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Talking the other day with farmer friend Art Lee brought back some fond memories of friend Vince Stegner. We remarked to Art that we were worried if the farmers were going to get into the fields this year with so much snow yet to leave, which will no doubt be followed by flooding. "Never worry, Jim, I've been farming for 50 years and we always get a crop in...just trust in the guy upstairs!" If we've heard Vince Stegner utter the same thought once, he's said it every year we've known Vince. "Never fear, Jim, we always get a crop in!" Talk about having faith...our farm friends top the list! First, they have to pray they get their crop in, then pray they will have a crop, then pray they'll get it harvest- ed, then finally pray they will get a decent price! Indeed, thank God for the farmer! :€**** We're happy to repor| that soon we will have Hobo Soup back on the mar- ket...thanks to Faribauit Foods, headed by owner Reid McDonald, and his Exec. Vice President Jim Nelson. The formula will be slightly different, but hopefully close to what everyone has said they have liked. ***:g* Three cheers for our Golden Gophers cagers as they have been picked for entry into this year's NCAA "March Madness" thanks mainly to their defense! Their loss to Ohio State in the Big 10 tourney for the championship was more lop- sided than it should have been. The Gophers had far too many turnovers, were cold and Coach Tubby Smith we feel did too much substituting (total of 17)...and Ohio State was HOT. If they plan to move ahead in the NCAA, we feel Tubby has,to concentrate on playing the boys that seem to sync the best. For sure, he needs to leave Iverson in more and as we"re said before work on getting Harfarber open more...as he's the hottest three point shooter in the nation ! Go Gophers ! ! !! Anyone missing a black lab? This from Gary Mark, who lives on a farmsite North of Bellingham. "I was won- dering if anyone had contact- ed you about a missing female black lab. She showed up sometime before 9 p.m. on Friday night. She's quite large for a Female Lab, super friendly, with a very happy demeanor, she's an older dog, who seems to have stiffness in her rear legs. Trying to help her find her family. The number here is 320-568-2258 should anyone contact you." ***** Don't ever question the authority of the Farmers Almanac! Listen to this: Before the month of March this year had started, friend Gerald Longhenry told us "according to the Almanac, we are to get 50 inches of snow this month of March!" Believe it or not, he was only about 10 degrees off on the thermometer. Had the temps been in the high 20's, the rainfall we've had to date would have already totalled about 25 inches. Hey...and March is not over yet! Let's pray the temps stay where they've been the past few weeks. Don't ever doubt Gerald Longhenry!! PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL PORTRAITS Ever listen to our friend and favorite metro sports personality Sid Hartman? He sure would be lost if he couldn't use his most popular phrases .... namely "tell you what," and "we'll have to wait and see!" How he keeps performing at his age is, indeed, remarkable! And his son Chad is following right in his dad's footsteps with his work on WCCO! Then, of course, there is our favorite, ever-reliable and hard-work, ing Ortonville's own Bruce Hagevik with the news! Keep it going fellas! ***** What a shame it is thatthe newest richest man in the world is Mexico's Carlos Slim...worth $53.5 billion. The shame is that the majority of his fellow countrymen...50 out of 107 million...live in poverty,, making an average of only three dollars PER DAY. America has the most billion- aires...403. Bill Gates holding the No. 2 spot and Warren Buffe(No. 3. HUMOR FROM THE CLASSROOM (and other places I've hung out over the years) And other places I've hung out over the years By Aria Janssen • My pastor-father had quite a sense of humor. He always warned us chil- dren, however, to laugh with people, not at them. So, his favorite was to joke about fathers, pastors, and Germans; he was all three. Most of dad's humor was expressed in German, his native tongue. Idol however, remember a few bits that can be told in English about Odessa. He said he one time told Happy Steffen at his garage, "When you make out the bill, remember that I'm just a poor preacher," to which he claimed Happy replied, "I know, Reverend; I heard you last Sunday." Dad said, too, that he asked Len Kollitz to drive him in his new Model A to Montevideo, where he was asked to preach at a mission festival. Len said he would, for half of what Dad would get for preaching. (Len wasn't a Lutheran, so he didn't know what preachers were usually paid.) Dad wholeheartedly agreed, so they went. Up'on their return, Len Kollitz asked, "So, what did they give you, Reverend?" The reply came back, "'They gave me 1,000 thanks, Leonard; you get 500." He also told of how a German immigrant walked into Edquist's Hotel Coffee Shop and said, "Wie Geht's? (How goes it?)" 