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SAFE-ONLINE SURFING CHALLENGE (FBI-SOS) is a program designed to help teach students and parents about Internet Safety. Ortonville's 4-6th graders are excited to be implementing this program in November 2010 as we recognize the seriousness of Internet Surfing Safety for our students. The program will be com- pleted in Mrs. Wollschlager's computer classes and has the students competing with other schools for possible prizes and recognition while they learn to be safe while surfing the internet. Shown above is the Ortonville 6th grade class. The goal of this program is to ensure that students can recognize and avoid potential dangers associated with the Internet, and to accomplish this the program addresses and defines topics of serious in nature such as seduction, child pornography, solicitation, exploitation, obscenity and online predators. More information regarding FBI-SOS's privacy poh'cy is available on the Internet at MCCL thoughts for life By Carol Karels Election day is over but it does not mean because our person got elected we can turn our backs or if he didn't, we give up. Countrywide it was successful for conservatives but if you have access, go into and click on "Top ten reasons why conservatives should not be celebrating the election results". One reason is that bureaucracy in Washington is so strong and number one is our children are not learning a Christian, democratic way of life. Meetings ALANON MEETINGS every Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ortonville Senior Citizen Center (use side entrance). Friends and family of alco- holics are invited. 32-TF* AA MEETINGS every Monday, 8:30 a.m., 406 Sisseton, Big Stone City, SD and every Tuesday, 8 p.m., Ortonville Senior Center, 200 Mon- roe Ave. (use side entrance). 25-TF* Property tax relief for those affected by recent floods Taxpayers in flooded areas of southern Minnesota may be eligible for various measures of property tax relief, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Following heavy rains and flood- ing on Sept. 22, Gov. Tim Pawlenty declared a state of emergency for Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Jackson, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pipestone, Redwood, Rice, Rock, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona, and Yellow Medicine coun- ties. On Oct. 13, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for the same 21 counties. Legislation enacted Monday, Oct. 18, allows qualifying taxpayers to avoid penalties on late payments of the second installment of their 2010 property taxes. Penalties that would typically accrue after the normal due date of Oct. 15 (Nov. 15 for agricul- tural homesteads) will be waived under the measure HF1. Property owners in the declared disaster areas may be eligible for property tax relief if they suffered losses as a result of flooding: Approved disaster or emergency areas are determined by the Executive Council upon application from local units of government that meet mini- mum damage thresholds. Application by taxpayers is not necessary for these abatements or credits-efigible taxpay- ers will be notified by the county assessor before Dec. 30. For questions regarding county property tax relief, please contact your county assessor's office. Cities with damage exceeding five percent of their tax base are eligible for aid in 2012 equal to the amount of lost tax base times the city's previous year tax rate. Owners who abandon a homestead dwelling located on an agricultural homestead in an approved disaster or emergency area as a result of damage caused by the floods may continue to be eligible for classification as an agricultural homestead for two assess- ment years. To be eligible, the owner must occupy a dwelling within 50 miles of the property and must contact the county assessor where the home- stead is located. Taxpayers who are displaced and are expecting to receive a property tax refund in the mail should e-mail the department at individ- or call the Revenue Flood Hotline at 1-800-657- 3606 or 651-556-3016. For TTY users, call Minnesota Relay at 711. THE CLAS$1FIEB]i 00twas the Sale before Buy 1 Get I FREE 20[00 1 nil In-Stock and morel TOyS All Kitchen DoWalt Tools All In-Stock Holiday, Milbank, SD - 605-432-5665, Ortonvllle, MN - 320-839-6224, Store Hours: Mon-Fri. 8am-6pm Saturday 8am-5pm Sunday lOam-2pm Trees, grasses far Conservation By Darrin Welle, Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation DistriCt Aldo Leopold wrote "C6nservation means harmony between men and land. When land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land; when both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have conservation". That's one of my favorite quotes, and I think it sums up what we try to do in our office. Big Stone County sits in the prairie pot-hole region of Minnesota. Yes, it's true there are not many trees native to this area, but they serve major roles in certain conservation practices. At the soil and water conservation district we can plant windbreaks, shelterbelts, wildlife plantings, riparian buffers, and snow fences, all of which play a crucial role in the environment. Most farm- steads in the county probably have a shelter belt already established. It's well known that they have many bene- fits. "Home Energy Conservation - Well designed shelterbelts will often cut winter heating bills, by as much as 30 percent. Cost Savings in Livestock Production - By reducing wind chills, shelterbelts cut feed costs because live- stock require less feed to maintain body weight. Shelterbelts can also min- imize calf losses and make feeding op- erations easier. Snow Control - In as little as two years shelterbelts can ef- fectively protect buildings and road- ways from drifting snow. Wildlife - Shelterbelts are an important link in the over winter survival of pheasants and other farmland wildlife. In addition, shelterbelts provide loafing; feeding, roosting and escape cover for pheas- ants. Research has proven that shelter- belts play an important role during spring and fall migration of songbirds, providing cover for as many as 92 dif- ferent bird species. Air Filtering and Soil Conservation -Trees remove at- mospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce the oxygen we need to breathe. By reducing wind velocity, farmstead shelterbelts and field wind- breaks conserve soil by limiting losses to wind erosion. Aesthetics -Trees add diversity to the landscape and beautify farmsteads, cost-effectively increasing property values" (Pheasants Forever, 2010). Minnesota local government units spend millions of dollars every year in snow removal. On top of that, several areas create drifts that cause normal travel to be nearly impossible. Installa- tion of living snow fences can save money for everyone. This is due to the cost of sending out snowplows, dam- ages to vehicles, and increased insur- ance premiums. I'm sure everyone who has driven in the winter in Minnesota has driven in zero visibility conditions due to cross winds. Fully grown snow fences can cut back the amount of snow that will make its way across the road. Landowners in Big Stone County that have land along Highways 28, 12, and 75 may be eligible for a CRP prac- tice that would provide a higher pay- ment rate. The land would be enrolled into a 10-15 year CRP contract. The cost share is nearly 90 percent to install the trees with an additional sign up in- centive payment (SIP). Snow fences will have to be located around 150 feet off of the road right of way to allow an accumulation area. They can be com- prised of grasses, trees, or shrubs. This practice usually involves 2-3 rows of shrubs. Riparian buffer strips of perennial vegetation contribute to sustainable agriculture by reducing soil loss, im- proving water quality, and stabilizing stream/ditch banks. Buffer strips of trees, shrubs, forbs, or grasses improve aesthetics, filtration and wildlife habi- tat. Buffer strips also make good finan- cial sense if they are installed through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The practice does require crop- ping history in order to be eligible for such a program Anyone who has any interest in planting shelterbelts, windbreaks, wildlife plantings, riparian buffers or living snow fences, feel free to stop in or call the office. We may have a cost share program that will help you install your plantings. Our website can be viewed at Now is the time to order any trees or native grass seed you might need. We can order all sorts of varieties of trees, shrubs, and grasses for all of your con- servation needs. Ask a Trooper By Sgt. Kathy Pederson of the Minnesota State Patrol Dear Trooper Kathy: Why do they say that Thanksgiving time is the worst time for crashes? Is this true? Trooper Kathy Says: Yes and no. Summer time is the time frame when we have the most crashes but the worst HOLIDAY is Thanksgiving time. I can only make guesses but here are a few: First, it is five day Holiday time frame. Most Holiday time frames are one to two days. Second-Many times, it is the first time we experience severe winter weather and we're not "ready" for it yet. Third-Everyone is in a hurry. They are trying to get to one or both grandparents house. Fourth-Black Friday-We all know that everyone is in a hurry, tired, and not thinking about their driving as they race from one store to the next. The Minnesota State Patrol reminds motorists to use their good defensive driving and winter driving skills this weekend. Motorists should remember to: Check road conditions-Go to www,511, or call 511. Be patient-Remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip. Stay back-At least five stripes behind the plow, far from the snow cloud; Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic building up to pass. Car lengths are NOT an accurate measure, so DO NOT USE THEM. Stay alert-People may turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Slow down-If you start late- ,00er, rou+00'00 Ortonville Police 00ottor Our readjusting your mental time clock as you will arrive late. Call ahead-To warn about late start-hand your cell phone to a passenger and have them call "Grandma" to tell her you will arrive late. DO NOT try and make up time. EVERYONE is out at the same time and because of the congestion, NO ONE will make up time. If your trip is long, arrange rest breaks-bathroom, treats, coffee stops to kep the driver fresh and everybody HAPPY. If you have any questions regarding traffic safety and/or traffic laws, please email her at kathy.pederson@ Sgt. Pederson will not offer advice on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement. For all you serve our comml Clint Sova has been a member of the Ortonville Police Department since 2007. Sova was born in Ely and grew up in the Ely and Effie areas of northern Minnesota. He graduated from Bigfork High School in 2003 and went to Hibbing Community College for Law Enforcement and graduated with honors in 2005. Upon graduation, Sova worked for Thistledew Camp, a juvenile correction facility. In 2006, he began work for the Bigfork Police Department as a patrolman and moved to Ortonville to begin work with the Ortonville Police Department in 2007. Clinrs parents are James and Shirley Sova. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, snow- mobiling and target shooting. This salute sponsored by the following... 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