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l;i Bloodmobile Will Visit Big Stone Co. Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30 Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate With a looming $6.2 billion dollar Main Street loses a customer. As more productive in the nation." blood supply for patients in need, state budget deficit, outgoing Gov. Tim stores shutter their doors, the last thing Pawlenty has called public pensions Once a donor has made the commit- Pawlenty has been in the spotlight re- we need is more layoffs." one of the driving forces behind many ment to give blood, it's important to cently, blaming public employee Seide points out that the average local budget crunches, across the court- take a few simple steps to prepare unions for a big part of both state and AFSCME salary is lower than Min- try. Seide says AFSCME retiree pen- and to help ensure a good donation national financial woes. Pawlenty has nesota's average per capita income of sions are far from extravagant, at about experience said public employees' union members just under $42,000. In his view, the $13,000 a year. The Red Cross recommends: are overpaid, and receive benefits he state is spending its money effectively "Combined with Social Security, it's Getting a good night's sleep, eating a considers excessive, with public employees, who take care the difference between dignity and good breakfast or lunch, drinking Eliot Seide, executive director of of Minnesotans on the roads, as well as poverty. Ninety percent of retired pub- extra water and fluids to help replace AFSCME Council 5, the union that in schools, hospitals and nursing lic workers stay in Minnesota, and their the volume you will donate, avoid represents state workers, calls those homes, pensions fuel the local economy, and caffeinated beverages and eating claims myths, and counters that public According to U.S. Census data keep seniors self-sufficient." iron-rich food to boost your iron employees are playing an important (www.census.gov/govs/apes/about the Seide believes the impact of losing level role in Minnesota's economic recovery. survey.html), Minnesota has about pensions would have a more disastrous The Bloodmobile will be at the "AFSCME members make on aver- 36,000 full-time public employees, or effect on the local economy in Greater Holy Rosary Church in Graceville on age, $38,000 a year, and they buy he- 71 government workers for everyMinnesota, where benefit payments Monday, Dec. 27 from 1:30 to 6:30 cessities, not luxuries - and that's the 10,000 people. That means AFSCME add $1.25 billion to the economy each p.m. The remainder of the schedule kind of spending that will pull Min- members are working harder withyear, according to the state retirement is: nesota out of this consumer-driven re- fewer resources, says Seide. systems. Tuesday, Dec. 28 - New Life cession. Every time Governor "The Minnesota state workforce is Pawlenty cuts a public employee's job, the tenth leanest, and one of the most II The Federal Communications Cam- on communities of color, which are to provide the best service But Ren- mission approved new rules Tuesday more likely to use the mobile internet deros believes those companies are re- meant to protect an 'open Internet,' but for everything from work to keeping in ally interested in reserving the right to many of those who were pushing for touch with family, charge for different levels of network rules that prevent telecom and network Steven Renderos, media justice or- performance, as well as blocking web- companies from being able to block, ganizer with the Main Street Project, sites offering services that may cam- different kinds of agrees that leaving out protections for pete with the companies' phone apps. aellinaham slow or prioritize traffic online, say they're disappointed, mobile internet impacts communities "I think these rules open the flood- In fact, some groups have even de- of color, but adds that communities in gates to some anti-competitive prac- Bloodmobile clared the 'Open Internet' rules to be Greater Minnesota will be affected as tices on the part of larger corporations The Christmas spirit motivated "fake" because they protect the wired well. that are looking to make a buck." area blood donors to come to the Red Internet, but not fast-growing wireless "When it comes to African Ameri- Renderos says he and many others Cross blood drive in Bellingham on or mobile networks, cans, about 60, 63 percent are access- were disappointed in