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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Minnesotans do it again, coming through in a time of need by Governor Ame H. Carlson $85e Minnesota has always been a state.that comes together to take care of its own. This is never more evident than in the wake of tragic disasters such as the floods of 1997 or the recent devastating tornadoes that hit southern Minnesota. As Governor, I am impressed by the efforts of our citizens in our state's time of need, and I am proud of the fact that no state in America has put together the kind of financial assistance that we have in Minnesota. When natural disasters have struck in the past, Minnesota has led the way in providing our people with the help they have needed to bring about full recovery. Following this year s tragic storm of March 29, volunteers by the thousands poured into the affected communities to provide assistance. Thousands of Minnesotans sent much needed supplies and cash, while others offered their condolences, prayers and best wishes. The state has done its part as well. Only hours after the tornadoes had struck, our brave National Guardsmen and women were already on the disaster site providing their help. Our Division of Emergency Management Operation Center went into immediate action, disbursing much needed information and assistance. After touring the damaged communities with Commerce Commissioner Dave Gruenes, I asked that he once again provide us with the leadership he had shown during the floods of 1997 and come up with a state funding assistance plan. Four days after the disaster hit, our plan had been developed and submitted to the Legislature. On April 9, less than two weeks after the tornadoes struck, tornado relief was passed, signed and on its way to the storm victims. Our relief package fills the gaps after insurance and federal assistance programs have bee0 utilized. First off, the package includes nearly $9 million for the state and local match required to receive federal disaster assistance. While the state usually contributes 15% and the local communities 10%, under our plan the state wiUpick  p the entire 25% match. We have designated $4 m llion for housing aid and $4.8 million for business assistance to get people back in their homes and back to work. This is a critical time for our farmers so our package includes $4 million for agriculture capital and operating loans. We want those affected farmers to be able tobegin their spring F lant ng in as normal a fashion as possible. We also lave inlrastructu|e needs that are not covered by FEMA and several historic buildings that need to be preserved. Our package includes $1 million for each of these critical areas. A disaster such as this puts a strain on our social service needs as well as our day care and after school programs, and our plan includes $650,000 for these crucial necessities. Finally, since we are still in the process of assessment, we have included a $2.7 million contingency fund for unforeseen and unmet needs. The tornadoes that hit Minnesota on March 29 wreaked havoc on many lives. Most tragic, of course, were the two lives that were lost as a result of the storm. Homes and possessions can be replaced but lives cannot. The thoughts and prayers of all Minnesotans are still with those grieving families. As a state, our foremost goal must be to return the tornado-affected area to normalcy as soon as possible. We want to see homes and businesses being rebuilt immediately and farmers in the field in time for F [an ting season. Those hit hard by this storm have hel  up extraordinarily well, and it is our job to do all we can to bolster their sense of confidence and optimism for the future. Minnesotans have come through for each other time and time again, and in the aftermath of this latest storm, we have shone through the clouds with a true sense of community and togetherness. G - q, he,ep,ttm corn I 8 10 12 16 22 24 t7 CLUES ACROSS 1. Lappish 5. Horsefly 8. Mean 9. Herring 10. Cats 11. Seal 12. Make gloomy 13. Motor car 16. Erstwhile 18. Concealed 19. Reply 22. __ Barkin, actress 23, Servile followers 24. Conspiracy 25, Environment m 7 14 1 CLUES DOWN 1. Communicator 2. Commanded 3. Red wine 4. Herb , San Francisco columnist 5. Came down 6. Terra firma 7. Hit bottom 14. Naughtiest 15. Ordinal 17. Hebrew leader 20. Organic compound 21. Aloe SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. Samic 5. Clegg 8. Ignoble 9. Sprat 10. Tigers ,I I. Cachet 12. Sadden 13. Hearse 16. Once 18. Hid 19. Echo 22. Ellen 23. Heelers 24. Cabal 25. Habitat SOLUTIONS DOWN I. Ship to shore 2. Managed 3. Cabernet 4. Caen 5. Cascaded 6. Earth 7. Go to the dogs 14. Raciest 15. Eighth 17. Caleb 20. Enol 2 I. Herb c598ooo4 HORNSTEIN HONORED. Robert Hornstein of Ortonville was honored last month by Quast Transfer, Inc. for having driven a million miles for the company without a mishap. Bob, recently retired, and his wife, Barbara, were both feted at an event held in Bloomington to so honor the drivers. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Charles Burman Dean Adelman Lorwin Zahrbock Steve Passe Verbeth Trapp Glenn Joplin Joe McCarvel Klosterman-Schwarting Robert Clark Gerry Dawald Vernon Johnson Dale Lolmes Gayland Chase James Van Hout Don Van Hout Ertckson Services Pete Holme Jerry Hanratty Garnett Steiner Cecelia Hulzinga John Van Hout Donna Powers Wilber Hamm Harry Russman Daniel Jorgenson Cy McCormick Gordon Gioege Donald Stock Orville Grimm Joe Karels Ralph Prior Lorl Smith Larry Helgeson Jeff Taylor Lillian Ulven LeRoy Strei Gary Strei Kenny Adolphson Audrey Volkenant Craig Backstrand Marty Brown Brenda Wold Louie Brown Jay Wollschlager Jan Wollschlager Gary Johnson Wade Van Dover Herbert Thomas Virgil Raaf Rev. Dan Hermansou Margaret Meyer Run Bding Terry takes i a million Dear Mr. Ross: What a wonderful idea you have to share your wealth with people who need it. You can be the answer to a problem that I've been pondering over 2 years. A previous