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By JDK Some facts about Friday the 13th! If Friday the 13th is unlucky, then 2009 is an unusually unlucky year. Last week's Friday the 13th was one of three to endure this year. The first came last month and the second was in March. The next is in November. Such a rare triple-threat occurs only once every 11 years. The origin of the link between bad luck and Friday the 13th is murky. The whole thing might date to Biblical times (the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus). By the Middle Ages, both Friday and 13 were considered bear- ers of bad fortune. In modem times, the superstition permeates society. Here are five of our favorite Friday- the-13th facts: 1. Fear of Friday the 13th-one of the. most popular myths in science-is called paraskavedekatri- aphobia as well as friggatriskaideka- phobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13. 2. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13. 3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt wolald not travel on the.13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President HerbertHoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13. 4. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12." SuperstitiOus diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or pro- fessional 14th guest. 5. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who con- sider the latter to be a complete num- ber-12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of HerO]les, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen. By the way we consider 13 one of our lucky numbers. .***** Heap big congrats and thanks to our "never-say- die" Trojan cagers, missing a state entry last week by just one point, in their battle with former state-winner Ellsworth. Few thought the Trojans would come close to winning in what was a real classic one that is easy for us loyal fans to say "we should have won it!" A crowd pleaser, even in defeat making us fans so mighty proud of you, one and all! Thanks! What a negative bit of reporting by some Twin City sports writers, when they talked last week at length about the possibility of Gophers Cage Coach Tubby Smith moving on after only two years at the U of M. Maybe he will beenticed to leave (which we doubt), but talking about it doesn't help in keeping him here! He'd be foolish to leave after having such a great year many of his talents are coming back and some great recruits are waiting in the wings! Go Gophers stay Tubby! ***** An e-mail today from Mpls. Star Tribune writer Doug Smith, gives us belated "okay" to run the story about feral pigs recently. Doug writes "by the way, Jim Ortonville is one of my favorite towns we usually come out there every fall for hunting. Beautiful area! Hope the DNR can locate those pigs!" We're mighty proud to share with you an honor we have received from the American Legi0n a certificate from Big Stone City Post 229, citing us for being a "member in good standing continuously for 50 years." Thanks to all Legion members for the recognition. (Edi. note: The following well considering the tent would pul- article was written by sate at times. Suddenly the lightning Ortonville native Nancy flashed, the thunder rolled loud claps (Kaercher) Zuehlke of of noise and the wind blew. The lights Worthington, it is reprinted went out! The tent was vibrating! from the Worthington Daily People were screaming, pushing and Globe. This is the third article running to evacuate! All I remember of a three part series.) is that my dad was a quick thinker, ***** and we got out fast. Dad, on one summer night around Dad told us to hold up the side of 1937, had decided we should go to the the tent wall and crawl under instead night performance of the circus to, see of trying to push through the crowd, the lighting techniques. Our family as the exit door through the tent walk- then consisted of Morn and Dad, one way was filled with screaming people. sister, Kathryn and myself. Kathryn Now the tent was beginning to col- was five years older than 1. Kathryn lapse! and I had another sister, Virginia, but Outside, everyone was running and she was not along that particular yelling through the terrible wind and evening, rain storm. The rain was fierce and Once again, the circus was located violent! The land surface was tall at the meadow, the bottom land. As grass and the uneven bottom held we left the house, the temperature was pockets of water. Almost to a flooding hot and the air humid and strange, condition. After arriving, we looked up toward Mom and I couldn't run as fast as the big top watching the rolling yel- Kay and Dad, so I remember Dad just low, green, grayish sky. For sure, a whopped me up under his arm and ran storm was brewing, across the bottom land. Kathryn lost Inside the big top, we found our her shoes somewhere in the