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As 2011 nears, many will be mak- Glaucoma is an eye disease that ing New Year's resolutions to improve causes loss of sight by damaging a part their health. However, many may not of the eye called the optic nerve. This be aware that an eye exam cannot only nerve sends information from the eyes help to protect vision, it can uncover to the brain. When the optic nerve is evidence of other diseases including di- damaged, peripheral vision begins to abetes or hypertension, diminish. If left untreated, over time, And, for eye diseases such as glau- glaucoma may also damage central vi- coma, the damaging effects may be de- sion. Unfortunately, once vision is lost tected through an eye exam before a to glaucoma, it cannot be restored. Vi- patient notices any symptoms. In fact, sion loss can be lessened, however, if patients in the early stages of glaucoma glaucoma is detected and treated early. usually have no symptoms, no notice- Prevent Blindness America has able vision loss and no pain, which is joined other leading eye care groups to why it is called the "sneak thief of build awareness during January's Na- sight." By the time symptoms start to tional Glaucoma Awareness Month to appear, some permanent damage to the educate the public on what they can do eye has usually occurred, to help save their vision. Glaucoma is the second leading"Our key message is that, unfortu- cause of blindness in the world and the nately, there is no cure for glaucoma. leading cause of blindness in African But the good news is that if detected American and Hispanic populations in and treated early, the effects of vision America. According to the study "Vi- loss can be diminished," said Hugh R. sion Problems in the U.S." by Prevent Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America and the National Blindness America. "We hope every- Eye Institute (NEI), there are nearly 2.3 one has a happy and healthy 2011 and million Americans ages 40 and older that it includes a visit to the eye doc- who have glaucoma, tory There are many risk factors for glaucoma, including: Age: Those that are 40 and older are more likely to develop glaucoma. The older you are, the greater your risk. Race: Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in African American and Hispanic populations in America. Family History: If you have a par- ent or sibling who has glaucoma, you are more likely to develop the disease. Diabetes: People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing glau- coma. Nearsightedness: People who are very nearsighted are at greater risk. Eye Injury or Surgery: Those who have had eye surgery or eye injuries may develop secondary glaucoma. Steroid Medication: Steroids may increase the risk of glaucoma when used for extended periods of time. Prevent Blindness America offers a dedicated website for free information on glaucoma at preventblind- ness.org/glaucoma. Additional infor- mation may also be obtained in English or Spanish by calling (800) 331-2020. Turkey hunters have more time this this spring must apply electronically the drawing and choose not to purchase year than they have traditionally had in via the Internet, or by telephone toll- a tag will lose the current year's pref- the past to apply for this spring's hunt, free at (888) 665-4236 (MNLI- erence point for future drawings, but either electronically or by telephone. CENSE). Resident hunters must pay a not accumulated preference from past The deadline to apply for the 2011 nonrefundable $3 application fee at the years. Hunters who were not successful spring season has been extended by time of application while nonresidents in the drawing will be eligible to pur- about two weeks. Applications are now must pay a nonrefundable $3.50 trans- chase surplus turkey permits. These are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 14, action fee. sold, on a first-come, first-served basis wherever hunting and fishing licenses Key changes include: in mid March. are sold, and online. Licenses for the last two time pe- Archery spring turkey licenses will Also new this year: the youth appli- riods will be sold over-the-counter once again be available for residents cation process is eliminated, and over- only; and nonresidents and may be pur- the-counter only permits will be Hunters no longer must indicate a chased for the last two time periods available for the hunt's last two time second choice of season on the appli- only. periods, cation; and All wild turkey hunters seeking to "The spring turkey application Youth 17 and younger by April 13, hunt in spring 2011 may obtain an ap- deadline tends to sneak up on hunters," 2011, are not eligible to participate in plication information sheet at DNR li- said Bill Penning, DNR farmland the lottery and should purchase a li- cense agents or view hunt information wildlife program leader. "Although cense for the season of their choice online. we've allowed additional time this over-the-counter. Hunt information materials include year, we still encourage hunters to "Hunters are strongly encouraged to a map of wild turkey permit areas, per- apply early and avoid the last-minute read the application materials before mit quotas, dates and information on rush." applying for the lottery," Penning said. changes. This spring's hunt will consist of six "We want them to be aware of all the For more information, call the DNR five-day and two seven-day seasons, changes made to the applicationInformation Center at 651-296-6157 or All resident and nonresident wild process." toll-free in greater Minnesota at 888- turkey hunters interested in hunting Hunters who are successful for in 646-6367. Nominations for Hunter Ethics Award due Nominations