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Ortonville has a couple new and exciting investors in town, namely Tom Massey of Brainerd and partner Terry Lappin of Minneapolis. They bought the building that houses Dancing Bean Coffees and Eppel's Antiques on Ortonville's main street. Upon visiting friend Jim Larson of Ortonville, Massey fell in love with the community. He is quite involved with historic preservation and was impressed with what the Sellins have done with the building. He learned it was for sale and before he got 10 miles out of town he turned around to make an offer to Sealey's Real Estate who handled the sale. The Sellins and Eppels will continue to operate the businesses as usual. When we informed read- er Roger Martinson of the cost of shipping him a case of our Hobo Soup to his home in Georgia, it must have planted a spark in one of our other readers, namely former resident and good friend Bill Toner of Tucson, Arizona. He ordered a case today! Thanks, Bill...spread it around! Another small worlder. While attending a 40th birthday bash for our oldest daughter, Collette Roberts, at the American Legion Club in Mound, held last Friday night, we met the husband of a woman who several years ago worked with Collette. Wally Krake is retired and lives in the metro area. He knows of Ortonville only too well, as his broth- er, Jim Krake and wife Zigrida, have lived for the past three years on High Street in Big Stone City. Jim and Zigrida winter in the southland. WaUy played last year with his broth- er, Jim, in Ortonville's Patio Golf tourney. He is one of 10 volunteer Captains who pilot the boat called the Minnetonka (brought up from the depth"of Lak Minnetonka after sinking years ago), which plies the waters of Lake Minnetonka during the summer months. One time when he was on duty as Captain, he met Ortonville's Judy Dreweicke (now Judy Beckman) who for years operat- ed the Eahtonka cruise boat on Big Stone Lake. She was a passenger aboard the Lake Minnetonka when Capt. Wally asked if anyone wanted to come to the deck and steer the boat, to which Judy obliged. For you who don't know, Judy recently mar- ried Ortonville's Lance Beckman, and the two now live in the state of Washington. Previous Viking coaches must know their talent...for if Tampa Bay and the Oakland Raiders win their conference championship games next weekend, you'll find the two former Viking quarterbacks going head-to-head in the Super bowl. Brad Johnson is a QB for Tampa and Rich Gannon is QB for the Raiders! Both are having super years! Reader Alvin g. Schwarze of rural Milbank writes "I have read many explanations of the 'tax cut', but feel one written by a professor at South Dakota State University explains it best. "My Christmas wish, by the way, was that Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan would raise the interest rate. If he doesn't, I may have to paythe bank for holding my retirement money. CD interest rates are hardly worth the effort and the paper they're written on." Thanks for your thoughts, Alvin....on our editorial page this issue, you'll find your TAX CUT words from the college professor. Thanks for think- ing of us! We have learned some of our Minnesota Twins will be visiting our area again this year. On Monday, Jan. 27th, several Twins players and officials will be in Milbank. Included are TV broadcaster and former Twin Bert Blyleven, Rick Anderson (pitching coach), and players Bobby Kielty, Dustan Mohr, and Matthew LeCroy. WINDOW PLACE 605-432-1834 Toll Free 877-224-0745  Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 WHEN I GOT cut from the varsi- ty team as a sophomore in high school, I learned something. I knew I never wanted to feel that bad again. I never wanted to have that taste in my mouth, that hole in my stomach. So I set a goal of becoming a starter on the varsity. MICHAEL JORDAN Pro basketball superstar Page 2 Radon gas kits available at Countryside public health You can't see it, smell it, or taste it, but it can kill you! I'm referring to radon gas and it should not be ignored, According to the American Lung Association, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking). Radon gas is a naturally occurring gas resulting from the decay of urani- um and radium in the soil. Much of Minnesota has quite high levels of radon gas. Radon gas can enter a home through contact with soil, possi- bly through a dirt foundation or through cracks, joints, or crevices in the foundation. Radon gas can also enter a home dissolved in ground water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a rec- ommended maximum level of 4 picoCuries per Liter (pCi/L) for homes. The only way to determine home radon levels is through testing. Radon testing is easy and quite inex- pensive. A variety of testing kits are available and include two basic types: short-term (several days) and long term (several months to a year). Long- term kits are considered to be the most accurate. Short-term kits are used pri- marily as an initial screening tool. Use only EPA approved test kits. EPA approved short-term kits can be obtained from Countryside Public Health and from many hardware stores. Countryside has short-term test kits available for $5.00 (includes kit and analysis). To obtain a test kit from Countryside, contact your local Countryside Office or call 1-800-657- 3291. It is recommended that every home be tested for radon gas. The best time to test a home is dur- ing the cooler months when doors and windows are closed. Kits are to be placed on the lowest level of a home. If results of the first test show levels higher than 4 pCi/L, contact Countryside Public Health for further recommendations or additional infor- mation at 1-800-657-329 I. County prepares smallpox plan The Emergency Preparedness Team in Big Stone County has been taking steps to prepare for a bioterror- ism attack. The plan that has been developed lays out how health care providers and emergency personnel and the general public, if needed, will be immunized against smallpox. The threat of smallpox as a bioter- rorism weapon must be considered. Smallpox is a highly contagious, seri- ous illness characterized by a high fever, head and body aches and a pus- tular rash. It is estimated that about 30% of the cases would be fatal. Even though the risk of smallpox is low, the stakes are too high to not be prepared. The only way to prevent smallpox is by vaccination. Adults who had received vaccinations during child- hood are probably no longer protect- ed. Countryside Public Health has been working with the state for more than a year to develop a three-phase plan to move quickly in the event of a bioterrorism attack. Initially, in Phase 1, a small group of public health and medical staff in our region will be vaccinated against smallpox. This ini- tial response team will respond to any actual smallpox cases and give vacci- nations to those that might have been exposed to the smallpox virus. In Minnesota, by the end of February, Phase I will have vaccinated about 5,000 identified members of the initial response team. Phase 2 includes vaccinating the health care work force and emergency personnel. Julie Kunrath, PHN, Countryside . Public Health Bioterrorism Coordinator in Big Stone County, explained that health providers, emergency management, first responders, and law enforcement have been working together in prepa- ration for such an event. In addition all physicians and registered nurses in the county have been contacted to identify those willing to respond in an emergency. The decision about when to vaccinate those identified in Phase 2 will be decided at the federal level. The vaccinations will always be voluntary. There are specific con- traindications to receiving the vac- cine. Each person must weigh the information carefully. If you have any questions regarding the vaccine or smallpox, call Countryside Public Health at 320-839-6135 or call the state hot line at 1-800-657-3903. More information is available on the web at http://www.health.state.mn.us/bioter- rorism/smallPox/ An informational meeting for health professionals, EMS, firemen and law enforcement will be held on January 16 at 6:30 pm at the American Legion Post 59 in Montevideo. Jan Forfang, Field Epidemiologist for the MN Department of Health, and Cathlene Hockert, Public Health Preparedness Consultant, will present information on smallpox vaccinations and answer questions. Phase 3, a mass vaccination of the public, would not happen unless there was an actual case of smallpox. The Big Stone County Emergency Preparedness Team is planning how to best provide vaccinations to the gen- eral population of the county. Doug Tomschin, County Emergency Manager, explained that a plan is being developed to handle logistics, traffic control, staffing, etc. for a gen- eral vaccination clinic. It is a complex challenge, but one that is being addressed at local, state and federal levels. 2003 cropping yield thieves meets The Uniuersity of Minnesota Extension Service will be hosting Crop Production meetings at six loca- tions Jan.. 21-23, 2003. On Jan. 21, the sessions are scheduled in Brandon at the Auditorium, 9:00 a.m. to noon; and at Glenwood in the Courthouse Community Room, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. On Jan. 22, sessions are scheduled in Granite Falls at the Law Enforcement Center, 9:00 a.m. to noon; and in Madison at the City Hall Auditorium, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. On Jan. 23, sessions are scheduled in Elbow Lake at the Community Building, 9:00 a.m. to noon; and in Wheaten at the American Legion from 1:00 to 4:00 pm., spon- sored by the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op Elevator. The educational agenda includes: "Soybean Aphid Update and 2002 Research Conducted in the Fergus Falls Area" presented by Doug Hole, n, Regional Extension Educator- Crops; "Soil Compaction Management" pre- sented by Jodi DeJong Hughes, Regional Extension Educator- Crops; and "Drainage and Tiling: Highlighting Current Research and Production Trends" presented by Jerry Wright, U of MN Extension Engineer. Plan on attending the session in your area to learn of new and old "hidden yield thieves" common to crop production in west central Minnesota. For additional information on any of these sessions, contact Doug Helen at the Fergus Falls U of MN Extension Office at 218-739-7130 or e-mail at holen009@ttmn.edu. Extension training for 4-H judges Youth development is the goal of 4-H which is the youth organization of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. 4-H youth in grades 3-12 select projects, establish goals, and complete projects to achieve or highlight their goals. These projects are judged or evaluated by caring adults during the county fair or achievement days. The University of Minnesota Extension Service is offering two Ellingson among Ridgewater graduates Graduation ceremonies were held on the Willmar and Hutchinson campuses on Dec. 12 and 13, 2002. Graduating from Ortonville was Alicia Ellingson, in the Web Assistant program. Illl Judges Training workshops: 1. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003. from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kandiyohi County Extension Office in the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. 2. Monday, March 31, 2003 at the Douglas County Extension Office in Alexandria. Project Workshops include Self- Determined, Computer, Fine Arts & Crafts, Presentation, Goat, Mechanical Projects, Fashion Review, SDSU Dean's list South Dakota State University in Brookings has released the names of those students named to the fall Fall 2002 dean's list for academic excellence. Two are from this area, namely Kayla Marie Morrill of Clinton and Janelle Anne Volkenant of Odessa. WINTER SESSION OPEN HOUSE Serving Ice Cream Sundaes Photography, Rabbit, Natural Sciences and Foods & Nutrition. Brad Rugg, State Fair Coordinator from the Center for 4-H Youth Development at the University of Minnesota will pre- sent the Keynote presentation "The Role of Judging in the 4-H Experiential Learning Process." Registration information is avail- able at your local Extension Office. Deadline for registration is Jan. 21st for Willmar and March 18th for Alexandria. QUALITY CLOCK REPAIR Antique Mantle 400 Day Anniversary Striking Chiming CRAIG RANDLEMAN ORTONVILLE,/vlN 320-839-2357 Minnesota :. Clocaker - Watchmaker Call After 6 p.m. for Estimates Government Program now offers 100% financing for the purch homes in small towns and rural areas of Minnesota or South DaN Moderate income families living in rural areas now have th opportunity to own the home of their dreams - affordably. NEW HOMES EXISTING HOMES The home you choose can be of any size or design - limited or your income, credit worthiness and the appraised value of the I' Program is valid only in towns of less than 20,000 population, ou large metro areas - or in the country on 10 acres or less. 100% FINANCING NOW AVAILABLE You must have adequate and dependable income 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 - fundst limited. Fast, easy and free prequalification over the phone, CALL JAMIE MITTELSTAEDT Midstate Mort Harold Deal Harold Deal, 79, passed away Dec. 24, 2002, in the Phoenix area where he has lived for many years. He is being laid to rest in Michigan. He was preceded in death 15y his wife, Imogene; parents, Edward and Mary Deal; brother, Donald and daughter, Susanne. He is survived by daughter Barbara (Steve) Spinner of Geor David (Debbie) of Michigan of Arizona, his sister Edna of Ortonville; brothers, R0 South Dakota and Stuart Illinois and sister-in-law, Djonne of Montevideo. He was a physician for in Michigan and Arizona. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK 20% LIST PRICE WINTER SPECIAL WINDOWS IN $TO100 Many sizes to choose from! White, All Vinyl, Some with Low E Argon Glass REQUEST FOR BIDS Ortonville Area Health Ortonville Area Health Services is solicitin bids for the purchase, delivery and installation of furniture, furnishings and equipment for the new Outpatient Servk Center. Sealed bids will be accepted until 5:00 p. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2003. The bids will opened Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 at the Administrator's office. Project plans and specifications are available upon request. If any company i.  interested in receiving specifications, contact Donna Moberg, OAHS ! Administrative Assistant, 450 Eastvold Ave,i Ortonville, MN 56278, phone 320-839-41 Bidder will be notified in writing. (Jan. 14, 21, 2003) Classes will start the week of Jan. 27th and go through the week of March 3rd. CLASS TIMES Thursday 4:30-6:00 PM - Kids Kingdom Friday 10:00-11:30 AM - Kids Kingdom Friday 12:30-2:00 PM - Kids Kingdom ANY QUESTIONS, CALL JENNIFER AT 839-4222 Child's Name Parent's Name Address Phone Number Class Day & Time REGISTRATION FEE: $10.00 MAIL TO: Jennifer Karppinen (ECFE) 718 Orchard St. Ortonville, MN 56278 I II STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION Agralite Cooperative is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities an agency of the UIS. Dept. of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap shall be excluded from participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of this organization's programs or activities. The person responsible for coordinating this organization's nondiscrimination compliance Ramon D. Millett, General Manager. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels that organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250; or the Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Washington, DC 22050. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible. AGRALITE ELECTRIC C00PE: 320 East Hwy. 12 * P.O. Box 228 * Benson, MN 56215 * 1-800-950-8375 A Touchstone Energy" Partner  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan. 14,! Ortonville has a couple new and exciting investors in town, namely Tom Massey of Brainerd and partner Terry Lappin of Minneapolis. They bought the building that houses Dancing Bean Coffees and Eppel's Antiques on Ortonville's main street. Upon visiting friend Jim Larson of Ortonville, Massey fell in love with the community. He is quite involved with historic preservation and was impressed with what the Sellins have done with the building. He learned it was for sale and before he got 10 miles out of town he turned around to make an offer to Sealey's Real Estate who handled the sale. The Sellins and Eppels will continue to operate the businesses as usual. When we informed read- er Roger Martinson of the cost of shipping him a case of our Hobo Soup to his home in Georgia, it must have planted a spark in one of our other readers, namely former resident and good friend Bill Toner of Tucson, Arizona. He ordered a case today! Thanks, Bill...spread it around! Another small worlder. While attending a 40th birthday bash for our oldest daughter, Collette Roberts, at the American Legion Club in Mound, held last Friday night, we met the husband of a woman who several years ago worked with Collette. Wally Krake is retired and lives in the metro area. He knows of Ortonville only too well, as his broth- er, Jim Krake and wife Zigrida, have lived for the past three years on High Street in Big Stone City. Jim and Zigrida winter in the southland. WaUy played last year with his broth- er, Jim, in Ortonville's Patio Golf tourney. He is one of 10 volunteer Captains who pilot the boat called the Minnetonka (brought up from the depth"of Lak Minnetonka after sinking years ago), which plies the waters of Lake Minnetonka during the summer months. One time when he was on duty as Captain, he met Ortonville's Judy Dreweicke (now Judy Beckman) who for years operat- ed the Eahtonka cruise boat on Big Stone Lake. She was a passenger aboard the Lake Minnetonka when Capt. Wally asked if anyone wanted to come to the deck and steer the boat, to which Judy obliged. For you who don't know, Judy recently mar- ried Ortonville's Lance Beckman, and the two now live in the state of Washington. Previous Viking coaches must know their talent...for if Tampa Bay and