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iVednesday, May 23, 2012 Memorial Day Continued from page 1 1986 and retired in 2008. Jeff and his wife Linda have two children. Jodelle is an ROTC graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, and a major in the Army Nurse Corps. Jerrod is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and is a major in the Army Engineer Corps. Melander returned to graduate school at Colorado State University and completed a master of science degree in environmental health in 1994. He is national board certified as a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. Lt. Col. Melander's military awards include the Order of Military Medical Merit, Expert Field Medical Badge, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation (3), Army Achievement, National Defense Service (2), Global War on Terrorism Service, Armed Forces Service, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service (2), Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Awards (2) and German Schutzenschnur marksman award. His military education and training include Army War College 2002 with a master's degree in strategic studies; Military Medical Strategic Leaders Course; Joint Medical Planners Course; NATO Staff Course; Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties; USDA Foreign Animal Disease Lab (FADL); Command and General Staff College. Dr. Melander finished his service with a short tour at Headquarters, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C., in the Food and Agriculture anti- terrorism division. He was previously assigned as the staff veterinarian, Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa. His past professional positions and work assignments include: Force Health Protection, Preventive Medicine Officer for the U.S. European Command Surgeon's Office in Stuttgart, Germany; chairman, Preventive Medicine Working Group for Chiefs of Medical Services, NATO; District Veterinary Command, Defense Distribution Region West, Traey, Calif.; civil affairs officer, Joint Task Force Provide Promise (forward), United Nations, Zagreb, Croatia in the former Yugoslavia; graduate student, MS, epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Besides those noted above, Dr. Melander has been awarded numerous other merits, badges, service medals, ribbons, unit awards and commendation medals. Juvenile fire-setting is epidemic ST. PAUL- Nearly 1,200 juvenile-set fires occurred in Minnesota from 2007 through 2011 -- and those, according to State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl, were the ones in which evidence was undeniable. Many more such fires remain "undetermined" in origin. "Youth fire-setting is largely a hidden problem, and it can only be solved by enlightened parents and educated kids," Rosendahl said. National statistics show that 40 percent of U.S. arson arrests in 2010 were juveniles, and almost half of them were under 16 years old. Experts recognize four juvenile fire-setting motivations: curiosity, crisis- reaction, delinquency and pathological behavior. Almost every case involves easy access to ignition devices and lack of adult supervision; most are made difficult to identify by juveniles who deny involvement and parents who resist admitting that their child may be starting fires on purpose. FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 5 Lowell Hagen/Continued from page 1 This message was imprinted on a certificate that was signed by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Commanding General, U.S. Forces - Iraq, and Lawrence K. Wilson, Command Sgt. Major, US Forces - Iraq, and given to Lowell Hagen of Bagley. Hagen said the flag was sent to him a few months ago by his grandson, Joseph Skjaret, a graduate of Bagley High School. Skjaret is in communications with the U.S. Air Force and served in Iraq one year. Lowell heard from Skjaret that he and his fellow airmen needed something to read, and all they were allowed to have were Western novels. Lowell had a complete set of Louis L'Amour novels, enough to fill two big boxes, and he sent them to Iraq about a year ago. To show their appreciation for his thoughtfulness, the airmen sent Lowell a flag that had flown over their quarters, the AI Faw Palace. Having served in the Navy for 20 years, Hagen knows the need for filling time with reading or other pastimes. Hagen served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. In Korean waters he served on a battleship, the USS Iowa, from which Hagen and company bombarded North Korea. Then he served on several different ships, including a submarine rescue ship, the ASR7 in waters off Vietnam. He said he didn't have to rescue any submarines, thank goodness. With these experiences, he knows what it's like to be away from home for long stints. How does he feel about getting the flag? "I never expected it," said Hagen. "I've never seen anyone yet that didn't think it was pretty nice." He plans to either buy or build a display case for the flag. He doesn't plan to unfurl it, because it has grains of Iraqi dust inside that he doesn't want to lose. Fawvers honored/Continued from page 1 outstanding speakers, getting to know leaders from other counties, and their trip to the State Capitol in St. Paul where they visited with their local legislators on major issues, attended committee meetings and heard speakers to help them better understand how the legislative process works. The banquet held at the University of Minnesota Crookston carried on the tradition, started by the Red River Valley Winter Shows in 1961, of recognizing rural leaders for contributions to their communities, and provided an opportunity for alumni of the program from throughout the region to gather to encourage each other. The banquet was emceed by Agassiz Ambassadors David