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Our community has among our citi- zens a man whose uncle and aunt are numbered am0ng the elite philan- thropists of the metro area. We refer to David and Sandra Frauenshuh, uncle, and aunt of Ortonville's Ron Frauenshuh, Jr. Recently as a result of David and Sandra's existence; the oldest son (Forrest) son of our oldest daughter, Collette Roberts, was hon- ored to perform with his high school concert choir and the Concordia College Choir and four other high school choirs at Orchestra Hall. The Frauenshuhs sponsored the event, paying for dinner and travel of all the choir members and with each school receiving, an award of $500 for their respectxve music departments. Hundreds of singers were in the group, the fewest number being 42 from Forrest's school, Mound Westonka. Guest clinician Paul Salamunovi'h was director. A bit of data here on the Frauenshuhs, who recently donated the Frauenshuh Cancer Center adjoining Park Nicollet Medical Center, is as fol- lows: David R. Frauenshuh was born and raised in St. Paul. David has made his mark on the business world at CEO of Frauenshuh Companies, a commercial real estate development firm. He lives out his commitment to faith and service in a variety of capacities. He is a board member of the Federal Home Loan Bank, Des Moines; The Salvation Army National Advisory Board; The Children's House, Honolulu, Hawaii; and Crossways International. He serves on the board of the Minnesota Prayer Breakfast, the Capital City Partnership, and as chairman of Christmas Campaign of The Salvation Army of Minnesota. He is active at CrossView Lutheran Church where he serves as a Bible study leader. Ron says David was also a leader in the prayer group of President George W. Bush. Sandra is a first-grade substitute teacher. She is an active member at CrossView Lutheran Church in Edina, where she has served as a Sunday school teach- er for over 25 years, a Stephen Minister, and a Bible study leader. Indeed they are busy folks! ***** Hey, while we are on poli- tics, we have an idea that could put thousands, even millions of Americans back to work. Round up all the stupid bail-out and stimulus dollars, and direct it to fixing up all our highways, especial-" ly those in the northern part of our country. You can hardly drive anywhere in that sector without your vehicle taking a real beating because of all the ruts, bumps, and holes caused by normal spring break-upsH We understand that Obama is now considering taking control of the Federal Reserve and Wall Street! With some of the auto industry, hous- ing industry, and banking industry already under the fed's control, what in the world can we expect next?? Maybe even a tax on the air we breathe...don't bet against it!! We thought Obama ran for the office as a Democrat...and it's a bad sign for America that he's looking more like a Socialist every day! That makes for a citizenry that has been mis- informed!!!! Worst part of it all, there seems to be too much apathy in those among his followers!!!! Along with all the other Twins fans, we are mighty happy to see they are off to such an excellent start. And, indeed, Mr. Weatherman has been smiling on the new Target Field...but we predict it's highly likely before the season is over, the visionaries will regret they didn't go for the extra bucks to build a retractable top. When will the two major political parties stop their back-and-forth bickering, obviously primarily in most cases, just to show their pow- ers?! To heck with either party...unless they start thinking like true Americans, which is what it should be all about! We cite where Arizona's Republican Governor has passed a stiff immigration law, because the Feds are taking no action on the problem. Now some are opposing the much-needed law including Democrat Mayor of Phoenix, citing, among other things...racism! Stupid! Our country is made up of many immigrants, but they are, by law, legal! A mighty big difference when you have the illegal movement like there obviously is in Arizona. GbV", secures major disaster declaration for 18 counties Governor Tim Pawlenty has an- nounced that President Obama has ap- proved a major disaster declaration for Minnesota. The presidential declara- tion clears the way for federal relief and recovery assistance for Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Clay, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Sibley, Traverse, Wilkin, and Yellow Medicine Counties and the Tribal Nation of the Upper Sioux Com- munity. Governor Pawlenty requested an ex- pedited major disaster declaration in a letter to the President on March 9. The preliminary damage estimate in the major disaster request totaled ap- proximately $14.8 million. Under the terms of the disaster declaration, the federal government would cover 75 percent of eligible costs or approxi- mately $11.1 million. Governor Paw- lenty plans to propose legislation that would have the state cover the entire remaining state and local government portion of 25 percent or approximately $3.7 million. "We're grateful this spring's flood- ing was largely contained," Governor Pawlenty said. "But the extremely high waters still caused some damage, particularly in Red River Valley. Once again, the spirit and resolve of Min- nesotans battling the floodwaters was incredible." The Presidential major disaster dec- laration includes two categories of aid: • Public Assistance: Assistance to state and local government and certain private non-profit organizations for emergency work and the repair or re- placement of disaster-damaged facili- ties. This applies within the counties in the disaster area. • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program: Assistance to state and local govern- ment and certain private non-profit or- ganizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards. All counties in the State of Minnesota are eligible to apply for assistance under this program. On March 15, Governor Pawlenty declared a State of Emergency for sev- eral Minnesota counties and the Upper Sioux Community as they prepared for serious flooding. His executive order activated the National Guard to assist in flood preparations and directed the Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to activate the Minnesota Emergency Operations Plan. Governor Pawlenty is also working with North Dakota Governor John Ho- even to undertake efforts along with city, county and congressional officials to accelerate work on permanent flood protection projects in the Red River basin. Circle of Parents® celebrates third year with Family Fun Day May is here and Circle of Parents® will be enjoying the beautiful weather by celebrating three years in the com- munity. Come join them Monday, May 3 to eat birthday cake and pizza, regis- ter for door prizes, and participate in a Family Fun Day. Families' will participate in games such as the three-legged race, the sack race, and other outdoor activities. The activities will take place in the Pool Playground located next door to the United Methodist Church. In case of rain we would move games to inside the church and modify. Everyone is welcome so make this either a return trip or your first experience with the group. We want to thank Hillman Bros Excavating for donating door prizes. The rest of the month will include regular meetings. May dates include 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. The schedule and topics are as follows: • May 10-Teaching Love to Kids and how they can love themselves. • May 17-How can we get kids to eat health foods and dealing with picky eaters. • May 24-Family Activity -Healthy cooking as a family Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated so that they can better plan the meal and the amount of Children's Time Volunteers needed. Register by calling Cara at 273-2266. Meeting nights are held at the United Methodist Church (803 Roy St) in Ortonville, lo- cated West of the hospital. A free meal is served from 5:30-6 p.m. and the workshop is held from 6-7 p.m. Free childcare called "Children's Time" is provided during the meeting time. The Children's Time program is an enjoy- able time for kids and volunteers. The program involves making crafts, read- ing books, and playing games. Circle of Parents® is an opportunity for all people to learn from others how to do the best they can for their kids. The group is for all who are involved in raising children of any age includ- ing: single parents, two parent families, grandparents, foster parents, relatives, parents of toddlers, parents of teenagers, parents of adolescents, blended families. People come to- gether to discuss how to create healthy families and supportive communities. There is no fee for attending. Join them any time. State agencies ask motorists to share the road with bikers Minnesota bike riders are back on the road -- and motorists need to share the road, according to the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT). Prelim- inary 2009 stats from DPS report 10 bi- cyclist deaths, a drop from 13 in 2008, but still above the-average death count over the last decade. Officials expect a continued surge of bicyclists in 2010 and urge caution for those who may be new to bicycle commuting. The agencies underscore the impor- tance of the safety issue due to the pop- ular biking culture, especially in the Twin Cities; Minneapolis was recently named America's "top biking city" by Bicycling Magazine. "Motorists need to be ready as more bicyclists join traffic, and bike riders need to help drivers by heeding traffic and road rules, and wearing bright, re- flective gear and helmets," says Chert Marti, director of DPS Office of Traffic Safety. Marti adds that bike commuters need to take the time to plan safe routes, use paths when possible, and follow the rules of the road, including obeying traffic signals. DPS reports each year an average of eight bicyclists are killed and more than 950 are injured in crashes with ve- hicles. Most bicycle crashes occur dur- ing.afternoon rush hours. People under age 25 represent more than half of all bicyclists injured annually .... "Bicycles have a right to bep every road, except where specifically prohibited, and that means following the rules of the road and being respect- ful of other traffic," says Susan Koschak, Statewide Non-Motorized Advisory Committee chairperson. "As cyclists, we have the responsibility to be visible, which means wearing cloth- ing that contrasts with the background and using appropriate lights when it is dark." The major contributing factor in bi- cyclist-motorist crashes is failure to yield right-of-way, for which both bi- cyclists and drivers are at fault. For bi- cyclists, another crash factor is disregard for traffic control devices. Crash factors for motorists include fail- ing to watch for and see bicyclists, and driving inattentively. DPS and MnDOT officials say that the law is clear: bicyclists and mo- Preparations under way for Walk of Hope 2010 The Big Stone County Cancer Support Group has started the prepa- rations for the Walk of Hope, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, in Ortonville. It will be held at the high school track/football field this year. All teams that have partici- pated in the past are encouraged to participate again this year, and new teams are always welcome. The BSC Cancer Support Group is a nonprofit public charity organized for the purpose of offering financial support to residents of Big Stone County who are victims of cancer and to their families. There is a simple application required in order to receive assistance from the Cancer Support Group; financial assistance can be provided in the form of gas cards, lodging when traveling to treat- ments, prescriptions, and/or medical bills. These applications can be found in Ortonville at the Hospital, the Clinic, Minnwest Bank, Liebe Drug and Carlson Drug; in Clinton at the Clinic and Bonnie's Hometown Grocery; in Graceville at the Clinic, Holy Trinity Hospital, and Liebe Drug; in Beardsley at the churches, the Beardsley Food Center and Bobby Jo's; or by contacting any of the phone numbers below. In case you're not familiar with the Walk of Hope, luminaries are sold in memory of friends and family who have died of cancer and in honor of cancer survivors. The luminaries sell for $5 each. At the Walk, the luminar- ies are lined up so as to create a walk- ing path. Teams of six-10 people (or more) are created by anyone interest- ed