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By JDK Though we're so thankful to the good Lord for the rainfall (measuring about an inch here), our prayers con- tinue for much more, 'We don't mean to be. greedy in asking for more rain which reminds us of some rain-making efforts by several local farmers, headed by Vince Stegner and our late father-publisher Lem, in seeding potential rain clouds with the chemical we think was Silver Iodide to draw down rain! If we remember right, it seemed to have some suc- cess. At least it gave lots of hope to area farmers that we were trying to practice the old adage of "God helps those who help themselves!" While we're on the sub- ject of much needed rain, how about this plan: Instead of Obama and our lawmak- ers throwing trillions of dol- lars to the banking industry (only for them to sit on it), how about helping our econ- omy by loading up a slew full of specially-rigged cargo planes with tons and tons of water, to spread over the midwest, as they have done to squelch forest fires in California, etc.??? Maybe it would be too costly but maybe not near what we're throwing away in taxpayer dollars by the bail-outs and Stimulus packages! Sound crazy? Maybe so, but we go to the moon, isn't anything possible!!!??? Word today from Monte Zehringer of the metro area: "All at once no paper-thought I had renewed-but it appears I didn't. Therefore enclosed is a check for June to Feb 10 of 2010. Love the paper and will miss it if I don't get it. I'm doing fine will be 91 in July- still golfing and enjoying life. I do miss my wife Eldora who passed away in fall this year. Hope you are doing ok." Sad to say that our nation and area has lost one of its more devoted and admirable veterans of World War II, with the passing last week of Harvey Pansch. Harvey, a US Air Force pilot in WWII, flying a P-38, was shot down over the Austrian Alps and held prisoner for several months. Harvey was among those many featured by writ- ers of our "Let's Never Forget" column about deeds of World War II veterans Heap thanks, Harvey, for coming our way! Our special writters expect to continue the columns shortly! A newsy note today from long time reader-friend Dave Lundell, for- merly of Ortonville now of San Diego, CA, son of the late Floyd Lundells, operators and owners of the former Coast-to-Coast here. "Neat to see picture (May 26, 2009 issue, received today-June 3) of Gene (Brolin) and I with our Eagle Cushmans at Howard's Mobile! A minor correction: You said we were on our way to, or from the Black Hills. Actually our early '60s road trip took us to and from Yellowstone Park! This issue also had an article about a 1,000 mile "Iron Butt" motorcycle ride. Our Eagles would top out at about 47 mph (fiat road, a little tail wind). Don't recall Gene and I having "iron butts" but I do remember taking several breaks with (very) sore posteriors! (Just had to walk 'em off!) Appreciate receiving the Independent every week out here in San Diego! Rose is visiting in Oregon, and I save up all the Independents to take with me when I go visit her. Several big city papers out west are going under. Your con- tinuation is a real testimony to the entire Ortonville Area, especially the faithful support of your advertisers and subscribers-and, of course, the quality of your area coverage." Thanks Dave. Though President Obama is to be commended for his efforts to smooth things over in the Moslem world we think his efforts would be much more beneficial to Americans and to American Security if he and the federal lawmakers were to start tak- ing care of America first. Oh for the good old days when the late Senator Bob Taft of Ohio, preached and preached about "taking care of America firstF' Look around Obama and all you lawmak- ers, you'll find more friendly people and more needy peo- Little Rock Wind, LLC, along with its managing partner, National Wind; LLC, have announced the closing of its asset purchase agree- ment with community-owned wind project Big Stone Wind, LLC. The assets acquired include development capital, land rights, an 80 meter mete- orological tower and historical wind data, and various in-progress devel- opment assets. Little Rock Wind, LLC is a community wind energy company formed by National Wind, LLC and nine local landowners and business people. The Company expects to utilize these assets in the ongoing development of its 150 megawatt community wind project(s) in Big Stone County. "We want to develop a wind pro- ject for Big Stone County in which the community is a principal bene- factor," says Brent Olson, board member of both Big Stone Wind and Little Rock Wind's project compa- nies. "This transaction will assure the community wind development efforts we initiated will continue forward under Little Rock Wind's community model. Because Little Rock Wind's community development philosophy is aligned with