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Survivors Stories in new Book .......... "Miracle on the Hudson"- One Year Ago - New L o ve Story Co vered by Media Reprinted from the Northern Star By Lois Torgerson, editor The book, "Miracle on the Hudson" was released recently, and is a collabo- ration of comments-and the story of 81 of the 155 people who were involved in Flight 1549, which occurred on Jan. 15, 2009. Graceville native Laura Zych was one of the 81 interviewed for the book, which was written by William Prochnau and Laura Parker, who write collaborative articles for Vanity Fair. The story of the Miracle on the Hudson was featured recently on TLC. It was narrated by Harrison Ford with Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, giving details and recollections of that day's events. As you recall, Flight 1549 took off from New York on Jan. 15, 2009, en- route to Charlotte, NC, when a large flock of birds hit the plane, taking out the engines, and the pilot and co-pilot landed the plane and its 155 people on the very cold Hudson River. Luckily, all survived, after being rescued by fer- ries in the area-with very few injuries. However, that's not the entire story, as the people on that plane have be- come friends and hold reunions-and for Laura and one passenger, Ben Bostic-it resulted in a love story! They recently enjoyed a Caribbean cruise-compli- ments of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, on which Ben appeared. Laura and Ben's story has been called another "Miracle on the Hud- son" and they have been on numerous television shows, as well as inter- viewed for publications, including Peo- ple magazine. Their story has been told on CBS's The Early Show, as well as "60 Min- utes", New Yorker magazine, and throughout the internet's many news outlets. Bostic and Zych were on separate rescue boats, and didn't formally meet until "60 Minutes" arranged a tearful reunion with many of the passengers, along with Sullenberger and the crew, in Charlotto, NC last February. In July one of the passengers hosted a reunion in her home" outside Charlotte, and Laura attended and during that time, she and Bostic spent time together, and the relationship began. She stated the Flight 1549 Gang, whose stories are included in the book, have become very tight knit, with Laura saying, "You can't be around this group of people and not feel good." They scheduled a reunion in New York last month. ':!iiiiii!iii"i;002i00iii00iNi!!iii!ii00ilil;iiiii00i00ili:0000ii0000iSL2ii'00:'iiiiii00 00iiiiiiii0000'"0000 Minnesota farm groups join call to bust up Big Ag Minnesota farmers are joining the voices of complaint as federal offi- cials hold hearings about how much control a few corporations have over the nation's food supply. The govern- ment is pledging to begin a new era of antitrust enforcement, seeking to bal- ance agricultural power among com- panies, farmers and consumers. Doug Peterson, executive director of the Minnesota Farmers Union, says the monopolistic system is hurting the Minnesota consumer and the rural farmer. "In this country, tremendous amounts of big-box stores and dwin- dling competition for the consumer dollar ... The net effect is you end up, as a consumer, actually going to be paying more; there's no competitio out there, and in farming, it's even worse." Peterson says the livestock, pork and poultry industry is dominated'by a few packers in each category, which is making it nearly impossible for the Minnesota farmer to thrive. He hopes the attention by the Justice Department will spur policy moves in Washington. Peterson says this is really about the survival of rural America, as we've seen a decline in the number of farm- ers and ranchers in Minnesota. "Take a look at the number of farmers that we have; we're dwin- dling. Take the number of choices consumers have; that's dwindling.. Bottom line, you're going to pay more money for everything." Four workshops on the topic are going tO be held in the next couple of months. The first three will focus on poultry, dairy and the livestock indus- tries. The last will address "margins" and look at the discrepancy between the prices received by farmers and the prices paid by consumers. They call their gatherings "celebrate life" nights and according to the New York magazine, "Laura and Ben have adopted the habit of dancing to their fa- vorite music every night"-we do that as part of our decompressing and loving life-just so that your day ends on a good note." There are many articles and stories about the "Miracle", as well as about Laura and Ben on the Internet, which are so interesting. We thank Laura for sharing her story with the people 'at home'. Our daughters, Denise and Janine, have been involved with Laura through Facebook-and through them I received one of the new books Laura signed my book, with the fol- lowing message, that I'm sure she wouldn't mind me sharing with you: "Lois-Thank you for the wonderful article you wrote for "The Northern Star" after our amazing landing last January. Life is filled with so many miracles. Sometimes it takes a subtle reminder to realize how incredible life can be if we learn to live in the mo- ment. I hope you enjoy the book! All .my best, Laura Zych, US Airways Flight 1549, Seat 17D". Defensive driving courses to be held at Lakeside Minnwest Bank Prime Timers and the Big Stone Housing and Redevelopment Authority, will host the four hour AARP Defensive Driving course on Thursday evening, May 6 from 6-10 p.m. at the High Rise Community Room, Lakeside Apartments, 301 1st St NW, Ortonville. This class is for those who have previously taken the eight hour course, and need to renew their cer- tificate to continue receiving a dis- count on their car insurance. This cer- tificate must be renewed every three years to remain eligible for the dis- count. Pre-regi'stration for this class is a must. To do so, please call Mihnwest Bank and ask for Ethel at (320) 839- 2568 by Tuesday, May 4at 4:30 p.m. The eight hour Defensive Driving course will be offered at the High Rise Community Room, Lakeside Apartments, 301 1st St N W, Ortonville on Monday, April 19 and Thursday, April 22, from 6-10 p.m. both evenings. To register for this class, and for more information, please call Ethel at Minnwest Bank (320)839-2568. (ADVx4) Author Barbara Coloroso to be guest speaker in