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Reg. Price Total Savings per month over 12 months $1430000 $539 ANNOUNCEMENT ';1 d _,., By JDK As was expected, University of Minnesota Football Head Coach for the past three and a half years, Tim Brewster, has been fired! Now the search begins for his replacement. Really, whoever succeeds Brewster, must focus on recruitment. Our state is losing too many fine athletes to out-state colleges. Last year, for example, a top player at Cretin- Durham Hall enrolled at Boise State, a small school now ranked number two in the nation. For what it's worth, We have a couple names the U might consider to replace Brewster! There's", Mike Grant, son of Bud Grant, a standout high school coach now in die metro area! And what about Ortonville's Mike Hunt...a stand-out lineman several years ago for the Gophers who went on to shine for the Green Bay Packers! WHY NOT??!! ***** Norlan Hagerott of Ortonviile has a question in a short letter-to-the-editor: "God does not lie and hates lies! Satan lies and is the Father of Lies. Why then does the party now in power continue to lie continuous- ly?" ***** Talk about a RACKET! Ponzey schemes like the one recently con- ducted by Bernie Madoff don't hold a candle to the continual racket per- formed by both parties of our federal government! Think of it...the candi- dates spend millions of dollars, much of it donated, to be elected to a seat that pays far less than what they spent to gain it, and much of the time, their campaign ad dollars are spent as if the American voter is stupid, most of the ads being of nega- tive nature...just blasting their oppo- nent. Then as a rule whoever wins the election seems to forget all the promises they made...rather they just "join the spending party" in Washington to see who can spend the most of our hard-earned tax dollars! If that isn't the biggest racket in the world, name us one that is bigger. And who are always the losers...none other than us stupid voters! Makes little sense when you think of it! ***** If you had been watching the rescue of the miners in Chile, yon will see that their national flag is almost identi- cal to the Texas flag. The Chilean flag has the white star in the upper portion of the blue section, and the star on the Texas flag is in the middle of the blue section. Hard to tell apart! ***** What a disgraceful act for two of the hosts on "The View" television show when they walked out when the ladies were interviewing FOX news- man Bill O'Reily because when he said most Americans are not wanting the Moslem Mosque built so close to the area where 3,000 lost their lives in the 9-11 terror attack. The ladies didn't like it when Bill said "the Moslems caused 9-11." The "walk- ers" thought he should have been more specific in saying "the extreme Moslems!" Baloney, we say, to the walkers! During World War II, were we supposed to refer to the enemy specifically as "Extreme Germans, Japanese, and Italians?" We think not. If the Moslems in general want just the extreme ones to be held accountable, why don't all those "good ones" draw swords with the rest of Americans to stand up against the enemy?! Amen! ***** How about this one: A recent clip we saw on the internet said that some group from somewhere has "discov- ered" that both Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh are 10th cousins to President Obama! How ridiculous! Bet if any- one living today had the wherewithal to study their family tree, they would find that in one way or another. maybe 200th removed, we are all related! ***** Getting back to the money spent on political ad campaigns, is it right that President Obama,..or any President...spend our tax dollars fly- ing all over the nation, stumping for his "friends" he wants elected? We've said it before, if the candidate can not win by his own merits and efforts, he should be dropped from the ballot And we might add. it would be a good idea for all voters if the FCC were to ban any advertising Continued Page 2 that was primarily "negative." Let the voter know what the candidate will do for the voter, not what the opponent is "not" doing! With such negative advertising, isn't it really hard to know who is and who is not telling the truth?! ***** An interesting fact about Oct. 2010! This Oct. has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays, all in one month. It happens once in 823 years. These are considered money bags months. Pass this to eight good people and money will appear, if you believe in Chinese fengshui. ***** A note today from reader Ken Amberg gives more light on the his- tory of the DCC Building lost in the recent fire: "I worked at the Gus Kleinschmidt store as a kid about 1940. Gus moved the store to the Alva Mathews building. If I recall, the Farmers Union occupied the basement of the building with Corson's store on the corner. I remember some of the people who worked there as Bill Orton, Edna Stutler, and Elmer Barwin. Thanks for the memories." atlon hung out over the years By Arlo Janssen Later in my brother Immanuel's ministry, he worked in the area of Development for our church body. Consequently he heard many steward- ship anecdotes. Some were true, I'm sure, but some were probably just sto- ries. Manny told of a congregation that needed $20,000 more to start the first phase of their building program. The next week the pastor announced that someone had contributed the $20,000, but wanted to remain