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PAGE 10 was a success 221 The wind was blowing and the sun was hiding, but that didn't stop local runners from running the Kover Klomp Saturday, 9 a.m. Oct. 12. This was the first annual 5K that the Kimball Kruisers put together. The turnout was great for the first time event, 22 partic- ipated in the 5K Fun Run/Walk and 15 kids participated in the 1K run. Now what we have all been waiting for - the winners. A female and male in each age divi- sion was awarded a medal. 19 and under female: Cailyn Kuechle 26:40 (overall second place) 19 and under male: Cody Lei- ther 28:07 20-29 female: Amy Campbell 41:49 30-39 female: Katie Serbus 26:54 30-39 male: Aaron Hennen 25:08 (overall first place) 40-49 female: Karen Heath 26:52 50+ female: Sue Maus 27:25 50+ male: Peter Minear.49:58 The Kimball Kruisers would like to thank all the participants and the volunteers that helped make this event possible. We look forward to seeing everyone at the second annual 5K Klover Klomp in 2014. 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Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule takes effect Tuesday, Oct. 15, and protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off through April 15, 2014. But to prevent heating disconnection, customers must contact their utility to establish and maintain a monthly payment plan. Minnesota's Energy Assistance Program To help pay home heating costs, Minnesota offers the Low-Income Commissioner Mike Rothman. warm, and healthy. By working "Our Energy Assistance Program out a payment plan with their serves as a safety net offering utility, Minnesota families can financial assistance to low-income keep the heat on while they face Minnesotans, particularly house- finandal challenges." holds with seniors, children, dis- Mimes@re consumers using abled persons, and veterans. Hay- deliveed fuels such as fuel oil, pro- ing a warm home is a basic neces- pane, or wood to heat their homes sity, and no Minnesotan should be are not covered by the ColdWeather left out in the cold." Rule. However, they are also encour- The Minnesota Department of aged to contact the companies that Commerce also administers the serve them to discuss payment Weatherization Assistance Pro- options if they are concerned about gram, a companion program of theirabilitytopayforfuel. EAP. The program provides cost- Energy-saving tips effective energy conservation The Minnesota Department measures to reduce energy costs of Commerce, Division of Energy for low-income households. Min- Resources provides a wide range nesotans who meet the income of energy-saving information that guidelines for weatherization every household can use to help may receive weatherization ser- control heating costs. Some basic vices; they may also receive addi- no-cost and low-cost energy-sav- tional assistance from the utili- ing recommendations include: ties. Both homeowners and rent- Weather strip anc[ caulk win- ers may apply for weatherization, dows and doors to eliminate air Home Energy Assistance Pro- Other forms of assistance infiltration. gram, known as LIHEAP or themay be available through county * Cover drafty windows with Energy Assistance Program (EAP). social service programs, corn- tightly sealed plastic to keep the The Minnesota Department of munity-based organizations and warmairin. Commerce administers LIHEAP nonprofit agencies. For a list of Open curtains and blinds on in partnership with 32 local ser- resources, visit the Stay Warm south-facing windows to let the vice providers throughout the Minnesotawebsite. sun in during the dayto naturally state. LIHEAP is federally funded Cold Weather Rule heat your home. through the U.S. Department of The Cold Weather Rule, helps Seal air leaks to prevent cold Health and Human Services. The customers who heat their homes air infiltrationthroughchimneys, program helps renters and home- with natural gas or electricity to vents, pipes, and wires that pene- owners earning less than 50 per- avoid shut-off during the winter tratewalls, ceilings andattics. cent of the state's median income months. To be eligible, customers Close your fireplace damper ($43,642 for a family of four) obtain must contact their utility to work when a fire is not in use to prevent grant money to help pay their heat- out a payment plan and must make warm air from escaping. ing bills, thepayments. Customerswho have Maintain your heating sys- The average annual grant per a combined household income tern. Have annual furnace or household last year was $500. at or below 50 percent of the state boiler inspections, clean or Households With seniors, peo- median income are not required to replace "furnace filters regularly, pie with disabilities, veterans, and paymore than 10 percent of house- and consider replacing old heat- children are especially encour- hold income; others are also eligi- ing systems with more efficient aged to apply. Applications were ble to negotiate a payment plan. ENERGY STAR@ models. recently sent to households that Households that need to re-con- Use a programmable ther- qualified for energy assistance nectforwintershouldcontact'their mostat. Set your thermostat to last year; others who may qualify utility now to take advantage of the automatically turn down the heat are encouraged to apply. To apply, payments options, at night and when you're not at contact the local service proyider More information on the Coldhome. in your county by calling (800) Weather Rule is available at the More energy-saving tips can be 657-3710, or visit the Energy Assis- PUC website or by calling (651) found at www:energysauers.gou. For tance Program section on the Divi- 296-0406 or (800) 657-3782. more information on energy effi- sion of Energy Resources website "The Cold Weather Rule is a ciencyandenergyconservation, visit, safeguard for the most vulnera- the Commerce Department website "Many Minnesota families ble Minnesotans during our frigid and check out two consumer energy struggle financially with heating winters," said PUC Chair Bev- guides: Home Envelope and Appli- costs each winter," said Commerce erly Jones Heydinger. "It ensures ances, Lighting, Electronics. that households in need are safe,