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ily helps this E ZUIDEMA (Edi. note: The following grew up in appeared in the .March 22, County- and 2002. issue of "'The Land" even though publication, to whom we gie 65 in Novem- thanks for reprinting here.j continue farm- as he's able. ill his wife. been farm- this April, and farming's in their blood. could be said of their sons, Paul. Michael Even though each son has his own farm- and interests, they're all connected to farm as well. the four of us, we own probably 1 500 rent another 1,000 acres." Alvin said. has his own land. and each takes care of But we use one set of machineD- the Maas family has been farming about two decades, Alvin and Jackie are advice to other farm families, because "We're still learning." Then she added, to gave a little and take a little. You have to opportunity to use their ideas too." his sons' ideas have been productive for "One time one of the boys came home and got to plant beans with the drill.' That thing to do. I guess. We were so used a good change, and ,lvin said he's glad his son. "We tried a few acres, and then another major concern as a Big Stone ,ner. He said, "Right now, our is that the Department of Natural stopped all drainage in the state of Wetland Conservation Act. This is Big Stone County farmers out of bust- our ditch system, we can't farm got a lot of wetlands. If you're in an can hardly see any land. and you won- farmers farm.  current laws keep ditches from being to added expense. "To repair a ditch, we farm grow need an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Assessment Worksheet An EIS costs $100,000 It's cost prohibitive to do it So, actually, we're shut down." Big Stone County is known for its lakes, marshes, woodlands and prairies, particularly in the National Wildlife Refuge. Maas said the DNR and U.S Fish and Wildlife continue to buy land throughout the county. Wqaile there are many advocates of this strat- egy, there is also a downside as well. The downside includes less tillable land and less tax basis for the schools. "If things don't go our way, there will be less land to farm, and there will be houses flooded. It's no pleas- ant job I don't know what's going to happen It's a big issue," Alvin said. "I've been on the board (of com- missioners) five years, and we've been fighting it before I got on the board. Weql appeal this to the state Legislature, and our attorneys will advise us what to do." While being realistic about the challenges of agri- culture and, specifically, agriculture in Big Stone County, Alvin and Jackie are committed to their com- munity. Alvin stud, qt's always been home." /Louisburg Stueckrath 2430 Schellberg was not her name was called for 27 at the Bellingham April 3 the be for $40.  )ale, Minnetonka and in. Eagan spent Wednesday at LIo,,d spent Tuesday. Thursday. March nville Hospital and 26 at Rice Memorial returned home on after spending the Del Sol in Donna. TX. at the Lawrence ," on Palm Sunday, March }ryan Rakov,, Gloria Rakow and Clarence lunch guests Weber. Gert Rakow. Carol Andreason, the Maurice family and the Eric all helped Bryan einke was a Monday at the Duane and home. dinner guests at the Ohm s were Kathy and Josh Haukos and friend and friend Sarah, and Brianna, Joe and radon. Ashley and Dvlan and and Marcy Eddy. ly and Aaron 10 March ani Apri'lThev of St. Cloud. Brent Larson of Alcx, and Michelle Williamson of Wahpeton, spent the March 16-17 weekend at the home of their parents. Wally and Lois Larson. Saturday evening they attended the 25th birthday party for Ron Van Hoorn at the Checkered Flag, Grandsons Lucas and Chandler were Saturday evening visitors of Grandpa and Grandma Larson. Ron and Joleen were also Saturday overnight and Sunday guests. Lyle and Karen Schake of Madison v, Friday evening. March 22 vltcrs at he Wallv and Lni I.arsnn Wally and Lois Larson visited, dinner and watched the Ononville - S.W. Mn Christian basketball game at Ron and Joleen Van Hoorn, Lucas and Chandler home on Saturday. Ononville had a great year coming in 2nd in State. Louisburg Alan and Ruth Hansen were dinner guests of Dick and Adair Kelley at Rustic Timbers Lodge on Friday evening March 22 to celebrate Ruth's birthday. Marylyn Boxrud attended the Easter Cantata at Calvary Baptist Church in Madison on Sunday afternoon March 24, Bill Gie,e a.. a Monda)' mrnmg visitor of Alan and Ruth Nansen. Scholarship for SPawn Frededckson Granite Falls Campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College recently recognized Shawn Frederickson for his .scholarship achievements. Mr. Frederickson (Odessa) earned an ,ward from the Accounting Department scholarship foundation. Many of the requirements were based on academic achievement and attendance. "It's easy to be a's hard to be a good one.'" BASIC TRAINING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN "The things that 11 destroy us are: politics unthout principle; pleasure without con- sczence; uvalth without uork; knowledge without character; business without morahty; scu'nce without humamty; and worship without sacrifice. " - Anonymous To celebrate our 100th Anniversary, we're offering FREE S hip pin g JCPenney Catalogs or Call 1.800.222.6161 aoo a o cc MRFIJE o!' I1 Order online at and enter MRFREE in  procnobolat box dt,m'- checkout Hurry, this offer ends April 18, 2002! YOur order delivered to your home or dCPenney Catalog 146 NW 2rid Street • Ortonville, MN Convenient Catalog Service Center. 