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Our Ortonville area and one of its newer residents and good friend, Jim Larson, received extensive publicity in Monday's Business section of the Mpis. Star Tribune. We have repro- duced the article and photos in its entirety elsewhere this issue. Jim needs no introduction to most area residents. Congrats, Jim, on bringing some great publicity to our area, and hopefully your plans will provide, in years to come, a great boost to our economy! As you know, we are behind you 100% on your plans, and trust others will be also! Full speed ahead! A few short items here on some good friends who have had some misfortunes of late. Faithful reader and "almost- like-family-friend" JR Parker had a close call to leaving us a few days ago, but is now coming along fine! And Don Kohi, who had a close call with a rare lung disorder, is now at home and coming along fine.* Stay on the mend you guys! ATTENTION ALL NON-RESI- DENTS of our area who once lived here and are among our readership! We'd like to begin a series of photo- features on you...so other readers can be updated as to where you are living now and what has happened to you and your families since leaving our community. We think the series will be enjoyable reading to all...but we need your help in submitting photos and information. We look forward to hearing from as many as possible! Info need not be lengthy...just long enough to get the message across! In advance, we thank you for your help! We missed an office-visit last week by Jon Rohloff, OHS class of 1969, now living in Bertha. Jon loves our Hobo Soup and bought a half-case while in town. He is the son of the late Bill and Edna Rohloff, and brother of (as we recall) a most beauti- ful sister, Joyce. Talk about a COLD SPELL....the mother of them all must have been back in 1936...according to a report in the January/February, 2003 issue of "Reminisce." Dick Pinckney of Tyler tells it like this:We lived on a farm near Russell in southwest Minnesota in 1936. On New Year's Day, my dad took a load of hogs to South St. Paul so they'd be on the first market of the New Year. The trip normally took about 4 hours. But a snowstorm hit, and Dad was 5 days getting back home. Then in mid- January, the temperatures plummet- ed. Here are the numbers recorded during that cold spell: Jan.J8 -26 Feb. 5 -40* Jan.19-20 Feb. 6-32 Jan.20 -28 Feb. 7-27 Jan.21 -24 Feb. 8 -26 Jan.22-44 Feb. 9 -32 Jan.-23-28 Feb.10-32 Jan.24 -28 Feb. 11 -27 Jan.25-22 Feb. 12 -30 Jan.26-34 Feb. 13 - 18 Jan.27 -30 Feb. 14 -42 Jan.28-12 Feb. 15 -33 Jan.29 -34* Feb. 16 -40 Jan.30-24 Feb. 17 -38 Jan.31 -30 Feb. 18 -21 o Feb. 1 -27 Feb.19-34 Feb. 2-14 Feb.20 -26" Feb. 3 -14 Feb.21 -28 Feb, 4 -30 Feb.22 2above Via e-mail, we received the following from B. Eric Petersn: "A friend of mine was talking about Hobo Soup and said Ortonville was on the label. I've lived in Ortonville and never heard of the connection. But I thought with the canning company, maybe. Does Hobo Soup have any connection with Ortonville? Thanks for your trouble, appreciate it very much. Thanks." We don't know Eric, but have e- mailed him confirmation on Hobo Soup and where he may find it in the metro area. News today from CASE IH that they will transfer its worldwide cot- ton picker production to the CNH Benson manufacturing facility. The plant currently produces Case IH self-propelled application equipment in Racine, WI. Page 2 Peterson opposes ag budget with ethanol, rural cuts Minnesota lawmakers passed a farm budget bill that slashes ethanol support by one-third, despite the col- lapse of talks on other pending budget bills before Monday's adjournment deadline, according to Rep. Aaron Peterson. "Since we knew we were coming back for a special session anyway, I don't know why there was any urgency to pass these very damaging cuts to Rural Minnesota," Peterson, of rural Madison, said after voting against the bill. "If everything else was going to be on the table for nego- tiation, ethanol and agriculture should have been there too." Only two budget bills were sent to the governor's desk before the adjournment deadline - the one for environmental and farm programs, and another for higher education. Lawmakers returned to St. Paul on Tuesday to continue work on the remaining seven bills, including those for local government aid, K-12 educa- tion and health and human services. The agriculture budget bill cuts support to ethanol plants by 33%, reducing producer payments from 20 cents to 13 cents a gallon. However, the 10-year payment schedule is extended to 12 years, so ethanol plants would eventually get all the money due to them. "That extension won't be much help if the plants can't refinance today or encounter financial problems in the next two years," Peterson said. The bill also cuts funding to the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute by 57%, which will severely damage the institution's assistance to