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We received a message on the Internet last week from former Ortonville resident, John South of Yuba City, California (where we were stationed while in the Air Force at Beale AFB). John's father, the late Johnny South, owned and operated South's Body Shop here for many years. John's message reads: "Hi Jim and all the rest of you good people. Was searching the Internet and what do I see before my eyes but the mail- ing address of the Independent. I am somewhat new to all this but am writing to see if anyone would like to send me their E-Mail address and I will get back to them. We travel a lot as some of you know and if we had your address we just may pop in. We have our house on wheels so would try not to be any trouble. We have RV'd from Mexico to Alaska and as far east as MN in 93. We may go as far East as Maine next year or may put it off until year 2000. I sure miss the ice fishing in MN but for walleyes you can't beat the Colombia River. Our best nile last year we caught 1 over 13, 2 over 8 and 1 over 7. This is lbs., not inches. I guess that's enough bragging. In closing I would like to say A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE IN ORTONVILLE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA AND THE BEST TO YOU IN 98. Also a SPECIAL THANKS TO BUD KNIPPEN AND ANN LUNDBERG WHO HAVE DONE ME SO MANY FAVORS PERTAINING TO THE ALUMNI PAPER. Is there any chance E-mail addresses could be included for those that are interested in a forthcoming publication of the Alumni Paper. Sincerely John C. South, WALLEYEKKING @, PO Box 1141, Yuba City, CA 95992. ***** Big Stone Lake continues to be attractive to tourists, regardless of the season. We understand that on New Year's Day of this new year, 1998, the weather was so t "unlike winter," that there were hundreds of folks enjoying the lake on that day ... this time, of course, using snowmobiles or their respec- tive fish houses. A word of caution still is in force, how- ever, to watch for thin spots on the ice, because of the . unseasonably warm weather this year ... which is expected to continue for most of this winter season! ***** Lois Torgerson of The Northern Star in Clinton/Graceville answered her phone the other evening, it was the Minnesota State Troopers Association, calling about funds for their association, noting the many things they did. It was the holiday season, so she said, "OK", so they would be sending her a letter and envelope to place her donation. During the weekend, Lois was read- ing her "hometown" paper, from Montevideo, in which a letter appeared from Capt. Roger Hess, Commander-Marshall Dist., Minnesota State Patrol. Among the things noted in the letter were: the association is a labor union; the Minnesota State patrol is not involved in any telemarketing effort; it was not a local trooper making the call; the company hired to do the telemarketing, is paid approximately 75-80 percent of the total contribu- tion; and the money is not tax deductible, the association is not a charity. Lois made a copy of the let- ter, along with her note of disap- proval, and sent it back in the enve- lope they provided her. "I guess the 75-80 percent made the difference to me - that's outrageous!!," says Lois. ***** Sad news today out of Alexandria, via reader-friend Les Iverson of Big Stone City. Les informs us that his long-time friend since grade school days, John Hanson, passed away. His funeral was last Saturday. Just a few weeks ago, we had written that John was ill with cancer. For many years, he managed Ortonville's Northern Propane plant. ***** Two new pastors will soon be making their homes here, serving the congregations of Ortonville's First English Lutheran Church and Congregational United Church of Christ. They'll be taking over the pulpits of their respective churches within the next month. We'll have full details, with photos at a later date. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING OUICK RESULTS Farmers continuing to cut soil losses in Minnesota River Basin A recently released state survey shows that farmers in the Minnesota River basin continue to make rapid progress toward controlling soil ero- sion and resulting losses of sediment from their fields. The survey, the third annual road- side audit of tillage practices and crop-residue management, was con- ducted by field staff from soil and water conservation districts, the feder- al Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Minnesota Extension Service, and other conservation orga- nizations. It shows that about 48 per- cent of row-crop land in Lac qui Parle County met or exceeded crop residue- cover targets for soil protection last spring. That compares to an average of 48 percent for row-crop land in the 23 surveyed counties in the Minnesota River basin this year. Last year, the survey showed that 39 percent of row- crop land in Lac qui Parle County, and 42 percent of row-crop land overall, met crop residue targets. Big Stone County did not partici- pate this year, but in 1996, the survey showed that 48 percent of row-crop land met the target. "Conservation tillage," where some crop