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To the editor and area's concerned great way to stimulate the economy in good. We need the support of our citizens: South Dakota. The hundreds of representatives passing bills that will The continued controversy about workers living here, working locally, favor economic issues. We need more the expansion of the Big Stone II and spending their paychecks in our people letting their voice be heard in power plant leaves me greatly area with spillover spending inthe political arena. So people please concerned. I have been involved in Minnesota and possibly North Dakota get on the telephone and call your infrastructural construction for over would prove to be thi.s regions' political contacts. We can make a 40 years. I don't think we need a 'stimulus package, difference. stimulus package in this region. We This would be a great time for the The bottom line is that we need have private investment to build onto Big Stone II plant to show their new jobs not layoffs. If we can't work the power plant. So what is all the emission standard. I feel that the with private capital, how can we ever controversy about? Let's get it done! emissions from the currently work with government money? If I see the construction market at a operational plant would be updated by pipelines, power plants, and refineries near standstill in this area. There are mandate to comply with the new plant are not built in this country, we will very few laborers employed. It would emission standards, pay the price for our lack of concern be a great way to start this area in an I would like to see all concerned later. We have an opportunity in our upward employment trend, citizens petition their political state to get this done. It will prove to We all need the Big Stone II plant representatives, senators, and the be a huge economic boost. Let's get it to help keep our electrical rates low. I governor to step up tothe plate and done. We can not go forward by recently returned from traveling in get this expansion done. Give them doing nothing at all. Europe. If you want power bills like hell until they get the environmental those people have, just keep it up. issues settled and get the project Don Haukos Their electric rates are astronomical, rolling. I recently read the article by Big Stone City, SD The expanded plant would be a Steve Street to the governor. Very To the Editor, we watched our young men acceptcheerleaders, parents and as many We would personally like to thank their silver medals with such fans as possible could have had the each and every one of the Ortonville composure. Obviously, this was not opportunity to show their support of boys basketball team for an amazing an easy thing to do when emotions the team. season! You have tremendous talent were running high after such anFor the team's sake, we are grateful and we, along with all your other fans, intense game and a one point loss in to all those fans that did find out about have enjoyed following your games the last few seconds of a the last minute gathering at the school, ttiis year. championship game. as well as the local police department What an impressive record which We would like to express our for escorting our bus into town - thank is an accomplishment in itself! You disappointment, however, in the lack you! have made Ortonville very proud in so of planning by the Ortonville High Lastly, we would also like to wish many ways! Our team always showed School authorities. Regardless of the our seniors the very best at college respect to the officials and outcome of the game, we think some this fall! demonstrated exemplary initiative should have been taken to Sincerely, Noelle Saeger and sportsmanship in every way. We were pre-organize a homecoming festivity Ronda Maas (extremely proud fans) especially overwhelmed with pride as so that ALL players, coaches, By State Sen~ Gary Kubly health care reform, which will result calls for $2 billion in new revenue in Kubly: Senate proposes balanced, in significant savings in the future. 2010-2011 to help alleviate the burden responsible budget Minnesota Senate Protects current jobs and lays the on struggling Minnesotans. Senate Democrats recently proposed a groundwork for future prosperity, committees currently are working on responsible plan to fix the state's $6.4 In contrast, .the governor's budget identifying new streams of revenue, billion deficit and balance the budget would leave the state more than $2.5 which will not necessarily include tax for the next four years. State Sen. billion in deficit in 2012-2013, simply increases. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, passing on the responsibility to fix the The governor's revised budget explained that the Senate plan cuts budget to others. He also cuts some proposal is due to be released this state spending by $5.1 billion through budget areas-such as higher education week. Sen. Kubly hoped that this 2013 by implementing seven percent and health care-far more than other budget would include revenue across-the-board cuts to program areas. The Senate's plan provides an streams, since his first budget budgets. "It seems to me that the state equitable, responsible solution that proposal included more than $1 billion needs to make serious budget cuts to does not pit areas of the budget in unstable borrowing and more than overcome this massive deficit and get against each other. In addition, the $1 billion in potential property tax the state's budget back into structural governor's budget proposes over $1 increase g, on top of the 70 percdnt balance," said Sen. Kubly. "Just like billion in new spending initiatives, increase homeowners have seen since Minnesota families facing these hard "It's important for the future2002. economic times, we're going to have success of the state that we pass a "We can no longer allow the to tighten our belts. Everyone's going balanced budget," explained Sen. governor to push the state's budget to feel the impact of these cuts, but in Kubly. "We can't just push ourproblems down to our local property the Senate we're trying to make them budget problems onto future years if taxpayers. These increases have as fair and responsible as possible." we want our economy to recover. We disproportionately hurt rural Highlights of the Senate budget need to address this problem head-on Minnesota families and businesses, proposal include: and make the tough choices now that where property values are lower," said $1 billion more in General Fund will stabilize our budget and lay the Sen. Kubly. "This year, we need to cuts in 2010-2011 than proposed by groundwork for economic growth." find other ways to gain revenue that the governor. Sen. Kubly added that this pattern won't tax folks out of their homes or It is structurally balanced through of one-time solutions and short-term cause businesses to fail. We'll be 2013. This fiscally responsible fixes does not position Minnesota for working on making Minnesota's tax approach will help avoid a shortfall in future economic success once the system fairer for families and the next budget cycle, recession ends. implementing major cost-saving Protects local police, fire, and "For too long, we've ailowed our reforms at the government level." public safety budgets to be patched with one-time Anyone with comments or Maintains Minnesota's promise of money and accounting shifts. It seems questions about this legislation can an affordable higher education, to me that this approach has only led contact Sen. Kubly at 301 State Doesn't raid the Health Care to more and larger budget deficits for Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Access Fund (HCAF), which funds the next biennium," said Sen. Kubly. King Jr Blvd St. Paul, MN 55155- affordable health care for working "This year, the Senate aims to create 1606, or families, helping to preserve health budget stability by proposing a long- 651-296-5094. care coverage for Minnesotans. term and balanced solution." Keeps the state on the path to In addition to cuts, the Senate plan KDIO Temps Hi Low March 15 57 34 March 16 61 ' 34 March 17 48 34 March 18 39 25 March 19 37 21 March 20 61 32 March 21 50' 30 Keep recycling working. Buy recycled. For a free brochure, please call 1-800-2-RECYCLE or visit www'envir nmentaldefense' rg e ' eNVIRONMeNTAL DeFeNSe finding the ways that w ,rk School extended until J due to number of snow une 8 By Laurie Maas tional programs and positions. Some Ortonville's School Board held of the reductions will include one their monthly meeting on Monday, physical education teacher, one Mar. 16. speech teacher, one family and con- The board reviewed the 2008-2009 sumer science teacher and up to nine school calendar and students will elementary teacher positions. This is have class until Monday, June 8 due due to the fact that the combined dis- to the days that have been missed, trict will have more staff for these The teachers will have their final positions than need, once they are workshop day on Tuesday, June 9. combined. This will be voted on at There have been four teachers in the combined board meeting on Ortonville and one in Bellingham Monday, Mar. 30. who have turned in the paperwork for The board hired Missy Pederson the early retirement incentive. April 8 as the junior high softball coach and is the deadline to request the package Rod Grossman will be the junior high and two more teachers from baseball coach. The board will have a Ortonville and one more teacher from meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 15 to Bellingham can still apply. The board review the superintendent's evalua- discussed an early retirement package tion with him. The board will be for the support staff which will be advertising for an early childhood similar to the one offered to the pro- special education teacher for the fessional staff. This will have to be upcoming school year. finalized with the combined school