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" ' The Ortonville [ Independent develop and manage the electrical grid outcome. (U.S.P.S.=4~2-460) and to drive reductions in energy use Here is what we know about the JAMESD~ KAERCHER is another area where CURE can work BSII Decision timetable: ~ I [ Publisher / Managing Editor with Otter Tail Power. Smart Grid Oct. 22: The researchers that the SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE pilot projects on the West Coast have Minnesota Public Utilities Editor and Advertising Sales shaved 20 percent from peak demand Commission (PUC) contracted with to MIKE SWENSON -- more quickly and more cheaply provide more information on the Associate Editor/Advertising Rep than building new power lines. Read future costs of carbon taxes, the cost more by visiting: http://minnesota, of coal vs. natural gas and other issues Tues., Oct. 21,2008 Vol. 90; No. 40 are supposed to have a report ready ~ ~- ~~1 26/smart_grid/ Let's "get smart" in for review. / ~ ~-(L,_ Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL.STAR Minnesota. CURE would love to Nov. 10: There will be a public Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. work on the development of a Smart hearing in St. Paul at the PUC offices _ Ortonville, MN 56278 t ~ ~"~'~~ ~ ~ ~~ / Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota Grid pilot project with OTP in an to hear the rebuttals to the report that I/, SUBSCRIPTION RATES Upper Minnesota River Watershed researchers have made community like Milan or Dawson. Jan. 2009: A decision on whether $34.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in 3. OTP's Wind Power or nottograntthecertificateofneed / c=;.~ r,c.h,:~,.LL;;~~~-,~i=..._~ T' I Minnesota, Grant and Roberts CounUes Development in the Dakota's is great- for the transmission lines for the in South Dakota. $39.00 for all other - now let's work with Minnesota wind proposed Big Stone II plant is countiesin Minnesota and South Dakota. farms where most of your customersexpected. [ ~ - ~ ........ -~J~, .~~ ~aii~.~II-- | All others, $43.00 per year. are. OTP has made admirable strides Just to be clear, CURE is still [ ..,~ j Postmaster: Send address changes k The Ortonville Independent, Box 336 in developing wind power operations steadfastly against the construction of Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. Otter Tail Power agree in the interest in North Dakota, but Minnesota wind Big Stone II. We would prefer to see of promoting the common good in this farmers in Big Stone County have the construction of natural gas peaking contentious age we live in. Here they been unable to secure power purchase plants that could be combined with are: agreements with this Minnesota based base load wind (yes -- that is what 1. Energy Conservation is key. utility--why? Otter Tail Power has Xcel Energy calls it) to meet the CURE wants to help promote Otter a great model relationship going with demand in the region -- if indeed there Tail Power's Energy Conservation the University of Minnesota at Morris is a demand (the upcoming PUC Initiatives in every way we can. We with their wind turbine and biomass hearing should help shed more light urge every OTP customer and all other plant. CURE would love nothing on this question). rate payers to find out what incentive more than to be a champion for any We will continue to insist that the programs are offered to help you utility that works with local Minnesota South Dakota Boundary reduce your energy consumption. You community based renewable energy Waters Commission be reconvened to can learn about Otter Tail's programs projects. Thank you, Otter Tail for discuss the proposed water draw down by visiting what you are doing with UMM -- let's from Big Stone Lake. We will SaveEnergyMoney/MainSaveEnergy do more of this throughout yourcontinue to call for stringent mercury Money.asp. CURE will work with service area! reduction from any new plant that is Otter Tail Power to develop and 4. We need more dialogue about monitored in accordance with promote even more incentive how we can advance State and Minnesota's mercury reduction laws. programs to encourage home owners National Energy Policies we can all We will also continue to call for real to insulate their homes, install agree on. The time is now. Let's keep and meaningful carbon offsets from efficient lighting and heating/cooling talking, any new plant. systems. The fate of the Big Stone II plant is We'll keep you posted as the story 2. Consumer Friendly "Smart still unclear and while we wait for the unravels. Feel free to call, write or Grid" Technologies have huge verdict to come down, there is time to stop by at anytime to chat. potential. The emerging use of consider what positive changes we can computer and internet tools to design, bring about together, regardless of the The Minnesota Department of Minnesota counties in which farmers Agriculture (MDA)and the Natural are eligible to participate in the Resource Conservation Service Nutrient Management Initiative (NRCS) today announced plans to (NMI) - an innovative research tool more than double the number ofdesigned to provide farmers with real- 1 2 3 4 14 17 i m m 20 23 24 m 27 m 32 33 34 . 