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grant&apos;3MAHCinfoartSsessionslegacy set Ortonville native becomes 00e00out00w0000t00.nne.ota00san, part ef Humanities Council (SMAHC) is grant application process and answer Can't remember when we have had so much problems with winter, not only snow piling up but raising havoc with water seeping through walls because of clogged drains. We have had a water vacuum pump working nearly constantly at our office to suck up water. Then there is the pothole problem on most area streets that will just have to wait til warmer weather to be able to repair! And that's winter, darn it! ***** With renewal today, this note from cousin Margaret (Kaercher) Pufahl of Colorado: "Enjoyed the last paper with the 'Looking Back' extra. As I approach age 90, my memories of Ortonville are special! Sorry the Vikings didn't make the Super Bowl, but maybe next year. Heavy snow today which will bring joy to the ski areas. My bird feeders are busy...the chickadees love the sunflower seeds I put out. Hope your health is good. Love to all!" This today from Mary and Kevin in Phelan of Plymouth: "About three years ago, we bought two cases of Hobo Soup, which was delivered right to our door by the owner (name- ly yours truly). We are wondering if it would be possible to buy two more cases. We really enjoy it!" As some of you know, we are having trouble finding a new packer...and if not, its evident the soup will be leaving the market, sad to say! We are presently working with Reid McDonald and Jim Nelson of Faribault Foods of Mpls. and Cokato. Our fingers are crossed. We seek your opinion! Several issues ago, in our "Down Memory Lane" col- umn of old-time news and photos, we ran a picture of an Ortonville American Legion Minstrel cast (in black face) taken sometime in the 1960's when Minstrel shows were a popular attrac- tion across the country. Before we ran the photo of historical news, several folks thought we shouldn't run it as it might be offensive to the black members of our soci- ety. Oddly, just last Sunday, in church we received a hand-out featuring a photo of "The Singing Nuns" of Webster, a group of eight ladies who dress up like Nuns and have been singing in those costumes for the past 15 years. In comparison...we ask you, if it was possible that the Minstrel photo would be offensive, would the "Singing Nuns" photo be offensive to today's real Nuns?? Is there a differ- ence?!!! **** Another Chuckler for you! A cou- ple went for a meal at a Chinese restaurant and ordered the 'Chicken Surprise'. The waiter brought the meal, served in a lidded cast-iron pot. Just as the wife was about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rose slightly and she briefly saw two beady little eyes looking around before the lid slammed back down. "Good grief, did you see that?" she asked her hus- band. He hadn't, she asked him to look in the pot. He reached for it and again the lid rose and he saw two lit- tle eyes looking around before it slammed down. Rather perturbed, he called the waiter over, explained what was happening, and demanded an explanation. "Please sir," said the waiter, "what you order?" The hus- band replied, "Chicken Surprise." (You're going to love this. You're going to hate yourself for loving this!) "Ah! So sorry," said the wait- er. "I bring you Peeking Duck." With renewal this note from Lloyd and Ruth Rens of LaSalle, CO. "We very much enjoy your editorial page. I also read the Sarah Palin book and thought it was a breath of fresh air. We still live in Colorado. Our one daughter who lives close by just got her second girl from China and we are enjoying the two girls. Thought the Vikings would win, hut Brett was really thrown on the ground Riot! God bless!" conducting information sessions on their new Arts Legacy Grants for Organizations and Communities pro- gram in Montevideo, Marshall and Luverne. Funding for SMAHC's Arts Legacy Grants is made possible through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriat- ed by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the peo- ple of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Grants of up to $25,000 are avail- able to nonprofit organizations or g.overnment agencies in the 18 coun- tles of the SMAHC service area for projects that will instill the arts into the community. SMAHC supports all of the, dance, theater, visual art and writing. Whether you are an arts supporter, city or school representa- tive, or a county commissioner, you are encouraged to attend. Learn first hand how your city, school, communi- ty education program, or non-profit arts organizations can access up to $25,000 per high quality art project. These funds may be accessed for public art, an arts event or festival, arts in education (like artist residen- cies and community events), arts access, and to preserve and express Minnesota's history and cultural her- itage through the arts. Murray will explain the types of questions. Since this is a new grant program you are strongly encouraged to attend an information session prior to submitting a grant application. The. following information ses- sions are scheduled: Feb. 