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OHS CLASS ATTENDANTS for Homecoming 2011 are pictured above In front, left to right, are seventh grade Mackenzie Spaulding, eighth grade Gina Nelsen and freshman Rhaelee Gronholz. Back row, left to right, are sophomore Mackenzie Streich and junior Julia Cunha. OHS HOMECOMING 2011 CLASS ATTENDANTS are pictured above. In front, from left to right, are eighth rade Ethan Streich, seventh rade Britton Conroy and freshman Eddie Ortega. Back row left to right are junior Nic Benck and sophomore James Nitz. III 'ndyependentgAhdSGet00N'ticed" III Staying safe in a duck boat Specializing ill Post Frame and Steel Frame Buildings Equestrian Commercial Storage Agricultural Hangars in -uu With duck hunting season under- way, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds people to make sure they pack the one thing that could save their lives - their life jackets. "We want all hunters to come back to shore safely," said Tim Smalley, DNR boating safety specialist. "How- ever, the lack of flotation devices is still one of the most common law violations among waterfowl hunters, and the most common cause of duck hunter deaths. Thirteen hunters have drowned in boating accidents since 1986, when a Minnesota law was passed requiring duck hunters to wear life jackets. "While 13 deaths is 13 too many, be- fore life jackets were mandated, three to six hunters died in duck boat acci- dents nearly every season," Smalley said. According to national statistics, more hunters die every year from cold water shock, hypothermia and drown- ing than firearms mishaps. The most recent Minnesota duck hunter drown- ing was in 2009, when a 60-year-old hunter, not wearing a life jacket, cap- sized in a 10-foot john boat and drowned in 5 feet of water in Rat Lake in Becker County. Minnesota law requires a readily ac- cessible U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket of the proper size and type for every person on duck boats. Plus, for boats 16-feet and longer, one U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation seat cushion must be on board to throw to someone in distress. Seat cushions are no longer approved as primary flota- tion devices. Life jackets made with the water- fowler in mind are available in camou- flage colors, including inflatable life jackets and belt-pack vests. According to water safety experts, having a life jacket doesn't matter if it's stuffed in a decoy sack when an acci- dent occurs. "You just don't have time," Smalley said. "Trying to put on a life jacket during a boating accident would be like trying to buckle a seat belt during a car crash." The DNR discourages hunters from wearing hip boots or waders in a boat due to safety concerns. Hunters have drowned while trying to take their waders off after they have fallen into the water or their boat has capsized. "That releases any trapped air in the boots and at the same time binds the victim's feet together so they can't kick to stay afloat," Smalley said. Hunters. who choose to wear hip boots or waders in a boat and suddenly enter the water should pull their knees up to their chest, because air trapped in the waders or hip boots can act as a flotation device. "Hunters should prac- tice this maneuver in warm shallow water before they need to do it in an emergency," Smalley said. The DNR offers these water safety tips for duck hunters: Wear a life jacket to and from the blind; there are now life jackets avail- able for around $40 with mesh in the upper body that allow hunters to shoul- der a gun but still offer protection from cold water. Don't overload the boat; take two trips if necessary. Don't wear waders or hip boots in the boat or at least learn how to float with them on. Stay near shore and avoid crossing large expanses of open water, espe- cially in bad weather. Share trip plans with someone and advise them to call authorities if trav- eling party does not return on schedule. In case of capsizing or swamping, stay with the boat; even when filled with water; that will provide some flotation and is more likely to be seen by potential rescuers. Several hunters in distress have been rescued in the last few years when they called for help on their cell Ortonville Study Club Maureen Stores Secretary/Treasurer The Ortonville Study club met at the Matador