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By JDK Talk about seams, our federal gov- ernment is guilty of one of the biggest scams in our nation's histo- ry...the $700 billion bail-out by congress. We understand that most of the money is going to buy bank stock, which is another case of the rich getting richer and the poor get- ting poorer. Put some math to the fig- ures and you will see what should have happened. The $700 billion should have been divied up to all tax- payers= who are actually footing the bail-out. It would be fair to say there are about 200 million adults 18 and up. Each person would get nearly $3,500. It may not be a lot but just think how $3,500 to each adult could spur our local economy. Let's hope that maybe this bail out could be turned around to benefit all Americans...not just a select few. ***** What a give away the Vikings just did with the Chicago Bears, losing by seven points, and giving away two touchdowns. Maybe now's the time that Brad Childress should be replaced. If you watched the game Sunday then you must agree that play selection was lousey, over using the talents of Adrian Peterson. ***** ..:.{ The, Energy and Environraental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota has achieved a major technical milestone in creating a 100 percent renewable domestic fuel that meets the JP-8 avi- ation fuel screening criteria, proving a pathway to providing energy security to the U.S. military and the entire natiom EERC fuel samples created from , multiple renewable feedstocks were tcs,ted at a U.S. government facility to evaluate key specification parameters for JP-8, a petroleum-based fuel wide- ly used by the U.S. military. JP-8 specifications include parameters such as freeze point, density, flash point, energy content and others: all of which were met by the EERC fuel samples. The EERC fuel was produced under a $4.7 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The Department of Defense is the largest consumer of petroleum in America and securing a domestic fuel source is a key opera- tional challenge for the military. Production is now under way to pro- duce a large fuel sample for engine Register now for "Harvest in Harmony" You are invited to join the Lac qui Parle SWCD and Clean Water Partnership for Harvest in Harmony on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Madison City Hall from 10:30 a.m.-l:30 p.m. Speakers will be Kay and Annette Fernholz. SSND along with Theresa Zeman. RN. They will discuss the 3 T's of Harvest at Earthrise farm and how they apply to you. SWCD and Clean Water Partnership will reveal their harvest of local conservation and water quality efforts. Harmony pro- vided by 4 On The Floor. A locally produced lunch will be served. Advance tickets only are available by calling the LqP SWCD at 320-598-7321 Ext. 3 by Monday, November 3rd to ensure your seat. STEPS FORWARD ...a hospital project update "It was brand new and I was impressed!" BUILDING A HEALTHY FUTURE . being here to care "! BIG STONE HEALTH CAB.E FOUND.-k'L'ION Those are the first words Irene Mathison said when asked about her experience on April 4, 1952 at the new Ortonville Community Hospital. And what an experience it was. Not only did Irene have the first baby born in the new facility, she was actually its first patient. The winter of q 952 was filled with snow and that spring was marked by strong northwest winds. This meant that roads were often blocked with drifts. Irene and her husband, Or- lend, were living 7 1/2 miles northwest of Ortonville. With the snowbanks on the plowed roads as high as the telephone lines, and the roads blowing shut on an almost daily basis, Irene moved into town to stay with a relative two weeks before her due date. When it was time, Irene went to the old hospital, which still stands one block east of the Ortonville Public Li- brary. She recalls her physician, Dr. Truman Hedemark say- ing, "Irene, you're not cooperating" and directing she be transported to the new facility. The facility was so new, that the grounds were not finished yet, and the vehicle she was transported in became stuck in the mud. She wasn't the only one having difficulty getting to the hospitaI--Orlend had to make his way into town on his John Deere tractor. Arriving at the hospital just as his daughter was being born, Orlend waited, alone, outside the delivery room. Later that day, the other patients were brought to the new facility, but its life really began at ] .07 that blustery Friday afternoon. Only five people were there to mark the momentous occasion; Orlend and Irene, Dr. Hedemark, Nurse Palmer and little Teresa Ann. Weighing 8 Ibs. 3/~ ounces and ,,~!, '~, measuring 20 inches long, with features the Or- tonville Independent quoted as being "Handsome," Teresa Ann became a part of Io- ..... , ...... cal history and the beginning of a ,new era of ~~ health care. After the birth of thousands of babies, the old OB wing at OAHS has been demolished. The new OB wing is months down the road yet, but just as in ] 952, a new era in health carehas arrived. So, where will you be? Where do you fit in? For more information on how you can become involved in this significant project, call the Big Stone Heollh Care Foundation at 320-839-41 35 or go to www.bshcf.org. If you have questions about the building replacement pro- ject, feel free to call Rick Ash at 320-839-4127 