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notices JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION No. P7-03-160 STONE AND NOTICE OF FORMAL PROBATE "NT OF E IN RATION ;S. KARELS, ESTED PERSONS IEDITORS: AND NOTICE IS that on the 3rd day of 8:30 o'clock A.M., a the above named e, Minnesota, for the of an instrument the Will of the above dated April 23, 2001 of Pauline is 816 Orchard Minnesota 56278, as of the estate of treed decedent in and that be filed with if proper, and no ,d, said personal I be appointed to ate, to collect all debts, claims, taxes and sell real and and do all necessary GIVEN THAT to present the )resentative or four (4) ate of this Notice or 2003 j Gerald J. Seibel, Udge of District Court Diana Shelstad, Court Administrator by Julie Berger, Court Administrator MCLAUGHLIN, . #59018 Suite 102 23, 2003) FOR SALE iven that sealed the Big Stone artment at the racer, 437 N. MN 56278 onday, October 6, the following IOde1143H rader - Highway to reject s and to waive examine bid Highway lnesota.  covered under full 22, 2003. 000.00 will be by bond made Treasurer, Big five percent of the bid. Nick Anderson, / Engineer 839-2594 23, 30, 2003) 'ICE COURT Think of your Website as a billboard. NO. PX-03-184 i PETITION OF PROPERTY Moen, dated been filed above as been dead for leaving certain described, and last will of and the descent determined and to the persons that said the 21st day of o'clock A.M. by at Ortonville, ORDERED, that the of said hearing in M.S.A. 524.1- to notice and to all led a demand for 524.3-204. 2003 Gerald J. Seibel, of District Court Diana Shelstad, byCOUrt Administrator Deb Henningson, Deputy PLLC ,30, 2003) OF 18, 2003 met August the James Nelson, Zahrbock, Ron tmian and Jay t Jeff Taylor, "lorry ptattelman, Sarah 'r, Jon Fellows, Liz 23, 2oo3 Darcy Roscoe. The meeting was called to order by Chair, Jim Nelson. 03-108 Mfl'hompson, Sfrhymian and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as presented. 03-109 M/Thymian, S/Ross and unanimously carried to approve the following consent items: 03-109.1 Approve the meeting minutes of July 21,2003 as presented. 03-109.2 Approve the payment of August, 2003 bills in the amount of $285,912:97. 03-109.3 Cash Balance Sheet and Investments removed for later consideration. 03-109.4 Approve lane change for Sheila Hoernemann from BA+20 to BA+30. 03-109.5 Approved John and Jeannie Trevett request for their children to attend school in Milbank. M/Klepel, S/Thompson and unanimously carded to approve. 03-109.3 Cash Balance Sheet and Investments. Discussion Items: 03-110 Bellingham Tuition: A discussion was held on the progress of the Bellingham School Tuition agreement. No action was taken. 03-111 Psychologist Position: Supt. Taylor reported to the board that as of this date we have not been able to hire a psychologist for the 2003-04 school year. He is looking at many options, but said we probably won't have the same type of service we have had in the past. 03-112 Graduation Standards: Mr. Rheingans told the school board that the new standards will apply to this year's 8th graders. A decision on how to implement the standar1s for grades 9- 12 will be made at next month's meeting. 03-113 Tom 8 Darcy Roscoe Request for Tuition Rate: M/Thymian, S/Ross and unanimously carried to accept the request of Tom and Darcy Roscoe to send their daughter Rikki to Ortonville School for the 2003-04 school year, and to set the tuition rate payable by Tom and Darcy Roscoe at $1.00. Action Items: 03-114 Aid Anticipation Certificate Sale ($700,000): M/Thymian, S/Ross and unanimously carried to proceed with Aid Anticipation Certificate Sale in the amount of $700,000. 03-115 Review and Approve Policies 413-Harassment and Violence, 501- Weapons, 503-Student Attendance, 504-Student Dress and Appearance, 506-Student Discipline, and 531-Pledge of Allegiance (New Policy) as Recommended: M/Zahrbock, S/Ross and unanimously carried to approve the aforementioned policies with the recommended changes. 03-116 Approve Handbooks (Student, Teacher, Athletic): M/Zahrbock, S/Thymian and unanimously carried to approve the student, teacher and athletic handbooks with the recommended changes. 03-117 Admissions and Activity Ticket Prices: M/Klepel, S/Thymian and unanimously carried to increase gate admissions to $5.00/Adults and $3.00/Student and Senior Citizens. Activity ticket prices will increase to ;30,001Adu t-10 Punch, and ;15 00/Student and Senior Citizen-10 Punch. Senior Citizen Free Passes will no longer be honored. 62+ will be issued Senior Citizen Discount Cards that will make them eligible for the student admissions and activity ticket rates. 