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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Major surplus good news for state's businesses Today s announcement of a projected budget surplus of $1.3 billion over the next two years is good news for Minnesota's businesses. The significant amount of revenue allows for continued roperty tax reform and rate reductions on the state's ighest taxed properties. Last year, the Legislature passed the first step in property tax reform by reducing class rates on rental and commercial/industrial property. It also set up a special account where 60% of future budget surpluses will go to continue reform with a goal of reaching a target classification rate of 3.5% on business property valued at more than $150,000. The current rate of 4%, enacted last year, means that Minnesota businesses still face the highest property tax burden in the country. "This surplus places significant revenue in the property tax reform account and allows the Legislature to take a second major step in its effort on property tax reform. There is more than enough money to reach the target rate of 3.5%, if not even to further reduce the rate to 3%," said David Olson, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. "For too long, Minnesota's businesses have had the distinction of having some of the highest property tax burdens in the country. We can finally move out of this dubious top ranking and make our businesses more competitive with those in other states." The surplus indicates continued growth in the state's strong economy. This abundance of revenue can be credited to many factors including the workers' compensation reforms of 1992 and 1995; the elimination of the sales tax on manufacturers' replacement equipment; and the reduction in the overall price of government. These have all led to reduced costs for employers, who have in turn invested in human capital -- creating thousands of jobs over the last few years and resulting in greater personal and corporate income tax collections by the state. "There's no better time than in a healthy economy to reduce one of the major tax burdens on business' shoulders. If we fix the property tax system now, we will help protect Minnesota from job loss and drastic economic upheaval should a recession hit the state down the road," said Olson. "Minnesota businesses will be strengthened by a less burdensome tax structure and will be better able to cope with any downturn in the economy." According to legislation passed this summer, $81 million of the surplus will be used for education tax credits. Of the balance, 60% will be credited to the roperty tax reform account, meaning that close to 750 million will be available for property tax reform. -Minnesota Chamber of Commerce ) Court report (Week of Dec. 22, 1997) - - . MINNESOTA HWY. PATROL David Floyd Lundell, Milwaukie, OR, Speeding 74/55, Fined $55, Surcharge $20, Court Costs $15. 12 CLUES ACROSS 1. Type of fruit 3. Moved freely 5. Malay people 7. Defeat 9. Turn away 10. Man with an ark I I. Ethnic music 14. Shade 15. Word of farewell 17. More reasonable 18. Theater partition 19. Central Florida city 20. Tears down 23. Mollusk genus 25. Fastening 27. Coaches 28. Without (French) 29. Female sibling 30. Jan VanDer , Dutch painter SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. Ugli 3. Ran 5. Sulu 7. Bring down 9. Shoo 10. Noah, 11. Blues 14. Umbra 15. Adieu 17. Saner 18. Aisle 19. Ocala 20. Rases 23. Unit 25. Seal 27. Carriages 28. Sans 29. Sis 30. Meer E CLUES DOWN 1. Large, extinct European wild ox 2. Japanese waist pouch 3. Nephritic 4. Shove 5. Separated, in a way 6. American state 7. Ostentatiously lofty in style 8. Proposes, in a way 11. More abject 12. Arm bones 13. Gulf of _, in the Aegean Sea 14. City in the European part of Soviet Russia 16. Fiddler crabs 21. Land 22. Good gosh! 23. Roles 24. Stumblebums 25. Crease 26. Bert , Oz Lion SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. Urus 2. Inro 3. Renal 4. Nudge 5. Sawn 6. Utah 7. Bombastic 8. Nominates 11. Baser 12. Ulnas 13. Saros 14. Ufa 16. Uca 2 I. Acres 22. Egads 23. Uses 24. Oafs 25. Seam 26. Lahr C1980002 Recycling tips for Clinton dropsite Look for the changes at the Clinton drop off recycling site. The bins have been