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STUDENTS OF THE BIG STONE CITY SCHOOL lead the cheers as they marched in last Friday's Homecoming parade. inn million ma ,ng, ann,ng The Department of Commerce's minimum of 10-20 MB to all residents Connect Minnesota partners with tech- National Telecommunications and In- and businesses." nology-minded businesses, govern- formation Administration (NTIA) has Connect Minnesota will continue to ment entities and universities to awarded Connect Minnesota approxi- engage in broadband data collection accelerate technology in the state. The mately $2.7 million, under the State activities that will capture complete work of Connect Minnesota is made Broadband Data and Development and up-to-date datasets from the state's possible in part by support from the Grant Program (SBDD), to further im- broadband providers and will result in Minnesota Department of Commerce. plement broadband initiatives over the regularly-scheduled updates and fur- For more information about what Con- original five-year award period, ther enhancements to the state's inter- nect Minnesota is doing to accelerate The additional Recovery Act fund- active broadband map. technology in Minnesota's communi- ing will allow mapping efforts under Under the SBDD program, the Con- ties, visit the SBDD program to continue for nect Minnesota initiative released its Connected Nation is a national non- three additional years, while the pro- first iteration of the broadband map in profit 501(c)(3) organization that ex- gram also focuses on projects that re- May 2010, and this funding will allow pands access to and use of broadband late to broadband planning activities, the state to prioritize and track progress Internet and the related technologies such as the identification of barriers to over a longer period of time. This data that are enabled when individuals and the adoption of broadband service and will populate the comprehensive, in- communities have the opportunity and information technology services, teractive, and searchable national desire to connect. Connected Nation "This program will meet NTIA's in- broadband map that NTIA is required effectively raises the awareness of the tent for developing high-quality proj- by the Recovery Act to create and value of broadband and related tech- ects designed to gather granular data on make publicly available by Feb. 17, nologies by developing coalitions of broadband availability, technology, 2011. influencers and enablers for improving speed, and infrastructure across the As the designated entity for broad- technology availability and use. Con- state," according to Brian Mefford, band mapping in the North Star State, nected Nation works with consumers, CEO of Connected Nation, Connect Connect Minnesota is a public-private community leaders, states, technology Minnesota's parent organization, partnership working to unite local gov- providers and foundations, including "Through this project Connect Min- ernments, businesses, and citizens in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, nesota will support the work of the 15 the goal of increasing broadband serv- to develop and implement technology member Minnesota Broadband Advi- ice in the state's underserved areas, expansion programs with core compe- sory Task Force in carrying out its To access a summary of the grant tencies centered around a mission to functions, including the production of project please visitimprove digital inclusion for people its annual progress report benchmark- and places previously underserved or ing progress toward meeting Min- nected-nation-minnesota, overlooked, nesota's 2015 broadband goals of a As a public-private partnership, ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BAND, under the direction of Matt Lamb, marched in the Homecoming Parade last Friday. I Before I YOU BL I ~ 800.627.9443 MN Contractor #20146710 I Cover your health between retirement; and Medicare Maybe you're retired or planning to retire soon but you're not yet eligible for Medicare. And maybe you're wondering what to do about getting a health plan, I can help. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has several affordable plans and deductible options that are ideal to bridge the time between retirement and Medicare. And you know Blue Cross is a name you can trust for quality and dependability. Give me a call. We can discuss your situation and I'll be happy to answer any questions you have. Authorized independent agent/agency for BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota Tom Oakes Agent 40 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2118 or 800-630-4978 APPLIANCE • 223 E. 4th Ave. Dryer Set Reg. 799 ea. pc. While supplies last ......... n- Each piece Where Does a Burglar Enter a House? 34% through the front door. 23% through a first-floor window. 22% through the back door. through the garage. 12% through the basement, a storage area, or from the second floor. Source: ~1 Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. MEMBERS OF CHARLIES WALKERS AND KELLY'S HEROES took part at VisionWalk 2010 held at Lake Harriet in the Twin Cities. Roman Taffe of Ortonville was the Walk Chair. There were 48 teams that took part in this year's event. (Submitted photo.) :Unpack in Rapid City. Store Hours Mon.-Fri. 9am-5:30pm Sat. 9am-4pm lrV • FURNITURE • FLOORING • Milbank, SD • 605-432-6491 • 1-800-435-2612 Barb Galen m Ill VisionWalk 2010 huge success It was an incredible day on There were 48 walk teams at this Sunday, Sept. 26 as VisionWalk 2010 year's event including two local was held in the Twin Cities. The set- teams: Team Curtis represented the ting was marvelous, the weather per- family of Curtis Swenson and feet, and there were over 940 partici-' Charlie's Walkers and Kelly's Heroes pants who showed up with great included family and friends of Roman enthusiasm and energy, and Carol Taffe. Lake Harriet was the location for Roman Taffe was the Walk Chair. the 5K Twin Cities VisionWalk. Special recognition goes to Mitch VisionWalk is the national fundras- Taffe and the St. Thomas football ing event for the Foundation Fighting players who led the crowd in warm up Blindness. As promising treatments exercises. move into critical human studies, the Donations are still being accepted need for research funding is greater and may be mailed to: than ever before. Twin Cities VisionWalk Over $150,000 in donations was Foundation Fighting Blindness raised for research for treatments for 1580 S. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 606 many vision-robbing diseases like Libertyville, IL 60048 macular degeneration and retinitis With your help, a Cure is in sight. pigmentosa. Fire departments hold fire prevention week open Nearly 60 Minnesota fire depart- ments have scheduled open house events in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, a nationwide event sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. While Fire Prevehtion Week takes place Oct. 3-9, open house dates range from Oct. 2 through Oct. 25. As an example, Woodbury events are scheduled for Oct. 2 and Oct. 9- one sponsored by Home Depot and one at each fire station-while New COUPON m m : : FRIGID&IRE Model # 32LD350 • 32" TV • High Definition Resolution • Smart Energy Saving • Infinite Sound Shane Tarry Bob Vicki Brighton's event is Oct. 25 and Hills will hold their open house and pan- cake supper on Oct. 14. Ortonville will be hosting an event Tuesday, Oct. 12. State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl says the dates aren't as important as finding creative ways to get the public engaged with the topic of fire safety. "Your firefighters are not only responders; they also know how to keep fires from happening," Rosendahl says. "In a perfect world, their trucks never leave the station because everyone else knows, too. This is their effort to help residents learn to protect themselves." Local residents are encouraged to attend their fire department open houses, learn about fire prevention, and participate in events from aerial bucket rides to pumpkin give-aways, gift drawings, firefighting demonstra- tions, kids' photos in firefighter gear, and many more entertaining educa- tion opportunities. Check the State Fire Marshal web- site at for a list of open houses. Fire departments that want their events listed on the site may email information to Rebecca.White EIGHTH GRADER TRAVIS WESTLUND was decked out in Trojan colors last Friday during TroJan Spirit Day. Page 10 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010