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Again, much of the thanks is again directed at all who had a hand in making it happen, and so smoothly. One and all are to be commended! Can't remember when we've had such good old-fashioned hometown FUN as we thrilled to last Saturday, meeting and visiting with perhaps every single person in attendance for various class reunions. We recog- nized almost every single face, but had trouble, at times, putting the faces to the name? AND so much fun it was to hug so many lady friends. One of the alums we met just before leaving, was one of our long-time heros...92-year-old Monte Zehringer He was the only one pre- sent. that we are aware of, from the class of t9367 Meeting and talking with so many dear old friends reminds us of a clipping we carried in our pocket for many years...stating "the next time you pass a stranger in your travels, if for but a fleeting second, look deeply into his or her eyes...for there goes someone just as trea- sured and complex as you!" How true, eh?! An encouraging word (we' think) today from reader Sheri Cunningham of St. Joseph. "Think you should change the name of your 'odds and ends' column to Fox News Recap." It's nice to be considered with the most-listened to TV network, namely Fox. Thanks Sheri? If that is to be considered a slam, rather than a com- pliment, we hope you read all the other items of varied interest we have! Opinions, indeed, are what is still great about America, which we hope is never stifled by too much government! ~ ~g :g :#: :,g Talk about a sure-fire way to reduce speeding on the highways, maybe eliminate it altogether...listen to what they do in Iowa! While driv- ing through the state last weekend as we attended the National Hobo Convention in Britt, we noted several signs on the highways in larger- than-life print saying "A $1,000 fine for speeding and double fines in work zones!" You can be sure we watched out way were we going to cough up that kind of money. In fact, for most of our time in the state, we stayed a few miles below the limit, to be on the safe side! We have an idea worth some thought by our powers-that-be in the Big Stone Lake area. Don't know how the funding would be handled in detail...but why not purchase a Lake weed-cutting machine for use during the "dog days" of summer when weeds start popping up in Big Stone Lake such as is evident today?? We recall a number of years ag0, with our late father. Lem, we spearheaded with some local groups in renting a weed cutter from the metro area's Lake Minnetonka prior to one of our Cornfests. It worked wonders? Don't have a clue what a machine would cost to purchase or to operate, but think it is an excellent project for someone or some local group to explore? A weed-free Big Stone Lake year around would pay mighty hefty dividends to all concerned, without a doubt? Never underestimate the power of a few determined young people who want to make a difference. That's the lesson Ortonville High School science teacher Kristi Moberg has learned as advisor for the Local En- vironmental Focus Team (LEFT). The seven-member student group organized in January of 2009 to encourage their peers and teachers to recycle. Within a few months, they had researched a host of other energy-saving measures for their school and been awarded a $20,000 state grant to fund their rec- ommended improvements. "They are amazing kids," Moberg said. "When we found out about the grant opportunity they went right to work researching ways to save en- ergy." The group has looked into proj- ects ranging from efficient lighting to vending machine controls and com- puter network management. The grant funds-courtesy of the Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon program-are being coupled with incen- Livestock and dairy producers from across Minnesota met in Redwood Falls this week to voice support for re- cently proposed USDA rules aimed at restoring market competition and strengthening protections against price discrimination. Meatpackers and corporate live- stock and poultry producers have con- demned the proposed rules as a contradiction of established legal precedent, and also lobbied to extend the comment period. But Adam Warthesen, federal farm policy organ- izer with the Land Stewardship Project feels that, for far too long, large corpo- rate farms have influenced policy, sup- pressed prices and crushed competition for small farmers. "It's a way of doing business that, in Minnesota, has left us with fewer farm- ers. It's left us with greater consolida- tion in the livestock industry, and it's left us with farmers receiving less of the retail dollar for the livestock they sell." Warthesen explains the USDA pro- A local Non Profit Exchange Pro- gram is inviting local families to host international exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year. The teenage students come from over 30 countries and attend local high schools. The stu- dents have their own spending money and insurance. Host families are re- sponsible fol= meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing environment. STS Foundation has a local coordinator that will supervise the student and support the family throughout the school year. Here are a few of the incoming stu- dents that are requesting families: Silvia is 16 and comes from Pied- mont in Italy. She has an older brother Simonetta. Silvia lives with her par- ents. Her Dad is a technical employee at a textile plant and