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.._ t', ..... ! --- Thursday, March 21, 2013 Old Glory Run in Cold Spring May 18 The 18,000-member Minne- ity and gift of time and talents, we sota Disabled American Veteran have many area veterans enjoying (DAV) organization is once again a better quality of life". announcing plans for the sixth The Minnesota DAV asks that annual Old Glory Run in Cold interested runners, walkers, and Spring, scheduled for May 18. friends of the DAV mark May 18, This event was first organized on their calendars and consider bylocal Cold Spring/St. Cloud area being a participant, sponsor, vol- volunteers Curt and Pam Karls in unteer and/or a spectator. ;2007, They have continued orga- Once again, this year, all pro- ,nizing :and coordinating the event ceeds for our event will go to the :and have played a significant role DAV of Minnesota Foundation to in providing funds raised through be used by them to serve veterans, this event to the Minnesota Dis- especially disabled veterans in abled American Veterans organi- our St. Cloud area community. We zation. Minnesota State DAV Com- are so proud to have played a key mander Bob Erickson recently financial role with funds raised stated "Curt and Pam Karls have in past years in funding of brand become heroes to the veterans new vans used by the DAV and we serve in this Central Minne- the:St. Cloud VAMedical Center to sota community. One of our pri- transport area veterans in need of mary programs here is provid- transportation to and from their ing free transportation for veter- VA medical appointments at the ans who need transportation to local VA Medical Center. In addi- and from their medical appoint- tion, funds have been provided for ments at the St. Cloud VA medi- a planned "wellness area" (walk- cal center as a part of the VA/DAV ing trails, shelters, etc.) on the transportation program. We have St. Cloud VA campus for veterans purchased three new Ford vans and thecommunity. driven by DAV volunteers to trans- The website with the informa- port these veterans ,., and as a tion on the event is at www.theold result of Curt and Pa~s generos- Pam and Curt Karls are on the right with check for $20,000. Proceeds from the Old Glory Run are for the DAV of Minnesota Foundation and provide funds to purchase new vans to transport veterans in need of a ride to and from their medical appointments at the St. Cloud VAMC. Submitted photo. I1' Funds from the Old Glory Run were used to provide the disabled veterans the opportunity for turkey and deer hunts at Camp Ripley, organized by.the St. Cloud VAMC. Submitted photo. Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid awarded grant. Grant, helps eligible !OW, income Minnesotans access I alth-care coverage The St. Cloud office of Mid- Minnesota Legal Aid received a $150,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shiled of Minne- sota Foundation to help eligible low-income Minnesotans access health-care coverage in Cen- tral Minnesota. The funds will be used :tO provide information about healthcare programs avail- able for people who are currently uninsured or underinsured and to assist people with the application and enrollment process for Min- nesota's public healthcare pro- grams. Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid will work with partners across the region including Mid-Minnesota Family Medicine Center, Lake- wood Health System, PEARL, the Women's Center at St. Cloud State University, and the Isanti County Courts to develop and implement the program. The Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid grant is one of six awarded across the state to help more people access the services they are eligi- ble to receive through Minneso- taCare and Medical Assistance. "We know that across Minne- sota, people with incomes at or below the poverty level have rates of uninsurance nearly twice the rate of the population overall, ev~a though many are eligible for COV- erage through subsiudized pub- lic programs," said Carolyn Link,. Executive Director of the Fou~-,.-" dation. "We hope that by increasi :. ing outreach and screening, more people will receive preventive care and care for routine medical conditions, and be healthier as a National Groundwater Awareness result." "Every day our staff work with Week Marcb;lO-16 is [ood time to tesl: ......- : people facing the consequences Private well owners: Do you of being uninsured: crushingknow what's in your water? debt, compromised health, inter- ruption in eeucation, unemploy- More than 1 million people in ment, and homelessness. This Minnesota rely on private wells as their source of drinking water, but project will allow us to proac- too many of them are not tested on tively address these problems," said Cathy Haukedahl, Executive a regular basis for things that can make people sick, such as bacte- Director of Mid-Minnesota Legal ria, arsenic, or nitrate. While wells Aid. "Attacking the root cause, lack of adequate health insurance, will can provide high quality drink- dramatically improve the lives of ing water, state health officials the people we serve." estimate that at any given time For more information on Blue as many as 25 percent of private wells in Minnesota have detect- Cross' grantmaking