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Editorial comment Letters to the editor To the Editor: They say this is where to voice your opinion so here we are. Today we drove to Ortonville and saw two large billows of smoke ahead. As we approached town everything was under a large cloud of smoke. OH-it's the DNR. No one else can burn but they burn off more acres every year. Why? Was their only education how to light matches and play with chain saws? They cut down every tree! There were buffalo in the auto tour route a few years ago-no more-they were in a strange habitat here. Well so are the workers in the DNR. They do not understand what the locals like or want in our area. We usually drove down there twice a month-last year we went down twice-only to see all trees piles and half burned or just piled-cut down or else large piles of ashes. We did not see any wildlife. They ruined what was beautiful. I pray no one let's them have control of another acre of land to destroy for us. Thank you for letting me vent for myself and many others who feel likewise. Anne Schmieg Big Stone City, SD Board hires groundskeeper for Toqua Park in Graceville Big Stone County Commissioners approved the hiring of Ronald Haugen as part-time seasonal groundskeeper at Toqua Park in Graceville at $11.29 per hour at their meeting on Tuesday, May 3. Haugen is replacing Rollie Bauer who resigned his postion last month. Dan Meyer, Big Stone County Veterans Service Officer presented his monthly report. Meyer stated that during the month of April he had 144 appointments, walk-ins and home contacts. He also had 179 phone con- tacts for a total of 323 contacts with veterans. Future Outreach events that Meyer has planned include being a guest speaker at the Beardsley and Graceville Memorial Day programs as well as having booths set up at the Big Stone County Fair and Ortonville's Comfest celebration. Human Resource (HR) Director Sue Schultz approached the Board recommending temporary emergency hiring for the Splash Program. The Board approved the hiring of Chris Fellows at Step 3-$13.32/hour, Marissa Baerwaldt at $12.73/hour and a third person has yet to be hired. The temporary hires will be for seven weeks at 12-15 hours per week. Big Stone County Engineer Nick Anderson opened bids on tied pro- jects on County State Aid Highway's 10 and 13. Bids were received from Bituminous Paving of Ortonville for $836,148; Central Specialties of Alexandria for $856,882.31; and Mark Sand and Gravel of Fergus Falls for $1,077,379.50. After the bids were reveiwed the Board accepted the low bid from Bituminous Paving. Bids were then opened for County State Aid Highway 22 through the City of Graceville. Bids were received from Kuechle Underground of Kimball for $984,429.26; J and J Earth Works of Graceville for $845,631.75; Ronglien and Sons Excavating, Inc. of Big Stone City, SD for $820,071.92; States Borders Construction of Graceville and Dumont for $749,148.85; and Central Specialties of Alexandria for $873,977.45. After some discussion it was decided to continue reviewing the bids and award the bid at the next Board meeting. The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, may 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Courthouse. I By JDK Here's a real, true-to-life puzzler...for anyone with the knowledge to provide us with an answer! Really, you won't believe what it's all about. We find it hard to believe also...that's why we would dearly appreciate an answer! It's about a SINGLE BAR OF SOAP...that has been in daily use in our bathroom of our house for a little over ONE YEAR...used by three to four ersons in our family at least twice per day. In addition, numerous guests from time to time have also used this exact same bar of soap. It is green in color, and we can't recall if we purchased it or if it may have been in a Christmas gift package. The bar measures three and five eighths inches long, three fourths of an inch wide, and five eighths of an inch thick. BELIEVE IT OR NOT...HONEST TO GOOD- NESS...WE SWEAR ON A STACK OF BIBLES...after all this use in over a year, the bar measures near-exactly the same today...maybe one billionth of a centimeter smaller. But to the human eye, it looks exactly like before it was ever used!! Our family is stumped...for the life of all in our household, we can't believe the bar's utter, amazing, re- silience!!!! Can someone explain this? Please!!! If you want to inspect the bar, you are more than welcome. We bet you could use it for another year and it would be the