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By State Sen. Gary Kubly the wllole purpose of this aid is to The bill also cuts $46 million from Republican budget cuts will make up this disparity and help cities health care programs for the elderly, increase property taxes, college and counties provide local services, disabled, and children. tuition This is truly not a fair approach to "During the campaign, the Legislation proposed by the addressing the state's deficit. How Repub!icans pledged that they would Republican majority to cut $1 billion will suburban areas with higher protect the elderly, disabled, and from the state budget is advancing in property wealth share the burden of children from budget cuts. However, the Minnesota Senate, said State Sen. the cuts?" said Sen, Kubly. "As a these are exactly the folks that are Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls. He result of these cuts, rural property served by the health care programs expressed concern that along with taxes have skyrocketed, counties and they are cutting in this bill," said Sen. addressing less than one-sixth of cities have had to lay off employees, Kubly. "Testifiers reported that these Minnesota's $6.2 billion budget and important services like cuts could reduce the counties' ability deficit, these cuts will result in snowplowing and first respondersto respond to child maltreatment cases increased tuition and higher property have been cut. We can't keep pushing and cut the available treatment and taxes, the state's budget deficit onto the rural medication for mental health." The Republican proposal includes property tax rolls." This bill, S.F. 60, has passed the significant cuts to local government The Republicans' bill also includes Senate Finance Committee and now aid (LGA), county program aid a $185 million cut to higher education, awaits a vote on the Senate floor. (CPA), and tax credits. Sen. Kubly "Over the past ten years, tuition has "Like Gov. Pawlenty before him, noted that the Department of Revenue doubled at the U of M and MnSCU Gov. Dayton is requesting ~r budget estimated that for every dollar cut in campuses," said Sen. Kubly. "It bill that includes a complete solution. state aid, 67 cents is levied back in seems to me that further cuts are only I agree with both of them on that property taxes on home and small going to cause further tuition increases issue," said Sen. Kubly. business owners. This bill's $301 and make a college education Anyone with comments or million cut in aid to cities and $186 unaffordable for many middle-class questions about this legislation can million cut to CPA together would 'families. This is the wrong direction contact Sen. Kubly at 103 State Office translate to over $300 million in to take, when our state's economic Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther property tax increases, competitiveness depends on a highly King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155- "Rural areas have already been hit trained workforce and 70 percent of 1606, or hard by these reductions in state aid, Minnesota jobs will require a higher 651-296-5094. since we have lower property values- education by 2018." MAKING THE SAVE for the Ortonville Independent team was goalie Mike Swenson. Nathan Nelson, at .right took the shot for the GoFasters team. They played in the Chamber sponsored Broom Ball Tournament in Ortonville Saturday as part of the Arcticfest activities. Six teams competed for the trophy during the all day snowfall. The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber be shown at the Ortonville Public Li- promote events in the area. Contact the of Commerce "Arctic Fest "will be brary. They will be serving subs and Big Stone Lake Area Chamber at 839- held this week. Everyone is invited to milk. Bring a pillow and enjoy a great 3284. come and shop Ortonville, Big Stone movie. Arctic Fest will wrap up with the City, SD and Clinton for "Cool Deals." Sledding will take place at Central 32rid Annual Arctic Open Golf Tour- This is a great opportunity to beat those Park on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 3:30- nament and Dance in Clinton on Satur- winter blues. 5:30 p.m. Bring your own sled. Free day, Feb. 12. Golf on beautiful Lake Eli A medallion hunt will be a part of hot chocalate will be served courtesy beginning with the junior tournament Arctic Fest. Clues will be given out of Java Jules. Kids as well as adults are at 10 a.m. and adult registration and throughout the week until it is fourn, welcome to enjoy a few hours sledding play beginning at noon. Six holes of Try your luck finding the granite and having fun in the snow. play with family or friends make for a medallion hidden on public land in Or- This Thursday, Feb. 10, Java Jules great afternoon in Clinton. The dance tonville, Big Stone City or Clinton, ~vill be delivering bag lunches to your will be held at the Clinton Memorial Clues will be announced on KDIO home or office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. building from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fun for Radio at 9:05 a.m. each day. Call the Chamber office to place your young and old. If you find the medallion, bring it to oder by 4 p.m. today (Tuesday). Businesses in the three communities the Chamber office to claim yourChoose from turkey and swiss, roast will have specials going on as well Chamber Bucks. Monday the prize is beef and provolone, egg salad orthroughout the week. Show your sup- worth $200, Tuesday $175, Wednesday chicken salad sandwiches. This also in- port and take in the many events tak- $150, Thursday $125, and Friday $100. cludes fresh fruit, kettle chips and ing place during Arctic Fest. On Tuesday, it is Movie Night. dessert bar for $10. Proceeds will go to From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. a movie will the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber to By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. Veteran's Preference Act changes (SF2737). Technical Modifications: These changes clarify and modify information that a veteran must provide when petitioning the MDVA for a veteran's preference hearing. Petitions must now include a telephone number and a copy of the veteran's DD214. The petition must be notarized and submitted via U.S. Mail. Hearings will now be scheduled to be held within 120 days of the Department's receipt of a complete petition (up from 20 days). Natural Resources Bill contains a Teacher Hiring: Directs that the