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Tyler Tribute - Page 10 Ruthton News Wednesday, November 20, 2013 uffalo Ridge News from the cities of Ruthton and Holland and from Pipestone County American Legion Auxiliary marks its 94th birthday The American Legion Auxiliary of Woodrow Wil- son Post 506 Second Dis- trict of Ruthton held their monthly meeting on Nov. 4 at the Ruthton Community Center with nine members present. President Doretta Vin- son called the meeting to order in the usual manner with a prayer by Chaplain Deloris Dagel. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance, observed a moment of si- lence in honor of our dead and read the Preamble. The secretary's and trea- surer's reports were read and approved. American Legion Auxiliary News We received a thank you from the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls. Client's Community Ser- vice Inc. marks their 58th year of operation and the American Legion Auxiliary has their 94th birthday. We also made a donation to the Midwestern Confer- ence at Lake Crystal. On Nov. 11 we had a Veterans Day program at RTR Elementary School in Ruthton with Bill Schaefer as a guest speaker and we served cookies to all in at- tendance. On Nov. 18 Ruthton Aux- iliary and Holland Auxil- iary are serving rolls to the teachers and staff at the RTR Elementary School in Ruthton. For our December meet- ing we are going out for supper and we are to bring supplies for the food shelf. We closed with a closing prayer and Linda Petersen served a delicious lunch. Margaret Bruemmer Secretary Why Minnesota needs a Farm Bill now Need for blood continues during holiday season Blood banks scheduled at Ruthton and Russell Every day patients across the country rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn't always-- especially during the holi- day season when many regular donors are busy with holiday activities. Do- nors of all blood types are currently needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients. As part of the Give Some- thing that Means Some- thing winter campaign, blood donors can invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps or let someone know they gave in his or her honor with a custom- ized postcard. Donors sim- ply take a photo of a Red Cross moment, whether it's relaxing on a donor bed, enjoying a post-donation snack or meeting a blood recipient, then upload the photo and add a message at postcard. The "postagram" will be mailed anywhere the donor chooses, cour- tesy of the Red Cross and Postagram. Eligible donors can help the Red Cross main- tain a stable blood supply around the holidays. Ap- pointments can be made by visiting redcrossblood. org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Upcoming blood dona- tion opportunities: Lyon County--Dec. 5 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Community Center, 134 Third St. in Balaton. Dec. 10 from 2-7 p.m. at Community Center, 200 Front St. in Russell. Pipestone County-- Dec. 11 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Community Center, 301 Smith Ave. in Ruthton. Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of iden- tification are required at checkin. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school stu- dents and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight require- ments. This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts ev- ery American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strength- en our nation. .... r Fa m Bill is crucial to maintaining a strong agriculture sector and an abundant food supply that benefits all Americans. Over the past two years, producers have faced a multitude of disasters-- from drought, to flood- ing, to blizzards. These events demonstrate how important the safety net is to keeping producers going strong. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, the Farm Service Agency was able to provide $157 million in disaster assistance in Minnesota using Farm Bill programs. A new Food, Farm and lobs Bill would provide a strong crop insurance program, reauthorize the now-expired disaster as- sistance programs and provide retroactive assis- tance for livestock produc- ers. By reforming the safety net to eliminate the direct payment program--which Guest Column By Colleen Landkamer, Rural Dev. state director and Deb Crusoe, FSA state executive director pays producers whether or not they are in need of assistance--the Food, Farm and lobs Bill would also save billions of dollars in the next decade. In addition, it would allow USDA to continLue export promotion efforts that have led to the best five-year period in agri- cultural trade in American history and provide FSA with the tools to extend additional farm credit in Minnesota. The Farm Bill is also a job creation bill that would empower USDA to partner with rural communities to grow, expand and support new businesses. A new Food, Farm and lobs Bill would help Main Street businesses grow and hire more, strengthen infrastructure in our small towns and provide new opportunities in bio-based product manufacturing and renewable energy. For example, in Minne- sota, USDA has provided more than 22,800 projects since 2009 to help farm- ers, ranchers and rural businesses save energy through the Rural Energy for America Program. This and many other efforts could continue with a new Farm Bill. A new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would make im- portant investments in nu- trition programs that pro- vide critical assistance to vulnerable Americans, in- cluding