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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... wrong Ventura's autiobiograp ,y sends message to young people, says group Governor Jesse Ventura's new autobiography replete with tales of visiting prostitutes, using drugs and losing his virginity for a bet with friends received criticism today from Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council (MFC). "The job of governor involves more than governing, He represents the state of Minnesota and its people. He als ) serves as a role model for our young F o le," said Prichard. "Writing a book laced with pr3fanity that includes a self congratulatory discussion of previous sexual exploits is not befitting of Minnesota's governor." "To admit or explain one's youthful sexual indiscretions and illicit drug use in an effort to encourage our youth to do otherwise is one thing. To make money off of them is quite another, said Prichard. Although Ventura's book, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Re-workina the Body Politic from the Bottom 12, has not arrived in stores yet, it is expected anytime. Ventura kicks off a national media book tour at the Barnes and Noble in the Mall of America on May 22. "I hope on his book tour Governor Ventura goes out of his way to make very clear that this is not the kind of behavior he wants young people to emulate," added Prichard. "Our nation has been through an extremely painful period because our current President failed to recognize and live up to the moral leadership responsibilities inherent in his office. I truly hope Governor Ventura recognizes the responsibility he has as governor to uphold the moral integrity of the governorship in bo!h word and deed, added Prichard. If he doesn t, it could be a very long four years for him and the people of Minnesota." (The Minnesota Family Council is Minnesota's largest nonprofit non-partisan pro-family organization.) Are size resl r:ictions king on LakeT (Edi. note: The following appeared in a recent issue of the Willmar Reminder, and comes to us courtesy of reader and long-time friend, Doug Anderson, formerly of Clinton, now of Benson.) There were times my partner and I had four fish on at one time. How did we do that, you ask. We were fishing Big Stone Lake on the Min- nesota/South Dakota bor- der where two lines are allowed. This may sound as if we had a great day [,ick fish, and it was a good JAMES day. The only Outdoors problem was all the fish we caught were under the 14-inch minimum limit re- striction that the Department of Natural Resources put on the lake about three years ago. The reason for the minimum size limit, I understand, was because of the low count of smaller fish when the DNR did their test netting. Big Stone Lake walleye sea- son opened last weekend, April 24. The weather forecast was for temperatures in the high 60's, sunshine and not much wind. I thought about heading to Ortonville, to get a head start on the Minnesota walleye open- er. But, with the great weather forecast and the thought of all the anglers who were champ- ing-at-the-bit to get on the water and catch some walleye, I decided to wait until the crowds were gone. I think I made the right decision, be- cause after talking to a couple of people in the bait shops and dinning places, it sounded as if there were about 1,500 boats on the lake Saturday. Mike O'Brien and I stopped at Bud's Bait, located at the junc- tion of Highways 7 and 12, in Ortonville, for bait and possibly some good tips on what the fish were hitting on. The answer to our questions about the best baits was "just about anything you throw at them." One of the customers at the bait shop said he had to catch about 25 fish to keep two or three legal ones. We bought some fathead min- nows and a shallow running Shad Rap and headed for the lake. Mike suggested we start on the northern end of the lake just past the State Park on CLUES ACROSS 3. Helps little firms 7. Projecting edge 8. Tallied 9. Haitian tongue 10. Struck gently 11. Signal 12. Unable 14. Play divisions 17. Contributors 21. Package 24. Machine part 25. State capital 26. Lease 27. Secured with wire 28. Wound 29. Female sibling, familiar 22 m Z3 CLUES DOWN I ..... Estefan, rock singer 2. Disallow 3. Decide upon 4. Stage whispers 5. Mend boots 6. Withdraw 12. Ill-mannered man 13. Paddle 15. Metal container 