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As we celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 3-9, 2010, I encourage you to take a look at your local 4-H and recognize the young people stepping up and taking responsibility for their future and ours. This is also a good time to say thank you to the 13,000 Minnesota adults who make a difference by volunteering their time to help 4-H participants each year. 4-H is Minnesota's largest youth serving program, providing young people with opportunities to learn and grow in all 87 counties. I am a former 4-H'er who has benefitted from the way 4-H builds leadership ability, confidence and decision-making skills. What 4-H'ers "learn by doing" makes a difference not only in their lives, but in the lives of everyone around them. Minnesota 4-H'ers learn to work hard and set goals in projects ranging from exhibiting livestock to photography to rocketry. Today, there are many ways to get involved in 4-H, including traditional clubs, after-school programs and outreach and community service projects. A 2009 report on positive youth development from Tufts University confirmed the positive impact that 4-H has on young people. According to the study, young people who take part in 4-H: have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school score higher in their ability to make friends and work well with others are more than twice as likely to contribute to their communities are less likely to experience depression and 47 percent less likely to have risky or problem behaviors Minnesota is fortunate to have dedicated professionals and volunteers who invest time in programs that provide opportunities and guidance to our youth. At University of Minnesota Extension, we are proud to provide opportunities for 4-H participants to develop their "head, heart; hands and health" for the benefit of their families, their clubs, their communities, their country and their world. To learn more about Minnesota 4- H, visit www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4- H. To watch a short video of Minnesota 4-H in action, visit www.extension.unm.edu/source. Bev Durgan is dean of University of Minnesota Extension and director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. /,,,"''C'heck out our web site at .orto nvilleindependent.com... ! Hart T S?l)'uman MEMBERS OF THE ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1953 held a 75th birthday celebration this summer. Virginia (Sester) Michels who has a summer residence at Trails End on the Minnesota side of Big Stone Lake won this col- lection of postage stamps of special people and events that have taken place in their lifetime. Classmate Ray Lunde donated the collection. The stamps include: rural America, Boulder Dam Dedication 1935, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933- 1945), Win the War, WW II Memorial (W W II 1939-1945), Harry S. Truman (1945-1953), United Nations established 1945, Korean War (1945-1950), Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961), Minnesota Centennial (1958), John F. Kennedy (1961-1963), Project Mercury (1959-1963), Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969), Moon Landing (July 21, 1969), Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974), Viet Nam War (1954-1975), Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977), America Bicentennial 1976, Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), Computer Age, Y2K 2000, 9/11/2001, Aging Together. de ; Ge Indepen nt Ads t Noti00-e00. (You're reading this one aren't ou?) Save this paper for recycling For all you d Jason Mark has been a member of the Ortonville Police Department since May of 1996 and was promoted to Police Chief in ust of 2009 .... Mark was born in Ortonville and grew up in the Bellingham and Madison areai He graduated from Madison High School in 1990. He then attended Alexandria Technical College for Law Enforcement and graduated in 1992. Jason and his wife Kim have been married for 17 years. Kim is employed with Otter Tail Power Company. They have one daughter, Rachel, who is in the fourth grade at the Ortonville School., A 12-year member of the Ortonville Fire Department, Jason also serves as the Fire Prevention Officer and is a Relief Association Trustee. He also serves as a part-time Deputy with the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department. In his spare time, Mark enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and collecting police and fire department patches. This salute sponsored by the following... , L/..'- ) . : '/q-J//.06 "Cefe6ratiru 3 Life, One ,Family at a qime" Traditional & Contemporary Services Cremation Services Monument & Marker Options Preplanning Services Online Obituaries & Guest Register Attractive Facilities Visit our website: www.larsonfuneral, com SUPER00ALU ORTONVILLE, MN Fresh Meats, Produce, Bakery, Dell Sandwiches and Salads, Chester Fried Chicken STORE HOURS: Mon-SaL 8am to 9pm; Sun, 9am to 5pm Hedge.r..,t, .. & Herberg L, G, Everist, Inc, .. Uv..,n=, 43966 Co. Hwy. 17 :'" Ort0nville, MN 56278 Rock Solid Since 1876 Big Stone Citfi South Dakota 57216 605-862-8143 www. a n d rewfa I k . o rg Creating Jobs by Putting People to Work Rebuilding Roads, Bridges, and Infrastructure Fair Funding for Rural Schools by Authoring Legislation like House File 2: The New Minnesota Miracle Helping Small Businesses in Minnesota Hire New Workers, Make Investments, and Access New Sources of Capital More Renewable Energy that Keeps Dollars in Our Local Economies Instead of Shipping Them to Foreign Countries Protecting Minnesota Consumers by Making Fraudulent Live Check Schemes Illegal- House File 2599 Affordable and Accessible Health Care for All Minnesotans As your State Representative, I bring Energy, Experience, and a Positive Voice for Western Minnesota to the State Capitol/ IaskfryurvtenNvember'd   www.andrewfalk.org 320-444-5017 tw-' " i Prepared and paid fbr by Andrew Falk for State Representative Colnmittee - Murdock, MN 56271 Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010  INDEPENDENT Page 7