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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Give family farmer a chance to survive (Edi. note: This is reprinted from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, dated Sunday, March 17, 2002.) I was greatly dismayed to read columnist Dennis Anderson's attack on the biodiesel bill last Sunday. Farmers and outdoorsmen have long been allies in efforts to preserve the land and water of Minnesota. Many farmers are avid hunters, fishermen and conservationists, as I am. Anderson's column will create division at a time when, more than ever, we should be working together. Anderson spills a lot of ink discussing farm subsidies, but not a drop on the millions of dollars that the state and federal governments have spent subsidizing hunting, fishing, boating, camping and other outdoor recreation. I serve on the Environment and Agriculture committees in the Minnesota House and can testify that the state natural resources budget is far larger than the state agriculture budget. Minnesota's Constitution guarantees the right to hunt and fish - but there is no parallel guarantee of the right to farm. We are long past the time when people relied on hunting for their livelihood, but tens of thousands of Minnesotans still rely on farming to support their families. Family farms are disappearing at a rapid rate from the combined effects of low prices and corporate-scale agriculture. Yet family farmers are certainly more interested in preserving the land and water than corporate agriculture. Virtually every farm group in this country is united in insisting that the new federal farm bill include a strong pro- conservation component. If Anderson truly desires to safeguard the rural environment, he should support initiatives that help family farms survive - and the biodiesel promotion bill is one such initiative. The alternative is a system of corporate agriculture that has little or no regard for environmental damage. Ducks don't nest in manure lagoons. The theory that the biodiesel bill will lead to increased planting and therefore to more environmental damage is contradicfed by our experience with ethanol and corn. Minnesota and the United States produce about as much corn on about the same acreage now as 10 years ago; year -to-year fluctuations depend more on the price of corn and the supply in world markets than on ethanol production. The sacrifices and costs that family farmers have endured in support of measures to promote conservation have been overlooked for too long. All I ask is that Anderson recognize that the family farmer is his ally - and that he give the family farmer a chance to survive economically and remain an effective steward of the land. - State Representative Doug Peterson, DFL - Madison Conference addresses children who witness domestic violence "Many chiMren in our communi- ties are exposed to adult domestie vio- lence every day and some are :;o0 z Fall : irreparably harmed. We need to do a better job of identifying and providing support to these children and their 00easoz00s Spring-like Winter-like Winter Spring abused caregivers," states Dr. Jeffrey Edleson, nationally known researcher and author from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Children Caught in Domestic Violence is an upcoming conference focusing on the children exposed to family violence. The conference will be held Tuesday, April 23 at the Bigwood Event Center, Fergus Falls. Featured speakers will include Dr. Jeff Edleson, a Professor in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and Director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse and the DVERT (Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team) from Colorado Springs, Colorado including Howard Black, Detective 25 26 27 33 36 41 45 s 52 53 59 62 65 Clue= ACROSS 1. Prison 5. Irntable 10. Optical device 14. Singer 15. Vinure and Janet Kerr, MA, LPC. Dr. Edleson will present current Letters E//ssa by the lace Re,,. Geo,,ge P. Werner D.D. (Edi. note: Following is one of a series of art,cles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his iamily to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're reading his memories o( life in a small Minnesota town as written to h,s granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon. The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. lhno lanssen, no', retired in Walnut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a vo}un/eer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Werner passed away late in the year 2000. =*.,,* "UNCLE TOM" l am not writing about THE Uncle Tom, the one featured in the Hamet Beecher Stowe story bearing the same name as its title. No. this was my very own Uncle Tom, an Englishman who married Cheeb's sister, Aunt Elinore. In the early 1920s the expression. "nere-do-well'" was applied to people who I suppose were not doing very well in their lives. If anyone deserved the appellation of "nere-do-well'" it was my Uncle Tom, He drifted from job to job and was "not a good provider," another expression current at the time. He even tried farrmng. One sum- mer when ! lived in Minneapolis I went to visit his farm where two experiences branded themselves in my memory. This farm was a scruff' little piece of land near Stillwater, not many miles north of Minneapolis. There really wasn't much to do for a 10 year old boy, so the afternoon of my arrival, 1 took an old swayback horse out for a ride. I had neither sad- die or bit, so I had nothing to "drive" the horse with and no saddle on which to sit. All went well for a time. We went down a narrow lane between fields and, at my urging, the "old grey mare" ambled along at a reasonable rate. But suddenly something got into that old nag. She turned around and began to gallop back to the barn. She may have remembered something she forgot to do in her stall, 1 don't know. 1 only know I was holding on for dear life. Then it happened. 