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Editorial comment City will save in long run by hiring Grossman by Suzette Kaercher-Blake Ortonville's City Council has a difficult task of fill- ing the city's top-most position, city clerk/adminis- trator. The council members must search for a can- didate who is not only qualified, but one who can get along with the people in a small community, be able to handle the city s employees, be knowledge- able in city government and cost the taxpayers the least amount of money Their task doesn't need to be difficult. They can end their search now, because they have an ideal candidate right here in Ortonville. Char Grossman, deputy city clerk/administrator is qualified for the job, she has more than 26 years experience in Ortonville's city office, she knows the employees well and has a great working relationship wi th tl lem. She served as acting city clerk for four months between the last two city clerks, and is serving as city clerk now. Not only is she knowledgeable in the job, but she knows and loves the community. This job won't be a stepping stone for her, like it would be for many who apply for the position. She lives here, this is her town, and she will do the best she can for it. This newspaper has always advocated that if a talified individual from the community applies for e job, hire him, because he will have a stronger -desire to see the job done right. It won t just be a job to add to a resume to impress the next employer. We know the council did offer Grossman the position several weeks ago. Council members even went out of their way to change the job description, so Grossman would be eligible for the position. But she asked for more money than the council was will- in to give, so they decided to open the position for advertisement. The Council offered her about $33,800 for the new position She presently makes about $30,800 as dep,,t,1. She ro osed they pay her about $40,0)0, whic i:; what the present city clerk/administrator is getting. Grossman said she would do the duties of both the city clerk/administra- tor and deputy city clerk/administrator. Therefore the city would actually save money from not having to hire a full time person to fill her deputy position. She is proving that she can do both jobs now. This would be a major savings to the taxpayers. The city would be eliminating the wages of a full time person and the benefits which go along with the job. Even if the Council hired a part time person to ease some of the work load, the city would still save thousands of dollars by paying for fewer hours and no benefits. We sympathize with the Council in turning down the large request, as $40,000 is not small change. It is far more than what most people in the private sector of this community make. But when you look at what other city employees are making, this figure is in line. This is about what most of the department heads make, it is what the last city clerk made. If $40,000 is too much money to pay Grossrnan as city clerk/administrator, then the city ought to revamp its entire pay equity schedule. Government employees, including city employees are some of the highest paid people in the community. Compared to the average income of city taxpayers, our city's pay scale is hi( h. But it is mandated there because of the pay equity Ii ws. The fact remains, to find a candidate who is as qualified as Grossman, who will stay here, who gets along as good with the employees as she does, who will do both the city clerk and deputy city clerk jobs, the council will have to pay at least $40,000. We urge the Council to reconsider and think this through before hiring a candidate. At least consider making a counter offer as a compromise to Grossman. We urge her to work with the Council too, and not be too proud to accept if they should make her another offer. For the city's benefit, we urge both parties to re- negotiate and come to an understanding that will be in the best interest of all. 17 CLUFACROSS 1. Despised 5. Rich 8, Slips 9. Type of code 10. Asian country 11. Angel 12. Rare-each group 13. Vehicle 16. Charge 18. Denotes three 19. Thin plate 22. Oil company 23. Wanted 24. Determines 25. Junior m 8 I CLUES DOWN y-- I. Reckless 2. In columns 3. Greek god of wine 4. Function 5. Robbers 6. Lesion 7. Reckless 14. Visualizing ! 5. Artful 17. Indian musical instrument 20. Sandwiches 21. Andean herb SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. Hated 5. Plush 8. Ribbons 9. ASCII 10. Malaya I I. Cherub i 2. Cerium 13. Troika 16. Rate 18. Tri 19. 'lain 22. Mobil 23. Fancied 24. Seals 25. Younger SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. Harum-scarum 2. Tabular 3. Dionysus 4. Task 5. Poachers 6. Ulcer 7. Hairbrained 14. Imaging 15. Crafty 17. Tabla 20. BLTs 21. Anyu C4904 Rice Doctor at Trinity April 20th Dr. David Rivers, coordinator of the Grief Center at Rice Memorial Hospital, will be speaking at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville on Monday, April 20th, at 7:30 p.m. in the church's lower level. His topic will be "Care of the Care Giver of the Terminally I11. The public is invited to attend. Welfare Board date change _ Big Stone County Welfare Board has changed its board meeting date from April 23rd to April 27th at 9 a.m. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Wade Swenson Ruth Roeder Bernard Kirchberg Mr. & Mrs Dalen Roe Lillhm Wax Fay Webster Larry Pederson Leonard Johnson Nash Perrine Linda Bailey Mrs. Michael Adams Albert Hoffman Jay Woilschlager Dan Henningson Ottertail Power Co. Caroleen Gunderson Wayne Kanten Dustin Hills Myron Christopherson scott Bohlmnn Big Stone Colony Misty Tdlakson Marly Radernmeber Rev. Larry Kasten Vivian Keller Charlle Ki.g Dennis Redford Al & Donna Auebstetter l.anaer Mmerbernd Kevin Backstrand Dan Cuban Cindy Lowry Larry Marsolek Don Walte Patty Haukos Dr. Mark Huntington Brent Walker Gordon Hippen Jens Denny Dennis Lund Dr. Curt Wischmeier Mike Wadsworth Mark Thomson Randy McEwen Progressive Glass & Collision Dan Peterson Jr. Steven & Charleen Julson Anne Johnson High School Library KCGN Cliff Marholz Jim Farrell Robert Hines Sluumon scoblic KMSD Joe Riley Ruth Finley Roger Yordy Ell David Gruenwald Ron Heffron Dear Readers: Several months ago, I introduced a new contest in my column: "Keyboard Frenzy." The basis of the contest was to write in 200 words or less how a computer would change your life for the better. Before printing the winning entry, let me share what I