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] Independent want ads FAMILY COUNSELOR Greater Minnesota Family Services has a FT Family Counselor opening in the rural areas we are proud to serve. This site is in Ortonville, MN We are looking for people with a passion to help at-risk children and families in their homes, schools and community settings. Work with us in a real participatory team environment with excellent county social service staff and school Flexible hours, days - afternoons and two to three evenings. Master's degree or BA with significant mental health experience. Good benefits and pay. Must live in or near Ortonville, MN. Visit our website. Resume to: EOE Cards of Thanks CARD OF THANKS We wish to thank Ortonville police officer Clint Sova, Big Stone County Sheriff Josh Bohlen, Dr. Robert Ross, the Ortonville volunteer firemen, Greg Zniewski, Jason Giese, Jim Vaala (Zniewski Funeral Home) and Pastor Renstrom for their outstanding "professional assistance during the time of Randall Bakeberg's passing away. Special thanks to Grace Lutheran Ladies Aid and members for your remarkable services. Thanks to Mary Schirm, Richard Ehrenberg and Sherwood Dove for your beauti- ful music. Thanks to Betty and Duane Hastad (Heather Nursery) for your exquisite flowers, wreath and tree. Thanks to the LqPV Board of Educa- tion, Mrs. Renae Tostenson, Mr. Scott Sawatzky, the Lac qui Parle Valley School District faculty, staff and per- sonnel for your tremendous support, lovely plant and memorial gifts. Thanks to each of our dear friends and neighbors for your precious prayers, cards, memorial gifts, food and flowers given in memory of ,, Randy. Our hearts rejoice in God's gift of heaven. In Christ's comfort, may God bless you. Sandra Bakeberg; Dr. Rachel, Justin and ........... ................... ar01ynn Bakeberg; Ryan, Hatti and Avery Moeller; John, Kaylee, Natalie, Savana and Maraya Ball; 45-1 Nicholas and Megan Hastad Extra troopers on duty this Thanksgiving There will be special enforcement called "Maroon Days" during the Thanksgiving Holiday, according to Captain Brian West of the Minnesota State Patrol, Marshall District. "Maroon Days are a District-wide enforcement and education program," reports Captain West. "We want to remind drivers of the hazards of holi- day driving. Minnesota State Troopers want to make your safety a priority during this time. Our goal is to reduce crashes and injuries. We will be addressing the most commonly occur- ring violations: seatbelts, speed, and impaired driving." The Minnesota State Patrol reports eight traffic deaths last year in the seven days prior to Thanksgiving. The stretch of road deaths comes during the historically deadly Thanksgiving travel period. "This demonstrates how deadly Minnesota roads can be, and these tragedies reinforce how vital it is to be focused behind the wheel and make safe, smart decisions," says Captain West. "We want families intact on the Monday after Thanksgiving." The 2011 deaths to-date include 36 motorcyclists, 27 pedestrians and three bicyclists-each lower compared to its 2010 counts. July (46 deaths) and October (43 deaths) have been the deadliest months of the year in 2011 to-date, with January (15) and March (19) the least deadly. DO your part to, help " can up Big Stone Lakel) ., Are00You Under21? ] Kiss Your License Good-bye ...... I If You!rink a Drop of Alcohol I andDrive. "l r If you're happy and you know it... ...write a letter to the editor! Independent Ads Get Noticed. (You're reading this one aren't you?) EXHIBITION NOW ACTIVE. ,'KPL ---- N.,io.i,oor Sn,o,: A,,St_e. This exhibition and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. Reminder; outdoor safety also involutes heating safely Minnesota Energy Resources Cor- poration (MERC) advises all outdoor hunting and fishing enthusiasts return- ing to their cabins, campers, tents and ice shanties, to be extra careful when restarting their heating system. A care- ful inspection should be done before each heating season to make sure heat- ing equipment is working efficiently and venting properly. It's also impor- tant to install quality smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and make sure they are working properly. When there is incomplete burning or combustion of the fuel source in the heating unit in combination with insuf- ficient venting, a buildup of potentially lethal amounts of CO can occur. CO is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas and can be produced by any heat source that burns fuels such as wood, propane, kerosene or gasoline. CO is the most common cause of fatal poi- soning in Minnesota. In most CO deaths, the victims died in their sleep. Initial signs of CO poisoning in- clude flu-like symptoms of headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and confusion. Fresh air is im- mediately required so if CO is sus- pected, people should go outdoors and open windows and doors to get fresh air inside and contact 911 emergency responders. Venting on all heat sources like fire- places, woodstoves, gas stoves and fur- Extension news U energy economist develops tool to help car-shoppers compare vehicles University of Minnesota Extension energy economist Doug Tiffany has developed a new tool to help car- shopping consumers answer the common question, "Should I buy an alternative vehicle?" Accessible online, the free tool helps consumers more easily navigate the differences in the costs of ownership and operation and greenhouse gas emissions among four car types: conventional, hybrid, electric and extended range electric vehicles. By entering information for each type of vehicle they are considering, shoppers can test various scenarios, such as higher gasoline prices and miles driven per year. "It's not just about price, personal taste, miles per gallon, interior space and other physical features," said Tiffany. "The wide availability of alternative vehicles--along with consumer interest in lessening one's environmental impact-- can complicate the car purchase decision even further." The tool is meant to help consumers better analyze the factors that go into their purchase decision. It accurately evaluates newer models such as the Nissan Leaf (electric) and Chevy Volt (extended range electric), conventional cars and common hybrids, like the Tcbyota Prius, Honda Civic and others. Key input factors include vehicle price, miles per gallon or miles per kilowatt hour performance, the Family Living ]Focus Helpful Tips for the Vision Impaired Here are 20 simple tips to make living with low vision more manageable. 