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F By JDK PLEASE. .if by chance the person or persons who broke into the home of our daughter, Sue Blake, and her fam- ily might be reading this. would you clear your guilt and step forward to re- turn items worth over $7,000 taken in broad daylight the morning of last Thursday, March 31?! Law enforce- ment officials are investigating and we understand an eye is on un-named sus- pects! We put suspect in plural, be- cause some of the items were certainly too heavy for one-person-lifting! Word today from native son Chuck Balster, son of our long-time Linotype operator, Heinie Balster. "Jim, we are getting itchy feet for our re- turn to Minnesota from our Arizona winter vacation. We have already made arrange- ments to be out there for the corn test as it is Karen's 50th class reunion, and we are hav- ing an informal get together 5 miles north of Ortonville. We have been told State High- way patrolmen or Highway crews are responsible....but, in fact, we know not the answer. But regardless, whoever is re- sponsible, we urge you to PLEASE GET TO IT...and sooner than later, as the car- casses are an ugly scene, and no doubt will soon be smelly and certainly not appetizing to the eye. In advance we extend our thanks for your attention to this matter! How times have changed in our economy., especially on prices of food in the market place! Vern Nickolausen of Ortonville recently found an old grocery store circular that was distrib- uted by the former Digre Drug in Clin- ton...which was. indeed, many years ago! Get a load of some of the prices in the circular of that day: "Aspirin bottle of 100 count, only 59 cents. Hair nets, package of six, only 33 cents. Flashbulbs(remember?) pack- age of eight, No. 5 size, only 88 cents. Two tubes of three oz. toothpaste, only 53 cents. Translucent piggy bank, only 11 cents. Four rolls of toilet tissue, only 47 cents. Shaving lotion, two four oz. bottles, only' 50 cents." Oh..oh...for the good old days, eh????? To be sure, long, long, gone!!! With winter hanging on so long, with no real signs of Spring in sight except for see- ing a robin yesterday, we feel for our area farmers, itching to begin Spring planting. Usu- ally, grain crops are planted in March, yet here we are al- ready into April! Yet, we are always comforted by the sage words of good friend Vince Stegner who has always said "never fear...we have always made it and will continue to make it!" Comforting, indeed! for our 55th class reunion. Talked to Ken Hennenberg Another laugher about two priests after church and he is keeping on vacation! They were going to a close eye on the flooding. Hawaii and decided they would make Hope everything goes well andthis a real vacation by not wearing any- there is not to much damage, thing that would identify them as or God willing maybe none. clergy. As soon as the plane landed, See you at the corn lest. they headed for a store and bought ***** some really outrageous shorts, shirts, We don't know what kind of a Pres- sandals, sunglasses, and etc. The next ident he would make for our coun- morning they went to the beach, try...but what we do know to date about dressed in their "tourist" garb and were Donald Trump...we say three cheers sitting on beach chairs, enjoying a for having the guts to call a spade a drink, the sunshine and the scenery spade, in his recent interview on the when a "drop dead gorgeous" blonde Bill O'Reilly TV show. Trump surely in a tiny bikini came walking straight got the viewers' attentions when he re- towards them. They couldn't help but ferred to his dislike for President stare and when she passed them, she Obama, saying he is tired of Obama smiled and said, "'Good morning, Fa- "'kissing the asses of other nations, ther"-"Good morning. Father," nod- seeming to gain his own popularity in ding and addressing each of them the world." What we agreed mostly individually, then passed on by. They were both stunned. How in the world with Trump was his emphasis that our did she recognize them as priests? The nation "is deeply lacking leadership," next day they went back to the store, to which we highly agree. Though bought even more outrageous outfits- Trump has not announced he's running for President, the mere fact he is NOT these were so loud, you could hear A RUN -OF-THE-MILL POLITI- them before you even saw them-and ClAN is heart-warming. One of the again settled on the beach in their biggest reasons, we feel, our nation is chairs to enjoy the sunshine, etc. After in so many ways in a dire strait, is too a while, the same gorgeous blonde, many of the lawmakers are profes- wearing a string bikini this time, came signal politicians_having no real idea walking toward them again. (They how to run a business, the govt. being were glad they had sunglasses, because the largest business in the world. All their eyes were about to pop out of most of them worry about is how to their heads.) Again, she approached spend the most of our taxpayer dollars, them and greeted them individually: As one friend noted, the only other "Good morning, Father," "Good