographical super- visors or program supervisors, who handle specific programs for all coun- ties. Olson reported on the county's budget meeting, stating all the depart- ments are really under budgeted and not projecting budget increases The state of Minnesota is cutting "back at least $300,000 between all the various Local Government Aid cuts to the county. "I've been really impressed as to how hard everyone who works for the county is trying to make cuts and find solutions." said Olson. In other action, Leah Thvedt out- reach coordinator for the Red River Basin Commission, met with the board to discuss flooding in the Red River Basin and other water issues affecting Big Stone County. The RRBC is gathering informa- tion from counties and other entities in the Red River Basin on recent and past flood issues to assist in develop- ing a regional flood damage reduction strategy. Minnesota and North Dakotan legislatures recently each appropriat- ed $500,000 to the RRBC to work with all boards and commissions involved with water management and girl's sake, we need to do something." Board member Kathi Thymian said, "We need to figure out some way that these girls can have a fun time this year. There shouldn't be these stresses." The board voted unanimously to hold a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. to discuss coaching concerns and address these issues. The board may also discuss approving the extra curricular contracts, which includes all coaching contracts. Part of this meeting may be closed to the public, due to preliminary considera- tions of allegations against an individ- ual subject to board authority. Superintendent Jeff Taylor report- ed that he had received some concerns from the public about the new retain- ing wall being built on the playground that is under renovation on Trojan Drive. The plans originally called for a seven foot retaining wall, which some feel could be a safety concern. He had the architect draw up a change order replacing it with two tiered walls of approximately three to four feet in height The additional cost estimate comes to about $20,275. Taylor suggested that the bbard could however, reduce about $2,200 of the renovation costs by eliminating planting the shrubs which were originally slated for the project. The. A+ Ortonville School Foundation did discuss the matter at its last meeting, said Taylor. The Foundation board went on record stat- ing they would like to see the two tiered shorter walls, and agreed to fund $12,000 for the project. Principal Joel Stattelman said, "From a supervisory position, I think it would be a constant battle with the seven foot wall. Kids are going to want to jump off it. It will be hard to .get them to go around it when school is dismissed. They'll probably still jump off it if it's three and a half feet, but its better than seven feet." The board passed a resolution to go ahead with the change order and keep the planting of shrubbery. The resolu- tion passed 8 to 4 with Board Chairman Marlowe Klapel, John Plathe, Kevin Rademacher and Tim Henrich voting against the resolution. In other action, the board sold the Bellingham School building and grounds to Brad Larson of Louisburg. Larson had the highest bid of $10,000 The bid was accepted by a unani- mous vote, on the condition that school administrators have access to the office area until the audit is com- pleted, which should be by the begin- ning of September. In other business, the board approved the non-certified nine- month contracts According to Taylor, the amount of commodities the school will receive next year will be decreased and the district will have to buy more food. To help. cover the expense, the board unanimously voted to increase lunch prices by 5 per meal for the upcom- ing school year. New prices will be $1.80 for K-12; $1.95 for 7-12 and $3 for adults. The board also raised participation fees. Participation fees for junior high students will raise from $25 to $30. Senior high students' participation fees will increase from $50 to $60 and the family cap will rise from $200 to $240. According to Taylor, it had been five years since these fees had been increased. required that in order to be eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds, a local unit of govern- ment (county, city, township) must first have in place a multi-hazard mit- igation plan. All counties within the region completed the necessary All- Hazard Mitigation Plans between 2005 and 2006. hi order to continue to be eligible for HMGP funds, all coun- ties must update their completed plans within five years. Starting in June 2009, Big Stone, Swift, Yellow Medicine and Chippewa counties with the assis- tance of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) will update the All- Hazard Mitigation plan to meet the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. All cities and townships are eligible to participate in the county plan instead of completing one on their own. The process to update, write, review and submit should take approximately 18 months to complete. It is a goal of each county to involve a great variety of people to ensure that key interests and issues are not left out and increase the chance for lasting solutions. A task force will be assembled to represent all partici- pating entities (county, city and town- ships) and to guide the planning. At least three public meetings will be held to solicit information, ideas and comments. Press releases will provide periodic updates. The first local task force meeting for the Big Stone County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan will take place on August 4th, 2009 at 6:30pm at the Memorial Building in Clinton, MN. The main task will be to discuss two sections of the initial plan and identi- fy potential hazards. Input from the public is extremely important and encouraged. If you have an interest in participating in your county's local taskforce, would like to be involved, or have any questions, please contact Katie Meyer, UMVRDC, at 320-289- 1981 or katie.meyer@umvrdc.org. (ADV) 5El loll[ FiiOiL YggN OAY flood prevention and control in the Red River Basin. The Red River Basin encompass- es 49,000 sq. miles of land in the U.S. and Canada. Forty-four Canadian rural municipalities and 42 US coun- ties have all or some of their area within the basin. A small part of Big Stone County is in the Red River Basin. It includes a portion of Moonshine and Graceville Townships, located north of the conti- nental divide, where the water flows north. Sandberg was appointed as the county's representative to meet with the RRBC. In other action, Vickie Oakes, sec- retary of the Ortonville EDA was appointed to serve as the county rep on the West Minnesota Revolving Loan Board. Gary Haugen of rural Clinton was appointed to fill the seat of Glen Berdan on the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District Board. The board offered the position of Social Services Supervisor to Pam Rud of Swift County. Rud is a social worker in Swift County now. Commissioners granted a perma- nent wetland easement on the Quentin Reisdorph property in Big Stone Township. US. Fish and Wildliferepresentatives at the meet- ing said the department plans to use the easement to protect the habitat. ion recovering The American Legion family is calling on all Americans to help pur- chase comfort items for troops recov- ering in U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition units around the world through its Operation Comfort Warriors campaign. "The government does a good job of providing the essentials," said American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein. "Through Operation Comfort Warriors we have been able to provide items that usually don't appear