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HUMOR FROM THE CLASSROOM And other places I&apos;ve hung out over the years By Arlo Janssen In the prison where I served as a chaplain here in Arizona, we some- times brought guests from the outside along to chapel services. When we did, the inmates appreciated it very much and felt a kinship with the guests. When it came time to say good bye, they showed their apprecia- tion by embracing the women, as well as the men. One night, after our service, as I came to where the guests and the inmates were 'saying goodnight,' near the outside gate, an officer was in a rage. "Those men are not supposed to hug the women you bring along with you!" he said gruffly to me. "Is it okay for them to hug the men we bring in?" I asked. "That's all right," he said, "but not the women." "So, it's okay for men to hug men?" I asked. When the officer nodded his agreement, I put my arms around him. He jumped like you can't imagine; it was like he was being attacked. The inmates laughed so hard; some of them were slapping their knees on their way to their dorms. The next time we came into the prison for a chapel service, I explained to the whole group what had happened; then I said, "I didn't mind that the officer jumped back when I hugged him. What did bother me was that he felt to see if he still had his wallet when I let go of him." The inmates knew that was a joke, too, because, to be sure, no officer carries a wallet while he is on the yard. In fact, they do not carry any weapons, either, for fear they might be taken away from them by men more clever than they. Signed copies of Arlo's book about growing up in Odessa are available at Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If you would like to contact him, write to PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- mail: arlo.janssen @ gmail, corn Public invited to Broom Ball Tourney Saturday Bundle up in your warmest clothes, long-underwear and boots and head outside to the Ortonville Ice Skating Rink this Saturday, Feb. 5 to watch some fun games of broom-ball. The Business Association of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is trying to make the most of the cold weather this winter, by holding the Broom-Ball Tournament as part of its Arcticfest promotion this week. Concessions will be served in the warming house. Sloppy Joes, chips, pop, hot chocolate, coffee, and bars will be available, with all proceeds going to the Chamber to promote activities in the Big Stone Lake area. The association has lined up six teams to take part in the co-ed games which begin at 10 a.m. Teams include: Prolmage Partners, Hilltop Video/Haugen Insurance, Big Stone Chiropractic Health Center, Ortonville Independent, Cenex and GoFasters. No checking will be allowed and players will wear boots. A broom-ball will be used and players will use either official broom-ball sticks, or wicker brooms that have the ends cut off and are wrapped in duct tape. In case of inclement weather the tournament will be held in the Ortonville School's elementary gym- nasium. Spectators are encouraged to come watch the games and cheer on the players. Omnibus hearing set for St. Paul man on February 22 Donald Ancke, 24, of St. Paul appeared in Big Stone County Court on Wednesday, Jan. 12. He is charged with three felony counts of criminal damage to property, with value reduced over $1,000 and fourth mis- demeanor count of theft- take/use/transfer movable property with no consent. The charges stem from the bur- glaries and vandalism of the Crystal Clear Carwash and Cenex Convenience Store both of Ortonville on Nov. 26 and 27. Ancke allegedly used a crowbar to rip the coin machines off the wall on three bays at the Crystal Clear Carwash as one of the bays at the Cenex Carwash. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. Damage was estimated at around $6,000 at the Crystal Clear Carwash, while $1,200 was estimated in damage to the Cenex Carwash. An omnibus hearing was set for Feb. 22 in Big Stone County Court. Sens. Klobuchar, Franken Kids get a book a month in Imagination Library donations from area residents, as well as the Beardsley Farmers Elevator and the Minnesota College Savings Phm. If you would like to help keep this and other events/programs for the area's youngest children going, tax- deductible contributions can be sent to the Ortonville Early Childhood Fund; 546 N. Minnesota St; Ortonville, MN 56278. For more information on the Imagination Library or making a con- tribution to the Ortonville Early Childhood Fund, contact local coordi- nator, Laura Lamb at laura.lamb@ortonville.kl2.mn.us or 839-7100. The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative is pleased to announce that the Imagination Library is now open for registrations county-wide! This program, which is sponsored locally by the Early Childhood Initiative, pro- vides a free book in the mail each month to registered children from birth up to their fifth birthday who are living in the Ortonville