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Editorial comment SOUTH DAKOTANS EAT at Pizza da Rocco, Italian home cooking in a old-style house in Kunmin the Peoole's Reoublic of China. The owner, Rocco, has a Chinese friend who is a student at SDSU. From left are Billy Fuller/ plant science; All Selim, civil engineering; David Evans, English; Jan Evans, College of Arts and Science secretary; Lyle Olson, journalism; Fahti Halwaweish, chemistry; All Salehnia, computer science Molly Lefholz, sociology/political science major; Alyssa Olson, homeschool student; and Gwen Kidman Olson, homeschool teacher. (Photo by Aaron Daniel OIson, homeschool student) 225 years of the Stars and Stripes ments, and history, and events-things that cannot be put into words--all embodied in the symbol that is the Since last September, we see flags everywhere, and isn't it inspiring? There are emotions, and senti- Happenings North Dlkota. Spireas are among my favorite shrubs. There are many dwarf varieties on the market. Some of my favorites are "Goldflame', 'Gumball' 'Goldmound'i 'Magic Carpet , 'Neon Flash', Dybvig 'Dakota Goldcharm'. These vary in size from 18 inches to three feet. It is very important to prune the dwarf spirea in early spring as the new growth is more attractive and also a light pruning after flowering will simulate new growth plus the may rebloom. Potextilla is another shrub that must be pruned back every spring or they become ugly! Remember to cut the seedheads from tulips, daffodils and peonies to promote better flowering next year. The foliage should be dry before removing it from tulips and daffodils. I have had some experience in digging tulips right after blooming. Dig the bulb and leave the plant attached. Spread them out to dry and eventually separate the bulbs from the plants. Store them in a cardboard box and replant in the fall. With the new parks arrangement the demonstration rose garden has been on hold. The latest proposal is to have volunteers help with the maintenance. If you are interested, please call the Chamber of Commerce or myself. Have a nice day. I By Bob Dybvig The tulips and daffodils have put on an exceptional show this spring. Obviously they like the cool weather this spring has provided. Many of the trees and shrubs are slow to leaf out. Some of the shrubs may have to be cut back severely so that they can start new growth. As of this writing many of the flowering crabs are in full bloom. They too are putting on a tremendous show. We have several different varieties at the golf course. "Thunderchild', and upright spreading tree with purple leaves, 'Snowdrift' with glossy green foliage and white flowers, 'Pink Spire', a narrow upright with purplish-red foliage and flowers lavender-pink. There are several 'Spring Snow' at Neilson Park. This is a white flowered variety that doesn't produce any fruit, 'Red Splendor' is also at Neilson Park. This was developed by Melvin Bergeson, Fertile, MN and is still a very popular variety. It is a larger crab that is not suited for boulevard use. We have a 'Harvest Gold' Crab in our back yard. It produces gold colored fruit which remains until December. It is worth the drive around the town to see all the beautiful crabs. There are many new plants in the development stage and then introduced into the nursery trade. Bailey nurseries, a large wholesale nursery, has a new Fairytale Series of Lilacs. These get to be five to six feet tall with a spread of four to five feet. Last year they introduced 'Tinkerbelle' and this year 'Fairy Dust'. These lilacs were developed by Neat Holland of Sheyenne Gardens in American flag. The federal government 225 years ago looked to the flag that ordinary citizens had created and, on June 14, 1777, designated it as our national symbol. A century later, Americans started observing Flag Day each June 14th. Over time, we have invested increasingly more patriotic value into the flag, and our patriotic holidays have become more prominent in our culture. We know that, without saying a word, we can display the flag and express the connection we feel to oulk fellow Americans. The flag has,. brought Americans together through- out our history, it has provided com- fort in times of uncertainty, and it has motivated everyday heroes. I hope Flag Day will have special significance this year, and I encourage everyone to.observe it proudly. Finally, with parade season upon us: remember as the Day passes by, it is proper and respectful to stand at attention, to remove your cap, and to put your right hand over your heart. For more helpful information about our country's flag traditions, you might consider ordering the brochure "Flag Etiquette," free from my office