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By JDK Long-time good friend and fre- quent supplier of news to the Independent, is back in the news again proof that "you can't keep a good man a secret for very long." Reader-friend Bernice (Swenson) Mattke of the metro area, for whose father, Mel of Clinton, we worked for pitching bundles back in 1943- 45, sends us a photo of Vince Parker taken on OHS "Skip Day" in May of 1942. Vince must have had quite a positive influence on Bernice, who flatters him heavily via her following message to us, in sending the photo: " I always enjoy Vince Parker's sto- ries from his "Moonlight Bay", When I .lived in Ortonville I wished that I could meet him. Now I found this picture of him in an old album taken on our big senior "skip day" in Ortonville. Maybe he was in the park with us? He is all dressed up in shirt and a tie just like the boys in my class were. I thought he was plenty cute but I don't remember ever talking to him. Too bad! It was great to see you Jim looking so good when I stopped by a few weeks ago. Your mind is certainly working well- with all of those interesting columns you write. Keep it up! The best to you and yours". The University of Minnesota has lost one of its greatest football players and sports boosters for many years with the accidental death last Friday of Gopher halfback Billy Bye, who played for the Gophers in the late 1940's. We knew Billy quite well as we went to school the same years he did. We were better friends with his younger brother, Jimmie, who passed away a few years ago! Billy drowned in a boating accident. The Bye's father was a long-time Supt. of Schools in Anoka. Yet another infringement on our lives enacted by Minnesota's legisla- ture last week. Law enforcement can now stop any vehicle, and check, and fine all passengers for not wearing a seat belt. If you drive one block you can be pulled over! "They" say stud- ies have it that buckling up will save lives! What about the deaths record- ed where a driver crashed into open water or through ice and neither he nor his rescuers could free him from the car because he was trapped inside wearing a seat belt? If enough die like that, will the "rulers of life" then repeal the seat-belt law, providing enough people harp about it? Ridiculous! Seat belt or no seat belt, the crux of saving lives is HOW YOU DRIVE THAT MAKES FOR SAFETY! Before too long, the way Americans are being taxed or "con- trolled" by government, we'll find the air you breathe will be taxed!! When will big government end? And why don't more people insist that it does end? A concerned citizen has a suggestion for those who walk their dogs around town the dog leaving deposits here and there! "Take a plastic bag with you, into which you can place the droppings thus helping to keep our city clean!" A good idea, if all would comply, which we agree they should! Save this paper 10r recycling Come join the fun at Marietta dur- also be an Art Gallery Open House at "Church Service in the park at 9 a.m. ing their 125th Anniversary the Rosie Taylor residence-her house The Firemen will sponsor a huge pan- Celebration July 10-12, 2009. The being built in 1884-the same year cake breakfast at the Fire hall. weekend begins with Citywide Marietta came into being. Children's A Classic Wheels Show will Garage Sales Friday and Saturday. activities will be available throughout include a Trap Shoot at the north end We will also be hosting a FREE Flea the afternoon-including a Sidewalk of town. The celebration will close Market and Vendors Show on Chalk Drawing competition. We will with a parade at 2 p.m. Saturday as well as a Kiddies Tractor be hosting an Alumni Open House There will be lots of things to do Pull and an Antique Tractor and Pick- Saturday afternoon, an evening meal and plenty of food. Bring your fami- up Pull. Old Time. Photos will be in the park, an ice cream social and ly and participate in all the fun and taken in our old Bank Building on have live music at the American merriment! For more specific infor- Main Street on Saturday afternoon. Legion. mation, call Sonjia Lien at 320-668- Marietta merchandise will be Sunday begins bright and early2408. Hope to see you there! available for sale throughout the cele- with a 1M/5 K Walk/Run in the city. bration at various location. There will We will be holding an ecumenical. Farmers Mutual Telephone the critical role telecommunications educational sessions about the Federal Company (FMTC) and Federated plays in rural America, and how leg- Communications Commission (FCC). Telephone Cooperative (FTC) spon- islative and regulatory decisions Students visited some of the nation's sored an educational trip to affect the industry, most historic sites, including the Washington, D.C. for area students, "We hope that by providing our Vietnam, Korean and World War II May 30 - June 3, 2009 to attend the youth with telecommunications ser- memorials, the Supreme Court, the 15th annual Foundation for Rural vices comparable to those found in Smithsonian Museums, Arlington Service (FRS) Youth Tour. Philip urban areas, as well as exposing them National Cemetery and the Lincoln Adelman, son of Stan and Jill to cultural and educational opportuni- and Jefferson memorials. Adelman of Bellingham attended ties, such as the FRS Youth Tour, our FRS hosts the annual youth tour. from FMTC and Kaylee Helgeson, youth will remain in and becomeFRS in' cooperation with NTCA and daughter of Harley and Ellen active members in their rural commu- its members, promotes, educates and Helgeson of Ortonville, attended from nities," said Kevin Beyer, FMTC and seeks to advance an understanding of FTC. The youth tour introduced the FTC General Manager. rural telecommunication issues in telecommunications industry to stu- This year, the youth tour brought order to sustain and enhance the qual- dents from rural America within a leg- together over I00 high school stu- ity of life throughout rural America. islative context. Aside from the edu- dents, from throughout rural commu- The foundation was established by the cational aspects of this trip, students nities in the United States. Students National Telecommunications also had the opportunity to tour many arrived in Washington, D.C. for a Cooperative Association (NTCA), of of the historical sites in the nation's four-day, educationally- and cultural- which Farmers Mutual Telephone capital, ly-enriching experience. The tour Company and Federated Telephone The trip featured a comprehensive allowed youth to meet with members Cooperative is a member. overview of the telecommunications of Congress who represent rural con- industry, including careers in telecom, stituents. They also participated in By Mike (Mike Larson), new neighbors, able to determine her potential brood. Bonanza Director The most alarming incident We backed off and let her continue her Bonanza's spring visitors came occurred on the native prairie hill motherly duties. from 11 surrounding schools and con- when Mr. Mike attempted to capture Some fourth and fifth grade stu- sisted of 37 individual classes. The an escaping skink. He pinned the dents helped DNR Fisheries person- number of individual visitors totaled speedy, little lizard onto the dried nel stock the lake with walleye finger- 695. prairie grass and when he picked it up lings. Days later other students were It was a windy and cold spring, to show the students he held a thrash- reminded of the importance of the fish Cold blooded creatures such as ing tail in one hand and the remaining stocking procedure when they landed snakes, spiders, frogs and insects were skink in the other. The children were two 20 inch walleyes on the Bonanza slow at emerging. During the first two assured that the lost tail would grow beach. weeks of May the garter snakes lay in back; however, the memory of that The spring's activities were numer- piles on the Bonanza lawn and tanta- thrashing tail will probably remain ous and varied. Trees were adopted, lized some visitors while terrifying with the children forever, hikes were taken, Bonanza passports others. A group of students were studying were prepared, the beach was farmed, Every spring memorable happen- birds and were challenged to locate an invertebratess were captured and ings take place in the park and this active bird nest. Mr. Mike led them to research was; practiced, just to men- spring was no exception. Two large a stand of trees and the search began, tion a few. dens were discovered near the All eyes were focused on the tree Now the park is quiet and awaits Bonanza building. The newly dug branches above when one of the third the influx of summer visitors. But it mystery homes provided students the graders screamed in surprise. He had won't be long and fall will be upon us. opportunity to hypothesize who the discovered a nest but it was not in the Children will again return to the park occupants were. Although the actual branches where everyone was look- and continue the quest to understand home owners are still a mystery most ing. It was on the ground and was the workings of our great outdoors. students agreed that woodchucks occupied by a hen turkey.The big bird were probably the Bonanza building's was not about to move so we were not The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that a Twin Cities area child who was infect- ed with the H1N1 novel influenza virus has died. The child, who had underlying medical conditions, was briefly hospitalized and died late last week. Laboratory tests subsequently determined that the child had the H1N1 novel influenza. "Our sympathies go to the family and loved ones of the child who died," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield. "For most people, the H1N1 flu is causing mild illness; however, it can still be very serious, especially for people with underlying health condi- tions. That's why we continue to mon- itor the situation very closely," To date, MDH officials have con- firmed 274 cases of the novel virus in Minnesota, including this case. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 45 deaths from the virus acrosg the country. "This flu is very ~videspread, and we expect to see many more cases gu ercu on rn across the state," Lynfield said. "That's why we continue to urge peo- ple to take simple precautions to pre- vent getting it or spreading it." Standard prevention recommenda- tions include: Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Clean your hands frequently and thoroughly - with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub solution. Clean your hands after shaking hands or having other close contact with other people - before eating or preparing food, or touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Limit your contact with others who may be ill. Stay home from work or school - and generally avoid going out in pub- lic - if you are sick, remain home for seven days, or until 24 hours after your symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Make sure tO take enough fluids while you're sick. If you are an employer, encourage your employees to stay home if they are sick. If you do develop possible flu symptoms and you want to consult your health care provider, call before going in for an office visit. You may not need to go in, and if you do need to be seen, a time should be set up when you will not risk exposing oth- ers to influenza in the waiting room. People at risk for severe flu or flu complications should contact their health care provider if they have flu symptoms or have been exposed to people with flu symptoms. Those individuals include people with an underlying medical condition, preg- nant women, young children (espe- cially under age two) and people 65 or older. For more information about novel influenza, please visit the MDH Web site at www.health.state.mn.us or con- tact your health care provider. inc Most health scientists agree that pie: children and women who are or city lakes. Likewise, people think fish eating fish once or twice a week is may become pregnant; and all other from clean-looking lakes and rivers good for our health as long as the fish people. Children and women who are have fewer contaminants than fish are low in contaminants. The or may become pregnant are more from dirty-looking lakes and rivers. Minnesota Department of Health's vulnerable to health effects from the Years of sampling fish from waters updated fish consumption guidelines contaminants in fish. MDH has across the state show this is not cor- provide consumers and anglers with advice for these grot/ps that applies rect, especially for mercury, the cont- the information to make choices statewide and also specific advice for aminant of most concern in about the fish they eat. lakes and rivers where contaminants Minnesota. Fish from city lakes are "Most people can benefit from have been measured. The depart- generally lower in mercury than fish including more fish in their diet," said ment's updated site-specific advice from some lakes in the northeastern Pat McCann, MDH fish advisory includes new data on mercury andpart of the state. In any lake, mercury coordinator. "Fish are a great source levels of the perfluorochemical PFOS levels are higher in older fish and in of low fat protein. Eating fish con- in fish. Both kinds of advice are "avail- fish that eat other fish. tributes to brain and eye development able at: Watersheds in Minnesota receive in the growing fetus. The Omega-3 http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh mercury from the atmosphere rather fatty acids found in fish promote heart /fish/index.html than soil or rock. About 90 percent of health for all adults." A common misconception is that the mercury in Minnesota lakes MDH's guidelines provide clear, fish from wilderness lakes have lower comes from outside the state and can simple advice for two groups of peo- levels of contaminants than fish from originate from anywhere in the world. The amount of mercury moving from air into lakes is fairly even across the state. Differences in mercury levels in Minnesota fish are a result of how the individual watersheds and lakes process mercury. Regarding perfluorochemicals in fish, MDH and its partners now have- data from the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers, a number of metro area lakes and two lakes near Duluth. The pattern and sources of contamination are not yet clear or well understood. While most of the data leads to unre- stricted or one fish meal a week advice, four metro area lakes (Twin Lakes, Calhoun, Johanna and Lake Elmo) have levels of one perfluoro- chemical, PFOS, that require the more restrictive advice of only one fish meal per month. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is investi- gating the sources of perfluorochemi- cals in fish and determining if there is a pattern to the findings. MDH will continue to work with MPCA and the .Department of Natural Resources to learn more about PFCs infish. While contaminants in fish are cause for concern, the fish consump- tion advisory helps Minnesotans obtain the benefits from eating fish while keeping their health risks from contaminants as low as possible. Sorenson Family Reunion June 18-21 Decendants of the late C.H. Sorenson family of Malta Township will be having a reunion at Stoney Run Lodge near Odessa on June 18- 21. UMVRDC June meeting set The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commision will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 23 at the Appleton Civic Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. A, Adelman is a Ridgewater graduate Aaron Douglas Adelman was a member of Ridgewater Colleges grad- uating, class of 2009. Graduation cer- emonies took place on Friday, May 15 (Willmar Campus). Correction In an article in last week's Ortonville Independent it inadvertent- ly stated that Paul Adelman was accepted to Concordia College. He was accepted to the University of Minnesota Crookston. Chamber 9-Hole Golf Tourney Rescheduled The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber annual golf fundraiser has been postponed due to inclement weather. It is resched- uled for Monday, June 22. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. with shotgun start at 5:45 p.m. at the Ortonville Golf Course. Anniversary Car i Shower for Edward &Marie Karels 1959-2009 Dorothy Fultz 100th birthday Well-wishers gathered to help cel- ebrate the 100th birthday of Dorothy Fultz. She was born June 20, 1909 to Soloroon and Augusta Kight in Ortonville. She was one of three girls and three boys. They lived on Kight's Island in a home with no run- ning water, gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing. She worked alongside her brothers feeding farm animals and plowing behind horses, Molly and Dolly. The children walked three miles to school each day through the snow. After finishing school, she worked in the local Laundry and Hotel, and for local families doing housework. She came to California in 1935, and continued housework employment. In 1937, she married Ervie Fultz, a local ranch foreman. He had a small daugh- ter, Jessie. The family moved to Oxnard. During her years of employment, she worked at Oxnard Pearl Laundry, Stokley's, and Gumpertz. In 1952 she went to work at Qxnard Frozen Foods as a food processor. She retired after 22 years of employment, in 1974. She moved to Ventura in 1977. Before loosing most of her sight, she enjoyed going to the Senior Center for lunch and bingo, and going on trips with her fellow seniors. She especially liked going to Laughlin and Vegas to play the slots. She is past president of the VTA Grandmother's Club, and a member of VTA County Teamsters Retirees. She has two daughters, Doris Fickel of Long Beach, and Evelyn Rowden of VTA, and stepdaughter Jessie White of Westlake Village. She has five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She enjoys going out for breakfast and dinner (if mashed potatoes are on the menu.) She attributes her long life to no alcohol, no smoking, and hard work. Zion-Eidskog-Siloah to celebrate Midsommar June 28 Midsommar is the festival of the summer solstice and is celebrated throughout Sweden. Zion-Eidskog-Siloah Lutheran Church's invite you to their misdummer service and picnic on Sunday, June 28 at Toqua Park in Graceville under the shelter. They will start with service at 10:00 a.m:, followed by an old fashion picnic dinner. Please bring a dish to pass, your own eating utensils, drinks and don't forget your lawn chair. They cordially invite you to join them. Operation military kids offers free camps for qualifying youth There will be two summer camp- communication skills, which will be ing opportunities in Minnesota made developed through participation in available through Operation Military challenge activities such as a ropes Kids (OMK). These camps are for course. Teen Camp will be offered on young people who have been impact- Sun July 19 through Tues July 21 at ed by a loved one who is in the mill- Ironwood Springs Ranch near tary or has been impacted by a Stewartville. Registrations will bedue deployment, by noon on July 10. OMK camps will provide a great Campers will enjoy traditional opportunity to meet other young peo- activities such as campfires, crafts, pie with similar experiences and sto- canoeing and cabin-living. There will ries and to enjoy the great outdoors be no registration fee for participants while at camp. Youth who are ages 8- to attend these camps. 12, can attend a "Boots On" OMK Registration information is avail- camp. At the Boots On camp, youth able by going to are also encouraged to bring a non- www.operationmilitarykids.org. Click military friend along, while they on State Information, then MN and experience the same type of deploy- you will find it under the ment preparations their loved one News/Events section. Transportation experiences, such as completing to and from camp will be available paperwork and doing physical fitness from certain locations. If you have training. The Boots On camp will be any questions about Teen Camp, con- offered Sat July 11 through Sun tact: Michele Koening, OMK July 12 at Camp Koinonia near Camping Director, Annandale. Registrations will be due koeni094@umn.edu or (507) 337- by noon on July 1. 2811. Camp space is limited, so OMK "Teen Camp" will be offered please register early. Memories creat- for youth ages 13-16 and the focus of ed at summer camps last a life time! the camp will be team building and Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, June 16,2009