anonymous. At that point, the man who had contributed the money stood up in the congregation and said, "I thought it would be better that way." ***** had an interesting experience when they began a building project. Someone made a motion in a meeting that all families be asked to contribute one-tenth of their income for the next three years. Just then another man arose and said he'd like to amend the motion to ask everyone to contribute one-twen- tieth of their income! "That way," he said, "we'll get this building program going faster!" I wonder how that fellow did in math in school. Signed copies of Arlo's book about growing up in Odessa are available at Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If you would like to contact him, write to PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- mail: arlo.janssen( a )gmail. corn Big Stone City Jr. High celebrates "Teen Read Week" Jr. High students at the Big Stone City School will celebrate Teen Read Week TM 2010, Oct. 17-23, with spe- cial events aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year's theme, "Books with Beat @ your library", which encourages teens to read a variety of materials, including poetry, audiobooks, books about music, and more. Teen Read Week(TM) is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest- growing division of the American Library Association. Teens have more activities to fill their free time than ever-web videos, social networking sites, video games, afterschool activi- ties, athletics-and increasingly high expectations in the classroom. It's important that we show them that reading is something that's fun and relaxing that they can do for free. And that reading for fun can trans- late into better performance at school. Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week(TM) at home, as well. Janelle Kelly, Big Stone City school Librarian offers these ideas: Visit the public library together to check out books. Set aside time each night for the family to read. Give books or magazine subscrip- tions to your teen as a gift or reward. Share your favorite book with your teen. Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA's Booklists and Book Awards page, www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. Stroke of the brush Big Stone Arts Council The Big Stone Arts Council will meet Oct. 19 from 7-9 p.m at the Media Center in the Ortonville Library. Please join us for a program with Edie Barrett, who will share a sample of her upcoming classes at the Library Media Center in November on dream interpretation, mythology and reflective art. Other topics of interest are upcoming events, available funding/grants, membership drive efforts and a follow up on the 2010 Arts Meander. The BSAC annual meeting is being organized for Nov. 16 and details will be announced. On Oct. 30, The Southwest Arts and Humanities Annual Celebration will be held at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson. Ticket information and more details about the gala event will be on the SMAHC website at www.smahc.org. A car pool to the event is being organized for those who would like to attend. Concurrent exhibits in October are Deb Larson paintings at Java Jule's and Kris Ninneman's watercolors and pen and ink drawings of local subject matter at the Big Stone County Court House. Art classes with local artists are being offered at OHS and the Media Center. Information can be found online at http://www.ohsonline.org/teacherpag es/shawnda.johnson/commed.htm. All are welcome to attend Big Stone Arts Council meetings. If you have any arts related questions you can contact Liz Rackl, 273-2146 or Deb Larson, 839-7084. /facto/Yag'e 00Sereen printing & Embroiderg i$ adding on/ Ivg P/ora/ now open/ qngon coming in to ehgel u out will receive a pink roe and a chance to win a $50 Chrttma centerpiece, now through hlondag Oct. 25th. Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday; 9:00am-2:00pm Saturday 212 - 2nd Strt NW Ortonvtll, ,HN 520=859-5506 00INDEPENDENT Increased enforcement of seat belt use during October Ortonville Police Department offi- cers will conduct intense Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols to increase seat belt use and stop preventable traffic deaths in October. The enforcement campaign includes around 400 Min- nesota agencies and is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. According to Ortonville Police De- partment Chief of Police Jason Murk, a seat belt is a motorist's best defense in case of a crash. He/she notes that in reliever crashes, unbelted motorists are usually ejected from the vehicle. In most cases, the vehicle will rollover them. In less severe crashes, unbelted motorists will crack teeth out on steer- ing wheels or break their nose, and even slam into and injure others in the vehicle. During the last three years (2007- 2009), in Minnesota, more than 1,000 motorists were killed in crashes and only 43 percent were buckled up. Dur- ing this same time period in Big Stone County, three .motorists were killed in traffic crashes and one was not belted. Another one unbelted motorists was se- riously injured. "The focus of this campaign is to prevent these traffic tragedies that are still far too common," says Chief Mork "This campaign is not about writing tickets. We are calling on motorists to be the first line of enforcing the law by speaking up and insisting all passen- gers are belted." Ortonville Police Department offi- cers