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shelves statewide get from MN FoodShare ...... The generosity and goodwill demonstrated by civic groups, compa- (if!. hies, congregations, schools and indi- !, viduals throughout the state during i  Minnesota FoodShare's 29th annual . ' March Campaign continues to reach : those who need it most. Last week, 277 food shelves from i throughout the state received a portion , of $800,000 being distributed from ' contributions made during the March • Campaign. Checks to individual food shelves range from $250 to more than , $24,000. .hese funds are coming at a partic- ularly crucial time. Families that rely on free or reduced-price lunches dur- ing the school year turn to food shelves during the summer to help make ends meet. In addition, food shelf donations tend to drop off during the summer months because people are busy with .... vacations, family visits, trips to the ?,i '6abin and other activities. , + "It is a constant struggle for many food shelves to meet the needs of the hungry, especially during the summer months," Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer, di- rector of Minnesota FoodShare said. "With gas prices going up, groceries going up and many people still looking for work or underemployed, it contin- ues to be a challenging time for many families and individuals." Minnesota Foodshare's March Campaign raises more than half the food distributed annually through food shelves across the state. This annual grassroots food and fund drive is the only statewide effort where every dol- lar donated goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hun- gry. However, Minnesota FoodShare is much more than the March Campaign. Through advocacy on the state and na- tional level and support of other pro- grams such as the summer lunch initiative and the Garden Gleaning col- laboration, Minnesota FoodShare con- tinues to raise awareness about hunger issues and ensure the hungry have ac- cess to their most basic need. Minnesota FoodShare also supports food shelves statewide in a variety of ways throughout the year. On Sept. 11- 13 in St. Cloud, the program is pre- senting Building on Accomplishments, Learning Together, a conference on a variety of topics for food shelf staff, volunteers and board members. Minnesota FoodShare is one of a family of community service programs of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC). Since 1905, GMCC has battled poverty in Min- nesota, bringing together businesses, civic groups and congregations to help struggling families remain self-reliant. For more information about Min- nesota FoodShare, the 2011 Food Shelf Conference or to contribute to the pro- gram, visit Asl: a Trooper By Sgt. Kathy Pederson of the Minnesota State Patrol Dear Trooper Kathy: Last year we were on the state highway and there was water running over the road. There were flashing lights that looked like markers on the side but we had no idea how deep it was. We continued across it, but was that right? What are we supposed to do if we get caught in high water? Trooper Kathy Says: Now is the prime flood season. You need to start planning now. The Minnesota state Patrol advises motorists in southwestern Minnesota to plan for the possibility of road closures during the spring melt. Mn/DOT has been planning and coordinating with local jurisdictions on routes and resources for several weeks now. Flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning. Motorists are advised to check road conditions at http://www.51 advance of travel. Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel in southwestern Minnesota, follow these safe driving practices recommend by the Federal Emergency Management Agency: • Expect the unexpected - flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere. • Flooding can knock out bridges, undercut highways and clog roads with mudslides and debris. • Mn/DOT will identify which roads are closed and warn motorists of potential pavement break up or soft shoulders that could give way. • Drivers are warned not to drive around barricades and to check the state's traveler information website, www.51, or call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes. • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many II vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply. For updated information, call 511 or click on when traveling in any area of the state where potential flooding conditions exist. For weather and flood warnings, go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website or listen to NOAA weather radio or local radio stations. If you have any questions regarding traffic safety and/or traffic laws, please email her at Sgt. Pederson will not offer advice on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement. i' Aug.. 1-7 among MN deadliest Family Living Focus cper=ods of year on roads May is Older Amerieans Month Themes History of Older Americans Month • 1978-Older Americans and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials say the week of Aug. 1-7 was the third deadliest week of2011 on Minnesota roads. Since Au- gust 1, 13 people have been killed on state roads, according to preliminary reports from the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. Other deadly seven-day periods on the road in 2011 include: • July 4-10 -- 21 deaths. (The 27 deaths during June 30-July 14 was the deadliest two-week period of the year.) • May 19-25 -- 14 deaths. (There were 18 deaths during the two-week period, May 13-26). • Feb. 1-7; Feb. 17-23; June 12-18 • -- 11 deaths for each period. DPS officials say the traffic