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- .... i . " - Iii- , - . -:lHImill]lillll||..b][ |:|l[[|Jl]|]lliRli| L Editorial comment Thousands ticketed on seat belt enforcement A 10-day, statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement cam- palgn resulted in 4,713 seat belt cita- tions while another 113 motorists were cited for improper use or non- use of child restraints. The enforce- ment sweep ran Oct. 10-19 and included around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies. The Safe & Sober effort was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). The 329 agencies that have report- ed citation totals to-date also tallied 772 nighttime belt citations during the campaign's special night patrols. In Minnesota 2005-2007, 62 percent of the 296 motorists killed between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. were not wearing seat belts. "Officers working these patrols have seen the violent results of unbelt- ed traffic deaths too many times," says Cheri Marti, director of DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "Their efforts are helping to prevent more of these unnecessary tragedies." DPS reports seat belt compliance for the state is 87 percent. Despite the high rate, unbelted motorists account for around 200 traffic deaths each year and more than 400 serious, life- altering injuries. During 2005-2007, more than half of the 1.212 motorists killed were not belted. The Minnesota State Patrol issued 793 seat belt citations during the cam- paign. Among metro agencies, St. Paul Police Department issued 295 citations, followed by the police departments of Minneapolis (141), Edina (130), and Roseville (89). In greater Minnesota, Elk River Police Department issued 101 citations, fol- lowed by the police departments of Owatonna (74), Rodgers (51), St. Peter (51), Sartell (50), and St. John's University Police (50). The Safe & Sober campaign is a federally funded enforcement and education program and a component of the state's cornerstone traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). TZD is an interagency partnership led by DPS, MnDOT and Department of Health, in cooperation with state and local law enforcement, Federal Highway Administration, Minnesota County Engineers Association, and the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. TZD focuses on four strategic areas to reduce crashes -- education, eifforce- ment, engineering and emergency medical strategies. The Final Inspection Submitted by Run Beckman The Marine stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. "Step forward now. Marine, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other check? To My Church have you been true ?" The soldier squared his shoulders and said. "No Lord. 1 guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough. But, I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep... Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just to steep. And I never passed a cry to help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, god, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve a place, Among the people here. They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears. If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand. There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the Marine waited quietly, For the judgment of his God. "Step forward now, you Marine. You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell.'" -Author Unknown { Letters to the editor To the Editor: I once heard author Wes Jackson say: "The difference between the two is that Capitalism is where the individual rips off the environment and Communism is where the state rips off the environment -- in either case, the way we are currently growing our food and securing our energy is not sustainable. We need systems that put back what we take (with interest) and that don't leave problems for future generations to deal with." There is an interesting story in the Star Tribune about Big Stone II. Please read it. It is complicated, but we need to get up to speed on these things if we are to avoid the kind of bilking of the public that is going on with the banking bailout. We need to ask questions like -- "why do working people have ..to pay to keep super rich people from losing money?" And "why are farmers who want to produce renewable energy being systematically shut out from the grid and being blackmailed into supporting coal generation?" The Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) is a club that is owned by the utilities and its job is to dispatch and move power and to make sure that things are fair, that transmission is adequate, etc. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is supposed to regulate MISC. By sending out a letter like this to farmers involved with a community based wind project, MISO has violated the trust we are supposed to place in them to be an independent regulator. They are showing clearly to whom they are beholden and it points to a crying need for reform and oversight of this recently deregulated energy distribution management system. (Yes, the parallels with the deregulated banking system are there for us to consider). There has been no substantiated analysis that the proposed transmission lines from Big Stone II would be made available and/or accessible to wind. It is time for that smoke screen to clear. The actions of Otter Tail Power (OTP) towards the farmers behind Big Stone Wind speak much louder than their words. It is time to stop believing them when they say we need these transmission lines in order to get wind on the grid. OTP has offered nothing for wind power on these proposed transmission lines from Big Stone II. They