16. View 18. Serious musical works 19. Not hidden 20. Bums 21. Emergence 22. Finch 23. Top of the head, pl. SOLUTIONS ACROSS SOLUTIONS DOWN 3. SBA 1. Gloria 7. Flange 2. Enjoin 8. Scored 3. Select 9. Creole 4. Asides 10. Dabbed 5. Cobble I I. Cue 6. Secede 12. Cannot 12. Cad i 4. Scenes 13. Oar 17. Donors 15. Can 2 I. Encase 16. See 24. Cog 18. Operas 25. Helena 19. Openly 26. Rental 20. Scalds 27. Cabled 21. Egress 28. Scrape 22. Canary 29. Sis 23. Scalps C5990003 Highway 7. We launched our boat at the State Park and head- ed north around a couple of points. We found a small bay and started to cast jigs tipped with the fathead minnows. Catching fish was not a prob- lem. The problem was the size. ARer we had caught and re- leased about 10 or so fish, we realized we were in a school of smaller fish. None of the fish met the minimum size limit of 14 inches. These fish were in four to six feet of water. Hoping to find some keepable fish, we moved out into deeper water. Since the lake is a bor- der lake, and South Dakota al- lows two lines per angler, we anchored and put out a slip bobber with a small jig and minnow. With the second line we cast a jig and minnow. In the deeper water, the fishing was a little slower, but the size was the same. After a halt'hour or so, we decided to troll the Shad Raps we had bought, This method didn't produce any fish for us. After checking a couple of other spots, we went back to the spot where we started hoping to find some legal size fish. When we got there, we anchored and used slip bobber rigs and cast a jig and minnow again. These two methods produced all the fish we wanted. Several times we had four fish on at one time. Conservatively speaking, I would say we caught between 40 and 50 walleyes before we ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Tom Kramer Clarence Stolpman Mavis Henderson Lawrence Pepka Larry Helgeson Anthony Spors Douglas D. Anderson Carl Schmidt Earl Dikstaal Forrest Johnson Dewane Stoddard Darin Stoddard Jan Eifealdt Brent Nelson Steve Wolner Nyberg Surveying Mary Geier Germain B. Kunz Gordon Llndquist Donald French Dr. Donald Storm Dean ltdke Dr. Robert Yaeger Chades Hanson Jerry Dragseth William Watson, Atty. Harold Wendland DuWayne Dbcher Mark Block Llnda Meyer Donald Nolting Kurt Westlund Gareth Homan Chad Benck Vivian Hublou Gary Johnson Betty Block Gene Homan Richard Howe Heidi Sweeney Donald Finberg Steven Devorak Vione Lowe Nell Mielitz Nobel Sherman Tami Gangeihoff Karin Reiffenberger Larry Pederson Ron Cole Nancy Eastman Marlowe Tucholke Otto Karsky Questover Farm Clark Mastd Kenneth Hlllman Benjamin DelCasttllo Norman Christensen Aaron Smith Bill Swihart Lori Riley William Hod Thanks a million Dear Percy: For years my life was consumed by addiction. Started out innocent enough, a little alcohol and marijuana. Most high school kids experiment. This continued through college. I added a little speed and LSD, no real extreme use, though. I married and divorced in my 20s. We were too young and thank goodness had no children. My 30s were my career building days. Somehow I completed law school and passed the bar. By my 40s I had a real problem, namely with cocaine. Things were becoming unglued in my relationships and finally in my law practice. Through the care and concern of family, they did an intervention and I was placed in a chemical dependency center. This would start the long road back to recovery. I've been clean now for 2 years. My life, along with an enormous debt load, has been anything but a walk in the park. I keep chipping away one day at a time. I'm not asking for you r help with my debts. I made 'em, I'll pay 'em. What I'm seeking help with is print costs for T-shirts. I lead a teen group for drag awareness. My goal is to educate teens on the early pitfalls which may lead to addiction. Hey, if it can happen to a nice kid from the 'burbs, it can happen to anyone. T-shirts are walking bulletin boards and help unify a group. I'm seeking a one time donation of $600 for my cause. It would be worth it if it saves one teen from the life I've lead. That's powerful stuff, Percy. Mr. C. T.... Thrifty Nickel, Indianapolis, IN Dear Mr. T.: Addiction is powerful stuff. It throws one person into the eye of a tornado and pulls everyone else along. And with the aftermath of a tornado, comes the piecing together of one's shattered, fragmented