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BIG STONE CITY FIRE CHIEF JOE WIIK visited the Big Stone Little Lions Preschoolers during Fire Prevention Week. Teachers are Maria Strei and Jackie Martin. Contained in this column will be actual experiences from my four decades of teaching, from one-room elementary to college. I kept volumes of notes over the yeare and will recreate, to the best of my ability, things as they occurred. Though the stories are real, the names have been changed. As many of you know, I've had an interest in humor since I was a ehdd. (Brought up #7 out of 10 children born to our parents, rd have to have ~, a sense of humor. R~ht?) ~.~ MARIA MILLER, daughter of Pam Miller of Ortonville, donated over 12 inches of hair to Locks of Love. Maria had her hair cut at Hair Classics in Ortonville. In the one-room parochial school in which I taught, the third graders were practicing the 23rd Psalm for their religion class• Hearing them recite to each other, "he maketh me lie down in green pas- tures; he leadeth me beside the still waters," etc., a first grade boy said to me, "I wanna learn 'he maketh me and he leadeth me.' " "All right, I can help you with that," I replied. Then I asked another first grader, "Do you want to learn it, too, Robbie?" "Yeth, I do" he answered, "but firtht I gotta go to the bathroom." That reminds me: I heard of a pas- tor who told his people when he was installed, that the only Bible transla- tion he would allow in the church was the King James Version. The elders knew that some people in the congregation had a language problem, yet they did not want to argue with their pastor. So, the elders decided to speak King James English with the pastor. A few questions they devised for him were: "How goeth it with thy garden, Pastor?" and "Knowest thou that it raineth without the church?" and "Whether is the greater challenge for thee, to preach to the multitudes or to suffer the little children to come unto thee?" Soon. the pastor expressed a desire to discuss with them the possibility of using a more modern English transla- tion on occasion. (P.S.: The KJV is quite faithful to the Word and was a good translation - for the people in the 17th century. However. it causeth problems for some folks today.) (Arlo Janssen may be contacted by snail mail at P.O. Box 1311, Benson, AZ 85602.) DONATING OVER TEN INCHES OF HAIR to Locks of Love was Lexy Larson, daughter of Randy andChrlsti Larson of Odessa. She had her hair cut at Hair Classics in Ortonville. WWW,.and rewfalk.org Dear Friends and Neighbors of District 20A, I am Andrew Falk, and I'm running to be your next State Representative to the Minnesota Legislature. We can all agree that these are challenging times, facing nearly everyone. We will not achieve real economic stability until we address the energy crisis in a sustainable manner. This means a real transition to renewable energy. That's why I have worked for 3 years to promote policy in both the State of Minnesota and at the federal level which advances the development of renewable energy resources such as ethanol, biodiesel, wind, solar, and biomass. I have championed local ownership of renewable energy resources, co-writing most of the C-BED (Community-Based Energy Development) law which puts in place policies and procedures which allow local people and entities to be owners. Let's grow our economy by investing in renewable energy locally instead of sending our money to foreign countries, and thereby lowering gas. diesel, and home heating fuel prices. I have a proven track record of making renewable energy a pnority and delivering results for Western Minnesota! We also need to address many other challenges: • EMPLOYMENT: Let's put people back to work rebuilding our roads and bridges. FDR pulled this country out of the Great Depression by ensuring that working people could find jobs. Let's do it again! • HEALTH CARE: Health care must be affordable to all Minnesota families. Let's open up access to MinnesotaCare, provide more affordable prescription drugs and improve funding for our clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. • EDUCATION.~ Let's give schools the funding they need to help our children succeed• • FAMILY FARMERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES: Let's work to ensure that our farmers and small bus inesses have the resources they need to thrive. These entities provide the goods and services for a vibrant Rural Minnesota• • RETAIN AND ATTRACT PEOPLE: Let's provide jobs and opportunities to make the Great American Dream a possibility for everyone m Western Minnesota. ~¢IINNES(}TA As your State Representative I promise to bring energy, experience and a positive voice for Western Minnesota to the State Capitol. Paid for by the Andrew Falk for State Representative Committee -- 1170 Highway 9 NE, Murdock, MN DEMOCRATIC--FARMER--LABOR PARTY In the midst of a 10-day statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforce-. ment campaign 'that concludes Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the. state's overall seat belt use compli- ance is 87 percent, comparable to the record-high 88 percent use rate recorded in 2007. DPS conducted a two-week motorist observational sur- vey in August of mole than 12,000 motorists in 37 counties. The state will receive $15.2 million in federal funds for both behavioral traffic safe- ty initiatives and road safety improve- ments as an incentive for recording two consecutive years of belt use above 85 percent. Nationally, the belt use rate is 83 percent, but 75 percent for states with a secondary seat belt law, such as Minnesota. Despite the high rate in Minnesota, unbelted motorists account for around 200 traffic deaths each year and more than 400 serious, life-altering injuries. In the last three years, 2005-2007, more than half -- 612 -- of 1,212 total motorists killed were not belted. "While the majority of Minnesotans buckle up, increasing the compliance rate will save hundreds of traffic deaths each year," says Cheri Marti, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "When you don't buck- le up, your chances of surviving a crash are cut in half." Pick-up truck drivers have the low- est belt use among all vehicle types (76 percent), but their belt use is Odessa residents are gearing up for their 130th Anniversary celebration to be held on July 24.25 and 26, 2009. This year the 130th Anniversary celebration committee members held an emblem/motto contest and the win- ner was Michelle Zepeda (Neubauer] from rural Odessa• Although not many were brave enough to submit their ideas or artwork, the committee was pleased, with the sketch that Michelle submitted. It certainly has