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February 11, 1981

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By JDK thing for sure about our Ronald Reagan. speaks, the people indeed, of the FDR. Rea- audience for his first tk last Thursday, from was overwhelming. found ourselves turn- most exciting Gopher- game to lis- how he "hit the nail , the head" in telling -umehas run out on turning the other the woes of inflation!" for Rea- inflation so.galpending. As nt Chrysler recently, to save and company, how of our elected to take And what better it off than Reagan the first to step ..Such as we under- President JFK, Her- and General Patton, in turnin govt. pay! Surely, would gain Rea- with the elec- that's one of the big he was elected, would truly show in his rightful call government spending. *&el* of exhorbitant shows in a news last week from the which tells of carrier positious at $7.50 per hour. 's nearly double minimum wage... America, how can begin to corn- that in hiring? No inflation, which is America ! ** $ $ aJ one of the sup- pecially about 13ths, beware February and  uere's one this exacUy a March 13th. ***** Press writer Gale a uatiye of who worked for Rollie the former Head- of Big Stone Whale of a job in a article of Pub- Lem. Tbe story over the and several area have run the story Falls, (upcoming) the in Watertown. "*e* we had in of Roy and our Valentine Week, found at top Before wp, even focused, Roy planted several on blush- At conclusion, W ja-q' "by to be fun!" showed us mere= which ina recent of his den. back in the late ly& 1940's for Gun Club dinners. Schoen was the the ever-so-clever ten wluted on ,On Monday City, and Ort@n- be elosed next l{h, lu oh- of Presidents be no school that day, aml and Tri- Bank and Savtgs & also be closed nil VALENTINES FOR 60 YEARS How about that? And they're still "smoochin' " with plenty of sparkle in the eyes.., after 60 years of married life come June 28th of this year. What a nice subject for the Independent cameraman this Valentine's Day, 1981. Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy Geier (nee Sylva Gerhardt) of Ortonville, were married in Big Stone City's Evangelical church in 1921. Both are natives of this area... Sylva of Big Stone City and Roy of Ortonviile. Long active here in business and civic affairs, the Geiers have two sons, Jim and Don, both of OrtonviUe, three grandchildren, Nancy and Pete, both of Minneapolis, and lames, Jr. of Watertown, SD, and two great grandsons, jared and Eric, sons of James Jr. Now 85, one of Roy's first recollections in life, which he remembers "as if it were yesterday," was at the age of 5 . . . sitting in the lap of President Teddy Roosevelt in the Geier home here. It was in lOlO, and Teddy's Presidential campaign train, on a swing through Ortonville to Fargo, stopped near the Geier home for one of Teddy's scheduled talks. It started to rain, so the Roosevelt party took cover in the C, eier home for nearly an hour. "Roy has not been the same since," chides Sylva. Roy also recalls the late Dr. Bert Kam (FraWs father) presenting a flmit of greenhead ducks to the President. AFS .Week-end Here m March Funds Needed Ortonville's AFS Chapter is planning an AFS Week-end the first days of March this year, and donations are being sought * Specials galore at many J( help defray ezpe of the Ortonville business firms for a 1 group. About 24 pezus, including 16 lay "President Days" promo- tiou. * Many firms salute Orton- vine's Scouting program during Boy Scout Week. * Jurgens Hardware has a 3-day Paint Sale, and an auc- tion will be held Feb. th to sell the building and land at the former Starkey Ford Motors here. * Participating firms in the Farm-Energy Show at Orton- vitle's Armory are urging your attendance. * Rousch Granite continues its "half-price on all designs" through February, and North- western Boll has a notice on rate increase. A "Once In A Blue Moon" sale this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at E4nanuel's AFS students and about eight host family students will be at- tending. If yoll are willing to help with this project, call 839-2030 and ask for Irene Bouas, Orton- ville's AFSer who is in charge of the week-end evenL Kolb Has Surgery In Texas Hospital Ran Kolb of Ortonviile, who has been speuding tho winter months with wife Virginia in McAUen, Tex., underwent sur- gery there last week. A portion of Ron's  lung was removed. His address there is Room 409, McAllen Hospital, McAUen, Tex., 7{1501. ["THIS WEEK' I T V GUIDE EDITION Interest Growing For Area Cooperative Alcohol Over 500 farmers in south- western Minnesota and west- central Minnesota have been contacted through a series of meetings held during the past two weeks in regard to becom- ing member-producers of North Plains Grain Products Cool> erative. Follow-up meetings in these same communities