provision that modifies a program current law, giving Veterans five or 10 which provides free entrance to state preference points, must be used if the parks for veterans. Currently, any school district uses a 100-point scale veteran with a total and permanent for rating applicants. Districts not disability can receive a free annual using the scale are directed to park permit. interview all applicants that are Under the new law, the program is qualified, properly licensed and a extended, giving any resident veteran veteran. Discontinued are veteran's with any level of service-connected preference law protections for disability a daily park pass. To utilize teachers facing dismissal. Both of this program, veterans must present a these provisions are clarifying copy of their determination letter (VA previous legislative intent. Rating Decision) to a park attendant. Veteran's Preference in Dismissals Trivia question for last week. from Public Employment: This What modem vehicle was invented to provision extends application of a circumvent trench warfare? Answer: 2009 law pertaining to veterans hired The tank. into public employment. As Today's Article is brought to you originally enacted, the law by the Minnesota Department of inadvertently applied only to veterans Veterans Affairs and the Linkage hired on or after the effective date of Line-your link to experts. The the law, thereby excluding those hired number to call is 1-888-LinkVet (546- before that date. 5838). This telephone service is In other news. Free Entrance to available 24 hours a day. State Parks (SF3275). Until next week, take care and The Omnibus Environment and "Fair Winds and Following Seas!" t , ,. It wasabrutal Week0f weather last Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 1 and 2 ,:week for the Big Stone Lake Area as as temperatures dipped to -15 to -20 the area received nearly six to eight with windchills near-40 to-45. inches of snow on Sunday, Jan. 30 and On Saturday, Feb. 5 another five to Monday, Jan. 31. The snow was fol- seven inches of light powdery snow lowed by extremely cold temperatures, fell causing slippery road conditions Wind chill advisories were issued on throughtout the area. took Ice Fi+hlng Adventure on oodst includes all meals! Author & Psychic Medium John Edward He has captivated audiences worldwide on his internationally acclaimed'talk shows, "Crossin~ Over" & "Cross Country".- Don't miss this intimate evenin~g with John Edward. Gilt T|C O I ... who will be therefor you? [ Minneapolis, MN Thursday, Aug 25th, 7pm I Ramada Plaza Minneapolis Get Tickets at: or call: 800-233-3123 qt,'+ i . +++++++++++++++ii Monday, Feb. 14th ms ! ,ValentEne's Dayl i Don t wait until the last minute [o shop for your sweetie! i ++ 'v' Liebe Drug has beautiful Valentine [: i cards and gifts, J candy and more. ..... We also gift wrap ..... free of charge. Our Milbank store has a fldl service floral department - place your order early to thrill your sweetheart with a fresh floral arrangement. Call 605-432-5541 to order flozvers! [ebe 13 lg/Variety Ortonville, MN Phone 320-839-3825 By Poets Corner January has come and gone and we are very happy about that as it was a :- Ortonville School was canceled .Cold and snowy month. This winter both Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30-31 has been busy with many fun things to and was two-hours late on Monday, Feb. 7 due to blowing snow. Due to the school not in session those two days, they will be made up on Friday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 21. The Minnesota State Patrol reported more than 200 crashes statewide on Monday, Jan. 31, with most occurring in the southern part of the state. Lo- cally, no accidents were reported. A severe ground blizzard on Wednesday, Feb. 2 and into Thursday, Feb. 3 along Interstate 29 stranded more than t50 vehicles and semis overnight in Roberts County in South Dakota. Many of the vehicles were stuck since 9:30 that Wednesday night. Most of the vehicles were stuck on Interstate 29 between Summit and Sisseton. Emergency crews were not able to reach the stranded travelers due to white-out conditions. The Roberts County Sheriffs office said Search and Rescue crews began digging out the stranded travelers at 5:00 a.m. Interstate 29 was closed from Wa- tertown. SD north to the North Dakota border for much of that Thursday. One trooper says it looked like "a war zone." Temperatures are expected to re- main frigid throughout much of this week with the warmer air expected by Friday. do. We kicked off the year with our annual New Year's Eve party with Pat Kunz playing many great songs. Our birthday party was held on the 14th with St John's Catholic Church furnishing the cakes and the Melody Kings playing for us whom we always enjoy. There were eight birthday honorees for the month including Avis Von Eschen, Marlys Longhenry, Ollie Loraff, Vern Birkholz, Audrey Bender, Duane Stueckrath, Lorraine Pillatzke and Doris Hoffman. We have been busy in workshop making hearts for the Feb month and our bulletin boards. In Poets Corner we have been reading the bid of a lot of the poets of long ago: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sam Foss, Joyce Kilmer, etc. We really enjoyed that. We have also written a few poems. As we age, we have decided it is a lot tougher to remember poems of long ago. And even tougher to memorize them, but we are giving it our old college try! Bowling on Mondays is a lot of fun as we bowl with a partner. The strikes are hard to come by but we keep trying. Paul Unrah came on the 1 lth and entertained us with his special music. The Golden Tunes were here which we love to listen to their great music. We hope that the ground hog does not see his shadow and we can look You don't want to lose it if you are But alas! Outside is where I will in a snow fight, have to stay, Your arms are waving up in the air, Until the sun dorri~s:'bt/lhff~elts waving at everyone going by. : me away. i ': + "Oh! How I wish I could go inside" he said with a sigh. Until we meet again COME CHECKOUT OUR GREAT SPECIAL VALENTINE WEEK HOURS: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday l Oam.Spm (Closed Sat,) qlD; Do0a~ette Q tlerberg, ow~er 85113 250th St. Beardsley, MN i 320.265'6139 From Beardsley, 1 mile south on Hwy. 7, 1 mile east on 250th St. forward to spring. I..,..!.... ,.j_._.t A.J-- Our poem this month was written III nuupenuunt III by the Poets Comer Snowman Snowman I[[ Get Noticed. 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