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Preparation for winter weather What if you can't get crops Advance preparation is perhaps the every heating season, snowmobile accidents. best thing people can do to avoid problems during winter weather. Primary concerns are the potential loss of heat.., power.., telephone ser- vice.., and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. Have available: • flashlight and extra batteries • battery-powered noaa weather radio or arn/fm portable radio • extra food and water • extra medicine and baby items • first-aid supplies • heating fuel • emergency heating source • fire extinguisher and smoke detector Note: if you use a space heater... make sure you vent your house to avoid the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide gases. Even a faulty fur- nace can produce odorless and taste- less carbon monoxide. About 300 people die across the U.S. each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. At home and work... Facts • In 2006, 56 percent of civilian fire deaths occurred in just four months: November -- February. • Fire deaths in greater Minnesota outpace those in the metropolitan area by a rate of slightly over two to one. • A dry Christmas tree can be con- sumed by fire in an instant, while gen- erating enough heat to ignite an entire room. Holidays mean more time socializ- ing with friends and relatives. In 2003, alcohol or other drug use was present or identified as a factor in one- third of all fire deaths and in 60 per- cent of fire deaths attributed to care- less smoking. Safe Behavior • Safety around heating equipment and appliances is an important first step in reducing the threat of fire. Keep children and loose clothing at a safe distance. • Use a yardstick to measure the distance between heating equipment and combustible material. Unless you have three feet of clearance, you are at risk. • Always turn off portable heating appliances when leaving home or retiring for the evening. Be sure the fire in the fireplace is out before going to bed. • Have chimneys, fireplaces and other heating devices inspected by a qualified professional at the start of • Use a sturdy screen or glass clo- sure in front of your fireplace, and burn only clean fireplace wood. Never burn treated lumber. • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement, and test them monthly. • If you smell gas in your home, contact your local utility company or qualified professional heating con- tractor and follow their advice. Place holiday decorations well away from heat sources. If you use a tree, water it dally. • Do not burn holiday wrappings in a fireplace; it may cause a chimney fire. • Pay attention to cooking. If a pan is on fire, cover it with a lid. Water will spread the fire. • Turn off and unplug lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving your house. Buy electrical decorations that have been approved by a national testing laboratory. Don't overload outlets. Candle Burning Safety Tips: • Place candles on a secure surface in sturdy noncombustible holders that won't tip over. Make sure holders are big enough to catch drippings. • Keep candles away from children and pets. Candles should be out of children's reach. • Keep candles away from com- bustible items such as curtains, books, and paper. Remember the "three-foot rule" anything combustible needs to be kept three feet from a heat source. • Keep candles away from flamma- ble liquids. Do not use a candle for light when fueling a kerosene heater or lantern. The flame may ignite the fumes. • Avoid using candles during a power outage. A flashlight is a safer option. Don't carry a lit candle. • Remember to extinguish candles when leaving the room or going to sleep. Never leave children or pets unattended in a room with a lit candle. Information on Outdoor Winter Safety Facts • Last winter, five people died after falling through the ice. • Over the last 10 years, 52 people drowned after breaking .through thin ice. • Sixty-five percent of all ice drownings are vehicle related. • Last winter, 22 people died in • Last winter, 49 percent of snow- mobile deaths were alcohol or drug related. Safe Behavior • Never walk on ice less than four inches thick. Don't snowmobile on less than five inches or drive your car on less than