Big Stone Wind's, we are excited to now be working togeth- er to help landowners harvest the wind, and bring this needed income into our local economy." "We are very pleased with this transaction," says. Bill Smeaton, National Wind's senior developer of the Little Rock Wind project. "Not only does this deal contribute valu- able development assets, but Little Rock also gains a great group of investors, landowners and enthusias- tic supporters of community wind energy. I'm excited to be working fil A coalition of clean energy and environmental groups filed an appeal today of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's approval of transmission lines for the dirty coal- fired Big Stone II power plant. The case was filed with the Minnesota Court of Appeals by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy along with Fresh Energy, Izaak Walton League of America, Union of Concerned Scientists and Wind on the Wires: In January, t',e commission voted unanimously to grant a certificate of need for two power lines to bring nearly half of the electricity from the proposed power plant just across Big Stone Lake in South Dakota to cus- tomers in western and central Minnesota. In the appeal, MCEA lawyer Beth Goodpaster said the commission erred in approving the certificate of need because: It approved a joint application for the Big Stone II project even though not all of the utility companies involved were able to prove their need for the electricity or meet other requirements of Minnesota law; The utilities seeking to build the The French say, "Mon Sang pour D'autres," or "My Blood for Others." The sentiments of that message will resonate worldwide on June 14, 2009 as the fifth annual World Blood Donor Day is observed and celebrated. World Blood Donor Day will honor the world's blood donors for the life-saving contributions they make to their communities and encourage oth- ers to become regular blood donors. "Every second, someone in the world needs a blood transfusion to live. We all share the need for a healthy, stable blood supply," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local North Central Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. "The very gesture of holding Out one's arm to give blood is a strong, universal sym- bol of solidarity, giving and under- standing." A recent survey showed that out of 178 countries, only 39 have 100 per- cent voluntary, unpaid blood dona- tions. That same survey showed that, on average, only one of every 1,000 people actually donates blood. It is an on-going challenge to develop a worldwide strategy that results in more people becoming blood donors, particularly in developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some 82-per- cent of the world's population does not have the certainty' that blood will be available for them when they need it. "In the United States, one in 10 hospital patients needs blood," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. "Only about 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, and just a fraction of those eligible actually donate," Sponsoring organizations for World Blood Donor Day are the International Society of Blood Transfusions, the International Federation of Blood Donors Organizations, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the World Health Organization. The host country for the 2009 World Blood Donor Day is Australia. The American Red Cross encour- ages donors and potential donors to make giving blood a regular part of their lives. One unit of blood can help save up to three lives. Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities June 23, 2009 from 2-7 pm at the United Methodist Church, 104 Washington, Beardsley, contact Virginia at 265-6376. June 24, 2009 from 1-7 pm at the New Life Baptist Church, 605 N Minnesota St Ortonville, contact Sue at 839-3860. June 24, 2009 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Main St/Hwy 28 in Browns Valley, contact Edith at 695-2260. June 25, 2009 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at the Graceville Community Room at 415 Studdart Ave. (Main), Graceville, contact Deb at 748-7667. June 26, 2009 from 8-1 p.m. at the Memorial Building at 92 Main St Clinton, contact Gerry at 325-5296 How to Donate Blood Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1- 800-448-3543) or visit giveblood- 4fN/ HOURS: M0n.