deaths. spiked in July, the deadliest month of the year so far (43 deaths), followed by June (30) and May (28). To-date, there have been 194 traffic deaths in Min- nesota, compared to 229 at this time in 2010. The state's total fatality number for 2010 was 411, the lowest since 1944. "This last week sadly highlighted how driver error leads to road tragedy," says Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. "It's not surprising to see an increase in deaths when seat belts aren't worn, when drivers speed and when they don't pay attention. Sum- mertime can be deadly on the road, but it doesn't have to be if motorists make safe decisions." Of the 13 deaths during the last week, five were in the metro (all Hen- nepin County), and eight were in the greater Minnesota counties of Becker, Blue Earth (two deaths), Brown, Carl- ton, Isanti, Rock, and Redwood. Six of 13 people killed were ages 30 and younger. The state's traffic safety efforts are driven by its core traffic safety initia- tive, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). A pri- mary vision of the TZD program is to foster a safe driving culture in Min- nesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practic- ing safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes -- ed- ucation, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. HUD gives MN $700,000 for J ,community development The FY2011 Continuing Resolution significantly reduced overall funding for the CDBG and HOME programs compared to last year. The nation's CDBG:ndin, was reduced by more an $0 :'milio;;.dr approximately 16.5 percent, while the HOME pro- gram funding was reduced by more than $200 million, or approximately 11.7 percent. "This year's block grant funding re- quires tough choices that we would not have made in better circumstances," Donovan said. "As we work under the challenges of our nation's deficit, we must also understand that these pro- grams are absolutely essential in pro- moting community development, producing affordable housing, helping our homeless and even supporting long-term disaster recovery." "These critical programs provide the building blocks needed in Min- nesota to improve communities, pro- duce affordable housing and help low-income persons find their place within those communities," said Anto- nio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator. The funding announced today in- : cludes: • $80,214 to North Mankato City; • $432,089 to St. Cloud; and • $157,482 to Woodbury City. $669,785 TOTAL Since 1974, HUD's Community De- velopment Block Grant (CDBG) Pro- gram has provided approximately $132 billion to state and local governments to target their own community devel- opment priorities. The rehabilitation of affordable housing and the improve- ment of public facilities have tradition- ally been the largest uses of CDBG although the program is also an impor- tant catalyst for job growth and busi- ness opportunities. Annual CDBG funds are distributed to communities according to a statutory formula based on a community's population, poverty, and age of its housing stock, and extent of overcrowded housing. HUD is instituting several important program priorities in the upcoming year. First, the Department's consoli- dam:d planning prOcess will be eh= hanced. Largely unchanged since the mid-1990s, the 'Con Plan' will be sim- plified by integrating HUD's technol- ogy systems and eliminating the need to prepare a separate annual perform- ance report. Second, HUD's Office of Community Planning and Develop- ment is moving rapidly to implement its unified OneCPD technical assis- tance process which is particularly im- portant as many local governments continue to struggle with budgetary pressures resulting from the economic downturn. Finally, HUD is again urg- ing grantees to consider the needs of returning veterans and their families in the design and administration of these formula programs. Soil Lab Field Day this Thurs. : The 2011 Summer Field Day for the University of Minnesota, Duluth and the Lab for maintaining healthy and ' i;North Central Soil Conservation Re- • search Laboratory in Morris will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18. " This year's theme is "Sustainable II .! .Landscapes and focuses on food, feed, / fuel and the future. The theme high- lights the ARS research on renewable ': energy sources. The da b , begins at the Soils Lab in Morris with coffee at 9:30 a.m. The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. ': ', The tour will include four stops at • ;e Swan Lake Research Farm. :i!:/,: Stop 1 focuses on Landscape Diver- sity with George Boody, Executive Di- .r,/: tel:tot of the Land Stewardship Project and Dr. Abdullah Jaradat, Soils Lab re- search leader. ,  Stop 2 involves Bill Berguson, Di- rector of the Forestry Program-of the Natural Resources Research Institute at Dr. Sharon Weyers, research soil sci- entist. Their topic is Perennial Bio- mass Crops and they will be talking about the environmental and economic benefits of adding perennial crops to cropping systems. Stop 3 is on Sustainable Food and Energy Production. The speakers are Dr. Mike Edgerton, Technology Lead for Corn Ethanol and Quality Traits, .... Monsanto and Dr. Jane Johnson, re- search soil scientist, talking about en- vironmental and economic benefits of properly managing ethanol production from corn biomass. Stop 4 will focus on Bees and New Oilseed Crops. Christi Heinz, Exec- utive Director of Project Apis and Dr. Frank Forcella, research agronomist will discuss the benefits provided by new oilseed crops being researched at abundant bee populations and the