and Christina Lien and featured leadership stories by class participants Bill Anderson (Crookston), Kara Nelson (Greenbush, Minn.), and Brent Philipp (Goodridge). The banquet was also where the new Agassiz Ambassadors for 2012 were announced. Recognized this year were Matt and Carla Blashak, Bertha, Minn., who were selected for this honor from among other current participants in the program, based on nominations from University of Minnesota Extension and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, exists to create and sustain a network of community leaders in the northwest and west central regions of Minnesota focusing on agricultural and natural resource issues. The Emerging Leadership Program is coordinated by Extension Educators, in partnership with nearly 900 alumni throughout the region. Bike trail Continued from page 1 miles of routes. Visit www. usbrs/ to view the corridor plan map of the proposed national network. "Formal recognition of the MRT as a state bikeway from the Minnesota Legislature demonstrates a long-term commitment to bicycling," Mitchell said. "This step will help us continue developing bicycle-friendly roads and communities for both new and experienced bicyclists." Minnesota is the first of 10 Mississippi River states to seek legislation to formalize their portion of the national route within its boundary. program participants and tf. interviews with program alumni. Matt and Carla will put their leadership skills to work in public relations, recognition, and community leadership, and will work with program coordinators to develop and deliver the educational program in 2013. The Emerging Leadership Program, a program of the Service & Sales * N.v & Used ANDERSON Truck & Diesel gmff2 (2t$) 4-6872 GImFIN VERNON'S CUSTOM WOODSHOP & RV MAINTENANCE * RV Repair specializing in rubber roofs * Antique Refurbishing * Custom furniture (218) 694-2484 I00erennial0000l bliles East of Bagley, biN, on Itwy. 2 AlL PBIENNI... r/,W One Gallon Nature MN Hardy 1000'S TO CHOOSE FROM! Open bt, n/ngs and wkends! 218.766.3568 www, In fact, alumni will soon be coming together to select new participants for the program. If you know of someone in your county whom you would like to nominate or if you are interested in participating, please contact Scott and Marnie, or the University of Minnesota Extension (888- 241-4546) and we'll see that names are added to the list of possible candidates. Chamber is pro-arts.. Art in the Park received a boost from ;h; Bagley Area Chamber last week, when a check of $250 was approved by the Chamber members. On hand to accept the donation from Chamber President Dave Lee is Kathy Anderson, a member of the Art in the Park Committee. Art in the Park is set for July 14 and will coincide with a ear show and Crazy Dayz in Bagley. The MRT extends to the Gulf of Mexico. Trailauthorities areplanning additional improvements to the MRT in Minnesota, including increased signage. For more information about the Mississippi River Trail in Minnesota, including printable and electronic maps, visit mrt. The U.S. Bicycle Route System project is spearheaded by the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials' Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering. The project involves officials and staff from state DOTs, the Federal Highway Administration and nonprofit organizations such as Adventure Cycling Association, the East Coast Greenway Alliance and Mississippi River Trail Inc. Northwest Minnestoa's Best Country Music Minnesota Twins Local Area Sports Kick'n Up Kountry sponsor Do you want to reach customers in our listening area ? Call Don: (218) 435-1919 FEDERAL LIFELINE NOTICE Verizon Wireless customers may be eligible to receive Lifeline, a government assistance program that offers qualified, low-income customers a discount on their monthly wireless phone bill. Qualifying customers will save at least $8.25 per month. Additional discounts are available for eligible residents of Tribal lands. In addition to Lifeline, Link Up assistance provides qualified residents of Tribal lands a one-time waived activation fee for new wireless phone service. You may be eligible for a Lifeline discount if you currently participate in a qualifying public assistance program or otherwise satisfy the federal income requirements. To receive further information about the Lifeline and Tribal Link Up programs, call Verizon Wireless at 800-924-0585 or go to Lifeline is only available in limited areas where Verizon Wireless has been designated to offer these programs. Requirements vary by state. Toll included, laxes, su!chatges and fees, such as E911 and gross receipts charges, vary by market & could add between 11% & 40% to your bill; 99 Administratiee/line/mo. is not tax, is not pro-rated & is subject to change. IMPORIANI CONSUMER INFORMAlION: Subject to Month to Month Customer Agreement and Calling Plan. Offer not available in all areas. Other restrictions may apply. Minnesota residents may be eligible for the Basic Universal Service Offering, which requires a wireless access unit. 2012 Veriznn Wireless Q2MN W e Salute Their Bravery Let us all pause to remember those who gave their lives defending our nation and the people of foreign nations in the name of freedom. We encourage you to take time out to honor the memory of their lives and the dear price they paid for us all. Locally, the American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion of lrvin Blix Post 16, Bagley, will conduct their annual program honoring our fallen heroes. Please join them at: For 24 hour service every day, use our ATM or Bank by Phone: 694-6492 or 1-888-769-2279 Mobile & Internet Banking: Bagley, Fosston, Wilton ttt First National Bank Communities to Invest In BAGLEY FOSSTON (218) 694-6233 (218) 435-6878 WILTON www.fnbwilton, corn (218) 751-9398