have not even wanted to talk with the farmers who own Big Stone Wind about buying their power. This much we know: The economics of coal continue to deteriorate. New wind power coming into the system is cheaper than coal. The MISO system isn't working. It is time to step back and re-think without having to deal with strong arm fear mongering tactics and disinformation campaigns. We look forward to the day when we can work hand in hand with Otter Tail Power in promoting energy conservation, smart grid technologies and natural gas peaking plants combined with community owned wind in the post Big Stone II era. That isn't communism or capitalism -- it's just necessary common sense. Patrick J. Moore and Duane Ninneman www.curemnriver.org Clues ACROSS 51. German masculine, 1. Sectionalism article 9. Female sibling 52. Umlauts 12. Misconceptions Clues DOWN 14. Actress Thurman 1. Low frequency 15. Groups of nesting rooks 2. Paddle 17. One point West of due 3. Curdle No. 4. Hawaiian 18. Botswana monetary acknowledgment unit 5. One of the Greats 19. Early ISP 6. Early refrigerator 21. Alphabet author 7. Fireman's signal Grafton 8. Japanese apricot 22. Egyptian god of life 9. Parasol 23, Very drunk 10. Soaked 25. Roman nine . 11. Cut down trees 26. Agade was its capital using a blade 27. Atomic number 21 13. Large bodies of water 28. Race advantage 16. A citizen of 29. Ongoing dull pain Mogadishu 31. Wight is one 32. Colorado ski resort 33. Blue Hens school 34. Single file dance 35. Associated Press 36. Nurse a baby 38. Used for baking or drying 40. Collection of anecdotes 41. Duc d'Elchingen 42. Deserve 44. Feeling sorrow 45. One who helps people or institutions 48. Yeddo 49. Derived from the senses 20. Deepest of the Greats 24. Viking myth "Cormac the 27. Skimp 29. Alligator pears 30. Fills with high spirits 34. No, American country 35. Strongly opposed 36. Emitted coherent radiation . 37, An unfledged or nestling hawk 38. A citizen of Oman 39. Saltpeter 43. T, hais (alt. spel.) 46. __ student, learns healing 47. No (Scottish) 50. Syrian pound Veteran Sen00ice News By Richard Johnson The Office Hours for the Big Stone Veterans Service Office are as follows: Tuesdays 8:00-4:30 Wednesdays 8:00 -4:30. If there is at emergency of any sort I can be reached at my home at (320) 568-2448. I do have voice mail at the Office. Leave your name and number and I will get back to Richard Johnson you as soon as possible. Also, you can call me at home at the above number. I do have an answering machine at home. CHANGE IN TELEPHONE NUMBER: My Telephone number has been changed. It is (320) 839-6398. Please Letters to the editor Dear Editor, Top 10 Predictions No Matter Who Wins the Election 1. The Bible will still have all the answers. 2. Prayer will still work. 3. The Holy Spirit will still move. 4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people. 5. There will still be God-anointed preaching. 6. There will still be singing of praise to God. 7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people. 8. There will still be room at the Cross. 9. Jesus will still love you. 10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him. and God approves this .message! ISN'T IT GREAT TO KNOW WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE Tom Karels, Odessa Save this paper J0r recycling I make this change in your phone book as the old number doesn't work any longer. VETERANS PENSION PROGRAM What is VA Pension for Veterans? Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income and who are age 65 or older, or if under 65, who are permanently and totally disabled. Veterans who are more seriously disabled may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits. These are benefits that are paid in addition to the basic pension. Who is Eligible? Generally, you may be eligible if" You were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable, AND You served at least 90 days of active military service, one day of which was during a war time period. If you entered active duty after Sept. 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty, AND Your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law. (The yearly limit on income is set by Congress), 'AND You are age 65 or older; OR, you are permanently and totally disabled, not due to your own willful misconduct. As you can see, there are a number of criteria that may affect your eligibility to pension benefits. If you are unsure if you meet all criteria, we encourage you to go ahead and file an application; particularly if your countable income appears to be near the maximum. VA will determine if you are eligible and notify you. If you do not initially qualify, you may reapply if you have un-reimbursed medical expenses during the twel,;,e month period after VA received your claim that bring your countable income below the yearly income limit. (These are expenses you have paid for medical services or products for which you will not be reimbursed by Medicare or private medical insurance.) What is countable income for veterans pension eligibility purposes? This includes income received by the veteran and his or her dependents, if any, from most sources. It includes earning, disability and retirement payments, interest and dividends and net income from farming or business. There is a presumption that all of a child's income is available to or for the veteran. VA may grant an exception in hardship cases. What about net worth? Net worth means the net value of the assets of the veteran and his or her dependents. It includes such assets as bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and any property other than the veteran's residence and a reasonable lot area. There is no set limit on how