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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 9 Use dumpster sites properly to preserve this service! Proper use of rural dumpsters in Clearwater County is vital to the continuance of this service. The dumpsters are to be used only for household refuse. Prohibited materials include: furniture, major appliances, tires, animal carcasses, yard waste (brush, grass clippings, leaves, etc.), pesticides, fluorescent bulbs, auto parts and batteries, large wood or metal items, industrial waste, etc. Ask if the smoke from your wastes would include carcinogens. If so, don't throw it in the dumpster. If an item is too big to fit, take it to the landfill. Hazardous materials should be brought to N.W. Minnesota Household Hazardous Waste in Bagley, open daily 8-4:30, but call first at 694-2090. WINTER LANDFILL HOURS: Saturday: 8 a.m. - noon ~ Tuesdays: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Thursdays: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. FINES ARE LEVIED Against those who violate the solid waste ordinance. Fines up to $1,000, plus restitution and up to 90 days in jail are the maximum penalties. Fines are being levied by our county against violators. : For information, call Clearwater County Environmental ::Services: 694-6183. 'Faith Commentary .... MatterS'exhibit Lawmakers00must support Medicare Part D 00i/continues at "the History Center -i:Day for 'hunters' set : for Nov. 12 By Robert Albee Medicare's prescription drug deductible• AARP recently collected benefit, known as Part D. These low cost options will over 48 pages of signatures Nearly 780000 residents of cease to be available, however, from Minnesotans worried Minnesota ='-' 15 percent of the if the government follows that debt concerns and budget state's population -- rely on through with the misguided cuts will jeopardize Medicare. the program to keep essential cost-cutting strategies currently The petition, urging Congress medications affordable and under consideration• "to leave Medicare and social accessible• Congressmen of both parties security alone," has now There are currently 30 and members of the Obama been signed by 1.6 million different Part D plans available administration have expressed Americans nationwide, in Minnesota, some running supportforimposingmandatory The signatories are right as little as $15 per month and "rebates" on manufacturers of to be concerned. Consider nearly 40 percent offering a $0 prescription drugs for certain History of treaty making will open Nov. 4 at BSU (Bemidji, Minn., October 27, 2011) - "Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations" is a new traveling exhibition that will explore the Native nations in Minnesota and their history of treaty making with the United States• The exhibit will open Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. at The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) at Bemidji State University, where it will be on view through Nov. 16. The exhibit will then move to the Beltrami County Administration Building where it will be on display until Nov. 30 Following its close at Bemldjl, the exhibition will go to Red Lake for the month of December and then will begin a statewide tour through 2012 to reservations and other venues under the auspices of the Minnesota Humanities Center and its partner, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. In August 2010 a resolution creating a unique partnership of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian's National through the Clearbrook- Gonvick Community Education program. Taking her class would be a good way to see what is involved in doing family history and to meet others in the area that are interested in the same thing• Contact Judy Engebretson at 218-776-3112 ext 102 for more information on the class• Remember that admission to the History Center is free and we love to give tours and help you with your research into your family history as well as our county's history. Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. was approved unanimously by the tribes residing in Minnesota and made it possible for the exhibition to be developed as an educational tool for Minnesota audiences. The exhibition will include 20 free standing banners with evocative text, historical and contemporary photographs and maps, and a 10-minute video titled, "A Day in the Life of the Minnesota Tribal Nations." This exhibit reveals how Dakota and Ojibwe treaties with the U.S. government affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous' peoples of the place we now €all Minnesota, and explains why these binding agreements between nations still matter today. It is meant to share important cultural information with all Minnesotans, that they may better understand the true circumstances surrounding Minnesota land, its use, and even the treatment of the land's indigenous peoples today. "Treaties are agreements between self-governing, or sovereign, nations," says Kevin Leecy, chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and chairman of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. "Native nations existed long before the formation of the United States. European powers recognized the sovereign status of Native nations when they made treaties with us, as did the United States. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution recognizes Indian tribes as distinct sovereign entities on par with foreign natmns.  