Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NMF Board of Director Elections

Tom Anderson, Pete Haddeland and Jon Linnell have been elected to the Northwest Minnesota Foundation Board of Directors for terms of four years.

Tom Anderson, from Clearbrook, is a lifelong farmer in Clearwater County and farms in partnership with his son. He recently served eight years as a County Commissioner. Tom serves on the Clearwater Health Services Board, the Clearwater County FSA Committee, and is an active member of his church.

Pete Haddeland, from Mahnomen, is President/CEO of the First National Bank in Mahnomen. He serves on the Northern Lights Council Advisory Board for the Boy Scouts of America, as a board member of Independent Bankers Association of America (ICBA) National Board of Directors, is Chair of the Agriculture/Rural Committee for ICBA and a member of the NMF business finance loan committee.

Jon Linnell, from Warren, is the CEO/Executive Director of North Region Health Alliance and former North Valley hospital administrator. Jon was involved in the region for 30 years as a volunteer EMT and previously served on the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board. He is currently involved with the Warren Economic Development Authority and broadband initiatives for Blandin Foundation, the Greater Minnesota Telehealth Broadband Initiative and IMPACT 20/20 Task Force for Broadband.

Gunderson re-elected to Minnesota Farm Bureau Board of Directors

Mike Gunderson of Bejou in Mahnomen County was re-elected to a three-year term on the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Board of Directors to represent District VII during the 93rd Annual Meeting in Brooklyn Park November 17-19. District VII includes the counties of Becker, Clay, Kittson, Mahnomen, Norman, Northwest Regional, East Otter Tail, West Otter Tail, East Polk, West Polk and Wilkin.

Gunderson grows wheat, corn, soybeans and alfalfa and raises beef.

Also re-elected were Kevin Paap of Garden City in Blue Earth County as president to a two-year term. Re-elected to three year terms were Dave Van Loh of Westbrook in Cottonwood County representing District III and Paul Stark of Kensington in Stevens County representing District IV. Elected to serve one year terms were Layne Ebeling of Trimont in Martin County representing the Promotion and Education Committee and Nathan Nelson of Hinckley in Pine County representing the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.

Minnesota Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in the state, focusing on Farmers •Families • Food. Members determine policy through a grassroots process involving the Farm Bureau members in 78 county Farm Bureau units in a formal, democratic process. Through this process, members make their views heard to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for Young Farmers & Ranchers help develop leadership abilities and improve farm management. Promotion & Education committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for farm children. Farm Bureau is active in a variety of other programs and activities. For more information, contact your county Farm Bureau office.

Nationwide, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has more than six million members in approximately 2,800 county Farm Bureaus. For more information log onto www.fbmn.org.

Energy Saving Gifts

Fergus Falls, MN –If you’re wondering what to give this holiday season, consider gifts that save energy. Energy savings is a gift that keeps giving year round. Otter Tail Power Company offers these energy-saving gift ideas for the people on your list. For additional suggestions, visit the company’s www.ConservingElectricity.com web site.

LED desk or piano lamps - For students, musicians, and people with home offices, consider sleek and modern LED lamps designed for desk or piano. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are highly efficient, long-life, cool-operating bulbs that provide bright task lighting at less than 10 watts.
LED flashlights - Get the same benefits of LED lighting for handymen or outdoor enthusiasts with LED flashlights. High-tech designs use durable waterproof casings made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and strong LED bulbs capable of delivering bright 225 lumens in turbo mode.

Smart power strips - Plug computers and home electronics into a single smart power strip so they can be turned on and off conveniently with one switch. Phantom energy users, such as digital displays, instant-on features, and battery chargers, continue to consume electricity even when they’re in standby mode and can account for 5 percent to 10 percent of your home’s electrical bill. Unplugging them is the most effective way to avoid wasting electricity. Savings add up when you power down.

Personal radiant heaters - These radiant heaters use only 150 watts of electricity (compared with 1,500 watts used by typical space heaters). But placed nearby, they keep the user warm, allowing lower room temperatures. They also work great for warming bathrooms without raising the temperature in the entire house. These heaters are safe around children and pets. And at only 8 pounds, they’re easy to move from room to room.

Motion-detecting digital picture frames - Energy-saving digital picture frames turn themselves off automatically after not detecting motion for a period of time set by the user. Or turn off the motion-detection sensor and operate these frames by remote control.

Programmable thermostats - Users can program these thermostats to optimize energy savings to match their comfort levels and schedules. Heating and cooling are the biggest energy users in a typical home. Setting lower temperatures while the house is unoccupi ed or the occupants are asleep can save significantly on heating costs; likewise, setting higher temperatures while the house is unoccupied in the summer can reduce cooling costs.

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs – You can brighten someone's holiday and increase the everyday lighting efficiency of their home—without sacrificing lighting quality—by helping them replace their incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Year-around, lighting can account for as much as 25 percent of a home's electrical use. CFLs cost a bit more than incandescent lightbulbs but last up to ten times longer and use up to 75 percent less energy. Today's CFLs come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and wattages and can be used in almost any conventional light socket or lamp. They offer light levels and color quality comparable to incandescent lighting.

Always look for the ENERGY STAR label when selecting electronic devices or appliances. They use significantly less energy than regular products that are not ENERGY STAR rated.

“And remember, whenever you select electrical products, make sure they bear labels indicating that they have been tested by independent agencies, such as Underwriters Laboratories,” says Otter Tail Power Company Safety Services Manager Eric Hamm. “Electricity is a powerful tool. It also can be a lethal hazard. But the UL label, or label from another certifying agency, ensures good safety standards and helps prevent electrical hazards.”