in the budget, such as personal sweat suits, 1-Pods, DVDs, phone calling cards and other comfort items. The American Legion family is challeng- ing its members, friends and, in fact, all people, to give to those who have already given us so much. These gifts provide welcome distractions to the tediousness that often accompanies prolonged hospital stays." The American Legion family has already raised nearly $165,000 for raising Operation Comfort Warriors since its inception in December. Donors can make online contributions by visiting www.legion.org/ocw or by sending a check to Operation Comfort Warriors, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Administrative and promo- tional costs for Operation Comfort Warriors are paid by The American Legion, allowing 100 percent of the donations to be spent directly on the troops. The American Legion also plans to operate a donations booth at its 91st Annual National Convention in Louisville. With a current membership of 2.6- million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and patriotic youth pro- grams. Legionnaires work for the bet- terment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation. Deadline nears for - ~ LLC" FSA nominations Jonathan Coppess, administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural pro- ducers that they have until Aug. 3, 2009, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county commit- tees. '!I encourage all producers to get involved by nominating candidates to serve on county committees," Coppess said. "FSA county commit- tees are essential to the delivery of federal programs. We are getting close to the deadline and we need more par- ticipation. I also urge producers to help us build a strong future for our next generation of agricultural busi- nesses and communities by nominat- ing beginning farmers and ranchers, minorities and women." FSA county committees help local farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans, con- servation programs and disaster pro- grams, and by working closely with county executive directors. To be eligible to hold office as a county committee member, people must participate or cooperate in a pro- gram administered by FSA, be eligi- ble to vote in a county committee election and live in the local, adminis- trative area where they are running. A complete list of eligibility require- ments, more information and nomina- tion forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. People can nominate themselves or others. FSA encourages beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as minorities and women, to nominate themselves. All nominees must sign the nomi- nation form FSA-669A. All nomina- tion forms for the 2009 election must, be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 3, 2009. After that, ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 7. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2010. Learn about new ACRE Program before Aug. 14 Donald Tweet, County Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Lac qui Parle County announced that USDA recently released three Public Service Announcements with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to remind pro- ducers that the sign-up deadline to elect the new Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program is Aug. 14. Radio stations can download the PSA at www.usda.gov/wps/ por- tal/ochome?navid=BM V PSA. "I encourage all producers to eval- uate and consider whether ACRE is right for your operation," Tweet said. "ACRE provides producers an alter- native to counter-cyclical payments and producers can make use of the opportunity to choose the option that better meets their needs." ACRE provides a new risk-man- agement tool for producers. ACRE was created in the 2008 Farm Bill, and offers a revenue-based alternatix, e to the traditional Direct and Counter- Cyclical Program (DCP). Producers may elect to participate in ACRE even if they have already received an advance DCP payment for 2009. Numerous resources are available to help producers make an informed decision. FSA county office staff can answer many questions on program rules, application procedures-and potential benefits. Experts at local land grant universities can assist with potential payment calculations. FSA has also launched an ACRE webpage, with educational information, includ- ing an electronic program payment calculator, located at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dcp. Commodities that are typically grown in this area that are eligible for ACRE include: wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans, sun- flower seed and flaxseed. Once a farm is enrolled in ACRE, that farm must continue to be enrolled in ACRE through the 2012 crop year. SHOWER for Ion's Birthday! - SATURDAY, AUG. 8 - ]on Stock C BTRY, 1-151 FA APO, AE 09330 Please save this address and stayin touch/ New veterans website open Minnesota v terans now have a redesigned one-stop website for instant access to information on thou- sands of topics and gerv$ces. Structured around a frequently asked question (FAQ) concept, is the new website from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA). The FAQ format allows users to enter questions or search topics based on their specific needs. Users are also able to create personalized accounts that will allow them to track topics and resources of interest. For exam- ple, if the user has questions about education benefits for Veterans, they can choose to be alerted anytime there is an update or a change related to that topic. Users also have the ability to chat online with MDVA staff and pro- vide immediate feedback to help improve the site's usability. "We are focused on serving Minnesota veterans and their families in the most comprehensive and user- friendly way possible. This website takes advantage of new technologies, allowing us to deliver a high level of service while remaining focused on the ever-changing needs of our Veterans," said Michael Pugliese, deputy commissioner of Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to the new Web site, LinkVet, a toll free, one stop customer service line for all Minnesota veterans and their families, will now have expanded hours of Monday Friday from 7 a.m. - 8:45 p.m and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Crisis Connection counselors will continue to provide service 24 hours a day seven days a week, including hol- idays, for immediate crisis interven- tion and psychological counseling. Veterans can call LinkVet at 1-888- LinkVet (546-5838). For more information visit www.minnesotaveteran.org. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. We provide healthy foods and nutrition information to promote good health in pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to five. We are currently serving about 1600 participants in the five county Countryside Public Health Services area. Our income guidelines are very generous and it has just been made even easier to qualify. For more information, call 1-800- 244-6026. WlC voucher pickup for August are as follows: Aug. 4: Countryside Public Health Office, Ortonville, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m; Aug. 6: Prairie V Meeting Room, Madison, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Aug. 10: Countryside Public Health Office, Benson, 9-4:30 p.m. and Aug 18: Countryside Public Health Office, Montevideo, 9-3 p.m. to: For The Love Of lt Commu Oinner Wednesday, August 5th U 5:30 - 7:00 pm First English Lutheran Church 9 NW 3rd Street Ortonville, MN 56278 IN FELLOWSHIP HALL Let's get together and share food and fellowship with our neighbors!!! This is for EVERYONE and there is NO COST!!!!" 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