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grass grows under the feet world traveler, Bill Knowles How does a lad from Scotland end in Ortonville? If you asked that .stion of Bill Knowles, he would , "Well, that would be a bit of a And he would say it with a warm the heart. Bill Knowles, consummate con- was born in Scotland, the world and now resides in He can from time to time among friends at the Cottage Car6 in Big Stone City, never a story. Bill left Scotland shortly after in search of work, first landing London for a number of years, he apprenticed as a tool and . maker. That trade served him II, as he was able to find work and wherever his wander- : would take him. Leaving England 1951, he took a ship through the Canal, landing in Australia. He :led throughout the country, Sydney, Brisbane, finding work as a machin- I did what have you." one of the reasons Bill was to travel and find work is his of music, conversation, and no number of stories. Bill took lessons as a teenager, plays the and the accordion. If every better for its music, then Bill to provide the music. every conversation is better a story, then Bill can surely ry of two. as cards Bill receives a testament to the many ms Bill shares with his friends the world. He values those !lps a great deal, and he's not a kindness bestowed, or made. Good friend, Donna says, "Bill is not deterred He's just the most up-beat I know. Always." speaks almost in surprise that moved from Toronto to CA on a tip from a friend ng that not only were there to be had, but the weather in California, things once his way. He found friends get settled and an interest- once again as a now very lished tool and dye maker. He for 13 years at ITT/Cannon :lng all sorts of machine parts. n What seems to be a continual of coincidences in Bill's life, up renting an apartment .Macbeth who was origi- Willmar. +:+:.:.:::; . Bill Knowles dressed as a true Scotsman on the porch of his Ortonville home And, by coincidence, a couple and their daughter from Appleton, spent the winters at this very same apart- ment building. The daughter would eventually marry Bill. He was 43, Dorothy Petrick was six years younger. Bill sums up the attraction by saying, "We were one of a kind, both ready for something." Bill admits that, in many ways, they were different. "Dorothy was a stay at home, while I remained a bit of a wan- derer, and always loved to travel. Dorothy was an artist, and "the art is what we had in common, and we both loved music. We had a lot of fun." Dorothy died in 1988, ,- but by that time, Bill and i she had moved back to Minnesota. So, Scottish lad was now a Minnesotan, and ]tl despite siblings and _  ]|tT'] extended family in ./,'. ! Scotland, he decided to stay. Bill returns to Edinburgh, the city of his childhood, frequently. He wish- es that more people would take a trip to see what a beautiful city it is. "So rich in history." Bill traces his family tree to the Knox family and the house still standing in Edinburgh that was built in 1490. "It's not difficult to get to Scotland. Take a tour. The bus will take you around to all the sites. Along Princess Street, to the Edinburgh cas- tle, the John Knox House, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. And the Scottish countryside is not to be missed. And the gardens." Bill is an extremely observant indi- vidual. His training as a machinist may have contributed, but he attribut- es the way he sees things as a gift from his artist wife, Dorothy. Bill's home is full of pictures he has painted or drawn. His detailed pencil sketch- es of all the churches in the area were published by the Big Stone Arts Council into a chapbook. He's also displayed his work at the Home and Leisure Show in Ortonville. Mostly Bill paints for himself...as a way to see the world more clearly. "All my life, I dabbled with painting." Donna Leifermann says of Bill, "He's absolutely passionate about the arts. Painting, yes, but also the theater and books. Bill was a long time sup- porter of the Ortonville library, and would take off any time to see a play." One might say that Bill is a sup- porter of anything that makes the world a friendlier place. f l /\\; \\; \\; Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Graceville drawn by Bill Knowles as part of his collection of Big Stone County churches. Quent Ohm celebrated April Eddy's 14th birthday at Dick and Sue Ohm's on Monday, Dec. 30. Darrin Larson of St. Cloud and Ran and Jolene, Lucas and Chandler Van Hoorn of Aberdeen were Friday evening and Sunday afternoon visitors at the home of their parents Wally and Lois Larson. Brent and Michelle Larson of Alexandria were Friday evening to Saturday evening visitors and Saturday evening to Sunday visitors at Michelle's mom Judy Williamson of Ortonville. Joining them for a family Christmas on Saturday was Lyle Sorenson of Alexandria. The Annual Schake family Christmas was held on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Our Place Cafe in Bellingham. Attending were Howard and Lou Jean Schake, Tom, Lori, Megan, Eric and Amanda Croatt, Orville and Martha Schake, Earl and Marge Schake, Larry and Mavis Dale, Loren and Sandy Schake, Renae, Jessica and Emily Dornbush, Wally and Lois Larson, Darrin Larson, Ran, Joleen, Lucas and Chandler Van Hoorn, Lyle and Karen Schake, Lisa, Kristi and Taylor Larson, Jim Schake, Jim Larson, Danny, JoDell, Greg, Mike and Danielle Larson and JoDell's nephew, Randy, Kristi, Randy Jr., Lexy, Brandy and Zak Larson, David, Tammy, Beth, Kelli, Alyssa and Brandon Thyen, Lee and Lorraine Crosby and Bill and Val Larson. A special added visitor was Santa. Lois Larson was a Monday morning visitor of Donna Anderson of Madison. Bob Peterson, Irene Karels and Ran Nelson enjoyed dinner with Deric Radermacher and family Sunday evening. Wednesday, Jan. 1 Ran Nelson enjoyed playing whist with Harold Brehmer, Sean Rebehn and Rob Radermacher. Mel Omen and Frank Bergeson visited Ran Nelson and played pool with him on Thursday. New Year's Day dinner guests at the Walter Maatz home were Norma Wittnebel, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maatz and family, Mr. and Mrs. Barry Long, Mona Maatz and Chelsea Haugen. Tomschin (Continued from page 1) option. He deserves a lot of credit for what he's done to help veterans in this area." Doug and Amanda ended up in Ortonville when a high school friend suggested he sell Mormon Feeds in Bellingham. Dbug sold seed for 10 b,,..as-.ts-,o.,v,awOh  fele T tc, ard Ard don't fon]et to zd aoe frnou L2 ad + Tre.t. SOMETHING DIFFERENT o a ,mmtl rn at x1petng Dn Oo*ar P, estaurt= d,glu. *orn Rer  Iremars o American Omry Quem Carp Am DO Carp Price valid on specfkd = onty See store for de=]= Proud on=.or o the Children'= Mkoe Nmwork. years, and eventually began raising hogs full time northeast of Clinton. When the job as Big Stone County Veteran's Affairs Officer came open, Doug seemed the perfect candidate, and was hired for that position by the County Commissioners in 1992. It's clear that Doug enjoys his job, and thinks it as important as any other time he's spent in the service. "The VA has never provided a service or a dollar that the veteran didn't deserve. I believe that one of the reasons this country is so great, is due to the peo- ple who join the armed services," said Doug. Amanda and Doug have three chil- dren, Adam, who is 20 and living in Wisconsin, Ashley who is 18 and fin- ishing high school this year at C-G-B, and Cassandra 15, a freshman at C-G-B. Amanda has worked 23 years at the Providence Center in Clinton. Senior citizens club news IIII Senior Citizens, are you looking for a way to spend your quiet Sunday afternoon'? On Sunday, Jan. 12th there will be a pot luck supper at the Senior Center. Doors will be open at 2:30 p.m. for an afternoon of socialization and games. All seniors are invited to bring a dish to share at 5 p.m. Regular club meeting will be Jan 15 at 1:15 p.m. This will be membership sign-up. ......... r_ ......... rJce00hospice OrtonvillelGraceville Satellite Office FOR INFORMATION CALL 120-839-2502 ext. By Margret Stueckrath Phone 568-2430 anuary 8th the Bellingham Day Drawing will be for and Lila Plathe Family Was held at the Jeff and athe home at Wilimar on 21, 2002. Attending arvey and Lila Plathe; David Erin