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Pa00e 16 Commuait00 Ice-fishers wait for weights at fishing contest Officials of the Kingston Lions ice fishing contest looking at the weight of Kelly Zwack's Northern. Photo by Jacqui DuBois. Remember to help wildlife during tax season The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Nongame Wildlife Program urges Minneso- tans to remember to help wildlife this year by donating to the Wildlife Checkoff Fund on their tax forms. "Eighty percent of the funding for this important program comes directly from donations," explained Carol Henderson, DNR Nongame Wildlife Program supervisor. The tax-deductible, voluntary donations fund more than 80 con- servation projects, including moni- toring of wintering eagle roosts, sur- veys of wood turtles, ospreys and timber rattlesnakes, a new state- wide dragonfly survey, frog and toad research, habitat restoration and protection, monitoring of heron rookeries, and protection and man- agement of important wildlife hab- itat for bald eagles, piping plovers, and other wildlife at risk. The recovery of the bald eagle, trumpeter swan and other species such as the peregrine falcon was made possible in part by the dona- tions of Minnesotans to the Non- game W'fldlife Checkoff on state income and property tax forms. Minnesota now has the second highest bald eagle population in the U.S. and boasts the largest com- mon loon population in the lower 48 states. The opportunity to donate to help wildlife was passed by Legisla- ture in 1980 and first appeared on state tax forms in 1981. Henderson added that people should remind their tax preparer that they would like to personally help Mirinesota's wildlife by mak- ing a donation. KIMBAb VJ Thursday, February 12, 2009 _ ....................... Tri-County News. Kimball, MN Carl Larson, DVM End of life for pets Two weeks ago, lean described her family's experience with the most heart-wrenching aspect of pet ownership: the day we are forced to helplessly face the inev- itability of outliving our pets. Some refer to parenting as the "Great Equalizer," .meaning no matter who you are, man or woman, rich or poor, stoic or emo- tional, raising kids will break us all down to the same level, with the same feelings and same chal- lenges, and no worldly posses- sions or social status will provide any advantage. Big biker guy or Girl Scout, the great equalizer I see as a veterinarian is when peo- ple come to tho clinic knowing or fearing they will be returning home without their animal fam- ily member. They may be com- ing home with just their collar or their blanket. For the first time since they brought them home as a puppy or kitten, they won't be greeted at the door when they get home. There might even still be food in their pet's bowl. The mem- ories that were built around that animal flood back in and, no mat- ter who you are in life outside that exam room, when the final deci- sion is made, there is seldom a dry eye to be found. Everyone who has had to go through this knows exactly how it feels, and it puts us all on the same helpless and grief- stricken level: it makes us human. Humane euthanasia is the term used for putting an animal to sleep. It is a veterinary prac- tice used to relieve animal suffer- ing, one of the five main respon- sibilities a veterinarian is sworn We Understand Agriculture And We Know This Area Our loan officers are specially trained to keep up with the latest developments in agriculture and they work hard to understand each customer's financial needs, If you're looking for a bank that understands agriculture, come see us. In addition to making Ag Loans, we offer a full-range of financial services. ,l'p, ,,' W'I1-H YOUR NEIGHBO AND FRIENDS STATE BANK OF KIMBALL P.O. BOX 70 s KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 www.statebankofkimball.oom FD]00 under oath to uphold when grad- uating veterinary school. As diffi- cult as it is to discuss with people, and as difficult of a decision as it can sometimes be to make, there is comfort to be found in kfiow- ing you did one last favor for your beloved animal by not allowing prolonged suffering. The decision is hard enough to make when the animal is at its end of years. It becomes extremely difficult when factors such as not being able to afford the expense of treating something they may recover from, like expensive sur- geries or prolonged hospital stays come into the picture. For some, expensive veterinary care, it is simply a lot to justify when com- pared to other household and family health-care priorities. We thoroughly explain all treatment options with prognosis taken into consideration, as well as expenses and the various payment options to cover them. We try our best to have euthanasia decisions be based on the animal's best interest rather than on financial consider- ations. Grief from pet loss can be expressed in many ways. Some people want to be with their ani- mal at the time of the euthanasia injection, and others prefer to wait outside. Some would like their pet's cremated_ ashes back, and some would not. Some people want to bury their pet at home, maybe even with some of their favorite things. Others might throw all the old dishes, collars, and toys away. Some people swear the experience was too heartbreaking and they will never have another pet, while others find it helpful and natu- ral to bring in a new puppy to ease the grieving process. Some people want to talk about it, maybe keep a scrapbook or journal, or read a book about pet loss, while some might be reflective, keeping to themselves about their grief. When all is said and done, relief of animal suffering was the basis of the decision, nd the grief we feel is just proof of the special rela- tionship we shared with that ani- mal that lives beyond the tragi- cally short lives our pets lead. Culture of Bangladesh to be celebrated by St. Cloud State St. Cloud State University's Bangladesh Student Associa- tion (BSA) invites everyone to attend Bangladesh Night at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom on campus. The program will include traditional Bangladeshi song and dance performances, followed by an authentic meal at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for faculty and members of the community, free for children 5 and under. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 19 in the Atwood Memorial Center and may be pfirchased at the door. BSA is a student organization that works to pomote and share Bangladeshi culture with the St. Cloud State community. All are welcome. For more information, call Niveen Khan at (320) 282-0764.