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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Rural Minnesota must find new ways to be heard at Capitol In legislative politics, he who gets the ear of the majority wins. Unless rural Minnesotans redouble their efforts to explain their needs to non-rural lawmakers, that political truism could spell trouble for rural Minnesota. The reality for rural Minnesotans is that our rural legislators are not a majority today and they will be a smaller minority after the year 2002. The reason: Every decade, the federal government takes a new census and state and federal legislative seats are rearranged based on where the census says people live. Because suburban areas have been growing more rapidly than rural areas, we can expect that the representation of rural Minnesota in the Legislature and Congress will decrease. This upcoming political realignment is the result of a long-term demographic trend. In 1950, 46% of the Minnesota population was made up of rural citizens. Today, that percentage has slipped to 30%. As rural populations have diminished, rural clout in legislative bodies has also diminished. So why should that matter to rural Minnesotans? Because governments distribute funds and develop programs that affect our daily lives. Rural legislators need support from urban and suburban areas to serve our needs. After the year 2002 redistribution of legislative seats, their job will get much tougher. As we approach the new millennium, there are some promising developments in rural Minnesota. Telecommunications and computer technology now make it easier than ever to do business with the world in rural areas. Urban tourists attracted to our pristine environment increasingly provide a boon to many communities. And more than ever businesses are attracted to rural Minnesota&apos;s quality of !ife and highly motivated work force. But in order to fully seize these opportunities we will need a strong partnership with the public sector. We will have to convince an increasingly urban- and suburban dominated state legislature to help provide more rural Minnesotans access to advanced telecommunications technology, balance environmental and commercial needs, and leverage private investment in fledgling rural enterprises. Rural voices need to be heard in legislative debates because our needs are unique and different. In order to make good policy that works for all citizens, legislators need to understand that education vouchers have a'different effect on a rural community with a single public school than they do on an urban community with dozens of public and private schools. They need to know that workfare programs have a different effect on rural recipients with more limited employment and day care options than they do on metro area recipients with more options. They need to learn how a managed care program has a different effect on rural communities with few health care providers than it does on metro communities enjoying the benefits of a more competitive health care market. Just as importantly, legislators need to know that rural Minnesota is a good place to invest. It is unbelievable to me how little some lawmakers know about the terrific things going on in our communities. We need to invite them out to our communities so that they can see for themselves who we are, where we are succeeding, and where we could use their assistance. Just four years from now, rural Minnesotans will have a smaller number of bodies representing us in legislative chambers, but we must take steps to ensure that we do not have a smaller voice. Increasingly, what we lack in representation will have to be made up with creativity and diligence. Our arguments will have to be well reasoned, thoroughly researched and aggressively presented by an army of energetic, informed, and empowered rural citizens. In short, to keep the public sector an active partner in building successful rural economies we will have to take to heart the words of Napoleon Bonaparte: 'Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent." -Paul Olson, President Blandin Foundation, a Grand Rapids-based foundation dedicated to improving life in rural America Letters to the editor I Dear Editor, Every week when I sit down to read "The Independent," I see pictures of boys or girls basketball, volleyball, football, etc., but I see nothing about wrestling, except for the article from Coach Eustice. If it were not for him, there probably would not even be an article as to how the wrestlers did at their match. On Jan. 20th, Eustice mentioned Keith Haggerty as "Wrestler of the Week." Why didn't the Independent have a picture of Keith to go along with the story? With the other sports, you have a page titled "Know Your Trojans." Why not for Wrestling? Support for the team should not only come from the parents, but from the town paper and all