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iii Ii EDITORIALS' 'i About Work-a-thon Gasohol rock-a-thon, ride-a-thon, walk-a- of these corruptions of marathon-type are common throughout the area and two things in common: (1) They seek for worthy charitable causes and revolve basically non-productive but effort. that the causes for which the organized are worthy and we a lot of selfless, well meaning a lot of effort into them. But it us that the energy expended by the and participants could be better something more helpful. is the walk-a-thon for non-public That popular springtime activity has niifiecl into a roadside clean-up project. better that the young people taking rewarded for being helpful citizens with purpose rather than simply rubber off their tennies on the public 'about a shovel-a-thon (in a more snowy to. clear sidewalks for elderly and or the public in general? Or a fall rake-a-thon to clean up the yards of :Unable to do so themselves or for public vho would otherwise have to hire job? Or a scmb-a-thon or paint-a- Other activity which has a positive Well Continue to announce the activites rne along But it would be great if the of these fund-raisers would show a and come up with some work-a- Work activity can be fun, in a cooperative effort, and a task with a fund raiser could sense of accomplishment for the --Thief River Falls Times Gasoline and heating oil prices may increase by as much as a dime a gallon. White House sources say President Reagan will decontrol the price and allocation of oil, thus driving up the price. Such action, it is hoped, will help make America more energy self-sufficient. And there is no doubt America needs to rely less on foreign oil. And one way to increase fuel supplies is to use alcohol. Even former Undersecretary of Agriculture Richard Bell, who originally was against it, says he now favors gasohol because of recent technological advances that make alcohol from grain practical for use as a fuel extender. As with any fledgling industry, grain alcohol. production is going to require some government  support. Right now this country spends as much as three times as much money annually for foreign petroleum than the entire taxable value of Iowa's farmland. The same farmland where an enormous grain crop is produced yearly that would provide a supply of corn for alcohol production. Government permanently supports certain other industries in the name of self-sufficiency. Examples of this would be sugar production, tobacco production, a merchant fleet and many more. Hopefully, by developing new .technology for production, finding new uses for by-products and creating greater acceptance by the public in the use of grain alcohol fuel and fuel extenders, we can lower the dependency of the grain industry on government support. Agriculture will benefit by future governmental promotion, research and use of incentives for grain alcohol production. The Iowa Energy Policy Council, the Iowa Development Commission, the Iowa. Corn Growers Association and many others are to be commended on their past efforts in support of alcohol fuels. --Iowa Farm Bureau z - 5-4r z SENATE REPORT by Charlie Berg the Corn- out- of the high- briefly they highway railroad sit- zlling fuel tax the situa- of Transporta- possible pro- se ! increase any taxes - in short, let ctinue to deter- uel taxes _ license raise 223 million of a 10 fuel tax in- mmmmlmmmmmmm crease). This program would in effect stop the highway deter- ioration and about Reep a status quo. (C) 320 million dollars (the equivalent of a 14 cents per gallon tax increase) which would improve and upgrade our road system. (D) A 425 million dollar pro- gram that, of course, would speed up the improvement and upgrading of our highway sys- tem. In addition we have had a number of select Committees looking at the problem. They have recommended spending all the way from 200 million dol- lars to 400 million dollars on our highway system. I believe we will spend some- where between 175 million dol- lars to 225 million dollars in the next biennium and I think that it will come from a combination of sources - an increase in fuel taxes - an increase in license fees - perhaps a shift of the costs of public safety to the general revenue fund and some G.O. Bonds. However, I want to know be- fore I vote that whatever we appropriate will he used wisely and not used for noise barriers or hiding wrecking yards. The days that the State of Minn- eso had surplus fund are gone and our jobs, as I see it, is to see that you, the taxpayers, get a dollars' worth of goods and services for every tax dollar spent. Mobile Campus Offers Program The Women's Mobile