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Buddy Bench unveiled at Henning

Henning students who feel left out during recess have a new way to cope—a bench to sit on, letting other children know that they need a friend.
Called the Buddy Bench, it is especially popular among the kindergarten-through-third grade crowd. Henning Principal Thomas Williams said it gets used at least once a week. The Buddy Bench was a hot item at the beginning of the school year, when students watched eagle eyed for someone to sit down so they could rush over and befriend them.
Williams said the bench is part of the school’s anti-bullying measures. While older students benefit from hearing stories about bullying, the school needed a different way to pass the anti-bullying message on to the youngest students.  read entire story. . . .

School board updated on progress of CEO Program

Fourteen students from three neighboring school districts have traded their pencil and paper for a real-life learning experience this school year.
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, the school board heard from Jim Kraemer and Jessica Lhotak about the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program that has begun at Henning, Battle Lake and Perham Schools this fall. Kraemer, who is teaching the program this year, said the CEO program is an “out of the box program” that helps students come up with and launch their own business.
Lhotak, who is enrolled in the program and would like to go into business in college, said the program has given her business experience that most students her age would otherwise not receive.  read entire story. . . .

Be mindful of CO2 dangers this winter

Quick thinking and a carbon monoxide tester could have saved the lives of a local family recently.
Henning Police Chief and firefighter Mike Helle said a Henning family recently became concerned when a carbon monoxide tester in their home began going off. The family, which includes four children, reported the alarm to authorities. On the scene, the Henning Fire Department determined the levels of carbon monoxide were extremely high and quickly removed the family from the home.
“It’s called the silent killer, because that’s what it is,” said Helle.
Carbon monoxide doesn’t have a taste or smell and often times the only way to detect high levels of the gas is a carbon monoxide tester or knowing the warning signs. Some of the warning signs include a plush red face, headache, tiredness, stomach pain and dizziness.  read entire story. . . .

Concerns raised over dairy manure pit

Neighbors concerned about the expansion of a dairy manure pit attended at the Ottertail City Council meeting on Thursday, asking council members to consider restricting future growth of the dairy and safeguarding wells and waterways from contamination.
“We accept the manure pit is there, but looking ahead we’d hate to see it get bigger or have a leak,” said Susan Hansen, whose Buchanan Lake home is near the 500-cow dairy. One of the neighbors, Pam Scheer, said her well’s nitrate levels were at 32 milligrams per liter, compared to 1.7 when the well was installed in 1993.
“That’s really high,” said Scheer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers anything more than 10 unsafe, particularly for infants.
Randy Cave said he moved to his Buchanan Lake home from Iowa because he fell in love with the clear, clean water. He worries that the dairy could pose a risk to that water. Neighbors said the expanded pit can hold 10 million gallons of manure and accommodate 200 additional cows.  read entire story. . . .

Farmer shoots buck free from deadly struggle

Brothers Darrol and Dennis Underhill of Vining were clearing brush with chainsaws on November 3 when they saw an amazing sight: two big bucks locked together by their antlers, one alive and one dead.
“We were cutting for half an hour or better,” said Darrol. “I went to cut by some cattails and up jumped this buck.”
The live buck was desperately trying to shake loose the dead buck “like a rag,” said Darrol.
“Come here quick,” he yelled to Dennis. The brothers, who are each retired, watched in amazement about 15 feet from the struggle. At one point, the live buck bolted 30 feet with the dead buck still locked to him. He was thrashing and tearing up the grass, trying to get free.
They called the DNR where an official told them they were allowed to shoot the antlers off the dead deer to try to free the live one, they said. The brothers retrieved two guns, the first one with a scope, which proved too blurry at close range, and then a .308 with open sights.  read entire story. . . .