life from all the destruction. If you can spare another individual this heart ache then $600 is peanuts. All the best to you as you continue your own recovery. Dear Mr. Ross: My husband keeps telling me I'm nosey and it's none of my business, but I say somebody has to make it their business. My next door neighbor has 6 children and just recently has allowed 3 more to move in. That's 9 kids! Where are they going to put them all? OK-so maybe it isn't my business, but when I saw them haul out the refrigerator to the garbage yesterday, I had to comment on how nice it will be to get a new one. Wrong! There is no replacement coming. The old one gave up the ghost and they have to make room for the "ice chest." Now you can't raise 9 kids without a refrigerator! Somebody has to do some thing, so I approached my neighbor about what she intended to do. Do you know what she told me? She told me, "The Lord will provide for our needs." She must have some pretty strong faith if she thinks God is going to send her a new refrigerator, just for the asking. Blind faith is what I call it-so blind she can't see what a fool she is making of herself. I'm torn between seeing her eat her words and seeing that those kids are provided for. Frankly, after writing this letter, I wash my hands of the whole ordeal. Mrs. E A .... The Telegram, Columbus, NE Dear Mrs. A.: There are two sides to every story. Upon contacting your neighbor, I learned the reasons for taking in the additional 3 children and also what happened to the old refrigerator. Yes, she claims strong religious ties, but she certainly didn't expect the Lord to personally navigate a new refrigerator to her kitchen. Imagine her delight when ! told her a new one was on the way. She also thanked you for your concern. Tongue in cheek, she said for once your nosiness paid off. www. thanksamillion, cam decided to pact it up and go home. Unfortunately, we never caught a fish that went 14 inch- es or bigger. I am not one to question the methods of the DNR when it comes to managing the fish pop- ulation, but sometimes I think putting a minimum size limit on walleyes is not always the best idea. I fished Clear Lake in north- ern Iowa a couple of years ago. I was invited to fish with Bob Jensen, host of the "Fishing The Midwest" television show. The Iowa DNR had put a 14- inch minimum size limit on the lake several years before. The fishing was unbelievable. Be- tween the three of us fishing in our boat, we figured we caught at least 60 walleyes by noon. We started at about 8 a.m. With the 14-inch minimum restriction, ,re only caught three legal fish :luring that time Maybe the time of the year, the water temperature and a , few other factors had something to do with the amount of small fish being caught. But, it some- times makes me think a slot limit of maybe 17- to 20-inch re- lease rather than the 14-inch minimum would be a better choice. There appears to be an abundance of smaller walleyes in Big Stone Lake now. I will reserve my judgment on the 14-inch minimum until later in the season to see if the size of the fish increase. Letters to the editor To the Editor: A great disappointment of the 1999 legislative session was defeat of my proposal to extend state aid to establish farmer-owned meatpacking plants, in:luding the Prairie Pork plant proposed in Dawson. I envisioned a support system modeled on our state ethanol program, offering state- backed construction loans and a support payment to help these cooperative ventures break into the marketplace. I had high hopes for this proposal after Gov. Jesse Ventura mentioned it in his State of the State Address. But as the session went on, I was surprised to find administration bureaucrats and other legislators weren't as excited about this effort as the Governor was. The major meatpacking firms made it clear they didn't want competition from a bunch of farmers. Officials of the state departments of Agriculture and Trade & Economic Development were lukewarm to cold on this proposal. So the $1.5 million I had asked for was cut down to $300,000 in the House budget bill for farm I programs. I figured that would at least be good enough to help the Dawson plant, so I accepted it. That was when the issue got tangled up in tax-cut politics. The House Republicans, Senate Democrats and Governor negotiated a budget deal that put substantially all