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REHEARSING FOR THEIR UPCOMING PERFORMANCE are Ortonville High School cast members of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Performances will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Ortonville High School Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the OHS Theater Department. Presentation April 12... Ortonville small worlder Cancer Support Group Donates To connection found in Kansas Cure Kids' Cancer PAUL AND JAN (nee Dahle) LARSON are shown here in a photo taken by Or- tonvUle native Rich Steiner, at a chance meeting of the Larsons with Rich and his wife Cookie (nee Alsaker). See details in "Odds 'N Ends" this issue! Older brother, Garnett, and I will start ushering again this year for the Twins...starting with their home opener April 8. This will be my 12th year as an usher and Garnett will be starting his 14th year! Time does fly, eh? " Thanks Rich, for the news, and shortly after I received your item, Jan must have read the copy you sent to her, to which she replied "Indeed, a ries about Jim...per example, when one time we were in Jim's pontoon on Big Stone Lake...the motor quit and we had to drift for hours to come to shore. Jeanette and me and our small kids were freezing. Lots of memories!" So right you are, I recall an- other incident with our pontoon, the four of us...the Rupperts, Jeanette and I had raced in our pontoon to get to Rup- small world it is. Was fun talking with pews favorite fishing hole, but when you Rich, in Kansas. To ou, Jim, we think of you often and So glad you are now completely healed from your near- death emergency operation (back in 2008)...Thank the Lord! Dick, I could e-mail you many sto- we got there, Jim (Kaercher) diokl  ered be had forgot to pick up the bait: Next to this piece, there appears an up- to-date photo of Jan and husband Paul Larson, courtesy of Rich at their Kansas chance-meeting! By JDK Yet another small worlder...this comes via long-time friend, Rich Steiner, former OHS standout athlete in all sports, Ortonville native recently retired from years as chief pilot for United Airlines. He writes "Jim...on Jan. 24 of this year, wife Cookie (nee Alsaker) and I were heading for Texas and we went as far as Emporia, KS, then stopped at a Comfort Inn to rest. In the morning, in the breakfast area, we overheard a guy at the next table trying to find someone who could help him fix heaters in his RV. I thought he was talking to someone in Min- when he hung up his cell, I asked him if he was from Minnesota, to which he replied "no," and then asked me where I was from. I said Ply- mouth, but originally from Or- tonville....and just then a lady behind me said "I am from Ortonville." As we talked, she said she was a good friend of you, Jim ..... her name being Jan (Dahle) Jim Ruppert (now deceased), and now with her husband, Paul Larson. Time was about 8 a.m. and by 9 a.m. Cookie and I had covered most of Ortonville with the Larsons. They were on their way to just south of Apache Junction for the month of Feb- mary. Jan remarked she recalls one time wh:en you and her first husband, Jim, flew in your Mooney into the Twin Cities to see the Twins play....and you were nabbed by the police for scalping a ticket. " Jim, you ought to know that some things will always come out even 30 years later. The Big Stone County Cancer Support Group donates 25% of the money they raise each year to a can- cer research hospital. This year, the Cancer Support Group is making a donation to the Cure Kids Cancer program at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The mission of Cure Kids Cancer is to help children's cancer centers, like the one at Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, find life- saving treatments and eventually cures for children's cancer by raising funds and awareness. Sadly, more than 11,000 children will be diag- nosed with various forms of cancer this year; and instead of chasing but- terflies, these children will be learn- ing about the serious experiences of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hospital or clinic visits. Cancer is a devastating disease - especially in children. It changes dramatically the lives of entire families and often affects them for many years. Despite the remarkable advances in treatment, cancer is the leading cause of death in children under age fifteen, second, only to accidents. World-class physi- cians and researchers in children's hospitals lead the effort to help chil- dren with cancer by providing the most sophisticated treatments avail- able and conducting research that has resulted in advanced treatments and cures for some childhood cancer. A representative from Sanford Health will be in Ortonville to accept the Group's donation and will make a short presentation at that time. The date for this event is Tuesday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. John's Board accepts resignation of jCatnth!ii2e'wCieUrarPl:lvihbtSsiu?idtilla!i Toqua Park groundskeeper asfslofNot'iHc; are Rollie Bauer, part-time seasonal groundskeeper at Toqua Park in Graceville submitted his resignation to the Big Stone County Board at their April 5 meeting. Rollie has agreed to stay on for a brief period of time to help train in the new employee. The board accepted his resignation and thanked him for his many years of employment at the park. The Board is advertising for the position that will pay $11.03 an hour. Don Kleven