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The North Dakota State College of Science Alumni/Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of electrical technology student Ashton Conroy of Ortonville as a recipient of The Home Depot's 2010 Trade Scholarship. Ash- ton is the son of Chris and Traci Con- roy of Ortonville. The Home Depot Trade Scholarship Program recognizes more than 600 stu- dents nationwide that are on track to graduate within the next 12 months with a $500 scholarship to help offset the cost of their qualifying tuition and related expenses. Conroy's scholarship also included a matching gift of a $1.000 Home Depot gift card to offset the costs of tools and supplies for his education. Conroy was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by his hometown em- ployer, Steve Barr and his uncle, both employees of Barr's Electric. "Thank you to Steve and my uncle for pushing me to write the essay and fill out the application, a lot of good has come from it. Without their encouragement, I would not have been selected." Con- roy said. Ivan Maas, Chair of the NDSCS Electrical Technology Department, congratulated Conroy on his award. "The Home Depot gift card will help Ashton purchase many necessary tools." said Maas. "Congratulations to Ashton for winning this scholarship and to Barb Uhlich of the NDSCS Foundation office for helping him ,- I complete the required applications." The Home Depot is the world"s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,245 retail stores in aH 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islandg, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2008, The Home Depot had sales of $71.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $2.3 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index. I PICKING UP A WIN AT REDWOOD VALLEY on Tuesday, Dec. 7 was eighth grader Robert Wood wrestlin~ at 112 pounds. The Trojans will host a triangular tonight (Tuesday) against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg ann Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. A complete rundown of the matches at Redwood Valley will appear in next weeks Ortonville Independent. Farm to school aids farmers, kids. towns. By Stephanie Heim. University of Minnesota Extension A couple of weeks ago I listened to a rural food service director tell a story about a teacher who announced to her students that they would be taking a trip to the country to visit a family farm as part of the district's farm-to-school program. After class, a student walked up to the teacher and asked. "Where is the 'country'" It's not the first time I've heard such a story. Believe it or not. some kids have never seen a whole carrm and others would be amazed to learn the carrot is a root vegetable. The reality is many kids don't understand where their food comes from and how it's produced: however, improving the health of our kids and local family farms is vital to Minnesota communities. University of Minnesota Extension and other organizations, including, the University Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships: the Minnesota Department of Health: the $ Savings Pri th' too a g Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. and the Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy, are leading efforts to bring together major, players in the farm-to-school move ment. Farm to school connects K-l-2,. schools with fresh, local food grown by family farmers for the mutual. benefit of qur kids. farmers anG communities. With farm-to-school programs, farmers can begin to develop new relationships with schools nearby. Farm to school also opens up new markets, leads to increased revenues and expands the customer base for our farmers. For example, in a single year. the Hopkins school district became the eighth- largest source of revenue for Riverbend Farms. a 30-acre orgamc vegetable farm. Beginning farmers who consider growing fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops may be delighted to find a steady market for their products right in their own community, not just in our K-12 schools, but also in local businesses, universities', day care centers, hospitals and nursing homes. Tom & LaVerne Kaye In addition to providing direct benefits to the farmer, serving kids fresh, locally grown foods can contribute as much as $430.000 annually to a regional economy, according to Extension research. The report is available at http:7 ' m i c I m p a c t Economiclm pact. Minnesota farmers and NDSCS ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASHTON CONROY is the recipient of the Home Depot's communities benefit, but what's in it 2010 Trade Scholarship. Ashton is shown above receiving his scholarship. Pictured from left to right are for oUr kids'? Research has shown that Ashton Conroy, Electrical Technology Department Chair Ivan Mass and Alumni/Foundation Director Brad farm-to-school programs result in increased school meal participation rates and consumption of fruits and vegetables both at school and at home. Farm-to-school programs also build community spirit and help us establish relationships with the people who grow our food Knowing our farmers reminds us of the seasons, the weather and the hard work of growing food. Further. farm to school help kids make linkages about the food they eat and the health of their bodies, the land and the commumty. Ortonville, MN 320-839-3617 Merry Christmas! Barth. Minnesota has a fresh, fragrant crop of Christmas trees this year thanks to a great growing season. Many tree farms will open for business the day after Thanksgiving and growers say the se- lection will be fabulous. "This year, the trees are exception- ally moist and fragrant because of the consistent rain we had this summer and fall," says grower Jan Donelson of Clear Lake. "That moisture should help them hold up very well in the stand." Donelson is a member of the Min- nesota Christmas Tree Association (MNCTA) and her farm is among 55 tree farms and lots listed in the 2010 Minnesota Grown Directory. Min- nesota Grown trees can also be found at neighborhood lots; even some major retailers will carry them. Minnesota Grown spokesman Brian Erickson says choosing a real tree has many benefits beyond its beauty. "Of course, for the full-blown fun family experience, nothing beats a trip to a tree farm," says Erickson. "Be- yond the economic, environmental and aesthetic benefits of a real tree, the true gift is the family tradition and fun of choosing your own tree." At the farm. families may find a va- riety of activities including live rein- deer and a visit from Santa. Most farms offer hot cider, coffee and cook- ies, and many have unique gift shops where they sell custom-order wreaths, ornaments, tree stands and crafts. Services provided at the farm may in- clude shaking and baling. Many grow- ers are happy to supply saws for cutting and most will help customers load the tree for an easy trip home. Finding a locally-grown, fresh tree is easy by searching the directory at For tips on choosing and caring for a real tree, go to the MNCTA website at @ With every donation of 5 non-perishable items brought to our office, Dr. Mark Bierschbach will deliver those items plus donate $5.00 to the Grant County Food Pantry Mark A. Bierschbach DDS, P.C. 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