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Wednesday July 21, 2010 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 14 By Bob A. Bilden From the time of its beginnings at Bagley in 1976, the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) have always had grain threshing as one of their show events, and this has been fitting as the area has a long history of raising grain and its harvest from the time that the country was first opened for settlement at the turn of the 20th century. In the same manner as of the past generations, both steam and gas power has been used to operate the threshing machines. Through the years of the shows, there have been many individuals in advanced years who have felt the urge to once again climb upon a grain rack and pitch some bundles into the machine's feeder; and by doing so, relive past memories. Threshing time was, indeed, an especially exciting one for the younger farm boys who would often listen and watch expectantly for first the sound and then the sight of the rig and its steam engine or tractor as it came into sight on the road, and to then turn into the farm driveway and come majestically into the yard or to the field. Oftentimes, that boy (or boys) would run breathlessly to the farmyard to yell out: "Dad! Mom! The thresher's here!" Then came the moments to watch the thresherman level and park the machine, line up the engine or tractor to it, and then put on the long drive belt; finally to set the machine in motion to see if the belt was running true. None of these actions escaped the interested eye of the watching farm boy. Then would come in that first load of bundles from the field to be pitched into the thresher, or if the grain were stacked, the pitcher would be positioned upon a stack to also begin the bundle feeding. As the straw began to fly from the blower pipe, again the boy's observant eyes were on the oeigher; waiting to see how ng it would take for the first half-bushel to accumulate. And so a morning of threshing would pass, with the continual procession of bundle loads coming and empty racks returning to the field for re-loading, or the pitcher's movement from one stack to another as each one was finished off. Wagon boxes or sacks would be filled with grain as the procedure continued. Then suddenly it would be noon -- and dinner- time! All work came to a halt; the machine was shut down, and every crewman headed to either the house or to an outside table to partake of the fruits of the efforts of the farmer's wife who (with often the assistance of a daughter or a neighboring lady) had .very likely been busy since early morning preparing an sumptuous meal for the ravenous workers. That meal could very well be fried chicken, roast beef or pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, bread (homemade of course!), and for dessert (again home-made) cake, pie, or some other culinary delight from the proud hostess' kitchen. Also remember that much of this was done during the years before the blessings of refrigeration and other electrical appliances! Threshing would continue through the afternoon, and if there was a second and more days of it, work would continue as late as possible, and then the meal ritual would be repeated, usually with menu changes. Suddenly, it would all be over; the farmer would "settle up" with the thresherman and with such crew members as were not on the "work exchange circuit"; and he could have the satisfaction of knowing that his crop was now in the bin; ready for use, and with maybe some to sell; and for the farm boy(s) it meant another year would pass before it would all happen again! Such were the memories of "threshing time!" The LIRPF has two threshers: a Wood Brothers which was used years ago by the late Ole Ysen, Bagley, and who was the first LIRPF member to be honored on the show souvenir button in 1978. The machine was donated to the LIRPF by his family a short time after his death in 1979; the other one is a John Deere, also a donation to the LIRPF, and one of the last machines built by that company. TRACTOR PULL: An Old-time Tractor Pull was a part of the events of the first LIRPF show, and 35 tractors participated in it, vying for trophies and plaques. A flat steel drag skid was used in the competition, with regularly spaced individuals stepping onto the skid as it proceeded down the track. There were classes for both steel-wheeled and rubber-tired tractors to compete. The event proved to be a very popular one, and it continues to be so with each passing show year. Shortly after moving to the present show grounds, and getting a track prepared for the pull, several of the members got together to design and construct a weight-transfer skid; a much more accurate (and safer) unit to use in the pulls. A second skid which could accommodate smaller tractors was built several years later. The tractor pull is not meant to attract modified and high-horsepower, high rpm- engined tractors, but rather for the machines as they were once used on the farms many years ago. The steel-wheeled and rubber-tired categories are still used during the pulls, and trophies and plaques are still awarded the winners in each weight classification. TRAIN: Emmett and Ernest Anderson constructed the first scale model railway track oval on the LIRPF grounds in 1993, putting in long hours and hard labor in building the grade, laying ties, and attaching rails. The track is a standard scale- model size, so that visiting engineers can bring theft own engines and rolling stock; unload them on the vertical turntable, have them lowered to the siding, and then moved onto the tracks. During the LIRPF shows, both