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Portfolio of Works By

Samantha M. Cobb

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Inventory of brands………………….3 Campaigns……………………………….4 Technical pieces……………………….8 Sweepstakes………………………….. .9 Writing samples…………………..… 10 Clips……………………………………… .28


2014 LibertyLink National Campaign Components  Storyboards  Bannerup  Product Bulletin  Direct Mail  Digital Integration

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Contributions Aided in copy development Facilitated initial client review Coordinated client legal and regulatory review Proofread at various stages Secured final client approval Posted final files to website Coordinated shipment paperwork

2014 LibertyLink Seed Company Campaign

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Components Storyboard Bannerup Product Bulletins (4) Grower Retention Direct Mail Event Invitation LinkUp Promo Card Digital Integration

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Contributions Aided in copy development Facilitated initial client review Coordinated client legal and regulatory review Proofread at various stages Secured final client approval Posted final files to website Trafficked final art files to printer

2014 TwinLink Campaign Components  Storyboard  Bannerup  Product Bulletin  IRM Guide  Digital Integration

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Contributions Collected copy updates from client Facilitated initial client review Coordinated client legal and regulatory review Proofread at various stages Secured final client approval Posted final files to website

2014 Respect the Rotation Campaign Components  Bannerup  Product Bulletin  Print Ad  Digital Integration

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Contributions Oversaw content updates Facilitated initial client review Proofread at various stages Aided in campaign research and tactical presentation development

Technical Pieces Components  Application Cards  Trait and Technology Manual

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Contributions Aided in copy updates Facilitated initial client review Coordinated client legal and regulatory review Proofread at various stages Secured final client approval Posted final files to website

Beltwide and Farm Progress Sweepstakes

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Components POP Display Poster Ballot Box Rules and Regulations Entry Cards

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Contributions Received input from client Briefed creative team Coordinated material development Worked with law office on rules and regulations Facilitated initial client review Coordinated client legal and regulatory review Secured final client approval Developed briefing documents for client leadership team. Contacted winners, secured necessary paperwork and coordinated gift delivery

Writing Samples

 R+K Blog post  Original release templates - later used department-wide  Original scripts- later used departmentwide

A Reminder: Client Service Is an Art By Samantha Cobb In The Art of Client Service, Robert Solomon explains, “58 things every advertising and marketing professional should know.” This immediately caught my attention. It did not appear as if Solomon was presenting revolutionary work or unique ideas. However, as a young professional whose goal is to one day run an account, I devoured the book like ice cream on a hot summer day. The Art of Client Service is broken down into 58 chapters that discuss three main topics: work, relationships, and style and substance. In a section entitled, “before you start,” Solomon simply asks why advertising, or communications, is important. He goes on to say that the book is not meant to be groundbreaking, it is meant to be a solid foundation and refresher course for account people. It includes topics that I am still learning about, such as evaluating creative and making presentations, as well as topics that I have heard but never need to forget, like socializing with the client is great but at the end of the day it is all business. Throughout the book, I caught myself smiling. Why? Because I realized that I am working for an agency that has allowed me to see the contents in the book every day. For example, last week my supervisor talked to me about “scope creep.” In chapter 48, “No Surprises about Money or Time,” Solomon uses a very similar example. Multiple chapters discuss working with colleagues within the agency and managing client expectations. I see those things happen on a regular basis. The book also helped me gain a better sense of why certain processes are in place. While I enjoy sending meeting agendas and recaps, it seems tedious at times. Yet, the five chapters dedicated to running a meeting, gave me some perspective and a greater appreciation for our meeting process. In the portion of the book entitled, “after you’re done,” Solomon relays advice he gave a young candidate when she asked him what makes a great account person. The graphic below embodies his answer. This is my biggest takeaway from the book. Account people are a conduit between the agency and the client. A great account person is an advocate for both parties and uses the four qualities below in doing so.

The Great Account Person



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24. J+B Blog. The official blog of Jeely + Bleiler, an agency located in Atlanta. J + B clients include Amtrak, Blue Cross, Best Buy, and Blimpie. Awesome recent article: 5 Ways To Improve Your Digital Marketing Strategy. 25. Almanac. The blog of The Branding Farm, based in Venice, CA, shares lessons learned from the campaigns put together by the agency. Awesome recent article: Magic Mike Reveals Magic of Rich Media Sharing. 26. Storyati. This is the blog of Chicago-based eswStoryLab, an agency that specializes in the area of StoryBranding. (Check out a free chapter from their book on that concept.) Awesome recent article: Brand Storytelling and the Hero of Your Brand. 27. Mixed Nuts. This is the blog of Marketing Support, Inc., an agency that offers PR, sales promotion, and social media services. Their clients include Unilever, Best Buy, Sears, and Kmart. Awesome recent article: Pretenders! 28. Our Space. From The San Jose Group, an agency in Chicago focusing on public relations and marketing services. Clients include the Chicago White Sox, American Family Insurance, and the American Cancer Society. Awesome recent article: Celebrities and Social Media: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. 29. RK Connect. The blog of Rhea + Kaiser, a full service ad firm located just outside of Chicago. Clients include Bayer, DePaul University, and Novus. Awesome recent article: A Reminder: Client Service Is An Art. 30. Ocean Media Blog. The blog of media agency Ocean Media features regular chats with employees sharing their thoughts and insights on the advertising agency in general and any innovative ideas they’re seeing.





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Monsanto employees direct award to new FFA chapter Columbia High School FFA receives $7,500 for new technology

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 28, 2011) - Planning, efficiency and cost savings are goals for businesses, schools and even family households. Monsanto's Electronic Solutions Team recently made a positive impact throughout the company by developing a suite of electronic tools geared to improve business processes. In recognition of their effort, the team was awarded the Sustainable Yield Pledge Award and chose to direct $7,500 to help develop the Columbia High School FFA Chapter. "This is our first year as an FFA chapter," said Carrie Koester, Columbia High School agriculture instructor and FFA advisor. "This donation helped our chapter get off the ground with the purchase of SMART boards, a projector and transportation funding. We are proud to have our first 45 members and three classes, and are excited for future growth." On Friday, Sept. 28, Steve Schaefer, Monsanto's retail and B2B solutions lead, presented the FFA chapter with their award at the school's homecoming football game. "As an agriculture company, and as a team of adults with children, we wanted this donation to benefit youth involved in agriculture, so they can keep learning and growing," Schaefer said. "It's an amazing honor to receive a donation like this because it shows that our community believes in our chapter and is passionate about agricultural education," Koester said.


About Monsanto Company Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: Follow our business on Twitter路 at on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

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MONSANTO Monsanto Pledge Award Script

Tonight we are privileged to have Steve Schaefer, Monsanto retail and B2B solutions lead, joined by agriculture teacher Carrie Koester, to present the Columbia High School FFA Chapter with a $7,500 donation made possible by the Monsanto Pledge Award program.

Steve and his team took a critical look at current business practices and created a suite of electronic tools that are currently being used by 5,000 dealers nationwide to help improve business productivity.

He and his team believe in the future of agriculture and recognize the importance of youth involved in agriculture. Therefore, the decision to donate their $7,500 winnings to the Columbia High School FFA Chapter was an easy decision.

This marks the first year for our FFA program, and this donation has already made a substantial impact on our program with the purchase of technology and funding for transportation.

Join me in a round of applause for this award and the positive impact it is making on our school.




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(Trainee Name) selected as (Seed Brand) trainee for (area)

(College) alumna excited far rewarding, challenging pasitian CITY, State (June XX, 2012) - The number of job offers a recent college graduate can expect to receive may be on the rise, but receiving an offer for a job you are passionate about is still a dream for many. On May 21, 12 young professionals started a training program to become sales representatives for Monsanto seed brands. One of those new Monsanto employees is (trainee name). "Quote from trainee about background, why they wanted job, why they love ag." (Trainee name) is one of (number of trainees) district sales manager trainees for (brand) nationwide. He/she is from (hometown),state., and attended (college). (Trainee name) graduated with a degree in (major and minor if applicable). For his/her training period with (seed brand), (trainee name) is based in (territory - town, state). "The field sales trainee program gives new graduates a very real world experience in developing a trusting relationship with our growers," said Rodd Whitney, Monsanto talent acquisition specialist. "Each of these young agriculturalists is committed to delivering on Monsanto's promise to help our customers succeed along with our mission of feeding a hungry planet." A trainee will spend anywhere from three months to a year in the program, though most complete the program in about six months. During that time, it is the trainer's responsibility to make sure the trainee is exposed to a variety of customers, dealers and responsibilities. A district sales manager is expected to manage a multitude of situations, personalities and activities with tact and professionalism, and that takes experience. Trainers

frequently carve out a "micro-territory" for the trainee to manage, so that the new employee gets the broadest variety of experience possible before landing a territory of his or her own. "Quote from trainee about what project they are enjoying the most/finding the most challenging, etc." Eighty-one percent of the current trainees worked with Monsanto previously as interns or field claims specialists, which gives them additional experiences to draw from when learning to manage their own territory. About Monsanto Company Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-hoider and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: Follow our business on Twitter路 at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. ### Monsanto and Vine Design- is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology lLC. 漏2010 Monsanto Company


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[State) farmers choose winning FFA Chapters through Chapter Challenge [#chapters} win a total of [$XXX} in [state} HOMETOWN, St. (May XX, 2012) - With an estimated nine billion mouths to feed by 2050, the future of farming depends on America's youth. Organizations like FFA help high school students develop leadership skills and the knowledge they need to become community and industry leaders that will meet the challenges of our growing population. STATE farmers see the merit of local FFA chapters and the lessons they teach students who are interested in agriculture and personal development. [State) FFA members earned a total of [$XXX] for agriculture education programs across the state by making connections with these local farmers, which in turn helped [# chapters] bring home top honors in the second annual FFA Chapter Challenge. FFA members in 12 states took this opportunity to build better relationships with area farmers. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. Chapters were recognized for placing in the top 10 in the state or top 80 in the nation for the highest number of farmer votes. "The mission of FFA goes beyond farming but its heart will always be in creating new generations of leaders who understand agriculture and small communities," said Linda Arnold, Monsanto customer outreach lead. "Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation to help local chapters create that bond with the people who grow our food and build our communities."

Across [State], [Number of FFA chapters competing in state] FFA chapters competed for the FFA Chapter Challenge Grand Prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. In total, more than $200,000 was awarded to 201 FFA chapters nationwide. These . chapters received certificates which can be used to purchase items such as FFA blue jackets, classroom materials, convention registration passes and more. [Quote from FFA advisor about the importance of FFA members establishing ties to farmers in the area.] [State] winners are listed below. To see a full list of 2012 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, please visit

About Monsanto Company Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: Follow our business on Twitter at on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online (, on Facebook (http://, on Twitter ( and FFA Nation ( Winning chapters in [state]- Top 10 [Chapter name] in [city], Advisor(s): [teacher name] [Chapter name] in [city], Advisor(s): [teacher name] [Chapter name] in [city], Advisor(s): [teacher name]

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Winning chapters in [state]- Top 80 overall

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Chapter Challenge Presentation Script The winning FFA chapter, FFA advisor and a Monsanto representative will participate in the Chapter Challenge presentation. Monsanto rep •

Good morning/afternoon/evening. I am (name, title). On behalf of Monsanto and the National FFA, I am very excited to join you today/tonight for a special presentation to (FFA chapter.)

Through the hard work of these young people and their advisors (name of FFA advisor), more than NUMBER farmers, helped vote your chapter (X Place Winner) in the 2012 FFA Chapter Challenge, sponsored by Monsanto.

The FFA Chapter Challenge encouraged FFA members to go out into their communities and build relationships with local farmers to learn about their livelihood. Farmers could then go online and vote for their favorite chapter on the FFA Chapter Challenge website.

As a winner of the 2012 Chapter Challenge, (name of FFA) will receive a ($) line of credit to the National FFA store.

This prize will heip FFA chapters continue to provide students with valuable experiences to encourage them to pursue careers in agriculture, so they can carryon the proud tradition of American farming.

Chapters in 12 states including (neighboring states) participated in the program this year. o o o o o o o o o o o o

Alabama Arkansas Georgia Iowa Illinois Indiana Louisiana Minnesota Missouri Mississippi Tennessee Texas

The future of agriculture depends on the dedication and leadership of talented young people, such as the members of this FFA chapter.

It is my pleasure to congratulate the members of (FFA chapter) on their hard work and dedication.

At this time, I would like to invite (FFA advisor) to say a few words about his students efforts.

FFA advisor/other mentor •

Provides overview of students' connections to farmers.

Thank the farmers who voted for chapter.

Expresses appreciation to Monsanto and National FFA for the award.

Monsanto rep •

Thank you, (FFA advisor). Monsanto, National FFA and the community are so proud of (FFA chapter's) achievements and know the students will continue to carryon the great tradition of leadership in agriculture and beyond.

Photo to include students, FFA adviser and Monsanta rep. •

Congratulations once again to (FFA chapter), and thank you very much for the chance to meet your students and attend your banquet. Monsanto hopes the FFA Chapter Challenge will support your pursuit of establishing relationships with others in the agriculture industry.



Good [morning, afternoon, evening.) My name is [name), [title] (optional: I am joined by [list other Monsanto employees in attendance) and [I am/we are] delighted to be here today/tonight to present [school district) with a [$XX,XXX) grant.

This grant is being awarded through a program called America's Farmers Grow Rural Education'· which gives farmers the opportunity to nominate their public school district to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 merit-based grant to enhance math and science education.

This year, 176 grants, totaling $2.3 million, will positively impact [# schools) across 39 states.

During nominations, [#) [state) farmers showed their support for [#] schooi districts.

In [state], a total of [$XX,XXX) is being invested in rural education with [school district] receiving the $25,000 grant and [school districts) each receiving $10,000.

In [county). thanks to [#) farmer nominations and a top notch application, [school district) will be able to accomplish [what grant will be used for.)

{explain rep's/Monsanto's relationship with the school district]

Please join me in a warm round of applause for this outstanding accomplishment.


FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION FINAL-9.7.12 Key Messages • America's Farmers Grow Rural Education'· gives farmers the opportunity to nominate their public school district to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 merit-based grant to enhance math and science education. •

This program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is investing $2.3 million in rural education across 39 states.

Over four months, more than 61,000 farmers demonstrated their support for education by nominating 3,842 school districts.

Of the nominated school districts, more than 1,000 submitted grant applications.

The three tier grant review process includes an online application scoring system; a review by science and math teachers from ineligible school districts; and final selection by a farmer advisory council.

The passion and creativity of rural school district administrators and teachers was apparent in their applications. A few examples include: o Incorporating Global Positioning System and Global Information System technology to demonstrate the math and technology used in agriculture and other industries. o A robotics program to teach science, technology, engineering and math concepts. o Using active response technology to improve test scores and turn lecture-based instruction into an energetic, student-based learning environment.

America's Farmers Grow Rural Education'· is part of our four-part initiative, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which highlights the important contributions farmers make every day to our society. It includes: o Grow Communities, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit. o Mobile Experience, which is a traveling exhibit that emphasizes the role farmers play in feeding the world o Farm Mom of the Year, which is an essay-based and online voting contest that celebrates women in agriculture by giving them the opportunity to win up to $10,000 and the title of "National Farm Mom of the Year".

For more information about these programs and to view the official rules, visit

Reactive Only •

We are hopeful even more school districts will apply for the program next year, and we encourage school administrators to take advantage of the grant writing workshops offered during each nomination period.

In some cases, more than one $25,000 grant was awarded per state. These funds were reallocated from the eligible eROs that did not receive grants because no applications were submitted or the qualifications required for a merit-based grant were not met. The Monsanto Fund elected to redistribute these grants based on its commitment to invest the full $2.3 million in rural education.


MONSANTO 4-H State/Regional Forum Speech Hello, I'm Lance Tarochione, Technical Agronomist for DEKALB/Asgrow. I'm excited to be with you today to take part in Monsanto's continued support of 4-H and its volunteers. Monsanto and 4-H have enjoyed a partnership for more than SO years, and we continue to search for ways to strengthen that partnership to better serve our future leaders of agriculture. Through forums like the one today, we have been able to support more than 24,000 volunteers in SO states. We are proud to invest in those that guide and develop the future leaders in our industry as they begin to make an impact on our communities and country. You are looking at someone that has been positively impacted by a 4-H leader. I will never forget the amount of time that my leaders, Brenda and David Bliss, spent nurturing young people like myself. They even opened up their home to host our regular monthly meetings. To give you a better idea of exactly how powerful a leader can be, the 4-H Study of Positive

Youth Development conducted by Tufts University Says: â&#x20AC;˘

When compared to their peers, 4-H youth are more likely to exercise, report better performance at school, are less likely to engage in substance abuse, and are three times more likely to contribute to their communities.


4-H'ers are recognized for their intangible attributes as a living, breathing, culturechanging revolution for doing the right thing; breaking through obstacles and pushing the country forward by making measurable differences right where they live.

That's what makes me proud to be a 4-H'er. At Monsanto, we believe in 4-H development and are fortunate to have many 4-H alumni employees with the company. They credit 4-H for the skills they use today on the job. They were challenged to be active citizens and engaged leaders. They were encouraged to not idly view the world, but to be active in it as catalysts for a positive change. These challenges and skills are still being taught today, and companies like ours are reaping the benefits. Volunteerism is such a valuable resource. Not only is it important to be a role model for the kids, but also to let them know that someone is always there that cares about them and wants to see them succeed in life. I am excited to experience the renewed interest our communities have in a program that was beneficial to me as a student.

Not only are we helping 4-H through volunteer forums at the state level, but Monsanto and the Monsanto Fund are also supporting 4-H through America's Farmers Grow Communities on the local level. Over the years, farmers have shared the needs of their community with us along with their desire to improve agricultural based opportunities for children in their communities. We are proud to support local4-H clubs through America's Farmers Grow Communities. This year winning farmers directed $380,000 to 4-H chapters across the country through Grow Communities. America's Farmers Grow Communities 2013 kicked off this month, giving farmers another chance to support their local 4-H clubs. So be sure to sign up, even if you have registered before! We appreciate the partnership Monsanto shares with 4-H and its volunteers, and are committed to investing in programs that support ag youth who represent the future of farming. Thank you.


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Faulkton FFA adviaor. In a ceremony held on May 10 at the Faulkton CommWlity Center, Huss got the chance to present the Faulkton FFA Chapter with the $2,500 donation. Throuih America's Farmers Grow Communities: • Farmen in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit orpnizations. • The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone. • More than $117,500 in total has been donated to non profits in South Dakota. Grow Communities is part-ofa broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm oommunities such as where Huss live-, It aims to highlight the important contributions farmen make every day to our society. Ten')' HUBS presents a $2,500 10 FCCLA President Molly Lee. Rapresen~ng Monsanto is Zach Schroeder. right.

Local farmer helps Faulkton FFA offer travel scholarships

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Teen Summer Reading Program at the Faulk County Library. The 2012 Summer Reading Pro· gram is open to adults and teens, grade 7 and older. It will run eoncurrenUy with the children's program, titled, "Dream Big Read!~ Get your whole family in· volved! The annual Summer Reading Program begiJ'Ul June 1 and runa through July 14. Why let kids bave all the fun? For each book you read (or listen to: audio books count too!) you can put your name into a drawing for prizes. No reading logs, no minimum number of books to Rad. Read

what you want and as ollen as you want. The more you read, the better your chances of winning!

Play the Tic-Tac-The game and have a chance at winning the grand pri~e, a new Kindle to download library eBooks and oontinue reading throughout the year. You may register anytime. For more information contact the library at 598-6236, email us at libco@venturecom.m.netat'check out our website at All programs arc free of cl>""",.

Valued Customers Our year ends May 3' sf We close our books for the year on Thursday. May 31st and arrange our credit files for the ensuing year.

All Accounts are now due!

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(co-aulhored by Tamelyn Tayb") Faulk County has many 'tOIunte« and professional peq)1e 'Nho respond kl emergencies. Emergencies i'lrural areas ¥II lor Ihe most pari. unoommcn. I-\olNever, Audiology ~ ... ....... ..............ll:ebecCoIll:ich. AuO ...........phy ..- .. ..._...._lor ;Ippointmenl glJ when Ihey OCCLI", they lend to be SllYef8, USlJaIy inYoIve iqury (hUlM), and they test !he linits of lor ~;l1 clinic Qlll-ll&&-J52-85M Cllnic5~J9 the local Emergency Response (EMS). Some Ilazards which could oveM1lelm kx:aI resotrt:eS are Cardiolofy................Aw:n c.lrdiology Spcd.llist N{ MtnWI H~ .... b~u1122S.1010 identified and rnitiga!ed (planned for) before lhey OCCLI". Potenbl dangers for Fa[jk County could b~, .. airlc.5~J9 0phthUYl0I0;y ..__.......... 'John EIorITlC5. Me for be Mather related, dlemical spils, 1emJrisrn, pandemic medical 'ness, and mass casualty events. ChiroprKtic .....•.. _......JoIvr ea.r, OC, ThurJdays ~;I'Oinic- glll-MO-25S-7448 Aa:ordi'lg i:l TMletyn TaykIr, FAMe Emergency Manager, each year's mffigaOOn plans are ralor ~rvmenr oit OinK: - un 598-62J9 ~, ......._......- ...._..-.. ~trid: Millef. MO; viewed an axnty and hosJ:fuIleYels. [Faull: CluTty Emergeocy Plamer is deputy sheriff, Bill McKDiflici.J.n._.~_ ...•.April ~ lor oippOincrrrenl Phillip Solum. PA-C eon~ The county and the hospital are each Isquired i:l have tKli" own plans. Even though the I ;II Hospital Colli 5911-6161 for oippoinlnlenl oil dinic coilll-MO-765-2&60 mandaled plans il"e separate, the events would cal foIlhe )oint response with one wrrmon goal of I Orthotist oiIId Prosthttist ..._._...._Bf<ld McCully hmity~ 'rlIetitt ........5y1vi;l Anlknon. MD; responc:ing to !he peril in a safe, eflicient manner. I Kenneth Bddomew, MO; Jew'cJ. ~ OIP fer~nlmmloiltlinitgIl1-886-777-1499 To ensure organizaOOn structlI"e Wring these evenls, lhe stale, county and hospital offers the ' Chris Ogle, PA-C; Tim Quinn. PA-C; Il:mu. ~ Physicoil, Occupatiol'loil & mandated training. The training is prcMded by funding ltwough grants from lhe state. The grants : Deb Webb. CNP; Speech 1heRpy, c.mfi.c ReNb must be applied fot and written by either Tomelyn Taylol or BiB McKeon depending whether they are fer olppOiniment oit Oinic - uJ1 598-6239 For ~ntmenl oil hospiloil 598-6262 COlI1fy or hospital based. When awarded, the funds are used foI sec:urily, suppies, education (Ha- : urolo&Y:..._................._.......... /OSep1'l Wyoitt. MD HtarillJ Aid Clinic ...... ............. .Doug Rcimon,. ~onallncidenl Management System, NIMS cowes) and disaster planning. In addition 10 actual I licensed Consultanl for appoinlment al hullaun lOr appomtment at Oinic ca11945-5259 emergencies, kx:aI, legooal, and stale groups cooperate logeller to practice the respoose to "modr:' I HeahhColfe Cenlef"ulll-800-456-1375 FAMe is on-line @ scenarios 10 identity areas for improvement. It is inpossible 10 predict Of prevent all disaslefs. I Foot Cue........................Every Tuesdliy al Oink. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ______________________________________________________ 4 lor .lppOinln'le1'll un 598-62J9 However, lhlOugh education, training, and mitigation plans, we can be prepared lor one. I

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OFD receives Monsanto outreach program donation Using a handheld radio to make a call for backup can make all the difference when rescuing people out of a burning building or a farmer out of a grain bin. Thoac radios also need to be on the right frequencies. The Onida Fire Department will now be able to update its radios thanks to a local farmer and America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM. Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite loe;al nonprofit organizations. Rodney Mosiman was the winning farmer in Sully County in 2012. As a firefighter of 38 years, he recognized the need for updated radio equipment and directed the donation to the Onida Fire Department. "New radio equipment is important and necesaary,M said Mosiman. -Choosing the fire department was an easy decision." The organization will ulle the $2,500 to comply with FCC regulations by converting to Narrowband. Current radio systems operate with frequencies spaced far apart to prevent interference. By January 2013 all emergency radio systems will use Narrowband which uses smaller bandwidth to double the amount of available frequencies.

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In a ceremony held last Thesday, March 13th at Onida Fire Department, Mosiman presented the $2,500 donation to the department. The check presentation was part of the third annual America's Farmers Grow Communities outreach program by Monsanto Fund. Under this program, eligible farmers in 1,245 counties across 39 states including South Dakota, could enter to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit of their choice. Mosiman was selected as this year's recipient for Sully County. More than $1l7,500 in total has been donated to nonprofits

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in South Dakota. A.ngie Cross was selected as the 2010 recipient and a.15O donated the funds to the Onida Fire Department. Last year, Chris Huse was selected and he designated the Sully County 4-H Club as the recipient. Nearly 60,000 farmers across the country participated in this program and one winning farmer was selected in each eligible county. Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Sully County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Mosiman make every day to our society. "I was surpriscd that J won! [ am so glad I got to help the fire department,M said Mosiman. For more information and to see a fulltist of winners, visit

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Hero status isn't reserved only for those brave men and women who rush into burning buildings or step into the front lines of war. ~The:re's a hero in aU of us,~ said Lori Liebman, Donor Recruitment Director of United Blood Services, tbis area's non-profit community blood service ·Ordinary people are saving lives every day. They do it while they are on lunch break or while they are running errands. They have found the hero in themselves by donating

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You can Find the Hero in You at the upcoming Sully County blood drive, on Thursday, March 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Center. Con-

tact Diane Lorenz at 2582359 for an appointment. To encourage the habit of blood donation, United Blood Services has expanded it$ reward$ program. Donors can earn points for donating frequently and staying involved year after year. The points are redcemablc for movie and restaurant gift certificates and other prius. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be: in good health. Additional heightl weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16, or 17 in certain areas, must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Potential donors can

make an appointment to give at or by calling 605-342-8585 in Rapid City, or 605-9963688 in Mitchell. Donors also receive a free cholesterol tcst. Several ye:ars ago, United Blood Services took the: innovative step of highlighting donors rather than pntients in its blood drive: posters and mate:rials. The: organization continues that focus with a new national marketing campaign that invites people to -Find the: Hero in You· by donating blood. three times a year. ·We a&ked a donor, a young man, why he gives so consistently three or four times a year; said Liebman. ·He said, '[t feels so good to save someone's life. Why would you do it just once?'"'

A balancing act Seasonal broom/egg balancing a hoax By Amanda Fangef Every spring, people go into an egg balancing frenzy on the vernal equinox - one of two days of the year in which the length of the day and night are the same believed to be the only day of the: year such a feat is possible. In recent years, pictures of brooms standing by themselves have also shown up on social networking sites, claiming to have something 10 do with special gravitational forces that apply on that day due to the sun's equidistance: position between the poles of the earth at the time of the equinox. But, according to the Discovery Channel's Myth Busters and multiple other sources, an egg - or broom - can be balanced on its end during any day of the year. At, it says that licience fans -tear their hair out when a media outlet features a story about the: dubious ph~ics of seasonal goes on by saying, •...ancient eggish customs survive: not

JORDAN LAMB 8t JUSTlN MENNENGER show off broom ~Iilnclng skills at the school.

On@broomstoodonltsownforoY@(20mlnutes. only in the form of egg rolling and Easter egg hunts, but also in the quaint superstitious belief most often attributed to the Chinese, that you can stand raw eggs on end on the firat day of spring. Apparently this derives from the notion that

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due to the sun's equidistant position between the poles of the earth at the time of the equinox, special gravitational forces apply.M The spring equinolt is the moment when the sun crosses the equator on its way north, signaling the end of winter in the Northem Hemisphere and the start of it in the Southern Hemisphere. That happens this year, in the Northern Hemisphere at least, on March 20th, at 1:14 lLIrt. ET. More egg-balancing frenzy seems to be inlipired in the vernal equinox than the autumnal equinox. says that this may be because of the concept that new life begins in spring. '"These tangible signs of the world's rebirth were of paramount imporlance to agricultural societies, and they naturally developed elaborate fertility rites to celebrate the occallion. Thus eggs - one of the most ubiquitous liymbols of fertility and birth - have long been associated with the beginning of spring, and hence with [he equinox,"

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A $20,000 donation was rrede to the Redwood Area School District for its cOrJlluters on wheels project. On hand for the presentation were Wade Mather5, RVMS principal (left), Cheri Nelson, RASD technology coordinator and Paul Brezina, Roger Lussenden and Dana Jacobs of Monsanto in Redwood Falls.

use of technology, which was evident in a rec presented to the Redwood Area School Distric known as the Monsanto Fund, the philanthrop Monsanto Corrpany, a $20,000 donation was district. That donation was rmde to help fund part of Edu-cation Foundation project known as corrputers on wneelS. The goal of the project is to purchase m::lbile cOfTl)uter labs that can be used in the classroom, and one of those labs was made pOSSible through the Monsanto Fund grant.

Paul Brezina, Roger Lussenden and Dana Jacobs all of Monsanto in Redwood Falls were on hand for the fir5t day of school where they officially presented a check to Cheri Nelson, RASD technology coordinator and Wade Mathers, RVMS principal.

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[1J The m::lbile lab of 30 laptop cOlll>uters is going to be utilized by middle school students right in their classroom;. In the past, teachers had to take students to a cOl'llluter lab in the school, and with lirTited space time was not always available in that lab for students. "The computer labs we had were great,H said Mathers, "but they had a down side. "These new carts with 30 laptop cOfTl)uters are really going to help by bringing them right into the classroom." There are approximately 350 students in the m'ddle school, and in the past they were using 50 computers in the labs. The labs were in such high demand the rriddle school students were often doing their wor1< in the labs in the high school.



Mathers said the project includes two rmbile labs of 60 laptop cOll'lluters, and Mathers said this project would not have been possible if it was not for the Monsanto donation. ~This

is one way we can help out,~ said Paul Brezina of Monsanto in Redwood Falls. "Chnd-ren and education are our future. Anything that can be done to help the schools is a huge benefit to the teachers and students. I am very excited that our site is giving back to the community. ~

Mathers said with the wireless capability now a part of the school district, classroom learning can be enhanced by having these laptops available. "Having rrobile laptops will provide much rrore flexibility and will decrease time spent on each task," said Cheri Nelson, RASD technology coordinator. The Monsanto Fund recognizes the importance of increasing technology integration in the classroom and supports the local school district in its effort to increase the availability of that technology to all of its students. The Monsanto Fund awarded 95 site grants in 25 states. The Monsanto Fund continues to provide support to organizations such as the local district to help strengthen communities where farrrers and Monsanto ell'llloyees live and work.

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ccoc. .lter sc!Iool enrichment program. MoN Iloerboom, Monsonto Site leod in Ollvi> presents the ched< [0 s.r.h 1-1_ CCOC director. during th. Olivia Night Out june 27.

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Ipswich fire trucks repaired through donation Community support is vital to volunteer fire departments in rural America. Most small communities do not receive enough funding for rrre protection services, but still experience the same emergencies found in a big city. Thanks to one local farm family and America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM , the Ipswich Volunteer Fire Department recently received some much needed support. Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Blake Braun was the winning farmer in Edmunds County. He recognized the need for fire department support and directed the donation to the Ipswich Fire Department. "I am a volunteer fireman and know first-hand the positive



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impact this donation can make," said Braun. The fire department will use the $2,500 to make much needed repairs to its tanker trucks. These improvements will allow the volunteer firefighters to better protect the citizens of Edmunds County. "We wish to thank Blake Braun and the Monsanto Fund for making this donation possible," said Mike Heinz, treasurer. In a ceremony held on March 26 at Ipswich Fire Hall, Braun got the chance to present Ipswich Fire Department with the $2,500 donation. Through America's Farmers Grow Communities: • Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations. • The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to

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rural communities this year alone. • More than $117,500 in total has been donated to nonprofits in South Dakota. • A list of all winners and more information can be found at . Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Edmunds County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Braun make every day to our society. The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. For more about the Monsanto Fund, visit

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The Northern Star March 29, 2012 Page01

menl on the Comfilional use Permit for SImla Corporol.liuTl to


a new

10 mine grnnife on IO~ acres of lensed land south of the Ononville dty


limits. The: Boart! had originally set the date for April 10. but due 10 the death

erScn. Gary Kubly which 5c:1 up a special election on April 10 .mli an eXI~n­ sian request from SlrJIU'S aHomey. the date had to be moved. Darren Wilke.

Big Stone County Environmental


eer. informed the Board that the Memorial Buildin.g in Clinton will tk: in

Karen Burdick ofOnonvilk Township. This is another hubitat C3Sement for prOleclJng the wetlands and upland, while allowing haying and gruing. All

four e.1Semenll' were approved unanimou~;Jy.

The Board approved the Family Services Union Contract. The following were items agreed upon: • Employees hired after Jan. 1. 2012 would not recicve Retiree Employer Pail.! Health Insurance Bcnelits. • Upon retiremcnl. eligible employ~es would be rt.:imbur...ed fur Medicare

bearing are available so residents can

D premIUm COSIS up 10 OJ rn<!Jomum of 0550 per month. • Post a car al both office locations and then eliminate fhree mile mileage

review and present new or different in[annalion.

imbursemenls for liability limits.

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The Board accepted wilh regret the resignation of Vicki Oakes from the Big Stone CounlY Planning Commis· sian. Oakes has served un the Commission since 1997. Cheri Sioneker of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife \Va..;; present to requesl certificatiun of four habitat easements in Big Slone County.

The firM ~asement Wa.I; for Charlc!> and Slephanie PelO\v kl, with land located in Otrey amJ Big. Slone Township, [0 allow haying while prolecting lhe wetlands and uplands. Kennelh and Karen Henneberg has land located in Seclion 36 of Odessa Tmvnship. One easement is for allow-

minimum and eliminale additional re·

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parHime employees by S50 per month. • Cost of Living AtJju$[ment (COLA) would incrense two percem in 2012 and 2013. • Cafeteria connlributions ofS950 in ~012 and $970 in 2013. Human Rt:sour;;c Director Sue Schuhz infnrmed the Board that they had two in house applicants for the position In the As~essor's Office. It was recommended to offer the posilion to Janel Messmer. who currently is em-

shon-nOlice primary. The district includes all of Big Slone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle. Lincoln, RC-Dville. Swirl and Yellow Medicine co-unties. Koenen will now face Leon Greenslit, an Independence Party member from Olivia, and Gregg Kulberg, a Hector Republican, in a special election April 10. According to the Secretary of State. Greenslil received 154 votes and Kulberg had 714 votes.

New Owners at Beardsley Bar Sk.celt:r and Sandy E1rite and Dean and Marsha Stickland have purchased the fonner George's Bar and Grill in Beardsley from Marie Klodt. They have named their business, "One More", and are open seven days a week.. Sec advertisement in this issue.

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4-H'ers Will Plant Community Garden; Recipient of Grant Through Monsanto

One-Act Playl Dessert at CG SchoolSund2 The CGS drama: pleased to present an • Drama and Dessert on II

I at 1:30 p.m. In ~EJemenlary Gym. .. Tho COB IidwatiOl will be serving desse intermission between pi This }'ear's plays art Actors Looking for a Waiting for My Cyberb Dr. is In". Appro;'(imat dents have been involv duction of this year's on All three plays are contain classic cornel humorous situations cc leday's technolog). "We hope you will j afternoon," I.:ommented Tammy Ragan. Ticke Adults and $3 for SU The price of the tic dessert and the shm.....

CRP General Sign-up End~ Friday, April I Farm Service Al County Executive [ Schneider would Ii landowners trutt April I to make an offer for t Conservation Rest:

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BI~. STONE COUNTY 4-H'ERS happily accept a gift of $2,500 from the America', Farmers Grow Commun~les' program a week ago Mo~day. M~r1yn and Nancy ~arson ?f Correll were selected by the pro~ gram, which gIVes !armers an Wtn $2,500 for theIr favorite local nonprdit organization. The tarsons selected ~12 Stone County ~-H. Pictured are members of the 4-H accepting the check. Front, I-r:

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Entertainment__ A BANJO Pickin' Girl: A Judy Marti Performance will

be presented at the Everett Free Library 'I\lesday, May 2 at 6:30 p,m. Families and children Rre invited to the event and anyone who wants to bring their own banjo, a workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be

provided. The last apprentice of folk artist Ola Belle Campbell Reed. Judy Marti is olle of a few musicians that perform 01a Belle's traditional banjo style. She is the author of "A Banjo Pickin' Gil'!: The Life and Music of Ole Belle Campbell Reed" and has performed at festivals and concerts around the country. The presentation features traditional mountain ballads, well路 known Reed compositions and Marti songs inspired by Reed. The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Preregister by Friday, April 27 by calling the library at 652-5922.

HAWAIIAN Luau dance will be held at 6 p.m. May 4 at the Manns Choice Community Center, located along Route 31 across from the Manns Choice Church of God. Kevin Turner and Kaya Rissler will provide a blend of classic and rock and roll music. Pork, macaroni salad, potato salad, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, pie, cake and ice cream will be available to purchase from 6 to 9 p. m. Reservations for the dance must be made by April 30. Admission will be $10 per person and $15 per couple. For more information, call 623-7884, 623-5100 or 2154254. CRUISE-IN, oldies dance and flea market will be held from noon to 5 p.m. June 9 inside the Manus Choice Community Center, Route 31 eight miles west of Bedford. The cruise-in will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., while the dance will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be music, food, door prizes, a 5050 drawing and cars 011 display. Proceeds will benefit the community center. For more information, caU 623-7884, 623-5100 or 215-4254.

DANCE will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. May 12 at the Alum Bank Fire Hall. Music will be provided by Country Traditions. Admission will be $5 per person for people over 12 and free for attendees under 12. The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited. The fire hall is located along Route 96, just north of the intersection with Route 56 in Pleasantville. For more information, call 839-2358 or visit the website PUNK ROCK SOCK HOP will be held on May 19 at The Arena Bar and Grill in State College to benefit the National MS Society Central PA Chapter. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 7 p.m. The event will focus on the music and culture of the 1950s with a crazy sock contest and pinup contest. Prizes for the contests have been donated by local bands and crafters. The Arena Bar and Grill is located at 1521 Martin St., State College, and tickets are available for pre-sale there and will be available at the door until sold out. An Atomic Pre-Hop, featuring four bands, 50s music and a free pair of earrings for anyone dressed in 50s clothing, will be held on May 12, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. st Autoport's Toast Bar at 1405 S. Atherton Street. For more information, contact Veronica at EVERETT Railroad Station Museum will be open every Saturday through October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission. Donations are accepted to help maintain the facilities. The schedule of Sunday events includes Larry Powell from Somerset County discussing the Forbes Road on May 20; Fred Will from Buffalo Mills presenting a program on early Pennsylvania German contributions on July 15; Todd Housel sharing his David Border Family history program on 1800s gunmaking on Aug. 19; Laura and Michael Jackson's wildlife nature presentations on Sept. 16; and former resident Roy Brown's N~tive ~e~~_a~.~ro:

- Photo submitted A check for $2,500 was presented to the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation by the Montlanto Fund through Fred Claycomb. Claycomb won the donation money through America's Farmers Grow Communities and selected the organization he wished to donate the money to. Students at Chestnut Ridge Middle Scbool will be visited by the Pa. Farm Bureau's Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab for a week, through the donated funds. In the pi.cture, from left, are: back row: Marty Yahner with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, winner Fred Claycomb, Monsanto representative Clint Black and middle school principal Max Shoemaker; middle row: Abigail Hyde, Megan Diehl, Maria Claycomb, Leandra Feight, Skylee Palicka and Sydney Shetler; and front row: Meredith Clark, Makayla Weyant, Darbi Luther, Linsey Imler and Derrick Weaver.

Farm prize winner donates to Ridge A Bedford County farmer won $2,500 from the Monsanto Fund through America's Farmers Grow CODlmunities to donate to a local non-profit organization, and the Chestnut Ridge Middle School students will be the beneficiaries. Fred Claycomb won the opportunity to give a $2,500 donation and chose to give it to the Pennsylvania Friends of Agri-

culture Foundation. The foundation will use the money to send the Pa. Farm Bureau's Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab to the Chestnut Ridge Middle School for a week. The mobile lab wiu be at the widdIe school the week of Sept. 17 -21. 2012. Students at the middle school will be able to use the equipment and supplies

in the mobile lab, most of which aren't easily available in classrooms. Students will also complete handa-on experiments at the work stations which will teach agriculturalles80ns. "It is important that we support organizations like this, especially in rural communities," Claycomb said in a Dews release.

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GHES School Board learns more about STAR Enterprise Assessments By Zilch AndUlon Nn<'1 Editor

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David Tollefson (right) presented a eheek to Glacial Hills Elementary Sc:hool Board ChaIr Vince Copa on Feb. 21 litter the GHES annual meeting.

Mission accomplished through seeds and books Glacial Hills Elemental)' School will now be able to accomplish its goals of library and campus enhance_ menl, thanks to America's FlImlers Grow Communities SM. A recent $2.500 donation will help purchase books for the school's library as well as seeds,pl:lDls and gardening materials for campus beautification Grow Communities. spollSOttd by the Monsanto Fund, gives farrnen the oppolttmity to win $2.500 for their favorite local nonprofit OIganiz.ations, David Tollefson was the winning farmer in Pope County. the benefit of a positive learning environment. he directed the donation to Glacial Hills Elemcntary School. "It is rewarding to give back to the local community and be able to benefit the children," said Tollefson. The Ol'8anization will lI$C: the S2,.:500 to plant a

school garden by purchasing seeds, plants, gardening supplies and other materials. They lire also planning to J:1Ow their library and e.t.pand the reading program by purchasing books. ~As a school in its fifth acadentic year in a predominanlly ruraJ economy, we are vel)' appreciative of the generous donation,~ said Vince Copa, chainn:lD of the school board. In a ceremony held on Feb. 21, Tollefson got the chance to present Glacial Hills Elementary School with the $2,.:500 donation. Through America's Farmers Grow Communities: Farmers in 1,245 eligiblecountieshave the chance to win $2,SOO for their favoritccommunitynonprofit OfgltDizations. The Monsanto Fund has invested more tIwI $3.1 million 10 rural communi-

ties this year alone, M<.>re than $115000 in t<.>tal has been donated 10 nonprofits in Minnesota. A Ii."! of all winners and What is new with the more infonnation can be STAR Enterprise for both found at www.growcom- math and readIng is: • New questions on tl>e Grow Communities is part of a broad CQmmitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm oommunities such as Pope County It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Tollefson make evCty day to our society.

te.ltS, more thoroogh. • Slightly longer tests. • Matched 10 Minnesota state standlll'd.s. • Detailed repolU that help teachers plan classroom instruction with more specificity. • Can sec what students are meeting or uceeding the standard and what students aren't meeting the standard. The school is currently using NWEA 10 gather sollie of this data, and are considering ;odding or swilching l<> the STAR system in the future. Research is being done to determine the effectiveltCss of each program in providing W information ne<;CSS:ll)' for .lI.ate and federal reponing. Other actions: • Approved agcnda. • Approved going with the sante trltltSportation for Scltool Year 201212013 as the school is cum:mly usmg. • Approved accepting $2,500 Monsanto grant. • Approved retirement

of Marilyn Larson at the end of the school year. Annual meeting: School Board Otair Vince Copa said currently GHES has an enrollment of 102 students with a few Kindergarten applications. He e~pects enrollment to he up 10 to 15 students by next year. Copa said the school garden was a SIICCesS last year arK! contributed fresh food to the school lunches. The school is applying a sec:ond time for the SHIP grant (Statewide Health Im_ provement Program). Dennis Larsen gave a report on the annual audit IlDd said it was aclean opinion and the school cut expenditures to S9RR,OOO thi~ year down from $1 , the year before, The school board election saw Vince Copa reelected to the school board as Board Chair.

Eighth Annual Big Ole Roundup to be held March 9-11

Aboul the Monsanto Fund The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the MonsanlO Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthen_ ing the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund atwww.,

17th Annual 'Let's get Growing' to be held March 24 The 11th Annual "Let's Get Growing," spolISored by the University of Minnesota ~tellSion Douglas County Master Gardeners, will be held On Saturday, March 24, at Ale:undria Teehnica! and Community College Office and Infor_ mation Technology Center. Sessions will be beld from 8 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. The registration fee includes four bn:aJeOUt sessions, refreshments and luncb. Preregister by March 9 and pay only $25; registration after March 9 will be $30. There will also be vendors and door prizes. This year wre will be two full two-hour classes offered: Turning l\vigs to Trees-about fruit propagation and Garden De-

The Glacial Hills Elementary School Board met on Feb. 27 brielly before their annual meeting. Second Grade Teacher Beth Hartokolis gave a presentation on STAR Enterprise Assessments. One slide Hartokolis showed to the board members said rcading books is the best single predictor of academic success, mOfe even than socioeconomic status or eOmicity. Ilanokolis said that the Accelerated Reader Pr0gram the school cwn:ntIy uses ellCQurages students to read. They earn points for tesL, taken following the reading of a book, and teachers encourage p;ouing al 80% or above. Students reooing levels are determined by the tr:acher and they aro cncouraged to read materials within thai level.

sign Principles. l\vo oUter Time Table; Winter Sowing classes being offered ltCI: and Seed Staning; Organic Part 1 and Palt 2 sessions Lawn Care; Landscaping - Gardening and Landscap- with Daylilies; Blueberries; ing with Iris and Bulbs as Ornamental Glasses; H()Sta a Component of the Full Season Garden, There is a class size limit of 20 for tasters in the Garden; Seathe Turning l\vigs to Trees. son Extension fot Northern Also, it is requested that Gardeners; and Unwanted stuednts bring a utility Jenife Invaden_Plant$ and other and heavy gloves. There is Pests. an e~lra charge of$2.5O for The keynote speaker stock which should be paid will be Stan TeJdela. He is when registering, a naturalist, wildlife pltoOther s.essions choices tographer and the originatOl" are Dahlias: Companion of the popular state specific Plants: Pretty Plant Parings; field guides such as Birds Sedum-Fnst ya see dem, of (Slate name) Field Guide den ya love dem; Frogs of ltDdothers. Heltasalsospent our Area; Container Water over 20 years studying and Gardens: Weekelld Gu- photographing loons. dener. Honiculture for A fujI agenda arK! regBusy People; New Peren- istration form is posted onnials for 2012; YourGanien line at www.e~tension.umn. edulcowlIy/douglas. For (onnnlled from page 1 mOle infonnaIion call Kim Tltveime at 320_162_3890 probably Jiule chance to the city would be accoma- or email her at kirn@rnail. save it," Drehersaid. Dreher dating if the we had a plan.$. ~Ithink you have to have noted that theno are a lot of empty buildings for sale al- a legitimate business plan. OVl!rnighf Bus Trip ready in Starbuck. Unless you have a good use 10 J,ukpol CHino ~It had so much meanfor the huilding, it's just ing for lhi" community," throwing good morlCy at the Wed., March 14 Rapp saKI. Ooce the buildCall Ron Stoen in ing is tom down, "are we b;ld~re::id~iII meet going to ask, what have wt! again on March 13 u 7 p.m. Lowry for details, done?" Someone from the at the Minnewaska Luther320~283.5283, group &aid they were SlUt'

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