in participating in the Walk of Hope. At least one person from each team should be walking during the duration of the Walk, which goes from 1-10 p.m. Of course, anyone can walk; you don't have to be on a team to participate in the Walk of Hope. At dusk the candles in the luminaries are lit and the effect is indescribable! Each team raises money for the Cancer Support Group, either throughout the year or on the day of the Walk. Just a few of the things teams are doing now are: selling ice ,cream floats at the grocery store in Ortonville; selling Little Ceasar pizza kits; a silent auction on the day of the Walk of Hope; selling Schwan's prod- ucts. How your team wants to raise money is up to you and your imagina- tion. The BSC Cancer Support Group has a facebook page (Big Stone County Cancer Support Group). We now have about 100 friends, but we're always looking for more ! Contributions can also be made under the Cause, if you so desire. If you don't do facebook, you may want to check out our blog at www.bigstonecountycancersupportgr oup.blogspot.com. Bette Johnson maintains facebook and the blog and would love to have you contact her with info to post on either one. If you'd like to form a team, please contact Linda Krogsrud or Ethel Swenson (839-2568), Elaine Martig (325-5929), Bette Johnson (839- 2048), Art Abel (748-7573), or Deb Wentland (265-6208). The next meet- ing of the BSC Cancer Support Group will be on Tuesday, May 11, at 7:15 p.m. at the Media Center in the Library in Ortonville. All members of the Cancer Support Group are asked to attend; and if you're curious, PLEASE JOIN US! torists share responsibility. Eight "rules of the road" to improve bicycle safety are: • Bicyclists may ride on all Min- nesota roads, except where restricted -- such as interstates. • Bicyclists should ride orLthe road, and must ride in the same direction as traffic. -: " ' ' • Motorists must at all times main- tain a three-foot clearance when pass- ing a bicyclist. • Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as mo- torists. • Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right of way to each other. • Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable man- ner. • Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it's dark. • Bicyclists should always wear hel- mets and bright reflective gear. For information about MnDOT's "Share the Road" bicycle safety edu- cation program, bicycle crash statistics and bicycle events statewide, vis- ithttp://www.sharetheroadmn.org/inde x.html. ABBY WEBER OF ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL was recently elected as a Region 5 officer at the State Meeting in Bloomington, April 15-17. The Region 5 officers, pictured left to right are Abby Weber of Ortonville (daughter of Mark and Mary Weber of Bellingham), Michael Backer of CGB, Amy Wolff of CGB and Olivia Wicklund of Litchfield. Students raising money for. American Heart Association The kindergarten through sixth grade students at James Knoll Elementary are jumping rope and shooting hoops to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's number one- and number three killers. Next week in physical education class, the stu- dents will be doing different jump rope and basketball activities for their event. Students are raising funds for the American Heart Association, which funds cardiovascular disease research and public and professional educa- tion programs. Money raised by the event will go to fund potentially life- saving research and educational com- munity programs. Please help our students help others! If a student asks you for a donation to support their efforts, please give what you can. The students are learning how they can make a difference by providing this important community service and they will have a great time at the fun- filled events in class this week. If anyone would like to make a donation to the American Heart Association for our jump for heart and hoops for heart fundraiser, please send a check to the American Heart Association and send it to the Ortonville Public School (Attn: Elementary Physical Education) 200 Trojan Drive, Ortonville, MN 56278. Local food shelves hoping for a boost from lawmakers Between job loss, unemployment and foreclosures, some Minnesotans are facing a lean year, but there is positive news for those seeking help from food shelves. Legislators are considering the Emergency Food Shelf Funding bill, the only proposed legislation this year that would increase state funding at a time other programs are being cut or held flat. Food shelf managers across the state are pleased with lawmakers' interest, while they are seeing dra- matic increases in visits - some as much as 100 percent. While part of the rise is due to unemployment, Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions, says many Minnesotans simply are living on the .... financial edge. "In many cases, it's because their fixed costs have escalated - trans- portation, health care, housing - while their incomes have not kept THAT SPRING pace. We've seen more and more peo- ple fall farther and farther behind." If passed, the Food Shelf Fund would receive a one-time increase of $214,000, ' and an annual increase of $63,000 through 2013. State Representative John Benson, who authored the bill, says the issue goes beyond what is normally considered social welfare. "The most fundamental need that people have is nutrition. It's a unique need; something that people are fac- ing every single day." Benson represents Minnetonka and Plymouth in suburban Hennepin County - one of the areas with rapid- : ly rising food shelf use. He believes, the funding increase is a symbolic l measure by the legislature, demon-i strating they are aware of the problem and are willing to be part of the solu- tion. SUMMER Give Us A Call! Pole Barns Window Replacement (May qualify for tax credit!) Roofing Replacement (Asphalt Shingles & Metal Roofing) Maintenance-Free Siding Replacement New Decks (Wood and Composite) New Cabinets (www.woodlandcabinetry.com) New Homes RediBuilt Homes Home Remodels Any Other Material Needs! Chad Frost Darin Pauli Randy Prasnicki See the Building Professionals at: Brewster Buildin E. 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