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41 SALES • SERVICE • RENTALS For Commercial & Residential This says it emphatic it is, we choose to put it in all caps, from an American on the web: "GOT A QUESTION! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.'? I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW CRAZY EVERYTHING HAS GOTTEN! I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT POLITICAL PARTIES HATE EACH OTHER SO MUCH JUST BECAUSE OF WHAT PARTY THEY.ARE IN. I QUIT LISTEN- ING TO 'POLITICAL RADIO' DURING THE CLINTON ADMIN- ISTRATION BECAUSE OF ALL THE 'CRAZY DJ'S WHO WERE BECOMING FAMOUS DUE TO SLANDERING OTHERS AND THIS COUNTRY OF OUR FREE- DOMS! IT IS TIME FOR ALL OUR POLITICIANS TO START LISTENING AND CARING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, NOT ABOUT THEIR PARTY!" Indeed, spoken like a real American and to the above, we say AMENH !! How's this for a bumper sticker: "Work harder, the people on welfare need youP' Another newsy note from Vince Parker of Stillwater: "I spent the weekend at the Sports and Leisure Show. On the way out from the Cities, I listened to WCCO and heard Bruce Hagevik interview your daughter, Sue, about the flooding on Big Stone Lake, I wasn't prepared for what I saw...Water everywhere, the pier had disappeared and the peninsula was an island. People were locked in a struggle with mother .nature-laying down plastic, stacking sand bags, moving from place to place helping their neighbor. I spent the night at Babe and Jr. Parker's home on Big Stone Lake lulled to sleep by the soothing sound of a sump pump. Jimmy, I was hoping to cmmect with yoiJ at the Sports Show. I know for sure if you were in the building I'd know you! The show was great! And I ran into so many old friends. Quite a few lovely ladies that I hadn't seen for sometime. There was a lot of hugging and remi- niscing• One that I had never seen before came up to me and very gently placed her hand on my back, then her hand moved to my neck. I was about to ask for a phone number when she commented, "I tucked the lable back that was sticking out of your jacket," then she walked away...there went another fantasy! Finally, heading east out of town-looking in the rear view mirror at the giant smoke stack that towers over the country side, it seemed to say, "don't worry about the old home town• I'll keep my eye on it until you return. Keep the presses rolling!" • Hey Vince...we have found a new packer for. our Hobo Soup, namely Faribault Foods at their plant in Cokato. We are working with Jim Nelson of the plant to develop a much tastier recipe without MSG, which many past customers suggested we take out. And we credit your late brother, dear friend "JR" for having a hand in the new taste. He was a devout eater of Hobo Soup and always added a teaspoonful of sugar! When we receive our first batch sometime this Spring, we'll send you a can, courtesy of "JR". With renewal check, these words from Jim and Bettie (Roggenb.uck) Holman of Deerwood: "Greetings from the Panhandle of FL. We will be returning home in time for Easter and the balmy temps of MN. Here in Florida it has been the coolest winter since 1952-go figure!! We are look- ing forward to Big Stone City's 125th year celebration and the all-school reunion in July• We have never missed a single school reunion since Bettie graduated in 1958. Stay well! Here's one for the books! Years ago, hitch-hikers Were common along our highways, but you don't see too many nowadays because of the scare of terrorism. But about a week ago, we noticed a small young lady thumbing her way near Ortonville's Holiday Station. She looked fine, so we stopped and asked where she was headed,..the answer being Milbank. So we obliged, told her to hop in! We both introduced ourselves and thereafter had little conversation, until we were half-way to Milbank, when she asked if we would buy her a pack of cigarettes! "Best you stop smoking," was our answer! INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Reserve tickets now for Gala's "Hard Hats and High Heels" Invitations have been sent Out for the .Big Stone Health Care Founda- tion's" 17th Annual Gala Affair. The Gala will be held April 24 at Sioux His- toric Pavilion in Ortonville. Cost of the event is $45 per person which includes a social hour with wine and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing and the Andy Gibson Band. All pro- ceeds of the Gala Affair benefit the Big Stone Health Care Foundation to fulfill its mission to maintain and expand area health care. The Social Hour begins with danc- ing, wine, beer and appetizers at 5:30 p.m. with the Swingtime Bandplaying old and new dance favorites. Dinner will be served beginning at 7 p.m. with a choice of Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Grilled Chicken Breast over Wild Rice or Grilled, Seasoned Shrimp over Wild Rice. A short program will follow dessert and coffee as well as a drawing for gifts. All who make reservations areincluded in the gift drawing which includes i sterling silver Towle carving set from JoLee'.s, a gift basket from Hair C4assics, a merchandise certificate from Carlson Drug and a matted Josh Spies print courtesy of Northside