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'Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... As bad as the farm crisis has been this year, I think this year would prove more disastrous for our farmers and our overall economy. There are several reasons for this: (1) Brazil and Argentina are expected to harvest record corn and soybean crops within the next month. Probably forcing prices even lower. (2) Brazil has invested heavily to modernize their infrastructure to bring their crops to market faster and more efficiently. (3) Brazil's economy needs exports to prop up their economy. They've already devalued their currency in order to make their grain more attractive to potential buyers. (4) Asian and Far Eastern economics are still in crisis. Since they are one of our principal buyers of grain, they will be looking for a cheaper supplier of Help needed for farming grain for their countries. (5) Our agricultural products are the main export of the U.S. Our balance of trade will only get worse with the loss of farm exports. (6) Brazil is expected to become this world's leading corn producer in one to two years. South America would become the world's granary instead of the U.S. This all spells disaster to our farmers and our overall economic health. It's time to show support for our farmers and for our legislators to invest capital to support new and existing farm programs. Sincerely, Dan Nelson, 308 N. Minnesota St. Ortonville, MN Hyatt's celebrate 50 years Gene and Vera Hyatt of Ortonville, celebrated an early 50th anniversary in Maui with their children. Vacationing with them was their daughter Carol, sons and spouses, Gary and Eileen, Greg and Kathy and Glen and Marcia. Also attending were their grand- children Carla Kramer, Chad Randleman with fiance6 Brenda Dcvereaux. Special recognition and gifts were given to Gene and Vera during the trip. Their actual 50th anniversary will be May 13, 1999. HRA meeting set Big Stone County's Housing and Redevelopment Authority will hold its Regular Meeting at Lakeside Apartments in the Community Room at 7:30 p.m. next Monday, March 8, 1999. Scholarship for Jenni Bowen The Admission Office of Valley City State University, Valley City, ND, announces that Jenni Bowen, daughter of G.P. and Milli B o w e n , Ortonville, has been awarded the Hazel McBride Education Scholarship in the amount of $800 for the 1999-2000 academic year. Jenni will graduate from Ortonville High School June 6, 1999. Hazel Harriet McBride Scholarships are made available each year to eligible VCSU students working towards a teaching degree. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Logo design contest The Big Stone County Historical Society is sponsoring a design contest for a logo that can be used during 1999 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Ortonville. C.K. Orton incorporated the community in 1874. The logo will be used by organizations and events throughout the remainder of 1999. Entries need not be camera-ready. They will become the property of the Historical Society. The winning entry will receive $20, plus a one year membership to the Historical Society. Entries should be submitted to the Big Stone County Historical Society, R2, Box 31, Ortonville, MN 56278. Rtddet oa ttm Potm-Outl - l fl ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Ruth Benson Cheryl Haggard Mrs. Oliver Nolting Mrs. Gordon Jorgenson Dorothy Kurkosky Agnes Bowler Harvey Bruns Leonard Heinen Thora Neff Rick Evenson Howard Hanson Lloyd Christopherson Clifford Semrau Marvin Gess Don Lundell Monte Zehrigner Richard Goldsmith Larry Anderson M.R. Berdan Harry Russman Wiiber Hamm Darrel Mau Tom Magee Geraldine Cartwright Fred Lockwood Oscar Schlueter Heather Athey Betty Ann Nelson Evelyn Pedergast Clifford Thompson Dabble Brunder Cleone Thomson Ervin Mikkelson Dean & Cheryl Adelman Tom Letrud Marie Pflueger Mary Louise Paulsen Richard Quist LaRdy Schoon Shirley Reiffenberger Gary Enger Peter Franzky LeRoy Hamann Alice Hanson Betty Saeger Helen Danielson Breden Mrs. Orville McEwen Bernice Duncan Gary Halvorson Duane Hanson Richard Tiegs Arnold E. Brandt Obituaries John Hurley Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of John Hurley, 80, of Big Stone City, SD. He died Feb. 26, 1999, in Sioux Falls, SD. A mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 1, 1999, in St. Charles Catholic Church at Big Stone City. Father Ray Otto, OSB officiated and burial with full military honors was in the St. Lawrence Cemetery at Milbank. Pallbearers were Joel Purdy, Pat Hurley, Pat Cairns, Larry Hurley, John Vissers and Bernard Hurley. Music was presented by Mrs. Pat Kunz, organist; Mrs. Harriet Rausch, vocalist, and the St. Charles Choir. Military honors were conducted by the American Legion, Birch-Miller Post #9 and the VFW Grant County Post #3486. John Raphael Hurley was born March 14, 1918, in Ortonville; the son of John J. and Elizabeth (Cullen) Hurley. He attended rural school in Grant County, SD. He served in the United States Army, enlisting into service on Oct. 14, 1941, at Ft. Snelling. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the American Defense Service Ribbon. He was honorably discharged Oct. 22, 1945, at Fort Leavenworth, KS. John was united in marriage on July 29, 1946, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, SD with Helena Vissers. John was a life-long resident of the Milbank-Big Stone City area, where Heidi Carrington Funeral services for Heidi Carrington, 46, of Barry, were held Monday, March 1, 1999 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Graceville. Father Jack Nordick officiated. Organist was Dab Farwell. Song leaders were Lorie Meath and Jeff Hoppe. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of the Graceville Health Center, the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley School Staff, and Heidi's "Extended Family" Noel and Abiel Ramirez." Active pallbearers were Don Seifert, Don Karsky, Mike Fischer, Dave Arens, Gary Arens, Ron Kaess, Rick Meath, Jerry Jipson and Warren Weick. Interment was in Graceville Consolidated Cemetery, Graceville. Heidi Ann Malmberg was born May 13, 1952 to John and Bane (Bennice) Malmberg at Graceville. She graduated from Graceville High School in 1970 and received degrees from McConnell School of Aviation and St. Cloud Business College. On May 12, 1973 she was united in marriage to Eugene Carfington in the Congregational Church at Graceville. A Registered Nursing Assistant, Heidi was secretary of the Graceville Golf Club as well as a bus driver and substitute in the Clinton-GraceviUe- he farmed for many years and also worked for the highway department. He later owned and operated Hurley's Grocery Store in Big Stone City. He was a member of the VFW Grant County Post #3486 and St. Charles Catholic Church of Big Stone City, He took special pride and delight in each grandchild. John R. Hurley is survived by his wife, Helena, of Big Stone City; four sons and daughters-in-law: Jack and Susan Hurley of O'Neill, NE; Duane and Vicki Hurley of Milford, IA; Pat and Sonja Hurley of Princeton, KY; and Keith and Jana Hurley of Aberdeen, SD; and one daughter and son-in-aw: Rhonda and Paul Murray of Hudsonville, MI. John is also survived by four sisters: Josephine Brakel of Madison, WI; Estella Cairns and her husband Harry of Fortville, IN; Beth Schmeling of Watertown, SD and Florence Schmeling of Vancouver, WA. In addition, he is survived by 13 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters-in-law: Avert and Marie Sleeper of Ocanomowac, WI; Chuck and Nellie Smith of LaFeria, TX; Bill and Billie Vissers of Milbank, SD; Mary Hurley of Milbank, SD; and George and Jennie Vissers of West Allis, WI; and many nieces and nephews, Mundwiler Funeral Home of Milbank was in charge of the arrangements. Beardsley School. She was a full time mother, wife, and grandmother. Heidi loved her bowling, golf, chasing after grandson Damon and buying him things, shopping, sporting events, driving bus and traveling. She faithfully took care of her dog Sunny. Mrs. Carrington passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999 at Apache Junction, AZ, having reached the age of 46 years, nine months and 10 days. She will be remembered for her willingness to help anyone and for always being on the go. Heidi often visited her kids and tried to keep track of them, which was nearly impossible. She also was always on the look- out for those slimy snakes. Survivors include husband Gene of Barry; pare'nts John and Bene Malmberg of Brainerd; mother-in-law Florence Carrington of Graceville; two daughters, Heather Carrington of Chokio and Holly Carrington of Marshall; one son, Jason Carrington of Fargo, ND; one brother, Lee Malmberg of Scottsdale, AZ; one grandson, Damon Gibson of Chokio; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her father-in-law, Lawrence Carrington. Larson Funeral Home of Graceville was in charge of arrangements. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! I Thanks a million Dear Mr. Ross: I have been to hell and back and I survived. When I married at 19, my life was filled with love for my husband. After my first child was born things changed. My husband started beating on me, to the point that I had to go to the emergency room. Out of terror, I covered up the true reason for my injuries. The black eyes and broken ribs were never as bad as the actual terror he would release on me. After 2 more children, it was getting harder and harder to explain why I always had bruises or a broken wrist. Not having any friends of my own (I wasn't allowed to), I felt trapped in the grips of despair. Until one day he beat me so bad I had to be admitted to the hospital. How was I to explain why my hair had been burned off? That my own husband raped me using multiple blunt objects? I couldn't. And that's when the endless sea of tears began. Social services worked quickly and my children were removed from their father. My kids and I are together now at a women's shelter. There are days I feel totally paralyzed. I don't know where to begin piecing my life back together. I need so much but housing is the most important. I can stay here another 4 weeks, during which I will begin divorce proceedings. Can you help me put the pieces back together? Anonymous ... Carnarsie Courier, Brooklyn, NY Dear Anonymous: I'm so sorry for you and every other woman who has suffered abuse by the hand of a man. The next 6 months will be a blur of activity for you, so let's get started. I'm sending $2,000, which will set up housing and see to your most immediate needs. Then there is the obvious-having to deal with your emotions on a healing curve. It's a private journey you must undertake if you are ever to recover from the abuse. I wish you well and I hope some day you can dance like no one is watching. ***** Dear Mr. Ross: Some time ago I wrote and asked you not for a handout, but for a loan. You denied my request and that's OK. I'm just happy that you can help people out with more reasonable requests. However, I would like to ask one question and that is what do you do with the letters after they have been read? Do you shred them and get rid of the evidence? I sure wouldn't want someone to know that I was desperate enough at one time to ask for your help! A Former Requester... Towne Courier, Mason, MI Dear Requester: Your previous request, along with thousands of others each week are shredded and sent in for recycling. It's an amazing sight and I'm always awed to understand just how much human suffering was contained on those written pages, now reduced to confetti. Hardly ever seems to be a reason nowadays to hold a ticker tape parade. Dear Mr. Ross: I've been built up, torn down and run around on. I've seen good times, bad times and times where little mattered. I've been married and divorced more times than I care to count. I've been lied to, sung to and even prayed over. These are not my excuses in life, just my status. So, what can a kindly man such as yourself do for a fun loving lady like me? Short of a million dollars, how about paying a $290 utility bill, spay my cat and guarantee that tomorrow the sun will shine? Ms. L. B .... Daily News, Iron Mountain, Ml Dear Ms. B.: You have a Bohemian spirit about you that I admire. I wouldn't necessarily want you working for me, but I appreciate all types, and you are definitely some type. I'm sending $400 to grant your first two requests. As for the sun shining-no guarantees, except to say wherever you are I'm sure you radiate a lot of your own energy. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! i Roth IRA or Traditional IRA? The Answer is Yes. Thanks to the new tax laws, the decision to open an I1 is easier than ever. At the same time, choosing between the Roth IRA and the traditional IRA is complicated. You need advice from a company you can trust. Talk to American ExpreSs Financial Advisors. We'll translate the new tax guidelines into plain English to help you decide which IRA is right for you. Call today for a free, initial eonsultation. Financial advice for changing times. American Express Financial Advisors Inc. Financial Advisors 33 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-3030 1,097 American Expres, Financial Corporation Becky Parker Brent Zahrbock Personal Financial Adutsors Page 4 00INDEPENDENT The Inde (U.S.P.S. JEANETTE Publisher JAMES D. SUZETTE Editor & SARA J. Ad and Pdntin Plan ARt Office KATHIE Computer and TAMI Reporter/Ad MIKE Photographer BILL DWYER & Pressmen Camera NANCY ;COBLIC Collater ooeo Tues., March 2, 1999 co Pedodtcab Posing $25.00per year in Parle, Traverse Minnesota, In South Dakota. $29.00 counties In Minnesota Dakota. All others, $33.00 I: Postmaster: Send The Ortonvllle Inde Ortonvllle, Minnesota A FEBRUARY Stone, Lac qul Parle," Roberts In South I February .............. 