moved to the north side of the county highway garage in efforts of making them more accessible and to get them out of the strong winds that blow west down highway 6 and gravel has been laid that enables citizens to drive completely around the building from either direction. Everyone in the Clinton area is encouraged to use the site, especially those without curbside pickup, and reminded to place all recyclable materials in the bins. Also, please flatten all cardboard boxes and plastic jugs to allow more room in those dumpsters. Please do not place any materials outside of the dumpsters and do not bring any garbage to the site. Thank you for your assistance in keeping the site clean and keep thinking globally and acting loetlly to boost our already high recycling rates. Call the Big Stone County Environmental Services Office at 839-3136 with any questi9ns or concerns regarding recycling or proper disposal of solid or hazardous wastes. Markets No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.47 Soybeans ........................... 6.10 Corn ................................... 2.09 Jan. 6, 199 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.72 Soybeans ........................... 6.50 Corn ................................... 2.18 ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new" and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Rick Taylor Clara Zeek John's Auto Wrecking AI Volkenant Evelyn Nolop Doug Stielow Bryan Sparby Darin Stoddard DeWane Stoddard Maurice McAllister Daniel Vietzke Cecilia Paul Mrs. Timothy Almich Lyle & June Loeschke Gen Strube Merle Kilvington Jack Lund Cora DeVaal Gene Herrmann Norbert Reiffenberger Max Dunnihoo James Dunnihoo Mike Dunnihoo Clifford Djonne Brad Gustafson Omar Peterson Alvin Marohl Karen Hollstein Gene Mack Arlyn & Nancy Birkholz Joe Krueger Mrs. Ed Klepel Eric Torgerson Galian Schlimme Kevin Cronen Michelle Marotzke Richard Betts Brent Peterson Mark Chase Alvina A. Inderieden Esther Howen Gene HoWen Jeff Howen MrJMs. Dennis Dwyer Mrs. Helen Opitz Betty Nelson Mark Block II AI & Lisa Ross Sara Dorry Karon Giese a million Dear Mr. Ross: Life is so ironic. I spent my life looking for the perfect woman to be my wife. Not perfect in the sense of outward beauty, but more in keeping with my values-someone honest, caring, fair and just. I found my love 3 years ago. We were married one year later, almost to the day. You probably sense that this didn't turn out to be a fairy tale come true. I have since lost my love. To cancer? No. Fatal car accident? That would have been easier to deal with. Another man? I almost wish. No, I lost my love to AIDS-the grim reaper of death that ravages the very depths of its victim's soul. I'm alone now-a broken man both emotionally and financially. You could help me in a number of ways, but I'm seeking just one thing. I want my wedding ring to be placed in my wife's casket. Simple enough to do if she was still above ground, but she's been deceased for 6 months. It will take $325 to have a grave digger open the casket and restore it to its initial state. These are not the rantings of a lunatic. When we wed, I entered into a union that was to be forever. I want that symbolism to live on with my wife's remains. Mr. G. S .... The Forum, Philadelphia, PA Dear Mr. S,: The setting of-the sun, the last cookie in the bag to be eaten, a final good-bye these things produce a sense of closure. I guess the same could be said of placing your wedding ring with your wife's remains. I don't want to tell you how to lead your life, but I hope you move beyond this point with the $325 I'm sending-for that is the intended motive behind my gift. Dear Percy: I'm going to be bold by telling you what I need and then why I need it. I need between $350 and $400 and this is why: I'M LOSING MY MIND! My washing machine went out 2 months ago. Since then I've been held hostage at our local laundromat. I have 3 teenage sons, all involved in sports, who have dirty, sweaty, smelly uniforms. I spend 4 out of 7 nights sitting in the laundromat watching the endless spin cycle and praying for a reprieve. It hasn't come and I'm beginning to doubt it ever will. I'm a single parent who hates to complain but enough is enough. I don't mind doing the laundry, if only I