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] i nn.t ll z Thursday, October 8, 2009 Kimball, MN " GRRL hoping for matching gift impact for dollar up to $100,000, made to Library Plus You through Oct. 31, 2009. Successfully meeting the match would mean an additional $200,000 worth of books. With the cost of books averaging about $25, that would place an addi- tional 8,000 new books on library shelves. "Since the Morgan Family made their generous offer, we have raised approximately $37,000. When the challenge match is added, that is $74,000," Vosen said. "Because we are a big-volume buyer and get large discounts from our ven- dors, it has a purchasing value of more than $100,000. A donation to Library Plus You means more books, more DVDs, and more music CDs for everybody who uses our libraries." Raising the remaining funds towards the challenge match would have a measurable impact Staff at Great River Regional Library (GRRL) are hoping Octo- ber will be a banner month, espe- cially for fundraising. "GRRL is seeing record use and we have a fantastic opportunity to put more books on the shelf to meet our patrons' learning needs," said Diane Vosen, the library's Com- munications and Fund Develop- ment Coordinator. "Circulation of books and other materials has increased significantly over the last two years: 3.5 million items checked out last year, up from 3.3 million in 2007." GRRL helped launch "Library Plus You," in 2007. It's an initia- tive to fund the purchase of more books to fill the library's shelves. All of those books distribute freely throughout the library system's 32 libraries. In 2008, the Mor- gan Family Foundation offered to match every donation, dollar on the library's collection next year, Vosen said. The library is anticipating a reduction in its col- lection budget for 2010. "Many of our costs will increase, but our budget is essentially stable. An area that will see a reduction is our materials collection unless we can support it through the gener- osity of our regional community. We have just one more month in which we can double the value of donations." GRRL must receive donations by Oct. 31, 2009, in order for them to qualify for the match. Donations to the Library Plus You campaign can be made at any GRRL library in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd or Wright Counties. More information and a donation form is available on the library's Web site at . Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Program Sheriff Jeff Norlin of Meeker County announces the com- mencement of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Program for 2009. Sheriff Noflin proudly announces that the MSA has established a scholarship fund totaling $9,000 for the awarding of 15-$600 scholarships for this year. This is possible because of the coordinated efforts of the 87 sher- iffs of the state of Minnesota. The members of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association give special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the man- dated Peace Officers Skills Course or Two/or Four Year Law Enforce- ment Degree School. The policy adopted by the MSA indicated it was their feeling that enforcement of the law in a democratic soci- ety is a complex task. The ability of a peace officer to render effec- tive service responsive to the pub- licks need depends heavily upon job knowledge and skills. The MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training to the accom- plishment of these requisites. It also recognizes that some candi- dates need outside help in meet- ing the costs of such training, even though they excel academically. To that end, the association Stands ready to offer financial assistance in the form of these scholarships, as funds will allow. The scholarship committee, in making its selection of awards, intends to achieve representa- tion from all geographical areas of the state. Applications will be received until Nov. 1, of each year, with scholarships being awarded by Dec. 31, of the same year. Appli- cation forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Meeker County Sheriff's Office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories: Mandated POST Skills Program In their second year of a two- year law enforcement program In their third or fourth year of a four-year college criminal justice course In order to qualify, students must have completed at least one year of a two -year program or two years of a four-year program. Stu- dents meeting this criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from the Sheriff's Office or online at , and to actively partici- pate in the competition. ,/KIMBALL \ VJ Nleeker County teams with Crime Stoppers Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Nor- lin announces that through team- ing up with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, that there are two new ways to report anonymous tips, through the Internet and texting. To report on the internet, go to Meeker County's Web site , click on Sheriff, and then on Crime Stoppers, and report your information anony- mously. Sheriff Norlin also advises that you may text your informa- tion by texting "TIP674 plus your message" to CRIMES (274637). Sheriff Norlin also wishes to remind folks that this is in addi- tion to the Meeker County Sher- iff's Office TIP line at (320) 693- 5411, and Crime Stoppers toll-free TIP line at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). Sheriff Noflin states that there is the ease of reporting tips. Keep- ing pace with technology at lit- tle to no cost, there is the possi- bility of collecting reward money of up to $1,000 by going through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers also guarantees that it protects the identity of the tipster and this will be a win, win situation for all involved. Drive focused. Get homemS felYt at Driving is Drive smart. almost every employee does ... whether it's business-related travel during the workday, commuting to and from work or driving after hours. One of every five drivers is involved in a traffic crash each year, with many of these accidents occurring around work time. That is why Stearns County's Safe Com- munities Coalition is promoting the 13th annual Drive Safely to WorkWeek, October 5-9, 2009. Vehicles are safer and roads are safer, but more than 41,000 people still die each year in traf- fic crashes and another 2.5 mil- lion are injured. Driving too fast for road or weather conditions, ignoring traffic signs and signals, not paying attention to surround- ings and following too closely to other vehicles are causes for acci- dents. Many of these things occur because people are too caught up in the 'other' things that are hap- pening inside of the vehicle; using cell phones, eating meals on the We Can Help Put The Vehicle Of Your Dreams In Your Driveway Get that car, truck, van, or SUV 0 ' y u ve always wanted with an auto loan from your hometown bank. We offer competitive rates and fast, friendly "hometown service." Before you go shopping for your next new or used vehicle, give 3HBO?4: AND FRNDS us a call. STATE OF KIMBALL P.O. BOX 70 KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 www.statebankofkimball.com run, adjusting music on an iPod, changing the route on car naviga- tional systems, etc. The most dangerous part of the day for any employee is the time they spend in their vehicle. With 91 percent of employees commut- ing to and from work and 18 per- cent of all driving being work- related, employers have an oppor- tunity to make a difference on our roadways by promoting safe driv- ing practices to all employees, thereby improving the safety in all communities. "One of the best ways to keep employees safe on the road and reduce their risk is to educate them about safety and promote safe-driving practice," said Renee Frauendienst, Director of Public Health. While driving is an everyday activity, it is also a complex task that requires a substantial degree of attention and concentration. It is estimated that a driver makes 200 decisions for every mile of driving. In some instances, even a momentary distraction, including mental and physical distractions, can have devastating results. It is up to you. Make the choice. Drive focused. Drive smart. Get home safely. If you would like to make a dif- ference and work to improve traf- fic safety, contact the Stearns County Safe Communities Coali- tion. It is coordinated by Stearns County Human Services, the Pub- lic Health Division and is funded by a grant through the Minne- sota Department of Public Safety/ Office of Traffic Safety. For more information regarding this Coali- tion, contact Stearns County Human Services, Public Health Division at (320) 656-6000. Carrying the Torch of National Newspaper Week Oct. 4-10r 2009