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Reader friend Dolores Christensen is urging our readers to watch a program set for airing this Thursday, June 6th, on public televi- sion. First English Lutheran's inter- im pastor, Sue Seiffert, will be appearing on the documentary called "Delafield," which expounds on the closing of a rural congregation. Pastor Seiffert once served the Delafield Lutheran Church. The doc- umentary is a very well done presen- tation of some of the changes that are occurring in rural America and asks some significant questions about the future. Delafield Lutheran is located in a fertile, rural pocket of southwest- ern Minnesota, founded by Norwegian settlers in the 1870s and had provided spiritual and social sus- tenance to subsequent generations in that community for over a century. That continuity was broken in 1998 when the aging, dwindling congrega- tion was forced to face the harsh real- ities of current American rural life. They did what they had never dreamed possible, deciding to dis- band the congregation and give away the church building that had been" so central to their lives. Why did thi's happen? In "DELAFIELD", film- maker Mark Brodin who was raised in the church, explores the changes taking place across rural America, trying to find out how this could hap- pen to a place he had always assumed would be there. $SSSS Another small worlder, this one via our sister Barb McCarthy, now of Florida: "While visiting our son David and family in Hastings, NE we met a man with Ortonville ties. He is Barry Rempp, who is now the minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hastings. While training for the Ministry he worked for a while under Will Hansen at Ortonville's Congregational Church. He and his wife Cass send greetings to any- one who may remember them. They live at: 1246  .Turner, HasNE(flD01." ....... i  . A nice note today from Arlene Eckberg formerly of Ortonville, now of Appleton. "Hats off to our young folks! I-always get sentimental around graduation time, as a mother of seven children and many grand- children, I have a special feeling for our young folks. I help my son, Mike out at the Mudhen Cafe in Odessa and we want to tell you parents of all the young people who support us at the Mudhen, all are very polite when they are there. You parents can all be proud of all of them. The other morn- ing Mike was by himself about 6 a.m. and 32 of our senior class walked in for chow. He said everyone was very patient and polite while he was cooking. Congratulations and good luck to you fine young peo- ple!!" Did you happen to watch the most touching scene on television last Sunday after- noon on CBS...the announce- ment by Ken Venturi that he was making his final broad- cast of professional golf? Just as Ken nearly got a tear in his eyes (and probably had a really good cry when off the screen), we too got a bit teary-eyed. His work on the Kemper Open Sunday was his final broadcast after 35 years of service. Prior to that, Ken was on the pro golf tour for a number of years_having won a number of tournaments. Indeed, his voice will be missed by many on the television broadcasts! Want to play volleyball in Europe? The Goodwill Ambassadors are currently accepting applications for the Adult Volleyball team to Europe for the December 2002 team. Represent the USA/Goodwill Ambassadors in volleyball tourna- ments and local competitions in, London, Paris, Geneva, Venice and Rome. Each Goodwill team is limit- ed to eight men and eight women per team. Players should be of an INTERMEDIATE Level ( "BB" USAV rating) or higher skill level. For additional information 425-255- 8102 phone Ernail info@sportsfory- Website www.volleybali- tours.corn Sports For Youth Foundation(501-c3 non proft Org.) FSA active l y wo r k i n g o n Area news digest farm bill Big Stone County Executive Director Scott Schneider today echoed the remarks of Secretary of Agriculture Ann M.Veneman in an address to USDA employees on May 15, 2002. "Big Stone County Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees are committed to a timely and efficient farm bill implementation process." "Big Stone County FSA employ- ees have been working for many months in anticipation of the new farm bill. We have a lot to do. Our biggest challenge, before meeting with producers, will be the complete understanding of regulations, proce- dure, training materials, and software- when received." FSA will begin oper- ating under the new legislation for the Marketing Loan Program as early as July for wheat crops and in August and September for our other crops. Then, in early fall, once updated bases and yields have been determined, we will be able to begin making advance 2002 counter-cyclical payments. "We will also begin making final 2002 crop year direct payments in early fall and advance 2003 direct payments in December. In the meantime, we will Open house to honor marriage, Brian Larsons An open house celebration in honor of the marriage of Brian and Barb Larson will be held Saturday, June 15, 2002 starting at 2 p.m. thru evening, 812 Lake Drive, Big Stone City, SD. Barb is the daughter of Howard and Karen Dockter. Brian is the son of Paul and Nancy Larson, Worthington: --., Engag00 ...... Howard and Karin Mueller of Milbank and Ronald and Linda Chase of Clinton announce the engagement of their children Kerry Mueller and Danny Chase. The wedding will take place July 20, 2002 at 5 pm at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank. A reception and dance will follow at the Big Stone American Legion, Big Stone City, SD. l, Aota'00lt implementation continue to complete final Program examine new uses for agriculture as Flexibility Contract pfiyments under an energy source; the FAIR Act between no and Invests more in research, value- Sdptember, using existing foi='ml added programs, animal and plant dis- and rates."  