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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Historic Buildings- Preservation is a Good Investment SSS (Edi. note: The following appeared in a recent Issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and is submitted today by Ortonville's Burr Nypen.) It was easy to despair when work crews appeared on Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis last ear to demolish the 1925 Marquette Bank. The uilding s red sandstone facade with Egyptian carvings was one of those delightful eccentricities that give flavor to urban places. But Minneapolis has lost so much of its historic character over the last 40 years that the tendency now is simply to mourn in silence. That's why it's so exciting that the facade has reappeared, thanks to Rick Morphew of the Spectrum Group. The Twin Cities needs more developers like him. When the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission asked Morphew to reServe the facade for the parking garage he was iiding, Morphew actually agreed. I d do it again, he told Star Tribune architectural critic Linda Mack. We hope he gets many more chances. Morphew s was one of 10 projects honored last week by the preservation commission. Others included the saving, and moving, of the Shubert Theater and the redesign of the IDS Crystal Court. Unfortunately, huge preservation challenges remain. The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota last week released its list of the 10 most endangered roperties, including the Columbian Hotel in rtonville. Tops was the row of historic buildings on 7th Place in downtown St. Paul. The city seems eager to demolish them for a new headquarters tower for the St. Paul Companies! rather than urging the Obituaries James Rabe Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of James Rabe, 74, of Big Stone City, SD. James died May 27th at the Ortonville Hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1st in Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City. Rev. Karl Watkins officiated and burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Music was presented by Mrs. Vivian Rabe, organist. Honorary pallbearers were: members of the Lake Region Car Club. Active pallbearers were grandchildren: Tanya Lynch, Doug Lynch, Marc Rabe, Kelly Rabe, Terell Rabe, Chris Rabe, Jackie Pratschner, Nick Pratschner, and Lee Pratschner. James Frederick Rabe was born Nov. 23, 1924, at Big Stone City, SD; firm to expand on its own sizable parking lot. Another endangered site is downtown Northfield, a vital collection of gingerbread buildings threatened by the town's decision to pursue strip mall development on the edge of town rather than refocusing on the town's historic center. For whatever reason, Minnesota has treated its architectural history shabbily. Small towns have routinely destroyed their charm. Few large cities have so gleefully demolished their past as Minneapolis. Only recently have Minnesotans begun to understand that these lost buildings cannot be replaced, that they will be stuck with bleak, sterile cityscapes unless history is more fully respected. The key is to recognize preservation as a ood investment. Not only can old buildings lend charm and a "sense of place," they can generate economic activity and enhance property values. Unfortunately, the Legislature failed this session to pass a 25 percent tax credit for commercial and residential restoration. It failed also to consider other preservation incentives m tax abatements, mortgage subsidies, Main Street programs. These tools are essential if Minnesota's older town centers are to be rescued and sustained. Making better use of what already exists seems a sound Minnesota value. That's why preservation incentives should be high on the Legislature's agenda next session. He was united in marriage on March 23, 1947 at the Kottwitz residence with Donna J. Kottwitz. Jim lived all his life in rural Grant County, SD. He farmed many years. He was a member of Tabor United Methodist Church at Big Stone City and was active in many church activities. He was a member of the Grant County Historical Society and past president of the Lake Region Car Club. James Rabe is survived by his wife, Donna, of Big Stone City; three ons: Ronald and wife Narvilla Rabe of Omaha, NE; David and wife Linda Rabe of Clinton, IA and Timothy and wife Nikki Rabe of Big Stone City. Also one daughter: Jane and husband LaMent Pratschner of Fargo, ND. Eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. One sister in law: Vivian the s6fibf LS G/andHilda RaofBigStoeCity, .... ' (B un .:'He-,attended ......  