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It just doesn:t get any better...watching a well-played high school basketball game. To be sure, it was all of that in the Region 5A Championship game last Saturday which had our Trojans winning over Hillcrest. We&apos;re so proud of all you Trojans... players, cheerleaders and coaching staff. AND FANS...YOU WERE GREAT IN YOUR SUP- we know you'll be this Tuesday and hopefully Friday and Saturday as we enter the state tour- ney for the fifth time in school histo- ry! Best of or lose, we're behind you all the way! ***** We have a bit of a red face today. Recently, we pub- lished a photo of "Mr. Walleye" the late Gerhardt Block, with a nice string of fish caught in Big Stone Lake. We identified the fish as crappies...whereas they are actually bluegills! Thanks to good friend and reader Jeff Lantis, and he'. should certainly know, as he's one of our area's top anglers. An e-mail today from reader Roger Martinson of Georgia. "My renewing subscriptions won't be news.The masters golf is coming. If anyone is coming this way I live half way between Atlanta and Augusta a few minutes off I20. I belong to a great golf club and it is "situated min- utes (that's five or less) from five other champion golf courses. Its just a stone's throw from the new Ritz- Carleton complex that has been in the news of late. My practice is that visitors are on my tab the first time they play my course. And I can arrange for play at the other courses. The only living soul to stop here dur- ing the masters was Bert Swenson some years back and he didn't have Big Stone Area Growth Economic Update The Big Stone Area Growth (BSAG) Board of Directors would like to extend its gratitude and special thanks to Larry and Elaine Cartwright. They have just donated four acres of land north of Monarch Heights to BSAG, which is a 501-c3 tax exempt, fully charitable not-for-profit corporation. The land has numerous potential uses and benefits to the community. This donation will help start the BSAG community building division. BSAG would also like to thank the, Ortonville Development and Corp. Board of Directors (Burt Nypen, Terry Gere, Dallas Hanson, Gary Swenson, John Jurgens, Blair Johnson, Scott Maas, Lavelle Berkner, Dave McLaughlin, Larry Cartwright which has both a not-for -profit, and a for profit corporation. They were ihstrumental in providing funds for the Water Monitor, Inc municipal util]13est in Ortonville, and some of the IMa,ard members helped facilitate the translL',r of the Cartwright land to BSAG. Lets make Big Stone County an even better place to live, learn, work and play. John Cunningham the president of BSAG recently stated." if we can get people working together we can accomplish anything." The board encourages you to share your time, your assets, and your ideas with them. Board of Directors: John Cunningham, Terry Gere, Burr Nypen, Rusty Dimberg, Dave Torgerson, Mel Domine, and Jim McKinney. Executive Director Roge'r Bird and Legal support Bob Pflueger. Letters to the editor I Letter to the Editor The Red River is too small for creating the broad Red River Valley. While the Red River at Fargo has only flow volume of the Minnesota River at Mankato in a 2 mile wide valley, the Red River Valley at Fargo is 40 miles wide. The Red River Valley was formed by sinking down (subsiding) breaking bedrock from glacial weight, which resulted in more glacial erosion. But an old buried river is traced from Saskatchewan, Canada to south of Winnipeg, to Clinton, Appleton and eastward to Minneapolis. At Grand Forks, ND, the buried Old River channel is at too low elevation to have flowed either southward or northward to the Arctic Ocean. Ceation of the Red River Valley originated with formation of layers 15 to 25 miles below earth's surface a long time ago. (Matthew's, 1986) When Williston Basin sunk down (subsided) material including water, silicate melt, helium and radon moved up slope between layers southward and eastward. (Mysen, 1988) More than 30 testholes have been drilled in a futile attempt to find a uranium source for radon at the Red River Valley. But radon was concentrated by accumulating while migrating up-slope between the layers <15 miles below earth surface. Reduced pressure from gas escaping at the Red River location resulted in greater pressure from the West forcing bedrock upward at the Red River Valley. This material <15 miles below earth surface was moved southward from pressure of glacial weight. Bedrock <50 feet above normal exists at Clinton, Ortonville, at many Richland County, ND locations, and is exposed at small areas near Traverse County Park. Breaking bedrock from varianons in subsidence at the Red River Valley resulted in a great percentage of shale in glacial deposits of gravel at Big Stone County. Wesley Olson Box 142 Clinton, MN 56225 ph 325-5565 Scenic Byway seeks national status under federal program Minnesota River Valley's Scenic preserve special places and attributes Byway may soon have a feather of along the byway. national status'to add to its hat. This * Partnerships- The byway's circle byway has submitted an application of friends will increase dramatically time to play my course. Well, I will for National Byway Status under the on the national level. Additional be renewing as soon as I can call m menca's B was ............................. F,ee, ral Highways Adminisation's assistance fr 9 A "' y ,ys reaoyour paper over ana over yours w m me stron ....... : , ing this goal for several years and nation ill certa" lybuildso g ns me omy newspaper mat I nave m have been working on the extensive partnerships. my home on a regular basis so it gets application for quite some time. The * Pride- With additional attention a placed beneath the dog's bowls. I get to read above the fold for a few days and then below and the rest of it is iffy because Bubba my springer spaniel is a messy eater. Give my regards to all." Thanks to reader Don Prior of Ortonville, we have learned the identity of the "unknown" folks pictured in last week's issue, a photo that someone had found and brought into our office hop- ing that someone would claim it. Don says it is a photo of the Bill Arten fami- ly, relatives of Don...his aunt and uncle and family. Many often ask us how we keep so active at our age(of nearly 72)...and our answer is we just keep going with no thoughts of retirement. A man we really marvel at