could do it in the convenience of my home. A tall order perhaps, but one I think I'm entitled to. Ms. E. A .... The Shopper, Naples, FL Dear Ms. A.: In sending you $400, you may have convenience restored, but you've been stripped of your reign as "Greek Goddess of the local laundromat." I suppose some things are worth losing when you have so much to gain. Best wishes. Dear P. Ross: Every once in a while I notice your editor, Nancy Webber, makes print in your column. What qualifications does she have and is she looking to retire in the near future? I have my resume in hand and would love to have her position. Ms. D. R .... The Times, Forest Lake, MN Dear Ms. R.: Miss Webber has been my editor for 15 years, since the inception of this column. I suspect most people think she's my contemporary, but in all actuality she just turned 40, so I doubt she's looking to retire anytime soon. In all my years of business, she's proven to be the most loyal, conscientious employee I've ever had. I could sing her praises all day long, but she's a modest gal and would red pencil my response, so I'il stop while I'm ahead. Editor's note: You may visit Percy Ross' web site at Write Per O, Ross, P O. Box 39000- B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. Love Lights A Tree The Big Stone County Unit of the American Cancer Society thanks each and everyone of you who have helped to make the Love Lights A Tree project a success. A special thank-you to Richard Eckberg for his story about his fight against this dis- ease. Thanks to the Ortonville Independent for the promotion and the use of their window, the City of Ortonville for all their help with the tree lights, the Minnwest Bank for being a depository and each person who gave a LIGHTS A TREE Gift of Love to light the lights. The lighted tree on the comer of Highways 12 and 75 is a reminder, not only of the peo- ple it represents, but of the continued battle against cancer. Ten years ago Jean Nelson started the Love Lights A Tree project. It is in her memory that we will continue this project and with appreciation for all she has done for the American Cancer Society. Sincerely, Ruth Donais, Audrey Wellendorf, Dorothy Gmiterko THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT Big Stone Co. ADA Annual Meeting Jan. 9 at Milbank, SD The Big Stone County American Dairy Association (ADA) will hold its annual meeting Friday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. The meeting will beheld in con- junction with the Lac qui Parle ADA meeting, .and begin with a dinner at the Lantern Inn in Milbank, SD. ADA invites all dairy farmers in the county adn their spouses to take part in this dinner and meeting. Following dinner, an ADA Producer Services Coordinator will give a presentation highlighting dairy promotion activities. In addition, a director from the ADA/DC of the Upper Midwest Board will speak about progress in reac .hing consumers and Minnesota promoUon council. The meeting will then be open for general discussion and questions. Local county board elections will precede adjournmenL Current representatives of Region 5 serving on the ADA/DC of the Upper Midwest Board and the State ADA Board are: lone Gibson of Beardsley and Daniel Olson of Paynesville. Current board members of the Big Stone County ADA are: Chairperson - Wade and Vicki Athey, Graceville; Vice Chair - Darin and Dawn Gibson, Beardsley; Secretary - Kenny and Tracy Kellen, Beardsley; Treasurer - Leon and Peggy Kellen, Clinton; Delegate - Gerald and Peggy Heck, Beardsley; Harold Gibson, Beardsley Alternate - Bruce Wagner, Clinton; and Eldred Swenson, Ortonville. NORTHEAST ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER Serving N.E. South Dakota and Western Minnesota for 10 years For appointments in Ortonville, call Lori LarsOn at 1-320-839-250.. Mallard Pointe The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) oeeee JEANETTE KAERCHER Publisher JAMES D. KAERCHER ' Managing Editor SUZETTE K/ Editor & Advertising Sales BRIAN BASHAM Editor/Photographer NIKK] UTSCH-KELZER Ad and Printing Consultant ROBERT FULLER Plant Manager ARLENE WlESE Office Manager KATHIE I.ANTIS Computer and Composition TAMMIE GIESE Compositor/Receptionist PHIL BLAKE Layout SILL DWYER & BOB SHEROD Pressmen KRIST/NOVAK Camera Department NANCY SCOBLIC Collater aeeee Tues., Jan. 6, 1998 Vol. 79; No. 49 the ORTONV1LLE JOORNN. STAR Pemcab Postage Paid at Oflomle,  SUBSCRIPTION RATES $25.00per year in Big Stone, Lac Pade, Travarse and wift Minnesota, Grant and Roberts in South Dakota. $29.00 for all counties in Minnesota and Dakota. All others, $33.00 per Postmaster: Send address The Ortonville Independent, Be Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATE SCHEDU -ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE BASED ON A FEBRUARY 1ST DUE DATE- BoStone, Lac qul unties in Minnesota and Roberts in South Dakota February .............. 