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..... i :ilii  SERVING CLEARWATER COUNTY, HOME OF THE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS, SINCE 1897 Farmers 00n(i VOLUME 117 NUMBER 7 nll Wednesday, December 4, 2013 ,,lll,,l,llllll,dllll 1 Single Copy $26 Yearly Subscription Chamber to give away $1,200 in !: Bagley Bucks! Starting on Nov. 29, registration began at participating Bagley businesses (see ad inside this newspaper) for prize drawings that will award a total of $1,200 in Bagley Bucks. Each week, three $100 winners will be drawn from the registrations. The grand prize of $300 will also be drawn on Dec. 23. All entries from the first day until noon on Dec. 23 will be included in the grand prize drawing. Registration is free, and you are encouraged to visit all the stores in Bagley so you can see what they have to offer. Note to merchants: Please bring your registrations to the Farmers Independent every Monday starting on Dec. 9. ..... :(00000000i00iiii00iiii!i!iiii:i:i00!!00iii!i00!iii00i0000:i: Steam billows from a mahole entrance into the Bagley sewer system as a crew from Situform installs a liner within the existing clay tile of the old sewer. The crew began work on Nov. 22 and concluded its work Nov. 27. SanfordBagley Ambulance Santa Day this Saturday! Service awarded $20,000 from Have free breakfast at the Legion, /h-nerican Heart Association's Vintage snowmobile show at Fireside 'Mission: Lifeline' All on Dec. 7 Sanford Bagley Ambulance Service has been awarded funding to purchase a Physio- Control LifePakl5 cardiac monitor from Mission: Lifeline, an American Heart Association community- based initiative aimed at improving the system of care for heart attack patients throughout rural Minnesota. In addition, the TEAM Foundation awarded a $5,000 match for the project. "Receiving the Mission: Lifeline grant and TEAM Foundation funding is a huge win for the citizens of Clearwater County," said Seth Tramm, EMS Manager for Sanford Bagley Ambulance Service. "By providing funding for a second cardiac monitor, as well as additional education, our EMS teams will be able to recognize, treat and stabilize cardiac symptoms earlier and get patients to definitive care faster, leading to improved outcomes for our patients and their families. With the addition of a 24-7 emergency cardiac STEMI care at Sanford Bemidji and the equipment and training received through this grant, Ambulance award/Continued on page 5 A Peek Inside! School audit shows $200,000 savings on expenditures Thirteen felons convicted in 9th District Court Alton Walker comments on Farmers Union Convention Trail Blazers seek members 4-H Youth elected to lead mmmmBimmmm 4-H Honors dedicated helpers Sign up now for Bonspiel Gas prices continue to fall God is always on time DNR issues ice warnings A look at Legacy Amendment's first five years Lessons learned from our farmers Dealing with gnat-like flies that hitchhike on your houseplants A free breakfast of right away and placed into a pancakes and ham will be handsome frame. Proceeds offered Saturday, Dec. 7, in elp the Rotary support the Bagley American Legion vorthy causes. Auditorium.- Breakfast w/B.J-Santa Bucks will again be be served from 8 to 11 a.m. The meal is being provided by the Bagley Area Chamber to show its appreciation to the public. The free breakfast will consist of pancakes, ham, coffee, milk and juice, all prepared by volunteer members of the Bagley Area Chamber. Santa will be at the old Elementary gym in the Early Childhood wing from 10:30 a.m. until noon, handing out treats and visiting with children. The Early Childhood Family Education folks will also sponsor free craft activities for children and their parents. The Rotary Club will offer photos with Santa for $5. The photos are processed Don Olson has already signed on as the pancake chef, and Keith Kubiak as the ham chef. ...... Others already on the given to children aftending the Santa Claus Day festivities at Bagley Elementary School, the Bagley Area Chamber (BAC) announced. The Santa Bucks aro worth $1 in trade at participating merchants and are valid only on Santa Day, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 7. Cooks needed: A couple more volunteers are needed to set up, starting at 7 a.m., as well as cooks. Two shifts are set for 7-9:30 a.m. and then 9:30 a.m.-noon, with the second shift starting clean- up about 11 a.m. A?nyone wanting to help, please contact Tom Burford at the Farmers Independent. 