rural business development, Peterson added. Coupled with cuts to Minnesota Technology, Inc. and the Minnesota Investment Fund else- where in the budget, the cuts amount to "a wholesale retreat from success- ful efforts to promote home-grown economic development in rural Minnesota," Peterson said. The budget also eliminated fund- ing for "Ag in the Classroom" and sustainable agriculture. However, it not include the proposal to allow for- eign investors to purchase farmland - which Peterson said was the sole vic- tory for family farms in the bill. "The foreign-ownership provision was taken out in last-minute negotia- tioqs between the House and Senate," Peterson said. "I think the message got through on that issue at least." Ortonville, Big Stone School Board meets By Arnold Souba On Monday, May 19th the Ortonville School Board accepted an invitation by the Big Stone School Board to meet jointly at Big Stone Thursday, May 22nd. Items of mutual interest were to be discussed to improve cooperation between the dis- tricts. It was stated that questions had arisen that needed discussion. At this meeting government basic skills testing results were reviewed. A slightly greater number of Ortonviile students passed the tests in math and writing than passed statewide, per- centage wise. A slightly lower number passed in reading. The importance of this is that the district is accountable to the state. It was noted that those who did not pass should try again as soon as possible. The board discussed offering a make up class to help this along. The board accepted an offer from Eide Bailly Accounting to conduct the 2002-03 Audit. It approved a contract with Cornerstone Energy for natural gas. The contracts of the business manager and of the superintendent were approved for 2003-04. Non cer- tified contracts were discussed but no action was taken. The district joined the Minnesota Rural Education Association for 2003-04. Some progress was reported on computer and book purchases authorized last month for 2003-04. The board again expressed appre- ciation for Thomas Kramers years of service. He will be retiring in June. Laura Browns name was mentioned as the John Phillip Sousa Award win- ner this year. The board accepted with regret the resignations of Don Donais and Marcy Fellows as concession stand supervisors. The next regular board meeting will be June 16th at 7 p.m. in the school library. Rosen news I By Mrs. M.J. Kirchberg Mike Schmieg of Bloomington was a May 16 weekend guest at the home of his mother and spent Saturday, May 17 at the Kevin Krakows in rural Strandburg, SD. Mrs. Myra Schmieg, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sis, Alex and Kelli were among relatives that attended the wedding of Kristin Weber and D.J. Haggerty at Eidskog Lutheran Church and reception at Sioux Historic on Saturday afternoon, May 17, 2003. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Millerbernd spent May 11 weekend in New Ulm and were among Mother's Day guests at the Tom Schwarz home. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Millerbernd spent May 17 weekend at the Derek Jones home on Blaine and helped their daughter Sierra celebrate her 3rd birthday. Mrs. Myra Schmieg attended the graduation party for Justina Pinkert at the Super 8 community room on Sunday afternoon, May 18 after the commencement at Milbank High School. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Millerbernd attended the graduation mass at St. Mary's Church in Sleepy Eye on Friday, May 16 in honor of the Kindergarten class. Their grandson Luke Fischer was in the class. They were afternoon guests at the Tom Schwarz home in New Ulm in honor of their son Daniel's 4th birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Karels attended the 6th grade graduation and spring musical at the Bellingham School on Tuesday evening, May 13, 2003. Their grandson Brian Belanger was in the graduating class. Graduates from St. Joseph's Parish, Robert Karels, Rachel Borgerson and Christopher Strei were honored at the 10:30 a.m. Liturgy on Sunday, May 18, 2003 with Fr. Bob Goblirisch celebrant and graduates participating. Following the Liturgy a brunch was served for the graduates and families at St. Joseph's School by St. Mary's circle. Mrs. Joan Strei attended the pre- school graduation at the Prairie Arts Center in Madison on Friday evening, May 16. Her grandson Joseph Abramowski was in the class. Mrs. Julie Henrich and Mrs. Joan Strei attended the Senior Federation Convention in Montevideo on Monday, May 12, 2003. Mrs. Albert Hoffman and Mrs. HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-5:30PM; Sat, 8AM-5PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 Pioneer's Own - Per Lb. I Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb SUMMER A.--A-- I QUARTERS 1.49 SAUSAGE ............... Z.'