26.00 AugueL .............. March .................. 22.09 April ................... 20.01 May. .................... 18.73 June .................. 16.6S July ...................... 14.$7 Januar ALL OTHERS IN MINN. AND SO. DAK. February ............ 29.00 March .................. 26,61 September ......... April .................... 24.19 Octob May ..................... -21.?7 June ................... 19.3S July ...................... 16.93 ALL ARF.A OUTSlO OF MINN. AND SO. DAK. Fabruery .............. 33.00 Auguat ................ 11} March .................. 30.25 September .......... t April .................... 27.$0 Octob4r .............. 1t, Mey ..................... 24.76 Novmbe ............ June ................... 22.00 clmbe, ............ |. July ..................... 19.25 January ................ l, "PUBLISHER'S LIABILITY FOR ERROR' The Publisher shall not be liable sllg nges  H- lypogmphlcal that do not lessen the value of advertisement. The Publisher's for other errors or omissions connection with an advertisement stdctly limited to publication of advertisement in any or the refund of any monies paid for 1 advertisement. DEADUNES Church notes - Saturday mall Display ads - Friday mail o. rrespondonce - Monday mail ic--ictures - 5 p.m. Friday News - Friday afternooo ,,Classified ads - Friday noon (clsi.)rught in later will be t late OFFICE HOURS Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1-5 A Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 noon; 1-5 Thursday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1-5 Friday: 8 a.m.-12 noon, 1-5 p.m. A Holidays may affect office hours. LETTERS POMCY Letters to the editor community issues are Letter wdters should be aware Independent reserves the nght to end/or condense letters .for pdnt. paper also reserves tha dght publish letters that are unsuitable or WhL? it might be held legally liable. etters should contain the printed or typed name, si address and telephone Addresses and telephone numbers not be published. Letter writers are asked to themselves to one letter per Please keep letter brief, perferably over 350 words, and to the point. AD vs. NEWS The Ortonville lnde determining is news is bam on one If an individual business or zalion charges for admission to event, for an item or for a service, be considered advertising. In words, "If you charge, we charge." Advertising is the life-blod newspaper. Without it a n would cease to exist. The paper receives for subscriptions single paper sales is used to ink and paper used in pm product. It no longer does so paper cost increases. It still covers cost of ink and a small portion of paper used. Advertising to a newspaper Is crops and livestock to farmers; meat; products to the grocer; dresses, and underwear end plows and tractors to the dealer. Without any of those items particular business would not be business. ADS: We reserve the dght to re any advertising without obligation justify our decision. POLICIES A News: Our goal is to report the n= as fully and accurately as'possible.' staff's opinions will appear only on opinion page. A Editodals: Opinions published on page, whether locally written or rep. from other sources is intendeO stimulate thinking and discussion our readers. Opinions expressed by_ i editor are her own and not nec those of other staff members. Oplnl expressed in items from other pub tions may be-eontradictory to the ed'J own views, but are offered for tin- general interest. Call 320-839-6163 or FJ 320-839-3761 to place dleplay, lassified advertlalng in ,' Ortonvllle Independent. w J Page 4  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan. 6, 19