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Morrie Howland lefse champ for third year Once again Morrie Howland of Big Stone City was awarded 1st place Aug. 26 at the National Lefse Contest in BarnesviUe. Unprecedented in the contest's history, Morrie won first place for a third year in a row. The Lefse Contest is part of the Potato Days festival held annually in Barnesville. All contestants in the lefse contest prepared their lefse dough before the contest, and at 1 p.m. the contestants were told to "start rolling!l" They had one hour to roll their dough to form their best piece of lefse. At 2 p.m. the contestants were then told "stop rolling" and each place their best lefse round on a numbered plate. Judges then were handed the plates and determined the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The judges did not know which plate came from which contestant. In the end, Morrie was crowned the winner again! ! Morrie said during his rolling of his lefse, his dough wasn't working quite right, And his lefse griddle, which the contestants bring their own, wasn't quite the right heat either. All in all, Morrie felt it wasn't the best day of lefse rolling for him, but something must have gone right! Morrie was a bit shocked to learn he was the winner again, but he graciously accepted his 1st place win and said he had no secrets to his lefse making. Morrie, now 91 years young, makes a lot of lefse throughout the year. He enjoys the task and loves giving away most of it. He sends lefse to all of his sons and daughters at Christmas time each year. The postage alone probably costs more than the actual lefse product, but he commits himself to share his love of lefse each Christmas. Congratulations to Morrie! MORRIE HOWLAND OF BIG STONE CITY is shown above rolling lefse as he prepares for the National Lefse Contest held in Barnesville on Aug. 26. Howland, now 91 years young, took 1st place for the third year in a row during the lefse contest which is part of Potato Days held annually in Barnesville. 9 Agency on Aging reps to be here The hours of the Ortonville Public Library are Monday-Thursday 11 next week a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 12 noon-5 p.m. The Annual Coordinated Election and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Period for the Medicare Prescription The adult book club who have Drug Program runs from Oct. 15 to been reading "May Day" by Jess Dec. 7. This is the time each year that Lourey will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 27 you can enroll in a plan ifyou did not to discuss the book and the author. previously enroll or change to a new Refreshments will be served. plan. The mystery book club will start The Minnesota River Area Agency on Monday, Oct. 31 at noon. We will on Aging@, Inc. will once again be meet, distribute the books and then assisting Medicare beneficiaries with meet the last Monday of each month their 2012 Medicare plan research and to discuss the book and to receive the enrollment. Trained staff and volun- next one. This is open to anyone who teers will be available by appointment likes to read mysteries and wants to at the Ortonville Community Center join with others who like them also. on Sept. 30 from 9-11 a.m. for a pre- Bring a sack lunch. sentation and Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 The children's story time will be noon. To schedule an appointment starting after school on Thursday, Oct. contact Ashley Ellingson at 1-800- 6. Bring your children to the library 333-2433 ext. 82024. Medicare bene- to hear some stories and be around ficiaries should bring current insur- other children. ance information, their Medicare card This year's theme for Teen Read and current prescription medication Week is "Picture It@ Your Library" bottles. The speaker will be fromThe being held Oct. 16-22, 2011. Watch Minnesota River Area Agency on for an announcement of upcoming Aging@, Inc. The presentation will event being planned for the teens. address the new changes in the New in Historical Fiction is Melanie Benjamin's "The Medicare Part D program. If you have questions or need fur- Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb". ther information contact the Senior A story inspired by the wife of the LinkAge Line@ at 1-800-333-2433. historical circus performer finds mid The Senior LinkAge Line@ is a pro- 19th century little person Mercy gram of the Minnesota Board on Levinia Warren Bump coming of age Aging and the Minnesota River Area in the antebellum south before being Agency on Aging@. invited to join the P.T. Barnum circus, through which she meets her future husband and pursues limitless international opportunities. New in Mystery is Leslie Meier's "English Tea Murder". Murder follows Lucy Stone across the Atlantic to England when she, while on a girls getaway to London, investigates the murder of their tour guide, Professor George Temple, who died mid-flight after suffering a supposed asthma attack. Orphan Grain Train fish feed The public is invited to a Wisconsin-Style Fish Boil Feed next Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 701 S. 2nd St., Milbank, SD. Servicing will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the South Dakota Branch Orphan Grain Train. A free will offering will be taken to help with shipping costs to send items of relief to areas in need. The Orphan Grain Train mission statement is "In loving response to Christ the servant, the Orphan Grain Train movement encourages and enables God's people to share person- al and material resources in bringing Christ's name and character to needy people both near and far. III~ Water Softeners and Salt Delivery