are current- ly being held. A new round of meetings will be held in addi- tional communities in the com- in.g weeks. According to NPGPC Presi- dent, David Dybsetter, a sub- stantlal number of members '11[ _ - ,t fSpecial Events This Week-end Two special promotions are planned for this week- end in Ortouville....namely the Farm & Home Energy Show and a sale-promotion for "President Days" and "Valentine's Day." The Energy Show will take place this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13th and 14th In the Ortonville Ar- mory, with displays galore and lots of prizes and specials...fuH details of which you'll find in ads elsewhere hi this issue. Most stores are taking port in the President Days and Valentine's Day sale, with specials being offered from today, Wednesday, through next Monday. Many of these ads are also found inside this Issue. have already agreed to parti- cipate in the NPGPC program. NPGPC will he constructing' an alcohol plant capable of producing 50 million gallons of alcohol per year. The plant will also produce a large quantity of distillers dried grains (DDG), a high protein livestock feed: Basic philosophy behind this plant is for farmers to tie the price they receive for their grain to the price of energy. A unique feature of the plant will be its ability to market the alcohol production with five other cooperatives. This amounts to a very large portion of the alcohol production in the U.S. and will put the plant in position to command top dollars for its production. In commenting on NPGPC, Dybsetter stated, "This is a chance for you, as farmers, to hook your wagon to the most inflationary thing there is---en- ergy prices. This plant will give farmers a chance to make use of the basic concept of market. ing products together and not competing against each other as farmers have always done." NPGPC will be the sixth sister cooperative pursuing al- cebol production in the U.S. The other cooperatives are located in Forrnan, N.D.; St. Francis, Kans., Hutto, Tex., Muleshoe, Tex., and Dumas, Tex. However, NPGPC will be a stand alone cooperative, being affiliated with the others only in respect to using the same feasi- bility studies, professional con- sultants, marketing personnel, administration, political action forces, and development of ad- ditional co-ops. "Being able to share with the other co-ops in some of these items will result in a substantial savings to members of NPGPC, both in money and time of construc- tion," according to Dybsetter. Of the six cooperatives, the one in North Dakota is the farthest along with the current letting of bids and construction expected to start in Spring, 1961. According to estimate, the NPGPC plant could be ready to process the 1983 harvest. There are currently about 5,000 farm- ers involved in the six plants from Texas on up to North Dakota. NPGPC will function under a different concept than other co-ops with which farmers are familiar. Since this plant will only be able to process so much grain, the co-op will function as a "closed cooperative", mean- ing that membership will be cut-off when a predetermined amount of grain is contracted by producers. Also,. since the physical plant will be constructed on a 10-year "leverage lease" basis, there will be no retained earnings and 100 percent of profits will be paid directly to the produc- ers. The basic concept will be that the farmers put up the grain and the finance people will put up the construction money. The proposed plant will be able to process three com- modities--corn, milo and bar- ley, at the rate of 60,000 bushels per day or approximately 20 million bushels per year. There will be refined into two market- able products-alcohol and dis- tillers dried grains (DDG). Plant Interested producers may get more information by contacting the NPGPC offices located in Canby at Box 133, Canby, MN., or by calling 507-223-7201. Meetings coming up for this area will be in Appleton, next Monday, Feb. 16th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center, at Mar- ietta's Legion Hall, next Wed- nesday, Feb. 18th, starting at 7:30 p.m., illll M q City Merchants Salute Ortonville Scouting During Boy Scout Week Feb. 8-14 {See Inside Thk Issue) THEATRE OF SEASONS" HOME THE INDEPENDENT "A CONSTRUCTIVE NEWSPAPER IN A LIVE COMMUNITY" 2 Seons  26 Pages Ortonville, Minnesota, Wednesday, February 11, 1981 Volume 62; Number 51 XonOmdo.00m.,, For.o00Saless00 E00ctdcal Load School Board Approves - ,- Management aeb,vemm  the past year, 10. At a recent oxzqxmy sales meeUns held m Mandan, N, 's Manager, Bob onmn, accepted a plaque en behalf  tho local firm, named tho local plm a mmnl of the "Prmtdm's ub for Sales Closed Next Mon. Most area schools wiH be closed all day next Monday, Feb. Irz, in observance of Presidents Day, a national holl- day. The only except is the Big City school