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From all indications, it appears we are headed for war with Iraq...maybe even North Korea! We understand a conflict with lraq is estimated to cost our country about $60 billion. That is, indeed, catastrophic, nothing to sneeze at, as they say, and at a time when nearly every state in the nation is far, far in debt already. Wouldn't it make more sense, and wouldn't we perhaps gain more favor throughout the world, if we just went about get- ting rid of Sadam more quietly...say pay a hit-man or hit-group a MERE billion dollars to knock the man off?.! Certainly, with both Iraq and North Korea, we think all sorts of diploma- cy should be tried first! Maybe even more eflbrt should be given to help- ing those Iranians in exile return to their homeland to run the nation more peacefully! A nice card today from Susan Throndrud, daughter of the EIwood Throndruds of Ortonville. Susan writes from Nepal: "Ortonville will be well represented in a climb to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest at an elevation of 19,000 feet. I am climbing with a group of 11 men from the US and S. Africa. We climb 5-8 hrs/day to temps of -40 degrees. 10 yaks and 20 porters carry our gear. • Cybercast at www.alpi- neoscents.com." Are you a frequent listener to the Dave Mona-Sid Hartman show on WCCO radio Sunday mornings? We * listen often, and are continually amazed at the rudeness Hartman shows to the callers. If he doesn't agree with them, he just cuts them off. We wish he'd be more consider- ate, regardless of opinions, and give the callers their chance at expression. Indeed,,he'd probably gain a lot more listeners! For sure, a lot more respect! Though he didn't play, Ortonville's Pete Ross was among those who suited up and made the trip with the Gopher grid team this year when they played in the Music Bowl last week win- ning over Arkansas, 29-14. Pete red-shirted with the team this year and shared quarterback duties on what they call the "scout" team. He feels his best chance at getting some play-time in the years ahead will be at the position of punter. We're proud of you Pete....keep at it! Had a most pleasant visit on the phone recently with caller Vern Strege, Ortonville native now living in Indiana. Vern gave us a suggestion that might have some merit for our Hobo Soup. He informed us his son, Dennis, 47, is a corporate pilot for HT Hackney company out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and that the firm owns and operates a whole lot of grocery stores. Vern thought if we'd send a case of soup to Dennis, that he might pass it along to the powers that be in the firm, hoping they might see fit to stock Hobo Soup in their stores! We're going to do just that...and if it pans out, Vern...as we stated, be assured we'll keep you in mind for a finder's fee! Thanks a lot for thinking of us. Did you happen to see the Fiesta Bowl game between Ohio State and Miami for the National collegiate title? What a game...can't recall ever seeing a better one on any level. A questionable pass interference call against Miami might have given Ohio State, the ultimate vic- tor, another chance, but regardless, what a game! What a week for super-great foot- ball. No sooner had we seen one of the greatest college games between Ohio State and Miami...when along comes two unbelievable come-from- behind pro games in the playoffs...namely the I-point win by San Francisco over the New York Giants, after trailing by 24 points in the third quarter (second greatest comeback in NFL history), and the 3- point win by Pittsburgh over Cleveland after the Steelers were down by 17 points. Fantastic!! Save this paper !or recyclmo DNR sets dates, times for public input meetings The Department of Natural be shortened from nine days to five Youlh Building - Lions Park, 1301 Resources (DNR) has set dates and days (Saturday through Wednesday); Adams St., Shakopee times for southeastern Minnesota the season would ()pen on the • Jan. 16, 7-9 p.m., Minnesota (Zone 3) public input meetings in statewide firearms deer season open- State College-Southeast Technical January. Four public input meetings er. A limited number of either-sex per- Building, Winona Technical College will be held from Jan. 13-16. mits will be available during the 3A Student Center, 1250 Homer Road, "Three meetings were originally season Winona. planned, but a fourth was added to • the second season (3B) would be The format for these