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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 12 The perfect gift! Call 694-6265 to buy a subscription to the... Far ers Independent the PAGES 2005: Discover the "good o1' days" of early horse logging at Itasca State Park on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as "lumberjacks" demonstrate old time logging methods. Dress warmly in your winter clothing as you come out to see lumberjacks use a two- man crosscut saw. Follow the teams of horses as they skid logs to a decking area. Watch a teamster use his horses to load the logs onto a horse-drawn sled. Afterwards, warm-up and visit with the "lumberjacks" at an old-fashioned soup and chili feed to be held at the Lake ltasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showground. Itasca State Park and She Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers co-sponsor this event. 1998: Bagley School Superintendent Gary Bratvold was recently chosen as District 29 Administrator of the Year. While honored by the recognition, Bratvold was quite surprised. He received a plaque in recognition for this honor. Bagley's 100 th birthday is just months away. Several activities have been planned to commemorate the centennial of our city. A parade, fireworks, games and much more have been planned for the weekend of July 4-5. Those who watch the elementary wrestlers might catch "wrestle mania" and the Shevlin Firemen's Relief Association showed they care about the sport when they donated $1,500 to go towards the purchase of more wrestling mats. The check was presented to elementary wrestling coach John Essig. 1985: It has been said that you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time! Anyone who has ever served in any capacity of public office knows the truth of this statement. And, after serving 32 years in public office, no one perhaps knows this better than L.J. Lee. After serving three terms as Mayor of Bagley, L.J. decided to retire from public life, although he plans to continue on as an interested citizen and taxpaYer. Over the years, L.J. has seen some very positive changes take place in Bagley. L.J. noted, "Very few communities our size have so many of the things we offer: good doctors, dentists, a good school, good nursing home facilities, good low rental housing, which I would like to see expanded even more." Happy retirement, L.J.! 1960: The Bagley Fire Department was called to the pulp peeler south of the tracks to fight a blaze reportedly caused by the explosion or failure of an oil burner used to heat the logs prior to peeling. Full extent of the damage will not be known for a few days until a check has been made by the owners. It is quite certain that the peeler will be out of operation for some time. Father and son seem to do pretty well together ice fishing. Denny and his dad, Art Amundson, speared two nice ones Sunday. Denny's fish weighed eight pounds and Art's tipped the scale at 22-1/2 pounds. Hartz Supermarket, Bagley has its Grand Opening on their newly remodeled store January 13 through 16. Free Prizes - Drawings every day! 1930: "Everyone makes beer, why can't I," Oklee farmer asks. An aged farmer of Oklee had a kindly feeling in his heart for Federal Judge Sanborn, a probation officer, jurors and PROFESSION AL DIRECTORY Basley Vetefinartj Medical Center (218) 694-2354 Dr. John Q. Roltso00 Canine - Feline - Bovine - Equine Mon. - Fri. - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sat. - 8 a.m. - Noon Small Animal Evening Hours: By appointment 24 Hour Emergency Service . Clear Waters Life Center 201 2 'a Ave. SW Clearbrook MN (218) 77642789 or (218) 243-2162 The Most Excellent Way   Thursdays at 7 p.m. The Christian Solution ., Adults, Teens, Children, to Chemical Dependency t )l Friends, Family Bagley Chiropractic Clinic, RA. David A. Galloway, D.C. M, w & F: 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. rues. & Thurs.: 8:00 a.m. - 12 Noon Chiropractor Saturday by Appointment 5 Clearwater Ave. NW, Bagley, MN 56621 ~ (218) 694-6253 Alcoholics Mondays - 8 p.m. Solway Lutheran Church, Solway Friday - 8 p.m. Shevlin Fire Hall, Shevlin Anonymous Wednesdays - 8 p.m. At the Dome - west of Fireside Alanon Mondays - 8 p.m. Solway Lutheran Church, Solway NORTHWEST EYE CENTERS i BAGLEY & FOSSTON I /E BAC;LEY  : /" FOSSrON ' I / lWS.NE / ,I'4:/ / 1112,,,st N.E. /I | B,an',MN56621 / nRanlw TIIAn rln J Fossto,,MN56542. /I 112181694-22 - 1.800445-9643 v22='L"'2:''"KUtlBIIPIJILKn,M.O. ? -" .1218143Y1010 - 1-800-238-5097j11 Edward H. RASMUSSE N ATTORNEY BAGLEY ~ 694-6565 Dr. Rudd B. Thabes, D.O. Family Practice Nan Vobr MEN, C-FNP Family Nurse Practitioner ::: ::::=: f:=h: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: i We are an Aware Gold & Medica Provider Preferred One & Minnesota Care-Blue Phts tf lAD SPACE JUST CALL: (218) 694-6265 # courtroom spectators. Before pleading guilty tq a charge of possessing beer, the old farmer told the court, "Everybody in my county make beer, and I thought it would he all right for me to make somel" Judge Sanbor 0 fined him $200 but suspended the fine. Then the probardon officer, learning the fan wife had no mone fare to their hol a collection. Th including sew contributed 50 ce the couple return Buy Bagley B: it's better! Disc her and his V for railroad he, took up rty persons, ral jurors tits each and d home. 'cad because 3unt on all bakery goods mgre than one day old. One dozen flour sacks $1. Plate dinne Bagley Bakery an Lundmark, propri Shown1 Safe Awarenes : 30 cents. t Caft, Frank etor. obile ty s Week ST.PAUL,Minn.