Med- ical Clinic and Otrey Lake Gallery. The Andy Gibson band, sponsored by Hasslen Construction of Ortonville, will finish off the evening's events with a concert featuring his own blend of country, rock and original music• Gala committee members are Barb Ash, Kristi Delage, Neva Foster, Sandy Hanson, Patty Haukos, Heather Hen- rich, Kristi Lillehaug, Lisa Ross, Mary Ross, Ethel Swenson, Ronda Thielke, Heather Tietjen, Cindy VanDoVer and Barb Voecks. The Annual Gala Affair is a unique fundraising event where friends are raised as well as any funds. Each year the Big Stone Health Care Foundation celebrates its donors as well as the staff and employees of our health care providers. Sponsors for this year's event in- clude Hasslen Construction Co., Inc., Ortonville Area Health Services, Northside Medical Center PLC-Physi- cian Group, Vision Marketing, Bensori Family Dental Clinic, Minnwest Bank, Big Stone Therapies, Inc., Ortonville Independent, Dr. Steven Winther, Hart- man's Super Valu, Conroy Eye Care, Dr. Gregory'Peterson, Blair Johnson, CPA, Fluegel, Helseth, McLaughlin, Anderson & Brutlag, Chtd., Liebe Dmg, Stolpman Insurance Agency, Border States Cooperative, Strong, Inc., Pheasants Forever-Big Stone Co., Pro Image Partners and Nelson Elec- tric. The deadline to RSVP is April 16 and can be made by mailing the return portion of your invitation to the Foun- dation office or you may also make your reservations, online at For more information about the 17th Annual Gala Affair, please call Sally Rakow at 320-839- 4135 or email rakows Application deadlinehfo00l MARL program Marc Applications for the next Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Program class are due on March 31. Applicants are vying to be a participant in MARL Class VI, which will begin in November 2010. Applicants for MARL Class IV will be interviewed in early April and ap- proximately 30 participants will be se- lected from the applicant pool by the middle of the month. Applications and references must be. postmarked, e- mailed or faxed by the end of the day on Friday, March 31. The MARL Program is a dynamic cohort leadership development pro- gram for active adult agricultural and rural leaders :from across Minnesota. The MARL mission is: "To develop the skills of Minnesota agricultural and rural leaders to maximize their impact and effectiveness in local, state, na- tional, and international arenas." 'Over 18 months, a group of approx- imately 30 lead.ers p.articipate, in nirie three-day in-state seminars, a five or six-day national stiady tour to Wash- ington, DC, and a 10 - 14 day interna- tional study tour. Two-thirds of the participants are involved in production agriculture and the other one-third are agribusinesspeople and other types of rural leaders. To best accommodate the busy schedules of participants, semi- nars are nearly all held in the winter months from November to March. The only exception is a three-day seminar heltl in Duluth in the surfimer during the Great Lakes shipping season. Each seminar has academic and ex- periential sessions. All sessions are de- signed for adult participants• Examples of academic sessions are leadership, personality, and conflict study, as well as skill-building in a variety of areas, especially communication. Experien- tial sessions are made possible by the traveling location of the sessions• The group sees, first-hand, unique attrib- utes, successes, challenges, and issues currently facing the area where ses- sions are held. Private and public sec- tor .personnel serve as presenters for seminars. The MARL Program is a public pri- vate partnership. Southwest Minnesota State University administers it and the University of Minnesota Extension co- ordinates the curriculum. The program is privately funded. Class members pay a participation fee, but the majority of funding to operate the program comes from contributions from private sector 'associations, organizations, businesses, corporations, foundations, and individuals. Applications and detailed program information are available on the MARL Web site: www.MARLpro- Questions may be directed to MARL executive director, Tim AI- corn, at 800-642-0684, or (507) 537- 6280 (direct) or e-mail Circle of Parents® wraps up workshop series in April April showers bring May flowers. This is true for our kids as well. Sprin- kle them with lessons early and they will grow to be a gorgeous bouquet calledthe next generation. Circle of Parents® is an opportunity for all people to learn from others how to do the best they can for their kids. The group is for all who "are involved in raising children of any age includ- ing: single parents, two parent families, grandparents, foster parents, relatives, parents of toddlers, parents of teenagers, parents of adolescents, blended families. People come to- gether to discuss how to create healthy families and supportive communities. In April, Circle of Parents® is fin- ishing up their workshop series Win- ning at Parenting...without beating your kids a video presentation by Bar- bara Coloroso on April 12. Even if you missed the first sessions, you are still welcome to join us for this one. The topic .for the night will be "Jail .... Re- bellion", and "Sex Education." Then on April 19, the group is par- ticipating in a DREAM for Kids spon- sored Walk and Candlelight Vigil from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. in support of awareness and prevention of child abuse in our area. The event starts in the Family Services Parking lot and walking to the Big Stone County Courthouse where a program and candle lighting will be held..This will not be a regular meet- ing night. Everyone is welcome to join us for this event to honor the children of our community by remembering how precious they are. The last meeting of the month is April 26. We will have a special pres- entation by one of our members on Autism. April is Autism Awareness month and Bridget Vanderwal will lead the group in the topic of "How do we as parents of typical children teach our kids to interact with individuals on the austism spectrum." Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated so that we can better plan the meal and the amount of Children's Time Volunteers needed. Register by calling Cara at 273-2266 or RSVP at 839-2111. Meeting nights are held at the Ulfited Methodist Church (803 Roy St) in Ortonville, located West of the hospital• A free meal is served from 5:30-6 p.m, and the workshop is held from 6-7 p.m. Free childcare called "Children's Time" is provided during the workshop. The Children's Time program is an enjoyable time for kids and volunteers. The program involves making crafts, reading books, and play- ing games. There is no fee for attend- ing. N RCS celebrates 75 years 2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the beginning of the federal ommitment to conserving natural resources on private lands. Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Serv- ice (SCS), NRCS has expandedto be- come a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change. Seventy percent of the land in the United States is privately owned, mak- ing stewardship by private.landowners Easter is April 4 Beautiful, Fresh Easter Lilies & Flowering Plants ....  Shop early for best selection .... for your home or church! Yummy canay treats fun toys/novelties for all Easter baskets! for everyone! Check out the newly revamped TOY SECTION at our Milbank location. Great selections that can be of great help to the Easter Bunny! 10% OFF through 04/0 7/10 Phts FREE Deh;et 3 Liebe Drug/Variety Appleton, Browns Valley, Graceville and Ortonville, MN Milbank and Wilmot, SD i absolutely critical to the health of our Nation's environment. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and as- sistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and, animals that re- sult in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. Science and technology are critical to good conservation• NRCS experts from many disciplines come together to help landowners conserve natural re- sources in efficient, smart and sustain- able ways. Whether developed in a laboratory or on the land, NRCS sci- ence and technology helps landowners make the right decisions for every nat- ural resource. NRCS succeeds through partnerships, working closely with in- dividual farmers and ranchers, landowners, local conservation dis- tricts, government agencies, Tribes, Earth Team volunteers and many other people and groups that care about the quality of America's natural resources. They work at the local level - in field offices in nearly every county in the Nation. NRCS employees' under- stfinding of local resource concerns and challenges result in conservation solu- tions that last. You are invited to celebrate 60 years of conservation work in Lac qui Parle County at an Open House on Thursday, April 22 from 1:30- 4:00 p.m. in the Conservation Office at 122 8th Avenue in Madison. There will be coffee, cake, ond door prizes! Easter Hours for Northside Medical Clinic Northside Medical Clinic will be closing at 12 noon on Friday, April 2, 2010, The clinic will also be closed Saturday, April 3, 2010, For emergencies, Please call 839-2502 or 9-1-1 for Ortonville Hospital, 24/7, 00,'ton,,ille Area Heed& ' • ' SG.P% IC,(..S # & "q .... ...-..(i; . : t.%6,., ,00oterS00enerson00SoltOel,ve00 Ill to Your Home or Office! we SERWCE ALL MAKES OF SOFTENERS I ..... Ri cTHo !pic'Nrt oK nv iYl 1OrUevill e Branch would like to thank everyone who participated in Bowl for Hospice - either by bowling or raising pledges or by making a donation. Thirty-eight people bowled and raised a total of $3,506 for our Branch. Top pledge-getter was Ila Rae Kaufman, who collected over $840 in pledges! The total amount received from all Rice Hospice loca- tions was $20,788.50. We would also like to thank Bruce and Sue of Alley Cat Lanes in Ortonville and all other local sponsors: Larson Ft/- neral Home, St. Anthony/St. Monica Catholic Aid, Sis In- sulation, Graceville Health Center and Ortonville Area Health Services. Door prize winners were Charlie Karels of Bellingham and Bridget Walsh of Big Stone City! Main Street . ustrtes ii. 93 Main St..Clinton, MN for that special Mother's Day Gift • | __ _ :i:i: .: !:.','.." :i.',:'::.41 Cedar Planters make beautiful Memorial Day presentations! Page 2 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, March 30, 2010