03-118 Limitation on Medical Allocation for the Flex Plan: M/Thompson, S/Ross and unanimously carded to increase the limitation on the medical allocation for the flex plan to equal the board contribution for insurance, Information Items: Board Members' Report: Marlowe Klepel attended the MSBA Summer Seminar in Bloomington, MN. He attended seminars on the new graduation standards, funding for schools, and No Child Left Behind. Superintendent's Report: The audit will be held on Aug. 25-26. Back-to- School workshops will be held on Au. 26-28. First day of school is Sept. 2. Construction projects should be completed before school starts. Confirm Meeting Dates: Sept. 15, 2003 - Monday - 7:00 PM - Library - Regular School Board Meeting. Adjourn: 9:26 PM Brent E. Zahrbock, Clerk James A. Nelson, Chairperson PROCEEDINGS OF THE BELLINGHAM SCHOOL BOARD September i5, 2003 The Board of Education of Ind. School Dist. #371, Bellingham, MN met in regular session on Monday, September 15, 2003. Richard Johnson, Mark Weber, Glen Radermacher, Tim Henrich, and Kevin Rademacher, were all present, when the meeting was called to order. Shortly after the session began, Chad Strei arrived. Ms. Linda C. Hoffman represented the local education association, and Mad Plathe represented the parent support group. Stanley Krogsrud briefly attended, for the purpose of explainingthe Systems Accountability Report. Radermacher called the meeting to order, at 8:02 p.m., and welcomed everyone in attendance. Rademacher moved, Weber seconded, and all voted in favor to adopt the Agenda as presented. Weber moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Minutes as presented. Rademacher moved, Johnson seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Accounting Report as presented. Weber moved, Rademacher seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and Pay the Bills as presented, which totaled $ 34,318.33. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve Emily Weber and Schuyler Larson, as student Board Members, for the 2003-2004 School Year. Supt. Seller distributed copies of the 2002-2003 Systems Accountability Report. Stanley Krogsrud (Elementary Coordinator) conducted a walk-through of the report, and pointed out specifics to the board members. He stressed that the terms of the Committee Members, are all set to expire soon. He noted that any individuals, who may be interested in serving on the Systems Accountability Advisory Committee, should notify the Bellingham School Officials. Selected members of the Advisory Committee will serve for a three-year period of time. Weber moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Systems Accountability Report as presented. Johnson moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve a contract for school psychologist, Debbie Hanson, through the ECSU Cooperative. Rademacher moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve a contract with Denise Anderson, as School Nurse. Weber moved, Rademacher, and all voted in favor to recognize a request from the teachers, to negotiate salaries for the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years. Radermacher will contact the Teachers Negotiations Committee, and inform them that he will contact them at a later date, to set up a meeting time and date that will work for both parties. The meeting will take place in the Home Economics Room, at the Bellingham Elementary School. Copies of the 2003 Payable 2004 Tax Levies were distributed. Supt. Seiler reviewed the Levies, at length, and addressed questions and concerns. Johnson moved, Weber seconded, and all voted in favor to Certify the Maximum, for 2003 Payable 2004 Tax Levies. The mini-board gave an update of their recent meeting with the Ortonvitle mini-board, concerning a tuition agreement for the 2003-2004 School Year. A rather lengthy discussion took place, which focused on what appeared to be extreme costs for special services, and justification for those costs. A desire for cooperation between the two school districts, was stressed. The mini-board informed the full board, that they left the Ortonville mini-board, with a proposal of $6068.20, "on the table." No discussion has taken place, with Lac qui Parle, concerning tuition for the 2003-2004 School Year. Weber moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and sign the revised contract for Kelly Pearson (who went from part-time, to full-time), and Ruth Strong (who went from 2 days per week, to 1-1/2 days per week), for the 2003-2004 School Year. Supt. Seller informed the board of the upcoming Area Legislative Meetings. A brief discussion took place, concerning the upcoming ECSU Coop Election, with no action taken. Copies of the Calendar of Events, were distributed. Handouts concerning the Truth-In-Taxation Hearings, were distributed and reviewed, as were timelines for the November Referendum Election. Supt. Seller briefed the board on the secondary student's instructional schedule, and progress. The next regular meeting of the Bellingham Board of Education, is scheduled for MondaY, October 20, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned. Richard Johnson, Clerk by dh PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD September 2, 2003 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 8;30 AM on..Tueday, September 2, 2003. Chairman Maas called the meeting to order with Commissioners Athey, Lane, Swigerd and Torgerson present. Also present were Karl Henneberg, HR Director Darlene Nichols. Born, County Attorney Bill Watson and County Auditor Michelle Knutson. The Pledge of Allegiance followed. Motion by Lane, seconded by Swigerd and carried to approve the minutes of the August 19 t" regular meeting. Motion by Athey, seconded by Torgerson and carried to approve the agenda with noted additions. Committee reports were presented. Motion by Athey, seconded by Swigerd and carried to close the meeting under the attorney-client privilege. Motion by Athey, seconded by Torgerson and carried to reopen the meeting. Attorney Watson reported that an order of condemnation has been received on Jerome and Eleanor Steen's property along County Road #63. Watson also reported that certain indigent legal representation will no longer be provided by public defenders and will have to provided and paid for by the County. Extension Director John Cunningham presented a list of people that were willing to serve on a committee to investigate establishing a county-wide EDA. Following discussion, no action was taken to proceed. Watson and Cunningham left the meeting. Rydell Schlimme was present to request permission to purchase property owned by the County and located by his shop in Graceville. The Board will take it under advisement and get back to Schlimme. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize payment of the following claims on September 5, 2003: COUNTY REVENUE Barfs Electric 960.54; Big Stone County 4- H 660.00; Clark Transportation 630.00; Full Circle Image 142.40; Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds 6,708.00; Richard Lane 108.90; Ortonville Public Schools 597.50; Postmaster 185.00; Rich's Southside Storage 555.00; State Auditor 1,063.00; Stattelman Signs 720.03; Sullivan Excavating 600.00; David Torgerson 143.90; Tri State Water Condition 127.25; Uniforms Unlimited 120.00; West Group Payment 240.69. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Waste Management 5,416.67. HIGHWAY Ameripdde Linen 120.45; Big Stone Co-op 7,967.37; CS Diesel 569.12; Farmers Co- op Elevator 1,203.45; Kevin's Body Shop 562.40; Harold Nelson 121.64; Sturdevants 520.76; Team Laboratory Chemical 142.84; Twin Valley Tire 702.90. DITCH State Auditor 599.50; Sullivan Excavating 550.00. Number of claims not exceeding $100 - 31. Dollar amount of claims not dxceeding $100 - $1,562.63. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize the demolition of the wooden building on tax.fodeited parcel 19-0121-000. As recorded in the October 15, 2002 minutes, the City of Graceville has agreed to pay 25% of the demolition. costs. The brick building on that parcel will not be demolished at this time. Discussion was held on the revenue received from Main Street Industries. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize the transfer of revenue received to Family Services effective September 1, 2003. Following a short break, HR Director Nichols-Born reported that the Technology Committee met and will be observing the monitoring system at the Graceville School. An update on Emergency Management was given by Nichols-Born. Environmental Officer Darren Wilke and Deputy Assessor Barb Amundsen were present for a discussion on the solid waste assessment and how it will be assessed to ag properties. Board consensus was to leave the resolution as written. Notice was received that Deanna Stattelman is taking a one-year leave of absence from Main Street Industries. County Assessor Sandy Void was present for a discussion on an option for open book meetings for local boards of review. Henneberg left the meeting. The Board spent the remainder of the meeting reviewing the overall preliminary 2004 County budget. Specific discussion was held on the Historical Museum. Motion by Swigerd and seconded by Torgerson to appropriate an additional $1,000 to the Museum. Motion carried with Athey voting Nay. Chairman Maas declared the meeting adjourned at 12:12 PM. Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Alvin Maas, Chairman SPECIAL MEETING September 9, 2003 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Chairman Maas called the meeting to order with Commissioners Athey, Lane, Swigerd and Torgerson present. Also present were County Engineer Nick Anderson, Damon Devillers of Interstate Engineering, Dallas Hanson, Nicole Hanson and County Auditor Michelle Knutson. Motion by Athey, seconded by Swigerd and carried to reject all bids on the Transportation Enhancement project at the Museum opened at the August 19 th meeting. Engineer Anderson opened the bid from Dallas I. Hanson Construction on SP 06- 595-01 in the amount of $112,775.50. Anderson stated that once federal approval is received, the bid can be awarded. Discussion was held on the problems at the Highway Department with internet service. Anderson will continue to monitor the situation. Attorney Bill Watson arrived at the meeting. Discussion was held on County Ditch #30. Anderson reported that other solutions need to be explored. Anderson will speak with Glenn Berdan and report at the next meeting. Motion by Athey, seconded by Torgerson and carried to approve the revised Public Waters Access Cooperative Agreement on the Foster Township Road project. The remainder of the meeting was spent reviewing the overall preliminary 2004 County budget. Motion by Lane and seconded by Torgerson to reduce the part-time Deputy Treasurer position to 1040 hours per year effective January 1, 2004. Following further discussion, motion carried with Commissioner Swigerd voting Nay. Motion by Lane and seconded by Torgerson to reduce the Human Resources Director position to 4/5 time effective January 1, 2004. Discussion followed. Following a short break, further discussion was held and a motion was made by Athey to amend the motion to 3/5 time. Motion -failed for lack of a second. Discussion continued on the original motion of 4/5 time. Comment was made that the job : description should be reviewed again. Following the discussion, original motion carried with Commissioner Swigerd voting Nay. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Maas and carried to adopt the following resolution: 2003-32 BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the proposed 2004 budget be approved and the gross levy be established as follows: County Revenue $1,667,415 Highway Department 680,000 Family Services 605.000 TOTAL L97_2._4_ Chairman Maas declared the meeting adjourned at 11:05 AM. Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Alvin Maas, Chairman Save this paper !0r recycling Extension report Kirby Hettver Regional Extension Educator General Livestock-Ag Production Systems Stevens County Morris, MN 56267 320/589-7423 ECONOMIC IMPACT OF LIVESTOCK ON RURAL COMMUNITIES Small town USA may become a thing of the past if people don't take action soon to i help promote and develo livestoc enterprises in! rural areas, ii Many people, i including farmers, do not realize how livestock ..................... enterpris ... contribute to the local community's economy. According to Dr. John Lawrence, economics professor at Iowa State University, for every hog farrowed, raised and marketed, $74 to $76 is contributed back into the community. This figure is derived from using local products such as feed, transportation and utilities. These functions all play a vital role in maintaining a healthy and prosperous community. Dollars brought in from the livestock industry will trickle down through grocery stores, clothing shops and other local merchants. Take, for example, one 2,000 head hog finishing facility. If the facility were managed to turn over 2.75 times per year, with a corn demand of nine bushels per hog marketed, this operation would create demand for well over 50,000 bushels of corn and more than 970,000 pounds of soybean meal PER YEAR! In addition, each 2,000 head facility would supply enough nutrients for 320 acres that are rotated between corn and soybeans. Furthermore, for every ten 2,000 head facilities, local feed mills could afford to hire one more employee simply to Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Don Plunket last Wednesday. There were no squares in attendance with guests from Clear Lake, SD?  Gene Hof.mann from Dawson will call on Wednesday, Sept. 24. On lunch committee are Delores Whitehead and Hank and Dorothy Prasnicki. Pie and ice cream night. Members bring a pie. Upcoming dances are Oct. 1, Dean Ferguson. Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the High School lunchroom. Use the Northeast door, visitors are always welcome. haul the feed. And the benefits go on and on. According to the SW Minnesota Farm Business Management Association, the average farmer spent $57,945 in 2000 on family expenditures. These expenditures included food, medical, insurance, household supplies, furnishings, clothing, educational costs, recreational costs, etc. If we look at the net return averages over the past 12 years, an average farm would need to have 2,350 acres (corn/soybeans) or one 3,000 head hog finishing facility, or a combination thereof, just to generate enough money for family expenditures. It is obvious that in order to recapture some of the rural vitality that was once present, we need to focus on enterprises that process and utilize our commodities locally rather than sending corn and soybeans to the Pacific Northwest or the cattle belt of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Areas where corn usage is high benefit from the law of supply versus demand. Often there will be a $.10 differentiation between a high usage area versus a low usage area. Although $.10/bushl may not seem like a large difference, consider this. In 2000, corn producers in Swift County, produced 18 million bushels of corn; now combine that number with the $. 10/bushel, there would be a potential to provide a $1,800,000 economic boost to the area. Environmentally friendly livestock operations are one of the soundest investments that can be in rural areas. These operations utilize locally grown commodities, support local businesses and supply a steady foundation for communities to grow. Let's be supportive of those producers who are willing to step forward and give our communities an economic boost. Kirby Hcttver is an educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Ag, Food and Environment -Livestock serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Coming events I I WEST CENTRAL WORDALONE will hold its monthly ; meeting on Saturday, Oct,,9h at 10 .i a.m. (coffee 9:30) =it Trinity Lutheran, Benson, where we met last month also. A video taped, panel discussion will be seen, led by Dr. Merton Strommen, Dr. Robert Gagnon and Pr Amy Schifrin, from the "Conference on Christian Sexuality" in Fargo, ND last June. Welcome! Wouldn't you want it located at the busiest intersection in the Ortonville area? The Value of Keeping it Local The ortonvilleindependent.com deliv- ers what online users crave--news. But not just any news, it's news about our community. 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Find out more---call today, but hurry ad space is limited. www, ortonvilleindependent.com WEB TRENDS for SEPTEMBER 2002: Entire Site Hits 72,684 Average Hits Per Day 2,422 Page Views 12,741 Visitors E,$99 And growing! Ortonville Independent (320) 839-6163 INDEPENDENT Page 9b notices JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION No. P7-03-160 STONE AND NOTICE OF FORMAL PROBATE "NT OF E IN RATION ;S. KARELS, ESTED PERSONS IEDITORS: AND NOTICE IS that on the 3rd day of 8:30 o'clock A.M., a the above named e, Minnesota, for the of an instrument the Will of the above dated April 23, 2001 of Pauline is 816 Orchard Minnesota 56278, as of the estate of treed decedent in and that be filed with if proper, and no ,d, said personal I be appointed to ate, to collect all debts, claims, taxes and sell real and and do all necessary GIVEN THAT to present the )resentative or four (4) ate of this Notice or 2003 j Gerald J. Seibel, Udge of District Court Diana Shelstad, Court Administrator by Julie Berger, Court Administrator MCLAUGHLIN, . #59018 Suite 102 23, 2003) FOR SALE iven that sealed the Big Stone artment at the racer, 437 N. MN 56278 onday, October 6, the following IOde1143H rader - Highway to reject s and to waive examine bid Highway lnesota.  covered under full 22, 2003. 000.00 will be by bond made Treasurer, Big five percent of the bid. Nick Anderson, / Engineer 839-2594 23, 30, 2003) 'ICE COURT Think of your Website as a billboard. NO. PX-03-184 i PETITION OF PROPERTY Moen, dated been filed above as been dead for leaving certain described, and last will of and the descent determined and to the persons that said the 21st day of o'clock A.M. by at Ortonville, ORDERED, that the of said hearing in M.S.A. 524.1- to notice and to all led a demand for 524.3-204. 2003 Gerald J. Seibel, of District Court Diana Shelstad, byCOUrt Administrator Deb Henningson, Deputy PLLC ,30, 2003) OF 18, 2003 met August the James Nelson, Zahrbock, Ron tmian and Jay t Jeff Taylor, "lorry ptattelman, Sarah 'r, Jon Fellows, Liz 23, 2oo3 Darcy Roscoe. The meeting was called to order by Chair, Jim Nelson. 03-108 Mfl'hompson, Sfrhymian and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as presented. 03-109 M/Thymian, S/Ross and unanimously carried to approve the following consent items: 03-109.1 Approve the meeting minutes of July 21,2003 as presented. 03-109.2 Approve the payment of August, 2003 bills in the amount of $285,912:97. 03-109.3 Cash Balance Sheet and Investments removed for later consideration. 03-109.4 Approve lane change for Sheila Hoernemann from BA+20 to BA+30. 03-109.5 Approved John and Jeannie Trevett request for their children to attend school in Milbank. M/Klepel, S/Thompson and unanimously carded to approve. 03-109.3 Cash Balance Sheet and Investments. Discussion Items: 03-110 Bellingham Tuition: A discussion was held on the progress of the Bellingham School Tuition agreement. No action was taken. 03-111 Psychologist Position: Supt. Taylor reported to the board that as of this date we have not been able to hire a psychologist for the 2003-04 school year. He is looking at many options, but said we probably won't have the same type of service we have had in the past. 03-112 Graduation Standards: Mr. Rheingans told the school board that the new standards will apply to this year's 8th graders. A decision on how to implement the standar1s for grades 9- 12 will be made at next month's meeting. 03-113 Tom 8 Darcy Roscoe Request for Tuition Rate: M/Thymian, S/Ross and unanimously carried to accept the request of Tom and Darcy Roscoe to send their daughter Rikki to Ortonville School for the 2003-04 school year, and to set the tuition rate payable by Tom and Darcy Roscoe at $1.00. Action Items: 03-114 Aid Anticipation Certificate Sale ($700,000): M/Thymian, S/Ross and unanimously carried to proceed with Aid Anticipation Certificate Sale in the amount of $700,000. 03-115 Review and Approve Policies 413-Harassment and Violence, 501- Weapons, 503-Student Attendance, 504-Student Dress and Appearance, 506-Student Discipline, and 531-Pledge of Allegiance (New Policy) as Recommended: M/Zahrbock, S/Ross and unanimously carried to approve the aforementioned policies with the recommended changes. 03-116 Approve Handbooks (Student, Teacher, Athletic): M/Zahrbock, S/Thymian and unanimously carried to approve the student, teacher and athletic handbooks with the recommended changes. 03-117 Admissions and Activity Ticket Prices: M/Klepel, S/Thymian and unanimously carried to increase gate admissions to $5.00/Adults and $3.00/Student and Senior Citizens. Activity ticket prices will increase to ;30,001Adu t-10 Punch, and ;15 00/Student and Senior Citizen-10 Punch. Senior Citizen Free Passes will no longer be honored. 62+ will be issued Senior Citizen Discount Cards that will make them eligible for the student admissions and activity ticket rates. 03-118 Limitation on Medical Allocation for the Flex Plan: M/Thompson, S/Ross and unanimously carded to increase the limitation on the medical allocation for the flex plan to equal the board contribution for insurance, Information Items: Board Members' Report: Marlowe Klepel attended the MSBA Summer Seminar in Bloomington, MN. He attended seminars on the new graduation standards, funding for schools, and No Child Left Behind. Superintendent's Report: The audit will be held on Aug. 25-26. Back-to- School workshops will be held on Au. 26-28. First day of school is Sept. 2. Construction projects should be completed before school starts. Confirm Meeting Dates: Sept. 15, 2003 - Monday - 7:00 PM - Library - Regular School Board Meeting. Adjourn: 9:26 PM Brent E. Zahrbock, Clerk James A. Nelson, Chairperson PROCEEDINGS OF THE BELLINGHAM SCHOOL BOARD September i5, 2003 The Board of Education of Ind. School Dist. #371, Bellingham, MN met in regular session on Monday, September 15, 2003. Richard Johnson, Mark Weber, Glen Radermacher, Tim Henrich, and Kevin Rademacher, were all present, when the meeting was called to order. Shortly after the session began, Chad Strei arrived. Ms. Linda C. Hoffman represented the local education association, and Mad Plathe represented the parent support group. Stanley Krogsrud briefly attended, for the purpose of explainingthe Systems Accountability Report. Radermacher called the meeting to order, at 8:02 p.m., and welcomed everyone in attendance. Rademacher moved, Weber seconded, and all voted in favor to adopt the Agenda as presented. Weber moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Minutes as presented. Rademacher moved, Johnson seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Accounting Report as presented. Weber moved, Rademacher seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and Pay the Bills as presented, which totaled $ 34,318.33. Rademacher moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve Emily Weber and Schuyler Larson, as student Board Members, for the 2003-2004 School Year. Supt. Seller distributed copies of the 2002-2003 Systems Accountability Report. Stanley Krogsrud (Elementary Coordinator) conducted a walk-through of the report, and pointed out specifics to the board members. He stressed that the terms of the Committee Members, are all set to expire soon. He noted that any individuals, who may be interested in serving on the Systems Accountability Advisory Committee, should notify the Bellingham School Officials. Selected members of the Advisory Committee will serve for a three-year period of time. Weber moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve the Systems Accountability Report as presented. Johnson moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve a contract for school psychologist, Debbie Hanson, through the ECSU Cooperative. Rademacher moved, Strei seconded, and all voted in favor to approve a contract with Denise Anderson, as School Nurse. Weber moved, Rademacher, and all voted in favor to recognize a request from the teachers, to negotiate salaries for the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years. Radermacher will contact the Teachers Negotiations Committee, and inform them that he will contact them at a later date, to set up a meeting time and date that will work for both parties. The meeting will take place in the Home Economics Room, at the Bellingham Elementary School. Copies of the 2003 Payable 2004 Tax Levies were distributed. Supt. Seiler reviewed the Levies, at length, and addressed questions and concerns. Johnson moved, Weber seconded, and all voted in favor to Certify the Maximum, for 2003 Payable 2004 Tax Levies. The mini-board gave an update of their recent meeting with the Ortonvitle mini-board, concerning a tuition agreement for the 2003-2004 School Year. A rather lengthy discussion took place, which focused on what appeared to be extreme costs for special services, and justification for those costs. A desire for cooperation between the two school districts, was stressed. The mini-board informed the full board, that they left the Ortonville mini-board, with a proposal of $6068.20, "on the table." No discussion has taken place, with Lac qui Parle, concerning tuition for the 2003-2004 School Year. Weber moved, Henrich seconded, and all voted in favor to approve and sign the revised contract for Kelly Pearson (who went from part-time, to full-time), and Ruth Strong (who went from 2 days per week, to 1-1/2 days per week), for the 2003-2004 School Year. Supt. Seller informed the board of the upcoming Area Legislative Meetings. A brief discussion took place, concerning the upcoming ECSU Coop Election, with no action taken. Copies of the Calendar of Events, were distributed. Handouts concerning the Truth-In-Taxation Hearings, were distributed and reviewed, as were timelines for the November Referendum Election. Supt. Seller briefed the board on the secondary student's instructional schedule, and progress. The next regular meeting of the Bellingham Board of Education, is scheduled for MondaY, October 20, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned. Richard Johnson, Clerk by dh PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD September 2, 2003 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 8;30 AM on..Tueday, September 2, 2003. Chairman Maas called the meeting to order with Commissioners Athey, Lane, Swigerd and Torgerson present. Also present were Karl Henneberg, HR Director Darlene Nichols. Born, County Attorney Bill Watson and County Auditor Michelle Knutson. The Pledge of Allegiance followed. Motion by Lane, seconded by Swigerd and carried to approve the minutes of the August 19 t" regular meeting. Motion by Athey, seconded by Torgerson and carried to approve the agenda with noted additions. Committee reports were presented. Motion by Athey, seconded