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_people Winthrop News. Wednesday, May 12, 2olo. Page5 Financial education teacher trainings slated for June University of MinnesOta Extension and the Minnesota Credit Union Network will hold eight teacher trainings throughout Minnesota during the month of June. Teaching Financial Education Today trainings will address the new Credit CARD Act of 2009, decision-making skills and inte- grating these topics into the High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) curriculum. Signed into law in May 2009, the Credit CARD Act limits when issuers of consumer credit cards can increase interest rates and bans billing and payment practices that the FedEral Reserve deems "unt'air" or "deceptive." Lori Hendrickson, Extension educator in family resource man- agement, says young people are very interested in financial issues. "According to a recent study by the bank Capital' One,76 percent of teens say they want to learn the basics of personal finance now because it will help them make bet- ter financial decisions down the road," Hendrickson added. The trainings will focus on using the HSFPP curriculum and a variety of learner-centered teach- ing techniques to make the topics relevant. The trainings are appro- priate for teachers, credit union staff and agency staff teaching youth. The following dates and loca- tions are planned in Minnesota: June 14- Hermantown June 15- Marshall June 16- St. Paul and Morris # June 1% Brooklyn Center June 22- Grand Rapids and Chaska June 23- Mankato June 24- Sandstone and Rochester June 29- St. Cloud and Mahnomen The cost for participation is $30, with an additional $10 for optional credits. Those interested in attending the trainings can regis- ter at To learn more about Extension's Youth & Money program, visit Money. School readiness students graduate Graduation for students in School Readiness was held last LorRae Portner, Jacob Rose and Nicholas TenEyck. Back week. Front row, from left to right: Adam Thorsen, Robby row: Trevor Rettmann, Jayden Ludewig, Mikal Norland, Trebelhorn, Yzaleah Rendon and Mason Grams. Second Alia Meyer, Elizabeth Onstad and Mrs. Becker. row: Addison Dyre, Marti Jacobson, Brayden Rubendall, Photo by Kari Dyrc Simple ways for a better night's sleep Few things are more enjoyable and valuable than a good night's sleep. In addition to making us feel better," a good night's sleep also enables us to be more productive and handle all that a day can throw at us. While nearly everyone is aware of the value of sleep, a 2008 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation indicated that many Americans simply aren't getting enough sleep. That problem was illustrated when comparing the typical sleep schedules on work- days and non-workdays. On work- days, respondents typically ent to bed at 10:53 p.m. and awoke at 5:35 a.m., for an average of 6: - hours, 42 minutes of sleep onh '' worknight. On non-workdays, however, regpondents typically went tO bed at 11:24 p.m. and awoke at 7:12 a.m., an average of 7 hours, 48 minutes of sleep. That's telling, as many people, intention- ally or not, attempting to make up for lost workday sleep on non- workdays. But sleep is just as impoi'tant on workdays as it is on non-workdays, and Americans must place the same emphasis on getting a good night's sleep each and every night of the week, regardless of whether or not they're getting up io go to work the next day. To ensure a bet- ter night's sleep, consider the fol- lowing tips. Create a better sleep environ- ment. The ideal sleeping environ- ment is a'cool room with no light. Rather than cranking the heat bef6re gtfl, [Urn the heat ddn 5?]5'ftle) bit:"-Als0'"don't {:all as[e'ep with the television on. The television not only lights up a bed- room, but it's also a distraction and can be an interruption after you've fallen asleep. Don't work in the bedroom. A bedroom should be for sleeping. Spending time in bed working or " reading can make it difficult to fall asleep when you want to. Stick to a sleep schedule. As noticed in the National Sleep Foundation poll mentioned above, sleep schedules vary on workdays and non-workdays. However, the body runs best when it's on a regu- lar sleep schedule, so try to stick to a regular schedule as much as pos- sible. On non-workdays, for exam- ple, try to wake up no more than an hour later than you would on a typ- ical workday. Watch what you eat or drink befre.going' to bed. It's ideal to avoid eating .within three hours of going to bed. With respect to bev- erages, avoid stimulants such as coffees and soft drinks, replacing them with something re.ore