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_./, By JDK Hey...it pays to look at those "caller ID's. We missed one last week from the Hy-Vee food store in Worthington, and are we glad we called back! The manager of the store, Matt, was calling about Hobo Soup, as he had gotten several requests for it. So after next week, you in the Worthington area will be able to find Hobo Soup at your Hy- Vee. Of course, we know a big thank you is in order to our cousin, Nancy (Kaercher) Zuehlke. We are sure it was her who worked up tile requests. Now we hope it goes over well. And hey, Nancy...w.hen you see it stacked up down there, get on the phone to your friends...will appreciate! Thanks loads! ***** Nice to hear from two subscribers today who are renewing. Anne Peterson, wintering in the southland, says "thanks for sending the paper. I miss Ortonville." The fish are missing you, too, Annie! Wes and Thora Neff send renewal from Pine Grove, California, she says "keep the paper coming. I even see a name I recognize every once in a while...Wes laughingly asks 'did you get your name in the paper? Ha!"' Hey...Thora...you tell Wes you made it this week! ***** From San Jose, CA, former resi- dents and long-time friends and read- ers, Colleen and Bud Tilbury send us some new;: "Hello to the Ortonville Independent staff who have kept us so we!l informed about the communi- ty and our dear friends who still live there. It is fun to open the paper when it arrives to see if there is a pic- ture or news about people we knew. I must admit it is not as often as it used to be. (Because of our age.) Our good friends Jr. Parker's sent us a can of "Hobo Soup." We had heard about it for several years, so it was a real treat to have a can sent to us. We have had a warm winter without frost so far. Budis Still Cutting our roses and bringing them in. Today is just beau- tiful. It is 75 degrees. Another reader renews, Charles Dawald from St. Paul. "Hi JDK ..met an old- timer from Ortonville and he asked if you were still writ- ing. He was in the class before you and had a few insights into your character. Of course, I asked a few questions! Keep the paper rolling." Hey, Charles...you didn't say who the "old- timer" was.Jet us know! Native son and long-time friend and reader Vince Parker, now of Stillwater, sends us some of his thoughts today: During World War II many items were rationed for the war effort. On the transportation front, people mostly took trains and buses for distant travel. The legal speed limit for the automobile was only 35 MPH on the open road, and gas and tires were hard to come by. My Dad, Harlan Parker, was the proprietor of a small meat market on the main street of Ortonville. Ortonville is roughly 165 miles straight west of Minneapolis. It's a friendly community situated on the banks of beautiful Big Stone Lake. One day, a prominent local business man, Roy Geier, strolled into my dad's little establishment. Roy, a good friend and good customer said, "Harlan, I've got to make an emergency business trip to Minneapolis, and I'm afraid my old worn out tires won't get me there!" Dad jumped into his pickup truck. Drove home, jacked up Mom's car. Took off the tires and loaned them to Roy." Vince says that when he came home from the war his mother told him the story. "It was so typical of my Dad and many others of that time. I'm not sure how mum felt?" Exactly what we had talked about here a couple weeks ago....is now going to happen. The Super Bowl next Sunday will find two former Viking quarterbacks going head to head...namely Brad Johnson for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rich Gannon for the Oakland Raiders. Another oddity about the game is that the new coach of Tampa was the coach last year for Oakland. Should be a great game, as both are great teams, in all respects. Hard to say who we'll be rooting for, though we tend to favor Gannon a bit, as his wife is also con- nected to a former Viking...her father being for- mer Viking back, "boom- boom" Bill Brown. ; ........ :: ii!! - • New Construction • Remodeler • Lot Loans • Second Home • VA Purchase • VA Refinance • Cash-out Refinance • No Down Payment ° Debt Consolidation • Purchase • No-Doc Loans • Bruised Credit Call now. take advantage of today's low Jamie Mittelstaedt 1-800-788-4310 Midstate Mortgage - Ortonville - BIG STONE LAKE AREA MITES Hockey team played the Watertown, SD Lakers recently. Playing here for the Big Stone Waves are Isaac Knutson, Josh Tinklenberg and Ben Anderson. Minnesota Do Not Call registration top one million More than one million Minnesota residential phone numbers have now been registered on Minnesota's new telemarketing Do Not Call list. Registrations during the last two days of 2002 and New Year's Day increased the total to 1,022,957. 12/30/02 16,585 12/31/02 16,457 1/1/03 9,943 Three day total .42,985 Current total 1,022,957 Registration began Nov. 4, 2002 and 250,858 phone numbers were reg- istered that day. There are roughly 2.2 million residential phone lines in Minnesota. The Do Not Call law, which took effect on January 1, 2003, requires telemarketers to purchase an updated Do Not Call list every three months. The law allows telemarketers 30 days to obtain the list and delete those phone numbers from their databases. Violators could face civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violation. The Minnesota Department of Commerce will maintain the list and enforce the law. Minnesota residents may continue to register their phone numbers and have them included on the Do Not Call list for four years. • The statewide, toll-free Do Not Call registration phone number is 800-921-4110. An automated, interac- tive phone system allows Minnesotans to register up to three residential phone numbers during a single call. The system recognizes the caller's phone number and asks the caller to confirm the information. • lnternet registration will also be available through the Department of Commerce web site: www.commerce.state.mn.us Additional Background • Minnesota's Do Not Call list was established by the 2002 legislature and is expected to reduce the number of unsolicited telemarketing calls to consumers. • There is no charge to register res- idential phone numbers on the state's Do Not Call list and besides the phone number, no additional personal or financial information is collected. • Certain organizations are exempt DAKOTA STORAGE BUILDINGS Solid, well constructed Portable Storage Buildings FREE DELIVERY WITHIN 50 MILES DAKOTA STORAGE BUILDINGS 605-432-6889 5.8 Miles South on Hwy. 15 * Milbank, SD Mon-Fri. 8-5 ° Sat. by appointment from the law and do not have to pur- chase the Do Not Call list before phoning Minnesota residefits: • Non profit organizations • Political organizations • Businesses with a prior relation- ship with the customer • Solicitors that do not intend to complete the sale over the phone, but rather complete the sales presentation in a face-to-face setting. Other provi- sions in the No Call List law: • All telemarketers will be prohib- ited from using devices that disable Caller ID on consumers telephones. • Telemarketers will be required to immediately identify themselves, the, company they represent and the prod- uct they are selling. • When the Federal Trade Commission implements its nation- wide "do not call list," Minnesota's list will be automatically included on the national register. In that case, companies that are required to obtain the federal list wouldn't be required to buy the state list. Don't Miss The 55th Annual Grant County TUESDAY, JAN. 21 4-7 pm. - Enter Home Ads & Professional Exhibits 7-9:30 p.m. - Judging WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 S a.m.-12 noon - Enter All Crops Exhibits 4 p.mr -- Registration for crop judging contest (Open to any youth up to 18 years of age) Farm & Home Show Wednesday, Jan. 22 & Thursday, Jan. 23 Milbank National Guard Armory Spommrnd by th Mllblnk Area Chember of Commerce and the Gran! Courtly Exhm$1on Service Show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 f ' THURSDAY, JAN. 23 More Than 11 ..... t p ...... Noofl Meal Beef combination served with co%e 80 Exhibits s,aw, ic .... am, milk & coffee 2:45 p.m.- Plaques Awarded • Seminars • Extension _ Exhibits ,, gl,c.Y Great Food i,. ,.o" SEMINARS : Wednesday, Jan. 22 Thursday, lan. 23 11 a,m. to 12 Noon - Farm Bill Discussion 10-11 a,m. - Crop Insurance Seminar Sponsored by USDA Farm Center, Joel Fosler Sponsored by &eske Cop Insurance 1-2 p,m. - The Internet - Its not a foreign word, learn the basics of the Internal and how safe it is Fun an d In formative Sponsored by Tyle Computer Letters to the editor To the Editor: We would like to thank the Minnesota Farmers Union and the Minnesota Farm Bureau for passing resolutions in support of a gas tax hike. We are taking a positive step forward for economic growth for rural Minnesota when we support an increase in the state fuel tax. Some people are concerned that increasing the gas tax will have an adverse effect on agriculture because farmers purchase