the Oakland Raiders win their conference championship games next weekend, you'll find the two former Viking quarterbacks going head-to-head in the Super bowl. Brad Johnson is a QB for Tampa and Rich Gannon is QB for the Raiders! Both are having super years! Reader Alvin g. Schwarze of rural Milbank writes "I have read many explanations of the 'tax cut', but feel one written by a professor at South Dakota State University explains it best. "My Christmas wish, by the way, was that Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan would raise the interest rate. If he doesn't, I may have to paythe bank for holding my retirement money. CD interest rates are hardly worth the effort and the paper they're written on." Thanks for your thoughts, Alvin....on our editorial page this issue, you'll find your TAX CUT words from the college professor. Thanks for think- ing of us! We have learned some of our Minnesota Twins will be visiting our area again this year. On Monday, Jan. 27th, several Twins players and officials will be in Milbank. Included are TV broadcaster and former Twin Bert Blyleven, Rick Anderson (pitching coach), and players Bobby Kielty, Dustan Mohr, and Matthew LeCroy. WINDOW PLACE 605-432-1834 Toll Free 877-224-0745  Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 WHEN I GOT cut from the varsi- ty team as a sophomore in high school, I learned something. I knew I never wanted to feel that bad again. I never wanted to have that taste in my mouth, that hole in my stomach. So I set a goal of becoming a starter on the varsity. MICHAEL JORDAN Pro basketball superstar Page 2 Radon gas kits available at Countryside public health You can't see it, smell it, or taste it, but it can kill you! I'm referring to radon gas and it should not be ignored, According to the American Lung Association, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking). Radon gas is a naturally occurring gas resulting from the decay of urani- um and radium in the soil. Much of Minnesota has quite high levels of radon gas. Radon gas can enter a home through contact with soil, possi- bly through a dirt foundation or through cracks, joints, or crevices in the foundation. Radon gas can also enter a home dissolved in ground water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a rec- ommended maximum level of 4 picoCuries per Liter (pCi/L) for homes. The only way to determine home radon levels is through testing. Radon testing is easy and quite inex- pensive. A variety of testing kits are available and include two basic types: short-term (several days) and long term (several months to a year). Long- term kits are considered to be the most accurate. Short-term kits are used pri- marily as an initial screening tool. Use only EPA approved test kits. EPA approved short-term kits can be obtained from Countryside Public Health and from many hardware stores. Countryside has short-term test kits available for $5.00 (includes kit and analysis). To obtain a test kit from Countryside, contact your local Countryside Office or call 1-800-657- 3291. It is recommended that every home be tested for radon gas. The best time to test a home is dur- ing the cooler months when doors and windows are closed. Kits are to be placed on the lowest level of a home. If results of the first test show levels higher than 4 pCi/L, contact Countryside Public Health for further recommendations or additional infor- mation at 1-800-657-329 I. County prepares smallpox plan The Emergency Preparedness Team in Big Stone County has been taking steps to prepare for a bioterror- ism attack. The plan that has been developed lays out how health care providers and emergency personnel and the general public, if needed, will be immunized against smallpox. The threat of smallpox as a bioter- rorism weapon must be considered. Smallpox is a highly contagious, seri- ous illness characterized by a high fever, head and body aches and a pus- tular rash. It is estimated that about 30% of the cases would be fatal. Even though the risk of smallpox is low, the stakes are too high to not be prepared. The only way to prevent smallpox is by vaccination. Adults who had received vaccinations during child- hood are probably no longer protect- ed. Countryside Public Health has been working with the state for more than a year to develop a three-phase plan to move quickly in the event of a bioterrorism attack. Initially, in Phase 1, a small group of public health and medical staff in our region will be vaccinated against smallpox. This ini- tial response team will respond