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RECOGNIZE THE FOLKS IN THIS PHOTO? Someone found it and brought it into the office, hoping the editors could find the owner. If anyone can hel us out, just call our office at 3. The only means of identity are the first names, listed on te back, namely )anis, Dick, Diana K, and Bill. $30 billion dollars in free to be given away this year $30 Billion Dollars grants money will various government an economy that and a need for development federal government than it ever has been to fellow Americans a wide variety of needs. apply for a gov- probably feel it isn't for too much red tape, know who to contact. that people from do receive free gov- and other bene- of course. A recently launched on-line gov- ernment grants directory now offers similar information - for free. "'Getting grants requires several steps. First, you have to find one. Then, figure out if you're eligible, you must be sure that you meet all eligi- bility requirements. Finding grants can be time-consuming", says Meir Liraz, president of His company has launched a new on-line directory titled "101 Free Government Grants" (http:/lwv, w.bizmove.comltop- grants/), the purpose of which is to make it easier to look for federal money. The new Website contains full details regarding "the 101 most sought after US government grant and assistance programs". It provides descriptions, eligibility requirements, available funds, contact information, and according to Mr. Liraz, "all the ate-night TV. you've of infomercials "free money" from They offer to help funds- for a fee, Is Our Business ORTONVILLE -INDEPENDENT Lool Open House ham Elementary School is FREE and includes TWO full days... & Thursdays, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Social Development - Library - Math - Art - Recess - Phy Ed - Language - Snack - Breakfast Lunch - And Much More! Children who are four years old by Sept. 1, 2002 can attend. Transportation may be auailable in your area. Miss Kelly Pearson - Teacher I Come see what toe haoe to ofler your child! 320-5 118 information a visitor needs to answer the question: is there government money for me". The site also features a grant writing tutorial. "We don't want people to have misconception about federal grants though," Liraz adds. "The Dollar amounts of grants and the time it takes to receive the money vary. Applying for and receiving grants is not an easy process - it takes time. However, the scope of resources available is amaz- ing." is a privately owned small business informational firm. maintains The Small business Knowledge Base Website (, and is the publisher of the Managing a Small Business CD-ROM and various addi- tional information products geared towards entrepreneurs and small busi- ness owners N.A.I.W. offers scholarships The Mdbank Area bi.A.I,W, Professionals are excepting applications for a scholarship from area high school students within the Milbank and Ortonville school distrit;ts. This non profit organization will offer the scholarship to a deserving student pursuing a four- year Business Degree. Those interested in receiving an application should visit their local guidance counselor. Cai Nygaard at MHS and Tim Marthaler at OHS. Any additional questions can be directed to either of the following N.A.I.W. members Deb Trevett 432- 4118 or Nancy DaWaid 839-39(,.)2. Application forms must be completed and returned by April 3, 2002. N.A.I.W. is dedicated to the professional development of its members through educational" programs and networking opportunities Open to insurance professionals in all areas of the industry, N.A.I.W.'s diverse membership provides mentors, role models and information that insurance professionals need to succeed and the motivation and support to help accomplish career goals. JCPenney Catalog and SHO l:! March 14-25, 2002 it'sallinside:-. Take % f regular-priced* apparel, shoes and accessories, bedding, bath, window coverings and luggage. Offer good on our JCPenney Big Book" SPnng/Summer 2002, Big & Tall Men, Women's Plus, Fashion Influences, Workwear and Maternity catalogs or online at Call 1.800.222.6161  Order online at ar as for code MRSPREE or MRSPREE in te Ixomotiol box duringand erercheckout ar, aoes not al:)t: to the following catalog or inttn purchases: JCPenney Outtel Catalog, "JCPenney Presents" catalol and web sites. Gift Registry, Value Right, Of "in combo" Otu::eS, fumrture. /ewelry, baby furniture and beddir baby wtled goods and aCC, Clarks=, Easy Slr, Hanes', *, Lew's*teans, Nil(e = MAX AIR, , fraglances, Retail and Online Oqtet Store, G Cacates. seevices, prme porctkases or in comb/nation with any olhe Imod March 14-25, 2002. YOUr order delivered to yvur home or "'- y'lP-Denne'" ,., t , g00a'a'o- Catalog Service Center. Ortonville, MN 839-6191 Century farms again at State Fair The Minnesota State Fair's Century Farm program will once again honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 100 years. The Century Farm program recognizes family farms according to the following qualifications: 1 ) the farm must be at least 100 years old according to authentic land records; 2) the farm must have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required) and 3) the farm must be at 50 acres. The program has been conducted for 26 years, and since its inception, a total of 7,621 farms have been designated Century Farms. A commemorative certihcate signed by the president of the State Fair and Governor Jesse Ventura will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Century Farm recognition. Information on all Century Farm families will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2002 State Fair, Aug. 22 through Labor Day, Sept. 2. Applications are available bY writing Century Farms, Minnesota State Fair, 1265 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55108, e-mailing; or calling (651) 642-2304 after April 15. Applications are also avadable at statewide county extension offices and Minnesota Farm Bureau offices. Deadline for application is July 1. Previously recognized families should not reapply. Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Gene Hofmann last Wednesday. There were no .squares in attendance with guests from Boyd. Jim Jirak from Breckenridge will call on Wednes, day, March 20. On lunch committee are DeLoris Whitehead and Daryl and Arlene Stengel. Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the High School lunchroom. Use the Northeast door, visitors are always welcome. I I Bellingham School Pride The Richard Maatz family We feel fortunate to have had our chil- dren in the PIES system. They have had the opportunity to parhcipate in the piano, band, Sl:x)rt and student council parts of school. From the individual success of piano recitals to the group success of band. cheerleading and basketball, BES has been a Ix)sitive influence on them, We feel safe having our children attend BES from the caring bus drivers to the breakfast crew to the smiling teachers. BES student's math and reading .ores have been above state averages. They have access to a great computer program, which will become more important as time goes on, and is also a great source for us. If, as a parent, you want a voice in the system, BES has listened and tried to accom- modate. If you have the time or the need. BES is happy to have volunteers, Jacob will start school this fall and we are sure it will be a great experience. Thank you to the staff and t'x;ard of BES. Come visit our school and see what we have to offer for your children/child. For tour, call 568-2118. I Ottertail presents service awards Ottertail Power Company presented its Service Awards in January to Keith Kelly, Fuel Supervisor, Big Stone Plant for 10 years of service and in February awarded Mark Hintz, Power Plant Technician !, Big Stone Plant, for 15 years of Service. TheOrtonville Independent has a new email address! mail@ ortonvillelndependent .COrn No one COV6TS Minnesota better. It's comforting to know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been providing quality health care plans for nearly 70 years. With the variety of plans for individuals, groups and plans that work with Medicare, we've got you covered. Give me a call for more information. John Stolpman Orton file Bellingham 320-839-6194 320-568-2101 BiueCross BlueShield of Minnesota C "Because we care" enBank 113 NW 1st Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-6123 * 1-800-335-8920 Fax 320-839-6127 Memb FDIC 24-hour banking 1-877-56g-2265