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Thursday, December 17, 2009 Tri-County News * Kimball, MN :: ~!!l:: i~i~,~;~'~~ '~'; ~, t-.- Farm legal series on Holiday concert features K-grade 3 of M Extension Web site By Dan Martens, U ofM Extension Gary A. Hachfeld, Regional Extension Educator for Farm Man- agement at the Mankato Regional Office, reports that 16 articles have been posted on the U of M Exten- sion Web site to assist farm fam- ilies with establishing a basic understanding of many of the legal issues that face them today. The farm legal series includes the following topics: Agricultural Marketing Con- tracts Agricultural Production Con- tracts Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 Liqui- dations Bankruptcy: Chapter 11 Reor- ganizations Bankruptcy: Chapter 12 Reor- ganizations Bankruptcy: The Last Resort Contracts, Notes and Guaran- ties Farm Leases (discussion on land rental agreements) Financing the Farm Opera- tion Foreclosure of Security Inter- ests in Personal Property Mortgages and Contracts for Deed Mortgage Foreclosures Rights of Unsecured Creditors (includes discussion about liens) Security Interests in Personal Property Tax Considerations in Liqui- dations and Reorganizations Termination of Contracts for Deed These items are available at no charge at . Pieces in the series can be down- loaded individually or as a com- plete set. All relate specifically to Minnesota law. This Web site also provides a link to other U of M Extension articles and informa- tion related to farm business man- agement topics. If you do not use the Internet as a source of information, in Stearns, Benton and Morrison County, you are welcome to call the County Extension Office for a copy of indi- vidual articles that are useful to you. In some cases there might be a small charge for copying costs. In Stearns county if a local call to St. Cloud (320) 255-6169 or (800) 450-6171, in Benton ifa local call to Foley 968-5077 or (800) 964-4929, in Morrison if a local call to Little Falls 632-0161 or (866) 401-1111. The legal series was written by Phillip L. Kunkel, Jeffrey A. Peter- son, and ]essica A. Mitchell, Attor- neys at Law with Gray Plant Mooty Law Firm. The articles are written in easily understood terms. Each varies in length depending upon the subject. Some have exam- ples and calculations included. The series is not intended to be legal advice, as each situation dif- fers. However, reviewing the series will give farm producers a good, solid understanding of the basics related to each topic. Another resource: If you're feel- ing a great need to figure out where you're at financially on the farm, and whether there are any strate- gies for organizing your finances or plans for 2010 to have a chance of working through things con- structively, this is a good time in the year to make a contact with the Farm Business Management Pro- grams in Minnesota. Good finan- Page 7 Kindergarten students are pictured with Frosty the Snowman (Kody Pauls in costume in back row) and with their instruments practicing for the KES Holiday Concert. The public is invited to enjoy this performance at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in the Kimball Elementary School gym. Submitted photo. Older adults may have special needs during Holidays The Holiday Season is a time viduals to resources for transpor- when families gather together. It tation, food Or meal delivery, hous- can also be a time when family ing and nursing home options, members see that their older rela- chore services, education, employ- fives may need some extra help or ment, caregiver support and much services. Often, they are not sure more. If needed, a Senior LinkAge where to turn. Line Advocate can make a home The Senior LinkAge Line* is a visit to discuss the various services valuable resource for those trying available to them in their commu- to find services for themselves or nity as well as funding sources that a loved one. It is the only statewide might be available to help pay for information and assistance ser- services. vice designed for older adults, fam- The goal of the Senior LinkAge fly caregivers and service providers. Line is to help keep older adults in With a single call to Senior LinkAge their homes where they are com- Line, individuals can locate avail- fortable. It connects seniors to ser- able services or obtain help eval- vices available right in their own uating their situation. The Senior communities. Also, seniors or their LinkAge Line can connect indi- loved ones can call as often as the Resolve to help - and boost your health too need arises. This service operates through the federal grant funds through the Older Americans Act and the UnitedWay. Call Senior LinkAge Line at (800) 333-2433 School staff 'Pause for Paws' Monday night, Dec. 7, several school district employees wrapped gifts for free-will donations to the Tri-County Humane Society. This is the second year a group has gathered at Crossroads Mall to wrap, and it all started with an ad in the Tri-CountyNews. After seeing the ad last year, the Humane Society was contacted and we were up and running. It turned out to be such an enjoy- able evening, it was suggested that it become an annual event. Since we've had such a good response to this, we were also able to arrange "shopping breaks" between our wrapping. It has turned out to be a fun and fulfilling way to help the adorable animals at the sheker. Pets bring so much happiness and companionship to our lives. Many, many people would be lost without a pet, just as many pets are lost without a person to care for and love them. participants this year were: Mary Faber, Patty Markwardt, Susan Sides, Pat Dockendorf, and Andrea Welter. l i t,10,'l l ii :t a , l Jla ;ita Served every Wednesday, 5-7:30! o /y S7" c,.ore. ,o unOer*3 I:~v. & tax HWY 55, KIMBALL " 320"398-3965 Available for prlaate parUe~ Mmqmds, gradmdlan parlh~, Taatieat chicken tOwn! d Contemplating a NewYear's res- olution to improve your health? Consider this: people who volun- teer at a charity or non-profit organi- zation get a "twofer": they help oth- ers while boosting their own health. According to research by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteers as a group live longer and feel better physically and mentally than do non-volunteers. The review also suggests people who participate in volunteer activity at a younger age suffer from fewer health issues in their later years, and those older than 65 seem to gain a new lease on life by performing good deeds. "Volunteerism seems to work primarily by enhancing life sat- isfaction and a sense of mean- ing and purpose," says Dr. Adam Rindfleisch, an integrative-med- icine practitioner and assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of cial assessments start with a good beginning of the year balance sheet and inventories. Call their state program director at (651) 297- 1484 for a reference to a farm busi- ness management instructor near you. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has also launched the Minnesota Farmer Assistance Net- work for farm families who don't know where to turn with financial and other difficult issues around the farm. The toll free number is (877) 898-6326. This is a good season to reach out to family, friends and neigh- bors who are dealing with difficult times. Medicine and Public Health. "R may also reduce chronic pain. I often suggest people with fibromy- algia and depression get involved in a volunteer activity." Rindfleisch says while it's hard to determine scientifically if vol- unteering promotes better health, he has seen the benefits in his patients who do volunteer. He adds it doesn't matter if volun- teer work is performed at a hospi- tal, school, animal shelter or soup kitchen: participants are bound to experience positive results. Rindfleisch suggests the good feelings derived from volunteer- ism could, for some people, poten- tially reduce dependence on med- ication prescribed for pain and emotional difficulties. North 55 on Tim Ellis, Owner ' " THU!~:I~:2~:!Ii A Farmer s Footpnnt.] ..... :. : : : .... ,-, .. - .. / t ualtty Management ............ me Lane or 1u,uuu LaKeS ] ; / " lhursday, Jan. 14, 5:30-8pm & :J FRIDAY ......... ...... 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