694- 6265. It might sound like work, but everyone involved has a fun time. volunteer list are: 7-9:30 a.m. shift -- Dave Lee, Tom and Vicki Burford, Kyle Crist, Doug and Colleen Lindgren, and LuWayne Loiland. Signed on already for the second shift: 9:30-noon are: Deb Cage, Lester Liljedahl, Brenda Lowrey, Jessica Simpson and Tammy Ingalls. Some of our volunteers have conflicting schedules and cannot help this year, so if you can help, please contact Tom Burford at the Farmers Independent, 694-6265. Prize drawings: Those attending the breakfast are welcome to register for Bagley Bucks that are awarded weekly by the Bagley Area Chamber. Vintage snowmobiles to be exhibited Another event on Dec. 7 is the 4th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show & Swap Meet sponsored by the Clearwater Classic Sleds organization. Last year, the turnout was considered excellent, and interest shown indicates an even greater turnout this year, according to Lee Peterson of Bagley, one of the show organizers. The event will be held outside Fireside Grill and Patio, with the awards ceremony and (of course!) food and beverages inside Fireside. The vintage snowmobiles registration runs from 8- 11 a.m., with the awards announced at the awards banquet around 1 p.m. Viewers are admitted free and can come any time. Trophies will be awarded in each of the 11 classes, plus the People's Choice awards. A trail ride begins after the awards (conditions permitting). In addition, a swap meet runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering parts or complete snowmobiles. A raffle offers a grand prize of a vintage Polaris snowmobile, plus cash prizes. /; Light up the town .... TheBagley Area Chamber once again purchased fresh garland to decorate our fine city for the holidays. Shown putting lighted garland in place above Main Avenue is Bagley Public Utilities worker Scott Caouette. Other holiday lighting can be found at the entrance to town on the east side and by the softball fields. Sewer upgrade project completed The City of Bagley saved significant funds, thanks to a sewer repair technology that allows a synthetic liner to be installed inside existing clay sewer lines. A crew from Situform, headquartered in Baline, Minn., did the work in Bagley at a cost of about $50,000, according to Mike Jensen, superintendent of Bagley Public Utilities. The technology involves inserting a flexible pipe material into the existing line and then applying high pressure steam. The force expands the liner, and the heat fuses it to the existing line's interior and it hardens. Then, a small robot is steered through the line, stopping at each lateral connection to cut an opening. Jensen noted that, for example, the robot entered the sewer line at Main Avenue and 1st Street and did its work all the way to the railroad tracks. The finished product, according to Mr. Jensen, is as strong as a PVC pipe and can stand alone. Their are more sewer and water line upgrades in the planning stages, he noted, but getting .the funding together and other aspects of the work may take a couple of years. Bagley students team up to take top honors at Robotics Tournament THIEF RIVER FALLS - Five teams from Bagley High School competed in the Dream It Do It Northern MN VEX Robotics Tournament, hosted by Northland Community and Technical College. The Extra-A Team was named a Tournament Champion. Team 4499B, named A-I, from the Bemidji Civil Air Patrol, won the Excellence Award at the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 23. By winning this award, the team earned their second invitation to the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., in three years. One team member stated, "This is like winning the Super Bowl!" Team A-I was also on the winning alliance, along with Team 3864B, Lancaster Robotics, from Lancaster School, and Team 4003E; Extra-A Team, from Bagley High School. This alliance of three teams competed against 21 other teams to be named Tournament Champions. Team 4448A, the RLF Eagles, from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, won the Design Award for their engineering process and documentation. The judge notedthatthe teamhadaunique design, strong fabrication and a well documented process that allowed them to avoid repeating mistakes. Team 7458G, the Fisher Knights from Fisher High School, won the Sportsmanship Award for working well with other teams, encouraging each other and being ambitious while still collaborating with others. New recycling Continued on page 5