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Area news digest APPLETON-Swift County is considered one of Minnesota's "turnaround counties," according to the Minnesota State Demographers office. But the population rebound is primarily a result of the prison in Appleton. Swift County lost 18.6 percent of its population between 1970 and 1990. Between 1990 and 1995 it recovered 357 people, or a 3.3 percent gain. In recent reports, Swift County increased in population from 10,724 in 1990 to 11, 159 in 1997. According to a report from the demographer's office, most of "the gains occurred in the City of Appleton, the rest of the county continued its long-term pattern of population decline." Inmates at Prairie Correctional Facility count as part of the general population statistics. Expansion at the prison increased the population of the City of Appleton to 2,117 in 1997 from around 1,580 in 1990. Prisoners accounted for 517 of the 537-person increase. While trends in cities show optimism at the state office, townships continue to lose residents. In 1997, only four of the eight municipalities saw an increase in population from 1990. Appleton, Benson, Danvers and Kerkhoven all reported increases in population. Benson's population increased by 84 people from 3,235 to 3,319. Kerkhoven's increased from 732 to 741 and Danvers' population increased by five people from 98 to 103. However, only two Swift County townships saw increases in population. MONTEVIDEO-Crops now being harvested may be the best ever in Chippewa County, says Roger J. Larson, who has personally seen the good and the bad in his 43 years with the Extension Service here. But low prices paint a bleak picture. One study says an average farmer may see a minus $42,000 as the bottom line in his bookwork this year, compared to an average net income of $40,000 last year. That's an $82,000 spread. "l think we may be in for a crisis where we'll lose a bunch of farmers," Larson said Tuesday. An excellent growing season got off to a good start with a lot of the crops planted in April and early May. "We had good moisture and the crops moved along extremely well," Larson said. "On average, this is one of the best years for crop production, if not the best ever," Larson said. MADISON-Sonja Farmer, district manger of the LqP Soil & Water Conservation District, Mary Larson, district technician and Leroy Anderson, LqP County Highway Engineer met with the county board at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Farmer explained that their office had been working with Anderson to prepare a grant proposal for living snow fences. She noted that a number of specific locations situated along county highways which are susceptible to snow drifting had been identified by the county highway department. When a survey form was sent to these landowners to determine if they would be interested in constructing a living snow fence on their property, a number responded. What Farmer was requesting was that the county be the sponsoring agent for the grant application with Farmer authorized to execute and sign agreements. This grant proposal to FEMA is due Oct. 1, 1998 and would be for $85,440 with a 25 percent local match. This amount would be $21,371. The purpose of the living snow fences would be to reduce snow removal costs for the county highway department. Big Stone City Gall Maxwell, home in Backus over the Labor Day Phone 839-2207 weekend. American Legion and American Ervin and Larnoine Herrmann, kda Legion Auxiliary will have their Herrmann of Ortonville, Hazel Gibson District 4 meting on Wednesday of Beardsley, Elizabeth.Duha-of Sept. 30th at 8 p.m. at the Legion Graettinger, IA were among visitors at Clubrooms. There will be an informational workshop at 5 p.m. All Auxiliary members are invited. Please members attend the District 4 meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at'8 p.m. Lets have a big turnout please. Dinner guests at the Clifford Christensen home Thursday evening were Mr. Roger Christensen and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zeek and David of • Big Stone and Douglas Zeek from Idaho Falls, ID. They were celebrating Douglas' birthday. His birthday was Thursday, Sept. 10th. A picnic was held at Hartford Beach last Sunday. Those attending were Myron and Lorraine Schnaser and Dennis of Big Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Remund and Kristen and Kelsey of Sioux Falls, Michael Keith and Stacy of Milbank and Julie Erickson and Heather of Milbank. Sharon and Kristen Remund of Sioux Falls were last Saturday morning visitors at the Myron Schnaser home. Lucille McFarland was a visitor Thursday at the Myron and Lorraine Schnaser home. Don Nigg from Browns Valley was a last Thursday visitor of Roger and Sis Torgerson. Roger and Sis Torgerson visited Sis' sister Bernice Granoski in the Browns Valley nursing home on Thursday. Jeri Van Hout visited at the Jean Thompson home last Friday afternoon. Janice Wolf was a last Friday evening caller at the Jean Thompson home. Evelyn Zahnow spent Thursday visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Raaf and Verene Putzier in Nassau. Eldora Nelson and Pearl Pepka saw Florence Trapp at Northridge last Sunday. Eldora Nelson, Pearl Pepka and Grace Van Hout helped Gladys Erens celebrate her birthday Friday, Sept. 4that the St. William's nursing home. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Hjellming from Watertown were Wednesday afternoon lunch guests of Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. Ralph and Lavina Loeschke left Aug. 30th and spent a week in Minneapolis camping at the Minnesota State Fair. Tuesday Ralph and Lavina Loeschke went to Watertown to shop for the day. Connie Voeltz spent a week babysitting her little granddaughter Sydney Morton at Sydney's parents' home in Eden Prairie. John and Eleanor Harrington from Las Vegas were Wednesday to Saturday visitors at the Bob and Orla Onken home. Peter and Pam Steinke and boys visited Pain's parents at their lake the John Hoffard home at Wahpeton, ND last Saturday afternoon. Lamoine Herrmann and Elizabeth Duhn of Graettinger, IA attended a birthday party for Florence Trapp at Northridge on Friday afternoon. Sharon Wieber of Milbank and Delores Bengtson spent Labor Day weekend with Delores' sons in Coon Rapids. The Wade Van Dover family went to Pierre, SD. The spent Labor Day weekend with Mike and Chris (Binsfeld) Thompson, Betty Binsfeld and Judy Thompson. Fishing was great! r Comfortable Reading "Newspapers come into your home, almost like part of your family. You greet them in your bathrobe, carry them into your breakfast room, lounge with them in the den. They may be the only companions you actually take with you into the bathroom." - ASNE Bulletin, a publication produced by managing editors i TCI CABLEVISION OF MN, I I Announces the Following I Effective Sept. 21, 1998 I " p--00ul L " I >ADDING CSPAN 2 to channel 96 Extension re I I >CHANGING QVC from channel 98 to channd 16 I 2 ** HBO Movies, original programming, specials John Cunningham, County Extension Director 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 WORLD GRAIN DEMAND This week's material was developed by Craig Haugaard, Swift County Extension Educator. While the eyes of the investment world have been focused on the wildly fluctuating stock market lately, another market, one with great possible significance to agricultural producers, has been dropping. The cash dollar index chart, which reflects the dollar's value against the values of the major trading currencies, appears to have made a fairly major top and on September 4 broke decisively below the 40 day moving average. If our dollar is starting to soften when compared to other major currencies what does that mean to those of us in production agriculture? From the simplistic standpoint, when our dollar weakens, other currencies gain buying power and thus our grain and foodstuffs become cheaper. The U.S. dollar is used around the world as the global trading currency of choice, mainly because of a large supply of currency and high confidence in the U.S. government. In spite of this high confidence, we do have a huge trade deficit hanging over our heads. Americans continue to send their dollars overseas to buy consumer goods to such a large degree that by the end of 1998 we will have a net balance of trade of $833 billion dollars. As long as confidence in the dollar is high we have not seen a flight to spend these dollars in the United States. Given our rising trade deficit and the recent troubling slippage in the cash dollar index chart it may be reasonable to assume that if the dollar continues to slip, the holders of these dollars will try to quickly convert them to products. When that time comes, what do we have an abundance of---cheap grain. If this slippage in the dollar continues, look for foreign buyers to start converting some of the U.S. currency that they are holding into hard commodities such as our agricultural commodities. It could be just tlae thing II IUIq !1 11 CRAIG lull II II 320-839-2357 'll a Certified ockmaker ' Watchmaker Call After 6 p.m. for Estimates The 3IysterT Begins... Will you be an agent? Vote for David Dinnel as Commissioner of Big Stone County District 4 My many years of public service and broad-based employment qualify me to serve effectively as commissioner of your district: • United States Navy {24 years} • - Established and executed $300,000+ annual budget • - Supervised and directed 25 employees 0- Provided service to approximately 1,200 personnel • Minnesota West College {10 years & current employer} • * Coordinated $260,000 College energy conservation project • - Coordinated installation of College multimedia and interactive television studios • Small business owner/operator {5 years} • Ortonville City Council {4 years} • Ortonville Board of Edueation {3years} • Church Committees {3+ years and still serving} • Main Street Industries Board {1 year and still serving} • Wrote successful grant applications totalling over $241,000 • Instrumental in attracting B&L Industries to Ortonviile Elect David Dinnel Big Stone County Commissioner District 4 Paid for by the candidate in his own behalf. David Dirmel, 570 Park Ave., Ononville, MN 56278 I that we have been looking for to put a bottom in these markets and to help us | | reclaim a larger share of the export ', market. ! MDA to offer water-testing clinic I for nitrate in Big Stone County | We will be hosting a clinic to test | drinking water, livestock watering | svstems and irrigation wells for ! nitrates in Big Stone County and i surrounding counties. The clinic will be held on Friday, September 18, 1998, in Ortonville, MN, at the Cenex Plant from 9 AM to 1 PM. The event is part of a statewide series of water testing clinics being | offered throughout 1998. I In order to participate in the m testing, homeowners must bring at least one-half cup of water in either a Whirl-Pak plastic bag or a Ziploc-type ta bag. In order to get a representative sample, allow the water to run 5 to 10 a, minutes before filling the bag. O Homeowners with water treatment equipment should take two water | samples----one before and one after the | treatment process. Homeowners with | just a water softener need only take | one sample, either before or after the | water passeff through the water | softener. | Samples should be taken no more | than 24 hours before the testing, and they must be refrigerated. Samples | should be cool when arriving at the | clinic. To ensure accuracy, ! homeowners should mark the bags I with their name, phone number and a | well identification number if more | than one well is sampled. | If they wish, homeowners may ! remain anonymous. In that case they i should simply choose another easily I recognized number to put on the well samples. It is not necessary to provide | information about the wells from | which water is taken. | Samples are analyzed on the | spot--the process usually takes less than 5 minutes--and results are given directly to the homeowner. 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