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Area news digest BENSON-PubIic concern over the $21 million estimated market value of Prairie Correctional Facility prompted a meeting with City of Appleton officials and the Swift County Board of Commissioners recently. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has made an offer to purchase PCF from the Appleton Prison Corporation for an undisclosed amount. The offer is contingent on Swift County, the City of Appleton and the Lac qui Parle Valley School District abating a portion of the taxes. Swift County Commissioners and Appleton City Council members met to discuss the proposed tax abatement by the county, and a $50,000 abatement by. the City of Appleton. CCA&apos;s share of taxes paid to the county with the abatement would be about $291,860. The abatement is based on an estimated market value of $21 million placed on the parcel by Swift County Assessor Loren Harste. It's a market value which some people think is too low. The tax capacity is set at $842,310, according to Harste. Total estimated taxes due to the county before abatement is $423,300. WATERTOWN, SD-A pesticide used to control mosquitoes is implicated in a growing number of studies as a possible cause of deformities found in frogs in recent years, scientists say. "The insecticide methoprene and the compounds formed as it breaks down in the environment are among leading suspects in the search to determine why frogs, toads, and salamanders increasingly are found with deformed legs," scientists said at the Midwest Declining Amphibians Conference. Minnesota ranked first in the United States in reported malformations. Vermont is second and Wisconsin is third. "Whatever chemical agents are disrupting development in frogs could certainly have the same effects on all vertebrates, including humans," said David Gardiner, a professor of developmental and cell biology at the University of California-lrvine. MONTEVIDEO-Pilots wishing to fly out of the Montevideo Chippewa- County Airport now have access to an enhanced weather radar satellite generated computer system which was installed last week by they state of Minnesota. Known as the DTN Aviation Center, it is set up to give a pilot weather forecasts from any reporting point that reports weather in the U.S. and abroad. "A lot of the farmers, banks and elevators have this, but this is set up more for aviation. It has more radar station ability and I can get weather maps instantly with the touch of a button," said airport manager Howard Kron. It also gives long-range forecasts from 24-hours up to five days and more. Big Stone City I Gail Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 Lucille McFarland from Milbank, SD visited Lorraine Schnaser on Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thompson and their grandson Michael from Underwood spent Mother's Day weekend with Jean Thompson and Kathleen Flint. Evelyn Zahnow and Bob and Juanita Carlson were supper guests at the Bob Zahnows last Saturday evening for Mother's Day. Tuesday Eldora Nelson and Grace Van Hout went up to Northridge to visit Horence Trapp. Pearl Pepka and Eldora Nelson ,visited Sally Roggenbuck Thursday forenoon. Jean Elsinger from Wilmot and Lutheran Brotherhood awards scholarship Eric Kleindl of Grareville was recently awarded a $500 Member Scholarship from Lutheran Brotherhood. Kleindl plans to attend Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria this fall. Member Scholarships are awarded to selected undergraduate students who are Lutheran Brotherhood members. Recipient selection is based on academic excellence, church and community involvement and leadership. Kleindl was one of 756 recipients selected from 2,642 applicants for this national award. Kleindl is a member of Traverse Big Stone Branch #8392, one of Lutheran Brotherhood's 969 member-volunteer groups organized for fellowship and community service. Vernice Hoium is the Lutheran Brotherhood district representative serving the local branch as fraternal branch consultant. Clark Larson were dinner guests last Saturday at Ralph and Lavina Loeschke's. Edna Kamin of Ortonville was a visitor Thursday evening at Ralph and Lavina Loeschke's home. . Carol Hauck spent Mother's Day at the Curt Herberg home in Watertown. On Mother's Day Ralph and Ruth Dittes and Calvin and Naomi Sandlin attended the buffet luncheon at Shady Beach. After church Grace Van Hout went with her grandson Jim Voeltz and his wife Kim and children to Hilltop for dinner on Mother's Day. Grace Van Hout and Eldora+Nelson went and played bingo a the Ortonville Senior Center on Tuesday. Grace won three times at bingo. Lois and Shirley Voeltz visited Rick and Shari Hansen and family in Leavenworth, KS. Lois and Shirley attended their daughter Shari Hansen's graduation May 16th from the University of Kansas Medical Center at Kansas City. KS. Shirley Voeltz of Big Stone and Dora Poppen of Milbank attended the pie and ice cr=am social at the Wilmot Community Home. They also visited Lydia Schultz who will be celebrating her 97th birthday May 16th. Delores Bengtson had a second birthday party for great granddaughter Emma Ward, daughter of Cristina and Tom Ward of Sioux Falls, SD last Saturday, May 9th. The guests were her Grandma Cindy Loy, Rod Bublitzie, Uncle Michael Loy, Travis and