will enforce the state's primary seat belt law during the effort, which allows law enforcement to stop mo- torists directly for belt violations. The primary law requires passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat, to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. A seat belt fine is $25 but can cost more than $100 with court and administrative ees. The primary law has helped the state achieve a record-high daytime seat belt compliance rate of 90 percent. In a recent pre-enforcement seat belt observational survey in Big Stone County, 87 % of motorists were belted. Ortonville Police Department will con- duct another survey following the en- forcement to measure belt use. The campaign will also include en- forcement of Minnesota's strengthened child passenger safety law that requires children to be in the correct restraint until they are age 8 and 4 feet 9 inches tall. This law requires booster seats for kids usually starting at age 4 to ensure adult seat belts fit them correctly: Ortonville Police Department is stressing belt use belt use especially among teens and young adults, the groups with the lowest seat belt use rates. Statewide each year, motorists age 15-29 account for 45 percent of all unbelted deaths, yet this group repre- sents only 25 percent of licensed driv- ers. This same age group accounts for 55 .percent of all unbelted serious in- jurzes -- 70 percent occur in Greater Minnesota. The enforcement effort will also in- clude a nighttime seat belt enforcement focus. DPS reports during 2007-2009, around 70 percent of motorists killed during nighttime hours (9 p.m. - 3 a.m.) were not buckled up. Around 400 law enforcement agen- cies statewide will participate in the ef- fort coordinated by DPS Office of Traffic Safety. The campaign is a com- ponent of the state's Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative. TZD is the state's core traffic safety program that uses a multidisciplinary approach to address traffic issues regionally through enforcement, education, engi- neering and emergency trauma care. The goal of the TZD is 400 or fewer road deaths by 2010. Extension news October climate trends reveal need to delay fall nitrogen application Ag News Wire By Mark Seeley, Univeristy of Minnesota Extension October is an important month from an agricultural standpoint. Crop harvesting, crop drying, tillage and soil testing are among the many weather-sensitive activities Minnesota farmers hope to accomplish. Some Octobers are fondly remembered for providing nearly ideal conditions for these activities, while some are cursed for problematic weather. I have been looking at recent climate trends for October in Minnesota, with one practical outcome being a recommendation to consider later fall fertilizer applications. Since the last major widespread drought year, 1988, Minnesota farmers have had to cope with several wetter-than-normal Octobers. In 2007 and 2009 the statewide average rainfalls for October were greater than five inches. For the majority-of Minnesota farmers this meant delays in harvest, and for several who reported more than seven inches of October rainfall in those years the delays were not in terms of days but weeks. This was because the rainfall was frequent with 16 to 19 days bringing rain to some places. Since 2000, only October of 2003 and 2006 delivered less-than-normal precipitation; moreover, since 1988, 12 years have brought well-above- normal precipitation during the month. In fact, in 2005, a very rare October flash flooding occurred in portions of east-central Minnesota as severe thunderstorms brought 4- to 6-inch rains. The silver lining in this October climate trend is the large fraction of the precipitation that goes into soil moisture storage and is available for the following year's crop. Regarding temperature trends in October. most of the years since 2000 have brought above-normal temperatures during the month. In addition, fall frost dates have come a bit later in the month than usual, especiallzAn southern counties., Over the past ffeveral Octobers, inciuding this year, daytime temperatures have exceeded 80 degrees on one or more days. In previous decades this has been a rare occurrence. A significant implication of the October temperature trend is warmer- than-normal soils, especially when considering the 50-degrees threshold for fall applications of anhydrous ammonia for nitrogen. Soil temperatures have remained well above 50 degrees deeper into October, and sometimes until near the end of the month. For those who apply fall nitrogen, this has been problematic because higher temperatures promote denitrification. Later in the fall season has been a better time for anhydrous applications in recent years. For more information on wet fall weather and crops, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at www.extension.umn.edu/go/1049. Farmers can also find climatology updates on the website of the Minnesota Climatology Working Group at http://climate.umn.edu/. Mark Seeley is a University of Minnesota Extension climatologist. Media Cgntact: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension. (612) 625-0237, ced@umn.edu BEAT BOREDOM WITHOUT BUSTING THE BUDGET with Bundles from Midcontinent Communications Theatre DVR Trio Bundle Theatre DVR Suite and MidcoNeP Preferred Broadband Bundle $ per month for 12 Months per month for 6 Months TM ORDER. 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