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Over 4 mil lion Readers Nationwid e March 11, 2013 Volume 1 • Issue #27 Published by Professional Print Management • Serving Northeast South Dakota & West Central Minnesota • Advertising Information 605-541-0110 • www.LakeAreaTidbits.com

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Curt Carter Memorial Gun Show Sat., March 16th, 9:00AM - 5:00PM. Sun., March 17th 9:00AM - 3:00PM. Codington County Extension Complex 1910 West Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD. For more information contact: Vic Carter - Kones Korner - 605-793-2347.

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A Healthier Irish Holiday Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish dish, and a favorite meal on St. Patrick’s Day. While the flavor combinations are delicious, some may want to cut back on the fat and calories. By using my tips for preparing the brisket, and my recipe for Slow Cooked Brisket and Cabbage, you can have all the flavors of this Irish dish with far less calories. Brisket is a fat-marbled cut of beef from the front of the cow in the lower chest area. Slow cooking tenderizes this tough cut of meat. According to Bowes and Church’s Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, the lowest calorie brisket is the one in which all the fat is trimmed. The type of brisket also makes a difference. The flat half brisket would have 191 calories and 6 grams of fat per 3.5-ounce serving. The same amount of the point half brisket prepared the same way has 244 calories and nearly 14 grams of fat. Whole brisket has 218 calories and 10 grams of fat. Leaving 1/4-inch trim of fat almost doubles the calories in all of the brisket cuts. “Trimmed” brisket has almost all of the outer fat removed, while “packer-trimmed” brisket has a thick outer layer of fat. Using a few tips, you can reduce some of the fat in the less expensive, packer-trimmed cuts of brisket while saving money. Cook the meat a day ahead of time and put the pot in the refrigerator. Once the meat cools, the fat will harden and can be skimmed off. Market-trimmed brisket is a little more expensive, but saves time because it has already been prepped for you. This type of brisket is ideal for using in a slow cooker. The meat will cook in its own juices and come out moist and tender. Potatoes are another favorite Irish food. Potatoes are not that high in calories and have no fat, but making them with lots of butter and high-fat milk adds calories. This Slow Cooked Brisket and Cabbage recipe uses traditional ingredients in a flavorful, lower-fat Irish meal.

SLOW-COOKED BRISKET AND CABBAGE 1 (3-pound) trimmed, boneless beef brisket 2 tablespoons Dijon or stone ground mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 large baking potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled and cut into 4-inch pieces 1 large onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges 4 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half 3 large carrots, cut into 4-inch pieces 1 small head green cabbage (about a pound), cut into 8 wedges 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes 2 whole bay leaves 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 4 to 5 cups hot water, to cover the meat by at least 1 inch 1. Rub the brisket on both sides with the mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper. Set aside on a plate. 2. Place the potatoes, onions, garlic cloves, carrots and cabbage in the bottom of the slow cooker. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and pepper, the ginger, cloves and red pepper flakes. Place bay leaves in the pot. Stir to combine. Place brisket on top of the vegetables. 3. Pour in the apple cider vinegar, and the hot water to cover the meat by at least 1 inch. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours, or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours, until the meat is fork tender. 4. Remove the brisket from the slow cooker to a cutting board and let it stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Thinly slice brisket across the grain and put on a serving platter. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and put them on a platter. Pour the juices from the cooker into a gravy boat and serve with brisket. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is www.divapro.com. To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva!, on Facebook and go to Hulu.com. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis

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FOR SALE: 2000 Honda Shadow motorcycle, silver/black color, windshield, low miles, excellent condition, new tires. Asking $1800. Call 868-2699.

Want to buy: 500 Gallon Propane Tank. 605-486-4430.

Selling baseball and football cards and memorobilia. Includes cards, small sets, and sports collectibles from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Asking $650 OBO. 605-886-3422

FOR SALE: Large 36 inch exhaust fan suitabable for barns, machine or mechanic work building. 605-9384748.

For Sale 2000 Buick LaSabre 4 door. FOR SALE - Fold up walker with 180,000 miles, but very nice condition. wheels. 605-881-4414 $2,100. Call (605) 520-0840 12 ft. Outdoor Movie Theater BlowFor Sale Whirlpool refrigerator. White up Screen with Blower. (ALL NEW) For with ice & water, side by side. call 605- use with your projector. MAKE OFFER. (605) 878-0544 Watertown, SD. 432-6937 in Milbank. 1995 Nissan Pathfinder-Whole or Parts-Rusted out rear crossmember.Engine,Trans,Glass and 4x4 all greatB/O above scrap price.763-202-0086.