steam-powered locomotives and diesel replicas are in use pulling the little multi-car trains around the railroad line. Each car can accommodate one person, child or adult. Mechanically- controlled sidings can shunt a train off the main track when desired. Since the beginning years, the track has been expanded to resemble a large, lazy boomerang which covers considerably more ground than previously. An engine building has also been constructed to house the engines during the shows. As many as three trains have been seen in operation at one time when the show is going on, each loaded' with passengers. Several other engineers and their families have joined the Andersons over the years, to add their own equipment and expertise to the very popular source of entertainment. They include the Vern Smiths, Otto Toftes, Graydon Bohns (Sr. and Jr.), Hagel family, and Steve Hills, all from North Dakota. The railroad is in constant operation from early morning to late afternoon throughout the show days. LIRPF 2010 show days are August 20-22. Dr. Andre Spence By Darlene Sawyer (The Clearwater Health Services Clinics in Clearbrook and Bagley provide health services and care for area residents who need medical attention. There are several new professional personnel, as well as long-term staff, at these clinics, and, with the assistance of Nurse Coordinator Marsha Leintz of Bagley, we were provided with time for interviews so the citizens of Clearwater County can become familiar with them.) Dr. Andre Spence, Internal Medicine Specialist at the Bagley Clearwater Health Services Clinic, has been a part of the medical team there since September 2009. He is a graduate of Wolmen's Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica, and received his medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He completed his internal medicine residency at Harlem Hospital Center in New York. He worked in internal medicine at the St. Ann's Bay Hospital in St. Ann, Jamaica, from 2001 to 2006. When he came to the Aurora Clinic in Grand Forks, Dr. Mark Peterson helped him to find a hospital in an area with a "small town" feeling -- right here in Bagley. When asked about his first job for pay, he replied, "I didn't work -- I've been in school forever!" His biggest challenge has been educating patients about preventive care, and the second challenge is patients' compliance with medications. He said, "I love my profession. This clinic staff is great, and the nursing staff over at the hospital is tops!" Dr. Spence specializes in adult health care, the diagnosis. management and treatment ot illnesses of adults from theil teen years through senior adult. He also provides preventive health care and annual exams. He sees patients in the Bagley Clinic and admits patients to the Clearwater County Memorial Hospital. He lives alone and enjoys this rural area. His mother, father, and one brother still live in Jamaica; one sister lives in North Carolina, and one brother lives in Canada. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, four-wheeling, cross country skiing, playing soccer (he joins in with others in a Bemidji league), and playing lawn tennis. Pictured from Left to Right: Rear Row: Matt Cage, Stephen Nyegaard, Curt Nyegaard (Clearwater County 4-H Program Coordinator) David Nyegaard, Ron Knable, Austin Petterson, Anne Ternes, Walker Cage, Nick Solberg, Zach Dunrud, Dave Dunrud, Morgan Gebhardt, Paul Knable. Front Row: Tanner Petterson, Harry Hutchens, Michael Hutchens, Caleb Petterson, Sam Ternes, Kim (Zietlow) Terne$, Morgan Knable, Karen Gebhardt, Debra Passi (4-H Summer Assistant) Not Pictured: Stacie Petterson, Photographer. Article submitted by 4-H volunteer leader Karen Gebhardt. Clearwater County 4-H the 4-H members worked on around the campsite, and were members enjoyed a four- their favorite way to swamp a added to breakfast pancakes. A day canoe' trip in V0yageurs Canoe, caught Crayfish, fished Nati6fidi Park Ranger Stopped National Park, in Northern Minnesota last week. Kids and parents paddled about 9 miles from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center to their camping site at the Eastern end of Rainy Lake. After setting up tents and camp, everyone took turns cooking the camp meals and cleaning up. During free time, many of for those elusive walleye, and used the 4-H digital cameras to record their own adventures. A highlight of the trip was a fish fry of fresh bass, northern pike, walleye, and crayfish, which were caught by several of the campers. Wild blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries and juneberries all grew wild by to discuss the history ot the campsite, which was once a family fishing camp, and the general history ot the area. Everyone enjoyed some sunburn, muscle-aches, bug spray, campfire-smoky- smelling clothes, good food and new friends! The Headwater Intervention Center (HIC), serving Hubbard and Clearwater Counties, is proud to announce the signing of the Domestic Violence Omnibus Bill. The HIC sponsored bill enhances the criminal justice system's ability to protect victims of domestic violence through expanding protections in Ex Parte Orders for Protection, clarifying stalking offenses, protecting victim data from public disclosure, and strengthening criminal system responses to high-risk domestic violence offenses. Signed by Governor Pawlenty, alongside survivors and family members of domestic violence victims, the bill takes effect August 1, 2010. The bill includes the following: 1. Stalking - Stalking is one of the leading indicators an abuser's behavior may become lethal. Fifty-four percent of domestic victims reported stalking to police prior to their murders. The bill strengthens the language of the statute in order to better protect victims of domestic violence. Language has been added to the stalking statute which allows for communications through "any available technology" to be considered for stalking crimes. 