School District and/or Big Stone County. Registration forms can be picked up at the Ortonville and Graceville public libraries. The expansion of this program to include all of Big Stone County is made possible thanks to generous "Art of Marriage" class to be held A workshop entitled, "The Art of Marriage," will be held for wedded Federal Laboratory confirms CWD diagnosis couples and those dating, on Friday and Saturday Feb. 11 and 12 in Milbank, SD. The workshop, presented by Family Life Today, is sponsored by the ministerial associations of Grant County and Ortonville. The workshop can be beneficial for couples wanting to save a marriage and for those who want to tune up an already good relationship. Register on line at: theartofmarriage.com click on "attend an event." Cost is $50 per couple, registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 7. Sign up now for space is limited. The workshop will be held at the Milbank Community Center on East Hwy. 12, across from Unity Square. Friday's workshop will be held 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday's workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enrollment includes refreshments both days, two booklets, and rolls on Saturday morning. Lunch will be provided on Saturday. For more information contact Patrick Buttke of Milbank at 605- 949-0987. (Adv.) United Appeal The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received confirmation from a national laboratory on Jan. 25 verifying that the sample from a southeastern Minnesota white-tailed deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The finding by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory at Ames, Iowa, had been expected and confirms a preliminary diagnosis by the University of Minnesota. The DNR announced on Jan. 21 that a deer harvested by an archer in November 2010 near Pine Island likely would test positive for CWD, a fatal brain disease that affects deer, elk and moose but not cattle or humans. The DNR is implementing its CWD response plan, the first step of which involves an aerial survey of deer numbers in the Pine Island area. During the next two weeks, DNR will be working with landowners, collecting additional information and will share its plans and findings at a public meeting in February.. Additional information about the disease and the DNR's plan to manage it is available online at mndnr.gov/cwd. Possible dangerous ice conditions at Big Stone Refuge SPELLING BEE WINNERS at Ortonville School are eighth grade stu- dent Robert Wood - 1st place, at right, son of Terry and Nicole Wood and fifth grade student Jesse Montzka - 2nd place, son of Bruce and Sue Montzka. The two went back and forth for 18 rounds of spelling oOtrh ds reOgdaspnllY;lellng,Rllgoatr'alOrecl. H.wllJ advance ,,.._ 005[I Igil[ fligl fggg Oil ff I I 1 ff i I i " OiU YOL]]:::: W-2 t YOU WA00T FOR YOUR YOU C:OU! G ;:!: EARL! ' : t ' The staff at Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, Odessa wants all ice fishermen to be aware of changing ice conditions and water levels on the Refuge. The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has begun releas- ing water at the Highway 75 D,am in anticipation of the expected high spring run-off. The Corps will be completely lowering the gates on the Highway 75 Dam to prepare for the high volume of water expected to move through the Minnesota River once the snow starts to melt. These releases will immediately affect the East Pool impoundment on the Refuge. Refuge staff will also be low- Our free W-2 Early Access " could help you file your taxes sooner to get your refund faster.* Go to hrblock.com/w2 to see if your W-2 is available up to three weeks earlier. Then send an electronic copy to your H&R Block office to get a head start preparing your return and getting your money sooner. i',i,! : ' ::,:t, ,::  !Oi  i:! :-: Call or visit us now. Go to hrblock.com/w2 to learn more. 800-HRBLOCK H&R BLOCK mtg. set tonight 2'OHRBffaxGrup, lnc: .... An organizational meeting of *Avafiabie at partlctpatmg offces ar,d if your employer(s) part,opate m the W 2 Early Access prograrrl United Appeal will be held tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville. Current organizations receiving funds have been invited to collect their checks and hopefully help with the ongoing planning and administration of the campaign. United Appeal is a Kiwanis pro- ject that needs additional community support. Everyone is encrouaged to attend and get involved to help the community a better place. UST announces fall Dean's List Students from your area have been named to the University of St. Thomas 2010 fall semester Dean's List. Students must post grade point averages of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale ,,,.,.,., 00h==c=Hn'n assistance ering the water elevations on the West to be named to the Dean's List. announce Pool impoundment to prepare forthe Named to the list is Bryant expected high water this spring. Ice Zahrbock of Ortonville. U.S. Sons. Amy Klobuchar