Otter Tail Power Company, a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: OTTR), is headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. It provides electrici ty and energy services to more than a quarter million people in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. To learn more about Otter Tail Power Company visit www.otpco.com. To learn more about Otter Tail Corporation visit www.ottertail.com.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tips for safer snowmobiling

Another snowmobile season is fast approaching, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging snowmobilers to get the season off to a smooth, safe start.

“I want people to take advantage of the snowmobiling opportunities that exist in Minnesota, so now is the time to prepare your sled and learn how to avoid the possible dangers that are present when snowmobiling,” said Captain Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Education Program Coordinator.

Last season there were 13 snowmobile related fatalities and numerous injuries in Minnesota. Hammer feels all these incidents were preventable.

DNR officials say riding snowmobiles can be a safe and enjoyable form of outdoor recreation when you follow some basic safety rules:

• Maximum speed in Minnesota is 50 mph. Many times trail conditions or riding at night require slower speeds.

• Stay away from alcohol; it’s a major factor in most accidents.

• Be cautious of hidden ditch dangers, These include sign posts, fence posts, guy wires, stumps, rocks, telephone and cable boxes, culverts, left over construction materials. Fresh snow and low light condition make these hazards difficult to see.

• SLOW DOWN, especially at night. At speeds of 40 MPH or greater you are over-riding your headlight and won’t see a hazard in time to stop.

• Display current snowmobile registration.

• Stay off the roadway, shoulder, and inside slope of state and county highways.

• Operate your snowmobile in the same direction as highway traffic when riding one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise.

• Stay off the median of four-lane highways.

• Check the weather conditions before heading out.

• Come to a complete stop and look both ways before crossing any roadway
and cross at a 90-degree angle.

• Stay on marked trails; Traveling into the unknown has many risks.

• Remember, ice is NEVER SAFE.

• Never ride alone.

• Be respectful the landowners who provide most of our riding opportunities by staying on designated trails.

• Most Important: Take a Safety Training Course. To legally ride a snowmobile, residents born after Dec. 31, 1976 need a valid snowmobile safety certificate in their possession, or snowmobile safety certificate indicator on their driver’s license or on their Minnesota ID card.

For a copy of DNR’s 2011-2012 Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules, and Regulations handbook, and Safety Training Information call 888-MINNDNR (outstate) or 651-296-6157.

Monday, November 28, 2011

SARAH VOWELL SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT IN FARGO

Sarah Vowell has a gift for revealing how American history can show up in the most unexpected ways in our modern culture. The New York Times best selling author and contributing editor for Public Radio International’s This American Life (1996-2008), continues to write essays and offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, to popular music and the odd cranky cartographer.

Sarah Vowell stops in Fargo, N.D., on Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m., at the Fargo Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 9, at noon. Reserved seating tickets cost $37.50 (golden circle) and $27.50. Applicable fees may apply. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets300 (300 Broadway, Fargo; open Monday – Friday noon to 6 p.m.), via phone at 701-205-3182 or online at Tickets300.com. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Vowell’s most recent book, Unfamiliar Fishes (2011) tells the intriguing history of Hawaii, annexed in 1898. Replete with a cast of beguiling and often tragic characters, including an overthrown Hawaiian queen, whalers, missionaries, sugar barons, Teddy Roosevelt and assorted con men, the book is another history lesson in Americana as only Vowell can tell it – with brainy wit and droll humor.

The Wordy Shipmates examines the New England Puritans and their journey to and impact on America. Assassination Vacation (2005) is a haunting and surprisingly hilarious road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Her first book Radio On, is her year-long diary of listening to the radio in 1995
She is the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird’s Academy Award-winning The Incredibles. She is the president of the board of 826NYC,a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students ages 6-18 in Brooklyn.

The Fargo Theatre is located at 314 Broadway North.

Don’t let pests come into your home this holiday season

St. Paul, Minn. – Planning on buying a Christmas tree or holiday greens online this year? Be sure destructive pests aren’t hitching a ride.

As the popularity of online and mail order trees grows, state and federal officials are sending out a warning to consumers that these plant items are regulated in certain areas of the country. These regulations, according to Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Plant Protection Director Geir Friisoe, aim to prevent the spread of several damaging forests pests such as gypsy moth, sirex woodwasp and the pine shoot beetle.

“In the past, MDA has found live cut Christmas trees, indoor decorative artificial trees and even potpourri shipped into Minnesota contaminated with insects,” said Friisoe. “We at the MDA try our best to keep these destructive pests out of our state and we’re asking consumers to help. People should know where their purchase is coming from and if the company is complying with all state and federal regulations.”

Quarantines have been established in certain parts of the country to limit the spread of invasive pests and diseases. In order for a Christmas tree grower to ship out of the quarantine zone, the operator must have their products treated and/or inspected and certified free of regulated pests.

Customers can simply ask prior to purchase for proof that that product in question meets all requirements to ship to Minnesota. The supplier should be able to provide documentation that the product came from an area not regulated by state and federal quarantines or meets all government standards to ship out of a quarantine zone.

If consumers are looking for a guaranteed way to ensure their trees and greens meet all state and federal standards, they can simply buy a locally grown product. To find a Christmas tree farm nearby, search the online Minnesota Grown Directory at www.minnesotagrown.com.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Calving Preparation Short Courses Set

Beef producers will have two opportunities in December to learn how to prepare their herd for calving and assess difficult births.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service's "Preparin' for Calvin' in 2012" short courses also will educate producers on what they can do to assist cows having trouble giving birth and when to get veterinary help.

The short courses are scheduled for Dec. 13 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Carson and Dec. 14 at Napoleon Livestock in Napoleon. Both courses will start at 9:30 a.m. local time and end with a question-and-answer session at 2:45 p.m.

The cost is $30 per person or $50 for two people from the same operation if paid by Dec. 2. The cost is $40 per person or $70 for two people from the same organization if paid after that date. The fee includes lunch, breaks and program materials.

