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A NICE EIGHT POINT BUCK was shot by Jeff Vollmer of Mayer Friday, Nov. 12. ART VOLLMER OF ORTONVILLE shot this nine point buck on Thursday, Nov. 11. ED VOLLMER OF ORTONVILLE shot this 10 point buck on Wednesday, Nov. 10 during the firearms season. Will be open starting Nov. 22nd thru Dec. 31st, Monday and Wednesday from 9 AM to 5 PM FOR ALL YOUR YEAR-END TAX PLANNING AND CONSULTATION. Stop in and see us or call 320-839-3023 for appointments. 12 N 2nd Street Ortonville, MN 56278 on 1 The Minnesota Association of college, university, or vocational 2011. Townships is proud to again offer a school are eligible for this program. Incomplete applications or appli- township scholarship program for high They cannot be the child, stepchild, cations postmarked after May 1, 2011 school Juniors in the state of Min- grandchild or step-grandchild, brother, will not be accepted. nesota. Up to four $1,000 scholarships stepbrother, sister or stepsister of a Each essay will be judged by an in- will be awarded. MAT director or staff member, dependent panel based upon original- The Minnesota Association of Requirements include: ity, knowledge of subject matter in Townships is a nonprofit corporation Applicants must complete an ap- relationship to the title, and supporting representing Minnesota townships plication form and submit it along with statements, as well as correct spelling while promoting an understanding of a written essay discussing this year's and punctuation. The judging will be the heritage, future and being a voice topic, which is: completed by Oct. 1,2011 at which for its roughly 9,000 officers. It regu- Choose a significant challenge fac- time up to four $1,000 scholarships larly conducts research and educational ing township government today and will be awarded. Winners will be noti- programs designed to foster efficient defend your choice, fied in writing in mid October 2011 and economical town governmental Essays must be between 450 and and will be invited to attend the Min- services and acts as a liaison between 500 words, and must be typed with nesota Association of Townships an- township officers and other local gov- double spacing, nual meeting to be held on Nov.17-19, ernment officials to encourage sus- Applicants should not name them- 2011 in Alexandria. Scholarship tained cooperation, selves, their school, their town or city, awards will be paid to the appropriate The Minnesota Association of or their local officials in the essay, financial aid office upon receipt of ver- Townships Scholarship Program is de- See the application for research ification of enrollment at a college, uni- signed to heighten awareness among tips. versity, or technical school. young people about Minnesota's Grass- Along with the completed applica- The Minnesota Association of roots Township government. The pro- tion and written essay, students must Townships is a non-profit corporation gram encourages every high school in submit: representing Minnesota townships. the state of Minnesota to offer this op- current high school transcript Township Government reflects the portunity for Juniors to participate in letter of recommendation from a image as stated by our forefathers who this scholarship program, high school teacher or counselor, believed that the government that gov- All students currently enrolled in the All items must be submitted in one erns best, is government which is clos- 1 lth grade and attending a Minnesota envelope and mailed to: MinnesotaAs- est to the people, "Grassroots public, private, or parochial high sociation of Townships Scholarship Township Government." For more in- school or a home study program and Program, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, formation, visit our website at who plan to further their education at a MN 55376, postmarked by May 1, America's most-watched motor sport, and Growth Energy, the coun- try's leading voice for the U.S. ethanol industry, announced that they have formed a new partnership that will help acquaint tens of millions of Americans with the significant environmental, economic, and national security bene- fits of domestic ethanol. POET Biorefining-Big Stone is one of the early members of Growth En- ergy. General Manager Blaine Gomer said the new partnership will bring ethanol into the homes of the millions of NASCAR fans who watch races on television. "This is a historic opportunity for our industry," said Gomer. "Through this partnership with NASCAR, we can tell America about the many benefits of domestic ethanol. It is made right here in America, it creates U.S. jobs and it reduces our dependence on foreign oil." This new partnership, announced by NASCAR CEO Brian France, comes just weeks after NASCAR publicly stated that it would be taking its envi- ronmental commitment to the next level by fueling its races with Sunoco Green E15-a fuel that includes 15 per- cent renewable American ethanol, which is produced from corn grown by American farmers and processed at ethanol plants across the United States. Ethanol partners from around the country gathered at 15 separate Growth Energy-organized American Ethanol Watch Parties in cities such as Des