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Peterson says passage of feedlot bill first step atGbeefoConteStioner of Minnesota Passage of a feedlot bill that emphasizes local control and public input is only a first step toward pro- tecting the role of family farms in Minnesota agriculture, says Rep. Doug Peterson after lawmakers sent the measure to GoD. Arne Carlson in the final hours of the legislative ses- sion. "This bill is an important victory for the small to medium-sized farmer, for the rural 'Main Street' business that farmer patronizes, and for the rural residents employed in those businesses," Peterson, chief author the bill's major provisions, said. "But the struggle to preserve the family farm isn't over. We have to look at the economic and social structure of agri- culture - who owns the land, who owns the genetics and technology, and most important, who profits from the current structure?" The ultimate goal, Peterson said, should be "creating a structure that allows the small to medium-sized farmer to succeed and that prevents vertically integrated agriculture from turning independent farmers into employees in industrial-scale opera- tions." Peterson thanked the Farmers Union, other farm organizations and hundreds of individual citizens whose calls and letters to legislators help win votes for the bill. "This was a grassroots victory over large corporate factory farms," Peterson said. "The collection of mega-agribusinesses, along with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, large vertically integrated commodity producers and groups whose goal is bigger and bigger farms - don't under- stand how deep citizen and rural opposition is to industrial-scale feed- lots." The provisions in the new bill mir- ror many of those in Peterson's origi- nal "'Living With Livestock" bill, and local control - preserving the power of counties and townships to control what happens in their own jurisdic- tions - is the key element. Major pro- visions include: * Local Control: Counties may adopt feedlot ordinances that are more restrictive than the statewide rules. The Attorney General is instructed to provide legal assistance to counties that adopt, review or change feedlot ordinances. Also, public hearings and a pubhc comment period will be required on permits for commercial livestock operations of 1,000 to 2,000 animal units. * Odor Control: The Pollution Control Agency will report on the need for standards on hydrogen sul- fide exposure in and around livestock confinement facilities. Their report is due by Jan. 15, 1999. * Manure Licensing: After March 1, 2000, anyone who applies animal wastes for hire must hold a commer- cial animal waste technician license. Farmers are exempt. Also, the Department of Agriculture and PCA, in consultation with the Farmers Union and Farm Bureau, will study whether training and certification of non-commercial manure spreaders is necessary. They will make their report by Jan. 20, 1999. * Federal Permits Required: New or expanded feedlolA of 2,000 animal units or more must obtain an individ- ual federal clean-water permit. After Jan. 1, 1999, new or expanded feed- lots of 1,000 to 2,000 animal units located in environmentally sensitive areas must also have an individual federal clean-water permit. * 'Bad Actor' Ban: The PCA may deny a permit application if the appli- cant's previous actions indicate they cannot be expected to abide by rele- vant laws and regulations. * Clay Lagoons Banned: Until June 30, 2000, the PCA and counties are prohibited from issuing permits for open-air clay-line swine waste lagoons. This does not apply to dairy, beef or poultry operations. * Animal Waste Liability Report: The PCA and Agriculture Department will study the need for an animaL waste liability account, improved ani- mal waste site reporting and contin- gency plans for containment, closure and clean-up of animal waste sites. * Feedlot Inventory: State agencies or local governments may conduct feedlot inventories. The state agency or local unit must advertise the fact that it is conducting the inventory. It must also hold public hearings before starting to determine the scope of the inventory and how information will be provided to the public. The hear- ings must be held in the area where the inventory is to be done. OTP Company pays $28.4 million in income and property taxes for 1997 Otter Tail Power Company presi- dent John MacFarlane disclosed at the company's federal and state income taxes and local property taxes for 1997 total $28.4 million. Common dividends to shareholders in 1997 were $21.5 million. "As in previous years," said MacFarlane, "taxes Otter Tail paid to public treasuries exceeded dividends paid to the company's own- ers." The total income tax of $17.8 mil- lion for 1997 represents the consoli- dated income tax paid by Otter Tail Power Company and its subsidiary companies. Estimated income taxes were paid to the various authorities by March 15, 1998. 