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R issues warning that aerated can pose dangers y 250 Minnesota public accesses will ba,e systems operating on them hatchery operators also use systems, usually on small public accesses. is urged when going onto lake, particularly at However, special care should when using the ice on aerat- according to Marilyn Danks Minnesota Department of Resources. water areas created by aera- 'stems can shift or change depending on weather condi- said. "Leaks may devel- lines creating other areas of or open water." systems help prevent fish kill by adding oxygen to lakes. create areas of open water and thin ice that are significant haz- ards to ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other lake users. The majority of aeration systems, which generally operate from lake freeze-up until spring, are located in counties in southern and western Minnesota. A DNR permit is required to install and operate an aeration system. Permit holders must publish public notices, post warning signs and inspect systems at least once a week. Liability insurance is usually required of private parties operating aeration systems in protected waters. Two types of signs are used to post aerated lakes "Thin Ice" and "Warning" signs. Permittees maintain warning signs at all commonly used lake access points in order to caution people that an aeration system is in operation. Thin ice signs are posted at 100-foot intervals to mark the perime- ter of the thin ice and open water area. These signs are diamond shaped with an orange border and white back- ground with the warning "Thin Ice" in bold print. Some municipalities have ordi- nances that prohibit entering into the area marked thin ice and/or prohibit the night use of motorized vehicles on lakes with aeration systems in opera- tion. These local regulations are often posted at lake accesses. For more information about aera- tion, call a regional fisheries office or call the DNR Information Center at (651)296-6157 free 1-888-MINND- NR (1-888-646-6367). There are three lakes in Big Stone County where aeration systems will likely be in operation this winter. They are Artichoke, East Toqua, and Long Tom. Merry Christmas eli.TECHNOLOGY BOOS GRAJCZYK LARSON LLP Pictured, back row, left to dght, George Boos, Miriah Fawcett, Greg Grajczyk, Susan Larson, Mary Hanson, LaVonne Watts, Jan Rollins. Wishing you all the best this holiday season/ 301 S Main, Milbank, SD 57252 (605) 432-6801 Attorneys & Consultants TIGER CUBS represent the first grade cub scouts in Ortonville. These Tiger Cubs took part in the Ortonville Cub Scout annual Pinewood Derby last week. Left to right are Skyler Anderson, Daron Allen and Ben Anderson. Extension report Craig Haugemrd 3. Producers don't sell in a long Regional Extension F, ducator enough marketing window They tend Ag Production Systems-Business to wait until after harvest and, in most Management cases, after January 1 before they Swift County begin selling: They try to finish betbre Benson, MN 56215 the new harvest begins so they have 320 843-3796 , room for the next crop, but this is only TRY TO AVOID COMMON .an eight-month marketing window. MARKETING MISTAKES You need to work at selling With harvest behind us many increments before planting, after producers are now turning their harvest, and during the spring and attention to summer storage season. Many times marketing. As the best marketing opportunities are you market there available before the crop is planted; are six common for example, on last summer's rally mistakes that you some producers made sales for the should try to 2003 and 2004 crops. Using a longer avoid. - marketing window increases the 1. Producers chances of capturing good marketing tend not to sell opportunities. when markets are 4. Producers tend to sell when they going either up or need money. Too much of the crop is down rapidly sold during the February-March time because they get caught up in the emotions of the market. You can avoid making this mistake by placing scale-up or scale- down sell orders with your grain buyers or commodity brokers. 2. Producers are more worried about the market going up than they are about it going down. They will buy call options after they sell so they don't miss the high. Instead, you should focus on buying put options to manage downside risk on unpriced grain. 2003 ORTONVILLE SUMMARY BUDGET DATA purpose of this report is to provide summary 2003bOdget information concerning the City of Ortonville to citizens. The Budget is published in accordance with Minn. Stat. Sec. 471.6965. This budget is not the complete budget may be examined at Ortonville City Office, 315 Madison Avenue. The city council this budget on December 16, 2002. Governmental Funds 2003 Adopted Budget nues 2002 Budge( I $241,000 $o $11,000 $13,750 $35,000 $995,673 , $0 $0 $77,807 i $7,320 $30,000 $13,600 $158,370 $1,583,520 rty Taxes :Increments eial Assessments and Permits overnmental Revenues Federal State L County Other Local Units es for Services es and Forfeits est on Investments other taxes (franchise tax, hotel/motel taxes, etc.) ellaneous Revenues Total Revenues ent Expenditures aeral Government $218,247 $432,956 $338,875 $9,884 $146,709 $o $33,500 $224,075 i $1,404,246 $0 $o c Safety ts and Highways ation ure and Recreation $i79,274 i, $1,583,520 $0 $o $241,000 2003 Budget l $246,825 $0 $11,000 $13,520 $o $993,157 $o $o $99,917 $8,9oo $5,000 $9,600 $38,670 i, $1,426,589 $!84,753 $453,100 ' $348,845 $10,540 $149,707 $o $33,500 $132,594 $1,313,039 $o $o $113,550 ...... $1,426,589 $o $0 $246,825 , ,,,,,, Redevelopment and Housing 0mic DeVelopement .ellaneous Current Expenditures .-:[ Total Current Expenditures aJlrtt Service - Principal st and Fiscal Charges al Outlay ,._ Total Expenditures and Other Financing Uses ss (deficiency) of Revenues over (under) Expenditures le.r Financing Sources (Uses) erty Tax Levy Requirement to fund this Budget period when markets are historically low and cash flow needs are large. Producers need to plan ahead by selling in advance of this late winter period to provide for sh flow needs. 5. Producers tend to sell before harvest to make room for the new crop. Generally, the basis is widening and the seasonal lows come at this time of year. You need to provide lr storage space before this time period to avoid the trap of consistently selling in the low of the market. 6. Producers don't make storage pay because they don't sell the "carry" in the market. In times of low prices. markets tend to .have a "carry", which means that price offerings fir sales in the future are higher than for the present. Producers with on-farm storage can capture these premiums by lbrward contracting their unharvested crop for the following spring or summer delivery. Conversely, there are times in which the market clearly does not reward you for storing. Instead of a carry in the market you get an inverted market, the trward prices are lower than the spot market. This situation presently exists in the soybean market. The market is telling you that they want the beans right now and that they are going to penalize you for storing. A good marketer needs to recognize both carry and inverted markets and take the appropriate actions. Grain marketing is a very challenging part of farming but avoiding these pitfalls can help. Craig Haugaard is an Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Ag Business Management and Marketing, working with fellow Educators throughout the West Central District including Big Stone County. Inexpensive Way00 Good Wishes ttope your holiday season turns out perfectly ...... We're truly grateful for your valued business. From All of Us At The Too Mad Cafe Ortonville, MN 0 Have+A , SPARKLING SBSONI Wishing you lots of smiles and laughter, throughout the holidays and after! Thanks for giving us so much to smile about this year. Steven G. Winther, DDS Mary - Chari - Kari - Kris - Marci Elaine - Lynne - Nancy Ortonville, Minnesota Dec. 24, 2002 00INDEPENDENT Page 9c