25.00 March .................. 22.89 April .................... 20.81 May ..................... 18.73 June .................... 16.65 July ...................... 14.57 February ............. 29.00 March .................. 26.61 April .................... 24.19 May ...................... 21.77 June .................... 19.35 July ...................... 19.93 February .............. 33.99 March .................. 30.25 April .................... 27.50 May ..................... 24.75 June ................... 22.00 July ..................... 19.25 "PUBLISHER'S LIABILITY F The Publisher shall not slight changes or that do not advertisement. The for other errors or connection with an stdctly limited to advertisement In am or the refund of any mort advertisement. Church notes - ads- Pictures - 5 p.m. Friday , afternoon Classified (Any ad brought I classify.) OFRCE A Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12:30 & Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 r A Thursday:  a.m.-t 2:30 !: A Friday: 8 a.m.-12 noon, t A Holidays Letters to the community issues are Letter writers Independent and/or condense letters' paper also reserves publish letters that which it might be h Letters should printed or typed address and Addresses and tel not be published. Letter writers are themselves to one Please keep letter bdef, over 350 words, and t( The Ortonvllle Inde determining Is news Is based on one If an Individual zatlon charges for event, for an Item or fo be considered newspaper. would cease to exist paper receives for single paper sales Is Ink and paper used In product. It paper cost increases. cost of Ink and a paper used. Advertisin crops products to the and and plows and tractors dealer. Without any of particular business ,business. ADS: We reserve any advertising justify our decision. A News: Our as fully staff's opinions will fpage, rom other sources stimulate our readers. editor are those of other expressed tn Items tlons may be own views, but are general Interest. Call 320-839-3761 to classified Ortonvllle Tuesday, M 11 'Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... As bad as the farm crisis has been this year, I think this year would prove more disastrous for our farmers and our overall economy. There are several reasons for this: (1) Brazil and Argentina are expected to harvest record corn and soybean crops within the next month. Probably forcing prices even lower. (2) Brazil has invested heavily to modernize their infrastructure to bring their crops to market faster and more efficiently. (3) Brazil's economy needs exports to prop up their economy. They've already devalued their currency in order to make their grain more attractive to potential buyers. (4) Asian and Far Eastern economics are still in crisis. Since they are one of our principal buyers of grain, they will be looking for a cheaper supplier of Help needed for farming grain for their countries. (5) Our agricultural products are the main export of the U.S. Our balance of trade will only get worse with the loss of farm exports. (6) Brazil is expected to become this world's leading corn producer in one to two years. South America would become the world's granary instead of the U.S. This all spells disaster to our farmers and our overall economic health. It's time to show support for our farmers and for our legislators to invest capital to support new and existing farm programs. Sincerely, Dan Nelson, 308 N. Minnesota St. Ortonville, MN Hyatt's celebrate 50 years Gene and Vera Hyatt of Ortonville, celebrated an early 50th anniversary in Maui with their children. Vacationing with them was their daughter Carol, sons and spouses, Gary and Eileen, Greg and Kathy and Glen and Marcia. Also attending were their grand- children Carla Kramer, Chad Randleman with fiance6 Brenda Dcvereaux. Special recognition and gifts were given to Gene and Vera during the trip. Their actual 50th anniversary will be May 13, 1999. HRA meeting set Big Stone County's Housing and Redevelopment Authority will hold its Regular Meeting at Lakeside Apartments in the Community Room at 7:30 p.m. next Monday, March 8, 1999. Scholarship for Jenni Bowen The Admission Office of Valley City State University, Valley City, ND, announces that Jenni Bowen, daughter of G.P. and Milli B o w e n , Ortonville, has been awarded the Hazel McBride Education Scholarship in the amount of $800 for the 1999-2000 academic year. Jenni will graduate from Ortonville High School June 6, 1999. Hazel Harriet McBride Scholarships are made available each year to eligible VCSU students working towards a teaching degree. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Logo design contest The Big Stone County Historical Society is sponsoring a design contest for a logo that can be used during 1999 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Ortonville. C.K. Orton incorporated the community in 1874. The logo will be used by organizations and events throughout the remainder of 1999. Entries need not be camera-ready. They will become the property of the Historical Society. The winning entry will receive $20, plus a one year membership to the Historical Society. Entries should be submitted to the Big Stone County Historical Society, R2, Box 31, Ortonville, MN 56278. Rtddet oa ttm Potm-Outl - l fl ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Ruth Benson Cheryl Haggard Mrs. Oliver Nolting Mrs. Gordon Jorgenson Dorothy Kurkosky Agnes Bowler Harvey Bruns Leonard Heinen Thora Neff Rick Evenson Howard Hanson Lloyd Christopherson Clifford Semrau Marvin Gess Don Lundell Monte Zehrigner Richard Goldsmith Larry Anderson M.R. Berdan Harry Russman Wiiber Hamm Darrel Mau Tom Magee Geraldine Cartwright Fred Lockwood Oscar Schlueter Heather Athey Betty Ann Nelson Evelyn Pedergast Clifford Thompson Dabble Brunder Cleone Thomson Ervin Mikkelson Dean & Cheryl Adelman Tom Letrud Marie Pflueger Mary Louise Paulsen Richard Quist LaRdy Schoon Shirley Reiffenberger Gary Enger Peter Franzky LeRoy Hamann Alice Hanson Betty Saeger Helen Danielson Breden Mrs. Orville McEwen Bernice Duncan Gary Halvorson Duane Hanson Richard Tiegs Arnold E. Brandt Obituaries John Hurley Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of John Hurley, 80, of Big Stone City, SD. He died Feb. 26, 1999, in Sioux Falls, SD. A mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 1, 1999, in St. Charles Catholic Church at Big Stone City. Father Ray Otto, OSB officiated and burial with full military honors was in the St. Lawrence Cemetery at Milbank. Pallbearers were Joel Purdy, Pat Hurley, Pat Cairns, Larry Hurley, John Vissers and Bernard Hurley. Music was presented by Mrs. Pat Kunz, organist; Mrs. Harriet Rausch, vocalist, and the St. Charles Choir. Military honors were conducted by the American Legion, Birch-Miller Post #9 and the VFW Grant County Post #3486. John Raphael Hurley was born March 14, 1918, in Ortonville; the son of John J. and Elizabeth (Cullen) Hurley. He attended rural school in Grant County, SD. He served in the United States Army, enlisting into service on Oct. 14, 1941, at Ft. Snelling. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the American Defense Service Ribbon. He was honorably discharged Oct. 22, 1945, at Fort Leavenworth, KS. John was united in marriage on July 29, 1946, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, SD with Helena Vissers. John was a life-long resident of the Milbank-Big Stone City area, where Heidi Carrington Funeral services for Heidi Carrington, 46, of Barry, were held Monday, March 1, 1999 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Graceville. Father Jack Nordick officiated. Organist was Dab Farwell. Song leaders were Lorie Meath and Jeff Hoppe. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of the Graceville Health Center, the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley School Staff, and Heidi's "Extended Family" Noel and Abiel Ramirez." Active pallbearers were Don Seifert, Don Karsky, Mike Fischer, Dave Arens, Gary Arens, Ron Kaess, Rick Meath, Jerry Jipson and Warren Weick. Interment was in Graceville Consolidated Cemetery, Graceville. Heidi Ann Malmberg was born May 13, 1952 to John and Bane (Bennice) Malmberg at Graceville. She graduated from Graceville High School in 1970 and received degrees from McConnell School of Aviation and St. Cloud Business College. On May 12, 1973 she was united in marriage to Eugene Carfington in the Congregational Church at Graceville. A Registered Nursing Assistant, Heidi was secretary of the Graceville Golf Club as well as a bus driver and substitute in the Clinton-GraceviUe- he farmed for many years and also worked for the highway department. He later owned and operated Hurley's Grocery Store in Big Stone City. He was a member of the VFW Grant County Post #3486 and St. Charles Catholic Church of Big Stone