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TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Page 3 give -- Ige 1 the board mem- of the summer including arts days. school got start- Scout Dance scheduled for July July 22 in Grove. requested an addi- for equipment D junior high football The money will be purchase additional and pads. He said to include it in capital outlay The board request. will be a parental Alcohol informs- this fall at the school. It will be 4th at 7:00 program will help to identify possible with their [ Bill Richards re, School has and is going very is giving some stu- chance to make up last year. also comment- the summer are doing at the board approved a COntribution to the citizen work pro- year contract was for approved the budget for the 5. maternity leaves approved for Lynn and Shelly Merrick. changes were OK'd Merrick and staff salary of 3 percent for was approved by following employ- were approved: Redman 1/2 7/8th Arts, 1/2 Par, Jr. coach. Allyson kindergarten basketball coach. Braun as Para and volleyball coach girls basket- Josh Barron for Co- FFA advisor. )n 911 Merchant Tribune -- The Ambulance is offering senior a chance to get magnet cards emergency infor- The magnets would on the refridgera- emergency personele When they pick up a their home. would like to par- please have the fol- information avail- of birth, social blood type, about living will information, identifica- and supple- L.r 3C . and medical members will the information in is Saturday from in the city park. Anderson is Ambulance's EMT member. June Dairy Month Dairy industry addresses America's health crisis By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune We salute dairy farmers for their contribution to our food chain. Growing up on a dairy farm, I know about the lon hours and the twice a day, 365 days a year milking schedule. Few people are willing or able to fill in for a dairy farmer when he needs some x,s time off. One mistake, and an entire bulk tank full of milk can become contami- nated and, consequently, worthless. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and ice cream are staples in many family diets, but promoting their products and finding new markets are priorities for the dairy industry. Competition is tough, and families increasingly choose diets :' lacking basic nutrition. The result? A generation of chil- dren with health problems that previously occurred pri- marily in adults. Type II diabetes is close to epidemic proportions. Obesity among children is too common. Broken bones are on the rise for high school athletes. Extreme tooth decay is showing up in children. Vending machines in schools make pop and junk foods readily available for snacking and/or meals. America's dairy farmers know they have a solu- tion to the health and nutrition deficiencies in children. Milk vending machines The vending machines are installed next to the pop and junk food machines. A high school club or group will then keep the machine full of products such as milk, milk shakes, yogurt, and string cheese. Profit from sales goes to the school to fund projects. The dairy industry tried a similar project in the 1980s, but the public wasn't ready. Since health problems are reaching a crisis level today, the time is right. Milk contains nine essential vitamins and minerals. Statistics have shown that more than 70% of the girls and 60% of the boys, ages 6 to 11, do not get enough cal- cium on a daily basis. Percentages are even higher for teens. Milk vending machines give students a nutrient-rich alternative to soft drinks. Marketing campaigns by the dairy indus- try have an impact on its major competi- tor: the soft drink industry. Coke and. Pepsi have contracts with public schools to provide vending machines. In turn, the companies donate thou- sands of dollars to the school dis- tricts. School boards are frequently hesitant to allow milk machines the dairy products will cut into the financial benefits from the soft drink companies. Redwood County dairy producers have supplied county schools, including Westbrook/Walnut Grove, with milk machines. Murray County is current- ly raising funds for milk machines in Slayton and Fulda school districts. Windom schools haven't agreed to have machines in the schools. Murray County dairy farmer Dave Schwartz is active in promoting dairy products on a national level. He is excited about a partnership between the dairy industry and the National Football League to promote healthy eating and physical fitness. Schwartz cited partnerships with Wendy's, Burger King, and McDonald's that promote dairy prod- ucts. For example, 13,000 McDonald's stores began offering milk with their kids' meals on June 1. What's ahead in the campaign to market dairy products? Schwartz says that the food processors must get involved. Billions of dollars spent on medical problems could be saved by turn- ing American diets around, and the American dairy industry will be one of the leaders in the attack on poor nutrition. Consumers can also exert their influence by demanding and then pur- chasing dairy products from vending machines and convenience stores. Gutknecht supports comprehensive energy bill Calls on Senate to follow suit First District Congressman Gil Gutknecht is supporting H.R. 4503, the Energy Policy Act of 2004. The measure passed the House 244- 178. The purpose of passing the bill was to urge the Senate to pass an energy bill so the two bodies can go to conference and create a national energy strategy. "Today's legislation provides for security and diversity to the energy supply for the American people. And it calls for a renewed focus on renewable energy," Gutknecht said. 'le good news is that producers all across southern MN are ready to produce renewable energy, such as wind, ethanol, biodiesel and biomass. This bill is good for southern MN. Unfortunately, we need the U.S Senate to muster the courage and pass a comprehensive policy for our nation and MN. It's time is long overdue." This comprehensive bill focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean fuels and research and development. The measure establishes new energy efficiency standards, provides energy production incentives for solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and other renewables, provides grants to state and local governments to acquire alternative fueled and fuel cell vehicles and authorizes more than $2.9 billion for renewable energy research and development. High energy prices and a deteriorating energy infrastructure have caused home heat- ing bills to skyrocket and forced many busi- nesses to slow production and lay off workers. The comprehensive energy bill will create approximately 830,000 jobs, including 214,000 through the renewable fuel standard. "Establishing a national energy policy is critical to improving the lives of the American people and improving our national security. It's time for the House and Senate to pass a comprehensive energy bill," Gutknecht said. Find it fast in the Sentinel Tribune... Service-and Business Directo WESTER'S LOCKER Bacon - Ham - Sausage Retail Meats Custom Slaughtering - Sides & Quarters Deer Processing Available 536 1st Ave., Westbrook Tim Waster, owner 507-274-5900 State Bank of Lucan Serving the area since 1936 106 Main Street, Lucan, MN.56255 507-747-2214 or Phone toll free 888-747-2214 Member FDIC Fax: 507-747-2150 Evers Chiropractic Westbrook Area Wellness Center Dr. Mark A. Evers; Dr. Denies A. Evers 648 7th St., Westbrook, MN 507-274-5200 Tues. & Thurs. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tracy Service Center Tom Hahn, Owner 410 Craig Ave, Tracy, MN. 56175 507-629-9243 DUANE'S BODY SHOP Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Specializing in auto glass Call 507-274-6655 1018 4th St., Westbrook, MN. Duane Ourada, owner G & R ELECTRIC 168 4th St., Tracy, MN. 56175. Maytag, Magic Chef, Jenn Air RCA & GE TV's & VCR & DirecTv We service all makes and models Residential & Commercial Wiring Phone 507-629.4250 e-mail: elect@am-media.corn DON'S PLUMBING for all your plumbing, heating, & air conditioning needs call 507-274-5316 I appreciate your business. Don Paplow Julie's Studio 10 Family hair care & nail design. Hair, Nails, Tanning & Waxing Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 12 - 8 Wed. & FrL 8:30 - 5:00 Sat. 9:00 - 1:00 341 6th St. Walnut Grove, MN. 507-859-2000 Revere Auto Body & Glass $25 Gift Certificate at T-Tommy's, Key Largo, or the Med Club with a windshield replacement or $500.00 Body Work. 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