Speakers for the short courses are an NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist, Extension agents and other calving experts.

The NDSU Extension offices in Emmons, Grant, Logan, Morton and Sioux counties are sponsoring the short courses.

To register online, go to http://www.ndsu.edu/cattledocs. For more information, contact Grant/Sioux County Extension agent Jorey Dahners at (701) 622-3470 or jorey.dahners@ndsu.edu or Logan County Extension agent Sheldon Gerhardt at (701) 754-2504 or sheldon.gerhardt@ndsu.edu.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dakota Cow/Calf Clinics Set

Beef cattle herd health and stretching short feed supplies will be the topics at the North Dakota State University Extension Service's 2011-12 Dakota Cow/Calf Clinics.

The clinics will be held Dec. 13, 2011, and Jan. 13, 2012, via videoconference at six locations.

The Dec. 13 clinic will focus on stretching feed supplies. Topics include high feed costs, the economic implications of converting grain acres to forage
acreage, harvesting straw and corn stover, using stover and straw to stretch feed supplies, the availability and use of byproducts, and using forages in
rations.

General herd health will be the focus of the Jan. 13 clinic. Topics include health issues resulting from severe moisture conditions in pastures and
feedlots, helping beef cattle handle the stress of hot and cold weather, vaccination strategies, common beef diseases and pregnancy checking. This clinic also will have an ask-the-vet question-and-answer session.

"These clinics will increase cow/calf producers' awareness of byproducts and how to use them in cow rations, provide producers with some strategies for dealing with continued high feed costs and give them a better understanding of how to keep their herd healthy in North Dakota's extreme weather conditions," says Karl Hoppe, Extension area livestock specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center and one of the clinic presenters.

Each clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

* Ashley -- McIntosh County Courthouse, IVN room

* Bottineau -- Bottineau County Courthouse, IVN room

* Carrington -- Carrington Research Extension Center

* Grafton -- Chase Building

* LaMoure -- LaMoure County Courthouse, IVN room

* Langdon -- Langdon Research Extension Center

Presenters for the clinics are NDSU Extension livestock, farm management, nutrient management, beef cattle and economic specialists; the Extension
veterinarian; and other livestock health and beef cattle experts.

The clinics are free of charge, but seating is limited at each location, so anyone wanting to attend should preregister. For more information or to
register, contact:

* Bottineau County - Tim Semler, Extension agent, (701) 228-2253, timothy.semler@ndsu.edu

* Cavalier County - Ron Beneda, Extension agent, (701) 256-2560, ronald.beneda@ndsu.edu

* Foster County - Joel Lemer, Extension agent, (701) 652-2581, joel.lemer@ndsu.edu

* LaMoure County - Al Ulmer, Extension agent, (701) 883-5301, ext. 209, al.ulmer@ndsu.edu

* McIntosh County - Crystal Schaunaman, Extension agent, (701) 288-3465, crystal.schaunaman@ndsu.edu

* Walsh County - Brad Brummond, Extension agent, (701) 284-6624, bradley.brummond@ndsu.edu

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Preliminary work begins for West Fargo Main Avenue 2012 project

(FARGO, N.D.) – The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT)-Fargo District-would like to update the traveling public on preliminary work beginning on the West Fargo Main Avenue project scheduled for 2012.

Starting today at noon, traffic is reduced from two lanes to one on Main Avenue in West Fargo. The westbound lane will be closed until inclement weather halts the project. The lane closure will begin at 9th Street NE and continue to 6th Street E. Crews will be starting the preparation work for new detention ponds that will line Main Avenue in the ditch areas.

“Detention ponds in a low lying area are designed to temporarily hold a set amount of water while slowing draining to another location, more or less created to aid in flood control,” said Kevin Gorder, assistant district engineer for NDDOT. “This initiative will help increase capacity of storm sewer drains in the area.”

The lane closure is needed to accommodate truck traffic that will be hauling materials from the worksite out toward the Red River Fairgrounds.

Motorists should be aware of trucks and equipment entering and exiting the work zone surrounding the lane closure. Speeds are 30 mph in the area.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Minnesota Organic Conference

St. PAUL, Minn. – Plan now for a mid-January jaunt to St. Cloud and the 2012 Minnesota Organic Conference. The annual event will grow in 2012 to include even more trade show vendors, educational breakout sessions, and nationally renowned keynote speakers.

Scheduled January 13-14, 2012, at the River’s Edge Convention Center (formerly the St. Cloud Civic Center), the conference is a great opportunity for organic farmers and processors to network and to showcase their products.

“This conference attracts more people every year because there’s something for everyone,” says Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Organic Specialist Meg Moynihan. “We make it worthwhile for those farmers just starting out in organic, those who are in transition and those who’ve been doing it for years. People tell us they love the education at the conference, but they also like seeing old friends and meeting new people.”

Featured speakers this year include Chuck Benbrook, Chief Scientist for The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado; Jim Goodman, a journalist and organic farmer from Wonewoc, Wisconsin; and Elaine Ingham, President of Soil Foodweb, Inc., and Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. In addition, Minnesota farmer, conservationist, and author Jim VanDerPol will read from his new book Conservations with the Land.

Nearly 36 breakout sessions at the conference will cover timely topics like weed control, water management, soil biology, poultry production, beef genetics, vegetable season extension, contracting, and market outlooks.

The event is organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Major sponsors include the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and Horizon Organic Dairy.

The conference program will be announced soon. Check www.mda.state.mn.us/organic for the most up-to-date information.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Agriculture and Natural Resources Day at UMC

CROOKSTON, Minn. – Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day brings high school students from some 40 high schools to the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Friday, December 2, 2011. The annual event, which involves the students competing in more than 20 contests, has been held on the campus since 1969.