'Wie geht's,' to the girl sounded like 'wheat cakes', so she called back to the kitchen, "One stack!" When the German tried to correct her by saying, "No! No !" he of course said it in German, "Nein! Nein!" Hearing what sounded like a number, the girl called tb the kitchen, "Stack and a half!" Signed copies of Arlo Janssen's book about growing up in Odessa are available at Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville ($20) or by writing to him at PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ 85602 ($24). Arlo's new e-mail address: arlo._ianssen @ gmail.com Auto show set in Milbank Full Throttle Cruisers is hosting an Indoor Auto Show on Sunday, March 28 at the Milbank Armory from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All wheels are wel- come-if it has wheels we'd love to display it. We will have cars, trucks, motorcycles, golf carts, etc. Pre-reg- istration is required as space is limit- ed. Full Throttle Cruisers is a group of auto enthusiasts that get together once a month to share their interests in vehicles-all makes, all models. The group is a registered non-profit orga- nization. One of its'main objectives is to give back to the communities. That is in part why this auto show is being organized. It will serve as the first fundraiser of 2010 to raise funds for scholarship funds, which will give monies to local high school seniors who are furthering their education in the automotive field. Representatives from Lake Area Tech and Minnesota West-Granite Falls will be at the show to speak to students and parents. There will be a $3 admission fee for anyone over the age of 12. Those under age 12 will be free when accompanied by an adult. Concessions will be available from Northern Lights 4-H Club. Fore more information or to regis- ter a vehicle, please contact Christine or Darwin Knaus at 605-432-6728 or knaus08 @hotmail.com. 11111 conducting development! screenin fc ......... school, [ with Su Friday, March 19 I Oam- Ipm and 2pm-5:30pm Saturday, March 20 9am-3:00pm Package contains: 16 • Exchange Wallets 16 ° Regular Wallets Notices sent from Local Board of Appeal, Equalization Local Board of Appeal and Equal- ization notices will be sent out on March 19, according to Big Stone County Assessor Sandy Vold. The no- tices are for the 2010 assessment for taxes pay.able in 2011. If you have questions about your notice(s) you must contact the County Assessor's of- rice at (320) 839-6360 to schedule an appointment for the equalization meet- ing. The following is the local board of appeal and equalization informatioh from the County Assessor's office: The notices are for the 2010 assess- ment for taxes to be paid in 2011. DO NOT CONFUSE THIS NOTICE WITH YOUR TAX STATEMENTS WHICH ARE FOR THE 2009 AS- SESSMENT FOR TAXES PAYABLE IN 2010. The sales ratio period for the 2010 assessment are sales of real estate that took place between October 1,2008 to September 30, 2009. Every taxable parcel in the county will receive a notice. There will betwo years of informa- tion on the card. Appointments need to be made be- fore attending the Local Board of Ap- peal and Equalization meetings. If your property needs to be inspected by the assessor, we would like to have this done prior to the meeting so that if a change needs to be made, it can be done that day. If you are appealing your value and have denied the Asses- sor entrance into your property, no change will be made to your valuation until it is physically inspected. It is important that you call the of- rice and discuss any questions you have. Many of the questions can be an- swered prior to the equalization meet- ings and also you will be more informed before attending the meeting. On the back of your notice the en- tire appeal process is listed. If you attend your local meeting and are not satisfied with the outcome, you then may attend the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting. Only taxpayers with appointments will be heard at the County level. If your jurisdiction holds an open book meet- ing, an appointment is still required for the County meeting. Some of the 2010 assessment changes are: Tillable value increased an average of 15 percent countywide. For equal- ization purposes, the increases range from 14 percent to 25 percent. Toqua Township will see the largest increase due to the fact that they had six sales in their township with a median sales ratio of 77.2 percent. State statute re- quires our office to assess properties from 90 percent to 105 percent of the median sale price. The sale price range from lowest to highest for the sales period from Octo- ber 2008 to September 30, 2009 was $2,071 to $4,196 per tillable acr.e. The average proposed estimated market value for the 2010 assessment is $2,773 as compared to $2,374 for the 2009 assessment. There were 24 agricultural sales in Big Stone County for the sales period of October 2008 to