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State Auditor Otto releases 2010 town finances report State Auditor Rebecca Otto today released the Minnesota Town Finances Report, a comprehensive report on rev- enues, expenditures and debt. The re- port analyzes town financial operations for the calendar year ended Dec. 31, 2010. In 2010, there were 1,785 towns in 'Minnesota, compared to 854 cities and 87 counties. Population estimates from the State Demographer for 2010 show that 925,784 individuals reside in Min- nesota's towns, representing 17.5 per- cent of the state's population. Town populations range from 10,949 in the Town of White Bear (Ramsey County) to 5 in the Town of Hangaard (Clear- water County). Fifty two percent of towns have a population of 300 or less. Highlights from the report include: - In 2010, Minnesota towns reported total revenues of $261.2 million. This amount represents a 0.8 percent de- crease from the total revenues reported in 2009. - Minnesota towns reported total ex- penditures of $265.0 million in 2010. This amount represents an increase of 2.1 percent over the amount reported in 2009. - Towns had debt service expendi- tures of $15.0 million in 2010. This amount represents a 3.4 p,,,,,,t ill- crease in debt service expenditures from 2009 to 2010. - Since 2001, the share of total rev- enues derived from taxes has increased from 50.6 percent in 2001 to 72.8 per- cent in 2010. In contrast, the share of total revenues derived from intergov- ernmental sources has decreased from 35.1 percent in 2001 to 17.0 percent in 2010. - In constant dollars, town total rev- enues decreased 7.7 percent between 2001 and 2010. - In constant dollars, town total ex- penditures decreased 5.0 percent be- tween 2001 and 2010. For the complete report, which in- cludes an Executive Summary, graphs and tables, go to: www.auditor.state.mn.us/Reports/gid/2 010/tnFinances/tnFinances 10report.pdf The Office of the State Auditor is a constitutional office that is charged with overseeing more than $20 billion spent annually by local governments in Minnesota. The Office of the State Au- ditor does this by performing audits of local government financial statements, and by reviewing documents, data, re- ports, and complaints reported to the Office. The financial information col- lected from local governments is ana- lyzed and is the basis of statutory reports issued by the Office of the State Auditor. I KAYLA NADEAU donated 12 inches of hair in honor of Krystal Johnston to Locks of Love on Nov. 1. Kayla is the daughter of Cal and Michelle Hambrick of Ortonville. (Submitted photo.) Sampling of 1.300 MN deerf u ofM. w., Bring Google+ shows no sign of CWD so ar To Campuses Summary: Serving as an early None of the 1,300 deer tested in and around the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zone in south- eastern Minnesota have shown signs of the disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Hunters have harvested 780 deer so far within the CWD management zone, which stretches from Wanamingo, Zumbrota and Zumbro Falls southward to Kasson, Byron and Rochester. Neg- ative results have been'returned for 638 deer. In the areas adjacent to the CWD zone, 671 of 1,053 deer harvested dur- ing the now-concluded first season have tested negative. Results on the remaining deer in both areas are pending. "Collections are going well and hunters are very cooperative," said Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager. "We'll continue working check stations in the CWD zone through Sunday, Nov. 27, when the season there ends." All hunters who harvest deer within the CWD management zone must reg- ister their deer in person at check sta- tions located throughout the area. Registration is necessary so DNR can extract a lymph node tissue sample for CWD testing. Hunters who harvest deer within the CWD management zone (deer permit area 602) cannot remove the carcass from the zone until a CWD-negative test result is reported. Testing typically takes three business days to complete and results can be accessed by hunters online at mndnr.gov/cwd. Other deer permit areas where in- person registration is required for CWD testing, but which do not have carcass movement restrictions, are areas 341,342,343 and 344. Although closed to hunting now, those areas will reopen to hunting from Saturday, Nov. 19, to Sunday, Nov. 27. Check stations will reopen in those areas with the sea- son. Electronic registration via telephone or Internet is not available in these areas. Check stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional information is available online at mndnr.gov/cwd. Farm Management Minute Writing Short Term Goals, By Ira Beckman, Farm Business Management Instructor, South Central College, Mankato When was the last time you seriously thought about or wrote down some short term goals? If you have some recorded short term goals when was the last time you visited them? There are