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PAGE 10 October 20, 2016 Cross country girls win home invite EV-W/K girls' varsity took the conference championship Tuesday evening, Oct. 18, at Pierz. (Watch for the story next week.) Pictured from left are Kaitlyn Kuechle, Olivia Kuechle, Anna Donnay (who also placed first in the meet), Courtney Geislinger, Zya Lueders, Rachel Utecht, and Amaya Lyrek. Staffphoto by Karla Ehlinger. Kimball sophomore George Matua (#11) shoots one of two goals against St. Cloud Homeschoolers Saturday, Oct. 15. (See story on page 11.) The Chain of Lakes Roosters play their final game of the season Monday, Oct. 24. Staff photo by Anton Matua. Utecht 27.58; Sonora Mattice 86; 4) Paynesville 93; 5) Maple 28.45; Kyrie Rossman 30.51;Lake 131; 6) EV-W/K 150. Girls Lindsey Kavanagh 31.20. Varsity: Anna Donnay 19.49; Olivia Boys Varsity: Zach Swenson Kuechle 21.45; Libby Yozamp 18.56; Matthew Notch 20.25; 21.51; Rachel Utecht 21.55; Zya GregoryGathje20.38; JoeyKuechle Lueders 21.56; Amaya Lyrek 22.03; 23.08; Kobe Beattie 23.56; Jake CourtneyGeislinger22.13. HILLTOP HEALTH CARE CENTER Short and Long Term Services In/out Patient Therapies Adult Daycare GARDEN VIEW AT HILLTOP 34 independent and Assisted Living Apartments Meets your needs without the work Dining services Activities and Outings Beauty/Barber shop Light Housekeeping Chapel-daily services Pet friendly Many Boys ]H: Riley Spoden 10.23; Girls IV: Abbey Schiefelbein 24.2; Kiersten Johnson 24.22; Allie Dockendorf24.29; ]ennaAndersen Lynette eke-S payment options including Elderly Waivers with an unprecedented time of 19.49. Participating schools: Maple Lake, Litchfield, Paynesville, Sauk Rapids-Rice, New London-Spicer, As the heating season kicks homes are not covered by the Cold energy efficiency improvements in, the Minnesota DepartmentWeather Rule. However, they are to reduce energy costs for needy of Commerce and the Minnesota encouraged to contact the com- households that meet income eligi- Public Utilities Commission panies that serve them to discuss bility guidelines. Both homeowners (P.OC) encourage Minnesotans to payment options if they are con- and renters may apply for weather- contact their~atilities now to learn cerned about their ability to pay ization assistance. Call (800) 657- more about the Cold Weather Rule for fuel. For example, a new law 3710 for information. that protects residential utility requires propane distributors to Other forms of help customers from having their heat offer all customers a budget plan. Other forms of heating assis- shut off during the winter months. More information on the Coldtance may be available through The rule takes effect Saturday, Weather Rule is available at the county social service programs, Oct. 15, and continues through Public Utilities Commission web- community-based organizations, April 15, 2017. site or by calling (651) 296-0406, or and nonprofit agencies. To prevent heating disconnec- (800) 657-3782. Energy-saving tips tion, customers must first contact Minnesota's Energy Assistance The Commerce Department's their utility to establish and main- Program Division of Energy Resources offers rain a monthly payment plan. All In addition to the Cold Weather energy-saving information that electric and natural gas compa- Rule, Minnesota offers the Energy every household can use to help nies are required to offer Cold Assistance Program to help pay control heating costs. Some basic Weather Rule protection, home heating costs. The Minnesota no-cost and low-cost energy-saving "The Cold Weather Rule and Commerce Department admin- recommendations include: our Energy Assistance Program isters the program in partner- Weather strip and caulk win- are here to provide an essential ship with 30 local service providers dows and doors to keep warm air safety net to protect Minnesotans throughout the state. It is federally in and cold air out. from losing heat during the coldest funded through the Low Income Cover drafty windows with qflonths of the year," said Minnesota Home Energy Assistance Program tightly sealed plastic. Commerce Commissioner Mike (LIHEAP) of the U.S. Department Open curtains and blinds on Rothman. "No Minnesotan should of Health and Human Services. south-facing windows to let the be left out in the cold." Minnesota's Energy Assistance sun in during the day to naturally Under the Cold Weather Rule,Program helps homeowners andheat yourhome. customers who have a combined renters earning at or below 50 per- Seal air leaks to prevent cold household income at or below 50 cent of the state's median income air from entering through chim- percent of the state median income ($47,194 for a family of four) pay neys, vents, pipes and wires that ($47,194 for a family of four) arenot their heating bills. The average penetrate walls, ceilings and required to paymore than 10 percent annual payment per household last attics. of their household income toward year was about $500. Households Close your fireplace damper "current and past heating bills, with seniors, people with disab'fli- when a fire is not in use to prevent Others:are also eligible to arrange a ties, veterans and children are espe- warm air from escaping. COMWe~Llaer Rule payment plan. cially encouraged to apply. Maintain your heating sys- Minnesotans who need to Applications were recently tem. Have annual furnace or boiler reconnect for winter should con- sent to households that quali- insPections, clean or replace furnace tact their utility now to take fled for energy assistance last filters regularly, and considerreplac- advantage of the payment options, year. Others who may qualify are ing old heating systems with more The Cold Weather Rule is adminis- encouraged to apply by contacting efficient ENERGYSTAR models. tered by the PUC. the local service provider in their Use a programmable thermo- "The Cold Weather Rule is a county by calling (800) 657-3710. stat. Set your thermostat to auto- safeguard for the most vulner- Information is also available at the matically turn down the heat at able Minnesotans during our Commerce Department's Energynight and when nobody is home. challenging winters," said PUC Assistance Program webpage. More energy-saving tips can be Chair Beveflylones Heydinger. "It Minnesota consumers using found at the U.S. Department of ensures that households in need delivered fuels to heat their Energy's Energysaver webpages. are safe, warm and healthy. By homes are eligible for the Energy For more information on reducing working out a payment plan with Assistance Program, even though energy use in your home, check their utility, Minnesota families they are not covered by the Cold out the Commerce Department's with financial challenges can still Weather Rule. Home Energy Guide. keep their heat on." Weatherization Assistance Minnesota consumers using The Commerce Department also delivered fuels such as fuel oil, administers the Weatherization propane or wood to heat their Assistance Program, whichprovides Valley-Watkins/Kimball'SDonnay won the girls' divisionAnna 9.01;RiebeLillY11.45.Rhodes 11.44; Sheila Cold weather heating assistance and budget protection available to Minnesotans with limited incomes By Pat Garry, StaffWriter and Eden Valley-Watkins/ 24.41; Ciera Cronen 24.49; Krista Blommer 23.57; JohnUnterberger 1) EV-W/K 28; 2) Maple Lake 72; The EV-W/K cross-country Kimball. Loch 25.03; Hannah Holmberg24.14. 3) New London-Spicer 83; 4) Sauk teams competed at their home EV-W/K Individual and Team 25.53; Linn Habberstadt 26.37; 1) New London Spicer 34; 2)Rapids-Rice 95; 5) Paynesville 96; invitationalMonday, Oct. 10. Eden Results: Girls JH: Isabel Greenwald Rebecca Binsfeld 27.43; Emily Sauk Rapids Rice 54; 3) Litchfield 6) Litchfield 168.