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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota- Page 12 the paper about a log cabin The calendar was turned back purchase money orders at the U.S. Post Office. The money PAGES 2005: When Joe Vamer built the Bagley Livestock Exchange nine miles west of Bagley on Hwy. 2 in 1993, he had a dream of providing a service for northern Minnesota cattle ranchers and farmers. The 220-acre site has become a centralized place for cattlemen to sell their cattle. With his dream now realized, the Clearwater County Extension Office will honor Joe Varner during the 2005 Clearwater County Fair in August as the outstanding agricultural promoter in Clearwater County. Joe said, "My parents raised beef and dairy cattle. I enjoyed that type of work so I just continued on with the tradition. I do this seven days a week, so I'm on the road a lot. The sales barn was built and designed by Billy Buschelle and me. We have one of the biggest sales barns in the Upper Midwest and it has generated a lot of business for the Bagley community." 1998: As Bagley approaches its Centennial celebration, attention has been focusedonthe pioneers and their descendants and their lifestyles. On April 4, 1998, baby boyDavid was delivered by a midwife to his parents, Don and Kitty Blitz, who reside near Roy Lake. Besides using a midwife, his birth was significant in that it occurred in a homebuilt log cabin reminiscent of the log cabins the immigrants inhabited 100 years ago. Don and Kitty Blitz met six years ago (1992) in Summit County, Utah. The Blitzes set outon aquest throughtheUnited States, looking for a rural area in Roy Lake being for sale. They bought the cabin from Vern Johnston, a local Roy Lake resident, without even seeing it first. Kitty said, "We absolutely love this area." 1985: Jim Berry, councilman and store owner, died June 13. James E. Berry, 54, died Thursday, June 13 at his home in Bagley. He owned and operated Jim's Jack and Jill Supermarket. He married Margaret Strand Sept. 17, 1956 at Bagley. He was serving on the Bagley City Council at the time of his death. The J.C.'s are planning a fun day for the youngsters for the 4  of July. Games include: greased watermelon, nickel hunt, Frisbee throw, sack race, three-legged race, softball throw and more. There will be fireworks that night. For sale: The Minnesota DNR has cut and wrapped moose meat for sale at the Shevlin Meat Processing- Shevlin, Minn. Limit $20 maximum purchase per family. 1960: Alfred Larson of Shevlin found a package near his farm home some time ago that contained about $18,000 in war bonds, deeds and other non-negotiable papers belonging to Lief Barge of Dare, N.D. Upon investigation it was found that Mr. Barge had lost this property in a home burglary at Dare about a year ago. The papers were found on the Creamery Road running east and west near a fence belonging to Mr. Larson. A letter from Mr. Berg revealed that most of his bonds had been renewed, which rendered the old ones useless. No doubt that the thief knew this and threw the package away. Congratulations to Bagley community's graduates of 1960. Valedictorian is Jerome Thayer. Salutatorian is Sharon PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY Ba00letj Veterinary ]viedica] Center (218) 694-2354 Dr. Job. Q. Roliso. Canine - Feline - Bovhe - Equine Man. - 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 2ndAve. SW Clearbrook MN (218)776-2789 or (218) 243-2162 The Most Excellent Way  Thursdays at 7 p.m. =, The Christian Solution [ lh] Adults, Teens, Children, to Chemical Dependency  Friends, Family i Baoley Chiropractic Clinic, P.A7 David A. Galloway, D.C. M, W & F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.: 8:00 a.m. - 12 Noon Chiropractor Saturday by Appointment 5 Clearwater Ave. NW, BaRley,  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 BAGL E & FOSSTON I t  B,aEV "h ., t  FOSS,O, AI / 14 2',sT. N. l  / 1112%r. N.E. /I i haY.MN56621 i nDAnt-vrar rmaAm nn i FosmN, MN56542. /I Iqk,, ((218) 694-2442 -1-800-445-9643 7 ":=::::7"::=7.:72": u.,a.o,,.,.o. " ,. 