Linkage Line volunteers needed

MANKATO – Senior LinkAge Line: A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors is seeking volunteers to assist individuals in understanding their Medicare benefits, supplemental insurance options and long-term care options.

People interested in volunteering receive free training and become Certified Health Insurance Counselors. Volunteer times and schedules are flexible.

Training will be available in Mankato on Aug. 26-28. For volunteer opportunities and to register for training, contact Sarah Reiman at the Senior LinkAge Line:?(800) 333-2433 ext. 82026.

The Senior LinkAge Line is a free service. To seek assistance with any area concerning Minnesota seniors and their caregivers, call the Senior LinkAge Line at (800) 333-2433. Or go to to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line specialist.

Crude oil pipelines exposed

MOORHEAD (AP) – Flooding and erosion have exposed oil pipelines along the Tamarac River in northwestern Minnesota.

Three of the seven Enbridge Corporation pipelines that carry crude oil from Canada across Minnesota are now visible, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. Floodwater has eroded soil that once buried the pipelines several feet below ground.

Chad Jerome, a local farmer who plants along the river, said he has seen one exposed pipe in the area for 14 years. But until recently he didn’t notice how more pipelines are uncovered.

“I guess I have faith that Enbridge knows what they’re doing and that safety measures are in place and it’s not an issue,” Jerome said.

The three exposed lines include a 24-inch and a 34-inch pipe constructed in the 1960s, as well as a 20-inch pipe laid in 2010. Becky Haase, a spokeswoman for Enbridge, said the lines run through Minnesota to Superior, Wis.

Some pipes are suspended across the 30-foot wide river channel. One of those pipes, which is stabilized by steel legs, is exposed for about 100 feet.

Jon Wolfgram, chief engineer for the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety, said the exposure could damage the pipelines, but there isn’t a law in place that requires Enbridge to rebury them.

Farmers honored at White House

LAMBERTON (AP) – A southern Minnesota farm family has been honored at the White House.

Ryan and Tiffany Batalden of Lamberton were among 15 special guests at the White House on Tuesday, being honored as agricultural leaders who are laying the groundwork for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

WCCO-TV says the Bataldens are fifth-generation farmers and grow organic corn, soybeans, oilseeds and small grains on nearly 400 acres. The have a direct market popcorn business called Patriot Pops.

The event is part of the White House “Champions of Change” program for agriculture.