Campus of the U of M, Morris, will he offering "A Sense of Direction", a continuing education program for women, at the Ortonville Library in coming week. Dates will he Feb. 26; Mar. 5, 12, 19 and 26; and Apr. 2. Hours will he from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be no charge. During this series of six ses- sions, women will identify their needs, values and dreams. With this new understanding of self, they will he better able to recognize barriers which keep them from making decisions in their lives. This awareness will assist them in setting personal goals which can he attained. Tests and worksheets used dur- ing the presentations will or- ganize the knowledge of self into a ipackage woman can easily interpret. The Women's Mobile Campus is a project funded by Title I to the West Minn Consortium, con- sisting of Fergus Falls Com- munity College, Moorhead State University, Concordia College, the U of M, Morris, and area vocational technical institutes at Alexandria, Detroit Lakes and Moorhead. Interested persons with ques- tions may contact Lmda Petel- er, Ortonville. BIRTHDAYS FOR THE WEEK /Z. ,,.:...,.. .-. As Taken From Ortonvilre American Legion Birthday Calendar i i P Wed., Feb. 11 Elvera Lee Anderson, Rich- ard Potter, Gloria Hausauer, LeVon Gerber, Kathy Jo Wor- rail, Michael Kraemer Thurs., Feb. 12 A.G. Birmingham, Krista Lyn Lee, Ryan Danielson, Shannon Elliot, Pamela McDonald Fri., Feb. 13 Mabel Benshoof, Gerald Be- LEM 'n drops by LEM The article about the quilt factory - - a half page - - which appeared in The Milwaukee Journal and sent us by Al Ostlind of Madison - - was crowded out of the last two issues of The Independent. - - because of lack of space - - it became necessary to boil-down the original article. We quote a paragraph or two - - as follows: WEBSTER, S.D. - - The quilt company pieced together by a young VISTA volunteer who says he was 'too dumb to know it couldn't he done' had sales of $50,000 in the year of its birth, 1971. Now it often sells that much in a single day. George Whyte, who organized Dakotah Inc. says sales will total about $9.5 million for 1980, and $12 million is projected for 1981. The 1979 payroll was $1.5 million. In 1980 it was about $2.5 million. Employees own Dakotah and are paid of a piece-work basis, most earning $7,000 to $12,000 a year but some as much as $20,000. The more than 400 employees, farm and small town people, work in the six northeastern South Dakota plants. The largest number, 188 work in the main plant in Webster, population 2,252 where the cutting is done and draperies are manufactured. Pictured below is George Whyte, in the Wester plant. Below appears a pictlwe of the ***** This note from former resident Sadie Rolen, Chicago: Dear Lem and Jim: Time for renewal to your interesting paper. A little late maybe, but I do enjoy the paper, altho I dqn't get it usually 'till the following Tuesday. Just once it came on Friday, so it can be done, but mail is slow. I thought the pictures in your inauguration edition were just excellent. Hope you have a good trip to Hawaii, LOm, and enjoy yourself. - - Sadie. Thanks for check and compliments. Also for wishing me an enjoyable time. Sweet of you! *OI** haft, Michael James Kaercher, Connie Pearson Layton, Gordon : Dale Bolsta, Gisela Haukos, La- valle Berkner Sat., Feb. 14 John B. Steen, Julie Nelson, Clifford Djonne, Jr., Neumen Gronstad, Ellsabeth Anderson, i Rebecca N. Lossen, Mary Mc- Cormick, Mary Underwood, Chad Johnson, Joshua Nelson, Kristin Beckstrom Sun., Feb. 15 be ted birthday card with en Gabrielson, Mrs. Harold this message was i'ecelved on Monson, Jeffrey Kiernat, Her- Thursday - . last - . from our hert Streich good friend - - James T. Mon., Feb. 16 McBronm - - of McLean, VA: . Simonitch, Arthur Sc)hwarze, Dear LOre: Larry Cartwright, Richard Kel- Sarry this is .late. I've zer, Edgar Vollmer written Jim congratulaUng Tues., Feb. 17  - - and you - - on the Jodelle Melandor, Elizabaeth Inaugural edition of the Johnson, Garnett Steiner, Alta Independent. It was SUPER. " Mae Thompson, Reuben Muel- It was good to see you in ler Washington. Wed., Feb. 18 All of us who love life - and Stephen Grosae Bley, Ralph a Iot to be so oick and spry as Taylor, Steve Balster, Roger when 89 years comes Haukos, Debra Maine g.are nda: ou had a wnderful   B Have002. p.w00!