City, He took special pride and delight in each grandchild. John R. Hurley is survived by his wife, Helena, of Big Stone City; four sons and daughters-in-law: Jack and Susan Hurley of O'Neill, NE; Duane and Vicki Hurley of Milford, IA; Pat and Sonja Hurley of Princeton, KY; and Keith and Jana Hurley of Aberdeen, SD; and one daughter and son-in-aw: Rhonda and Paul Murray of Hudsonville, MI. John is also survived by four sisters: Josephine Brakel of Madison, WI; Estella Cairns and her husband Harry of Fortville, IN; Beth Schmeling of Watertown, SD and Florence Schmeling of Vancouver, WA. In addition, he is survived by 13 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters-in-law: Avert and Marie Sleeper of Ocanomowac, WI; Chuck and Nellie Smith of LaFeria, TX; Bill and Billie Vissers of Milbank, SD; Mary Hurley of Milbank, SD; and George and Jennie Vissers of West Allis, WI; and many nieces and nephews, Mundwiler Funeral Home of Milbank was in charge of the arrangements. Beardsley School. She was a full time mother, wife, and grandmother. Heidi loved her bowling, golf, chasing after grandson Damon and buying him things, shopping, sporting events, driving bus and traveling. She faithfully took care of her dog Sunny. Mrs. Carrington passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999 at Apache Junction, AZ, having reached the age of 46 years, nine months and 10 days. She will be remembered for her willingness to help anyone and for always being on the go. Heidi often visited her kids and tried to keep track of them, which was nearly impossible. She also was always on the look- out for those slimy snakes. Survivors include husband Gene of Barry; pare'nts John and Bene Malmberg of Brainerd; mother-in-law Florence Carrington of Graceville; two daughters, Heather Carrington of Chokio and Holly Carrington of Marshall; one son, Jason Carrington of Fargo, ND; one brother, Lee Malmberg of Scottsdale, AZ; one grandson, Damon Gibson of Chokio; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her father-in-law, Lawrence Carrington. Larson Funeral Home of Graceville was in charge of arrangements. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! I Thanks a million Dear Mr. Ross: I have been to hell and back and I survived. When I married at 19, my life was filled with love for my husband. After my first child was born things changed. My husband started beating on me, to the point that I had to go to the emergency room. Out of terror, I covered up the true reason for my injuries. The black eyes and broken ribs were never as bad as the actual terror he would release on me. After 2 more children, it was getting harder and harder to explain why I always had bruises or a broken wrist. Not having any friends of my own (I wasn't allowed to), I felt trapped in the grips of despair. Until one day he beat me so bad I had to be admitted to the hospital. How was I to explain why my hair had been burned off? That my own husband raped me using multiple blunt objects? I couldn't. And that's when the endless sea of tears began. Social services worked quickly and my children were removed from their father. My kids and I are together now at a women's shelter. There are days I feel totally paralyzed. I don't know where to begin piecing my life back together. I need so much but housing is the most important. I can stay here another 4 weeks, during which I will begin divorce proceedings. Can you help me put the pieces back together? Anonymous ... Carnarsie Courier, Brooklyn, NY Dear Anonymous: I'm so sorry for you and every other woman who has suffered abuse by the hand of a man. The next 6 months will be a blur of activity for you, so let's get started. I'm sending $2,000, which will set up housing and see to your most immediate needs. Then there is the obvious-having to deal with your emotions on a healing curve. It's a private journey you must undertake if you are ever to recover from the abuse. I wish you well and I hope some day you can dance like no one is watching. ***** Dear Mr. Ross: Some time ago I wrote and asked you not for a handout, but for a loan. You denied my request and that's OK. I'm just happy that you can help people out with more reasonable requests. However, I would like to ask one question and that is what do you do with the letters after they have been read? Do you shred them and get rid of the evidence? I sure wouldn't want someone to know that I was desperate enough at one time to ask for your help! A Former Requester... Towne Courier, Mason, MI Dear Requester: Your previous