Ranging from horticulture and forestry to ag mechanics, livestock and sales, the day is fraught with excitement and culminates in an awards ceremony. The contests are overseen by U of M, Crookston Agriculture and Natural Resources Department faculty. The day begins early with registration for the equine contests beginning at 7:15 a.m. All activities conclude with the awards ceremony at 1:15 p.m.in Lysaker Gymnasium.

Scholarships, plaques and certificates are awarded to school teams and individuals for each contest. Over $32,000 in scholarships are available to award-winning students. Last year, $750 UMC scholarships were awarded for the high individual in each contest, $600 UMC scholarships were awarded for the second place individual, and $450 UMC scholarships were awarded for the third place individual.

More information regarding Ag and Natural Resources Activities Day is available by contacting Leah Stroot at 218-281-8101 or visit www.umcrookston.edu/agnatrday.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Public input helps create a ‘transportation vision for generations’

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Ensuring accessibility, building to a maintainable scale and connecting key regional centers are among the eight guiding principles that form the state’s new 50-year vision for transportation, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

“The ‘Minnesota GO’ vision is a transportation vision for generations,” said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. “These are long-range objectives for all parts of the state’s transportation system that may take decades to be fully realized, but will ultimately help our communities achieve a high quality of life, a competitive economy and a healthy environment.”

The vision is the result of months of work that included input from the public and diverse representatives of the transportation community.

“We thank everyone who participated in this effort during the past year. Your contributions have shaped this important step in achieving a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system for the future,” he said.

MnDOT and other transportation organizations will use the vision and information from this project to develop short-term and long-term plans. The vision will offer guidance in determining the transportation initiatives that the state chooses for investment, and will serve as the basis for updating the 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan beginning this fall. Updates to MnDOT’s plans for highways, rail, aviation, transit, freight and non-motorized transportation will also follow, so that all of MnDOT’s plans fully reflect the Minnesota GO vision.

“Although MnDOT initiated the effort to develop the vision, this is a vision for all forms of transportation,” Sorel said. “It is intended to guide planning for Minnesota’s multimodal transportation system.”

The Minnesota GO vision for transportation has a wide range of implications for different parts of the transportation system. Examples include:
• Waterways, rail, transitways, roads, trails, airports and pipelines that are integrated and strategically located to enable critical connections for Minnesota’s businesses and communities
• An integrated network of streets, roads and highways that collectively support freight, mass transit, non-motorized transportation and personal vehicles
• Reliable and affordable transit options for people who cannot or choose not to operate a personal vehicle in both rural and urban areas
• Connected options to walk and bike
• Zero deaths or serious injuries in any form of transportation
• An environment that allows safe travel using multiple modes for both an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old in every neighborhood and community
A number of opportunities and challenges were considered during the development of the vision, including the effects on transportation and communities of an aging and increasingly diverse population; the continued trend towards people living in cities rather than rural areas; shifts in energy sources and consumption; advances in vehicle technologies; and persistent budget challenges.

To view the vision, visit the Minnesota GO website at www.minnesotago.org.

Hunters urged to include tree stand safety in their plans

With the firearm deer season underway, the Minnesota Department of Resources urges hunters to take precautions to avoid crippling or fatal injuries from tree stands.

Three Minnesota deer hunters died in tree stand related incidents over opening weekend, while several others were injured in non-fatal accidents.

Minnesota’s 16-foot height restriction for elevated stands was removed prior to the 2011 hunting seasons.

Captain Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement education program coordinator, said the severity of injuries tends to increase with the distance the victim falls.

“For this reason, it makes sense to place stands as near the ground as practical. However, even short falls can cause spinal injuries and paralysis or death,” Hammer said.

Improper installation and careless use of tree stands and safety belts are also among the major causes of tree stand accidents.

Hammer said these findings prove the wisdom of checking equipment before and during the hunting season. Check moving parts of portable stands for wear, tighten loose nuts and bolts, and replace worn or rusty hardware.

"Most portable tree stands are well-designed and made of sturdy materials," Hammer said, "but they still require maintenance. Anchor straps and safety chains can get worn. Sometimes you even find cracks in metal or plastic parts. You should inspect every part of every stand before climbing into it the first time, and then check it periodically throughout the season."

Hammer said the same is true of permanent tree stands. Wood eventually rots, and nails rust and work loose.

"If you find that part of your stand is deteriorating, don't just shrug it off and tell yourself it's good enough for one more season. Ask yourself if the time you save by not fixing it right then is worth the chance of being paralyzed for the rest of your life. That's what you are really talking about."

Hammer said hunters should pay special attention to steps and ladders.

"You are going to be climbing up and down those rungs in the dark, in heavy clothing, sometimes in bad weather," Hammer said. "That is not the time you want to discover that a step is faulty."

Hammer recommended adding a non-slip covering to tree stand decks and to the upper surfaces of steps. This will help prevent loss of traction with muddy boots or in rain or snow.

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The next check should involve your safety equipment. Inspect your safety harness for wear. Look over clasps to ensure they work properly. Check to be sure you have "haul rope" in your hunting gear so you can climb into your stand with hands free, and then pull your equipment up after you.

If you do not own a safety harness, invest in one. Hammer said a full-body harness is the only type that provides real protection.

Always wear your safety harness when putting your stand up in the field. If possible, also keep your harness tethered to the tree when climbing up to and down from the stand and when entering and leaving your stand. Studies of tree-stand accidents show that many falls occur at these times.