Mundwiler Pual  Hmae--of country hop! and Big. Stone Public School. Walt Rasmussen Funeral Services for L. Walter Rasmussen, 83, of Ortonville, were held Monday, May 31, 1999 in the Trinity Lutheran Church at Ortonville. Rev. Richard Boehnke officiated. Organist was Pat Kunz. Honorary Pallbearers were all his many coffee buddies at the local cafes. Active Pallbearers were Jim HoxteU, Herb Thomas, Dave Hasslen, Dale Hausauer, Harold Goldsmith, and George Elliott. Internment was in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville, MN. Leon Walter Rasmussen was born Oct. 1, 1915 to Hans Christen and Emma (Fairchild) Rasmussen at Clinton. He attended country school near Clinton. Walt was baptized and confirmed in 1940 he was united in marriage to Linda Boldenow at Alberta. They farmed east of Clinton until 1945 when they moved to ortonville. Walt had his own Dray Line for 10 years. He later worked for the Immunization clinics for June Countryside Public Health Service is sponsoring immunization clinics at the following times and places for the month of June: Graceville - Community Bldg., June 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Madison - 422 5th Ave., June 30, 3-5:30 p.m. ortonville - 47 NW 2nd St., #104, June 7, 1-4 p.m. Consent forms for children under age 18 must be signed by a parent or a guardian. Please bring the child"s previous immunization record. We ask for a $14.00 charge for each visit. If you are on Medical Assistance, G.A.M.C., or MinnesotaCare, please bring your current card to the clinic. Most major health plans cover the immunization costs. Immunization services given at the public clinic are not a substitute for a child's usual well-child visit with his/her physician. Karels awarded Masters Degree Milbank was in charge of the arrangements for James Rabe. Ortonville School District and the City of Ortonville on the street department. Walt loved to hunt and fish. His later years were spent reminiscing with his friends at the local cafes and checking up on his daughters and grandchildren. Mr. Rasmussen passed away at Northridge Residence in Ortonville Friday morning, May 28, 1999, reaching the age of 83 years, 7 months and 13 days. Survivors include his wife Linda of Ortonville; two daughters, Judy (Rodger) Bergland of Ham Lake, and Jan (Doug) Olson of Bellingham, two sisters, Helen Wilson of More, and Della Knippen of Ortonville; a sister- in-law, Sylvia Rasmussen of Ortonville; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Walt is preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; three infant great grandsons; and seven sisters and brothers. Rice Hospice support group The Rice Hospice Program will be offering a six-week Bereavement Support Group for individuals who have experienced a loss. This group begins Wednesday, June 23, 1999 from 3-4:15 p.m. at Johnson Memorial Health Services Meeting Room, 1282 Walnut Street, Dawson. The group will meet on five following Wednesdays: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Enrollment is open to anyone in the community. We ask for pre- registration by Monday, June 21. Call Peggy Johnson at (320) 769- 4793. Charles Henningson graduates NW Tech Charles Henningson graduated from Northwest Technical College, Moorhead Campus, on May 20th. He graduated with academic honors from a two year course in construction- electricity. He is a son of Glenn and Deb Henningson and is employed by Nelson Electric in Ortonville. TRASH CAN BE RECYCLEDll Ii Lee Vincent Karels graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul on Saturday, May 22, 1999. He received a Degree of Master of Business Administration. His B.S. Degree was from Mankato State University in 1993. Lee is employed at South Lake Clinic, in Minnetonka. Engaged Michael and Laura Berger of Ortonville announce the engagement of their son, Joshua, to Stacy Van Heel, daughter of Russell and Kathy Van Heel, of Clarissa. They will be married July 17th in Clarissa. Work begins on HighWayS 28, 29 Minnesota's Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) reports that construction is underway on Highway 28 from Starbuck to Glenwood and on Highway 29 from Starbuck to seven miles south. This 15 mile bituminous resurfacing project started May 17th and is expected to be completed in August 1999. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Jolene & Hussein Shouman John Van Hout Dellas Magedanz Clarence Koeckeritz Vivian Janssen Gary Watkins Frank Weber John McCallum Marcia Kawecki Dan Beutler Paul Lorange Gaylord Weeding Stan Lynne Eunlce Brotzei Jane McCallum Frank Boots Del Rose Kareis Environmental Services Mrs. Joseph Drewicke Adalyne Tangen Isabel Wolner Randy Shelstad James Johanson Gerard Radermacher Mrs. Sherwood Dove Elaine Dove Joe Van Lith Jason & Kimberly Mork Jan WoHschlager Jay Woilschlager Arnold Souba Walt Rasmussen Clifford Swenson Mark Dybdal Clifford Christensen Marvin Mueller Dennis Larson Dan Scoblic Wallace Rien Greg Strel Michel Hinrichsen John's Auto Wrecking Big Stone County C.S.P. Joe Krneger Lucille Erdahl Giimer Hedge Jack Gable Brent Zahrboek Ralph Leuthardt Thanks a million Dear Mr. Ross: I'm not sure where to turn or who to trust. My husband has taken complete control of my life. I'm not even allowed out of the home during the day when he's at work. He calls almost every hour of the day and if I'm not here, there is always hell to pay. He'll beat me until I tell him where I've been. I'm not allowed any friends or contact with my family. He tells me that these people don't have my best interests at heart like he does. He has made me into his personal slave and our pastor has no problem with that. Our pastor told me I should be obedient to God and my husband. Thank goodness we have no children. How could we? We never consummated our marriage. He monitors everything I do when he's in the house, like how much laundry soap I use or how long I shower. I'm not allowed to wear make up or get my hair cut. It didn't get this bad overnight. It has been a gradual build up over the past 12 years. I know if things are to get better I have to leave him. I have no money. If I could just get to my parents' house. They live several state lines away. But I'm afraid. I'm afraid if he catches me, he'll kill me. He has threatened that for years and I believe him. I've hesitated for months to write this. Somehow I've brought this upon myself by something I must have done. It's just that I don't think I care to live any longer if this is what my life was meant to be. Help me, please. Anonymous Dear Anonymous: Your husband may come after me for aiding and abetting his wife across several state lines, but that's the risk I'll have to take. You are in an extremely abusive relationship, and I can't imagine you or anyone else living this way. Please make safe passage to the home of your parents with the cash I've sent to your city, in care of general delivery. But make sure to get the police and/or other authorities involved. When your Bridal shower for Berger, Van Heel An open house bridal shower for Joshua Berger and Stacy Van Heel will be held Sunday, June 13th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. A program willstart at 2 p.m. Schumachers have new granddaughter Don and Linda Schumacher of Ortonville announce the birth of their granddaughter, Jennifer Jane Marcus. Parents are Laura and Randy Marcus of Prinsburg. Jennifer was born April 8, 1999 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and weighed 8 lbs. Paternal grandmother is Joan Marcus of Raymond and great grandmothers are Lillian Hults of Ortonville and Frieda Dykhoff of Raymond. Memorial services for Berma Struck Memorial services for Berma Struck, formerly of Bellingham, who passed away in California, will be held Saturday, June 5th at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Bellingham. husband blows, he's going to blow sky high and there's no telling what will happen. You have my prayers for now and in the future when you start taking back control of your life. Please let me hear from you. Dear Mr. Ross: I thought your column was one that dealt in fairness for all, but I can see now how wrong I was. Did I put too much minority information in my letter? I noticed from your last column all of your writers are from states more so like yours. Therefore, I assume they're more like you. The reason I even wasted another stamp was because I believed in your efforts so much I made the horrible mistake of telling my son you were going to replace his stolen computer. He's still looking for delivery and I haven't the heart to tell him you only assist people like yourself. Maybe it's a good lesson for both myself and my son. Myself, because I tried to believe that there are white people who care, only to find the truth staring me in the face. I doubt you'll even read this, but i don't even care because if you could disappoint a child, then you weren't the person I- thought you were. P.S. Yes, I'm still incarcerated. Ms. J. L .... Daily News, New York, NY Dear Ms. L.: I guess if the "race card" is the only card left to play, it's time to fold your hand. I'm color blind when it comes to skin color, but I'm not so liberal when it comes to incarceration. Talk about being disappointed*. Anyone who can promise a child you'll get him a new computer through this rich, white, old guy you can write to, while you sit in prison is deluded beyond compare. Time for a reality check, lady. And that's the way it is in black