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gn Former Minnesota. Department of tion, the Working Lands Initiative has at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and US_GS, Natural Resources (MNDNR) Corn- had a positive effect on more than the MNDNR selected "target areas" missioner Mark Holsten and six other 8,200 acres of private land and with the within this broad landscape to focus MNDNR employees, Wayne Edgerton, combined efforts of the MNDNR, our partner activities to restore wetlands Tabor Hoek, Kevin Kotts,Curt Vacek, non-profit partners and private and grasslands. Dennis Simon and Dave Schad have landowners, this effort is growing." Target Areas are locations where a been recognized for their conservation Glenwood Area Wildlife Manager significant investment has already been efforts by the U.S. Department of Inte- Kevin Kotts and Lac qui Parle Area made or major components of habitat rior. Midwest Regional Director of the Wildlife Manager Curt Vacek are team are already in place. "Working Lands" U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leaders in the Morris area who have can add the remaining management or (USFWS) Tom Melius presented the been at the forefront of implementing restoration activity to complete the sys- awards at the MNDNR Central Offices new techniques to increase wildlife tern, thereby maximizing wildlife ben- in St. Paul on behalf of the Secretary of habitat through their WLI county teams efits on minimal acres. Through these the Interior on Dec. 2, 2010. in Pope, Stevens and Big Stone Coun- target areas, the MNDNR also provides The MNDNR was nominated by the ties. incentive payments into long term or Midwest Region of the USFWS for These local teams have imple-' perpetual easements and aims toestab- their leadership in establishing the mented numerous conservation prac- lish grass buffer areas adjacent to sen- Working Lands Initiative (WLI) back tices and have promoted others sitive surface water areas. in 2005, and for their efforts to lead the including: Partners are the key to the success way for cooperative partnerships since Seeding pastures with native of the WLI. The following WLI part- that time. grasses and wildflowers, ners all share in this successful part- The Partners in Conservation Award Removing invasive trees from na- nership: USDA Natural Resources is a Department of the Interior Honor tive prairie and pastures. Conservation Service and Farm Serv- Award established to recognize conser- Promoting small grains and peren- ice Agency, County Soil and Water vation achievements that include col- nial crops. Conservation Districts, Minnesota laborative activity among a diverse Protecting native prairie with per- Board of Water and Soil Resources, range of entities that may include Fed- petual easements that allow grazing Sustainable Farming Association of eral, State, local and tribal govern- and haying Minnesota, Ducks Unlimited, Pheas- ments, private for-profit and nonprofit .. Grazing. goats to control woody in- ants Forever and numerous local wa- institutions, other nongovernmental en- vasxve species, tersheds, natural resources clubs, tities, and individuals. Harvesting grass and woody bio- cattlemen's associations and hundreds The concept of the WLI is to work mass to be used for energy production of landowners. cooperatively with agricultural pro- Establishing grass buffers adjacent Although the goals of this project ducers to make their operations more to sensitive surface waters, were primarily habitat related, the ben- efficient, while providing additional Hosting outreach events for the efits of WLI are broad.The partnership habitat for both migratory and resident public about these projects, has created a much more unified con- wildlife on private lands. The best An important aspect of this conser-, servation effort throughout western practices offered under the WLI are vation partnership is the landscape- Minnesota. voluntary, non-regulatory, incentive- level planning and "targeting" To learn more about USFWS based programs that are compatible approach across the prairie regions of HAPET and the Working Lands Initia- with agriculture and wildlife conserva- western and southern Minnesota. In co- tive, visit: tion. operation with the USFWS Habitat and west/HAPET/WorkingLandsInitiative. Melius noted that, "Since its incep- Population Evaluation Team (HAPET), html. MINNESOTA DNR, Lac qui Parle Area Wildlife Manager Curt Vacek, with his Partners in Conservation Award. Vacek was one of the team leaders in the Morris area who have been at the forefront of implementing new techniques to increase wildlife habitat through their WLI county teams in Pope, Stevens and Big Stone counties. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR.) Young farmers, ranchers attend. Bureau Conference Over 135 county Farm Bureau from featured presenters Chris Chinn members across Minnesota attended - a Missouri farmer and past the Minnesota Farm Bureau American Farm Bureau Federation Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers YF&R chair and Dave Martosko - and Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Center for Consumer Freedom. Conference January 28-30 at the In addition, YF&Rs heard presen- Holiday Inn in Duluth. Attending tations on Farm Transition for your from Big Stone County were Kristen Family, What the Elections Mean to and Clayton Brobst. You, Risk Management Strategies: Attendees toured the Duluth Labor Management, Planting Seaway Port Authority, Cirrus Positive Perceptions of Agriculture Aircraft, Fitger's and Lake Superior and Called to Farm: Christian Values Railroad Museum. and Common Sense. During the conference, they heard Discussion meet contestants also HOURS: Mon.-Fri, 8AM-5:30PM; Sat. 8AM-5PM ORTONVlLLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 Stop by Pioneer for your VALENTINES MEAL! e/Steak e/Lobster e/Shrimp e/More! Per Lb. DELl HAM Whole - Per Lb. SIRLOIN STEAK I $4 $2.99 Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb. ~ ~. Locally Grown Pork - Per Lb. .....,~ QUARTERS & SLOES ..... 