/r :J t OR SIDES ............... Per Lb. DEU TURKEY .................................................................. $2.99 YOUR GRADUATION HEADQUARTERS! Plan now and order your roast beef, pork or ham, fruit salad & assorted salads. BUFFALO AVAILABLE ~ WE ACCEPT EBT CARDS i i i You 00,et TR E E-M00 VD 0 US SERI/TCE at Progressive! 100% Customer Satisfaction We'll do the Insurance Paperwork for You! Comfortable Lobby PROGRESSIVE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. Steve and Linda Roggenbuck 109 SE 2nd St.* Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2255 Toll Free 888-819-2255 i i Iorden and Oillan Roggenbuck 00INDEPENDENT ' Government Program now offers 100% financing for homes in small towns and rural areas of Minnesota or Moderate income families living in rural areas now have the home of their dreams - affordably. Valid only in towns population, outside large metro areas - or in the country on New Homes Existing The home you choose can be of any size or design - limited income, credit worthiness and the appraised value of the 100% financing now . You must have adequate and dependable income . You must have reasonably good credit. After purchase, you must occupy the dwelling. FREE 12 page report- "Secrets of Smart Homebuye /f you're interested in owning your own home call now - Fast, easy and free pre-qualification over the phone. Jamie Mittelstaedt Call Today 00Midstate Ortonville Joan Strei were among friends and relatives that attended the wedding of Debra Schuelke and Mandley Davis at St. Joseph's Church in Rosen and reception and dance at 2nd Star Station in Watertown, SD on Saturday afternoon and evening, May 17. Maurice Hoffman of Ortonville was a Wednesday afternoon visitor at the M.J. Kirchberg home. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Croatt spent May 16 weekend at the Pat Croatt home in Duluth. Mrs. Orland Mathison of Ortonville and Mrs. Jim Croatt spent Monday afternoon, May 19 visiting their sister Sylvia Croatt at the Appleton Nursing Home. Mrs. Julie Henrich was among guests at the Ryan Rademacher home in Milbank on Sunday, May 18 in honor of their son Issac's birthday. Nassau Senior Club held a pot luck dinner at St. Tuesday, May cream in the having May Mr. and Mrs. attended the Folk at the home Folks on Will be highway CALL for asphalt services. Free new cash YOU GET FREE On all OR EARN UP TO PHONE New .Natlenwldel for UfO 5 600 540 New The DISH Network Value Pak Includes: pluz 13 channel* of HBO and CAnemax Plus, many morel Ask for Amerlcai Top 100, HBO Ind Cinemax ind get a i41.il Connect up to 4 '11/11 , wl.Free  Sioux Falls, TuesdaY' Our Ortonville area and one of its newer residents and good friend, Jim Larson, received extensive publicity in Monday's Business section of the Mpis. Star Tribune. We have repro- duced the article and photos in its entirety elsewhere this issue. Jim needs no introduction to most area residents. Congrats, Jim, on bringing some great publicity to our area, and hopefully your plans will provide, in years to come, a great boost to our economy! As you know, we are behind you 100% on your plans, and trust others will be also! Full speed ahead! A few short items here on some good friends who have had some misfortunes of late. Faithful reader and "almost- like-family-friend" JR Parker had a close call to leaving us a few days ago, but is now coming along fine! And Don Kohi, who had a close call with a rare lung disorder, is now at home and coming along fine.* Stay on the mend you guys! ATTENTION ALL NON-RESI- DENTS of our area who once lived here and are among our readership! We'd like to begin a series of photo- features on you...so other readers can be updated as to where you are living now and what has happened to you and your families since leaving our community. We think the series will be enjoyable reading to all...but we need your help in submitting photos and information. We look forward to hearing from as many as possible! Info need not be lengthy...just long enough to get the message across! In advance, we thank you for your help! We missed an office-visit last week by Jon Rohloff, OHS class of 1969, now living in Bertha. Jon loves our Hobo Soup and bought a half-case while in town. He is the son of the late Bill and Edna Rohloff, and brother of (as we recall) a most beauti- ful sister, Joyce. Talk about a COLD SPELL....the mother of them all must have been back in 1936...according to a report in the January/February, 2003 issue of "Reminisce." Dick Pinckney of Tyler tells it like this:We lived on a farm near Russell in southwest Minnesota in 1936. On New Year's Day, my dad took a load of hogs to South St. Paul so they'd be on the first market of the New Year. The trip normally took about 4 hours. But a snowstorm hit, and Dad was 5 days getting back home. Then in mid- January, the temperatures plummet- ed. Here are the numbers recorded during that cold spell: Jan.J8 -26 Feb. 5 -40* Jan.19-20 Feb. 6-32 Jan.20 -28 Feb. 7-27 Jan.21 -24 Feb. 8 -26 Jan.22-44 Feb. 9 -32 Jan.