( The Minnesota D Natural Resource snowmobile operz safely and driw winter. Sunday marks International Safety Awareness The DNR snowmobilers to potential hazards good judgment. They should ak, snowmobile safel legally ride asn Minnesota, reside Dec. 31, 1976, snowmobile safer More than 1,I instructors teach snowmobile safety across the state. NO HU" THIS W M?) Jan. 17-- epartment of encourages ttors to drive smart this the start of Snowmobile Week. encourages be aware of and to .use o complete a y course. To 9wmobile in ats born after reed a valid certificate. )0 volunteer DNR courses ,CH EEK .x,'K CRISIs C. (888)551-6572 E-maiL" lex14@g P.O. Box 3 Bagley Office Phone: (218 Fax: (218)694 g BERG INSU AGEI00 Office in Tria & Service B // .Auto -Dk, Farm i %. Health Hon Call Gar (888)559-8559 Mlom MN 56621 694-2831 2834 t-s 3 ;le Sales !ilding abilty Afe J leowners// at \\; (218)694,2027 o/ Cease F00neml e (218) 694006600 LIND00 & CAGE, ,HL LTD Accounting Inkome Tax OFFICE HOURS - M0nday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 ].m. Evenings and Weekends By Appointment 224 N. Main, Bagley Phone: 69-6568 . BAGLEY DENTAl RA. MARY JONES, DDS JILL NELSOI TODD SANDW Office Peterson Hardwc 13 Main Ave t Phone: 69 4, DDS ICK, DDS it: ire Building I, Bagley -6571 Generic drug savings Dear Savvy Senior Are generic medications as effective as brand-name drugs, and if so, why are they so much cheaper? Also, how can I find out which medicines are available in generic form. Brand-Name Buyer Dear Buyer Generic drugs are just as effective and safe as their brand-name counterparts because they're virtually the same - except for the price of course. Here's what you should know. Copied Drugs: Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), generic drugs contain the same active ingredients, dosage and quality as their brand- name counterparts. The only differences between them are the name (generic drugs are usually called by their chemical names), shape and color of the drug (U.S. trademark laws don't allow generics to look exactly like the brand-name drugs), and price (which is between 30 and 90 percent less). Cost Difference: The reason generic drugs are. so much cheaper is because their manufacturers don't have the hefty start-up costs that the original creators of the drug do. When a pharmaceutical company creates a new drug, it spends millions of dollars on the research, development and clinical testing phase. Then, if it gets FDA approval, it has to turn around and spend even more money to market the drug to the public, pharmacies, health insurance companies and doctor's offices. The total cost can rise into the hundreds of millions by the time the drug is in the hands of consumers. In an effort to recoup their investment, the brand-name drug makers charge a premium price, and are given a 20 year patent protection, which means that no other company can make or sell the drug during that period of time. After those twenty years are up, however, other companies can apply to the FDA to sell generic versions. But because generic manufacturers don't have the same research, development and marketing costs, they can sell their product much cheaper. Also, once generic drugs are approved, there's greater competition, which keeps the price down. Today, more than half of all prescriptions are filled with generic drugs, and according to the Congressional Budget Office, generic drugs save U.S. consumers an estimated $10 billion a year. Look Generic: Since not all brand-name drugs have generic alternatives, the easiest way to find them is to ask your doctor or pharmacist, or check the FDA online drug catalog at www.accessdata.fda. gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda. Better yet visit www.rxaminer corn, a great Web site that lets you easily search for brand- name drugs and their generic alternatives, if they exist. It they don't, it provides other low-cost alternative medicine options, if available. 2009 Generics: Every year, a number of brand-name drugs lose their protective patent and go generic. Among those to watch for in 2009 include the migraine drug Imitrex (sumatriptan), ADHD drug Adderall XR (amphetamine), antiseizure drugs Topamax (topiramate) and Lamictal (lamotrigene), allergy drug Clarinex (desloratadine), the herpes antiviral drug Valtrex (valacyclovir), GERD drugs Prevacid (lansoprazole) and Aciphex (rabeprazole), and enlarged prostrate drug Flomax (tamsulosin). Shopping Tips: Many chains like Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, Kmart, CVS, Walgreens and Safeway offer great deals on many generic drugs. Wal-Mart for example charges only $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply with no eligibility restrictions. You can also find great generic deals online at sites like Rx Outreach (www.rxoutreach. com; 800-769-3880) and Xubex Pharmaceutical (www.; 866-699-8239). Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of 'The Savvy Senior" book. Red Lake Band opens new casino, hotel and conference center The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is opening a new casino, hotel and conference center on the reservation just north of Bemidji on Jan. 21. The grand opening will be Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 21-23. Special events and promotions are scheduled for Thursday. Then on Friday at 6 p.m. hors d'oeuvres will be served with a short program marking the grand opening. Speakers will include Ernie Stevens, President of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), and Kevin Leecy (Bois Forte) Vice-President of NIGA and Chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. Other speakers include Red Lake Chairman Floyd Jourdain, Jr., Red Lake Gaming Chief Operating Officer Ray Brenny, and Seven Clans Casino Red Lake Manager Adrien Omen. This will be followed by a free performance by Powwow Comedy Jam on Friday at 7 p.m. Then on Saturday a free performance by .country music singer Crystal Shawanda starts at 7 p.m. This is the second casino in the state (after