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Some of the pretty much just tin Cross-Cultural Adventure: A South Dakota Family in China by Lyle D. Oison The Orphanage Fair Apr. 1, 2002 propped up for v, alls and for the roff. Most f the work is done b) hand A b-, at the orphanage grabbed m hand" and held it for a while. We had oer an hour to set up before the fair starled. Morn and Alyssa helped people make bracelets, and Dad and I did a bean bag toss and had a puzzle. There was also another bean bag to,s. bowling, jump rope, balloon ,,hapes. ch}wns and a puppet show. A mentally disabled Ixy hung around Dad for quite a while and Dad juggled for him. There were some elderly, people there also. Mr. Laman' famil) had adopted a Chinese girl from this orphanage. There was a little girl there who was going m the States the following week At the end the,, had several ,ater balloon tosses, and the Chinese bus driver did it with the director of the orphanage freT their first time eer. we think). Both got naded. The director of the orphanage thanked us for giving the kids a good time and said we were wel- come back anytime. There was also a group of eight from Minneapolis helping. After,aards we checked into a hotel and v, ent out to eat. I ate at a table with other teenagers. We had 12 courses plus rice. including a green drink that tasted kind of like watermelon and cucumber. We had to pile dishes on top of each other. A1)ssa: The orphanage was veD' nice. It was very colorful. It looked like a castle. I had a lot of fun. The best part was seeing how happy the children were and the senior citi- zens. 1) Treasurer. and Ray lilamann. Bruce Pinkert and Gene by patrons is currently Mudder Birthday 61.91 percent. In the 2001 fiscal year, Big Stone Cooperative sold 1.915,597 gallons of gasoline, down just slightly from the previous year. Petroleum products accounted for more than half of the co-op's sales in the 2001 fiscal year. One interesting update benefitting all co-op customers is the creating of a ,iru0.i e,-,,r, , Hive. ,.,.here ousttuner, can log on to their accounts at\\;bscoop to get their account totals for the month, breaking down each invoice individu- ally. "This allows customers to also compare their costs of heating and view their past statements as welt,'" Domine adds. Though the number of cooperatives has been cut in half in the past 20 years. Domine says Big Stone Cooperative will continue to be prof- itable into the future. "'Our mergers have proven to be ver successful decisions," he adds. "We're about six companies together now, and will continue to be profitable and help maintain the quality of life in our rural communities." Love, Baby School (Continued from page 1) a loss of "three to four teachers and staff members, restructuring of grades 6-8 and reductions in funding to sev- eral "'non-essential" areas such as Prices 14.5 Hp Briggs & Stratton OHV I/CQuiet Engine, Hydro Drive, 38" Twin Blade Deck. List =229 Sale Price =1,899" ,39,s Mowers zpark plug, filter, oil, and sharpen blades. N'S SALTS & SERVICE in Eastside Auto Service * S. Hwy. 15 * Mllbank, SD SO * "Your Local Snapper Dealer" m i ALYSSA OLSON holds Abby, who was adopted from the orphanage in Gejiu by an American family living in Kunmin. For more photos from China, see the Olson family web ste at ,dyssa is the grand daughter of Harriet and the late Harvey Kidmm of Ortonville. be telling of his experiences while living in India. The Green Lake Blue Grass Band will also be part of the program. An offering will he received for the Heifer Project. Trinity Lutheran churchwomen with serve a luncheon. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Raise in wage would harm small bus00ness The state's largest small-business advocacy group, NFIB/Minnesota, today said it strongly opposes a state Senate bill that would hike the minimum wage to $7.00 per hour and index it to the Consumer Price Index. The legislation would raise the minimum wage beginning Jan. I, 2(g)3. This dramatic hike would hrce Minnesota small businesses to eliminate jobs, cancel plans to hire, and cause small businesses on state borders to be uncompetitive with businesses in neighboring states, said NFIB/Minnesota State Director Mike Hickey. I rice00'00hospice Ortonville/Graceville Satellite Office FOR INFORMATION CALL t20-839-2502 ,xt. 124 Bridal shower for Lori Scott-Walsh An open house bridal shower for Lori Scott-Walsh, bride to be of Roger CloGs will be held Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the home of Melissa (Swihart) Davis at 718 Orchard St., Ortonville. music and extracurricular activities. "It's not that any of us are neces- sarily against this," stated Les Iverson of Big Stone City, who helped circu- late the petition to bring the opt out issue to a vote. "We just want the peo- ple to be able to decide.'" This is the second attempt by the school to opt out of the tax freeze. In If you're 50 or older, you're in the money! hen y<,u ln:-i2re vour h: ,me with u.-,, through Autc,-CS, vncr- Insurance Gmpam; we'll save you money 5tati.-tic_s >h,)w that your age group exgnences fewer, lms-cth" loses, allowing LLS tO savings cm to you. Q Contact Jr ancy u .rday fir a custon "azed prwxr,,al on your homeowners msurance protection. Kindt Agency, Inc. 113 NV First Stree,, Ccmale. MN Lcted :n tre C;e,d4a,;,, L-Hd!n Pho,,e 320 8396145 I Free computerized hearing tests tlll be given b) the Beltone Hearing Aid rtlce at the time and location listed belu . A profesionalb trmned Hearing .Md Specialist v,ll be pcrfr.TnJng the test or to has uNc heanng is welcome to have a FREE test to 'rrmnc if lhc lry, s i. one 'd'ucla be helped. Ever)ol' should have a Being st at least once a year. e,en r.,c(@ic who have been told rr0ng cotttd be dome for them. Cml} a hcxnng tst carl dcteFrnlrte if )OU art: O1" Of a: marb a hcanng ad an h]p i"I benfiB 0f tanng aids ,a,: k 9 bl',c and ree of hcanng ioss na]sc c-W,lroRrncnt, accuracy of hcanng c-wA ual; on arj prccr fit. atth-cd will ! the smallest Bcltrmc hcanng ad - INVtSA. ava21- able in gtal and programmable. There Is no ',ulume to adju,,t and actual model demonstration *ill be z. allable INY,'ISA IS NO BIGGERAROI..ND THAN A SOFT CON'TA('T LENS Senior Citizens Center Ortonville, MN April 9th 9:00 to 11:00 AM 1-800-669-3171 ]00Beitonel helping e .'ortd hear better I 1997, the district successfully opted out for $50,000; it was not referred to a vote. Informational meetings will be held both today, Tuesday April 2, and Thursday, April 4 regarding the opt out issue, both at 6:30 p.m. in the Big Stone School lunchroom. W/ELCA spring meet April 13th Glacial Ridge Conference Women of the E. L. C. A. will meet Saturday, April 13 for their Spring Gathering. The event will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. Registration and coffee will be at 8:15 a. m. The meeting will begin with a quilt processional. Pastor John Ragan will lead a Bible Study. Pastor Julius Miller will GENERAL CONTRACTOR CUSTOM BUILDER trrp ubbs Rt 1. Box 166 * Chokio, MN .56221 SENIOR WRESTLERS for 2001-2002 are shown with their coach. In back, left to right, are Josh Kellen, Coach Joe Eustice and Stuart Stone. In front are Blake Schmieg, Joe Karels and Keith Haggerty. Eustice is holding the MN Gopher bobble head that Haggerty bought at a recent Gopher wrestling match for presentation to the coach hy the seniors, and a state wrestling cap, signed by each of the 2002 OHS State Wrestling entrants. INCLUDES: *monthly service 450 R minutes WIII'II INCLUDED Cellular 2000" INSTALL! PEGASUS ENDS APRIL 6th *No Equipment to Buy "New acthtstiom only. See stoee for details. 12 Month Agreement 2, 2002 0... INDEPENDENT Page 3