36 39 42 44 m 46 47 48 53 57 60 m 5 15 18 37 54 58 61 61. 62. mm I J 25 28 m 3~ 45 m 49 m m 9 10 11 12 16 19 = 26 m m 29 30 38 SO ~I -~ 56 "-'-- ~ Clues ACROSS Long hikes 1. Syrian city on the Olive tree genus Orontes 5. Barbera's cartoon Clues DOWN partner 1. Unpleasantly rough 10. Clean clothes 2. Capital of Ghana 14. Sour 3. Norse guard of the 15. Any plant of the family well of wisdom Araceae 4. Data processing by a 16. M Lanza computer 17. Canadian law enforcers 5. An obstacle on a golf 18. Corn proteins course 19. Same as 12 down 6. Regions 20. Lanka 7. Shod fiber in 21. Semitic fertility god yarn-making 22. Boot country 8. compoop 23. Havens 9. Public promotions 25. Nailed to a horse's hoof10. Trash container 27. Radioactivity unit 11. Opera solo 28. Virginia creeper 12. Door threshold 32. 1949 Nobel 13. Most sacred Physiologist 21. Ruth's husband 35. Pupa of a moth (Biblical) 36. Dry 22. Per : sentence 37. Forces to open enders 38. Groups of tennis 24. June games 25. Open skin lesions 26. Flatboats 28. Whimper _ function v =, -~ 7-~- 7 $ V V --ffV'V ||| N I "1 3 1 V $ .L N 8I 3 -V--i- ll "1 v I El 8 V 39. Kinsmen 41. Figure or roller 42. An abrupt failure of 43. Medulla 44. Brand of metal polish 45. Command to stop 46. Aldehyde alcohol 49. oft: barn area 50. Expresses surprise 53. Legume seed vessel 54. Arid S. Am. plain "GraB" -;- 56. Type of avocado 1 57. Copyread A 58. Passover feast and ceremony "5 59. Se gid: somewhat stiff o 60. Hyphen -; 29. Refers to end of small intestine 30. Frank "The Enforcer" 31. Ruhr industrial center 32. Brandy made from grape residue 33. Filled chocolate cookie 34. Nonexistent chance 35. Intersect 37. The Surinam toad 40. Afrikaans 41. abus: Curriculum 43. City executives 45. Diacritical mark 46. In bed 47. Queen of Sparta 48. A prominent platform 49. Color tint: s 50. Acclaim 51. Swiss river 52. First Chinese dynasty (air.) 54. Time of the 90th meridian (abbr.) 55. Of she 56. Type of health coverage OiOVHO NV3S Steaks, Roasts, Hamburger Pork Chops & Roasts 25 LB. BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $79.95 $45.95 world information about the impacts of various methods of nutrient manag- ment. Introduced as a pilot program in 2006, NMI is an on-farm evaluation tool that compares two nutrient (fertil- izer) rates on a potion of a field select- ed by the producer. Its goal is to eval- uate economic performance using th;~ producer's actual costs and yield response. In 2008, 31 farmers in 16 counties enrolled in the program. The program will expand in 2009 to include 49 Minnesota counties. The 2009 expansion will include the Southern half of Minnesota (MN .USDA-NRCS area_s: 4, 5, 6 and 7) and also any designed vulnerable Source Water Protection Areas in Minnesota. The NMI can focus on either nitro- gen or phosphorus. Previous crop rotations include corn/soybeans and corn/corn and prefer sites with no alfalfa or manure history for five years. Rate comparisons are replicat- ed three times and include a small "check" rate area. The width of the comparison strips is usually based on the width of the fertilizer applicator or producer's planter and should be 600 feet long. In 2007, NMI nitrogen rate reduc- tions of 30 pounds per acre resulted in little or no yield differences and resulted in a savings of between $9 and $14 per acre. With projected high- er nutrient costs in 2009, these differ- ences can account for savings of between $12 and $25 per acre. To view past results from the NMI go online to NMI requires the use of a certified crop consultant to validate results. NMI compensates the producer $1,200 upon completion of the pro- ject. Farmers are required to sign up for the program at County USDA- NRCS offices and complete a partici- pation agreement and provide antici- pated nutrient application informa- tion. Funding for the NMI program is through the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and administered by the Minnesota USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). MDA assists through promotion, data col- lection and compilation of data for the program. To participation in the NMI pro- gram contact your local USDA- NRCS office. Program Protocol infor- mation is posted on the MDA web site at: (web address change). For more details, contact MDA's Brian Williams at 507- 665-6806 or by email at now for k Hospital Steve Hall and the Shotgun Red Power Company. Band, a nationally acclaimed Country Tickets are now available at the Comedy Show band, will be in following locations: In Milbank, First Milbank to perform for the Milbank Bank and Trust, Great Western Bank, Area