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Local dairy producer promotion meeting set for Jan. 13th 2003 The SoOth Dakota District 5 dairy producers along with the dairy pro- ducers from Big Stone and Lac qui Parle counties in Minnesota, will hold their annual promotion organization (ADA) meeting Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, 11 a.m., at the City Limits restaurant in Milbank, SD. All dairy farmers in the area and their spouses are invited to take part in this dinner and meeting. To make reservations call 1-800-338-5160. After dinner, Midwest Dairy Association Industry Relations Manager Gary Hoffman will highlight dairy promotion successes from the past year and share plans for the com- ing year. In addition, producer direc- tors from the Midwest Dairy Association will discuss checkoff efforts underway in local schools to increase dairy consumption and pro- vide information on the new "3-A- Day" program that will be launched during 2003 throughout the country. Local county board business will pre- cede adjournment. Midwest Dairy Association is the parent organization of the county ADA. "This dinner meeting will be a great opportunity to visit with other dairy farmers while hearing about some of the exciting new ways the checkoff is stimulating dairy sales," said Hoffman. Current representatives of the area serving on the Midwest Dairy Association Minnesota Division Board are: Roger Schwandt, Big Stone City, SD, Suzanne Void, Glenwood, Dan Olson, Paynesville. CUB SCOUTS TROOP 144 held its annual Pinewood Derby last Monday night at the Armory. First place winners of the competition are shown here. Left to right are Eric Kalbe - Webelos, Will|am Kortkamp - 3rd grade Bears, Stanley Marsolek I- 2nd gr-ade Wolves and Bgen - 1st grade Tigers quality improvement in MN not yet reflected in health of fish in the Minnesota River and could talk, we'd proba- than an earful about what to their home. Water qual- and habitat loss have ere- | unhealthy environment for life. The degradation of the and streams is due to a including sediment, bacteria, urban and residen- :lopment, and changing the water with ditching and drain tile. show there;s been some in the Minnesota Water quality. One study 40 percent reduction in sedi- the past 25 years. The may be recovering decades of pollution. programs, waste treat- and other man- activities hold promise. trends show that several River pollutants are during the past 10 years virtually no change in the and structure of fish commu- select sites within the basin to a recent report from the Pollution Control Agency The health, or 'biological of aquatic communities can a lot about the quality of their Generally, the greater and variety of aquatic life, the water quality. report, "Evaluating Progress of Biological Condition in Streams of the Minnesota River Basin," com- pares sampling data from the early 1990s to similar samples in 2001. It reveals little or no improvement in stream biological condition as mea- sured by fish community structure. "In the last decade, it appears that changes in land use and the imple- mentation of best management prac- tices have not yet resulted in an improvement of stream biological condition at select sites," the report states. Best management practices (BMPs) include conservation prac- tices that reduce soil erosion and runoff from farmland and urban development. In farm fields they include grassed waterways and buffer strips, conservation tillage, drain tile intake protection, and proper fertilizer application. Or, BMPs may be regu- lated, such as individual sewage treat- ment systems, permitted stormwater retention ponds in larger cities, some feedlot requires and sediment fences at constion sties over a cer- and other management activities become more established we will begin to see an overall improvement in stream biological condition." The report recommends better accounting and evaluation of BMPs in order to track watershed improvements. The report also notes that while conditions did not improve at select sites, it's possible conditions have improved elsewhere in the basin. "Because sampling sites were restrict- ed to former Minnesota River Assessment Project sites, areas with more intensive management may have been missed." Data came from 31 monitoring sites that were previ- ously sampled for fish communities as part of the Minnesota River Assessment Project from 1989 to 1994. At specific monitoring locations, some showed improvement in biolog- ical health while others showed a decline. The greatest decline occurred in a watershed located in two rapidly developingmetro-area suburban com- munities, Savage and Prior Lake. tain size. Nin of the 31 monitoring sites were The report lists several explana- /fro the Redwood River Watershed. tions for the apparent lack of improv which demonstrated no improvement ment in stream biological condition. One may be that "most of the man- agement activities in the basin intend- ed to improve water quality have occurred more recently," the report states. "Perhaps