order to create the vibrant Mesota of the future we need (0 understand the importance bf the agreements -- the treaties -- between Protect your engine with Cenex lubricants BA6LEY co-or ASSOCIATION the sovereign Indian nations and the United States," says Minnesota Humanities Center President David O'Fallon. "Understanding these treaties is important now -- it affects how we live -- and will shape the future. The Minnesota Humanities Center is honored and excited to be a partner in this important program." "The history ofindiantreaties is the history of all Minnesotans and all Americans," says Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. "Even now, states, Native nations, and the federal government continue toengage on a government-to- government basis every day, making in effect new treaties, building upon those made many years ago. We cannot have a complete understanding of what it means to be Americans without knowing about these relationships, whether we are Native Americans or not." The project is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation. For more information and itinerary updates visit www. mnhum, org/treaties. "Why Treaties Matter: Self- Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations" has a new companion website, which launched this month• The website, which can be found at www. treatiesmatter, org, features the exclusive voices of Dakota and Ojibwe elders, leaders, and community members and amplifies historical and contemporary information and viewpoints not available in the exhibition, which began traveling in Minnesota early August. Part D enrollees. Drug companies will be required to sell their products at artificially low rates, eliminating the unique market- based approach of Part D that has made it such a standout among other government programs. In reality, these would be nothing more than price controls. Part D has been remarkably successful because it does not impose a one-size-fits-all plan on enrollees. Instead, Medicare recipients can choose their own private insurance plan, forcing insurers to negotiate low drug prices and offer reasonable premium rates in order to attract consumers. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates average monthly premiums for beneficiaries in 2012 will be just $30, slightly less than average rates in 2011 and significantly less than the CBO's original projection of $53. Taxpayers are also reaping the rewards of Part D's competitive structure. According to the CBO, Part D is costing 41 percent less than originally estimated -- equating to savings of $112 billion over the decade• With affordable premiums Tamara Edevold Executive Director The Faith Matters: Churches and Congregations of Clearwater County exhibit is up and has been viewed zby quite a few people these 10ast few weeks• One group %f visitors from Texas ommented that "there sure are a lot of Lutherans up here," 'and it's true: On the face of ,it, most of the congregations iin our county were either :Norwegian Lutheran or 'wedish Lutheran, with a small 'eontingency of Catholics and ::Congregationalists, Baptists ?d even fewer of other .grganized (and unorganized) ,religions. The exhibit will be .tip through the winter months, so we hope you will set aside n hour out of your week to .stop in and take a tour. We will add new items to the exhibition i0ften, so you will see new ithings each time you stop in. We have switched to our ¢'winter hours" at the History LCenter; which are Tu0sday- oFriday from 10 a.m.-4 p:m: We ,vill also open by appointment [if you would like a tour in the evening or on a weekend. We ust need a day or two advance notice to make arrangements. tThe History Center will also Se open at least one weekend day each month during the %¢inter. The next weekend day ;we will be open is Saturday, !]qov. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. iSlnce this open day is during unting season, we have aevlsea a cavenger Hunt" t- .to help you find tems in the /huseum that you may not have :aoticed before• It's designed £or all ages, although younger .,kids might need some help• .Light refreshments will also be served. i. The Historical Society 4s interested in hosting a genealogy club. If you would Aike to be involved, please call the center (218-785-2000) and add your name to the list. Once .ve have enough people signed p, we will set up a meeting to • organize. • " OnNov. 17, one ofour society hembers, Becky Colebank, is i.eaching an introduction class, :"Exploring Family History," medicines at steep, artificial discounts, private insurers and pharmacy benefit managers could find themselves unable to negotiate the same steep discounts. So premiums could jump in price. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that imposing rebates in Part D could increase premium prices by 20 percent! My organization works to provide information and services to Mirmesotans with diabetes. Changes to Medicare Part D would be particularly devastating to these patients. Minnesotans have declared their support for Part D. Now our elected representatives need to listen. Medicare Part D has more than proven its worth. We must not jeopardize the access and affordability the program provides seniors. (Robert Albee is the CEO of A Partnership Of Diabetics (A-POD), headquartered in Minneapolis.) Yield law The Farmers Independent was asked by a local citizen to remind motorists that pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk. Even though Bagley's Main Avenue is and increased access to marked by signs on the centerline medications, it's n ]mrise reminding drivers to yield to that beneficies ae nleased - jedestrians, this citizen had to p wait and wait for her legal turn to with their coverage. In fact, 84 percent of seniors reported to Medicare Today that they are satisfied with the Part D program. What's more, according to a new study by Harvard Medical School, improved access and the result of non-adherence to a drug regimen, was reduced the most dramatically. With Part D, seniors are more likely to stay healthy, and that 10 percent savings from reduced inpatient care means annual savings of $12 billion. If lawmakers choose to impose rebates and ignore the overwhelming evidence of Part D's efficiency, these savings will quickly vanish. Today in Part D, private insurance plans and pharmacy benefit managers negotiate prices directly with pharmaceutical firms, and pass cost savings along to consumers in an effort to make their plans attractive. If the government forces drug companies to sell their cross the road. Just the morning of this writing, a school boy was waiting to cross the road, and cars just kept driving right on past him. Motorists, please be alert for pedestrians. adherence to drugs through l[ Part D reduces healthcare AffeMion Deer II spending per patient by approximately 10 percent• . U/llters / Costly in-patient care, often Now buying in for cash, knives, gloves, or a chance to win a rifle. SNOW DOESN'T STAND A CHANCEl *We also buy cow hides $12 each MERgCHMAN gALE8 & 9ERVICE, INC. On/y S miles out on County Road 28! 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