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WANTED- YOUR VOTE KNUTSON County Auditor Area news digest APPLETON-The first step in plans to lower the water level in Lake Oliver by three feet were okayed at a recent Swift County Board of Commissioners meeting. Lynn O/son, acting Swift County engineer, presented a plan for the construction of a lift station and for the laying of a 30 to 36 inch wide pipe at least 10 feet underground. This line would begin at the northwestern part of the lake and have its outlet at the Pomme de Terre River. Water flow through the line would be controlled by the lift station. Residents of Lake Oliver approved of the plan, but wondered why the water level of the lake would only be dropped three feet. Olson stated that there was no magic to that level, but lowering the lake three feet would open up Swift County Road 5 which is currently covered by lake water. He did suggest that the cost of the project would rise if more water was taken out of the lake. "Our main concern is threefold," Olson explained. First, we want to stabilize the elevation of the lake; second, we want to take water out of the lake= And finally, we want to get Swift County Road 5 back into service." MILBANK, SD-The Melrose Township board has adopted a measure forbidding the establishment of a livestock operation in excess of 500 animal units in the township. Milton Stengel, clerk, states that several meetings of the board have been held to consider the measure because of concern for pollution of shallow acquifers. Melrose Township is located north, northwest and northeast of Milbank. Concern was created for environmental water pollution after board members learned that one of the sites being considered by the Midwest Dairy Institute as a location of its proposed educational facility is in Melrose Township. Stengel emphasized that the Township board has taken a neutral position toward the Institute's plan to have a 700 cow facility in the area. He also explained that the board is concerned with protecting the water quality in the township. MONTEVIDEO-It's been an ideal growing season for farmers in Chippewa County and the surrounding area Record yields are being reported for corn and soybeans. The harvest has been progressing well ahead of schedule and most of the fall tillage should be completed before freeze-up. Unfortunately, more bushels in the bin will not mean more bucks in farmers' bank accounts. Although corn and soybean prices have risen slightly in the last two weeks, they are still at their lowest levels since 1986. Prices per bushel for new crop corn and soybeans were $1.55 and $4.88, respectively, at Tuesday's close (Oct. 20) at Harvest States Cooperatives in Montevideo. "Yes, we've got fantastic yields, but the prices we receive aren't going to make it a bumper crop in the billfold," said Bob Padula of the Chippewa County Extension Service. Padula said price comparisons to 1986 are even more depressing when you consider farmers' increased production costs and what a dollar buys today compared to 12 years ago. Extension report John Cunningham, County Extension Director 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 STORED SOYBEANS CAN SPOIL DUE TO GREEN TRASH IN BIN Green trash in your soybean storage bin could cause the beans to spoil. Producers should be checking bins this fall for pockets of green trash. In a number of upper Midwest soybean fields this fall, beans matured and dried on plants that were still green. Combining soybeans on green plants can result in large amounts of green, wet pods, pieces of stems, and other trash in the harvested crop. During handling, the seeds and green trash tend to segregate, and the trash accumulates in pockets in the storage bin. Such pockets of high-moisture material are likely to mold and heat in .storage, and could lead to significant spoilage of the soybeans around them. If you find enough trash that you're likely to have problems, try to remove it, or at least spread it out as much as possible. If you aren't able to remove or spread out the trash, keep watching it for signs of mold and heating. Aerate the beans as often as ne-cessary to prevent spoilage and keep the temperature of the stored beans at 20 to 30 degrees F. If you aren't able. to control heating problems by using aeration, consider emptying the bin and running the beans through a grain cleaner before returning them to storage. If you haven't completed harvesting soybeans yet, the following strategies can reduce problens-w.ith pockets of trash in the storage bin: (1) Set the combine to minimize the amount of non-seed material in the harvested crop. (2) Run the soybeans through a grain cleaner to remove excessive trash. (3) Use a grain distributor during bin filling to reduce segregation of seeds and trash. Soybean seeds are usually dry enough for safe storage at harvest. However, wet pods and stems frequently lead to storage problems. Since the price per bushel for soybeans is usually two to three times that of other crops, stored beans ought to be worth two to three times the management effort. SCN Soil Sampling Soil samples can still be taken this fall to determine soybean cyst nematode levels in a field. Some NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION Independent School District #371 Bellingham, Minnesota NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Election has been called and will be held for Independent School District No. 371, Bellingham, State of Minnesota, on Tuesday, the 3rd day of November 1998, for the purpose of electing two school board members for four year terms. Filing for office are: RICHARD JOHNSON TIM HENRICH The polling places for this election will be the Local voting Halls, within the Bellingham School District. Absentee ballots are available at the Lac qui Parle County Auditor's Office, prior to November 3rd, 1998. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any eligible voter residing in the school district may vote at said election, at their designated polling place, on Tuesday, November 3rd, 1998. All polls will close at 8:00 p.m. A voter must be registered to be eligible to vote in this election. An unregistered individual may register to vote at the polling place on election day. BY ORDER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD Is/Richard Johnson School District Clerk farmers have been incorrectly lead to- believe that the samples could not be taken after tillage has occurred. Tillage will not change the SCN levels in a field, however, it may be slightly more difficult to take the soil sample due to the loose soil condition. When farmers drive their pickup into the field the tires will firm the soil so a good soil core can be taken in the wheel track. Any field with an area of lower soybean production, whether it was this year or last year should be suspect as a potential SCN problem. Fields that will be planted to soybeans next year can