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Area news digest MORRIS-The Villa of St. Francis in Morris is adding on a 5,000 sq. ft. Alzheimer's unit, which has been in the planning for about two years. The new 19-bed unit will be a self-contained triangular area, with its own dining area and activity space, it will be highlighted by a small "home," complete with siding and a roof, to be built in the center of the triangle. The "home" will feature a small kitchen area, a living room and a porch. The structure boasts features that will give it a home-like atmosphere as well. The kitchen will have a wood- laminate floor and a window that looks out onto the porch. The living room will have a large bay window. And each room will be furnished with new "home-like" furniture, rather than that found in most institutions. DAWSON-The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Department reported a one-vehicle rolloveraccident on Friday, June 19 at 11:37 p.m. 5-I/2 miles south and one mile west of Dawson on a Maxwell Township road. The accident occurred when 18-year-old Michael Patrick Perks of Clarkfield lost control of the 1987 Pontiac Grand Am which he was driving and rolled into the ditch. A passenger, 16-year-old Heidi Kathleen Cauley of rural Dawson was thrown from the vehicle and was found dead at the scene. Michael Perks was taken to the Dawson Hospital where he was treated and then transported to another hospital. The accident is being investigated by the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol. MADISON-Checks totalling $559,941.23 have been sent by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to counties in DNR Region 4 (Southwest Minnesota) as payment for public hunting grounds. Statewide, the DNR sent $1,276,201.18 to 84 counties and also paid $39,490 for goose habitat in Chippewa County. Lac qui Parle County received $59,064.11. The DNR sends payments annually to compensate counties for loss of tax revenues on lands purchased for Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) which are open for public hunting and other recreational uses. WMAs are managed for wildlife production and habitat protection and enhancement. The DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife manages over 753,000 acres of land in 1,288 VMAs. GLFNWOOD-Eurasian watermilfoil, an exotic water weed, has infested Lake Minnewaska, the DNR announced Thursday. The plant was found near a marina in Starbuck at the lake's west end. The DNR plans to treat the milfoil with an aquatic herbicide before the end of June. Minnewaska is the third Glenwood area lake to be infested. The weed also is present in Gilchrist Lake to Minnewaska's south and Lake Oscar to its north. Eurasian watermilfoil can form dense mats of vegetation and crowd out native aquatic plants and clog boat propellers. Letters to the editor Letter To The Editor: There has been so much misunderstanding, rumor, coffee shop talk and letters to the editor against the further development of Big Stone Lake and tourism being brought in to Ortonville, specifically now the development of a marina and it's property, It has been the city's desire as far back as 1931 to have a marina. Plans were worked on in 1931, 1967, 1984, 1989 and finally, in 1991, a great deal of money was spent to design a large complex to serve this need. However, it would have taken a huge infusion of money and no developers came forth with the needed capital. Consequently, there was no action taken. Now we have a group of local people who are willing to accept the financial risk of this venture. One year ago a plan was proposed to our city council and after much time, legal expense, proper public meetings, and publicized legal notices, the city approved of the plan. Pan of this plan was to vacate the pan of Pacific Avenue that has been a city park for at least 45 years. All parties felt that it was in the best interest of the city to leave it as the beautiful grassy area it is, rather than take it back in to a street. It has never been our intent to make ANY changes in this area, nor to impede in any way the access to the pier. Our group has never spoken of nor has it had any intentions, of fencing the pier in ANY MANNER. Our only plan for the use of this area is at some possible later date if the space is needed that the marina could add more docks at the shoreline. We WANT people down there. We wish to continue to have that area be I all that it is now and make it EVEN BE'ITER! We would like to develop a walking path from the pier to Lakeside Park to make it easily accessible for every one most especially during festival events. If we expand to use the shoreline, it would only be in our best interest to be involved in necessary work to maintain the area andthe-pier. We currently have in our possession a permit to riprap along the cement wall at the present marina dock area. The ordinance written a year ago requires us to do this as a part of the project and we will perform on this before winter. As to the petition that is being passed around, the reference to access to the pier only via the sidewalk is wrong. Nothing will