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HARVEST SPECIALS tOn Agricultural Prices has a series of press confer- s in rural Minnesota the current farm hear from farmers about to ease the com- Republican.agriculture taskforce IN DEPENDENT meetings to d=scuss commodity prmes House Republican better be ready to act come Janua. force will hold press conferences and -,co ...... ,--,,,,LC-', crisis, Congress federal spending lim- a put together a farm aid t Task Force Co-Chairs, (R-Olmsted/Dodge ). Elaine Harder (R- state legislators must to respond when the Session convenes early That's why task force members want to hear from farmers now." "I hope that by the time the task force meets in October, Congress and the White House will have taken pos- itive measures to help our local farm- ers," Harder said. "They have the abil- ity to influence the prices our farmers get for their crops. The task force is going to look at what the state can do in the way of tax breaks for farmers and cutting back on burdensome regu- lations." The task force will hold a noon press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Willmar. Later that day, there will be meetings in Appleton, Benson and Glenwood. The day ends with after- noon tours and a task force hearing from 7-9 p.m., in Morris. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the task are really ," Kuisle said. operations are losses. Legislators OF COLUMBUS SCHOLARSHIPS were presented r to two OHS students, Steve Powell and Stephanie Stern. in photos above and below is Mike Rausch, of the local KCs. Steve, the son of William and Janice be attending Community College in Willmar and ughter of Steve and Joan Stern, will be attending St. Paul. The scholarships are valued at $250 each. meetings in Herman, Elbow Lake, Wheaton, Fergus Falls Breckenridge, Pelican Rapids and Barnesville. A full task force hearing will be held from 7- 9 p.m., in Hawley. The task force includes more than two dozen rural Republican house members. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson has indicated he will attend as well. The following State Representatives have been named to the task force: Hilda Bettermann (R- Alexandria), Lynda Boudreau (R- Faribault, Roxann Dagget (R-Frazee), Greg Davids (R-Preston), Steve Dehler (R-St. Joseph), Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton), Tim Finseth (R-ngus), Bob Gunher (R-Faribault), Mark Holsten (R-Stillwater) Tony Kielkucki (R-Lester Prairie), Carol Molnau (R-Chaska), Richard Mulder (R-Ivanhoe), Bob Ness (R-Dassei), Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls), Mike Osskop (R-Lake City), Dennis Ozment (R-Rosemount), Doug Reuter (R-Owatonna), Michelle Rifenberg (R-LaCrescent), Marty Seifert (R- Marshall), Doug Stang (R-Cold Spring), Howard Swenson (R- Nicollet), John Tuma (R-Northfield), Bob Westfall (R-Rothsay) and Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake). "In the rush to find a solution to the problems facing farmers, some people are advocating options that may not truly be in the best interests of Minnesota farmers," said Governor Carlson. "For example, raising the loan rate seems like a good idea on the surface. Unfortunately, things are not always that simple. If we raise the loan rate and increase prices, we risk pricing our grain right out of world export markets. Artificially inflated prices do not do much good when farmers have lots of grain sitting around and no one to buy it." The Governor has vowed to close- ly monitor the progress of the federal farm bill and to have his staff work closely with Washington to ensure that Minnesota is treated fairly. "Rest assured, we will be treated equitably with the states around us, as well as with the rest of the country." Yesterday the Governor also responded to concerns about Canadian agriculture and livestock shipments by sending letters to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Michael Friedman urging the U.S. government to more aggressively monitor trucks originating from Canada and entering Minnesota for proper documentation. The Governor's action are in response to concerns raised by state lroducers and farmers lhat the federal government is not enforcing the inter- national requirements placed on prod- ucts coming from other countries. Specifically, he requested enforce- me nt of the following -- all of which are requirements under federal law: * Certification of veterinary inspections which states the point of origin and destination of livestock in transit; * Verification of proper animal identification; and * Sealing by U.S. Customs of all trucks with livestock destined for slaughter. "We have a wonderful trading partnership with Canada, but we must be assured that the U.S. is enforcing the same rules and regulations upon imported agriculture products that our producers are required to follow when they transport goods to Canada." Get Comfortable With One Of Our Low Interest Loans Below market rate home improvement loans for Minnesota homeowners! The Gttta Fut.-up Fuad: Repair, remodel, expand - the lower your income, the lower your interest rate! Home Energy ouas: Get comfortable with improvements like a new furnace, central air, replacement windows or insulation. No maximum household income limit. Aibliltyloaas: Make your home accessible for a resident with a disability. Install a ramp, widen hallways, add an accessible bathroom or bedroom. No maximum household income limit. your own contractor or do the work yotut'_l. To add comfort to your life - call us today1 '000000CenBank A ItOUNG cY EOUAL HOUSING LENDER This irfformatmn will be made available in ahernatve format upon request. A QUARTET FROM THE OHS CLASS OF 1948, is shown doing their thing here at the 50th reunion of the class held earlier this summer. Photo, submitted by class member Duane Bagaus of McAIlen, Texas shows, left to right, Darwood "Woody" Sellin, Bagaus, Bill Sanborn and Jim Kaercher. Others singing with the four, not shown, were Arlen "Red" LaCombe and Art Anderson. Students to test rural wells The OHS environmental science class will be conducting tests for nitrates in rural wells in Big Stone, Ortonville, and Otrey townships dur- ing the first week in Oct. The students will be collecting drinking water from participating land owners for testing and asking resi- dents questions about their wells. All that is needed for testing is a small amount of fresh well water that has not passed through a water softener. The testing is completely free of charge. The project is being coordinated by the Big Stone County Water Plan and is part of a goal to have rural wells tested in Big Stone County. The nitrate testing devices that the stu- dents use have been purchased for the high school through Natural Resource Block Grant. Nitrates are a common contami- nate of drinking water and can be harmful to your health in concentra- tions above 10 parts per million, espe- cially to infants and small children. Countryside Public Health recom- mends that drinking water from wells be tested yearly for contaminites like fecal coliform and nitrates. Further questions can be directed to Diane Radermacher at the Watershed District at 839-6149 or Roger Sandberg at the High School at 839-6181. We thank residents in the testing area in advance for their coop- eration. i 00n00gau 00n00::you I wish to thank everyone for their vote and support in the primary election held Sept. 15th. Your continued support and vote on Nov. 3rd will be greatly appreciated. Bruce SwiEerd Candidate for Commiss" -'oner District IV, Big Stone County Inserted and paid for by the candidate in his own behalf, 404 Osen Ave., Ortonville, MN 56278. Now through Saturday, Oct. 3rd! 18.2 Cu. Ff. Capacity No-Frost Refrigerator MTX18GAZ Adjustable glass shelves with snack pan. Gallon storage on door. Twin vegetable crispers. Equipped for optional icemaker. FREE ICE MAKER WITH SELECTED REFRIGERATORS 19.0 Cu. Ft. Capacity No-Frost Refi-igerator TBX19ZAZ Adjustable spill proof glass shelves with snack pan. Adjustable humidity crispers. Adjustable gallon storage on door. Equipped for optional icemaker Larry's Refrigeration & Heating ORTONVILLE 320-839-3882 MADISON 320-568-3334