programs, able levels of total coliform bacte- visit, or call ria, an indication that surface con- (651) 662-3950, or toll-free at (866) tamination has entered the well or 812-1593. For more information on Mid- water system. Minnesota Legal Aid's Healthcare National Groundwater Aware- ness Week was established more Outreach Program, or for help in than two decades ago to bring applying for a public healthcare attention to the important role program, visit www.mylegalaid. org, or call (320) 253-0121, or toll- that groundwater plays in the free at (888) 360-2889. health and well-being of people. Properly maintaining wells that WIA program pays for hunting acreage Program pays local landowners WIA this year. the program in 5 days by notifying to allow public hunting on their Bonuses are added if more than the state and returning the bound- land 140 contiguous acres are enrolled, ary signs. Local landowners can earn if the land is within one-half mile WIA land is for public hunting money by allowing public hunting ofexisting state or federal hunting only. No target practice, trapping, on their private land through the land, or if a multi-year agreement dog training, camping, horseback Walk-In Access (WIA) program, is signed. WIA is entering its sec- riding or fires are allowed. No according to Caleb Papenhausen, ond year as a pilot program,vehicles are allowed on conserva- Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biol- "We have had a great response tion land. Parking is along roads or ogist, from landowners," said Marybeth in designated parking areas. Once "WIA is an effective way for Block, WIA coordinator for the private land is enrolled in the pro- landowners to generate extra rev- Minnesota Department of Natu- gram, bright yellow-green hexa- enue from their habitat acres, as ral Resources (DNR). In 2012, 140 gon signs are placed at the prop- well as providing additional public sites were enrolled, totaling 15,000 erty boundaries. land to local sportsmen." Papen- acres across 21 counties in south- Contact the Caleb Papenhau- hausen said. "This is the first year west Minnesota. In 2013, Block sen or the Meeker County SWCD Meeker County will participate in hopes to have a total of 25,000 office for more information at 320- the WIA program and we hope to acres enrolled. 693-7287. For WIA information, continue the success of the WIA "Studies across the country say visit program seen throughout South-that hunter numbers are declining Locations of parcels enrolled for west Minnesota?' because it's getting tougher to find 2013 _will be on the website in WIA pays l ndowners by the places to hunt," Block said. "WIAis August. acreto allow huntingaccess. The one way to address this, whilealso All programs and services of program targets privatel~,..Owned rewarding landowners for keeping the Meeker Soil and Water Conser- parcels of 40 acres or more that their land in high quality habitat." vation District are available with- are already enrolled in a conserva- Papenhausen said it is impor- out regard to race, color, national tion program such as Reinvest In tant for landowners to know that origin, sex, religion, age, disabil- Minnesota (RIM) or Conservation enrollment in WIA is voluntary, ity, political beliefs, and marital or Reserve Program. River bottoms, and recreational use laws provide familial status. wetlands and other high-quality extra liability protection for WIA habitat will Mso be considered for acres. Landowners can opt out of Private. well owners need to know what's in their water tap into groundwater is critical tories - Testing." You should check for protecting personal health and to make sure the laboratory is cer- the health of the resource. This tiffed to perform tests that you year's observance, March 10-16, is want. The laboratory will provide a good time for well owners to test directions for collecting and sub- their water, say state well manage- mitting water samples for testing. ment specialists. The costs for analysis are usually The Minnesota Department of in the range of $20 to $40 per test, Health (MDH) recommends that depending on what is tested. More private wells be tested once a year information on well testing can be for total coliform bacteria. Testing found at: for nitrate is recommended every two tothree years - more often if test.html. nitrate has been detected previ- People with questions about ously in the well or if an infant well water contaminants - or under the age ofsixmonths will be other well-related issues - can consuming the water. In addition, obtain advice from MDH, their MDH recommends that everywell local health department, or local be tested for arsenic at least once. MDH-licensed well contrac- Testing your well is up to you. tors. Well specialists are avail- Getting your well tested is a rela- able to answer questions at MDH tively simple process. Your local district offices in Bemidji (218) county health department may 308-2100, Duluth (218) 302-6166, provide or arrange for testing ser- Fergus Falls (218)-332-5150, Mar- vices. Commercial (or private) shall (507) 537-7151, Rochester laboratories providing water test- (507) 206-2700, St. Cloud (320) ing services are usually listed in 223-7300, and the Twin Cities (651) the Yellow Pages under "Labora- 201-4600.