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Blood drives held in Big Stone County area The American Red Cross Bloodmobile was recently in the Big Stone County Area. The following results were reported: Graceville's goal was 71. There were 64 presenting for donation with five deferrals. There were seven Double Red Cell collec- tions leaving the actual units collected at 66. There was one first timer. Ortonville's goal was 79. There were 64 presenting for donation with six deferrals. There were five Double Red Cell collections leaving actual units collected at 68. There was one first timer. Beardsley's goal was 25. There were 24 presenting for donation with five deferrals. There were four Double Red Cell collections leaving the actual units collected at 23. Clinton's goal was 37. There were 41 presenting for donation with three deferrals. There were eight Double Red Cells collections leaving the actu- al units collected at 40. There was one first timer. Reported Pin recipients are as fol- lows: 1st timers: Krystal Carrington, Jonathon D Hofer, and Alicia Schliep. Lillian Hofer, Danny Kleindl, and Patricia Cardwell. 2-Gallon Pin: Duane Rixe and Judy Schaffer. Diane Christenson. 6 Gallon Pin: Gale Adolph. g-Gallon Pin: Greg Kleindl . -1 Patrick Needham. -1 Kristi Vollmer and Eldon Knutson. -1 Carol Knutson. Ritchie announces office seeking grant proposals Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has announced that his office is currently seeking grant pro- posals from cities, townships and counties for accessibility improve- ments to polling places in Minnesota. The approximately $400,000 in Federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) grants are provided through the fed- eral Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. Funds must be used to improve polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities and cannot be used for general improvements to structures. ' "I am pleased that again this year we are able to use funding from the Help America Vote Act to help local election officials remove accessibili- ty barriers and improve access in polling places throughout our state," said Ritchie. The office is asking local election officials to submit grant proposals for accessibility improvements and tools that will provide privacy and indepen- dence for the voter, such as automatic door openers, disability parking spaces, ramps, accessible voting booths, and magnifiers. In past years grants have ranged from approxi- mately $100 up to $6,000. The dead- line for grant applications is 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Grant recipients will be notified by the end of the year. "Minnesotans can be very proud of our local elections officials' strong commitment to eliminating accessi- bility barriers in polling places and ensuring that every eligible voter can participate in our democracy and suc- cessfully cast a ballot," concluded Ritchie. For more information on the EAID grant application process contact Adam Aanerud by email: Adam.Aanerud @ state.mn.us or phone: 651-556-0644. High school essay contest focuses on US Constitution U.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute's sixth annual Being an American Essay Contest. The largest contest of its kind in the country, the Being an American Essay Contest explores the Founding principles outlined in the Constitution. The contest is adminis- tered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, D.C. area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and Founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored Get Ready for the Fail Sports Lineup!! II 22" LCD TV Iflm Mo n ,$iaHm -u30p m ;t'11 IPt"l:: || xJ[ I,#, Sat. 9arn-4prn %t V %,/I ,,, I,,=,, / APPLIANCE 11/ FURNITURE FLOORING  il J 223 E. 4th Ave.. Mllbank, SD 605-432-6491. 1-800.435-2612   P/ by the History Channel. "This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important Founding principles communicated in our Constitution," said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. "This contest is vital to helping students see their Founding principles as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government." Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering the follow- ing question: "How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?" The top three student winners from each of the five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 (First Place), $500 (Second Place), and $250 (Third Place). Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100. More than 80,000 students have participated in the essay contest since it began in 2006. "We are pleased to support the Bill of Rights Institute's Being an American Essay Contest," said Dr. Libby O'Connell, SVP, Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, History Channel. "The contest encourages students to think critically and truly makes the past relevant in their lives today." Complete contest details can be found below. Further information, including submission criteria, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founders and the Founding principles are available at www.billo frightsinstitute.org/contest. Veteran Service News 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. Due to the flu shot announcement, please read next week's article for the Wounded Warriors Project idea. Veterans Flu Shot Announcement ! Note: Again this year-flu shots will be offered to spouses and significant others (available in the mornings only within the following schedule). Payment ($26) will be required or your health insurance will be billed. Please bring your insurance card. St. Cloud VAMC (Building 96) Oct. 19:9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20:9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Max J. Bielke CBOC ;): (Alexandria) : Oct. 19:9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29:9 a.m. to ll a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Brainerd CBOC Oct. 21:9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22:9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5:9 a.m. to 12 noon pnd 1 p.m. to 4 p .m. Montevideo CBOC Oct. 27:9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9:9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans Affairs Statistics The numbers provided below includes veterans who were not previously service-connected disabled veterans and/or were awarded an increase dollar amount to their VA service-connected disabilities since Nov. 1,2009: Number of new or increased VA disability compensated veterans for all counties assisted in the office was 234. This number includes: 173-Big Stone County; 36-Lac qui Parle County; eight-Grant County, SD; and 17-other counties/states. New one-time disability compensation retro dollar pas'ments received by all veterans assisted was $728,309.00. New one-time disability compensation retro dollar payments received by only Big Stone County veterans was $582,194.00. Annual increase of new dollars for monthly disability compensation received by all veterans assisted was $982,158.00. Annual increase of new dollars for monthly disability compensation received by only Big Stone County veterans was $667,512.00. Please keep in mind the above statistics do not include the 71 veterans who currently have pending VA service-connected compensation claims awaiting a VA decision. A big THANK YOU and Bravo Zulu "BZ" for your support in making my first 23 months here a great success!!!! Our office could not attain these extremely positive results without the support of a community. Behind every good CVSO there is a great community!!!! Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds & Following Seas!" The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Flu Vaccine Clinics* Appointments will be held at Northside Medical Clinic weekdays from October 10 through October 28from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and at the Clinton Clinic on October 25from 1:00 to 5:00 PM and October 26from 8:00 AM until 12:00 noon. Please call Northside Medical Clinic/OAHS at 320-839-6157 or Clinton Clinic at 320-325-5217 to schedule your appointment today. *Appointment preferred but walk-ins accepted. Protect Yourself. Protect Your Loved Ones. Get Your Flu Vaccine! Ortonville Area NORTHSIDE Health Services ..=-, ,, e,,,, x,i =,, ,1 www. oahs. us CLINTON CLINIC (lib O,,js IGN . ...... ELECTRONZCS verln Authorized Wlrldeu Retailer Main Street Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-3264 Activation fee/line: 535. IMPORTANT CONSUMER INFORMATION: Subject to Cust Agmt, Calling Plan, rebate form & credit approval. Up to $175 early termination fee ($350 for advanced devices) & add'l charges applyto device capabilities. Offers & coverage, varying by svc, not available everywhere; see vzw.com. While supplies last. Limited time offer. Rebate debit card takes up to 6 wks & expires in 12 months. All company names, trademarks, logos and copyrights not the property of Verizon Wireless are the property of their respective owners. DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license. 4G LTE isavailable in ] 17 markets and 98 airports in the U.S.; coverage maps at vzw.com. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 2011 Verizon Wireless. Page 10 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Sept. 27,2011