and white. www. thanksamillion, com 7340 Ohms Lane, Minneapolis, MN 55439 Doering son awarded master's in public health Dale R. Plemmons, formerly of Correll and a 1977 Appleton H.S. graduate, was among those receiving degrees at the 154th annual spring commencement at Emery University, Atlanta, GA, May 10, 1999. Dale, son of LaVerne and Ron Doering of Correll, graduated with a Masters degree in public health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emery University. Dale, wife Lori, sons Patrick and Seen, are residents of Buford, GA. Dale is presently employed as an environmental health specialist in the Health and Safety Office at Emery University. Locals receive honor scholarships Hatti Bakeberg of Correll and Tony Thielke of Holloway have been awarded a Northwestern College of St. Paul honor scholarship for the 1999-2000 academic year. Bakeberg, a sophomore secondary education major, received the Alliss Foundation Scholarship, and Thielke, a freshman at Northwestern, received the Irene and Millie Hanwell Scholarship during the Spring Honors Recognition Chapel held May 4. A RAFFLE FUNDRAISER for the Big Stone County Women's Advocacy Resource Center is now going on. Along with a handmade patchwork quilt from the First English Women!s Quilters, there will also be a deco- rater doll given away, donated by Crafts, Gifts and More of Ortonville. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and can be purchased throughout the county at various businesses. Pictures of the prizes at local I)usinesses have been donated by Sonny's Color Printing of Ortonville, and the drawing will be held Aug. 1 at the Big Stone County Fair. The Inl oeee JEANETTE JAMES D. Managing SUZETTE Editor, e SARA J. Ad and ROBER: Office Computer and Cor MIKE BILL DWYER KRISTA Camera NANCY eO o Tues., June 1, 1999 C,nu Published Eva Minnesota In South Dakota. counties In Mini Dakota. All others Postmaster: The Ortonvllle Ortonvllle, BoStone, Lac unUes Februory .............. 26.00 Mcrch .................. 22.81) Aprll .................... 20.111 Mcy ..................... 111.7:11 Juno .................... 16.66 July ...................... 14.$? 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Letter writers themselves to Please over AD The Ortonvllle If an zatlon event, be considered receives paper cost cost of Ink and a PAer used. dvertlsin products to the and underwear particular ,business. ADS: A News: Our rrogm e' other sou our readers. editor are those of In Call 320 - 320-839-3761 classified Orlonv!lle Page 4  INDEPENDENT TueSa=Y" Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Historic Buildings- Preservation is a Good Investment SSS (Edi. note: The following appeared in a recent Issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and is submitted today by Ortonville's Burr Nypen.) It was easy to despair when work crews appeared on Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis last ear to demolish the 1925 Marquette Bank. The uilding s red sandstone facade with Egyptian carvings was one of those delightful eccentricities that give flavor to urban places. But Minneapolis has lost so much of its historic character over the last 40 years that the tendency now is simply to mourn in silence. That's why it's so exciting that the facade has reappeared, thanks to Rick Morphew of the Spectrum Group. The Twin Cities needs more developers like him. When the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission asked Morphew to reServe the facade for the parking garage he was iiding, Morphew actually agreed. I d do it again, he told Star Tribune architectural critic Linda Mack. We hope he gets many more chances. Morphew s was one of 10 projects honored last week by the preservation commission. Others included the saving, and moving, of the Shubert Theater and the redesign of the IDS Crystal Court. Unfortunately, huge preservation challenges remain. The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota last week released its list of the 10 most endangered roperties, including the Columbian Hotel in rtonville. Tops was the row of historic buildings on 7th Place in downtown St. Paul. The city seems eager to demolish them for a new headquarters tower for the St. Paul Companies! rather than urging the Obituaries James Rabe Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of James Rabe, 74, of Big Stone City, SD. James died May 27th at the Ortonville Hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1st in Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City. Rev. Karl Watkins officiated and burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Music was presented by Mrs. Vivian Rabe, organist. Honorary pallbearers were: members of the Lake Region Car Club. Active pallbearers were grandchildren: Tanya Lynch, Doug Lynch, Marc Rabe, Kelly Rabe, Terell Rabe, Chris Rabe, Jackie Pratschner, Nick Pratschner, and Lee Pratschner. James Frederick Rabe was born Nov. 23, 1924, at Big Stone City, SD; firm to expand on its own sizable parking lot. Another endangered site is downtown Northfield, a vital collection of gingerbread buildings threatened by the town's decision to pursue strip mall development on the edge of town rather than refocusing on the town's historic center. For whatever reason, Minnesota has treated its architectural history shabbily. Small towns have routinely destroyed their charm. Few large cities have so gleefully demolished their past as Minneapolis. Only recently have Minnesotans begun to understand that these lost buildings cannot be replaced, that they will be stuck with bleak, sterile cityscapes unless history is more fully respected. The key is to recognize preservation as a ood investment. Not only can old buildings lend charm and a "sense of place," they can generate economic activity and enhance property values. Unfortunately, the Legislature failed this session to pass a 25 percent tax credit for commercial and residential restoration. It failed also to consider other preservation incentives m tax abatements, mortgage subsidies, Main Street programs. These tools are essential if Minnesota's older town centers are to be rescued and sustained. Making better use of what already exists seems a sound Minnesota value. That's why preservation incentives should be high on the Legislature's agenda next session. He was united in marriage on March 23, 1947 at the Kottwitz residence with Donna J. Kottwitz. Jim lived all his life in rural Grant County, SD. He farmed many years. He was a member of Tabor United Methodist Church at Big Stone City and was active in many church activities. He was a member of the Grant County Historical Society and past president of the Lake Region Car Club. James Rabe is survived by his wife, Donna, of Big Stone City; three ons: Ronald and wife Narvilla Rabe of Omaha, NE; David and wife Linda Rabe of Clinton, IA and Timothy and wife Nikki Rabe of Big Stone City. Also one daughter: Jane and husband LaMent Pratschner of Fargo, ND. Eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. One sister in law: Vivian the s6fibf LS G/andHilda RaofBigStoeCity, .... ' (B un .:'He-,attended ......  Mundwiler Pual  Hmae--of country hop! and Big. Stone Public School. Walt Rasmussen Funeral Services for L. Walter Rasmussen, 83, of Ortonville, were held Monday, May 31, 1999 in the Trinity Lutheran Church at Ortonville. Rev. Richard Boehnke officiated. Organist was Pat Kunz. Honorary Pallbearers were all his many coffee buddies at the local cafes. Active Pallbearers were Jim HoxteU, Herb Thomas, Dave Hasslen, Dale Hausauer, Harold Goldsmith, and George Elliott. Internment was in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville, MN. Leon Walter Rasmussen was born Oct. 1, 1915 to Hans Christen and Emma (Fairchild) Rasmussen at Clinton. He attended country school near Clinton. Walt was baptized and confirmed in 1940 he was united in marriage to Linda Boldenow at Alberta. They farmed east of Clinton until 1945 when they moved to ortonville. Walt had his own Dray Line for 10 years. He later worked for the Immunization clinics for June Countryside Public Health Service is sponsoring immunization clinics at the following times and places for the month of June: Graceville - Community Bldg., June 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Madison - 422 5th Ave., June 30, 3-5:30 p.m. ortonville - 47 NW 2nd St., #104, June 7, 1-4 p.m. Consent forms for children under age 18 must be signed by a parent or a guardian. Please bring the child"s previous immunization record. We ask for a $14.00 charge for each visit. If you are on Medical Assistance, G.A.M.C., or MinnesotaCare, please bring your current card to the clinic. Most major health plans cover the immunization costs. Immunization services given at the public clinic are not a substitute for a child's usual well-child visit with his/her physician. Karels awarded Masters Degree Milbank was in charge of the arrangements for James Rabe. Ortonville School District and the City of Ortonville on the street department. Walt loved to hunt and fish. His later years were spent reminiscing with his friends at the local cafes and checking up on his daughters and grandchildren. Mr. Rasmussen passed away at Northridge Residence in Ortonville Friday morning, May 28, 1999, reaching the age of 83 years, 7 months and 13 days. Survivors include his wife Linda of Ortonville; two daughters, Judy (Rodger) Bergland