Moines, Indianapolis, Wichita, Columbus, Denver, Sacramento, Lin- coln, Neb., and Lansing, Mich. to cel- ebrate this historic partnership. "Today, America's sport and Amer- ica's fuel have kicked-off one of the most exciting partnerships in the his- tory of NASCAR," said NASCAR leg- end Rusty Wallace. "This is a great moment for our sport and a great mo- ment for the hard-working men and women across the country who help make and produce this great fuel." "There is nothing more American than NASCAR, and there is no fuel more American than ethanol. This is a perfect partnership," said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. "We are so proud that the bounty which America's farmers produce throughout the week will be used in NASCAR racing on Sunday." The official partnership to NASCAR is being made through a newly-formed organization, American Ethanol, created by Growth Energy with the support of the National Corn Growers Association and other key U.S. farming and ethanol leaders. As an Official NASCAR Partner, American Ethanol will become an in- tegrated industry player with activation to include exciting firsts for the sport: Starting with Daytona in 2011, NASCAR's Green Flag will be branded to feature both American Ethanol and NASCAR Green; symbol- izing NASCAR's continued efforts to- ward environmental responsibility. The driver with the fastest average speed on restarts per race will be pre- sented with the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award. P 0 U,S. Deparlmmt of Transpor ta~ American Ethanol branding on the capable of producing its own renew- Fuel Port of every car in eachable, greener fuel. The entire NASCAR NASCAR national series, industry will benefit from American Presenting sponsorship of the Ethanol's multi-faceted support of NASCAR Green Summit. NASCAR, as well as from thousands "NASCAR and American Ethanol of farmers and members of the ethanol are ideal partners," said NASCAR supply chain now serving as new am- Chairman and CEO Brian France.bassadors for the sport." "NASCAR is a great American sport in POET Biorefining - Big Stone con- sumes 26 million bushels of locally- its third generation of family owner- ship, and ethanol is produced from the grown corn to produce 75 million gallons of ethanol and 200,000 tons of harvest of family-owned farms across our country's heartland, livestock feed per year. "We are so "American Ethanol's new partner- pleased that this American fuel we pro- ship with NASCAR is much larger and duce right here in Big Stone from more ambitious than a typical sports homegrown corn is showcasing the en- sponsorship. Here we have an entire in- vironmentat and high-performance dustry looking to NASCAR to corn- qualities of ethanol on the national municate its message that America is stage of NASCAR to so many Ameri- can consumers," said Gomer. Nominations open for employers who support military Guard and Reserve members have five weeks to nominate their support- ive employers for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award before nomination season closes on Jan. 17, 2011. Guard and Reserve family members can also nominate their service member's employer during this nomination sea- son. The award is the U.S. Government's highest honor given to employers for their outstanding sup- port of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Nearly one-half of the U.S. military is comprised of the Guard and Reserve, making the rote of U.S. employers in support of employees in the military increasingly important. At the halfway mark, nearly 2,500 nominations have been received from Guard and Reserve members and their families from across the nation and around the world. Currently, the Army National Guard is leading among Guard and Reserve service branches, with 37 percent of the total nomina- tions. Guard and Reserve members and their families are eligible and edcour- aged to nominate employers that have provided exceptional support to Guard and Reserve employees beyond the federal law requirements. Nominations may be submitted at through Jan. 17,2011. The names of all nomi- nated employers will be announced in the spring and the 15 Freedom Award recipients will be announced in early summer. The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense Agency, to recognize excep- tional support of Guard and Reserve members from the employer commu- nity. In the past 15 years, 145 employ- ers from across the nation have received this prestigious award. Established in 1972, ESGR's mission is to develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, rec- ognizing outstanding support, increas- ing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members. For questions regarding the Freedom Award nomination process, visit or con- tact Maj. Melissa Phillips, ESGR Public Affairs, at 703-696-1171, ext. 519 or by email at ESGR- FOR THE MEN ON YOUR LIST STORE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 7:30AM- 5:30 PM; Sat. 8AM-4PM Prices good through Dec. 24, 2010. CPS TLWL53A Output LED fiashiighl ..... ...... 5 n~,u~ rtt~ tim 0r~ Si~ iighl s~d $ hm~rs ot~ fia~i~ht .... : :. Wheei Charger YOUR ONE-STOP CAR SHOP! 320-839-6133 Ortonville, MN 56278 Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 INDEPENDENT , Page 3b