her Morn works at home. Silvia speaks Italian and French. She also enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, photography, listening to music, drawing and reading. She has guitar lessons twice a week. Silvia also 1 City-wide Fall garage sale set for Sept. 11 A city-wide "garage sale" is planned for the entire Independent local reading area on Saturday, Sept. 11, sponsored by The Independent. If you wish to take part, call The Ortonville Independent at 320-839-6163 and give us a list of major iternrs you'll be selling at your garage sale. Be sure to list hours of your sale and address of the sale. When the editors have a complete list of those residents taking part, we will publish a half-page ad in the issue just prior to the sale, showing a map of the areas taking part and designating sites where sales will be held by numbers on the map, corresponding with the list of items to be o~ sale at that location. DON'T DELAY . . . place your call to confirm your garage sale hy Wednesday, Sept. 1 and have your list of sale items ready for posting with our editors. Cost will be $10 (if paid in advance, $12 if charged) for 25 words for one week and 20 per word over 25 words. tives from the Ortonville Municipal Utilities to finance energy-efficiency projects. Maintenance and Custodial Director Glenn Henningson, who works closely with Moberg's group, oversaw com- pletion of a large lighting upgrade last spring. Nearly one-third of the pro- ject's cost was rebated back to the school by Ortonville Utilities, Hen- ningson said, which means next year's LEFT group will still have 'several thousand dollars available to spend on additional energy-saving measures in 2011. Even better, the lighting improve- ments are expected to save the school about $1,600 in electricity costs annu- ally. In addition to their environmental activities, Moberg said the LEFT mem- bers are involved in music, sports and drama. "They're' in everything," she said. With so many other commit- ments, the students meet every couple of weeks over their lunch period, and posal would clarify and strengthen en- forcement of anti-trust rules originally set by the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, rules he says have not been followed. He believes the change would end preferred treatment that some packers give to favored feedlots. New rules would also restrict packer- to-packer sales of livestock, which are sometimes used to avoid competitive bidding. Darwyn Bach has been raising corn, soybeans and hogs in the Boyd area since 1986. In the early days, he says, he had four or five packers or buyers to whom he could market his hogs. Today, there's one - or two, if he's will- ing to drive extra miles. "So, it's not a very competitive bid- ding process for our hogs anymore. We kind-of have to take what they offer US." Bach says he's seen more and more meatpackers sell hogs to each other, and cites a USDA daily slaughter re- port for Minnesota this week. It shows more than, 19,000 hogs were sold on loves animals and owns a parrot, 3 cats and a dog that sleeps with her. Silvia's Dad writes that she is sociable and has lots of friends. Her English teacher says that she is a sweet and polite stu- dent who seems to love leering new languages. Her favorite subjects are bi- ology, English and Latin literature. She is an A student Sevil is 17 and comes from Solin- gen in Germany. Her Dad is a manager and her Morn is a pharmacist. Sevil has a "3 year old brother whom she loves very much. She loves languages and speaks English, German, Latin and Turkish. Her family is originally from Turkey. Sevil's hobbies and interests include playing volleyball, cooking, meeting friends, playing the violin, musicals and watching movies. She is part of the drama group at school and really enjoys acting and participating in musicals. Her parents say that she is a polite and responsible teenager show loves to cook and will be a real asset to Hands Across the Lake Quilt Guild to meet Hands Across the Lake Quilt Guild will meet Monday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Tabor United Methodist Church, 109 2nd Ave., Big Stone City, SD. Note the new location. There will be a presentation on a quick-pieced table runner, small purse and gift items. Refreshments will be served and there will be doorprizes and Show 'N Tell. Everyone is wel- come. Please call Erlys Sis at 839-3786 for directions to the church or for any other questions. Wheaton to hold All-School reunion this Sat. The 2010 Wheaton All-Class Reunion parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 28. at the Wheaton Area High School parking lot and will proceed through down- town and end at the Traverse County Fairgrounds: More information for the reunion will be available on facebook at the following websites: www.wheaton .k 1 2 .mn .us- ww w.c o .traverse .mn .us- www.classmateg .com-and do research in their spare time. The members' efforts will not only pay off for the school, but are also im- pacting their personal lives. The group was invited to present their efficiency , improvement plans to the Minnesota State Legislature this spring. "The kids thought it was fantastic, just speaking at the Capital," said Moberg. "They got a lot of applause. Every time they said how much energy would be saved, the legislators ap- plauded ." The LEFT team has done presenta- tions for the Ortonville' elementary classes, and also presented at the Mid- die School Science and Nature Confer, ence