128143S00 - 8nS-S097jl II Edward H. RASMUSSEN ATTORNEY BAGLEY ~ 694-6565 Dr. Rudd B. Thabes, D.O. Family Practice Nan Vobr MSN, C-FNP Family Nurse Practitioner We are an Av, are Gold & Medica Provider i Prct:rrcd One & Minnesota Care-Blue Plus ffc "it e" FOR RENT JUSTcALL: ] (218) 694-6265 several decades last week when fire was discovered in the rear of a buggy homeward bound from Bagley. The blaze was extinguished with the assistance of Bagley's north side fire department, with Art Neujahr being the volunteer member on duty. The horse, buggy and lone occupant were serenely proceeding along the highway heading for home north of Bagley. Upon approaching the outskirts of the village, onlookers perceived a trail of smoke following the vehicle which continued on its way with the driver unaware that a conflagration lurked close at his heels. Upon reaching the Neujahr cabin vicinity, the fire was discovered, possibly by the discovery that it was much warmer at the rear than the cool spring breeze which fanned the driver's face. A hurried stop resulted and the fire was extinguished. 1930: The sixth annual picnic of the Thirteen Towns Old Settlers Association is to be held at Spring Lake, Lengby, Saturday, June 13. A. Kaiser of Bagley and Elias Steenerson of Crookston will be the speakers. There will be a baseball game, boating, music by the Fosston Concert Band, Erskine Overall Band and the Lady Hop's Kitchen Band of Erskine. The public is invited to attend. It cost 60 cents a day to educate a child in the average city public school. The office of education of the Interior Department at Washington, after gathering statistics from a representative group of cities, said that the average annual cost for each child is $108.87. The figures included teachers' services for nine months, heat, janitors' services and in most instances school supplies, books and library facilities. cRISIs C- 24 HOUR CRISIS LINE PAGER (888)551-6572 (888)559-8559 E-mail: Confidential Support Advocacy Services Crisis Intervention Support Groups II nterventionCenter P.O. Box 3 Bagley, MN 56621 Office Phone: (218)694-2831 Fax: (218)694-2834 lfe-s g BERG INSURANCE AGENCY Office in Triangle Sales & Service Building // Auto Disabilty " Farm Life %. Health Homeowners/ Call Gary at \\; (218)694-2027 Cede Funeral Home (218) 694-6600 tfc LINDAHL & CAGE, LTD Accounting Income Tax OFFICE HOURS - Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - S p.m. Evenings and Weekends By Appointment 224 N. Main, Bagley Phone: 694-6568 ,f BAGLEY DENTAL P.A. MARY JONES, DDS JILL NELSON, DDS TODD SANDWICK, DDS Office at: Peterson Hardware Building 13 Main Ave N, Boghy Phone: 69&6571 tfl Paper Social Security checks will soon be retired Dear Savvy Senior, I've heard that the government is about to do away with paper Social Security checks and make direct deposit mandatory. Is this true? I've always liked getting my retirement checks in the mail. Besides, I don't have a bank account for direct deposit. What can you tell me? Concerned Senior Dear Concerned, It is true! Paper Social Security checks will soon be completely retired and replaced with electronic payments. Here's what you should know. Mandatory E-payments: In an effort to save money, the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced that beginning March l, 2011, all new enrollees for Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, veterans, railroad retirement, and federal civil servant retirement benefits will be required to receive their payments by direct deposit either into a bank account or a Direct Express Debit MasterCard. And existing beneficiaries, who currently receive their government benefits via paper check, will have until March 1, 2013 to switch to electronic payments. About 85 percent of federal benefit recipients already. receive their payments electronically. Switching all beneficiaries to paperless payments is expected to save the government around $300 million in the first five years and $125 million each following year. It costs $1 overall to cut and mail a check but only 10 cents for a direct deposit. The Treasury issues about 135 million benefit checks annually. Government Debit Card: If you don't want your government benefits direct deposited in your bank account, or if you don't have a bank account that your payments can be deposited into, Y0u'll need to get a Direct Express Debit MasterCard. This is a prepaid debit card that was introduced by the Treasury Department in 2008 as an alternative to the 10 million or so Americans who still get a paper Social Security check each month. How it Works: With a Direct Express Debit MasterCard, your Social Security and/or other government benefits will automatically be deposited to your card's account on your payment day each month. Your card can then be used to get cash from ATMs, pay bills online and over the phone, make purchases at stores or locations you spend or withdraw is automatically deducted from your account. You also need to know that there's no cost to sign up for the card, no monthly fees, and no credit check required to enroll. There are, however, a few small fees for optional services you need to be aware of, like multiple ATM withdrawals. Currently, cardholders get one free ATM withdrawal per month, but additional monthly withdrawals cost 90 cents each not including a surcharge if you use a non-network ATM. Another important feature is security. Your card is PIN- protected, the money in your account is FDIC-insured, and if the card gets lost or stolen it will be replaced with consumer protections if it's reported promptly. How to Sign Up: To learn more about the Direct Express Debit MasterCard program or to sign up, visit or call 877-212-9991. And to sign up for Social Security direct deposit, call 800-772- 1213 or go to Also see Go Direct (godirect. org, 800-333-1795), a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Banks that provides information on direct deposit and a variety of easy, safe ways to sign up. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySeniororg. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. Sr. Center reconizes 6th grade volunteers Our hearts are still filled with "Joy and Love" following Thursday when your Senior Center was overflowing with, 60 plus youth from Bagley s 6'h grade. ' What apolite and energdtic group who have given of themselves on a regular basis to make lives more enjoyable for our Senior Citizens. Every Tuesday a different group of students sacrificed much of their noon hour to help deliver "Meals" to eligible seniors at Parkview. What a joy-filled experience for all participants. This youth group is our assurance that America is in "Good Hands" for the future! It's already June and the schedule is filling up. More details about the last three dates next week. Please mark these dates now on your calendar. You won't want to miss these special events at your Bagley Senior Center! 6  Graders Honored for Volunteerism Bagley 6 t grade students were honored last Thursday for their many hours of volunteering at the Bagley Senior Center. Volunteer activities included: Delivering "Meals on wheels" to eligible seniors. Veteran's Day Patriotic program at the Senior Center where they entertained and they also demonstrated the meaning of each step of folding the American Flag. Delivered decorated miniature Christmastrees forthe table centerpieces and created artistic placemats and napkin rings for the Christmas dinner. Decorated Valentine bags for the Senior Center. Thursday, it was the Senior Center' turn to honor more than 60 students who have brought such love and joy to our senior community throughout the school year. These acts of Volunteer Service were spearheaded by the 6 th grade teachers, Terri Standlien, Lori Agnew, and Matt Cage. Your June breakfast fundraiser has to be moved ahead to Saturday June 19. That will free up the following week- end to go to the "Breakfast on the farm" at the Rydeens farm on the 26% Evening meal is Wednesday, June 23. Deb Matthew's award dinner Thursday, June 24. Special Historical program Friday, June 25. Levi Lafriniere, Lucas Culkins, and Ralph Ellis. Shayley Espeseth, Edna Halvorson, and Hayley George. VA health care: The VA Health Care system provides a benefit to veterans, bought and paid for with their good and faithful service. It , is a benefit that does not interfere with the veteran's existing health care insurance. It can provide comprehensive coverage as the enrolled veteran's sole source of health care. Note: The VA Health Care benefit works best within the VA Medical Centers, Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) and as Authorized Fee Basis Care in the community. The VA Health Care benefit is not billable for balances of care when other health care coverage exists. It is a benefit that is not automatic, and does require some maintenance on the part of the veteran, like seeing your VA doctor once a year. Vietnam in-country veterans: Enrollment for veterans with in- country Vietnam service is only a signature away. I welcome your own personal comments Constructive feedback on your own behalf (not anonymous) to our Commissioners is also a valuable gaugeofhowthis office can better serve all veterans and their beneficiaries. Hutch