the surplus into tax cuts and education funding. The result of this was that other budget bills were cut back. We lost $14 million out of the original allocation for agricultural programs. And once that happened, a lot of good ideas from legislators of both parties were slashed from the bill. I'm going to make another attempt to enact my original proposal in the 2000 session. I still believe that we can help farmers control their own destiny by helping them gain direct access to retail markets. But apparently, there are people in the Legislature and administration who want to keep farmers dependent on the corporations who dominate agriculture. Doug Peterson State Representative / The oeeeO PubliSher Editor & SARA J. Ad and ROBERT Plant ARLENE Computer TAMMIE RO BILL KRISTA Grant In South counties In Dakota. All others, Postmaster: Send The Ortonvllle A B.oStone, Lac unties In February .............. 25.00 Marh .................. 22.80 April .................... 20.81 May ..................... 10.73 June .................... 10.6S July ...................... 14.67 February ............. 29.00 Merch .................. 26.01 April .................... 24,19 May ...................... 21.77 June .................... 19.$6 July ...................... 16.95 ALL AREA OUI"IIII OF February .............. $$.00 March .................. 30.25 Aprl| .................... 27.$0 May ..................... 24.70 June ................... 22.00 July ..................... 10.25 The Publisher shall advertisement. The for other errors connection with an stdctly limited to edvertlsement In any or the refund advertisement. Church ' ads News - (Any ed brought In classify.) A A Hollday ters to the communlt, Independent and/or condense paper also . publish letters thin which Letters printed or address Addresses and :not be published. Letter writers themselves to Please over AD vs. The Ortonvllle If an zation event, be considered receives product. It paper cost cost of ink and a paper used. Advertising crop., to and dealer. business. ADS: We advertlsln A News: Our rrogm e' other soul our raadens. editor are those of other In Call 320- 320-839-3761 claeelfled Orlonville Page 4 mLmmmmmmm mnmmmmmmmm 00INDEPENDENT Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... wrong Ventura's autiobiograp ,y sends message to young people, says group Governor Jesse Ventura's new autobiography replete with tales of visiting prostitutes, using drugs and losing his virginity for a bet with friends received criticism today from Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council (MFC). "The job of governor involves more than governing, He represents the state of Minnesota and its people. He als ) serves as a role model for our young F o le," said Prichard. "Writing a book laced with pr3fanity that includes a self congratulatory discussion of previous sexual exploits is not befitting of Minnesota's governor." "To admit or explain one's youthful sexual indiscretions and illicit drug use in an effort to encourage our youth to do otherwise is one thing. To make money off of them is quite another, said Prichard. Although Ventura's book, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Re-workina the Body Politic from the Bottom 12, has not arrived in stores yet, it is expected anytime. Ventura kicks off a national media book tour at the Barnes and Noble in the Mall of America on May 22. "I hope on his book tour Governor Ventura goes out of his way to make very clear that this is not the kind of behavior he wants young people to emulate," added Prichard. "Our nation has been through an extremely painful period because our current President failed to recognize and live up to the moral leadership responsibilities inherent in his office. I truly hope Governor Ventura recognizes the responsibility he has as governor to uphold the moral integrity of the governorship in bo!h word and deed, added Prichard. If he doesn t, it could be a very long four years for him and the people of Minnesota." (The Minnesota Family Council is Minnesota's largest nonprofit non-partisan pro-family organization.) Are size resl r:ictions king on LakeT (Edi. note: The following appeared in a recent issue of the Willmar Reminder, and comes to us courtesy of reader and long-time friend, Doug Anderson, formerly of Clinton, now of Benson.) There were times my partner and I had four