at Southwest State University in Marshall. With their commitment and success, the LEFT members have made an impression on their peers, as evi- denced by several classmates who plan to join LEFT this fall. "We could have a pretty large group," Moberg said. the open market, while more than 20,000 were sold by packers, to pack- ers. (The report is online at 01 .txt.) According to Warthesen, Bach's story is a common one. The comment period on the proposed rules was due to close August 23, but the USDA has extended it through November. Warthesen says he'd like to believe the extension was meant to give farmers more time to comment - but he doesn't. "There's an underlying strategy here by the giant meatpackers to try to kill this rule. They want to kill this rule be- cause it threatens the way that they've been doing business for years." The proposed rule can be found at The Land Stew- ardship Project has collected farmers' comments and is taking a group of Minnesota representatives to a Depart- ment of Justice and Agriculture Com- petition Workshop on August 27 in Fort Collins, Colorado. her new host family Sarah is 16 and comes from Onsala in Sweden. She has 2 sisters and a 5 year old brother. Both of her parents are doctors. Sarah speaks English and German. Her favorite hobbies are ryth- mic Sports Gymnastics, golfing, shop-- ping, sailing and playing the piano. Her gymnastics team has won a lot of championsips in Sweden. She trains 10 hours every week in this sport. Her teachers say that she is a focused and motivated student and always has a positive attitude in class. STS has a number of other students from Europe, S. America and Asia to choose from. For questions about these and other students, call or email Dave Keating - 1-800-522-4678- david@stsf6unda- STS Foundation is a dedicated to in- tercultural exchange. BIG STONE LEGION AUXILIARY POST 229 awarded two Ortonville High School seniors scholarships. Pictured from left to right are Erika Scoblic, Gloria Arndt representing the Big Stone Legion Auxiliary and Andy Strei. Erika, the daughter of Dan and Denise Scoblic, will be attending the University of Minnesota-Morris and Andy, the son of Steve and Lori Strei, is attending Ridgewater College in Willmar. mp The Lac qui Parle Economic Development Authority will host an open house and ribbon cutting to launch the Lac qui Parle .Computer Commuter at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25 at Veterans Memorial Park in Dawson (6th Street and Ash). Congressman Collin C. Peterson will be a special guest at the ribbon cutting. Peterson was instrumental in connecting the TDF Foundation with the Lac qui Parle Economic Development Authority to help fund this project. The Computer Commuter is a mobile computer lab that will travel to designated communities in Lac qui Parle County offering computer usage, free internet access, and tech- nology training. The lab will have five active work- stations (with room to activate two more in the future), one of which is handicap accessible. All workstations will be connected to the internet using the local service provider in each community. Users will find a safe, non-threatening space to learn the basics, expand their technical skills with the onsite program coordinator or enjoy peer-to-peer teaching. The LqP Computer Commuter will travel to Bellingham, Boyd, Dawson, Madison, Marietta and Nassau on a regular schedule. This unique project will offer FREE access to computers, internet service and individualized training. In addition, the unit will be available for lease to local businesses wanting to offer onsite computer. training and software upgrade training to their staff. The goal of the LqP Computer Commuter project is to: Increase the knowledge, under- standing and usage of broadband tech- nology Eliminate access barriers to corr/- puters and the internet Increase the quality of life for Lac'-" qui Parle County residents Increase the competitiveness of Lac qui Parle County businesses -- This project has been a collabora- tion of many area volunteers, city offi- cials and businesses, along with the generosity of" SW ABE, the TDF Foundation and the Blandin Foundation grant programs. County 4-Hers to show at state Big Stone County 4-Hers are preparing for a very exciting Minnesota State Fair. The first week- end of the fair, Big Stone County will have 21 4-Hers exhibiting animals at the fair. Members exhibiting animals will be Justin Athey, Andrea Burman, Emily Burman, Chalmer Combellick, Cormick Combellick, Andrew Diekmann, Tristan Eastman, Kesha Schweer, Myles Genzler, Talen Genzler, Jennifer Henrich, Kayla Hormann, Cody Hormann, Collin Kellen, Seth Maas, Shane Maas, Kayla Moberg, Stephanie Schumacher, Kenneth Schumacher, Audrey Souza, and Hayley Souza. The general encampment of the fair for Big Stone County will be held on Sept. 2-4. We will have 13 4-Hers attending this encampment. 4-Hers attending this encampment will be Andrea Burman, Andrew Diekmann, Kara Helgeson, Kaylee Helgesor , Cody Hermann, Kayla Hermann, Shelby Johnsrud, Kaitlyn Meyer,- Kayla Moberg, Shandy Newton, :-. Thomas Newton, Kenneth Schumacher, and Stephanie 7 Schumacher. The Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show will be held Sept. 17-20 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Participating this year from Big Stone County will be Andrea Burman, Andrew Diekmann, Kaylee Helgeson, and Paige Thomson. 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