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A BABYSITTING CLINIC was held at the Ortonville School on Friday, Nov 4. Youth participating in the clin- ic are pictured above. Front row, left to right, are Allyssa Kirchberg, Mary Larson, Raina Orhz, Jocelyn Meyer, Emily Ross and Rachel Mork. Second row, left to right, are Tylia Buchanon, Tyra Biever, Pa),tyn Lesterberg, i Kelsey Ehrenberg, Molly Hartman, Allison Plathe and Danny Eastman. Third row, left to right, are Briana Kirchberg, Mariana Eustice, Carissa Vanderwal, Nadia Ortiz, Christina Anderson, Justine Wiik, Natalie Strei, Mikala Rasset and Bethany Danielson. Back row, left to right, are Mikayla Gimmestad, Ana Lee, Hannah Strei, Rachel Hoernemann, Cassandra Dragt and Christopher Foley. The clinic was put on by the University of Minnesota Extension and Big Stone County 4-H. Suzanne Souza, 4-H Program Coordinator and Heidi i Torgerson, Community Nutrition Educator were the instructors. 4-H clubs Disposal of trash is up in Minnesota, nesota's economy, energy than standard lights. and that's a small, but good, sign that From Thanksgiving through New Help your guests recycle. Place the state's economy is growing. Tons Year's Day, household waste increases clearly labeled recycling containers of trash brought to landfills and waste- by 25 percent. "The good news is there near trash containers at your holiday to-energy facilities dropped consider- is a lot of potential to reduce waste and gatherings. ably during the recent economic capture recyclables during the holiday Use reusable plates, napkins, cups downturn in Minnesota, but increased season," Rust said. and flatware. Inexpensive items can be four percent this year. Some things you can do to reduce, found at local thrift stores. If you don't Historical trends show that the and recycle .waste during the holiday want to store them, you can donate amount of materials brought to land- season are: them back to the thrift store. fills tend to increase as the economy Bring a reusable shopping bag. In Consider donating gently used grows and decrease when the economy the United States, consumers use 100 items you no longer want or need. Your contracts. Although waste generation is billio.n plastic bags annually, but only trash may be someone else's treasure. on the rise again, Minnesota's recy- 5 percent of those bags get recycled. If Buy more environmentally cling rates have remained relatively flat you don't have a reusable bag, take friendly electronics. Look for Energy- for the past 10 years, used plastic shopping bags to your gro- Star-labeled products and use services "The bad news is, a lot of recycla- cer for recycling, like Epeat.net to find computers with ble materials are being tossed in the Consider buying gifts made from the best environmental attributes. garbage," said Minnesota Pollution recyclable materials or gifts that can be When you're done with your electronic Control Agency supervisor Mark Rust. used over and over, such as reusable devices, make sure to recycle them. "Not recycling costs money: last year, coffee mugs, rechargeable batteries, or Best Buy accepts many electronic 1.2 million tons of recyclable material more durable goods, items for recycling at no charge. were thrown away, but could easily Shop Small Business Saturday this Reuse bows, ribbons and leftover have been recycled for an estimated weekend. A massage at a local spa or wrapping paper that's still in good con- value of $285 million. Instead, it cost an oil change at a local auto shop are dition. Better yet, wrap gifts in reusable Minnesotans more than $200 million to great gifts that generate virtually no bags or cloth and give loved ones the throw it away." waste, gift of reusable packaging. "Recycling is not only good for the Recycle old holiday lights. The Compost food scraps. Leftover environment, it has significant eco- Recycling Association of Minnesota is vegetable and fruit scraps can be com- nomic benefits as well," Rust said. Re- sponsoring a holiday light collection posted in your backyard. Check cycling in Minnesota supports more now through the end of January. Visit whether your local hauler offers curb- than 37,000 jobs across the state, pays www.recycleminnesota.org for more side composting. an estimated $1.96 billion in wages, information. And for new lights, con- and adds nearly $8.5 billion to Min- sider LEDs, which use 80 percent less Kevin Raaf By Leo Zepeda, reporter The Clever Clovers have been busy this fall. A meeting was held in September that welcomed in new members and new club officers. The October meeting was held at the Helgeson farm in conjunction with a There's nothing cozier than sitting operated radio, spare batteries, and a cold. Layers are best, starting with long hay rack ride and bonfire. Despite indoors with a steaming cup of hot supply of your medications should underwear. Don't forget to wear a hat Complete Collision the rain, the club members had a chocolate on a cool winter day. But round out your emergency kit. because most body heat is lost through Repair great time grilling hotdogs, riding the when the weather outside is frightful, You can avoid the danger of an out- the top of the head. hayrack and roasting marsh mellows, losing power can be uncomfortable, if age with a standby generator that links Mittens and thick socks will protect Glass Replacement The club decided to help with the not downright dangerous, di(ectly into your natural gas system, your digits. If you experience a loss of and Chip Repair activities at the upcoming Halloween So how can you help ensure your The generator will turn on automati- feeling in your extremities or they ap- Dance. New members were also family a warm and safe winter season? cally during a power failure or black- pear unusually pale, seek medical at- Frame and welcomed. The Clever Clovers are Preparedness is your best defense in out. And with a natural gas generator, tention right away. Likewise, Suspension Repair I off to a great start this fall. It is great an emergency situation. Whether you you don't have to worry about running uncontrollable shivering, slurred ~ll to have new members join in all the expect an outage or not, you should in- out of fuel like you would with a gasp- speech and disorientation are signs of ~i!iiiiiiii!