Marshall Barbara Color'oso is an internation- ally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, non-violent conflict resolu- tion and reconciliatory justice. Barbara has served as a classroom teacher, a laboratory school instructor, and a uni- versity instructor. She is the author of five international bestsellers. Learn more about her at http://kidsarewor- Her books include: Kids are Worth It! (giving your child the gift of inner discipline): Parenting Through Crisis (helping kids in times of loss, grief and change); The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander (from preschool to high school, how parents and teachers can help break the cycle of violence); Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right (helping kids to think and act ethically); and Parenting Wit & Wis- dom from Barbara Coloroso (high-' lights from her internationally bestselling books, Kids are Worth It! and Parenting Through Crisis). She will be speaking to parents on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, from 7-9 p.m. at the Schwan Center for the Per- forming Arts at Marshall High School, 400 Tiger Drive (just off Hwy. 23 N across from Southwest MN State Uni- versity Campus) in Marshall, The focus will be on "Kids Are Worth It!" Afternoon sessions for stu- dents are also being planned for that day. The student presentations will focus on "The Bully, The Bullied, and the Bystander" Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Ouad SLT 4x4 Crew SLT 4x4 Crew SLT 4x4 Regular SLT DRW 4x4 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega SLT 4x4 E. l'lwy. 212 WATERTOWN, SD 57201 605-886-5844 Accessories:on all NEW Ford Ends 10131109 2010 Ford F-150 2010 Ford F-150 2010 Ford F-150 2010 Ford F-250 2010 Ford F-250 Regular XL 4x4 Scab XLT 4x4 Crew FX4 4x4 Regular XL 4x4 Crew XLT 4x4 Obituaries Herman Vangsness. Mass of Chr.istian Burial for Herman Vangsness was held March 11, 2010 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville. Herman (Junior) was born on Nov. 10, 1928 in Ortonville to parents Peter and Hazel (Davis) Vangsness. He grew up in Ortonville and attended school in the area. In 1946, Herman enlisted as a Merchant Marine and spent time in Philippines and Washington State. After a short courtship, Herman and Helen Larkin were married at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville on Feb. 14, 1950. They were blessed with eight children; William, Susan, Nancy, Karen, Debra, Joan, Gail and Steven. Herman and Helen raised their family in homes they took great pride in building. Herman spent many years as a cabinet maker, and carpenter; a profession he truly enjoyed. Together, in 1968 Herman and Helen opened the V-Store in Graceville and operated it until 1979. For 30 years, Herman was employed by the Beaulieu and Larson funeral homes. Herman's lap v/as never empty. He loved rocking his children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. If grandchildren were not present Herman could be found entertaining one of his many beloved dogs they had throughout the years. Herman could often be found attending local auction sales and sharing his treasures with family. Herman passed away at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo, ND on Sunday, March 7, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Helen and his parents, Peter and Helen. He was also preceded by a brother, Donald Vangsness, and sisters Helen Schake and Marlys Sherod. He is survived by his eight children; Bill (Diane) Vangsness and Carey Bissett The Zahrbock funeral home of Madison announces the death of 26 year old Carey Bissett of Madison, who passed away on Sunday, March 14, near Madison, as the restilt of an auto accident. Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 19 at 2 p.m. in Faith Lutheran Church in Madison. Rev. Kirk Meseck will officiate with private burial services later this spring. Visitation will be Thursday afternoon until 5 p.m. at the Zahrbock funeral home. Visitation will continue after 6 p.m. in Faith Lutheran Church with a Public Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Thursday evening. Carey Bissett is survived by his mother Tamara Bissett of Madison, sister Christina (Mrs. Gerald Beckstrom) of Fossten, brother Chad Bissett of Madison. In lieu of flowers the family wishes Memorials to the doners choice. Mn/DOT to install gates, signals near Morris Motorists traveling on Highway 28 west of Morris may encounter = minor delays on Wednesday, March 17, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The .... road will be reduced to one lane .... .... where the railroad tracks intersect Highway 28 approximately one mile west of Morris. Minnesota Department of Transportation flaggers will guide traffic through the railroad crossing while a Burlington Northern Santa Fe crew installs new signals and gates. Mn/DOT is adding signals and gates to improve safety at the crossing. Mn/DOT promotes the safe and efficient movement of freight by rail, on waterways and by motor carriers on highways, through the management of investment programs, administration of construction projects, ensuring regulatory compliance and development of policies and plans for freight system improvement. Find out more at United States" Census 2010 Milbank South Dakota i. Hwy. 12 sa= aubba 605-949-9044 Pas: Jesse 605-520-4956 605-432-9111 s,= Eric6os-.9-mo Steve (Lynn) Vangsness, Susan (Phil) Broussard, Nancy (Rick) Malay, Karen (Keith) Stroman, Deb (Dave) Amrnerman, Joan (Chuck) Homan, Gail (Royce) Wellendorf. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren Mike (Melissa), Kelly (Jerry),' Jane (Tom), Gretchen (Roee), Noah (Michelle), Rhiannon, Jordan (Maria), Zachary, Brett (Katie), Joey, Charlie, Alexis (Dustin), Brooke, Casey (Jenny), Chantal, Lance, Travis, Troy, Ashley, Amanda, Brittany, and nin_e great-grandchildren, Hunter, Aurora, Mason, Alex, Larkin, Bennett, Mason, Noa and Brynn. Also surviving Herman are his brother, Bud (Dorothy) Vangsness, brothers-in-law Jack Montonye, Wilbur (Mary Lou) Sherod, sister-in- law Lucille Vangsness and many nieces and nephews. Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville was in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family on- line, visit our website at / Hanson March 18 1988:- December 8, 2007 in-law Scott Cause Page 8 00INDEPENDENT ,Tuesday., March 16, 2010