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Card shower set for J. Nilson 50th John and Ruth Ann (Larson) Nilson will be celebrating their 50th Anniver- sary on Dec. 1,2011. A card to wish them congratulations may be sent to: 10202 Lake Ridge Dr., Hillsboro, MO, 63050. The U.S. Department of Agricul- County committee members are an which ended on Aug. l. ture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency important component of the operations Eligible voters who do not receive (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson has of FSA and provide a link between the ballots in the coming week can obtain announced that the 2011 FSA county agricultural community and USDA. ballots from their local USDA Service Ban the bug committee elections began on Nov. 4, Farmers and ranchers elected to county Center. Dec. 5,2011, is the last day for with USDA mailing ballots to eligible committees helpdeliver FSA programs voters to submit ballots in person to clinic to be held voters. The deadline to return the bal- at the local level, applying their knowl- local USDA Service Centers. Ballots lots to local FSA offices is Dec. 5, edge and judgment to make decisions returned by mail must also be post- Flu season is here, so it's time to 2011. on commodity price support programs; marked no later than Dec. 5. Newly Ban the Bug! Get vaccinated against the flu at Ortonville Area Health Serv- "The role and input of our county conservation programs; incentive in- elected committee members and their committee members is more vital than demnity and disaster programs for alternates will take office Jan. 1,2012. ices or Clinton Clinic. Bring your Medicare and health insurance cards ever at a time when our country faces some commodities; emergency pro- Close to 7,700 FSA county commit- important choices regarding the fund- grams and eligibility. FSA committees tee members serve in the 2,244 FSA of- along to the clinic. And please wear ing and operation of our government," operate within official regulations de- rices nationwide. Each committee short or loose sleeves. It is not too late said Nelson. "New county committee signed to carry out federal laws. consists of three to 11 members who to get a flu shot. The Ban the Bug Campaign seeks to remind people that members provide input and make im- To be an eligible voter, farmers and serve three-year terms. Approximately there is still time to protect themselves portant decisions on the local adminis- ranchers must participate or cooperate one-third of county committee seats are tration of disaster and conservation in an FSA program. A person who is up for election each year. More infor- against influenza. For more informa- programs. With better participation in not of legal voting age, but supervises mation on county committees, such as tion, call 320-839-6157 or 320-325- 5217 to schedule your flu shot. recent years, we have also seen prom- and conducts the farming operations of the new 2011 fact sheet and brochures, Walk-ins are also accepted. Help Ban ising increases in the number ofan entire farm may also be eligible to can be found on the FSA website at women and minority candidates, help- vote. Agricultural producers in each at the Bug! ing to better represent the richness of county submitted candidate nomina- a local USDA Service Center. American agriculture. " tions during the nomination period, Sign up now for local EMT course Plan to attend the 20th Annual Con- ative abilities and how to express their tration fee or taking them to the con- ference for Young Writers on Jan. 5, thoughts. Seventeen presenters will ference. It will be a great learning ex- 2012 at Southwest Minnesota State give classes on various kinds of writ- perience for the child as well as a great University in Marshall. The conference ing; poetry, illustrating, journaling, fan- way to spend quality time with that is for students in grades 3-8 and will tasy or science fiction, special child. begin at 8 a.m. with registration and In addition, students will create Students must be pre-registered and end at 1:50 p.m. characters, give their creativity a jump accompanied by an adult to attend the This conference celebrates writing start, break writer's block, write be- conference. Final registration deadline and features a keynote presentation and tween the lines, bring an adventure to on Nov. 29. The conference brochure three hands on sessions that introduce life, learn about graphic novels, ex- and registration form are available on students to authors, illustrators and plore the fast changing world of writ- SW/WC Service Cooperative's web- other types of communicators. Rebecca ing sports stories, try an interactive site: If Fjelland Davis, author of picture books theatrical experience and have questions, contact Andrea and young adult novels, is the keynote Looking for a Birthday or Christmas Anderson at speaker, gift for that special child in your life - or call Through interaction with the pre- your daughter/son, niece/nephew, or 507-537-2257. senters, students will discover their cre- grandchild? Consider paying the regis- i For the more than 70 million Baby or looking for protection from taxation Unlike more volatile investments, Boomers approaching retirement, the as you grow your assets? 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"It's important to create a safe As you age you may opt to limit expo- it and access funds when you need retirement savings strategy customized sure to riskier investments like stocks them. to your needs." by investing more conservatively. "Don't sacrifice control over the de- There are several things Boomers For the portion of retirement sav- sign and price of the product you pur- can do to help safeguard their retire- ings you want to protect for near-term chase. Pay for the features you need for merit, use, consider safer options. Many fi- your individual situation,, says Mark Focus on protecting your nest egg nancial planners are advising older McVeigh, SVP, Marketing and Distri- via conservative investments. Start by Americans to consider conservative al- bution, Liberty Mutual. asking what "safety" means to you. ternatives like Certificates of Deposit, Lastly, understand any risks or sac- Are you seeking to protect your Fixed Income Funds and Fixed De- rifices involved with each product. principal from stock market volatility ferred Annuities. Interest rate on unpaid taxes, overdue refunds same as 2011 Minnesota Department of within the allotted time frame. Revenue Commissioner Myron