the significant Thursday, Dec. 23. Even FCC Commissioner Mignon ing the internet via their mobile role that corporations such as Verizon The goal was 40 units and 58 units Clyburn, who voted for the new rules, devices, about half of English-speak- played in crafting the new rules meant were collected with the help of 11 has voiced concerns that the regula- ing Latinos are doing that, and in rural to regulate them. double red donors. tions do not provide ~ level playing communities wireless is becoming an It's widely expected that the battle There was one deferral and one for all users, increasingly more important technol- will now move to the courts, with chal- fie!dn open Internet should be avail- ogy." lenges planned by both corporations incomplete. There were two first time donors - able to all end users, residential, enter- Telecom companies say the rules and consumer groups. prise, for profit or not." shouldn't apply to mobile networks be- More on the new rules, including Nick Athey and Bonnie Sue Clyburn specifically outlined the cause bandwidth is more limited, and statements from each commissioner, is Stolpman. A one gallon pin went to Katie potential impact the rules could have they need to be able to manage traffic at fcc.gov Adelman. Margaret Adelman collected a nine gallon pin. Julie Trojahn picked up her 12 gal- INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! lon pin and Richard Maatz received his 14 gallon pin. There will be a Lac qui Parle coun- ty wide blood drive on Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4. And the Bloodmobile will be back in Bellingham on Friday, May 27 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the City Hall. Tuesday, Jala. 4 GI Dr Tuesday, Jan IS Podiat~, ~. Rob Krueger G/ ' Dr Cardiology Dr. LeonardUr' AleXNordstromLebrija Podiairy ~ ROb Krueger Wedllesday, J, lt. cNep r loggy. GYN Dr. Kevin Dr, Leonard Nordstrom Thursday, Ja 6 BensonWed.esday, Ja 19 Podiatry Dr. Steven Saccoman Podiatry Dr. Sfeven Saccoman gg 2g& fresto,-, Steen Thursday, ,/an. 20 rrlday, Ja 7 Orthopedics ur. Preston Steen Dr. Peter Meier Friday, Ja~l. 2i" Dr. Michael Verier Tuesday, ga I I Surgery Dr R ~ GI.~ . Dr. Peter Meier Card,ology'; Kroege, iuesaay, ,la 25 " Tom StysSurgery Dr R Wed.esday, Jan. 12 Cardiology L b Krueger Orthopedics Dr. James Green ur. Tom Stys Thursday, Ja I $ Wed.esday, Ja 26 Vascular Dr, G eg Schultz Orthopedics Dr. James Green Orthopedics Dr. Case Johnston Thursday, Ja 27 Friday, Ja 14 ENT Dr. Kenneth Rogotzke Pain Orthopedics Dr. Casey Johnston Management Dr. Patrick Retterath Fg;;~"~l:'"2~":".-: Dr.KevinUnger ~lle:rhOrYoio~t. ;Dr, d omes Mutnick Allergy " - M011day, Jald. |7 or. Konkimalla M01 lday' ~ai, l, ~| Dr. James Mutnick Nephrology Dr. Lankhorst Allergy Dr. James Mutnick ~ These following services do not require a referral ~: Audiology (C/na Kontz) 320-235.7244 ~ Jan. 7 & 21 i, i:~!i Grief Counseling (Brenda Wies 9 ' :: "Dates subject 320"2,31-47|4 Jan. 'l; &2~i~ ~z0-589. 7 641 Tuesdays & Thursdays: Steaks, Roasts, HamburgerPork Chops & Roasts 25 LB, BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $79.95 $39.95 Baptist Church in Ortonville, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 - United Methodist Church, Beardsley - 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30- Memorial Building in Clinton - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. "The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood each time they are eligible; every 56 days up to six times per year for whole blood donations and every 112 days up to three times per year for double red cell donations." urin i:ivin orcement Ortonville Police Departmentoffi- cent of drinking drivers killed in cers arrested zero impaired motorists crashes are also not belted. during a statewide, DWI enforce- Despite significant reductions in merit effort. Around 400 statewide alcohol-related deaths in recent years law enforcement agencies participat- -- 2009 had the lowest alcohol-relat- ed in the effort conducted by the ed death count on record (141) -- Minnesota Department of Public impaired driving still accounts for Safety (DPS) Officeof Traffic one-third of all traffic deaths annually Safety. in Minnesota. Each year in "DWI enforcement efforts areMinnesota, more than 400 people are essential to preventing and stopping killed on the roads and one-third of alcohol-related crashes," saysthose deaths are alcohol-related. Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mark. Annually more than 30,000 motorists "]~f you can't make a safe and smart are arrested for DWI -- one in seven decision to plan for a safe way home, Minnesota drivers has a DWI on we are going to make sure you face record. the consequences before you do seri- In Big Stone County during ous damage " 2007-2009, there were three traffic Chief Mark also adds that thisdeaths of which one was alcohol- campaign is a reminder for Newrelated. Another 83 motorists were Year's Eve revelers to not risk drink- arrested for DWI --The local eco- ing and driving, nomic impact of alcohol-related fatal- Consequences for a DWI includeities was $1,210,000. loss of license for up to a year, up to The DWI enforcement and educa- $20,000 in legal costs and heightened tion effort is funded by the National insurance rates; and possible jail Highway Traffic Safety time. Administration and is a component of In addition to DWI enforcement the state's Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) during the campaign, Ortonvilletraffic safety program. TZD is the Police Department also issued zero state's core traffic safety program that seat belt citations under Minnesota's uses a multidisciplinary approach to primary seat belt law, which allows address traffic issues regionally law enforcement to stop and cite through enforcement, education, unbelted drivers and passengers for engineering and emergency trauma not buckling up. Each year 75 per-' care. WlC voucher pickup for Jan. Jan. 4: Countryside Public Health, Ortonville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SECOND PLACE IN THE FOODS FOR TODAY CLASS gingerbread Jan. 6: Multi Media Community house making was freshman Lauren Pettyjohn, daughter of Terry Center, Madison from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. Pettyjohn and lay Pettyjohn. The class is taught by Mrs. Peggy Duffield. Jan. 10: Countryside Public (Submitted photo.) Health, Benson from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18: Countryside Public Health, Montevideo from 9 a.m. to 3 p m Farmers last chance to win $2,500 for their communities Deadline for America's Farmers Grow Communities Program is Dec. 31, 2010 hange Due to budget cuts, beginning the week of Jan. 3, 201 I, Big Stone County Family Services will be closing a 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. Big Stone County Courthouse offices will be closing at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. When a holiday is the last day of the work week, the offices shall close early the c? ed(ngda yl / In the season of giving, Minnesota farmers can get into the holiday spirit by registering to win $2,500 for their favorite nonprofit organizations through the America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. One farmer in each of Minnesota's 69 participating counties will win. As the holidays are quickly approaching, so is the Dec. 31 dead- line for registration. Farmers can apply online at www.growcommuni- ties.cam or by calling 1-877-267- 3332 for the chance to direct $2,500 to organizations such as 4-H, FFA, local libraries or fire departments. Farmers, age 21 and over, who are actively engaged in farming a mini- mum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/0r cucutu- bers grown in pr0tected culture, are eligible. Pilot programs in 10 states result- ed in $1.2 million being donated to nonprofit organizations in rural com- munities. Now, farmers in more than 1,200 counties across 38 states have the opportunity to support youth organizations, schools and communi- ty groups of their choice. In addition to the $2,500 donation to a local organization, local United Way chapters will receive a $1 dona- tion from the Monsanto Fund with each farmer sign-.up, providing yet another opportumty for farmers to make a difference in their communi- ties. Eligible counties in Minnesota include Becker, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault~ Fillmore,- Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 8AM-5:30PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 Boneless- Per Lb. Chuck Roast or Steak Per Lb. Ribeye Steak or Prime Rib Roast 10-1 Lb. Pkgs. - Per Lb. 90% Lean Ground Beef Per Lb. WHOLE SIRLOIN STEAK ,t. t". Per Lb. OEU HA. Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb. QUARTERS & SIDES ' "-v- 1.95 Locally Grown Pork - Per Lb. HALF A HOG 89 HAPPY STOP BY PIONEER FOR YOUR Register to Win $tO0 NEW STEAK, LOBSTER AND SHRIMP FOR Meat yEAR! NEW YEAR'S EVE DINING/ BUndle! Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010