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e Change, in dollars and sense... By Jim Oase Milbank, SD Debit Limit... not in the Constitution, where did it come from? President Wilson's administration, the same administration that gave us segregation of the federal government, arm services and post office. To pay for WWI our government's solution, the second Liberty Loan Act, which allowed the federal government to sell "Liberty Bonds", which proved difficult to sell. Fast forward to today. We have added the 16th Amendment, progressive income tax to fund government spending, President Roosevelt added Social Security as a trust fund and then the federal government begin to "borrow" from Social Security to fund government spending. We still have the second Liberty Loan Act which allows the federal government to create and sell bonds up to a limit set by Congress to fund government spending (thats the fuss in the news these days). Along with the Constitutional power of the federal government to collect fees and taxes on international commerce to fund government spending. Our federal government has four general sources to pay for government spending. Still we don't have enough money to fund federal government spending. Social Security evolved into "Payroll Tax" and the tax rate raised several times. The current solution is to increase the value limit on bonds our federal government can sell, debt ceiling, while decreasing the "Payroll Tax" so wage earners will be happy. We assume that when the debt limit is increased someone will buy those bonds. We assume that our bonds will sell because when all else fails the Federal Reserve has a history of buying those bonds by printing the money. A 1920s $20 dollar gold piece requires over $1,600 of those printed dollars to purchase at todays gold value. Printing money has the effect of raising the cost of goods to all United States residence. Soon our individual income will not pay for essential needs much like what happened during the Weimar Republic period which preceded Hitler's ascension to power in Germany. Once educated you can not become ignorant again. Do you want to increase the debt ceiling again? Does justifying the increase in bond limits with a promised decrease in projected spending in any way seem like a plan to raise our nation's income, which must happen to pay off our national debt? This is the kind of mind power we are developing by relying on the Department of Education to set the curriculum for the entire nation. No Child Left Behind... parents don't have that problem, governments and organizations do. Show your children what "We the people" means in the Republic of the United States of America, take responsibility, its your job according to our Constitution. We elect representation in our government, not leaders to dictate how we live. We the people are the leaders, we the people created this mess with the representation we voted for and our non involvement in government operations, we the people need to solve it. Standup, show your children how to be a responsible adult in the United States. Educate yourself on history, our current situation is not unique in world history. Stand for something, its a creator given right (in world history freedom is the road traveled by less than five percent of world's population) or fall for anything a power hungry politician offers because its the easy way, its the road to dependency, its the road back to where our immigrants came from in their quest to live free. Stand so when your children stand on your shoulders they will stand tall. Be proud of paymg your own way or your children will have to pay for you and they won't have learned how from you. Brandt appointedto fill out term on Board of Adjustments The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, July 19. The Board approved the appoint- ment of Nell Brandt to the Board of Adjustment to finish out the term of Dan Waiters. The Board expressed their appreciation for Waiters years of service to the Board. The vote was unanimous with Commissioner Brent Olson absent. Big Stone County Engineer Nick Anderson discussed the City of Graceville's wetland credit request. The Board passed a motion to set a price of $3,500 per credit plus any ap- plicable fees for the City's request since they are another local govern- ment entity. The Board will review all requests for wetland credits on a case by case basis. Anderson reported that he has ap- plied for permits to pump water on County Roads 4, 61 and 21 by Peter- son Lake. Water on these roads has been an issue and steps have been taken to solve the problem. Other roads discussed were County Roads 53 and 67. The Board authorized the County Engineer to proceed with road con- struction projects that are ready to go or are in progress in which the funding is with the County, either County funded or projects in which 95 percent of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) dollars are within the County. They also directed the engineer to perform any work that is necessary within the state right-of-way, which overlaps the county right-of-way, for these author- ized county road projects. Big Stone County Environmental Officer Darren Wilke informed the Board on the Conditional Use Permit Application (CUP) of Bituminous Paving, Inc. to open two new gravel pits in Odessa Township. One is lo- cated in section 17 the other in section 21. The Board approved unanimously. Don Kleven of the US Fish and Wildlife Service was present to request certification of acquisition of lands for habitat easements in Artichoke and Toqua townships. The Board approved unanimously. In other business, the Board ap- proved the solid waste license renewals for the City of Beardsley, City of Clin- ton, Mattheisen Disposal and Waste Management. Also approved was the request by the Big Stone Arts Council to display the artwork of Stephanie Folk in the rotunda. MDA says state agricultural exports hit $5 billion in 2010 Minnesota exported $5 billion in agricultural products last year, accord- ing to figures released by the Min- nesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). This is an increase of more than $900 million from the 2009 total of $4.1 billion. It's the second time since 2008 ag exports have reached or exceeded $5 billion in Minnesota. Soy- beans, corn, wheat, red meat, dairy and poultry were the top export commodi- ties, accounting for 90 percent of the state's total agricultural exports. Minnesota again outpaced the na- tion in agricu!tural export growth at 22 percent, compared to 13 percent for the U.S. from 2009 to 2010. Agriculture exports also performed better than the state's manufactured exports which in- creased 17 percent last year. Agricul- ture is Minnesota's second largest exporting sector with major markets in China, Japan, Mexico, and Canada. Minnesota Agriculture Commis- sioner Dave Frederickson says about one-third of Minnesota's total agricul- tural production is exported, represent- ing a significant economic contribution