of Stillwater; Joel IA; Denise and mderson and family; Deb 7ger, Margo, Megan and a friend of Minneapolis; d Brad Fischer and Tyler; and Celia Huizenga and day, Dec. 25 evening John and Marl Plathe Beth and Brad Bacon and of Reliance, SD; Shelly and of Watertown, SD; Harlan Anderson and Plathe. Dec. 29 Harvey and Lila guests of John and Marl children at 7-75 in g observance of their 55th Wedding Anniversary. Mona Maatz and Mr. and Mrs. Barry Long were holiday guests at the Walter Maatz home from Den. 22-Jan. 1. Christmas guests at the Herbert and Marilyn Streich home included Norma Wittnebel; Jim Wittnebel; Mr. and-Mrs. Charles DeGrote, Mark and Joe; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Maatz; Mona Maatz; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maatz, John, Kali, Kara and Jacob; Mr. and Mrs. Barry Long; Melvin Maatz and Darren; Mr. and Mrs. David Maatz and Brandon; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Olson, Jack and Samantha; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Maatz; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maatz, Adam, Allison and Jenna; Ruth Maatz; Mr. and Mrs. Greg Streich, Leah and Laura; Mr. and Mrs. Garry Streich, Jamie and Rachael and Galen Streich. During the afternoon they visited by phone with Jordan Maatz who is in the service based in Fort Riley, KS. Christmas guests at the Alfred and Barb Borgerson home were Mr. and 'Car Technicians ii RE ON & GLASS CENTER, INC00 Steve and Linda Roggenbuck 56278 (320) 839-2255 Toll Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-12 noon Mrs. Keith Borgerson and family; Lori Cox and Nicole and Steve DeMeule all of Lakeville; Mr. and Mrs. Craig Meyer and Courtnie of Brookings, SD; Nicholas Meyer of Flagstaff, Ariz; Willis, Milton, Ramona and Mary Tilbury of Marietta. Alfred and Barb Borgerson were Sunday dinner guests at the Bryan Overby's at Wilmont, SD. Arlyn and Cheryl Goetsch spent the weekend at his folks Ed and Marilyn Goetsch. Saturday dinner guests at the Ed and Marilyn Goetsch home were Arlyn and Cheryl Goetsch of Mankato; LeRoy and Bonnie Goetsch and Terry Heller, Kim and Tim of Revillo. Dick and Sue Ohm and Yvonne Hanson attended the 40th anniversary celebration for Jim and Marjell Wendland at Baltic on Saturday, Dec. 28. Mike and Marcy Eddy and family; Dene and Pat Ohm; Arlene Karels and If you're 50 or older, you're in the money! III I hen you insure our home with us, through Auto-Owners Insurance Company, we'll save you money! Statistics show that your age group experiences fewer, less-costly losses, allowing us to pass the savings on to you. Contact our agency today for a customized proposal on your homeowners insurance protection. ,A'uto-Owners/nsurance Life Home Car Busness i Tom Kindt Agency' 113 NW First Street * Ortonville. MN Located tn he CenBank building Phone 320-839-6145 I The Next Stage" Planning for the future is the first stage. Living it is the next. Wells Fargo Portfolio Management Account;" Annuities, Almost CD IRAs, 401 k Rollovers, Mutual Fundsand Brokerage Services. Whatever your plans for the future, Wells Fargo can help you live them. We have a full range of financial products and services to meet your needs, and we can guide your decisions to help you reach your short-term and long-term goals, with products such as the Wells Fargo Portfolio Management Account and the Almost CD. And from Wells Fargo Investments, Annuities, IRAs, 401k Rollovers, Mutual Funds, Brokerage Services and more.Wells Fargo has been helping people get to their next stage for over 150 years.Talk to a representative today at your local Wells Fargo, visit us online at wellsfargo.com or call 1-800-TO-WELLS. 