--Jim. From Beaufort, SC came this warm note: Dear ].m and Jim: Thank you for the copy of " your paper of the Inauguration From Mankato s Mayor Her- 1961. The whole paper was bert Mocol, comes this fine delightful. message: . Your thoughtfulness in "It was so very nice, Jim, minding  elderly sweeties' meeting you at the Washington National Airport, upon our re- turn from the Presidential In- l auguration, and I enjoyed our visit very much, brief as it was. "Tluinks so much for sending the special souvenir issue of your Inaugural report. I en- I joyed reading it very much... thanks for your thoughtful- copies is deeply appreciated. If you happen to have the print, The Beaufort Gazette would give full credit. Your paper is well dene and this issue was truly exciting. Could we buy 20 editions? If so pleltse send them, together with bill. Sincerely Dr. Louise T. Anders - - Mrs. Joan Dowiing. mmHHh | - 111E WEEK E m Rev. George rueger ----  Lutheran Church = Ortonville, Mbm. | " CHECK WITH THE LORD But we are still far ahead, i "I will instruct thee and Christians have a very ,[ teach thee in the way wise Friend who in our i which thou shalt go; I will passage offers us His ser- - guide thee with Mine eye." vices. God does this in His E Ps. 32:8 Scriptures. Here are laid - How can you know you down guidelines and His i' l are in love? Shall we sell will revealed. The path of =) our house? Shall I change blessing is laid out and ex- jobs? Which is the right amples to follow and to action in dealing with the avoid are cited, j == neighbor? g --- Life is crowded with problems and Christians are not exempt. In fact, - we have additional prob- E lems oceusioned by the ' conflict raging wlthin us, "The good that I would, I ffi do not; but the evil which And when we stand at any crossroad we have == prayer as an aid, "Ask __ and it shall be given." - What marvelous ways God - has of directing our eye to solutions! Most of all, God _= daily points us to the E' Cross, where we find for- =_= l I would not, that I do." giveness and peace. IImlll]llllmllMIIHlllmIHHIimmllllllllllllmlllmHImlllllllllllllml!lllmlllmllla' ' "two elderly sweeties" who were plenty sweet, being given a hug and a bug - - for which I received a very warm "THANK YOU." They not only were "Sweet" - they were DARLINGS! 'I know that fellow.' I was a real good article. We missed last Sunday at Madison and Marietta. They called Saturday night about midnight and said not to come. We didn't know how bad it was but had been planning to go out to Cresbard, SD, after church, so we started out for there. A mile out of town we couldn't see the front of our car. We miss you folks down there. I think about you lots of times, especially when I put on my sweater. That was lots of fun. Tell everyone 'Hello' for us! We are trying to behave ourselves. Sincerely, Marge and Bill. ***** And - - all of us in Ortonville, Madison and Marietta - - miss both of you. Nice of you to write! The-Independent Ortonville, Minnesota Wed., Feb. 11, 1981 Page 3b 9"**@ See you next week - - maybe ! 00Sen.ior ] Citizens Notes IIII II i Ortonville's Seni(r Citizens' Center recently was the recipi- ent of a $250 check from the First English Lutheran Church Women. The amount was matched by Lutheran Brother- hood. The money is to he used to purchase dishes and silverware for the center. Emil Vietzke made a plant stand and letter holder, Harold Gerber installed bulletin boards in the hallway and kitchen, Leonard Teske donated coffee, and Art Oison donated a 3-cup coffee maker to add to previous donations. A whist party benefit was held and another is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. The party is open to the public. Proceeds will be used to purchase tables, chairs and a speaker system. I I ii r With Our... Readers From Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Van From Joann Bullard in Dyken - - of 817 North Springen, * * * * * Largo, Fla., comes renewal Fergus Falls - - came this letter , On Monday morning - - I took check and she says "I miss the to son Jim: off for Honolulu - - accompanied paper so much. Florida has by Randy Tietjen - . who will been extremely cold this year, Dear Jim: , .. spend some time there keeping a so will look forward to spring "You may nave seen me watchful eye on me - - 'day and clays soon. Regards to all." enclosed clipping already, night'. - (He refers to a feature article F, andy and I get along just fine ......... written by Gale Tollin of the -- so Im not too worried about . r ,,m,-u.=:;, Asseelated Press, about 'yours his close surveilence. . ":l  ]wnl !:i II' truly') My only wish is that ALL OF l"][ll. "]llq/E Tell Dad it was fun reading YOU could have come along. '.'[  about someone - - and saying - - A big ALOHA to each of youI SAY IT BEST FOR VALENTINE'S DA Y' FEBRUARY 14th INI mean se much.t a women, Why net Surpdu your mld  Im favldte flewm, on YmnUm's Day? ileHtlful armngmuts, Iml stemd Immm aad mmu#. FLOWERS BY BOB MTONVLI, IIN. ,illtOlt IlI-Ull