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MEMBERS OF THE HOMECOMING ROYALTY 2010 are shown above after last Monday evening's coronation. Left to right are senior attendants Shane Lindahl, Brittany Maas, Luke Hartman, Theresa Hoffman, Tim Larson, Amber Scherer, Dan Berdan, Bonnie Joy Smith, crown bearer Carter Powell, King Philip Adelman, Queen Lauren Conroy, crown bearer Taylor Ross, junior attendants Trent Kuechenmeister and Kaitlyn Kottke, sophomore attendants Jonathan Hoffman and Kimberly Jacobson, freshman attendants Noah Kottke andKirsten Giese, eighth grade attendants Andrew Weber and Hannah Mathes and seventh grade attendants Michael Schake and jennifer Delage. Leather FIVE 2010 2500 StT 4X4 *World Class Interior *Best in Class Horsepower *Best in Class Rear Seat Leg Room *33% Quieter than Lexus SUV White w/6k Miles Red w/16k Miles Silver w/l,000 Miles Does not apply towards any prior negotiated sales. 1 Coupon per purchase. Must present coupon at time of sale. EXPIRES 10/9/2010 Innnm m Good towards the purchase of AHY '07 or '08 MiniVa. Sunroof Nicel s16,090 Doors & Tailgate Sunroof Factory to expire Military members whose service you were active or reserve, whether was involuntarily extended, or whose you're a veteran who experienced retirement was suspended between 'Stop Loss' or the survivor of a service Sept. 11,2001 and Sept. 30, 2009, due member who did - if your service was to stop loss are entitled to retroactive extended, you're eligible," said payments of $500 for each month they Obama. were extended, according to Depart- The 2009 War Supplemental Ap- ment of Defense officials. But the propriations Act established the deadline to receive those benefits is Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay and rapidly drawing to a close. The dead- throughout the past year the services line to apply for the benefits is Oct. 21, have been reaching out to eligible vet- 2010. erans, service members and their fam- "You served with honor. You did ilies through direct mail, veteran your duty. And when your country service organizations and the media. called on you again, you did your duty But by law there is no authorization to again. Now, it's time to collect the spe- make payments on claims submitted cial pay that you deserve," said Presi- after Oct. 21,2010. dent Barack Obama during a recent Eligible members should print, White House announcement, complete and sign Department of De- Only about 58,000 of the 145,000 fense Form 2944, Claim for Retroac- eligible claims have been paid, leaving tive Stop Loss Payment. They must more than $300 million available to el- then select the appropriate method for igible veterans. The average payout for submitting their claim form based each veteran is close to $4,000. upon their service requirements. The The president said that the program information can be found on their ser- has caused some confusion and skepti- vice's stop loss web site, accessible cism among those who have served, from www.defense.gov/home/fea- "Some veterans think this is some sort tures/2010/0710_stoploss/, or call: of gimmick or scam, or that it's a way Army: (877) 736-5554; Navy: (901) for the government to call you back to 874-4427; Marine Corps: (877) 242- service. Nothing is further from the 2830 andAir Force: (800)525-0102. truth. You worked hard. You earned this money. It doesn't matter whether for energy saver Rebates Up to $10,000 Available with Home Improvement Loans for Energy-Saving Improvements Minnesota Housing announced $2 million of additional federal funds today for energy saving improvements m conjunction with the agency's home improvement loans. This is the third funding phase of this popular energy saving program and funds are expected to be used quickly. The program be- gins Sept. 30 and interested homeown- ers can contact a Minnesota Housing lender partner to apply. Qualified homeowners can receive a rebate of 35 percent of the cost (up to $10.000) for eligible improvements financed with a Fix-up Fund loan. Eli- gible improvements include high effi- ciency furnaces, boilers and central air conditioners, Energy Star replacement light fixtures, insulation in conjunction with air sealing, and water heaters if "orpha.ned" due to furnace replace- ment. Energy Star replacement win- dows and replacement exterior doors now qualify for a 25 percent rebate of costs financed with a Fix-up Fund loan. "The Energy Saver Rebate program has created jobs and leveraged more than $15.5 million in energy saving improvements, and I'm grateful for our partnership with the Minnesota De- partment of Commerce. Office of En- ergy Security that has made the program possible," said Dan Bartholo- may, Commissioner of Minnesota Housing. "I am pleased to offer this opportunity to lower energy costs as million rebates winter approaches." The unreserved rebate program is designed to help homeowners with household incomes up to $96.600 im- prove home energy efficiency. Owner- occupied single family, condominium, duplex, triplex, or fourplex homes are eligible for the program. The Min- nesota Housing Fix-up Fund offers af- fordable, fixed-rate loans to homeowners to make home improve- ments. The rebates are funded with federal stimulus funds through a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of En- ergy and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. To date, nearly 1,400 homeowners have received $4.8 mil- lion in Energy Saver Rebates. Interested homeowners can v~sit www.mnhousing.gov for more infor- mation about participating Fix-up Fund/Energy Saver Rebate lenders or call 800.710.8871. To learn about the benefits of this program, view a story from an Energy Saver Rebate recipient here. Minnesota Housing is a state agency committed to finance and ad- vance affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income Min- nesotans to enhance quality of life and foster strong communities. The agency invests more than $1.4 billion in af- fordable housing each biennium. If ranked among commercial banks, it would be the sixth largest bank in the state, with total assets of $3.6 billion as of June 30, 2010. gifts/ Page 12 ' INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010