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Extension report Kim Asche County Extension Educator Kandiyohi County Ext. Office Wiilmar, MN 56201 320/231-7890 IFO-U - a small library at your fingeiiis For l'4"ears, the University of Minnesota Extension Service has offered free, practical help through INFO- U's pre-recorded phone messages and web-based fact sheets. It is just a telephone call away and almost like having access to i SALVATION ARMY KETTLE CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY. Once again volunteers are located at Bill's Super a small library. Have you ever Valu Plus in Ortonville for the holiday season to receive donations. Shown left to right are, Leonard Iohnson found ants or cockroaches invading representing the Kiwanis Club, Mayor Dave Dinnel, Bill Hartman, owner of Bill's Super Valu Plus, and Leroy your home'? Have you wondered how "Bud" Knippen, chair, Big Stone County Salvation Army. to get rid of the pests? Well, INFO-U has the answer to these types of questions and many more. This service is open 24 hours a day. including holidays and weekends. Another new feature is that INFO-U is available in Spanish and Somali languages. Hmong language resources are coming soon. Interests are sometimes different for people new to Minnesota. How to Overwinter Gardens and Prevent Ice Dams and Window Condensation are popular scripts among English speakers. While Preparing Families for Winter and the Cold Weather Heat Rule are popular in Spanish and Somali. Anyone can call 1-800-525-8636 to hear a message or order an index of all 650 topics. Most Extension offices Legion meeting at Clinton Dec. 3 The Campbell-Williams American Legion Post No. 258 of Clinton will meet Tuesday, Dec. 3rd at 8 p.m. also have copies of the listen to a topic, enter number. • 764 - Thawing the City approves pay increases Sheriff rep.o00s no for emergency medical staff ser,ous ,njur,es No serious injuries were reported Angie Kriesei, Director of the - City's Ambulance Service, presented a proposal to the City Council con- cerning base rate and mileage rate increases, wage increases, and train- ing expenses, at the regular Council meeting on Nov. 18. The Council approved the increase in base rate to more closely match those of other communities in the region, and approved the mileage rate to the level of Medicare guidelines. The base rate will increase from $250 to $350. Mileage rates will increase from $5 per mile to $8.50 per mile for the first 17 miles, and $7.50 per mile for miles 18 and above. The increases will not increase City costs, but will be paid by those using the service. The Council also approved a pay increase for EMT's (Emergency Medical Technicians, i.e. Ambulance staff) from $1 per hour call pay to $2 per hour call pay, and from $8 per hour duty hours pay to $12 per hour duty pay, Due to an increasing difficulty recruiting new EMT's and keeping the existing ones, Kriesel hoped that an increase in pay would make recruit- ment easier. The increase in the base rate will cover the wage increases: The increase will take effect Jan. l, 2003. However, the city denied the request for additional training pay rates as the request is outside the nor- mat budgeting process, but will re- consider the issue during the regular budgeting process and after additional research and cost reimbursement information has been presented. Ortonville City Council members were introduced to the new Northridge Administrator, Brad Schipper by Ken Archer, Ortonville Area HeaRh Services Administrator. Archer /dso informed the Council that the task force working on the asissted living proposal would be meeting on December 2, with the EDA and Prairie Grass Communities. The proforma documents are at the City Attorney's office for approval. Ortonville Fire Chief Ron Athey reported on the proposed purchase of fire fighting equipment. Preliminary bids on the cost of bunker gear were approximately $1,000 per fire fighter for the 30 fire fighters who will be fit with the appropriate gear. The expense will be covered by budgeted funds with contributions raised during the Fireman's Annual Dance and Raffle. Based on the recommendation of the Utility Committee, a motion was approved to accept the proposal from Water Monitor to provide and install a variety of test equipment for demon- stration purposes at no cost to the City of Ortonville, contingent on agree- ment with the city attorney. A stop sign will be installed on Fourth Street at the corner of Jackson. There will be no proposal from the group who were discussing the forma- tion of a non-profit corporation to manage the golf course at this time, due to lack of public support. The Missouri River Energy Services representative will be Lisa Berkner; Char Grossman, alternate. Berkner will also serve as repre- sentative from Ortonville to the Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency; David McLaughlin will con- tinue to serve as the alternate. A public meeting regarding Rita Road improvements has been sched- uled for Dec. 16. Char Grossman, City Clerk report- ed that the wall along the lake shore, at the edge of Lake Side Park has been completed. The project was paid for by funds from FEMA. by Grant County Sheriff's Office in a two vehicle collision on Tues., Nov. 19 on Highway 12, at the intersection of 485th Avenue near the Big Stone American Legion. According to the Sheriff's office, a 1996 Chevy driven by Herbert Thomas, Ortonville, pulled out in front of a car driven by Robert Luecke of Groton, SD. Damage to the Thomas car was estimated to be $6,000, while the 2002 Oids driven by Luecke was estimated to have incurred $12,000 damage. Two passengers in the Luecke