LOCAL NEWS - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
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Posted on 09-05-2012
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS FORECASTING A FOUR PERCENT RISE IN NET FARM INCOME THIS YEAR, THE HIGHEST SINCE 1973. U.S.D.A. OFFICIALS SAY IT’S HIGHER THAN THEIR FEBRUARY FORECAST, BECAUSE THEY’RE SEEING MUCH HIGHER PRICES THAN EXPECTED EARLIER THIS YEAR. NET CROP INCOME IS EXPECTED TO JUMP SEVEN PERCENT, BUT LIVESTOCK INCOME WILL STAY ABOUT THE SAME AS LAST YEAR.



THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL IS STARTING A COMMUNITY SUPPORTED ART PROGRAM, MODELED AFTER COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE. SHARES GO ON SALE NEXT WEDNESDAY FOR THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS. SHAREHOLDERS WILL THEN GET NINE PIECES OF ORIGINAL ART IN RETURN. NINE ARTISTS WILL BE PART OF THE FIRST COMMUNITY SUPPORTED ART EFFORT.

MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL OFFICE (218 745-9111) OR AT THEIR WEBSITE (www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org ).



THERE WERE 111 DRUNKEN DRIVING DEATHS IN MINNESOTA LAST YEAR, DOWN BY FORTY PERCENT FROM TEN YEARS PREVIOUS (IN 2002). DRUNK DRIVING CRASHES ACCOUNT FOR ONE-THIRD OF THE TOTAL TRAFFIC DEATHS IN THE STATE EACH YEAR; AND ONE IN SEVEN MINNESOTA DRIVERS HAVE A D.W.I. ON THEIR RECORD. ABOUT 85% OF D.W.I. ARRESTS RESULT IN A CONVICTION; THE LOWEST CONVICTION RATE IN MINNESOTA LAST YEAR WAS IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY (AT SIXTY PERCENT).

IN ROSEAU COUNTY, FROM 2007 THROUGH 2011, THERE WERE 624 D.W.I. ARRESTS, AND 440 MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES. THERE WERE SEVEN TRAFFIC DEATHS, AND FOUR WERE ALCOHOL-RELATED.



THE ROSEAU SCHOOL BOARD, LAST WEEK, APPROVED AN ELEMENTARY STUDENT HANDBOOK, WITH JUST MINOR CHANGES.



THE ANNUAL FALL SUPPER AT ROSE FREE LUTHERAN CHURCH (WEST OF ROSEAU) IS SATURDAY (4-8 PM).



ROD KJERSTEN, THE ROSEAU COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE ON THE NORTHWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY BOARD, WAS AT LAST WEEK’S COUNTY BOARD MEETING; ASKING THE COMMISSIONERS FOR A 27% INCREASE IN LIBRARY FUNDING FOR NEXT YEAR DUE TO RISING OPERATIONAL COSTS.

THE COUNTY’S CONTRIBUTION THIS YEAR IS JUST OVER NINETY THOUSAND DOLLARS, WHICH IS LESS THAN THE CONTRIBUTION FROM THE CITIES OF GREENBUSH, ROSEAU AND WARROAD.



THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR AN EITHER-SEX DEER PERMIT IS TOMORROW IN MINNESOTA. D.N.R. WILDLIFE RESEARCH MANAGER DOCTOR LOU CORNICELLI SAYS THERE WERE SOME CHANGES TO THE LOTTERY AREAS THIS YEAR, PARTICULARLY IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR A LICENSE FOR THE STATE’S FIRST WOLF HUNTING AND TRAPPING SEASONS IS ALSO TOMORROW.

NEARLY HALF THE DEER PERMIT AREAS IN MINNESOTA ARE NOW LOTTERY AREAS.



LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS, TO HELP FAMILY CAREGIVERS WHO ARE CARING FOR AN ELDERLY PERSON IN THEIR HOME. THE VOLUNTEERS ARE PAID A SMALL STIPEND FOR 450 VOLUNTEER HOURS FROM NOVEMBER OF THIS YEAR THROUGH OCTOBER OF 2013. TARA GIESE, WITH LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES, SAYS THERE IS A LOT OF IN-HOME CAREGIVERS IN MINNESOTA.

VOLUNTEERS ALSO GET A NEARLY FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLAR EDUCATION AWARD, WHICH CAN ALSO BE USED FOR ELDERHOSTEL TRIPS FOR OLDER VOLUNTEERS.

TARA GIESE SAYS THERE ARE FIVE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ROSEAU AREA; THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE HAS BEEN IN PLACE IN ROSEAU COUNTY FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (218) 233-7521.



THE OLD FARMERS ALMANAC COMES OUT NEXT WEEK, AND IT’S PREDICTING A MILD AND DRY WINTER FOR MINNESOTA AND EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA.

THE ALMANAC SAYS NEXT SUMMER WILL BE COOL, AND NORTHERN MINNESOTA WILL SEE NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL.



THE CITY OF ROSEAU HAS BEEN AWARDED A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE MINNESOTA HOUSING PARTNERSHIP FOR A COUNTY-WIDE HOUSING STUDY. THAT STUDY IS THE FIRST STEP IN A PLANNING PROCESS AIMED AT CREATING MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS IN ROSEAU COUNTY.

THE ROSEAU COUNTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND COMMITTEE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN PURSUING THAT GRANT FUNDING.



A TWIN CITIES-BASED GROUP WILL PERFORM A VARIETY OF SWEDISH FOLK MUSIC DANCE TUNES FRIDAY EVENING (7 PM) AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER. THE LEGACY-FUNDED PROGRAM IS CALLED “MORE THAN NIKOLINA”.