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Long-time friends and readers Sam and June Simonson write to change their address from Green Valley, AZ, to Chaska, MN. "Another winter has flown by. Have seen several Ortonville area people including Fred and Lola Lockwood, Justin and Birdie Scholberg, Erv and Darlene Mikkelson and Frank and Clara Zeek. Green Valley is really green now in spite of a very dry win- ter. We enjoy getting the Independent to keep up on the local news. A great hometown newspaper. Was good to see native son Duane Mitchell, now of International Falls, in town several days last week...visit- ing his ailing mother, Helen, currently residing at Northridge Residence, whom we've always admired! Duane, a member of the OHS class of 1950, has been a District Court Reporter for the past 33 years. He's now retired, the father of three living children (one deceased), and the grandfa- ther of seven. Still one of Ortonville's biggest boosters is Judy Drewicke, who sends us a fax message with a "happy birthday" note on our 72nd last April 23rd, and saying "I heard this morn- ing on WCCO radio that the temper- ature was 39 degrees outside of the Vali Vu Motel in Ortonville. Any press is good press!! It keeps our name out there." With her birthday wish to us, Judy also mentions it was her sister Kay's 50th birthday on the day ifter ours...April 24th. As most know, Judy is currently working at the "Explore Minnesota" booth in the Mall of America in Bloomington. AND...every now and then, she sells a can of our Hobo Soup! Bless her! A chuckler today from friend "Andy" Anderson of Milbank mac,time wner - publisher of the Herald Advance newspaper: "Jim and Mary were both patients in a Mental Hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sunk to the bottom and stayed there. Mary promptly jump in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out. When the medical director became aware of Mary's heroic act he immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as he now considered her to be mental- ly stable. When he went to tell Mary the news he said, Mary, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged because since you were able to jump in and save the life of another patient, I think you've regained your senses. The bad news is, Jim, the patient you saved, hung him- self with his bathrobe belt in the bathroom. I am so sorry, but he's dead. Mary.replied, he didn't hang himself, ! put him there to dry." Two more small worlders! Recently, friend and reader Lane Barton and wife Peggy of Edina were shopping at Jerry's Market in Edina. They met a most congenial girl at the check-out, whom Lane struck up a conversation with as the name on her jacket read "Kelsie," which is the name of a town near Duluth where Lane grew up. When he asked the girl from whence she came, she replied Ortonville. Lane then asked her if she knew Jim Kaercher, to which she replied, "why of course...I used to take saxophone lessons from his daughter, Sara!" The girl was Kelsie Roelke, daughter of Scott and Karla Roelke of Ortonville. The sec- ond small worlder happened when a technician named Marv Olson from Specialty Graphics Products of St. Paul came to our shop to repair our film processor. When he was fin- ished, we asked if he had ever heard of Hobo Soup. He replied "what a coincidence..just yesterday, I was shopping at Jubilee Foods in Roseville and for the first time ever, I picked up a can to read what was on the label. I didn't buy a can, but you can be sure I will now!" He left with a free sample, but we're con- vinced he will help us out with a pur- chase also! Boaters urged to take precautions to avoid spreading zebra mussels Anglers and other boaters who take to the St. Croix River to enjoy the angling opportunities for the new sea- son should be aware of exotic species concerns on the river, according to' officials of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Two years ago, agencies monitor- ing the river discovered hundreds of small exotic zebra mussels attached to rocks, logs and other objects in the river. With this evidence of reproduc- ing zebra mussel populations in the river, the DNR classified the lower 25.4 miles of the St. Croix River as infested. While monitoring last summer indicated lower numbers of zebra mussels, the river still remains infest- ed. Boaters should take precautions to avoid spreading this exotic species to other Minnesota lakes and rivers. Boaters should already be familiar with the need to remove all aquatic vegetation or any attached zebra mus- sels from their boating qipment. including their trailers. Howe've,r, in the infested water area of the ri,.4", boaters are required to drain all water from their boat and equipment before leaving an access. Bilges, live wells and bait buckets must be drained before driving away from an access site. "The larval stage of zebra mussels are microscopic; hundreds of them could be in a bait bucket and you wouldn't see them," explained Gary Montz, zebra mussel coordinator for the DNR. "Yet this same water, dumped in a different lake, could lead to a new infestation of this exotic." USDA funds to build Economic Update permit on tll Monarch Heigl Lake Zumbro is the only known (Together we're "building" a level residentll Minnesota inland lake wiih zebra better future) care indepenal mussels. Healthy populations of this Big Stone Area Growth (BSAG) licensing reqt exotic are in the Duluth-Superior has temporarily postponed their first care project Harbor and in the Mississippi River. annual meeting. It was scheduled for boarding" con particularly from Lake Pepin down- 7:15 p.m. this Thursday, May 2nd, A lot of.