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(Edi. note. We received the touching words below this week from Phil Bolsta, for- merly of St. Cloud and the metro area, now of California. He is the son of Ortonville na- tive, Kent Bolsta, and the sub- ject of Phil's coments below is long-time Ortonville attorney, the late Herb Bolsta, known for his many contributions to this community, especially his annual awarding of the Amer- ican Legion award at every OHS commencement.) Fifty-two years ago photo to the side was taken of Ortonville attorney, Herb Bolsta, shown seated at that time with his two grandchildren, Cyn, left, and Phil, right, children of the late Kent Bolsta and Sandy, now of St. Cloud. Photo was taken as Cyn and Phil helped Herb celebrate Herb's 64th birthday. Phil, a most talented writer, au- thored the book tittled "Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything ..... a collection of 45 inspiring life-changing stories from promenent people he in- terviewed over the years. "Triumph of the Spirit...That Last Smile" is the caption Phil puts on side photo and listed are his brief memories of those days of his youth, when he called Herb "Grampo" rather than the usual Grampa! Phil writes: "It was the day after Christmas, 1971. I was 14 and my sister, Cyn, was 15. Our family was at the Vets Hospital, visiting Grampo, who then had spiraled into dementia after under- going double-cataract surgery months earlier. "Our beloved Grampo was sitting in a wheelchair in his room, staring va- cantly ahead. My sister and I were sit- ting patiently on his lap, wanting to go home. It had been a long time since Grampo had recognized any of us or demonstrated any trace of the Grampo we knew and loved was still 'in there.' "Suddenly Grampo turned to look at Cyn and me...and smiled! It was no or- dinary was a radiant smile that spoke to us, telling us, 'I love you both so much, you have given me so much joy, and everything is as it should be.' And then, in an instant, he turned and was gone again...lost in the wilder- ness of his ravaged mind. Cyn and I sat on the bed, transfixed, not wanting to move, wanting to hold on to that pre- cious connection, that loving smile, for as long as we possibly could. Four days later, Grampo was gone. "Today, 40 years later, Cyn and I still talk about Grampo's last smile with awe, reverence, and above all, grati- tude. We can feel his love for us as strongly as we did in that most unex- pected of moments, and we feel blessed beyond words that Grampo was granted permission to give us that final, glorious gift. "Happy l l6th birthday, Grampo. You are loved and missed beyond measure ! (Edit note: Hearing from ill Where can you shoot a game of pool, enjoy a terrific meal, take in the best view of Big Stone Lake and the beautiful murals across the street and play a game of cards with some fun folks? It's the Ortonville Community Center, formerly known as the Ortonville Senior Center. Community Center cook, Ruby, cooks up a wonderful hot and tasty meal that's served every day at noon. Monthly menus are available at the Center and are also published in the Ortonville Independent. Diabetic, low-cholesterol and low-sodium diets will be accomodated. Make your reservation by calling the Community Center at 320-839-3555 the day before you wish to eat. You may leave a message on their answering machine at any time. The Center has many activities and services available to add fun to your life or provide assistance in various ways, and several have been added to those already on the calendar, which is available at the Center. New activities at the Community Center include: -Balance Screening by Big Stone Therapies held on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Appointments are necessary, call the Center for this free service. -Afternoon at the movies is held on h il i Oy t [ Local student ..... excelsat i H'E-" " " " .... ............... t SkilIsUSA contest ./ ........... ~~:~.~.,~ (and other places I've hung out over the years) ......... . ............ Students from the North Dakota J ~~ .......... State College of Science in w~~_.,.,..,.~.,.~,,~.., Wahpeton, ND won a number of t~~)l~Cfftainedinthiscl ...... il!beactualexperi ...... from my four decades -- " ,~ " -- ,,. . of teaching, from one-room elementary to college. I kept volumes of notes awaras at tne 38tn Annua~ r~ortn J ~o~;~: 1 Ilmlml ! t Dakota SkillsUSA State Skills and l o~ d. rho,~ghthestorZ...... ....... l, th eshavebeenehanged." ...... ~ ~...~ B ~:maZrffl~' ~ t ate "~ol~ e~ :v..-A....