-Fri. 8AM-5:30PM; Sat. 8AM-5PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 i i iZiiiiiiii%iiiiii iiiiiiii i ii! iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiyyiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiViiiiii jiiiyiiii iii iiiie iiii ! ~iiiii:i:!iii~ii~iiii iiiii iiiiiiii ~iiiiiii~ d ~ IIIII~:::::::::IIII~IIIIIIII~IIIIIIIII~L --. ~0U .:: :i: :i:i!ii i i:::::: ! ~ ~ i !iiiiiiiiiiiiii ,iii iii ii i iiiiiiii Steaks, Roasts, HamburgerPork Chops & Roasts 25 LB. BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $79.95 $45.95 Per Lb. DELl HAM $2 99 Locally Grown Beef-Per Lb. . QUARTERS & d,-. --,~ SIDES Per Lb. $6 99 RIBEYE STEAK Locally Grown Pork- Per Lb. Whole- Per Lb. /~ ~Q HALF SIRLOIN STEAK 4,7 - - A HOG 89 with this group and look forward to delivering important environmental and financial benefits to the whole Big Stone community." Little Rock Wind marks National Wind's 7th large-scale community- owned wind farm development in Minnesota. National Wind is known for a business model that enables the community to keep a large portion of a project's profits. Another key com- ponent of National Wind's model is that it incorporates landowner repre- sentation in the form of a local advi- sory board. To leam more, please contact our local field representative, Jesse Hopkins-Hoel at 320-281-4900 or visit our local office at 890 Pine Ave Ortonville, Minnesota. Visit for addition- al project updates. Health care coverage for young adults that won't break the bank A health plan is probably the last thing on your young adult child's mind. But you've been around long enough to know how important having one is. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has a plan called Simply BluesM that's perfect for young adults who aren't covered. And it's affordable because you pay only for what you need, not for what you don't. Plus there'll be first-dollar coverage for office visits and preventive care right away without a deductible Give me a call and I can give you the details. Tom Oakes Agent 40 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2118 or 800-630-4978 Authorized =ndependent agent/agency for BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota plant failed to prove they had maxi- mized all cost-effective energy con- servation and load management tech- niques, as required by law, before choosing to build a new coal-fired plant; Experts hired by the commission, the Minnesota Office of Energy Security and the clean energy and environmental groups all concluded it was impossible to tell if Big Stone II was the least expensive way of pro- viding electricity given the utilities biased method of cost analysis. to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 year's old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least no pounds and be in general good health. About the American Red Cross Governed by volunteers and sup- ported by giving individuals and com- munities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the . United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red ~ Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains mil- lions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts. Unit (C B HHB) 1-151 FA I15. iB North Fort Hood I Jennifer (Jena) Tobin and Calvin I ort Hood, I Schulte announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Parents of the couple are Tom and Paula Tobin of Ortonville, Janet and Harlan Loeschke of Milbank, and the late ~ "'~ "'~""'-- ~ ~K~ ~I~UWJ~I(~'~ Larry Schulte of Corona. for$'s21st! The wedding will be held on ~ --- --=jl'- /J August 1, 2009 at Central United Methodist Church in Milbank. I -SUNDA ffN 21 - I Jena has two sons, Even who is five and Jackson who is three. She is currently teaching second grade at Grant-Deuel School in Revillo. Calvin has three daughters, Tayla who is 14, Madi who is 10, and Hallie who is four. He is a general contrac- tor and owner of Extreme Contracting of Milbank. Christian women's club to meet You are invited to a morning cof- fee of "Love Letters" on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9 a.m: at Zion Lutheran Church on Highland Hwy |:$PCShane o I Ortonville. I: I FA, Fib I The special feature person will be I :NorthFort Hood I Ado Lindahl from the Post Office I FortHood, :7d;544 | giving us easier and helpful ways to ~Plea~e~vethbaddre~and~aylntou hl~ use the Post Office. Our soloist will be Brent Zahrbock. i~ i i i The speaker is Judy Conroy, ~ ~S~ ~ ER Elysian. She is a nurse, wife and [ : [ motheroftwo. Hertopicis"AFewof Ifor1 a.mie'$ ZOth I My Favorite Things". I Birthdayl I Tickets are $5 inclusive with free babysitting available if requested. I-- W DN $DAY~ ]ONE Z~:--I Please reserve by June 12, 2009 to Evelyn 320-839-2189 or Elaine 320- 839-3332 Also, contact them if you have to cancel. All are welcome. I$$alamiegarels : I Unit B-Btry, 1; I51FA, l lSl:iB I North Fort Hood : I Fort Hood, TX 76544 I P~e~se save eis ~ro. ~.d ~ ~o ~ouI / ilL:: Friday 4:00-$:00pm, 9aturday l:O0-$:00pm, Sunday l:O0- :OOpm Traditional [aeh Pay j Lawn Games - Poor Frizes - "Wines from the sweetland of the prairie." Located one mih east of Clara City on Hwy. 23, 1/2 mile north 3060 - 120th Ave. SE Clara City, MN 320-847-3060 CUSTOM BUTCHERING MON-WED-FRI. Emergency Call Dale at 320-808-1871/605-938-4389 pie right here at home your next door neighbor! INDEPENDENT Tuesday, June 9, 2009