Hospital-Foundation's 2008 Fall Milbank Area Chamber, Food-n-Fuel Fundraising Event. The event will be of Milbank, Milbank Medical Center, held Friday, December 5th, at the MilbankArea Hospital; In Big Stone, Milbank National Guard Armory. Big Stone Clinic and First State Bank Greg Hanson and the Backroads, a of Big Stone; First State Bank of favorite local band will open for Steve Wilmot, and People;s State Bank of Hall and the Shotgun Red Band. Summit. All proceeds from the event Little Shotgun Red, the band's go to the Northeast South Dakota puppet, was found in a Minnesota Health Foundation. Hobby Shop by Steve Hall in 1980. Red became the emcee for Steve's band. After winning a "Battle of the ONCE AGAIN... Bands" Contest in 1982, the band MANY THANKS traveled to Nashville for the final Recent new and renewal sub- competition and crashed Country scribers to The Independent which Legend Ralph Emery's morning we gratefully acknowledge with show. Impressed with what he saw, thanks for your loyalty: Ralph then invited Steve and Shotgun Corn Devaal Red to appear with him on TNN's Gary Carlson series "Nashville Now", and Shotgun Red was a regulai" member of the Mike Dorry "Nashville Now" cast for over 10 Loren Schake years. He also appeared for 10 years L. Mueller on the successful syndicated and cable Gene Jacobsen TV program "Hey Haw". He hosted Roger Lundberg TNN's first music video show, Jack Gable "Country Clips," for six years. Steve Eugene Nelson Hall has remained with the Shotgun Alan Holdenfield Red Band all this time as the leading man on the General Jackson Dan & Kerry Chase Showboat in Nashville for over 12 Joe Trebil years and more than 3500 shows. Linda Bailey , The doors will open at 6:30 PM for George Gimmestad a Silent Auction with locally donated Audrey Trump items. The silent auction will also be held between performances, Greg Kenneth Kuefler Hanson and the Backroads will per- Eileen Adolphson form at 7:30 PM. Concessions, Sue Christensen including hot sandwiches, will be pro- Linda Sovell vided by the Milbank Prom Loretta Stern Committee. The event is being co- sponsored by Dakota Granite, Valley Ramona Dorry Queen Cheese Factory, and Ottertail Shawn Starr Virginia Elvecrog ..... Gordon Gloege David McLaughlin Wade Swezey I h0w,can Y u k p I William Poweli 0 e e Nancy Pierzina Joan Jurgens Gary & Sharon Watkins Lorraine Hagevick I ~s with something to do J ~s. YOU can help. For more Dave Jones information on drug prevention programs in your Burton Sypen community, call or visit: 1 877 KIDS 313 Dwayne Koehntopp Amy Novak Office of ........... ~ Co~n,rol Policy Sandra Josephson HOURS: M0n.-Fri. 8AM-5:30PM; Sat. 8AM-5PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 LET US CATER YOUR EVENT/ Weddings, Reunions, Anniversaries or Parties liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~!iiii~i!!~ii~iiiii!iil iiiiiili] Pioneer's Own - Per Lb. COUNTRY RING SAUSAGE ..................... Per Lb. ,rh,,,~ AI~ DELl HAM ..................... Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb. QUARTERS & bl RO SIDES ............................ ,v./ Locally Grown Pork - Per Lb. A~ HALF A HOG ..................... NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATE SCHEDULE - ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE BASED ON A FEBRUARY 1ST DUE DATE- Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse, Swift Counties in Minnesota and Grant and Roberts in South Dakota Februa~j ........... 34.00 August .............. 17.04 March ................ 31.20 September ........ 14.20 Apdl .............. ._.28.77 October ............. 11.36 May ................... 25.56 November ........... 8.52 June .................. 22.72 December ........... 5.68 July ................... 19.88 January ............... 2.84 ALL OTHERS IN MINN. AND SO. DAK. February ........... 39.00 August .............. 19.50 March ................ 35.75 September ........ 16.25 Apdl .................. 32.50 October ......:...:.. 13.00 May ................... 29.25 November ........... 9.75 June .................. 26.00 December ........... 6.50 July ....... : ........... 22.75 January ............... 3.25 ALL AREA OUTSIDE OF MINN. AND SO. OAK. February ........... 43.00 August .............. 21.54 March ................ 39.49 September ........ 17.95 April .................. 35.90 October ............. 14.36 May ................... 32,31 November ......... 10.77 June .................. 28.72 December ......... L7,18 July ................... 25.13 January ............... 3.59 "PUBLISHER'S LIABILITY FOR ERROR" The Publisher shall not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. The Publisher's liability for other errors or omissions in connection with an adver- tisement is strictly limited to publication of the advertisement in any subsequent issue or the refund of any monies paid for the advertisement. 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