the essence of the town of Odessa and the 130th Anniversary celebration in mind. The "monarch butterfly" which was the school emblem is show- cased, as well as the "school on the hill", which many have fond memo- ries of. Coming into Odessa from all vantage points, the water tower can be viewed as a landmark, as it also sits on KAYLEE HELGESON, daughter of Harley and Ellie Helgeson of Ortonville, donated ten inches of hair to Locks of Love. Kaylee had her hair cut at Hair Classics in Ortonville. By Deb Botzek-Linn, University of Minnesota Extension When preparing a frozen dinner in the microwave, you will see that the directions always include a final state- ment such as "Let stand two minutes in microwave." This is followed by "Carefully remove as product will be hot." Yes, the product is hot, so the steadily increasing, up from 69 per- cent compliance in 2003. Motorists in SUVs are most likely tO be belted (92 percent), followed by passenger cars (89 percent) and vans/minivans (88 percent). Young motorists ages 16-29 have the lowest seat belt use rate of 82 percent -- but an improvement from 74 percent compliance five years ago. Belt use among motorists 65 years or older is 91 percent. In the "battle of the sexes," females are more likely to buckle up (92 percent) than males (83 percent). A portion of the $15.2 million incentive funds will be put' toward traffic safety behavioral efforts and outreach initiatives targeted at high- risk driver behaviors contributing to crashes. The proposed behavioral ini- tiatives include speed enforcement and education activities, advanced teen driving programs, and targeted seat belt observational surveys to determine problem areas. The funds will also support low-cost proactive engineering improvements on state and local roads to prevent lane depar- ture crashes and improve lighting, sig- nage and pavement markings at inter- sections. These proposed improve- ments also include safety enhance- ments such as edge-line or center-line rumble strips, cable median barriers, and enhanced curve delineation. Priority will be given to deploying these safety enhancements where highways transition from four to two lanes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The state will receive the federal dollars in spring 2009. "These traffic safety tactics are cost-effective measures that can make a life-saving impact on Minnesota roads," says Marti. She adds the future initiatives reflect'the major components that are the foundation of Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), the state's cornerstone traffic safety pro- gram. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crash- es -- enhanced enforcement, engi- neering improvements, education and effective emergency trauma response. The Click tt or Ticket seat belt enforcement effort is emphasizing special nighttime seat belt patrols. DPS 2005-2007 data reports there were 296 vehicle occupant traffic deaths during nighttime hours (9 p.m. - 3 a.m.) and 184 of the traffic crash victims -- 62 percent -- were not belted. Around 400 agencies are par- ticipating in the campaign. Belt cita- tions can cost up to $115. The DPS survey also reports 4.2 percent of motorists are on cell phones at any given daylight hour -- translating to approximately 15,750 motorists dialing and driving at any given hour. Officials say this rate probably could be higher as a majori- ty of Twin" Cities' metro roads were not surveyed. The national cell phone use rate is 6 percent. See the entire observational survey report at www.dps.state.mn.us/ otswww.dps.state.mn.us/ots under "What Is New." la top the hill. The committee members currently have merchandise, showcasing the emblem, for sale. Items include t- shirts, sweatshirts and caps. They hope to possibly diversify the emblem into additional merchandise as the year approaches. They are also work- ing on a booklet about the town. which will also be available. If anyone is interested in purchas- ing any merchandise, contact any of the committee members. Another project which may inter- est the residents of Odessa is wooden lawn signs. The signs will have the resident's name and the year that you became a resident of Odessa, in addi- tion to some art-work which also can be added. (Example: a butter- fly/bee/stock of wheat.) The sign cost is $7, which covers the cost of materi- als. If interested in obtaining a sign, for the celebration weekend, again please contact one of the committee members. They will be looking for food ven- dors, parade entries. Odessa memora- bilia and additional volunteers, so please come join in the fun. The committee will be having a Fall Fundraiser and Fall Raffle with great prizes. Tickets are available at Cenex and the Refuge Bar. There will be a Soup/Chili Supper on Nov. 21 preceeding Fireman's Bingo. For more information, contact any of the following committee members: Lon/Cindy Moen 273-2279; Deb Teske 273-2358; Rob/Sally Rakow 273-2348; or Mike/Lisa Hinneberg 273-2207. ( ] INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! I directive to let stand in microwave is a personal safety guideline to prevent a steam burn. But following the direc- tive to let stand in microwave for a specified amount of time Is a key microwave food safety practice. Microwaves cause water, fat and sugar molecules to vibrate 2.5 million times per second, producing heat. After the microwave is off or food is removed from the oven, the molecules continue to generate heat as they come to a standstill. This additional cooking after the microwave turns Off is called standing time. It occurs for a longer time in dense foods like meat than in less-dense foods like breads, vegetables and fruits. During this time, the temperature of food can increase several degrees. Standing time is important for food safety. This additional cooking time allows the temperature of the food to increase to reach the recommended safe minimum internal temperature, which insures the food is thoroughly cooked and reduces the risk of food- borne illness. To insure a safe dinner, always fol- low the frozen dinner package prepa- ration directions. Better yet, plan to use a food thermometer to verify that the food has reached a safe internal temperature. Allow the recommended standing time, which completes the cooking, before checking the thickest area of the food with a food ther- mometer. Do not leave the thermome- ter in the food during microwaving. More recently, some frozen dinner • " k packages have begun stating Coo thoroughly to at least 160 degrees before eating." That's good advice. Page 10 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct. 21,2008 --, -- -- -- , i ii ii I I i -- II I I ........ ' - -- --