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Editorial comment / By JDK Change our draft mles...drafl men over 60! That's the sincere suggestion today from a former soldier of the 3rd Marine Division, a Vietnam Vet- eran...which we received from Bill Welling of Texas. Mixed in with the sincere message is a bit of humor...but the plea should be heeded by all law- makers, for it makes some sense! "I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military. They've got it all ass-back- wards. Instead of sending 18-year-olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys! Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky sol- dier is a dangerous soldier. We are im- patient and maybe letting us kill some butthole terrorist that desperately de- serves it will make us feel better and shut us up for awhile. Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every I0 seconds...old guys only think about sex a couple times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 more seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy. If captured, we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser. An 18- year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head. Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a bunch of pissed-off old farts with atti- tudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are behind them...not like the 18-year-olds who have their whole life ahead of them. Think about it...if you agree pass this on to your lawmakers. Prayers are solicited for our oldest-living cousin, Muriel (Kaercher) Sherman, wife of the late Donald Sher- man of Clinton and father of Don Sherman of Sherman Stu- dio in Ortonville. Muriel is re- covering today in Ortonville's hospital after suffering a heart attack Monday of last week. She is reportedly resting well. We know she and son Don join us in thanking you for your prayer support. What a pleasant surprise phone call we had one day last week from daugh- ter-editor Sue, informing us that some "dear old friends" from California were waiting at our office to extend their greetings. Indeed, it was a most pleas- ant and warm greeting that we received from Cecil "Bud" Tillbury and his two sons, Doug and Tom. They were here for the memorial services held at Au- gusta cemetery in Marietta for Bud's wife, Colleen, nee Farley, who passed away recently after suffering much time with Alzheimer's disease. Many of our readers remember that Colleen was Ortonville High School's first Homecoming Queen back in 1945. It was the first time in years that we were reminded that Bud's first real name is Cecil, the same name of our uncle, the late Cec Kaercher. Sue snapped a photo of the three along with us....found on this same page to the bot- tom of our column. Bud worked for IBM in San Jose for over 30 years, re- tiring in 1985. He still lives in San Jose, as does son Doug. Tom lives in Los Angeles. While here, for about an- other week, the trio are staying with Bud's two sisters, namely Ramona "Mona" and Mary Tillbury on the fam- ily farm near Marietta ..... the farm dat- ing back to the 1890's. Bud's only daughter, Deborah Jean (Tilbury) Jones lives in Sonoma, CA. She was unable to make the trip for the Memorial Serv- ices. The three men departed our office hopefully much happier than when they arrived, as we gifted each with a can of our Hobo Soup. Indeed, a fun time was had by all during the short visit ..... full of many smiles, laughs, and fond memories ! See identified photo below, to the side. Note how much Tom looks so much like his mother, Colleen. A quick shot here on poli- tics, for what it's worth! Or for who cares to listen! We think the two gals thinking about running for President, namely Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman, should save their money and give it to a charitable group where it would get more results for our country. As stated recently, we think the number one guy for the GOP ticket, namely Mike Huckabee, has said he wig not run....but we're hoping some- one or some thing might soon change his mind! As for the current top candidate, as per polls, Mitt Romney, his great- est plus of which we highly favor over anybody ..... is that he has spent time as an AMERICAN BUSINESS MAN. Truly, that is hard to find! Nearly 100percent of all officeholders are, and have been for years, died-in-the- wool professional lobbyist- swayed politicians, knowing little, if anything, about profit and losses, creating jobs, and growing our nation's faltering economy. Records of years past prove that! Hey's something for absolutely everyone! Ran into long- time friend Pat Minnehan recently, who we hadn't seen for some time, and we began talking about the value of LIFE! We recited to Pat a clipping we have carried with us for years: "The next time you pass a stranger, if for but a few seconds ..... look into his or her eyes and give a cheery HELLO, knowing that there goes a guy or gal who is just as complex as you are!" Then Pat came up with a great saying even better: "Next time you meet a stranger, and if he is not wearing a smile....give him yours!" Then Pat proceeded to tell us about a most humanitarian act he will soon be sharing with the less-fortunate in our world. First some info leading up to what Pat plans. A few weeks ago, Pat and his friend, Dorothy Hovland of Shakopee were involved in a near- death car accident, in which she was se- verely injured and is in Ortonville's hospital, recovering from a broken jaw and broken ankle. She is George Gimmestad's sister. When she is able to be up and around, Pat tells us the two plan to spend much of their time visit- ing area shut-in folks in Nursing Homes or Senior Living Centers to help make residents there, if desirous, a bit happier! Indeed, what a great idea, of which we wish Pat and Dorothy much success and satisfaction in knowing you are helping those less fortunate. God bless you both! FORMER RESIDENT BUD TILLBURY and two sons, now all of California, spent time in our area last week ..... here for Memorial Services held in Marietta for Bud's wife, Colleen (nee Farley). The three paid a visit to Publisher Jim, at which time editor Sue snapped above photo. Left to right are son Doug, Jim, Bud, and son Tom. See Odds's Ends this issue, above, for details. THINK ABOUT ENVIRONMENT Kiwanis News Eleven members of the local Kiwanis Club met at Northridge last Tuesday to sing for the residents during their lunch hour. Accompanied on the keyboard by Pat Kunz they sang their way through most of the old familiar seldom heard anymore to the delight of the audience. The club hopes to do this on a more regular schedule, avoiding the holidays when the center has many visiting singing groups. Following the recent election of officers, the club voted to revise the weekly meeting format to better accommodate those who cannot regularly attend on a weekly basis. While Kiwanis has no mandatory attendance requirements, perfect attendance is encouraged and recognized. Under the new meeting schedule the first meeting each month will be devoted to project planning and reporting, freeing up announcements and discussions during subsequent meetings. The second and fourth meetings will feature a program of local interest following the meal with dismissal promptly at 1 p.m. On the third (and fifth Tuesdays when necessary) table discussions and fellowship will