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BIG STONE CITY LITTLE LIONS PRESCHOOLERS have been enjoying special activities to celebrate Red and Orange weeks. Shown above are Joe Wiik and Val Rausch of the Big Stone City Fire Department visiting their classroom to teach them about fire safety. The students were thrilleci to see the big fire truck and climb inside to sound the siren. In photo below, the preschoolers took a bus trip to Schumacher Pumpkin Patch which was a terrific way to begin orange week at preschool. Marlyn and Reva Schumacher explained to the children how the pumpkins grow and allowed each child to choose a pumpkin to take home. Mrs. Strei, Mrs. Kelly and Little Lions Preschoolers think that preschool is a fun place to be. 2010 South Dakota pheasant season opens this weekend with competitive rental rates in ex- change for public access and I0- to 15- year leases. GFP also provides cost share to CREP participants to convert cropland tO grassland and restore wet- lands. Some CREP lands can be found in the 2010 Public Lands Atlas, but this new program is constantly adding acres. Hunters are encouraged to go online at ing/areas/maps/default.aspx and click on "Hunting Atlas Updates" for up-to- date maps with all enrolled CREP lands. Information on the web page is updated weekly to provide the most current information about newly en- rolled CREP lands. GFP is posting CREP signs on those areas as fast as .possible, but the areas will be listed on ]ts website before the signs are in place. Despite the excitement of opening day, hunters are reminded to be safe. "First and foremost, hunters should always use the blue-sky rule," said Vonk. "Never shoot at a bird unless Hunters taking to the fields for the traditional South Dakota pheasant opener this weekend should find great conditions. With bird counts above the 10-year average, a favorable weather forecast and farmers harvesting crops in many areas, conditions are ripe for a suc- cessful weekend. "It's a good time to be a pheasant hunter," said South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Jeff Vonk. "We have good pheasant numbers despite a wet spring and the loss of thousands of acres of CRP. South Dakota is a prime pheasant hunting destination, and GFP staff and private landowners work hard to keep it that way." GFP has partnered with USDA to provide a new program, the Conserva- tion Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). CREP will allow public hunt- ing access this fall on over 20,000 acres of private land in the James River Wa- tershed. CREP provides private landowners you can see plenty of horizon under- neath it. Also, if you are hunting in a group, walk in a straight line and be aware of other hunters, especially blockers." Hunters should always be aware of gun-safety rules and never shoot at birds on the ground when hunting with dogs. Many hunting accidents in South Dakota occur when hunters shoot at low-flying birds. Shotgun pellets carry much farther than people may think. "Getting out, hunting with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors is really what this weekend is all about," said Vonk. "It's a great tradi- tion and a great time for making mem- ories and seeing old friends." Pheasant season starts at noon on Saturday. The daily limit is three roos- ter pheasants, with a 15-bird posses- sion limit. Hunters transporting birds are reminded that the birds must have a wing, foot, or head attached until hunters get home. Freepq00rt artist wins 2011 pheasant stamp competition A painting by Scot Storm of Freeport was chosen as the winning de- ,- sign from among 19 entries in the 2011 t5:; /:5 pheasant habitat stamp contest spon- sored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Eight entries advanced to the second stage of judging, from which the five- member panel of judges selected six fi- nalists. Donald Blakney of Princeton took second place and Tim Turenne of Richfield took third. The $7.50 pheasant stamp is re- quired of all Minnesota pheasant f f i i i i  b' hunters ages 18 through 64. Stamp i " i// ' .: '.' ''  " " NOW I sales generate money for habitat en- , ...Ji ]L .'t, d, /.  " hancement efforts on both public and private lands in Minnesota's pheasant range. ' The DNR offers no prizes for the  ti",   ''-|.iLj ' ' I, stamp contest winner, but the winning , /'Ilk V/'00klL/akl:$Ll"- artist retains the right to reproduce the •  te"_?.?  'i ..w. :-:'*.'.8 €'€.'Y'j " ,1" work, which is usually done as limited i , ,,,, ., ,:17"  ATTHE , edition prints. The 2011 Pheasant ,.  .... , ! -  . i , Stamp will be available for sale in March2011. DESIGN IN THE 2011 , ,..,-,, -t-#'"..'  i 0i"7  , " ' i, WINNING PHEASANT HABITAT STAMP ,q .,:, .., x.. t'; l: • ., contest was done by Scot Storm of Freeport. The contest was :i | Ortonv,lle sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. • ' -' " "*" " ":" . 11 00naepenaent ,, : RE-ELECT CONGRESSMAN ,, ,, €, t - _ _. ..,Pzrm=°'--  I y,v m rlb_QC - i . .,:,, - - ::. ,, 7TH DISTRICT • ]' ' These.. 2 Different. Style Sngns Now On Hand!  STOP IN TODAY!!! ii NORTHSIDE MEDICAL CLINIC Tuesday, Oct. 26 • 1:30-5:00 PM Wednesday, Oct. 27 • 1:30-5:00 PM Thursday, Oct. 28 ° 1:30-5:00 PM CLINTON CLINIC Wednesday, Oct. 27 ° 8:30 AM-12:00 NOON Please call ahead if possible. Walk-ins welcome/  Ortonville Area Health Services I CLINTON NORTHSIDE CLINIC MEDICAL CENTER For more information, call (320) 839-6157, III I Paid for by Peterson for Congress Committee Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 INDEPENDENT Page 3b