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Our cousin, Nancy (Kaercher) Zuehlke of Worthington gave us our chuckle for the week ... maybe for the year ... while visiting with us one day last week. We were talking about her need of a hearing aid, to which she says "I really think I need one, but I get sick and tired of having a Beltone representative always calling to remind me!" Then she told us of answering the phone one day to hear the caller again was "Beltone." She almost hung up again, but decided not to when the caller said "wait a minute ... my wife wants to talk with your husband, as the two were class- mates. My name is (speaking louder) Bill Stone." Needless to say, Nancy was embarrassed, thinking the sound to her of Bill Stone was Beltone. Think she needs a hearing aid? To be sure cousin ... you won't believe what you've been missing. Bill Stone would like you having one, too, if he calls again! What a shame it is that India is "playing" with nuclear warfare, having con- ducted five nuclear test- bombings within the past week. Proper it is that most of the other nations in our world have condemned India for declaring itself this week a "nuclear state." What stu- pidity! Proper it is, too, that many nations, including the United States, have imposed political and economic sanc- tions against India for its actions! We thought all along that India was one of the most peaceful nations ... now it appears they are anything but] Yet another threat to world peace! Governor Carlson reports today that Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.5 percent in April, down from 2.9 percent in March and also well under last year's 3.5 percent. This rate is the lowest rate on record for the state. Readers and good friends, Dennis and Sandra (nee Bruins) Gibson of Apple Valley (in summer)'and Palm Desert, CA (in winter), stopped in for a few minutes Monday of this week. They were here paying a "get- well" call on Helen Fleming of Stolpman Apts. here who is recovering from a recent fall. Dennis and Sandra are as handsome a couple as ever and both say they're in the best of health. News today from long time friend, reader and one of the better athletes to come out of OHS, Dick Steiner: "The last 2 years of tennis here in Florida have been really out- standing. The highlight for me was winning the Florida Seniors 60's Doubles Championship in late March of this year. In 1997, with another partner, I ended up ranked as #3 in the 60's doubles in Florida. This year I am in my 65th birth year, so I am going for a ranking in the 65's. Cookie and I moved into our new home, here in Sarasota, in early March. Hard to believe that this was our 18th winter spent here. However we are ready for our trip north later this month. Sounds as if some of the Ortonville snowbirds are already back from the south. Please change our mailing address to Plymouth as we will be back about May 20th. See you on the golf course around Corn Festival time." BELIEVE IT... Gonna Get Hot! Word today from OHS classmate Marj (nee Stansfield) Sartorius of Windom, who is one of the grads in charge of organizing our 50th class reunion this summer. "As of May 7th," Marj writes, "I have 46 let- ters back from classmates, out of 52 original notices sent out for our big 50th. I'm so darn proud of our class in taking the time to respond. There is still time, too, for the remaking 6 to send a letter to me or Lois Knopf or Woody Sellin, the latter two living in Ortonville." Marj's address is 717 18th St., Windom, MN?. Cancer board meet Big Stone County's Cancer Board annual meeting, a supper meeting, will be held at the Matador Tuesday, May 26, at 6 p.m. Children to "Blast Off" at Space Mission Bible Camp "This summer New Life Community Baptist is reaching for the stars," says Pastor Kory Tedrick. We're blasting off for Space Mission Bible Camp, where kids from age three through 6th grade can enjoy fun, memorable Bible learning activities. Each day kids will sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, nibble tasty treats from Mission Munchies, soar through Bible adventures, and create Space Crafts they'll take home and play with all summer long. "Space Mission Bible Camp is a five-day mission of God's love. Kids will get to take part in a worldwide mission project that will reach needy children across the globe. We'll conclude each day with a festive Mission Send-Off Show Time program that gets everyone involved in celebrating what they' ve learned. "Family members and friends are encouraged to join us daily for this special time. We hope Space Mission Bible Camp will launch our -,community on a mission of God's ]o." Sp'e Mission Bible Camp begins June 1 and continues through June 5. "Astronauts" will train at New Life Community Baptist Church each day from 8:30 AM until 11:30. For information or to register your child. call 839-3440 or 839-2101 . Interpretive programs offered State Park Memorial Day weekend What has drawn bluebirds and many other creatures to Big Stone Lake through the ages? Join a local naturalist and find out for yourself while hiking the Bluebird Trail at Big Stone Lake State Park! Two interpretive programs will be offered at our local State Park over Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm take a walk on Big Stone Lake State Park's Bluebird Trail and discover the unusual past and rare ecosystems that make the Big Stone Lake area unique. On Sunday. May 24th at 2:00 pm bring your family for a craft and hike at the Bonanza Area of the park. The programs are free and open to the public, however, a vehicle permit ($4 daily, $20-annual) is