Tonya Swezey all of Watertown, Zack and Amy Price of Aberdeen, Wade and Bonnie Swezey and Lance and Amanda of Ortonville and Connie Loy of Appleton. Delores Bengtson and Rita Buck went to Fargo to see Delores' new great grandson Hunter Alien, son of Christopher and Jenny Bengtson of Fargo, ND. Hunter was born on Mother's Day, May 10th. Donald and Ethel Wentworth were invited to Roger Hegge's home for Mother's Day dinner. Monday Donald and Ethel Wentworth visited Elsie Weiss of Sauk Rapids. Tuesday Donald and Ethel Wentworth visited the Herman Robbinson family of Chokio. Ruth Lauster's daughter Sandra Bogenrief and Sandra's son Max were visitors Mother's Day at Ruth Lauster's home. Marc Berndt from Santa Rosa, CA arrived in Minneapolis, April 30th. Marc spent several days with relatives and friends in Minneapolis. Monday the 4th of May, Wilbert and Dorothy Volkenant drove Marc to the Norbert Bemdt home of Big Stone. Marc will be at the Bemdt home for an extended period of time. Marc is a brother to Mrs. Wilbert Volkenant and to Norbert Berndt. After six weeks of therapy and Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of John Uleck from Rapid City. There were four squares dancing. Guests were from Watertown and Sisseton. Calling Wednesday, May 20, 1998 will be Cal Brown from Watertown. On the lunch committee will be Orvin and Mary Whiting and Gene and Lois Spiering. Upcoming dances: May 27th we will have Don Nugent from, Madison SD calling. The Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday nights in the Milbank High School Lunchroom. mHHHimHNmHHmHmliil ......... TUBBS soFr WATER Drinking Water Systems Iron Remova! Systems Salt Del,ve;y IB gU Appleton, MN Phone 289-1999 mmmmltrill 'file B(g Stone LaQ Area Tourism Association would like to extend a huge thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who helped with the MWC Walleye Tournament on B(g Stone LalCe, May 16 and 17. hans to all area merchants and media for promoting and helping make it a great weeQnd. Finally, than you to the B(g Stone LaICe area people for mang the event so successful. recuperation from a mild stroke, Sally Roggenbuck returned to her home from Northridge Residence on Friday evening, May 8th. Her sons Kevin of Inver Grove Heights, Steve of Spring Lake Park, and her brother Urban and Lucie Stolpman of Ortonville all helped to move her back home. Visitors since Sally is home have been Deb Wiik, Margaret Schake, Schank of Milbank, Lamoine Herrmann, Pearl Pepka, Bob and Patsy Stenzel and Eldora Nelson. Kevin Roggenbuck left for his home Saturday, May 9th. Steve and Sue Roggenbuck took their mothers out for dinner on Mother's Day and then left for their home in Spring Lake Park. Bob and Orla Onken helped meeting of the Saturday. Sunday Marilyn Darlene Barnhardt- Monday aftc Robert and Jan were visitors at the Darlene Barnhardt- Monday even Dorothy Sis of Northridge, Linda cleanup and attended the annual Barnhardt visited Parmland Industries, to form energy alliance Two of the nation's largest farmer- owned cooperatives, Farmland Industries, Inc. and CENEX, Inc., today announced an agreement to create a new energy alliance to serve the rural energy marketplace. The St. Paul-based Cenex and Kansas City-based Farmland are forming the alliance to better meet the needs of their customers--local cooperatives and farmer-owners. The agreement has been approved by both cooperatives' boards of directors. Details of the agreement will be formalized by the cooperatives over the next several weeks and implemented this summer. Within the initial parameters of the agreement, the alliance will market, sell and distribute refined fuels, propane and lubricants, on behalf of Farmland and Cenex, to rural marketplace customers. Significant assets, such as refineries and plants, aren't included in the alliance. "The alliance will strengthen our business by providing economies of scale and operating efficiencies. This will, in turn, provide long-term benefits to our co-op members. They will receive high quality products at competitive prices. Additionally, it will increase value for our customer- owners," said Ken Otwell, vice president, Petroleum Marketing, for Farmland. "Through this alliance, we're taking bold new steps to keep farmer- owned businesses in rural America competitive. As farmer-owned companies with solid histories in the petroleum business, Cenex and Farmland are uniquely positioned to better serve agricultural America," said Leon Westbrock, vice president, Petroleum, for Cenex. Significant savings could result from maintaining a single inventory of energy products, streamlining information systems and achieving improved economies in fuel transportation through the alliance. In addition, ",he alliance will explore longer-range opportunities to deliver other energy products to rural America. A dual management team will lead the new alliance. Otwell and Westbrock will serve as co-leaders. Sales and support offices will be maintained at Cenex's headquarters in Inver Grove Heights, MN, near St. Paul, and Kansas City, Mo., where Farmland has its headquarters. Boards of both companies have made meeting the needs of rural marketplace customers and ensuring a smooth transition the highest priorities for the alliance. 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