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2009 4-H AUCTION BUYERS AT BIG STONE COUNTY FAIR. prem=um Seventy-two ribbons were sold at Farmers Elevator, Clinton State Bank, job as auctioneer, according to the 40thAnnual Big Stone County 4- Dakota Feed and Supply, Dakota Suzanne M. Souza, 4-H Program H Premium Auction held Saturday Valley Vet, Tim Danielson Farms, Coordinator. Suzanne says thank you July llth at the Big Stone County Danielson Quarterhorses, Farm to allbusiness supporters, 4-Hers, par- Fair. Bureau, Federated Telephone, Grant ents, Jim Farrell for making the Forty-one livestock exhibitors par- County Implement, Hancock Coop,Premium Auction the success it was. ticipated in the sale, acdording to Hill Motors, Hermann Equine, The University of Minnesota, Suzanne M. Souza, 4-H Program Hubbard Feeds, K.J.'s Country Store, including the University of Minnesota Coordinator. They received $5,180.00 Klages Herefords, Larson Implement, Extension Service, is committed to in premium from 30 business firms Minnwest Bank, Nassau Farmers the policy that all persons shall have that supported the Premium Auction. Elevator, Northern Star, Ortonville equal access to its programs, facilities, Forty-four Champion and Reserve Independent, Titan Machinery, Valley and employment without regard to Champion ribbons were auctioned. Dairy Supply, Valley Farm Equipment race, color, creed, religion, national The following is a list of the support- and Victory Farms. origin, sex, age, marital status, dis- ers of this year's auction: Ag Country- The Auction went very well withability, public assistance status, veter- Farm Credit Services, Agassiz of all exhibitors receiving the maximum an status, or sexual orientation. Odessa, Agralite, Big Stone A.I allowable premium for their ribbons. Border States, CenBank, Clinton Jim Farrell, Milbank, did an excellent By Krishona Martinson, Commissioner of Revenue before University of Minnesota Extension Sept. 1, 2009. If you have questions There has been an unprecedented concerning the provision, please con- amount of legislative activity sur- tact rounding horse breeding and boarding There have been several other key operations. The Minnesota horse related bills in both the Legislature determined that the best Minnesota House and Senate as well course of action would be to delay any as national horse related bills. None of immediate action and require the the listed bills passed, hut it is Commissioner of Revenue to under- assumed most will be reintroduced in take a study of the treatment of prop- the next legislative session. erties used for horse breeding and Here is a brief description of each boarding activities for property tax bill: purposes. This study will examine the Minnesota House of current treatment of these properties Representatives Bill 797 (HF 797). and will result in a report providing Horses and other equines clarified as recommendations for potentiallivestock; raising them is an agricul- changes to law. tural pursuit. Minnesota Senate Bill In order to quell numerous taxpay- 755 (SF 755). Horses and equines def- er and assessor concerns, the legisla- inition clarification. Minnesota Senate ture further provided for an appeal Bill 775 (SF 775). Agricultural prod- option for taxpayers for the 2009 ucts definition for commercial board- assessment year. The legislature pro- ing of horses modification. Minnesota vided this appeal option only for tax- Senate Bill 133 (SF 133). Resolution payers with property used for horse urging the U.S. Congress to oppose breeding or boarding activities if the federal legislation interfering with the property was classified as agricultural ability of the state to direct the trans- for the 2008 assessment. If the use port or processing of horses. between 2008 and 2009 assessments Minnesota Senate Bill 2007 (SF did not substantially change, but the 2007). Adding lottery gaming (slot) classification was changed, the tax- machines to Canterbury and Running payer may appeal in writing to the Aces. Also known as the Racino Bill. There's always so much to see and head outside to the Countryside do at the Eco Experience and this Market. This new attraction, present- year, there's so much to taste as well. ed by Renewing the Countryside and The 2009 Eco Experience has added HealthPartners, will sell locally new food exhibits, including a grown, organic foods, such as apples, Countryside Market featuring organ- watermelons, maple syrup soda, and ic, Minnesota-grown items for sale. Caprese salad. The salad, an on-a- New this year: Peace Coffee is stick creation, is made of fresh moz- excited to unveil the ultimate cheese zarella, cherry tomatoes and basil, curd fat-burner - a custom-built, bicy- splashed with a bit of balsamic vine- cle-powered coffee grinder. Pedal gar and olive oil. power alone spins the burrs of this Also new this year is the Backyard grinder, producing the perfect grind Harvest Garden where fairgoers can for a delicious cup of Guatemalan see how to grow their own food in a dark roast on the spot. Fairgoers can small space. explore the global and local sides of Retur;ning this year are the popular the coffee business, learn how many food demonstrations, presented by trees the human-powered bike deliv- Whole Foods, and theme days. These ery trailer saved while hauling beans freedemonstrations will be given to local accounts, or get a quick, car- each day by local chefs and food bon-free tour of coffee growers with experts: Map My Beans, an interactive guide 10:30 a.m.-Kid-friendly Foods to the faces behind your morning cup. 12 noon - Seasonal Soups and Once caffeinated, fairgoers can Salads j / U.S. House of Representative Bill 503 (HR 503) and U.S. Congress Bill 727 (S 727). The 2009 Prevention of Cruelty to Equines Act amends the federal criminal code to impose a fine and/or prison term of up to three years for possessing, shipping, transporting, purchasing, selling, delivering, or receiving any horse, horse flesh, or carcass with the intent that it be used for human consumption. Reduces the prison term to one year if the offense involves less than five horses or less than 2,000 pounds Of horse flesh or carcass and the offender has no prior conviction for this offense. It's important that your voice as a horse owner is heard, whether it is in support or opposition of legislation. Both the Minnesota House of Representatives ( and Senate (http://www.senate.leg .state .mn .us/) websites allow people to track the sta- tus of the bills (while the legislators are in session) as well as find and con- tact local Representatives. Enter the bill number in the "Get Bill" sections of these websites when the legislation is in session. 2 p.m. - Eating Local on a Budget 3:30 p.m. - Think Global, Eat Local About the Eco Experience: A partnership between the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and dozens of organizations and businesses across the state, the Eco Experience has become the second most popular exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. The Eco Experience iS the largest environmental event of its kind in the country in the last two decades. Since 2006 over one million visitors have attended the 25,000-square-foot exhibit to learn more about clean water, saving energy, climate change, healthy local food, transportation, green building and remodeling, and other ways to lead more eco-friendly lives. It has been almost a year since Craig accepted the job as Conservation Officer for this area. After he and his wife Jennifer vis- ited the area to see if this was a place they wanted to live, they immediately became attached to the surroundings. "Our family really loves the outdoors," said Jennifer. "We enjoy biking, fishing, anything outdoors, so this was the perfect area for us." Craig grew up in Rush City and attended St. Cloud University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Criminology. His police career has spanned over 18 years, with the past 12 years being with the Duluth Police Department. He decide that he want- ed to be involved with the outdoors and took the training to be a Conservation Officer. His first job was right here in Ortonville. Jennifer grew up in Cambridge, which is where she met Craig while he was with the homes, with 18 years spent working in an Alzheimer's unit. She is currently working with Hospice out of Willmar, which keeps her in this area for most of the week. Craig and Jennifer have two sons; Nicholas, 10 and Nathaniel, 6. Both attend Ortonville School and like to play sports, ride their bikes, shoot archery and play video games. The Miskas are members of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. They enjoy traveling, hunting, fishing, attending Minnesota Twins games and being at their kids activities. Craig says he likes the area and job. "This job gives me a lot of flexibility to do a lot of things with the family," said Craig. "And the area is ideal for hunting and, of course, fishing with the number of lakes here." Craig and Jennifer love the laid back Cambridge Police Department. She has,quality of life and say everyone they have worked with long-term care in nursing met have been very friendly. CRAIG AND JENNIFER MISKA with sons Nicholas and Nathaniel at home in Ortonville. Series sponsored by Minnwest Bank MINNWEST HOME MAX'LINE OF CREDIT WE'RE PUTTING i Di Ni iHiiii!iliiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiii i i!' 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