meetings will • provide more coverage of the Zone 3 lengthened from 7 days to 9 days and be a 15- to 20-minute DNR presenta- area, which extends from the southern begin the Saturday immediately Col- tion outlining the changes, fl)llowed Twin Cities metro area to the Iowa lowing the close of the 3A season; by an opportunity for the public to border," said Lou Cornicelli, big multi-zone buck and all-season deer give oral comments and fill out a sur- game specialist for the DNR Division license holders would be able to par- vey. of Wildlife. ticipate in the 3B season as the season "Attendance and input from the The proposals, which were first would be concurrent with other public are important components of announced in early December, would firearms seasons, setting direction for deer management make significant changes to the Zone DATES, TIMES OF ZONE 3 in southeast Minnesota," Cornicelli 3 season structure. The objective is to MEETINGS said. In addition to the public meet- encourage more harvest of adult does • Jan. 13, 7-9 p.m., The Heintz ings, the DNR is continuing to take to help keep the population under con- Center Vocational Building commons comments by e-mail to trol. The proposed changes could also area, 851 30th Ave. S.E., Rochester info@dnr.state.mn.us. Comments can slightly increase buck survivorship in • Jan. 14, 7-9 p.m., Red Wing High be mailed to: DNR Division of southeast Minnesota. School Cafeteria, 2451 Eagle Ridge Wildlife, Box 7, 500 Lafayette Road, Under the basics proposals: Drive, Red Wing St. Paul, MN 55155-4007 • the first season (3A) hunt would • Jan. 15, 7-9 p.m., Shakopee Great River suspends Lignite Vision Study Today .... Great River Energy (NDIC), as specified in the grant con- customers," said Tim Seck, leader of informed the North Dakota Industrial tract. Great River Energy's baseload study Commission (NDIC) that il has sus- team. "Whether a baseload plant in pended its Lignite Vision 21 feas'ibili- "We are not proceeding with the North Dakota remains a future option ty study to build a new coal-based Lignite Vision 21 study primarily for Great River Energy may hinge on power plant in North Dakota. Great because our latest load projections the cost and regulatory risk associated River Energy will return $500,000 in indicate an intermediate, or combined with the necessary transmission grant money for the study to the North cycle, power plant in Minnesota upgrades." Dakota Industrial Commission would better serve the needs of our The life cycle cost (the present Christmas 2002 Bird Census value of capital and operating costs over the life of the project) for trans- spots five Eagles at Refuge RivermiSsi°n to carrYEnergy,s the energycustomerstO Gremlin Minnesota is significantly greater Bald Eagles any time of year are a data can be viewed on the Internet at: than other options GRE is consider- special sight, though during winter http://www.rohair.com/CBC.html, or ing. Furthermore, transmission policy their presence is extra special. Five by contacting Minnesota's Christmas' is zn an unprecedented state of flux were observed while volunteers par- Bird Count Compiler, Roger adding additional regulatory risk. ticipated on the Big Stone National Schroeder at (507) 537-0047. "We began the feasibility study of Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Christmas Bird Census on D.ecember 29, 2002. AUTO ACCIDENT INJURY v Six participants logged a total of 161 miles by foot and car to count 32,499 individual birds comprising 30 unique species. The counters used the standard practice of counting every bird of every species within a prede- fined 15-mile diameter circle during one calendar day. The Big Stone circle Whiplash is a powerful force like the sudden, sharp snap of a whip. covers almost equal portions of It hurls your head backwards (hyperextensio) and forward (hyperflex- Minnesota and South Dakota; includ- ion), injuring your neck and back. ing Big Stone City, Ortonville, Odessa, Big Stone NWR, Lake A car accident, sports injury or simply a push from behind, all can Albert, and the southern most portion cause whiplash injury. Symptoms may not appear right away. Neck of Big Stone State Park. pain, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, arm pain and back pain are Open water at the ponds of the Big some of the symptoms that can be related to whiplash. A thorough Stone City power plant provided suit- examination and early treatment when necessary are sound advice able