be sampled even if it was corn this year. SCN sampling kits are available at the local MN Extension office 839- 2518 OR 1-800-279-2518. Each kit has a $5.00 coupon from the MN Soybean Growers Association which lowers the cost to $10/sample. This could be the wisest investment a farmer can make for next year. Extension Carrie Olson, County Extension Educator We often hear "now that County Fair is over, I suppose 4-H is done for the year!" We must respond with a definite, "No Way !" The 100 members in Big Stone County join over 250,000 young people and 14,000 adult volunteers in Minnesota who learn, grow and have fun in 4-H all year long. 4-H is for all young people between the first grade and one year past graduation, no matter whether they live in cities, towns, or rural areas, and no matter what their race, religion, gender or interests. It is part of the University of Minnesota, so it's programs are based on University research about young people and how they learn and grow. 4-H members belong to a local community club which is led by youth and adult volunteer leaders. 4-H also has programs dealing with current youth and family issues . . . such as diversity education through international travel, chemical health decision making, character education, and community service. Many c these programs work togeth wit L schools and local service and civic organizations to reach all young people. Every county has University of Minnesota faculty members, Extension Educators, who give programmatic leadership and educational advisement, as the young people and adult volunteer leaders develop and conduct their educational activities. 4-H today is for parents as well as young people. Parents and other adults are important to reaching children in the communities. The Extension Educators can have direct contact with only so rdany youth, so the adults extend outreach so all young people have a chance to get ATTEND AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING NEAR '/Oil iUBIWUD - Thurs. Oct. 29 2:00 p.m., Minnewaska House II01111S - Thurs. Oct. 29 7:30 p.m., Prairie Inn lUqPIIlWl - Friday Oct. 30 2:00 p.m., Armory IBIRI - Friday Oct. 30 7:30 p.m., McKinney's |llllllU - Wed. Nov. 4 2:00 p.m., Matador lUktWEIUI - Wed. Nov. 4 7:30 p.m., Carlson's Comer llFllll- Thurs. Nov. 5 2:00 p.m., Community Center IRiU - Thurs. Nov. 5 7:30 p.m., Legion DENCO, LLC Diversified Energy Company Morris, MN 56267 320-589-2931 I DARE you leadershi award recipients nam Amy Farwell and Kristen Weber have been awarded the national I Dare You Leadership Award in recognition of p'l's@nal integrity, balanced living and poteiial for leadership. The I Da You Leadership Award is presented each year by the American Youth Foundation (AYF) in cooperation with principals, headmas- ters and 4-H county agents/educators across the nation. The award was first offered in 1941 by the late William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, who challenged young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence into 4-H clubs and community activities. Adult volunteers are the core of a solid 4-H program, spending time with young people and sharing knowledge, skills, and resources. Adult volunteers have a great influence by showing young people they care about positive youth development. We hear parents with 4-H backgrounds talk about how 4-H used to be and ask why it can't be more like the program they remember. 4-H has changed since the corn clubs of 1914, but many things are the same: * 4-H is and always will be open to young people of all ages, * 4-H is and always will be based on strong, healthy youth development principles, * 4-H is and always will provide educational opportunities for young people to explore new interests and learn new skills they will use throughout life, * 4-H is and always will strengthen the bonds between young people and their communities and connect young people to the world. Get into 4-H by calling the Big Stone County Extension Office at 839-2518 or 1-800 279-2518. others through lives of service. The award takes its name from the book "I Dare You!, written by Danforth, in which he commends the balanced life of mental, physical, social and spiritu- al development as the backbone of leadership. In addition to a certificate of recognition each recipient received a copy of Danforth's inspirational book, I Dare You!, and a scholarship oppor- tunity to attend AYF's International Leadership Conference at Miniwanca in Michigan, Merrowvista in New Hampshire or Cedar Lake in California. Over 4,000 high schools and 4-H programs Dare You each year. In 1924 Danforth the American Youth prominent national which develops people. AYF dren and youth, as institutions that serve information about the Leadership Award and the or call the AYE 1315 Louis, MO 63104. 772-2889. WE'RE YOU 1,500 REASONS TO BUY ONE OF OUR HOMES. That's right! Now, for a limited time, we will pay you $1500_ purchase a stylish, energy efficient Dynamic Home.. CONTACT YOUR DYNAMIC HOMES DEALER TODAYI Dynamic Homes  5  Anue, [tll i.akl MN 5J01 Fct- m lree Ixmdmt mind the demler nemr mt emil IQO4 I would appreciate your vote for Big Stone County Sheriff ota Election Day! Joseph J. Berning, Jr. REMEMBER TO voTE ON TUESDAY, NOV. 3RD! Your support will be appreciated. Inserted and paid for by the candidate on his oVat lfl  ,: 736 Grace St., Ortonville, MN 56278- The Cooperative Advantage The cooperative advantage--it's what sets the cooperative form of business apart from the competition. A cooperative is a unique business th_ Advafl because it belongs to the people who use it, those who have organized to provide themselves with the goods and services they need. A cooperative operates for the benefit of its members. Member-owners of a cooperative can exercise their right to have a say in how their operates. And net savings left over from operation of the cooperative are reinvested for improvements to the business or returned to the membership. Cooperatives are based ou values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Cooperatives may be organized in a number of ways and for many purposes, including' care, credit and finance services, utilities, health care, housing, insurance, business hardware and farm supplies, food, employment and marketing of agricultural and other Today, over 100 million people are members of 47,000 U.S. cooperatives in of our economy. But all have one thing in common: their members have seized the advantage. COOPERATIVE MONTH: October 1998 Clinton Farmers Co-op Elevator CUNTON Barry Farmers Co-op Elevator BARRY Federated Telephone Cooperative CHOffiO Beardsley Farmers Co-op Elevator BEARDSLEY Ortonville Farmers Co-op Elevator ORTONVILLE Agralite CooperatM BENSON Big Stone Cooperative CLINTON - ORTONVILLE - MILBANK Western Conso Co-op HOLLOWAY - APPLETON- O)ESSA" I WATSON - SUNBURG - SOUTH SHORE" Page 2b 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday,