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Editorial comment A Discredit to Freedom of Speech... SHAME, SHAME, Unbelievable!! It was hard to believe that you of our great 50,000 watt media WCCO Radio, would even think of condoning a KEPT PRESS! Yet that is exactly what confronted us one day last week while listening to the Michelle Tafoya afternoon talk show. A listener from Idaho had called in to suggest that at future Presidential State-of-the-Union talks, all lawmakers...from both party_ sides in both the Senate and House...sit together, rather than apart, separated as they are now By party designation. We thought the' idea was GREAT...but we had an even better thought to the idea! Michelle asked for callers, and we did just that, eager to express our additional thoughts to the caller's suggestion. We feel, and have felt for years, that Congress should ABOLISH THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM ONCE AND FOR ALL...eliminate all party designation for lawmakers...CREATING ONE SINGLE AMERICAN which all Americans would elect any candidate of their own choosing. As such, the nation would be rid of childish bickering and greedy power-grabbing as is the case now with two parties...AND OF WHICH WE FEEL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED!!!! Lawmakers could then all sit together any and all times they wished, with the knowledge that their constituents want ONLY WHAT SHAME ON WCCO RADIO!! (BY JDK) IS GOOD FOR ALL AMERICANS. In short, the hell with America, not the Democratic or Republican Party. For sure, we'd have a much more effi[ient and accountable government FOR ALl. THE PEOPLE. Now getting back to our call to WCCO, we assume the man who took our call was of high authority with the station, perhaps the Program Director of Michelle's show. He asked what we wanted to talk about. In a very short usage of words to describe what we wanted to discuss...the man s disgusting and discourteous response...given very abruptly was 'WE CAN T TAKE THAT CALL!" IF THAT ISN'T RUNNING A KEPT PRESS, we don t know what is!? No doubt about it...his answer was a disgrace to the intelligence of listeners...who did not hear what the man said...arid certainly a disgrace to WCCO radio, which we once worked for ann which we have always known and thought to hold the highest of standards for its ethics and-their listeners! If any of our readers feel as we do and if you really. care about what is happening today with the abuse of our nation s free sF. eech of the First Amendment...we urge you to call WCCO radio and voice your disgust...if, that s, they will take the time to listen to you, as they did ao with us!!! By JDK What a joy! Had the most pleasant phone conversation recently with one of our best-of-all-time high school friends...81-year-old CHUCK COR- SON, known to many of our readers as one of the most talented showmen of all time. And we were amazed that he rec- ognized our voice after perhaps more than 30 years! Chuck, a member of the OHS class of 1947, is now happily re- tired in Naples, FL, with Jean, his wife of many years. We spent several min- utes talking of "those good old days," and in closing, Chuck asked us to be sure and greet ANY AND ALL of his Ortonville friends. Chuck is the only son of the late Ray and Ebba Corson, who for years owned and operated Cot- son Federated clothing store in Or- tonville, then located in the building that housed the late Dec Solutions that was destroyed by fire last year. Some of the fondcst of memories we have of Chuck include his REMARKABLE TALENT he possessed in producing Ortonville Follies for several years back in the late 1940's. He started the shows when he was in the sixthgrade, and for- tunately he was able to garner the sup- of several educators of that day...namely the late Music teacher Beth Cummens, Band instructor Harold Kaiberg, Supt. Les Brown, and Bert Fowler, builder of the stages. Yours truly was proud to be among the many stagers, and we ahnost convinced Life magazine to come to Ortonville for a feature on the a class that time probably never heard of in a high school. All the productions were AB- SOLUTELY SUPER SUPER for a roup of high schoolers, and it was un- sualthat there was such a high level of musical talent m the shool at that time. To name a few, using maiden names...Mary and Geneva Stegner, Bill Miller, Janice Hegge, Norma Jean Brown, Bert Swenson, Leo Schmidt, Dick Schoen, Bernie Bruns, Janee Gay Grosenick, Betty Ann Daly, Art Ander- son, Mary Alice Hess, Duane Bagaus, Alice Jean Brown, Barb Kaercher, Nancy Kaercher. Mary Catherine Baar, Mary Ann Gimmestad, Mary Ann McEderry....countless others whose names we can't recall now. As most of our older readers well know, after schooling at St. Olaf College at North- and Northwestern University, Chuck went on to shine as a Manager at Disncyland in Annaheim, CA ..... later The Rockcttcs of Radio City Theater in New York, and finally producer of the Orleans World'sFair. After that, Chuck staged many private broadway- type extravagances for world-known companies. It was such fun and heart- warming for us to speak with Chuck...his wfice sounding "like old time," though we learned he recently suffered throat cancer, now recovering. Chuck had two children, a boy he says is doing well in San Francisco and a daughter who he lost to cancer years ago. He and wile Jean are now enjoy- ing retirement and plan a 13-day Ocean Cruise soon. Thanks to long-time friend Jancc Gay (Grosenick) Berdan of Wellesley. MA. and our sister, Barbara (Kacrcher) McCarthy of Vero Beach, FL, Chuck says he is able to keep up some Ortonville area news from the Independent via copies sent to him by the girls mentioned. Janee Gay was