-23-28 Feb.10-32 Jan.24 -28 Feb. 11 -27 Jan.25-22 Feb. 12 -30 Jan.26-34 Feb. 13 - 18 Jan.27 -30 Feb. 14 -42 Jan.28-12 Feb. 15 -33 Jan.29 -34* Feb. 16 -40 Jan.30-24 Feb. 17 -38 Jan.31 -30 Feb. 18 -21 o Feb. 1 -27 Feb.19-34 Feb. 2-14 Feb.20 -26" Feb. 3 -14 Feb.21 -28 Feb, 4 -30 Feb.22 2above Via e-mail, we received the following from B. Eric Petersn: "A friend of mine was talking about Hobo Soup and said Ortonville was on the label. I've lived in Ortonville and never heard of the connection. But I thought with the canning company, maybe. Does Hobo Soup have any connection with Ortonville? Thanks for your trouble, appreciate it very much. Thanks." We don't know Eric, but have e- mailed him confirmation on Hobo Soup and where he may find it in the metro area. News today from CASE IH that they will transfer its worldwide cot- ton picker production to the CNH Benson manufacturing facility. The plant currently produces Case IH self-propelled application equipment in Racine, WI. Page 2 Peterson opposes ag budget with ethanol, rural cuts Minnesota lawmakers passed a farm budget bill that slashes ethanol support by one-third, despite the col- lapse of talks on other pending budget bills before Monday's adjournment deadline, according to Rep. Aaron Peterson. "Since we knew we were coming back for a special session anyway, I don't know why there was any urgency to pass these very damaging cuts to Rural Minnesota," Peterson, of rural Madison, said after voting against the bill. "If everything else was going to be on the table for nego- tiation, ethanol and agriculture should have been there too." Only two budget bills were sent to the governor's desk before the adjournment deadline - the one for environmental and farm programs, and another for higher education. Lawmakers returned to St. Paul on Tuesday to continue work on the remaining seven bills, including those for local government aid, K-12 educa- tion and health and human services. The agriculture budget bill cuts support to ethanol plants by 33%, reducing producer payments from 20 cents to 13 cents a gallon. However, the 10-year payment schedule is extended to 12 years, so ethanol plants would eventually get all the money due to them. "That extension won't be much help if the plants can't refinance today or encounter financial problems in the next two years," Peterson said. The bill also cuts funding to the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute by 57%, which will severely damage the institution's assistance to rural business development, Peterson added. Coupled with cuts to Minnesota Technology, Inc. and the Minnesota Investment Fund else- where in the budget, the cuts amount to "a wholesale retreat from success- ful efforts to promote home-grown economic development in rural Minnesota," Peterson said. The budget also eliminated fund- ing for "Ag in the Classroom" and sustainable agriculture. However, it not include the proposal to allow for- eign investors to purchase farmland - which Peterson said was the sole vic- tory for family farms in the bill. "The foreign-ownership provision was taken out in last-minute negotia- tioqs between the House and Senate," Peterson said. "I think the message got through on that issue at least." Ortonville, Big Stone School Board meets By Arnold Souba On Monday, May 19th the Ortonville School Board accepted an invitation by the Big Stone School Board to meet jointly at Big Stone Thursday, May 22nd. Items of mutual interest were to be discussed to improve cooperation between the dis- tricts. It was stated that questions had arisen that needed discussion. At this meeting government basic skills testing results were reviewed. A slightly greater number of Ortonviile students passed the tests in math and writing than passed statewide, per- centage wise. A slightly lower number passed in reading. The importance of this is that the district is accountable to the state. It was noted that those who did not pass should try again as soon as possible. The board discussed offering a make up class to help this along. The board accepted an offer from Eide Bailly Accounting to conduct the 2002-03 Audit. It approved a contract with Cornerstone Energy for natural gas. The contracts of the business manager and of the superintendent were approved for 2003-04. Non cer- tified contracts were discussed but no action was taken. The district joined the Minnesota Rural Education Association for 2003-04. Some progress was reported on computer and book purchases authorized last month for 2003-04. The board again expressed appre- ciation for Thomas Kramers years of service. He will be retiring in June. Laura Browns name was mentioned as the John Phillip Sousa Award win- ner this year. The board accepted with regret the resignations of Don Donais and Marcy Fellows as concession stand supervisors. The next regular board meeting will be June 16th at 7 p.m. in the school library. Rosen news I By Mrs. M.J. Kirchberg Mike Schmieg of Bloomington was a May 16 weekend guest at the home of his mother and spent Saturday, May 17 at the Kevin Krakows in rural Strandburg, SD. Mrs. Myra Schmieg, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sis, Alex and Kelli were among relatives that attended the wedding of Kristin Weber and D.J. Haggerty at Eidskog Lutheran Church and reception at Sioux Historic on Saturday afternoon, May 17, 2003. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Millerbernd spent May 11 weekend in New Ulm and were among Mother's Day guests at the Tom Schwarz home. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Millerbernd spent May 17 weekend at the Derek Jones home on Blaine and helped their daughter Sierra celebrate her 3rd birthday. Mrs. Myra Schmieg attended the graduation party for Justina Pinkert at the Super 8 community room on Sunday afternoon, May 18 after the commencement at Milbank High School. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Millerbernd attended the graduation mass at St. Mary's Church in Sleepy Eye on Friday, May 16 in honor of the Kindergarten class. Their grandson Luke Fischer was in the class. They were afternoon guests at the Tom Schwarz home in New Ulm in honor of their son Daniel's 4th birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Karels attended the 6th grade graduation and spring musical at the Bellingham School on Tuesday evening, May 13, 2003. Their grandson Brian Belanger was in the graduating class. Graduates from St. Joseph's Parish, Robert Karels, Rachel Borgerson and Christopher Strei were honored at the 10:30 a.m. Liturgy on Sunday, May 18, 2003 with Fr. Bob Goblirisch celebrant and graduates participating. Following the Liturgy a brunch was served for the graduates and families at St. Joseph's School by St. Mary's circle. Mrs. Joan Strei attended the pre- school graduation at the Prairie Arts Center in Madison on Friday evening, May 16. Her grandson Joseph Abramowski was in the class. Mrs. Julie Henrich and Mrs. Joan Strei attended the Senior Federation Convention in Montevideo on Monday, May 12, 2003. Mrs. Albert Hoffman and Mrs. HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-5:30PM; Sat, 8AM-5PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 Pioneer's Own - Per Lb. I Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb SUMMER A.--A-- I QUARTERS 1.49 SAUSAGE ............... Z.'/r :J t OR SIDES ............... Per Lb. DEU TURKEY .................................................................. $2.99 YOUR GRADUATION HEADQUARTERS! Plan now and order your roast beef, pork or ham, fruit salad & assorted salads. BUFFALO AVAILABLE ~ WE ACCEPT EBT CARDS i i i You 00,et TR E E-M00 VD 0 US SERI/TCE at Progressive! 100% Customer Satisfaction We'll do the Insurance Paperwork for You! Comfortable Lobby PROGRESSIVE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. Steve and Linda Roggenbuck 109 SE 2nd St.* Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2255 Toll Free 888-819-2255 i i Iorden and Oillan Roggenbuck 00INDEPENDENT ' Government Program now offers 100% financing for homes in small towns and rural areas of Minnesota or Moderate income families living in rural areas now have the home of their dreams - affordably. Valid only in towns population, outside large metro areas - or in the country on New Homes Existing The home you choose can be of any size or design - limited income, credit worthiness and the appraised value of the 100% financing now . You must have adequate and dependable income . You must have reasonably good credit. After purchase, you must occupy the dwelling. FREE 12 page report- "Secrets of Smart Homebuye /f you're interested in owning your own home call now - Fast, easy and free pre-qualification over the phone. Jamie Mittelstaedt Call Today 00Midstate Ortonville Joan Strei were among friends and relatives that attended the wedding of Debra Schuelke and Mandley Davis at St. Joseph's Church in Rosen and reception and dance at 2nd Star Station in Watertown, SD on Saturday afternoon and evening, May 17. Maurice Hoffman of Ortonville was a Wednesday afternoon visitor at the M.J. Kirchberg home. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Croatt spent May 16 weekend at the Pat Croatt home in Duluth. Mrs. Orland Mathison of Ortonville and Mrs. Jim Croatt spent Monday afternoon, May 19 visiting their sister Sylvia Croatt at the Appleton Nursing Home. Mrs. Julie Henrich was among guests at the Ryan Rademacher home in Milbank on Sunday, May 18 in honor of their son Issac's birthday. Nassau Senior Club held a pot luck dinner at St. Tuesday, May cream in the having May Mr. and Mrs. attended the Folk at the home Folks on Will be highway CALL for asphalt services. Free new cash YOU GET FREE On all OR EARN UP TO PHONE New .Natlenwldel for UfO 5 600 540 New The DISH Network Value Pak Includes: pluz 13 channel* of HBO and CAnemax Plus, many morel Ask for Amerlcai Top 100, HBO Ind Cinemax ind get a i41.il Connect up to 4 '11/11 , wl.Free  Sioux Falls, TuesdaY'