eight inches of new, clear ice. • Warn your children to stay away from ice-covered ponds and streams. • Avoid alcoholic beverages, espe- cially when snowmobiling. Alcohol causes the body to lose heat more rapidly, even though one may feel warmer after drinking alcoholic bey- , erages. • Avoid overexertion. Cold weath- er even without physical exertion, puts an extra strain on the heart. If you add to this the strain of heavy physical activity, such as shoveling snow, pushing an automobile or even walk- ing too fast or too far,-you risk dam- aging your body. • Watch for FROSTBITE and other symptoms of cold-weather exposure. Frostbite causes loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremi- ties such as fingers, toes, tip of nose and ear lobes. If such symptoms are detected, get medical attention imme- diately. Do not rub with snow or ice. This does not help the condition and, in fact, will make it worse. The best treatment for frostbite is re-warming the affected tissue. • Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration can be a severe problem. • Keep yourself and your clothes dry. Change wet socks and all other wet clothing as quickly as possible to prevent loss of body heat. Wet cloth- ing loses its insulation value and transmits heat rapidly. Winter Attire • Dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Outer garments should be .tightly woven, water repellent and natural wool, if possible. • Wear a hat. More than half of body heat is lost through the top of the head. • Wear mittens that are snug at the wrist. Mittens offer better protection than, gloves which allow your fingers to cool much faster. • Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf to help protect lungs from cold air. • Attempt to keep your feet as dry as possible. Wear wool socks. Extended Hours: Mon,-Sat. 8AM-7PM; Sun, 4-7 PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 KDIO Temps Bi Low Oct. 26 45 34 Oct. 27 39 27 Oct. 28 57 25 Oct. 29 64 30 Oct. 30 70 39 Oct. 31 59 36 Nov. 1 61 30 Your Wild Game Processing Headquarters! I m..JI,  B41k 4l for = We make the BEST input SOU, IlL 1'' homemade sausages in the [, I_ I cons00-rvatlon 00ar., 7- , O00ENE=ENDEDNOURS meeting Nov. 5 "][1 FOR DEER SEASON...  ..... I A locally led conservation input ____, _ _._ - - -_ - Acceping deer Sat. & Sun., rlr I meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. W "- NOV. 8TH & 9TH i i P/2-e-si-n- I 5th at 10 a.m. at the Pizza Ranch in '- "  "  Open Sundays 4-7 pml " 4' the Ael I Ortonville. Input is being sought to prioritize resource concerns for the :: :: :: :: i i i i i i i i!ii:i:::;;;:: :: i ::i  ::;;i!;;i ::*:*::: ....   .........  ;i::: !: ::::,::i  :::: i;iiii;;i. " ::: ::: ;;i!  ! !::;::f%!:::;;  i   ii::   :>..::i :::::: iiiiiii i!!i:::: : ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ii ii i i!::::::::i:i .i;::iiii::::i::::::::::::::::::::::@:iIiiiii!;i:::::::iIi::::ii ] i ! i[i' : :!iI i::i • Award Winning Recipes Won at Tri-State Locker Convention • Summer Sausage ' Pepper Sticks • Country Ring Sausage. Formed Jerky • Cajun Sticks Breakfast Links • Onion, Smoked Fresh Bratwurst • Hot Dogs • Ring Bologna* Venison Jerky German Rope Sausage" Polish Sausage" Dried Venison, Seasoned Cooked Deer Roast Per Lb. 10-1Lb. Pkgs.-PerLb. 25 lb. I 20 lb. 90% Lean Ground Beef Pork Beef i Bundles Bundles $2.29 $79.95 $4S.95 Round Roast or Steak $2.69 Per Lb. RIBEYE STEAK ................ ..1[:)99 Country - Per Lb. €'99 RING SAUSAGE ............... Per Lb. , DELl HAM .......................... $1.4.9 Whole - Per Lb. $ 29 SIRLOIN STEAK ............... Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a federally funded program providing cost sharing and incentive payments to assist produc- ers in establishing conservation prac- tices on their land. The Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will host the local input meeting. Public input is sought to make the program successful in Big Stone County. Following the input meeting the Local Work Group comprised of local resource agencies will use the infor- mation from the input meeting to set priorities for funding applications for conservation practices. "USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer" The ..... sing. le best way to protect against the flu us to get vaccinated each year. PROTECT YOURSELF... 