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/ / YOUTH CHEER ON CONTESTANTS in the "Fear Factor" competition held during the Big Stone County 4-H Halloween Dance held Oct. 29 in Clinton. ly During the special muzzleloader and adults to apply for a special permit The DNR thanks visitors for their deer hunt Dec. 3-4, Big Stone Lake to participate in the hunts, which in- patience and understanding at parks State Park will be partially closed. The elude regular firearms, muzzlelader where access will be limited during the Meadowbrook Unit will l~e closed to and archery options, hunts. all visitors. The Bonanza Unit, how- "The DNR allows these annual For more information on which ever, Will remain open. hunts as a way to help control the deer state parks are open, closed or partially Hunts will take place at several population at state parks," said Ed closed during hunting season, visit other Minnesota state parks and recre- Quinn, resource management coordi- mndnr.gov/parksandtrails or call the ation areas this fall and access to the nator for the DNR's Division of Parks DNR Information Center at 651-296- parks will vary. Some will remain open and Trails. "When there are too many 6157 or toll-free at 888-646-6367 be- to all visitors, some Will have limited deer in one area, the native plants and tween 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday public Occess and some will be open animals can be negatively affected. Our through Friday. only to hunters with special permits, goal is to ensure healthy natural corn- The deadlines have passed for youth munities." Students from the Minnesota State C011i~ge Student Association (MSCSA) and the Minnesota State .University Student Association (MSUSA) collected more than 4,000 signatures in opposition to the U.S. House of Representatives' proposal to cut the Pell Grant Program by $4.2 billion. MSUSA and MSCSA held a press conference on Monday, November 14th where MSUSA State Chair Amanda Bardonner and MSCSA President Geoff Dittberner called on the Minnesota Congressional delegation to preserve eligibility and funding for the Pell Grant program. Amanda Bardonner stated, "The proposed changes will eliminate 13,200 Minnesota students who cur- rently receive the Pell Grant and will cost our students $76 million in grants. That's a tradeoff our state and our economy simply cannot afford." A recent study showed that by 2018, Minnesota's economy will need 70% of the workforce to hold a post- secondary degree. Currently, less than 45% of the Minnesota's workforce has a post-secondary degree. The Pell Grant serves the exact student popu- lation that our colleges and universi- ties need to attract to keep our econo- my competitive. Geoff Dittberner outlined his con- cerns by stating, "In a very real way, the Pell grant is disaster relief for this economic downturn. Eliminating thousands of Minnesotans from the Pell grant program is yet another dis- astrous financial hardship for students already struggling with increased higher education costs." Bardonner and Dittberner were also joined by fellow students Sarah Shepherd from Bemidji State University and Michael Flannery from Hennepin Technical College. Shepherd shared her story of a single mother fighting cancer suffered while serving in the Gulf War. The Pell Grant has offered her the ability to attend school full-time and become a student leader on her campus. Flannery spoke of the debt he incurred to pay tuition his first year of college, and how the Pell grant was instrumental in motivating him to complete his two-year degree and ultimately pursue a bachelor's degree. Thirty years ago, the maximum Pell Grant award was equivalent nationally to about three-fourths of the cost of attending a four-year pub- lic college. Today, it covers only about one-third of the average nation- al cost. Nearly 140,000 hard-working Minnesota college students rely on Pell Grants to afford higher education and desperately-needed job training. Bardonner concluded by saying, "Students ask Congress, please don't balance the budget on the backs of hard-working students. Please save the Pell Grant." Caring for an Older Adult? Help is Available! You've probably heard the word "caregiver" before, but what does it mean? A caregiver is a relative or friend who provides care for an older or disabled adult. Caregiving can be as intense as providing around the clock care for a person with dementia or as simple as regularly picking up groceries for a neighbor. Few individuals who are caring for an older adult identify themselves as "caregiver." If that includes you, it means you might not be aware of the many resources that can support you in your caregiving role. A wide variety of supports exist to help you balance your work, home life, and caregiving tasks. Getting this support can help you create the future you want for your aging family member. At the same time, it will ensure you have the resources you need to have less stress in your life and remain healthy and active. If you or someone you know is a caregiver, discover the many resources available in your area! Visit MinnesotaHelp.Info, call the Senior LinkAge Lin, A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors, or check out www.WhatIsACaregiver.com for more information. If you would like more information on "Caring for an Older Adult" feel free to contact Gail Gilman-Waldner, Program Development and Coordination-Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging]E, Inc. and Professor Emeritus-University of Minnesota at 507-389-8869 or e-mail Gail at ggwaldner@rndc.org. Additional resources are available by visiting MinnesotaHelp.Info or calling the Senior LinkAge Line, A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors, at 1-800-333-2433. Rolling Acres Is Your LID .... i;T MADE TO ORDER... Great for business gifts, family or friends! We would like to send a special Fill with candles, wine accessories THANK YOU lots of food items including spices, mixes and di to all those who helped make our AVAILABLE BY ORDER. Open House such a great success,t CALL FOR IDEAS OR - Donnette and Zelda SUGGESTIONS! ~.