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By Mr. Mike Larson, Bonanza Education Center Director Never in the 18-year history of the Bonanza Education Center was the fall weather as mild, sunny, dry and just plain gorgeous as it was this fall-. Nineteen groups visited the center which included 686 individuals. ..... Mother Nature hasa waS/of drvelrp- hta lays eggs on acorns and the hatch- ing a theme for each season and this fall "acorns" and "snake traps" became the dominating themes. The Bur Oak Trees produced an abundant supply of acorns this fall and what wonderful teaching moments they provided. Chokio-Alberta High School gath- ered acorns, counted them and calcu- lated ~the total- .number of acorns ing to the septic tank. When the dirt produced in the park: Several classes was replaced a straw-fill mat was BIG STONE COUNTY 4-H LEADERS, from left to right, Elizabeth Athey, Christy Erickson, member Wyatt had acorn gathering contests. Erickson, and Leaders Hilary Chase and Karen Fitzner, discuss using the "Take it Back" tool at the Youth rThes O21~n:~1~ firt]t andfseconds Engagement Through Service Learning training provided by Minnesota 4-H, Big Stone County 4-H, Traverse g e g e e 5 galo s o aco s County 4-H and the University of Minnesota Extension. The training was held on Thursday, Nov. 10 in and acorn capsules. Each group that Graceville. Others participating from Big Stone County were leaders Cara Gregor, Sara Schweer andHayley ..... y!sited the park was 'em_ind..ed that Souza. Members participating were Andrea Burman, cormick Combellick, Keshli Schweer and Audrey Souza. wildlife such as deer, turkeys, squirrels, chipmunks, wood ducks and deer mice MR n use the acorn as a valuable food source. Actually, the acorn itself became a c0mplex ecology lesson for some of the visitors. Students noticed small holes in some of the acorns and on closer examination discovered large fers a streamlined alternative to litiga- existing USDA loans, according to the tion and provides at least $1.33 billion press release. There are no filing fees in compensation, plus up to $160 mil- or other costs to claimants to partici- lion in farm debt relief, to eligible His- pate in the program. Participation is panic and women farmersand . voluntary and individuals who opt not ranchers." to participate are not precluded by the~~lrli The program provides up to program from filing a complaint in $50,000 for each Hispanic or woman court according to Hennen remarks. farmer who can show that USDA de-The local Farm Service Agency will nied them a loan or loan servicing for be conducting informational meetings discriminatory reasons for certain time at the Big Stone County FSA Office, periods between 1981 and 2000, ac- 342 NW Second Street, Ort0nville, at cording to a press release from USDA. 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Hispanic or female farmers who pro- Individuals interested in partici.pat- vide additional proof and meet other ing in the claims process may register requirements can receive a $50,000 re- to receive a claims package by calling ward. 1-888-508-4429 or on line Successful claimants are also eligi- /www.farmerclaims.gov. ble for funds to pay the taxes on their awards and for forgiveness of certain Every group that visited this fall stopped at that construction site. A dis, cusslon occurred about how activities of humans can be harmful to wildlife so we must constantly evaluate how our actions are affecting the environ- ment. white grubs inside the acorn feasting on the acorn nut. That led Mr. Mike to explain that Long Snouted Weevils cut the hole in the acorn and laid an egg in- side whiCh hatched into the white grubs of the larva. But that's not the end of the story. There is also a Short Snouted Weevil A snake provided our last teachable moment this fall and reminded us that ing larva enters the acorn through we don't always have an answer to cracks in the shell. And let us not for- problems observed in the outdoors. get the moth that lays its eggs in the The Monday of Thanksgiving week hole dug by the Long Snouted Weevil. the Ortonville fifth graders visited Bo: It too produces a larva inside the acorn, nanza. There was three inches of snow The 'snake trap' also provides some on the ground and as the students were valuable teachable moments this fall. hiking they came across a very unusual During the summer a new drain pipe sight. Lying frozen on top of the snow" was installed from the Bonanza Build- was a garter snake. There were impres-' sions in the snow indicating the snake had once been alive and was crawling: placed over the. soil.toprevent erosion. But why was in not undergound hi- These same mats are used commonly bernating? Where did it come fron~ at construction sites and areas where after the snow? A great discussion fol-' road work is taking place, lowed with children offering possible As classes began to visit this fall, it scenarios, but the snake's demise still Was discovere4 that large garter snakes remains a mystery. were getting trapped in the plastic That mystery is a good reminder t~ mesh. Kindergarten and first grade us that we don't understand everything children from Chokio-Alberta helped that is going on in the outdoors, but we Mr. Mike rescue three big snakes, are having a wonderful time trying to Throughout the fall more than 30 find out. snakes were freed from the mesh while a dozen perished. It's not too late to get your flu shot. Ban the Bug Clinic Scheduled im Linda Hennen, State Executive Di- rector for USDA Farm Service Agency in Minnesota announced the establish- ment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were dis- criminated against when seeking the U.S. Department farm loans. "USDA will be announcing the opening of the claims period that will last for 180 days" said Hennen. In con- nection with the announcement, com- munity based organizations, stakeholders and partners that provide services to Hispanic and women farm- ers and ranchers are encouraged to in- form potential clients about the Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers claims process. Linda said "the claims process of- gement Get