prevail. Prospective members are always invited to attend a meeting and become a part of the many community service activities of the local club. KDIO Temps Hi Low May 29 62 51 May 30 88 57 rain/thunderstorms May 31 64 54 June I 72 48 June 2 86 61 June 3 82 69 June 4 75 57 To the Editor: We are coming to the end of another school year, which serves as a reminder of the spring of 2010 when many Minnesota teens were killed in traffic crashes-and many of those killed were not buckled up. We ask all in our community, especially parents, teachers, coaches, employers and others with contact and influence on teens and young adults, to insist on seat belt use and lead by action. Our group works to develop local solutions to traffic issues from multiple approaches, including enforcement, engineering, public health and more. Yet the cause of, and solution to, many traffic crashes- human behavior-is the most challenging to address. Drivers and their passengers have the most control' over their safety through their choices and actions. And they have the most effective and simplest tool to prevent their death or injury in a crash: seat belts. If we all address this issue, we can spare our community, families and businesses from suffering the preventable deaths and life-altering injuries that take such a dramatic toll on all our lives and resources. Please buckle up. Remember, click it or ticket. Sincerely, Dan Swartos, Superintendent, Big Stone City Schools Roger Sandberg, Commissioner, Big Stone City John Haukos, Sheriff, Big Stone County Sheriff's Department Jeff Taylor, Superintendent, Ortonville Public Schools Jason Mork, Chief, Ortonville Police Department Julie Kunrath, RN, Countryside Public Health Representing the South West Central Safe Communities Coalition Veterzm Service News By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. Please remember that the Ortonville Cornfest is fast approaching and I am requesting veterans to walk with us during the Parade on Sunday, Aug. 21 to honor our veteran's service to our great Nation. The 73rd Annual Cornfest will be held from Aug. 19-21 at the Ortonville Lakeside Park. In addition, I will have a Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefit Information Booth on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20. Stop by and lets talk about your possible VA Benefits. American Hero Returns Home! On June 21, 1967, Capt. Darrell J. Spinler was shot down and killed in Laos when his A-1E Skyradier aircraft crashed into a riverbank. Almost 44 years later, Darrell J. Spinler's remains will return to his hometown of Browns Valley, to be interred in the family plot. The funeral services will take place at the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Browns Valley at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 18. The body will be interred at the Browns Valley Cemetery with an Air Force fly-over at 12:30 p.m. In 1969, Capt. Spinler's Skyraider aircraft crashed into a riverbank, the local population knew about the crash, however, the river rose several feet in the next few days, and when the annual flooding subsided there was no physical evidence left of the crash. In June, last year a Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC) team, based in Hawaii, explored the site and found pieces of what appeared to be a Skyraider. The team then returned and excavated the site from October 30 to November 11 last year and found human remains. The remains were brought back to Hawaii, and they were positively identified as Capt. Spinler's on January 5 of this year. Captain Spinier was born on June 16, 1938, to Gerald and Myrtle Spinier in Browns Valley. He graduated from Browns Valley High U.S. Senators announce funds for job training MN veterans U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and A1 Franken (D-Minn.) announced that over $800,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will go to Minnesota organizations to provide for job training for veterans. The funds are awarded through DOL's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and Veterans Workforce Investment Program and will provide training to help area vet- erans succeed in civilian careers. "When our soldiers sign up for service, there isn't a waiting line and there shouldn't be a waiting line when they come home and need a job," said Sen. Klobuchar. "This funding will provide our Minnesota veterans with job training and other important services that can help put them on the path to success in the civilian workforce." "We owe our veterans an enor- mous debt of gratitude and, when they come home, they deserve better than a life of joblessness and home- lessness," said Sen Franken. "This funding will help to prepare Minnesota's veterans to return to the civilian workforce, establish careers, and build fulfilling lives here at home." Nationwide, DOL will award over $28 million under HVRP and over $7 million dollars under VWIP to pro- vide approximately 21,000 veterans with job training. The funds are being awarded to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agen- cies, and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations, which showed, when they won first-year departmental funding, that the); are familiar with the areas and populations to be served and have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs. Details on Minnesota's funding are Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans $120,000 - Homeless Veterans Reintegrati0n Program Second Year Funding. $300,000 - Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Third Year Funding. Resource, Inc. .$407,549 - Veterans Workforce Investment Program Third Year Funding. School in 1956 where he was an outstanding basketball player. He attended South Dakota State University on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1960. He married Darlene Keuppe in " Custer, SD, in 1958 and they had two sons, David and Dwayne. He earned his wings in 1961. He was first trained as a jet pilot, and was later trained in the Skyraider. In 1966, he was transferred from Colorado Springs, CO, to Vietnam. Capt. Spinier served in the 1st Air Commando (Composite) Squadron assigned to Pleiku Air Force Base. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. His . funeral will include participation by the Browns Valley American Legion Post 58, other service organizations, active Air Force representatives and the Patriot Guard. Please remember that "Freedom is not Free!" It comes with a price.. In this case, the ultimate sacrific was paid by Capt. Darrell J. Spinier. Thank you Capt. Spinier for allowing me the freedom I enjoy today as an American! ! ! ! Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas!" U 'll 2 pc. Chester's Fried k. fo, $12.99 Gold'n PlumP Rotisserie' , Chieken $7.99 / Repair Installation Claims Estimates Loaner Vehicle The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) ,, JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor DENISE FRE'n'E Advertising Rep . . Tues., June 7,2011 Vol. 93; No. 21 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $35.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $40.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $45.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box 336, Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. 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