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Thursday, July 15, 2010 Tri-County News * Kimball, MN ~.~g~'~ ~ ...... .................... Page 13 Buy local- it's all the rage 2010 Minnesota Grown Directory makes it easy! Bombarded by the "Buy Local" buzz? News headlines and adver- tisements promoting locally grown foods are springing up more than ever. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is making it easy for consumers to buy local by offer- ing the updated 2010 Minnesota Grown Directory. The Minnesota Grown Program has almost 30 years of experience providing information about buy- ing locally and making healthy food choices, in the form of a printed guide. "Packed with a record 840 list- ings, the directory is easily Minne- sota's most comprehensive print and online guide to local foods," says MDA Agriculture Market- ing Specialist Brian Erickson. The 2010 directory includes 120 farm- ers' markets, 107 apple orchards, 58 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, along with many berry patches, garden centers and other places where you can purchase products directly from the farmer. The Minnesota Grown Directory is made possible by listed farms and markets and through the sup- port of many advertising sponsors, including repeat title sponsor, Min- nesota Farmers Union. Order a free directory by call- ing Explore Minnesota Tourism at 1-888-TOURISM (1-888-868- 7476). Copies will also be avail- able at the Living Green Expo this weekend, May 1-2, at the Grand- stand Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Or, search for the information online at . s St. Cloud VA Medical Center installs renewable energy ss stems million includes Recovery Act funds The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded contracts totaling $4.7 million to install renewable energy systems at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center in Minnesota. The projects include installing a ground-source heat pump system, using funds from the American Recovery and Rein- vestment Act of 2009, and a wind turbine. "We continue to take steps to assess and reduce our environ- mental impact," Secretary of Vet- erans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said. "Ensuring the sustainability of our facilities across the country allows us to use energy-efficient build- -~ "- ings to accomplish our primary mission - serving Veterans." VA's National Energy Business Center awarded a $2 million con- tract for a wind turbine electric ' /i MEEKER tlIE:MORIN. HOSRTAL CRITICAL CARE Main Hospital Phone: (320) 693-3242 (320) 693-4529 Fax: (320) 6934567 We ~e. wwwJ~rme~aL~~ ; ~ :. : ~!EMERGENCY SERVfCE$ MAIN HOSPITAL NUMBER generation system. The 600-kilo- watt wind turbine, planned for completion in spring 2011, will provide up to 16 percent of the facility's electricity. The turbine meets the requirements of the Buy American Act and the entire con- tract involves small businesses. The ground source heat pump is a geothermal renewable energy project that is being built with $2.7 million in Recovery Act fund- in8. It, too, is planned to be ready in spring 2011. This geothermal system, being installed in one of the facility's Community Living Center buildings, will significantly reduce the amount of energy used to heat and cool the building. VA will conduct wind turbine feasibility studies at 13 additional facilities using RecoveryAct funds. ~'!~' VA's goal is to increase renew- able energy consumption to 15 percent of annual electricity used by 2013. These two projects at St. Cloud will help meet that goal. VA operates more than 1,400 sites of health care. More than 5.5 million people received care in VA health care facilities in 2009. BIRTH CENTER (320) 693-4585 ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Broasted Chicken Regular or GdfliC i HEALTH (320) 6934535 . Class Registration (320) 693-4519 I NUTRITION SERVICES (320) 693-4556 OPEN DOOR GIFT$ (320) 693-1400 (320) 693-3242 Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. FOUNDATION OFFICE . , - (320) 6934521 (320) 693-4528 (320) 693-4504 693-4590 soeeem'seewces (320) 693-4575 RADIOLOGY SCHEDULING (320) 693-4519 Coordinator: (320) 693-1402 Informal Desk: (320) 693-7102 ~GREAT RIVER REGIONAL IBRARY Kimball Public Library III, Library Hours Monday 3-6 Wednesday ] O- 1 3-6 Thursday 1 O- 1 3-8 Saturday 9-12 5 &~i~ Street No,~h, Kimbafi, MN 55353 320-398-39t5 * w~w~v.griver.(ng MEEKER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 612 South Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 D