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM at the Montevideo Library, 224 S. 1 st Street, Montevideo Feb. 12, 2010 at 4:00 PM at the SMAHC Office, 1210 E. College Drive, Marshall Feb. 16, 2010 at 4:00 PM at the SMAHC Office, 1210 E. College Drive, Marshall Feb. 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Rock County Veteran's Memorial Building, 213 E Luverne Street, Luverne These information sessions are free but registration is required. You may register by emailing your name and contact information to smahcin- or by calling the SMAHC office at 1-800-622-5284 or (507) 537-1471 Additional sessions may be sched- uled. Check the SMAHC website for the latest information available: If you wish to schedule an information session in your community, contact the SMAHC office. Deadlines for Arts Legacy Grants for Organizations and Communities are March 1 and May 1. Farm Bureau commemorates Food Check Out Week Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Week, February 21-27, is devoted to helping teach Americans how to stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food. America's farmers and ranchers are committed to producing safe, healthy and abun- dant food. They share a common con- cern with consumers when it comes to putting nutritious meals on the table while sticking to a tight budget. Applying the current statistic to the calendar year, it means the average household will have earned enough disposable income - that portion of income available for spending or sav- ing - to pay for its annual food supply in just five weeks. Not only is America's food supply the worlds safest, but it's also the most affordable, said Don Diekmann, President of Big Stone County Farm Bureau. "Our nation's increasing stan- dard of living would certainly be reduced without safe, abundant and affordable domestic food supply pro- duced by America's farmers and ranchers." Food Check-Out Week tracks the amount of income needed by Americans to purchase food on an annual basis, according to Don Diekmann. This week should hold meaning for most Americans, he said. As food pro- ducers, we are concerned that some Americans cannot afford to buy the food they need, but are proud of the role Minnesota farmers play in mak- ing our food supply more affordable for all. Now in its twelfth year, Food Check-Out Week also highlights America's safe, abundant and afford- able food supply, made possible large- ly by America's productive farmers and ranchers. According to the most recent information from the USDA's Economic Research Service, American families and individuals spend, on average, less than 10 per- cent of their disposable personal income for food. Stop at your local grocery store to register for drawings for food gift cer- tificates from the county grocery stores. Woman's body found in parking lot On Thursday, Feb. 11 at approximately 9 a.m. the Ortonville Police Department received a call of a possible person lying in the parking lot area of Trinity Lutheran Church. During the investigation it was determined that Fern Marohl, 86, left her residence sometime during the night. She eventually began walking about three blocks along the east end of Stephens Avenue, was near the church parking lot, fell down, and was unable to get up, leading to her death. No foul play is suspected in this incident. The Ortonville Police Department investigated the case and was assisted by the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office. A complete obituary can be found elsewhere in this issue. Court report (Week of Feb. 8, 2010) MN HIGHWAY PATROL Kara Marie McLain, Fargo, ND, Liquor-Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. BIG STONE CO. SHERIFF Cody James Schultz, Wheaton, Liquor-Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. Alfonso Martinez-Solano, Morris, Driver who is not owner must later pro- duce proof of insurance/Driving without a valid license or vehicle class/ type;multiple licenses prohibited, Fined $385. Darryl Glenn Kennedy, Wheaton, Burglary- l st Deg-Dwelling-Occupied- Non-Accomplice Present, Fined $135, Katherine Elizabeth Honaker, Clinton, Driving without a valid license or vehicle class/type;multiple licenses prohibited, Fined $185. Taylor Charles Boom, Wheaton, Liquor-Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. Jacqueline Lee Dunn, Dumont, Speeding, Fined $135. David Jacob