by calling toll-free 1-877-551-6767 or metro 651-296-2803; quantities are available for distribution. Second grandson for Bob and Judy Peter Jackson Ray Peter was born Ma 26th, 2002 to Jeff and Stacy Peter of Morris. He joins big brother Abraham, age 22 months. The newborn is the second grandson for Bob and Judy Peter of Ortonville. Schmeichel named to DSU honor list Jeremiah Schmeichei of Odessa is among more than 390 students named to the President's Academic Honor list for Spring 2002 at Dakota State University. To qualify for the honor list, a student must maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Groten Dakota Press Russell Harder Dan Kaercher Michael Kaercher Rev. David McCarthy Mrs. Harold McCarthy National Newspaper Assn. News File Lyle Olson Pegasus Jerry Schwierzke Mrs. Randy Spahr Annett Construction Boos & Grajczyk Attys. Emanual-Patterson Funeral Home Richards Fish Liebe Drug Torness Furniture & Carpetland Unzen Pontiac Valley Farm Equipment Security State Bank of Beardsley Sibson Gravel Bellingham Public School Bellingham Farmers Elevator Henrich & Sons Linda Roggenbuck Stolpman Ins. Agency Mrs. M.J. Kirchberg Chuck Trygestad Letters to E//ssa by the late R=,.  P. Werner D.D. (Edi. no[e: Following is one of a series of articles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his family to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're reading his memories of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon. The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Or. Ihno lanssen, now retired in Walnut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Wemer passed away late in the year 2000. "GIRLS" (continued from last week) My last college encounter with a girl was on this wise. In my third and last year of college, because 1 had this student appointment in Slayton, MN. I needed a car to drive every weekend those 120 miles each way to my church. During these depression years of the mid and even late 1930s, few stu- dents possessed cars. I was one of the few lucky ones and 1 was in great demand for transportation by stu- dents and faculty alike. It was my pleasure to take the vio- lin instructor down to Thursday night rehearsals of the Sioux City Symphony, conducted by Leo Kachinsky. a fornudable man who pied with the musicians, "My people I love you, but you must play the right notes." We used a hall on the Morningside College campus, a Methodist institu- tion which dwarfed poor little Western Union in its facilities. The orchestra was preparing for its biggest concert of the year, the Christmas extravaganza which fea- tured guest soloists and the orches- tra's finest effort to impress the Sioux City citizens of that meatpacking town. Shortly before the night of the concert, Jimmy Vandersol, my vio- linist friend, and concertmaster of the orchestra, caught up with me in the first floor hallway of old Dubs Hall, named after a Bishop or missionary ol the Evangelical church. /immy said, "George, I have two tickets to the concert and 1 want you to use them." I said that I didn't have a girl to take though 1 would like to After all I was a music major and music was in my blood. Jimmy was not impressed by my excuse saying, "Well then, get one. Ask a girl. You can do it." My reply was that there was only one girl in college I would like to take and she already was going "steady." Coradell Cralne was a senior and going with Victor Bunge. She also hved in the ratified atmos- phere of coming from Denver. Colorado, while most of the rest of us came from little towns or farms. Finally, I said to Jimmy after much thought, ! will ask the first girl that comes down the stairs. I only wanted to go with one girl and none of the rest mattered one way or the other. We waited only a moment, and then a girl began to descend the stairs. It was Corlell Craine of Denver. I gasped. But I had made a promise, a commitment. So I said, "Coradell, would you like to go to the Sioux City Symphony concert with me next Tuesday night?" Without hesitation she said, "Yes George, I will go with you," but she added, "Please don't tell Victor." I had no intentions of telling Victor, a mighty senior. So it was done. Jimmy, Coradell and I went to the symphony concert and my heart sang. I sat in the balcony with Coradeil and Jimmy led the violin section. The girl really was beautiful with a quiet poise and dignity that bespoke a refinement and cultural serenity which spoke to my soul. But that was my last and only date with Coradell. It was enough. 