is our col- league of many years, Sid Hartman of the metro area. It's unbelievable how he stays so nearly 85 years of age. Really amazing! Another man we admire so much for his work habits is our friend of many years and Ortonville native, Bruce Hagevik of WCCO radio news. We worked for that station in the same news room for several months back in 1955 and again in we know the pace Bruce must maintain. It's even worse today, so we learned in talking with Bruce just the other day. "You walk into the news room today," he says, "and it's like walking into the center of a hurricane!" A small worlder today from former resident and reader Doug Orton: "Hi Kaerchers. Last Saturday when attending church at Point Washington, FL, the minister asked any new attendees to stand up and introduce themselves. Lo and behold former Governor AI Quie stood up and announced that he and his wife Gretchen of Minnetonka, were visiting. We were so pleasantly sur- prised as the Quie family had been farm neighbors of my wife, Doris. After church Doris had a brief visit with them to renew their acquain- tance. It's a small world, after all!" S$t8 CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS application was recently submitted and a decision will be made by early this summer. If selected, the byway will benefit in four primary ways: * Promotion- The byway will become part of a distinct group of roadways. It will be promoted as part hightened awareness among local res- idents, businesses and organizations will be evident along the byway. The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway is excited about these new opportunities ind will anxiously wait for &election results from the Secretary of Transportation later this year. of the America's Byways collection If you are interested in the byway by the America's Byways Resource and would like more information, Center with support from FHWA. . please see the website at * Preservation- The designation or call 1- provides an increased opportunity to 800-473-3404. I,  Serving N.E. South Dakota and Western Minnesota for 16 years Seeing patients weekly at the Ortonville Hospital. Call Lori Larson at 320-839-2502 for an appointment. (605) 882-2630 or 1-800-658-4763 Mallard Pointe Business Park Watertown, SP D&L Photo Advantix 1-Hour Photo Processing Lab o ,, ,, o;.,.,_ruc=So,,, Same Day - Next Day - 307 Main St., Milbank Same Price 432-5222 Across from Pizza Ranch 99 p (25 exp) (without panoramics) Copy Prints Now Available! No negative needed. We can make any size photo from your photo. We can also make photos from your digital cameras, CDs and floppy discs. Cunningham Will Serve Counties; Kl,ols, Olson in Regional, County Positions Named Earlier this year it was announced by the University of Minnesota Extension Service that there would be changes implemented in the Extension Service, due to budget con- cerns. Federal funding for these programs has not increased, and to deal with declining funding, the Extension Service announced restructuring of the staff. Currently in Big Stone County, there are three Extension Educators, including John Cunningham, Jean Kvols and Carrie Olson. These three people will continue to be involved in the various programs, but will have different assignments under the new plan. Under the restructuring plan, the University eliminated 43 extension educators, and of these 43 positions, 23 were through retirements and attri- tion and 20 were laid off, according to a university report. John Cunningham has been named County Extension Director for Big Stone and Stevens Counties. Boys tourney ticket info, Trojan fan bus scheduled Tickets went on sale Sunday at OHS for the Trojans' first state tourney game with Red Lake this Tuesday, March 19. starting at 7 p.m. at Concordia College. Moorhead. If the team is victorious Tuesday, they then play in the semi-finals this Friday, March 22, starting at 3 p.m. in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. If they are winners Friday, they then play for the championship on Saturday, again at the Xcel Center. If they lose Friday, they play for consolation honors on Saturday at the Roy Wilkens Arena, 175 West Kellogg, St. Paul. A fan bus is scheduled for the Concordia game, seats selling for $12. Game tickets for Concordia are $6 for adults, $4 for students. J Jean Kvols has been named a Regional Extension Educator in Family Development, along with Kari Beran, Sara Croymans and Angela Berge in the West Central District. Carrie Olson is one of six Regional Extension Educators in Youth Development, along with Eric Vogel, Donna Geiser, Jamie Heise, Marie Lee-Rude and Trisha Sheehan. According to the State Office, Extension is committed to maintain- ing and building a strong 4-H pro- gram across the state. The West Central District serves the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Otter Tail, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine counties. Other West Central District County Extension Directors include: Lori Anderson for Douglas and Pope Counties; Kim Asche for Kandiyohi and Renville counties; Tamie Bremseth for Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties; Steve Handegaard for Wilkin and Otter Tail counties; and Melissa Persmg tor Grant and Traverse Counties. Milan Drewlow, who has been a Traverse County educator, has been named one of three Regional Extension Educators in Natural Resources with Amy Cunnin there will the counties, new positions County meeting the University 1. (No 2. 3. Over Replacement Lon AS LOW AS GM 350 ................ S922 FORD GM 262 ............. $1,'189 FORD 351.1 Prices Are Exchange With Reb 36 Month, 100,000 Low monly payments to quafified buyers/ Sturdevant Auto 648 SE 2nd Street MN 56278 C'RTONVILLE HAS Quality, Affo Housing For CALL AN APPOINT These homes are located just east of the Ortonville library. The. I two have two roo111 All the houses have been completely renovated with updated plumbing, heating ,:  Is. Children a d pets welcOme This quaint house gets its name from the creative floral design on the exterior. It is a two bedroom home with beautiful ceramic tile flooring, nice woodwork, white walls and lots of windows to let in the sunlight, a Vermont fireplace and off-street parking. Ready soon! Flower house is located haft a block off main Ortonville Property "Look for the lighthouse symbolizing safe, clean, Ortonville, MN Jim Larson 61 Page 2  INDEPENDENT