children, seniors, people with disabilities who are unable to work and returning veterans. It would enable USDA to continue our work with more than 500,000 pro- ducers and landowners to conserve soil and water. It would undertake new strategies to improve ag- ricultural research and it would ensure a safe food supply. All of these efforts strengthen our nation. A new Food, Farm and lobs Bill would continue the job growth we've seen in re- cent years and help grow the rural economy. That's why President Obama has identified passage of a new Farm Bill as one of his top three legislative priorities this fail. This is a prime oppor- tunity to give America's farmers, ranchers and pro- ducers the certainty they need about the next five years of U.S. farm policy, while investing in the rural communities that stand at the heart of our values. The Farm Bill has stood as a model of bipartisan consensus for decades and it is high time that both Democrats and Republi- cans come to a compro- mise on this new Farm Bill. It is our hope that Senate and House conferees will reach a consensus quickly and move a Farm Bill for- ward as soon as possible. How many family members are typically online at your house and what are they doing? Many households now need more Internet speed to handle more streaming, more gaming, more downloading, and more socializing. Fortunately, you can get a lot more Mbps for just a little more money: UP TO 50 MBPS WW DOWNLOAD il Woodstock PACKAGES STARTING AT $39.95 507-658-3830 Ruthton, MN, 56170 *Other Intemet speeds available. Contact us {or details. Dr. Richard Brown General Dentistry Clinic Hours: ,oo00ay I through I Thursday  kl00J I Call: 507-734-2251 Pipestone National Monument holiday hours Superintendent Glen Livermont announced, "Due to the upcoming fed- eral holidays, the Monu- ment Visitor Center will be closed on Dec. 25 and ]an. 1, 2014." The Pipestone Indian Shrine Association gift shop, located at the Visitor Center, will also be closed on the same days While the Monument's Visitor Center will be closed, the Monument's Circle Trail will be open for those wanting to spend the afternoon enjoying a walk on the trail. Visitors are advised to dress warmly to walk the Circle Trail, to view the pipestone quar- ries and to see the Win- newissa Falls. The fall and winter seasons offer many photographic opportu- nities of the prairie and wildlife. During this quiet time of the year, visiting the Monument and walk- ing the Circle Trail can be particularly enjoyable and peaceful. The Visitor Center's normal winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week, including Sat- urday and Sunday. Admis- sion to the park is $3 per person and the receipt for admission can be used for one week from the date of purchase. There will be no charge for visitors who present an Interagency Annual Pass, an Interagen- cy Senior (Golden Age) Pass, an Interagency Ac- cess Pass, or a Pipestone National Monument An- nual Pass. If desired, all passes are available at'the Monument Visitor Center for purchase. The staff at Pipestone National Monument wish- es everyone Happy Holi- days! To learn more about visiting the Pipestone Na- tional Monument, visit the park's web site at www. or to learn more about the fee-free weekends in national parks around the country, go to apark/feefreeparks.htm Contact the Park Ranger at 507-825-5464 ext. 214 or email at PIPE_interpreta- Mulching perennials One of the final tasks of the gardening season involves mulching peren- nial plants. While snow is likely the best form of win- ter insulation, we cannot always rely on consistent and adequate snow cov- er to protect our plants. Therefore, straw, leaves, or other organic material is often applied to peren- nials to help protect from extreme cold and to shield the plants from fluctuating temperatures and break- ing dormancy too soon in the spring. The best time to apply protective mulch is after the ground has frozen. If unsure of the proper tim- ing, applying mulch later than ideal is better than Robert Rupp Construction, LLC Gravel and Dirt Hauling Basement and Excavating Ruthton, MN Bob and Cliff Phone 658-3632 or658-3336 i Pipestone County Extension News By Mike Boersma Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension spreading it too early. In fact, mulch applied on top of existing snow cover is still worthwhile since the snow adds to the in- sulating properties of the mulch. The benefits of the groundcover also continue into the late winter and early spring, so it is still worthwhile even if the mulch cannot be applied until much later in the year. On the other hand, ap- plying mulch to plants too early--before the soil freezes--can trap warmth and encourage UNOERGROUND, LLC SPECIALIZING IN DIRECTIONAL DRILLING OF ALL TYPES: Farm Drainage I Electrical Sewer[ Culverts I Water Geo Thermal ALSO: Excavation Demolition Dozer Work Tree Moving Site Work Gravel Call Tony 507-530-6482 plant growth beneath the mulch, which will ulti- mately weaken the plant. In addition, trapping heat below the leaves or straw creates an appealing en- vironment for rodents, which may seek warmth under the mulch and, in turn, begin feeding on the plant material. Before applying mulch, trim back the dead plant material. Then, add ap- proximately six inches of leaves or straw to provide proper insulation for most plants. Mulch should be removed in early spring to prevent fungal diseases, but may need to be tempo- rarily reapplied to protect from a late spring freeze. Chuck Rupp & Son, Inc Phone 658-3996 Ruthton, MN