and AI Franken have announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Minnesota $7.3 million in emergency contingency funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). "With frigid temperatures across our state, 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 win- ter." "There are thousands of low- income families and seniors through- out Minnesota who are facing unaf- fordable heating bills," said Sen. Franken."These emergency funds will help vulnerable Minnesotans stay warm this winter without having to choose between heating their homes and paying for food and rent." Sons. Klobuchar and Franken have been strong advocates for LIHEAP, which helps low-income families and seniors pay their heating bills. Last month, Sens. Klobuchar and Franken were among 36 Senators who urged Senate leadership to ensure that LIHEAP funding wasn't cut for 2011. You can read the full text of the Senators' letter here: <http://franken.senate.gov/files/let- ter/101217_LIHEAP_Letter.pdf >. Last January, Sons. Klobuchar and Franken successfully convinced President Obama to release $590 mil- lion in LIHEAP contingency funding, including over $11 mhnon 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. fishermen need to use caution if fish- ing on either area as water elevations will drop over tWO feet in the next few weeks. Please be aware that as the water levels drop, pockets of air may develop between the ice layer and the water causing extremely dangerous conditions. For more information pleaSe con- tact the refuge office at 320-273- 2191. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with oth- ers to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicat- ed professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http ://www.fws.gov. St. Thomas, founded in 1885, is a Catholic, independent, liberal arts university. With a coeducational student body numbering more than 10,000, it is Minnesota's largest independent college or university. Over 1,900 of the university's undergraduates were named to the fall semester Dean's List. CURE by Patrick Moore and Duane Ninneman Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) will hold its 19th Annual Meeting on Saturday Feb. 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater on Main Street, Montevideo. The public is invited to join in the festivities which will feature food, music, door prizes, board elections and award ceremonies. This year's keynote presentation will feature Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak who will speak on the responsibility that cities and ui'ban residents have to keep Minnesota's rivers clean. "Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent by municipalities in Minnesota over the past 15 years to upgrade sewage treatment and storm water systems," stated CURE Executive Director Patrick Moore. "Cities are rising to the challenge and urban residents are taking steps to reduce fertilizer use and keep street gutters clean. Rain gardens to treat runoff from parking lots are sprouting up everywhere-this is something to celebrate and encourage and Mayor Rybak is a great champion of these efforts", Moore added. Video highlights from the soon to be released documentary "Working Together for a Clean Minnesota River" will also be shown at the meeting by producer John Hickman and videographer Jon Carlson. For the past two years Carlson and Hickman have been interviewing hundreds of people up and down the Minnesota River in preparation for this documentary which is tobe narrated by Ron Schara and shown on KARE 11 TV in April 201 !. CURE's Annual Meeting attracts hundreds of people from throughout Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. Doors will open at the Hollywood Theater with a social hour from 5-6 p.m. A meal featuring local foods will be served at 6:30 p.m. The keynote presentation will start at 7 p.m. Tickets to the event are $25 per person. Students can attend at a subsidized rate of $8.00, but pro- registration is required. Reservations need to be made by Feb. 7 by calling the CURE office toll free at 1- 877- 269-2873. CURE is a locally based non-profit organization founded in 1992. CURE's mission is to focus public awareness on the Upper Minnesota River Watershed and to celebrate and protect the region's natural resources for all generations. Call us and check 47 NW 2nd ST Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone: 320-839-3295 Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat and evenings by appointment Ortonville Community Education announces a date change to its recent brochure... SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS with Julie Laqua will be held on Tuesdays Feb. 8-March 29, 2011 from 7:00-8:30 PM in OHS Room C216 COST: $40.00 J 6eL Your 2011 Ortonville Independent pesl< Calendar z: 12-month calendar stop in tOady, these will go fast! % iNDEPENDENT Main Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-6163 Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Feb. 1,2011