To further reduce your risk of tree-stand falls, observe the following rules:

• Closely follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing and using your portable stand.
• Choose the location of your stand carefully. Avoid trees that are leaning, dead or dying. Also avoid those with leaves, vines or other features that will prevent proper use of your stand.
• Don't leave equipment on the ground directly under you while climbing up or down. You could fall on an arrow or other item, worsening your injuries.
• Never hunt without telling someone where you will hunt and when you will return.
• Carry survival gear, including food, water, a whistle or air horn to signal for help, a blanket and matches.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

MN receives $1.18 million federal transit grant for veterans and military families

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation today received a $1.18 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to create a transportation referral system that will improve transportation options and mobility for Minnesota’s veterans, service members, their families and other Minnesota residents.

The grant is from the USDOT Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative Capital Grants Program.

“It is very appropriate that we acknowledge this grant two days before Veterans Day,” said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. “This will help us expand needed transportation services for our veterans and their families. The application was a collaborative project and we greatly appreciate the work of all of our partners.”

Federal Transit Administration Administrator Peter Rogoff made the announcement at a news conference held at the Veterans Service Building in St. Paul. Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum; Commissioner Sorel; Jean Wood, executive director, Minnesota Board on Aging; and Mike Schadauer, MnDOT Transit director, also spoke at the event.

The project will augment an existing statewide one-call/one-click center with technology and information about public, not-for-profit, and private transportation alternatives for veterans, military families, people with disabilities, and older adults.

As proposed, the transportation referral system would be developed in four phases. Phase 1 of the project, which will be facilitated by the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, builds a transportation information referral system for a 27-county region in southwestern Minnesota. Phase 2 builds a database of transportation data in all of Greater Minnesota (outside the seven-county Twin Cities Metro area) and a trip planner interface. Phase 3 builds a transportation information referral system for a 14-county region in west central Minnesota. Phase 4 does the same for a seven-county area in northeastern Minnesota.

MnDOT snowplow crews ready for winter weather

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s snowplow operators are trained, experienced and prepared to assist motorists through another winter season.

“Our crews have the equipment and technology to do an excellent job of clearing Minnesota’s roads,” said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. “We need motorists to do their part to keep the roads safe this winter, by giving our plows room to work.”

Last year in Minnesota, there were 72 crashes involving vehicles that hit snowplows. This is typically caused by inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow or motorists driving too fast for conditions.

Operators have much to monitor and control, and their ability to see behind them is limited by side mirrors. Their vision can also be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plowing.

“We all must get back into winter driving mode, which means increasing caution and patience while reducing distractions,” Sorel urged. “To keep themselves safe and the highways open, motorists need to stay at least five car lengths away from snowplows and give the plows time to remove the snow.”

Safe driving means:
- Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. Snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic build-up to pass.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions, and give yourself plenty of travel time. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
- Buckle up and ensure children are properly secured in the correct child restraint.
- Avoid unnecessary travel if road conditions are too poor.

Nov. 7-11 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week, and Friday, Nov. 11, focuses on safe winter driving. For additional safety tips, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Highway 220 rail crossing project requires detour Nov. 9-10

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 220 will experience a detour in East Grand Forks on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 10.

Crews from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will replace the Highway 220 rail crossing just south of the junction with Highway 2 near East Grand Forks.

Northbound Highway 220 traffic will detour on Bygland Road, Business Highway 2, Demers Avenue and then back to Highway 2. Southbound Highway 220 traffic will use the same route in reverse.

For statewide travel and road condition information, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.

Friday, November 4, 2011

UMC Music & Theater Department to Present "Zombie Prom"

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The musical-comedy “Zombie Prom” will be performed by music and theater students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on November 16-20, 2011. Performed in the historic Kiehle Auditorium, the play is nightly at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 16-19 with a special matinee performance on Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults; $3 for students and children; and U of M, Crookston students are free with their U-Card. Anyone donating an non-perishable food item for the North Country Food Shelf in Crookston will receive a $1 discount on admission.

The musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee, played by Melissa Graf, has fallen for the class bad boy, played by Joe Harren. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. A tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s keeps the action rocking across the stage. It is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Cast members of “Zombie Prom” are (cast names included in parentheses): Nathan Anderson (Jake), Appleton, Minn., a freshman majoring in agricultural education; Austin Czichotzki (Eddie), Barnesville, Minn., a senior majoring in communication; Mark Frenzel (Josh), Blackduck, Minn., a freshman majoring in agricultural systems management; Jessica Girgen (Candy), Madien Rock, Wis., a freshman majoring in health sciences; Melissa Graf (Toffee), Hokah, Minn., a sophomore majoring in animal science; Brooke Hamilton (Miss Delilah Strict), Adams, Minn., a junior majoring in animal science; Joe Harren (Jonny), Eagle Bend, Minn., a senior majoring in agronomy; Alissa Hermandez (Coco), Savage, Minn., a freshman majoring in equine science; Tyler Lowthian (Joey), Richfield, Minn., a freshman majoring in organizational psychology; Liz Massie (Ramona), Eagan, Minnesota, a freshman majoring in communication; Joanie Melichar (Sheila), Bloomington, Minn., a freshman majoring in animal science; Miah Smith (Ginger), Hutchinson, Minn., a freshman majoring n health sciences; and Amanda Wagner (Announcer), Fisher, Minn., a senior majoring in communication.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

DNR warns poachers to beware

Deer poachers take note: That buck in your crosshairs may not be a deer at all, but a decoy used by conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to catch people illegally taking deer.

"It’s the firearm deer season and some hunters don’t want to return home empty handed," said Col. Jim Konrad DNR enforcement director. “Although the vast majority of hunters abide by the rules there are some that resort to poaching to fill their tag.”

With only 140 field conservation officers across the state, help from law-abiding outdoorsmen and women, as well as the general public, is welcomed.

“If people see suspicious activity, such as a vehicle driving slowly at night shining a spotlight into a forest or field, they should contact a conservation officer or other law enforcement officer with as much detail as possible,” Konrad said.

He suggested noting the time the incident occurred, type of vehicle, any characteristics about the people involved, license plate number or direction they were heading.

