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JANUARY 15, 2014 THE PRESS PAGE 5 - Coun00 0f origin labeling in jeopardy at conference By James Schmidt MENOKEN, N.D. -- Right now, country of origin labeling (COOL) is in jeopardy in the farm bill conference• We know that some conferees intend to in- troduce an amendment shortly that will gut or repeal U.S. COOL. If this amendment pass- es, U.S. ranchers will not be able to differentiate their product with a U.S. label and consumers will not have the information they need at the point of pur- chase. The anti-COOL groups and their supporters want U.S. beef to become a generic product of North America. In reality, there&apos;s nothing more important to a competitive, free market than the ability to differentiate one's product and that's what COOL does. There's nothing more fundamental to giving con- sumers information about the origin of their beef than COOL. Why would anyone oppose COOL? We know the truth: we know that opposing COOL has nothing to do with costs because that scare tactic has been dis- pelled; we know that opposing COOL doesn't have anything to do with a lack of consumer in- terest because survey after sur- vey has proven consumers want and deserve country of origin in- formation; we know that op- posing COOL has nothing to do with retaliatory tariffs because that worn out scare tactic has also been dispelled. Giving consumer's choices empowers them and allowing US producers to differentiate their product empowers them. Is- n't that what competitive free markets should do, empower both the seller and buyer---that's the American way. Now is the time to take a stand for COOL and there's no time to waste. Call the US Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202/224-3121 and ask for one of our elected official's office. Ask them to pick up the torch and represent North Dakota cattle producers and consumers by rejecting any amendment to the farm bill that would alter or re- peal COOL and urging their fellow Congressional delegates to speak up also in favor of COOL. Make no mistake about it, the fate of COOL will be de- cided by those elected officials taking a leadership role. Editor's Note: Schmidt is on a multigenerational farm and ranch and is a founder of I- BAND a state cattle organiza- tion, member of US Cattlemen's ASS, and a member of ND Farmers Union. AgCountry Board declares ,j! patronage dividend ' FARGO, N.D. -- At their December meeting, the Ag- Country Farm Credit Services Board of Directors declared a  $10.6 million cash patronage dividend based on 2013 earn- ings. The dividend will be dis- tributed to members in March of 2014. AgCountry's patronage pro- gram was created in December of 2012 when the AgCountry Board of Directors passed a resolution to implement a pa- tronage program beginning in 2013. The program grants the Board of Directors the ability to distribute a portion of the asso- ciation's net income to its mem- ber-owners when financial con- ditions allow for it. This marks the first year AgCountry is pay- ing out a patronage dividend to its member-owners. "The ability to share in the earnings of the association is an important benefit of being a member-owner of AgCountry Farm Credit Services, and one that we're pleased to be able 'to provide," says Bob Bahl, Pres- ident and CEO. "Our mission is to serve agriculture, and we're owned by the farmersind ranch 7 ers that we serve." "We're dedicated to serving rural America, so it's nice to be able to put this money back into the hands of our customers and their local economies," adds AgCountry Chairman of the Board Michael Long. AgCountry Farm Credit Serv- ices is a customer-owned and customer driven organization that provides credit and financial services to more than 12,000 farmers and ranchers through 27 offices in 18 counties in eastern ND and 24 counties in northwest and west central MN. AgCoun- try also provides agribusiness loans and leases in 42 states na- tionwide. The company, head- quartered in Fargo, ND, has managed assets in excess of $4 billion and more than 390 em- ployees. Prevent C,hild Abuse ND seeks "Caring Colin unities" BISMARCK, N.D. -- The habit of la ........ • b.e!ing people. 'bad parents' or itroubled • • Lend a hand, offer support, provtde mus anu snunnmg mem trom SOCle has ot ° _ _ _, _ -__ _ , L ,. to g,o"says Leslie Brunette, co fotYunderLf_ a Itstentn. ear, .hel p eo.p le connect TEAM PCAND, the running team of Pre- wtth loeal00servtces, gartnQ, ¢ommu. vent Child Abuse North Dakota (PCAND). nitles o-row carino" famil['es -- and "Lend a hand, offer support, provide a lis- /° 1= n 1 lb tening ear, help people connect with local KEelS° services. Caring communities grow caring ties" that have gone above and beyond to community, and public recognition at the families -- and kids." "Caring communities make all the dif- ference in preventing child abuse and neg- lect," says Karen Van Fossan, Communi- cations Director for PCAND. "In 2014, we understand more about how to prevent child abuse and neglect. Now we know that parents and caregivers who are isolated from the community are much more likely to abuse or neglect their children. But 'caring communities' that support families also support good parenting." The Caring Community Award launched this year, recognizes "caring*ommuni- : :1-4 support healthy environments for children and families. A caring community is a place where children are nurtured, families are supported, and community members take into their own hands the work of prevent- ing child abuse and neglect. A caring com- munity may be an organization of like-mind- ed individuals, an organization like a busi- ness or agency, or a full town that has many entities working together to support children. Nominations are due by February 1, 2014, and self-nominations are accepted. Award