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For years we've always thought the only fair way to base salaries is on top of a reasonable base pay, any additional bucks should be based on performance. Especially so in pro sports, where mega dollars are hand- ed out to players like money grew on trees. And what about those on the disabled list...should they continue to be paid? For example...Joe Nathan is out for a full year now, does he still get the mega-bucks for which he signed, and does Joe Mauer still get paid when out with an injury...or does the club have some sort of insurance for those on the DL list? Good ques- tions? ....... Another laugher! A. Did you know that the word "race car" spelled backward still spells "race car"? B. Did you know that "eat" is the only word that if you take the first letter and move it to the last, it spells the past tense "ate"? C. And have you noticed that if you rearrange the letters in "illegal immi- grants" and add just a few more letters, it spells out "Go home you free-loading, bene- fit-grabbing, anchor baby- producing, violent, dope smuggling, non-English speaking morons and take those other hairy-faced, san- dal-wearing, bomb-making, goat-loving, raggedy jerks with you"? How weird is that???? Boy, was metro-columnist and long- time "know-it-all" friend Sid Hartman ever "hot under the collar" in his Sunday morning sports talk on WCCO radio about building of a new Vikings stadium. He was blasting all the metro-area politicians, the Mayors from the Twin Cities, City & County Councilmen, and every state lawmaker for their lack of using their power get behind a new stadium. Sid went on to say that just because the Vikings would only play about 10 games in the place, hundreds of other facilities in the area would be renting the stadium at various times. His cohort on the air, Dave Mona, reminded him of how almost every stadium is down in capacity this year, ,mainly because of the depressed economy. We have a solution! Let the Vikings owners, along with metro area taxpayers pay for the stadium, and then turn all the profits from other users, over to the taxpayers on a pro rate share of usage. That way, the taxpayers would profit too, in the end! Donkey Story...LOVE THE LAST BIT!!! One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be cov- ered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel the dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horri- bly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovels later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happi', trotted off!! Life is going to she .I dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. Th, trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stop- ing, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up! Remember the five simple rules to be happy: Free your heart from hatred-Forgive. Free your mind from worries-Most never happen. Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more. Expect less. NOW... Enough of that crap. The donkey later came back, and bit the farmer in the butt. The gash from the bite got infected and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock. MORAL FROM TODAY'S LESSON: When you do something wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you. Cffy Council keeps part-time Community Coordinator job Ortonville's City Council meeting held on Monday, May 3 was moved to the Community Center due to the Deb Larson, secretary of the Big Stone Arts Council, appeared before the council and said, "Vicki Oakes has standing room only crowd. Most were in attendance to voice concern about the agenda item, "abolishing the Com- munity Development Coordinator po- sition" held by Vicki Oakes. The council voted unanimously to change the Community Development Coordinator position from a full-time position to half-time position. Prior to the resolution, City Attor- ney David McLaughlin advised the council to abolish the position because funding was cut from the Planning and Zoning Committee, Heritage Preserva- tion Committee and Economic Devel- opment Authority at the Special April 26 meeting to fund the Lakeside Park Project. However, at a previous EDA meeting, the EDA Board transferred $60,000 from the EDA's FairwayView account, which would fund the Com- munity Coordinator Position on a part- time basis. been an invaluable support to us. She has repeatedly gone above and beyond what was required of her. She is a real asset to the city with technological ability and knowledge." Big Stone County Commissioner Brent Olson echoed Larson's state- ments and stressed the importance of economic development in the city. He said he would be willing to go to the County Board and ask for money to help fund the Community Develop- ment Coordinator position. Don Sherman said that Oakes has been the go to person for the Foods Group, Historical Society, Arts Coun- cil and many other organizations. "She is outstanding in her ability to communicate. I've worked with her a number of times and she has a vision we really need in this community," said Sherman. Council member Angela Doren said, "We are all for Economic Devel- opment and would like to have Vicki work full-time. We want to keep her at le-astpart-time." Doren maddtqae reso- lution to keep the Coordinator position on a part-time basis which passed unanimously. In other business, a representative from Metro Billing Services out of Mandan, ND gave a presentation to the council for his firm to provide billing services for the Ortonville Ambulance Service. It would cost the city $250 for the base charge, plus $15 per claim.. The council passed a unanimous reso- lution to pass the contract. The council decided to hold the 2010 City deer hunt this fall. Discus- sion was held that the past deer hunts proved to be