Chuck's classtnatc of OHS '47...Barbara in the class of 1945. Jim and Bettie Hoiman of Deerwood write to say "thank you Independent crew for keeping us readers updated on news and events of our home area. We have always kept a soft and caring place in our hearts for all those we left be- hind! Always enjoy our trips out to the Big Stone Lake area. A healthy and great year for all in 2011. From Warren, long-time publishers of the Warren Sheaf, weekly paper, Nell and Marilyn Mattson, sent us another Holiday Wish, full of their activities the past year. Most readers will remember the Mattsons are related to one of our closer friends, the late Warren Schoen of Ortonville. The Mattsons write of three long trips enjoyed in 2010...the year highlighted when John's two daughters, Beth and Becky each gave birth to the Mattsons' two great-great grandchildren. Another highlight was a celebration on Dec. 26, of Marilyn's 80th birthday. Yet another high- light...on Sept. I0, Nell and Marilyn celebrated their 60th wedding anniver- sary ! From Eden Prairie, long- time and ever-so faithful reader, Monte Zehringer, says "thanks for the reminder of subscriptions due ...had I missed, l would have been without your newspaper, l'm fine, going to Phoenix for about three weeks the end of Febru- ary. Nice seeing all at the last Cornfest. Take care and stay healthy! Hats off to our County Sheriff's Dept. During blizzard conditions Friday of last week, they were "Johnny-on-the- S ! pot" as they say. We were driving west on Highway 12 nearing Ortonville, at about 15miles east of town, ,mack- dab in the middle of the road was a car s'tuck in a drift, (nobody in the car) the auto taking up the whole road, If not for the blinking lights from the Sheriff's car and deputies stopping traffic, we might well have met disaster. The Deputy was Terry Wood! The road was cleared in short order when Bill Wiik of The Shop arrived, answering the Sheriff's call. A short note from readers Floyd and Leone Folkens now of St. Cloud. "Thanks to the entire staff for putting out the paper every week. We enjoy all the news of the Ortonville and Big Stone County area. Keep up the good work, Jim, as pub- lisher of this great newspaper." Indeed, folks, we are humbled by your words of praise. Reader Vince Parker of Moonlight Bay in Stillwater still calls us "Jimmy!" as he notes "Great picture of the Potter family on the front page of a recent In- dependent...a well deserved location. During the growing up years, Gene Pot- ter and I were close buddies. I liked hanging out with him because he was so good looking, and he had a special shy- ness about him that attracted the girls. With that in mind, I remember the very moment he laid eyes on his wife Helen. We were at a high school dance, when I pointed out several attractive new school teachers sitting across the room, It took some coaxing, and a bit of urg- ing to get him to follow me across the room. He spotted Helen and started talking to her. I went dancing and when I got back, they were sitting close to each other smiling and laughing. It was a golden moment. The beginning of a never ending journey. I'm enclosing a cute story written by Winnifred Daly Bohmbach entitled, "Girlhood." Keep the presses rolling! Thanks Vince, we will run Winnie's piece soon as a Guest Editorial. : : :: : We have a suggestion for our new Govemor Mark Dayton. We understand one of the platforms on which he ran for office was raising the income tax on the more wealthy of our state. If he be- lieves in a new stadium for the Vikings, then be should put at the very top of that wealthy list...ALL PRO FOOT- BALLERS, for their privilege of using stadiums financed in a large part by tax- payers. For certain, pro players making mega-bucks to play a game should be taxed above the 50 percent bracket...p.erhaps even higher...and they would stdl have oodles left tbr their comforts of life. If our Governor, along with State legislators, think that is un- fair, then let's call it an "'athletic user tax,"whereby the playels (and owners too) pay a tax for every time they step foot on stadium land us taxpayers are helping dearly to pay for. Perhaps Day- ton and our State lawmakers could make some real history while at it, and push such legislation through Congress to make the law apply nationwide, for stadiums are locateonationwide. What say Governor Dayton and State law- makers?! THREE CHEERS FOR YOU ALL STANDING UP TO EXPOUND CONGRESS ON THE DEAL!!!!!! NDSCS names fall semester President's Honor List The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND has named 382 students to the fall semester 2010 President's Honor List. The Honor List recognizes students who have achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours. The honorees include: -Ortonville: Nathan Scherer, Building Construction Technology; _Bellingham: Jessica Boehnke, Occupational Therapy Assistant; -Graceville: Renee Kleindl, Occupational Therapy Assistant; -Clinton: Kaitlyn Nordly, Occupational Therapy Assistant. B za I!/ i Blood drives held in Big Stone County area The American Red Cross Bloodmobile was recently in the Big Stone County Area. The following results were reported: Beardsley's goal was 36. There were 27 presenting with three deferrals. There were six Double Red units collecting leaving the actual units collected 30, There was one first timer. Graceville's goal was 70. There were 67 presenting for donation with six deferrals. There were six Double Red Cell collections leaving the actual units collected at 67. There was one first timer. Ortonville's goal was 80. There were 92 presenting for donation with 11 deferrals, three incompletes, and nine Double Red Cell collections leaving actual units collected at 88. There was one first timer. Clinton's goal was 35. There were 27 presenting for donation with two deferrals, one incomplete and four Double Red Cell collections leaving the actual units collected at 28. Reported Pin recipients are as fol- lows: 1st timers: Kathy Burgess, Kenneth Wallman, and Hannah Lupkes. 