on Sept. 21, 2011, with 11 members and guest Leonard Johnson present. Our hostesses were Muriel Sherman and Maureen Stores. Following the luncheon our Big Stone City School will be hosting an Open House/ Classrooms will be open. Come visit with teachers and staff and see some of the projects students have been working on already this year. Meet the new teachers and visit with Superintendent Dan Swartos. phones. "If you are near enough to a cell phone tower, it's a good idea to bring your cell phone along in a water- proof, zipper-locked bag to call for help if you get into trouble," Smalley A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ALL THAT IS NEW AT BIG STONE CITY SCHOOL. Please make plans to attend/ advised. "Tlxe phone'can be used with- out removing it from the bag." The DNR has a free publication about waterfowl hunting boat safety called "Prescription for Duck Hunters." It is available by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296- 6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367, or is also available online. Stone Lake HARVEST L Saturday, Oct. 1 9am-6pm Sunday, Oct. 2 9am-5pm Big Stone Apple Ranch 35445 State Hwy. 7 (13 mi. North of Ortonville) Local Artists & Craftsmen Pen & Ink, Greeting Cards, Bark Carving, Handspun Yarns, ,l Wheat Weavings, Recycled Mittens, Table Runners, Hats, ' Norwex, Scentsy Candles, Pillows, Antiques & much more! Books signing by John Sails, local author of "First Year" Food by the Brews Brothers / of Browns Valley i Chicken & Roast Beef Wraps, Gyros, Sausage on a Hogie Bun, Giant Pretzels, Pop, Water, Hot & Cold Espresso Apples, Fresh Produce, Jams & Jellies, Pumpkin li  Decorating&Games for the Kids Make Your Own Apple Cider (Please bring your own containers) For more info, call Peg at 320-839-7050 or Bette at 320-839-2048 [ Big Stone Apple Ranch OPEN FOR THE SEASON ON SEPT. 23 / I& ..... Open lOam-6pm. 7d.ay/s aweek .,', program leader, Barbara Johnson, introduced our guest, Leonard Johnson. Leonard entertained us with a memoir of his early years on the family farm. Leonard dramatically told us the story of the dark and cold night his brother told the Icelandic story of Grettir the Strong and the strange events that happened during the telling! He then read a poem he had written about the natural joy of spending summer days reading books. Our next luncheon will be at the Matador on Oct. 19 with Barbara Johnson and Pat Kunz as hostesses and Marge Lindholm as program leader. M lUl Ask Us About Our Excavating Division RAM Can Prepare Your Site  320-485-2844 800-710-4726 MONTHLY SERVICES AND EVENTS CALENDAR Kevin Bjordahl, MD Peter Reynen, MD Nanci Van Peursem, MD Crispin Webb, MD Kanya Vanadurongvan, MD VichitVanadurongvan, MD Brenda Holscher, PA-C Patrick Dreis, PA-C Peggy Schuelke. CNP Avera Wnubay Clinic Avera Big Stone City Clinic Revillo Clinic Avera Susan Leddy. CNP Avera Wilmot Clinic At Avera Medical Group Milbank and Milbank Area Hospital Avera, we're making a positive impact on the lives and health of our community. OUTREACH SPECIALISTS CAMPUS SERVICES Cardiology Dr. Carpenter Oct. 6, 26 (605) 432-4587 Dermatology Telemedicine appointments (605) 432-4587 available upon request Dietary Julie Danielson, RD Oct. 12 (605) 432-4587 Consulting Headng Dr. Decker Oct. 4,11,18,25 (800) 456-2109 Kurt Reder Oct, 15 (877) 886-4104 Nephrology Dr. Souraty (605) 432-4587 Oncology Dr. Amin Oct. 13 (605) 432-4587 Ophthalmology Dr. Wischmeier (605) 432-4587 Orthopedics Dr. Rieber Oct. 12, 26 (605) 432-4587 Pain Management Dr. Westbrook Oct, 10 (605) 432-4587 Podiatry Dr. Stapp Oct. 17 (605) 432-4587 Urology Dr. Adducci (605) 432-4587 Free Blood Pressure Screenings - 2nd and 4thWednesday of each month. 1:30- 5 p.m. at the Clinic Acute Clinic - every Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hospital Daily SeMces - Chemotherapy, Bone Density Scans, CT Scans, MRI Scans, Ultrasounds, OB 3D Ultrasounds, Digital Mammography Nuclear Medicine - Every Monday Sleep Study Lab - Onc9 per month SATELLITE CLINICS Avera Big Stone City Clinic - (605) 862-7999 Revillo Clinic Avera - (605) 623-4695 Avera Waubay Clinic - (605) 947-3422 . Avera Wilmot Clinic - (605) 938-4351 Avera Milbank Area Medical Group Hospital Milbank Avera MBNK-9014 Clinic: (605 432-4587 Hospital: (605)432-4538 Page 8b INOEPENDENT Tuesday, Sept. 27,2011