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47TH ANNUAL PATIO GOLF TOURNAMENT was held Aug. 28-29 at the Ortonville Golf Course. Division 1 winners are pictured above. From Left to rilght are 1st Place-Luke Kafka and Randy Christensen, 2nd Place-Josh Zinski and Chris Batchelor, 3rd Place-Skip Letrud and Dave "Tuna" Torgerson, 4th Place-Mike Sipe and Gary Mohs and 5th Place Joe and Jon Radermacher. A total of 50 two-man teams participated in this year's tournament. By: Darrin Welle-Big Stone SWCD Contact 320-839-6149 Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) As most of you know the Big Stone SWCD takes great pride in the tree plantings that we do. Trees have so many benefits that they bring to your land that it is hard sometimes to talk about the negative side. My very first "invasive weed" removal was m high school cutti0g down buckthom m our school woods. Everyone in our class was given a hand saw and a spray bottle of glyphosate. ,I guess it sure beat sitting inside listening to a lecture. Common buckthorn was first brought to Minnesota in the 1800's from Europe. It was sold in nurseries until the 1930's It is now classified by the state of Minne.sota as a restricted noxious weed. The easiest way to identify this "invasive weed" is to see it in the fall. It holds onto its leaves late into the fall, much later than the native deciduous trees. It will also be one of the first to bloom in the spring, which then shades out natives. Buckthorn can invade woodland, upland, and wetlands. It has been said that common buckthom has spread to every county in the state of Minnesota. The leaves are egg-shaped, pointed at the tip, smooth, dark. glossy and finely toothed. Another easy way to identify this tree is to take a knife and cut a small chunk of the bark off. Orange heartwood will be noticed on common buckthorn, making it easier to separate from other native trees. The female trees have berries right now and will look similar to that of a chokecherry. Although I would not recommend eating the berries, they will stay on the tree through March. The best way to manage this is to cut down all buckthorn trees greater than three inches in diameter. A handsaw works well, but a chain saw is more efficient if you have many trees to remove. When cutting trees. remember to keep track of the stumps. If stumps are not treated or removed, they will re-sprout vigorously. It is easiest to get a color dye so you know what stumps were treated. Glyphosate (Roudup) is the very effective and the cheapest route to go when treating the stumps. Garlon 3A is another chemical that can be used as a foliar application, but can get expensive. Pull up small trees (less than one inch) by hand. They do not have strong roots. Small trees are often overlooked, but can cause just as much of an issue in the long run. The Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) program is targeting this invasive week for eradication. For more information about buckthorn and other invasive weeds in our county, contact Darrin Welle at 320-839-6149, or Darrin.Welle @, or contact the County Ag Inspector. Also visit our website at w';, or ORTONVILLE PATIO GOLF TOURNAMENT Division 2 winners are pictured above. From left to right are 1st Place-Jim Geier and Hans-Peter Hoffman, 2nd Place-Mike Hynnek and Randy Schmidt, 3rd Place-Ted Matthews and Tim Holtquist, 4th Place-Dan Oakes and Kevin Bogenreif and 5th Place-Donovan Thole and Bill Pansch. The state Department of Employ- ment and Economic Development (DEED) announced a $95,104 Low In- come Worker Training Program grant to help train 100 people enrolled in three programs sponsored by Project for Pride in Living (PPL). PPL is a Minneapolis-based non- profit agency that helps lower-income people and families in the Twin Cities achieve se!f-sufficiency through hous- ing, employment training, education and support services. Under the grant, 30 people with Minnesota certification and at least one yea( of professional experience will participate in a 120-hour advancement for certified nursing program, while 30 people will be enrolled in the medical clerical program. In addition. 40 peo- ple will take three weeks of training m banking/finance and soft skills. The three courses will also include resume and interview preparauon, employment coaching, job placement and retennon services. The Low Income Worker Training Program was launched in 2005 within DEED's Minnesota Job Skills Partner- ship (MJSP). The program helps peo- ple with incomes at or below 200 percent of 'the federal poverty line to learn additional skills that enable them to move up the career ladder to higher- paying jobs. 'These training initiatives are tar- get d at people who need additional skills to advance their careers," said Dan McElroy, DEED commissioner and MJSP board chair. "The grant also enables Project for Pride in Living to develop additional partnerships and add value to the local business and medical communities." For more information on the grant, contact PPL Director of Employment Training Tina Platt Wombacher, 612- 455-5309, or e-mail tina.wom- MJSP offers technical, financial and job training assistance to businesses. communities, educational institutions and workers. The board brings busi- nesses with specific education needs together with educational institutions to design customized training pro-. grams. DEED is the state's principal eco- nomic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, in- ternational trade and community de- velopment. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at Fol- low us on Twitter at ii!i!:i: ilUi:::i ;i:iiii::i : :::iiii;:il ::: :: : :::,: ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #2903 WILL BE HELD ON ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12 AND KINDERGARTEN who are NEW to the Ortonville School District, will have a chance to attend the orientations. 8:00 AM -Kindergarten Orientation in the kindergarten room 9:00 AM - 7th Grade Orientation in -12 noon high school auditorium for all students entering 7th grade 1:30 PM- 8th thru 12th Grade New Student Orientation at high school auditorium (including Big Stone City, SD students) If you have questions that may be answered prior to the start of the school year, now is the time to do so/ If unable to attend these days, students will receive all information after the assembly on the first day of school. ORTONVILLE ISD #2903 Ortonville. Minnesota Do your retirement plans need retooling? Where does your retirement plan stand? Although this phase in everyone's life looms in the future, many people fail to set aside the money they will need to fun and healthy and happy retirement. Others who have saved diligently over time may have been tiit hard by the stock market declines of the last couple of years, finding that their nest egg has declined sharply in value. If you're not sure what your next best step mightbe, the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers this advice for anyone dealing with the new realities of retirement. It's still smart to save Even if your retirement portfolio took a beating in the stock market last year, don't throw up your hands and stop contributing to your plan altogether. You will still need to pay for your expenses in retirement, and it's smart to have more than Social Security payments to cover your costs. If you've been burned in the markets and are reluctant to dive in again, you may want to choose investments that are least subject to market volatility and less likely to decline in value. If you're uncertain about the best choices, speak to a trusted business adviser, like your CPA, about your best investment options. But don't stop saving now or you're sure to regret it later. Assess your situation INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST from this year's 47th Annual Patio Golf Tournament was Mike Sipe of Milbank, SD. The tournament was held at the Ortonville Golf Course Aug. 28-29. The neqcs has been full of stories of people whose retirements have been affected by market volatility, but don't immediately assume you're in the same boat. Instead, make a careful analysis of your financial situation to see where you stand. Do you know if your retirement portfolio will still cover your income needs in retirement? The CPA profession's 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy program offers free resources to help you get started on answering that question. On the program's website,, you'll find tools to assist you in evaluating 'how much money you'll need in retirement and closing gaps in your retirement income. Once you understand a little more about your expenses down the road. you can make better' savings and investment decisions today. Consider ways to increase your nest egg At what age do you plan to retire? Obviously, the longer you work, the more money you'll be able to set aside for your retirement account. And, of course, by continuing on the job you delay the point when you begin withdrawing from your retirement savings, which means there will be more waiting for you when you do quit working. In addition, your Social Security benefit will be affected by your age and retirement. Let's say you were born in.1954, which means that your full retirement age for Social Security is 66. If you were eligible to receive a $1,000 monthly benefit by retiring at age 66. that benefit would be cut to $750 if you retired at age 62. Of course, you do being receiving the benefits sooner, so the total you get will average out over time. (You cart learn more On the Social Security Administration website at Given these variables, the best plan is to consider your individual and family circumstances and review the benefits you will receive at different ages before you make your decision. Consult your CPA Havihg trouble calculating your retirement needs and creating a reasonable savings plan? Remember that your CPA.can help. Ask him or her about all the financial questions facing you and your family. Information and resources are available to the public on the MNCPA Web site ( for.mation) including tax and financial planning information for individuals and small businesses. A free CPA referral service is also available on the Web site or by calling 800-331-4288. The MNCPA is part of the national 360 Degrees of Financial. Literacy campaign to help Americans' improve financial literacy; information and resources are ' available at Page 2b INDEPENDENT Tuesday, August 31,2010