of Ham Lake, and Jan (Doug) Olson of Bellingham, two sisters, Helen Wilson of More, and Della Knippen of Ortonville; a sister- in-law, Sylvia Rasmussen of Ortonville; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Walt is preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; three infant great grandsons; and seven sisters and brothers. Rice Hospice support group The Rice Hospice Program will be offering a six-week Bereavement Support Group for individuals who have experienced a loss. This group begins Wednesday, June 23, 1999 from 3-4:15 p.m. at Johnson Memorial Health Services Meeting Room, 1282 Walnut Street, Dawson. The group will meet on five following Wednesdays: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Enrollment is open to anyone in the community. We ask for pre- registration by Monday, June 21. Call Peggy Johnson at (320) 769- 4793. Charles Henningson graduates NW Tech Charles Henningson graduated from Northwest Technical College, Moorhead Campus, on May 20th. He graduated with academic honors from a two year course in construction- electricity. He is a son of Glenn and Deb Henningson and is employed by Nelson Electric in Ortonville. TRASH CAN BE RECYCLEDll Ii Lee Vincent Karels graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul on Saturday, May 22, 1999. He received a Degree of Master of Business Administration. His B.S. Degree was from Mankato State University in 1993. Lee is employed at South Lake Clinic, in Minnetonka. Engaged Michael and Laura Berger of Ortonville announce the engagement of their son, Joshua, to Stacy Van Heel, daughter of Russell and Kathy Van Heel, of Clarissa. They will be married July 17th in Clarissa. Work begins on HighWayS 28, 29 Minnesota's Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) reports that construction is underway on Highway 28 from Starbuck to Glenwood and on Highway 29 from Starbuck to seven miles south. This 15 mile bituminous resurfacing project started May 17th and is expected to be completed in August 1999. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Jolene & Hussein Shouman John Van Hout Dellas Magedanz Clarence Koeckeritz Vivian Janssen Gary Watkins Frank Weber John McCallum Marcia Kawecki Dan Beutler Paul Lorange Gaylord Weeding Stan Lynne Eunlce Brotzei Jane McCallum Frank Boots Del Rose Kareis Environmental Services Mrs. Joseph Drewicke Adalyne Tangen Isabel Wolner Randy Shelstad James Johanson Gerard Radermacher Mrs. Sherwood Dove Elaine Dove Joe Van Lith Jason & Kimberly Mork Jan WoHschlager Jay Woilschlager Arnold Souba Walt Rasmussen Clifford Swenson Mark Dybdal Clifford Christensen Marvin Mueller Dennis Larson Dan Scoblic Wallace Rien Greg Strel Michel Hinrichsen John's Auto Wrecking Big Stone County C.S.P. Joe Krneger Lucille Erdahl Giimer Hedge Jack Gable Brent Zahrboek Ralph Leuthardt Thanks a million Dear Mr. Ross: I'm not sure where to turn or who to trust. My husband has taken complete control of my life. I'm not even allowed out of the home during the day when he's at work. He calls almost every hour of the day and if I'm not here, there is always hell to pay. He'll beat me until I tell him where I've been. I'm not allowed any friends or contact with my family. He tells me that these people don't have my best interests at heart like he does. He has made me into his personal slave and our pastor has no problem with that. Our pastor told me I should be obedient to God and my husband. Thank goodness we have no children. How could we? We never consummated our marriage. He monitors everything I do when he's in the house, like how much laundry soap I use or how long I shower. I'm not allowed to wear make up or get my hair cut. It didn't get this bad overnight. It has been a gradual build up over the past 12 years. I know if things are to get better I have to leave him. I have no money. If I could just get to my parents' house. They live several state lines away. But I'm afraid. I'm afraid if he catches me, he'll kill me. He has threatened that for years and I believe him. I've hesitated for months to write this. Somehow I've brought this upon myself by something I must have done. It's just that I don't think I care to live any longer if this is what my life was meant to be. Help me, please. Anonymous Dear Anonymous: Your husband may come after me for aiding and abetting his wife across several state lines, but that's the risk I'll have to take. You are in an extremely abusive relationship, and I can't imagine you or anyone else living this way. Please make safe passage to the home of your parents with the cash I've sent to your city, in care of general delivery. But make sure to get the police and/or other authorities involved. When