September 30, 2009. This is the largest number of ag sales we have seen in Big Stone County. Residential" and seasonal lroperty' owners will not see a blanket increase on their properties. For equalization purposes some may see increases in their values to bring their property val- ues in line with other similar proper- ties. Overall, this sales ratio period pro- duced the lowest number of residential and seasonal sales that our office staff has worked with in many years. Even though our sales were less than in the past, our overall sales ratio remained steady at 93.8 percent. A note for prop- erty owners to remember is that the as- sessment process is based on past sales. When sale prices increase or decrease, it will take a year before your assess- ment reflects that change. Big Stone County taxpayers should be aware that 78 percent of the total estimated market value in Our County, which is in excess of $968,000,000, comes from agricul- tural properties. The balance, 22 per- cent, is a mixture of residential, seasonal, commercial and industrial, apartments and any other miscella- neous property types. Remember that even though esti- mated market values increase, it does not mean your property tax will also in- crease. Valuation is only the first step in the process. The State Legislature and .local tax levies by schools, the county and local taxing district are also part of the process. Please call the County Assessor's office with any questions at (3.20) 839-6360. Below is a listing meeting dates and times for Big Stone County jurisdic- tions: • Akron TwpMonday, April 5- 2:30 p.m Akron Town Hall. Correll • Almond Twp-Monday, April 5 - 9:00 a.m. Memorial Bldg, Clinton• • Artichoke Twp-Monday, April 5- 1:30 p.m. Akron Town Hall, Carrel • Big Stone Twp-Thursday,April 1- 2:30 p.m. Commissioner's Room, Courthouse • Browns. Valley Twp-Thursday, April 1-10:30 a.m. Conf. Room Buf- falo Ridge 13ank, Beardsley • • Foster Twp-Thursday, April 1- 9:00 a.m. Foster Town Hall • Odessa Twp-Thursday, April 1 3:30 p.m. Commissioner's Room, Courthouse • Otrey Twp-Monday April 5- 10:30 a.m. Otrey Town Hall • Prior Twp-Thursday, April 11:00 p.m. Prior Town Hall Townships of Graceville, Malta, Moonshine, Ortonville and Toqua, as well as the Cities of Barry, Beardsley, Clinton, Correll, Graceville, Johnson and Odessa hold Open Book Meetings at the County Assessor's Office, Court- house Tuesday, April 6, 2010 and Wednesday, April 7, 2010 8:00 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. each day. Big Stone Area Food Shelf March campaign continues Are you wondering what would be best to donate to the food shelf for the March Food Drive? Have you considered giving a cash donation? • It's sometimes easier to write a check than to remember to bring your non-perishables to the donation box. • It's a lot lighter and easier for you or your children to handle. Cash is much easier to transport to the food shelf than cans and boxes of food. • Cash donations may be used to purchase food from the Second Har- vest Heartland Food Bank for only 12- 17 cents per pound. We purchased a CASE (10 boxes) of Wheat Chex ce- real for $1.44 - that's only 14 cents a box; 5 pound block of American Cheese Singles for 62 cents; 40 pounds of retail pork for $4.80 - that's 12 cents a pound! • Cash donations allow the food shelf to buy perishable/non-perishable items from the local grocery stores. • Cash donations are stretched be- cause the food shelf can purchase bulk, the more we purchase, the lower the price. • Cash doesn't dent, spoil, or expire. We hope to make this 2010 drive successful by meeting or exceeding our 10,000 lbs/dollar goal...counting this weeks donation, we're almost half way there! Your cash donation is even more valuable when it is made in March, be- cause of the additional cash allocation we receive from Minnesota Food Share by our participation in the State-wide drive. Each dollar donated is reported as a pound of food. Your monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Big Stone County Family Services, 340 N.W. 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278 (they handle our financial records and bank- ing) - Please make checks out to the Food Shelf. Food donations can be dropped off at the food shelf or RSVP Volunteers United Office Monday through Friday...please call ahead to make sure there's someone there...839-2111. Thank you to all who have made your donation, it is greatly appreciated! We still have time to meet our goal... the March campaign doesn't end until April 2nd. For anyone that could benefit from using the food shelf, it's open Mon- day's 1-4 p.m. and Thursday's 9 a.m. to Noon. If you have questions please call Karin Mack at the RSVP Volun- teers United Office at (320) 839-2111. Sp Indoor show at the I ring RV Show Wlllmar Civic Center New & Used March 19, 20 8 21 Free Admission 5h Wheels & Travel Trailers *::" Friday, March 19 Excel .......  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