At the Eden Valley business expo June 21-22 (during Valley
Daze), we met and chatted with quite a few interesting folk. Some came by to check us out. Some came for the free stuff. Others came in from the weather. No matter why they came, we were happy to see them.
Jennifer Condon of Watkins was the winner of a one-year subscription to the Tri-County News.
Perham, Minn., Monday,
June 17, 2013– Arvig is working with federal regulators to address the issue of long-distance telephone calls not completing to customers in the communities it serves. These “dropped calls” are happening all over the nation, and rural telephone companies like Arvig are not at fault.
When a call is placed to a rural telephone number, somewhere before the call even reaches the local network, it is dropped by a long distance carrier.
“Basically, the carriers don’t like the rates to connect to rural areas, and they do whatever they can to keep their costs down,” explains Andy Klinnert, Director of Network Operations at Arvig. “But rural routes have always been more costly because of rates that were established when the distances to the subscriber were more of a factor.”
In 2012, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and 35 other senators wrote to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting immediate resolution of dropped calls and poor service affecting their rural constituents, noting the serious economic consequences.
“Small businesses cannot afford to lose business opportunities because of dropped calls and poor service quality,” the senators wrote. “We are also concerned about public safety and worry it is only a matter of time before this situation leads to tragedy when a rural customer is unable to receive an urgent call.”
The FCC listened, and recently announced that it will fine long-distance providers who participate in least-cost routing (LCR), which includes passing a call destined for rural consumers to intermediate providers to reduce cost. In March, the FCC set its first example by settling on a voluntary fine of almost $1 million from a national long-distance carrier as part of an investigation into the carrier’s efforts to route and complete calls to rural communities.
However, finding the guilty parties is harder than it sounds, seeing as a number of long-distance carriers are included in the mix of exchanges that occur during a phone call. That is why Arvig is asking customers to report any call completion issues.
“Failed calls, delayed calls, poor quality and incorrect caller ID are all signs of call completion,” Klinnert adds. “By reporting the phone numbers involved, the time of the call and the problem that occurred, consumers can help us provide information that leads to a solution.”
Arvig has developed an online form for easy customer reporting. Visit Arvig.com/callcompletion for more details.
A good goose feather pillow, (considered the Cadillac of pillows) given proper care, should last anywhere between 60 and 100 years and still be in good usable condition. Here is why most of them don’t:
Every time a pillow is washed or steam-cleaned, those feathers have lost between 10 and 15 years of their usefulness.
A feather depends on the oil in it for its life and softness. Washing or steam cleaning removes oil from them, shortening their usable life. If cleaned by Carlson Pillow Cleaning Service, a machine is used to clean, disinfect, and deodorize the feathers without removing any of their oil. The feathers are not mixed with feathers of another customer’s feathers. The machine tumbles and fluffs the feathers. Tumbling removes the chaff and dust to a filter in the bottom of the machine. The feathers are subjected to germ-killing ozone-emitting ultra-violet light produced by a powerful germicidal bulb set in the top of the machine. The process takes about five minutes, the feathers are put into a new down-proof ticking, and the result is a cleaner than new pillow.
Saturday, June 8, in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day
New, Legacy-funded virtual tours will help families pick a park or trail to visit
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is
celebrating National Get Outdoors Day by offering free admission at all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday, June 8. Many special programs will also take place at parks that day.
Ken Austin Memorial Education Fund through the MN-SD Equipment Dealers Association Scholarship
Dakota Bridge of Litchfield has been awarded a joint $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association along with his sponsoring dealership, Mies Outland located in Watkins. Dakota is seeking a Diesel Mechanics AAS Degree at Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria.
The Minnesota–South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association announced six (6) students who will further their education toward a career in the retail equipment industry. These students have been named recipients of a joint $1,000 scholarship from the Association’s Ken Austin Memorial Education Fund along with their respective sponsoring dealership for the 2013-2014 school year. The students were selected for the awards because they demonstrated the skills, aptitude, and character necessary to be a successful and valuable employee in an equipment dealership and their intent on pursuing a career with an equipment dealership located in Minnesota or South Dakota.