1997 income taxes by jurisdiction: Federal (IRS) $14,650,000 Minnesota 1,850,000 North Dakota l, 150,000 Other states 200,000 Total income tax liability $ t 7,850,000 1997 taxes on utility property: Minnesota $ 6,590,000 North Dakota 2,270,000 South Dakota 1,690,000 Total property tax liability $10,550,000 "It's a common misconception that their shareholders receive the greatest benefits from investor-owned utili- ties," added MacFarlane. "But in fact, the general public--inside and out- side of our service territory benefits far more from Otter Tail's activities than do our shareowners. Otter Tail Power Company's tax payments are a significant source of revenue for com- munity governments and schools." Otter Tail Power Company is an investor-owned utility headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, serving 125,000 customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Cal Brown from Watertown, SD. There were four squares dancing. Guests were from Peever and Watertown. Calling Wednesday, April 15, 1998 will be Don Plunkett from Huron, SD. On the lunch committee will be Bill and Elaine Mohr and Ben and Mary Ellen Miller. We will serve pie and ice cream for lunch. Upcoming dances: The Millers will be giving square and round dance lessons in their garage starting on Sunday, April 19, 1998 from 2:30- State ag head guest speaker Obituaries Department of Agriculture, will be ght speaker at the21st annual Midgest Beef Princess contest and banquet to be held Friday, April 17, at the American Legion Club- rooms in Madison beginning with a social time at 6:30 p.m. and the rib eye steak dinner served at 7 p.m. The current Midwest Beef Princess, Beth Berglund, of Dawson, will give her outgoing speech and will crown the 1998 Midwest Beef Princess. Candidates for the crown will give a speech entitled "Why I Would Like to Represent the Beef Industry." Winner of the Associate Member of the Year award will be honored. Officers of the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association have been invited to attend. A representative from the Cottonwood Cattlemen Association will give a presentation on the 1998 summer tour which will be held Tuesday, July 7, with headquarters at the Cottonwood County Fair Grounds in Windom. Tikets will be available at the door. The evening will conclude with drawing of door prizes. RIKKI ROSCOE, 4, greeted customers of Darcv's Cutting Edge on Friday in "her Easte bunny outfit. S]le as the daugh- ter of Tom and Darcy Roscoe of Big Stone City, SD. 5:00 p.m. For more information call Ben at 623-4350 or Del at 432-5037. We hope to see you all there. The Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday nights in the Milbank High School Lunchroom. Use the northeast door. Visitors are always welcome. LAND FOR SALE Aa_00Ba-fik00 FCB 10.05 ACRE RURAL RESIDENCE located 2 miles east of Ortonville, MN in Big Stone County. Site has mature trees adjacent to wetlands and wildlife area. Older home to be remodeled or removed. Sale price is negotiable. 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PmmkJm et Advanced ,Pt S C, oulx  Kzet mum imtnll omer. llHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHi HHHHHII CARTWRIGHT DRUG & GIFTS Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone (320) 839-6102 (320) 839-3040 June Lillyan Wisch June Lillyan Wisch, formerly of Odessa, passed away March 27, 1998 at Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City, AZ. Services were held March 31, at Menke Funeral Home with interment in Veterans National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. Her grandsons were honored to be her pallbearers. June was born on July 28, 1922, in St. Paul to Robert and Hilda Hoff Muirhead. In 1930 she moved to Hutchinson with her brother, mother and step-father Edward Schmidt. She graduated from Hutchinson High School. She was united in marriage to Herbert G. Wisch, who, on March 20, 1983, preceded her in death. There were four children born to this union. They have resided in Odessa, Olivia and City, AZ. June will be children: James (Barbara) AZ; Marcia Waukesha, WI; Cyn Strefelder of Tucson, Olivia; and 9 grandchi (Debbie), Jeffrey am Tami (Tim) Shubert; Scott and Rya Jacqueline and William great grandchildren, Kate and Lindsay Marshall (Jeanne) Bemidji; an aunt Paul and a host of friends. NEW ITEMS... Pepper, Burrftos " Tacos - TaCO Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8:00 AM- 5:30 PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) I ...... .... , ..... [Gmuhd eel Beef, C.W.F. - Per lb. HINDS .......................... Sl.59 Per Lb. SIRLOIN TIP ROAST ........................ *1.99 Pioneer, Award Winning - Per Lb. Beef, C.W.F. - Per Lb. SIDES or FRONT $1, QUARTERS .............. Per Lb. DELl HAM ................. SUMMER SAUSAGE ......................................................... Let Pioneer Cater That Special Event For They Can Prepare It and You ,w'vl ANOTHER NEW SER AT PRO AUTO By Donavon Loeschke ... Detail i \\; Inside Shampooing At Its VERY Page 8  INDEPENDENT ' Tuesday, AP il