fish on at one time. How did we do that, you ask. We were fishing Big Stone Lake on the Min- nesota/South Dakota bor- der where two lines are allowed. This may sound as if we had a great day [,ick fish, and it was a good JAMES day. The only Outdoors problem was all the fish we caught were under the 14-inch minimum limit re- striction that the Department of Natural Resources put on the lake about three years ago. The reason for the minimum size limit, I understand, was because of the low count of smaller fish when the DNR did their test netting. Big Stone Lake walleye sea- son opened last weekend, April 24. The weather forecast was for temperatures in the high 60's, sunshine and not much wind. I thought about heading to Ortonville, to get a head start on the Minnesota walleye open- er. But, with the great weather forecast and the thought of all the anglers who were champ- ing-at-the-bit to get on the water and catch some walleye, I decided to wait until the crowds were gone. I think I made the right decision, be- cause after talking to a couple of people in the bait shops and dinning places, it sounded as if there were about 1,500 boats on the lake Saturday. Mike O'Brien and I stopped at Bud's Bait, located at the junc- tion of Highways 7 and 12, in Ortonville, for bait and possibly some good tips on what the fish were hitting on. The answer to our questions about the best baits was "just about anything you throw at them." One of the customers at the bait shop said he had to catch about 25 fish to keep two or three legal ones. We bought some fathead min- nows and a shallow running Shad Rap and headed for the lake. Mike suggested we start on the northern end of the lake just past the State Park on CLUES ACROSS 3. Helps little firms 7. Projecting edge 8. Tallied 9. Haitian tongue 10. Struck gently 11. Signal 12. Unable 14. Play divisions 17. Contributors 21. Package 24. Machine part 25. State capital 26. Lease 27. Secured with wire 28. Wound 29. Female sibling, familiar 22 m Z3 CLUES DOWN I ..... Estefan, rock singer 2. Disallow 3. Decide upon 4. Stage whispers 5. Mend boots 6. Withdraw 12. Ill-mannered man 13. Paddle 15. Metal container 16. View 18. Serious musical works 19. Not hidden 20. Bums 21. Emergence 22. Finch 23. Top of the head, pl. SOLUTIONS ACROSS SOLUTIONS DOWN 3. SBA 1. Gloria 7. Flange 2. Enjoin 8. Scored 3. Select 9. Creole 4. Asides 10. Dabbed 5. Cobble I I. Cue 6. Secede 12. Cannot 12. Cad i 4. Scenes 13. Oar 17. Donors 15. Can 2 I. Encase 16. See 24. Cog 18. Operas 25. Helena 19. Openly 26. Rental 20. Scalds 27. Cabled 21. Egress 28. Scrape 22. Canary 29. Sis 23. Scalps C5990003 Highway 7. We launched our boat at the State Park and head- ed north around a couple of points. We found a small bay and started to cast jigs tipped with the fathead minnows. Catching fish was not a prob- lem. The problem was the size. ARer we had caught and re- leased about 10 or so fish, we realized we were in a school of smaller fish. None of the fish met the minimum size limit of 14 inches. These fish were in four to six feet of water. Hoping to find some keepable fish, we moved out into deeper water. Since the lake is a bor- der lake, and South Dakota al- lows two lines per angler, we anchored and put out a slip bobber with a small jig and minnow. With the second line we cast a jig and minnow. In the deeper water, the fishing was a little slower, but the size was the same. After a halt'hour or so, we decided to troll the Shad Raps we had bought, This method didn't produce any fish for us. After checking a couple of other spots, we went back to the spot where we started hoping to find some legal size fish. When we got there, we anchored and used slip bobber rigs and cast a jig and minnow again. These two methods produced all the fish we wanted. Several times we had four fish on at one time. Conservatively speaking, I would say we caught between 40 and 50 walleyes before we ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Tom Kramer Clarence Stolpman Mavis Henderson Lawrence Pepka Larry Helgeson Anthony Spors Douglas D. Anderson Carl Schmidt Earl Dikstaal Forrest Johnson Dewane Stoddard Darin Stoddard Jan Eifealdt Brent Nelson Steve Wolner Nyberg Surveying Mary Geier Germain B. Kunz Gordon Llndquist Donald French Dr. Donald Storm Dean ltdke Dr. Robert Yaeger Chades Hanson Jerry Dragseth William Watson, Atty. Harold