Beautiful 1956 Blond Baldwin Spinet Piano with Nice Bench. Very Good Condition. Make reasonable offer. (605) 878-0544 Watertown, SD

New Hub City over running 1000 to 540 pto coupling part #0331-00012. Quick realease up to 125 hp.200.00 asking 125.00 obo. 492-3337

2001 Chevy Malibu with spoiler. Silver V-6. 108,000 miles. Great interior and flawless exterior. Great school car! Call 605-8686538.

For sale -Tony Little’s Gazelle Edge Exercise machine $75.00 obo Phone605-432-5723

LAKE PROPERTY SHORT TERM RENTAL Lake Kampeska home near Watertown. Book Now for Summer! 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 12 (605) 520-7055

MOBILE HOMES FREE LOT RENT for 9 months for your mobile home. Call Neil (605) 874-2539 or (605) 868-6972.

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Marco Polo Apartment size piano with bench. 66 keys, very good condition. Call 320-839-6165.

FOR SALE: 1993 GMC Suburban 4X4, 350 V8, $1,695 OBO. 320-325-5989. For Sale - Chihuahua puppies, 3 mos. 1998 Suburban 4X4 454-V-8, $1,200 Short hair, small, brown. 2 females, OBO, needs tranny work. Clinton, MN 1 female. $200. 1 male $150. Very friendly. Madison, MN. 320-226-3626. 2010 Chevy Silverado. 37,500 miles, FOR SALE: HP Officejet All-in-one V6, 2 wheel drive, $13,600 OBO. New FOR SALE or TRADE: 1980 E-150 phone, fax & copier. Call 1-605-949Ford Van. 300, 6 cyl., New 4-speed Snow Tires. 605-862-6004 4009. overdrive transmission, excellent chrome bumpers and glass. Call 1947 M JD Tractor with hydraulic 2 pt Selling: Case IH 5400 no-till drill 20 anytime. Watertown 605-882-2015 w/ 5ft digger and 2 btm plow. Make Offoot, 10 inch spacing. Yetter coulter fer. New paint and tires. 320-394-2348. cart. Factory markers. Above average FOR SALE: 1994 Lumina Van, 3.8 condition. More info call 605-758-2554. FOR SALE: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, V6, Air, Teal Green, Many new parts, 165,000. $1200. Madison, MN 320Looking For 4 kitchen chairs with rollers 5.9L, many extras, very clean. 186K 226-3626. miles. 605-881-4232. Call anytime. and arms. Must have good fabric. 320839-3666. FOR SALE: 2008 Harley Davidson New - 200 Feet 1” Rope (coiled). Sportster 1200 Low only 750 miles. Selling for $100. New price was $238. H International Tractor for parts 2 Priced at 6,990. Call 605-868-3964. Can deliver to Watertown. 605-690new front tires. Firestone 13-6-38 - 40%. Ask for Ron. Excellent like-new 8381 Bruce. Narrow front end. Call 605-432-6075 condition motorcycle. Roping Saddle, 17 inch. $500. Can For Sale Round oak pedestal table, email photo of the saddle upon request. Poulan Pro 500 EX Lawn Tractor large leaf with 3 oak carved back, arm 54” steel deck, 15” Poulan Pro easy605-627-5466 Bruce. chairs. $300.00 OBO (320) 265-6950 glide high back seat, 22 HP Briggs Office Desk 30” x 60” five drawers with & Stratton Intek V-Twin, 4 years old, FOR SALE: Antique Dayton Hobart 697 hours. Runs perfect. $775. 6051 file drawer. Oak laminated. Sturdy grocery store type scale. Up to 24#'s. 265-1003 and very heavy. $25. 605-690-3833 Call 1-605-949-4009.. Bruce. For Sale Beer Collection. Apprx. For Sale: Trane Gas House Furnance. Two person massaging hot tub - Can 200 Bottles and Cans. For info call Will Guarantee working condition. $300 fit up to four people. Asking $2200. Call 605-690-0055. Also Have Coke Items, or best offer. Watertown, SD (605) Bottles, etc. (605) 237-4709 leave message. 753-5313.

FOR SALE: 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 FOR SALE: 2000 Honda Shadow mo- motorcycle. Black color with only 730 torcycle, silver/black color, windshield, miles. $2,800 will buy it. Call 886-5958. Ask for Ron, leave message. low miles, excellent condition, new tires. Asking $1800. Call 605-868-2699. For Sale: Baby Crib with Mattress white in color. $10.00 Please Call 605-254-3979 To Give Away: Baby Jogging Stroller. $15.00 Please Call 605-2543979 Looking for a place to rent. Single Professional Non Smoking Male. Looking to rent a room, small apartment or house in the Big Stone City Area. Please Call 605-254-3979 WEIGHT MACHINE for sale - $175. Hoist Fitness System - Prime 8A. 12 exercises in 12 minutes for the Prime 8 muscle groups. Watertown, SD 605-7533228 FOR SALE: Rainbow Series E vacuum cleaner. Like new! Used very little. (605)886-7865 For Sale: Meyer 8’ snowplow with hoist and light bar, stored inside, not used past 3 years, good condition. Goodwin, SD (605) 795-3520 FOR SALE: 2009 Chevy Impala LT. Leather Heated Front Seats, Power Sunroof. 61,500 miles. 11,000 on new tires. Excellent. Call 605-932-3744 after 5:00 pm. $10,750 firm.

For sale: An upholstered swivel rocking chair in excellent condition. Phone: 605-486-4430 • 1 Item (car, boat, set of tires, etc.) • Private Parties only (no commercial listings) • 25 Words or less • 1 Free Listing Per Phone #

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GREAT PLACES TO EAT "Top of the Hill" Cafe in Summit South Dakota - Homemade food Daily specials / Baked goods / Monday cooks choice / Tuesday soup and sandwich / Wednesday is chicken day / Thursday cooks choice Friday roast pork or beef. 605-398-6464

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WANTED TO BUY Old Keys, Skeleton, Barrel, clock, cabinet, steamer trunk, push pin, railroad, jail, church, padlock keys and padlocks. You get the idea if you have any of these you wish to part with please call: 320-305-2006. Thank You.

GUN SHOW Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Association, Inc. Curt Carter Memorial Gun Show. Saturday, March 16th, 9:00AM - 5:00PM. Sunday, March 17th 9:00AM - 3:00PM. Codington County Extension Complex. 1910 West Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD. For more information contact: Vic Carter - Kones Korner - 605-793-2347.

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Fountain Pen Q: I have a Sheaffer's Lifetime fountain pen, in excellent condition. How much is it worth? -- Mrs. F.V., Rio Rancho, N.M. A: According to "Collecting Pens" by Edward Kiersh, if your pen was manufactured in 1950 and is a Lifetime Triumph with Touchdown filler, it could be worth $125 in new to excellent condition. ••• Q: We have a stovetop waffle iron that was manufactured by Stover. We would like to know if it has any value as a collectible. -- Hershel and Freda, Jackson, Mo. A: Prices depend on rarity and desirability. Although I could not find your particular waffle iron in my reference books, a rule of thumb is that the more intricate the waffle iron, the higher the price. For example, the Yum Yum waffle iron manufactured by Griswold for hotel kitchens is valued at between $500 and $1,200, depending on size and model. Most of the other simpler ones fall into the $40 to $100 range, again depending on rarity and desirability. I would think that your waffle iron might fall into that range, too. ••• Q: I began collecting Western paperbacks when I was a teenager more than 50 years ago. I would now like to sell them. Please advise me. -- Marsha, Sioux Falls, S.D. A: I suggest you start by contacting dealers in your area. The Book Shop buys and sells used paperbacks, a good place to begin. Contact is 223 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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12TH ANNUAL

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Sponsored by the Graceville Women’s Organization

Parade Registration Form Saturday, March 16th, 2013 3:00 p.m. Graceville, MN

Name of entrant: Name of contact Person: *We will call you with a parade entry #.* Parade formation will begin @ Grace Home. Please return form by March 14th, 2013 to: GWO - P.O. Box 22 Graceville, MN 56240 or drop off w/any GWO member. For questions call Donna Layman at 320-748-7173 MULLIGAN STEW @ COMMUNITY BUILDING FOLLOWING PARADE...FREE WILL OFFERING!

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Graceville, MN Saturday, March 16th, 2013 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

11am-1pm 5k Walk/Run & 1 Mile Pub Crawl Registration starts at 10:30am - $25 entry fee, includes a shirt & mug. Proceeds benefit the Toqua Park Playground Project

3pm - Parade

followed by Mulligan Stew (Free Will Donation), served by the Graceville Firemen

7pm - Irish Music performed by Skilly & Duff ($5.00 Admission Fee) The Graceville Women's Organization would like to take this opportunity to give a BIG THANK-YOU to our Firemen...We really appreciate ALL you do for our community!

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Corporal Alvin I. Ronning August 17,1917 - November 8, 1942

Alvin I. Ronning was born in Appleton to parents Ole and Mary Ronning on August 17, 1917. He lived his entire life in Appleton until the time he left for service in the United States Army. He enjoyed hunting, and fishing in the area lakes and rivers and was a member of the Long Lake Lutheran Church. Alvin left with Company M, Minnesota Army National Guard, when they were mobilized in February of 1941. He trained in various camps before being sent to North Ireland and from there into the African war zone. On November 8, 1942, he died in the defense of his country in the performance of his duties in the initial landing operations in North Africa.

At the time of his death he was survived by his parents, sisters: Inga Moen, Edna Bakken, Marlys Ronning and Opal Ronning, brothers: Hjalmer Ronning ( who was serving with the 4th Armored Division), Orwald Ronning (serving at Roswell Air Base) and Clifford Ronning. Memorial services for Alvin were held April 11, 1943, at Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. N. C. Renslo, pastor of Drywood Lutheran Church, officiating. Ronning Avenue runs east and west, and is located in front of the high school auditorium. Appleton, Minnesota is the only city in the world to have all of its streets and avenues named after its fallen veterans. With the help of Appleton businesses and referencing the book Home of Honored Veterans, Tidbits of the Lake Area would like to introduce you to one of these Honored Soldiers each week.

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Tweet Treats Attract Birds to Your Yard

Welcome feathered friends to snack at feeders that you and your kids can make in minutes ... no saw, hammer or woodworking equipment required. Hang one or more of them from a post or tree branch and enjoy the reward of seeing birds peck-peck-pecking away at the treats you’ve left for them. In the wild, birds typically thrive on a menu of seeds, nuts and fruits. Here are some ideas for making simple tweet treats. --String peanuts in their shells using a plastic needle and about 24 inches of yarn. Tie the loose ends together and loop over the branch of a tree or bush. Peanut shells are soft enough for many birds to crack, so that they can get the nutmeat inside. --Make kebabs on a string or stick with chunks of stale bagels, apple halves and dates. --Create a natural seed basket by cutting off the top third of a large fresh orange. Scoop out the fruit and eat it for a snack while you work. Poke three holes equidistant from each other below the rim. Slide three pieces of twine or string through the holes and knot in place. Bring the loose ends together and tie to a tree branch. Fill the hanging orange feeder with birdseed. You also may wish to offer birds a convenient place to perch while they eat. For a perch, find a thin stick a few inches longer than the width of the orange. Cut slits on opposite sides of the orange. Slide the stick through. Birds have hearty appetites, so fill the feeder regularly and enjoy their spirited songs as they come and go.

Extra idea: Observing, identifying and describing the faithful feathered friends is fascinating for children, so set out a pair of binoculars by your window and teach them how to hold and focus them: It’s one thing to spot a bird, and quite another to really look at it. •••

Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”

Going Off-Leash DEAR PAW'S CORNER: My puppy, "Sky," is approaching a year old, and she is still a bit rambunctious. I'd like to take her to a nearby off-leash dog park, but I'm worried about how she will act around other dogs and people. -- John P., Portland, Maine DEAR JOHN: First, I want to commend you for putting so much thought into your decision to bring Sky to an off-leash park. It's important to be considerate of how your dog will behave in social situations. The question now is, how exactly will she behave? My guess is that Sky has not spent a lot of time with other dogs. She's old enough now to start socializing, but first make sure she has had all needed vaccinations. Start small -- schedule a play date with a friend or neighbor's dog, and gradually build the number of dogs she's around. Supervise her the entire time to make sure she

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gets along well with other dogs. If it isn't possible to do a limited play date, look into weekly group training sessions with a professional trainer. These will reinforce basic obedience skills with Sky with the added benefit of socializing, in a controlled environment, with other dogs. If neither option is available, slowly introduce Sky to the dog park. Pick a time when few dogs are in the park. (You'll need to scout the park on your own beforehand.) Keep her on the leash for the first few visits, especially when she's meeting new dogs. Be a good park patron, too. Talk with the other dog owners while you're there -- they can offer helpful advice. Pick up after Sky. Make sure Sky will respond to you and your commands both on and off leash. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw's Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Early Childhood Screening on March 15th at the Big Stone City School

th The Big Stone City Public School will hold its annual Early Childhood Screening on March 15 at the Big Stone City School in the preschool room from 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. You will also be able to register your child for the 2013-2014 school year. Preschool screening is a current requirement for Kindergarten entrance. Children who will be 3 or 4 on September 1, 2013 are eligible for screening and registration. Screening is not a prerequisite for preschool entrance. Your child will have a height and weight, and health records will be examined by a nurse. Teaching staff will also complete the DIAL 3 assessment. Your child will be observed in the developmental areas of language, motor, and concepts. During this screening you will also be able to receive the results of the DIAL 3 assessment, see the preschool classroom, and meet the teacher. The purpose of this screening is to identify health and learning problems or giftedness. Early identification and intervention are the keys to preventing learning and health problems from becoming more serious. If your child has already been screened, you do not need to attend the screening, however, you are more than welcome to come and register at this time. Preschool at the BSC School currently has two sections. The morning group is from 8:00a.m.11:30a.m. and the afternoon group is from 12:15 p.m.-3:20 p.m. Both sections are Monday-Thursday. Preschool focuses on school readiness, building strong relationships with peers and adults, the whole language approach to learning, and hands on activities. Students also enjoy the small groups, the incorporation of music and technology in the curriculum, and field trips that extend their learning.

Appointment letters will be sent out to parents whose children’s names are on the Big Stone City Census. If you haven’t received a letter or would like more information about Big Stone City Preschool, please contact Jim Gagner at (605) 862-8108 ext. 11.

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Q: Kevin Sorbo has always been one of my favorite actors, ever since "Hercules." I loved seeing him earlier this season on "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23." What has been up to since? Any chance we'll see him in a comedy again soon? -- Sherri P., via e-mail A: On March 23 at 8/ 7c, you can catch Kevin in the Hallmark Movie Channel's "Shadow on the Mesa," which also stars Wes Brown ("Deception"), Gail O'Grady ("NYPD Blue") and Meredith Baxter ("Family Ties"). The movie takes place in the Old West, and Kevin plays rancher Ray Eastman, who is trying to protect his property from a land grab by a corrupt neighbor. I asked Kevin if he'd like to do another comedy, and he told me: "I would love to. I've done a lot of guest spots "Dharma & Greg," "Two and a Half Men," "Just Shoot Me" ... all those different things. I did have my own sitcom back in 2005. It was a half-hour comedy called "Bobby Cannon," where I played an end-of-the-year quarterback for the Chicago Bears. "It tested No. 1 for ABC, but then the then-president of ABC decided not to pick it up. To this day we are shocked. There's no doubt in my mind we'd be in our eighth season right now. Oh well ... welcome to the business of Hollywood."

••• Q: Isn't it about time for a new "Dancing With the Stars"? -- Gina W., Columbus, Ohio A: It sure is, Gina. And this year has your usual crop of actors, singers and athletes, all of whom are ready to heat up the dance floor beginning Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. EDT with a two-hour premiere. The 16th season of the hit dancing-competition show stars country singer Wynonna Judd, gymnast Aly Raisman, skater Dorothy Hamill, boxer Victor Ortiz, football player Jacoby Jones, reality star Lisa Vanderpump, country singer Kellie Pickler, comedian D.L. Hugley, comedian Andy Dick, soap-opera star Ingo Rademacher and Disney star Zendaya Coleman. ••• Q: Has CBS canceled "Vegas"? Visually and stylistically, it's different from the usual cop programs on TV, and it's a joy to watch. -- Marcia A. in New York A: While CBS hasn't canceled the Dennis Quaid/Michael Chiklis drama as of this writing, things aren't looking good for it. The ratings aren't as high as CBS expects from its dramas, especially one that's so expensive to produce, and CBS downgraded its episode order from 22 to 21. "Vegas" returns with new episodes on Tuesday, March 19, after a month-long hiatus. •••

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