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Safety as fall an begins Giv us a call today...3ZO-839-2911 ast.: Motorists are reminded to be with care. re being loaded or unloaded. lowing grain can trap and suffocate u in seconds. If it is necessary to enter a bin, aut off and lockout power before ntering. Use a safety harness and afety line. Have several people vailable outside the bin to lift atrant out in case of an emergency. Wear proper dust-filtering spirators when working in and round grain handling areas. High mounts of dust and molds could be resent and are extremely angerous. Agriculture is one of Minnesota's lost dangerous jobs. Last year 23 f the 69 work-related deaths in the tate were in the ag industry, ccording to data from the 4innesota Department of Labor and ndustry. Farming is physically emanding and long hours can take :s toll on your body. That physical tress contributes to accidents and yen death. It's important farmers :)llow some basic health guidelines Jhen beginning fall field work. Make sure to get enough sleep nd rest to refresh the mind and ,ody. If you are spending long ours in a combine or tractor, be ure to take short breaks often. When the busy season rolls round, we fill our bodies with fast ood and other high-fat, low tutrition junk. Worse yet, we ometimes don't eat at all! It's worth he time to wake up a few minutes :arlier to eat a quick breakfast and ,ack a nutritious lunch. Make sure o include a couple servings of fruits nd vegetables to munch on during he day. Limit your intake of fatty heats, candy bars, and sugar. Your ,ody needs a constant supply of dgh-grade energy, not just a quick ix. It may take an extra moment or wo to walk down every step or Iouble-check a piece of equipment. 3ut that extra time may be a ifesaver. Don't cut corners when it alert on the roadways as the comes to safety. Look for the best in people and situations. Remember, no one is perfect. Realize that fiscal and time pressure challenges due to weather, crop prices, and market demand are. beyond your control. Harvest can be a very stressful time of year for producers, not only physically but mentally. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has several resources available to farmers and their families who may be experiencing mental and financial burdens Minnesota's farms are great places to raise children and they can also serve as an outdoor classroom for those kids not familiar with agriculture. But the farm can also be a dangerous place for a child, if proper safety precautions aren't taken. Here are some guidelines to protect children on the farm. • Inspect your farm on a regular basis for hazards that can injure children wandering on your farm. Correct obvious hazards immediately. • Children who are physically able to be involved in farm work should be assigned age-appropriate tasks and continually trained to perform them. They should also be constantly supervised. • Equip all barns, farm shops, chemical storage areas, livestock pens, etc. with latches that can be locked or secured so that children cannot enter. • Always turn equipment off, lower hydraulics and remove the key before leaving equipment unattended. • Do not expose children to hazards. Never carry them on tractors and equipment or invite them into the farm shop, livestock barns, grain bins, etc. MI NNWEI ;T Phone 320-839-2861 or Toll Free 1-800-368-3310 • FUEL • FEED • AGRONOMY • GRAIN ORTONVILLE, MN 56278 .  :ข,t. €.€. Bituminous Paving, Inc. Residential and Commercial • Parking Lots • Driveways • Seal Coating P.O. Box 6 • Ortonville, Minnesota Phone 1320) 273-2113 Fox (320) 273-2120 ::iiii!iii hanks g Stone ฃake lrea 3armers! 4 F=OEq biorefining P.O. BOX 356 " 48416 - 144TH STREET • BIG STONE CITY, SD 57216 PHONE 605.862,7902 FAX 605.862.7904 j We Proudly Support Our Area Farmers! See Us For All Your Agculral Loans Member FDIC Minnwest Bank 21 SE Second St. • P.O. Box 128 • OrtonvJlle, MN 56278 • 320-839-2568 Bellingham Farmers Co-op Elevator Co. i We Area Ag For All Your Farm Supplies - GRAIN DEPT. • 568-2127 AGRONOMY DEPT. " 568-2216 PETROLEUM DEPT. • 568-2126 BOX 337 • BELLINGHAM, MINNESOTA We proudly salute our area ag producers/ SERVING FARMERS' NEEDS FOR OVER 50 YEARS 609 Hap. 75 North * Wheaton, MN 56296 Phone 320-563-8112 Toll Free 800-950-4417 PRO AUTO SALES & SERVICE Auto Sales • Full Service Mechanic Work Body Shop • Auto Parts • Tire Sales Kevin Backstrand Ortonvilkt, MN We Proudly Support and Salute Our Area Ag Producers! e0000AgCountry ฐ .ฎ Far Credit Services 316 E. First Street • Graceville, MN 56240 Phone 320-748-7294 or Toll Free 800-450-7294 We're proud to salute our area ag producers! 320-L48-724B or 1-888 748 7245 I BAU COUNTRYSI Aa SERVICE 5020 - 690TH AVE. " GRACEVILLE, MINNESOTA Chuck Bauer • 320-760-0713 (mobile) Rick Gilsdorf • 320-760-2983 (mobile) HEDGE & HERBERG TRUCKING P.O. Box 98 * Big Stone City, SD 57216 We Proudly Salute the American Farmer! Colleen & Gayle Hedge, Owners