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By JDK Not in some time have we seen Twins manager Ron Gardenhire turn in such a lousy job as he did the sec- ond game of a three game series last week at Detroit. The Twins "had the game in the bag" with a six to one lead into the third inning. It was obvious Twins starter Baker did not have his good stuff...yet Gardenhire left him in until the Tigers had fought back with five runs, Baker then being pulled with the score six to five. What happened next with the reliev- ers was horrible, the Twins losing 11 to six. "-- Hey golfers! Does the world have a new "Tiger" in the sport? Maybe you have heard that last Sunday, Ryo Ishikawa, a young Japanese golfer, age 18, who has already won seven Japanese titles in his career, shot a remarkable 58 at The Crowns...the lowest score in the world ever recorded in a major tour event. He birdied nine of the first 11 holes, had three birdies in a row on the back nine and missed a 15- footer on the 18th that would have given him a 57! For years we've always thought the only fair way to base salaries is on top of a reasonable base pay, any additional bucks should be based on performance. Especially so in pro sports, where mega dollars are hand- ed out to players like money grew on trees. And what about those on the disabled list...should they continue to be paid? For example_Joe Nathan is out for a full year now, does he still get the mega-bucks for which he signed, and does Joe Mauer still get paid when out with an injury...or does the club have some sort of insurance for those on the DL list? Good ques- tions? Did you happen to see recently on the internet what folks are calling the "PLAY OF THE YEAR?" It fea- tured Fordham University baseball player Brian Kownacki. He was running down the third-base line try- ing to score, when the oppos- ing catcher positioned him- self about five feet from home plate attempting to run into and tag Brian, who believe it or not scored the run. He was called safe, at home without the catcher laying a hand on home. The "soaring Superman" as Brian was noted in the story, flipped high enough into the air to soar over the head and outstretched ball-in-hand arm of the catcher. Unbelievable!!!!! From Williamsburg, VA reader Myron Scholberg writes: Hi Jim- Had a couple interesting things hap- pen lately that I would like to share with you. First- last Monday, April 26, I found in the mail a copy of the Independent, which I always look forward to seeing. As I was perusing the front page, I noticed that one of the feature articles was about the train that was stuck in the snow drift for a day or so. I then looked to see the date of the Independent and saw that it was Tuesday, Feb 23!! The news was still fun to read though. I went to the Doctor the other day and was diagnosed with lumbosacrol radiculopathy. I do not recall ever having that before; however, I have had a sore back before.?? I guess the diagnosis would not sound profes- sional enough. At any rate, the Doc gave me some good pills and I am sound again. I am not going to dis- cuss politics because it is too hard on my blood pressure. I do enjoy your comments though and I hope you keep up the good work. Where are the priorities of some of our nation's lead- ers, especially when it comes to educating our children? We heard via a CBS news report recently where hun- dreds of school teachers in the Eastern part of the coun- try, might be forced with lay- offs because the schools are short of funds! Where is the govt. bail-out money, or what about taxing the multi-mil- lion dollar pro athletes in our country and hand the money over to the educators???? Aren't they more important to our youth than paid ath- letes?? Who in the world needs a million bucks, any- way, to play a game in a par- ticularly taxpayer funded stadium???? III lll Nil State disaster officials will hold ap- Wednesday, May 5-3 p.m. (Claywood and Renville Counties) Redwood plicant briefings to help representatives and Wilkin Counties) Clay County County Courthouse - Basement Meet- from state and local governments and Courthouse, 3rd Floor CB Room, 807 ing Room, 250 S. Jefferson Street, certain private nonprofit organizations 11 th Street North, Moorhead. Redwood Falls. in 18 Minnesota counties apply for fed- Thursday, May 6-9:30 a.m. (Mar- Wednesday, May 12-10 a.m. eral disaster assistance in the wake of shall and Kittson Counties) Marshall (Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, and Yellow the spring flooding. County Courthouse-Basement, 208 E. Medicine Counties) Chippewa County Officials will explain the Federal Colvin Avenue, Warren. Courthouse Assembly Room - Lower Emergency Management Agency's Thursday, May 6-2 p.m. (Norman Level, 629 N. 1 lth St., Montevideo. Public Assistance (Infrastructure) pro- County) Norman County Environmen- The 18 counties and one tribal corn- gram for debris removal, emergency tal Service, 816 E. Main Street, Ada. munity designated in the April 19 dec- protective measures and the repair, Friday, May 7,-9 a.m. (Polk, Red laration are Big Stone, Blue Earth, restoration or replacement of public fa- Lake and Pennington Counties) Uni- Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Clay, Kitt- cilities or infrastructure that were dam- versity of Minnesota-Crookston,son, Lac Qui Parle, Marshall, Norman, aged during the flooding from March 1 Kiehle Auditorium, Crookston. Polk, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Sib- through April 26. Under the cost-share Friday, May 7-2:30 p.m. (Stevens, ley, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Med- program, FEMA Public AssistanceTraverse, and Big Stone Counties) icine counties and the Upper Sioux funds 75 percent of the cost for eligi- American Legion, 507 Pacific Avenue, Community. ble work. Morris. On April 29, Governor Pawlenty The meetings will be held at the fol- Monday, May 10-10 a.m. requested six counties and a tribal ha- lowing locations, dates and times, ac- (McLeod County) McLeod County tion be added to the major disaster dec- cording to officials from the Minnesota Courthouse, 830 ! lth Street East, laration. The counties requested Department of Public Safety Division Glencoe. include Cottonwood, McLeod, Pen- of Homeland Security and Emergency Monday, May 10-2p.m. (Blue nington, Ramsey, Red Lake and Management (HSEM) and FEMA: Earth and Brown Counties) Blue Earth Stevens, as well as the Prairie Island Tuesday, May 4-I p.m. (Scott,County Justice Center, 401 Carver Indian Community. An additional $3.1 Carver and Sibley Counties) Scott Road, Mankato. million in costs and damages were dis- County Law Enforcement Center, 301 Tuesday, May 11-10 a.m. (Cot-covered during preliminary damage as- Fuller St. South, Shakopee. tonwood County) Cottonwood County sessments held earlier this week. A Wednesday, May 5-8:30 a.m. Law Enforcement Center, 902 5thAv- final decision on the request has not (Ramsey County) State Emergencyenue, Basement, Windom. been announced at this time. Operations Center, Saint Paul. Tuesday, May 11-2 p.m. (Red- Douglas Wood has been called Minnesota's "renaissance man" -- author, artist, musician, natural- ist, wilderness guide. Wood will be appearing at the Ortonville Library on Thursday, May 13 at 4 p.m. As a writer of books for children and adults he has almost two mil- lion copies in print, including the classics Old Turtle and Grandad's Prayers of the Earth. Among his many honors and awards have been the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent's .Choice Award, Barnes and Noble Star difficulty in learning to read, and of of the North, and Story Telling World his most inspirational teacher. Award. It has been said that Douglas As a musician, Doug writes music Wood "leads his readers and listeners featuring vocals, six and 12-string on a journey of self-discovery helping guitars, piano, fiddle, and banjo. He them to understand themselves and has four recordings currently avail- the world around them." And "his able. message resonates with the great In performances and speaking truths of nature." engagements across the country, In 2004 Doug was invited to the Doug continues to reach audiences of White House to read his books at the all ages with his superb blend of sto- annual White House Easter Egg Roll. rytelling and musicianship, personal Among Doug's recent books are warmth and light-hearted humor, and Old Turtle and The Broken Truth, the rare ability to lift the human spir- sequel to the Award Winning Classic it. Old Turtle; th~ new "The Wisdom of This project was funded in part or Nature" series, small inspirational in whole through the Arts and books for adults; The Secret of Saying Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Thanks -- children, inspirational; and Amendment, by a vote of the people Nothing to Do, a children's book of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, to pre- about the joys of unscheduled free serve Minnesota's arts and cultural time. heritage. Doug's Spring 2009 release, Miss Little's Gift, is the story of Doug's Big Stone County Sheriff John in cost from the current providerdra- mated that it will cost between Haukos was present at the Big Stone matically. Haukos requested to the $13,000-$15,000 to dig a new well, County Board meeting on Tuesday, Board that a repeater system be in- with the current one needing to be April 20 to discuss funding for the Sen- stalled for the water tower line instead, abandoned and resealed. On a motion tence to Serve (STS) program, which would be narrowband compliant by Commissioner Walter Wulff and Haukos stated that the State is cut- and cost an estimated $5,410. The second by Commissioner Wade Athey, ting funding for the STS program in Board approved this unanimously, with the Board approved to authorize the half. Big Stone County currently Commissioner Brent Olson absentdigging of a new well and to abandon shares a contract with Swift County from the meeting., and reseal the old one. paying 1/3 of the cost. Swift County is Big Stone County Engineer Nick The Board then approved to allow considering cancelling their contract. Anderson informed the Board ~hat the the Toqua Sportsman's Club to dispose