several characteristics of a well written goal. First of all goals should be specific. They must clearly identify some action that must be taken for the goal to come true. Goals must be measurable. You must know when you have reached your goal by assessing its progress. Goals must be attainable and able to be achieved. They must be relevant, worthwhile and beneficial. Finally goals must be time bound. They must have a specific timeline for completing the progress towards the goal. Short term goals are usually accomplished within one year. Farm business managers with short term goals will see nearly immediate financial progress if they gather input, physically write down, and share these goals with their family members, partners, and employees. Short term goal usually involve either ways to generate more income 'from the farm by increasing yields and/or quality of the production, marketing without increasing costs, or how to reduce some costs without affecting the income from the business. Some examples on a dairy farm may be to increase production per cow, decrease somatic cell count, or to reduce feed or some other major costs. The goals may deal with feed conversion, average daily gain, death loss, or to reduce costs on livestock finishing enterprises. Crop farmers may work on more efficient use of inputs like fertilizer, seed, and fuel without hurting yields. It is also important that someone is specifically responsible for each of these goals, and an overall value for their accomplishment. It is amazing how just a few dollars per acre, or per animal can add up to several thousands of dollars on your bottom line at the end of the year. These goals do require constant attention and discipline. If you would like ore information on how farm business management can help you set some short term goals, please find a farm business management instructor at www.fbm.mnscu.edu. Happy 9oth Birthday Anna Arends Nov. 25th.' Please send cards and letters to help Anna celebrate this special day... 112 - 4th St. SE Ortonville, MN 56278 adaptor of Google+ illustrates the University's position as a leader in institutional technology. The University of Minnesota sys- tem, including the Morris campus, is one of only 22 universities worldwide bringing G0ogle+ to campus. Google+ has been aUded to the list of Google apps that are available to Morris students, faculty, and staff who already have a University Google account. Jim Hall, Morris director of infor- mation technology, says, "Serving as an early adaptor of Google+ illus- trates the University's position as a leader in institutional technology. I'm excited to see how the Morris campus will adapt Google+ to support the teaching and learning mission." Users will have the option to use Google+ to connect with colleagues at the University and beyond. Hangouts, especially, believes Hall, will be a "neat feature" that might be interesting for meetings, especially with colleagues and committees located on the Twin Cities campus. Up to 10 people can participate in a live video chat. Students might use Hangouts for group work. Instructors might want to use Hangouts for online classes or advising. in addition to the University of Minnesota, other early adopters include Arizona State, Boise State, the University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, as well as universities in Egypt, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Mexico, and Italy. MILBANK EOCATION ONLY Full Se00ice Oil Change I Complei00 vehicle inspection Wash Windows ,Vacuum Top Off All Fluids -Check ure In Tires FREE Pick Up and De!ivery Please call for an aPpointment Dec. al, 20 M0005 le ready for O ViSit US online at www.twinvalleytire.com DECORATING THE TOWN were employees of the City of Ortonville last week as they get ready for the holida) season. They were busy putting up some of the lighted snowflakes and Christmas banners. TWO NICE BUCKS were taken by John L. Nelson during the 2011 deer hunting season from Artichoke Township. John L Nelson is the son of the late Jean Nelson and Eugene Nelson of Ortonville. He currently resides in Plantation, FL but returns to Minnesota each year to hunt with family. (Submitted photos.) Is your Medicare plan full of surprises? Switch. Surprised by lack of coverage, too few providers or high premiums? Switch to Platinum Blue sM (Cost) from Blue Cross. It's our lowest-priced Medicare plan for medical coverage only. You get a large network of providers, travel coverage and the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. And you can pair it with MedicareBlue sM Rx (PDP), a stand-alone prescription drug plan with a Medicare contract. As a licensed agent, I can help you choose the coverage that meets your needs.* // Beth Mueller, Agent KINDT AGENCY, INC. 113 NW First Street Ortonvlne, MN 56278 320-839-6] 45 Authorized independeni agent/agency for !l,  BluecrOss Blueshield of Minnesota )Page 14b , INDEPENDENT , Tuesday, Nov. 22, 21311