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Revs. Jeanne and Bob Semrad, former pastors for many years at Big Stone City's Tabor United Methodist Church, now jointly serving the United Methodist Church in Madison, SD, send us some news today. "We thought we could live without The Independent ... but no! We need to renew. We appreciate our new home and situation, but we do not want to leave all the Big Stone City/Ortonville area behind us. Events like Mike B's Eagle Scout award and Sue's (Kaercher-Blake) baby are too important to miss. Jim, please express greetings and God's blessing to everyone via your col- umn. We were very honored to be recipients of the Civic Leader Award through Dakota State University." An article in the April 26, 1999 issue of the Madison Daily Leader stated that "Though the Semrads have been in Madison a short time, their nomina- tion stated 'they have had a positive impact on everyone they've been associated with.' Their dedication has enhanced youth activities in their church and increased participation. They have a true love of people and for life and share their enthusiasm with everyone! The Semrads have been serving churches together in South Dakota for nearly 20 years. They are the parents of two children and have seven grandchildren." Nice and deserving words about two very fine persons, both of whom, indeed, will long be remembered by many in our area. Remember, Bob and Jeanne, we will always consider you "kin-folk" and that this area is truly one of your hometowns! News today from Richard McGraw, former OHS Band Instructor: "Yesterday I received a picture from Mary Worrall that was in the Independent recently. It is a picture of the fifth and sixth grade band. The possible dates are wrong though. We didn't move to Ortonviile until the fall of 1971 so, the picture is later than 1967-68. We were in Ortonville last Friday evening to have sup- per with the Worralls and celebrate Bob's retirement. Nancy and I had some time to drive around and view some of the sights. You should be complemented on the appearance of Main Street. Nancy is in her 20th year of teaching Family and Consumer Sciences at McLeod West High School (Brownton/Stewart) and I am Elementary Music Specialist and 7-8 Band Director at Glencoe/Silver Lake Schools, teaching in Silver Lake. This is my 16th year in Silver Lake." Reader and former resident Elsa (Paasche) Canterbury, now of Minneapolis, sends renewal and writes she "hopes to get tO Ortonville this summer and certainly plan on being there for the all-school reunion. Thanks to all who work so diligently to make it all possible." Word was received from officials of ShopKo company in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that the company has pur- chased the entire chain of Pamida stores, inelbding the one here in Ortonville. The sale is expected to have no negative repercussions local- ly. All the Pamida stores will continue to operate under the same name of Pamida. ShopKo plans to expand the Pamida chain. Elsewhere this issue, you'll find an interesting story on Big Stone Lake fishing, that appeared in a recent issue of the Willmar (Minn.) Reminder, submitted to us by long- time reader-friend Doug Anderson of Benson, formerly of Clinton. "My druggist went over for the Big Stone Lake opener this year," writes Doug, "and came home with his limit of walleyes, caught near Mallard Point." Mobile meals Tuesday, May 24 through Friday, May 28: Dorothy Gmiterko, Donna Klitzke, Gone Burdick Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 4 (No Memorial Day): Dale & Betty Hausauer, Gone Burdick, Donna Klitzke Page 2 Farmers receiving sign-up forms for Minnesota !arm assistance program Most Minnesota farmers " Assistance Program: The property tax refund is on taxes Option A is a refund of property tax for livestock facilities on 160 acres or less. The refund is on property taxes due and payable on May 31, 1999, on qualified agricultural homestead property. Option B is a per acre payment of that were due and payable May 15, 1999. Any leased or rented acres do not qualify for Option A. To apply for Option A, farmers need to obtain Form AG-2, "Certification For Agricultural Assistance," from the county auditor's office. Memorial Bellingham Elementary School receive sign-up forms and informa- tion for the Minnesota "Farm Assistance Program" the week of May 24-29. This program is the result of the $70 million farm relief package passed by the state legislature in April. The program is being administered through the Minnesota Department of Revenue. This is a state program and not a federal farm program. This means county Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will not provide infor- mation or answer questions about it. The Farm Assistance Program is for farm operators and not for land- lords. The mailing that farm operators receive will contain the application form (Form AG-I), application instructions and a return envelope. The mailing will also include a let- ter from the FSA office that verifies "effective agricultural use acreage" for the 1998 crop year. This is the acreage that will be eligible for the program. Applications will be accepted after May 31, 1999, and payment