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Reader and long-time friend Jan (Dahle) Ruppert Larson, brother of Ortonville's Larry Dahle, formerly of Ortonville, writes she has "discov- ered my grandma Dahle's relatives in Canada. We are e-mailing. They lived in Marietta in 1915 and 1916. One second cousin asked me if I could get some information for him. I thought you might know. His grand- pa, Oscar Eitsland, my grandma Dahle's brother, wrote for a local newspaper he thought was in Marietta. He thought maybe it was called the Beacon News. Oscar was in the Army and wrote letters back to the editor. One time was August 14, 1916, and again on Sept. 8th, Oct. 5th and 16th. The article was from the "Bugle Boys," an Army newspa- per. Can you possibly find out about this, Jim?" We'll work on it, Jan and nice to hear from you. Elsewhere this issue, you'll find a photo of four of Jan's grandchildren, two sets of twins!! We experienced a first for us last week...a real rarity ...while visiting a piano- repair shop in the metro area with friend Jim Larson. We've heard of player pianos, but never a "player- Violin," which we saw and heard at the shop in mention. You see a photo of the trea- sure, of which there are only five in the-world...each val- ued at about $15,000 retail! More small worlders...they just never cease! Recently, friend Tom Walsh of Ortonville was attending a woodworking seminar in St. Cloud, when he met a fellow that said he knew Jim Kaercher...and that Tom should give the man's phone number tO me. Duane Dingham was a class- mate of mine as a freshman at the U of M back in 1948. He lived in rural Coon Rapids and was an avid horse- man, riding a lot and operating a hay- ride business. We had a mutual friend, Jim Bye, brother of the famous U of M gridder, Billy Bye. Duane's nickname was and still is "Dingy," as I learned when I called him just this past week. We talked for nearly a half-hour, bringing each other up to date on our lives over the past 54 years. He had worked for Pillsbury for many years, later start- ing his own body shop business in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he lives today. I caught him just as he was about to leave for attendance in this year's Masters Golf tourney. He has been quite successful financially, now retired and living in Wisconsin and in Arizona in the winters. Indeed, he's been busy over the years, has five children and 12 grandkids. Thanks Tom Walsh for being where you were in St. Cloud, for we really enjoyed our talk with Dingy...we plan to get together sometime soon for further "old-time" yaks! Yet another chuckler from sister Barb: "Hillary Clinton died and went to heaven. As she stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates she saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. She asked, "What are all those clocks?" St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie- Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move." "Oh," said Hiilary, "who's clock is that?" "That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved indicating that she never told a lie." "Who's clock is that?" "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have only moved twice telling us that Abe only told 2 lies in his entire life." "Where's Bill's clock?" Hillary asked. Bill's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan." Federal funds for wetlands restoration Federal authorities have awarded $800,000 for wetland and prairie restoration projects in the Red River of the North watershed. The funds will support acquisition and construc- tion costs of major projects in Big Stone, Traverse, and Polk Counties:Funds were awarded under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, a federal program administered by the' U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wet- land animals. The project receiving funding will be undertaken by a group of partners including Audubon Minnesota. the Bois de Sioux Watershed District, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, the Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, and Applied Ecological Services. The partners are particularly interested in developing cooperative projects capable of reducing flooding mately 25,000 acres of drained and degraded grassland, is currently being restored to native vegetation by The Nature Conservancy. It will eventual- ly be turned over to the federal gov- ernment to become Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge. Iditarod musher Vern Halter and his wile Susan Whiton will be visiting Big Stone City School Friday, April 26, at 9:15 AM. The students from James Knoll Elementary school in Ortonville have been invited to also attend the assembly. Vern will be sharing with the stu- dents his Iditarod experiences and introducing the students to some of his sled dogs, including some who have run the Iditarod. Halter's visit is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Halter grew up on a farm near Flandreau, SD. He earned his law ,degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, and then moved to Alaska in 1977. Vern and his wife, Susan Whiton. a veterinarian, known as the "Country Vet", own "'Dream A Dream Dog Farm" located in both Willow and Trapper Creek, AK. and improving natural resources in the Red River Basin. "This grant will help flooding victims as well as birds," said Cheryl Miller. Project Officer with Audubon. "'Joining together with landowners, townspeopre,, and other government and private groups is a great=way to help everybody." ", Researchers at the site are studying The grant provides funds for the,,,, the effects of large-scale prairie and Moonshine Lake Restoration Project ",wetland restoration on reducing downstream flooding and sedimenta- tion and on wildlife populations. Other projects of the partnership include: restoring prairie habitat on a 380-acre tract of abandoned cropland in Traverse County also owned by The Nature Conservancy; enhancing