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Veteran Se000000ice News By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The Big Stone County Veterans Service Office hours are from 7"30am -4 pro, Monday through Friday: My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. Hey, it's that time of the year for the annual Cornfest Celebration! The 73rd Cornfest will be held Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Ortonville Lake Side Park. This means that there will be a VA Benefits Booth at the Cornfest Celebration. In addition, we will be having a Veteran's Float in the Parade, scheduled to start on Sunday at 2 p.m. The office is asking that any/all veterans, veteran's family members, and any county citizen(s) who want to walk with the float during the parade to show up or1' first street where the parade line-up happens. Please walk with us in support of our veterans. Hats off? The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Minnesota, has donated $12,500 to the St. Cloud VA Health Care System for the purchase of a six-person golf cart. The golf cart will be used to transport veterans and their family members. from parking lots to appointment locations at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. On a bad note. The Annual Enhancement Grant that was applied for in the past, was only a five year expenditure. I had applied for and was granted $9,000 for FY2010 and $10,000 for FY2011 with respect to our Veteran's Outreach Program events/efforts. The grant dollarswere used to purchase outreach booth space and much needed items for our Outreach Program. These items included things like U.S. Flag lapel pins, vinyl banners, CVSO business cards, tables, chairs, American Flag(s), POW/MIA Flags, Minnesota State Flag, our "Book of Honor" items, magnetic banners, and on and on. The dollars also went to the Ortonville Independent for our weekly veteran's articles and to KDIO Radio for our weekly Friday morning Veteran's Program. I was just informed that this Annual Enhancement Grant Program will not be renewed or extended. This news is a crushing blow to our planned veteran's outreach events in the upcoming years. Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds & Following Seas?" SNO CONES were a popular feature at Lakeside Park during Adam's Ride on Saturday, Aug. 13. Over 100 bikers and walkers took to the bike trail as they reached their g()al to purchase a bike for Adam Essington. State takes key step toward better health care, lower costs Governor Mark Dayton has an- nounced that the state has received a $4.2 million grant to further the plan- ning and establishment of a Minnesota- made health insurance exchange. The funding, awarded by the U.S. Depart- ment of Health and Human Services, will be administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. It will assist with exchange development, technical infrastructure, and stakeholder work groups to help design an insurance ex- change marketplace. "This funding will help us to pro- vide better health care at lower costs for all Minnesotans. We have already made good progress in designing a health exchange that will put Min- nesota in the forefront of healthcare re- form," said Governor Mark Dayton. States have until Jan. 1,2013 to cre- ate the foundation for their own health insurance exchanges, to be available to consumers beginning in 2014. The concept of an exchange is to provide Minnesotans the information and abil- ity to choose their own affordable, quality health care coverage. The ex- change will include a website much like Travelocity.com or Expedia.com that will allow Minnesotans to easily compare health care coverage options based on cost, quality, and consumer satisfaction. "Our state must move forward on an exchange built by Minnesotans, for Minnesotans - and this grant will help us achieve that," said Commerce Com- missioner Mike Rothman. "In doing so, we will seek thoughtful, construc- tive public input from all parties. We need all hands on deck - consumers, employers, insurers, agents, navigators, and health care providers - to help de- sign an exchange that addresses Min- nesota's unique health care system and demonstrate again why Minnesota leads the nation in health care innova- tion." Since Minnesota received an ex- change planning grant last February, the Department of Commerce has been working on preliminary analytical, op- erational, and technical infrastructure planning for an exchange, in partner- ship with the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Health. This new grant provides resources to work on the design of an exchange and to es- tablish an Advisory Task Force to pro- vide guidance on the creation of an exchange in Minnesota. The Depart- ment of Commerce will ask for stake- holder participation on the Advisory Task Force by the end of this month. When complete, the exchange will provide consumers with a simple way to find, compare, choose, and purchase health care coverage. "An exchange will provide comparative information in an apples-to-apples format, encour- aging market competition on value and empowering Minnesotans to make in- formed health care choices that fit their personal and family needs." said Health Insurance Exchange Director, April Todd-Malmlov. MDA protects state's walnut trees from deadly disease Walnut wood is no longer allowed into Minnesota if imported from 11 dif- ferent states known to have thousand cankers disease (TCD). A temporary i exterior quarantine announced in Feb- i ruary was made permanent this week i by Minnesota Department of Agricul- , ture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Fred- t :' erickson. The quarantine was issued as [ a preventative measure to help stop : TCD from coming to Minnesota. i TCD is caused by a fungus carried  by a tree pest called the walnut twig , ' beetle. The beetle attacks the walnut tree, introducing the fungus while it ii tunnels under the bark. This results in small cankers, or dead areas, under the t bark. As more beetles attack the tree, more cankers grow together and hinder the tree's ability to move water, even- tually killing it. To date, TCD has been i found in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, : Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Utah. The MDA quarantine restricts movement of products potentially haT- boring TCD from those states and from other potentially infested areas into Minnesota. Announcement of the for- mal quarantine comes within a month of the detection of TCD in the state of Virginia, which is only the second state within the native range of eastern black walnut to report the disease. The list of products covered by the quarantine includes live walnut trees, walnut logs, walnut lumber, walnut nursery stock, wood chips and mulch made from walnut wood, walnut branches and roots, packaging materi- als made from walnut wood, and all hardwood firewood. The quarantine does not apply to walnut nuts, nutmeat, walnut hulls, finished products made from walnut wood without bark, or processed lumber that is 100 percent bark-free, and kiln-dried with square edges. Several other states within the native range of eastern black walnut have similar exterior quarantines in place. "We are trying to protect Min- nesota's six million eastern black wal- nut trees and the state's walnut timber producers with this quarantine," said MDA Commissioner Dave Frederick- son. "We have responded to several re- ports of walnut trees with unexplained dieback or decline, but there are no confirmed cases of thousand cankers disease in Minnesota." If TCD should occur in Minnesota, early detection is Minnesota's best chance to minimize TCD's impact. MDA is collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and the Minnesota De- partment of Natural Resources in TCD survey work. MDA is asking for help in identifying walnut trees with unex- plained dieback or decline. If suspect trees are spotted, please contact MDA's Arrest the Pest Hotline (1-888-545- 6684). More information about TCD and the quarantine can be found on MDA's website at www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/plantdis- eases/1000cankers.aspx. Family Living Focus Choices for End-of Life Caregiving There are many decisions to be made when imminent death is approaching for a loved one. Questions regarding what type of care, medical assistance and even physical location for their last days confront us. If care at home has been given, should loved ones be moved to a facility or remain at home? If in a care facility should they be moved home for their last days? Will 24- hour care become necessary and more medical assistance be required? If you are asking these questions, a Hospice service might be a good solution. Hospice can be provided to a person who has a life-limiting illness wherever that person lives. A nursing facility or long-term care facility can receive visits from hospice personnel in addition to the other care and services provided by the facility. Hospice care is a special way of caring for a patient who is in the last stages of life. Hospice provides a team of professionals who aid the patient and family caregivers. This could include nurses, social workers, physicians, clergy and aides who all work together to plan and coordinate care, 24 hours a day or as needed. The Hospice Foundation of America outlines the following services of hospice: KDIO Temps Hi Low Aug. 7 77 64 Aug, .8 82 63 .... Aug. 9 72 61 Aug. 10 81 57 Aug. 11 82 55 Aug. 12 80 62 rain Aug. 13 79 59 Roscoe to attend U of M, Crookston Jesse Roscoe of Big Stone City, SD has been accepted and has registered for fall semester classes at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation. Roscoe plans to major in golf and turf management. He is the son of Tom and Darcy Roscoe. Fall semester classes begin at the Crookston campus on Tuesday, August 23. The U of M, Crookston is one of five campuses of the University of Minnesota system. Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized knowledge of medical care, including pain management. The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient's last days by offering comfort and dignity. Hospice care is provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family members. Hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling a patient's pain and discomfort. Hospice deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of the disease on the patient and the patient's family and friends. Hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families before and after a patient's death. To be eligible for hospice a physician must certify the patient to be terminally ill with a life expectancy of six months or less and treatment for a cure is no longer provided. The focus for the patient has changed to supportive care and quality of remaining life. Hospice is available to anyone, regardless of age or illness. When there is no longer hope for prolonging life, especially when this decision is made months in advance, hospice is usually a better alternative to other medical intervention. The days leading up to the moment of death of a loved one can be rich with meaning and expressions of love. Family and caregivers should allow others to help with the care and daily responsibilities. They need to free themselves from the details of caregiving and instead need to use hospice to allow more time to reminisce, give thanks for a life shared and say goodbye. Information adapted from article by National Care Planning Council Nov. 5, 2010. If you would like more information on "Choices for End of Life" feel free to contact Gail Gilman-Waldner, Program Development and Coordination-Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging®, Inc. and Professor Emeritus-University of Minnesota at 507-389-8869 or e-mail Gail at ggwaldner@rndc.org. 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