as best management practices, conservation easements, in stream biological condition since the early 1990s. Biological condition did improve at sites that had natural stream channels, small watersheds (less than 100 square miles), and some best management practices implementation. Hope Your Holidag You spreads its gentle mantle of white over'the countryside, everyone warms with the spirit of this happiest Of seasons. Happy holidays to all! Ronglien Excavating Bellingham 568-2494 . Big Stone City 862-8441 Adoa, Blayn and Lacy, Kathy, Glenda, Kelly, Cory, Vernon, Greg, Bill, Rich, Gene, DeWillis, Chad, Kevin, Roger, Attain, Mike, Dallas, Pete, Kenny, Clarence, Steve and Justin Merry Christmas and many thanks! Apex Cleaners 206 W 3rd Ave Milbank 432-5632 Cw Check out our web site at N .ww.ortonvilleindcpendenLcom J T WISHES To Our Friends . Hope t.fie fiol;iday ts a ftowl;t00 success: Carlton and Lorraine Fletcher Lyseng Lake Kennels Clinton, MN (320) 325-5349 Extension report I I IIII "ramie Bremseth County Extension Director Lac qui Parle County Madison, MN 56256 3201598-3323 WHAT SHOULD OUR PUBLIC DOLLARS FUND? When the state has a budget surplus, I expect it might be exciting to make decisions about what to do with the money. However, -with t h e announcement of the projected 4.5 billion budget shortfall in the state, the decision about what goods and services government should support just got much more difficult. How will lawmakers decide to address the shortfall? How would you decide? According to Laura Kalambokidis and Tom Stinsen, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, the public sector is intended to provide goods and services for the "public good." "Private" and "public" goods are characterized by who benefits - an individual or all individuals. With public goods, it is often impossible or very costly to exclude non-payers from benefiting. Also, it doesn't matter how many people use the service because everyone can benefit without any additional cost. While "clean air" and "national defense" meet both characteristics for public goods, most goods are neither pure public goods nor pure private goods. How do.we decide when these "goods and services" should have public support? Kalambokidis and Stinsen suggest three criteria. The first criterion is: Will the priffate sector provide the goods at adequate levels? Will we as consumers purchase them at adequate levels? This is less likely to happen if there are "spill over" benefits or costs to the rest of society. For example, by attending school an individual develops new knowledge that will make them more successful but our country is also better off when the population as a whole is educated. The private sector is also less likely to provide enough of the service when the greatest costs are for infrastructure. In the case of public utilities, we can provide the I sector information is designed to allow consumers to make better choices. The final criterion is fairness. While many households can purchase adequate amounts of certain private goods to satisfy their own needs, as a society we have agreed that everyone should receive some basic amount. For example, we have decided that everyone deserves fire protection. When we decided that all families with infants and children deserve nutritious food, the WlC program was created. Kalambokidis and Stinsen suggest that when any one of the criterion is satisfied, government intervention is warranted. As citizens, if we understand these criteria, we can better articulate our needs for public support to lawmakers who will then be better informed as to their constituents' desires as they address the projected budget shortfall. Tamie Bremseth is a County Extension Director for the University of Minnesota Extension Service serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. this merry time of the year, we hope all the best comes to fYoOU 1 Thank r your loyal patrouageZ Kevin's Body, Shop Kevin & Dorothy Raaf [ INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! ] .00IIBIST'00FJUlIB May a circle of family, friends and happiness surround you during this magical season. We send our fondest holiday wishes to you and your family with appreciation for your patronage. FARMERS infrastructure with public dollars and th;enshe csts can be spread ut ver CO-OP ELEVATOR A second criterion to consider is accuracy of information. Ortonville, MN 320-839-2861 Kalambokidis and Stinse suggest that government intervention is justified if a consumer cannot make the best choice because of incomplete or incorrect information about the product or service or if the cost of the "good information" is too expensive for most people to afford. Public 'The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord' (Psalms 33:5) Christmastime offers, us time to reflect on the beauty of creation as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We re pleased to join with you in prayer, and to offer you our thanks. 0 0 0 Butch s Dtstrtbuttng CLOVER LEAF MILK ED "BUTCH" THOLE Dec. 24, 2002 INDEPENDENT Page 7c