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Editorial Comment Letters to the editor To the Editor: I am writing to the response of Elsie Perrine concerning her critical remarks of the 4 Day School Week. Although her concern is not untypical it may appear to be uneducated as well. I don't think there can be an argument that times have changed, not only in schools but in our world as well. We can face those changes or we can choose not to and go backwards. We are conditioned that quantity (five days) is better than quality (four days). Our district wants to meet the challenges and changes of the present world as they are addressed b.y our students. Time is at a premium. If we want to offer cutting edge technology and education to meet the needs of our changing students then TIME has to be given to our educators to produce high quality lessons utilizing technology to produce project based outcomes to help students succeed. When our school voted on this issue we too gathered data and input from our patrons. We visited other schools who were currently on this track. The whole process of data analygis and convers/tions took a year and a half. We did not make an uneducated or knee jerk reaction decision. We asked ourselves the question: Do we go where we are pushed or do we go where we believe? We believe in the research of the positive effects of the four day week. Student achievement has not been affected and that is what each school is ultimately judged on. Every school is configured differently. With that being said everyone's needs are different, however we are after the same end goal which is student success. If the Grant-Deuel teaching staff, Administration, and School Board did not think we were making an informed decision based on the needs and the best interest of the students then it would not have come to a vote. Our patrons were given the opportunity to voice their opinion on more than one occasion and that opinion was consistent and well supported by several dift6rnt surveys and public meetings. Our position at Grant-Deuel is that just because everyone is thinking alike that doesn't always mean everyone is really thinking. Just because we have always gone to school five days a week doesn't mean it is right. We ask our students to look and think outside the box to solve problems but when your.leaders do they are criticized. I personally applaud the School Board and Administration for being progressive and proactive in searching for ways to provide a different and better service to students and teachers. Yours in Education, Grant Vander Vorst Superintendent Grant-Deuel Schools I To the Editor, This May marks the 20th anniversary of Minnesota's Adopt a Highway program. In west central Minnesota, 126 groups have been a part of the program since 1990, including: Warren and Lucille Block First English Lutheran Church Youth Clinton Community Service Club Women of the Moose Chapter 1895 Leonardsville Busy Bees 4-H Toqua Sportsman's Club Graceville Fire Department Moen's Mowing Service I would like to offer a sincere thank you to every one of our volunteers-they are the real heroes of public service. Every year they pick up tons of litter from state highways. The work is hard, never ending and frequently thankless. Mn/DOT is very proud of your dedication and commitment to keeping our roadsides clean. The next time you pass a group of volunteers picking up litter, give them a thumbs-up. So far in 2010, 15 new groups have adopted state highway segments in west central Minnesota. I encourage you to consider this rewarding opportunity and organize a group of volunteers to adopt a segment of your own. For more information about adopting a state highway segment in west central Minnesota, contact Marleen Anderson at 320-208-7002. Lee H. Berget, District Engineer Minnesota Department of Transportation - Detroit Lakes/Morris CURE by Patrick Moore and Duane Ninneman A special regional history talk will be held on Saturday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Lac qui Parle County Park, eight miles northeast of Dawson on the Lac qui Parle River, featuring amateur historian, postcard collector and environmental scientist Wayne Ostlie. The title of Ostlie's talk is "1890-1920 in the Upper Minnesota Valley: Railroads, Boom Towns and Hand Painted Post Cards" The event is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. A pot luck supper begins at 5 p.m. A community grill will be provided for the grilling of meats. Camping is permitted. For more information, call CURE toll free at 1-877-269-2873 or visit: Ostlie's talk will follow the pot luck supper in the shelter of the Lac qui Parle County Park. For the past several years, Ostlie has devoted his free time toward the collection of hand painted postcards from the Montevideo area that date back to the 1890's through the 1920's. He is now collaborating on a book that features those postcards and tells the stories behind them. "It was during this time when all the small towns of the region where thriving and really promoting themselves," Ostlie said. "The view of life as portrayed by hand painted post cards tell us a lot about the optimism and pride that our forbearers had about this region." As the son of local historian Evelyn Ostlie (who conducted extensive research on the lives of the Dakota Christian Women of the Lac qui Parle Mission), Ostlie has gathered a wide range of knowledge about the history of the Dakota people, the pioneer settlers and the railroad history of the Upper Minnesota River Region. l00Rilet'00 T0000,ve; I 1-800-288-8246 ~ Murdock, MN YellowstonelTetons . June 15.21. I11 Black Hills & Medora . June 23.27 r/10 dora Musical Fddfork Fondue Yellmlone & Grand Talon South Oakola Badlands, Slavkirke Chrth, Bear Country USA, National la Buffalo Bill lidodcal Center, Cody Night Re- Mounl Rushmore,,Cr Ho morial, 1880 Train, Trial of deo, $pearfl Cen Drive & Bear (onlry USA Jack Ca, Devi sTowec, Pilthfork Fondue & Medm Musical All pdces aro per porson doable occupancv- Ask about local Pick upsl t or HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-5:30PM; Sat. 8AM-5PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE 839-2653 Steaks, Roasts, Hamburger Pork Chops & Roasts 25 LB. BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $79.95 $39.95 Per Lb. DELl TURKEY ................. $3.99 Locally Grown Pork - Per Lb. HALF A HOG ..................... 89 Per Lb. Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb. l:b 11 Hamburger Patties ......... $2.99 QUARTERS & SIDES... II .79 Pioneer's Own - Per Lb. HICKORY SMOKED BACON ................................................. $3.59 Ostlie lives .in the Twin Cities where he works as the director of new initiatives and partnerships for Great River Greening-an environmental organization based in St. Paul. Prior to coming to Great River Greening, Ostlie worked in a variety of capacities with The Nature Conservancy over the past 20 years. He has a Masters Degree in Biology with a Botany focus from theUniversity of Kansas and an undergraduate degree in Biology from Luther College in Decorah Iowa. After Ostlie's talk at 8 p.m., music making and story telling will begin around the campfire at the Lac qui Parle County Park. Old fashioned campfire sing along songs and famous ghost stories told by Greg Wyum are a highlight of this event. Fixings for roasting marshmallows and making smores will be provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and musical instruments. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Joel Kuyper Ann Verdoorn Bill Hasslen James Wendland Mary MoRn Barbara Wisch Ken Toner Michael Adams Eugene Potter Rod Morris Duane Hanson Donald Verheul Lloyd Rens Arloene Hamilton Leona Martin Don Waite Wilma Johnson Edward Hutchinson M. Berdan Leroy Wiese Myron Scholberg Dale Athey Cheryl Haggard Larry Kiernat Marlene Yaeger Larry & Elaine Cartwright . ' , I ,z,' 00urp&/ ._ MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD REPRESENTATIVES presented the Ortonville VFW Post #3964 with a Minnesota flag that had been flown over the local guards base in Kuwait, along with a plaque of appreciation on Wednesday, April 28. Pictured above from left t() righl are Capt. David Johanson, Mike Dorry representing the Ortcm'lk VFW and James Mitchell, CIV, Minnesota National Guard. 2 nights / 2 days *28Q Rates are per 3 nights / 2 days S325 person, 2 person 4 nights / 3 days S455 minimum. CHECY[ 0IJR EBSffZ FOR $MMER RATES. iiiiiiil)"= .... ' ' ...... o '% I ' ,:i I I I ,!I! 9 50 Clues ACROSS 1. Not an amateur 4. Non commercial TV 7. Indicated horsepower, abbr. 10. __ Strauss, jeans 61. Make an effod 62. Male parent 63. Radioactivity unit Clues DOWN 1. Sylvia __, Am. 12. 14. No (Scottish) 15. Sour or bitter in taste 17. Russian city on Oka River 18. A dry cold nodh wind in SE France 19. Upper body pad 20. Metric linear unit 22. Cabinet Dept. est. 9/65 23. 4th. day (abbr.) 25. Stalkless 26. Porch or walkway 29. Extends across 30. Cavities 31. Screech owl genus 32. Canterbury Archbishop 1162 37. Type of whale 38. Film actor Clark 39. Snakelike fish 41. Short purposeful trips 44. Chewing 48. Memory hardware 49. Swiss river 51. Make to look like marble 53. Molten rock material 55. Protects the chest 56. Cain and 57. Ages of time (Hindu) 58. Yield as profit 59. Network of nerves 60. A pool of standing water maker poet __ Nui, Easter Island Ii PerformMake UPtofOran excessive degree 4. Raises 5. Naked 6. Eyeglasses 7. Cause to begin 8. Cobnut 9. A woman of aristocratic family 11. Tax collector 13. Wings 16. The 2rid half of an inning 18. Betrothed 21. Manuscripts (abbr.) 24. Scars on a seed ._'- --]-- 27. 17th Greek letter 28. A tributary of the Missouri River 32. Ages 13 to 19 33. Fun 34. Done to age wine 35. River in NE Spain 36. Damp & unpleasant 37. One pad of an orange 40. Compass point that is one point S of SW 42. A short pointed weapon 43. Silver Maple winged fruit 45. Lincoln's state 46. Close by 47. Jeered 50. Tore down 52.6th Greek letter 54. Japanese terrorist org. The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SU2ETTE .J= 9CHER-BL..KE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep . Tues.,May 11,2010 Vol. 92; 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 Apdl .................. 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 Apdl .................. 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 Apdl .................. 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 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 nct 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 orgarfi- 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- )aper. Without it a newspaper would cease to exist. The money a paper receives for subscriptions and single aper sales is used to pay for the ink and aper used in producing the product. It o longer does so because of paper cost )ncreases. 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 products 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. b 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 Opinions expressed in items from other publica- tions may be eontradictory to the editor's own views, but are offered for their gen- eral interest i NDr00N.PENT i Phone 320-839-6163 or fax 320- 839-3761 to place display, classi- fied advertising or news in the Ortonville Independent or via... e-mail For Sports e-mail For the Editor e-mail Check our web site: Page 4 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, May 11,2010