eco- nomic importance of this. There will also be tours of the Lab as well as lunch, provided by the Barnes-Aastad Soil and Water Conser- vation Research Association. The ARS Soils Lab is located at 801 Iowa Avenue in Morris. The Soils Lab is internationally rec- ognized as a leader in research to de- velop new oilseed crops for food, bioenergy and industrial products. The mission of the lab is to develop agricultural systems in the Midwest that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable by providing knowledge and technologies for proper land, crop and weed management to enhance the biological, chemical and physical properties of soils and to im- prove environmental quality. I:riday, August 19: B F. F. R GARDENS WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY - 5 P.M. TO CLOSE FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY - NOON TO CLOSE Saturday, Augtust 21): Minnesota schools taught tough lesson on Economics i::'i';i: The aew school year is still more ytlran a month away, but districts across ='! Minnesota are already busy crunching : .numbers as they face a larger funding : delay • under the new state budget. When the legislature first decided to delay some aid to schools, it was just /:ten percent. By the last fiscal year, that • 'ihad grown to 30 percent- and Mary :'athi'yn Ricker, president of the St. i'jatti! Federation of Teachers, says 40 ':percent of the funding is now being de- layed. (:( ; i, Itis just that very textbook exam- ple of the camel's nose under the tent - Mike, 'All riglat, I was able to wedge my- Self in this far...' So then, when 60-40 got floated, people really treated that like it was actually a legitimate, viable option." Ricker says that larger shift equates to more than $700 million, adding that many schools will have to borrow money to make up the differencel She notes in those cases, it means more of their budget will have go to pay inter- est, while financial institutions profit. "We are definitely looking at banks who are going to be lending money to our school districts'and our charter schools so that we can make ends meet during the school year." The delay helped balance the state budget, because the debt then is de- ferred into the next fiscal year. To help offset some of the interest costs, law- makers approved an increase in per- pupil general education funding of $50 for this year and next. Ricker is also concerned about the end of integration funding, which she calls a huge cut, both financially and philosophically. "Minnesota has historically invested in ending racism and in desegregating our schools, and so, we're going to miss that dedication as much as we miss the investment." Some feared integration funding would be cut immediately, but it will continue through this two-year budget -cycle. A task force will decide what to do with the money from there. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays• Abollt a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy's meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as "Senior Citizens Month." Thanks to President Jimmy Carter's 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called "Older Americans Month," and has become a tradition, Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities. Past Older Americans Month ENTIRTAINMF.NT I I)EMO DERIIY RODEO Family • 1984-Health: Make it Last a Lifetime • 1985-Help Yourself to Independence • 1986-Plan on Living the Rest of Your Life • 1992-Community Action Begins with You: Help Older Americans Help Themselves • 1993-No theme selected (proclamation signed on May 25, 1993) o1994-Aging: An Experience of a Lifetime • 1995-Aging: Generations of Experience • 1996-Aging: A Lifetime Opportunity • 1997-Caregiving: Compassion in Action • 1998-Living Longer, Growing Stronger in America o1999-Honor the Past, Imagine the Future: Towards a Society for All Ages °2000-In the New Century .... The Future is Aging • 2001-The Many Faces of Aging • 2002-America: "A Community for all Ages" • 2003-What We Do Makes A Difference." • 2004-Aging Well, Living Well • 2005-Celebrate Long-term Living °2006-Choices For Independence °2007-Making Choices for a Healthier Future o2008-Working Together for Strong, Healthy and Supportive Communities • 2009-Living Today for a Better. Tomorrow °2010-Age Strong! Live Long! The theme for May 2011 Older Americans Month is Older Americans: Connecting the Community. The theme pays homage to the many ways older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. Article adapted from information provided by the Administration on Aging. If you would like more information on "May is Older Americans Month" 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 Gall at Additional resources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge LineS. at 1-800-333- 2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info® website at www.MinnesotaHelp.Info®. APPLETON, MN J Find us on • AnvmICE I#aE TICKETS Available Face book • s,s,o, ,o ri..00 ,, -., .. .o, The Killer Hayseeds 8:30 pall.-Close FREE Root Beer Floats Thurs., Aug. 18 Beginning at 5:00 p.n Sponsored by :: SPI00:IAI, I00'glrl'S :: *4-H SHOWS* *TRAcroR PLE* " NAIN SAW ARTISTRY+ "- ,ANTIQUE TRAWl'OR DISPLAY+ ,3ZD ANNUAL IRON CHEF Com, eTnaoN+ +FACE PAINTING - SATURDAY NOON-6PM+ +Ba.LOON ARTmTY - SVNDAY NOON-6+ EXHIBITS! Agricultural • Baked Goods Creative Activities Homemade Items Horticultural Commercial • Open Class A ALL-AMERICAN I LUMBERJACK WED. IlHOW9 AT SPM & 6Ril THURI  AT 3PM & SPM FRL IlHOW AT SRI POLKA MII81C Starting at noon Page 10b 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Aug. 16,2011