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MN "Food Hardship" ranks second lowest in Nation Minnesota is one of the best states was what we see here." for resources for making sure that families are able to put food on the table, according tO a new report. The director of Minnesota Foodshare, Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer, says the data, from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), lists Minnesota as having the second-low- est rate of food hardship in the nation, which, she says, doesn't tell the full story. "On the other hand, there are still people who are hungry and for them, it doesn't matter how well Minnesota is doing overall... They're still hun- gry." For families without kids, the food hardship 'rate in the state was just over ten percent. Pallmeyer says for families with children, that figure grows to nearly 17 percent. "And the way it was measured is that people were asked, 'Was there some time during the last year that you struggled getting food?' And the percentage of people that said 'Yes' For the nation as a whole, Pallmeyer says, about one of every four families with kids reported a food hardship in the past year. "It's not that we have people dying of hunger in the same way that Somalia does, for example, right now. But we have people who are thinking about food all the time, because they don't know where it's coming from." And those people might be your friends, family or neighbors, she adds. "They live all over. They look like you and me. They're people who have struggled to find work; they're people who have been laid off from work; they're people who have work, but it doesn't pay enough. They're anybody and everybody." Nelson-Pallmeyer says the best way to fight hunger locally is to sup- port the neighborhood food shelf, as well as to aid efforts to create jobs that provide a living wage. The report, "Food Hardship in America," is at SHOTS CAN KILL. i CELEBRATING THEIR 10 YEAR CLASS REUNION was the Ortonville High School Class of 2001 over Cornfest weekend. The class golfed, played yard games and had supper at the Big Stone American Legion. Class members are pictured above. In front from left to right are Bridget (Athey) Schweback, Garth Haukos, James Thompson, Allison (Foster) Moen and Serina (Buck) Stockoski. Second row left to right are Carl (Stallman) Raffety, Brian Carlson, Natalie (Morton) Guse, Danielle (Beyer) Karels, Tony Mosey, Alicia Ellingson, Carmen Leger, Hdlary (Wiese) Henrich, Rachelle (Homrighausen) Brown, Heidi (Redepenning) Marquardt, Brandon Koch, Cassie (Torgerson) Billiet, Adam Skoog and Dustin Kindelberger. Third row left to right are Adam Rademacher, Ryan Guse, Stacy Around'son, Michelle (Olson) Stein, Anthony Hillman and-Brandon Beachem. Fourth row left to right are Candice Ninneman, Meghan Riley, Sara (Graham) Wollschlager, Jennifer (Berning) Cronen, Nicole (Wojahn) Hillman and Jessica Klang-Call. Back row left to right are Jon Rademacher, Skip Letrud, Jason Oakes, Travis Beckman and Jordan Botker. MN job vacancies up 32.1 percent in second quarter 25 ;200 vacancies were in Greater Min- nesota. Compared with one year ago, job vacancies were up 43.2 percent in Greater Minnesota and 23.8 percent in the Twin Cities. Health care and social assistance had the most vacancies (17.9 percent), followed by retail trade (12.4 percent), accommodation and food services (11.8 percent), and manufacturing (10.9 percent) Firms with 50 or more employees accounted for 56.9 of the vacancies, while firms with 10 to 49 workers had 30.9 percent of the openings and those with fewer than 10 workers had 12.1 percent of the total. According to the DEED findings, 38 percent of the job vacancies were for part-time employment (35 hours or fewer a week), and 23 percent of the vacancies were for temporary or sea- sonal work. The survey found that 42 percent of the openings required a college degree or some level of post-high school train- ing. The median wage offer for all job vacancies was $10 an hour. Of the employers who were sur- veyed, 9.8 percent said they expect to increase employment levels in the next six months, down 1.4 percent from one year ago. The majority of employers (86.8 percent) expect staffing levels to remain the same over the next six months. DEED conducts the Job Vacancy Survey twice a year to measure hiring demand and vacancy characteristics by industry, occupation and firm size in Minnesota. About 13,000 firms in 20 industry sectors are surveyed in the state. A full report can be found at 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 www~PositivelyMinnesota:com. Fol- low us on Twitter at Job vacancies in Minnesota climbed 32.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011 compared with the same period a year ago, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Develop- ment (DEED). The agency said em- ployers reported 54,700 openings during the period, compared with 41,400 openings one year earlier. The Job Vacancy Survey, conducted twice annually by DEED in the second and fourth quarters, also found that the state had 3.6 unemployed people for each vacancy, compared with 4.8 un- employed people for each vacancy dur- ing the same period last year. "These findings point to an improv- ing economy that is returning to levels not seen since before the recession," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "Minnesota employers haven't reported this many job openings since the second quarter of 2007." About half the job vacancies (54 percent) were in the seven-county Twin Cities region, which accounted for 29,500 openings. The remaining Obituaries Henry "Albert" Lotthammer with his parents and brothers Ewald, Fred and Raymond in 1923. The family settled on a farm in the Bellingham area where other relatives resided. "Albert" was confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church, Bellingham in 1931 by Rev. G. S. Mundinger. He received his formal education in Districts 82, 98 and 107. He then helped on the family farm and other farmers in the area.. "Albert" was united in marriage to Clara Flora Koeckeritz on March 18, 1944 at Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Bellingham by Rev. Henry Sporleder. To this union four children were born. After their marriage, "Albert" and Clara started to farm on the Bertha Ross farm after his parents moved into Bellingham. In 1951, they purchased a farm south of Odessa where they farmed until retiring in 1979. In 1985, they moved into Ortonville where Clara still resides. In life, Albert enjoyed his family, farming, and fishing with his fishing buddy Morris Tietgen. "Albert" was an Elder of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Treasurer of Trinity Lutheran, Officer of Trinity Friendship League; Director of Agassiz Odessa Mutual Insurance Company for 21 years, Bellingham Lion's Club, Director of Bellingham Shipping Association, and sold insurance for several companies. He enjoyed traveling and took trips with the Prime Timers, a trip to Germany, Caymon Islands and many trips to Canada to visit relatives. His last trip was in July of 2010. He entered his heavenly home on Aug. 31, 2011. He had reached the age of 95 years, two months and eight days. "Albert" is survived by his wife Clara of 67 happy years of marriage, his children Arvid (Rosalie), Lotthammer of Alexandria; Ardie (Lowell) Elliot of Montevideo, A1 (Barb) Lotthammer of New London and Glen Lotthammer of Raymond. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great- grandchildren, sisters-in-law Evelyn Koeckeritz of New Ulm and Inga Koeckeritz of Ortonville and by many nieces, nephews and cousins in both Canada and USA. He was preceded in death by his parents Christian and Mathilda, his brothers Adolf, Edmond, Eric, Rudolf, Ewald, Fred, Helmuth and Raymond and his sisters Bertha, Adeline and Mellita. Blessed be his memory. Funeral services for 95 year old Henry "Albert" Lotthammer will be held at 11 a.m Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Bellingham. Rev. Thaine Kister and Rev. Robert Friedrich will officiate at the service. Special music will be provided by Pam Wilding, pianist, Dean Dallman, soloist and violinist Anita nannemann. Honorary casket bearers will be Albert's Grandchildren, Morris Tietjen and Wendell Lotthammer. Active casket bearers will be; John Elliot, Alex Lotthammer, Jeff Lotthammer, Brian Lotthammer, Keith Lotthammer, Jonathan Hoogeveen. Interment will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Henry "Albert" Lotthammer was born to parents Christian and Mathilda (Schmidt) Lotthammer on June 23, 1916 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada. He was baptized as an infant in Edmonton. He immigrated to America Kevin Raaf ( V' Complete Collision Repair i/Glass Replacement and Chip Repair t/Frame and Suspension Repair Veteran Service News By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The Big Stone County Veterans Service Office hours are from 7:30am -4 pm, Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. Camp Ripley Open House. Camp Ripley will be hosting an open house on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event includes a car show, a welcome home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony beginning at 1 p.m., vendors, HMMV and tank display, food and beverages. ATTENTION VIETNAM VETERANS !!!! Again, Camp Ripley invites Vietnam Veterans to its biennial open house on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. There will be a ceremony to honor our "Vietnam Hero's" at 1 p.m. that is themed "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans." The St. Cloud VA Health Care System-Women Veterans Program presents: A women veterans health and wellness event (Personal Safety). The date is Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. There is a social gathering and flu vaccinations at 5:30 p.m. and the Program from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. Please keep in mind that you do not have to be enrolled in VA care to attend this event. For more information, call (320) 255-6371. Veteran, National Guard and Reserves-United Association Veterans in Piping. Veterans in Piping (VIP) is an intensive free 20 week Training Program in Welding and Piping Industry related skills. Upon successful completion, including achieving a minimum of two pipe welding certifications you will be GUARANTEED a job and enter on in their Apprentice programs as a second year Apprentice. For more information, visit In Minnesota, call Minnesota Pipe Trades at (651) 291- 5001. You can also stop by my office and pick up a brochure. Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds & Following Seas!" New video resource helps MN families+choose!childcare - ALL WORK GUARANTEED - North Minnesota St. & Eastvold Ave, * Ortonville, MN Work (320) 839-3066 * Home 605-676-2457 , Cell 605-880-4252 In Minnesota, three-quarters of par- ents with children under age 12 use some form of outside child care. A re- cent Wilder Research report says that, while quality is a top concern for par- ents, nearly one in three say they have to take whatever they can get. Karen Fogolin with the Minnesota Childcare Research and Referral Net- work says it doesn't have to be that way. Her group just released a video that helps parents see what quality child care looks like in action. "It's not a one-size-fits-all. Some families want a family-based child care program, and some want a center- based program. So, this video really highlights the choices that families have, and it highlights the essential re- search-based elements of quality child care." The video, called "Is This the Right Place for My Child?" tells the story of 'tkt s O tt~ a~-mmt ~ rm,mpm~n~a Cover your health between retirement and Medicare Tom Oakes Agent 40 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2118 or 800-630-4978 Maybe you're retired or planning to retire soon but you're not yet eligible for Medicare. And maybe you're wondering what to do about getting a health plan. I can help. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has several affordable plans and deductible options that are ideal to bridge the time between retirement and Medicare. And you know Blue Cross is a name you can trust for quality and dependability. Give me a call. We can discuss your situation and VII be happy to answer any questions you have. three Minnesota families and their quest for quality care. Emily Cooper is one of the parents in the video. For her, a smaller home- based day-care close to her work is the best option for her son. "I did not really want a huge setting, or a setting where I felt that he would be one of many. I want him to get indi- vidualized attention. I was also looking for. a place where he would be able to interact with children of different ages. I felt that would help him with his de- velopment." Cooper's been happy with her choice, and says her son is thriving. As an attorney with her own small law firm, she says reliable care has been critical. "For me, the freedom to know that my son is safe and that I can work on the work that I need to do and focus on my clients, without worrying about him, is essential to our livelihood, and our life and our lifestyle Having good day care is incredibly important for nle." Whether considering home-based care or center-based care, Fogolin ad- vises parents to look at the people, the place and the program. "How are the adults interacting with one another and interacting with the children'? Is there a curriculum, a pro- g:am established to. tailored to, meet the individual needs of the child? And is the place warm, inviting and safe? Those are some of the researched- based indicators of quality child care." 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