can be expected within 30 days. Farm opera- tors may be eligible for one of two types of assistance under the Farm $4 per eligible 1998 crop acre, based on the "effective agricultural use acreage" in the FSA letter. The maximum payment per farm operator or per farm is $5,600. Most farm operators will qualify under Option B, the $4 per acre payment. This application process will be fairly simple for most farmers. They will need to complete one Form AG- 1 and attach a copy of the FSA letter for each farm number listed in the FSA letter. The completed application is then mailed to the Department of Revenue. The deadline to apply for Option A is Sept. 30, 1999. For Option A, the livestock opera- tion must be on agricultural home- stead property and must have pro- duced at least $I0,000 in sales of unprocessed livestock or dairy prod- ucts, according to income tax records for 1997 or 1998. The farmer completes the top por- tion of Form AG-2, then returns it to the county auditor to complete the form and determine the amount the of property tax refund. The completed form and all other necessary docu- mentation is then sent to the Department of Revenue. The deadline to apply for Option B is Nov. 30, 1999. All University of Minnesota Extension Service offices have infor- mation sheets available to assist farm operators with the Farm Assistance Program. Technical questions about the program should be referred to the Minnesota Department of Revenue (1-800-652-9094). Specific County auditor's offices can handle questions about property tax refund eligibility. But remember-- county FSA offices are not administering the program and can't answer questions about it. Special day for seniors & COMMERCIAL GARBAGE S for Memorial Monday, May 31st picked up on T June 1st. Grab those bikes! It's time to cele- brate the 10th anniversary MS TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota). Cyclists of all abilities are invited to participate in the 300-mile ride, which takes place July 25-30. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter, coordi- nates the route, which features the veteran host cities of Ortonville, Montevideo, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, New Prague and Hastings. Each host city treats participants to its own hometown flare, along with festivities and camping. Cyclists ride 45-70 miles each day while enjoying beauti- ful Minnesota terrain and raising money in the fight against multiple sclerosis. It's not too late to register! The registration fee is $50, with a mini- mum pledge of $200. Funds raised by MS TRAM participants support the numerous programs the Minnesota Chapter offers to more than 5,500 people with MS, as well as support research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a Chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, Memorials for Rice Hospice The following memorials were received by Rice Hospice - Ortonville/Graceville - for the month of April, 1999: In memory of: Lionel Erickson, from Mona Chancellor. Keith Schroeder, from Inez Marker. Donald Teske, from Carol Knutson; David and Marge Olson; Donna and Bob Thompson; Joan Jurgens; Corinne and Donald Tiegs. A donation was given to the Ortonville/Graceville Hospice Program by the Almond Township Combined Fund. NORTHEAST ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER , Serving N.E. South Dakota and Western Minnesota for 13 years Seeing patients weekly at the Ortonville Hospital. Call Lori I.arson at 1-320-839-2502 for an appointment. (605) 882-2630 or 1-800-658-4763 Mallard Pointe Business Park Watertown, SD spheres are thick, colored glass, with a mirroring on the inside that is preserved by a sealed cap. Iridescent spheres have a curious translucent appeal, achieved in the final stages of blowing. "A South Dakota Century Old Business" HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5:15pm; Sat. 9am-4pm Toll Free 888-452-4568 605.43Z-4568 306 South Third Street • Milbank, South Dakota 57252 or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. Most people with MS are diag- nosed between the ages of 20 to 40, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong. The progress, severity and specific symp- toms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. For more information on MS TRAM, the MS Society or volunteer opportunities, call (612) 335-7900 or 1-800-582-5296 (v/tdd), or visit www.mstram.com on the Internet. American Heart sociation WE'RE FNG FORYOUR LIFE 'YOMCAN'T o STOP A HA/LSTORM BUT • • • you can insure the value of your crop. CALL US TODAY! .0000NNWESI']NVESTM00NT 00S00-INSuRANCE 25 Northwest Second Street Ortonville, MN 5.6278 839°2568 I 60,000 Mile Treadwear , S-Speed Rated • Steel Belted • All Season SUPRE BLACK WALL PRICE WHITE STRIPE PRICE P185GOR14 ........ $59.95 P195GOR14 ........... 61.95 P1865R14 ........... 66.95 P195/65R14 ........... 68,95 02055R15 ........... 73.95 P215/60R16 ........... 81.95 P1650R13 ........ $51.95 P1750R13 ........... 52.95 P185/80R13 ........... 53.95 P185SR14 ........... 61.95 0185/70R14 ........... 61.95 P195SR14 ........... 