system, where classes will be hokl us usual. Booth at Show The City of Ortonvllle will have a booth set up at this week's Farm-Home Energy Show to explain the electrical load management system that is being installed in the city. Nels Snustad of Ulteig Engin- eers, the consulting firm for the project, will be on hand at the booth Friday, Feb. 13, to ans- wer residents' questions about the system. A displayto il- histrate the system wiJl also be set up. The booth will also be open on Saturday, last day of the energy show. Future School Calendars School calendars for the 1981-82 and 1982-83 school years were set by Ortonville's School Board when it met in regula session Monday. Next school year, classes will begin Aug. 31 and end May 28, 1962. Christmas recess will be two weeks long again, There will be 174 student instruction days, four non-instructional days and two fall workshop days for a total of 150 days in the term. In the 1982-83 school year, classes will begin Aug. 30, 1982, and be dismissed June 3, 1983. Christmas vacation will be two weeks again, but there will 4)e one additional day in the school year. Scheduled are 175 in- struction days, four non-inStruc- tion days and two fall workshop days. Much discussion was given to the future of the Odessa School, although no decision was made. In other action, the board: approved the new Family Life and Human Sexuality cur- riculum; approved a new gifted and talented student curriculum; passed a resolution authoriz- ing application for fourth year funding of the in-house micro- computer Council on Quality Education (CQE) project; approved a contract with Robert Worrall as senior social studies teacher retroactive to Jan. 19; approved employment of Myrna Bell as a cook in the school cafeteria retroactive to Feb. 1; (Continued on page 9) Rare, Priceless Reagan Scrapbook Held by Marvel Trotter A valuabale and cherished scrapbook which has been the property of Mrs. Marvel Trotter of OrtonviUe for the past 15 years, has nowbecmne "price- leas" be sure...with the election of Rmald Reagan as our nation's 44h President. Marvel is a hostem at Or- tonv's Pook-It Rostanr- aat md her  Terry, is Lulamae Imhoff, late aunt of onouvUle's . Teny (arvel) Trotter. manager of the J.C. Penney store here. They have lived here for the past 3 years. The scrapbook consists of persmml photas and letters of Reagan and hm fami, compil- ed during the l0's and l10'a, by Marvel's late aunt, Lulamae Imhoff of Knierim, Iowa. The scrapbook is, indeed, in- dicative that President Reagan is a man of daep compaasiou and understanding. Here's the heartwarming story of how tho scrapbook came about: @* * @@ Long bofere Ronald Reagan became natimmlly known, first as a movie star, later as Governor of California, and most recently as President of the United Statas...ho won the hearts of  of the Ben Imhoff family of Knierim, Iowa. According to Ben's son, Mer- edith "Dutch" Imhoff of Somers, Iowa (father of Marvel Trotter), the story goes like this: In the 1930's when Reagan was in Des Moinm working for WHO z'adio and known as Dutch, he received a fan letter from Lulumae Imhoff, a Knier- im shut-in. Born near Mmmm in 1916, Lulamae became IH with an an- known maladY, prohay poUo or a form of  at age five, tl left I badly han- dlcapp Her  were not damaged thoW aml as sho grew older, e learned howto operate a typewriter with one finger. She became quite speedy and was able to carry on conoe with many people far and wide, as well as to correspond for area newspapers. Her base of operations was her wheelchair. Her letter to Reagan struck a respmmive chord, and they be- came regular correspoudonts. His mother, Mrs. Nellie Reagan, was also her friend. In fact, she visited Lulamae twice in Knierim. R was Rea- gan's mother who encouraged Lulamae to take a cerreopou- dent, course in news writing. When Reagan was hack in Des Moines to make an ap- pearauce at the Drake Relays, he invited Lulamae to come to Des Molues to meet him. Her paren took hor and they met backstage at the WHO Saturday uight barn dance. Jane Wyman, Reagan's first wife, was also Lulamae's friend. She wrote Lulamae reg- ularly and kept ter on Ronald's movie career with photos from each of his films. Reagan frequently reerred to Lulamae as Im "adopted" its. ter. One of Lulumae's special pro- jects was a scrapbook with -q's and p m aea- gan. She alsc fou.nded a Rmmld Reagan fan club. Dutch Imhoff says he is thrilled for the newly-elected president and wishes him success in what ho torms a dim,ha Job. oe/ can dim his nmnm-iu of the kindmm (Continued on page S) WiTH  PART OF HER PRIZED SatAPIIOOK. You see Ortouville's Marvel Trotter looking over a few of the scores of pictures, clippings and personal letters which President Ronald Reagan had sent in the 1930's and 1940's to his adopted "Sis", Marvel's aunt, the late Lulamae Imhoff of Iowa.