2. Tampering with a Witness - The bill creates a misdemeanor level witness tampering offense that involves interference with a crime witness when there are threats without the need to also prove coercion. 3. Electronic Monitoring- The bill lifts the ban on the use of GPS/Electronic monitoring to protect victims in domestic violence cases and allows for a pilot project. Now, when a stalker sends a clear signal they will strike again through violating an order for protection, law enforcement will have additional tools to stop them. 4. Data Practices Act Amendments - Provides exemption for domestic violence and sexual assault programs from the Data Practices Act that require any organization which receives government funding to provide information requested by an outside party. 5. Ex Parte Order of Protection - Provides additional protection at a time when domestic violence victims are most vulnerable by restricting the batterer from a 'reasonable area' around the victim's residence or dwelling place. 6. Domestic Abuse No Contact Orders (DANCO) - Provides more protection for battered women through clarifying that a DANCO is a criminal court order, a DANCO is not a condition of release, and the court can set maximum bail and issue a DANCO. 7. Increases tile Bail on Misdemeanor/Gross Misdemeanor Domestic Abuse Offenses - Increases the maximum bail cap on misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor domestic abuse and violation of order for protection offenses from six times the fine amount to ten times the fine amount. HIC provides services in Clearwater and Hubbard Counties for women, men, and children who are victims of domestic violence or abuse. garden tour slated The Beltrami County Master Gardeners will host a garden tour of 6 Bemidji area gardens on Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gardens feature a variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetables and include in town, rural, and lakeshore gardens. Special features this year include original sculpture, forest restoration, and water features. Select local businesses will also display their garden oriented items. Tickets are $10 and available at the Tea & Gift Shoppe, 514 Beltrami Ave NW or by mail until Tuesday, July 20, go to www.beltramicountymastergardeners. org. Farmers, ranchers and other requirements is posted online available at USDA Service agricultural producers may at: Centers and online at: http:// nominate eligible candidates to lnternet/FSA_File/ccoeligib_ serve on the local Far~a.. Service lO.pdfl All nomination forms foi Agency countycommittee. LAA3 is the administrative the 2010 election must be FSAcountycommitteesmake area where the election will postmarked or received in the decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues. To hold office as a county committee member, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. A complete list of eligibility be held, this area includes the townships of: Falk, Nora, Moose Creek, Minerva, Bear Creek, La Prairie, Rice, Itasca and unorganized area. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Additionally, organizations representing minorities and women may nominate candidates. All nominees must sign nomination form FSA-669A, which includes a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected. Form FSA-669A is local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 2, 2010. Ballots will be mailed te eligible voters by Nov. 5. The final day to return voted ballots to the local USDA Service Center is Dec. 6. Newly elected county committee members take office Jan. 1, 2011. For more information about FSA county committees, visil your local USDA Service Center or online at: http:// Then select the County Committee Election Page. drivers on the radar for July The Central Lakes College Veterans' Resource Center in Brainerd on Tuesday, July 27, will host an afternoon for American Indian military veterans, spouses and their dependents. The event is for anyone interested in exploring higher education and educational benefits that are available through military education programs. Veterans and their families will meet in C226, which is the Veterans' Resource Center at Central Lakes College, from noon to 4 p.m. A traditional blessing will open the event, followed by a feast, a tour of the campus, and a presentation about the programs and services available to veterans, spouses and dependents. Staff from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Program and Veterans Upward Bound will be available to provide one- to-one guidance to explore education benefits. Staff from Central Lakes College will be available to provide additional assistance. For information, contact Deb Dewey, Veterans' Resource Center civic engagement coordinator, at 218-855-8279 or email at ddewey@clcmn. edu To counter the trend ot motorists increasing speeds during summer, Minnesota law enforcement agencies are stepping up speed patrols in July. The added speed enforcement is coordinated by the Minnesota Departmenl of Public Safety (DPS), which reports illegal and unsafe speeding as factors in around 130 deaths annually --- about 70 percent of which occur in rural areas. The statewide July effort includes around 400 agencies and supplements an ongoing, 12-month speeding enforcement campaign thal has resulted in 22,192 vehicle stops since October 2009.