successful. Last year, the City offered 30 anterless permits with the 'earn a buck option'. The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the City Office Meeting Room. AUTHOR BRIAN FREEMAN was at the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday, April 10. The group enjoyed his book talk and had many questions for him following the presentation. Pictured above is Brian Freeman and head librarian Vicki Grimli with his latest book "The Burying Place". CLIMB Theatre to perform at Ortonville PD investigate Ortonville School May 19 break-in, stolen vehicle The Ortonville Police Department they are asked to contact the On Wednesday, May 19 CLIMB Theatre is bringing its acclaimed pro- gramming to the Ortonville Elemen- tary School at 9:00 a.m. and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsly Elemen- tary School at 12:30 p.m. Professional actors will be in residence performing an interactive mini-play adapted from the West African folktale. The Program is being funded by the Legacy and Cul- tural Heritage Funds: In November 2008, Minnesota vot- e , ers overwhelmingly approved a constx- tutional amendment to dedicate funds for Minnesota's Outdoor Heritage, Clean Water, Parks and Trails, and our State's Arts and Cultural Heritage. In- cluded in the Arts and Cultural Her- itage Fund is a sizeable portion for libraries. CLIMB Theatre is a beloved pres- ence in over 1,000 schools each year and now kids and parents will be able to see CLIMB, as they present a series of mini-plays that have never been seen in schools! The 3-8 year old children in the audience will not only watch the action, they will PARTICIPATE as the actor/educators masterfully engage them in tales intended to BUILD LIT- ERACY and READING READI- NESS. Each 30 minute mini-play will be accompanied by 20 minutes of activi- ties that introduce the books that have inspired these delightful vignettes. For over 30 years, CLIMB Theatre has brought quality character education programming into schools and other educational settings. Its mission is to create and perform plays, classes and other works that inspire and propel Legion Auxiliary to sell poppies young people toward actions that ben- efit themselves, each other, and the community. CLIMB's programming is available in a variety of formats, in- cluding plays, interactive classroom activities, and professional develop- ment workshops for students and ad- ministrators. For more information about CLIMB, visit CLIMB is funded in part by a grant provided the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4,2008, a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota, and a grant from the Na- tional Endowment for the Arts. KDIO Temps Hi Low May 2 50 39 May 3 54 43 May 4 64 39 May 5 52 43 May 6 46 39 May 7 44 41 rain May 8 52 36 CHILDREN'S AUTHOR JILL KALZ was at the Ortonville Library on Saturday, May 1. Jill talked about her books and read the book "Farmers Cap" to all. It was enjoyed by young and old alike. investigated two incidents last week in Ortonville. Sometime during the evening of Wednesday, May 5 and the morning of Thursday, May 6, the Ortonville Police Department investigated a burglary at Headwater's Grill and Bar. According to Ortonville Police Chief Jason Murk, someone gained entrance from the back of the build- ing and stole an undetermined amount of cash. The case is still under investigation. If anyone has any information Ortonville Police Department at 320- 839-6161. Chief Murk also stated that on the evening of Saturday, May 8, a car was stolen from the Lower Parking Lot, just above Hartman's SuperValu. Murk stated that the car was recov- ered that same evening and a suspect was taken into custody. At this time, the suspect is in the Kandiyohi County Jail awaiting charges. The Ortonville Police Department was assisted by the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department in the investigation. Blood drives held in Big Stone County area / The American Red Cross Tate Messmer, Jacob Meyer, Zane Bloodmobile was recently in the Big Stone County Area. The following results were reported: Graceville's goal was 75. There were 86 presenting for donation with six deferrals and two incompletes. There were seven Double Red Cell collections leaving the actual units collected at 85. There were six first time donors. Ortonville's goal was 75. There were 76 presenting for donation with seven deferrals, and five Double Red Cell collections leav- ing actual units collected at 74. The Ortonville High School also held their annual drive with a goal of 35. There were 47 presenting for donation with one incomplete and 5 Double Red Cell collections leaving the actual units collected at 51. There were 33 first time donors. Reported Pin recipients are as fol- lows: 1st timers: Danica Maus, Scan Witte, Lacey Gilsdorf, David M Anderson, Tanner Drewelow, Benjamin Kugler, Rachel Wollman, Roman Karels, Phillip Adelman, Ashley Arndt, Marissa Baerwaldt, Alex Billington, Dimitri Cuneo. Ryan Delage, Andrew Dittel, Kay Eastling, John Eustice, Nicole Gulley, Luke Hartman, Jacob Henrich, Kaitlyn Kottke, Chase Keufler, Dave Lee, Ohrtman, Brook Pays, Colin Plathe, Taylor Radermacher, Tom Rausch, Jesse Roscoe, Trevor Schafer, Austin Swanson, Angela Skinner, Evan Starr, Eric Steltz, Charles Taffe, Carissa Tschida, Jessica Valek, and Bridget Walsh. 1-Gallon Pin: Jason Lorsung, Joshua Hofer, Dalen Roe and Vicki Amdt. 4- Gallon Pin; Ronald Hofer. Norval Drewelow. LaVerne Hofhenke. 