ease protections, food safety and rural Schneider assured farmers that the FSA team is working hard to imple- ment the new programs and outlined several measures already underway, including: the creation of a FSA farm bill web site which can be found at either ( or at (http://ww w.usda.cog/farmbill); implementing Government, which will soon allow producers to complete and submit some forms on-line. The new farm bill: Provides certainty and a strong safety net for farmers over the next six years; Provides record-level support for conservation programs to preserve wetlands and improve soil and water quality on working farms; Demonstrates compassion through new support for food stamp and nutrition programs; Helps expand trade for U.S. food and agriculture products overseas; Contains an energy title to help development. "While it's not a perfect bill, the new measure provides certainty, a strong safety net for farmers and com- plies with our international trade obligations," said Schneider. "It also provides investments in important areas such as conservation, trade, nutrition, research, rural development and energy." On other farm bill issues, Schneider noted that FSA has been administering the last year of the FAIR Act while the new farm bill was being developed, which provided over $1.3 billion in direct payments to pro- ducers in Minnesota producers in fis- cal year 2001. The marketing loan program con- tinues to operate largely as before, but with readjusted loan rates for most crops. The new loan rates are applica- ble immediately to the 2002 harvested crops. Letters to the editor To the Editor: So farmers are on welfare! Let's talk about it. Brazil is about as opposite from us as you can get. Brazil has hyper inflation. We have inflation, but at a slow, controlled rate. Brazil has low land cost. But I don't believe in millions of acres of deep good soil in Brazil. The only deep, good soil there is river valleys, deltas and sandy soil deposited by ancient seas. Our land cost is high and I profit from that. But our chemical cost is high even though chemicals are made here. This may apply to fertilizer also. I become a little suspicious when the farm subsidy is raised high enough to invite retaliation from foreign countries. Our wonderful EPA is not concerned about poisoning seagulls so that highly toxic insecticides have to be spread over our area. But farmers can't use any chemical unless it has gone through an expensive testing process. But its alright for foreign countries to use untested chemicals and sell the food product here. Brazil has corruption, but we have it on a more advanced scale. I expect some politician will pick out a small offense and make it seem big in order to get elected. Unless we deal with the entire situation of selling ona world market and having to buy on a high price protected American market, political flurry won't mean much. The Epa should test foreign chemicals and be reimbursed when the chemical is sold here. As of now, the main purpose of EPA is to protect domestic producers of farm chemicals. Debate7 countries to use untested chemicals and sell the food product here. Brazil has corruption, but we have it on a more advanced scale. I expect some politician will pick out a small offense and make it seem big in order to get elected. Unless we deal with the entire situation of selling. on a world market and having to buy on a high price protected American market, political flurry won't mean much. The Epa should test foreign chemicals and be reimbursed when the chemical is sold here. As of now, the main purpose of EPA is to protect domestic producers of farm chemicals. Debate? Wesley Olson Box 142 Clinton MN 56225 ph 320-325 5565 True Minnesota. Some things are distinctly Minnesotan -- like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, recognized.for delivering quality health care plans for nearly 70 years. That why more MinnesOtans choose Blue Cross than any other plan. Call me for individual or group plans or plans that work with Medicare. Tom Oakes 40 NW 2nd Street Ortonvme, HN 56278 320-839-2118 or 800-630-4978 II BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota I-[ 00TS OFF TO ALL OUR FARMERS! Stop in the bank this Thursday,. June 6 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and join us for a FREE E,airy Queen ]E)ILLY BAR! MINNWEST BANK ()RTONVILLE MINNWEST BANK GROUP 21 SE 2nd St. * Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-2568 SISSETON, SD-Efforts have begun to raise funds tol improvements on the road leading to the cemeteries on the northeast corner of Sisseton. been formed that is looking for two things - members and donations to help with the project. plan has three main goals: To bring a water sourcel to install curb and gutter along the road; and then to from Eighth Avenue East past the cemetery have talked with Roger George from the Roberts Department who offered to provide county to assist in the initial process. They have also the City of Sisseton. MORRIS-Reconstruction of Hwy. #59 between began on May 20. Crews will grade and resurface' the south Grant County line to Barrett. In the existing roadway seven feet on either side to roadway. MnDOT expects this project to be 2003, weather permitting. DAWSON-Higher attendance rates, students and involving everyone in the community is what Dawson-Boyd High School is all about: Karen at the high school who is the school's Youth Coordinator, appeared before the information about the program and its progress. project is funded by a $60,000, three year recently awarded the Service Learning Learning award for the state. OAHS auxiliary meets June 11th O.A.H.S, Auxiliary will be having their meeting Tuesday, June 1 lth Northridge at 7pm. Topic will be the scholarships and funds dispersement. All members are encouraged to attend. Hostesses will be Lindy Belgum, Joanne Tyler, Doris Scheff. 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