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MEGb.N (S:FREI).HJELLEshot a '10 poin't buck the first weekend and and a nine point bhck thesecond wee_kend of deer htnting season. (Thus, the reasoln.the' horns are cut'off on th 10 point buck). Megan was hunting with her father Bob Strei, and her husbandt Mike Hjelle. ShOe shot both deer south of Odessa. : .. oRTONVILLE'S FOURTH THROUGH SIXTH GRADERS participated in cup stacking trying to break the record from last year of 316,736 stackers from around the world. Pictured above is elementary physical education in- structor Sheila Hoerneman watching the students stack cups. No word on whether the record was broken. MN unemployment rate dips to 6.4 percent in October Professional and business services led all sectors in October with 2,200 new jobs, followed by construction (up 1,700) and information (up 500). Min- ing and logging held steady for the month. Job losses occurred in education and health services (down 3,000), leisure and hospitality (down 2,000), financial activities (down 1,600), trade, trans- portation and utilities (down 1,500), other services (down 1,000), govern- ment (down 800) and manufacturing (down 600). Over the past year, the following sectors have gained jobs: professional and business services (up 6,500), edu- cation and health services (up 6,300), manufacturing (up 3,800), leisure and hospitality (up 3,600), trade, trans- portation and utilities (up 2,400), fi- nancial activities (up 1,100), construction (up 900), and logging and mining (up 100). The state's unemployment rate fell 0.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted 6.4 percent in October, according to fig- ures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Eco- nomic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was 9 percent in October The state lost 6,100 jobs during the month, although some of the declines were offset by a revision in the Sep- tember figures from 7,400 jobs lost to 1,900 jobs lost. "Minnesota's unemployment rate is at its lowest level since the U.S. finan- cial crisis in November 2008," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "We're pleased to see continued im- provement in some of the sectors that were hit the hardest by the recession, particularly construction." Jobs in the construction sector in October were up year-over-year for the first time since April 2006. Year-over-year job losses have oc- curred in government (down 3,100), other services (down 1,500) and infor- mation (down 800). In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past year in the Mankato MSA (up 2.8 per- cent), Rochester MSA (up 1.7 percent) and Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.2 percent). Job losses occurred in the St. Cloud MSA (down 1.3 percent) and the Duluth-Superior MSA (down 0.5 per- cent). DEED is the state's principal eco- nomic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, in- ternational trade and community de- velopment. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at Fol- low us on Twitter at Board on Aging publishes health booklet for seniors The Minnesota Board on Aging has published the 2012 edition of Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare. A print edition of the book is also available by calling Senior LinkAge Line@ at 1-800-333-2433. The 192-page booklet is full of in- formation about Medicare enrollment, Medicare supplements, health plans, Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, Medicare savings programs, Medicare Advantage plans and Special Need Plans, Minnesota Long-Term Care Partnership insurance, other long- term care options and much more. It is the only comprehensive, objective Hunters: don't throw away un- used either-sex deer permit Hunters who did not tag a deer or use the either-sex permit during the firearms season may still have a chance to put some venison in the freezer, according to Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Re- sources (DNR). "A change this year allows an un- used either-sex permit from the firearms season to remain valid for the muzzleloader season, if you have the appropriate license," Cornicelli said. "The either-sex permit is valid for ei- ther season, in the same area, pro- vided you have a license for that season." This change applies only to the lot- tery zone. Cornicelli reminds hunters in the lottery zone that they are only allowed to tag one deer during the 2011 hunt- ing season. They may not use bonus tags in the lottery zone. They may be able to harvest additional deer in man- aged, intensive or special hunt areas. Hunters who wish to take advan- tage of this change must purchase a li- cense for the muzzleloader season. Licenses can be purchased at any of the 1,500 license agent locations in the state, via telephone at 888-665-4236 or online A convenience fee is added to tele- phone and Internet license purchases The muzzleloader season in Min- nesota runs from Saturday, Nov. 26, until Sunday, Dec. 1 l. statewide publication available that provides information about all Medicare options for Minnesotans. The book also contains: Information about long-term care planning, fraud alerts and how to find needed resources. Information on the new One Stop Shop for Seniors. Information for Medicare benefi- ciaries of all ages residing in any of Minnesota's 87 counties. "This is an important resource for people wanting information about Medicare and all its programs and op- tions," said Jean Wood, executive di- rector, Minnesota Board on Aging. "It would be hard to find another resource that has all the information that this book has." The primary purpose of the gover- nor-appointed Minnesota Board on Aging is to ensure that older Min- nesotans and their families are effec- tively served by state and local policies and programs in order to age well and live well. Partnering with area agen- cies on aging and others, the MBA ad- ministers and oversees the use of the Older Americans Act funds as well as state funds to support older Min- nesotans. In addition, the MBA pro- vides objective information and data to the Minnesota Legislature, the gover- nor and state agencies to shape policies that reflect the needs and interests of older Minnesotans. OFC set for Proj- ect Christmas OFC of Ortonville is already gear- ing up for Project Christmas this year. The OFC will be buying toys for chil- dren in Big Stone County as part of a joint effort with the Salvation Army and the Big Stone Food Shelf to make Christmas a joyful time for some area families. Last year over $5,000 was spent in Big Stone County by the OFC thru do- nations from businesses and individu- als to buy gifts for 233 children! If you would like to help with this excellent cause, you can send mone- tary donations to Project Christmas C/O OFC of Ortonville, PO Box 53, Ortonville, MN 56278. Or you can drop off monetary donations and/or new, unwrapped toys at Blair Johnson CPA or Minnwest Bank in Ortonville by Dec. 5. If you have any questions regard- ing Project Christmas, please call Lisa Merritt at 320-839-6284 or Kerry Chase at 320-839-2150. Thank you for supporting Project Christmas and have Merry Christmas! IIIPPII! III lillll lllil O TICKET sAwS961 Reg. 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