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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... "Quit spitting?" Yes, that's right. That's exactly what a group of faithful Minnesota fans are calling on the Minnesota Twins players to do when they move into their new Target Field in early April The group no longer wants to see players, especially while televised during a game on the field or in a litter-filled dugout, spitting repeatedly. In short, they are calling upon Manager Ron Gardenhire, his coaches, and all of the players to "Quit spitting!" Were they to do so, they would be the first major league baseball team to stop this repulsive behavior. The group of fans made their wishes known in a formal petition recently sent to Jim Pohlad, principal owner of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Team; to Bill Smith, general manager of the Twins; and to David St. Peter, president of the Twins organization. "Quit Spitting!" Petition to Minnesota Twins! (by Father Ken Irrgang, and Katherine Kraft) "The recent concern about HIN1 highlights the fact that spitting ranks with careless coughing and' sneezing in spreading disease, especially flu and colds," said Father Ken Irrgang, co-chairperson of the group along with Katherine Kraft, OSB. Kraft said that spitting appears to be done more by baseball players than by other athletes. "We hardly ever see spitting by volleyball, basketball, tennis, and even football and soccer players" Although frequent spitting is the primary concern of the petition, there are also references to littering. Mention is made of the messiness of the Twins' dugout. While the littering may not be obvious to those in attendance at the games, it is glaringly obvious during televised games. TV cameras often focus on the players in the dugout that is full of littered soda cups, candy wrappers, sunflower seeds and other throw-aways. "It makes a person wonder if anybody on the team ever heard of a waste-paper basket," Irrgang said. Kraft went on to point out that it is a well-known fact that children admire professional athletes and tend to imitate their behavior, and that "provides the Twins a prime opportunity to model exemplary behavior by not spitting and littering in the dugout." And she added that it would be a plus if the TV cameras regularly showed Twins players using recycling containers, "which would be another good. habit to pass on to their thousands of fans, especially children!" Hobo Soup Lover Writes .... "1'11 die a poor pauper, but I'll have eaten' like a king" (Edi. note: The following letter is authored by Matthew Bezek of St. Paul.) "My name is Matthew Bezek, and I am writing this letter in regards to or- dering the t-shirt offer, I have enclosed three labels as required. I was also wondering if I could order two t-shirts for this order by doubling the $16.50. "Funny story aboul how I became introduced to your soup. As a kid in the 70's, my father was always bring- ing home something that the four of us kids could try. A lot of things he brought home were misses with my sister, brothers, arid I. But the few things that he  liked he would say from the get go that it would be the "grossest thing we ever in our entire lives would eat!" "Hobo soup had a place in our cup- board as long as I could remember. Open up and there sat those red cans that dad said were basically toxic ac- cording to him. " day my sister and I were hungry and didn't feel like getting yelled at for rnessin' up the kitchen. "It says "heat and eat", one of us said, I don't remember who. We looked at each other and shrugged our shoulders. "He won't know," my sister said. To this day in my cupboard sits a couple red cans that, thanks to my father (who never found out we sneaked his "poi- son" because we always replaced what we ate.) Mom would catch us from time to time and covered for us till we replenished the supply. Even when I first moved out with friends I took note from dad and said to the roomies that "Hobo soup was an acquired taste. "More or less because we were all broke and we had no qualms stealing each other's food. They ate Ramen, I ate Hobo. Thanks to good ole' dad. Although I had to start pealing the labels off and make them mystery cans to the rest of the house because one roomies girlfriend knew what Hobo soup was and was eating a can when I came home once. "Don't you tell the rest of these jackalopcs about this stuff! !", I exclaimed. Then we pinky swore, We agreed a whole can could fill you up from breakfast through lunch till dinner. Back to the order, if I could get two shirts, one for my sister's birthday the end of March, and one for me that would be cool. Both large please. "THANK YOU FOR YEARS OF FILLING MY BELLY!" Milan to receive $60(,,000 grant The Minnesota Department of Em- ployment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded nine grants total- ing more than $3.6 million to help pay for improvements for housing and in- frastructure in Greater Minnesota. The grants were awarded under the Small Cities Development Program through funding from the U.S. Depart ment of Housing and Urban Develop- ment. "This funding will create jobs and help improve Greater Minnesota com- munities," said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. "The Small Cities De- velopment Program is an important part of DEED's strategy for strength- . ening the Minnesota economy." Of the nine grants, the City of Milan was awarded $600,000 for construction of a water storage tank and replace- ment of water mains. An additional 53 Small Cities appli- cations are being reviewed by the agency. DEED expects to award an- other $20 million through the Small Cities program in March. The program makes grants available to cities and townships with popula- tions under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000. Projects must meet one of three fed- eral objectives: Benefit low- to moderate-income people. Eliminate slum and blight condi- tions. Eliminate an urgent threat to pub- lic safety. Funding is awarded to eligible com- munities for rehabilitating existing housing stock for low- to moderate-in- ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 Per Lb. 0- . gs.- F::Lb, Seasoned - Per Lb. Pork $1.99 Pet Lb. Whole - Per Lb. ASSORTED PORKCHOPS $1.89 Sirloin Steaks, Roasts, Hamburger Pork Chops & Roasts 25 LB. BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $79.95 $39.95 Per Lb. Locally Grown Pork-Per Lb. 89 DE', tURKEY ................. $3.99 .A,F A .OG ..................... Per Lb. Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb. 11%11 yini Hamburger Patties ......... $2.69 QUARTERS & SIDES...! o/3/ Pioneer's Own - Per Lb. .,CKORV SMOKEt) BACO. ................................................. $3.49 come residents; public facility projects including sewer and wastewater treat- ment improvements, storm sewers and streets; and comprehensive projects that address a community development need that must be carried out in a coor- dinated manner addressing such activ- ities as commercial revitalization, housing rehabilitation and/or public fa- cility need. DEED is the state's principal eco- nomic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, in- ternational trade and community de- velopment. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at Fol- low us on Twitter at  on I Ixm-C.octl ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Dick Brown Marlys McAIlister Albert Vedder Gladys Johnson Karol Stotesbery Ada Herrmann Charles Dawald Silas Ulrich AI & Lisa Ross Stan Lynne Arnold Amberg C. Thomas Kristi McLain Jean Danielson Terrence Gere Steve Barr Virginia Dawson Don Cornelisen Connie Newman Fred Lockwood Earl Hoffbeck Johnny and Arlene Larson Gary Beachem Jerry Hanratty Dewillis Anderson Jim Hasslen Brad Sellin Elayne Fahlgren Jan Folk THAN K YOU Thank you, thank you for coming to the 17th Annual Sports & Leisure Show! The show was a huge success. We hope everyone enjoyed it and had a great weekend. Special thanks to all the vendors, people who helped out at the show and to everyone who donated to the event. You are all much appreciated. Congratulations to the following Business Association raffle winners: Gloria Larson (TV) Dan Scoblic (GPS) Kristin Haggerty (Tastefully Simple Basket) Sue Kaercher Blake (One Dozen Roses) Nancy Scoblic (Fishing Package) Big Stone Lake Ar;ea Chamber i nojoo[w,o00,ves I BUY.S[.U..REHT'HIL, AlmlrC what he cannot keep to gain that I : which he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot m 3 m 4 21 25 33 34 39 46 53 m m Clues ACROSS Clues DOWN 1. Swiss mountains 1. Skating jump 5. Importunes for payment 2. Lavender color 9. Hop kilns 14. Roman 13 15. Employee stock ownership plan 16. Loose outer garment 17. Ardor 18. Tam : fretless Indian lute 19. Lack of normal muscular tension 20. 7 time tour winner 23. Compel by force 24. Japanese apricot tree 25. Dev___y: wickedness 26. Open shoes 31. Leaseholder 35. Ho Chi Minh City 36. Fashion idol 37. About avjation 38. Walk with long steps 41. A mournful poem 43. Study of poetry- 45. The Sabbath in Judaism 46. 22nd Greek letter 47. Saffron source 51. Antacidand laxative 56 "Socrate" composer 57. Enameled metalware 58.&&& 59. Dried & processed tobacco leaves 60. Geological times 61. Try to find 62. Burn residues 63. Tapered tuck in dressmaking 64. Ironclad ship engineer James 9-" 1-' 1 IFT I 1"6-- --  IT------ i 3. Stringed instrument 4. From a time 5. A resounding defeat 6. High rate money lender 7. An average 8. Involuntary muscle 41. contractions 42. 9.1st iPhone instrument 44. 10. Highest male singing voice 45. 11. In a moment 12. Distinctively sharp 48. taste 49. 13. Space above the 50. earth 51. 21. One of the Greats 22. Green, black and 52. Earl Gray 53. 27. eter: 2 X radius 54. 28. "A Death in the Family" author 55. 29. For : wretched 56. 30. Nasal mucus 48 49 m  p,--,-- 5 mm 58 I -------- f 31. Speech defect 32. __pic: out of place organ 33. An open skin infection 34. A fit of temper 39. Detachable shirt fronts 40. Repeat Greatest in size Egyptian sun god Separated coarse particles Relating to a musical scale Terminate Beard moss genus Went with German name for Meuse River Scratch Head vermin A short syllable (poetry) Requests HellOs little firms 31HI 3Jol 11 ii IlUl ----I.---+ NIOI slsl 3101 OINI .[vi t i si.I The Ortonville Independent (U'.S.P.S. 412-460) m . JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZE'rFE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues.,March 30,2010 Vol. 92; No. 11 ; -'2" Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nO St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56276 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. 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The Publisher's liability for other errors or omissions in connection with an adver- tisement is strictly limited to publication of the advertisement in any subsequent issue or the refund of any monies paid for the advertisement. DEADLINES Church notes - Saturday mail Display ads - Friday mail Correspondence - Monday mail Pictures - 5 p.m. Friday News - Friday afternoon Classified ads - Friday noon (Any ad brought in later will be too late to classify.) OFFICE HOURS Monday: 8 AM-5 PM A Tuesday: 8 AM-5 PM A Wednesday: 8 AM-12 NOON; 1-5 PM h Thursday: 8 AM-12 NOON; 1-5 PM A Friday: 8 AM-5 PM A Holidays may affect office hours. LETTERS POLICY Letters to the editor discussing com- munity issues are encouraged. Letter writers should be aware that The Independent reserves the right to edit and/or condense letters for print. The paper also reserves the right not to pub- lish letters that are unsuitable or for which it might be held legally liable. 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Advertising to a newspaper is like crops and livestock to farmers; meat and products to the grocer; dresses, coats : and underwear to the soft-line merchant and plows and tractors to the implement dealer. Without any of those items, the particular business would not be in busi- ness. ADS: We reserve the right to refuse any advertising without obligation to justify our decision. POLICIES: A News: Our goal is to report the news as fully and accurately as possible. The staff's opinions will appear only on the opinion page. A Editorials: Opinions published on this page, whether locally written or reprinted from other sources is intended to stimu- late thinking and discussion among our readers. Opinions expressed by the edi- tor are her own and not necessarily those of other staff members. Opinions expressed in items from other publica- tions may be contradictory to the editor's own views, but are offered for their gen- eral interest. 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