same size! Thanks in ad- vance for any help!!!! With the reported killing of Osama Bin Laden last week, mention was often made in the major media that a 25 million dollar reward had been of- fered years ago by our govern- ment for whoever did the job. As reported, it was a team of several Navy Seals! We are not aware that the reward was paid, nor to whom it will be paid...but who in our govern- ment had the authority to make such an offer? Osama was a single enemy of ours, though he was a Big one. There were thousands of our enemies in World War I and World War II, yet not one dol- lar in reward was ever offered to those who gave their lives in either war to kill the enemy! So many things our lawmakers do just make no sense at alll Most important, however, is we have rid the world of Osama, thanks to six brave Navy Seals! Here's a chuckler for you: Four re- tired guys are walking down a street in Mesa. Then they turn a comer and see a sign that says "Old Timer's Bar"...ALL DRINKS 10 CENTS!" They look at each other then go in. On the inside, they realize in this case, they should not judge the 'book by its cover.' The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, "Come on in and let me pour one for you! What'll it be, Gentlemen?" There seems to be a fully-stocked bar, so the men all ask for a martini. In short order, the bartender serves u four iced martinis-shaken not stirred-and says, "That'll be 10 cents each, please." The four men stare at the bartender for a moment then look at each other. They can't believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round. Again, four ex- cellent martinis are produced with the bartender again saying .... "That's 40 cents, please." They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity is more than they can stand. They've each had two martinis, and so far they've spent less than a dol- lar. Finally one of the men says, "How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece??" Here's my story, l'm a retired tailor from Brooklyn, and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the lottery for $25 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime, wine, liquor, beer, all the same." "Wow. That's quite a story," says one of the men. The four of them sipped at their martinis and couldn't help but notice three other guys at the end of the bar who didn't have a drink in front of them, and hadn't ordered anything the whole time they were there. One man gestures without drinks and asks the bartender, "What's with them?" The bartender says, 'Oh. those are Min- nesota Snowbirds. They're waiting for happy hour." MDA advises awareness when buying landscaping plants The Minnesota Department of Agri- culture (MDA) is reminding con- sumers to check viability and hardiness before purchasing trees, shrubs and other plants for landscaping. Already this spring, MDA nursery inspectors have found dead and damaged pack- aged plants in some Minnesota stores. Inspectors have found stores selling plants that are in poor condition. They've also found stores carrying plants that are labeled for growing in Minnesota's hardiness zone (a temper- ature range based on location) but in reality will not likely survive our ex- treme low winter temperatures. "Consumers are protected from mis- labeled or unhealthy plants by Min- nesota laws we enforce," said Geir Friisoe, MDA's Plant Protection Divi- sion Director. "Proper care of plants displayed for sale is critical to survival. No green thumb can save a plant that has been significantly damaged in its early life stages." Damage can occur due to improper care and handling. Plants packed in plastic bags are intended to be kept dormant until they are planted. To maintain dormancy, plants should be kept cold but protected from freezing. Stores often display dormant packaged plants inside the store where tempera- tures encourage growth. Once this growth has begun, energy stored in the plant is reduced and, though some growth may occur, the plant is stressed and is not likely to thrive. If this growth begins, retailers are required to remove these plants from sale. Minnesota is in four separate hardi- ness zones and while state law requires label accuracy, including hardiness on the label is not required. Plants not meant for Minnesota's climate are un- likely to thrive here, regardless of the care that is provided. Fruit trees that are not hardy may survive but will not likely produce fruit. To ensure consumers are purchasing viable and hardy nursery plants, the MDA offers the following advice: Plan ahead and make sure the plants you select are hardy for the area where they will be planted. Plants in plastic bags should be kept dormant. Once growth begins these plants should be planted or pot- ted immediately. Check for soft or mushy roots which could indicate rot. Dormant plants can be planted as soon as the ground has thawed. How- ever, newly planted stock can be dam- aged by freezing and frost. It may be better to wait until potted plants are available instead of buying packaged plants when it may be too early to plant. Consumers can refer to the Univer- sity of Minnesota Extension website for plant selection and planting recom- mendations. Rep. Falk cc,lumn Falk shares how to get property tax relief Property taxes have been rising across Western Minnesota. State Representative Andrew Falk (DFL- Murdock) describes how qualified Minnesotans can get back some of that money. "I encourage people in my district to take advantage of the state's property tax refund program" said Falk. "Every year there are many Minnesotans who don't receive refunds for which they are qualified. As your legislator I want to make sure you have the information necessary to apply." Rep. Falk has provided a link to refund information on his official House of Representatives website: flpdf/afl 1 propertytaxrefund.pdf "I will continue to fight against proposals that raise property taxes on hard working Minnesotans," said FalL. "Fortunately, the state's property tax refund program is available to help homeowners and renters who need it." The Property Tax Refund program began in 1975 when it was known as the Income-adjusted Homestead Credit. The income eligibility and maximum refund amount has shifted over the years. The highest participation in the Property Tax Refund program was during its first year. 15 to 20 percent of all homesteads have claimed the refund over the last 20 years. Over its 36-year history, the program has provided refunds for homeowners, renters, seniors and the disabled. The renter and homeowner refunds were shifted into separate programs in 1989. Since 1995 the maximum income eligibility and maximum refunds have stayed relatively constant due to inflation adjustments. Between 50 and 60 percent of all rental units have taken advantage of the renter property tax refund since 1980. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Don Nissen Don Prior Don Waite Don and Linda Schumacher Donald Botker Donald Dawson Donald Donais Donald Henkelman Donald Stock Donald Storm Donald Verheul Donald Wellendorf Donna Longhenry Dori Moore Doris Emde Dorothy Brown Dorothy Gmiterko Dorothy Hanson Dorothy Jorgenson Dorothy Rygajlo Dorothy Tillman Dorwin Swenson Doug Fraasch Douglas Adelman Douglas Orton Duane Hanson Duane Mitchell Dwayne Koehntopp Dwayne Strei Earl Hiepler Earl Hoffbeck Earl Kehrberg Ed Kiernat Ed Vollmer Edna Angerhofer Edna Paffrath Edward Hutchinson Edwin Roeder Eileen Braun Eileen Cooper Elaine Dove Elaine Stolpman Elaine Thielke Elizabeth Graves Ellen Dimberg Elmer Ninneman Elsie French Emil Swezey Emil Vanerem Clues ACROSS 1. Political action committee 4. Wager 7. Dash 10. Big man on campus 12. W. Romanian city 14. Adam's wife 15. Finnish sweet meads 17. Father 18. NE Asian river between China and Russia 19. TV clicker 22. Ancient stones bearing markings 23. Afrikaans 24. Hit with the open hand 25. Off-Broadway theater award 26. Atomic #58 27. Makes up 28. Rocky Boy's Reservation tribe 30. Hyperbolic cosecant 32. Old English 33. Carrier's invention 34. Protoctist 36. Siamese 39. N. Algerian city 41. Popular women at the ball 43. Resists combustion 46. Intense anger 47. River between Turkey & Iran 48. Actress Sarandon 50. Consumed food 51. Naked 52. Bristlelike part of an organism 53. A writing implement 54. Unhappy 55. Young woman entering society Clues DOWN 1. Public Broadcasting Service 2. Middle East rulers 3. Celestial bodies 16. Comfort in sorrow 18. Relating to Arabia 20. Native American tent 21. "Richard Yates" author Lin 28. A scleroprotein 29. A particular administration 30. Provide food or entertainment 31. Burns milk 34. Remove by erosion 35. Turns into noun 4. Baseball bags 37. Severe colic 38 5. Clapton, musician 401 Detected by instinct -- Horse from 18 down 6. Tropical starchy tuberous root 41. Found a basis for 7. A way to destroy 42. Province 8. Separate by avulsion 43. Bind securely 9. Fishing fly barb 44. Geological times 11. Desert draft animal 45. Scarlett's home 13. Surface depression 49. Take into custody The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) = e e e JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues.,May 10,2011 Vol. 93;No. 17 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $35.