~L.:_ r, .... c ...... iZn= ~ear ia, tL,~ 1 A ..4-t ~I~As many of you know I've had an interest in humor since I was a child. ~i: g Y "~k ~, .... R/~t.V ..... . l /: April. NDSCS competed with over 650 , , contestants and took the top two And other places know that9' positions in eight different categories : hung out over the years"Si, Senor," the farmer replied, and had 26 students place within the " , By Arlo Janssen apologetically, "I tol' you he don look top three. Ten NDSCS students Here s a story I sometimes used to too good." earned an invitation to corr/pete in demonstrate the difference between ~ ****** their respective national contests by 'look' and 'see' in English-as-Second " I've used another illustration for achieving gold medals in skills and Language classes, especially the stu- the difference between look and see leadership competitions at the state dents from Mexico: that comes from the movie ca!led "the level. They are qualified to compete A man from the United States was Fiddler On the Roof. ' The at the 47th Annual National climbing the Sierra Madre Mountains Matchmaker' in the story says to the Leadership and Skills Conference in in northern Mexico to see an old father of a son of marrying age, I Kansas City, MO., June 19-24. friend. The mountain road, however, have a good match for your son-the Phil again brings back softie fond memories of his father, Kent, about three years older than yours truly and our late brother, Tom, and sister, Bar- bara. The Kaerchers and Bol- stas went to the same church, Congregational, and every Sunday morning, without fail, Kent would stop at the Kaercher house to make sure Tom and I were out Of the round tub we used for a bath, and that we were up and ready to head for Sunday School. He never worried about Barbara, as she was always ready. Can't remember Kent ever missing a Sunday. Also, will never forget when Herb would see my fa- ther Lem and me on the street. Herb would come up to us, place his finger first on Lem, then me, and then he said "I like this trio...father, son and holy ghost!" Of course, Lem was the father, me the son, and Herb the holy ghost! Never forget that!) played mornings and afternoons. Bridge is played Friday afternoons at 12:50 p.m. -Quilters are invited to bring their projects and work on them with the ladies who meet the first Monday of each month a 9 a.m. -The 'No Pokin Along' exercise the first and fourth Wednesday of each of each month at no charge. month at 1:30 p.m. The movies look -Card games are popular and great on their new big-screen TV. -If balancing that checkbook is giv- ing you a headache, make an appoint- ment on the second Tuesday of the month for assistance from CenBank starting at 10 a.m. This is a free ser- vice. -Western MN Legal services is at Child care organizations and parents across the globe are joining together Friday, May 6, to celebrate Provider Appreciation Day. Provider Apprecia- tion Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers, school- age program staff, child care center di- rectors and staff, and all those who work with children and are responsible for their education and care. It is esti- the Center on the fourth Wednesday of group meets every m0ming at 10 a.m. : the month from 10 a.m. to noon. They: They work out to either an audio tape can answer any legal questions you or a DVD on their large screen TV. may have. Appointments are neces- All area seniors are invited to join sary and last approximately a half the Senior Club for fun and fellowship hour. There is no charge for this ser- on the third Wednesday of each month vice. at 1:30 p.m. The coffee is always on Additional opportunities at the and there is a variety of goodies to Community Center include: enjoy for a small charge at 8:30 a.m. -Blood Pressure checking by and 2:30 p.m. Countryside Public Health the first The Ortonville Community Center Monday of the month for free at 12:30 has plenty of space to host your party p.m. or celebration. Organizations needing -Vintage Stitchers meet the first a meeting place are welcome during Thursday of the month a.t 10 a.m. daytime or evening hours. They can They knit and crochet items for chari- accomodate your group's noon meet- ty and all are invited to join. ings by providing a noon meal. Just -Old greeting cards find new life as contact the Center for details concern- they recycle them into beautiful new ing availability and cost. cards. This takes place the second If you need a ride to the Center, Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. you can call the Transit Bus at 320- -Their pool table gets agoodwork- 