of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife came before the Board re- questing certification for two easement tracks owned by Randy Rolfsmeier and Harley Helgeson. The Rolfsmeier track is located in Akron Township and is approximately 215 acres. The Helgeson track is in Otrey Township and is approximately 120 acres. The Board approved both unanimously. Randy Nelson of Prairie Country Resource Conservation and Develop- ment (RC&D) presented his 2010 an- nual report to the Board. Nelson stated that they helped with a few projects for ( Check Big Stone County. Prairie County RC&D assisted Big Stone County with the development of Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants for improvements in the county highway building. A $1,000 grant was provided to the Big Stone Lake Food Group to help plan and design a greenhouse for use by students at the Clinton-Graceville- Beardsley School. The funds were used Meyer also informed the Board that he had 52 points of contact during the Ortonville Sports and Leisure Show, March 19-20. Meyer received a num- ber of compliments on his booth and distributed 550 CVSO business cards with U.S. Flag lapel pins attached and 227 CVSO business cards from the two card holders placed on his table. Meyer will be attending the Min- nesota Department of Veterans Affairs Pursuant to a change in US Department of State policy, effective May 1, 2011 the Big Stone County Recorder's Office will no longer accept passport applications or have the jurisdiction to respond to inquiries regarding Passport Services. The Big Stone County Treasurer's office has applied for passport appli- cation acceptance facility designation; however, that office has not yet received such designation. to help cover costs of supervision of U 2011 Spring Conference this week, "Due to the potential lapse in pass- of M graduate students for preliminary April 12-14 at the Minneapolis Veter- port service coverage in Big Stone design work of the greenhouse and ans Home. This annual training is a County, we urge our public to apply at consultation by the Center for Sustain- mandatory requirement for both- Min- the Recorder's office prior to the May able Building Research. nesota CVSO annual re-certification 1 deadline if travel plans outside of Prairie County also continues to and to maintain his National CVSO an- US borders may be in your future," provide fundraising and technical as- nual re-certification, said Big Stone County Recorder sistance to four learning center projects In other business the Board ap- Elaine Martig. If you have any ques- including the Bonanza Learning Cen- proved a Consumption and Display tions regarding this matter, please ter. Permit and Beer License for the contact the Recorder's Office by Big Stone County Veterans Service Graceville Golf Club. phone at 320-839-6390 or by email to Officer Dan Meyer presented his The next meeting of the Big Stone monthly report. He stated that in March County Board will be on Tuesday, (ADVx2) he had 165 veteran appointments, April 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board walk-ins and home contacts. He also Room of the Courthouse. Open house set for had another 182 telephone contacts for Emdes' confirmation a total of 347 for the month. There will be an open house in honor of Craig and Nicole Emde's )confirmation on Sunday, April 17 at out web at www . . the Trinity Lutheran Church our , Fellowship Hall, Ortonville from 2 to 4 p.m. All friends and family welcome. (ADV) Closeouts at Zems! .  w expressly for H[IV N/" ......... g00pen :)me ' se00. mattress collection amazingly comfortable, affordably green" Entire in-Stock HGTV green home Individually Wrapped Coil Innerspring with Foam Encasement SO00. 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That women's group asked me to speak to them on the same sub- ject again; they mainly wanted to know if, in light of the problem with that medication, I had changed my mind about abortion. I gladly accepted, and decided to use satire, which I thought women with a university education would understand and appreciate. In my talks, I read documentation that stated that the drug did not affect all fetuses adversely, and there was no way of knowing until the child was born. "Therefore," I said, ,'why not let the birth take place? Then, if the baby is born abnormal, the parents could kill their child, if they so desire." Oh, the uproar of those women! "Kill the baby? What's wrong with you?" Some almost shouted; a few, I think, wanted to kill me! "Well," I replied as calmly as I could, "What is the difference in killing a child alter it is born or before?" My satire was misunderstood, just like was the case with the English author, the very committed Christian, Jonathan Swift, in the early 18th cen- tury. Swift satirized that those who thought that Ireland had too many children, should be encouraged to eat their newborns. Of course, he wasn't serious, but many people misunder- stood Swift's satire. People don't change that much over the centuries, in some respects. Signed copies of Arlo's book about growing up in Odessa are available at Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If vott wottld like to contact him, write to PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- mail: arlo.janssen@gmail, com RECEIVING THE MOST EFFICIENT PLANT AWARD was the Clinton Agronomy Plant. A study was conducted in nine states on 209 plants with the Clinton Plant the most efficient. 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