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $40.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $45.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box 336 Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATE SCHEDULE - ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE BASED ON A FEBRUARY 1ST DUE DATE- Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse, Swift Counties in Minnesota and Grant and Roberts in South Dakota February...........35.00 August .............. 17.52 March ................ 32.12 September ........ 14.60 April .................. 29.20 October ............. 11.68 May ................... 26.28 November ........... 8.76 June .................. 23.36 December ........... 5.84 July ................... 20.44 January ............... 2.92 ALL OTHERS IN MINN. AND SO. DAK. February ........... 40.00 August ............ 20.00 March ............... 36.63 September ........ 16.68 April ............ .....33.30 October ............. 13.36 May .................. 29.97 November ......... 10.00 June .................. 26.64 December ........... 6.67 July .................. 23.31 January ............... 3.34 ALL AREA OUTSIDE OF MINN. AND SO. DAK. February ........... 45.00 August .............. 22.50 March ................ 41.25 September ........ 18.75 April ................. 37.50 October ............. 15.00 May .................. 33.75 November ......... 11.25 June .................. 30.00 December .......... 7.50 July ................... 26.25 January ............... 3.75 "PUBLISHER'S LIABILITY FOR ERROR" The Publisher shall not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. The Publisher's liability for other errors or omissions in connection with an adver- tisement is strictly limited to publication of the advertisement in any subsequent issue or the refund of any monies paid for the advertisement. DEADLINES Church notes - Saturday mail Display ads - Friday mail Correspondence - Monday mail Pictures - 5 p.m. Friday News - Friday afternoon Classified ads - Friday noon (Any ad brought in later will be too late to classify.) OFFICE HOURS A Monday: 8 AM-5 PM A Tuesday: 8 AM-5 PM A Wednesday: 8 AM-5 PM A Thursday: 8 AM-5 PM A Friday: 8 AM-5 PM A Holidays may affect office hours. LETTERS POLICY Letters to the editor discussing com- munity issues are encouraged. Letter writers should be aware that The Independent reserves the right to edit and/or condense letters for print. The paper also reserves the right not to pub- lish letters that are unsuitable or for which it might be held legally liable. Letters should contain the writer's printed or typed name, signature, address and telephone number. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be published. Letter writers are asked to limit them- selves to one letter per month. Please keep letter brief, perferably not over 350 words, and to the point. AD vs. NEWS The Ortonville Independent policy in determining what is advertising and what is news is based on one simple test: If an individual business or organi- zation charges for admission to an event, for an item or for a service, it will be con- sidered advertising. In other words, "If you charge, we charge." Advertising is the life-blood of a news- paper. Without it a newspaper would cease to exist. The money a paper receives for subscriptions and single paper sales is used to pay for the ink and paper used in producing the product. It no longer does so because of paper cost increases. It still covers the cost of ink and a small portion of the paper used. Advertising to a newspaper is like crops and livestock to farmers; meat and 3roducts to the grocer; dresses and coats to the soft-line merchant; and plows and tractors to the implement dealer. Without any of those items, the particular busi- ness would not be in business. ADS: We reserve the right to refuse any advertising without obligation to justify our decision. POLICIES: A News: Our goal is to report the news as fully and accurately as possible. The staff's opinions will appear only on the opinion page. A Editorials: Opinions published on this page, whether locally written or reprinted from other sources is intended to stimu- late thinking and discussion among our readers. Opinions expressed by the edi- tors are their own and not necessarily those of other staff members. 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