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ALL WINTER ON SALE in the Milbank Mall LOOK FOR YELLOW TAGS - EVERY PRICE REDUCED in the Milbank Mall Enter "What's Your Winter?" photo contest on facebook Snow or no snow, winter is here -- a time of beauty, activity and fun for adults and kids in Minnesota. So we'd like you to sho~v everyone how you see and enjoy the season! The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) annually sponsors the "What's Your Winter?" Photo Contest to feature the best dig- ital images of Minnesotans enjoying winter. Entries in Adult and Youth (15 and under) divisions are judged in four categories: Mother Nature, Kids in Winter, Holidays and Outdoor Sports. Show off your snowmobiling, ice fishing, pond hockey, skiing, dog sledding and other outdoor fun. Celebrate kids as they explore the wonders of winter. Share pictures of your holidays -- not just religious celebrations, but New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Valentine's Day, President's Day and even Ground Hog Day! And of course, capture the beauty of nature wherever you find it in Minnesota. Grand prizes will be awarded in each age division along with first-, second- and third-place prizes in each topical category. This year, for the first time, the "What's Your Winter?" Photo Contest is hosted on the HSEM Facebook page. You don't need to join Facebook to enter; just go to and click "What's Your Winter?" in the left menu: Participants may upload as many as six of their own digital photos, and Facebook members can vote for their favorites. Prizes will be awarded to the top vote-getters at the end of the contest in March. So along with your hats, gloves and boots, always remember your camera this year -- and proudly show Minnesota "What's Your Winter?" NEW MEMBERS OF THE NORTHSTARS 4-H CLUB were welcomed at their meeting on Dec. 4. Pictured above, from left to right, are Noel Anderson, EIlie Anderson, Mason Brehmer, Addisyn Brehmer and Ashlynn Wittnebel. "CHUGGINTON FARM" GINGERBREAD HOUSE constructed by Vanessa Kirchberg placed third during the Family and Consumer Science class Food For Today Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at the Ortonville School. There were 168 votes cast with more p.eop.le walking through and viewing the gingerbread houses and enjoying treats. (Subrnhted photo.) NATALIE GREEN, at left, won $450 in Christmas Scrip in the Ortonville Independent Christmas drawing. She registered earlier in the week at Hilltop Video and ]'ajaning and was present at Headwaters Grill and Bar on Friday when ]ter name was called. She is shown above receiving her scrip from Lindsey Karels of Headwaters. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Roll" Ac ttque 0 0/00FF ,t ORTONVILLE IN.STOCK hristmas TREES HARDWA.R FIRST PLACE WINNER as voted on by those that a~ended the Food For Today Open House last Tuesday, Dec. 20 was Savannah Yordy with her Gingerbread House entitled, "Gummy Paradise". A total of 168 votes were cast. (Submitted photo.) ,1 ,, 1st- Brenda Kafka - Rrrrrrum Balls 2nd - Krecia Leddy- "Swedish Butter Cookies" 3rd - Michaela DeWald - "Candy Cane Whoopie Pies" MILBANK 1st - Barb Heller - "Peanut Butter Pizza 2nd - Michaela DeWald "Red Velvet Whoopie Pies" 3rd - Raeann Barthel - "Sandies by the Sea" Ortonville, MN 320.839-6224 Milbank, SD 605-432-5665 Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm Sat. 8am-5pm; Sun. 10am-2pm SeniorLinkAge volunteers needed Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunity? The Senior LinkAge Line is seeking volunteers to assist individuals in understanding their Medicare bene- fits, supplemental insurance options and long-term care options. People interested in volunteering receive free training and become Certified Health Insurance Counselors. Volunteer times and schedules are flexible. For volunteer opportunities contact Ashley Ronglien at the Senior LinkAge Line 1-800-333-2433 ext. 82024. The Senior LinkAge Line is a free service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, as well as the Minnesota State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Call 1-800-333- 2433 for assistance or go to to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line special- ist. The Senior LinkAge Line is your Link to An Expert! n'tbt s ~INDEPENDENT Northstars 4-H club holds meeting By Kelsey Muider- Historian/Reporter The NorthStars 4-H club held their annual Christmas club meeting on Dec. 4. Ellie Anderson, Noel Anderson, and Ashlynn Wittnebel joined our club. In total we welcome five new members this year. Sydney Wittnebel did a project talk about her quilt that she made. Layton Wittnebel also did a project talk about a pillow he made. Lunch was provided by the Wittnebel family and they brought pizza. The younger kids picked names out of a hat and had a gift exchange. The club also gave everyone a Christmas present. All of us brought in an item for the food shelf and a Christmas gift for Santa anonymous. The Maatz family did recreation. We played multiple games that were about Christmas. The next meeting will be on Feb. 5 at the Bellingham City Hall. Everyone is welcome to come. Recycle your holidays For the third year in a row, Big Stone County residents can recycle their old Christmas lights and other electrical cords rather than throw them away. Main Street Industries in Clinton has distributed recycling bins throughout the community to collect the light strands and other cords. Once collected, the bulbs are removed by disabled adults at the vocational cen- ter and then the cords are recycled through RAM (Recycling Association of Minnesota). This recycling program is a win win for the community as it provides an option to recycle holiday lights while providing meaningful jobs and job training for adults with disabifi- ties. Bins are located in Ortonville at Minnwest Bank, Liebe Drug, Ortonville Hardware Hank, the Courthouse and Ortonville School. Collection bins are also located in Clinton at Bonnie's Hometown Grocery, Main St. Industries and the Clinton School as well as Liebe Drug and CGB High School in Graceville. Minnesotans are encouraged to purchase LED light strands when they replace their old lights as a step toward energy savings. This is a great way to recycle your old phone charg- er cords as well! Take note that this is a seasonal recycling program so bins will only be available through the end of January. (ADV) Farm Dream workshop to be held Jan. 8 in Clinton Is farming in your future? Land Stewardship Projects "Farm Dreams" Workshop gives partici- pants the opportunity to explore this question with an upcoming workshop of Sunday, Jan. 8 from 1-5 p.m. in Clinton. This workshop is designed to help people who are seeking practical, common sense information on whether farming is the next step for them. In this workshop you will assess your resources, skills and motivations for farming; plan your educational path toward farming; learn about regional training opportu- nities and support networks and pri- oritize your next steps. Land Stewardship Project is a grassroots membership organization made up of farmers, as well as rural and urban residents working together for a food and agriculture system that makes sense for the land and for the people. To learn more and to join, visit their website at www.landstew- The "Farm Dreams" initiative is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant 2010- 03107. The registration fee is $20 for Land Stewardship Project (LSP) members and $40 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more details or to register contact nicko@ * As The Clock Strikes Midnight... We'd like to wish our loyal custbmers health, wealth, and love in the new year! Thanks for doing business with us/ Lundberg Construction, Inc. Richard Lundberg OrtonviUe~ MN 320-839-3540 WARNING Aeration Systems starting on or after December 31, 2011 will cause THIN ICE conditions on the following lakes in the following counties... Stevens County: Lake Hatti- Scott Twp. R. 43W T 124N, Sect. 21 ; Big Stone County: Artichoke Lake - Artichoke Twp. R. 44W T 122N, Sect. 35; Big Stone County: Long Tom - Odessa Twp. R 45W T 121N Sect. 6. If there arequestions concerningthese aeration systems please call, Lake HattiB20-324-7585, Artichoke Lake, 320-324-2494; and Long Tom, 320-568-2425, SAVE-A-LAKE Weather conditions may cause the areas of thin ice and open water to fluctuate greatly. Stay clear of the marked areas. SAVE-A-LAKE Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011