your Bridal shower for Berger, Van Heel An open house bridal shower for Joshua Berger and Stacy Van Heel will be held Sunday, June 13th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. A program willstart at 2 p.m. Schumachers have new granddaughter Don and Linda Schumacher of Ortonville announce the birth of their granddaughter, Jennifer Jane Marcus. Parents are Laura and Randy Marcus of Prinsburg. Jennifer was born April 8, 1999 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and weighed 8 lbs. Paternal grandmother is Joan Marcus of Raymond and great grandmothers are Lillian Hults of Ortonville and Frieda Dykhoff of Raymond. Memorial services for Berma Struck Memorial services for Berma Struck, formerly of Bellingham, who passed away in California, will be held Saturday, June 5th at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Bellingham. husband blows, he's going to blow sky high and there's no telling what will happen. You have my prayers for now and in the future when you start taking back control of your life. Please let me hear from you. Dear Mr. Ross: I thought your column was one that dealt in fairness for all, but I can see now how wrong I was. Did I put too much minority information in my letter? I noticed from your last column all of your writers are from states more so like yours. Therefore, I assume they're more like you. The reason I even wasted another stamp was because I believed in your efforts so much I made the horrible mistake of telling my son you were going to replace his stolen computer. He's still looking for delivery and I haven't the heart to tell him you only assist people like yourself. Maybe it's a good lesson for both myself and my son. Myself, because I tried to believe that there are white people who care, only to find the truth staring me in the face. I doubt you'll even read this, but i don't even care because if you could disappoint a child, then you weren't the person I- thought you were. P.S. Yes, I'm still incarcerated. Ms. J. L .... Daily News, New York, NY Dear Ms. L.: I guess if the "race card" is the only card left to play, it's time to fold your hand. I'm color blind when it comes to skin color, but I'm not so liberal when it comes to incarceration. Talk about being disappointed*. Anyone who can promise a child you'll get him a new computer through this rich, white, old guy you can write to, while you sit in prison is deluded beyond compare. Time for a reality check, lady. And that's the way it is in black and white. www. thanksamillion, com 7340 Ohms Lane, Minneapolis, MN 55439 Doering son awarded master's in public health Dale R. Plemmons, formerly of Correll and a 1977 Appleton H.S. graduate, was among those receiving degrees at the 154th annual spring commencement at Emery University, Atlanta, GA, May 10, 1999. Dale, son of LaVerne and Ron Doering of Correll, graduated with a Masters degree in public health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emery University. Dale, wife Lori, sons Patrick and Seen, are residents of Buford, GA. Dale is presently employed as an environmental health specialist in the Health and Safety Office at Emery University. Locals receive honor scholarships Hatti Bakeberg of Correll and Tony Thielke of Holloway have been awarded a Northwestern College of St. Paul honor scholarship for the 1999-2000 academic year. Bakeberg, a sophomore secondary education major, received the Alliss Foundation Scholarship, and Thielke, a freshman at Northwestern, received the Irene and Millie Hanwell Scholarship during the Spring Honors Recognition Chapel held May 4. A RAFFLE FUNDRAISER for the Big Stone County Women's Advocacy Resource Center is now going on. Along with a handmade patchwork quilt from the First English Women!s Quilters, there will also be a deco- rater doll given away, donated by Crafts, Gifts and More of Ortonville. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and can be purchased throughout the county at various businesses. Pictures of the prizes at local I)usinesses have been donated by Sonny's Color Printing of Ortonville, and the drawing will be held Aug. 1 at the Big Stone County Fair. The Inl oeee JEANETTE JAMES D. Managing SUZETTE Editor, e SARA J. Ad and ROBER: Office Computer and Cor MIKE BILL DWYER KRISTA Camera NANCY eO o Tues., June 1, 1999 C,nu Published Eva Minnesota In South Dakota. counties In Mini Dakota. All others Postmaster: The Ortonvllle Ortonvllle, BoStone, Lac unUes Februory .............. 26.00 Mcrch .................. 22.81) Aprll .................... 20.111 Mcy ..................... 111.7:11 Juno .................... 16.66 July ...................... 14.$? 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