2003 Wells Fargo Banks. All rights reserved. Members FDIC. INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE PRODUCTS: Are NOT insured by the FDIC or any federal government agency Are NOT deposits of or guaranteed by the Bank or any Bank affiliate I "May 10se value Investment products and brokerage services are available through Wells Fargo Investments, LLC (member NYSEISIPC), a non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company ,sday, Jan. 7, 2003 00INDEPENDENT Page 3 grass grows under the feet world traveler, Bill Knowles How does a lad from Scotland end in Ortonville? If you asked that .stion of Bill Knowles, he would , "Well, that would be a bit of a And he would say it with a warm the heart. Bill Knowles, consummate con- was born in Scotland, the world and now resides in He can from time to time among friends at the Cottage Car6 in Big Stone City, never a story. Bill left Scotland shortly after in search of work, first landing London for a number of years, he apprenticed as a tool and . maker. That trade served him II, as he was able to find work and wherever his wander- : would take him. Leaving England 1951, he took a ship through the Canal, landing in Australia. He :led throughout the country, Sydney, Brisbane, finding work as a machin- I did what have you." one of the reasons Bill was to travel and find work is his of music, conversation, and no number of stories. Bill took lessons as a teenager, plays the and the accordion. If every better for its music, then Bill to provide the music. every conversation is better a story, then Bill can surely ry of two. as cards Bill receives a testament to the many ms Bill shares with his friends the world. He values those !lps a great deal, and he's not a kindness bestowed, or made. Good friend, Donna says, "Bill is not deterred He's just the most up-beat I know. Always." speaks almost in surprise that moved from Toronto to CA on a tip from a friend ng that not only were there to be had, but the weather in California, things once his way. He found friends get settled and an interest- once again as a now very lished tool and dye maker. He for 13 years at ITT/Cannon :lng all sorts of machine parts. n What seems to be a continual of coincidences in Bill's life, up renting an apartment .Macbeth who was origi- Willmar. +:+:.:.:::; . Bill Knowles dressed as a true Scotsman on the porch of his Ortonville home And, by coincidence, a couple and their daughter from Appleton, spent the winters at this very same apart- ment building. The daughter would eventually marry Bill. He was 43, Dorothy Petrick was six years younger. Bill sums up the attraction by saying, "We were one of a kind, both ready for something." Bill admits that, in many ways, they were different. "Dorothy was a stay at home, while I remained a bit of a wan- derer, and always loved to travel. Dorothy was an artist, and "the art is what we had in common, and we both loved music. We had a lot of fun." Dorothy died in 1988, ,- but by that time, Bill and i she had moved back to Minnesota. So, Scottish lad was now a Minnesotan, and ]tl despite siblings and _  ]|tT'] extended family in ./,'. ! Scotland, he decided to stay. Bill returns to Edinburgh, the city of his childhood, frequently. He wish- es that more people would take a trip to see what a beautiful city it is. "So rich in history." Bill traces his family tree to the Knox family and the house still standing in Edinburgh that was built in 1490. "It's not difficult to get to Scotland. Take a tour. The bus will take you around to all the sites. Along Princess Street, to the Edinburgh cas- tle, the John Knox House, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. And the Scottish countryside is not to be missed. And the gardens." Bill is an extremely observant indi- vidual. His training as a machinist may have contributed, but he attribut- es the way he sees things as a gift from his artist wife, Dorothy. Bill's home is full of pictures he has painted or drawn. His detailed pencil sketch- es of all the churches in the area were published by the Big Stone Arts Council into a chapbook. He's also displayed his work at the Home and Leisure Show in Ortonville. Mostly Bill paints for himself...as a way to see the world more clearly. "All my life, I dabbled with painting." Donna Leifermann says of Bill, "He's absolutely passionate about the arts. Painting, yes, but also the theater and books. Bill was a long time sup- porter of the Ortonville library, and would take off any time to see a play." One might say that Bill is a sup- porter of anything that makes the world a friendlier place. f l /\\; \\; \\; Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Graceville drawn by Bill Knowles as part of his collection of Big Stone County churches. Quent Ohm celebrated April Eddy's 14th birthday at Dick and Sue Ohm's on Monday, Dec. 30. Darrin Larson of St. Cloud and Ran and Jolene, Lucas and Chandler Van Hoorn of Aberdeen were Friday evening and Sunday afternoon visitors at the home of their parents Wally and Lois Larson. Brent and Michelle Larson of Alexandria were Friday evening to Saturday evening visitors and Saturday evening to Sunday visitors at Michelle's mom Judy Williamson of Ortonville. Joining them for a family Christmas on Saturday was Lyle Sorenson of Alexandria. The Annual Schake family Christmas was held on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Our Place Cafe in Bellingham. Attending were Howard and Lou Jean Schake, Tom, Lori, Megan, Eric and Amanda Croatt, Orville and Martha Schake, Earl and Marge Schake, Larry and Mavis Dale, Loren and Sandy Schake, Renae, Jessica and Emily Dornbush, Wally and Lois Larson, Darrin Larson, Ran, Joleen, Lucas and Chandler Van Hoorn, Lyle and Karen Schake, Lisa, Kristi and Taylor Larson, Jim Schake, Jim Larson, Danny, JoDell, Greg, Mike and Danielle Larson and JoDell's nephew, Randy, Kristi, Randy Jr., Lexy, Brandy and Zak Larson, David, Tammy, Beth, Kelli, Alyssa and Brandon Thyen, Lee and Lorraine Crosby and Bill and Val Larson. A special added visitor was Santa. Lois Larson was a Monday morning visitor of Donna Anderson of Madison. Bob Peterson, Irene Karels and Ran Nelson enjoyed dinner with Deric Radermacher and family Sunday evening. Wednesday, Jan. 1 Ran Nelson enjoyed playing whist with Harold Brehmer, Sean Rebehn and Rob Radermacher. Mel Omen and Frank Bergeson visited Ran Nelson and played pool with him on Thursday. New Year's Day dinner guests at the Walter Maatz home were Norma Wittnebel, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maatz and family, Mr. and Mrs. Barry Long, Mona Maatz and Chelsea Haugen. Tomschin (Continued from page 1) option. He deserves a lot of credit for what he's done to help veterans in this area." Doug and Amanda ended up in Ortonville when a high school friend suggested he sell Mormon Feeds in Bellingham. Dbug sold seed for 10 b,,..as-.ts-,o.,v,awOh  fele T tc, ard Ard don't fon]et to zd aoe frnou L2 ad + Tre.t. SOMETHING DIFFERENT o a ,mmtl rn at x1petng Dn Oo*ar P, estaurt= d,glu. *orn Rer  Iremars o American Omry Quem Carp Am DO Carp Price valid on specfkd = onty See store for de=]= Proud on=.or o the Children'= Mkoe Nmwork. years, and eventually began raising hogs full time northeast of Clinton. When the job as Big Stone County Veteran's Affairs Officer came open, Doug seemed the perfect candidate, and was hired for that position by the County Commissioners in 1992. It's clear that Doug enjoys his job, and thinks it as important as any other time he's spent in the service. "The VA has never provided a service or a dollar that the veteran didn't deserve. I believe that one of the reasons this country is so great, is due to the peo- ple who join the armed services," said Doug. Amanda and Doug have three chil- dren, Adam, who is 20 and living in Wisconsin, Ashley who is 18 and fin- ishing high school this year at C-G-B, and Cassandra 15, a freshman at C-G-B. Amanda has worked 23 years at the Providence Center in Clinton. Senior citizens club news IIII Senior Citizens, are you looking for a way to spend your quiet Sunday afternoon'? On Sunday, Jan. 12th there will be a pot luck supper at the Senior Center. Doors will be open at 2:30 p.m. for an afternoon of socialization and games. All seniors are invited to bring a dish to share at 5 p.m. Regular club meeting will be Jan 15 at 1:15 p.m. This will be membership sign-up. ......... r_ ......... rJce00hospice OrtonvillelGraceville Satellite Office FOR INFORMATION CALL 120-839-2502 ext. By Margret Stueckrath Phone 568-2430 anuary 8th the Bellingham Day Drawing will be for and Lila Plathe Family Was held at the Jeff and athe home at Wilimar on 21, 2002. Attending arvey and Lila Plathe; David Erin of Stillwater; Joel IA; Denise and mderson and family; Deb 7ger, Margo, Megan and a friend of Minneapolis; d Brad Fischer and Tyler; and Celia Huizenga and day, Dec. 25 evening John and Marl Plathe Beth and Brad Bacon and of Reliance, SD; Shelly and of Watertown, SD; Harlan Anderson and Plathe. Dec. 29 Harvey and Lila guests of John and Marl children at 7-75 in g observance of their 55th Wedding Anniversary. Mona Maatz and Mr. and Mrs. Barry Long were holiday guests at the Walter Maatz home from Den. 22-Jan. 1. Christmas guests at the Herbert and Marilyn Streich home included Norma Wittnebel; Jim Wittnebel; Mr. and-Mrs. Charles DeGrote, Mark and Joe; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Maatz; Mona Maatz; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maatz, John, Kali, Kara and Jacob; Mr. and Mrs. Barry Long; Melvin Maatz and Darren; Mr. and Mrs. David Maatz and Brandon; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Olson, Jack and Samantha; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Maatz; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maatz, Adam, Allison and Jenna; Ruth Maatz; Mr. and Mrs. Greg Streich, Leah and Laura; Mr. and Mrs. Garry Streich, Jamie and Rachael and Galen Streich. During the afternoon they visited by phone with Jordan Maatz who is in the service based in Fort Riley, KS. Christmas guests at the Alfred and Barb Borgerson home were Mr. and 'Car Technicians ii RE ON & GLASS CENTER, INC00 Steve and Linda Roggenbuck 56278 (320) 839-2255 Toll Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-12 noon Mrs. Keith Borgerson and family; Lori Cox and Nicole and Steve DeMeule all of Lakeville; Mr. and Mrs. Craig Meyer and Courtnie of Brookings, SD; Nicholas Meyer of Flagstaff, Ariz; Willis, Milton, Ramona and Mary Tilbury of Marietta. Alfred and Barb Borgerson were Sunday dinner guests at the Bryan Overby's at Wilmont, SD. Arlyn and Cheryl Goetsch spent the weekend at his folks Ed and Marilyn Goetsch. Saturday dinner guests at the Ed and Marilyn Goetsch home were Arlyn and Cheryl Goetsch of Mankato; LeRoy and Bonnie Goetsch and Terry Heller, Kim and Tim of Revillo. Dick and Sue Ohm and Yvonne Hanson attended the 40th anniversary celebration for Jim and Marjell Wendland at Baltic on Saturday, Dec. 28. Mike and Marcy Eddy and family; Dene and Pat Ohm; Arlene Karels and If you're 50 or older, you're in the money! III I hen you insure our home with us, through Auto-Owners Insurance Company, we'll save you money! Statistics show that your age group experiences fewer, less-costly losses, allowing us to pass the savings on to you. Contact our agency today for a customized proposal on your homeowners insurance protection. ,A'uto-Owners/nsurance Life Home Car Busness i Tom Kindt Agency' 113 NW First Street * Ortonville. MN Located tn he CenBank building Phone 320-839-6145 I The Next Stage" Planning for the future is the first stage. Living it is the next. Wells Fargo Portfolio Management Account;" Annuities, Almost CD IRAs, 401 k Rollovers, Mutual Fundsand Brokerage Services. Whatever your plans for the future, Wells Fargo can help you live them. We have a full range of financial products and services to meet your needs, and we can guide your decisions to help you reach your short-term and long-term goals, with products such as the Wells Fargo Portfolio Management Account and the Almost CD. And from Wells Fargo Investments, Annuities, IRAs, 401k Rollovers, Mutual Funds, Brokerage Services and more.Wells Fargo has been helping people get to their next stage for over 150 years.Talk to a representative today at your local Wells Fargo, visit us online at wellsfargo.com or call 1-800-TO-WELLS. 2003 Wells Fargo Banks. All rights reserved. Members FDIC. INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE PRODUCTS: Are NOT insured by the FDIC or any federal government agency Are NOT deposits of or guaranteed by the Bank or any Bank affiliate I "May 10se value Investment products and brokerage services are available through Wells Fargo Investments, LLC (member NYSEISIPC), a non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company ,sday, Jan. 7, 2003 00INDEPENDENT Page 3