residue is left on the surface of row-cropped fields rather than turned under with tillage, is a popular method of cutting soil loss. Residue slows down the runoff of rainfall and snow melt, which reduces the amount of sediment carried off fields. Sediment is a major contributor to the Minnesota River's water-quality problems. For many of the counties, this was the third consecutive year in which the survey was conducted. Most coun- ties registered an increase in acreage meeting residue targets this year, some advancing significantly. Last year seven counties in the Minnesota River Basin met residue-cover targets on more than half of their row-crop acreage; this year 11 of the 23 coun- ties met targets. "This indicates that conservation tillage is rapidly becom- ing the dominant farming system in southern Minnesota," said Norman Senjem, Minnesota River Basin "Coordinator for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The"Mnnesota River Assessment Project, a f-year study of the river completed in 3"-993, recommended a 40-percent reduction in sediment entering the Minnesota. Decades of data from a monitoring station near Mankato show that since 1985, sedi- ment in the river has dropped about 25 percent compared to the 1970s. County officials and local citizens conducted the crop residue survey this spring in 23 counties in the Minnesota River Basin. Surveyors travel ran- domly drawn routes by road, stopping every half-mile to observe crop- residue coverage and other conditions in roadside fields in the days and weeks following spring planting. The result is a random assessment of crop- residue conditions in the county. The survey does not account for other soil- conservation practices such as ter- races, grassed waterways or buffer strips. OTP to invest near $3 million to improve energy conservation Otter Tail Power Company will invest nearly $3,000,000 over the next two years in energy conservation pro- grams following approval by the Minnesota Department of Public Service of the company's conserva- tion improvement program (CIP). $2,965,288 will be used for rebates, grants, energy-saving projects, and other services to help customers make more efficient use of electricity. "The projects and programs that make up our CIP are designed to assist all customers, from the smallest resi- dential customer to the largest indus- trial customer, become more energy efficient," says Kim Pederson, man- ager of market planning. "While most of the programs are recently designed, Minnesota's, which require regulated electric utilities to spend 1.5 percent of gross revenues on programs that assist customers in being more energy efficient. "Our programs provide incentives that encourage customers to install high-efficiency motors, lights, space-conditioning systems, and processing equipment," she says. Otter Tail's 1998-99 CIP places special emphasis on assisting dairy farmers, who are eligible to receive grants and rebates for purchasing energy-efficient farm equipment. The company is also a partner in a project designed to provide information about upgrading existing dairy facilities and/or building new ones. Here is a review of Otter Tail's The company provides rebates to customers who purchase technologies to improve the energy efficiency of new homes. Hot Packs, which include water- saver shower heaps, water-flow testers, aerators, water pipe insulation, and water temperature gauge cards, are given to customers who receive rebates for purchasing electric water heaters. Customers receive rebates for certain energy-efficient lighting prod- ucts as well as efficient refrigeration, motors, and space-heating equipment. Otter Tail offers low-interest loans and grants to businesses for pur- chasing energy-efficient equipment or making improvements to current pro- Extension report Jean Kvols, County Extension Educator A CHECKLIST FOR SURVIVAL Being snow bound isn't any fun - especially when you're 35 miles from the nearest town, the wind is howling, and there's no help in sight. But. to avoid becoming a victim of the legendary winter blizzards, the Minnesota State Automobile Association (AAA) suggests you prepare your car for that emergency before it's too late. The first thing every Minnesota driver should do is have his car fully winterized. Next, gather up the following items, and make them a 'must' in any car taken on a winter drive: 1. In a large plastic or metal container with a cover (the large popcorn cans so many of us get for Christmas work great), put the following items: face masks and stocking cap, first-aid kit, matches in a waterproof container, cigarette lighter, candles, small sharp knife, alarm clock, safety pins, aspirin, two quarters-taped to the cover for phone calls, compass, paper towels. flashlight and extra batteries and a large, bright red or orange banner. 2. High energy (carbohydrate) foods such as raisins, granola bars. semi-sweet chocolate and honey, plus instant coffee or tea. 3. Jumper cables. 4. Towing strap or chain. 5. Bucket of sand and salt mix (use one gallon plastic ice cream container) 6. Emergency flares. 7. Sleeping bag (down or synthetic fill rated to below 32 degrees F is best). 