habitat for over 30,000 Canada following any auto accident. Geese, 1,000 Mallards, plus three ,- other species of waterfowl including one Snow Goose, which was a new species for this count. Lack of snow cover undoubtedly allowed many birds to remain unde- tected; perhaps foraging in the thou- sands of acres of grassland habitat. This resulted in the lowest number of species tallied on the census in the count's history. The Big Stone Christmas Bird Census was first con- ducted in 1973, and was continued "l[JJpl.t[(.'l[)l each year until 1980. National lr lr v 11zo  h, At,,.. ,mdF Az,- ,W Wildlife refuge Biologist, Bridget Olsen, rekindled the count in 2000 with the hope that efforts would con- tinue annually. Volunteers are always welcome to participate in the Christmas Bird Census. While the date for next years count has not been determined, accept- able CBC dates are between December 14 and January 5 each season. Data obtained from the census efforts are compiled, and transmitted to Audubon, where they are displayed along with all CBC data worldwide. An estimated 2,000 individual census- es will be conducted this season. More information can be obtained via Audubon's Internet site devoted to the Christmas Bird census; http://www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/. Additionally, official Minnesota CBC County GaP Ex. Big Stone County's Republican Party Executive Committee will meet 2001 Dodge Neon - $8,500 this Thursday, Jan; 9, 2003 at the Auto, CD, Cassette, 3,000 Miles Pizza Ranch in Ortonville. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and is open to all interested. Basement Problems i Solved 1. Leaky Basements Made Dry (No digging up yard) 2. Buckling Walk Straightened 1998 Chevy Cavalier - $5,495 3. Crumbling Walls Restored Clean Car, Green, 78,000 Miles 4 Over 35 Years of Service Proven Systems www.dryupbasement.com !! 1-800-348-6247,,,.,,,,, PRO RUTO I(m/in Backstrand MN DLR 22109 Ortonville. Mr1 I II " opportunity to own the home of their dreams - affordably, i • . 1 How d NEW HOMES EXISTING HOMES 100% FINANCING NOW AVAILABLE pgue to • You must have adequate and dependable income IBill I • You must have reasonably good credit. • After purchase, you must occupy the dwelling. OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY. Call for further information. If you're interested in owning your own home, call now - limited. Fast, easy and free prequalification over the phone. CALL JAMIE MITTELSTAEDT Midstate Mortgage Ortonville, MN a new plant in North Dakota because of the state's excellent lignite resource, quality workforce and favorable business climate," said Seek, "However, despite all the bene- fits those factors bring to a project, they could not offset the regulatory risk and high cost of transmission." The Lignite Vision 21 Project included a grant/loan of up to $10 mil- lion from the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) to perform fea- sibility studies. However, the contract stipulated that Great River Energy repay the NDIC for the state's cost share in the study, $500,000. Great River Energy's decision to suspend the feasibility study does not foreclose building a plant in Norih Dakota in the future. When the mission and environmental are firmed up, GRE will building a plant in North new plant is needed.  "But 1 Great River Energy currently 0[Mayb and operates two power pianO, able t˘ North Dakota. Coal Creek Statler of v 1081MW facility located all nu Underwood, is North Dakota's lalin les power plant, employing more !n o an 200 people. Stanton Statioalty sbi • 186MW facility located near Stas will employs nearly 75 people. Great River Energy is and transmission cooperative by 29 distribution Minnesota and Wisconsin. It energy and related services to cooperative members. NEED A NEW DOOR? on. MAYBE REPLACE A DOOR? WESTERN HAS BEEN INSTALLING DOORS for OVER 29 YEARS. You choose the size and design of door you and Western will do the rest. We can even include a new building with that new door. Bi-Fold Doors with Operators Sliding Doors Residential Overhead Doors Commercial Overhead Doors Walk Door UMBER AND ITEEL l WESTERN BUILDING SYSTEMS P.O. Box 552, Milbank, South Dakota, 57252 Located• 6 South, 1 East, 1/2 South of Milbank Phone: 605-432-5962 Email: mkv@tnics.com Fax: 1-605-432-1723 Web Site: www.westernbldgs.corn Cell: 1-605-949-I 382 Toll Free: 1-800-452-9647 MILLARD VOELTZ - OWNER Western Buildin dnce 1974 Page 2 t INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan. 