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J Editorial comment Aaron Peterson announces cand for State Representative in District Aaron Peterson, a farm-raised native of west-central Minnesota, today announced his candidacy for State Representative in District 20A, saying, 'q am running for State Representative because the rural val- ues I believe in need strong represen- tation in St. Paul." "I would be honored to serve in the State Legislature and will work hard to earn the opportunity and votes required to win this election in November," Peterson said. State House District 20A includes all of Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, and western Yellow- Medicine Counties. "I grew up on a family farm south of Madison. I will not allow west-cen- tral Minnesota to be left behind. If elected, I will work to improve the rural economy's small business and farming opportunities, provide afford- able health care and prescription drugs for senior citizens and families, improve transportation and technolo- gy, and invest in rural public educa- tion. I want to help find ways to devel- op and implement the talent and ideas that exist on our farms and in our towns," Peterson continued. "I clearly understand the impor- tance of equitable telecommunication access and connectivity. Improved technology is vital for economic development for rural communities. My plan is to invest in rural develop- ment to bring together private indus- try and public resources to better con- nect our part of Minnesota." Peterson also stated, "Minnesotans have a long, proud heritage of outdoor recreation and environmental stew- ardship. I hunt and fish• I have owned the same shotgun since 7th grade, and was fishing long before then. I will not support limits on sporting gun ownership or hunting access, nor will I support policies that harm our natur- al resources." Peterson, 31, was born in Glencoe, and was raised near Madison• His family has operated their 300-acre farm since the 1930's, and his great- great-grandparents homesteaded in Lac qui Parle County in the 1880's. Aaron Peterson has also worked in Washington, DC for former 2rid Congressional District Congressman David Minge and Congressman Jim Oberstar from northern Minnesota, and also for the Minnesota Senate Tax Committee. Peterson is running as a member of the Minnesota DFL Party. This is his first run for state office. Ethanol plant 70 percent complete The Northern Lights Ethanol Plant, being built near Big Stone Plant in northeastern South Dakota near Milbank, is 70 percent complete. When the plant comes online this summer it will employ 35 people and produce 40 million gallons of ethanol per year. Big Stone Plant will sell electricity and steam for ethanol production, pro- vide fire protection, and provide access to its rail line for transporting the ethanol. The project includes 2,500 feet of overhead piping to deliver steam from Big Stone Plant and to return conden- sate from the ethanol plant back to Big Stone. Broin and Associates, Inc., of Sioux Falls, SD, designed, engi- neered, and is building the ethanol plant. "This is an extremely positive opportunity for two technology-orien- tated energy businesses to work together to achieve efficiencies and higher levels of profitability for both companies," says Jeff Broin, CEO of Broin Companies• The venture results in a long-term and positive working Telationship between Northern Lights and Big Stone Plant. Broin will manage the ethanol plant and oversee its daily operations. Letters to E//ssa € by the late ev. George P. We,er D.D. (Edi. note: Following is one of a series of articles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his family to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're reading his memories of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon. The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. Ihno lanssen, now retired in VCalnut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Werner passed away late in the year 2000. "HALLOWEEN" (continued from last week) One Halloween night in Odessa my friends and I decided to break the record of the number of outhouses . tipped over. We were not sure of the exact county of previous years' exploits. Accounts varied according to the age and ego of the narrator. But we were reasonably sure that no year had netted a score of more than 30 outhouses upended. Also special credit for bravery and outright meanness of spirit went to those who might tip over an outhouse with someone in it. Especially if the structure were tipped forward so that the door was pinned shut by the weight of the little building. A crescent moon shaped window was in the door or side of the house (one cold call this the true "Little House on the Prairie") so this aper- ture would permit a little air in so the trapped person would not suffocate from the funs. This dark night we set out to "break the record." All went well. We had a plan and we were orga- nized. We worked our way across were enough houses in town that we could achieve our destiny for the night without upsetting our parents unduly. As we approached the far west of town near where the corn fields began we achieved our goal of 30 houses upended. We also avoided the pitfall of falling into the pit under each house and that was no little feat in some cases where a mighty push was needed to tip over the house. But now we had a supreme "extra" in view to climax our Halloween night's efforts. The Superintendent of our little school was know to be a man who did not tolerate foolishness. He taught my chemistry class and I was well acquainted with his stem discipline. But, undaunted, we stealthily approached Prof's back yard. It was a cloudy night and we didn't make a sound. We slipped quietly behind his outhouse and began our heaving and pushing. It was a bit more secure than the others but we gave it our best heave he. And finally, with a crash it went over. Almost as though Prof were wait- ing at the back door, he stepped out Farmers Union town from the east to the west, criss- crossing our way, leaving a trail of . t" rejects House havoc of upended outhouses in our 1 "q, \\; Farm bill essa00Wake" It "conveniences"must be said thattotheSehumanneC- ] ;;F:£,,/I functions were also called backhous- ,,i / >7 t bC:r4e,"0re.' nq ,I i.