to Your Home or Officer. WE SERVICE ALL MAKES OF SOFTENERS Serving the Big Stone Lake Areal Senior LinkAge Line to be at Senior Center The Senior LinkAge Line@ has trained volunteer specialists available in your area to help answer your ques- tions and simplify your life. Volunteers can provide assistance with Medicare, Supplemental Insurance, Long-Term Care Insurance, Medicare Savings Programs, Prescription Drugs, Forms Assistance and much more. The outreach site in your area is at the Ortonville Senior Center. A trained specialist is available the last Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in Ortonville. Ca11-1-800- 333-2433 ext. 82024 to set up an appointment. You may also contact the Senior LinkAge Line@ at 1-800- 333-2433, if you need to schedule help with a volunteer at a different time and/or location. The Senior LinkAge Line@ is a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota River Area. Agency on Aging@, Inc. This notice paid for with public donations Weight Loss & Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy Health Awareness Clinics is pro- An appointment is not necessary. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7:30 PM viding therapists to administer Sign in and immediately receive treat- Wheaton Community Diner & Cafe 1007 Broadway weight loss and stop smoking, ment. WHEATON group hypnotic therapy. Health Awareness Clinics is a non- For many people, this therapy profit organization. They rely on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:30 PM reduces 2 to 3 clothing sizes and/or donations to make treatment avail- American Legion Post 187 Bldg.186 Hwy. 55 stop smoking, able to those in need. A modest $5.00 GLENWOOD Funding for this project came donation from each person when i from public donations. Anyone who signing in is appreciated. Thursday, Sept. 29, 7:30 PM Ortonville Community Center wants treatment will receive profes- Only one 2 hour session is needed 200 Monroe Ave. sional hypnotherapy free from for desirable results. ORTONVILLE charge. Sign in 30 minutes early. (702)-373-0897 By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The Big Stone County Veterans Service Office hours are from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. As many of us now realize, budget cuts to any/all programs are now iri the playing field. However, I had a discussion with my Dad and my three brothers, and there may be an event that Big Stone County can greatly assist the Wounded Warriors Program. Here is a hint: A group of veterans, with the support of our County, begins at the shores of Big Stone Lake and ends their journey at the steps of...Read the details in next week's article. Well, I am back from my mandatory Annual Minnesota CVSO Fall Conference/Training. It was a great training event and I will be able to definitely utilize many of the learned topics to help our veterans and their families. Last month was extremely busy and very productive for your County Veterans Service Office. I had 117 office appointments/walk-ins, seven home outreach appointments, and 164 incoming office telephone calls. It must be noted that all office contacts are listed in my daily, contact log books. During my first year as your CVSO, I was assisting veterans and their spouses from other counties. However, our office has had to limit the services to those who live outside of Big Stone County. I have been assisting veterans with special situations that need my attention and those who reside in the Big Stone County area due to the close sister-city ties with respect to Ortonville and Big Stone City. Since Jan. 1, 2011, I have had to turn down 87 veterans from other counties who requested assistance with VA disability claims and VA Health care enrollment. I just don't have the resources and time needed to assist all the veterans (non Big Stone County) who call the office. Believe me, it hurts every time I can't further help these folks! What can be accomplished with the support of a community? The answer will be in next week's article. In this article, I will be reporting VA statistics concerning our veterans since Nov. 1, 2009!!!! You can all be proud of your support for my office. Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds & Following Seas!" An 18-day statewide enhanced DWI Don't risk it." enforcement effort, August 19-Sep- The State Patrol reported 326 DWIs tember 5, resulted in the arrest of 1,787 during the effort. In the metro, St. Paul motorists. Preliminary DWI arrest to- Police Department reported 97 arrests, tals were reported to the Department of followed by Roseville P.D. (34); Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Bloomington P.D. (32); White Bear Safety by 295 law enforcement agen- Lake P.D. (28); Eden Prairie P.D. (25); cies. Minneapolis P.D. (24); and Brooklyn Consequences for a DWI include Park P.D. and Edina P J3. at 19 each. loss of license for up to a year, up to In greater Minnesota -- where 77 $20,000 in legal costs, heightened in- percent of the alcohol-related traffic surance rates, and possible jail time. deaths in 2010 occurred -- Rochester Effective July 1 this year, all DWI re- P.D. arrested 38, followed by Duluth peat offenders -- as well as first-time P.D. and Beltrami Sheriff at 22 each; offenders with an alcohol-concentra- Moorhead P.D. (19); St. Cloud P.D. tion limit twice the legal limit -- are (19); Mankato Public Safety (14); and required to have ignition interlock for Olmsted Sheriff (14). at least one year in order to have driv- DPS reports enhanced DWI en- ing privileges restored, forcement and education campaigns "Despite reaching a low point in al- have factored in a continuing drop of