much net worth a veteran and his dependents can have, but net worth cannot be excessive. The decision as to whether a claimant's net worth is excessive depends on the facts of each individual case. All net worth should be reported and VA will determine if a claimant's assets are sufficiently large that the claimant could live off these assets for a reasonable period of time. VA's needs-based program are not intended to protect substantial assets or build up an estate for the benefit of the heirs. How does VA calculate your pension? Your annual pension is calculated by first totaling all your countable income. Then any deductions are subtracted from that total. The remaining countable income is deducted from the appropriate annual pension limit which is determined by the number of your dependents, if any and whether or not you are entitled to housebound or aid and attendance benefits. The amount is then divided by 12 and rounded down to the nearest dollar. This gives you the amount of your monthly payment. Interested in this program, gather your information and go see your County Veterans Service Office. [STERN MINNESOTA PRAIRIE WATERS Free Visitors Guide 866.866.5432 The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) , JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZEI"I'E KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues., Nov. 4, 2008 Vol. 90: No. 42 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville. MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville. Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $34.00 per year bn Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $39.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota All others, $43.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville IndependenL Box 336, Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATE SCHEDULE - ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE BASED ON A FEBRUARY 1ST DUE DATE- Big Stone, Lac qui Perle, Traverse, Swift Counties in Minnesota and Grant and Roberts in South Dakota February ........... 34.00 August .............. 17.04 March ................ 31.20 Seotember ........ 14,20 April .................. 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. I February ........... 39.00 August .............. 19.50 March ................ 35.75 September ........ 16.25 April .................. 32.50 October ............. 13.00 May ................... 29,25 November ........... 9.75 June .................. 26.00 December ........... 6.50 July .................. 22,75 January,......L......3.25 ALL AREA OUTSIDE OF MINN. AND SO. DAK, 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 ........... 7.18 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. DEADLINES Church notes - Saturday mail Display ads - Friday mail Correspondence - Monday mail Pictures- 5 p.m, Friday News - Friday afternoon Classified ads - Friday noon (Any ad brought in later will be too late to classify.) OFFICE HOURS A Monday: 8 AM-5 PM A Tuesday: 8 AM-5 PM A Wednesday: 8 AM-12 NOON; 1-5 PM A Thursday: 8 AM-12 NOON; 1-5 PM A Friday: 8 AM-5 PM A Holidays may affect office hours. LE'n'ERS POLICY Letters to the editor discussing com- munity issues are encouraged. Letter writers should be aware that The Independent reserves the right to edit and/or condense letters for print. The paper also reserves the right not to pub- lish letters that are unsuitable or for which it might be held legally liable. Letters should contain the writer's )rinted or typed name, signature, address and telephone number. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be published. Letter writers are asked to limit them- selves to one letter per month. Please keep letter brief, perferably not over 350 words, and to the point. AD vs. NEWS The Ortonville Independent policy in determining what is advertising and what is news is based on one simple test: If an individual business or organi- zation charges for admission to an event, for an item or for a service, it will be con- sidered advertising. In other words, "If you charge, we charge." Advertising is the life-blood of a news- paper. Without it a newspaper would cease to exist. The money a paper receives for subscriptions and single paper sales is used to pay for the ink and paper used in producing the product. It no longer does so because of paper cost increases. It still covers the cost of ink and a small portion of the paper used. Advertising to a newspaper is like crops and livestock to farmers; meat and 3roducts to the grocer; dresses, coats and underwear to the soft-line merchant and plows and tractors to the implement dealer. Without any of those items, the particular business would not be in busi- ness. ADS: We reserve the right to refuse any advertising without obligation to justify our decision. POLICIES: A News: Our goal is to report the news as fully and accurately as possible. The staff's opinions will appear only on the opinion page. A Editorials: Opinions published on this page, whether locally written or reprinted from other sources is intended to stimu- late thinking and discussion among our readers. Opinions expressed by the edi- tor are her own and not necessarily those of other staff members. Opinions expressed in items from other publica- tions may be contradictory to the editor's own views, but are offered for their, gen- eral interest. Phone 320-'839-6163 or fax 320- 839-3761 to place display or clas- sified advertising in the Ortonville Independent or via... E-MAIL mail@ortonvilleindependent.com WEBSITE www.ortonvilleindependent.com American Heort sociation WETE FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE Page 4 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008