8. Insulated jacket, mittel boots (down booties are also have along). 9. Small backpacker's fresh fuel and a pan. This preparing warm liquids which to maintaining the body's tern 10. Signal mirror for surveillance if road is snowl after the storm. 11. Shovel - a coal shovel is 12. A Red Cross first aid Never travel on less than tank of gas and don't push vour the weather looks bad. lt:s hold up in town. If you are stay with your car. DATES TO REMEM January 13 Cloverbuds at Ortonville School t3:l 5p.m. I January 17 Horse PI Meeting. Clinton. 9:30 a.m. January 19 - Courthouse Martin Luther King Day January 19 - 4-H Bud Sales Committee meeting at Memorial Building (6:30 p,m. Federation Meeting (7:30 p.m. Ambassador Meeting (9:30 p.m.) January 20 - Aftersa Cloverbuds at Clinton-Grace ,_ Elementary Schools (3:30 p m ) _t.p S January 27 - Aftersd rl(I [Idor Cloverbuds at Beardsley Elem School (3:15 p.m.) January 27 - Big Stone C S 1 Extension Committee Meeti! Clinton (7:0Op.m) January 29 - Annual Corn/So Day at Clinton "the some of them were initiated by our other CIP-related projects: cessing systems, an awards company long before conservation A pilot program promotes ener- The company promotes installin  41t nventiot mandates took effect." gy-efficient construction practices by energy-savingele'ciric cooking equip-- wlll li,7"Yli hester. Pederson points out that Otter Tail providing incentives to builders who ment in schools, hospitals, restau- 'ql.Ji i. Pr  0 MASV also offers conservation assistance in use new technologies to improve the rants, and other food-service estab- 41/ i-Utstandir North Dakota, and South Dakota, efficiency, comfort., and durability of lishments. I Express L u bL olffii states that don t have mandates like new, primarily all-electric, homes. -ae qui OHS Prom to cruise the MiSSiSSippi- "" " " " on river" boat- ! Locatedacrossfrom BillsSuper Valu Plusin Ortonville, Minnes,,_,,:li I The Post Prom Committee and the ive of our youth, this opportunity for a memorable, Junior Class of Ortonville High As in the past, the Post Prom safe, alcohol-free evening can send School have finalized plans for the Committee is asking for donations to donations to: Post Prom Committee, 1998 Junior/Senior prom. It was supplement their fundraising activi- c/o Judy Fuller, 413 Atlantic Ave., decided that the time, has come to try ties. Parents of Junior and Senior stu- Ortonville MN 56278. "something different . Rather than the dents, businesses, individuals, com- Your contribution will help ensure munity service clubs and/or other we'll have "smooth sailing" in this I organizations who would like to assist endeavor. 209 NW First St. * Ortonville, MN 56278 * (320) 839-3040 in this effort to provide our kids with traditional prom followed by the post prom party, the Junior Class and the Post Prom Committee will be joining forces and resources to sponsor a moonlight cruise aboard a river boat from Andiamo Enterprises in Stillwater. Following an early Grand March at the school, the students will board chartered buses, complete with games, entertainment and snacks. First stop is the Victorian Inn at Hutchinson, where they will be served their banquet. Then on to the St. Croix River for the cruise and dance, followed by movies and a continental breakfast on the bus ride back to Ortonville. Several area communities have recently sponsored this type of prom, and the Junior Class and Post Prom Committee are looking forward to working together in this endeavor. Though the prom will be "going out of town" this year, the Post Prom Committee is committed to purchas- ing prizes, snacks, beverages, decora- tions and other supplies for the prom from local merchants, who have throughout the years been so support- Brock Tatge 123 NW 2ha St. Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2965 Your farlTl or ranch isn't only your land, it's your livelihood. At American Family, we will work as hard as you do to make sure you're protected. Call today. a rw Iknlk Om ihd lm/,vwk.m I Dr. Gregory J. Peterson Specializing in Back, Neck and Extremity Care for the Entire Family. Phone 320-839-2323 OFFICE HOURS: Mon., Wed., Fri. 8:30-5:00; Tues. & Thurs. 8:30-12:00; Sat. by appointment 215 SE 2nd Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Home (320) 839-6246 Office (320) 839-2323 Message From Sharon., is commont "Furniture Month" across the country. have had a great holiday season meeting A serving our friends in this and surrour communities. We also had a very succ Six di Sharon Falk New Year's Day sale - which actually ra three days.  But January, is still a great time for w)u to visit Err siz(s" Furniture and Carpet here in Milbank. /e continue to of t hl'le, great selection of furniture, bedding, floor coverings and Stora( coverings. Many items will remain reduced for this mont that we don't have to include them in our 1998 inventory. Here at Emanuel's we are offering up to 12 months'wi! i0/0 payments and no interest on your purchases, to those who, if),. A generous discount is available on cash purchases. We i accept several major credit cards. 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