waterfowl habitat at Good Lake, a multipurpose impoundment on the Red Lake Reservation, and buffering streams on private lands, an effort being led by The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources through the Reinvest in Minnesota program. which will restore 1,000 acres of wet- lands in flood-prone areas near Graceville. The project is being devel- oped by representatives of the Bois de Sioux Watershed District, county and city officials, local landowners, state and federal agencies, and conserva- tion organizations. The project is part of the Red River Flood Mediation process which includes stakeholders in design and funding activities. The grant will also be used to restore 1,150 acres of wetlands that are part of the Tilden Farms tract in Red Lake County. The tract, approxi- Truck driving coming to Minnesota Iditarod sled dog racer to visit Big Stone City School w00-c,00wcam00 Minnesota West Community and Their kennel is home to 85 huskies. When not racing, Halter loves training and raising sled dogs with occasional breaks to enjoy Alaska and its magnificence. In 1983, Vern says he first ran the Iditarod "'just for the experience". However, since then, Vern has joined the ranks of the leaders and has been a top competitor in many of the big sled dog races. Vern believes incoming on strong at the finish. This past March, thanks to spon- sorship support from Wells Fargo, Vern completed his 15th Iditarod. This year's fifth place finish was his fastest time ever: nine days, seven hours, 47 minutes and 48 seconds. Vern has three top-five finishes, including 1999's personal best third- place showing. Mr. Halter's goal is to someday win the Iditarod. Ortonville firemen request higher wages for meetings Minnesota Street. Michelle stated the council bad not acted on her request last fall, and the matter was then dropped. She requested the council take action, and added the business was not a distur- bance to her neighbors or the nearby school. "We schedule things around the school so we don't block off the road," Ortonville's City Council heard from the city's Fire Chief Ron Athey at its regular meeting last Monday night regarding an increase in wages for Ortonville firemen, as well as the establishment of a wage for his own position. Athey stated the firemen are cur- rently paid a rate of $7.50 per hour for meetings, and he "wb-uld like to see that Technical College recently announced that the successful Pipestone Campus Truck Driving major would be offered this coming fall semester at the Canby Campus. Classes are scheduled to begin at the Canby Campus Aug. 22, 2002 and will be available to area residents during the fall semester only. Truck Driving at Minnesota West will begin its 13th year this fall and has provided over 300 graduates to an industry that is exploding with employee opportunities. According to truck driving instructor Dan Wagner, "We can't produce qualified drivers fast enough to keep up with industry demand." The college, in an effort to meet student needs, decided to relocate Truck Driving to the Canby Campus for the fall semester. "By moving the program we reach a totally new market of potential students," said Wagner. "Since the program is just one semester in length, many students find it difficult and expensive to relocate for training, we decided to bring the training to them " Students will benefit from instructor Wagner's 18-years of over- the-road experience, as well as his 12 years teaching students the art of truck driving. According to Wagner, "Our students will be able to take their CDL licensure right here at the college." Wagner, a State of Minnesota increased to $10 per meeting. In addi- she added. "We're not sure if this is certified CDL license examiner, ti6ff, he requested the Chief be paid a "ttte 'iglt placfor this business,' lt  '''provides 'th CDE 6h-Site o students ! ....... ;tof$500 per yearflorhs'dnties.'" the nighbor-are welcome to-h vc6ff'T ia"-'To trav In the past, the city's fire chief posi- tion received no pay. Ortonville Mayor Dave Dinnel stated this issue should be brought up later in the year at the time the city is considering its budget for 2003. In other business, the council heard from city residents Doug and Michelle Jorgenson, who have requested a con- ditional use permit for their piano repair and sales business along North say in that." Council members took no action it-/ the matter, but instructed the Jorgensons they would consider amending the ordinance to include piano restoration as a permitted use in Ortonville's residential areas. A public hearing on the matter of zoning issues will be held during the May planning commission meeting. s0meone.they don'tlmow... .... Many of our past graduates have said this was one of the programs' greatest assets and really takes the pressure off new drivers. Beninga open house set for April 27th An open house in honor of the 25th wedding anniversary of Mike and Julie Beninga will be held Saturday, April 27, from 5 to 7 at the Marietta Legion. A dance will follow. Custom Planting No till wheat and soybean with a 1860 42 ft no till John Deere drill. $13 an acre. Call 612-860-7143, Cellular Tosel Farms, Appleton, MN. World Memd from Helga (Editor's note: This is one in a series of articles, Independent, found in a cherished scra Ortonville's Helga (Mrs. Sam Mark Lohmann now Gc of Chevrolet Co., Miles City, Mark Lohmann, 31. of this city, has accepted the position of General Manager of the Dick Richardson Chevrolet Co.. in Miles City, Montana. The announcement was made today by J.P. Johnson. owner, shown at right in above photo, with Mark on the left. Lohmann had been associated in business with his father. Stan, at Lohmann Chevrolet of Ortonville, prior to moving to Montana late last month. Stan has operated the business for the past 17 years. Check out our web site at Mark and his dren, Jennifer, Carolyn, 17 their home at Miles City. 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