1 not only fell off, 1 was thrown off. 1 went flying over the barbed wire fence into a been thrown into it, I would have been a mess. Probably marked for life with scars on my face and body. ! had tried to hold my arms around old Bess' neck, but she would have none of it. I just went flying into the clover, clearing the fence by inches. The second experience was not as potentially life threatening as the horse ride, but it remained just as unforgettable. Uncle Tom and Aunt Elinore loved animals. They had pets all over the place. One of their favorites was a little dog with short hair and a long skinny tall. This dog they held on their laps while they ate at the table. One day, again shortly after my arrival, (I did- n't stay with them very long.) they were holding the pooch on their laps as we were eating. They were so fond of the dog that they took turns holding him while they were eating. In the old days, dinner was served at the noon hour. We were eating our noon-day dinner when it happened. We had some roasted meat and mashed potatoes and as we passed the food around they passed the dog. But, as my aunt passed her beloved doggie to Uncle Tom, she held him at table level and he got his tail in the gravy, way in. It dripped as he wagged it from the bowl, but he did- n't spill much of the dark brown gravy. When the gravy got to me I just passed it on, disappointed that I could not fill my little dam of mashed pota- toes with a generous dollop. But Aunt Elinore and Uncle Tom acted as though this immersion of the tail in the gravy was just another normal event in the course of their day. 1 don't even remember that they wiped the gravy off his tail. (continued text week) 1 I I I I I I I I I I | I I fledofcover 00o00unatey Ice00e00 ' f data on the degree to which child mal- the barb wire fence which, if I had treatment and woman battering co- occur and research on the impact that exposure to violence has on child development, long term effects and ] parenting-when domestic violence is  occurring. Following lunch, Black NORTHEAST ORTHOPAEDIC ' * r , "''"  arid Kerr will define the DVERT and " 7 2" " ' community coordination strategies to  CENTER enhance the safety, stability and well ij Serving N.E. South Dakota being of all victims of violence in  and Western Minnesota for 16 years ...... - .......... _ ....... ,.  -, families VBR' ae  .......... i---r  --"['-- 1o : i-'" "community policing" and "prog Seeing patients v, eek/y at the Ortonville Hospital. t lem oriented policing" strategies to --  -- address domestic Violence. Up tO' 1"5 Call Lori Larson at 320-839-2502 for an appointment. agencies respond to the potentially i i 21 t 'iili enforcement, medical,lethal domestic violence cases. Professionals and students in law public legal, health, human clergy service, and /  Y | OIq |  roles are encouraged to attend. Conference cost is $45. Registration .- %:" or 1-800-658-4763 rrtaterials" are available at Otter Tail l[l[Ivi[I llL"F1 Mallard Pointe County Extension, 218-739-7130 or  ll Business Park Otter Tail County Public Health, 218- bw/LSemm, l. IIidbdlYnm, KE Watertown, SD i -' 739-2528 ANNUAL MeeTING ONCE AGAIN... Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company of Bellingham, Minnesota MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- To be held at 8:00 p.m. 67 scribers to The Independent . 00esday, April 2, 2002 which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: At the Bellingham Village Iall Brian Sullivan The purpose of the meeting shall be to elect directors and 5. Ductless gland Paul Revere Audrey Voikenant transact any other business that may properly come before the 6. James , painter 37. Accumulation Burton Nypen meeting. Dividend checks will be handed out. Entertainment. 7. Flap 39. A very large number Harold Hippie 8. Time units, abbr. 40. East by south Tom Henrich Door prizes will be given away: Lunch will be served. 9. Affirmative 43. Gripped Mrs. Richard Amberg The Board of Directors 10. Contestants 46. Wear thin Dean VonEschen 16. Stew with chickpeas 11. Different 47. Edible fat 17. Sound of a snake 12. Birthplace of 48. Full-grown 20. Roof Constantine 50. Martin, Austrian 21. Bleed 13. Shilling philosopher 22. Latin  around time 18. Split 51. Approves food of 19. Trend 52. Branchlet 23. Protuberance 23. Infections 53. Where computer 25. Cleanses 24. Declared nerds meet 29. Ill-treated 25. The venerable , 54. North-central Indian 33. Jack-in-the-pulpit, British theologian city for example 26. Unaccented syllable 55. Clothed 34. They  verse 56. Gambling town 35. Bird genus of'the 27. Transports 57. Tip of Aleutian macaw  28 Go quickly Islands 36. Respect 29. Alfred Thayer _, 58. Tyrant Fence U.S. naval historian 60. Many FaD 30. Counterbalances subconsciousses Overgarments 31. Notched ls if gnawed 61. Ling, Chinese Corpulent 32. William , rode with mountain range Killer Nonvascular plants Uv nIN]O (IV El=l "] I]tt 31 eli OJ V 38. 41. 42. 44. 45. 48. 49. Wreck 50. Kind of base 51. Serviceable 54. Ruler 59. Extremely nervous 62. Law-makers 63. Has required courage 64. Pier, side of porch 65. Phil , former CIA 66. Catch 67. ,I-natured Clue= DOWN 1. Wound 2. In addition 3. Southern Japan city 4. Detent Susan Pillatzki C.R. Tilbury M/Ms Lloyd Reus Ella Hiepler Pete Holme Lois Sandlwrg Kenneth Adoiphson Vernon Johnson Dennis Rieppel Tom Rice Val Rausch John Adelman Allen French Tom Pauli Gary Pfleger Clifford Longworth Robert Logan Tim Marthaler Ginger Drobny Barb Hauer Mrs. M. Apicelio Rev. Duane Harms Brett Wehrle Mary Jo Rekedai William Beyer Mike Mills Mike Sharp Nancy Helm James Borowiak Garry Steffen Carl Schmidt Mrs. Donald Mielitz Robert A. Peterson Roger Martiuson Stanley Martenson Mrs. Howard Benshoof Ran Schumacher Pain, stiffness and limited range of motion are often associated with neck (cervical spine) problems. Other common symptoms related to this area are headaches, dizziness, arm pain and numbness. The neck has seven vertebrae with nerves that pass between them. Strain from overuse, stress, poor pos- ture or trauma can cause malalignment which reduces movement of the vertebrae and results in inflammation. A thorough examination can detect the site of trouble and lead to corrective treatment. It is important to note that studies on treatment of neck problems find spinal manipulation to be very safe when dompared to other common treatments. Peterson :hiroprat00ic Clinic Main Street Ortonville 320-839-2323 Office Hours: M-W-F 8:30om - 5:00pm: Tues.-Thurs. 8:30am- 12noon; Sot, lay appt. ues., Grant Editor  Page 4 - INDEPENDENT