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coming Free Lutheran, the community to FORD MERCURY also be conducting atthe church at 7:30 Igh Wednesda3. involved in Gospel the early 70&apos;s in recording and to Abiding Faith broadcasting. God has used Vern across the United States, Canada and Japan both in concert ministry and evangelism. His uniqueness in concert comes out of a genuine care for people and a broad.experience over 10 years as a church planter. An uncanny ability to communicate with people of all ages enhances an evening of music mixed with humor and a down to earth practical message that your whole family will remember. Vern's abilities as a vocalist enable him to perform a wide range of musical styles of music is part of the reason he is able to perform in so many different settings, n<t only in churches of man) denominations but also conventions, fairs, retirement homes and schools both public and private. /,/ STUDENTS INTERVIEWED SENIOR CITIZENS to learn about their lives. The Ortonville fifth grade students will then take the information to the stage and act out their stories. This is all part of the Artsbridge Project sponsored by the Bijg Stone Arts Council. Above Jessma Eastman, left, and Aidan Rakow visit with Muriel Sherman of Ortonville, center. In side photo, Nicole Henrich talks with Bill Knowles of Ortonviile. These interviews will move to the stage soon. Watch for upcoming dates and information. (photos by Mary Taffe) Watson to address seniors Have all of your tough legal questions answered by a professional! Bill Watson, Attorney, will be in Ortonville April 23rd to discuss various senior legal issues and to answer your questions about such things as Living Wills, Power of Attorney and other things you want to know about! The program will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Ortonville Area Senior Center. Please plan to attend and bring some friends! Sponsored by Lutheran Social Service-Senior Link. Boy born April 2 to Mark Pillatzkis Mark and Cindy Pillatzki of Corona, SD, are parents of a son, Joshua Bernard, born April 2, 1998. He weighed 7 lbs., 7-1/2 oz. and was 2t inches long. Grandparents are Bernard and Ellen Pillatzki and Jim and Sharon Carlson. Great grandmother is Fran Henningson. He joins three sisters, Natalie, 4, Monica, 3, and Emily, 2. n Good Samaritan C;emter 's%. offers the services of Big. Stone Therapy . raul Tremen- Phymcal Therapmt oA,. w _,,x v. IS S u Paul with Resident Gladys Huselid PaUl Treinen with Willard Emde o0000INDEPENDENT Diane Paulsen at 320-325-5414. Clinton Good Samaritan Center I)([']|ll"]lt;-I'[:,I'-i|{;lll III I I I'i'H'I'i''I mmm: Trade trip expected to bear '; fruit for state agriculture Returning recently from a two- week business development mission to China and New Zealand, Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson says the connections he made and lessons he learned in the two countries could greatly benefit Minnesota agriculture. Commissioner Hugoson visited the two countries as a member of a team led by Governor Arne Carlson. The group also included Department of Trade and Economic Develdpment Commissioner Jay Novak and Minnesota House Agriculture Committee Chairman Steve Wenzel. "International trade is one of the best tools for building a strong future for Minnesota agriculture," Commissioner Hugoson said. "By finding new markets for our ag prod- ucts and increasing our exports, we can boost prices for our farmers. That's what this trip was all about." With a population of 1.2 billion and a growing economy, the Chinese market has tremendous export poten- tial -- particularly for Minnesota pork and soybeans. Because their culture places a high value on protocol and contacts with political leaders, the group's first step in pursuing greater access to these markets was to estab- lish a dialogue with top government officials. While in the Chinese capital of Beijing, Governor Carlson and Commissioners Hugoson and Novak had a chance to meet with Chinese President Jiang Zemin -- an honor previously accorded to only one other U. S. governor. They also met with the "It's About Time" at Senior Center A Community Ed Project presented by Ortonville's Hospital "It's About Time" acting fast for heart attack survival. A 15-minute video with questions and answer after. This is a free presentation to be given by Linda Sis Thursday, April 16th, 11:30-12 noon at the Ortonville Senior Center. Chinese minister of environment and vice minister of agriculture, who spoke openly about challenges they face and opportunities they see to work with Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses. "The Chinese are very interested in acquiring precision agriculture tech- nology used by some of Minnesota farmers because they recognize that it will help them cut their fertilizer usage and conserve their limited water supply," Commissioner Hugoson said. The Chinese also wish to expand their livestock production, but they do not have the land necessary to grow the extra animal feed this will require. Through contacts made by the Commissioner and others, they hope to create new opportunities for ship- ping Minnesota corn and soybeans into China to provide them the feed they need. The group's objective in New Zealand was to learn more about that nation's successful dairy industry, which produces less than 3 percent of the world's dairy products but is responsible for 25 percent of the world's dairy exports. Commissioner Hugoson said he was amazed to see how focused the New Zealand dairy industry was on markets. "There are plenty of explanations for the success of New Zealand dairy, but I think the most obvious is their incredibly strong marketing effort," Commissioner Hugoson said. "There are 14,000 dairy farmers in New Zealand, and there are 7,000 people marketing their dairy products in countries around the world. This top- notch marketing program explains why their dairy products dominate grocers' refrigerators from Russia to South America." For all their success, there is a dark cloud hanging over New Zealand's dairy industry, Commissioner Hugoson said. They worry that if the United States' dairy industry ever stopped its internal bickering and instead concentrated on capturing a larger piece of the world's expanding dairy market, it would be able to steal their exporting crown. For now, the Commissioner says, their fears are unfounded. "We have a long way to go before we challenge New Zealand in dairy exports, he said. 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