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ii CLIMBING THE GREAT WALL was a great experience for Alyssa, Lyle, Gwen, Melissa, and Aaron Olson. A South Dakota family returns to China (Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of articles from former Ortonville Independ- ent reporter Lyle OIson on his family's return to China.) Last week 17 of us went to the countryside south of Shenyang to con- duct a medical clinic: l0 Chinese, five Olsons, and two other Americans, one a doctor living here and the other a Rice University student of Chinese de- scent. Daughter-in-law Melissa was the most useful• With her SDSU pharmacy training, she was prepared to take blood pressure, which she did for nearly three hours. Aaron, who starts medical school August 2, and Alyssa, who has considered nursing, shadowed resident doctors. Gwen and I were given a two-fold PR job to greet the elderly patients and pray. It was fun to watch the American doctor interact with his students as they discussed their diagnosis of the pa- tients, and then listen to him lecture in Chinese about the difference between chest pain and heart disease on the bus home. For 13 years, he's been teaching Western family practice medicine, a fairly new field here. Two days later, we arrived in Dalian, called the Hong Kong of Northern China and one of the coun- try's most livable cities. Along the Yel- low Sea, it's a beautiful city of lawns, squares, fountains, and gardens. Searching for "Dalian seafood" on the internet, I found information about a chain with 11 locations in the city. Looking out our 18th floor hotel win- dow, Aaron spotted a sign for one of them. At Tian Tian Yu Gang, we en- joyed the best shrimp we've ever had. Li Wang from Brookings met us at the Dalian train station and guided us for three days. We visited her home vil- lage of Ping Fang, where Bethel Bap- tist in Brookings helped establish the first-ever Protestant church. In Zhuanghe, we visited a beautiful government-registered Three-Self Church, which seats 2,000 and opened in December 2009. Adjacent to the church, we visited Li's father in an as- sisted living center the church owns. A former prison, the remodeled fa- cility opened last fall and now houses 70 seniors in rooms similar to such fa- cilities in the U.S. These centers are rare in China. Ironically, we heard a group, of residents singing hymns in a meetmg room. Ping Fang had no indoor plumbing, narrow dirt streets, and large piles of corn stalks for cooking fires. Not far away, economic development areas are 21st century. While some residents walk with hoes on their shoulders on new, wide, immaculately landscaped roads, others whiz past in Peugeots, BMWs, and Land Rovers. Barefoot and bent over in the muck, hundreds of Chinese plant rice one sprig at a time. A few kilometers fur- ther on, at least 25 dump trucks and nearly as many excavators move red dirt from one location to another, build- ing, we assume, holding ponds to raise fish. China remains a land of extreme contrast. On Sunday, we returned to Shang- hai for two days. That evening, riding to a Uighar (a Muslim people group in Western China) restaurant in the side- car of Jon Minor's motorcycle was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's a Chinese copy of a Russia copy of a German BMW from the 1940s. Monday, Aaron and I visited Shang- hai Talk, an English-language maga- zine, and the Shanghai Daktronics office, having lunch with the three American employees here (two SDSU grads). We'll live most of Tuesday, June 8 twice, leaving China at 4 p.m. and ar- riving in the States Tuesday aftemoon about 7 p,m. We'll be back in Brook- ings a day later, Note: Lyle Olson, a professor in SDSU's Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, is a Bristol native. Gwen is from rural Ortonville. The 2002 newspapers columns are still available at: htv.'//web.itctel.com/olsonlga/page2a • html. Recruiting keeping active volunteers Communities, clubs, an£1 organiza- tions and institutions all need active volunteers. The challenge seems to be getting people to step up to the plate. How can you recruit volunteers and keep them involved when every- one is busy and there is no paycheck? The SD Cooperative Extension Service will offer a FREE workshop in Big Stone City to address this chal- lenge. Anyone in the surrounding area, including leaders of organizations and institutions are invited to attend. The event will be held on Monday, June 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Big Stone City Senior Center with a light supper, followed by the work- shop. Local Horizons coach, Martha Landes, will be the presenter. The workshop will include topics such as: What motivates a volunteer, How to spell out expectations of vol- unteers, Recruiting the right people for the task, Keeping track of your volunteers, and Recognizing volun- teers. The presentation will be very interactive. In order to provide a meal, regis- tration is required. Please call: Elaine Hofhenke at 862-8636 to sign up by June 27. Horizons project funds, through the Northwest Area Foundation, will support this effort. GRETA PRINSEN, grand- daughter of Marlys Homrighausen had the closest guess as to how many pieces of candy were in the container at the Magic • Program on Wednesday, June 16 at the Ortonville Public Library and won the jar of candy. Cards of Thanks CARD OF THANKS Iwould like to say thank you to all who visited me and for prayers said for me while I was in the hospital. A special thank you to Pastor Beth, also to Dr. Beyer, Dr. Krueger and to the nurses for their wonderful care. 23-1 Vernon Goldsmith CARD OF THANKS We would like to thank everyone for the many cards we received for the surprise card shower for our 60th anniversary• Also to those who stopped in to wish us "Happy anniversary!" It was so special and something we will always remember• Marilyn and Bob Dybvig, 23-1" Rhondi and Casanova CARD OF THANKS We would like to thank all who remembered us at this difficult time. Also thank you for the cards, flowers, food and all the kindness and words of sympathy. Thanks to Pastor Beth for her comforting words and to the ladies who worked in the kitchen. 23-1 Families of Richard Goldsmith SERVING LUNCH... I I:00 AH to I:00 PM TUES., JUNE 22 - Italian Sandwich WED., JUNE 23 - Green Chili Burger THURS., JUNE 24 - Veggie Paninl FRI., JUNE 25 - Chimichanga MON., JUNE 28 - Pimento Cheeseburgel TUES., JUNE 29 - Persian Tuna Sandwich SERVING DINNER... 5:00 9M to Close JUNE 22 - Bacon Wrapped Shrimp WED., JUNE 23 - Pasta with Vodka Cream Sauce THURS., JUNE 24 - Prlme Rib FRI., JUNE 25 - Cordon Bleu SAT., JUNE 26 - No Dining TUES., JUNE 29 - Mushroom & Swiss Chicken Music in Central Park! at the top of the park in Ortonville, Minnesota... Washington Avenue, 1/2 block east of Library Enjoy the Evening Air and Refreshments/ Listen to Music from Local Bands/ Proceeds will go towards picnic tables in Central Park! WANTED: MUSICIANS/- Call 839-7124 Supplemental funds have been applied for from Thrivent for Lutherans #'31319 $175 !!i:!:i w 605-541- Thursday, June 24 "Japanese Night" Thursday, tidy 1 "Great American Picnic" i Are Hot In June at Ortonville Cenex. 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