1 took her back to her dorm and Jimmy back to his place with a quietness of spirit and feeling of exquisite harmony within myself and with all the world. Life was good. "God was in his heaven and all was right with the world." Want name on Legion calendar? Call Karn Anyone who would like to change or add names or order birthday calendars from the American Legion Auxiliary should contact Lorrayne Karn at 839-2353. Anyone may have their name on the calendar. Markets I No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.11 Soybeans ........................... 4,6,9, Corn ................................... 1.80 June 4, 2001 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.20 Soybeans ........................... 4.13 Corn ................................... 1.49 Cross-Cultural Adventure: A South Dakota Family in China Eight visitors from SDSU arrived in Kunming Saturday, May 18. It has been a treat to interact with folks from home. That evening all 12 of us South Dakotans boarded a packed city bus bound for Walmart. The Olsons split up and helped their new friends find various items. Aaron successfully asked the cashier in Chinese for another bag for All Salehnia to take back to Brookings. A few nights later, Alyssa asked and interpreted the price of DVDs for the visitors. David and Jan Evans and Billy Fuller have been in China before, while the others-Fahti Halwaweish, Salehnia, All Selim, Jay Shore and student Molly Lefholz-are herefor the rurst time. Like us, they have been inundat- ed with the sights, sounds and smells of the Middle Kingdom. Following are some of their impressions. David Evans: "Where are the ponies of Kunming, with their dung sacks, and bells jingling on their necks? Where's the crow of the red rooster that used to wake us up in the morning? But, I'm too nostal- gic. As I write these words, I hear birds outside our campus hotel window, and the sun is coming up over the roof next door. The beds are still hard, and yesterday at brfast, there was a bug in the rice. And so, I conclude, tentative- ly at least: China is still China." Jan Evans: "From the new air- port to the many new skyscrapers, to the re-built roads, I found it dif- ficult to recognize almost anything from the Kunming of 1989, except for the main university gate. What hasn't seemed to have changed are the people-their dress, their friendliness, their curiosity about foreigners, and their up-beat attitude." Fuller: "The Chinese infrastruc- by Lyle D. Olson V'00tors from Home: May 27, 2002 ture has improved strikingly over the last few years. A burgeoning upper and middle class is displaying amazing progress; however, the majority of the lower class remain at what would be regarded by U.S. standards as well below the poverty level. One can only hope that the lower classes will not be ignored." Halwaweish: "Students' deter- mination to achieve their goals has surprised me a lot. They live in very limited housing with simple food, and they still work hard." ,Lefholz: "Facilities, food, and western influence .are fascinating yet but no longer shocking [she has been in Asia twice before]. With no electricity or water and up to eight to a small room, one wonders how a student can concentrate on study- ing. My heart went out to these stu- dents struggling to survive, let alone make the grade." Salehnia: "The fast pace, the level of modernization, the hospital- lty and friendliness of the people, the cleanliness of the streets, the pop culture, the abundance of con- sumer goods, and the picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger at strategic locations advertising DVD play- ers." Selim: "The education system in China is more similar to that of Egypt [where he received his under- graduate education] than it is to the U.S.A. Students do not have to work to support themselves. Parents provide until they finish college. Most items are cheap. Others like perfume and cologne are outra- geously expensive." Shore: "China is much more diverse that I ever imagined. There are huge differences between Beijing and Kunming, including the disparity of economic and ehnic backgrounds." The visitors leave Kunming June 4; the Olsons leave June 28. + The SUZETrE Computer and RYAN | TIMO Tues., June 4, Minnesota, kl South counties All others, Postmaster: The Ortonville Ortonville, NEW Grant and al7 ........... 3 Mal ALL OTHERSI July "PUBUSHER'SI changes or not lessen The Publisher's I omissions in tisement is the issue the Church notes- Display ads Pictures - News - Friday, Classified ads" ad & Wednesda A Letters to munity writers Independt and/or also it might be Letters pdnted or address Addresses not be selves to one The determining is news If an for an item or skJered you charge cease to receives for paper sales is I paper used in no increases. and a small and pws doalor. nos. We advor our deeion. 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