to any actual smallpox cases and give vacci- nations to those that might have been exposed to the smallpox virus. In Minnesota, by the end of February, Phase I will have vaccinated about 5,000 identified members of the initial response team. Phase 2 includes vaccinating the health care work force and emergency personnel. Julie Kunrath, PHN, Countryside . Public Health Bioterrorism Coordinator in Big Stone County, explained that health providers, emergency management, first responders, and law enforcement have been working together in prepa- ration for such an event. In addition all physicians and registered nurses in the county have been contacted to identify those willing to respond in an emergency. The decision about when to vaccinate those identified in Phase 2 will be decided at the federal level. The vaccinations will always be voluntary. There are specific con- traindications to receiving the vac- cine. Each person must weigh the information carefully. If you have any questions regarding the vaccine or smallpox, call Countryside Public Health at 320-839-6135 or call the state hot line at 1-800-657-3903. More information is available on the web at http://www.health.state.mn.us/bioter- rorism/smallPox/ An informational meeting for health professionals, EMS, firemen and law enforcement will be held on January 16 at 6:30 pm at the American Legion Post 59 in Montevideo. Jan Forfang, Field Epidemiologist for the MN Department of Health, and Cathlene Hockert, Public Health Preparedness Consultant, will present information on smallpox vaccinations and answer questions. Phase 3, a mass vaccination of the public, would not happen unless there was an actual case of smallpox. The Big Stone County Emergency Preparedness Team is planning how to best provide vaccinations to the gen- eral population of the county. Doug Tomschin, County Emergency Manager, explained that a plan is being developed to handle logistics, traffic control, staffing, etc. for a gen- eral vaccination clinic. It is a complex challenge, but one that is being addressed at local, state and federal levels. 2003 cropping yield thieves meets The Uniuersity of Minnesota Extension Service will be hosting Crop Production meetings at six loca- tions Jan.. 21-23, 2003. On Jan. 21, the sessions are scheduled in Brandon at the Auditorium, 9:00 a.m. to noon; and at Glenwood in the Courthouse Community Room, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. On Jan. 22, sessions are scheduled in Granite Falls at the Law Enforcement Center, 9:00 a.m. to noon; and in Madison at the City Hall Auditorium, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. On Jan. 23, sessions are scheduled in Elbow Lake at the Community Building, 9:00 a.m. to noon; and in Wheaten at the American Legion from 1:00 to 4:00 pm., spon- sored by the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op Elevator. The educational agenda includes: "Soybean Aphid Update and 2002 Research Conducted in the Fergus Falls Area" presented by Doug Hole, n, Regional Extension Educator- Crops; "Soil Compaction Management" pre- sented by Jodi DeJong Hughes, Regional Extension Educator- Crops; and "Drainage and Tiling: Highlighting Current Research and Production Trends" presented by Jerry Wright, U of MN Extension Engineer. Plan on attending the session in your area to learn of new and old "hidden yield thieves" common to crop production in west central Minnesota. For additional information on any of these sessions, contact Doug Helen at the Fergus Falls U of MN Extension Office at 218-739-7130 or e-mail at holen009@ttmn.edu. Extension training for 4-H judges Youth development is the goal of 4-H which is the youth organization of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. 4-H youth in grades 3-12 select projects, establish goals, and complete projects to achieve or highlight their goals. These projects are judged or evaluated by caring adults during the county fair or achievement days. The University of Minnesota Extension Service is offering two Ellingson among Ridgewater graduates Graduation ceremonies were held on the Willmar and Hutchinson campuses on Dec. 12 and 13, 2002. Graduating from Ortonville was Alicia Ellingson, in the Web Assistant program. Illl Judges Training workshops: 1. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003. from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kandiyohi County Extension Office in the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. 