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Congrats are in order today to a long-time friend and colleague, Larry Ingalls, who just this year retired as Publisher of the Reporter and Farmer newspaper in Webster, SD. Larry was one of six South Dakota State University Journalism and printing alumni recently honored for out- standing contributions to his profes- sion. He spent a lifetime in the busi- ness after graduating from SDSU in 1959. Our prayers go out this week for a speedy recovery by OHS Band Instructor Don Donais, injured in a car mishap last week. After visit- ing him in the hospital in Mpls., we learned that he is, indeed, lucky to be alive. His spirits, however, are remark- able, so we're certain he'll mend just fine! Such nice words to try to live by ... namely those published in last Sunday's Mpls. Tribune in a lengthy story about Eden Prairie's Mayor Dr. Jean Harris. Since 1951, when she became the first black student admit- ted to an all-white school in Virginia, Dr. Harris has tried to live by the fol- lowing principles: * Life is a poker game. You play the hand you're dealt and you play to win.; * Not everyone is going to like you.; Don't waste time trying to convert heathens to the right way of thinking.; * Don't let your life just happen. Take calculated risks.; * Become a player rather than a bystander.; Nurture ourselves. Let's not forget our own needs.; * Don't let the system swallow you,; Our skills are useful somewhere. The task is to identify that place.; If you want it, go for it.; * People are more alike than dissimilar.; * Don't miss the fun of living. Our apologies today to Ortonville's Sunrise Motel owners and management for failing to mention them inn recent story ldimmt.,-qolk ' being stranded here during winter's last blast that dumped over a foot of snow in this area. Shame on us, especially since we knuw that Sunrise just recently did an extensive remodeling job. A friend recently handed us the following "actual" bumper stickers: "Your kid may be an honors student, but you're still an idiot", "Learn from your parents' mistakes - use birth control", "We have enough youth, how about a fountain of Smart?", "He who laughs last thinks slowest", "Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math", "It IS as bad as you think, and they ARE out to get you.", "Auntie Em, Hate you, hate Kansas, taking the dog. Dorothy", "Time is what keeps everything from happen- ing at once", "I get enough exercise just pushing my luck", "All men are idiots, and I married their King", "Jack Kevorkian for White House Physician", "Montana -- at least our cows are sane!", "Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition", "Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs", "Where there's a will, I want to be in it", "OK, who stopped payment on my reality check?", "I don't suffer from insani- ty, I enjoy every minute of it", "Time is the best teacher, unfortunately it kills all of its students", "Some peo- ple are only alive because it is illegal to kill", "Pride is what we have. Vanity is what others have", "A bar- tender is just a pharmacist with a lim- ited inventory", "Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear", "Give me ambiguity or give me something else", "We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.", "Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.", "Very funny Scotty, now beam down my clothes", "Consciousness: That annoying time between naps", "Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home.", "There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count & those who can't.", "Keep honking ... I'm reloading". Reader Lula Hagen of Big Stone Ciiy, in sending renew- al, extends thanks to our staff for "all the pictures of so many events ... especially the flood coverage of last year. Hope we don't have to go through that again! Maybe not, with our nice winter of this year! A resolution was passed to allow Paid holidays denied to part thutetauho;itVotwO aCanCveellthae Official those in the future, was A time courthouse employees At the regular meeting of the Big Stone County Board Tuesday, April 7, discussion was held over pay and ben- efit changes for county employees. John Haukos of the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department request- ed a fiat pay rate for hours spent on call, "amounting to an additional $62.50 per two week pay period to compensate for them. Haukos currently receives an hourly rate of $1.50 for time spent on call. "Currently the industry standard is a fiat rate of an additional $150 per month," Haukos said. The board had initially offered him $125 per month, and a resolution was passed to offer Haukos a flat rate of $137.50 per month, splitting the difference. Beth Tinklenberg also spoke to the board on behalf of part time county employees. She requested that four out of the 11 holidays per year, Christmas, July 4, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, be paid holidays for part time employees. Board Chairman Dave Torgerson said that this was a step in the right direction, knowing that the county has such dedicated workers, and he didn't think that four paid holidays per year. was out of line. A motion was made by Torgerson to offer the paid holidays, but failed to be seconded by any other board mem- bers. Torgerson brought up the fact that employees of Pope County may strike because of similar issues, and they already get benefits .that Big Stone County employees don't. With the proposed time off plan, he said that "if you're scheduled work days fall on one of these holidays, it would be a day off with pay, but schedules could not be manipulated otherwise." Only courthouse employees that are considered to be "regular part time" would be affected. The board agreed to consider the matter to fur- ther clarify those that would be affect- ed