Wendland DuWayne Dbcher Mark Block Llnda Meyer Donald Nolting Kurt Westlund Gareth Homan Chad Benck Vivian Hublou Gary Johnson Betty Block Gene Homan Richard Howe Heidi Sweeney Donald Finberg Steven Devorak Vione Lowe Nell Mielitz Nobel Sherman Tami Gangeihoff Karin Reiffenberger Larry Pederson Ron Cole Nancy Eastman Marlowe Tucholke Otto Karsky Questover Farm Clark Mastd Kenneth Hlllman Benjamin DelCasttllo Norman Christensen Aaron Smith Bill Swihart Lori Riley William Hod Thanks a million Dear Percy: For years my life was consumed by addiction. Started out innocent enough, a little alcohol and marijuana. Most high school kids experiment. This continued through college. I added a little speed and LSD, no real extreme use, though. I married and divorced in my 20s. We were too young and thank goodness had no children. My 30s were my career building days. Somehow I completed law school and passed the bar. By my 40s I had a real problem, namely with cocaine. Things were becoming unglued in my relationships and finally in my law practice. Through the care and concern of family, they did an intervention and I was placed in a chemical dependency center. This would start the long road back to recovery. I've been clean now for 2 years. My life, along with an enormous debt load, has been anything but a walk in the park. I keep chipping away one day at a time. I'm not asking for you r help with my debts. I made 'em, I'll pay 'em. What I'm seeking help with is print costs for T-shirts. I lead a teen group for drag awareness. My goal is to educate teens on the early pitfalls which may lead to addiction. Hey, if it can happen to a nice kid from the 'burbs, it can happen to anyone. T-shirts are walking bulletin boards and help unify a group. I'm seeking a one time donation of $600 for my cause. It would be worth it if it saves one teen from the life I've lead. That's powerful stuff, Percy. Mr. C. T.... Thrifty Nickel, Indianapolis, IN Dear Mr. T.: Addiction is powerful stuff. It throws one person into the eye of a tornado and pulls everyone else along. And with the aftermath of a tornado, comes the piecing together of one's shattered, fragmented life from all the destruction. If you can spare another individual this heart ache then $600 is peanuts. All the best to you as you continue your own recovery. Dear Mr. Ross: My husband keeps telling me I'm nosey and it's none of my business, but I say somebody has to make it their business. My next door neighbor has 6 children and just recently has allowed 3 more to move in. That's 9 kids! Where are they going to put them all? OK-so maybe it isn't my business, but when I saw them haul out the refrigerator to the garbage yesterday, I had to comment on how nice it will be to get a new one. Wrong! There is no replacement coming. The old one gave up the ghost and they have to make room for the "ice chest." Now you can't raise 9 kids without a refrigerator! Somebody has to do some thing, so I approached my neighbor about what she intended to do. Do you know what she told me? She told me, "The Lord will provide for our needs." She must have some pretty strong faith if she thinks God is going to send her a new refrigerator, just for the asking. Blind faith is what I call it-so blind she can't see what a fool she is making of herself. I'm torn between seeing her eat her words and seeing that those kids are provided for. Frankly, after writing this letter, I wash my hands of the whole ordeal. Mrs. E A .... The Telegram, Columbus, NE Dear Mrs. A.: There are two sides to every story. Upon contacting your neighbor, I learned the reasons for taking in the additional 3 children and also what happened to the old refrigerator. Yes, she claims strong religious ties, but she certainly didn't expect the Lord to personally navigate a new refrigerator to her kitchen. Imagine her delight when ! told her a new one was on the way. She also thanked you for your concern. Tongue in cheek, she said for once your nosiness paid off. www. thanksamillion, cam decided to pact it up and go home. Unfortunately, we never caught a fish that went 14 inch- es or bigger. I am not one to question the methods of the DNR when it comes to managing the fish pop- ulation, but sometimes I think putting a minimum size limit on walleyes is not always the best idea. I fished Clear Lake in north- ern Iowa a couple of years ago. I