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' :iiL,i~'}~i~ii!i iii!!i,i~!! i Commissioner Roger Sandberg dis- nity members have been inquiring featuring the artwork of JoAn Melchild cussed with the Board to consider con- about for years, in the courthouse. The pieces on dis- tributing to the Upper Minnesota River Liz Auch of Countryside Publicplay showcase her recent change to Watershed District (UMRWD) to help Health Service came before the Board fluid-acrylics on stretched canvas. phase 1 reconnaissance study for the to discuss the Joint Powers Agreement. After many years as a water-col- restoration of the old Whetstone River Auch discussed some of the contents orist, JoAn attended a workshop about channel, and changes in the agreement. Big using fluid acrylics and has enjoyed ex- Sandberg stated that Citizens for Stone county had the biggest contribu- perimenting with the vibrant colors and Big Stone Lake has committed $20,000 tion of the five counties. The Board ap- consistency of this new medium, which over the next two years and asked the proved unanimously, lends itself to a whole different style of County to consider contributing to this County Engineer Nick Anderson folk-art painting. study which will take about a year to came before the Board requesting to The next meeting of the Big Stone be completed. The Board approved execute a delegated contract process County Board will be on Tuesday, Dec. committing $25,000 over to levy agreement with Mn/DOT. There was 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the budget cycles. Sandberg stated that just one change in agreement which Courthouse. other agencies are expected to commit was approved by the Board. to this study, something that commu- The Big Stone Arts Council will be RACHEL SPRUNG wasgiven a certificate from the Big Stone Extension Committee and the University of Minnesota for her time anddedication as a youth representative on the extension board for two years. ii GRANT COUNTY CONSERVATION OFFICER JAIME PEKELDER talks to a group of youth about turkeys in South Dakota during the monthly session of Afterschool Adventures. The sessions are held once a month at the Big Stone City, SD school and are a partnership between the University of Minnesota, Big Stone County 4,H, South Dakota State University, Grant County 4-H, and are offered to youth in grades Kindergarten through fourth grade. If you are interested in having your child attend these sessions, please contact the Big Stone County Extension Office at 320-839-6380 or the Grant Couniy Extension Office at 605-432-9221. fr SHOP ORTONVILLE FOR CHRISTMAS LET THE SANTA GALS HELP YOU SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS Watch for them on the streets as they pass out candy and spread Christmas cheer. Justin Athey, son of Wade and Vicki congregate in Madison for the National marketing and other selected areas. Athey of Graceville, was selected to Dairy Conference held annually in con- The conference consists of partici- represent Big Stone County and one of junction with World Dairy Expo. patory workshops on the University of 20 from Minnesota 4-H to attend the Participants learn about production, Wisconsin campus, speakers, tours and 2011 National Dairy Conference held processing, marketing and use of dairy visiting the World Dairy Expo. this past October in Madison, WI. products, and develop a broader under- Athey is a senior at Clinton- About 200 youth from 4-H dairystanding of careers available in dairy Graceville-Beardsley High School. projects around the U.S. and Canada production, biotechnology, genetics, arm Management Minute Can't Do That Here, By Mikeourselves in a box of some sort, but box and be different than your Caskey, Lamb and Wool Program once we start looking and thinking neighbors, it can be worth the effort. Instructor, MlnnesotaWest outside our box, we are able to The most successful producers I have Community and Technical College accomplish a whole lot more than we worked with have been those who Pipestone ever thought possible, have dared to be different. They were Over the last 35 years I have had With very few exceptions, there is not afraid to break away from the many speaking engagements all a sheep producer within 200 miles crowd. More often than not, they are around the United States to discuss who is actually doing what thecontrarians. When everyone else how we raise sheep in this region. No majority claim cannot be done.seemed to be headed in the same matter where I go, I run into producers People in other areas may not be able direction, they thought and asked why who say "You may be able to do that to do things exactly the way we do and often chose to go in a different in Southwest Minnesota, but we can't them in Southwest Minnesota, but I direction. I am convinced that being a do that here." am convinced that they can come a successful producer is more about Henry Ford is quoted as sayingwhole lot closer than most people using information, innovating and "Whether you think you can or think. Unfortunately,until people are being able to think outside the box whether you think you can't-you are willing to think outside the box they than anything else. Once producers right." For the most part, what you have put themselves in, they will are able to think for themselves, they can and cannot do is determined by remain trapped and destined to keep are able to make the necessary what you thinkyou can and cannot do. doing things the same way they have changes for a more successful My number one objective at nearly all always been done. It is calledoperation. of my speaking engagements is to tradition, anditis difficult to break. , To learn more about sheep challenge people to look and think i challenge all producers to dare to production, contact Mike Caskey, outside the box they have put be an "I Can" person. Although it is Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program at themselves in. On occasion we all put not easy to think or to be outside the i IllI pricesw v lid no MODEL NO: HS35CLP Powerful. Quiet. Cordless. Built-in Battery and Charger Runs 8 hours per charge Recharges in 5-6 hours Can operate while plugged in charging Ultra Quiet Fan and Burner Lower surface temperature Limited 1 year warranty We have V and straight plows availablel Full Inventory of Boss Snowplow On Hand/ You'll find it at AUTO PARTS t West Your Auto Hwy, 12 Ortonvllle, MN AUTO PARTS Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 ~ INDEPENDENT Page 11 ~lm~li|n|ill]//|fl~|i - - iIIIIlill[lli]llllllgllll