The board will have the combined board, meeting with Bellingham on Monday, Superintendent Jeff Taylor also Mar. 30 at 7 p.m. discussed the need to reduce educa- ONCE AGAIN MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Debbie Schwarze Duane Mitchell Tom Morrison W. Hasslen Rosemary Biel James Wendland Roger Cloos Mary Olson Carol Medina Greg Gerber Mary Moen James Wisch Selmer Simonson Delaine Strong Richard Tate David Schlagel Elmer Ninneman Eugene Potter Rod Morris Dorothy Schultz Dean Van Hout Kevin Dragseth Duane Hanson Margaret Puf.ahl Lloyd Rens Diane Roggenbuck Mrs. S. R. Barrass Leona Martin Jayne Buseho Ttee Arlys Bruns Lucille Erdahl Don WaRe Judy Beckman Duane Warner Wilma Johnson / To the editor, Given the current economic crisis and the growing likelihood of carbon regulation, the proposed Big Stone II coal fired power plant long planned to rise above the western shore of Big Stone Lake in northeast South Dakota may never be constructed. This does not mean we can't continue to expand local opportunities for energy security in western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota communities. We Americans are known for our cultural preference for problem solving innovation and it seems abundantly clear where the smart energy money is headed. Take a look at the communities of Willmar, Benson, Morris, Marshall, Granite Falls and Milan and their embrace of locally owned wind, biofuels production, increased conservation and widespread ground source heat installations for clues as to where more of us can go to stimulate local investment in energy self reliance. As old models are shed, forward thinking communities are buzzing about "Smart Grid" technology, local power generation, and rapid prototyping for energy efficiency and conservation. The most progressive communities are investing in the local energy exchange and are betting on the fact that America's new energy structure will begin to look more and more like EBAY with innumerable energy producers and consumers intertwined in an instantaneous digitized marketplace keeping energy dollars circulating within local economies. Old unresponsive energy monopolies will be replaced by increasingly decentralized energy production and distribution systems. The business as usual utilities that fail to recognize this new reality might find themselves on the same side of the balance sheet as the American car industry and Wall Street bankers. In this post Big Stone II era, we will finally begin to ask the right questions, assess the financial damage already done, and embark on the deliberate planning necessary to make our communities truly energy secure. Progressive communities will partner Main Street with Green Street. Let's not stop progress toward the distributed, digital, clean power generation future that is available to all of us now. by Duane Ninneman, CURE Renewable Energy Consultant, Ortonville IF! 1011[ yiioii iiAY L 11 21 36 43 14 17 4.O 54 58 Clues ACROSS Clues DOWN 28. Female sheep 1. No seats available 1. Austrian Monetary unit 29. Crony 4. Payment (abbr.) (abbr.) 30. Extremely cold 7. Dash 2. Unthinking boldness 31. Without (French) 10. Taxis 3. Off-Broadway theater 36. Bellowed 12. Artery to the leg award 37. Formerly (archaic) 14. Place a load on 4.'Any game activity38. A son of your sister 15. 1st Chinese dynasty 5. Venus de 39. Fleshy seed cover 16. Ukrainian seaport 6. Giant armadillo 40. Philippine capital 17. Eurasian mountain 7. Musgoi or Kola 42. Shad genus goat 8. Arabian gulf 45. Brad 18. "Take my wife please" 9. An evil spell 46. Stare at comic 11. Actress" Dee 47. Clothed 21. Arrived extinct 12.8th month, Jewish48. Quick tempo (abbr.) 22. Very important person calendar 49. Abnormal breathing 23. More bald 13. Tent fabric 50. No. Am. Reading 25. Dry 14. Clear Program 27. Ti : small crowns 19. No No No 51, Directs at a target 28. TV show installments 20. British u0employ- 52. Wausau airport code 32. Decalitre ment cheque 55. #1 TV series 04-08 33. WWll uniformed 23. Bleats woman 24. City in Provence 26. Cygnus star 34. Take hold of 35. Of a peaceful nature 39. After ~a prayer 41. An open skin infection 42. Semites 43. Cleopatra killer 44. Vietnam Vet. Mem. 45. The 12th state 52. Bird confiner 53. Greece 54. Secular not spiritual 56. Not tame 57. Half of 99362 58. Torso appendages 59. Brewed beverage 60. Female deer 61.23rd Greek letter architect The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) J * e JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETrE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep BARBARA A. KAYE Sales and Marketing J Tues March 24, 2009 Vol. 91; No. 10 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $34.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $39.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $43.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box 336, Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. 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