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SCHOOL celebrated Children's Book Week Nov. 18-22. One of the many reading and book they participated in was the annual Storybook Character Day. Here are the 5th grade students ) as their storybook characters. report Vince Crary Extension Educator, Production Systems - Livestock y, PO Box 250 ork Mills, MN 56567-0250 218 385-3086 JOHNE'S DISEASE s disease, pronounced Yo- i an infectious disease of beef cattle. Reports of that Johne's disease results with bacteria called This understanding of Johne's disease transmission. Contrary to earlier notions that fecal contamination of feed and water was the sole means of transmission, infection of calves before they are born is possible. Fetal infection can occur in 20 to 40 percent of calves from infected cows showing clinical signs and about 10 percent of calves from infected cows not showing clinical signs. The bacteria may also be shed directly in milk and colostrums from infected cows, even without fecal contamination. Dairy and Beef producers in Minnesota are encouraged to get involved in the Minnesota Johne's Disease Program. Contact your Veterinarian or Dr. Kristine Petrini at 651-296-2942 Ext. 31. Here is how the Johne's Program works. Step 1: Test 30 cows with the ELISA test. The Board will pay the full laboratory cost of this one-time only initial screening test. If all of the cows are negative on this test your grows very slowly, causes a . herd is eligible for the U.S. Voluntary worsening disease is highly resistant to animal's immune Therefore, infected animals the organism for years test positive or develop research has added to our Johne's Disease Herd Status Program. Step 2: If some of the cows test positive on the ELISA test the next step is to obtain manure samples from these cows and submit them for culture. If all of the cultures are negative your herd is eligible for the U.S. Voluntary Johne's Disease Herd ,/'city Jaycees Earl Dikstaars TAX SERVICE be open starting Nov. 25th thru Dec. 31st, Monday and Wednesday from 9 AM to 5 PM STOP IN AND SEE US OR CALL 19-3023 FOR APPOINTMENTS Toll Free 1-888-432-4314 12 NW 2nd Street • Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Status Program. Step 3: If some of the cows test positive on the manure culture it is recommended that a risk assessment be-done. The purpose of the risk assessment is .to evaluate herd management practices and determine the greatest risks for transmission of Johne's disease. Once a risk assessment is completed, the Board will pay for ELISA testing of an additional 170 adult cattle in the herd. Once the testing is completed, the owner, the herd veterinarian and a veterinarian from the Board will cooperatively develop a herd plan. Risk assessments are performed annually. The Board will continue to assist the producer by covering the cost of testing 200 animals in the herd per year as long as management changes recommended in previous risk assessments are implemented. All testing for this program must be done at the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The herd owner pays their local veterinarian to take the samples. The State pays for the testing of the samples. If you have questions about the Johne's Program, give Vince a call at 218-385-3000. Vince Crary is an Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in the Ag Production Systems - Livestock area, serving a region including Big Stone County. Project X-mas .again by • Ortonvjlle Area Jaycees are running Project Christmas again this year. The Jaycees will be buying gifts for underprivileged children in Big Stone County. Last year we spent over $3,600 on about 185 children. If you would like to help with this excellent cause,you can send cash donations to Project Christmas, P.O. Box 53, Ortonville, MN 56278 or you can drop off "new" unwrapped gifts to Blair Johnson, C.P.A., in Ortonville or to the Ortonville Pizza Ranch. The Ortonville Dairy Queen is also serving as a drop site and will be giving away a free sundae to anyone who drops off a "new" unwrapped present there for Project Christmas. Have a safe and happy holitl,00y from _ROG R E COLLISION & GLASS CEN: Steve and Linda Roggenbuck lYE 109 SE 2nd SL* Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 * Phone (320) 839-2255 m THEe I NDEPEND"E-NT i] I' if1" I'm:'-"'e ['m'az 0 . DNR asks hunters to comment on possible deer season changes The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for com- ments on two proposed changes to the state's deer management system. The proposals were developed fol- lowing the completion last January of the most comprehensive survey of deer hunters ever done in the state. A DNR deer management subcommit- tee, chaired by Dr. Chris DePerno, DNR farmland wildlife deer biologist at Madelia, formulated the recom- mendations to improve deer popula- tion management and streamline deer management regulations. The recommended changes are designed to increase the efficiency of deer population management and should also reduce harvest pressure on bucks in some areas. In