was invited to fish with Bob Jensen, host of the "Fishing The Midwest" television show. The Iowa DNR had put a 14- inch minimum size limit on the lake several years before. The fishing was unbelievable. Be- tween the three of us fishing in our boat, we figured we caught at least 60 walleyes by noon. We started at about 8 a.m. With the 14-inch minimum restriction, ,re only caught three legal fish :luring that time Maybe the time of the year, the water temperature and a , few other factors had something to do with the amount of small fish being caught. But, it some- times makes me think a slot limit of maybe 17- to 20-inch re- lease rather than the 14-inch minimum would be a better choice. There appears to be an abundance of smaller walleyes in Big Stone Lake now. I will reserve my judgment on the 14-inch minimum until later in the season to see if the size of the fish increase. Letters to the editor To the Editor: A great disappointment of the 1999 legislative session was defeat of my proposal to extend state aid to establish farmer-owned meatpacking plants, in:luding the Prairie Pork plant proposed in Dawson. I envisioned a support system modeled on our state ethanol program, offering state- backed construction loans and a support payment to help these cooperative ventures break into the marketplace. I had high hopes for this proposal after Gov. Jesse Ventura mentioned it in his State of the State Address. But as the session went on, I was surprised to find administration bureaucrats and other legislators weren't as excited about this effort as the Governor was. The major meatpacking firms made it clear they didn't want competition from a bunch of farmers. Officials of the state departments of Agriculture and Trade & Economic Development were lukewarm to cold on this proposal. So the $1.5 million I had asked for was cut down to $300,000 in the House budget bill for farm I programs. I figured that would at least be good enough to help the Dawson plant, so I accepted it. That was when the issue got tangled up in tax-cut politics. The House Republicans, Senate Democrats and Governor negotiated a budget deal that put substantially all the surplus into tax cuts and education funding. The result of this was that other budget bills were cut back. We lost $14 million out of the original allocation for agricultural programs. And once that happened, a lot of good ideas from legislators of both parties were slashed from the bill. I'm going to make another attempt to enact my original proposal in the 2000 session. I still believe that we can help farmers control their own destiny by helping them gain direct access to retail markets. But apparently, there are people in the Legislature and administration who want to keep farmers dependent on the corporations who dominate agriculture. Doug Peterson State Representative / The oeeeO PubliSher Editor & SARA J. Ad and ROBERT Plant ARLENE Computer TAMMIE RO BILL KRISTA Grant In South counties In Dakota. All others, Postmaster: Send The Ortonvllle A B.oStone, Lac unties In February .............. 25.00 Marh .................. 22.80 April .................... 20.81 May ..................... 10.73 June .................... 10.6S July ...................... 14.67 February ............. 29.00 Merch .................. 26.01 April .................... 24,19 May ...................... 21.77 June .................... 19.$6 July ...................... 16.95 ALL AREA OUI"IIII OF February .............. $$.00 March .................. 30.25 Aprl| .................... 27.$0 May ..................... 24.70 June ................... 22.00 July ..................... 10.25 The Publisher shall advertisement. The for other errors connection with an stdctly limited to edvertlsement In any or the refund advertisement. Church ' ads News - (Any ed brought In classify.) A A Hollday ters to the communlt, Independent and/or condense paper also . publish letters thin which Letters printed or address Addresses and :not be published. Letter writers themselves to Please over AD vs. The Ortonvllle If an zation event, be considered receives product. It paper cost cost of ink and a paper used. Advertising crop., to and dealer. business. ADS: We advertlsln A News: Our rrogm e' other soul our raadens. editor are those of other In Call 320- 320-839-3761 claeelfled Orlonville Page 4 mLmmmmmmm mnmmmmmmmm 00INDEPENDENT