a large amount of fuel at harvest time to run combines and other large equipment. What they do not realize is that combines are exempt from the gas tax, as is any fuel used for farming, local government, school districts, and bus companies. Another common fiaisconception is that the gas tax will go to fund the hugely expensive light rail initiative in the metro area. This is not true, in fact, any money raised by a gas tax hike will go into the road users fund and be dedicated for roads and bridges on the state, county, and local systems only. An important issue to watch is in the distribution formula of the fuel tax. Under the current distribution formula, a five-cent gas tax increase is expected to raise revenue for roads and bridges in Big Stone County by $70,000 per year. A share of which will go to township roads. Currently, the revenue is split four ways: 10% equally to all counties; 10% allocated by motor vehicle registrations; 30 by lane hatles  :each c6unt by the heeds i;rih6 coiu6t'f "' determined by a statewide needs study). The larger counties of this state want to change lhis formula so the funds distributed 50% by 50% by needs. If this hap Minnesota will again be Citizens need to support a increase; but wc also need for legislativc mancuvcrm current distribution fort rural Minnesota will nol it's share of the motor revenues. Sincerely, Big Stone County Alvin Maas, Commission District; David Torgerson, 3rd District; Richard La: District; Wade Athey, 2nd Bruce Swigerd, 4th Dislrict Will be constructing highway projects area. CALL BITUM: PAVING, for asphalt and seal services. Free estirn driveways, parking ..... roads, etc. 1-800-827-16 gOille See US at tile Farm & ilome 5 yrs experience Jcensed Interior Decorator/Sales In-He merchandise Jack,'Zo=s00 00eneeThomas 25 yrs experience, ASID Winow Treatments Sales/Drapery/ Sales/Customer Care Wallpaper/C0mmerciai & Residential Sales Check out our... "3ungle Theme" Room setting! Let us help you design your special room! plJ00lNGlrON ,2.ont.. F.EE Flnanc,ng WHAT'S NEXT IN FLOORING" With Payments! Phone: (605) 432-9504 • Toll Free: 877-244-5356 "Where Shopping Is Fun" E. HWY. 12; MILBANK, SD Il|lrll[  l[illll[lll Illl  HOURS: Mon.-Fri.9-5:30, Sat. 9-4 Page 2 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan. _./, By JDK Hey...it pays to look at those "caller ID's. We missed one last week from the Hy-Vee food store in Worthington, and are we glad we called back! The manager of the store, Matt, was calling about Hobo Soup, as he had gotten several requests for it. So after next week, you in the Worthington area will be able to find Hobo Soup at your Hy- Vee. Of course, we know a big thank you is in order to our cousin, Nancy (Kaercher) Zuehlke. We are sure it was her who worked up tile requests. Now we hope it goes over well. And hey, Nancy...w.hen you see it stacked up down there, get on the phone to your friends...will appreciate! Thanks loads! ***** Nice to hear from two subscribers today who are renewing. Anne Peterson, wintering in the southland, says "thanks for sending the paper. I miss Ortonville." The fish are missing you, too, Annie! Wes and Thora Neff send renewal from Pine Grove, California, she says "keep the paper coming. I even see a name I recognize every once in a while...Wes laughingly asks 'did you get your name in the paper? Ha!"' Hey...Thora...you tell Wes you made it this week! ***** From San Jose, CA, former resi- dents and long-time friends and read- ers, Colleen and Bud Tilbury send us some new;: "Hello to the Ortonville Independent staff who have kept us so we!l informed about the communi- ty and our dear friends who still live there. It is fun to open the paper when it arrives to see if there is a pic- ture or news about people we knew. I must admit it is not as often as it used to be. (Because of our age.) Our good friends Jr. Parker's sent us a can of "Hobo Soup." We had heard about it for several years, so it was a real treat to have a can sent to us. We have had a warm winter without frost so far. Budis Still Cutting our roses and bringing them in. Today is just beau- tiful. It is 75 degrees. Another reader renews, Charles Dawald from St. Paul. "Hi JDK ..met an old- timer from Ortonville and he asked if you were still writ- ing. He was in the class before you and had a few insights into your character. Of course, I asked a few questions! Keep the paper rolling." Hey, Charles...you didn't say who the "old- timer" was.Jet us know! Native son and long-time friend and reader Vince Parker, now