vaccinated against the flu at Ortonville Area Health or Clinton Clinic. Bring your Medicare and health insurance cards along to the Clinic. It's not too late to get a flu shot! For more information, call 320-839-6157 or 320-325-5217 to schedule your flu shot. ...... WALK4NS ARE ALSO ACCEPTED. HELP BAN THE BUG! Five smart questions to ask when your market and how your market starting a business research has affected your business Every year, entrepreneurs launch plans. The company description (a roughly 600,000 new small businesses general overview) is another key in the United States, according to the element of the plan, as is a review of U.S. Small Business Administration. your company's organization and In addition to this historical financial data, your business plan readers will also want to see prospective data that gives a realistic sense of your company's expected financial situation over the next five years. That will For those who dream of running their management, including discussions of include prospective income statements, own shop, the Minnesota Society of the background and experi_ence of balance, sheets and-cash--.f-l-ew CPAs reC0mmends asking these compgny.e ecufi ,e . nd h0w these statements, as well as budgets for questions to be sure you get off on the attributes will contribute to the capital expenditures going forward, right foot. organization's success. You may choose to illustrate your data What's the starting point? What do you offer? with charts or other graphics. No matter how much energy or Of course, you'll also need to What's next? expertise you may possess, they will include a detailed description of the Keep in mind that business plans not be enough to guarantee success if product or service that you will be are not only for start-up operations. you don't start out with a realistic and selling. Be sure to write this section They can help even the leaders of thorough business plan. Your plan with the reader in mind. That means established companies to better explains your business to potential that, in addition to talking about the understand where they stand and make investors, lenders, vendors and other excellence of your products and well-considered plans for the future. business partners and reassures them services, include information on why They can serve as a valuable blueprint about the viability of your company Customers will benefit, what makes for your company's future, That's why and the value of doing business with your products or services unique, and it's important to update your plan you. Putting your plans down on paper what competitive advantages you regularly so that you can use it to chart also helps you, as the owner, to better would have over others in the same your business's future course. understand how your new venture will market. - Consult yourtoeal CPA ....... operate and makes it easier to spot Do the numbers add up? CPAs across the country work with potential strengths and weaknesses. If you will be seeking funding from thousands of small-business owners Creating a business plan can help investors orlenders, your business plan each year. They have experience answer some critical questions, will also include information on how addressing all the many challenges that including what you will need to get much money you need and how it will these company owners face. Be sure to started and how long you may have to be spent. You should also be prepared contact your local CPA for valuable wait to earn a profit, to provide estimations of possible advice with all your questions about What goes into the plan? future funding needs. And, no matter starting or running your business. To Plans generally begin with an what your goals for your business, the get a sense of the many ways in which executive summary that introduces plan will include financial statements. CPAs can help small businesses, visit readers to your business and spotlights If you have already begun operations, the American Institute of CPAs 360 key aspects of your company. This is your financials would include income Degrees of Financial Literacy site usually followed by a market analysis statements, balance sheets and cash dedicated to small-business needs. discussing conditions in your industry, flow statements for at least the most the short- and long-term outlook for recent year you have been in business. Ortonville Area Health Services CLINTON NORTHSIDE CLINIC ~11: www.oahs.us TO THE PARKING STREETS RESIDENTS OF ORTONVILLE RESTRICTIONS ON CITY BETWEEN NOV. 1ST AND APRIL 1ST In accordance with City Ordinances, no person, except physicians on emergency calls or other such emergency, personnel, shall park any vehicle on any street or avenue in the City of Ortonville between November 1st and April 1st after a snowfall. If not off the streets, vehicles will be towed. Parking may be resumed on individual streets and avenues as soon as the snow has been removed from i Property owners are responsible for removing snow from their sidewalks within 48 hours of a snowfall. Karn retires after 35 years at OAHS As many of you know, the "Kam" name holds a significan_Lpl e__Jn.the ...... -history of Ortonville Area Health Services, providing well over 100 these streets and avenues. - ..................... OAHS recognizes Paulette Karn for her 35 years of service in our hospital laboratory. Paulette has been a reed tech for a total of 45 years. If not removed, the City will remove and bill the property owner. BY ORDER OF THE Ortonville City Council We will be honoring Paulette, cel- ebrating her retirement, with cake and beverages on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 1-3 p.m. in the ee break room. You are invited to c-ome and =share a memory: (spoken~ written or photos, as we are compiling a scrap book for her). Please stop up and wish her well in her retirement! (ADV) =!,i .......... s.ta Open Monday through Friday until 4:00 PM and Thursday nights until 6:00 PM 1he of tbe betstone ~.._,, ., Big Stone City, South Dakota Wilmot, South Dakota Phone 605-862-7676 Fax 605-862-7677 www.firststatebanksd.com Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov. 29, 201i