Time is also a major factor.

"Let us know as soon as possible," Konrad said. "The longer someone waits to report the activity, the less chance we have of stopping it. Almost everyone has a cell phone, so we hope they put them to good use."

The Turn-In-Poachers program offers rewards to citizens who report poachers or other resources violations. To report a violation, call 800-652-9093 or #TIP on most cell phones.

"The public hunters and non-hunters must get involved. We all have a vested interest in the wildlife in this state and if we are going to protect it, we have to depend on the public to help us to do that," Konrad said.

Finding a Minnesota conservation officer is just a click away at www.mndnr.gov/officerpatrolareas. Click on the map, and a balloon will pop up that shows the officer phone number and State Patrol dispatch number.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR NORTHWEST MINNESOTA WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME

Nominations will be accepted until January 3, 2012 for women to be considered for induction into the Northwest Minnesota Women’s Hall of Fame. Nominees, who may be living or deceased, must demonstrate a connection to the area of northwest Minnesota that includes the counties of Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau.

A selection board will review the nominees based on the person’s significant contribution to art, athletics, business, government, philanthropy, humanities, science or education. In particular, the nominee’s achievements and contributions must be of enduring and lasting value to society, significant groups within the region, or to the progress and freedom of women.

In addition to the individual’s contributions, the nomination should include the person’s accomplishments, biographical data, educational background and awards. Additional items such as evidence of a lasting legacy, including the nominee’s impact in the region, news articles or publications written either by or about the nominee, and letters of support are strongly encouraged.

Previous inductees include: Norma Hanson, Goodridge; Laddie Elwell, Bemidji; Dolores Clack, Park Rapids; Patricia Rosenbrock, Bemidji; Winona LaDuke, Ponsford; Dr. Roxanne Struthers, Mahnomen; Marilyn Heltzer, Bemidji; Neen Lillquist, Laporte; Dr. Kathleen Annette, Bemidji; Susan Mills, Crookston; Olga Peterson, Clearbrook; Velma Oakland, Red Lake Falls; Nancy Burggraf, Roseau; Esther Fieldman, Park Rapids; Paula W. Bruss Bauck, Roseau; Mae Barness, Bagley; Dr. Mary Chapman Ghostley, Puposky; Anne M. Dunn, Cass Lake; Margaret Marvin, Warroad; Esther Burnett Horne, Waubun; Gretchen Urnes Beito, Thief River Falls; Ruth Edevold, Bagley; Coya Knutson, Oklee; Helen Gill, Bemidji; and Hazel Wahlberg, Roseau.

Individuals and groups wishing to recommend outstanding women for this award may read about these inductees and download application materials online at www.nwmf.org – navigate to component funds/designated component funds/NW MN Women’s Fund. Contact Lisa Peterson, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, at 218-759-2057 or 800-659-7859 with questions.

Induction ceremonies will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Beaux Arts Ballroom, Bemidji State University.

CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS; CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES

ST. PAUL — State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl urges everyone to put fresh batteries in home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms this weekend, in accordance with the “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries” campaign sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer batteries.

The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., when most people are sleeping. Last year in Minnesota, just 15 percent of fire deaths took place in homes where smoke alarms were known to be present and working.

According to Rosendahl, the most common reason smoke alarms don’t work is due to dead or missing batteries. Some people even remove them for other uses or to eliminate nuisance alarms. “They’re gambling with their lives,” Rosendahl says. “When fire strikes, working alarms and a good escape plan become life-or-death issues.”

In addition to changing alarm batteries this weekend, Rosendahl recommends the following simple steps:
• Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change batteries.
• Test alarms once a month using the test button.
• Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old.
• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and place them inside and outside of sleeping areas.
• Interconnect the alarms in your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at stores where alarms are sold.
• Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond when smoke alarms sound.
Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan to get everyone out of your home safely, and be sure they understand that no one goes back into a burning building for any reason.
“Change smoke alarm batteries each time you turn your clocks back,” Rosendahl says. “It’s easy to remember, simple to do, and provides essential protection for your life and property.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week – November 7-11, 2011

Minnesota winter is just around the corner and the question is – are you ready for it? Getting ready for winter doesn’t always take a lot of work. Sometimes it’s just a few little things that can make the difference between safety and suffering: having a survival kit in your car, changing the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector, staying well-hydrated during outdoor fun.

To help everyone minimize the risks and hazards of winter, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety – in collaboration with the National Weather Service and other state, and federal agencies– sponsors “Winter Hazard Awareness Week” each fall to educate and reinforce in people some simple behaviors and actions that lead to a warm, safe and enjoyable winter season. The week-long event includes a media campaign and other informational materials posted on our website: hsem.dps.mn.gov. The campaign targets specific information each day and can be used in conjunction with school, church, or civic programs.

2011 “What’s Your Winter?” Photo Contest
Along with this information, Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week also sponsors the annual “What’s your Winter?” photo contest for both adult and youth. The contest, which runs from November 2011 to March 2012, invites members of the public to show us how they enjoy their safe winter by sharing their best digital photos throughout the season. This year the contest will be hosted on the HSEM Facebook website which is: facebook.com/MnHSEM.

Viewers will be able to upload their photos to the site and then vote for their favorites at the end of the contest in March. Prizes will be awarded to the top vote getters in four categories in both adult and youth divisions.

Educators and youth group leaders: We are especially looking for creative images from young people! Encourage your students and young shutter bugs to participate! Get all the details on hsem.dps.mn.gov.

This year, Winter Hazard Awareness Week, is November 7 - 11, 2011. Each day of the week is devoted to highlighting a specific topic of information.