1.95 HALF A HOG ..................... Rites pending for Merle Wellnitz Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of Merle Wellnitz, age 67 of Ortonville, who passed away Feb. 5 in Appleton. Funeral services are pending and under the direction of Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank. competed in the preliminary rounds of the competition while at the con- ference. Contestants are judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solv- ing. Eight semi-finalists were selected and will compete in the final two rounds of competition at the MFBF )~nnual Meeting in November. The eight semi-finalists are: Jererffy Daberkow from Redwood Falls in Redwood County, Sadie Frericks from Melrose in Stearns Count, Glen Groth from Ridgeway in Winona County, Caitlin Kasper from Owatonna in Steele County, Jennifer Schultz from Fairfax in Sibley Count),, Stacy Thoeny from Ogilvie in Kanabec/Isanti County, Emily Zweber from Elko in Scott County and Tim Zweber from Elko in Scott County Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap and Minnesota Corn Growers President Greg Schwarz also addressed the con- ference participants. The conference was sponsored in part by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). They provided $100 scholarships to attendees that belonged to either the MCGA or their county Farm Bureau. The Minnesota State Cattleman's Association also helped to sponsor the conference. Court report (Week of Jan. 28, 2011) Big Stone County Sheriff's Office Travis Dean Paquette, Sheldon, IA, Speeding, 80/55, Fined $225. Kole Evan Mastel, Ortonville, Open Bottle Law, passenger drinking and consumption, Fined $185. Ortonville Police Department Christopher Ross Guse, Correll, Drivers License-Driving After Revocation, Fined $285. If you're happy and you know it... ...write a letter to the editor! i..... i ; Marion (Mrs, Charles)Scheff Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of Marion (Mrs. Charles) Scheff, age 71 of Milbank who passed away Feb. 4, 2011, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services celebrating her 'life will be held today, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank. Rev. Keith Bicknase will officiate and burial will be in the Milbank Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Musicians will be Vicky Strege and Vonnie Mueller. Honorary bearers will be her 12 great-grandchildren and her god children. Casket bearers will be her nine grandchildren. Marion May (Gertsema)Scheff SD; Vicki and Doug Lippert of was born Aug. 27, 1939, in Milbank, Blomkest; Robin and Jim Bjerken of SD. She was the daughter of William Dilworth; nine grandchildren: Cari, and Minnie (Spahr) Gertsema. She Jason, Erin, Kristin, Amy, Amber, attended rural school near Marvin, Ashley, Joshua and Jeremiah; 12 great SD. She was baptized on Sept. 6, grandchildren: Gabriel, Ariel, Abigail, 1953, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Emma, Sophia, Adia, Toni, Tracy, Marvin by Pastor Ness. She was Oden, Hendrik, Jacob and Elizabeth; confirmed into the Lutheran faith on one sister and brother-in-law: Diane Sept. 20, 1953, at Bethel Lutheran and Jack Barnes of Milbank, SD; and Church by Pastor Ness. her god-children: Bonnie (Johnson) Marion was united in marriage Dybdahl, Greg Scheff, Kim (Scheff) with Charles Scheff on July 7, 1957, Worrall, and Duane Scheff. in Marvin. They were blessed with She was preceded in death by her three daughters, Susan, Vicki, and parents, two brothers: Larry and Robin. Marion worked a various Donald; one sister, Irene Reyelts; and places including Big Stone Canning two god-children: LaDonna Dammer Factory, Trevett's Cafr, The Playmor, and Richard Scheff. and Super America. Marion and Memorials may be given to Chuck enjoyed traveling together to Emanuel Lutheran Church or the Hawaii, Alaska, and the west and east Grant County Cancer Fund. coasts. They were blessed with 16 Mundwiler Funeral Home of Milbank years of wintering in Texas. is in charge of the arrangements. To Left to cherish her memory are her send an electronic condolence visit husband, Charles of Milbank, SD; three daughters and sons-in-law; Susan and Tim DeJong of Milbank, Richard Thomson Funeral services for Richard Thomson were held Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton. Minister Bey McNeill officiated and burial was at Eids Cemetery in rural Ortonville. Richard Kermit Thomson was born on Feb. 13, 1938 to Walter and Agnes (Knutson) Thomson. He was born at the Ortonville Hospital, and raised on the family farm. He was baptized at Eids Lutheran and confirmed in Trinity Lutheran in Clinton. He attended country school Dist. #9 completing grade six. He continued his education at Ortonville High School in OrtonVille graduating with the class of 1956. After graduating, he married his high school sweetheart Deanna Hintz he could strike up a conversation with on Feb. 23, 1957 at First English anybody anywhere about any tolSic. Church of Ortonville. From this union Richard passed away on Jan. 30, they were blessed with three children 2011 at Holy Trinity Hospital in Debra, David, and Paul. Richard and Graceville, he had lived to reach the Deanna celebrated 51 years and 11 age 0f72 years. months of marriage. Richard is survived by his mother Richard farmed all of his life, Agnes; children Debra (John) Tomsen, starting with his father then with his David (Theresa), and Paul (ROSe); son David. He milked cows until .grandchildren, Mindy, Sophie, Lilly, 1997. He went to work for West-Con Justice, Lindsey, David, Paige, delivering fertilzer. Cassandra, Emily, Bradley; brothers Richard was a member of Trinity Jerome (Millie) Thomson, Ivan Lutheran church serving on the (Marina) Thomson, sister-in-law council. He was also the Otrey Kathy Olsen, Linda Keller, Michelle Township treasurer for many years Hall, brother-in-law Eugene Meyer, after taking over for his dad. He was and many cousins, nieces and on many township Association Boards nephews. and committees. He was also a He was preceded in death by his member of the National Farmers father and wife. Organization. ' Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville Richard loved spending time with was in charge of the arrangements. To his family and many friends. There send condolences to the family, on- was one thing he could do very well line, visit our website at and that was that he liked to talk and IMAGINE AROUND YOUR WHOLE LIVING ROOM. Just a few inches of floodwater can end up costing thousands of dollars in repairs, and flood damage isn't covered by homeowners insurance. NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM Don't risk your home. 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