learned from the people who submitted letters. The number one reason people wrote was to acquire the skills necessary to compete in the work world. So many people are in dead end jobs that offer no advancement. The consensus was if they had computer skills, a whole new work opportunity would open up to them. Some of you took it even a step further-starting a home based business. Evidently a computer is the gateway to being able to stay at home and generate income from your kitchen. Some knew specifically what they would do-word processing, medical transcription, data base management, accounting, etc. Others had a vague sense that a computer was a necessary tool and somehow magically it would produce revenue- "if only I had one." Many want to explore the world from their computer by accessing the Internet. Ah, the Internet. So many web pages-so little time. The super highway of cyberspace that may even in my lifetime be a real money maker for folks. Education is a huge factor when you discuss computers. Whether it be to do home work, home school or teach disabled children and adults, many feel that the key to knowledge is contained on a gigabyte hard drive. Other reasons: "To give me a voice", to write novels, a source of bonding among families and a host of medical reasons-ADHD, autism, blind, deaf, back injuries, MS, MD, para and quadriplegics. The list is infinite. Overall the competition among entry applicants was very stiff. So how did I decide? Well, I can give away a lot of computers to deserving people, which I'I1 do on a private acknowledgment basis. However, there could be only one winner whose letter I print. Amongst the thousands of letters I received, the following sur faced to the top. It's from a young teenager whose life is just beginning. He's an average kid with bigger than average ideas. The winner of my $1,500 Keyboard Frenzy contest is Michael Clark from Joplin, Missouri: "Dear Mr. Ross, I told my parents I was entering your 'Keyboard Frenzy' contest. We hear you on WHO radio out of Des Moines while driving in the car and read your column in the Joplin Globe. Here goes: If Percy gave me a computer, my life would change for the better because computers are the future and it would put me in the middle of it. I am only 13 years old. I am very interested in computers, but they are so expensive. Right now I am learning how to make web pages. My onJy problem is I don't have a computer to get to the Internet. My web page can help people. It is about the Boy Scouts of America. I think a computer would help me because I could do homework on it and with a CD RaM I can get an encyclopedia to help me with reports and other projects. These would help me get better grades in school, which could get me into a better college. Then, I could get the education I need to support a family. I am also trying to learn how to program. The programs could also help people. With the right software computers can do almost anything. There are computers that answer telephones. Some computers can play movies on a DVD. Computers can turn on lights in houses and also shut them off. Computers can do almost anything you can think of. If you look at it, a computer ctuid change anyone's life all down the line to when they die. I think a computer could not only change my life for the better, but in return, I could change many other people's lives for the better with a computer. Sincerely, Mike Clark, Joplin, Me Editor's note: You may visit Percy Ross' web site at www. Write Perry. Ross, PO. Box 39000- B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. O rtonvil ie SChrOOlS awardL00d $15,000 grant for the arts In the first year of its Arts Across Minnesota program, the Minnesota State Arts Board recently awarded $15,000 to the Ortonville public school to present the Children's Theatre Company. Communities selected by the board will receive between $10,500 and $35,000 to support a series of arts cel- ebrations that recognize community, honor creativity and strengthen identi- ty. Arts Across Minnesota was created as part of the 1997 statewide Arts Initiative, a measure that provides $26 million for the arts through 1999. The initiative is directed toward stabilizing and encouraging growth within Minnesota's arts community. [ INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! ] First annual Big Stone Bird Festival May 8-10 The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to come be a part of the f'Lrst'annual Big Stone Bird Festival scheduled for May 8-10 in Ortonville. The Big Stone Bird Festival is being sponsored by the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge and the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. This event begins Friday evening, May 8, with registration and an exclu- sive bird tour on the restored turn-of- the-century passenger train departing from Milbank, SD. On Saturday, there will be an Upland Prairie and Pothole Lakes of South Dakota tour, led by Bruce Harris. This tour will be available both Saturday and Sunday. Also on Saturday is a seminar enti- fled "The Three E's,'Eyes, Ears, and Equipment", led by Craig Lindgren, optical consultant with National Camera Exchange, Dr. Pete Reynan, MD from the Milbank Medical Clinic, Milbank SD, and Dr. Eleanor Haney, optometrist from Milbank, SD at the Matador Supper Club in Ortonville. A social hour and banquet will follow. Sunday's activities include a pot- hole lake and prairie grassland tour, led by Bob Janssen. Tour space is limited and reserva- tions  required. Interested persons may ca[] r t Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-568- 5722 for more information and regis- tration materials. May 1 is the regis- tration deadline. R's Ti.te 1"o Start Raaaiag... To get ahead in farming requires planning and a lot of luck! You must decide which crop to plant, what machinery to buy and when to sell your crop or live- stock, Perhaps the most important decision you make is how to insure your farming ofleration. CQU us today for assistance with John Stolpman, ClC your farm insurance coverages from people you trust. ] Stolpman Insurance Agency Bellingham 568-2101 or Ortonvllle 839-6194 J The eeeeo JEANETTE e JAMES D. SUZEI"rE Editor, NIK I Ad and Office Computer and RYAN PHIL Layout BILL DWYER & Pressm Camera NANCY CollatOr aquae Tues, April 14, 1998 Conmmgt Pubished Ever SUBSCRIPI:ION $25.00per year in Parle, Traverse Minnesota, Grant and, in South Dakota. counties in Dakota. 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