Upper Sioux), and one of the few in the nation, to be built with alMndian funds. Instead of going to a non- Indian banker for construction loans, the Red Lake Band borrowed money from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community, which runs Mystic Lake Casino. This is Minnesota's first inter-tribal loan, with Dakota loaning to Ojibwe, and it highlights progress tribes are making toward self-sufficiency that 'allows Indian communities to be more equal partners in local and regional economic development. The $31-million loan, in addition to funding the hotel, casino and conference center, has also helped expand the law enforcement center, start a propane business to power the casino and tribal homes, and build a forestry greenhouse. The hotel and casino will be run by the Red Lake Band, with no non- Indian management company in charge of the operation and taking a large management fee, as was often the case in the earlier days of Indian gaming. The Seven Clans Casino was one of the few major construction projects in northern Minnesota in the depths of a terrible economic recession, creating more than 100 construction jobs, about half held by tribal members and half by people from across Minnesota. In addition, the complex is bringing 100 new full-time and part-time jobs to one of the poorest areas in Minnesota, with most of those jobs held by tribal members. Since a "soft opening" just before Christmas, the restaurant and conference center are already being patronized more than projected, with new visitors coming from the region surrounding the reservation. In addition, as part of ongoing economic development, as required by the tribe, contractors working on the project are helping Indian workers learn construction trades and professions, and some Indian workers are staying with the contractors on projects off the reservation. The general contractor and architectural firm - Woodstone Builders of Minneapolis and DSGW Architects of Duluth - led the way, each hiring Indian people to oversee the project. And the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is providing the area with a stunning new attraction for tourists, joining the Garrison giant walleye statue and nearby Bemidji's Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues as a Minnesota icon - a swooping eagle sculpture with a 30-foot wingspan that flies in front of the casino, where Minnesotans are already posing for photographs. The new hotel will have 40 rooms, with master suites including balconies, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. The hotel has a swimming pool carved in the shape of Upper and Lower Red Lake. The restaurant will seat 75, and, in good weather, will seat 25 more on an outdoor patio, serving "famous" Red Lake walleye and a full menu. The event center will seat between 350 and 800 people, depending on the seating configuration. The gaming hall has 300 slot machines, four blackjack tables and two poker tables. The hotel and restaurant are separated from the gaming floor, so that people wanting to come only for recreation or conventions don't have to pass through the gaming area, as is the case in most Las Vegas casino hotels. The design of the complex draws on Red Lake culture. Wood paneling, field stone, and images of a rippled blue lake reflect themes of the area. Woodland floral patterns permeate the carpeting throughout, while rooms are named for the seven major clans of Red Lake. Seven Clans Casino and Hotel will add hotel and conference space to the Bemidji area, helping the region attract and serve more visitors and conventiofis. Bemidji is building a new regional events center that will attract events and conferences to north-central Minnesota, and the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe believe their new casino and hotel can work in harmony with Bemidji's hospitality offerings. "This will be another link to the entertainment hub of Bemidji," said Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain, Jr. In addition, Ojibwe people from the Twin Cities and Duluth visiting their home reservation and families will have additional options for overnight stays. The motel nearest to Red Lake is now 30 minutes away. Reservation tribal members, and off reservation members from Bemidji, Duluth and the Twin Cities, were all part of the process to build. That included taking part of deciding whether to borrow the money to build the casino and hotel and part of deciding on the design - receiving briefings on the project and voting overwhelmingly in favor of it. Indiangamingis controversial - it will come under attack again in the Minnesota Legislature this session as former senate minority leader Dick Day and others look to fund a Vikings stadium with gaming revenue. What is undeniable is that Indian gaming has been an engine of economic development for tribes - where nothing else has worked in two centuries. And now, in addition to schools and water treatment plants being built with gaming revenue on reservations, careers and businesses are being developed by Indian people as well. The new development is inviting Minnesota, Dakota and Canadian tourists to visit the reservation and the Seven Clans casino and hotel. Where once non-Indians were not always welcome or comfortable traveling on the Red Lake reservation, a broader integration of Indian and non-Indian communities is shown by the new casino and hotel and by the simple fact that 80 businesses in Bemidji now include bi-lingual signag.e in Ojibwe and English m recognition of their neighbors. "This project shows how tribes can work together to capitalize and grow our own businesses, increasing employment and opportunity on the reservations and in the surrounding communities," said Tribal Chairman Jourdain. "It's all about economic development." !