839-6191 WANT ADS BRING Q--IJICK I ( .... i N-DEPENDENTI \\; L MONEY RAISED FROM "DAFFODIL DAYS" was donated last week to the American Cancer Society. OHS' student council did this as a fundraiser for the ACS, and the funds raised are used toward research, advocacy, programs/early detedion and services. Shown above is Ruth Donais, treasurer of the Big Stone County ACS, accepting a check from Ioe Henrich, President of the Orlonville High School Student Council. Lookin on are student council members Kelly Larson, left and Tanner Radermacher. g AgCountry Farm Credit Services supports next generation of farmers Young and beginning farmers face unique obstacles today, such as little or no collateral, low capacity to absorb risk and a lack of credit histo- ry. AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Fargo-Moorhead believes these spe- cial circumstances deserve special attention and is working to get the careers of young, beginning farmers off to a fast start. "Txlay's young farmers are tomor- row's ag leaders." says Don Wenell. Chief" Executive Officer. "'We ,,,,ant to do everything we can to help this important group grow their operations and enjoy the rcv,'ards of succcsstut farming careers," he adds. To support their success. AgCountry FCS offers special pricing options and exceptions to credit standards, scholarships flr continuing farm management educa- tion, networking opportunities and educational programs. "We have helped the area's best and brightest young and beginning farmers develop operations fl)r 85 years and remain committed to sup- porting t(x:lay's young farmers," says Wenell. In 2f.H, AgCountry FCS made 743 loans to 446 young, beginning farmers totaling $43.5 million in loan wlume, representing 2{) of total loans made, More than half of these loans were made outside one or more AgCountry credit standards of owner equity, working capital, security and capital debt repayment capacity. A "young" farmer is between the ages of 18 and 35 and a "beginning" farmer has 10 years or less farming or ranch- ing experience. AgCountry Farm Credit Services is a farmer-owned financial services company providing credit and inte- grated financial management services to more than 7,0(1 members in south- eastern North Dakota and west central Minnesota. The company, headquar- tered at 1749 38th Street S.W. in Fargo, has assets of $1 billion with more than 200 employees in 14 branch locations. Prepared and paid f b9 the B Stone ion A,oantmn and the South Dakota F.,&atton/',,oetalon. I! Check out our web site at ) A , O pr:l 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Big Stone City Offices April 9th is an important election for Big Stone City. The School Board has voted to OPT OUT of Gov. Janldow's tax formula by raising local taxes to the amount of $200,000 to cover a shortfall in the budget due to declining enrollment. The voters will decide. The follow- ing questions should help you to make an informed decision concern- ing OPTING OUT. Q. If the Opt Out fails to pass, what will happen to Big Stone School? A. For the 2002-2003 school year there will be a $100,000 deficit. The deficit will have to be covered by the following: • Lose 3-4 teachers/staff members • Program cuts to reduce - Title'l, Music, Library, Phy. Ed. Counseling, Custodial Services, Extracurricular activities • Restructuring of classes, especially grades 6, 7 and 8 • Reassignments of teachers and principal B. For the 2003-2004 school year there will be a $200,000 deficit because the reserves will be used up. That deficit would have to be covered by: • Combined classrooms • Further reduction in staff • Losing programs and extracurricular opportunities • Possible reorganization Q. if the OPT OUT plan is approved, will property taxes payable in 2003 go up? A. Yes, about $2.00 for a home valued at $50,000. The Grant County Auditor has estimated that imposing an excess tax levy of $200,000,, as proposed, would increase taxes on a $50,000 home in 2003 by $161.00. However, Gov. Janklow's property tax cut reduces taxes on a $50,000 home by $159.00 in 2003. That amounts to a difference of $2.00. Q. Why vote "YES" on the OPT OUT plan? A. Because you.,. • Consider Big Stone School to be a valuable community asset • Support quality education with local control • Want to maintain individual classrooms • Wish to sustain current programs and even try to grow • Value keeping extracurricular opportunities for our children • Want Big Stone students to keep their identity with Big Stone City Vote on April 9 th