of Stillwater, sends us some of his thoughts today: During World War II many items were rationed for the war effort. On the transportation front, people mostly took trains and buses for distant travel. The legal speed limit for the automobile was only 35 MPH on the open road, and gas and tires were hard to come by. My Dad, Harlan Parker, was the proprietor of a small meat market on the main street of Ortonville. Ortonville is roughly 165 miles straight west of Minneapolis. It's a friendly community situated on the banks of beautiful Big Stone Lake. One day, a prominent local business man, Roy Geier, strolled into my dad's little establishment. Roy, a good friend and good customer said, "Harlan, I've got to make an emergency business trip to Minneapolis, and I'm afraid my old worn out tires won't get me there!" Dad jumped into his pickup truck. Drove home, jacked up Mom's car. Took off the tires and loaned them to Roy." Vince says that when he came home from the war his mother told him the story. "It was so typical of my Dad and many others of that time. I'm not sure how mum felt?" Exactly what we had talked about here a couple weeks ago....is now going to happen. The Super Bowl next Sunday will find two former Viking quarterbacks going head to head...namely Brad Johnson for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rich Gannon for the Oakland Raiders. Another oddity about the game is that the new coach of Tampa was the coach last year for Oakland. Should be a great game, as both are great teams, in all respects. Hard to say who we'll be rooting for, though we tend to favor Gannon a bit, as his wife is also con- nected to a former Viking...her father being for- mer Viking back, "boom- boom" Bill Brown. ; ........ :: ii!! - • New Construction • Remodeler • Lot Loans • Second Home • VA Purchase • VA Refinance • Cash-out Refinance • No Down Payment ° Debt Consolidation • Purchase • No-Doc Loans • Bruised Credit Call now. take advantage of today's low Jamie Mittelstaedt 1-800-788-4310 Midstate Mortgage - Ortonville - BIG STONE LAKE AREA MITES Hockey team played the Watertown, SD Lakers recently. Playing here for the Big Stone Waves are Isaac Knutson, Josh Tinklenberg and Ben Anderson. Minnesota Do Not Call registration top one million More than one million Minnesota residential phone numbers have now been registered on Minnesota's new telemarketing Do Not Call list. Registrations during the last two days of 2002 and New Year's Day increased the total to 1,022,957. 12/30/02 16,585 12/31/02 16,457 1/1/03 9,943 Three day total .42,985 Current total 1,022,957 Registration began Nov. 4, 2002 and 250,858 phone numbers were reg- istered that day. There are roughly 2.2 million residential phone lines in Minnesota. The Do Not Call law, which took effect on January 1, 2003, requires telemarketers to purchase an updated Do Not Call list every three months. The law allows telemarketers 30 days to obtain the list and delete those phone numbers from their databases. Violators could face civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violation. The Minnesota Department of Commerce will maintain the list and enforce the law. Minnesota residents may continue to register their phone numbers and have them included on the Do Not Call list for four years. • The statewide, toll-free Do Not Call registration phone number is 800-921-4110. An automated, interac- tive phone system allows Minnesotans to register up to three residential phone numbers during a single call. The system recognizes the caller's phone number and asks the caller to confirm the information. • lnternet registration will also be available through the Department of Commerce web site: www.commerce.state.mn.us Additional Background • Minnesota's Do Not Call list was established by the 2002 legislature and is expected to reduce the number of unsolicited telemarketing calls to consumers. • There is no charge to register res- idential phone numbers on the state's Do Not Call list and besides the phone number, no additional personal or financial information is collected. • Certain organizations are exempt DAKOTA STORAGE BUILDINGS Solid, well constructed Portable Storage Buildings FREE DELIVERY WITHIN 50 MILES DAKOTA STORAGE BUILDINGS 605-432-6889 5.8 Miles South on Hwy. 15 * Milbank, SD Mon-Fri. 8-5 ° Sat. by appointment from the law and do not have to pur- chase the Do Not Call list before phoning Minnesota residefits: • Non profit organizations • Political organizations • Businesses with a prior relation- ship with the