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ATTENDEES AT THE BPA STATE FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE in Minneapolis Oct. 31-Nov.1 were from left to right OHS BPA students Rikki Roscoe and Bonnie Sue Stolpman (Region 8 President) along with OHS alumni Danny Spors, former BPA State/National Officer and current BPA conference staff personnel. OHS students attend BPA State Fall Leadership Conference Region 8 President Bonnie Sue Stoplman, along with BPA OHS stu- dent Rikki Roscoe and advisor Julie Kunde attended the Business Professionals of America State Fall Leadership Conference in Minneapolis Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The focus of this state conference is to develop leadership skills though a variety of activities, workshops, and social events. State office cam- paigning and elections are also held at this conference. Both Bonnie Sue and Rikki were voting delegates for Region 8 and met each of the state candidates. Also, for the first time, both DECA and BPA vocational Bonnie Sue represented Region 8 in the closing session during the Torch Ceremony. This is a solemn ceremony were the high ideals for which the organization stands is shared through a candle lighting cere- mony. Danny Spors, OHS alumni and former State BPA officer and National officer, was a primary conference staff organizer. Danny conducted ori- entation meetings for the candidates and voting delegates, as well as worked with officers in their leader- ship role. The out-going 2009-10 state officers each recognized Danny for his inspirational help and guid- Critical Incident Stress Management team created The SW/WC Service Cooperative is leading the efforts towards the cre- ation of a regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) to serve school districts in the 18 coun- ties in southwest and west central Minnesota. A "School Crisis Response" training has been sched- uled for Jan. 20-21,2011, for a team of 35 people representative of the region. A small planning team comprised of school staff throughout the region met in June and September of this year to discuss the development of a CISM Team. These discussions were based off a feasibility study done by the SW/WC Service Cooperative rel- ative to this service. The group dis- cussed how difficult and critical situ- ations may occur in the lives of stu- dents and school staff. Highly trau- matic events can occur on or off school grounds and involve both stu- dents and staff. When not acknowl- edged or effectively addressed, these incidents can continue to erode the performance of student and staff. Response to a specific situation' should be crisis intervention provided by an organized, trained team. These interventions can reduce stress, keep matters from getting worse, facilitate  returning to a more normal routine, and provide access to a more inten- sive or higher level of care. A CISM Team provides immediate assistance to local schools in times of crisis or traumatic events. The team works with crisis teams and the crisis plan already in place by school dis- tricts, but team members are specially trained by standards set forth by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) to respond to school crisis. Dan Casey, a certified ICISF trainer from Clear Lake, MN, will conduct the two day training in January. At this time, there is still room on the 35-member team. Those interest- ed have been primarily school psy- chologists, school social workers, and school counselors. Anyone who is interested in this effort is asked to contact Shelly Maes at the SW/WC Service Cooperative at 507-537-2282 orshelly.maes@swsc.org You changed your clocks, did you change your batteries As Daylight Saving Time ended on Nov. 7, Minnesotans gained an extra hour of time - time that State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl hopes will be used to check smoke alarm batteries. "It takes just a moment, and it could be the most valuable moment you spend this year, making sure In Minnesota, there were 35 resi- dential fire deaths in 2009; 10 took place in homes where alarms were missing or inoperable. In the remain- ing cases, four fatalities occurred in homes with working smoke alarms, and two in homes where alarms were not an issue (such as suicide and explosion). In the remaining eight g0000AWAV CASINO ez GOLF Charter Fhght to Laughlin, Nevada. on : Sun Country Airlines from.. MINNEAPOLIS, MN Departing Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 and Returning Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 COST: $279 per person (based on double occupancy) PACKAGE INCLUDES: 3 Nights Hotel Stay with Round Trip Air, Ground Transfers, No Baggage Fees, Hotel Lodging at Don Laughin's Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino Depart MSP 2/24/2011 1:00 PM Arrive Laughlin 3:15 PM Depart Laughlin 2/27/2011 4:45 PM Arrive MSP 10:55 PM organizations shared the same venue and activities. MN Leadership University was the conference theme. Students chose to participate in the following "majors" during the conference: Career Success, Communication Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hospitality, Leadership, Marketing, Management, Officer Ship, Sports and Entertainment, and Technology. Students also listened to keynote speakers Bob Upgren (spe- cializing in chalk art) and Ryan Underwood. ance through their term. The organi- zation thanks Danny (current college student) for his time and dedication to the BPA organization. The BPA pledge is "We are met in a spirit of friendship and goodwill as we prepare for careers in a world- class workforce. We work together to develop professionalism and leader- ship through Business Professionals of America and pledge our loyalty to our nation." Support for this vocational organi- zation is always greatly appreciated. Stroke of the brush Big Stone Arts Council In this area we have an amazing representation of artists, all of whom have spent years studying the art i forms they are able:t6 prodtiCe. If you .Participated in The"Meander,:you 'were able to see for yourself the tremendous talent we have in our area! It is important to recognize and honor the arts in our community. Participation in the arts expands our curiosity and our appreciation for diversity, it provides an outlet for expression, and it is a way to celebrate the heritage of our region. We want to extend a special thanks to Julie at Java Jules, for her ongoing support of our local artists. Please. stop by to see the latest show! The Big Stone Arts Council Annual Celebration Meeting will be held at The Bird Feeder, on Main Street in Big Stone City on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The social hour with complementary hors d'oeuvres begins at 6 p.m. The meeting/celebration will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a cash bar, silent auction, and a special giveaway of an original watercolor by Neva Foster! Anyone who becomes a member that evening is eligible for the drawing. Also new membership amounts collected will be matched by the McKnight foundation dollar for dollar. Join the fun as The Big Stone Arts Council celebrates the arts and celebrates community ! Space is limited so please RSVP Liz Rackl at 320-305-1039 or lizrackl@msn.com Medicare Part D program to be discussed at meetings The Annual Coordinated Election Period for the Medicare Prescription Drug Program runs from Nov.15- Dec 31. This is the time each year that you can enroll in a plan if you did not previously enroll or change to a new plan. The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. will be once again assisting Medicare beneficia- ries with their 2011 Medicare plan research and enrollment. Trained staff and volunteers will be available by appointment in Ortonville on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m.