vehicle were not injured. Charges are pending. Parked vehicles hit instead of dog Ortonville Police Chief Curt Hormann reports that on the evening of Nov. 21 a car driven by Eric Collins, Ortonville attempted to swerve to miss a dog that ran into the street near the VFW on Ortonville's main street. Instead Collins hit two parked vehicles. Damage was estimat- ed at $5,200 for all vehicles combined. • 692 - Staying home • 434 - Protecting rosesi • 565 - Preventing treeSi from winter damage • 668 - Condensation o i • 671 - Preventing • 207 - Preparse para (Prepare for winter) • 210 - Reglas durantc (Cold weather rule) • 142 Ku tala qabobaha (Prepare for • 141 - Ku (Survival in your car) Visit www.ex u for print versions. Consider trying this' service at 1-800-525" addition, you can find fact sheets Kim Asche is with of Minnesota Extension', County Extension Director West Central District Stone County. Library corner The hours of the library are Monday - Thursday 12 - 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10-3 p.m. We will be closed on Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving. We will be open regular hours Friday and Saturday. Happy Thanksgiving! New in General Fiction is Christopher Buckley's "No Way To Treat a First Lady". When First Lady Beth MacMann is charged with killing her philandering husband, the president of the United States, during a bedroom argument and the attorney general puts her on trial for assassination, she turns for help to notorious defense attorney Boyce "Shameless" Baylor, her former flame. New in Story Collections is Lilian Jackson Braun's "Short and Tall Tales: Moose County Legends Collected by James Mackintosh Qwilleran." Fictional columnist James Qwilleran, hero of the best-selling "The Cat Who..." mysteries, presents a collection of intriguing stories that spotlight the colorful world of Moose County and its residents. New in Suspense is Michael Connelly's "Chasing the Dime". After accidentally intercepting some telephone messages for the previous tenant of his new entrepreneur Henry into a nightmarish web dangerous secrets as he time to save the life of has never met. Also Brown's "The Crush". on the jury for a high case, Dr. Rennie finds herself the object by the accused killer, had acquitted, and is deadly game of ven embittered police anything to bring the m Also new is Jonathan "The Murder Book". Angeles psychologist Delaware becomes long unsolved case he finds his own life longtime friend, Milo Sturgis, at stake. New in Spiritual LaHaye's "The Prophecy: His Lovin the End Times". A biblical prophecy scriptural passages to of a merciful God for a and a new earth, as for each individual millennium. FEATURING NEW BIG STONE LAKE AREA RESIDENT MATHYAS (MATTIE) AND JESSICA SUNDHEIM with daughters Anna and Lily enjoy the day at Bonanza Environmental Center. Mattie and Jessica Sundheim Jessica and Mathyas (Mattie) Sundheim and their two daughters, Anna 4-1/2 and Lily, 19 months, arrived in Ortonville last year when Mattie accepted the position of Director at Bonanza Environmental Center. Mattie, from the New London area and Jessica from Georgia (and several places in between) met at William O'Brien State Park near Stillwater, cutting out buckthom as part of their jobs with the Minnesota Conservation Corp. Cutting buckthom doesn't sound like the most romantic way to fall in love, but makes perfect sense considering how much they both enjoy the outdoors. They are passionate canoeists enjoy camp- ing, hiking and just about anything that allows them to enjoy being out in the natural world. Mattie grew up canoeing the Crow River in the New London area and has spent a fair amount of time in the Boundary Waters. Jessica and he, however, discovered the possibilities of local rivers by joining CURE (Clean Up the River) on their canoe tour of the Pomme de Terre River earlier this year. Mattie's name is a nickname derived from Mathyas. His mother is Hungarian, his father Scandinavian. "I've always been called Mattie and, until I lived in Budapest, I'm not sure even I pronounced my name correctly." "Around here, I'm more commonly known Series sponsored by Minnwest Bank as the 'Bonanza Guy' by the students participated in the environmental es, and that works." Jessica is also getting to know the ty with her gourmet food products Called "Tastefully Simple," she products, all made with three or fewer ents, by way of home parties. "As a home mom, the business has been a to meet people from all over the "We want to live in a small where we can enjoy the countryside know bur neighbors. Ortonville is the place we want to raise our family," said Jessica was also active in the recent campaigns. "I've always been " itics. I'm an old fashioned Georgia and I think it's important to be process of deciding important issues." Mattie is enjoying working at has lots of ideas for the place. Both Jessica agreed that the recent the Learning Center was a highlight. to do more outreach with the entire Open the doors to the community," "I really enjoy working with the It's surprising, but even here, a lot of don't spend much time in the Bonanza can introduce them to the and the history and traditi munity." J FARMING IS a complex m00sines There's more to profit than production. Your farm's success depends you manage your finances. At Minnwest Bank, we can help you review financial alternatives along with offering a variety of loan services.  • Operating Loans • Machinery Loans and Equip:dent Leasing Options • Livestock Loans • Real Estate Loans • FSA and Minnesota RF3 WNIT $ANI( GllOt 839-2568 • 21 Southeast Secured Street • Ortonvdle 888) 616-BANK • '' Member FDIC INDEPENDENT Page 14 TuesdaY, Fl°'/" '