coworker and single mother of 2 young boys was in a low speed (not her fault) suburban auto accident. The end result was paralysis from the breastbone down. This happened 3 years ago and since that time she has been unable to work. Through the efforts of friends she is in a wheelchair friendly house and able to drive a specially equipped van. Her boys are in school and my first thought was that she should have a low maintenance cat for company. However, another friend says what she really would like is a dog. My request is for assistance in getting a companion dog who could help her with things while her children are in school. The training and transfer of a dog costs considerably more than I have been able to figure out how to raise. Mr. Ross, it's the one vital link that keeps my friend from attaining the highest level of independence. Mrs. G. A .... Radio WHO, Des Moines, IA Dear Readers: Do you want to be a part of impacting a woman's life that will literally change the word dependency into independent? The above letter writer, Gloria Anderson, wrote me about her friend, Jalayne Noonan. Jalayne is a warm, gracious, intelligent woman, who was dealt a blow few of us would be able to respond to with the same level of dignity and acceptance. How do I know? I met Jalayne following a live broadcast I did on radio station WHO in Des Moines. When I asked her what having a service dog would mean she responded, "For the first time in 3 years I could go grocery shopping by myself. I could knock the food items off the shelf with a stick extension I wear on my hand, and the dog could pick them up and place them in the basket. I could even go into the parkway by my home-without having to be accompanied by someone-without feeling vulnerable. Mr. Ross, I could be independent again, something which I thought I had lost forever." Those statements prompted me to do my homework. I located a non-profit organization by the name of "Paws With A Cause." In the past 18 years this organization has placed over 13,000 dogs in 35 states. The cost in obtaining a dog with the right temperament and skill level to become a certified service dog is $10,000. It would be a crime to let that amount of money stand between Jalayne regaining what she has lost. Although she will never walk again, with a dog like "Lassie" she will have a faithful canine companion who can be her arms and legs. The bond between such a dog and its devoted master is unlike any other relationship. It's unencumbered by the restrictions found in human relationships. It's unconditional love and trust that runs so deep, it can move you to tears in less than 60 seconds. I'm going to see that Jalayne gets her very own Lassie, but I would like your help. I've contributed $1,000 toward our goal of $10,000, and am asking you to donate whatever your heart moves you to. I rarely ask for your help, but I'm doing so today because I want to give you an opportunity to really make a difference. It's what I've done for the past 16 years and seeing how I'm into sharing whatever I have, let me also share the experience of helping others- particularly Jalayne. It's guaranteed to make your heart feel full. Please make your checks payable to "Paws With A Cause" and mail your tax deductible contributions to: "Service Dog", P.O. Box 39000- WHO, Mpls., MN 55439. It's a cause too important to pass up. Editor's note: You may visit Percy Ross' web site at www.'thanksamillion.com Write Percy Ross, P O. Box 39000- B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others ma 3, be acknowledged privately. Whoopers overhead Although it may have seemed like spring was on its way in February this year, wildlife experts say that one of the surest signs of spring is the north- ward migration of birds. In South Dakota the new season brings them in all shapes, colors, and sizes, eager to get to their breeding grounds. Among the many unique outdoor opportunities for South Dakotans is the chance to see one of our nation's rarest species, the whooping crane. There are 182 whoopers, including 30 young, that may travel through the state this spring. South Dakota lies along the big white birds' regular migration path between the Texas winter haven of Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge and the remote breeding grounds of Canada's Northwest Territories. The whooping crane was one of the first designated endangered species, and its recovery has been slow but steady. A victim of wetland drainage and destruction, there were only 16 whoopers remaining in 1941. Legal protection and public coopera- tion combined to help this unique species grow to over ten times its low- est point. Whoopers are all white with black wingtips, which are visible only in flight. They fly with their neck and long legs extended. White pelicans are also white with black wingtips, but their shorter legs do not extend beyond the tail. Migrating pelican flocks usually number 20 or more. Whooping cranes usually travel in small groups of 3-7 birds, unlike the large flocks of gray sandhill cranes that also migrate through South Dakota. Unless you're an experienced birder, identifying birds in flight is difficult. You are most likely to see the 5- foot-tall whooping cranes in central South Dakota on shallow wetlands associated with cropland or pasture. Reliable sightings help state and fed- eral agencies protect this endangered species from potentially hazardous situations. To provide sighting details or to obtain more information, contact the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, 605-773-3381 or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 605-224-8693. They gave then! Will you give NOW! BUY AND WEAR A BUDDY POPPY PROCEEDS TO VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE U,S. VFW POST #3964 AUXILIARY - Ortonvlll,, MN Inde e$$e JEANETTE JAMES D. S Editor Acl e Plant RYAN PHIL BILL DWYER & e Camera oooo Tues., May 12, 1998 ! Minnesota in South Dakota. counties in Dakota. 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