7, From all indications, it appears we are headed for war with Iraq...maybe even North Korea! We understand a conflict with lraq is estimated to cost our country about $60 billion. That is, indeed, catastrophic, nothing to sneeze at, as they say, and at a time when nearly every state in the nation is far, far in debt already. Wouldn't it make more sense, and wouldn't we perhaps gain more favor throughout the world, if we just went about get- ting rid of Sadam more quietly...say pay a hit-man or hit-group a MERE billion dollars to knock the man off?.! Certainly, with both Iraq and North Korea, we think all sorts of diploma- cy should be tried first! Maybe even more eflbrt should be given to help- ing those Iranians in exile return to their homeland to run the nation more peacefully! A nice card today from Susan Throndrud, daughter of the EIwood Throndruds of Ortonville. Susan writes from Nepal: "Ortonville will be well represented in a climb to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest at an elevation of 19,000 feet. I am climbing with a group of 11 men from the US and S. Africa. We climb 5-8 hrs/day to temps of -40 degrees. 10 yaks and 20 porters carry our gear. • Cybercast at www.alpi- neoscents.com." Are you a frequent listener to the Dave Mona-Sid Hartman show on WCCO radio Sunday mornings? We * listen often, and are continually amazed at the rudeness Hartman shows to the callers. If he doesn't agree with them, he just cuts them off. We wish he'd be more consider- ate, regardless of opinions, and give the callers their chance at expression. Indeed,,he'd probably gain a lot more listeners! For sure, a lot more respect! Though he didn't play, Ortonville's Pete Ross was among those who suited up and made the trip with the Gopher grid team this year when they played in the Music Bowl last week win- ning over Arkansas, 29-14. Pete red-shirted with the team this year and shared quarterback duties on what they call the "scout" team. He feels his best chance at getting some play-time in the years ahead will be at the position of punter. We're proud of you Pete....keep at it! Had a most pleasant visit on the phone recently with caller Vern Strege, Ortonville native now living in Indiana. Vern gave us a suggestion that might have some merit for our Hobo Soup. He informed us his son, Dennis, 47, is a corporate pilot for HT Hackney company out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and that the firm owns and operates a whole lot of grocery stores. Vern thought if we'd send a case of soup to Dennis, that he might pass it along to the powers that be in the firm, hoping they might see fit to stock Hobo Soup in their stores! We're going to do just that...and if it pans out, Vern...as we stated, be assured we'll keep you in mind for a finder's fee! Thanks a lot for thinking of us. Did you happen to see the Fiesta Bowl game between Ohio State and Miami for the National collegiate title? What a game...can't recall ever seeing a better one on any level. A questionable pass interference call against Miami might have given Ohio State, the ultimate vic- tor, another chance, but regardless, what a game! What a week for super-great foot- ball. No sooner had we seen one of the greatest college games between Ohio State and Miami...when along comes two unbelievable come-from- behind pro games in the playoffs...namely the I-point win by San Francisco over the New York Giants, after trailing by 24 points in the third quarter (second greatest comeback in NFL history), and the 3- point win by Pittsburgh over Cleveland after the Steelers were down by 17 points. Fantastic!! Save this paper !or recyclmo DNR sets dates, times for public input meetings The Department of Natural be shortened from nine days to five Youlh Building - Lions Park, 1301 Resources (DNR) has set dates and days (Saturday through Wednesday); Adams St., Shakopee times for southeastern Minnesota the season would ()pen on the • Jan. 16, 7-9 p.m., Minnesota (Zone 3) public input meetings in statewide firearms deer season open- State College-Southeast Technical January. Four public input meetings er. A limited number of either-sex per- Building, Winona Technical College will be held from Jan. 13-16. mits will be available during the 3A Student Center, 1250 Homer Road, "Three meetings were originally season Winona. planned, but a fourth was added to • the second season (3B) would be The format for these meetings will • provide more coverage of the Zone 3 lengthened from 7 days to 9 days and be a 15- to 20-minute DNR presenta- area, which extends from the southern begin the Saturday immediately Col- tion outlining the changes, fl)llowed Twin Cities metro area to the Iowa lowing the close of the 3A season; by an opportunity for the public to border," said Lou Cornicelli, big multi-zone buck and all-season deer give oral comments and fill out a sur- game specialist for the DNR Division license holders would be able to par- vey. of Wildlife. ticipate in the 3B season as the season "Attendance and input from the The proposals, which were first would be concurrent with other public are important components of announced in early December, would firearms seasons, setting direction for deer management make significant changes to the Zone DATES, TIMES OF ZONE 3 in southeast Minnesota," Cornicelli 3 season structure. The objective is to MEETINGS said. In addition to the public meet- encourage more harvest of adult does • Jan. 13, 7-9 p.m., The Heintz ings, the DNR is continuing to take to help keep the population under con- Center Vocational Building commons comments by e-mail to trol. The proposed changes could also area, 851 30th Ave. S.E., Rochester info@dnr.state.mn.us. Comments can slightly increase buck survivorship in • Jan. 14, 7-9 p.m., Red Wing High be mailed to: DNR Division of southeast Minnesota. School Cafeteria, 2451 Eagle Ridge Wildlife, Box 7, 500 Lafayette Road, Under the basics proposals: Drive, Red Wing St. Paul, MN 55155-4007 • the first season (3A) hunt would • Jan. 15, 7-9 p.m., Shakopee Great River suspends Lignite Vision Study Today .... Great River Energy (NDIC), as specified in the grant con- customers," said Tim Seck, leader of informed the North Dakota Industrial tract. Great River Energy's baseload study Commission (NDIC) that il has sus- team. "Whether a baseload plant in pended its Lignite Vision 21 feas'ibili- "We are not proceeding with the North Dakota remains a future option ty study to build a new coal-based Lignite Vision 21 study primarily for Great River Energy may hinge on power plant in North Dakota. Great because our latest load projections the cost and regulatory risk associated River Energy will return $500,000 in indicate an intermediate, or combined with the necessary transmission grant money for the study to the North cycle, power plant in Minnesota upgrades." Dakota Industrial Commission would better serve the needs of our The life cycle cost (the present Christmas 2002 Bird Census value of capital and operating costs over the life of the project) for trans- spots five Eagles at Refuge RivermiSsi°n to carrYEnergy,s the energycustomerstO Gremlin Minnesota is significantly greater Bald Eagles any time of year are a data can be viewed on the Internet at: than other options GRE is consider- special sight, though during winter http://www.rohair.com/CBC.html, or ing. Furthermore, transmission policy their presence is extra special. Five by contacting Minnesota's Christmas' is zn an unprecedented state of flux were observed while volunteers par- Bird Count Compiler, Roger adding additional regulatory risk. ticipated on the Big Stone National Schroeder at (507) 537-0047. "We began the feasibility study of Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Christmas Bird Census on D.ecember 29, 2002. AUTO ACCIDENT INJURY v Six participants logged a total of 161 miles by foot and car to count 32,499 individual birds comprising 30 unique species. The counters used the standard practice of counting every bird of every species within a prede- fined 15-mile diameter circle during one calendar day. The Big Stone circle Whiplash is a powerful force like the sudden, sharp snap of a whip. covers almost equal portions of It hurls your head backwards (hyperextensio) and forward (hyperflex- Minnesota and South Dakota; includ- ion), injuring your neck and back. ing Big Stone City, Ortonville, Odessa, Big Stone NWR, Lake A car accident, sports injury or simply a push from behind, all can Albert, and the southern most portion cause whiplash injury. Symptoms may not appear right away. Neck of Big Stone State Park. pain, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, arm pain and back pain are Open water at the ponds of the Big some of the symptoms that can be related to whiplash. A thorough Stone City power plant provided suit- examination and early treatment when necessary are sound advice able habitat for over 30,000 Canada following any auto accident. Geese, 1,000 Mallards, plus three ,- other species of waterfowl including one Snow Goose, which was a new species for this count. Lack of snow cover undoubtedly allowed many birds to remain unde- tected; perhaps foraging in the thou- sands of acres of grassland habitat. This resulted in the lowest number of species tallied on the census in the count's history. The Big Stone Christmas Bird Census was first con- ducted in 1973, and was continued "l[JJpl.t[(.'l[)l each year until 1980. National lr lr v 11zo  h, At,,.. ,mdF Az,- ,W Wildlife refuge Biologist, Bridget Olsen, rekindled the count in 2000 with the hope that efforts would con- tinue annually. Volunteers are always welcome to participate in the Christmas Bird Census. While the date for next years count has not been determined, accept- able CBC dates are between December 14 and January 5 each season. Data obtained from the census efforts are compiled, and transmitted to Audubon, where they are displayed along with all CBC data worldwide. An estimated 2,000 individual census- es will be conducted this season. More information can be obtained via Audubon's Internet site devoted to the Christmas Bird census; http://www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/. Additionally, official Minnesota CBC County GaP Ex. Big Stone County's Republican Party Executive Committee will meet 2001 Dodge Neon - $8,500 this Thursday, Jan; 9, 2003 at the Auto, CD, Cassette, 3,000 Miles Pizza Ranch in Ortonville. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and is open to all interested. Basement Problems i Solved 1. Leaky Basements Made Dry (No digging up yard) 2. Buckling Walk Straightened 1998 Chevy Cavalier - $5,495 3. Crumbling Walls Restored Clean Car, Green, 78,000 Miles 4 Over 35 Years of Service Proven Systems www.dryupbasement.com !! 1-800-348-6247,,,.,,,,, PRO RUTO I(m/in Backstrand MN DLR 22109 Ortonville. Mr1 I II " opportunity to own the home of their dreams - affordably, i • . 1 How d NEW HOMES EXISTING HOMES 100% FINANCING NOW AVAILABLE pgue to • You must have adequate and dependable income IBill I • You must have reasonably good credit. • After purchase, you must occupy the dwelling. OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY. Call for further information. If you're interested in owning your own home, call now - limited. Fast, easy and free prequalification over the phone. CALL JAMIE MITTELSTAEDT Midstate Mortgage Ortonville, MN a new plant in North Dakota because of the state's excellent lignite resource, quality workforce and favorable business climate," said Seek, "However, despite all the bene- fits those factors bring to a project, they could not offset the regulatory risk and high cost of transmission." The Lignite Vision 21 Project included a grant/loan of up to $10 mil- lion from the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) to perform fea- sibility studies. However, the contract stipulated that Great River Energy repay the NDIC for the state's cost share in the study, $500,000. Great River Energy's decision to suspend the feasibility study does not foreclose building a plant in Norih Dakota in the future. When the mission and environmental are firmed up, GRE will building a plant in North new plant is needed.  "But 1 Great River Energy currently 0[Mayb and operates two power pianO, able t˘ North Dakota. Coal Creek Statler of v 1081MW facility located all nu Underwood, is North Dakota's lalin les power plant, employing more !n o an 200 people. Stanton Statioalty sbi • 186MW facility located near Stas will employs nearly 75 people. Great River Energy is and transmission cooperative by 29 distribution Minnesota and Wisconsin. It energy and related services to cooperative members. NEED A NEW DOOR? on. MAYBE REPLACE A DOOR? WESTERN HAS BEEN INSTALLING DOORS for OVER 29 YEARS. You choose the size and design of door you and Western will do the rest. We can even include a new building with that new door. Bi-Fold Doors with Operators Sliding Doors Residential Overhead Doors Commercial Overhead Doors Walk Door UMBER AND ITEEL 1 WESTERN BUILDING SYSTEMS P.O. Box 552, Milbank, South Dakota, 57252 Located• 6 South, 1 East, 1/2 South of Milbank Phone: 605-432-5962 Email: mkv@tnics.com Fax: 1-605-432-1723 Web Site: www.westernbldgs.corn Cell: 1-605-949-I 382 Toll Free: 1-800-452-9647 MILLARD VOELTZ - OWNER Western Buildin dnce 1974 Page 2 t INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan. 7,