or send an email to projectupdate@oahs.us. Ortonville Hospital Building l' ect Cmmmmit'y Investment $0.0 $0.2 MILLION $0.4 $0.6 $0.8 $1.0 $1.2 $1.4 $1.6 $1.8 $2.0 $2.2 testing this fall. "This builds on a solid foundation of expertise at the EERC in the area of alternative fuel production," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "The EERC is now uniquely posi- tioned to provide drop-in-compatible JP-8 fuel from both fossil and renew- able feedstocks, providing critical strategic opportunities for the U.S. military as well as commercial avia- tion." The technology takes advantage of feedstock chemistry to reduce capital and operating expenses. The feed- stock-flexible process can use various crop oils and waste greases. The process can be tailored to produce combinations of propane, gasoline, jet fuel and diesel that are identical to petroleum-derived fuels, enabling direct substitution with existing fuels and providing renewable opuons across the spectrum of fuel needs. The EERC is actively exploring partnerships with the private sector to move into full-scale production of the fuel. Preliminary negotiations are under way with feedstock suppliers and oil refineries. Talks of building a large-scale Advanced Tactical Fuels Production Complex are ongoing. As taken from the Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary Birthday Calendar. Tuesday, Oct. 21 Amy Susan Hillman. Janine Mack Robinson, Tom Oakes, Luane Huizenga, Stan Adolphson, Patty Ebnet. Paula Reisdorph, Michael Karels. Rich Hamann, Robert Karels, Adam Zimmerman, Hunter John Merritt. McKenzie Seidell. Sidney Lien, Kelly Rademacher, Lyle Ignace, Julie Drobny Wednesday, Oct. 22 Roger Jensen, Aimee Marie McEwen, Denise Klapel, Benjamin Gere. Jack Dewitt, Peggy Hans, Matt Will Thursday, Oct. 23 Joel Knip, Rebecca S. Callahan. Benjamin Waits, Libby Lindahl. Robert Ross, Lorraine Hines, Jenny Wieman, Dave Harder, Tiffany Mielitz. Shirley Fredricks Friday, Oct. 24 Judy Nichols, Kathryn Dayton, Joseph M. Fuller, Lisa Dorry Ross. County Hi By Nick Anderson Big Stone County Engineer We will be starting a bridge project on County Road 75 in the near future. The contract is with Midwest Contracting of Marshall and will consist of installing three runs of 102- inch arch pipe at County Ditch #2 in Akron Township. The $117,000 contract is funded primarily with State Bridge funds and should take about two weeks to complete. Speaking of County Ditch 2 and news to perform the maintenance. The issue went to Court in late 2000, within months of me taking the job here as County Highway Engineer/Ditch Inspector and the case is now considered a landmark case. Big Stone County wonjn District Court and was allowed under the decision to maintain the ditch, which would impact the wetland. touch on another environmental issue currently facing the County Highway Department. Over the last two to three years, I've noticed more and more farming up to and into the ditch back slopes and ditch bottoms. First of all, this agricultural practice is illegal by Minnesota State Statute 160.27 and~is a misdemeanor. However, and more importantly, this farming practice has However, the County .was told not become a real erosion problem ~!n to do anything because the case was many, many areas. heading to a higher court through the Once a landowner crosses into dur the Akron Township area, I have appeals process. The Minnesota recently been informed by DNR officials that they believe that we have drained a wetland in Section 27 of Akron Township. The wetland in question is located just two miles North of Correll on County Highway 25. There is a County Ditch running through the wetland that has existed since 1907. The county has been at odds over this issue with the DNR and other Environmental advocacy groups since 1998 when the then County Engineer wanted to do some maintenance in this legal ditch to help relieve pressure on cropland upstream. The DNR issued a Cease-And-Desist order to stop the project and feuding broke out. The argument for the DNR and their Advocacy group, the Minnesota Center of Environmental Advocacy, was that since the enactment of the Wetland Conservation Act of 1993 (WCA), we could "not legally impact this wetland or drain it in any way. The argument for the county was that this Ditch had been in existence since 1907 for the purpose of maintaining decent cropland and that the County had an obligation under the ditch laws Compiled by Someplace Safe Nearly 25 percent of U.S. women have been raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner at some point in their lives, according to a nationwide survey m 1995-96. (National Institute of Justice and the U.S, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Of that 25 percent, nearly 40 per- cent had physical injuries as a result. Mark Hughes, Jacky Webster, Ethan Domestic violence remains the Rakow leading cause of injury to women age Saturday, Oct, 25 15 to 44, more common that mug- Susan Van Hout, Mark Scholberg, gings, motor vehicle crashed and can- Leonard Olson, Jason Jay Schmidh cer deaths combined (Wilder Sarah Gilles, Ken Karels, Erika Research, 2005). Scoblic, Lewis Heaton, Ron The FBI estimates that a domestic Center for Environmental Advocacy group, a powerful environmental advocacy group in Minnesota, argued that before any ditch maintenance could be done