who read it. This Friday, Jan. 30th, is a home game for the wrestlers, l"encourage people to come and watch them and show their support. Sincerely, M0nica Rudnick CLUES ACROSS 1. Reserved for later 8. Changes, in a way 9. Pelt, for one 10. Posterior 11. Support 14. Saucer partner 15. Bloodsucking insect 17. Payne's pants 19. Burial chamber 23. Greek letter 24. Amphibians 25. Time to decide CLUES DOWN 1. Not qualified 2. Russian empress 3. Alliaceous plant 4. Girdles 5. Car pan 6. Play a role 7. Stops sound 12. Account 13. Vaquero 14. Mockery 16. Sarcastic 18. Vines 20. Wood sorrel 21. Assail 22. Quantitative fact SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. In cold storage 8. Awakens 9. Otter lff. Tail 1 i. Pedestal 14. Teacup 15. Bedbug 17. Knickers 19. Tomb 23. Omicron 24. Toads 25. Fish or cut bait SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. Inapt 2. Czarina 3. Leek 4. Sashes 5. Odometer 6. Act 7. Earplug 12. Tab 13. Buckaroo 14. Takeoff 16. Ironic 18. Ivies 20. Oca 21. Beset 22. Stat C198OOO 5 KDIO's weekly weather report Hi Low Prec. January 19 5 -1 20 19 19 .... r,,,, 21 25 20..2-3- s,,,, 22 30 .420 23 25 16 24 "29 24 25 30 22 .... r=, ONCE AGAIN . . . MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Harold Rothi Mrs. Wendell Hill Mrs. Fred Schmierbach Irvin & Marlys Jessen Margaret Gerhardt John L Rhoads John Nelson Mrs. Jack Lestina Heiga Zahrbock Susan Simon Peggy Hedman Iral Olson Kevin Rademacber Gerhardt Wittnebel Don C. Lindquist Eleanor M. Johnson Jean Ulrich Vernioe Klapel Mrs. Stuart Peterson Herb Enns Eva Learn G.O. Sandro Dale Johnson Chris Moen Roger Lundberg Frank Brizza Mrs. E.C. Rien Clifford Semran Mrs. Germain Adelman Mrs. Dennis Gibson Duane Johnson Grace Bergland John A. Holmquist Mrs. Norbert Rausch Sue Christensen Clayton Gloege Stoipman Ins. Agency Ruth Osen Florence Haugen Marj Sartorius Colleen Pribyl Lyle Wittnebel Richard Hansen Bob Karels Lillian Wendland Arden Kraft Steve Barr Frances Beaehem Gary Beachem Dr. Peter Hansen Norma Wittuebel Patrick Greuel Emil Van Erem LeRoy Knippen LaVerne Wiley DeWillis Anderson Doris Haugen Rick Evenson Conrad Bueng Orville Swenson Melvin Milbrandt Ann Verdoorn Marilyn Storm a million Dear Mr. Ross: I am so sick of the scorn and malice I've received from society. I'm a physically challenged person-wheelchair bound for all eternity. I've accepted the car accident that put me here. I've accepted that my legs have been replaced with the wheels of my chair. What I can not and will not accept is the rude treatment I receive after I leave my apartment. Either I'm treated as a leper by people who refuse to come near me, or I'm treated as a lost cause someone who has nothing to contribute. I am neither. What I am is a person just like you, who has feelings and goals. If you would send me $500 I could enroll in a home study course for computers. The balance can be made in monthly installments. I desperately need this to reclaim my life. The dreariness of sitting and staring at these 4 walls is getting to me. Help me prove that I can be just as productive as anyone else. Mr. D. A .... Register-Herald, Beckley, WV Dear Mr. A.: I don't think you've accepted your situation as well as you claim. I have news for you society as a whole can be very cruel. No matter what your station in life is, you will encounter people who are nasty due to impatience, intolerance, prejudice and run-of- the-mill stupidity. The upside is there are still plenty of good people who are willing to help. l'd like to think you've just encountered one of them because my $500 is in the mail. Dear Mr. Ross: Two weeks ago I told our 16 year old son that he was adopted. He didn't take the news well and I fault myself. We should have told him years ago. It was horrible the way it came out. In a heated argument, which started over him wanting to use our car, I screamed at him that he was no son of-mine. One thing led to another and the truth was told. Ever since then he's been distant and apathetic. Mr. Ross, I love our son, whether I gave birth to him or not. I'd like to make it up to him by purchasing him his own car. A decent used vehicle is at least $4,000. We don't have that kind of money and I was wondering if you could loan that amount to us. I promise to pay it back. As you can see, I'm desperate to get my son's love and trust back. Mrs. P. L .... Daily News, Wellington, KS Dear Mrs. L.: Buying your son a car is not the answer to your dilemma. You can't buy love. What you need to do is sit down and talk to him. Tell him how sorry you are and then give him some time to adjust. If you're consistent and honest, you'll win back his trust. Dear Mr. Ross: I'm tired. I'm angry. I'm plain fed up. My stupid car quit running anl I don't have the $435 needed for repairs. Without my car, I can't get to work. Without a job, there is no paycheck. Without any money, I can't pay