morn- business man with possible Presiden- ing, Father," and started to walk away. tial intentions is Mitt Romney. One of the priests couldn't stand it and ***** said, "Just a minute, young lady. Yes, which we are priests, and proud of it, but I ever government unit is re- have to know, how in the world did sponsible for the removal ofYOU know? .... Oh, Father, don't you dead animals and/or birds recognize me? I'm SisterAngela!" that are frequently a sore sight What a fabulous March found littering area byways or Madness for 2011! Never have shoulders of byways! In par- ticular, for the past several we seen such talent by nearly weeks, we have been irritated every team in play. Even those by the sight of two dead deer in the bottom tiers could beat about 50 yards apart on the any of the others on a given east side of State Highway day. As said last week, the winners are those who on that 7(the lakeroad), located about given day are the HOTTEST! cb au tin eni. for al! ch!ldrei Locally owned by Mark Ninneman and Terry Kirk, Jr. Phone 320.839.3717 Ortonville, MN 56278 to the editor To the Editor: Young children here in Ortonville deserve the best that we can give them. Week of the Young Child, held April 10-16, is a time to recognize the needs of young children, and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts. We can show our support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our children, and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children. Week of the Young Child is a time to remind us that early years are learning years. Join the Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative and the DREAM for Kids team during Week of the Young Child for an Open House at Java Jules on Thursday, April 14, to celebrate our area children, see what is being done for children in the region, share your thoughts, and find out how you can get involved in supporting our area children. Refreshments will be served all day. Join a half hour conversation at 10, noon, 2 or 4 p.m. and receive a free specialty drink. Brent Olson will also be reading selections from his books beginning at 6p.m. Sincerely, Laura Lamb and Karl Dorry Ortonville The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative CONGRATULATIONS Don Williams! Rice Hospice volunteer Don Williams of Clinton is a nominee for the KSAX/KR WF- TV Jefferson Award - and will be featured on KSAX Eyewitness News with a video profile. Don serves as both a patient care -,,ohtnteer and a bereavement volunteer. Thanks To All H lce Volun V~ Week b ~1 1~16, 2011, rice hospice Ortonville/Graceville Satellite Office FOR INFORMATION CALL 320-839-4124 ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Marilyn Lindahl Marion Maatz Marj Sartorius Marjorie Dawald Mark Gustafson Mark Hamann Mark Heck Mark Schroeder Maria Peterson Marlene Yaeger Marlene & Mohamed Shouman Marlin Swenson Marlowe Klepei Marlyn Schumacher Marlyn Vangsness Marlys Chase Marlys Johnson Marty Kelzer Marvin Block Marvin Gess Mary Bear Mary Kelly Mary Moen Mary Sanborn Mary Wanner Mary Weber Matt Drobny Meg Johnson Megan Tormanen Mei Ehlert Melissa Davis Melvin Loeschke Merla Freng Michael & Candice Kraemer Mickey Heffernan Mike Burr Mike Dorry Mike Dunnihoo Mike Maher Mike Mills Mike Spors ui , lery part Madison Chamber of Commerce is sell their works. Local quilt groups sponsoring the "125th anniversary will display a variety of quilts in artis- and All School Reunion" July 15-17. tic settings featuring home d6cor. Many events are planned including a Artists interested in participating Quilt and Art Gallery Stroll to high- should contact Sally Fernholz (sal- light the artistic talents of western PH 320-598- Minnesota. The Quilt and Art Gallery 3010, 2484 Hwy 40, Madison, MN. Stroll will be open to the public at no 56256 to reserve a spot for their dis- charge, play. A $25 participation fee is Artists of all types, including quil- requested and the artist will supply his ters, candle makers, water or her own tables and display equip- color/acrylic/oil artists,potters, silver- ment. Further inquiries about this smiths, photographers, and wood- event are most welcome. workers are invited to display and/or cASHTOWN SERVICE, INC. II I Wide 4-rib tread design gives excellent flotation and resistance to side-slip plus long wear. Built with shock-fortified cord body and special Firestone rubber compounds to resist weathering, acid, moisture, snags, impacts and other rough service con Farm Tire L and Rib Designed for free- roiling wheels on all kinds of farm equipment. Five-rib tread resists side-slip and gives directional stability on banks and hillsides. Wide selection of high- flotation/low-profile and co~ The Only Full-Service Station in the Areal I 4-WheelAlignment .Oil Changes .Exhaust Work .Tires .Brakes The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S, 412-460) t t t JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor/Advertising Rep Tues.,April 5,2011 Vol. 93; No. 12 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. 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