request, along with thousands of others each week are shredded and sent in for recycling. It's an amazing sight and I'm always awed to understand just how much human suffering was contained on those written pages, now reduced to confetti. Hardly ever seems to be a reason nowadays to hold a ticker tape parade. Dear Mr. Ross: I've been built up, torn down and run around on. I've seen good times, bad times and times where little mattered. I've been married and divorced more times than I care to count. I've been lied to, sung to and even prayed over. These are not my excuses in life, just my status. So, what can a kindly man such as yourself do for a fun loving lady like me? Short of a million dollars, how about paying a $290 utility bill, spay my cat and guarantee that tomorrow the sun will shine? Ms. L. B .... Daily News, Iron Mountain, Ml Dear Ms. B.: You have a Bohemian spirit about you that I admire. I wouldn't necessarily want you working for me, but I appreciate all types, and you are definitely some type. I'm sending $400 to grant your first two requests. As for the sun shining-no guarantees, except to say wherever you are I'm sure you radiate a lot of your own energy. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! i Roth IRA or Traditional IRA? The Answer is Yes. Thanks to the new tax laws, the decision to open an I1 is easier than ever. At the same time, choosing between the Roth IRA and the traditional IRA is complicated. You need advice from a company you can trust. Talk to American ExpreSs Financial Advisors. We'll translate the new tax guidelines into plain English to help you decide which IRA is right for you. Call today for a free, initial eonsultation. Financial advice for changing times. American Express Financial Advisors Inc. Financial Advisors 33 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-3030 1,097 American Expres, Financial Corporation Becky Parker Brent Zahrbock Personal Financial Adutsors Page 4 00INDEPENDENT The Inde (U.S.P.S. JEANETTE Publisher JAMES D. SUZETTE Editor & SARA J. Ad and Pdntin Plan ARt Office KATHIE Computer and TAMI Reporter/Ad MIKE Photographer BILL DWYER & Pressmen Camera NANCY ;COBLIC Collater ooeo Tues., March 2, 1999 co Pedodtcab Posing $25.00per year in Parle, Traverse Minnesota, In South Dakota. $29.00 counties In Minnesota Dakota. All others, $33.00 I: Postmaster: Send The Ortonvllle Inde Ortonvllle, Minnesota A FEBRUARY Stone, Lac qul Parle," Roberts In South I February .............. 25.00 March .................. 22.89 April .................... 20.81 May ..................... 18.73 June .................... 16.65 July ...................... 14.57 February ............. 29.00 March .................. 26.61 April .................... 24.19 May ...................... 21.77 June .................... 19.35 July ...................... 19.93 February .............. 33.99 March .................. 30.25 April .................... 27.50 May ..................... 24.75 June ................... 22.00 July ..................... 19.25 "PUBLISHER'S LIABILITY F The Publisher shall not slight changes or that do not advertisement. The for other errors or connection with an stdctly limited to advertisement In am or the refund of any mort advertisement. Church notes - ads- Pictures - 5 p.m. Friday , afternoon Classified (Any ad brought I classify.) OFRCE A Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12:30 & Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 r A Thursday:  a.m.-t 2:30 !: A Friday: 8 a.m.-12 noon, t A Holidays Letters to the community issues are Letter writers Independent and/or condense letters' paper also reserves publish letters that which it might be h Letters should printed or typed address and Addresses and tel not be published. Letter writers are themselves to one Please keep letter bdef, over 350 words, and t( The Ortonvllle Inde determining Is news Is based on one If an Individual zatlon charges for event, for an Item or fo be considered newspaper. would cease to exist paper receives for single paper sales Is Ink and paper used In product. It paper cost increases. cost of Ink and a paper used. Advertisin crops products to the and and plows and tractors dealer. Without any of particular business ,business. ADS: We reserve any advertising justify our decision. A News: Our as fully staff's opinions will fpage, rom other sources stimulate our readers. editor are those of other expressed tn Items tlons may be own views, but are general Interest. Call 320-839-3761 to classified Ortonvllle Tuesday, M 11