62.95 4-WHEEL COMPUTERIZED • Computer-optimized tread pitch sequencing for quiet ride. • Two steel belts sndpolyester cord body for strength and smooth, comfortable ride. • Full depth slpes for wet trmctlon and less hydroplaning. • 45,000 mile limited Black Wall treadwear warranty. P175/70R13 • White stripe sidewall and P185/70R14 black wall styling, P195/70R14 White Stripe Price P155/80R 13 $ 42.95 P 165/80R 13 46.95 P 175/80R 13 48.95 P185/80R13 49.95 P185/75R14 51.95 P195/75R14 52.95 White Stri :)e P205/70R14 $ 511.115 P205/75R14 54.95 P205/75R15 $7.95 P215/75R15 $9.95 P225/Z5R15 61.95 P235/75R15 64.95 Limited MileaGe Warranty Against Tim Wear Out BridgestonalFirestone will replace your tires on a pro-rated basis if they do mileage. Actual tread life may vary. Certain exceptions ant the warranty, speed rating end tire salel) 00INDEPENDENT GO MS TRAM celebrates 10th anniversary this July missionaries in Uganda and Kenya for a total of 20 years. He is currently Visitation and Senior's Ministry Pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids, MN. The day's schedule will include times of group singing, special music, Bible lessons, and relaxing fellow- ship. To assist in planning for the meals which will be served, a reserva- tion is re quested by May 31. Cost for the day is $10. For more information and to make reservations, please call 320-596-2300. Big Stone Camp for Christ is a ministry whose goal is to present Jesus Christ and strengthen the family through a variety of activities includ- ing youth camps, retreats, and other special events. It is a member camp of Christian Camping International. Bible Camp isn't just for kids! On June 5, 1999, Big Stone Camp for Christ will host a Senior Citizen's Day. The camp is located 4 miles North of Ortonville on MN Hwy. 7. With registration starting at 9 A.M., activities will be at 9:30 A.M. and finish by 7 P.M. Rev. Russ Paulson, accompanied by his wife Lois, will be the featured speaker for the day. Rev. and Mrs. Paulson were The RESIDENTIAL Pledge of Allegiance ............. Invocation .......................................... Spangled Banner". ..................... "In Flanders Field". ................. . .......... "Answer to Flanders Field". .................. "Battle Hymn of the Republic". ............ Introduction of Speaker ....... Walter Maatz, Post Speaker ........................................... Musical Selection ................................... *Reading of Roster ............. Walter Maatz, Post Benediction ................................................... *Taps .................................................. Retirement of Colors ......................... Legion and *Will take place at the cemetery, Advancement of Colors ...................... Legion and Revs. Jeanne and Bob Semrad, former pastors for many years at Big Stone City's Tabor United Methodist Church, now jointly serving the United Methodist Church in Madison, SD, send us some news today. "We thought we could live without The Independent ... but no! We need to renew. We appreciate our new home and situation, but we do not want to leave all the Big Stone City/Ortonville area behind us. Events like Mike B's Eagle Scout award and Sue's (Kaercher-Blake) baby are too important to miss. Jim, please express greetings and God's blessing to everyone via your col- umn. We were very honored to be recipients of the Civic Leader Award through Dakota State University." An article in the April 26, 1999 issue of the Madison Daily Leader stated that "Though the Semrads have been in Madison a short time, their nomina- tion stated 'they have had a positive impact on everyone they've been associated with.' Their dedication has enhanced youth activities in their church and increased participation. They have a true love of people and for life and share their enthusiasm with everyone! The Semrads have been serving churches together in South Dakota for nearly 20 years. They are the parents of two children and have seven grandchildren." Nice and deserving words about two very fine persons, both of whom, indeed, will long be remembered by many in our area. Remember, Bob and Jeanne, we will always consider you "kin-folk" and that this area is truly one of your hometowns! News today from Richard McGraw, former OHS Band Instructor: "Yesterday I received a picture from Mary Worrall that was in the Independent recently. It is a picture of the fifth and sixth grade band. The possible dates are wrong though. We didn't move to Ortonviile until the fall of 1971 so, the picture is later than 1967-68. We were in Ortonville last Friday evening to have sup- per with the Worralls and celebrate Bob's retirement. Nancy and I had some time to drive around and view some of the sights. You should be complemented on the appearance of Main Street. Nancy is in her 20th year of teaching Family and Consumer Sciences at McLeod West High School (Brownton/Stewart) and I am Elementary Music Specialist and 7-8 Band Director at Glencoe/Silver Lake Schools, teaching in Silver Lake. This is my 16th year in Silver Lake." Reader and former resident Elsa (Paasche) Canterbury, now of Minneapolis, sends renewal and writes she "hopes to get tO Ortonville this summer and certainly plan on being there for the all-school reunion. Thanks to all who work so diligently to make it all possible." Word was received