[ /l/ \\; - tOdf / dOL) k, Minnesota Farmers Union today es• Presumably because these minis- ; rejected the U.S. House conferees' ture houses were always discreetly ! _ j/r./]dj [ placed well behind the main house, l l,  farm bill proposal and encouraged the have never seen a backhouse or out- Senate to make a counter-offer, house on the front lawn.  ' ' ' I "The House of Representatives' We carefully avoided tipping over modest compromise does not any houses that belonged to a mem- 1. ,,'. ,/ ] adequately address the desperate :Schnecklber°fouradhoc gang. Butt here --.I I= J /,: ] economic situation in Minnesota,' • r--) said incoming Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson. "We urge the Senate to counter the House p|CKeU offer with a proposal that will provide { lift more certainty for America's farmers or "Who's Who" J, 7... __i ] and ranchers." ,n college  I Farmers Un, has asked Senate conferees to come back with a farm Karissa Pauline Schneck of " , bill propbsal that includes: Clinton was among the 17 students • • higher and more equitable from Bemidji State University i V--- --- ---- 14 17 .>5 26 27 33 36 41 45 51 52 53 59 52 55 mmm I Clues ACROSS 11 South African monetary unit 5. Philippine island 10. Philippine Island 14. Double curve " 15. Small genus of Eurasian aquatic perennial herbs 16. Mirish 17. Surveyor's concem 67. Visible radiation Clues DOWN 1. College army 2. Turkish title 3. Margosa tree, tropical Asia 4. __te, remove 5. Trends 6. Black calla genus 7. Matakam 8. Inclined 20. Source of tea leaves 9. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! 21. Brazilian river 10. Ruler 22. Caused 11. Abba __, Israeli 23. Sound politician 25. Bands 12. Ring 29. Clupeid fish 13. Sanskritic language 33. Spirit in The 18. Hereditary genes Tempest 19. Company officer, 34. They think abbr.. algorithms 23. Gymnosperm genus 35. Gadand 24. Woods 36. A solid missile 25. Flavorsome 29. Steep cliffs (Hawaiian) 30. Hamamelid dicot genus 31. Della __, singer 32. Thou _ well 37. Norse god of thunder 39. Marking 40. Before 43. Institute legal proceedings 46. Burst 47. Sounded 48. Uneven in quality, texture, etc. 50. Went in a stealthy manner 51. Infection 52. Titaness 53. Soft-finned fishes 54. Paragon 55. Clod 56. Monetary units discharged from a firearm 38. Reduced in size 41. Hirobumi _, Japanese Prime Minister 42. First Chinese dynasty 44. Bind 45. Covetous 48. Put in advance 49. Scarce 50. Car mechanics group 51. Inexorable 54. Glyptography 59. Oates book 62. Make barking sounds 63. Do0 64. Predatory whale 65. The cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees 66. Ill-natured 26. A sharp narrow ridge 57. South American found in rugged Indian mountains 58. Old Idsh alphabet 27. Military installations 60 Lasting records 28. Imaginary place 61. Not I *  1  1°1  '  * 1 o . o "1 ° °1°1' "' '1 ! "T- " N I El : & ;$i T" ';" s 0 "Ts 3 oi _ ISE00 rT Nr T-r o" "g- T T - " "-€ Ell liB tn 0 N [El O g rn R marketing loan rates that are based on current crop yields; • an improved safety net for all dairy producers; • mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meats, fruits, vegetables, catfish and peanuts; • a ban on meatpackers owning livestock more than 14 days before slaughter; and • production loss support for weather-related crop and livestock losses in 2001. Minnesota Farme.rsUnion also supports" payment limitations that target assistance to family-sized operations, as provided in the Senate- passed farm bill proposal. This morning, the House voted to instruct the conferees to accept the Senate payment limits, but the House conferees' plan does not include the Senate limits. "Farmers Union commends the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee for moving forward in the farm bill process and insists that additional progress be made," Peterson said. "We especially appreciate Rep. Collin Peterson (D- Minn.) for supporting the provisions that are important to Minnesota agriculture producers and rural communities." ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for.your loyalty: First English Lutheran Church H & H Cr Cm' -Hair Classics High School Library Blair Johnson, CPA Jim and Sons Lumber Kevin's Body Shop Ronn McDaniel Minnwest Bank Monardt Heights Northern Waste Systems Northside Medical Center Northridge Residence Ortonviile Municipal Hospital Leonard Oison Ortonville Flower Shop OW.,ce of County Assessor Peterson Chir Clinic Pizza Ranch Ransch Bros. Styling Hut James Strong Jim Strege Dean & Ramona Strege Stolpman Insurance Steve Stern Sherman Studio R.D. Schreiner & Associates Robert Schreiner Dr. Steve Winther selected to appear in the 2002 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." Schneck, a junior majoring in and as we ran into the night he cried out, "Halt or I'll shoot." We didn't halt and he didn't shoot. But many people had guns in Odessa and we thought just maybe our backsides might be filled with buckshot, lead pellets, from a 14 gauge shotgun. We had made it a night to remember; 33 outhouses tipped over, the last being our not so beloved school superinten- dent's. This was a Halloween unlike any before or after and it will go down in the annals of time as truly "A Night to Remember." Free Comedy in the Lounge Thursday, May 9 and May 23 Featuring national touringcomedians t=ky pun,, 00rand Pr.z.N.g00t Wednesday, April z4 Drawings for cash from 54opm Win $to,ooo Mother's Day Cash Drawings Sunday, May tz, 4-8pm 3 I I I i I piano performance and music composition, has been involved with the Madrigal Dinners and has volunteered at the Trinity Lutheran Church. She also participated in the BSU Jazz.Band I and the Bemidji Concert Choir. Students were chosen for this annual directory based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. Neil McCoy LIVE! oow _ Sunday, May 12, C..sI[O_I.. Shows at 4pm & 7pm 1.800.DAKOTA 5 The JAMES SUZETTE Computer and Com i Pub4ished Even/I $30.00 per year Parle, Traverse Minnesota, in South counties in All others, Postmaster: The Ortonville Ortonville, RATE: A Big Stone, IJ¢ Swift Grant and Februa ........... " Ma Juty ALL OTHERS I Ma) June ................. 22- July ALL AREA FeOruar ........... ' AI .................. 31. Ma Juy ................... 22.1 =PUBLISHER'S L The'Publisher changes or not lessen The omissions in tisement is strictly the Church notes - I Display ads CorrespondenCe" Pictures - News - Friday Classified ads (Any ad brought to classify.) 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