water alad bleacher seats up high. We wanted mud. When we got home we were these seats so we could really see the soaking wet, but safe! aerial artists. The vendors were shout- The animals that were performing ing their wares of "peanuts, popcorn in the center ring were not in their and cracker jack." The circus band cages or staked, and I'm trying to was playing, the ringmaster was in remember what took place. Later we command, and all seemed to be going heard some escaped. No one I have contacted seems to remember exactly what happened, so we will just leave it up to your imagi- ~. nation. Have fun recalling your youthful Circus days! With the exception of the early Roman Empire more than 200 years of circuses have past. The early cir- cuses of rowdy sports has given way to the new ventures of "Cirque Du Soleil." This new business consists of three or four variations. June 25, 2003, television provided a show of Cirque Des Varekai. This spell binding performance held unreal strength and precision of their aerial artists. The demand of physical strength by holding full body weight with one hand in unique positions was unbelievable to me. I could not believe nor 'take my eyes from this spectacular performance. The cosmetology of design make up was beyond my wildest imagina- tion. Makeup artists, costume design- ers and performers work sometimes 15 hours a day to get a show ready in one year. Body contortionists are hired from every country around the- world. Their acts are incomparable to anything ever seen before. Well, everything now is bigger and better BUT yesterday, when I was young, I thought the circus was just, "SWELL!" I House offers common sense With all of this in mind, this week approach to budget deficitthe House DFL Caucus released our From the very first day as the new budget framework. We started by representative from District 20A, it considering only cuts to resolve the has been very clear to me that we have deficit, but quickly saw that approach one main focus this session - to bring would close hospitals, nursing homes, economic recovery to Minnesota. The one or two state prisons, and decimate details are staggering: the highest public education. This would be statewide unemployment since 1983, especially hard on our mrai part of the thousands of families have lost their .state where we rely on our hospitals health insurance, bankruptcies and and nursing homes to provide home foreclosures are on the rise, and important jobs that keep our the high cost of basics such as food communities viable while also and clothing are stretching already providing essential care for our loved tight family budgets. In addition to all ones. of this, our recovery efforts are made The framework we arrived at even more difficult because of the includes budget cuts, delayed historic budget deficit we face - $6.4 payments to schools, and new billion must be trimmed from the next revenue. This method reduces the cut two-year state budget, to the Health and Human Service We have been working since that .budget below what both the Senate first day on a framework for moving and Governor recommended, does not our state forward. We've considered cut education at all and when the final the growing deficit, examined closely plan is in place, will include the Senate's budget plan that was progressive revenue increases that will released last week, and the Governor's ask those wealthy Minnesotans, who "do-over" budget announced this have benefited the most from our week. Maybe most important, we state's free-market economy, to pay asked Minnesotans for their vision for their fair share. It is also designed to the future of our state. We heard the utilize every dollar of the federal same message across the state: recovery package available to us. Next Minnesotans want to be part of the week(perhaps by the time thi~ is solution, they believe in shared printed), we will unveil our county sacrifice - but they want. fairness, if reform initiative that, if enacted, new revenue is necessary they would would actually lower property taxes like it to be done in a progressive and provide more options for local manner, and they would like our state governments. government to find a new way of I understand none of these cuts are doing business, one that will get us off painless, and I remain hopeful we can this deficit roller-coaster, find a way to limit the cuts to health care even more. I also know there are significant hurdles before us - especially with regard to the Governor. He insists he will not sign any legislation into law that includes new taxes. What we all know to be true, however, is that his budget also inc~ludes new revenue. By his admission, property taxes will increase by almost $700 million under his budget. Add tO that his decision to use $917 million from the Health Care Access Fund and to sell almost $990 million