[] stream, but zebra mussels have not 2002 at the Senior Center. developing i moved into other Minnesota waters. BSAG has been working on people to w - "We think the care and effort that developing a business service Center announce a/I boaters and anglers are taking is help- at the B&L Bldg and a revolving loan meeting m a 1 ing to curtail the spread of this exot- fund for "all" the communities in Big have any qu ic,'" Montz said. "Through the efforts Stone County. We are also developing of our Watercraft Inspection Program, a list of community projects and K. Bird at I[ a very high percentage of priorities for the next five years. Cunn'mghamat I Minnesotans know and understand BSAG has filed for a conditional use about this exotic species and what they can do to prevent its spread. Our CJass of 1952 hope is that, with the continued help addresses from the public, we can prevent this SeeKing exotic from making its home in other Does anyone know the current Minnesota lakes and rivers." addresses of these two people. No. 1 WI Marv Ginzel Harris. Last known Soybeans..--r" Illll:'  address is 5008 Laurelgrove Ave., Corn ....... ._ "'-'. North Hollywood, CA. 91607 or . Betty Keim Peterson. Last known No. 1 WI r' Soybeans ""t Corn .......... 41' Nassau waterworks plant Senator Paul Wellstone today was pleased to announce that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a $160,000 rural economic development loan and $405,000 grant to finance a waste- water treatment and collection plant in the city of Nassau. The total award of $565,000 will be used to fund the completion of a wastewater collection and treatment system. "I am proud to announce these funds being made available for these important and necessary improve- ments," said Wellstone. "The combination of this loan and grant will make an important contri- bution to the health of the residents of Lac qui Parle county. It also helps in our continuing effort to promote rural development that are so vital, and will be a great benefit to families and the community as a whole." The USDA Rural Economic Development Office makes loans and grants to utility service providers. The loan provides funds to the community to be repaid over 40 years. Ortonville Schools receive grants Ortonviile Public Schools and Countryside Public Health recently completed a 61 question survey that focused on Youth Risk Behaviors. Those completing the survey included 50% of school staff, more than 50% of parents of students in grades 7-12, and all students in grades 7 and 10. The basis for which these grant funds are being used are the areas that survey participants identified as risk areas for youth in our community. Tobacco Endowment Fund, through The Minnesota Department of Health and Countryside Public Health, is pro- viding these grants. Ortonville School received $1000 to support a youth risk coordinator. The school district also received the $250 "YR-SAFE" Youth Risk Student Activity Fund. The purpose of this grant Is to help fund activities for youth ages 12-18 that are safe and focus on the prevention of youth risk behaviors. COLLIN KELLEN, 5 of Clinton, proudly shows off his first walleye, a 3 pound 4 ounce fish caught during the border waters opener last weekend. He is the son of Leon and Peggy Kellen. address is 6702 San Anselmo Way, San Jose, CA, 95125. If you have any information about them call Mary at 320-839-3960. The class reunion will be held during Cornfest. CLASSlI True Minnesota. Some things are distinctly Minnesotan -- like Blue Cross Minnesota, recognized for delivering quality health care pin years. That's why more MinnesOtans choose Blue Cross thl Call me for individual or group plans or plans that work vd Tom Oakes Agent 40 NW 2nd Street Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2118 or 800-630-4978 Ortonville Public Schools has This grant money may be available received $3200 in grants t° address again in the fall' pending state budget I I tobacco and other youth risk behav- decisions. Happy ? 5th iors in our school district. The New Vear means new staff, Birthday . _ , other summer rec. changes [ New 4 WheeIMachineAlignment II Another summer will soon be here, volunteers available to help with the , - and Ortonviile's Summer Recreation program continues to expand. New staff members and a wider array of programs have been added for 2002. New summer rec. director this year is Kari Henningson and Rebekah Zahrbock will be the city's pool direc- tor. Both are recent OHS graduates. Henningson stated a few of the pro- grams being considered this summer are soccer, basketball, baseball, soft- ball, t-ball, as well as arts and crafts, drama, tennis, gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do. What will be available, she says, depends upon both interest and the programs. More offerings may be added at a later date, too, depending on suggestions and leadership avail- able. According to City Clerk/ Administrator Roman Taffe, nearly 200 children participated in summer recreation last year, and there contin- ues to be an increasing interest for the programs, The city of Ortonville is looking for volunteers to assist with the summer recreation program. If you are inter- ested in helping with any of these pro- grams, please contact Henningson at 839-6280. 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