1. Lighting Increase the amount of lighting directly over the task that you are doing. Focus the light directly onto Science d Museum o] Minnesota. I (651) 221-9444 Premier Partners: Media Partner: naces are designed to' carry CO and other combustion products to the out- doors. Chimneys and vents can get plugged by animal or bird nests, leaves or snow and ice. Small propane heaters and stoves, kerosene, wood burning and charcoal grills also produce CO buildup when not vented. A gas or charcoal grill must never be used inside for heating purposes. A gas oven should also not be used for heating. Portable heaters are available in many shapes and sizes and are avail- able in many retail stores. Manufac- turer's recommendations for safe operations must be followed and are in- cluded with each unit sold. Bit Rlnm Flr00 expectation of fuel prices for the life of the car, and the number of miles per year the consumer expects to drive. Tiffany said he was first inspired to create the tool in 2009, when gasoline prices were lower, but the sting from gas prices during the summer of 2008, as high as $4 per gallon in many areas, lingered. "I'm happy to help people balance their personal and altruistic goal of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and petroleum conservation within the reality of their own lives and budgets," he said. "I hope people who use the tool learn that the ownership costs of vehicles are often more important than the operational costs (primarily gasoline), unless you drive enough miles per year." Take Advantage of Our Three Classes and Stay Fit! ZUMBA CLASSES KETTLEBELL CIRCUIT Mondays & Thursdays Tuesdays at 6:00 PM at 5:00 PM (Due to large growth and popularity (Certified instructor we have moved our Zumba class will be on sited to the Senior Citizens Center ...... in Ortonville) "1 'UIJ: {.) ]A.IVI Wednesdays at 5:00 PM STAFFED HOURS -Mon.: 9:00-11:30am & 4:00-5:30pm Tues.: 9:00-11:30am & 4:00-6:00pm Wed.: 4:00-6:00pm Thurs.: 9:00-11:30am Saturday: ll:00am-12:30pm FITNESS FI Colette - 320-305-3066 cell what you are doing. LED lights, natural light and natural daylight bulbs are recommended. Do not use fluorescent lights as fluorescent light causes glare. 2. Brushing teeth Use colored or striped toothpaste as these are easier to see on the white bristles of a toothbrush. Or, simply squirt the toothpaste directly into your mouth and brash! 3. Money identification By feeling the edges of your coins, you will notice that there are different edges on each coin. The dime and quarter have a rough or serrated type edge, and the penny and nickel have,a smooth edge. For paper money, turn teaches. - Heather graduated from Ortonville High School in 1992. graduated from the University of Minnesota-Morris in 1996 with a degree in Elementary Education. Heather and her husband, Doug, have five children. Tristan is an eighth grader at OHS. Being an elementary teacher at the Ortonvflle School has. been ve rewarding to Heather. thing else," the paper bill so the. back,oflZthe bill is facing you. Yo will!inti that the number m the  b6ttbm'nh corner is the largest on the bill. 'This is true for the $5, $10, $20 aiid$ "i 4. Reading the numbers oh your credit card Place a piece of paper ov, er the credit card and then take apenil and color over the raised numbers of the credit card. Be sure to also color the expiration date. Then keep this in a safe place. When you need to give out your credit card number, it will be easier to see 5. Using a cell phone Many cell phones today are voice activated and can be used by voice commands. Have someone help you program yours to use voice activation features. 6. Marking the dials on the stove Use puff paint or tacfilepaint, available at fabric stores, to mark key points on the dial. Or, liquid White- Out can be used to mark black or dark colored stove dials. 7. Marking items in the cupboard/pantry When unpacking groceries, label them with extra wide masking tape and black marking pen before putting the items in the cupboards. 8. Matching socks Pin socks together before placing in the laundry. Use brass or stainless steel safety pins as they will not rust. 9. Pouring liquids into a cup Pour coffee into a white mug; the contrasting colOr of the coffee and the mug will make it easier to'see how filled the cup is. Or place index finger into the cup; you will feet when the liquid touches your finger,! i .... 10. Writing made easier :l% ''  Use a dk, bold point marker such as a 20/20 pen, or a bold tip gel pen (1.0 mm tip) and print. Do not write in cursive as it is.harder to see and maintain a straight line. Information adapted from article by Deborah Kegler in Caregiver Weekly 1/13/11. If you would like more information on "Helpful Tips for the Vision Impaired" feel free to contact Gall Gilman-Waldner, Program Development and Coordination - Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and Professor Emeritus - University of Minnesota at 507-389- 8869 or e-mail Gall at Additional resources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800- 333-2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info website atwww.MinnesotaHelp.Info. 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