the rent. Without any housing, I'll be on the street. I'm only 22. I have no family and my friends don't want to help me. My employer made it perfectly clear there are 50 other guys waiting for my job. I'm a hard worker but he can only hold my job for so long. A bus or cab is out of the question because I live 30 miles from work. You know, the old people have it made. They're living fat offthe Social Security I pay and don't have to worry about getting to work because they're retired. Life stinks! Mr. H. N .... Tulsa, OK Dear Mr. N.: Life stinks until you fall into a bed of roses. Take a tumble with the $435 I'm sending. And now that you're back on track, do me a avor. Find the wherewithal to cut your monthly expenses so you can set 10-percent of your net pay in a savings account. In other words, I don't expect to hear from you again unless it's good news on what a success you've become. :,k** :,It* Editor's note: You may visit Percy Ross' web site at www. thanksamillion, corn Write Percy Ross, P O. Box 39000- B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. Obituaries Daisy Schwarze Funeral services for Daisy Schwarze, 83, of Ortonville, and formerly of Big Stone City, SD and rural Milbank, SD, were held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 1998 in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville with the Reverend Richard Boehnke officiating. Mrs. Schwarze died on Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, in the Northridge Residence in Ortonville. Music was presented by organist, Sarah Miller, and a women's choir. Visitation was at the Emanuei-Patterson Funeral Home in Milbank, SD on Thursday from 4- 7:30 p.m. and in the church Friday one hour before services. Burial was in the Milbank City Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons: Paul Perseke, Terry Dahlgren and Andy, Rodney, Daniel and Mark Schwarze. Daisy was born on April 4, 1914, on a farm southeast of Milbank, SD the daughter of Edward and Anna (Schultz) Goldau. She lived in" Milbank in 1919. Daisy moved with her family to Big Stone City, SD where she graduated from Big Stone City High School in 1932. She and her family then moved back to their farm at the foot of Big Tom. She was united in marriage to Paul Schwarze on April 26, 1936, in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Alban Township, Grant County, SD. They farmed four miles east of Miibank on the Schwarze family farm as third generation owners. Paul died on June 19, 1965 and their son David took over the farming (fourth generation) until February 1969. Daisy moved to Big Stone City where she lived until September 1996. She then lived at Northridge Residence in Ortonville until her death. Daisy was a busy farmer's wife until the death of her husband. She served her Lord as a Sunday school teacher in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Alban Township, St. John's Lutheran Church, Alban Township and Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville, all of this during a span of fifty years. Daisy held many offices in St. John's Ladies Aid and Trinity LWML. She served as the LWML Zone officer for ten years and was active in the State Line Home Extension Club for fifty years. After moving to Big Stone City, she was a volunteer Bible Study Leader at Lakeside apartments and participated in Hymn Sing at Northridge Residence for many years. She loved sharing God s word with others and the joy of singing hymns to Him. Daisy loved writing poetry and raising beautiful flowers, especially roses. She enjoyed fishing even in her later years. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Lavonne and Meden Perseke, Ortonville and Carol and Kenneth Dahlgren, St. Peter; three sons and daughters-in-law, Duane and Jean, Blaine; David and Deiza, Big Stone City, SD; and Loren and Linda, of St. Peter; ten grandchildren: Sherri Olson, Paul Perseke, Andy and Rodney Schwarze, Terry Dahlgren, Dawn Schwarze, Juliette Peters, Rebecca Ziemer and Daniel and Mark Schwarze; three great grandchildren Jolene and Matthew Olson and Zeccheus Ziemer. Daisy was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister, Violet Goldau. Page 4 INDEPENDENT The Inde (u.s.p.s. eeeee JEANETTE Publisher JAMES D. Managing Editor SUZETTE KAEF Editor & o BRIAN NIKKI Ad and Pfintinl ROBERT" Plant Manager ARLENE WlESE Office Manager e KATHIE LANTIS Computer and Composition i TAMMIE GIESE PHIL ;LAKE Layout BILL DWYER & Pressmen KRIST;NOVAK Camera o NANCY Collator eeeee Tues., Jan. 27, 1998  lhe ORTON Pubished Eve Tuesday at 29 2ndl Omm. Mel 5e278 Peao<k Posta SUBSCRIP'I:ION $25.00 per year in Pade, Traverso and Minnesota, Grant and in South Dakota. $29.00 counties in Minnesota Dakota. All others, $33.00 Postmaster: Send Tha Ortonville Independent, Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. -ALl. 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