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NINETY-FIVE MILE PER HOUR WINDS caused damage to the Chuck Folkens farm place, located about three miles southeast of Clinton. The top and side of a pole barn were blown off the structure. Note the white plastic lawn chairs, which were stacked in the barn, were unmoved by the storm. Many trees were also down at the site and at neighboring farms. A_ SEVERAL TREES WERE DOWN at the Carlton and Loraine Fletcher home on wednesday about three miles southeast of Clinton. Straight line winds u e to 95 mph hit the farmplace Tuesday evening around 10 p.m. causing the damage. Luckily no one was injured and"no structural damage occurred. Farm Management Minute Organizing Your Team By Troy Otto, Farm Business Management Instructor, Minnesota West College, Marshall Office At our annual meeting with our Farm Business Management families, I had five farmers assist me. During our discussion we had them assume positions of an offensive football team. Two of the farmers were big, young, strong athletic men; two others were older, one with a bum knee and the other with a bad hip. However, both were still strong men. The last one was a taller, lankier, skillful individual. Now assuming the role of a coach and running the ball was our game plan, we discussed the various ways to form the offensive line. If our goal as a team, was to run the ball outside the tackles or run an outside sweep play; who would we want where? For an outside running play we need to have an offensive lineman that has speed to get out and run block for the running backs. As a coach you would place your two young, strong athletic men at the positions to be able to pull and run block down field. Now for the two older linemen with some physical issues, they have the knowledge and experience to block but are maybe lacking speed due to day to day wear and tear on the body of blocking outside. They would be better suited as straight ahead man to man blocking for inside run plays. As with our last farmer, the taller lankier athlete, we need a quarterback than can see over the offensive line and orchestrate the plays the coaching staff has called. As farmers we need to evaluate what we have for talent and place our teammates in positions where they can be most effective for us. These are new times, things have changed. It's a whole new ball game. Learn to work with the professional players around you to help you win. Your team mates are all around supporting you. They are grain elevators, loan officers, crop insurance agents, crop consultants, lawyers, accounts, seed suppliers, implement dealers, Farm Business Management Instructors, and others that can help you win the game. Each of your teammates has to master news skills, identify new opportunities, and learn how to play as ateam. All of them have unique strengths, skills, and experiences. The most effective way for you to use them is to make them part of your team. Share your game plan with them; use their strengths to help your plan succeed. If you would like more information on how farm business management can help organize your team, please find a farm business management instructor at Project Backpack held at Noew L=fe Baptist Church Aug. Project Backpack is returning for the fourth consecutive year. Distribu- tion will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 6-7:15p.m. New Life Com- munity Baptist Church at 605 N. Min- nesota in Ortonville will be the distribution site. If your children attend Ortonville or Big Stone schools and are eligible for the free/reduced meal program at these schools, your family is encouraged to participate. There are no forms to fill out or proof of eligibility required. They just ask for honest participation. 130 out of over 300 eligible children received backpacks and school sup- plies in 2010. Backpacks, notebooks, pens, pen- cils, markers, crayons, Kleenex, copy paper, trapper keepers and three-ring binders are just a few of the school sup- plies that are provided to eligible chil- dren through Project Backpack. Almost everything that is listed on the teachers' supply list is provided except old socks and shirts for art class. Eligible families arrive at the distri- bution site, pick up a supply list ac- cording to the child's grade and proceed to the gym to select a back- pack (if desired) and choose their own supplies A variety of colors and styles are available for many items. The sup- plies are organized in the gym for easy Producers need to file for LIP payments Producers who suffered eligible livestock losses due to adverse weather will be required to provide documentation of the livestock lost and documentation of losses due to normal mortality for the calendar year FSA staff can provide producers with a list of acceptable loss documentation that includes proof of death, producer records and verifiable inventory documentation. For livestock losses that occur in calendar year 2011, producers will have until, the earlier of, 30 days after the livestock loss become apparent to file a notice of loss to FSA, or no later than October 31, 2011. In addition, producers will have until January 30, 2012, to apply for payment. Adequate documentation must prove the death of eligible livestock occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested. If