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Motel tax in violation, judge rules District Court Judge Bruce Christopherson ruled last week that the City of Granite Falls is precluded from sending the money collected from the lodging tax to the Minnesota Upper River Valley Regional Development Corporation. Joseph DeToy was pleased with the recent District Court decision and would like the City to sit down with him and discuss a legal method to disburse the sums. Judge Christopherson ruled that the use of the motel and lodging tax to the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission is in violation ofMN. STAT. 469.190 and restrained the City of Granite Falls from transferring any money from the City of Granite Falls to the UMVRDC. Attorney for DeToy, Ronald R. Frauenshuh, Jr. from Ortonville, said that the Courts opinion is well reasoned. Judge Christopherson said that the statute mandates that the proceeds be used to "fund a local convention center or tourism bureau." "Local" does not mean regional and the use of the proceeds by the UMVRDC in this fashion violates the clear meaning of the law. Frauenshuh says, "This decision has statewide importance as a number of cities throughout the state are sending money illegally to regional commissions." This decision will place these cities on notice that the transference of money may be illegal. "Just as every day citizens must conform to the law, a city should also be bound to comply with existing law," says Frauenshuh. FARMING IS a complex business There's more to profit than production. Your farm's success &pen& on you manage your finances. At Minnwest Bank, we can help you review financial alternatives along with offering a variety of loan services. * Operating Loans " Machinery Loans and Equip:aent Leasing Options Livestock Loans Real Estate Loans FSA and Minnesota RFA Lender Bellingham school news Calendar Tuesday, 11-5 Election Day 1:45 Hep. B and flu shots given at school Friday, 11-8 end of the 1 st quarter Monday, 11-11 Veteran's Day 10:00 a.m. Program in school gym Breakfast Tuesday--grapple juice, cinnamon rolls, strawberry yogurt and milk. Wednesday--apple juice, French toast, breakfast links and milk. Thursday--grapple juice, assorted cold cereals, cinnamon toast and milk. Friday--apple juice, pancakes, ham patty and milk. Lunch Tuesday--tomato soup, grilled cheese, sliced pears, PB/PBJ and milk. Wednesday--hotdog on bun, nacho chips with cheese sauce, baked beans, orange slices, PB/PBJ and milk. Thursday--ham slice, mashed potatoes, corn, white cake, PB/PBJ and milk Friday--fish shaped fish nuggets, ripple chips, Hawaiian pineapple, banana, PB/PBJ and milk. i Forums set for West Central MN health purchasing alliance Several citizens, small businesses, farmers and local governments in the west central regional of Minnesota have expressed concerns about cur- Extension report I Allowing oldei" children to help and "mentor" younger children has been proven in research to play a powerful role in developing resilient youth. According to James and Pamela Toole, of Campass Institute, resilient youth have some of the following qualities; youth have special talents that have been recognized, they experience positive, high expectations from others, and they are provided with opportunities to participate in meaningful and challenging activities. By having opportunities to share as a "peer helper", youth have instrumental roles as a teacher, advisor, coach, and sharer of resources. They serve in., a psychosocial role as a role model, affirmer, counselor and emotional support  r!urJa ehv the to self evaruafe their attitudes, values, behaviors and beliefs. During this holiday season remember to set up opportunities for the youth in your life to help each other. Children are often our most untapped resource and yet they need us to set up age appropriate and meaningful roles for them to contribute to our family and communities. Carrie Ann Olson is an Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Community Youth Development serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Carrie Ann Olson Regional Extension Educator 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 SETTING UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH TO HELP EACH OTHER It's November and the holiday season is upon us. As parents we sometimes get over whelmed with all the things that we feel need to be done, that we forget to look at all of our resources. Children can play a valuable role during this time by not only helping you, but by also helping the other children in your family and community. It is important for all children to have appropriate and meaningful roles in your family. Perhaps older children can address the Christmas Card envelopes while younger members put on the postage stamp. Children can work together to make "homemade" . presents for friends and family with the older child teaching the younger child. Often times an assembly line type process can work to complete the cooking, baking, cleaning or gift wrapping. By working together there will be more time for "play" later. Older children can become the "peer helper" with younger children. Nominate your family physician for an award Does your family doctor deserve recognition for a job well done? Does he/she care for patients in an extraordinary way? The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) wants you to tell us why your family doctor should be named the 2003 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year. The award is