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one in the firstgame of the North East South t hosted by Big Stone City, SD last U.S. passport fees to increase on Aug. 19th Fees for U.S. passports ,will increase on Aug. t9, 2002. The U.S. Department of State recently noted that the changes are the result of an independent fee study done to ensure that the true costs of providing consular services to Americans are recovered *This includes services to Americans provided at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, as well as the passport application process at home. The application fee for first-time adult customers will increase from $60.00 to $85.00. The fee for minors under age 16 will increase from $40.00 to $70.00. The adult renewal application fee will increase from $40.00 to $55.00. The additional cost for expedited service will increase from $35.00 to $60.00. Most customers apply at the over 5,000 designated passport application acceptance facilities across the U.S. There are 760 such facilities in the Seattle Passport Agency's l l-state region. With routine processing, passports are received within six weeks. Those needing expedited service pay the additional fee, plus two-way overnight delivery, and receive their passports within two weeks. Those needing their passports in less than 14 days - for travel or to obtain-foreign visas - need to make an appointment at the Seattle Passport Agency by calling (206) 808-5700. For other passport information, down Ioadable application forms, locations to conveniently apply, a list of all Regional Passport Agencies, and a wealth of other passport and travel information, customers may visitthe Bureau of Corrsular Affairs' website at travel.state.gov. Customers may also call the National Passport Information Center at 1-900-225- 5674 or, with a major credit card, at 1-888-362-8668. LOCALLY - The Big Stone County Recorder's office accepts passport applications. Minnesota duck season proposed, comments sought open 21, under by the of Natural is in announced duck sea- U.S. Fish and are the earliest U.S. Fish lows states to hunting sea- consistently earli- near- Sunday to Council Service, director Division of was based Service pre- rates and years with lower daily ;xtend- and flyways the frame- Week the U.S. announced will be from 24 (Sept. 21 Sunday in and liberal .pand- has been Service i_ h', n we can for : Unters without g duck popula- d. 'The DNR's Ii_yery carefully lk"tional risks to ItlO and how to vr';ll.. n for water-  was that tak- ,;lr Would pose lit- tie risk to Minnesota breeding duck populations, and that there would be negligible continental impact on duck populations if Minnesota chose not to take the option offered all other states." Minnesota mallard populations this spring were estimated at 367,000, up 14 percent from 2001 and 72 per- cent above the long-term average. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Minnesota duck season as proposed would be from Saturday, Sept.21, through Tuesday, Nov 19. This proposal provides additional early duck hunting opportunity as well as November days that can pro-" vide excellent hunting in some years, Bremicker said, The earlier week would allow huaters opportunities to Blue-winged teal increased 217 per-.:, harvest more early migrants, such as cent. Total ducks increased 64 percent and populations were the highest since the current survey began in 1968. "Even though we recognize that these high counts included many migrant ducks still in the state when the survey was conducted due to the late spring this year, the data still indi- cates that Minnesota breeding duck populations remain at very good lev- els," Bremieker noted. The allowable season length is not known at this time. Adaptive Harvest Management, a science-based method used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and flyways to help decide duck hunting seasons, indicates a "lib- eral" duck season option should be offered for 2002. For the Mississippi Flyway, including Minnesota, this would be 60 days. Adaptive Harvest Management is based on dual objec- tives of achieving the North American Waterfowl Management Plan popula- tion goal for mallards while'maximiz- ing harvest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has not stated whether regular Canada goose seasons will be allowed to open on Sept.21 or Sept.28. The DNR will announce additional details of pro- posed waterfowl seasons in early August after final proposed season length and bag limits are known fol- lowing Flyway Council and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations Committee meetings inlate July and early August. If a 60-day season is offered by the est, )n! d SO Needed August 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Ambulance service garage. to all indMduals who have a desire (:ut the emergency medical field and skills in helping others. The class ]8th. High school students who wish can earn college credits; however, be ]8 years of age by test line. MORE INFORMATION ANGLE KRIESEL, DIRECTOR AT 39-3102 blue-wingl,  lind wood duc. ". Mn states are currently allowed' ' r,lcial early hunting opportunity for teal. "We discussed concerns about effects on Minnesota breeding ducks with an earlier opener, especially wood ducks and late-molting hens," said Bremicker. "We concluded that while there are some unknowns with an earlier opener, we do not have a good biological basis for Minnesota to decline the additional opportunity offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service." Additional information on Adaptive Harvest Management may be obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Web site at http:llmigratorybirds.fws.govlreportsl ahm02/2002-AHM-report.pdf. Comments on the potential duck sea- son length or other federal manage- ment issues should be directed to: Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, ms 634-ARLSQ, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C.20240. The DNR is also taking public comments on the proposed selection of Sept. 21 for the opening date of the duck season. Individuals may com- ment directly online at the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us; by email- ing info@dnr.state.mn.us; or by mail to DNR Division of Wildlife, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55155-4007. Area students namedto NDSCS honor list North Dakoia State College of Science in Wahpeton, announces the naming of 425 students to its 2001- 2002 Spring Semester President's Honor List. Local and area honor students named from Big Stone County are: Martin N. Brown, Ortonville, Cooling and Heating Service; Adam M. Vanderwal, Ortonville, Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology; Micbeile L. Williamson, Ortonville, Business Management. Dan McLaughlin graduates WY On June 21, 2002, Dan McLaughlin received an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Diesel/Auto Vehicle Technology from Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, W'. Dan is continuing classes at WYO Tech for the summer, studying Street ROd and Custom Fabrication. He is a 2001 OHS graduate. ! ! GETTING SOME ADVICE FROM THE OLD PROS. Summer recreation basketball players stopped for a few quick pointers from former Trojan bailers Ross Wiegman, right, and Jordan Botker, during their practice last Wednesday in the OHS gym. Bible School coming August Cruisin' the Amazing Amazon, A Jungle Journey to Discover Jesus TM is the Vacation Bible School program being held Aug. 5-9, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cruisin' the Amazing Amazon TM is an interactive learning experience for children preschool to 6th grade. It's a fun way for kids to learn about the GOd who created them and loves them, and the relationship they can have by opening their hearts to Jesus. For more information or to register for Cruisin' the Amazing Amazon TM, call Abiding Faith Church at 839-3949. Hwy 7 and 23 junction now open to traffic According to officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Highway 7 and 23 at Clara City is now open to traffic. Barricades were removed at 5:45 p.m., July 23. The junction had been closed since May 6 for reconstruction and bridge deck overlay on the Highway 7 railroad bridge. The prime contractor for the $1.4 million project was Duinick Bros. of Prinsburg. Mn/DOT thanks business and motorists for their patience during this project. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! Summer Rec game schedule Baseball/Softball Game Schedule (July 29th-Aug. 2nd) **All games at Northside Fields unless otherwise noted. Monday, July 29nd Junior Softball vs Sisseton, 2:00 (home). Peewees vs. Sisseton, 1:00 (home). Little League vs Sisseton, 2:00 (home), Mastel's Team. Midgets vs. Montevideo-DH, 7:(X) (away). Wednesday, July 31st Midgets vs. Montevideo-DH, 7:00 (home) *Trojan Field. .... "Farm .... and Home Plat and Directory Boolts Lac qui Parle, Traverse, Swift, Grant and Roberts Counties ONLY S17 99 PLUS TAX New 2002 Big Stone County Books HAVE ARRIVED. I AVAILABLE AT THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT 29 NW SECOND STREET ORTONVILLE, MN 56278 PHONE 320-839-6163 INDEPENDENT Page 9