in future revenue bonds and you have a tax increase of nearly $2 billion. I want people to know that I am completely opposed to the Governor's proposal. It is neither a realistic proposal nor does it balance the budget for the next biennium; which under a new law requires both the legislature and the governor to balance the budget on a four year timeframe. We have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks, and the decisions we will be making will be difficult. In many respects, this budget crisis gives our state the opportunity to change the way we do business. In other respects, this crisis changes the way we MUST do business. We need to ask ourselves these questions: what works, what doesn't work; what is fair, what is not fair, and finally, can we afford it. Please continue to contact me with your feedback and ideas. I can be reached at 651-296- 4228 or by email at I look forward to hearing from you. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has released its final written order following its January 15 unanimous decision to grant a certifi- cate of need for Big Stone transmis- sion. Five regional .electric utilities are working together to develop the Big Stone I1 power plant in northeast South Dakota and to construct and upgrade transmission lines that would carry electricity produced at the Big Stone 11 plant and numerous wind energy projects. "The order gives more detail about' the certificate of need approval, including conditions imposed on the Big Stone 11 project," said Mark Rolfes, Big Stone II project manager. "The written order gives us a firmer understanding on which to continue our planning." According to Rolfes, the written order requires Big Stone II to abide by the provisions in an August 2007 settlement agreement with. the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Those provisions include offset- ting carbon dioxide emissions, mer- cury emission control, water use limi- tations, enhanced investment in ener- gy efficiency measures, and the pur- chase of renewable energy generated by community-based projects. In addition, the order requires Big Stone II to conduct a feasibility study for employing a higher-efficiency boiler technology called "ultra-supercriti- cal" and to construct the generation carbon dioxide regulatory costs over certain amounts--the MPUC will defer treatmen[ of these issues to a future rate case. Ratemaking authority for the bal- ance of the project (88 percent) is held by public power municipal authorities and other states to be served by the project. Otter Tail Power Company will assess whether and how it can accept these conditions. "The Big Stone I1 project contin- ues to make preliminary plans for construction to begin in late 2010," plant as carbon-capture retrofit ready. Rolfes said. Otter Tail Power Company also is Big Stone II participants are Otter required to weigh the costs and bene: fits of keeping the company's Hoot Lake Plant on-line. The order also discusses that-while the MPUC presently doesn't intend to allow Otter Tail Power Company, the only Big Stone II participant over which it has ratemaking authority, to recover construction costs and future Tail Power Company, Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Heartland Consumers Power District, Missouri River Energy Services and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Together, these entities serve more than one million people in Minnesota, South Dakota, North" Dakota, Iowa, and Montana. ARLO JANSSEN, the seventh chil'd of Pastor and Mrs. Janssen, grew up in the Trinity Lutheran parsonage in Odessa, in the 1930's and early 40's. These are episodes from a book abouthis growing up years, which he is in the process of writing, to be called P al:s o ttag ~ PARSONAGE IN A PEAR My wife and I (and my sister TREE is now a book (41 chapters)! Marty and her husband, Ardoth) plan I was sent copies of both the to be in Odessa for the anniversary hardcover and softcover versions. I'm celebration the last weekend in July. very pleased with what I have seen. I I'll have some copies of the book did find a few little errors, but nothing with me for 'signing;' if anyone has a momentous, so no more corrections copy by that time, bought on line or at will be made. a bookstore, we'll sign those, too. The book is not produced in 'large We will be attending the Odessa print,' but the print is a little larger anniversary activities from Friday to- than normal. (I told them that a lot of Sunday afternoon, July 24 -26, people who will be interested in including the Sunday A M Trinity reading it will be oldies, but goodies, church service and luncheon after the like myself, so I wanted it larger.) service. The publishers have told me that I ALSO HOPE TO MEET YOU, the book will be available 'online' by AND ANYONE WHO'D LIKE TO Monday, Feb. 2, and copies will be in ATTEND, AT A DINNER WE HOPE bookstores in a few weeks. TO ARRANGE AT A The publisher is the XLIBRIS RESTAURANT IN THE AREA CORPORATION of Philadelphia, PA. SUNDAY EVE, JULY 26. MORE I'm sending you a copy of what the LATER ON THIS. God be with you cover looks like, except that the actual 'till we me~!' book cover will be in color. Mary Ann W. Tom W. ) Ounce for Ounce - Compare and Save! The top-quality & top-value pain creme NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE armers utual NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company will be held at the City Hall in Bellingham, MN on Tuesday, March 31,2009 at 1:30 o'clock p.m. for the following purposes: 1 The .reports of officers,'direciors and Committees. 