839-2050. Visit the Community out daily starting at 8 a.m. If the corn- Center and you'll find old and new petitors are game, a pool toumament friends and a great place to spend part can be arranged the fourth Thursday of your day. ion day. Friday, May 6 is the day to recog- nize the professionals who are charged with preparing our youngest citizens for school and life." "By applauding the dedication of child care providers on May 6, we remind our communities of the importance of high-quality child care, and let providers everywhere know that we recognize and value their nity members will recognize their child care providers by sending flowers, de- livering lunch or making contributions such as new books or play equipment. Child care providers who are partici- pating in the pilot phase of Parent Aware: A Rating Tool for Selecting High Quality Child Care and Early Ed- ucation will also be recognized. The important work," said Linda K. Smith, new Parent Aware ratings will help mated that there are nearly 2.8 million Executive Director of the National As- _ Minnesota parents choose the best care child care providers in ttie United sociation of Child Care Resource & settings to prepare their children for school. "It takes a special person to work in States and that nearly 12 million chil- dren under age five are in their care. "Child care providers care for over 367,000 children in Minnesota," said Marge Knudson, District Coordinator of Prairie Five Child Care Resource & Referral. "Minnesotans depend on their child care providers to get to work each Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), the lead sponsor of Provider 'Appreciation Day. "It is important that the care a child receives during the first five years of life be of high-quality because 90 percent of brain development occurs during those years." In Minnesota, parents and commu- the child care field and these individu- als are often unrecognized," said Knud- son. "This day offers an opportunity for parents to show their child care providers their appreciation." Receiving a bronze medal for third place was Jake Henrichs of Ortonville in Welding. Jake is the son of Steve and Val Henrichs. Two west central Minnesota proj- An updated construction schedule has crossovers in the median. For the re- ects that were scheduled to begin May not been determined, but the project ma[nder of the project, all traffic will 2 will be delayed due to spring road re- will begin sometime after May 11. shift to the eastbound lanes while strictions, according to the Minnesota Traffic will be detoured during the . crews resurface the westbound lanes. Department of Transportation. Highway9 project;which-is scheduled The 1-94 project is scheduled to be The Highway 10 resurfacing proj- to be completed approximately eight completed in early July, weather per- ect on the eastbound lanes between weeks after it begins, weather permit- mitting. Hawley and Detroit Lakes has been ring. The Minnesota Department of rescheduled to begin May ll. East- The Interstate 94 resurfacing proj- Transportation urges motorists to al- bound traffic will be reduced to one ect on the westbound lanes between ways drive with caution, slow down in lane in areas where crews are working. Barnesville and Downer remains on work zones and never enter a road The project is scheduled to be corn- schedule to begin May 2. Westbound blocked with barriers or cones. For pleted in mid-June, weather permitting, and eastbound-mOtOrists will experi- statewide travel information, visit The Highway 9 resurfacing project ence lane closures the week of May 2 www.511, call 5-1-1 or log on south of Morris also will be delayed, while crews install temporaryto was too much for his Cadillac to jeweler's daughter." negotiate. To get the last few miles up The father, looking a little mysti- the mountain, he offered a farmer 10 fied, says, "The jeweler's daughter? dollars if he'd let him use his burro. She's almost blind; isn't she?" The farmer said, "Si, but my burro, he "You're right; that's the point. The don' look too good." way your son looks and the way the "I don't care how he looks," the girl sees, it's a perfect match. American laughed, so he paid the Signed copies ofArlo's book about man; then he mounted the burro and growing up in Odessa are available at rode on, up the mountain. Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If The burro, however, almost went you would like to contact him, write to over a cliff with the man on his back. PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- The man returned to the farmer and mail: arlojanssen@gmail, com growled, "This burro is blind! Do you Dustin Athey and Kate Stater both of Milwaukee, WI will be united in marriage Saturday, May 21, at The Red Circle Inn, Nashotah, WI. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Athey, and the grandson of Marilyn Athey both of Big Stone City, SD. He graduated from Ortonville High School in 1999 and attended Winona State and Minnesota Southeast Technical College. He is currently employed as a manufactur- ing engineer at P&H Mining. The bride, formerly of Cedar Falls, IA graduated from the Northern University High School in 2000 and from Winona State in 2005. She is employed as a sales administrator at Storage Systems Midwest. (ADV) Open house baby shower for Kindelbergers An open house baby shower will be held for baby Kindy, on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Center in Ortonville. Proud parents are Dustin and Jamie Kindelberger. They are registered at Target. No local invitations will be sent out. (ADV) Save this paper for recycling Engaged Tiffany Ann Nelson and Christopher Lucas Raaf, of Plymouth, are pleased to announce their engage- ment. Tiffany is the daughter of Bruce and Deborah Nelson, of Alexandria. Christopher is the son of Bruce and Theresa (Stotesbery) Kakac of Alexandria, and the late Edward Raaf. Tiffany and Christopher are 2000 graduates of Alexandria's Jefferson High School. Miss Nelson earned her AAS Degree in Computer and Voice Networking from Alexandria Technical College in 2003. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree at Metropolitan University in St. Paul. Tiffany is employed as a Network Technician at Success Computer Consulting in Golden Valley. Mr. Raaf earned his AA Degree in 2002 from Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis and is employed as an Architectural Draftsman at Sharratt Design in Excelsior. A May 9 wedding is planned in Cancun, Mexico. A reception and dance will be held at the Glenwood Ballroom on July 9. (ADV) e park new Farmers Ma rket on The Big Stone Lake Farmers apples. Market will begin its 2011 season on Beginning this year, Clinton resi- Saturday, May 14 at Lakeside Park in dents will also have the opportunity to Ortonville. The Ortonville Market buy fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery will be open from 8-11 a.m. each goods close to home. On Tuesday, Saturday from mid-May through June 7 the Big Stone Lake Farmers October. Lakeside Park is located on Market will open on Main Street in Madison Avenue near the foot of Big Clinton, near the Memorial building. Stone Lake in Ortonville. The Clinton Market will run from 3-6 During May and June, visitors can p.m. Tuesday evenings throughout the expect to find cool-season vegetables summer. such as asparagus, lettuce, radishes, Farmers Markets are a great way snap peas, spinach and rhubarb. Later for producers to sell directly to the in June and throughout July farmers public. Any locat~producer who is will have strawberries, raspberries ...... interested in selling at this year's broccoli, beets, zucchini and green Market are encouraged to call Joanne beans for sale. Svendsen, Market Manager at 320- August will bring more warm-sea- 325-5970. Guidelines and applica- son vegetables such as cucumbers, tions are available at the Ortonville sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes and Library: The Big Stone lake Farmers melons. Autumn harvest will show- Market is also encouraging local case baskets of carrots,, potatoes, artists and craftspeople to apply for Onions, squash, pumpkins and membership. We would like to say THANK YOU to - all who have made donations to the Big Stone Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf inthe past year, including our Annual March Campaign (we more than doubled our goal)! Thankfully, there are too many to list here and, we wouldn't want to forget anyone! those who conduct various food drives throughout the year and those who bring the food to the Food Shelf the many dedicated volunteers who donate their valuable time to make the food shelf run smoothly; they serve on the board, unload the truck each month, complete the weekly paperwork and provide weekly service to Food Shelf customers I Your generosity has made a big difference in the lives of friends and neighbors in our area who have utilized the food shelfl Without your support of money, food, supplies and time we would not have a Food Shelf .... THANK YOU! -Big Stone Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf Board Page 2 ~ INDEPENDENT Tuesday, May 3, 2011