addition, the proposals would reduce paperwork, administrative costs and regulation • complexity, as well as reduce the over-all length of firearms deer hunt- ing seasons in southeastern Minnesota, which is primarily private land. The first recommendation is a statewide proposal to streamline pro- visions for taking deer of either sex and to simplify the allocation of per- mits for taking multiple deer. The see-. ond recommendation is a proposal to modify the basic deer season structure in Zone 3 (southeastern Minnesota). "Comments from hunters and landowners are going to be key to this process," said Steve Merchant, DNR Forest Wildlife Program leader and former chair of the DNR's deer com- mittee. "We realize these proposals will represent a significant change for some hunters, particularly in Zone 3, so public involvement is critical." Three public meetings to discuss the Zone 3 proposals and take public comments will be scheduled in mid- January in southeastern Minnesota. Comments on the statewide proposals can be emailed to Written com- ments may also be sent to Deer Season Changes, Division of Wildlife, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN ( 55155-4007. STATEWIDE PROPOSALS Under the statewide proposal, the DNR would allow firearms deer hunters to purchase either-sex deer licenses over the counter in certain permit areas. Currently, every firearms deer hunter who wants an antlerless permit must g() through the DNR permit lottery system. Permit areas would be designated as unrestricted, management or lot- tery. Over-the-counter sales of either- sex licenses would be allowed in per- mit areas designated as unrestricted or management. • Unrestricted: Generally, these are permit areas where intensive har- vest permits are available under the current system. Hunters would still be allowed to purchase additional inten- sive harvest licenses at a lower cost. • Management: Generally, these are permit areas where only manage- ment permits are available under the current system. Hunters would be allowed to purchase one additional management license at a lower cost. No additional intensive harvest licenses would be available in these areas. • Lottery: Hunters in these permit areas would receive antlerless permits through a lottery system similar to the one currently in place. No manage- ment permits or additional intensive harvest licenses would be available in these areas. Also under the statewide proposal, muzzleloader and archery hunters would be allowed to use one intensive harvest license in a management per- mit area and the remainder in unre- stricted areas. Multi-zone buck and all-season deer license holders would be allowed to purchase management licenses to harvest antlerless deer in specific permit areas. Comments on statewide proposals will be accepted through Jan. 25. Comments may be e-mailed to Written com- ments may be sent to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Box 7, 5(X) Lafayette Road, St. Paul. MN 55155-4007. PROPOSED CHANGES TO ZONE 3 SEASON Proposals to change the Zone 3 season structure are aimed at encour- aging hunters to harvest adult does and may also increase buck survivor- ship in southeastern Minnesota. "The deer population in southeast- ern Minnesota is a concern," Merchant said. "This proposal should help manage the deer population in general and we hope it will reduce pressure on older bucks in that area.'" * The 7xme 3A hunt would be shortened from nine days to five days (Saturday through Wednesday). The season would open on the statewidc firearms deer season opener. A limited number of either-sex permits will bc available during the 3A season. * The Zone 3B season would bc lengthened from seven days to nine days and begin the Saturday immedi- ately following the close of the 3A season. Multi-zone buck and all-sea- son deer license holders would bc able to participate in the 3B season because the season would be concur- rent with other firearms seasons. "Providing some-either-sex per- mits in 3A will encourage the harves! of adult does," said Lou Cornicelli, big game season specialist for the DNR Division of Wildlife. "It will also reduce the time that 3A hunters will have to harvest bucks." In addition, Cornicelli said, start- ing the 3B season earlier will allow a five-day break between the 3B and muzzleloader season, which may increase the muzzleloader harvest. Muzzleloader hunters primarily har- vest does. Three public input meetings will be scheduled in January to discuss the proposed Zone 3 season changes. In addition, hunters may e-mail com- ments to in Written comments may be sent to Minnesota DNR, Box 7, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155- 4007. Check out our web site at ) , Holi from us to you! please join us for our Floliday Open House 00his 3riday, Dec. 13th 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. f WELLS FARGO STAPF in Big Stone City, SD invite you to stop in the holidays. Left to right, in front are Violet Baerwaldt and Morten; in back are Joyce Hamann, Jill Hoxtell and Tim Gapp. Big Stone City Office Member FDIC