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h Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... To all Ortonville taxpayers... Gov. Ventura's proposal to take money from the City of Ortonville to pay for the state's budget shortfall is unfair. Last year, the governor proposed and the Legislature adopted huge tax relief for wealthy suburban cities and taxpayers. This year, he wants small cities like Ortonville to pay for it. His proposal is estimated to result in a Local Government Aid (LGA) cut of approximately $28,617 - not only this year, but also next year. This reduction has the strong potential to impact on our community in the following ways: Property taxes could increase. Services such as police and fire protection and parks maintenance could be reduced. Recreation activities could be reduced, or in some cases, eliminated. Other discretionary expenditures, such as contributions to regional local initiatives/ activities, could be eliminated. Capital improvements will have to be placed on hold. Rural 'Minnesota cities have already suffered; we should not be asked to suffer more. The governor's proposal places a disproportionate burden on us. Cities are only 10% of state expenditures, yet the governor wants us to share 30% of the "big fix." You can help stop this potential property tax New York Life names Gerber Associate of year Brent Gerber has been named New Associate of the Year in the North Dakota General Office of New York Life Insurance Company, Keith Carson II, Managing Partner of the office announced today. Gerber received the award in recognition of having the highest paid Weighted First Year Commissions among agents in their first three years at New York Life. A graduate of Moorhead State University, Gerber has been with New York Life since July 2000. He has been in the insurance industry for 17 years in various positions ranging from administrative to management. Gerber is currently working towards /it r, 'f'"P'i   r- i1 i . 23 Jesse's proposal unfair! by Ortonville Mayor David Dinnel increase and cuts in important city services by contacting the legislators listed below. Legislators want to hear from you. Drop them a short note or give them a quick call. Your input can make a difference. Tell them: You oppose cities having to shoulder a disproportionate share of the burden. You oppose any cut in state property tax relief for cities - known as Local Government Aide (LGA). Solving the state's budget problem by increasing property taxes in cities like Ortonville is not fair. Taxpayers in Ortonville should not have to pay for a failed state tax reform policy. Senator Charlie Berg Room G25, State Office Building 100 Constitution Avenue St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-5094 sen.charlie, berg@senate, leg. state, Representative Doug Peterson 287 State Office Building St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-4228 re p. doug. pete rso n @ house, leg. state, m n. us 140 I I I 141 143 I 1415 I Clues ACROSS 1. Top ends 5. Portuguese nurses 9. Voluble 14. Of an ode 15. Fallow deer 16. Bird genus of spoonbill 17. Cape near Lisbon 18. Soviet city 19. Everyone except the clergy 20. American President 23. Remove obstruction 24. Beshrew 25. 17th letter of the Greek alphabet 27. Type of residence 32. An edict of the Russian tsar 36. Make angry 39. In bed 40. American President 43. Dude 44. Tills 45. Moses' elder brother (Bible) 46. Carry out 48. They think algorithms, abbr. 50. Sloth 53. Mane, sort of 58. American President 62. Bird's nest 63. Bird genus of macaws 64. Elliptic 65. Carriages 66. Cut of meat 67. Emit coherent radiation 68. Puzzle 69. Nailed it 70. Bob or dog his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and his (LUTCE) Gerber, resides in Moorhead, where he is actively involved in the ".community through the Chamber, NAIFA, BNI, Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead and with the Great Plains Harmony Chorus, which Brent also directs. Study club meets Feb. 18 at Hilltop Ortonville's Study Club met at the Hilltop Cafe for a "No Host" 11:30 luncheon Jan. 16th. President Donna Heel opened the meeting and everyone joined in the reading of the collect. Thirteen members answered to roll call. A short business meeting was held. Thank you cards were read from the Area Food Shelf and Northridge. The February meeting will be held at the Hilltop Cafe Feb. 18 for an 11:30 a.m. luncheon-..,Hostesses will be Donna Heel and Carolyn Schlagel. Betty Schwarze, Secretary- Treasurer' 3 '-- tT-- iT-- T--ri -- y- I | mm00-. - " Ii/ -- -- ...-$ __ 22 27 II 4;: 4-- I 4 ---- -- --.i- -- 57 ---- -- --I-- -- 10 33. Capital of the Ukraine 34. Wings 35. Utter indistinctly 37. Nigerian City 38. __ Hartmann, actress 41. European river 42. Joseph R. _, Supreme Court Justice 47. Coemion 49. Pursued 51. Genus of leaf-footed bugs 52. Language of western Siberia 54. Paragons 55. Competitor 56. Enzyme 57. Looked 58. No longer are 59. Saddle horse 60. Coniferous tree 61. Incline from vertical 62. Month, abbr. ..-+ -- ---.--4.-- Clues DOWN 1. Ionian island 2. Fit out 3. Magpies genus 4. Skimp 5.  Hitler 6. Cheremis 7. Make nght 8. Primitive marine animal 9. Soft blue-gray mineral 10. Open 11. Tibeto-Burman language 12. Morsel 13. Tai 21. North or South 22. Do 26. Chumh booklet 28. Priest 29. N.E; Indian language 30. Medium-sized mackerel 31. Paradise 32. Convexity MARSHALL Engine Headquarters Engaged Roger Cloos of Big Stone City and Lori Scott-Walsh of Ortonville announce their-engagement and forthcoming marriage. Roger and Lori are both graduates of Ortonville High School. Roger is employed with Hasslen Construction, and Lori is employed at James Knoll' Elementary SchI ha Ortvillo Parentsf  b' e Jaclhnd Joan Cloos of Big Stone City and Marie Scott and the late Ronald Scott of rural Ortonville. A May 11, 2002 wedding is planned. weddmng dance An open house wedding dance in honor of Sarah Krueger and Wayne Goodhart will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at Clinton Memorial Building from 8 to 12 midnight. (Please note change of time and location.) All friends and relatives are invited to attend. Baby shower set for Swigerd-Weigman An open house baby shower for Karl Swigerd and Danka Weigman will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 9 at the home of Nicole Jorgenson. RSVP to 839-3976. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Norwood "Woody" Bay Bridge Doug Fraasch lnez Fraasch Arloene Hamilton DeWayne Koehntopp M.E. Sellin Lda Leger Merlen Perseke Don Nissen Ruth Osen Mrs. Arnold Knutson Marlys McAIiister Lois Sherod Bill Busk Edna Schwandt Eileen Cooper Velinda Zemple Thora Neff Robert Ban" Mike Barr Timothy Barr Tom Morrison Marjorie Morrison Joyce Ninneman Mrs. James Whiteside Dorothy Rygajlo Betty Van Lith LeRoy Knippen Ailys Henningson Dan Henningson Mrs. Michael Adams Margaret Fishback Dennis Van Lith Mrs. Leo Taffe Darlene Nichols M.R. Berdan Margaret Klefsaas Glen Klefsaas by the late .,. George P. Werner D.D. (Edi. note; Following is one of a series of articles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his family to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to ]934. Your're reading his memories of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon. The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. Ihno lanssen, now retired in Walnut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev, Werner passed away late in the year 2000. "MY FATHER, THE LANDLORD" (continued from last week) The renters would invariably move out, lock, stock and barrel, in the middle of the night after their rent was overdue by several months. My father and I would enter the littered, dirty rooms after they disappeared without trace and we began the tedious task of cleaning up the place. I hated, with a vengeance, this job of sweeping, carrying out trash and then painting the dingy wails. I hated the smells, stale odors of unwashed clothes, decaying food, dusty floors and wails. 1 hated the sight of those unlovely rooms in a dingy area of the city unrelieved by the ameliorating green- ery of lawns, trees and parks. 1 hated the sounds of the nearby See Line engines puffing away as they made up the long freight trains for the far northwest of Oregon and the state of Washington. The smoke and grime of coal burning engines did nothing to beautify this neighborhood. One Saturday afternoon, however, some humor was introduced into my cleanup efforts Dad and 1 were plas- tering the ceiling of a hallway. Often pipes would leak or water would be left running and ceiling plaster would fall to the floor exposing the bare lath above us. Dad was on a step ladder and my task was to mix the piaster and hand it up to him. As our work progressed, one serious problem developed. The plaster would not stick to the laths. It kept falling down on our heads. Dad and I became covered with wet plas- ter. One might say that we got plas- tered. At least there was a lot more plas- ter on us than there was on the ceil- ing. This began to strike me as funny. The situation was so ludicrous that I began laughing. I couldn't stop. I laughed and laughed. This was such a ridiculous situation - Dad on the lad- der and me on the floor covered with the plaster that should have been on the ceiling. It was then that Dad looked down at me and sternly said, "George, this is no laughing matter." He failed to see the humor in the situation. He should have been working on a ser- mon or calling on some poor soul in a hospital. Instead he was in the hall- way of a rundown flat with his 11 year old son trying to plaster a ceil- mg. l don't remember the outcome of this disaster, but ! did learn later that Lath must be thoroughly wet before plaster can stick to it. But what did we know? Nothing about what we were trying to do. I do believe that the District Superintendent who lived with his family (his daughters were named Faith, Hope and Charity - Charity was the fattest) on the other side of the church, must have found out that Dad was spending more time on fix- ing up old apartments than saving souls. Perhaps that is why we were moved from the Promised Land of a beautiful city and fine church to the far country of a town of 287 people only six miles from the South Dakota border. About as far away from Minneapolis as we could get. Here we were on a two point charge in a poor farming area more suited for raising gophers than wheat or corn. And those unpaid debts? I remem- ber one former parishioner to whom Dad still owed money who came to see Dad in his last appointment in St. Clair. He said some rather unkind things to my meek father and stormed out of the house. 1 learned from my father to invest my money conserva- tively. And never go into the real estate business. RePower your perfectly good vehicle! WiTH CONRDENCE! Finoncing Exchange prices started at: 922 Av ,ualifled S GM 350 Wm'rit Sturdevant Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Inc. 648 SE 2rid Street Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-6133 4-H Fruit Sales Start Contact a local 4-Her, Extension Office or one of the following club fruit sales contacts: BEARDSLEY AREA # There--, 2---600-612 7 CLINTON AREA Dale and Karen Fitzner, 325-5531 or Deb and Alan Karsky, 325-5932 GRACEVILLE AREA Deb Farwell, 748-7667 ORTONVILLE AREA Barbara Joachim, 605-432-4729 or Dalen Roe, 839-3502 The Inde e JAMES D. SUZETTE Editor and Offk:e KATHIE Computer and BILL KRISTA Camera Tues., Feb. 5, 2002 Cotinuing" Putished Ever PedodicaJs Postage Paid =1 SU $30.00 per year =n Pade, Traverse Minnesota, Grant in South Dakota. counties in Minnesota! 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