cohol-related traffic deaths in 2010, alcohol-related deaths -- the 131 many motorists are failing to consider deaths last year was the lowest annual others' safety by driving impaired," fatality count on record. says Minnesota State Patrol Lt. John In Minnesota, one in seven drivers Ebner. "Those who make this poor de- has a DWI on record. Last year, 29,918 cision will face serious consequences, motorists were arrested. Ebner stresses for Minnesotans to always plan for a safe ride -- designate a sober driver, use a cab/public trans- portation, or stay at the location of the celebration. He says families should let each other know that they will be avail- able to offer a safe ride home. Ebner adds motorists can help stop impaired drivers by calling 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Witnesses must be prepared to provide location, license plate and observed dangerous behavior. DWI enforcement is a component of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). TZD fo- cuses on the application of four strate- gic areas to reduce crashes -- education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. The goal of the program is 350 or fewer deaths by the end of 2014. To-date, there have been 224 traffic deaths in Minnesota compared to 286 at this time last year. Since 1997, many older adults in the line, when Lt. Governor Yvonne Minnesota have relied on the Senior Prettner Solon had a vision for a One LinkAge Line@, a statewide service of Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors, it the Minnesota Board on Aging and made sense to expand the existing Sen- Area Agencies on Aging, as their first ior LinkAge Line@. call for assistance when experiencing The newly expanded Senior Link- questions or issues on a variety of sub- Age Line@: A One Stop Shop for Min- jects. Most widely known for long- nesota Seniors can now quickly assist term care, Medicare expertise and Minnesotans with a variety of subjects helping older adults age well in the and issues that require the expertise of community, the Senior LinkAge Line@ other state agencies. With one call, a is also often used for helping Min- specialist can connect the caller to ap- nesota seniors and their caregivers to propriate state agency staff that can di- find answers to other questions that rectly assist the caller without requiring may involve state agencies, such as a second, or even third, call to be made. how tO handle a driver's license that has For example, if a senior has questions been revoked or determining if a pro- regarding their property tax, a Senior fessional holds a current license. Be- LinkAge Line@ One Stop Shop spe- cause of the extensive knowledge of cialist can chat with a staff from the the Senior LinkAge Line@ specialists, Minnesota Department of Revenue to as well as the increasing popularity of find an answer for the caller. This vir- tual network is made possible through the use of Revation, a specialized chat and call system. The Senior LinkAge Line@: A One Stop Shop for Min- nesota Seniors will continue to expand over the next year with connecting sen- iors to volunteer and employment op- portunities. To seek assistance with any area concemingMinnesota :seniors and fheir caregivers, Call the Senior LinkAge Line@: A One Stop Shop for Min- nesota Seniors at 1-800-333-2433.' Specialists are also available through online chat at www. Minnesota- Help.info@. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Voicemail is available after hours. Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) importance of safety nets, which pro- ment, conservation and energy issues, members joined 250 farmers, ranchers, tect farmers and ranchers in the risky and ensuring agriculture programs do and fishermen from across the country business of growing crops and live- not face unwise and devastating cuts. in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12-14, for stock to produce the food fot-this na- "The next farm bill will almost cer- the National Farmers Union (NFU) tion and the world." tainly have less money than the current Annual Legislative Fly-In. MFU members urged members of farm bill, so it is critical that we meet "Meeting with our representatives Congress to consider the importance of with lawmakers and discuss our top in Congress allowed us to personalize family farmers and ranchers when writ- priorities for the legislation," said NFU the issues currently affecting rural ing the 2012 Farm Bill. Members dis- President Roger Johnson. "We won't Americas," MFU President Doug Pe- cussed Farmers Union priorities for the get everything we want, but we hope to terson said. "Meeting face-to-face with next omnibus agricultural legislation, at least get everything we need in the the policymakers and voicing our con- including the importance of safety net next farm bill to ensure that America's cerns and possible solutions is one of programs, family farmers and ranchers are pro- the most important ways we can make In addition to the safety net, other tected during difficult times and that a difference for all family farmers and 2012 Farm Bill priorities include we keep more money in rural Amer- ranchers. This includes discussing the farmer-owned reserves, risk manage- ica." FIVE GENERATIONS gathered in Ortonville over the Fourth of July_. Shown above from left to right are Adam Hanson, father-holding daughter Teresa, great-grandmother Arlene Wagnerl great.great-grandmother Inez Larson of Ortonville, grandmother Valerie Hanson and mother Sarah HansOm.holding:son Guy. The fami- ly was visiting Inez from Mesa, AZ. (Submitted photo.) 1 i il 1 Page 8 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 , !