required to enter the State Park. The Bluebird Trail Hike will take place in the Meadowbrook Area of Big Stone Lake State Park located 8 miles north of Ortonville on Hwy. 7. Sunday's programs will be held at the Bonanza Educational Center at the Bonanza Area of the park 18 miles north of Ortonville on Hwy. 7. Please contact the park manager, Shawn Donais, at 839-3663, for more information. Countrymark Co-op, Land 'Lakes announce joint venture discussions Countrymark Co-op, an Indianapolis-based agricultural supply and grain marketing cooperative and Land O'Lakes, a St. Paul-based food and agricultural cooperative announced plans to enter into joint venture discussions. The'.planned talks, which will involve committees of the two boards of directors will focus on opportunities to enhance overall operations, specifically the cooperatives' animal nutrition and production livestock businesses. The goal of the committees also will be to explore opportunities that help livestock producers develop their business in the Countrymark Co-op trade territory. "A joint venture in feed and livestock makes good business sense because it would improve the market position of both cooperatives," said Jeff Stroburg, president and chief executive officer of Countrymark Co- op. This alliance would bring together two successful businesses whose geography includes the best livestock producers in the country." Land O'Lakes president and chief executive officer Jack Gherty said, "By working together, we believe there are significant opportunities for our two organizations to strengthen our businesses, achieve economies and, most importantly, improve the value we bring to our respective memberships." Both regional cooperatives manufacture and distribute a full line of animal feed products and marketing programs. Countrymark Co-op markets its products and services in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Land O'Lakes primarily markets its agricultural products and services from Wisconsin to the West Coast. Countrymark Co-op isan Indiana- based, major agricultural supply and grain marketing cooperative owned and controlled by its 130 member co- ops. which are, in turn. owned and controlled by their farmer-patrons. Land O'Lakes is a Minnesota- based food and agricultural cooperative. It is owned by and serves more than 10,000 family farmers in 27 states and nearly 1,000 Midwestern community cooperatives. It also is a leading marketer of dairy products across the U.S and serves international customers with a variety of food and animal feed ingredients. DNR to survey Minnesota River anglers this summer Anglers plying the waters of the Minnesota River this summer may be visited by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries personnel who will be conducting creel surveys. "While there is a lot we already know about the fishery in the Minnesota River, there is also a lot yet to be learned," said Bobbi Chapman, DNR fisheries specialist at the Hutchinson DNR fisheries office. 'In order to develop a good fish management plan for the river, we need to know more about the types, size and numbers of fish being caught as well as gather more information about the people who fish the river." The DNR routinely conducts creel surveys on Minnesota lakes to gather this kind of information, Chapman noted, but this wilt be the first time a thorough survey has been conducted on the Minnesota River. DNR fisheries staff will be asking anglers to allow them to measure the fish in their possession as part of the survey. Anglers will also be asked to provide their names and addresses for an end of creel mail-out questionnaire on angler demographics, expenses and preferences. "Anglers are under no obligation to cooperate with the survey but we've always found anglers to be very cooperative with these surveys on lakes and don't expect it to be any different on the river," Chapman said. "The objective of the survey is to collect the data necessary to help improve fishing on a long-term basis." DNR crews will be surveying the river in four sections from Granite Falls to the confluence with the Cottonwood River at New Ulm between now and the end of October. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Time To THINK COOL with LENNOX SPECIAL PRICII00G ON CENTRAL AIR CONDITIOI',II-2RS f, om AND REFRIGERATION& HEATING 225 NW 2nd St. Ph. 839-3882, 0rt0niille 321 61h Ave. Ph 598 3334 Ma0s0a Jackpot builds after third of Independent fishing After week three of The Ortonville Independent's fishing contest, Jennifer Bellefeuille of Ortonville reeled in the winning walleye, weighing 5 pounds 8 ounces. Jennifer, an eighth grader at Ortonville High School, is the daugh- ter of Kevin Bellefeuille. Her winning walleye was weighed in at Bud's Bait of Ortonville. The winning bullhead this week was reeled in by Mike Lovgren, son of Rich and Tami Lovgren of Ortonville. It weighed 2 pounds 1 ounce and was also weighed in at Bud's Bait. The Wharf was the weigh in spot for this week's winning perch, an 11 ouncer from Jerry Tipping of Milton, WI. Tipping was in the area for this weekend's MWC tourney. Since there were no northerns weighed in this week, the jackpot for Minge gains DFL endorsement Last Monday, at the Second District DFL convention David Minge won unanimous endorsement for his re-election bid to the United States Congress. The 1998 convention was held in Willmar with over 145 delegates in attendance. Minge, who grew up in Worthington and currently resides in Montevideo with his wife Karen, is seeking his fourth term in Congress. 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