presented annually to a family physician who represents the highest ideals of the specialty of family medicine. "Family physicians specialize in caring for a patient's physical and mental well-being. We treat the whole person through all the stages of life," said Nicholas Bernier, M.D., president of the MAFP. "This award honors the physician who best exemplifies the role of the family physician in the community." Nominations will be accepted in writing through Dec. 19, 2002. Nominators should describe the candidate's outstanding personal and professional qualities and community involvement. Letters can be sent to the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, 600 S. Highway 169 #1680, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426, or e-mailed to Questions can be directed to the MAFP office at (952) 542-0130 or (800) 999-8198. You can also find information about this award at All letters are carefully read and considered by a task force of family physicians who will select up to six finalists. The MAFP Board of Directors will choose one physician to receive the 2003 Family Physician of the Year Award, which will be presented at the MAFP President's Dinner in early April. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Page l0 rent trends affecting affordability and accessibility of health care. Through a project sponsored by the West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (WCRSDP), Agriculture and Rural Policy Study Circle Project, the idea of forming a Health Care Purchasing Alliance is being explored for the west central part of the state. Similar activities are in progress in both the northwest and southwest parts of the state in an attempt to cre- ate an affordable, community-based health insurance option for employers of all sizes, farm families, businesses of one, and non-profit and govern- mental organizations. Recent state legislation enables communities to develop purchasing pools that can act as a regional purchasing group to pur- chase health care coverage. Recent statistics suggest that the number and percentage of rural Americans without health insurance continues to increase. The WCRSDP would like to confirm the interest and need for a Health Care Purchasing Alliance in the west central region, through the deve.lopment of a survey focused toward employers and health care providers. The WCRSDP will hold Public Information Forums to identify interest in the development of a Health Care Purchasing Alliance, on Dec. 5, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Chippewa County Courthouse Community Room in Montevideo, AND 7 to 9 p.m., Edson Auditorium in the Student Center at UMM campus in Morris. Who should attend? Employers of all sizes, including large and small employers, farmers, business of one, on-profits, and local governments: health care providers; insurance agents; and citizens who have experi- enced a lack of available health care insurance options and increasing health care costs. The West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (a program working towards goals of regional sustainability and active citi- zenship) and U of M-Morris Center - Grand Opening Independent Herbalife Distributor : I Have Lost Over 50 Lbs. At my home:Thursday November 7, 2002 748 Highland Highway Ortonville, MN Call Me Now at: Review of Life Changing programs at 1-877-905-2462 7:00 P.M and again at 8:00 P.M. or 320-839-3401 - - Lose Weight Feel GREAlh Work at Hornet EVERYONE WELCOME Focus on Health, Nutrition & Wellness Jt'sathnsde FRE SHIPPING! on your next order" of sS0 or more from or any current JCPenney' Catalog !! call 1"800"222"6161 OR E and ask for code MRCHARV Order online at and enter MRCHARV in the "promotional code box" during checkout. Hurry, offer good November 4 through 14, 2002! *Discount good only on merchandise orders of $50 or more delivered within the contiguous United States by regu,ar UPS, USPS or picked up at a JCPenney Catalog Desk. Offer does not apply to orders delivered by truck or express delivery; "JCPenney Presents" catalogs or web sites; prior purchases; or in combination with other offers Offer good through November 14, 2002. Have your order delivered to your home or this convenient Catalog Service Center. JCPenney Catalog Located in Liebe DrugNariety 146 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 320-839-6191 INDEPENDENT MIN 020) 839-2568  616-BANK for Small Towns is co-sponsoring these meetings with area Workforce Centers, local Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Association of Cooperatives. For more information, contact Dorothy Rosemeier, staff of the WCRSDP at 320-589-1711 or toll free 320-589-1711 or Susan Brickweg, consultant and planner for the project at 320-269-8484. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Reading news is an exercise freedom. Speak up for the First Amendment SOFT .... SERVICE* Drinking Water Systems Iron Removal Systems -Salt Appleton, bin Phone !!!!i MINNESOTA Property Own PAYABLE ON OR BE FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2002 (to avoid a late payment penalty) (1) 2nd Half Agricultural taxes (2) 2nd Half Mobile Home taxes CINDY NELSON, Big Stone County Ortonville, Minnesota ]holiday Greeting Order Early! 4"x8" Cards 25 S 1 Made from any 35ram 24mm APS color ne Choose from 4 holiday designs! 0wlY0m lmNw Liebe Appleton Browns Valley Graceville Ortonville 25 cards 50 cards 75 cards 100 cards Includes En Place :Nov. cards Ip Tuesday, NOv. TUBB IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIItlUlII