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Our sister, Barb McCarthy of Florida sends us some interesting news this week which you'll find in our "Drops" column. She mentions a small worlder about former Independent employee, Frances Stebbins, now of the metro area. In addition, Barb informs us that her husband, Harold, was recently awarded a plaque in honor of his many years as CEO and Board Chairman of Meridian Insurance Company in Indianapolis, IN. "The plaque mentions his steering the company in going public." Barb says that when she recently saw Chickie (nee Bruins, an OHS classmate of Barb in class of 1945) Chickie men- tioned that her sister, Sandra Gibson had already made reservations here for the upcoming OHS all-class reunion in 2000, so Barb asked that we be sure to make a reservation for her too. We did that, and learned we got the last room at the Econolodge for that weekend, Cornfest weekend of 2000. Barb and Mac will also be here this summer, June 20 to June 23, as they'll be attending their class reunion at Carlton College in North field. Our hats off to Star Tribune columnist Doug Grow for his comments in last Sunday's issue, blasting Michael Bonsignore, chief executive officer at Honeywell which has been sold after a ll4-year history in Mpls. to Allied Signal with headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey. Though 1,000 to 1,500 of his fellow Honeywell employees are expected to lose their jobs, Bonsignore will get a promotion--to CEO of the new, monster corporation. (Self-sacrifice always has been overrated.) In the process of selling the company and getting a better job, Bonsignore saw his own vast wealth leap. The value of his 612,321 shares of stock increased by $9.8 million in the few days of deal.making. Not only did Bonsignore get richer and more powerful, he was treated like some sort of hero by a cross section of people. For his part, Bonsignore told Star Tribune reporters that he had "regrets" about leaving Minneapolis but added, "Life is about renewal." I'm just guessing, but I think it might be easier to talk renewal when you've enriched yourself by several million dollars, received a promotion and been called a "superstar" than when you've received a pink slip." Bonsignore's regard for his employers and community reminds us of pro athletes. They could care less about their fans or who they play for, caring only for what bet- ters their pocket-book! Long-time friend, reader, and former resident, Mrs. Les (nee Ruth Spanyers) Brown of Starbuck stopped in last Friday to again pur- chase two more cases of Hobo Soup for resale at that city's upcoming "Lefse Dagen" celebration. She was also here to put flowers on the Spanyers-Holmquist graves at Mound Cemetery for Memorial Day. She had lunch with her long-time friend Ad Tangen. Americ.. n Heart iahon WE'RE FIGHTING FOR YOUR UFE OHS transcript requests due OHS seniors needing a final transcript for college must submit requests for their transcripts to Tim Marthaler or Sandy Helgeson at the High School office by June 16. Markets I No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.13 Soybeans ............... : ........... 4.21 Corn ................................... 1.69 June 15,1998 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.46 Soybeans ........................... 5.74 Corn ................................... 1.97 Letters to the editor Dear Editor: We must respond to last weeks letter by Nell Speckeen. The Otter tail property was owned by the City and deeded to Otter Tail when they built their plant, with the stipulation if the plant closed, the property would revert back to the city for $1.00. Otter Tail has been trying to give the land back for many years, but because of the possibility of contamination the deed has never been transferred. Finally five years ago Otter Tail entered into a voluntary contamination study with the Minnesota Pollution Control agency (MPCA). That study is almost concluded. The city already owns the area known as Horseshoe Park or Riverside, and the five acres the sewer pump station sits on. The lake is a major asset of the City and Ortonville needs to take advantage of a great opportunity to revitalize the area. Roger Bird has done nothing but pick up old sets of plans and ideas of what could be done on the property, along with some ideas on how to actually make it economically feasible. Once the property is acquired the City Council has the authority to do whatever it wants. As far as a competing Marina (a protected inlet with docks) your property is not suitable for nor does it qualify as a Marina by Webster' s definition of a marina. How you acquired the property is a joke. The way the legal work was handled for disposing of or selling public property was a joke. The seam that it will cost $75,000 to tear the buildings down was a lie, and if you want to prove us wrong, send us copies of your expenses to remove the building, or better yet why don't we recommend that the City council get copies of the cost. Putting a 4X8 sign up with the word "Marina" on it doesn't qualify Lavalle Berkner as a competitor. One of your tenants had his boat bashed in by the high winds, and one other tenant had his motor stolen off the boat. We are talking about a real Marina with a whole village theme that is possible if the people in this town get behind its "Task Force for Growth", and stop letting this town get run by a few for a few. The railroad property runs from what you claim is a Marina all the way to Hwy 12. The piece in front of your Cenex property will be acquired by the City, and my recommendation to the City is they sell it to your group at the time you submit a plan and a request for building permit to actually build something that makes sense., or to the person or group that buys it from you. Ortonville hasn't seen any progress or development in the last 20 years. It is a dying town, not a retirement town. If you would like to see things change then join our group, which is in process of having the city council terminate the law firm of Fluegel Helseth Mclaughlin Anderson & Brutlag Chartered, and appoint an out- of-town attorney. The City Clerk's title needs to be City manager and the job description needs to be changed. The EDA needs to be overhauled, regarding what its primary purpose is. The current rate of growth for Ortonville will put even the gov't guaranteed jobs at risk within the next five years. Our courthouse will have to be merged with another county. Right now many of the jobs that are supporting Ortonville come from outside of the City, that pulls away families, retail trade dollars, etc. Nothing ever changes in Ortonville, businesses are chased away, families are continually being split up because people can't work and live here. The small farmer often makes it if the spouse works, or the husband can find winter work. Without jobs and the creation of new businesses and products the county of Big Stone will Sharon FMk If you haven't visited the gift gallery at Emanuel Furniture for a while, do stop in. The selection is great and new items arrive regularly to give you some great ideas for gift giving or for yourself. Candles are always popular and we have many that are scented, as are the tile sachets. Check out the selection of picture frames, candle holders and glassware for those wedding and anniversary gifts. There is also a selection of yard ornaments and flags. What a great addition to youff home and yard for the summer months. Stop in, look around and let us help you choose just the right accessory item. "A South Dakota Century Old Business" EMAMUEL ... CARPEl" HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5:15pm; Sat. 9am-4pm Toll Free 888-432-4568 605-432-4568 306 South Third Street Milbank, South Dakota 57252 Make Dad's Day/ Father's Day Is June 20 [ H-'I d G / just the right message for Dad, ::"1:'! / Grandpa, Son or any special man in / your life. / You don't have to be wordless - let Hallmark say it for you' Liebe Drug has GIFTS Galore and will gift wrap Free of charge! Russell Stover Candies Favorite Colognes and After Shave Lotions Watches Amity Billfolds and Travel Bags Black Hills Gold 10 10 3" Reprints 4" Reprints for for S199 $299 From your favoflte 35ram color negative only, excludes l'norlmic and A.P.S. offer-Valld: June 16-22, 1999 Liebe Drug/Variety Mllbank, SD Wllmot, SD Appleton, MN Browns Valley, MN Graceville, MN * Ortonville, MN continue to die. Its time for a change!!!!!!!!! The city administration needs to move from the Armory building and there will be a public meeting June 21st, at 7:00 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (213 Monroe Avenue). If the City of Ortonville wants new businesses to come to town they need to look professional, progressive, and upbeat. The Masonic Lodge doesn't meet that criteria nor does the maintenance building on hwy 75, but the former Minnwest bank building does. Even if in the future all the city divisions are merged into a new facility, right now the Minnwest Bank building, which has plenty of parking at O'Kaye's Furniture, is the place to purchase for temporary headquarters for the City Administration and the EDA. The bank building is next to the Chamber of Commerce, it is in the heart of the town, it even has a drop box location in the alley for electric bills. The Minnwest building also has all the phone and computer lines installed. If you would like to see the City Council make a good business decision based on the interest of the future of this city, then come to the meeting. Roger K. Bird Task Force for Growth Scholbergs to celebrate golden on Aug. 15th Come one, come all!!!! On Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999 from 2 to 5 p.m. there will be an open house celebration at Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville in honor of Justin and Birdie Scholberg's 50 years of marriage! A short program will kick off the celebration starting at 2 p.m. All are invited. Ninneman family A celebration of a heritage will take place Sunday, June 27 for the descendants of Johann (1821-1877) and Ernestine (Gralow) Ninnemann (1822-1919). This includes the fami- lies of their six children: Carl and Wilhelmina (Buhler) Ninnemann, August and Augusta (Fenski) Ninneman, Julius and Wilhelmina Strei, Toby and Albertina Oehler, Frederick and Caroline Berwald, and Paul and Bertha Noeske. The reunion will be held at the Bellingham City Hall with an ecu- menical worship service at 11 a.m., followed by a Those a dish to pass, also photos play. The America in 1867 Germany (now in the Milwaukee, time before coming | County in All the qui Parle except August. settled in Recital - open house for Karissa All friends and relatives are senior high career. invited to a double celebration on services in her Tuesday, June as the Clinton 22, 1999. Church. Karissa Schneck She will be will perform her senior piano recital followed by a reception honoring her high school graduation. It will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, from 7-10 p.m. Karissa performed in the MMTA Honors Concert, senior division, in Minneapolis on June 5th. At the C-G-B High School, she was given the music achievement award in choir. Karissa was the recipient of the Vic Hoffman Music Scholarship. An honor student, Karissa has been involved in many music activities throughout her junior and State University scholarship performance Vollmer UM Jason Vollmer of Ortonville Science Degree at the University of Cities Campus Jason was Minnesota Association the son of the Ortonville. WANT Any Way You Look At It... EYECARE IS IMPORTANT! See Dr. Christopher ]. Conroy for all your optometric needs.  $'IL'][ "l"m' IIwv  GENERAL EXAMS- CONTACT LENSES i "| |[] ["ILJ ,It LOWVISION VISION THERAPY PEDIATRICS fi / !1 J" 1,, TREATMENT & DIAGNOSIS OF OCULAR DISEASE 123 NW Second Street - Center Mall '  V ].  A ]R  Ortonvllle, MN 56278 ......... 320-839-2608 [1 "lA::l:::3t=mvmASmkdv''ltAW Pam Jacobsen to our staff as a family service counselor. Her duties will include assisting families with pre-planning and pre-funding funeral serwces. According to Brett Jacobsen, manager of the Larson Funeral Homes, planning and funding funerals in advance is not a new concept Last year, over one million Americans planned and funded funerals in advance. Brett stated that, "Pam is a welcome to our staff. She brings with her more than 10 years of funeral service experience and looks forward to helping people in the Big Stone Lake area pre-plart their funerals." It" Pam is available for public speaking to local orgarti tions on various topics relating to funeral service. Please contact the funeral home at (320) 839-2588 to arrange an appointment with Pam for pre-planniog a funeral service or speaking engagement. Larson Funeral "True to A Sacred Trust" Ortonville Graceville Clinton 839-2588 748-7119 325-5215 Page 2 INI)EPENDENT Our sister, Barb McCarthy of Florida sends us some interesting news this week which you'll find in our "Drops" column. She mentions a small worlder about former Independent employee, Frances Stebbins, now of the metro area. In addition, Barb informs us that her husband, Harold, was recently awarded a plaque in honor of his many years as CEO and Board Chairman of Meridian Insurance Company in Indianapolis, IN. "The plaque mentions his steering the company in going public." Barb says that when she recently saw Chickie (nee Bruins, an OHS classmate of Barb in class of 1945) Chickie men- tioned that her sister, Sandra Gibson had already made reservations here for the upcoming OHS all-class reunion in 2000, so Barb asked that we be sure to make a reservation for her too. We did that, and learned we got the last room at the Econolodge for that weekend, Cornfest weekend of 2000. Barb and Mac will also be here this summer, June 20 to June 23, as they'll be attending their class reunion at Carlton College in North field. Our hats off to Star Tribune columnist Doug Grow for his comments in last Sunday's issue, blasting Michael Bonsignore, chief executive officer at Honeywell which has been sold after a ll4-year history in Mpls. to Allied Signal with headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey. Though 1,000 to 1,500 of his fellow Honeywell employees are expected to lose their jobs, Bonsignore will get a promotion--to CEO of the new, monster corporation. (Self-sacrifice always has been overrated.) In the process of selling the company and getting a better job, Bonsignore saw his own vast wealth leap. The value of his 612,321 shares of stock increased by $9.8 million in the few days of deal.making. Not only did Bonsignore get richer and more powerful, he was treated like some sort of hero by a cross section of people. For his part, Bonsignore told Star Tribune reporters that he had "regrets" about leaving Minneapolis but added, "Life is about renewal." I'm just guessing, but I think it might be easier to talk renewal when you've enriched yourself by several million dollars, received a promotion and been called a "superstar" than when you've received a pink slip." Bonsignore's regard for his employers and community reminds us of pro athletes. They could care less about their fans or who they play for, caring only for what bet- ters their pocket-book! Long-time friend, reader, and former resident, Mrs. Les (nee Ruth Spanyers) Brown of Starbuck stopped in last Friday to again pur- chase two more cases of Hobo Soup for resale at that city's upcoming "Lefse Dagen" celebration. She was also here to put flowers on the Spanyers-Holmquist graves at Mound Cemetery for Memorial Day. She had lunch with her long-time friend Ad Tangen. Americ.. n Heart iahon WE'RE FIGHTING FOR YOUR UFE OHS transcript requests due OHS seniors needing a final transcript for college must submit requests for their transcripts to Tim Marthaler or Sandy Helgeson at the High School office by June 16. Markets I No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.13 Soybeans ............... : ........... 4.21 Corn ................................... 1.69 June 15,1998 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.46 Soybeans ........................... 5.74 Corn ................................... 1.97 Letters to the editor Dear Editor: We must respond to last weeks letter by Nell Speckeen. The Otter tail property was owned by the City and deeded to Otter Tail when they built their plant, with the stipulation if the plant closed, the property would revert back to the city for $1.00. Otter Tail has been trying to give the land back for many years, but because of the possibility of contamination the deed has never been transferred. Finally five years ago Otter Tail entered into a voluntary contamination study with the Minnesota Pollution Control agency (MPCA). That study is almost concluded. The city already owns the area known as Horseshoe Park or Riverside, and the five acres the sewer pump station sits on. The lake is a major asset of the City and Ortonville needs to take advantage of a great opportunity to revitalize the area. Roger Bird has done nothing but pick up old sets of plans and ideas of what could be done on the property, along with some ideas on how to actually make it economically feasible. Once the property is acquired the City Council has the authority to do whatever it wants. As far as a competing Marina (a protected inlet with docks) your property is not suitable for nor does it qualify as a Marina by Webster' s definition of a marina. How you acquired the property is a joke. The way the legal work was handled for disposing of or selling public property was a joke. The seam that it will cost $75,000 to tear the buildings down was a lie, and if you want to prove us wrong, send us copies of your expenses to remove the building, or better yet why don't we recommend that the City council get copies of the cost. Putting a 4X8 sign up with the word "Marina" on it doesn't qualify Lavalle Berkner as a competitor. One of your tenants had his boat bashed in by the high winds, and one other tenant had his motor stolen off the boat. We are talking about a real Marina with a whole village theme that is possible if the people in this town get behind its "Task Force for Growth", and stop letting this town get run by a few for a few. The railroad property runs from what you claim is a Marina all the way to Hwy 12. The piece in front of your Cenex property will be acquired by the City, and my recommendation to the City is they sell it to your group at the time you submit a plan and a request for building permit to actually build something that makes sense., or to the person or group that buys it from you. Ortonville hasn't seen any progress or development in the last 20 years. It is a dying town, not a retirement town. If you would like to see things change then join our group, which is in process of having the city council terminate the law firm of Fluegel Helseth Mclaughlin Anderson & Brutlag Chartered, and appoint an out- of-town attorney. The City Clerk's title needs to be City manager and the job description needs to be changed. The EDA needs to be overhauled, regarding what its primary purpose is. The current rate of growth for Ortonville will put even the gov't guaranteed jobs at risk within the next five years. Our courthouse will have to be merged with another county. Right now many of the jobs that are supporting Ortonville come from outside of the City, that pulls away families, retail trade dollars, etc. Nothing ever changes in Ortonville, businesses are chased away, families are continually being split up because people can't work and live here. The small farmer often makes it if the spouse works, or the husband can find winter work. Without jobs and the creation of new businesses and products the county of Big Stone will Sharon FMk If you haven't visited the gift gallery at Emanuel Furniture for a while, do stop in. The selection is great and new items arrive regularly to give you some great ideas for gift giving or for yourself. Candles are always popular and we have many that are scented, as are the tile sachets. Check out the selection of picture frames, candle holders and glassware for those wedding and anniversary gifts. There is also a selection of yard ornaments and flags. What a great addition to youff home and yard for the summer months. Stop in, look around and let us help you choose just the right accessory item. "A South Dakota Century Old Business" EMAMUEL ... CARPEl" HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5:15pm; Sat. 9am-4pm Toll Free 888-432-4568 605-432-4568 306 South Third Street Milbank, South Dakota 57252 Make Dad's Day/ Father's Day Is June 20 [ H-'I d G / just the right message for Dad, ::"1:'! / Grandpa, Son or any special man in / your life. / You don't have to be wordless - let Hallmark say it for you' Liebe Drug has GIFTS Galore and will gift wrap Free of charge! Russell Stover Candies Favorite Colognes and After Shave Lotions Watches Amity Billfolds and Travel Bags Black Hills Gold 10 10 3" Reprints 4" Reprints for for S199 $299 From your favoflte 35ram color negative only, excludes l'norlmic and A.P.S. offer-Valld: June 16-22, 1999 Liebe Drug/Variety Mllbank, SD Wllmot, SD Appleton, MN Browns Valley, MN Graceville, MN * Ortonville, MN continue to die. Its time for a change!!!!!!!!! The city administration needs to move from the Armory building and there will be a public meeting June 21st, at 7:00 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge (213 Monroe Avenue). If the City of Ortonville wants new businesses to come to town they need to look professional, progressive, and upbeat. The Masonic Lodge doesn't meet that criteria nor does the maintenance building on hwy 75, but the former Minnwest bank building does. Even if in the future all the city divisions are merged into a new facility, right now the Minnwest Bank building, which has plenty of parking at O'Kaye's Furniture, is the place to purchase for temporary headquarters for the City Administration and the EDA. The bank building is next to the Chamber of Commerce, it is in the heart of the town, it even has a drop box location in the alley for electric bills. The Minnwest building also has all the phone and computer lines installed. If you would like to see the City Council make a good business decision based on the interest of the future of this city, then come to the meeting. Roger K. Bird Task Force for Growth Scholbergs to celebrate golden on Aug. 15th Come one, come all!!!! On Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999 from 2 to 5 p.m. there will be an open house celebration at Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville in honor of Justin and Birdie Scholberg's 50 years of marriage! A short program will kick off the celebration starting at 2 p.m. All are invited. Ninneman family A celebration of a heritage will take place Sunday, June 27 for the descendants of Johann (1821-1877) and Ernestine (Gralow) Ninnemann (1822-1919). This includes the fami- lies of their six children: Carl and Wilhelmina (Buhler) Ninnemann, August and Augusta (Fenski) Ninneman, Julius and Wilhelmina Strei, Toby and Albertina Oehler, Frederick and Caroline Berwald, and Paul and Bertha Noeske. The reunion will be held at the Bellingham City Hall with an ecu- menical worship service at 11 a.m., followed by a Those a dish to pass, also photos play. The America in 1867 Germany (now in the Milwaukee, time before coming | County in All the qui Parle except August. settled in Recital - open house for Karissa All friends and relatives are senior high career. invited to a double celebration on services in her Tuesday, June as the Clinton 22, 1999. Church. Karissa Schneck She will be will perform her senior piano recital followed by a reception honoring her high school graduation. It will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, from 7-10 p.m. Karissa performed in the MMTA Honors Concert, senior division, in Minneapolis on June 5th. At the C-G-B High School, she was given the music achievement award in choir. Karissa was the recipient of the Vic Hoffman Music Scholarship. An honor student, Karissa has been involved in many music activities throughout her junior and State University scholarship performance Vollmer UM Jason Vollmer of Ortonville Science Degree at the University of Cities Campus Jason was Minnesota Association the son of the Ortonville. WANT Any Way You Look At It... EYECARE IS IMPORTANT! See Dr. Christopher ]. Conroy for all your optometric needs.  $'IL'][ "l"m' IIwv  GENERAL EXAMS- CONTACT LENSES i "| |[] ["ILJ ,It LOWVISION VISION THERAPY PEDIATRICS fi / !1 J" 1,, TREATMENT & DIAGNOSIS OF OCULAR DISEASE 123 NW Second Street - Center Mall '  V ].  A]R  Ortonvllle, MN 56278 ......... 320-839-2608 [1 "lA::l:::3t=mvmASmkdv''ltAW Pam Jacobsen to our staff as a family service counselor. Her duties will include assisting families with pre-planning and pre-funding funeral serwces. According to Brett Jacobsen, manager of the Larson Funeral Homes, planning and funding funerals in advance is not a new concept Last year, over one million Americans planned and funded funerals in advance. Brett stated that, "Pam is a welcome to our staff. She brings with her more than 10 years of funeral service experience and looks forward to helping people in the Big Stone Lake area pre-plart their funerals." It" Pam is available for public speaking to local orgarti tions on various topics relating to funeral service. Please contact the funeral home at (320) 839-2588 to arrange an appointment with Pam for pre-planniog a funeral service or speaking engagement. Larson Funeral "True to A Sacred Trust" Ortonville Graceville Clinton 839-2588 748-7119 325-5215 Page 2 INI)EPENDENT