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Pa00e 16 Community take 14U chain "Own the Zone" 14U Fastpitch Tournament was held Saturday, June 29, in Kimball with 12 teams competing. The Marty Mudcats earned the championship honors by defeating St. Cloud Rox, Zimmerman, Minnewaska, and Maple Lake twice each in the double-elimination tournament. Funds raised by the tournament will help send the Mudcats to the National NAFA tournament in Eden Prairie July 25-28. The team includes (back row, left to right) Emily Utecht, Amanda Roerick, Becky Holtz, Montana Tschida, Hedy Robben, Alexa Ruehle, Anna Donnay; (front) Lauren Libbesmeier, Madison Libbesmeier, Shay Krippner, Tashi Kunkel, and Ariel Laabs. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs. Mudcats coach Mary Libbesmeier holds Madison Libbesmeier at third during the 14U Own the Zone Fastpitch Tournament Saturday. A G .00brafion Of " Indep Amenc00 s endence d n : ,4. 1776. our founding fathers signed the wiU not! !! Declaration of Independence declaring our freedom Thursday, Jury,! i o , m" :'L; Of 6nono, t from En=iand and creating' a new nation. ho/ida!i :! , ..... ,. , Thts F)urth of Jul), as we obr',e the anniversa of our  .............. ................. nation s indendence, it s important we undetand and . s eoy. appreciate the tmedom we Statewide Minnesota Representation [ARVE ST BANK KIMBALL/MAIN OFFICE ST. AUGUSTA OFFICE ATWATER OFFICE KANDIYOHI OFFICE 398-3500 251-6100 974-8861 382-6100 1 Member FDIC WWW. l!i Illilill I il I I I Thursday, July 4, 2013 00co,,,00,, Rural Telcos not to blame for dropped calls, says Arvig Perham, Minn., Monday, June 17, 2013- Arvig is working with federal regulators to address the issue of long-distance tele- phone calls not completing to customers in the communities it serves. These "dropped calls" are happening all over the nation, and rural telephone companies like Arvig are not at fault. When a call is placed to a rural telephone number, somewhere before the call even reaches the local network, it is dropped by a long distance carrier. "Basically, the carriers don't like the rates to connect to rural areas, and they do whatever they can to keep their costs down," explains Andy Klinnert, Director of Network Operations at Arvig. "But rural routes have always been more costly because of rates that were established when the distances to the subscriber were more of a factor." In 2012, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and 35 other senators wrote to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting immediate res- olution of dropped calls and poor service affecting their rural con- stituents, noting the serious eco- nomic consequences. "Small businesses cannot afford to lose business opportuni- ties because of dropped calls and poor service quality," the sena- tors wrote. "We are also concerned about public safety and worry it is only a matter of time before this situation leads to tragedy when a rural customer is unable to receive an urgent call." The FCC listened, and recently announced that it will fine long- distance providers who partici- pate in least-cost routing (LCR), which includes passing a call des- tined for rural consumers to inter- mediate providers to reduce cost. In March, the FCC set its first example by settling on a volun- tary fine of almost $1 million from a national long-distance carrier as part of an investigation into the carrier's efforts to route and com- plete calls to rural communities. However, finding the guilty parties is harder than it sounds, seeing as a number of long-dis- tance carriers are included in the mix of exchanges that occur dur- ing a phone call. That is why Arvig is asking customers to report any call completion issues. "Failed calls, delayed calls, poor quality and incorrect caller ID are all signs of call completion," Klinnert adds. "By reporting the phone numbers involved, the time of the call and the problem that occurred, consumers can help us provide information that leads to a solution." Arvig has developed an online form for easy customer reporting. Visit for more details. Footloose opens July 12 Footloose cast members Virginia Block, Ariel Laabs, Holly Dahlinger, Kenzie Traurig, and Chelsey Maus rehearse "Holding Out for a Hero" in the upcomingKimball Community Playhouse production of "Footloose." A cast of nearly 50 talented youth and adults will wow you with their performances! The summer musical opens at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12. Additional performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Tickets are available at the door for $10 ($8 for seniors/students). Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. Steve Fields Attomey NJURED AT WORK? Lost Wages? Unpaid Bills? Can I Get Fired? FREE advice- confidential Toll Free 1-888-212-6820 www.FieldsWorkl nj u Hablamos Espahol