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\\; !::::,;: .4,; , : ORTONVILLE CITY POLICEMAN GARY DINNEL is shown above removing barrier tape from a crime scene Saturday. A stabbing occurred qear the intersection of Minnesota Street and Jefferson Avenue in Ortonville early that morning. MN Famers Union says ag program cuts coming in 2012 The 20121farm bill and the elimina- tion of the Minnesota Homestead Tax Credit were among the issues discussed last weekend at the 70th annual con- vention of the Minnesota Farmers Union. These and Other serious issues face farmers, says! Minnesota Farmers Union president Doug Peterson. I)  ' The pohcy discussions, because the Minnesota ',Farmers Union is a grassroots-based organization really deal with the farha policy that farmers have to work with every day. Whether it's a piece of regulation, whether it's grain trading, whether it's diary prices, farm bill." , Farmers know cuts will be coming with the farm bill i, Peterson says, but how much and to,' which programs is / / unclear as the debt-reduction "super- committee" continues to work on a plan to eliminate more than $1 trillion from the U.S. budget. As for the new farm bill, Peterson says people are frustrated because very little is known about what's happening behind the super-committee's closed doors. Peterson is hoping the process is fair. "We understand that we've shoul- dered more cuts already than any other program. That's farmers and ranchers, through the farm bill currently, have shouldered more cuts than any pro- gram so far under the scrutiny of the budget ax." Another big topic of discussion, Pe- terson says, was the Minnesota Home- stead Tax Credit. The long-time credit provided some property tax relief for 95 percent of homeowners for years, but was eliminated as part of last year's budget deal. Peterson says a lot of peo- ple still don't know that. 'Tve been at a lot of county meet- ings throughout the whole state, from Morrison County down to Houston County to Lac qui Parle County to Hubbard County and all over the state of Minnesota. Very few homeowners and property owners know much about the loss of homestead credit, so it's going to be a big deal." A resolution calling on the state Legislature to reinstate the credit is ex- pected to be approved by the delegates this weekend, Peterson says. More details are online at mfu.org/event. Help a service member, family with Make a Difference button The 'Make a Difference' button is in place ready to assist individuals who want to support deployed service mem- bers and their families this holiday sea- son at www.BeyondTheYellowRibbon.org. "We have created a 'Make a Differ- ence' button on our website to assist in aligning the good intensions of Min- nesotans with actual needs of military families," said Army 2nd Lt. Melanie K. Nelson, public affairs officer for the Minnesota National Guard. "Each year, the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon office sees an incredible out- pouring of individuals that want to do something for service members and their families," said Nelson. "The most common questions include; 'How can I send care packages to deployed service members?' and 'How do I connect with my local Yellow Ribbon Network?'. The 'Make a Difference' button con- nects individuals to their local Family Assistance Centers, geographically dis persed throughout the state, to answer those questions at the local level." "Business, organizations and volun- teer networks that want to give their time or offer discounts on products and services are encouraged to register with the Military Family Care Initiative website," said Nelson. By joining the over 500-hundred other groups already registered, businesses and organiza- tions can be easily found by military families in need of support. The 'Make a Difference' button will connect indi- viduals to register. "There are dozens of nonprofit or- ganizations headquartered in Min- nesota that support military families, '1 said Nelson. The 'Make a Difference button will connect individuals to these organizations that already have holida2 plans in the works. There are currently more than 3,00(3 Minnesota National Guard service members deployed, and many more Minnesotans deployed with the Re- serves or active duty components. For more information on all ways uz help service members and their mili- tary families this holiday season, visil www.BeyondTheYellowRibbon.or and click "Make a Difference." , ....... i - CheCk out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com r Family Living Focus Nip Caregiver Depression in the Bud: Warning Signs to Look For While caregivers are defined as the people taking care of those needing help, they sometimes overlook the fact that caregiving responsibilities can take a toll on their own health. In addition to physical ailments, caregivers are at risk for depression. Depression can strike anyone, at any age. Caregivers need to be especially aware of depressien because of the great load they carry. Many caregivers work at a full-time job and take care of a family in addition to their caregiving responsibilities. They often sacrifice their own health, well-being and social life in order to do everything that needs to be.done. One common denominator among caregivers is the desire and the belief that they must do everything themselves. Often, caregivers do not ask for help, opting instead to inadvertently play the part of the martyr. This leads the caregiver to become overwhelmed and an overwhelmed person is fertile ground for depression to dig in and take root. The great strain caregivers face on a daily basis can lead to depression. One way to stop depression before it strikes is to be aware of the warning signs. According to the Administration on Aging, here are some red flags that depression might be creeping in: Sad, discouraged mood Persistent pessimism about the present, future and the past Loss of interest in work, hobbies, social life and sex Difficulty in making decisions Lack of energy and feeling slowed down Restlessness and irritability Loss of appetite and weight loss Disturbed sleep, especially early morning waking Depressive, gloomy or desolate dreams Suicidal thoughts If you feel yourself exhibiting these behaviors, do not discount them. They should be taken as seriously as you might treat a fever that won't go away or a persistent cough. Following are some tips on what caregivers in particular can do to stop depression before it gets out of control: Talk regularly with family, friends, or mental health professionals. It is very important that you do not isolate yourself. Join a local support group, or find one online. Share your feelings so they dont build up and escalate into problems. Set limits. This can be hard for caregivers, because they are used to taking on everything that needs to be done. It's okay to say no to taking on more than you can handle. Eat nutritiously; exercise regularly and get enough sleep. This can be difficult because of the irregular schedules caregivers must keep. But think of it this way: your body and mind are machines, and they must be properly maintained in order to function at their best. Nutritious foods, exercise and sleep are the things that fuel these machines. Just as you would not let your car run out of gas, don't let your body run out of its fuel. Let go of unrealistic expectations. Caregivers often have unrealistic expectations of themselves, and therefore push themselves to meet these goals. Accept the fact that you can't do everything. Ask for and accept help, from friends, family and local agencies. Whatever you do, don't be a martyr. Keep a sense of humor. We all know that laughter is the be,st medicine, so go ahead and take a few spoonfuls daily. Relax with a funny movie or TV show. Put on a comedy tape to listen to while you do your chores. Find the humor in everyday things. Information adapted from article by Mary Damiano in 10/07/10 Caregiver.com Weekly Newsletter. If you would like more information on "Nip Caregiver Depression in the Bud" feel free to contact Gall Gilman- Waldner, Program Development and Coordination-Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and Professor Emeritus-Univeristy of Minnesota at 507-389-8869 or e:mail Gall at ggwaldner@rndc.org. Additional resources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge Linea at 1-800-333- 2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info website at www.MinnesotaHelp.Info. if'he staff__ at TI 9turo Wis/00, ; You andYour Tamil00 5t RCappy T, ianksgiving! 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