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DNR proposes snowmobile rule changes DNR proposes snowmobile rule changes The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on planned rule amend- ments and repeal of obsolete existing rules on owmobile registration and operation. The proposed rules reflect current statutes, practices and cultures. Most of the proposed changes are technical in nature and don't represent signifi- cant changes to existing practices. The proposed rules might be of interest to snowmobilers, law enforce- ment agencies, dealers, manufactur- ers, and those who paint customized registration numbers on snowmobiles. The proposed changes: clarify and standardize snowmo- bile speed limits update requirements for sleds, trailers, towed devices, and opera- tional equipment and lights provide for a point-of-sale elec- tronic registration or reporting by changing rule language to allow for a paperless system update snowmobile registration display specifications update registration of all snow- mobiles currently in use update accident reporting requirements remove specific dollar amount for participation in the DNR's Snowmobile Safety Training Program in favor of fee language in statute eliminate diagrams and specifica- tions for traffic or regulatory signs in the rules in favor of reference to the same information contained in a DNR reference manual update rule language to improve understanding of what is regulated and the impact on users. Questions, comments or requests for a draft of the proposed rules may be submitted to Michael Letourneau, Minnesota DNR, 50G Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155; e-mail mike.letourneau @dnr.state.mn.us; phone (651) 296-4677; or fax to (651) 296 3727. Comments on the proposed rules must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7. MEMORIES MADE! A pretty successl day - for these cousins. It was their first year at goose hunting lese three cousins, and they bagged these geese on December 8. Left to right: Danny Kleindl, son of and Luann Kleindl; Nick and Nathan Kleindl, sons of Tom Kleindl and Madonna DesLaurias. NAIL-DOWN A T IIOIIDA1 no place like for the holidays, and we hope that rs is filled with and laughter this holiday season. Thank you for your building trust in us. Vollmer Construction ORTONVILLE, MN Ed and Kristi Vollmer :ittle own Of Yethlehem..." When the shepherds saw that shining star over Bethlehem, knew a great miracle had taken place. Let us remember to keep the miracle of that night alive, and renew in our hearts the true meaning of Christmas. May all the joys of the season be yours! nrich & Sons, Inc. Bellingham, MN Big Stone City, SD (320) 568-2211 (605)862-8297 Older Homes Need New Wiring What to Do about Aging Electrical Wiring 20 10 Existing Housing Units (millions) vs. Year Built Datn eo,r us Ger, P,,ea } ./ Like antique furniture, older homes offer wonderful decorative details and crafts- manship. But, unfortunately, building materials don't last forever. Electrical wiring, especially in old homes, can pose a rious hazard if not replaced. More than 60 million U.S. homes and apartment units were built before 1975. Many are candi- dates for new electrical wiring. In many ways, the 20th century was a time of experimentation with electrical wiring practices. A few old-timers today may remember push-button light switches. When the on-button was pushed in, the off-burton would pop out. Yet.  the year i9i7, pbunon sv, ttches were already >being replaced by snap-switches. The same applies for countless other compo- nents in residential wiring systems - including the ,airing behind the walls. "Safer Electrical Wiring Some formerly legal wiring practices are considered illegal and downright dan- gerous by today's standards. Older insula- tion materials are susceptible to deteriora- tion, often crumbling to the touch. The "legacy" of electrical wiring improperly installed by untrained people remains a problem decades later. Also, as power usage increases in homes, inadequate wiring may be pushed beyond the limits of safe operation. Another potential problem is the instal- lation of old-style aluminum wiring in about two million homes from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. If your home is still wired in aluminum, check Publication 516 from the U.S. Consumer Product Safeb Commission (CPSC), available at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/516.pdf. Arcing and overloading are common causes of electrical fires. When electricity jumps across a gap to another conductor, or arcs, it can ignite flammable materials in its vicinity. Passing too much current through a wire, or overloading, can melt or bum the wire's insulation and.start a fire. A sure invitation to trouble is to substi- tute the wrong-sized circuit breaker or fuse in a load center - for example, to substitute a 20-amp breaker where a 15-amp should be. Circuit breakers and fuses can't detect when undersized wiring has been installed. If undersized wiring is mistaken- ly used there is a risk of fire. The same applies for undersized extension cords. Using an extension cord to extend or replace permanent household wiring is a common mistake. Extension cords are tempor' solutions. If you find you need power where no outlet currently exists, have an additional outlet installed. / What Can You Do? According to Michael Clendenin, exec- utive director of the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), "More than 50 million homes in the USA need to be inspected for unsafe wiring systems. The people living in these homes are tak- . ing on an acceptable risk by not getting their electrical wiring systems inspected and, if necessary, upgraded. The ESF! and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommend electrical inspections for any home 40 years old and older, any home more than 10 years old that has had renovations or the addition of major appliances, and any time a home changes hands." For a free booklet, "In-Home Electrical Safety Check," send a 60 stamped, self-addressed No. 10 (business size) envelope to ESFI, 1300 North 17th Street, Suite 1847, Rosslyn, VA 22209, or visit www.esfi.org. For an online list of home self-inspection tips, and a list of questions to ask an electrical contractor, visit http://buildingwire.copper.org and read "Do You Need an Electrician?"HP PRINTING Is Our Business THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT Malta Twp. Combined Drive Reports $508 The Malta Township Combined Fund Drive has been completed for 2002. A total of $508 was collected for Malta's charitable fund drive which was designated for the follow- ing charities: American Cancer .......... $70.00 American Heart Assn ........ 35.00 Salvation Army ............ 33.00 Red Cross ................. 30.00 Children's Care Hospital and School .............. ! 0.00 American Diabetes Assn ..... 42.00 Main Street Industries ....... 44.50 Monarch Heights ........... 10.00 Big Stone Co. Hospice and Grief Center .......... 75.00 Kidney Foundation ......... 30.00 Friendship Ventures ......... 10.00 Nat'l. Multiple Sclerosis ..... ! 1.50 Big Stone Co. Foodshelf ..... 50.00 First Responders ........... 57.00 Total ................ $508.00 This Combined Fund is conducted by mail and "We thank everyone who willingly participated in contributing to these worthwhile charities." #00orn #amih l to tlou00a! BEST WISHES from Steve and Linda and, left to right, Dustin, Jason, Dillan and Jorden. ave a and happ V hotida00l! COMPLETE COLLISION REPAIR, WINDSHIELD GLASS REPLACEMENT AND AUTO REFINISHING. PROGRESSIVE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. 109 SE 2nd St.* Ortonville, MN 56278 * (320) 839-2255 @ May His love shine down upon you in this holy season. We're very grateful to our customers for utilizing our services. A joyous Christmas to one and all. Berger's Welding, Inc. ORTONVILLE, MINNESOTA And the magic of this holy season. May this year hold the birth of new blessings and the promise of lasting peace. Mike Spors, Owner Berkner Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning West Hwy. 12 Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Phone (320) 839-3234 \\; \\; II lt \\; Dec. 24, 2002 "No._' INDEPENDENT Page 15c