fo.r the 18th Annual Minnesota Deer Hunter Ethics Award are due by Friday, Jan. 21. The award, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA), and Turn In Poachers, hon- ors deer hunters who have exhibited exemplary hunting behavior during the 2010 season and who can serve as a positive example to all hunters. Youth and adult division awards wilt be presented to the winners at upcoming MDHA events to be held in the area of the state in which they reside. Anyone may nominate a hunter by Save this paper for recycling writing a letter or e-mail explaining the actions of the nominee and why that person is worthy o recognition. Both youth and adults are eligible, but nominees must be Minnesota resi- dents. The incidents for which hunters are nominated must have occurred Pare Streich of Northridge during any of the 2010 Minnesota Residence is looking for volunteer deer hunting seasons (archery, firearm drivers to help deliver hot meals to the or muzzleloader), elderly and those in need. Meals are Nomination letters should be sent typically ready around 11:30 a.m. to: Ethical Hunter Award, MDHA, each day and delivery time takes 460 Peterson Road, Grand Rapids, approximately a half an hour. If you MN 55744-8413, taxed to 218-327- are interested in volunteering to help 1349, or e-mailed to with this important task, please con- kimhanson@mndeerhunters.com, tact Pam or Linda Smith at 839-6113, Monday-Friday. Thank you. (ADV) Drivers needed for Meals on Wheels ~ ALL WORK GUARANTEED ~ RENTALS For Commercial & Residential Third grade class from Bi ementary Sch / Come celebrate at his "Suprise Party" this Wednesday, Dec. 29th at the Moose Lodge at 4:JO PH. ~ HE WILL BEARRIVING AT 5:00 PM ~ Open house set for Larry Roggenbuck A 75th birthday open house for Larry Roggenbuck will be held on Jan. 1,2011 at St. Charles Parish Hall, 106 3rd Ave. Big Stone City, SD from 2 to 5 p.m. No gifts please. It will be hosted by his children and grandchildren. (ADV) HRA to hold annual board mtg Big Stone County Housing and Redevelopment Authority will hold it's annual board meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Lakeside Apartments Community Room. Post Office closing at noon this Friday The Ortonville Post Office will be closing at noon Friday, Dec. 31, and will be closed on New's Year Day. KDIO Temps Low Dec. 19 16 -4 Dec. 20 28 12 Dec. 21 28 12 Dec. 22 18 18 Dec. 23 25 18 Dec. 24 24 15 Dec. 25 14 -6 Member FDIC 7be- @ ,o/the 1Vbetst. me KERKHOVEN-A rural Kerkhoven dairy farmer narrowly escaped tragedy Nov. 30 after an accident pinned him and nearly crushed him to death. Mike Haglund was using a power feed cart to haul grain to his herd when he wasn't able to make a turn to avoid a steel stachion. The cart, which has a level to control front and back movement, pushed back against Haglund, pinning him between the cart and a pipe extending out from the stanchion. Haglund blacked out momentarily before coming to and realizing, since he couldn't reach the off switch, the only way to survive his predicament was to disconnect the spark plug wire on the cart. With the cart pressing against him, Haglund was able to reach the wire and disconnect it, saving his life. After pushing the cart back, freeing himself, Haglund was in significant pain but did not suffer serious injury. MONTEVIDEO-Budget cuts in the Montevideo school system have resulted in,the elimination of K-5 in-school police liaison/resource officer. Officer Nancy Johnson, who has worked in the school for several years and has served the area for over 20 years, had her position cut because of budget reductions. Johnson's duties in the school included conducting in-school criminal investigations, peer mediations and conflict resolution, administering Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program and teaching topics related to safety and well-being of students. BENSON-Swift County-Benson Hospital (SCBH) has been certified as a level 4 trauma hospital. As a level 4 hospital, SCBH provides initial treatment for trauma cases and works to ensure patients get to a facility where they can receive proper care. ALBERTA-Former Alberta resident Matthew Burnett won the chance to appear on Wheel of Fortune. Burnett, a 2004 Chokio-Alberta graduate, won the opportunity after competing against 3,500 other possible contestants in Fargo. 'The show was taped Dec. 10 and will air in February. DNR Parks and solicits grant applications for 2011 Applications for the 2011 round of Jan. 31 to Aug. 1,2011. grants are now available from the These grants help local govern- Minnesota Department of Natural merits, organizations, and individuals Resources (DNR) Division of Parks throughout the state partner with the and Trails. DNR to fund projects such as natural Applications are being accepted area acquisition, recreational trails, for the following grant programs: water-based recreational facilities, parks and trails legacy regional and recreation opportunities at parks. parks (outside the metro area), out- It is anticipated that both federal and door recreation, natural and scenic state funding will be available during areas, local trail connections, federal 2011 for these projects. recreational trails, regional trails For more information, visit the (outside the metro area), public water DNR Web site at mndnr.gov, and accesses, clean vessel, and boating click on grants infrastructure. (http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assis- Application deadlines range from tance/grants/assist programs.pdf). Kevin Raaf V' Complete Collision Repair V' Glass Replacement and Chip Repair V' Frame and Suspension Repair North Minnesota St. & Eastvold Ave." Ortonville, MN ". 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