- . noon for a presentation ar/d Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. To schedule an appointment contact Ashley Ellingson at 1-800-333-2433 ext. 82024. Medicare beneficiaries should bring current insurance information, their Medicare card and current pre- scription medication bottles. The speaker will be from The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. The presentation will address the new changes in the Medicare Part D Program. If you have any questions or need further information contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433. The Senior LinkAge Line is a pro- gram of the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging. those alarms go off if you have a res- idential fire," said Rosendahl. The "Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries" campaign, sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the makers of Energizer batteries, was created 23 years ago after statistics showed that non-working smoke alarms too often contribute to home fire fatalities. Studies have shown that working alarms increase your fire survival chances by 50 percent, but sadly, about one-third of the 92 percent of American homes with smoke alarms are not protected because batteries have been removed or allowed to die without replacement. Defensive Driving courses offered Minnwest Bank Prime Timers and the Big Stone Housing and Redevelopment Authority, will host the four hour AARP Defensive Driving course on Thursday after- noon, Dec. 9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the High Rise Community Room, Lakeside Apartments, 301 1st St. NW, Ortonville. The eight hour Defensive Driving course will be offered at the High Rise Community Room, Lakeside Apartments, 301 1st St. NW, Ortonville, on Monday, Nov. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 18 and 22nd, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. both evenings. To register for these classes, and for more information, please call Ethel at Minnwest Bank (320) 839- 2568. i Musings from the-Museum By Norm Shelsta On this date in the State of Minnesota History Files followed by ian event from the Big Stone County History Files: i' Nov. 10, 1975-The ore boat ' " "n EdmundFttzgeraldslnks i Lake Superior, and 29 crew members !. drown. Nov. 10, 1877-School District #3 i was organized at the Lindholm school !house with S.P. Lindholm elected !chairman. In 1918 Ralph M. Spink i(for whom the American Legion Post i was named) was killed at Marchville, France. Nov. 11, 1940-The Armistice Day :Blizzard strikes, trapping hunters at lakes and drivers on roads. Forty-nine people die when temperatures suddenly drop from the 60's to below zero. Pilor Max Conrad of Winona earns hero honors for taking his Piper Club up into 50-mile-per-hour winds to drop supplies and lead rescues to trapped hunters. Nov. 11, 1940-The blizzard killed many head of livestock in Big Stone County. Hunters were stranded. You can read more about it in "All Hell Broke Loose" by William H. Hull. Nov. 12, 1892-Walter "Pudge" Heffelfinber becomes the first professional football player in history. The Minneapolis native signs to play with the Allegheny Athletics Association and is paid $500 for his role in the four to zero victory over the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. Nov. 12, 1903-The Village of Johnson is organized; named in honor of a section foreman who managed the building of the railroad from Morris to Johnson. Nov. 13, 1891-Floyd B. Olson is born in Minneapolis. He would be the first Farmer implementing New Deal policies and for his skilled negotiating during the 1933 Hormel strike in Austin and the 1934 teamsters' strike in Minneapolis. Nov. 13, 1922-Ortonville Green House is the largest business of its kind between Minneapolis and Aberdeen. (Green House Hill is named for its location in Ortonville.) Nov. 14, 1860-Telegraph services reaches Minneapolis. Nov. 14, 1937-The elevator in Correll burned to the ground. Seventy five percent of the loss of the elevator was covered by insurance. Nov.' 15, 1851-Montezuma is founded by Orrin Smith, a steamboat captain. The town is more recognizable by its present name, Winona. Nov. 15, 1978-The World Book Encyclopedia lists the lowest elevation in South Dakota as 962' above sea level at Big Stone Lake. Nov. 16, 1883-The steamer Manistee sinks in Lake Superior. It had left Duluth on Nov. 10, but a gale had driven it into port at Bayfield. Captain John McKay tries to force passage on this night, and 23 of the sailors aboard are never seen again. A lifeboat carrying three survivors washes ashore a few days later. Nov. 16, 1885-Post Office renamed Clinton Post Office run by Peter McCormick and in 1888 by Hiram W. Hewitt. cases, it was not possible to determine whether working alarms were pre- sent. Rosendahl urges Minnesotans to make sure there are alarms on eact: floor of their homes and one within 10 feet of every bedroom door. He recommends testing alarms once a month, creating a home fire escape plan, and practicing the plan to be sure everyone reacts to fire safely. For detailed information about smoke alarm use and maintenance, along with Minnesota fire statistics from other years, go to the State Fire Marshal web site at _www.fire.state.mn.usww.fir.al;e,mn .U_...fiS. I0 0Oto 10:00 PM at Big Stone American  Lemon with dance to follow This auction, to help support the local soldiersandtheir00,isopentothe public from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. along withthedanceheldlaterinthe00. A pra,ace soldier and fa,raly dhrtmas party will be held early even. BASKETS NEEDED! If you are interested in donating a basket, drop off points for these baskets are Pro Image Partners and the Armory in Ortonville, The Flower Box in Graceville or any of the New Horizons locations in Herman, Morris or Chodo. DEADLINE FOR DONATING BASKETS IS DEC. 3, 0. Any uestions, please call Pro Image Partners at (320) 839-2542, ask for Dan. Money ,ade from the s//ent  w//a/d/n vare needa for the/oca/ and their Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 00INDEPENDENT Page 9