Monday, November 7:
Winter Weather Overview – Ice storms, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, winter weather watches and warnings and wind-chill

Tuesday, November 8:
Outdoor Winter Safety – Safety on ice, snowmobile safety, hypothermia and frostbite

Wednesday, November 9:
Winter Fire Safety – Winter and holiday fire safety, alternative heat sources, smoke detectors, cooking safety, candle and decorations

Thursday, November 10:
Indoor Winter Safety – Carbon monoxide, radon, asbestos, mold, winter travel and general home care

Friday, November, 11:
Winter Driving – auto safety, snowplows, road conditions, using 5-1-1, winter driving tips, car survival kits and calling 911 on a cell phone

17th annual Pangea – Cultivate our Cultures festival at the Hjemkomst Center museum

Moorhead, Minn., Nov. 1, 2011 – Come experience cultural diversity in Fargo-Moorhead at the 17th annual multi-ethnic festival, Pangea – Cultivate our Cultures, on Saturday, November 12th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center museum in Moorhead, Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a free shuttle from the Moorhead Center Mall north ramp for your convenience!

Founded by Cultural Diversity Resources, Pangea – Cultivate our Cultures celebrates our community’s traditions and cultures with a showcase of music, dance, culinary arts, and children's activities. The Philippines, Haiti, India, France, Sri Lanka, Denmark, Somalia, Mexico, Africa, and Japan are countries that will be represented at the event this year.

This event is sponsored in part by Cultural Diversity Resources, the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, Lutheran Social Services of ND, Hornbacher's, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Lake Region Area Arts Council, and Moorhead Human Rights Commission.

Part of Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge Closed Due to Fire

Due to the current wildfire activity, approximately 1,300 acres in the southwest corner of the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, (see map on http://InciWeb.org), will be closed to all entry and hunting from November 4th, 2011 through the close of the ruffed-grouse season on January 1st, 2012.

The closed area will be marked with signs. For more information stop at, or call the Agassiz Refuge Headquarters. Office hours are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm on weekdays. Phone: 218-449-4115. You can also visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/agassiz/.

Along with firefighters and equipment actively working within the closed area, burning duff and peat has weakened the root system of many trees posing potential hazards.

Your safety as well as that of our firefighters is our top priority. We appreciate your cooperation.

Specific information on the Silo Unit Fire can now be found on http://InciWeb.org .

For more information on the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visit http://midwest.fws.gov.

Historical And Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients

ST. PAUL (Nov. 1, 2011) - From preserving historic buildings to installing interpretive history markers along roadsides, Minnesotans now have access to more than $10 million for the cause of history and historic preservation through the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants. The Minnesota Historical Society, the organization responsible for administering the grants, today announced 49 recipients from across the state, of the September Small and Structured Grants of up to $7,000.

The Society also announced the next deadline for Small and Structured Grants is January 13, 2012. The Grants Manual is available at www.mnhs.org/legacygrants with all applications being accepted only through the Society’s new grants portal at www.grants.mnhs.org.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment by the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including our state’s history and cultural heritage.

“It’s clear that Minnesotans need these funds to preserve and make accessible history now and for future generations,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society. “In 2009 and 2010, the Society administered more than $6 million in grants, the first time that Minnesotans have really had access to such significant grants for the cause of history. With those funds, we just made a dent in the pent-up demand for funds. It’s no surprise to see such strong usage of the grant program. We’re pleased to see the good work that began in the last legislative biennium, continue.”

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Small and Structured Grants

Each Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. The grants are awarded according to professional standards and criteria. The latest round of recipients of Small and Structured Grants of up to $7,000 are:

• Aitkin County, Aitkin County Historical Society, Minnesota History Bookshelf, $1,132
• Anoka County: Fridley Historical Society, Post World War II Suburban Development of Fridley, Minnesota, $5,114
• Carlton County, Cloquet Public Library, Microfilm Reader/Scanner, $7,000
• Carver County, Carver County Historical Society, Rehousing At-risk Photographs, $7,000
• Cass County, Heritage Group North, Inc., City of Pine River, MN Walking Tour - Phase Two, $7,000
• Clay County, Probstfield Farm Living History Foundation, Inc., Updated HSR for Probstfield House, $3,600
• Cook County, Cook County Historical Society, HVAC Evaluation, $7,000
• Dakota County, Caponi Art Park, Phase Two รข€“ Development of Institutional Archive, $6,560
• Dakota County, Prairie Creek Community School, Preparing for a History of the Prairie Creek Community School, 1983-2013, $6,920
• Dakota County, Dakota County Historical Society, Our Voices: Hastings State Hospital Oral History Project, $6,183
• Dodge County, Dodge County Historical Society, Photo Preservation and Management, $4,986
• Fillmore County, Fillmore County Historical Society, Microfilm Reader/Printer Purchase, $7,000
• Fillmore County, Rushford-Peterson Schools, National Register Evaluation for the Rushford School, $6,995
• Fillmore County, Lanesboro Arts Center, Lanesboro Arts Center HVAC Assessments, $5,000
• Goodhue County, Goodhue County Historical Society, MNopedia, $6,800
• Goodhue County, Friends of St. Rose, Inc., St. Rose Church National Register Nomination, $4,000
• Hennepin County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, Lake Minnetonka Survey I, $6,997
• Hennepin County, Firefighter’s Hall and Museum, 1-35W Bridge Collapse Exhibit: Firefighter Response, $5,950
• Lac qui Parle County, Lac qui Parle County Historical Society, Conservation Assessment/Preservation, $6,230
• Lake County, William M. Kelley High School, “Company Town” Book, $6,008
• McLeod County, City of Glencoe, Henry Hill School National Register Nomination, $2,600
• Meeker County, Greater Litchfield Opera House Associations, Inc., HVAC, $5,000
• Meeker County, City of Litchfield, Litchfield Original Plat Survey, $7,000
• Meeker County, Meeker County Historical Society, Collections Care & Mgmt: Cataloging 350 Artifacts, $7,000
• Mille Lacs county, City of Onamia, Exterior building preservation work - modification of the roof drainage systems - leaf guards (wicker covers and tip-ups), $ 2,035
• Mower County, Mower County Historical Society, MCHS Township Records Microfilming Implementation Grant, $7,000
• Otter Tail County, Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Funding for a Long Range Conservation Plan for a Collection of Fine Art, $2,696
• Pope County, Pope County Historical Society, Museum Environment - Insulations, $7,000
• Ramsey County, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Collections Inventory and Data Entry, $6,660
• Ramsey County, Minnesota Administrators of Special Education, MN Services for Infants/Toddlers With Disabilities, $6,999
• Ramsey County, HAND in HAND Productions, Saint Paul Police Oral History Project - Phase 5, $7,000
• Ramsey County, Twin City Model Railroad Museum, Interpretive Plan, $7,000
• Ramsey County, Friends of the Immigration History Research Center, Houses of Worship and Ethnicity in the Twin Cities, $7,000
• Ramsey County, Sholom Community Alliance, Jewish Identity & Legacy: A Cross-Generational Exploration, $7,000
• Ramsey County, Ramsey County Historical Society, Collections Inventory, $6,996
• Ramsey County, Eight Air Force Historical Society, Inc. - Minnesota Chapter, Digital Conversion and Publication of Past Minnesota Veterans Presentations, Educational Outreach, and Oral History Interviews of Veterans of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society of Minnesota, $4,158
• Ramsey County, White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, Fillebrown House Exterior Restoration Project, $7,000
• Renville County, Dakota Wicohan, Dakota Language Oral History Project - Phase IV, $7,000
• Rice County, Rice County Historical Society, Reaching and Gathering Historical Evidence of Alexander Faribault, $7,000
• Scott County, Scott County Historical Society, “Marking Time: The Rituals of Life & Death” exhibit, $3,650
• Sibley County, Maritime Heritage Minnesota, Minnesota River Survey I, $6,993
• Stearns County, Stearns History Museum, Online Archival Catalog Upgrade, $6,750
• St. Louis County, Minnesota Discovery Center, Minnesota Discovery Center Object Collection Inventory, $7,000
• St. Louis County, Dorothy Molter Foundation and Museum, Collections Inventory and Registration, $5,384
• St. Louis County, Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Associations, Duluth Farmer’s Market Oral History, $4,300
• Washington County, Afton Historical Society and Museum, Collections Care & Mgmt: Phase 3, $6,992
• Washington County, Hmong Cultural Center, Tshook Kos (Marriage Ceremony) and Kev Cai Pam Tuag (Funeral Procedures) Publication Project, $6,500
• Washington County, Marine Restoration Society, Documenting Significant Historic Areas of St. Croix Valley Through Photography, $6,999
• Winona County, Sister City International, Columbia Heights, Frantic 7 for an American Audience, $2,000
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

The Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. The grants provide an unprecedented opportunity for non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state’s history and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: Small or Structured Grants of $7,000 or less, Mid-Size Grants between $7,001 and $50,000, and Large Grants of more than $50,001. For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit www.mnhs.org/legacygrants.
For more information about other Legacy-funded history projects, please visit http://legacy.mnhs.org.

Beware of Frauds/Scams

The Moorhead Police Department has noticed a concerning increase in the number of Fraud – Scam reports recently. Over the last two weeks, eighteen different Fraud reports were taken by Moorhead officers. The reported scams varied; however they often shared the common goal of “theft by deception”.

A variety of phone scams were among those reported. Often involving an alleged relative needing financial assistance for arrest bail, car repairs, etc. Unfortunately, these financial predators were successful in a number of these incidents and have prompted us to remind the public once again to please be very cautious with your personal funds. “Grandparents” have been the target of choice.

Be extremely careful with providing personal information over the telephone. Often falsely associating themselves with companies or organizations they are given account numbers that allow them later access to bank accounts.

Reported computer scams have been ranging from fake overpayment checks being sent for payment of advertised items on Craigslist to notifications that they have won a prize and need to provide personal information.

Several of the complainants indicated that they were able to identify that they were being lied to through extensive questioning of the caller. The callers would hang up once they were exposed as imposters.

Ada-Borup early dismissal information

Important message for Ada-Borup School regarding early dismissals on Thursday, November 3rd and Friday, November 4th.

The Cougar Football Team will be playing in the Section Title game at 12:30 on Thursday, November 3rd in Grand Forks. Students planning to attend the game can be excused with a parent note after 11:00 AM. School will be dismissed and buses will run at 12:30 PM.

Friday, November 4th is the last day of the 1st quarter and the will be a Staff Workshop in the afternoon as previously scheduled. Students will be dismissed and buses will run at 12:30 PM.

Please contact either school office if you have any questions or concerns and GO COUGARS!

UMC to host WWII Veteran Stewart Bass on Nov 11th

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The Veterans Club at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will host a special presentation on Friday, November 11, 2011, at 1 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Stewart Bass will be the featured guest speaker during a program commemorating Veterans Day on the campus.

Bass, a naval aviator who flew a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber in World War II, fought in the Pacific and was awarded the Navy Cross for valor in action. The honor is the second highest combat decoration our nation awards. Bass will discuss the carrier war, operations in the Pacific, and flying the TBM.

After the war, Bass returned to his home near Missoula, Montana, and attended the University of Montana. He worked for American Crystal Sugar Company for many years, and from 1974 until his retirement in 1986, he was vice president for the company.

In 1919, President Wilson first proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In 1938, November 11 was set aside as a legal holiday--a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day primarily recognized veterans of World War I, but in 1954, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." It continues as a day of celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. To learn more, visit www.va.gov/opa/vetsday.