an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) needed to be performed so that any impacts to the road right-of-way, the road ditch~s start to take on more of the topsoil from the adjacent fields. Our road right-of-ways are supposed to be grassed and act as buffer strips to keep the topsoil where it belongs and quite frankly where farmers need it, in the fields, thereby keeping our ditch~s Thompson Sunday, Oct. 26 Sharon Brecke Alexander, Bruce Swigerd. Nicole Thompson Lovgren, Dan Kraemer, Adam Barnhardt, Jim Hausauer, Kelly Carlson, Megan Croatt. John Beinert Monday, Oct. 27 Dr. Todd Stolpman, Ryan Arndt. Dennis Schnaser, Teri Wolner, David Tonn, Meghan Streed, Gregory Sotebeer Tuesday, Oct. 28 Ruth Ann Gloege, David Ellingson, Michelle Leger Wester, Dorothy Tillman, Louis Voeltz, Grace Kanten, Julie Biever. Justin Gruenwald, Olivia Nelson, Scott Larson wetland in question could be clean for purpose of moving water arid identified and a plan be put in place to runoff effficiently. mitigate those impacts. The County argued that the ditch law goes back over 100 years and therefore has precedence over the WCA law. Also, the County argued that since legal ditches are maintained at 100 percent landowner expense, we should not spend the $100,000-$200,000 needed to complete the EIS. To keep the story short, we lost in the appeals court and never appealed it further. It looks like the issue 1s brewing again because the maintenance work that the county has done since 2001 in this ditch has our infamous County Ditch 2 in pretty good shape and working well, much to the dissatisfaction of the Minnesota DNR Division of Waters. I'm told a new Cease-And-Desist order is in the works, and soon. Just to stay with one topic, I'll The problem is so bad along some corridors that the ditches are completely filled with topsoil. I've recently traveled the county with our current County Commissioners and pointed out just how bad the problem is getting. We have set a goal to take back our right-of-ways, get themre- grassed and do this at the adjacent landowner's expense. After a few month period of trying to educate the public on the importance of respecting the county ditches and our drain-ways, we will send letters and pictures to the offending farmers or landowners.. The hope is to reverse the problem completely over a period of three to five years. violence crime is committed about once every 15 seconds (Wilder Research, 2005). In 2002, intimate partner homi- cides accounted for 34 percent of the murders of women in the U.S. and less than four percent of the murders for men (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2003). In Minnesota: If we apply the 25 percent national estimate to the Minnesota population, more than 400,000 Minnesota women, age 18 and older, have been raped or assaulted by a spouse or inti- mate partner (Wilder Research, 2005). 1,096 Minnesotans received emer- gency or inpatient hospital care for injuries stemming from domestic vio- lence in 2003. Ninety-five percent were women. (Minnesota Department of Health) According to the 2007 National Census, at least 842 victims of domes- tic violence were served in ONE DAY in Minnesota. On that same day, 321 crisis calls were answered (NNEDV National Census). Unfortunately on that same day in 2007, 110 unmet requests for services as well. Due to a lack of resources, many programs in Minnesota reported a critical shortage of funds and staff to assist victims in need of services, such as housing, childcare, mental health and substance abuse. At least 22 women and 10 children were murdered in cases of domestic violence in 2007. (Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women) Children exposed to domestic vio- lence: Research suggests that up to one- third of American children witness adult domestic violence (Wilder Research, 2005). About one in 11 teens reports being a victim of physical dating abuse each year (Lynberg MC, Eaton D, et al Prevalence and Associated Health Rick Behaviors of Physical Dating Violence Victimization among High School Students. United States, 2003. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report 2006 {In Press}). About one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner (Silverman JG, Rag A, Mucci L, Hathaway J. Dating violence against adolescent girls and associated substance use, unhealthy weight control, sexual risk behavior, pregnancy and suicidality. Journal of the American Medical Association 2001; 286(5):572-9). About 72 percent of students in 8th and 9th grade report "dating". By the time they are in high school, 54 per- cent of students report dating violence among their peers (Jaffe P,- Sudermann M, Reitzel D, Killip S. An evaluation of a secondary school pri- mary prevention program on violenc6 in intimate relationships. Violence- and Victims 1992; 7:129-146). One in three teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or otherwise physically hurt by his or her partner (Teenage Research Unlimited. Findings from study commissioned by Liz Claiborne Inc. to investigate the level of and attitudes towards dat- ing abuse among American teenagers aged 13 to 18 (online) 2005 Feb {cited 2006 Mar 20}). Domestic Violence and Homelessness: In 2003 nearly one in three home- less women was homeless because of domestic abuse. Nearly half of homeless women reported that they stayed in an abusive relationship because they had nowhere else to live. Open House Shower For Baby Boy Martig Pioneer Public Television will air Meet the Candidate forums on Thursday evening, Oct. 23, featuring Minnesota State House of Representative candidates from Districts 20A and 20B. District 20A DFL candidate Andrew Falk, Murdock and Republican candidate Mike Bredeck. Madison, are sched- uled to appear live beginning at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., candidates from House District 20B, incumbent Lyle Koenen (DFL), Clara City and challenger Donald Swoboda (R), Olivia, will debate. The Meet the Candidate forums are being aired on Thursday evenings to provide constituents an opportunity lars anlc, Specialty crop and organic produc- ers in Minnesota can apply for schol- arships to offset the cost of farm busi- ness management classes through a program offered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and several partners. Applications are now being accepted for 2009. MDA Organic Agricultural Specialist Meg Moynihan says the scholarship program has been very successful since it began several years ago. "In 2009, we're expanding the scholarship program to more produc- ers," said Moynihan. "We especially want to reach all types of specialty crop growers as well as organic pro- ducers of alternative crops like ama- ranth, buckwheat, flax, and other less common field crops ." to hear candidates in an unbiased set- tmg. Moderated by Jim Thoreen, viewers are invited to phone their questions to Pioneer at 800-726-3178 during each program or email at yourtv@pioneer.org. General Manager Les Heen stated, "The vast regions of our rural districts make it difficult for voters to see their candidates side by side. The Meet the Candidate setting is a perfect opportu- nity for Pioneer to help educate eve~- one before the elections m November." The candidate forum series is made possible with financial support from Missouri River Energy. The schedule for Oct. 23 includes: 7 p.m. District 20A DFL Andrew Falk and Republican Mike Bredeck 8 p.m. District 20B DFL Lyle Koenen and Republican Donald Swoboda Pioneer Public Television is a 40- year-old viewer supported educational television facility entrusted to pro- mote economic development by facil- itating educational growth, supporting cultural opportunities and enhancing the quality of life in our broadcast area. Programming may be currently viewed on KWCM Channel 10 from Appleton, KSMN Channel 20 from Worthington and UHF Channel 49 from Fergus Fails. now availa ial The scholarships defray farmers' cost to enroll in farm business man- agement education programs, offered ' by schools in the Minnesota State College and University (MnSCU) system. Farmers in the program work one- on-one with management instructors, learning to keep and use quality records to make sound business man- agement decisions. They receive comprehensive year-end analyses that can be used for tax preparation, dis- cussions with lenders and enterprise planning. Strict confidentiality mea- sures protect the privacy of both par- ticipants and their information. Minnesota farmers eligible for the scholarships include all organic pro- ducers as well as non-organic special- ty crop growers-including nurseries, greenhouses and fruit, vegetable and floriculture producers. To learn more about this opportu- nity, look for a farm business man- agement instructor in your area this fall at ~llgtd~g/t~a or call Meg Moynihan at 651-201-6616. The number of scholarships is limited, so it's best to apply early. Scholarship funds are provided by United States, Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency and the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. In addition to MnSCU, other part- ners include the University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management, Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, and Organic Crop Improvement Association Minnesota Chapter #1. An open house baby shower for Baby Boy Martig, soon-to-arrive son of Melanie and Drew Martig, will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church basement in Beardsley from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. They are registered at Target. Arts High School info session set for Oct. 25 The Perpich Center for Arts Education (PCAE) will conduct an information session for educators, stu- dents, and parents interested in the Arts High School on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 AM -12 PM, at Moorhead Americinn, 1-94 & Highway 75, Moorhead, MN 56560. The Arts High School is a compre- hensive, tuition-free public high school open to all Minnesota residents entering the 1 lth or 12th grade. It pro- vides a rigorous academic program, with intensive coursework focused the arts. About 300 students from across the state are enrolled at the school. Each focuses on one of the school's arts programs: dance, music, theater, and literary, media and visual arts. More than 80 percent of graduJ ates go directly on to college. The Arts High School occupies a 30-acre campus in Golden Valley, west of Minneapolis. About half of the school's students are from greater Minnesota. There is a supervised resi- dential facility on the school campus for students from outside the Twin Cities. Call 763-591-4710 or 800-657- 3515, or visit www.pcae.kl2.mn.us for more information. Page 2 ~INDEPENDENT . Tuesday, Oct. 21,2008