from officials of ShopKo company in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that the company has pur- chased the entire chain of Pamida stores, inelbding the one here in Ortonville. The sale is expected to have no negative repercussions local- ly. All the Pamida stores will continue to operate under the same name of Pamida. ShopKo plans to expand the Pamida chain. Elsewhere this issue, you'll find an interesting story on Big Stone Lake fishing, that appeared in a recent issue of the Willmar (Minn.) Reminder, submitted to us by long- time reader-friend Doug Anderson of Benson, formerly of Clinton. "My druggist went over for the Big Stone Lake opener this year," writes Doug, "and came home with his limit of walleyes, caught near Mallard Point." Mobile meals Tuesday, May 24 through Friday, May 28: Dorothy Gmiterko, Donna Klitzke, Gone Burdick Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 4 (No Memorial Day): Dale & Betty Hausauer, Gone Burdick, Donna Klitzke Page 2 Farmers receiving sign-up forms for Minnesota !arm assistance program Most Minnesota farmers " Assistance Program: The property tax refund is on taxes Option A is a refund of property tax for livestock facilities on 160 acres or less. The refund is on property taxes due and payable on May 31, 1999, on qualified agricultural homestead property. Option B is a per acre payment of that were due and payable May 15, 1999. Any leased or rented acres do not qualify for Option A. To apply for Option A, farmers need to obtain Form AG-2, "Certification For Agricultural Assistance," from the county auditor's office. Memorial Bellingham Elementary School receive sign-up forms and informa- tion for the Minnesota "Farm Assistance Program" the week of May 24-29. This program is the result of the $70 million farm relief package passed by the state legislature in April. The program is being administered through the Minnesota Department of Revenue. This is a state program and not a federal farm program. This means county Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will not provide infor- mation or answer questions about it. The Farm Assistance Program is for farm operators and not for land- lords. The mailing that farm operators receive will contain the application form (Form AG-I), application instructions and a return envelope. The mailing will also include a let- ter from the FSA office that verifies "effective agricultural use acreage" for the 1998 crop year. This is the acreage that will be eligible for the program. Applications will be accepted after May 31, 1999, and payment can be expected within 30 days. Farm opera- tors may be eligible for one of two types of assistance under the Farm $4 per eligible 1998 crop acre, based on the "effective agricultural use acreage" in the FSA letter. The maximum payment per farm operator or per farm is $5,600. Most farm operators will qualify under Option B, the $4 per acre payment. This application process will be fairly simple for most farmers. They will need to complete one Form AG- 1 and attach a copy of the FSA letter for each farm number listed in the FSA letter. The completed application is then mailed to the Department of Revenue. The deadline to apply for Option A is Sept. 30, 1999. For Option A, the livestock opera- tion must be on agricultural home- stead property and must have pro- duced at least $I0,000 in sales of unprocessed livestock or dairy prod- ucts, according to income tax records for 1997 or 1998. The farmer completes the top por- tion of Form AG-2, then returns it to the county auditor to complete the form and determine the amount the of property tax refund. The completed form and all other necessary docu- mentation is then sent to the Department of Revenue. The deadline to apply for Option B is Nov. 30, 1999. All University of Minnesota Extension Service offices have infor- mation sheets available to assist farm operators with the Farm Assistance Program. Technical questions about the program should be referred to the Minnesota Department of Revenue (1-800-652-9094). Specific County auditor's offices can handle questions about property tax refund eligibility. But remember-- county FSA offices are not administering the program and can't answer questions about it. Special day for seniors & COMMERCIAL GARBAGE S for Memorial Monday, May 31st picked up on T June 1st. Grab those bikes! It's time to cele- brate the 10th anniversary MS TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota). Cyclists of all abilities are invited to participate in the 300-mile ride, which takes place July 25-30. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter, coordi- nates the route, which features the veteran host cities of Ortonville, Montevideo, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, New Prague and Hastings. Each host city treats participants to its own hometown flare, along with festivities and camping. Cyclists ride 45-70 miles each day while enjoying beauti- ful Minnesota terrain and raising money in the fight against multiple sclerosis. It's not too late to register! The registration fee is $50, with a mini- mum pledge of $200. Funds raised by MS TRAM participants support the numerous programs the Minnesota Chapter offers to more than 5,500 people with MS, as well as support research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a Chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, Memorials for Rice Hospice The following memorials were received by Rice Hospice - Ortonville/Graceville - for the month of April, 1999: In memory of: Lionel Erickson, from Mona Chancellor. Keith Schroeder, from Inez Marker. Donald Teske, from Carol Knutson; David and Marge Olson; Donna and Bob Thompson; Joan Jurgens; Corinne and Donald Tiegs. A donation was given to the Ortonville/Graceville Hospice Program by the Almond Township Combined Fund. NORTHEAST ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER , Serving N.E. South Dakota and Western Minnesota for 13 years Seeing patients weekly at the Ortonville Hospital. Call Lori I.arson at 1-320-839-2502 for an appointment. (605) 882-2630 or 1-800-658-4763 Mallard Pointe Business Park Watertown, SD spheres are thick, colored glass, with a mirroring on the inside that is preserved by a sealed cap. Iridescent spheres have a curious translucent appeal, achieved in the final stages of blowing. "A South Dakota Century Old Business" HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5:15pm; Sat. 9am-4pm Toll Free 888-452-4568 605.43Z-4568 306 South Third Street • Milbank, South Dakota 57252 or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. Most people with MS are diag- nosed between the ages of 20 to 40, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong. The progress, severity and specific symp- toms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. For more information on MS TRAM, the MS Society or volunteer opportunities, call (612) 335-7900 or 1-800-582-5296 (v/tdd), or visit www.mstram.com on the Internet. American Heart sociation WE'RE FNG FORYOUR LIFE 'YOMCAN'T o STOP A HA/LSTORM BUT • • • you can insure the value of your crop. CALL US TODAY! .0000NNWESI']NVESTM00NT 00S00-INSuRANCE 25 Northwest Second Street Ortonville, MN 5.6278 839°2568 I 60,000 Mile Treadwear , S-Speed Rated • Steel Belted • All Season SUPRE BLACK WALL PRICE WHITE STRIPE PRICE P185GOR14 ........ $59.95 P195GOR14 ........... 61.95 P1865R14 ........... 66.95 P195/65R14 ........... 68,95 02055R15 ........... 73.95 P215/60R16 ........... 81.95 P1650R13 ........ $51.95 P1750R13 ........... 52.95 P185/80R13 ........... 53.95 P185SR14 ........... 61.95 0185/70R14 ........... 61.95 P195SR14 ........... 62.95 4-WHEEL COMPUTERIZED • Computer-optimized tread pitch sequencing for quiet ride. • Two steel belts sndpolyester cord body for strength and smooth, comfortable ride. • Full depth slpes for wet trmctlon and less hydroplaning. • 45,000 mile limited Black Wall treadwear warranty. P175/70R13 • White stripe sidewall and P185/70R14 black wall styling, P195/70R14 White Stripe Price P155/80R 13 $ 42.95 P 165/80R 13 46.95 P 175/80R 13 48.95 P185/80R13 49.95 P185/75R14 51.95 P195/75R14 52.95 White Stri :)e P205/70R14 $ 511.115 P205/75R14 54.95 P205/75R15 $7.95 P215/75R15 $9.95 P225/Z5R15 61.95 P235/75R15 64.95 Limited MileaGe Warranty Against Tim Wear Out BridgestonalFirestone will replace your tires on a pro-rated basis if they do mileage. Actual tread life may vary. Certain exceptions ant the warranty, speed rating end tire salel) 00INDEPENDENT GO MS TRAM celebrates 10th anniversary this July missionaries in Uganda and Kenya for a total of 20 years. He is currently Visitation and Senior's Ministry Pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids, MN. The day's schedule will include times of group singing, special music, Bible lessons, and relaxing fellow- ship. To assist in planning for the meals which will be served, a reserva- tion is re quested by May 31. Cost for the day is $10. For more information and to make reservations, please call 320-596-2300. Big Stone Camp for Christ is a ministry whose goal is to present Jesus Christ and strengthen the family through a variety of activities includ- ing youth camps, retreats, and other special events. It is a member camp of Christian Camping International. Bible Camp isn't just for kids! On June 5, 1999, Big Stone Camp for Christ will host a Senior Citizen's Day. The camp is located 4 miles North of Ortonville on MN Hwy. 7. With registration starting at 9 A.M., activities will be at 9:30 A.M. and finish by 7 P.M. Rev. Russ Paulson, accompanied by his wife Lois, will be the featured speaker for the day. Rev. and Mrs. Paulson were The RESIDENTIAL Pledge of Allegiance ............. Invocation .......................................... Spangled Banner". ..................... "In Flanders Field". ................. . .......... "Answer to Flanders Field". .................. "Battle Hymn of the Republic". ............ Introduction of Speaker ....... Walter Maatz, Post Speaker ........................................... Musical Selection ................................... *Reading of Roster ............. Walter Maatz, Post Benediction ................................................... *Taps .................................................. Retirement of Colors ......................... Legion and *Will take place at the cemetery, Advancement of Colors ...................... Legion and