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WINNER OF $250 IN CHRISTMAS SCRIP from the Ortonville Independent Christmas promotion was Nancy Lee of Ortonville. She registered earlier in the week at The Ortonville Independent office and was present at Liebe Drug/Variety when her name was drawn Thursday. She is shown in photo above at left, receiving her scrip from Susie Harmening of/iebe Drug/Variety, at right, with Nancy's children Amanda and James. If you're happy and you know it... ...write a letter to the editorJ Kids Against Hunger helps feed children around the world First English Lutheran Church will once again be the location for Kids Against Hunger, to help feed the hun- gry all around the world. They will begin packaging food on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. in the basement of the church. They need your help to help those in need. Enjoy the fun and excitement of coming together to do something for someone else. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help package food for the hungry of the World. They have opened this event to the whole area, community businesses, church groups, school groups, Key Club, Student Council, your time and a financial donation to help pay for the ingredients that are packaged. The cost of everything con- tinues to rise and many corporations no longer contribute due to the econ- omy and so, it is very important if you want to help out to bring a small donation of any type to help defray COSTS. One-hundred percent of all dona- tions go to buy the ingredients. All donations are tax deductible. It makes such a difference to a starving child and what a wonderful way to start your holiday season by helping some- one in need of food to just survive! Since April 2003, 52,000,000 Africa, and many others that are in need of food. Food is also distributed within the United States. The work schedule, if you would like to join them and help out is as fol- lows: Noon - 1 p.m.-Set up tables and supplies. 1-3:00 p.m.-Package food. 3:00-3:30 p.m.-They will take a short break to re-group. 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.-Package food. 6:30-7:30 p.m.-Clean-up after packaging. From 5-6 p.m. they will have a light supper for all who would like to partake. A free-will offering will be Kiwanis, and anyone else that would meals have been packaged and sent to taken. If you have any questions i, like to lend a helping hand. starving people in 32 countries such please call Scott Huizenga (320-305- Thanksgiving home fires cost They are asking for one hour of as Guatemala, Romania, Uganda, 0951) or David Tonn (839-2527). Minnesotans $1 '" " " " 09 .3 mzll00on =n Happy $ir thda y ! Love, Me & the Kids Our Thanksgiving holiday is largely about cooking-the number one cause of residential fires. It's a fact that has cost Minnesotans nearly $38 million since 1990. In 2009, 49 percent of all fires in our state started in the kitchen, and on Thanksgiving weekend alone, 82 resi- dential fires destroyed $1.3 million in property. State Fire Marshal (SFM) investiga- tors report that they hear the same ex- planation, year after year: "I only left the room for a minute." But Deputy State Fire Marshal Becki White, the SFM division's public educator, says that's all it takes for disaster to strike. "It's hard to believe how quickly a frying pan can overheat, or how easily a carelessly placed towel can ignite," she says. 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Put a lid on the pan or close the oven; fire can't live without oxygen. Follow these tips to keep your Thanksgiving cooking experience safe: Never leave cooking unattended, even for a moment. Arrange for someone to be in the kitchen whenever food is cooking. Watch hot skillets; clean stove hoods and stovetops. Grease and oil catch fire easily. Keep towels, food packaging and clothing away from burners. Keep children at least three feet away from the stove. Smother stovetop fires with a pan lid. Contain oven fires by closing the door tightly. "Holiday cooking is complicated by guests and lots of activity," White says, "but following these rules is not diffi- cult, and it can prevent destruction and injuries." She adds that there is an essential backmp to your cooking safety efforts, as well. "Please, no matter where you are, test the smoke alarms to be sure they work. During holidays, distracted people tend to forget about fire dan- gers. Working smoke alarms never do." Lots of cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Thanksgiving remains the leading day for cooking fires, with three times as many cooking fires as an average day. That's according to statistics by the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which also found that cooking equipment fires are still the leading cause of U.S. home fires and fire injuries, and the third leading cause of fire deaths. On Thanksgiving 2008, U.S. fire depart- ments responded to 1,300 home cook- ing fires compared to 420 such fires on :an average day. "Thanksgiving is a holiday of feasting,but it's also a day of intense cooking, when stovetops and ovens are working overtime," says Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of com- munications. "These culinary activi- ties bring an increased risk of fire par- ticularly when people are trying to prepare several dishes while entertain- ing friends and family." According to NFPA, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimat- ed annual average of 154,700 home structure fires involving cooking equipment between 2004 and 2008. These fires caused an average of 460 civilian deaths, 4,850 reported civil- Jan fire injuries, and $724 million in direct property damage. Overall, these incidents accounted for two of every five (41 percent) reported home fires, 17 percent of home fire deaths, more than one-third (37 percent) of home fire injuries, and 11 percent of the direct property damage resulting from home fires. Three of every five people (59 percent) injured in a cooking fire were hurt when they tried to fight the fire themselves. Unfortunately, little progress has been made in reducing deaths from home cooking fire. The average of 460 deaths per year in 2004-2008 was only seven percent lower than the 500 per year in 1980-1984. Meanwhile, fire rates among other types of home fires have steadily declined. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking equipment fires. Ranges or cooktops were involved in the majority (59 per- cent) of home cooking fire incidents; ovens accounted for 16 percent. Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted 15 per- cent of the cooking fire deaths. NFPA offers the following cook- ing safety tips. Cook with caution: Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don't use the stove or stovetop. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it reg- ularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains-away from your stovetop. If you have a cooking fire: Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help con- tain the fire. Call 9-l-[ or the local emergency number after you leave. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out. Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by slidifig the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is com- pletely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. WHEATON.TINTAH AREA FARM LARD AUCTION Online Bidding Only 160/.Acml00avem I I 6 miles S of Tintah, MN or 8 miles NE of Wheaton, MN I on Traverse County Hwy 13 I Contact: Larry Kroshus, upNorth Land & Lakes - 218.770.0340 or Ryan Hanson, Century 21 Vista, Inc. - 218.205.7351 Fahey Auctioneers (430t0oot) 888.234.3510 Bid online only at Bidding closes Tues. Nov. 30 Melvin W. Townsend, Irrevocable Trust, owner Katherine D. 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