0000IOTE00r YOUR LOVED ONES... OET YOUR FLU VACCINE,. Cost is $30,00 if patient pays by cash or check when receiving the shot and no insurance is filed. We offer on-site flu shots to businesses, Call us to make arrangements, Northside Medical Center, PLC 465 Eastvold Ave. Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-6157 Clinton Clinic 324 Main Street Clinton, MN 56225 320r325-5217 out due to wet weather .' By Rick Morgan, NCTC Farm Business Management-Moorhead, Minnesota Brad Schwab, Ag Country's Crop Insurance Specialist, talked with me about that important question. He said the crop insurance adjusters usually meet weekly to discuss how harvest is progressing. As of now, they are still on a wait and see mode. The magic date is Dec. 10. If you can't get a field or fields or parts of fields harvested by that date, the crop insurance adjuster will come in and do an appraisal. The yield the adjuster calculates is subtracted from your insurance level to determine your pay- ment. The last time this happened to any degree was 2004, and the crop insurance companies extended the date beyond Dec. 10. Brad did not have a new possible date for this year, but the point is that the Dec. 10 date is not chiseled in granite. Brad Schwab emphasized the importance of doing your best to har- vest all you can. If you have neigh- bors that get most or their entire field harvested, it won't look good in the adjuster's eyes if you have a lot left in the field. However, the crop insurance industry knows that you have to make a management decision on the amount of risk you will take with your machinery in a wet field and extra investments ,you have made for har- vesting wet fields such as: rear wheel assist for your combine, grain carts, tracks and/or sets of duals. The worst story I've been told so far is one farm operation near Wahpeton that worked all day har- vesting sugarbeets, but only got 15 acres done. That is a huge of cost in machinery and labor for that few acres. The farm I helped with during this sugarbeet harvest had their beet cart stuck three times in one field. Schwab's final words about har- vesting were: do the very best you can, however, they don't expect you to ruin your machinery in the process. If you have any questions, or want more information about Farm Business Management, call the Farm Business Management office nearest you, or call the Management Education Office at Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls at 1 (800)959-6282. Personals ] PREGNANT OR WONDERING? Afraid to tell parents? Free and confi- dential testing and resource informa- tion. Call 1-800-550-4900 or 320- 839-7174. Birthright, 482 U.S. Hwy. 12, P.O. Box 273, Big Stone City, SD 57216. 34-TF* Miscellaneous ] RIBBON THE GIFT OF CHOICE featuring 19 gift collec- tions; hundreds of name brands. For virtually everyone and every budget. View us online at 38-12" Services CRAIG BEYER'S Tree Service- Quality tree trimming, removal and stump grinding. Call 320-589-2114. 29-TF* Vangsness, Rademacher Bridal Shower November 8 An open house bridal shower in honor of Kelly Vangsness, bride to be. of Jerry Rademacher on Saturday, November 8 at-St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville. The shower will be held from 10 a.m. to +12 noon. The couple is registered at Target, Herberger's and Carlson Drug in Ortonville. All friends and relatives invited to attend 0000elodies in The only clock of its kind. Eottainment on the hour as the dial opens In four directions, to reveal a turnJng decorative wheel ,with four sparkling Swarovski crystals plus twelve more on the pendulum Delight as t plays one of six Hi-Fi melodies plus an opening a ending melody at each performance, A Lover's Concerto Can't Help Falling In Love Reality Hey Jude If We Hold On Together Love M Tndet SEIKO CLOCKS € JEWELRY 0danville, MN 56278 • Phone 839-3262 MSRP: Q.XM1395RH Visit © 2008 SeJko Corporation of Americ 3 views shown: closed in motio and ope. T is on theW ,? UNGER FURNITURE Furniture. & Carpet 619 Atl. Ave. Morris Largest Home Fumishig display in West Central Minnesota Bedroom-Living Room and oining umnure Dinette-Rockers Raam-amcUng Everything for your Hornet We finance our own accounts Page 2 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008