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Board looks for solutions to 'Cooking Safelyfor a Crowd' Video wate r i ss u e i n Co u nty D i tc h 2 Conference Oct. 18 Do you occasionally volunteer to Ethan Jenzen of the Minnesota De- partment of Natural Resources (DNR) was present at the Sept. 20 Big Stone County Board meeting to discuss the issues with County Ditch #2. Many residents affected by the amount of water in the ditch and members of the Watershed District were in attendance to see what can be done to solve the water problem. County ditch #2 is lo- cated near County Roads 25 and 75. Jenzen presented a slide show of pictures he had took of the condition of the ditch and stated this was an unusual spring and summer with the amount of rain the area received. Residents that were present had stated they had monitored the level of the ditch and had spent many hours cleaning the ditch of vegetation and silt. Ideas were brought up as to how to maintain the ditch. Jenzen stated that there is very little funding available through his office, but will contact other organizations to see if money is available to find the solution to the problem. Garret Backes, Development and Communications Specialist with the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF), presented the Board with his annual update. Backes highlighted some of the ac- tivities that have been implemented in the County. They include the Youth En- ergy Summit (YES) at the Ortonville School. Headed by Ortonville teacher Kristi Moberg, the group retrofitted lighting throughout the school. The Ortonville Early Childhood Ini- tiative (ECI) headed by Coordinators Karl Dorry and Laura Lamb was also pointed out. Some of the events held through this program include the Big Toy Fair, Imagination Library benefit- ting area children with free books, the Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) event and the coordinated Newborn Gift Bag Program. SWIF also is involved with the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Public School Foundation. Backes then re- quested Big Stone County's financial support for the 2012 budget in the amount of $1,580. Big Stone County Sheriff John Haukos came before the board re- questing approval for the process of formalizing an agreement that Sheriff's office has had in place for years. This is an agreement with the court system that requests a name change. This is a more accessible form. Haukos then asked for approval of a joint powers agreement with the State of Minnesota for two state terminals. Both were ap- proved unanimously. The Board then approved a letter be sent to the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department and County Attorney's office com- mending them on a perfect conviction rate for 2010. The commissioners were appreciative of the work of both departments. Big Stone County Recorder Elaine Martig was present to ask the Board to approve the Deputy Recorder job de- scription. After getting the approval, the Board approved the hiring of Heather Henrich as part-time Deputy Recorder. Henrich will continue to work part-time with the Auditor's Of- rice. This will move Henrich into a full-time position at the Courthouse. In other busniess, the Board ap- proved the resignation of part-time cus- todian Jim Scheff and thanked him for his service to the County. At this time, they will not fill the position. The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, Oct, 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Courthouse. help plan, prepare or serve food at a large group event? To help you pro- vide safe food, University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Health are offering "Cooking Safely for a Crowd," a video conference broad- cast in 15 sites across Minnesota on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 201 l, 1-4 p.m. This free workshop for church and community groups will satisfy the requirement for a trained volunteer as stated in Minnesota Statutes 157.22, as amended during the 2011 legisla- tive session. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Instructors will be Extension food safety educators and staff from the Minnesota Department of Health. The workshop is free. Broadcast sites, primarily county government and state agency buildings, are locat- ed in Anoka, Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, Willmar, Wadena and Winona. For information and to pre-register: For more information on Extension food safety education, visit Farm Management Minute Research Your Credit Reports, By Richard Baumann, Farm Business Management Instructor, South Central College, New Ulm Do you know what information is in your credit reports? Many people have no idea what information is in these "reports, and more often than you might think, there may be mistakes in one or all three of them. It is a good idea to check these reports on a regular basis. You should know what information people or businesses can get about you when they request a credit report. If some of that information is incorrect it would be to your benefit to know that and get it corrected. You have the right to correct any incorrect information, but you cannot change unfavorable information if it is correct. You are able to get one free copy of your credit report per year from each of the three main services; Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian. You can request all three at one time, or you may get one now, another about four months from now and the last one four months later so that you can occasionally during the year keep an on your credit. All three services may or may not have the exact same information about you. There is only one truly free site to request your credit reports; You can see and print your credit report within a few minutes, after verifying your identity. There are other offers on the Internet of a free credit report, but they typically require you to sign up for other, often expensive, programs. You will not get your FICO score as part of these reports, but for less than ten dollars you can get a credit score that is not the official FICO score. For a higher amount, you may be able to purchase your FICO score. The FICO score is what your lender will most likely be using. You may be able to get your FICO score by asking your lender. When requesting your credit report, you will also be asked if you want to enroll in other services, but will not be pushed to accept them. Each person will have their own credit reports, so you and your spouse shollld each request your own reports. You will not have a joint report in both names. The credit reporting services do not knowingly keep any information on minor children. You can also request your reports by phone at 1-877-322-8228. You will go through a verification process over the phone. Your reports will come by mail in 2-3 weeks. Reports can also be requested by mail, but you must print a request form from the Internet site, so if you have Internet access, you might as well get it over the Internet, or else by phone. For more information on managing your farm finances, you can find a farm management instructor at UMVRDC Will Meet Sept. 27 The tipper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at the Appleton Civic Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. OHS Homecoming buttons on sale Ortonville High School has Homecoming buttons for sale for $2. The button was designed by OHS senior Taylor Jensen. Just stop at the school office to purchase your button. Homecoming will be held Oct. 3- 7. Coronation will be Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the High School Auditorium. The Trojans will battle the CGB Wolverines in the Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at Trojan Field. FIRST PLACE WINNERS in the women's division of this year's Oak Tree Classic Golf Tournament held on Sept. 10 were from left to right Liz Sorenson, Mary Weber and Lori Larson. (Photo courtesy of Rob Rakow.) You are invited to come l & meet our new Director Jenna Wiese 1 Saturday, October 8 5-7n.m. BBQ, chips, potato salad, bars and refreshments will be served Free will offering for Clinton Clinic roof will be accepted. l]linton Care Center Assisted Living PLUS 320-325-5414 RICE MEDICAL Thursday, Octobes 13th I0 am-3 pm 105 Sixth Ave. Madison, MN 56256 Featuring New Bras, New Camisoles, and Trulife's New Prosthesis the Bodicool. Bodicool Prosthesis Rice Home Medical is uniquely qualified to provide products and services to meet your special needs after breast surgery and during treatment ir Madison, MN 56256 1.800.247.1094 II Open House & Pizza Pa Come with your birth to five-year-old (not yet in kindergarten) children and have a slice of pizza, do some fun activities, learn more about ECFE and register for fall classes! ECFE is a program developed by the State of Minnesota and provided through school districts. ECFE is open to all parents/caregivers and their birth through five-year-old children. Classes include a variety of fun artscrafts activities, songs, stories and more for parents and children to experience together. Classes also include parent discussion time. ECFE is a GREAT ware to spend one-on-one time with your child, get ideas for activities to dip together at home, meet other parents, and share the joys and concerns of parenting! 3 family minimum for classes, so schedule is subject to change! Fees for all classes may be waived for any family unable to pay. For more information on ECFE or to register if you can't attend the Open contact Laura 839-7100 or Page 2  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Sept. 27,-2011