notification will be made in March. The award includes TEAM PCAND gear, children's prizes, a radio show on-site at the Governor's Proclamation of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Partial funding for this project is provided by the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Application materials can be found at For more information, contact Karen Van Fossan at 701.223-9052 or Founded in 1978, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota (PCAND) is dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect, particularly in North Dakota. PCAND is a 501 (c)3 non-profit or- ganization and a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. NewYear s Resolution. Getting Hen ay BBB says losing weight is great but keep an eye on the bottom line BURNSVILLE, Many of us start the New Year pledging to do things better. After weeks of holiday feasts and treats, getting in shape is generally one of the most com- mon New Year's resolutions. While losing weight is always a laudable goal, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) says it's also im- portant to treat this decision like any other major purchase. Be sure to visit to re- search the backgrounds of health clubs in your area. "Resolving to become more active is a great thing and there are many terrific health clubs to choose from," said Dana Bad- gerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. "However, all contracts need to be reviewed closely and understood completely before an agreement is signed." Minn. -- -following questions: What are the terms of any introductory offers? Gyms and health clubs often use special in- troductory offers to attract new members. Just be sure you're clear on all the terms and what the monthly - or yearly - price will be once the introductory pe- riod is over. Will my membership re- new automatically? Many times people who join a gym fail to realize that their contract will renew automatically and that they have to take specific steps to cancel, such as providing a written cancellation notice any- where from 30 to 60 days before the current contract expires. Can I get out of my con- tract? Many contracts may not allow you to cancel before the term ends without an early ter- mination fee. However, health clubs have different policies BBB recommends touring_ when it comes to how a move , • ," . • gyms or health clubs you re In- ;will affect your membership. terested inj0ining and asking the._Whether or not you can be re- leased from your contract might depend on how far away you're moving and if the club has oth- er locations in the area of your new home. What happens if your club goes out of business? Ask the sales representative to explain what will happen if they sud- denly go out of business - or if they're purchased by another company. BBB suggests consumers consider the following factors, as well: What are your fitness goals? Determining your fitness goals in advance will help you select the facility that best fits your needs. If you've been inactive for awhile or have a serious health condition, it's always a good idea to consult with a medical professional when set- ting your fitness goals. Location, location, location! If your gym is across town, you'll be less likely to work out. Choose a fitness club that is con- Jan. 13 proclaimed Amber Alert Awareness Day Local celebrities Ire redo olch wok In thl pages of the Pressl Frame your mem0rles 0rder a photo reprint Call 701.284-6333 FARGO, N.D. -- Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed Monday, Jan. 13, AMBER ALERT AWARENESS DAY in North Dakota. AMBER Alert programs have been implemented in all 50 states. North Dakota implemented the state's plan in Feb- runty 2003. "North Dakota is committed to protecting its young people and keeping its communities safe, and the statewide AMBER alert system is an important part of those efforts," said Dalrymple. "This system is a valuable tool in quickly alerting law enforcement and the public in the event of a child abduction, increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome." The AMBER Alert provides public notification of an abducted child 17 years of age or younger, and that the abduction is believed to have been committed by a stranger or family abduction in which the child is believed to be in grave danger of serious bodily harm or death. Descriptive information about the child, ab- ductor, and vehicle description is obtained by law en- forcement and broadcast through the AMBER Alert. This information is used to assist in the safe recov- ery of the victim and apprehension of the suspect. Five AMBER Alerts involving six children have been is- sued in North Dakota. Five of the six children were successfully recovered. AMBER Alert information is broadcast via tele- vision, radio, wireless devices, and Department of Transportation message boards. Citizens can also re- ceive the information by dialing 511 from any phone. Wireless users can receive a text message of AMBER Alerts activated in the subscriber's area by simply signing up for the free service at www.wire- The North Dakota AMBER Alert website,, is another way citizens can obtain information on AMBER Alerts and valu- able links to other AMBER Alert related stories. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Chil- dren has developed a secondary distribution network to disseminate AMBER Alerts after receiving noti- fication of state or regional AMBER Alert activations. The secondary distribution network includes sever- al Internet service providers, the wireless industry, and many others. Nationally, AMBER Alert programs have helped save the lives of 679 children. venient to your work or home so that location is not a deterrent to getting regular exercise. Can you afford it? Monthly gym fees add up and after any introductory periods are over, the price could jump higher than your budget can handle. Be sure to do the math before you join and make sure you can afford a gym membership. Be sure it's a fit for you: Don't give in to high-pressure sales tactics. A reputable gym will give you enough time to read the contract thoroughly, tour the facilities, and check out other options before making an informed decision. Did you get everything in writing? Read the contract care- fully and make sure that all ver- bal promises made by the sales- person are included. The terms of the contract are •defined by the document you sign, so always be sure t eye rything in writing! •  •  :•. . z.;,<i: ¸¸ .',• ! with Your classified ad will aPpear in all 90 North Dakota daily and weekly newspapers for only Call your newspaper or 1-866-685-8889 for details HELP WANTED SEEKING PARAMEDIC OR RN willing to certify as paramedic for community ambu- lance service. Requires current NR Para- medic certification or RN willing to certify as a Paramedic and ability to license in the State of North Dakota. $20.00/hr with ben- efits 400+ calls per year. Rotating shift, work 2, call back 2, 4 days off. Contact Garrison-Max Ambulance District, PO Box 517, Garrison, ND 58540, Ph 701-463- 2178. GARRISON: HELP WANTED full time am- bulance manager. This individual will be re- sponsible for day-to-day operations in- cluding facilitation of internal communication between staff, management and dispatch. As well as outside agency interface, system status monitoring, scheduling needs, equip- ment and supply maintenance. Business office computer experience is also required. Minimum qualifications include high school diploma or GED. One year medical experi- ence, paramedic, registered nurse or EMT. Must be able to drive ambulance and have a driving record in compliance with our poli- cies regarding insurability. This is a salary position DOE. For further information and additional qualifications call Kerry at 701- 661-0276 or mail resume to: 637 3rd Ave. NE, Garrison, ND 58540. PARTS MANAGER: FOR a John Deere dealership. Health insurance, paid vaca- tion and holidays, and retirement plan avail- able. Call for more information 406-488- 3112. HEFTY SEED HAS an agronomy/sales po- sition available in central North Dakota. The right candidate will be experienced, self- motivated and professional. Position en- tails sales of chemical, fertilizer, and seed, in addition to agronomy services and sup- port. Excellent compensation package in- cluding competitive salary, health insurance and vacation time. Minimum 4 years expe- rience necessary. If interested, call Chad at 701-962-3346 or Jamie at 701-734-5866 or email resume to chad.weckerly@hefty- H & H ELECTRIC, Inc. a local established electrical company in Williston, ND is seek- ing Journeymen and Experienced Appren- tice Electricians. Oil & gas industry experi- ence a plus! Competitive pay and benefits. 701-774-1001. EQUIPMENT OPERATOR POSITION available with Weckerly Farms, Hurdsfield, ND. Looking for FT, year-around farm equipment operator and laborer. Some me- chanical work involved, CDL or ability to obtain one is a plus. Salary DOE. Health in- surance, paid vacation. Housing available. Contact Cole at 701-652-5770. NEW CDL DRIVER (Trainee) seeks OTR experience w/owner operator or 60+hr wk job. (314) 202-0248. JOHNSON FARMS TRUCKING, Walhalla, NO is looking for OTR drivers and owner operators. Drivers making $60,000+. New 2012 trucks. No northeast runs. Call 800- 437-5349. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FOR SALE: ESTABLISHED family restau- rant at NE corner of Highway 281/200 in Carrington, ND as turn-key business or other commercial opportunities! Contact Central Agency at 701-652-3111 www.cen- EDUCATION/TRAINING FLIGHT INSTRUCTION GROUND School via ITV at participating locations. Register by Jan. 30, 16-week schedule. Offered through VCSC and Dakota Skies Flying Service, LLC. 701-317-1268. REAL ESTATE FOR SALE NORTH DAKOTA FARMLAND values are at all time highs! Contact Kevin Pifer 701- 238-5810 ( for Free Farmland Valuation Land Auctions & Farm- land Management Services. WANTED: MINERAL INTERESTS/Oil & Gas Leases - Experienced Family Owned Oil Production & Exploration Co. We'll Help You Monetize Your Mineral Assets. Send details to P.O. Box 8946, Denver, CO 80201. MineralAssets@qwestoffice. net, 877-754-3111. LAND FOR SALE 40 ACRES IN SOUTH DAKOTA. $19,960! $460 down, $195/mo. No credit check! Owner financing! Larger Parcels Available! Great Buy! 1-800-967-7868 John B. land- BUILDINGS FOR SALE STEEL BUILDING BUY LOCAL Build Next Spring. Turn Key Available 40'x60', 50'x95', 80'x165', 100'x300'. Will Build to Suit Free Quote. Call Wane 701-365-8509 or 800- 741-9262. MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE REMANuFACTuRED DIESEL & Gas En- gines. 7.3 Ford & 5.9 Cummins Diesels & 5.4 Ford w/exch, on good core. Installation available. Don's Machine Shop, Fosston. 218/435-6379. ND MEDIA GUIDE: Names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mails of all ND newspa- pers, radio/TV stations, specialty publica- tions. Only $25. North Dakota Newspaper Association, (701) 223-6397. EVERY NORTH DAKOTA newspaper. That's where your 25-word classified ad will appear for only $150. Contact this news- paper for details. AUCTION RESCHEDuLED: KILLDEER GUN AUC- TION, Sat., March 1,2014; 12:00 p.m. MST; Buckskin Bar & Grill Banquet Room. For pictures and information visit our website ANNOUNcEMENTS/PERSoNALS PELVIC/TRANSVAGINAL MESH? Did you undergo transvaginal placement of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary in- continence between 2005 and the present? If the mesh caused complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Charles H. Johnson Law and speak with female staff members 800-535-5727. 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