2. Monday, March 31, 2003 at the Douglas County Extension Office in Alexandria. Project Workshops include Self- Determined, Computer, Fine Arts & Crafts, Presentation, Goat, Mechanical Projects, Fashion Review, SDSU Dean's list South Dakota State University in Brookings has released the names of those students named to the fall Fall 2002 dean's list for academic excellence. Two are from this area, namely Kayla Marie Morrill of Clinton and Janelle Anne Volkenant of Odessa. WINTER SESSION OPEN HOUSE Serving Ice Cream Sundaes Photography, Rabbit, Natural Sciences and Foods & Nutrition. Brad Rugg, State Fair Coordinator from the Center for 4-H Youth Development at the University of Minnesota will pre- sent the Keynote presentation "The Role of Judging in the 4-H Experiential Learning Process." Registration information is avail- able at your local Extension Office. Deadline for registration is Jan. 21st for Willmar and March 18th for Alexandria. QUALITY CLOCK REPAIR Antique Mantle 400 Day Anniversary Striking Chiming CRAIG RANDLEMAN ORTONVILLE,/vlN 320-839-2357 Minnesota :. Clocaker - Watchmaker Call After 6 p.m. for Estimates Government Program now offers 100% financing for the purch homes in small towns and rural areas of Minnesota or South DaN Moderate income families living in rural areas now have th opportunity to own the home of their dreams - affordably. NEW HOMES EXISTING HOMES The home you choose can be of any size or design - limited or your income, credit worthiness and the appraised value of the I' Program is valid only in towns of less than 20,000 population, ou large metro areas - or in the country on 10 acres or less. 100% FINANCING NOW AVAILABLE You must have adequate and dependable income 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 - fundst limited. Fast, easy and free prequalification over the phone, CALL JAMIE MITTELSTAEDT Midstate Mort Harold Deal Harold Deal, 79, passed away Dec. 24, 2002, in the Phoenix area where he has lived for many years. He is being laid to rest in Michigan. He was preceded in death 15y his wife, Imogene; parents, Edward and Mary Deal; brother, Donald and daughter, Susanne. He is survived by daughter Barbara (Steve) Spinner of Geor David (Debbie) of Michigan of Arizona, his sister Edna of Ortonville; brothers, R0 South Dakota and Stuart Illinois and sister-in-law, Djonne of Montevideo. He was a physician for in Michigan and Arizona. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK 20% LIST PRICE WINTER SPECIAL WINDOWS IN $TO100 Many sizes to choose from! White, All Vinyl, Some with Low E Argon Glass REQUEST FOR BIDS Ortonville Area Health Ortonville Area Health Services is solicitin bids for the purchase, delivery and installation of furniture, furnishings and equipment for the new Outpatient Servk Center. Sealed bids will be accepted until 5:00 p. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2003. The bids will opened Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 at the Administrator's office. Project plans and specifications are available upon request. If any company i.  interested in receiving specifications, contact Donna Moberg, OAHS ! Administrative Assistant, 450 Eastvold Ave,i Ortonville, MN 56278, phone 320-839-41 Bidder will be notified in writing. (Jan. 14, 21, 2003) Classes will start the week of Jan. 27th and go through the week of March 3rd. CLASS TIMES Thursday 4:30-6:00 PM - Kids Kingdom Friday 10:00-11:30 AM - Kids Kingdom Friday 12:30-2:00 PM - Kids Kingdom ANY QUESTIONS, CALL JENNIFER AT 839-4222 Child's Name Parent's Name Address Phone Number Class Day & Time REGISTRATION FEE: $10.00 MAIL TO: Jennifer Karppinen (ECFE) 718 Orchard St. Ortonville, MN 56278 I II STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION Agralite Cooperative is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities an agency of the UIS. Dept. of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap shall be excluded from participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of this organization's programs or activities. The person responsible for coordinating this organization's nondiscrimination compliance Ramon D. Millett, General Manager. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels that organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250; or the Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Washington, DC 22050. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible. AGRALITE ELECTRIC C00PE: 320 East Hwy. 12 * P.O. Box 228 * Benson, MN 56215 * 1-800-950-8375 A Touchstone Energy" Partner  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan. 14,!