and bring it up at the next meeting April 21. Doug Tomschin, Big Stone County veterans service officer, addressed the personnel committee over his hours at the Veterans' Service Center, stating "that he is in need of more working hours. "I have to also handle emergency Attention senior drivers Ortonville Area Senior Citizens are again sponsoring AARP's 55 Alive/Mature Driving 4-hour refresh- er course on April 16th. It's an evening class at the Senior Center beginning at 6 p.m., ending at 10 p.m. and is open to all persons 50 years of age and older. Enrollies must have completed a full 8-hour driver's safety course pre- viously. Pre-registration is recommended to insure a place in the class and you may do so by calling the Senior Center at 320-839-3555. When you come on April 16th be sure to bring a self-addressed, stamped, envelope so that your completion certificate can be mailed to you the following day. This is your opportunity to renew your driving skills and to continue to qualify for the insurance discount- being offered to drivers age 55 and older by all companies writing poli- cies in the State of Minnesota. If your residence is in another state, contact your agent for any savings they may offer. There is also a sien-uo for those of you who have not taken a safety course of 8 hours or more and because you may still be working it will be offered over two evening sessions. When enough students have regis- tered for this class it will be sched- uled. management, clerical work, and man- age and maintain two separate bud- geL'hich is not possible working only f'd days a week," Tomschin said. "'Of the 28 counties in Minnesota with a Veterans' Service Office, ours is the only one that does not have full time help.'" Though he stated that his hours were not enough to complete the job, Tomschin reported that Big Stone County is ranked number six out of 87 Minnesota counties in percentage of veterans helped and money brought into the county. "'Out of the 560 or so veterans in Big Stone County, almost 20 percent of them are being served, while other counties are closer to only seven percent," he said. "' I don't expect an increase in pay, just an increase in the time I have to do my job." The personnel committee held over their decision on increasing Tomschin's hours, pending further investigation into the matter. In other business, Cindy Nelson, county treasurer, recommended that she have the authority' to cancel out- standing county checks which haven't been cashed, without approval from the board as was previously needed. Nelson stated that the parties were called about the checks, payment was stopped, and a new check would have to be issued under the old process, costing both her and the board unnec- essary time and money. "At the pre- sent time there are only two checks more than a year old, totalling only $17," she said. The summer months are soon approaching. We. as mothers, naturally are planning those hoIday dinners. Our dining room table never seems to be quite long enough for all the guests which we like to invite. 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Talk to Sharon and take advantage of our 12 months no interest, no pay- ments promotion going on right now. Emanuel Furniture is here to help you with all your home decorating needs. "A South Dakota Century Old Business" EI4AIfUEL euRerruRe ,qeo cARper HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5:15prn; Sat. 9am-4pm Toll Free 888432-4568 605-432-4568 306 South Third Street Milbank, SD 57252 Grade musical program April 24 Kindergarten through fourth grade students of Ortonville Elementary School will present a music program called "Parade of Songs" on Friday, April 24th at 1:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Each of the grades will sing several songs which range from the Kindergarten's "'I Like School" to the fourth grade's rendition of the 50's hit "Do Wah Diddy." The public is invited to attend this performance. There is no admission charge. Historical Society quarterly meeting Big Stone County Historical Society's quarterly meeting will be held today, Tuesday, April 14, at 5 p.m. at the museum in Ortonville. This meeting is for the general membership, not just the Board of Directors. It will be the members' first opportunity to view the fossils donated to the Society by Rausch Brothers Monument Co. The Fossil Collection will open to the public this summer. Library meet The Pioneerland Library System Board will meet Thursday, April 16, 1998, 7:30 p.m., at All-A-Bord Restaurant, 905 Litchfield Avenue SW, Willmar. The meeting will follow first annual awards banquet. Evy Rodne-Cole M.A.;L.P. Evy Rodne-Cole is available for counseling appointments in Ortonville. Evy's background includes counseling couples, individuals and enjoys working with all age groups. Evy is employed by Prairie Counseling Center and is a participating provider for MA and UCare. For appointments call: (320) 589-2222 or 1-800-960-7179 Departure of Big Stone Lake 1998, came 10th, which is 17 er than last 1997 ... a late-out. The de was about the being the first week of April. Earliest departure on Lake, since been kept was 1987. Recording of dates has bee Ortonville's Station here sinC Other "early were March March 27, 28, 1968. Second out date 26, 1975. CLASSIFIED QUICK As your home and family change with the times, so do your insurance needs. We can construct an up-to-date homeowners policy to make you feel secure- Call toda}: Telnet Employee Gaff enjoys working at Telnet because of the working atmosphere and friendly co-workers. "It's fun to come to work every day," she says. SPECIAL! s37.95 If you are looking for an exciting professional career opportunity, call or stop in and talk with Beth. Telnet, Inc. Aa 19RC Company 107 Flynn Drive, Suite 300 Milbank, South Dakota 57252 (605) 432-91 1 Page 2  INDEPENDENT Tuesday,