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Page 8 Community Local Mies employees receive award from John Deere Recently, Blaine Saukkola and Jeff Brutger achieved advanced- level recognition for the position of Service Technician program. This level of achievement was accom- plished by completing extensive training in the John Deere Univer- sity program. They received a spe- cial plaque of recognition to honor their accomplishment. John Deere University credits are earned in various categories to ensure expertise in sales, ser- vice, or parts departments of John Deere dealerships; The structure for this recognition is similar to achieving credit hours in a uni- versity. This ongoing training pro- gram is just one of the tools used by Mies Outland to improve over- all support and service to custom- ers in their trade area. From left to right are Steve Mies, Jeff Brutger, Jeff Mies, Blaine Saukkola, and Jim Orn. Submitted photo. Kimball receives award, honors retiring firefighters .... , The Kimball Police Dept. was awarded two light bars from the Office of Transportation Safety for their efforts in the Toward Zero Deaths (formerly Safe & Sober) program. Officer Jason Spoden, Chief Jim Frilstad, Tom Kummrow from OTS, and Officer Ashley Capes. Mayor Konz read a tribute to retired Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Dept. members Steve Gohman and Cindy Stelten. Pictured are Sue and Steve Gohman, and Robert Butch  and Cindy Stelten. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua. sonal timd off for several days in The council agreed to approach December and January (although not within the required three weeks in advance) and sent an e-mail "notice" without stating it was a resignation, or giving any dates. It seems Johnson has accepted another job that starts Jan. 14. the city of Watkins about possi- bly sharing a licensed water, sewer and irrigation person. (That hap- pened at their Jan. 10 meeting.) The next meeting of the Kim- ball city cou.ncil is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Meetings are open to the public. By Jean Doran Matua, Editor At its Jan. 8 meeting, the Kim- ball city council heard from Tom Kummrow, representing the Office of Transportation Safety. Because of the Kimball Police participation in the Toward Zero Deaths (for- merly called Safe and Sober), the department was awarded two new, high-tech light bars for their police vehicles. Valued at $1,300 each, the bars are a welcome addtion to the department. Kummrow explained that the new, high-visibility enforce- ment of the TZD program is the way to go, that its lessons and warn- ings reach many more people than using unmarked cars to stop cars. Because Stearns County is among the "Deadly 13" in Minnesota, it has received the largest OTS grant. Ten percent of drivers in Stearns County have a DWI on their record. (Sadly, that's the state average.) The council honored Cindy Stelten and Steve Gohman for their many years of service in the department. The city's audit will be during the week of March 4. This was the organizational meeting for the council. There were no new council members to take an oath. The following appointments were approved: Acting mayor, Krippner; Emer- gency Management, John Gohm- ann; Parks board, Loewen; Per- sonnel committee, Tammy Konz and Paula Capes; Kimball Days committee, Nate Osmundson; Fire board, Joe Krippner. The council discussed at length the non-resignation of an employee. Chad Johnson, Pub- lic Works Director, requested per- RI00gS00 Available at LANTTO'S FRENCH LAKE STORE (320) 274-8495 EDEN l00ea00ring '' . A l00a(l cese 0 Sfr,pes Thursday, January 17, 2013 _ Tri-County News Central Minn. Minnesota state forest nurseries announce seedling sale The Minnesota Department lings can be ordered by phone at of Natural Resources (DNR) state (800) 657-3767. forest nurseries are gearing up for . Visit the DNR's website at www. their spring seedling sale., for Millions of seedlings are avail- a list of available species and to able for the 2013 planting sea- download the tree seedling order son, including 20 species of native form. bareroot trees and shrubs grown Seedlings can be used for refor- from seeds collected in Minne- estation, improving wildlife habi- sota. Seedlings vary in size from tat, creating shelterbelts, develop- 6 to 18 inches in height, ing green buffers to protect water "Pines, spruces, oaks, maples, quality and cleaning the air by wildlife shrubs and much more removing carbondioxide. are available with prices starting By law, seedlings purchased as low as 24.cents per piece," said from Minnesota state forest nurs- Craig VanSickle, nurseries super- eries may not be planted for orna- visor, mental purposes, resold, given The state forest nurseries are away or removed with roots taking orders now for April and attached for a period of 10 years May pickup or delivery. A min- from the date of purchase and imum of 500 seedlings must be seedlings must be planted in Min- ordered, which will cover approx- nesota. imately one acre of ground. Seed- Local Irrigators Et Corn Growers Meeting to feature Jolene Brown By Dan Martens, O of M Extension Back by popular demand, well- known farm speaker, Jolene Brown will be the featured speaker at the joint annual meeting of the East Central Irrigators Association and the Benton/Sherburne Corn Growers Association Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Jack and Jim's Restau- rant in Duelm. In her eye-opening keynote, "It's A Jungle Out There!" Jolene will take us to the world of our consumers and the influencers tlat affect our businesses. After lunch, in her second presenta- tion titled "If We Huff and We Puff Will We Blow Your House Down?" Jolene will highlight tools that can be used to increase productivity, profitability, and peace of mind in family business. Jolene brings a sense of humor and heart to a mix of real-life lessons from liv- ing, speaking and consulting with farm families on a wide range of issues for many years. Prior to the lunch break, Brad Carlson, Regional Extension Edu- cator for Crops and Soils, will talk about Agricultural Drainage Issues and Practices. Brad's dis- cussion will help farmers under- stand drainage concepts for mak- ing drainage decisions, for talking with people who have concerns about drainage practices, and for staying on track as good stewards of soil and water resources." The annual meetings of these two farm groups will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Jack and Jim's Banquet Center in Duelm. The full program for the day's events is planned approxi- mately as follows: 8:30 a.m. Registration and vis- iting with exhibitors 9:30 a.m. East Central Irriga- tors Association annual meeting 10 a.m. Jolene Brown - "It's a jungle out there" 10:45 a.m. Brad Carlson - Agricultural Drainage Issues and Practices 12 noon Lunch 1 p.m. Jolene Brown, "If we Huff and Puff, Will We Blow your House Down?" 2:45 p.m. Benton/Sherburne Corn Growers Association annual meeting The registration for this meet- ing is free for those who have memberships paid for 2013. Oth- ers with an interest in the top- ics are invited to attend at $20 per person, paid at the door. For more information, please contact Tony Eilers, President East Central Irrigators (320) 290-5030 or John Hansmeier, President Ben- ton/Stearns Corn Growers (320) 968-6616. You Are Invited to the 00tor9 Hour with P j. Eve atxmta 9 in Januarg! 9-I0 am. For more/rdormatior please call Jud 9 at 30-266-g 1  or e-marl EDEN00 i VALLEY AREA Featuring.. Memorable Children's Stories on in and peruse our bookshelves for a ood read while gout oun,er lir to a GRF_,AT -'tort3!