~iU~i~i~iiiii~|i~i~iiiiiii~ii~iiiiiiiii i .... fun. stall storm windows and insulate your line or diesel-powered one. hypothermia and deserve your imme- ~ The next meeting of the Clever home properly for the winter. An added benefit of these types of diate attention. i'- ~ ) ]1Clovers will be in December. It will Pack an emergency kit that includes generators is that they can serve as eco- Remember, the best protection from /~ ~ ~ ~ ~, 1~ be the clubs Christmas Party held at nonperishable food and water. The friendly back-ups for off-the-grid a power outage is prevention by rely- North Minneso7 St, & Eastvold Ave, Ortonville, MN 11 Pizza Ranch in Ortonville. Newguideline is about one gallon of water homes powered by alternative energy ing on a backup generator as an alter- Work (320) 839-3066 Home 605-676-2457 Cell 605-880-4252 [lmembers are welcome, please contact per person per day. And don t forget to sources. More information can be hate energy source. But if your power IJ the Big Stone County Extensionhave a manual can opener on hand for found by visiting www.comfortablere- does go out, make sure you are pre- Office for information on how to join. canned food. sponsible.org and clicking on "genera- pared with necessities and snuggle up Keep a first aid kit handy and teach tors." with loved ones. all the members of your family how to When the power goes out, use corn- ~ ALL WORK GUARANTEED - use its contents. A flashlight, a battery mon sense and cover up if it's really plan When the holidays arrive, most of Ostlie added. "Some people are still - Bake your gifts: Make special us feel the urge to splurge, not skimp, living with the pain of paying off holi- cookies, gourmet pretzels or holiday on holiday gifts. More shoppers will day debts from last year. Overspend- goodies and deliver your fresh-baked be doing just that this holiday season, ing can really take the joy right out of goods to neighbors, teachers or elderly according to University of St. Thomas the holidays. Before buying another shut-ins in the community. Something researchers who study spending pat- gizmo this year, use the Scrooge-factor personal often trumps something pur- L terns. Their study predicts spending and ask yourself: 'Can I really afford chased. r for holiday gifts to be 3.4 percent this?' 'Does this trap me?'" -Do things together: Most Ameri- higher this year than last, and that the To help consumers avoid months of cans agree that holidays have become mood of shoppers "resembles that pain that can come with holiday spend- too commercial. Choose simple gift- found prior to the recession-damp- lug, Lutheran Social Service of Min- giving and develop holiday traditions ened" 2008 and 2009. nesota created a Scrooge-O-Meter, an that cost nothing. Gifts ac, n't have to "Just be sure your feel-good gen- online holiday calculator that can help be expensive to be meaningful. erosity doesn't set you up for feel- shoppers determine how long holiday trapped financial regret after the gifts and debts will take to pay off. Finally, if you do have financial hol- holidays," suggests Laura Ostlie, certi- You can find the calculator atiday pain, get reputable help. LSS has fled financial counselor who sees hun- www.lssmn.org/debt/scrooge, certified financial counselors who offer a y dreds of people each year for debt Here are some ideas to help you de- debt management plans and free 11 | counseling at LSS Financial Counsel- velop a holiday shopping plan:budget and debt counseling. LSS is a ing Service. - Know your limits: Having a holi- member of the National Foundation for ~:0 0 ~ ~:0 0 ~ "No one likes to be Scrooge, but it's day budget and making a list can help Credit Counseling (NFCC). For more good to take a reality check before get- you resist temptation to overspend or information, call 1-888-577-2227 or ting carried away with gift-giv!ng," impulse shop. visit www.lssmn.org/debt. .ag DNR Reminds : ::! a, Hunters To Not ili;;il;ii i :i i i@i iiiiiiiiilk!iifiiii!i !iiii .....% "" ..... ez,ct Destroy Permits Hunters who did not tag a deer or "' """ ........ ":'~"" " ~ ~-~'~' use the either-sex permit during the ,.: - ~ ..'~. v" ~ /" '.:: ..: .... .. : ,-:.,. ~ firearms season may still have a '~..-':'i./::' chance to put some venison in the freezer, according to Lou Cornicelli, )i ~~L~'~ wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "A change this year allows an L~~~ unused either-sex permit from the firearms season to remain valid for the muzzleloader season, if you have the appropriate license," Cornicelli said. "The either-sex permit is valid for either season, in the same area, provided you have a license for that season." This change applies only to the lot- tery zone. Cornicelli reminds hunters in the lottery zone that they are only allowed to tag one deer during the 2011 hunting season. They may not use bonus tags in the lottery zone. They may be able to harvest addition- :i::ifi/:? ............... al deer in managed, intensive or spe- nior cial hunt areas. Hunters who wish to take advan- - ....... tage of this change must purchase a license for the muzzleloader season. 215 Lundell Ave. Licenses can be purchased at any of the 1,500 license agent locations in Ortonville, MN 56278 the state, via telephone at 888-665- 4236 or online at 320-839-2397 www.mndnr.gov/licenses. A conve- nience fee is added to telephone and ) lnternet license purchases. The muzzleloader season in Minnesota runs from Saturday, Nov. "Celebrating Life, One Family at a Time "" 26, until Sunday, Dec. 11. Ortonville -- Clinton ~- Graceville ~ Browns Valley Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 INDEPENDENT Page 3b