After some discussion it was decided quotes for the Clinton Shop roof and of the old dock at Toqua Park. The to wait and make a decision on the STS addition project were in with the low club is putting in a new dock and program after Swift County makes quote coming from Travis Amdt for needed to dispose of the old one. their decision. $12,715. Commissioners approvedThe next meeting of the Big Stone Haukos then informed the Board unanimously. County Board will be held on Tuesday, that the lines that run from the Court- In other business, Commissioners May 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the Meeting house to water tower and then to the then discussed the well at Toqua Park. Room of the Courthouse. Schumacher tower will be increasing Problems had occurred and it is esti- MRS. PAT THOMPSON'S SECOND GRADE CLASSROOM has just completed another successful year with the RSVP volunteers working in her classroom. Shown above and below are volunteers who come to the classroom on the second andfourth Tuesday's from October through April. While in the classroom, they do a variety of reading and math activities with one or two students each. Some of the activities include: listenin~ to the student read, learning their spelling words, helping them with their math facts, counting money ann telling time. The students really enjoy working with the volunteers and would like to thank all the classroom volunteers for their help. Ortonville BPA at Conference students Ten Ortonville High School Messmer, Dan Berdan and the Video Business Professionals of America Production Team (Nicole Gulley, (BPA) students will be taking part at Emily Weber and Keven Berdan). the National Leadership Conference The students qualified after in Anaheim, CA this week, May 4-8. Representing Region 8 at the Spring Those students include: Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Advanced Spreadsheet-Shane Maas, Regency in Minneapolis on March Economic Research Project-Emily11-13. Weber, Legal Office BPA Advisor Kim Johnson will be Procedures-Charlie Stattelman, attending the conference with the stu- Digital Media Production-Racheldents. The group will leave Tuesday Berger, Computer Animation Team: morning and return this Saturday. Colin Platbe, Charlie Taffe, Tate Search on for Mrs. Big Stone Co. Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. Big Stone County? Mrs. Big Stone County will have the honor of representing her county at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held at "Ritsche Auditorium", March 12 and 13, 2011 in the city of St. Cloud. The woman chosen as "Mrs. Big Stone County" will become an ambas- sador from Big Stone County area and will receive the official title and sash? The woman chosen as Mrs. Minnesota will receive a prize pack- age worth $7,000 and the chance to represent Minnesota at the "2011" Mrs. International Pageant, in July. The "Go Red for Women" American Heart Association are the "Official Charities of the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, www.americanheart.org. The current reigning "2010 Mrs. Minnesota is Susie Overvold of Excelsior. Traveling all across the state, Susie speaks on her platform "The Path to a Cure"-Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation? Susie Request for was inspired 10 years ago by her little neighbor girl Mickey (diagnosed at Big City age three), that is when she began her quest to teach others about diabetes. The path to acure starts with educa- Hall photos tion! For more information go to: www.jdrf.org. Community members are search- ing for any early photos of the 1910 City Hall building, located on Big BSC u--.:--.-.,. ,., nUII/..UI I'~ Stone City's main street, either exteri- clothing give away or or interior. These would be used to help restore the building to its origi- coming soon nal state. If you have any photos or informa- Now is the time to clean the clos- . tion about this building, please con- ets and dump out the drawers. tact either Kathie Lantis, 862-8613 or Bring all gently used Vicky Torgerson, 862-8358. Spring/Summer clothing and Please feel free to join this group footwear to: at their next meeting scheduled to Big Stone Senior Center located in discuss the renovation project. It will the city office building on main street be held Thursday, May 13 at the Big starting: Wednesday, May 5 during Stone City Senior Center, immediate- J regular office hours, ly following the 6:30 p.m. Horizons Collections will be gratefully meeting. accepted through Friday, May 14. The 1910 City Hall building is on Watch for more details coming the National Register of Historic next week ! Places. f M k M 's Special! Stop in and see our unique Mother's Day gift ideas. FRESH FLOWERS to brighten her dayt. BEAUTIFUL !ooming Plants ~ WE DELIVER -- Cert~ifiCates Available! ) rtonwlle Shop from the girls at Hair Classics! FULL SERVICE HAIR NAILS WAXING EAR PIERCING PARAFFIN WAX TREATMENTS ~ Gift Certificates for Mother's Day! ~ Call Robin, Betsy or Annie today! Main Street Ortonville, MN . 320-839-3744 Page 2 , INDEPENDEN..T Tuesday, May 4, 2010