13-GallonPin; Paul Kellen. Our sincere thanks go out to every- one who made and took the time to go and give this gift of life. Thanks to everyone who made an appointment for the blood drive. It really helped regulate the flow of donors. We strongly encourage people to make appointments, we try our best to honor those appointments in a timely fashion and as a result walk ins are sometimes forced to wait longer. If you have not considered making an appointment in the past, please do so; it really helps out our coordinators. Thanks also goes to the following community drives for their contribu- tions that help defray the costs of putting on the local blood drives: Ortonville and Foster. Checkour web site www, ortonvilleindependent, com [ Poppies of Remembrance "In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below." The poem, "in Flanders Field," written in 1915 by Col. John McCrae, brings to mind the battlefields of World War I, when weary solders brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild pop- pies, red as the blood that soaked the soil, The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war, and called on the hope that none had died in vain. The Gertje-Van Lith American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will dis- tribute the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America's war dead on Thursday, May 13. The annual event pays tribute to those veterans who have died in past wars. It also honors the millions of Americans who have willingly served their country. All proceeds of the distribution are used for the benefit of veterans and their families. The memorial poppy is never sold, but given in exchange for a contribution. Each nine-piece poppy is made by veterans in Auxiliary-sponsored poppy shops that supplement physical and psychological therapy need by hospitalized veterans. The Auxiliary provides the materials and the volun- teers. The veteran makes the poppy and is paid a small amount for the painstakingly-made flower. The American Legion and Auxiliary can trace its poppy days back to November 1918, when Mona Michael was so moved by Col. McCrae's poem that she wrote a response: "The blood of heroes never dies, But lends a luster to the red. Of the flower that blooms above the dead, In Flanders Field. On impulse, she bought a bouquet of poppies-all that New York City's Wanamaker's Department Store had- and handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked. She asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fall- en. World War I was over, but she vowed to remember and honor those who had sons, husbands and brothers who would be resting forever in "Flanders' Field." She spearheaded a campaign that would result in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice. Inland fishing opener this Sat. Local artists' work on display at Ortonville Independent Boaters will find favorable launch conditions at most public water accesses for the May 15 inland fishing opener. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) crews have been repairing launch ramps and installing docks. "The ramps are ready for public use," said DNR Northeast Parks and Trails Supervisor Les Ollila. "However, water levels and ramp con- ditions may vary depending on the specific access site." Low water levels can make launch- ing and retrieving a boat more chal- lenging. Boaters should be aware that portions of central, east and northeast Minnesota lakes have water levels one to two feet below average. "When launching boats on lakes with low water levels, some concrete ramps may not be long enough, ' said Nancy Stewart, DNR Public Water Access Program coordinator. "It may not be possible to back far enough into the water to float the boat off the trailer. In the worst case scenario, a boater could potentially damage their equipment if trailer tires fall off the end of the concrete ramp." Stewart offers the following tips for launching boats in low water con- ditions: Check the ramp and the firmness of the gravel at the end of the concrete ramp. Wear hip boots or waders and help guide boat into water. Watch for obstructions in lake. Lower the motor only if there is enough clearance. Have a back-up plan in case tra- ditional fishing opener lake access is too shallow. Expect delays at public access sites and be patient with boaters who are having difficulty launching. Boaters who encounter problems at DNR public access sites can contact their local DNR office or the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367. AFFORDABLE HOUSING AVAILABLE Housing available to qualifying senior citizens, couples, singles, disabled persons and families. Pay the less of: 30% of income/ adjusted income OR the ceiling rent limits which are set in accordance with the fair market rent limits, toward rent and utilities. Rent assistance in privately-owned housing also available to qualifying persons. 320-839-3304 00Big Stone County Housing & Redevelopment Authority |nick NOU ........... 301 NW 1st Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Big Stone Arts Council wants to celebrate the growing number of artists living in the local community and is excited to showcase the beauti- ful talent these artist have. In an effort to share their works with the public, the Arts Council has created an exhibit which is on display in the windows of the Ortonville hTdependent office. Included in the exhibit are pieces from Ortonville artists  including acrylic paintings by JoAnn Melchild; stuffed animals and ride-a-ponies by Twyla Hinneberg; straw art by Nola Lockwood; caricatures by Don Sherman; a porcelain doll, relief art, a rosemaling piece and a chip carving by Carol Knutson; a Wells Fargo stage coach wood carving by Art Hoememann and an acrylic on canvas painting by Deb Larson. Watercolor paintings by Neva Foster and a photo- graph by Jim Foster are also displayed and Kris Ninneman has pencil draw- ings in the exhibit. Rob Rakow of Odessa has a photograph on display as well. Stop by and browse the windows and enjoy some local art. Page 2 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, May 11,2010