by Swigerd and carried to close the meeting under the attorney-client privilege. Motion by Athey, seconded by Torgerson and carried to reopen the meeting. Attorney Watson reported that an order of condemnation has been received on Jerome and Eleanor Steen's property along County Road #63. Watson also reported that certain indigent legal representation will no longer be provided by public defenders and will have to provided and paid for by the County. Extension Director John Cunningham presented a list of people that were willing to serve on a committee to investigate establishing a county-wide EDA. Following discussion, no action was taken to proceed. Watson and Cunningham left the meeting. Rydell Schlimme was present to request permission to purchase property owned by the County and located by his shop in Graceville. The Board will take it under advisement and get back to Schlimme. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize payment of the following claims on September 5, 2003: COUNTY REVENUE Barfs Electric 960.54; Big Stone County 4- H 660.00; Clark Transportation 630.00; Full Circle Image 142.40; Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds 6,708.00; Richard Lane 108.90; Ortonville Public Schools 597.50; Postmaster 185.00; Rich's Southside Storage 555.00; State Auditor 1,063.00; Stattelman Signs 720.03; Sullivan Excavating 600.00; David Torgerson 143.90; Tri State Water Condition 127.25; Uniforms Unlimited 120.00; West Group Payment 240.69. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES Waste Management 5,416.67. HIGHWAY Ameripdde Linen 120.45; Big Stone Co-op 7,967.37; CS Diesel 569.12; Farmers Co- op Elevator 1,203.45; Kevin's Body Shop 562.40; Harold Nelson 121.64; Sturdevants 520.76; Team Laboratory Chemical 142.84; Twin Valley Tire 702.90. DITCH State Auditor 599.50; Sullivan Excavating 550.00. Number of claims not exceeding $100 - 31. Dollar amount of claims not dxceeding $100 - $1,562.63. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize the demolition of the wooden building on tax.fodeited parcel 19-0121-000. As recorded in the October 15, 2002 minutes, the City of Graceville has agreed to pay 25% of the demolition. costs. The brick building on that parcel will not be demolished at this time. Discussion was held on the revenue received from Main Street Industries. Motion by Swigerd, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize the transfer of revenue received to Family Services effective September 1, 2003. Following a short break, HR Director Nichols-Born reported that the Technology Committee met and will be observing the monitoring system at the Graceville School. An update on Emergency Management was given by Nichols-Born. Environmental Officer Darren Wilke and Deputy Assessor Barb Amundsen were present for a discussion on the solid waste assessment and how it will be assessed to ag properties. Board consensus was to leave the resolution as written. Notice was received that Deanna Stattelman is taking a one-year leave of absence from Main Street Industries. County Assessor Sandy Void was present for a discussion on an option for open book meetings for local boards of review. Henneberg left the meeting. The Board spent the remainder of the meeting reviewing the overall preliminary 2004 County budget. Specific discussion was held on the Historical Museum. Motion by Swigerd and seconded by Torgerson to appropriate an additional $1,000 to the Museum. Motion carried with Athey voting Nay. Chairman Maas declared the meeting adjourned at 12:12 PM. Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Alvin Maas, Chairman SPECIAL MEETING September 9, 2003 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Chairman Maas called the meeting to order with Commissioners Athey, Lane, Swigerd and Torgerson present. Also present were County Engineer Nick Anderson, Damon Devillers of Interstate Engineering, Dallas Hanson, Nicole Hanson and County Auditor Michelle Knutson. Motion by Athey, seconded by Swigerd and carried to reject all bids on the Transportation Enhancement project at the Museum opened at the August 19 th meeting. Engineer Anderson opened the bid from Dallas I. Hanson Construction on SP 06- 595-01 in the amount of $112,775.50. Anderson stated that once federal approval is received, the bid can be awarded. Discussion was held on the problems at the Highway Department with internet service. Anderson will continue to monitor the situation. Attorney Bill Watson arrived at the meeting. Discussion was held on County Ditch #30. Anderson reported that other solutions need to be explored. Anderson will speak with Glenn Berdan and report at the next meeting. Motion by Athey, seconded by Torgerson and carried to approve the revised Public Waters Access Cooperative Agreement on the Foster Township Road project. The remainder of the meeting was spent reviewing the overall preliminary 2004 County budget. Motion by Lane and seconded by Torgerson to reduce the part-time Deputy Treasurer position to 1040 hours per year effective January 1, 2004. Following further discussion, motion carried with Commissioner Swigerd voting Nay. Motion by Lane and seconded by Torgerson to reduce the Human Resources Director position to 4/5 time effective January 1, 2004. Discussion followed. Following a short break, further discussion was held and a motion was made by Athey to amend the motion to 3/5 time. Motion -failed for lack of a second. Discussion continued on the original motion of 4/5 time. Comment was made that the job : description should be reviewed again. Following the discussion, original motion carried with Commissioner Swigerd voting Nay. Motion by Torgerson, seconded by Maas and carried to adopt the following resolution: 2003-32 BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the proposed 2004 budget be approved and the gross levy be established as follows: County Revenue $1,667,415 Highway Department 680,000 Family Services 605.000 TOTAL L97_2._4_ Chairman Maas declared the meeting adjourned at 11:05 AM. Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Alvin Maas, Chairman Save this paper !0r recycling Extension report Kirby Hettver Regional Extension Educator General Livestock-Ag Production Systems Stevens County Morris, MN 56267 320/589-7423 ECONOMIC IMPACT OF LIVESTOCK ON RURAL COMMUNITIES Small town USA may become a thing of the past if people don't take action soon to i help promote and develo livestoc enterprises in! rural areas, ii Many people, i including farmers, do not realize how livestock ..................... enterpris ... contribute to the local community's economy. According to Dr. John Lawrence, economics professor at Iowa State University, for every hog farrowed, raised and marketed, $74 to $76 is contributed back into the community. This figure is derived from using local products such as feed, transportation and utilities. These functions all play a vital role in maintaining a healthy and prosperous community. Dollars brought in from the livestock industry will trickle down through grocery stores, clothing shops and other local merchants. Take, for example, one 2,000 head hog finishing facility. If the facility were managed to turn over 2.75 times per year, with a corn demand of nine bushels per hog marketed, this operation would create demand for well over 50,000 bushels of corn and more than 970,000 pounds of soybean meal PER YEAR! In addition, each 2,000 head facility would supply enough nutrients for 320 acres that are rotated between corn and soybeans. Furthermore, for every ten 2,000 head facilities, local feed mills could afford to hire one more employee simply to Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Don Plunket last Wednesday. There were no squares in attendance with guests from Clear Lake, SD?  Gene Hof.mann from Dawson will call on Wednesday, Sept. 24. On lunch committee are Delores Whitehead and Hank and Dorothy Prasnicki. Pie and ice cream night. Members bring a pie. Upcoming dances are Oct. 1, Dean Ferguson. Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the High School lunchroom. Use the Northeast door, visitors are always welcome. haul the feed. And the benefits go on and on. According to the SW Minnesota Farm Business Management Association, the average farmer spent $57,945 in 2000 on family expenditures. These expenditures included food, medical, insurance, household supplies, furnishings, clothing, educational costs, recreational costs, etc. If we look at the net return averages over the past 12 years, an average farm would need to have 2,350 acres (corn/soybeans) or one 3,000 head hog finishing facility, or a combination thereof, just to generate enough money for family expenditures. It is obvious that in order to recapture some of the rural vitality that was once present, we need to focus on enterprises that process and utilize our commodities locally rather than sending corn and soybeans to the Pacific Northwest or the cattle belt of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Areas where corn usage is high benefit from the law of supply versus demand. Often there will be a $.10 differentiation between a high usage area versus a low usage area. Although $.10/bushl may not seem like a large difference, consider this. In 2000, corn producers in Swift County, produced 18 million bushels of corn; now combine that number with the $. 10/bushel, there would be a potential to provide a $1,800,000 economic boost to the area. Environmentally friendly livestock operations are one of the soundest investments that can be in rural areas. These operations utilize locally grown commodities, support local businesses and supply a steady foundation for communities to grow. Let's be supportive of those producers who are willing to step forward and give our communities an economic boost. Kirby Hcttver is an educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Ag, Food and Environment -Livestock serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Coming events I I WEST CENTRAL WORDALONE will hold its monthly ; meeting on Saturday, Oct,,9h at 10 .i a.m. (coffee 9:30) =it Trinity Lutheran, Benson, where we met last month also. A video taped, panel discussion will be seen, led by Dr. Merton Strommen, Dr. Robert Gagnon and Pr Amy Schifrin, from the "Conference on Christian Sexuality" in Fargo, ND last June. Welcome! Wouldn't you want it located at the busiest intersection in the Ortonville area? The Value of Keeping it Local The ortonvilleindependent.com deliv- ers what online users crave--news. But not just any news, it's news about our community. 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