2. The election of two (2) directors for a three year term. Clyde Dessonville, Dawson, MN David Falness, Dawson, MN (incumbent) Jacen Allen, Bellingham, MN Diane Morken, Louisburg, MN (incumbent) 3. Such other business as may come before the meeting Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. The Business Meeting will be called to order at 1:30 p.m. Capital patronage checks will be given out. Drawing for Door Prizes ~ Lunch Will Be Served. Entertainment by "'The Moonlighters" 12:30-1:30 PM Guest speaker - Steve Schultz, External Affairs Manager for Otter Tail Power Lloyd Hanson, Secretary HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-5:30PM; Sat. 8AM-5PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 P Minnesota's corn and ethanol Minnesota farmers harvested aLivestock support steady demand for industries support more than 70,000 record 1.14 billion bushels of corn in corn as feed, while the state's strong News today via the South jobs and contribute $12 billion to the 2007. corn production provides livestock Shore (SD) Gazette weekly state's economy, according to a report Minnesota exported 50 percentproducers with a reliable source of newspaper tells of an annualfrom the Minnesota Department of of the 2007 corn crop, while another high-quality feed. "Hee-Haw" show there this Agriculture (MDA). 22 percent was processed and 20 per- "One of the biggest strengths of Saturday and Sunday, March "In times of economic difficulty, it cent was fed to the state's livestock our agricultural economy is the bal- 27 and 28. Cliff Hagen of is important to keep an eye on the Minnesota corn production ance between crop and livestock pro- Nashville, TN and Carolyn areas where Minnesota's economy is increased at an annual rate of 9.4 per- duction," Commissioner Hugoson Broulag, who play violin withshowing promise," MDA cent from 1990 to.2007, nearly double said. "The strength of one benefits the Lori Line show, will be Commissioner Gene Hugoson said.the national average of five percent, the other, and that is why it is impor- featured. "Corn production and processing is Due to in-state processing oftant for us to do what we can to ensure, * * * * one of the real success stories for.the corn into value-added products such that both sectors remain healthy and state economy, and continues to gen- as ethanol, more than $500 million competitive." More notes with renewals. Lulaerate impressive growth." was added to the value of Minnesota's The report was compiled by MDA Hagen of Coon Rapids writes, Among the findings of the report: corn crop in 2007. " staff economist Su YE, using "thanks for the paper every week. I Minnesota ranks fourth in the Minnesota ranked 5th nationally IMPLAN economic modeling soft- look forward to the day it comes ! nation in corn production and sixth in in 2007 ethanol production, ware to assess the economic contribu- Winter has been kind of rough on us, corn processing. Minnesota's ethanol plants pro- tions of corn and ethanol production lots of snow. Thanks for the pic- Corn is Minnesota's top crop,duced 670 million gallons of ethanol in the state. A full copy of the report tures." From Mpls. Betty Ann representing 31 percent of the state's in 2007. is available on the MDA website at (Bergman) Nelson says, "Glad you're total crop acreage and 49 percent of The report highlights the benefit back to work, Jim, missed your spe- the overall value of Minnesota's 2007 Minnesota recmves from having cialcolumn!" crop production, strong crop and livestock sectors ii!i i i iQ: ::,:: iiiiiiiiiiiii!i ii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiil)J)i)!iiiiiki!i!!ili!i! i!!iii!!i!iii!ii!!i ! i ) :iffiiiiiil))))!!!!ii!! iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiii i%!iiiiiiiii?i i i iiiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiii!ii ii)i *%iiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiii, ii,i) I)i,)i))))POE Steaks, Roasts, Hamburger Pork Chops & Roasts 25 LB. BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $79.95 $45.95 Per Lb. DELl TORKEY $3.99 lbcally Grown Beef - Per lb. 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