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Hardware Hank annual cookie contest winners announced SECOND ANNUAL HARDWARE HANK CHRISTMAS COOKIE CONTEST was held on Saturday, Dec. 17. Pictured above are the winners from the Ortonville store. Pictured from left to right are third place winner Michaela DeWald of Milbank, SD, with her Candy Cane Whoopie Cookies; second place Krecia Leddy of Stockholm, SD with her Swedish Butter Cookies; and first place Brenda Kafka of Ortonville with her Rum Balls. Shown below are the Milbank store winners. From left to right are first place Barb Heller of Brookings, SD with her Peanut Butter Ptzza cookies; second place Michaela DeWald of Milbank with her Red Velvet Whoopie Pies; and third place Raeann Barthel of Bellingham with her Sandies by the Sea. The first place winners won a Kitchenaide stand mixer in the color of their choice, second prize winners won a Kitchenaide hand mixer and third prize winners received a collection of 101 cookie cutters. (Submitted photos.) The second annual Hardware Hank Christmas Cookie Contest was held on Saturday, Dec. 17. Many wonderful and tasty treats were entered and the judges had a difficult time choosing which was the best of the best. In Ortonville, Brenda Kafka of Or- tonville took first place with her Rum Balls. Second prize went to Krecia Leddy of Stockholm, SD with Swedish Butter Cookies. Third prize went to Michaela DeWald of Milbank, SD with Candy Cane Whoopie Pies. In Milbank, Barb Heller of Brook- ings, SD won first place with her Peanut Butter Pizza cookies. Second prize went to Michaela DeWald with her Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. Third prize went to Raeann Barthel of Bellingham with her Sandies by the Sea. The first place winners won a Kitchenaide stand mixer in the color of their choice. Second prize winners won a Kitchenaide hand mixer. Third prize winners received a collection of 101 cookie cutters. Judges in Ortonville were Adam Dashiell, Luke Kafka, and Mary Hill-~ man. Mary did double duty by also judging in the Milbank contest along with Boyd Van Vooren, Kevin Schulke, and R. J. Reiger. The bakers ranged in age from chil- dren to people in their 90's. Several people commented that the Hardware Hank Cookie Contest has now become a new family tradition during the holi- days. Since the contest was so well re- cieved and well attended Bob and Sue Kulbeik, owners of the Hardware Hanks stores, are already planning next years' contest. This year a cookbook of all the recipes was provided to all the contestants. Next year it was sug- gested to provide it to the public for a small contribution that would be do- nated to local charity such as the local food shelf. 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More Minnesotans to receive additional energy assistance Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today announced lhe state will receive an additional $14.1 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP). "This is welcome news Minnesota families as we head into the Holiday weekend," said Commissioner Roth- man. These funds came through at a crucial time for thousands of seniors, disabled Minnesotans, and low-income families with children who are strug- gling to pay their heating bills this win- ter." The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Re- sources (DER) reported it would serve approximately 128,000 households with an initial $73.5 million in funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). requesting assistance this winter, with funding running out this month. The additional $14.1 million released to Minnesota today may help serve ap- proximately 19,000 additional Min- nesota households this winter. "The average household income of families enrolled in this program is around $16,000 per year," said Roth- man. "For many low-income families, Minnesota's Energy Assistance Pro- gram is a financial lifeline through these cold winter months. And in this economy, the need is greater than ever." EAP applications have increased 2.2 percent this year compared to the same time last year, and have increased 9 percent compared to the same time two years ago. The program helps low-in- come households pay their heating bills through grant money paid directly to the utility company on behalf of the with households to distribute the funds. Last year, Minnesota served 122,065 households with $152 million in federal funds. This year the average grant per household is about $400. Customers with 50 percent or less of the. state median income ($43,050 for a family of four) may qualify. House- holds with seniors, people with dis- abilities, and families with children are especially encouraged to apply. Qualifying families must apply for assistance at the local service provider in their area. Funding is limited and is administered on a first-come-first- serve basis. A list of local service providers and more information about the Low-In- come Home Energy Assistance Pro- gram can be found by clicking on "Finding Financial Assistance" or by calling 651-296-5175 or toll free in "BE : " :::: - DER has already received more than customer. DER allocates these funds to Minnesota 1-800-657-3710. D III~D[~I~_~| R | ~iiij 140,000 applications from households 36 local service providers who work .,,,wou're.u,reO..c,ass LII ,ne.enent..s0e,.o, ice. !i! to graduate high school in MN (You re reading this one aren t ygug) cent greater - the chance of survival if you begin immediate CPR." Okerstrom says another advance that makes learning CPR much easier than it used to be is the new, and rec- ommended, hands-only technique. "There is enough oxygen in the blood already that if we continue to pump that blood through the brain and the vital organs, that oxygen is sufficient enough until we can get the AED [automated external defibrilla- tor] and the emergency medical per- sonnel there. The main thing is to get people to do something, because without doing anything, that person's chance of survival is less than 1 per- cent." The bill will be introduced in the 2012 legislative session. It would require all high-schoolers in the state to take one, 30-mirmte CPR class to meet graduation requirements. More than 20 percent of all deaths in Minnesota are due to heart disease. More information is available at All Minnesota high school stu- dents would have to take a cardiopul- monary resuscitation (CPR) class if a bill being drafted by the American Heart Association becomes law in the New Year. Supporters of the idea include Norm Okerstrom, Plymouth, whose son, Teddy, collapsed at a football practice at age 16. Norm Okerstrom says his son sur- vived thanks to quick action by his coach, Matt Lombardi. "Matt at that point started CPR on Teddy, and he told me, later on, that that was the most important coaching job he's ever done in his life. He was just trying to coach Ted to stay with him and don't give up and keep fight- ing." Teddy made a full recovery and is now in college. His father says his story shows just how critical it is to know how to administer CPR. 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Alice Radermacher was one of the many volun- teers who helped children with craft projects that day. She is shown above with, from left to right, Julianna, Irls and Iscies Rodriguez, chil- dren of Jose and Velen Rodriguez of Ortonville. The event was spon- sored by the BSLA Chamber Business Association. I1[ Water S enersan ot eiver lip to Your Home or Office/ WE SERVICE ALL MAKES OFSOFTENERS MINNWEST BANK Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 INDEPENDENT Page 9