to rural communities and to the state. "These exports have a huge impact on our state's economic health," said Frederickson. "That's why it's impor- tant to continue our focus on maintain- ing and building export markets in the U.S. and overseas." Frederickson says he's confident Minnesota's farmers and ranchers will continue to meet the growing world de- mand for high quality and safe agricul- tural and food products. Based on agricultural trade multi- pliers, each dollar of agricultural ex- ports generates an additional $1.36 in economic and business activities. Every $1 billion of agricultural exports supports 8,000 jobs throughout the economy. In Minnesota, more than 40,000 jobs are directly or indirectly related to agricultural exports. Minnesota ag exports by commod- ity (value and growth) from 2009- 2010: Soybeans/soybean products: $2.2 billion/up 46 percent. Corn/corn products: $1.1 bil- lion/up nine percent. Live animals and meat: $542 mil- lion/unchanged. Wheat/wheat products: $376 mil- lion/up four percent. Feeds and fodder: $170 million/up 20 percent. Dairy products: $153 million/up 38 percent. Poultry products: $105 million/up three percent. Ask a Trooper By Sgt. Kathy Pederson of the Minnesota State Patrol Dear Trooper Kathy: I walk in the mornings and I have noticed that senior citizens never seem to move over or notice me. Teenagers usually give me a little room. Are there any laws requiring drivers to move over for pedestrians? Trooper Kathy Says: You are the one that is illegal, however, a recent study was published regarding "older drivers" and their peripheral vision. Older drivers overlook street-side pedestrians almost twice as often as younger drivers. A new study published by the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention; found that drivers over 65 were half as likely to not4ce pedestrians near or moving toward the street as were experienced drivers between the ages of 28 and 45. Compare to younger drivers simulating a drive through a variety of streetscapes, those over 65 tapped on their brakes in response to a "roadside hazard" about half as often, suggesting either that they did not see it or that they did not consider it something they needed to attend to. Pedestrians who were not in an older driver's central field of vision often went unnoticed, the authors noted. The good news is that the older drivers drive about 20 percent more slowly-perhaps to compensate for shortcomings in their peripheral vision and attention. Diminished notice of or attention to items in peripheral vision is a well-documented effect of aging. The Ben-Gurion researchers undertook the study because Israeli drivers over 65 have been involved in a steadily rising rate of accidents involving pedestrians since 1999. .gr, q. "l Seicl teheb" *ee =*z'c* " ' i', house and picnic at the Grandview Building. In response to thank everyone who was able to attend the recent open your feedback, we'd like to reinforce that: ii The Ortonville Big Stone Therapies Clinic remains located in the hospital at Ortonville Area Himlth Services' We value our relationship with OAHS and will continue to meet your therapy needs at the hospital Physical Therapy * Occupational Therapy , Speech Language Pathology , Massage Therapy Page 2 TRACTORS AGAINST CANCER RIDE was held Saturday, July 23, beginning at the Fairgrounds in Clinton, traveling to Graceville and Beardsley and back to Clinton. The Ride was organized by the James and Joy Haukos family and they had 15 tractor drivers involved. They hope to make this an annual event. Participants are pictured above. Is health care pivotal in tl =e revival of rural Minnesota If rural Minnesota is going to thrive, it will take a resurgence of young peo- ple staying in, or returning to, their hometowns to pursue careers and raise families. So says Alyssa Charney with the Center for Rural Affairs, which has released a new report on the subject. Charney explains that the popula- tion in most rural areas is declining be- cause of the lack of access to things like health care and insurance. "A lot of that has to do with young people leaving - not necessarily be- cause they don't want to be living in those communities, but because the jobs that provide the benefits they need are often located outside of those com- munities." Charney says the good news is that the report concludes that the Afford- able Care Act will allow much more access to care and insurance for young adults - and that means more life op- tions. "For young adults in Minnesota, it's really important that limitations of health insurance shouldn't be the deter- mining factors on where they choose to live, or the work they want to pursue, or the interests and passions that they want to follow." Of the 15 million young adults in America currently without health in- surance, it's estimated that 80 percent can get coverage under the Affordable Care Act. One key provision allows young people to stay on their parent's health insurance until age 26. Another will establish health care exchanges. Charney says the latter provision is critical in rural Minnesota, where small businesses are plentiful and many peo- ple are self-employed, such as farmers and ranchers. The report on how the Affordable Care Act affects rural young adults is the latest in a series of reports from the Center for Rural Affairs looking at rural health care issues. The report is available at young-adults.pdf. , K = can your child, /MN7 Jack L-M Mutnick M.D. Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Stevens Community Medical Center is pleased to announce that Jack L-M Mutnick, M.D. has joined the medical staff at SCMC. Dr. Mutnick obtained his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 2007, and then completed a two year fellowship in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mutnick focuses on treatment of asthma, allergies, and immune disorders for both adults and children. An accomplished Clinical researcher he has presented and published at national allergy conferences on the topic of desensitization for antibiotic allergy and the genetics of asthma in pulmonary disease. Dr. Mutnick is an active member of the ACAAI and AAAAI. No Referral needed. Dr. Mutnick provides services at Ortonville Area Health Services, please call 839-6157 to schedule an appointment at Ortonville Area Health Services. Beginning Monday, August 22 nd Dr Mutnick will also see patients at the Madison Hospital Outreach, for an appointment call (320) 598-7556. Dr. Mutnick also sees patients in the following communities: Alexandria, Cold Spring, Litchfield, Montevideo, Morris, New London, Redwood Falls, Tracy, and Windom. Stevens Community Medical Center 400 East First Street, P O Box 660, Morris (320 5891313 1-800-993-SCMC (7262) 7900 Chapin Dr N E., NewLondon (320) 354-4199 1-888-688-3699 00INDEPENDENT. L " ':" ) Ortonville Area Health Services 450 Eastvold Avenue, Ortonville Madison Hospital Outreach 900 Second Avenue, Madison Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011,