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'FROSTY' was portrayed by Mallory Adelman in the fourth and fifth grade presentation of "Frostv's venture" December 16 at the CGB Elementary School. Directed by Verlee Sullivan, this part of the I followed the Kindergarten and First Grade students' musical numbers. Other characters were: left Mr. Crabby - Jacob Bauer, Jackson - Justin Seifert, Emily - Molly Taffe, Frosty - Mallory Adelman and - Stephanie McLain. report Jean Kvols Educator Family Relations Lac qui Parle Count)" Madison, Mn 56256 320 598-3325 THE HUSTLE AND OF THE HOLIDAYS IS 'ear, I wonder how I could Often it is what been If been to stay less for :: ,::: ing at .......... ,. is actually a good time to 'our holiday experience and 6ng dans for improvements 2003! Holiday Ins are important for many Changing or eliminating a may be difficult for some members, especially if the is seen as a loss. As families often decide to break off group celebrations, which some are no longer in the celebration or the of family get together is to research done by Danes, Family Resource Specialist with the sity of Minnesota Extension , when people view change as ey go through a grieving Decision making abilities are differently at the various grief. It is not until after a ves through denial, anger that she can begin to the change and explore options for a new plan. That wilt take some time. If your family decides to make changes that affect extended family and friends, it is a good idea to start the process early to give people a chance to adjust. What each family member expects from the holiday season must be considered in order to move forward to a new and better plan for your family. The following guide for family meetings will help your family make plans for a less hectic holiday next year. • Arrange for a family meeting at a convenient time and comfortable place. Set ground rules which: allow people to have strong feelings, encourage family to value and trust each other, and encourage questions for understanding of each other's thoughts and ideas. • Make a list of your family's holiday activities like; decorating, cards, travel, gift making, gift buying, stocking stuffers, Santa Claus, baking, entertaining, family fun, community activities, school activities, church activities and work activities. • Talk about the good and bad aspects of each activity. Ask for new ways to handle this part of your family celebration. • When discussing each activity, consider the ccst, time. ho does the activity, who does the activity affect and if you should drop, add something to the activity or keep as it is. -- • Have someone record all of t13 / suggestions so that none are forgotaSn. • From the new ideas, select the one best suited to your family and plan how it will be accomplished next year. • Discuss your new plans with extended family and friends Jean Kvols is an Educator with the University,of Minnesota Extension Service in Family Relationships serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. New medicare premium and deductible rates for 2003 As a reminder, the Medicare pre- mium and deductible rates will change with" the New Year. The changes for 2003 include the follow- ing: Medicare part A (Hospital Insurance) Premium • Most people do not pay a month- ly Part A premium because they or their spouse has 40 or more quarters of Medicare covered employment. • The Part A premium is $174/month for those individuals hav- ing 30-39 quarters of Medicare cov- ered employment and $316/month for those who have less than 30 quarters of Medicare covered employment. Deductible • $840 (Per benefit period, which is up to 60 days of inpatient care) Coinsurance • $210/day for the 61st-90th day each benefit period • $420/day for the 91st-150th day Minnwest Bank Ortonville will be closing at 2:00 PM on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24th and will be closed Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25th Happy Holidays from the Minnwest Bank Staff! MINNWEST BANK ORTONVILLE Member H)IC MINNWEST BANK GRCd8 21 SE 2nd Street • Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-2568 which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John I:9 "The True Light, / '/ ! Like the morning sun through a ,,,1 wlndow, may this holy day's ",  "-M., message ot peace and goodwill to --=  all brighten our lives in this and [ [ | [ Truckinq m for each lifetime reserve day (total of 60 lifetime reserve days- non-renew- able) Skilled Nursing Facility Coinsurance • Up to $105/day for the 21st- 100th day each benefit period Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) . Premium • $5870/month. This amount is deducted from your Social Security check. Deductible • $100/year (Note: You pay 20% of the Medicare approved amount for services after you meet the $100 deductible) With the arrival of 2003, Social Security beneficiaries will receive a monthly Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase of 1.4% in their Social Security checks. This is the third smallest increase in more than 25 years. It will mean an increase of $13 a month for the average retiree's check. For more information on your Medicare benefits, call the Senior LinkAge Linen at 1-800-333-2433. A free publication entitled Medicare & You 2003 is available upon request. May all of nature rejoice and your spirits take flight as the wonder and magic of Christ's birth transforms the world around you with its beauty. I feel very fortunate to have you for a friend. Kim E's Kim Thomason and Family Ortonville, MN 320-839-3523 u i I _3 Tom Kindt and Beth Mueller KINDT AGENCY, INC. 113 NW 1st Street ,' Ortonville, MN 56278 • 320-839-6145 ii i ii WISHING YOU SEASON'S GREETINGS IN A WORLD OF PEACE. Seasons 00reetings Warm Wishes Dec. 24 2002 Page 13c INDEPENDENT i