adequate verifiable proof of death records documentation is not available, a livestock producer may provide reliable records, along with verifiable beginning and ending inventory, as proof of death. Certifications of livestock deaths by third parties, who are not affiliated with the farming operation, may be accepted only if verifiable proof of death records or reliable proof of death records is not available. Verifiable beginning and ending inventory records are also required with such third party certifications. LIP indemnity payments for livestock owners are based on 75 percent of the fair market value of the livestock and contract growers can be compensated at 75 percent of the average income loss sustained, as determined by FSA. 2011 Big Stone County Fair BQ Pedal Pull Winners 4 Year old winners - Right to left 1st -Austin Cardwell, 2nd - Sadie Reich 3rd - Aiden Sigler = i,:: 7 Year old winners - Right to left 1st - Cody Reich, 2nd Melissa Wellendorf 3rd - Isaac Haanen 5 Year old winners - Right to left 1st - Dusty Reich, 2nd - Carter Brown 3rd - Kaleb Seifert 6 Year old winners - Right to left 1st - Hunter Merritt, 2nd Jessica Moberg 3rd - Carter Gibson 8 Year old winners - Right to left 1st - Emily Ollerich, 2nd Jakob Adelman 3rd - Carter Gibson 9 Year old winners - Right to left 1st - Katy Cardwell, 2nd - Casey Dahl 3rd - Michael Niesen The Big Stone County Fair Kidt Pedal Pull is sponsored by WellendorF Drainage - 50 Kids participated 11 Year old winners - Right to left 1st - Matthew Wellendorf, 2nd - Nathan Strong, 3rd - Isaiah Harris; Back-Bruce Quackenbush, BQ Pedal Pull 10 Year old winners - Right to left 1st - Chanler Combellick, 2nd - Dylan Finberg 3rd - Sam Adelman access. The process goes pretty quickly, due in large part to the volun- teers who give of their time and energy to organize the event and assist the families as they choose their supplies. Project Backpack began as a com- munity project assignment for a small group Bible study. The Salt and Light group was challenged to reach out to their local community and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Conversations with teachers at the two schools revealed a need for assistance for these children. The Salt & Light group consists of a small number Of local residents who endeavor to help the families strug- gling with financial issues as they pre- pare for the school year through Project Backpack. This project is entirely funded by local individual and business dona- tions. In order for it to continue, Proj- ect Backpack needs your help. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile endeavor, please send your tax-de- ductible donation to PROJECT BACKPACK, 605 N. Minnesota Ave, Ortonville MN 56278 If you would like a receipt to be sent to you, please include a note along with your address. If anyone in surrounding communi- ties would like assistance in organizing a Project Backpack for their school, please contact Kelly Bousquet at 320- 305-0633 or email at She will be happy to share how the Salt & Light .group began and maintains their min- istry through Project Backpack. 2011 BIG STONE COUNTY 4-H CLOTHING JUDGING was held on June 21 at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville, followed by the Fashion Revue on June 22 at New Life Community Baptist Church. For the constructed category in Fashion Revue, the Honor Court was Kaylee Helgeson, Karelyn Fischer and Audrey Souza. Audrey Souza recieved Grand Champion honors for the constructed category. In the Fashion Revue purchased category, the honor court was Kayla Hormann with her jeans and top, Kara Helgeson with her silver top and black skirt, Stephanie Schumacher with her prom dress and Audrey Souza with her black and white dress. Pictured above, from left to right, are Reserve Champion Stephanie Schumacher and Grand Champion Audrey Souza. Other members that particpated in the purchased category of the Fashion Revue were Andrea Burman and Kaylee Helgeson. HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT TODAY! (for 3, 5 or 10 months) Patrick fi'om France, 17yrs. Make this year the most exciting, enriching tovestheoatd0orsaadplayingsoccer, year ever for you and your family. Share your Paldck's dream has been to spend ne In America leamtag about our customs world with a young foreign visitor from abroad. and atteadiag amedcan high school. Welcome a high school student, 15-18 years old, from Italy, France, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Thailand or China as part of your family for a school year (or less) and make an overseas friend for life. For more information or to select your own exchange student please call: Elisa from Italy, 16 yrs. Karen at 952-836-5316 Ukes to play tennis, swim, loves to dance. F, lisa hq to play American softball and or Marcy at l-8OO-888-904O (Toll Free) learn American 'slang' while in the USk r e'mail us at inf@wrld'heritage'rg 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT - $24,900 Heated Leather, 50,000 miles 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS - $12,900 Heated Leather, Sun Roof, 47,000 miles Check out all of our cars on our new website: PRO aUTO Kevin Bacltstrand Ortonville, MN 320-839-7197 or 320-839-2911 i Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 00INDEPENDENT Page 7