1-Gallon Pin: Karrie Findlay and Grace Hammer. 2-Gallon Pin: Kenny Hendricks. 4-Gallon Pin: Arlen Giese. 6-Gallon Pin: Cathy Sue Sykora and Scheral Ninneman. Kathy Gilsdorf. 10-Gallon Pin: Leora Walsh. Jerome Holker. At Beardsley there was a drawing for a quilt and the winner was Betty Syverson. Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who made and took the time to go and give this gift of life. Thanks to everyone who made an appointment for the blood drive. It really helped regulate the flow of donors. Thanks also for those who did walk ins. Mn/DOT seeks input for Greater MN ransit Investment Plan The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to a hearing about future needs and priori- ties for transit investment in Greater Minnesota on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at various locations statewide. ' The public hearing will take place from 4 -6 p.m., via videoconference at 15 different Mn/DOT locations, in- cluding Detroit Lakes, 1000 Highway 10 West, and Morris, 610 Highway 9 South. Mn/D@T representatives and transit officials will be on hand to an- swer questions about the plan. People unable to attend the public hearing in person may join from their home computer using Adobe Connect, a free, web-based conferencing tool that allows participants to hear plan presentations and submit comments via phone or Internet in real time. Instruc- tions for accessing the public hearing via Adobe Connect are available at plan/publichearing.html. The Greater Minnesota Transit In- vestment Plan quantifies future transit need in Greater Minnesota, estimates the cost of providing additional transit service to meet future need and sets priorities for future transit investment. The plan's goal is to reduce unmet tran- sit needs by: Documenting the needs of current and potential transit customers. Calculating total and unmet tran- sit needs at the county level. Building support for transit invest- ment priorities. A printed copy of the plan is avail- able for review at the Mn/DOT Central Office in St. Paul, 395 John Ireland Blvd., or at the Mn/DOT District 4 of- rice in Detroit Lakes, 1000 Highway 10 West. To request a copy in an alter- native format, call 651-366-4718 or e- mail ADArequest To request an ASL interpreter or other reasonable accommodations at the public hearing, call 651-366-4718 State to get $142 million for low income energy assistance The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Minnesota $142.7 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), nearly matching the state's FY 2010 allocation. Because of recent uncertainty in Congressional appropriations, Minnesota was in danger of receiving a 40 percent reduction from last year. Last month, Minnesota's U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and AI Franken were among 36 senators who urged senate leadership to ensure that LIHEAP funding wasn't cut for 2011. "As temperatures continue to drop, no Minnesotan should be left out in the cold," said Sen. Klobuchar. "These funds are critical to helping thousands of families keep their heat on during the peak of winter." "While our economy is showing signs of recovery, millions of Americans are still out of work and struggling to make ends meet," said Sen. Franken. "This funding means they won't have to choose between heating their homes and paying for things like food or rent." Klobuchar and Franken have been strong advocates for LIHEAP, which helps low-income families and seniors pay their heating bills. Last January, Klobuchar and Franken successfully urged President Obama to release $590 million in LIHEAP contingency funding, including over $11 million for Minnesota. LIHEAP funds are released through HHS and administered by.the Minnesota Department of Commerce through 37 local service providers around the state. Grants are based on income and family size. Chuck Corson and wife Jean in days of yore! See story in Odds N' Ends or e-mail ADArequest .us by Wednesday, Jan. 12. Those interested in commenting on the plan can visit sitplan/comment.html, or contact Fay Cleaveland, transportation planner, at (651)-366-4194 or by email at fay.cleaveland@ Partici- pants also can fax comments to 651- 366-4192 or mail to: Minnesota Department of Trans- portation Fay Cleaveland, Office of Transit Mail Stop 430 395 John Ireland Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 Comments should be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m., Jan. 24. For more information on the Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan, visit www'dt'state'mn'us/tran sit/transitplan/. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Gerard Karels John Van Hout Darcy's Cutting Edge Robin Tietjen Marilyn Athey Phil Kelly Geneve Comero Altbea Smith Harold Fedt Harriet Rausch Carl Loraff Loraine Nolting David Schwarze Dorothy Tillman Wade & Cindy Van Dover Ralph Loeschke Rita Ouradnik Paul Rausch Anthony Spors Lamoine Herrmann Upper MN Valley RDC Dorothy Hanson Taylor Tubbs Richard Connelly Harold Gibson Browns Valley Health Center Richard Heck Leroy Schoon Lee Hamner Dennis Kvatm Kathryn Rien Orville Vane Harvey Plathe Arwilda Taylor Stolpman Insurance Agency Jim Schake The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues..Jan. IS,2011 Vol. 93:No. 1 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. 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