customer • Solicitors that do not intend to complete the sale over the phone, but rather complete the sales presentation in a face-to-face setting. Other provi- sions in the No Call List law: • All telemarketers will be prohib- ited from using devices that disable Caller ID on consumers telephones. • Telemarketers will be required to immediately identify themselves, the, company they represent and the prod- uct they are selling. • When the Federal Trade Commission implements its nation- wide "do not call list," Minnesota's list will be automatically included on the national register. In that case, companies that are required to obtain the federal list wouldn't be required to buy the state list. Don't Miss The 55th Annual Grant County TUESDAY, JAN. 21 4-7 pm. - Enter Home Ads & Professional Exhibits 7-9:30 p.m. - Judging WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 S a.m.-12 noon - Enter All Crops Exhibits 4 p.mr -- Registration for crop judging contest (Open to any youth up to 18 years of age) Farm & Home Show Wednesday, Jan. 22 & Thursday, Jan. 23 Milbank National Guard Armory Spommrnd by th Mllblnk Area Chember of Commerce and the Gran! Courtly Exhm$1on Service Show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 f ' THURSDAY, JAN. 23 More Than 11 ..... t p ...... Noofl Meal Beef combination served with co%e 80 Exhibits s,aw, ic .... am, milk & coffee 2:45 p.m.- Plaques Awarded • Seminars • Extension _ Exhibits ,, gl,c.Y Great Food i,. ,.o" SEMINARS : Wednesday, Jan. 22 Thursday, lan. 23 11 a,m. to 12 Noon - Farm Bill Discussion 10-11 a,m. - Crop Insurance Seminar Sponsored by USDA Farm Center, Joel Fosler Sponsored by &eske Cop Insurance 1-2 p,m. - The Internet - Its not a foreign word, learn the basics of the Internal and how safe it is Fun an d In formative Sponsored by Tyle Computer Letters to the editor To the Editor: We would like to thank the Minnesota Farmers Union and the Minnesota Farm Bureau for passing resolutions in support of a gas tax hike. We are taking a positive step forward for economic growth for rural Minnesota when we support an increase in the state fuel tax. Some people are concerned that increasing the gas tax will have an adverse effect on agriculture because farmers purchase a large amount of fuel at harvest time to run combines and other large equipment. What they do not realize is that combines are exempt from the gas tax, as is any fuel used for farming, local government, school districts, and bus companies. Another common fiaisconception is that the gas tax will go to fund the hugely expensive light rail initiative in the metro area. This is not true, in fact, any money raised by a gas tax hike will go into the road users fund and be dedicated for roads and bridges on the state, county, and local systems only. An important issue to watch is in the distribution formula of the fuel tax. Under the current distribution formula, a five-cent gas tax increase is expected to raise revenue for roads and bridges in Big Stone County by $70,000 per year. A share of which will go to township roads. Currently, the revenue is split four ways: 10% equally to all counties; 10% allocated by motor vehicle registrations; 30 by lane hatles  :each c6unt by the heeds i;rih6 coiu6t'f "' determined by a statewide needs study). The larger counties of this state want to change lhis formula so the funds distributed 50% by 50% by needs. If this hap Minnesota will again be Citizens need to support a increase; but wc also need for legislativc mancuvcrm current distribution fort rural Minnesota will nol it's share of the motor revenues. Sincerely, Big Stone County Alvin Maas, Commission District; David Torgerson, 3rd District; Richard La: District; Wade Athey, 2nd Bruce Swigerd, 4th Dislrict Will be constructing highway projects area. CALL BITUM: PAVING, for asphalt and seal services. Free estirn driveways, parking ..... roads, etc. 1-800-827-16 gOille See US at tile Farm & ilome 5 yrs experience Jcensed Interior Decorator/Sales In-He merchandise Jack,'Zo=s00 00eneeThomas 25 yrs experience, ASID Winow Treatments Sales/Drapery/ Sales/Customer Care Wallpaper/C0mmerciai & Residential Sales Check out our... "3ungle Theme" Room setting! Let us help you design your special room! plJ00lNGlrON ,2.ont.. F.EE Flnanc,ng WHAT'S NEXT IN FLOORING" With Payments! Phone: (605) 432-9504 • Toll Free: 877-244-5356 "Where Shopping Is Fun" E. HWY. 12; MILBANK, SD Il|lrll[  l[illll[lll Illl  HOURS: Mon.-Fri.9-5:30, Sat. 9-4 Page 2 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Jan.