Dybdahl, Wheaton, Liquor-Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. Now entering its second semester continues to be the University of St. Thomas' only student- led and produced news, sports and en- tertainment website. It was launched at the beginning of this academic year by the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of St. Thomas in an effort to reflect the real- ities of today's journalism and media. Christine Taffe of Ortonville and student at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul honors the success of Tom- As a member of the advertising sales staff, Taffe seeks out customers who would be interested in advertising on has become a daily resource for students, faculty and staff. Visitors to www.TommieMe- are provided with a variety of content. "News in :90," a video news- cast written, recorded and posted daily by noon, gives viewers state, national, world and sports headlines. The site's news and sports sections feature text, podcasts, slide shows and video. TommieMedia journalists pro- duce 10 hours of weekly KUST radio content, as well as a weekly five- minute video news program that fo- cuses on UST issues and events. State, national and world headlines are regu- larly updated on the website through a partnership with the Associated Press. TommieMedia is the first online- only college member of the AP, an in- ternational news cooperative and wire service. About 40 UST students work for TommieMedia, now the first stu- dent media organization on campus to pay all staff members. Big Stone County recognized at International Conference The Red River Basin Commission (RRBC) recently celebrated and recog- nized over 150 signatories on the Red River Basin Resolution of Support at the 27th Annual Red River Basin Land and Water International Summit Con- ference held in Grand Forks Jan. 19- 21. Walter Wulff, Big Stone County Commissioner, attended the conference and accepted the plaque for the County. The International Summit Confer- ence is held annually in January and ro- tates between Red River Basin cities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Mani- toba. This conference fosters interna- tional cooperation and identifies issues important to Red River Basin citizens. It is a public forum for natural re- sources education, training, and infor- mation dissemination useful for elected officials, watershed managers, educa- tors, producers, environmentalists, business leaders, and basin residents. The Red River Basin Resolution of Support is part of the RRBC Outreach Strategy and is a good faith document which states an entity agrees with and supports the vision, mission, and work of the RRBC. By signing this docu- ment an entity agrees to a collaborative and cooperative approach to land and water management in the Red River Basin. Since the spring of 2009, RRBC ac- tivities have focused on Long Term Flood Solutions (LTFS) for the entire Basin. The RRBC has sponsored 21 Flood Forums throughout the basin with nearly 1000 residents attending. The RRBC has collected and analyzed over 500 public surveys, and is cur- rently working on damage inventories with 91 entities in the basin. These ac- tivities have been part of phase one of the LTFS Work Plan. The feedback from the Flood Fo- rums, the public and entity surveys, and the 27th Annual conference is being integrated into Flood Damage Reduction principles and goals. The RRBC is continuing to develop these basin principles and goals that will guide recommendations to Minnesota and North Dakota legislators and also to Manitoba Water Stewardship. The RRBC will host additional public fo- rums in the fall of 2010 to generate feedback on these recommendations. The Red River Basin encompasses 49,000 square miles of land in the United States and Canada. Forty four Canadian Rural Municipalities and forty two US Counties have all or some of their area within the basin. In addi- tion, there are over 300 communities within the basin. The RRBC reflects this multi-juris- dictional nature of the basin. The 41 board members represent federal, state, provincial governments, and there are local elected officials from counties and cities, as well as representatives from Tribes, First Nations, and envi- ronmental advocates. For more information on the RRBC visit their website at www.redriverbas- Lance Yohe, Ex- ecutive Director, can also be reached at 218- 291-0422 BIG STONE COUNTY was recognized as one of over 150 signatories on the Red River Basin Resolution of Support at the RRBC 27th Annual Red River Basin Land and Water International Summit Conference held in Grand Forks, ND Jan. 19-21. Pictured above is Big Stone County Commissioners Walter Wulff "  representing Big Stone county.  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