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Fly flag on Veterans Day Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie encouraged Minnesotans to honor veterans by flying our nation's flag on Veterans Day and reminded them that the Office of the Secretary of State has a Flag Etiquette brochure available. "On Veterans Day, we take time to reflect upon the bravery, sacrifice and spirit of public service demonstrated by our veterans," said Ritchie. "Flying our nation's flag in their honor on this special day is a visual reminder to our veterans that we care about them and understand that this enduring symbol of our freedom, and the democracy it represents, was defended by our friends, family and neighbors who have served in our armed forces." Anyone who is interested in learn- ing about the proper procedures for displaying the American flag should contact the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State to obtain its flag eti- quette brochure. A free copy of A Guide to Flag Etiquette is available by e-mailing: or call- ing: 651-201-1324. OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING TOOK PLACE at Stolpman Insurance (formerly Iverson's Insurance) at 459 Main Street in Big Stone City, SD last Friday, Nov. 5. Pictured above is John Stolpman, Owner/Agent, ready to cut the ribbon. Standing next to Stolpman is Joan Reiffenberger, Agent/Office Manager and Les Iverson, Agent. I M I N N ESOTA '- I OUR ROOTS HAVE GROWN At Renk, you get the right products every time, sold by people you can trust.The fact that we consistently outperform our competitors is just icing on the cake. We've grown a lot over the past 165 years but still know where we came from. At Renk, our roots make the results. The Renk family welcomes: Tri State Ag Solutions - Ortonville, MN Rich Huebner - 320.760.5481 Dave Maas - 320.760.3972 I Let me help take the confusion out of the options available. :: :::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::ii:iii!ii!!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiziiiiiiiii i;i;iii:i!! illli}ilill}}iii i!i!ii{il iiii$ !!i}i i;illii!iiii!iilliiilli::i!i!i}illli;illlllli::ii i i i ! :: i i :: i :: :: :: :: ::i :: { i i :: :: :: :: i :: i :: :: :: i :: i := := :: i :: ! :: :: i i i :: :: .................. :! H Ei :::7 :ill  'iiiiii .... ii ii  ......... ::i::iii :: [iiiii]i "ii ii::il  ;-"i :i i" .!iiiiii ii i i  ...... :: iii !ii::iiiiiiiiii :iii!Ilii{iiiiiii::iiii}iiii[ii!!iiiiii }i!!!! ii?}iii)iiiiii!}?:=i?a:ii=}ii-i:i=ii:=i}i)i);ii-:i!}i=?ii=i=Ni}:iii}i{i}i!N2Nk iN}iN{ ,..,.:.,glii?i i!iNiNi/Niiiiii!i}ii=:iiiiiiili;iiii::iiiiiiil ;ii! 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Extension news Prevent grain-bin suffocation with precautionary measures Ag News Wire By Jerrold Tesmer, University of Minnesota Extension Wet soil conditions in certain areas of Minnesota may create a harvest rush, which can lead to increased grain-bin drownings-when a person is pulled under the grain's surface in a matter of seconds and risks suffocation. Today's large grain augers can transfer from two to four times as much grain as augers of the past. Your body can become completely submerged in about 8 seconds, leaving you helpless. Crusted, spoiled and wet grain associated with this year's wet harvest (as well as remaining grain from last year's wetter harvest) can also contribute to grain bin suffocation. As grain is removed from the bin it can bridge and form a cavity under the crusted surface. There's little chance of survival if you are walking on the surface when the crust breaks and you plunge into flowing or hot grain. It's time to review your Medicare coverage Between November 1 5 and December 31, you can change your Medicare plan. As a licensed agent, I can help you review your options and choose the coverage that best meets your needs. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been helping people with Medicare since the program began. Contact me today.* Authorized independent agent/agency for @ k'ecrOss BII leShield of Minnesota Beth Mueller, Agent KINDT AGENCY, INC. 113 NW First Street Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839 6/45 rTY 1-800-627-3529 A Medicare-approved Part D sponsor and a health plan with Medicare | | .... contracts, Plans are available to residents of the service area'. *You can also II | call Blue Cross for plan information or to enroll. Call 1-877-662-2583, TTY I | users call 1,866-582-1158, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., daily. Service representatives and licensed sales representatives are available when you call this number. | H2461_070810_F02 CMS Approved 08/t6/2010 Y0052 081710 H06 MN CMS Approved 08/25/2010 : - I - i Duet Premium Laundry Pair Keeps clothes looking new longer with 6th Sense TM technology ENERGY STAR  qualified and CCE Tier 3 rated WFW9470WW I WED9470WW s200 REBATE on Pair for Llmltod Time! Ends Nov. 17 French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator s,,599 LIMITED SUPPLY Store Hours Mon,-Fri. 9am-5:3Opm Sat. 9am-4pm APPLIANCE 11/" FURNITURE * FLOORING 223 E. 4th Ave.. Milbank, SD 605-432-6491 1-800-435-2612 ,: i White Barb Galen Shane Terry Bob Vickie The following are reminders and safety measures to practice while working around grain: Keep children out of grain bins, beds and wagons at all times. Grain flow can cover them before anyone realizes what is happening. Lock out the control circuit before entering a bin, whether or not grain is flowing. Be especially careful around automatic unloading equipment. Have three people involved when you enter a grain bin, and enter with a rope and safety harness. In the case of an accident, it wilI take two people to lift you out using the equipment. Don't count on someone outside the bin to hear your shouted instructions. Equipment noise may block out your calls for help. If you become trapped in a bin of flowing grain with nothing to hold onto but you are still able to walk, stay near the outside wall. Keep walking until the bin is empty or grain flow stops. If you are covered by flowing grain, cup your hands over your mouth, and take short breaths until help arrives. If another person becomes submerged in grain, assume he is alive and begin rescue operations immediately. Turn on the fan to move air into the bin. Cut large holes around the bin, approximately 5 feet up from the basee to empty grain. (If you cut too many holes, the bin may collapse on you.) Use the front-end loader of a tractor, an abrasive saw, or an air chisel. A cutting torch is a last resort-it could cause a fire or an explosion from dust and fumigant residue. Never attempt a rescue by going into the grain yourself. Call 911. Your local emergency team has the training and equipment to do the job safely. For information on the drying, storing and handling of grain, visit Extension'S corn production website at Corn/Grain.html. For more information on farm safety, visit the National Agricultural Safety Database website at Jerrold Tesmer is an educator in agricultural production systems with University of Minnesota Extension. A portion of this information came from David E. Baker, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Missouri Extension. Page 16 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010