mild such as skim milk. Workshops in northwestern Minnesota Minnesotans have an opportuni- ty to help chart the course of region- al and state parks and trails {br the next 25 years by participating in statewide workshops including four scheduled for northwestern Minnesota in the next two weekS. "Everyone who attends will have an opportunity to provide their insights," said Courtland Nelson, DNR Parks and Trails Division director. "Now is the time for Minnesotans to share their ideas and dreams for parks and trails for the next 25 years." The workshops will provide citi-, zens with a chance to influence the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan that will guide funding decisions for regional and state parks and trails. Workshops are scheduled {br: May 11 - Baudette, Lake of the Woods Public School, 236 15th Ave. SW, ITV media room May 12 - Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College, 1101 Highway 1 East, Rooms 201 & 203 May 13 - Bemidji, Bemidji State University, Hobson Memorial Union, 1500 Birchmont Drive, Crying Wolf Room May 18 Detroit Lakes, Minnesota State .Community and Technical College, 900 Highway 34 E, Room CI01. Th workshops are 'scheduled from 7-9 p.m. and will focus on vision, priorities, and future oppor- tunities. Minnesotans passed the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment in 2008 that enacted a three-eighths percent sales tax increase for natural resources and the arts. Of the money collected, 14.25 percent is providing funding for state, metro, arid greater Minnesota parks and trails projects. The plan will offer a vision, set priorities, and develop funding crite- ria. The plan will also identify gaps and needs in the cunent regional and state system, and make recommen- dations to address them. It will be presented to the Minnesota Legislature by Feb. 15,201.1. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pan- nering with the Citizens League, a non-partisan, non-profit organiza- tion, in the workshop planning eflbrt. People from all walks of life are encouraged to participate in the workshops, especially those who currently don't use the regional or state parks and trails system. The University of Minnesota is developing an inventory of existing regional and state parks and trails that will be used in the planning effort. This information will be available for review at the work- shops. Meeting details and more infor- mation about the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan are available online. People unable to attend a work- shop, can provide input on the Citizen's League Web site. 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In North America, between 100 million and 1 billion birds die annually after colliding with windows On aver- age, I to 10 birds die per building per year. Window strikes are not limited to a specific type of build- ing, to a particular type of window, or to a certain time of year. Collisions are not limited to a cer- tain suite of birds or to birds of a certain age or sex. How collisions occur, birds may not recognize glass as a reflec- tive barrier, and they may attempt to fly to the habitat that is being reflected. Birds may not be able to recognize a corridor of windows as a barrier either. For example, birds may see through the sides of.a bay window or see through glass corri- dors, and attempt to fly to the other side. Finally, during the breeding season, territorial males may see their reflection in the glass and repeatedly attack the perceived intruder. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to reduce the number of daytime bird-win- dow collisions. Studies have found that moving bird feeders to within three feet of a window eliminates the number of fatal collisions observed as a result of bird-feeding activities. You might also consider installing a window feeder. Bird decals, window films, and reflec- tive tapes can also reduce the num- ber of window strikes. A single decal on a large window may have limited benefit, so several decals will be necessary to cover a large window. KEN! fl0u=e Bridal 9hower honoring Joni Cole bride-to-be of Mark Seeker gal.. May 15th" 11 a.m. First Lutheran Church, Winthrop are Steve and Jea..e Cole of Wi.throp: Oail Pumas of Wao.ia  Jim eeker of St. Peter. The couple is registered at ,%0pk0, Herbergers, Target b Hans0n Prug. ,,; ..%( The Legal Professionals Somsen, Mueller, Lowther & Franta, PA Wills, Trusts, Estate & Nursing Home Planning Divorce & Family Law Re'al Estate Estates & Probate Business & Agriculture Steven J. Franta Patrick A. Lowther Linda d. 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