~~-2_ i 9U 0 tque 85113 250th St. Beardsley, MN 320.265.6139 From Beardsley, 1 mile south on Hwy. 7, 1 mile east on 250th St. In the light of a near tragedy in Anoka County last weekend, the Min- nesota Department of Natural Re- sources (DNR) is reminding parents to caution their children to stay off ponds, streams and other water bodies that now have a thin coating of ice. Sunday afternoon, an eight-year-old Oak Grove boy fell through a thin coat- ing of ice on a small neighborhood pond. He was rescued after about 15 minutes in the icy water and treated at the hospital. "Kids are attracted to ice like a mag- net," said Tim Smalley, DNR boat and water safety specialist. "They just don't know how much ice it takes to support a person, nor what is or isn't safe." Itasca State Park Offers Winter Lodging At Reduced Rates Cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing will be right outside the door for those who reserve a winter getaway - at a reduced rate - at Itasca State Park in Park Rapids. The Douglas Lodge Four-Season Six-Plex (ltasca Suites) is conveniently located within the park and affordably priced at an off- peak rate of $99/night, now through Sunday, May 20. Each suite has its own bathroom with a shower and tub; log furniture complete with bedding and linens; a kitchenette with pots and pans, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a dish- washer; and amenities including a color TV, lnternet access, and a phone. Most of the suites can accom- modate up to four adults or a family of up to six, and adjacent units can be connected by way of an interior door. Two units are fully accessible, includ- ing the showers, and sleep two. Interior and exterior photos can be viewed online at mndnr.gov (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_par ks/itasca/Iodging/units_rooms.html). Established in 1891, ltasca State Park is Minnesota's oldest state park and one of its busiest. Nearly half a million people visited the 32,000-acre park in 2010. Year-round attractions include the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the towering plnes of Preacher's Grove, and a scenic Wilderness Drive. Interpretive nature programs are offered year-round as well. Winter recreation opportunities include more than 25 miles of cross- country ski trails (including classic and skate skiing) and more than 30 miles of snowmobile trails, along with ice fishing and snowshoeing. Snowshoe rental is available for $6/day. For reservations, visit stayatmn- parks.com or call 866-857-2757. For a list of upcoming programs and spe- cial events or to take a virtual tour of the park online, visit mndnr.gov (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_par ks/itasca/index.html). GreenSneakers Offer Schools Way to Earn Dollars for Schools The 2012 EcoChallenge for Education is made available by GreenSneakers and is a FREE pro- gram to help Minnesota schools raise funds! Minnesota schools can help the environment and earn up to 50 cents a pound for all tennis shoes col- lected. This is an exciting opportunity to engage students in a meaningful ten- nis shoe reuse program that helps people, the planet, and Minnesota schools. The program officially Kicks off November 15th and runs through Earth day, 2012. Students will each be given an opportunity to collect as many pairs of used tennis shoes as they can and return them to the school. Collections will be weighed, recorded and placed in tem- porary storage until the end of the program. Schools from four different categories, based on enrollment, with the highest collection totals (in aver- age pounds per enrolled student) will win up to $5,000! The impact on budget challenged Minnesota schools stand to be tremendous. If each student attend- ing a Minnesota school were to bring in three pair of gently used tennis shoes they would raise over $2,000,000. Additionally, the impact to the environment cannot be over- looked. The same amount of dona- tions will save over 17,000 cubic meters of landfill space. With the GreenSneakers program schools can be assured that they are engaged in helping the planet through reuse and/or recycling. Greensneakers gives donated tennis shoes a second chance at life by mak- ing them available as affordable footwear for people in need around the world. By doing this the donated shoes are kept out of the landfill where they may take anywhere from 50 - 1000 years to break down (Liberty Sports Magazine, Nov. 10, 2009) With this reality, the heed to make donated shoes available for reuse or recycling should be very apparent, though by some estimates only 1 in 100 pairsare recycled annually. (Runners World; Nov., 2008, P 77). The Greensneakers EcoChallenge provides a great way for schools to implement an environmentally friendly fund raiser--that requires no selling--to help meet their own needs that also delivers global impact to people in need around the world. As of Nov. 28, nO ice in Minnesota has been reported by D~NR conserva- tion officers as consistently four inches thick, the recommended minimum thickness for walking and small group activities. Ice safety guidelines also recommend a minimum of five inches of new, clear ice for snowmobiles and ATVs, and eight to 12 inches for auto- mobiles. Children often go outside to play during the holidays - while meals are prepared - and they can stray onto un- safe ice. "Some years we receive reports of children falling through ice and drown- ing around the holidays, it's just so in- credibly tragic," Smalley said. "Since records have been kept, a quarter of those who die by falling through the ice are nine years old or younger." Smalley said children should not go out on the ice without adult supervi- sion, even when conditions improve. Last winter, four adults died falling through the ice. The DNR recommends contacting a local bait shop or resort at the destina- tion lake to find out if ice is safe for the planned activities. Winter sports enthusiasts can obtain a free packet of ice safety information by calling DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 in the Twin Cities area, toi!-free 888-646-6367 or email boatandwater.dnr @ state.mn.us. a - $50 SCRIP WINNER in the Ortonville Independeni Christmas draw- ing Saturday was Jeff Cole of Ortonville. He registered earlier in the week at Hilltop Video and Tanning. He is shown above with Melanie Rheaume of Cenex Convenience Store where he received his prize scrip. The next drawing will be held this Friday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. for $450 in scrip. 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