As specified by statute, to de- Frans has announced that intermine the 2012 interest rate, 2012, taxpayers will pay a three the department used the average percent interest rate on delin- short-term interest rate com- quent state tax payments. This mercial banks charged large- is the same as 2010 and 2011. business customers between The department calculates April 1 and September 30, 2011. interest from the date the tax is The Federal Reserve Board de- due until it is paid in full. B:y termines the average prime rate law, a person or business with banks charged. The interest rate delinquent taxes must in- has been based on the adjusted terest on the amount Poa? the prime rate since 1983. penalty owed, as well as on the Follow the latest news and amount of tax owed. updates from the Minnesota De- Likewise, the state must pay partment of Revenue on taxpayers the same 3 percent http://twitter'cm/mnrevenue" rate on tax refunds not issued Ortonville Ambulance Service would like to hold an EMT-Basic Ini- tial Course at the Ortonville Ambu- lance garage beginning Jan. 18, 2012 through May 5, 2012. The course is approx. 120 hours. Classes would meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ortonville Ambulance garage. There will also be two Saturday sessions at the Morris site which would run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Dates to be determined later). The cost will be between $1,200 to $1,400 depending on the number of students. Financing options are avail- able. Please contact Christi at the ambu- lance service for more information or to sign up for the class. Deadline to register is Dec. 22, 2011. You can reach her at (320)839-3978 or (320)815-8064. (ADVx4) Hands Across the Lake Quilt Guild to meet Hands Across the Lake Quilt Guild will meet on Dec. 5 at the Methodist Church in Big Stone City. Please bring four-seven inch blocks and what ever enbelishments that you would like to use for the project. Also bring a basic sewing kit. This will be our Christmas party and if you wish to participate in the gift exchange bring a $5 gift to exchange. We will have our regular show and tell. a"tAnyone is welcome to attend. We al~Ways enjoy meeting new friends. i Call Independent with local news Gail Maxwell will be gone Nov. 23 through Dec. 11. Please call the Or- tonville Independent with any news at (320) 839-6163. MORRIS- Brock M. Proudfoot, 28, of Morris was arrested Oct. 28 after au- thorities performed a raid on his home, finding a number of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. Officers from Morris Police Department, Stevens County Sheriff's Department and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant, discovering a one gallon bag filled with marijuana, black tar heroin, a small amount of methamphetamine, a marijuana pipe, grinder, digital scale and over $1,000 cash. Proudfoot has been charged with second de- gree possession of heroin, fifth degree possession of methamphetamine and fifth degree possession of marijuana. MILAN-Dean James Serna, 46, of Milan was arrested for allegedly raping and assaulting his wife at her home Nov. 3. Serna has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, criminal sexual conduct in the third degree and misdemeanor domestic assault. WATSON- A campaign to save the Watson post office from closing is underway as residents and city officials claim their town is on the rise and the post office closing would be detrimental to its progress. Watson post office is one of many located in rural Minnesota that has been discussed for potential closure due to financial issues within the United States Postal Service. Watson residents and officials claim their city is progressing, with a new form of government, new water and wastewater infrastructure and a youthful natured community. A peti- tion has been developed, and draft letters for citizens to sign will be presented to the USPS during the 60 day appeal process. APPLETON-Swift County's board of commissioners continues to try to figure out who is going to take care of abandoned cemeteries and who is going to pay the bill for that care. At the county board's meeting Nov. 15, Commissioner Gary Klemm, District 2-north Benson, said that he had gone out and looked at a couple cemeteries recently that were on the list of those that had been aban- doned. Klemm is the county's representative to a recently established cemetery committee. That committee is supposed to be assessing the scope of the problem with abandoned cemeteries and fine tuning a proposed ordinance governing their upkeep as well as public access rights. There are more than 40 cemeteries in the county. are invited to joi them as they celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary Wednesday, Dec. 7 Peer support group set Nov. 29 Peer Support group open to all in- terested in the age group of 18-35. Self-esteem skills, social interaction, games and more. We will also provide snacks !! Our first meeting will be held Tues- day, Nov. 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Rural Support Services office on main street, 213 SE 2nd Street, Ortonville. ZERO TOLERANCE l ! II l I For the health of all. What type of Medicare plan is right for you? As a licensed agent, I can help you decide. Btue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been helping people with Medicare since the program began. Together, we can review your options and choose the coverage that best meets your needs. Contact me today. Insurance Agency TTY 1-800-627-3529 BIG STONE COUNTY 4-H held its Halloween Dance Oct. 29 at the Clinton Memorial Building. A costume con- test was held. The winners were, from left to right, Antonio Mc/ain-Scariest; Nathan Moberg-Funniest; Brittany I.arson-Most Original; and Shelby Thielke-Overall. Ortonville, MN 45 NW 2nd St. 320-839-6194 Bellingham, MN Box 277 320-568-2101 Big Stone City, SD PO Box 278 605-862-8122 A Medicare-approved Part D sponsor and a health plan with Medicare contracts. Plans are available to residents of the service area. You can also call Blue Cross for plan information or to enroll Call 3-877-662-2583, TTY users call 1-866-582-1158, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., daily. Service representatives and licensed sales representatives are available when you call this number. H2461_o91311_No6 File & Use o9/24/2Oll Yoo52_o91411_Bo6 MN File & Use 09/24/2Oll Authozized independent agent/agency for Blue Cross" and Blue Shield" of Minnesota, a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 INDEPENDENT Page 3