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The varsity, junior varsity and junior high Ortonville Knowledge Bowl teams competed at the Lac qui Parle Valley meet on Saturday, Dec 18. In the varsity division there were 19 teams competing with Ortonville Team 1 placing 10th with 68 points and Or- tonville Team 2 placing 15th with 59 points. Willmar Team 2 won the com- petition with 104 points followed by Willmar Team 2 with 95.5 and Monte- video Team 1 with 89.5. Competing for Ortonville Team 1 were Jonah Thune, Erik Kalberg and Shane Maas. Team 2 members were Kara Helgeson, Courtney Meyer, Dylan Koch and Kaity Meyer. Other teams competing in the var- sity match, with some having two or three teams, were Dawson-Boyd, Cen- tral Minnesota Christian School (CMCS), New London-Spicer, MAC- CRAY, Lester Prairie, Hutchinson, Glencoe-Sliver Lake and BOLD, Ten teams took part in the junior varsity competition. Ortonville fin- ished seventh with 57 points. New London-Spicer placed first with 98 points followed by Glencoe-Silver Lake with 85 and Benson was third, with 66.5. Other teams competing were MACCRAY, Lester Prairie, Hutchinson, Dawson-Boyd and Mon- tevideo. Junior varsity team members in- cluded Keinen Bousquet, Jackson Zemke and Morgan Plathe. In the junior high division, 26 teams competed, some with more than one team. Ortonville placed 12th with 80 points. Hutchinson Team 1 finished first with 107.5 points followed by New London-Spicer Team 1 with 101 and Glencoe-Silver Lake Team 2 with 100 points. Junior high team members included Kelsey Mulder, Chris Parker and Nathan Roe. Other teams competing at the junior high level were Benson, Willmar, Yel- low Medicine East, Lac qui Parle Val- ley, BOLD, Willmar, KMS, CMCS, Dawson-Boyd and MACCRAY. The next competition for the Or- tonville Knowledge Bowl teams will be on Monday, Jan. 10 at Canby. vy s alls ng Excellent trail conditions await any- one hoping to get out cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. With some areas of the state enjoying record snowfall amounts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Re- sources (DNR). "We're excited to have all this new i snow," said Ron Potter, recreation sys- terns manager for the Division of Parks and Trails, "but the snow came early before we had a lot of frost, so swamps aren't frozen and the groomers haven't been able to get through in those areas. Snowmobilers, in particular, should stay alert to conditions around wet- lands. Our crews and the local clubs are doing everything they can to get trails ready. But we do advise checking the website to see if we've gotten to your favorite trail yet." In Rochester, more than 37 inches of snow have fallen this month, setting a record as the city's snowiest month ever, and there are many outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities in the area. "We have plenty of snow," said Craig Blommer, area supervisor for the southern region of the DNR's Division of Parks and Trails. "There's no excuse not to get out and enjoy it, and there's no shortage of places to go." The DNR's top picks for this week include: Best snowmobiling: Douglas State Trail-Located north of Rochester, it links to more than 2,000 miles of grant- in-aid trails Best cross-country skiing: Root River State Trail-A former rail bed, this trail in southeastern Minnesota (with a popular trailhead in Lanesboro) is rel- atively flat and therefore well-suited for beginners and families with young children. "We've groomed about 35 miles of the trail;' Blommer said, "so you can ski for a couple of days !" Note that before skiers age 16 and older hit the trails, they will need a Minnesota Ski Pass. Ski passes ($6 a day or $20 a season) can be purchased from any of Minnesota's nearly 1,500 electronic li- cense system vendors. Best snowshoeing: RiChard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State For- est State Park-For snowshoeing, which doesn't require a groomed track (in fact, the DNR asks snowshoers to stay off trails designated for skiers), state forests are great options. Snow condi- tions are excellent right now at the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest, where admission is free and you can blaze your own trail sur- rounded by beautiful winter scenery. Three state parks in southeastern Minnesota-all of which offer cross- country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing-are also reporting excel- lent snow conditions this week: Ner- strand Big Woods, which has a beautiful frozen waterfall; Rice Lake, where trails loop through the woods and along the lake; and Frontenac, which overlooks the Mississippi River and rents snowshoes for $6 a day. Statewide trail condition reports are updated by noon every Thursday at Also online to help with trip-planning, the DNR hasnew inter- active maps and downloadable GPS files for snowmobiles. i!i DECEMBER 23, 2010-JANUARY 3, 2011 REFRIGERATOR DRAWER HOLDS UP TO 5 BAGS OF GROCERIES SALE PRICE =2,499 FRESH FOOD ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL Maytag~+ 25 cu. it, Ice20'~ Easy Access refrigerator MFI2 71XEM Regular price $2,899 Flush dispenser wlth IulI color LCD screen Making Your Resolutions Stick- disease and help you fight off germs. How to Create Healthy Habits Even small improvements in your New Year's resolutions are easy to physical activity, weight or nutrition make but easier to break. Why is it so may help reduce your risk for disease hard to make the healthy changes that and lengthen your life. In one study, we know can help us feel better and overweight or obese people who lost live longer? And why is it so hard to just seven percent of their body make them last? Scientists are weight slashed their risk for diabetes learning more about how we can make by nearly 60 percent. Keeping facts healthy changes and, even more like this in mind can help you important, how we can sustain them. maintain your focus over the long Change is always possible. You're haul. never too out-of-shape, too Setting up a supportive overweight or too old to make healthy enyironment is another step toward changes, success. Think about the physical Some of the most common New support you'll need, like the right Year's resolutions are losing weight, equipment for exercise, appropriate getting more physical activity, eating clothing and the right kinds of foods more nutritious foods, quitting to have at home. Remove items that cigarettes, cutting back on alcohol, might trip up your efforts. If you're reducing stress and sleeping better, quitting smoking, throw away your No matter which healthy resolution ashtrays and lighters. To improve you choose, research suggests that your nutrition, put unhealthy but some common strategies can boost tempting foods on a hard-to-reach your chance of making the change a shelf, or get rid of them. habit, a part of your daily lifestyle. Social support is also key. One challenge with New Year's Research shows that people's health resolutions is that people often set behaviors like smoking or weight gain unrealistic goals. They can quickly tend to mirror those of their friends, become frustrated and give up. Any family and spouses. You can enlist resolution to change needs to include friends and family to help you eat small goals that are definable and better, to go on walks with you, to accompanied by a solid plan on how remind you to stay on track. Find you'll get to that goal. things that are fun to do together, and For instance, a resolution to lose 30 you'll be more likely to stick with it. pounds may seem overwhelming. It helps when you're connected to a Instead, try setting smaller goals of group, where lifestyle change like losing five pounds a month for six weight loss is a joint goal. People months. Think baby steps rather than learn from each other and reinforce giant leaps, each other in working toward their Next, develop an action plan. You goals. might decide to walk a half hour each While making a change is one day to bum calories. You might stop thing, sticking to it is something else. buying vending machine snacks. Or Maintaining a change requires you might limit and keep track of your continued commitment until the daily calories. These are specific change becomes a part of your life, behaviors that could help you meet like brushing your teeth or washing your larger goal of losing 30 pounds, your hair. People who can maintain or To make a long-lasting change in engage in efforts to change their your life, prepare yourself for the behavior, and do it for six to eight challenges you might face. Think weeks, are more likely to be able to about why you want to make the support that effort longer term. change Is it important to you, or is it Self-monitoring or tracking seems mostly influenced by others like your to be critical for almost every sort of doctor, your spouse or a friend? behavior change. That includes Research suggests that if it's jotting down the foods you eat, something you really want for keeping an exercise diary or making a yourself, if it's meaningful to you, record of your sleeping patterns. you're more likely to stick to it. Monitoring yourself might feel like Think of exactly how the change a burden, but it's one of the best will enhance your life. For instance, predictors of successful change. when you stop smoking, your risk Think about how you can make plummets for cancer, heart disease, tracking more convenient, so it fits stroke and early death. Reducing naturally into your life. For some stress might cut your risk for heart people, that might be a pad of paper in ill~,n0e,en,en' .o, e. III (You re reading this one aren t you?) a purse or pocket; for others, a mobile app or a computer program Make sure to have a plan to get back on track if you start to slip. If you feel that your motivation is waning, think back and remind yourself why the change was important to you in the first place. Maybe you wanted to have more stamina, feel better, to be able to play with grandchildren. Recalling these personal reasons can encourage you to get back on track. You don't need a New Year to make healthy changes. You can make them any time of the year but New Year's is an opportunity to think about the improvements you'd like to make and then take concrete steps to achieve them. Set realistic goals, develop an action plan and set it in motion. Make your New Year a healthy one. Making Healthy Changes Set realistic goals. Write down the steps that will help you achieve them. Plan for obstacles. Figure out how to overcome them. Don't give up just because you've slipped. Track your progress. A journal or diary is one of the best tools for helping you stay focused and recover from slip-ups. Get help. Ask friends and family for support. Consider enrolling in a class or program. Reward yourself. Give yourself a healthy treat when you've achieved a small goal or milestone. Add variety. Keep things interesting by adding new activities or expanding your goals to make them more challenging. If you would like more information on "Making Your New Year's Resolutions Stick-How to Create Healthy Habits" feel free to contact Gail Gilman-Waldner, Program Development and Coordination- Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging,Inc. and Professor-Emeritus- University of Minnesota at 5-7- 3898869 or e-mail Gail at Additional resources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800- 333-2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info website at www.MinnesotaHelp.Info . 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