change...the grassy area will remain the same and the public wil 1 be encouraged to use the area. As to any grants that may or may not be available to fix the pier, it is pure speculation at this time. The city would always own the pier. We are only "renters". I find it hard to believe that would stop any grant proposals. This past week I could find no one in authority that could answer this one way or another. I would hope that this would clear up any misunderstanding about this issue. Also, I invite any questions about our intentions. Please ask us. We have had only a few people question us directly. We wish only to enhance this area for the use of every one! I would hope that the people of Ortonville would support this effort. Thank you. Neil Speckeen Member of the Marina Corporation Big Stone City Gail Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 Clifford and Ileen Christensen and grandchildren Emma and Andrew Christensen spent Friday, June 19th in Madison to help Helga Zahrbock celebrate her birthday and also the 43rd wedding anniversary for the Christensens. Others that enjoyed the potluck dinner were Frank and Violet Roberts of LaBolt, SD, Frank and Clara Zeek of Big Stone City, Rose Christensen, Butch and Florence Christensen al-i-o-f CMessa, Mary Ann Ulrich of Ortonville, and Pete and Bea Christensen of Minneapolis. Big Stone City senior citizens will meet on Monday, July 6th instead of Tuesday for a potluck dinner and short business meeting held at the Big Stone Senior Center. All seniors are welcomed. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Raaf were Monday coffee guests at the Evelyn Zahnow home. Mr. and Mrs. Lyndon Schendel of Alexandria, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Zahn from New Ulm, Evelyn Zahnow and Clara Lotthammer had dinner together at the Bellingham cafe on Wednesday noon. They are all classmates graduating from Bellingham high school and are planning a class reunion in July.. Austin and Irene McGeary and Winnie O'Leary of Danvers and'" Marge Lantis, Marion Larsen and Ma,... LeRoy Janssen all from Big Stone City were Wednesday evening lunch guests. Edna Kamin of Ortonville was a Thursday evening supper guest of Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. Virgil and Verene Raaf of Total Bellingham were Thursday morning coffee guests of Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. Paul and Liane Rausch and family were among the many people from the area attending the Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Sioux Falls onFriday. Doug Binsfeld a member of St. Charles Parish in Big Stone received the sacrament of holy orders. Saturday evening Father Doug celebrated his first Mass at St. Charles Church in Big Stone followed by a supper at the Big Stone school. Kelsey Remund of Sioux Falls visited at the Myron and Lorraine Schnaser home for three days. Dennis Schnaser visited Jeff Ketchum and other friends of Hutchinson last weekend. Mr. and Mrs. Myron Schnaser were last Saturday and last Sunday visitors at Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Neuman's home in Faribault. Josephine Vania, Barbara (Hofbeck) Scoblic and her sister Helen visited in the area last Sunday and last Monday. Josi, the sister of Paul Rausch, also spent time with Paul's family. January February March June July Auguat September October November December AARON SAEGER OF ORTONVILLE won this week's fishing contest with this 6 pound 15 ounce walleye, which was the biggest ever for him. (Photo by BuiYs Bait) 8ig Stone County Precipitation Data Charles Hanson Farm on Artichoke Lake Updated by John Cunningham June 24, 1998 trmal 19_9/  1932 De,$      PaL /_9&6 Def. L29/ 0.63 0.24 -0.39 0.66 0.03 1.01 0.38 0.76 0.13 0.61 -0.02 2.20 1.57 3.19 0.68 0.69 0.01 0.51 -0.17 0.26 -0.42 0.93 0.25 0.29 -0.39 0.56 -0.12 0.53 1.82 1.62 -0.20 1.15 -0.67 1.58 -0.24 0.53 -1.29 3.48 1.66 0.52 -1.30 1.43 -0.1 2.32 3.43 I.II 1.60 -0.72 2.10 -0.22 4.31 1.99 2.98 0.66 0.60 -1.72 3.22 2.98 3.32 0.34 1.34 -1.64 3.50 0.52 1.50 -1.48 3.39 0.41 4.25 1.27 0.99 4.10 7.51 3.41 7.90 3.80 5.62 1.52 2.22 -1.88 2.98 -1.12 1.54 -2.56 2.01 -2.1 3.21 5.32 2.11 3.55 0.34 8.14 4.93 5.41 2.20 6.51 3.30 5.05 1.84 3.63 3.09 3.81 0.72 1.90 -1.19 2.68 -0.41 2.26 -0.83 6.19 2.10 3.39 0.30 5.59 1.86 2.71 0.85 1.71 -0.15 2.02 0.16 2.55 0.69 3.58 1.72 3.22 1.36 1.37 1.93 0.69 -1.24 0.38 -1.55 0.47 -1.46 2.94 1.01 3.04 1.11 4.23 2.30 3.59 1.02 1.18 0.16 1.68 0.66 2.19 1.17 0.94 -0.08 0.24 -0.78 1.57 0.55 0.64 0.64 0.47 -O.17 0.45 -0.19 0.97 0.33 0.24 -0.40 0.55 -0.09 1.74 1.10 0.17 24.28 30.99 6.71 22.83 -1.45 30.54 6.26 24.59 0.31 32.84 8.56 28.87 4.59 24.36 Total excess Precipitation January I, 1991 through May 31, 1998 equal 26.56 inches. Small business and the (Year 2000) computer p At midnight on December 31, 1999, when most people around the world will be celebrating the dawn of the new millennium, some small busi- ness owners will not be so happy. They will be the ones who failed to fix the Y2K computer problem for their companies. Their computers and computer-based equipment may not work correctly after January 1, 2000, without modification, and their com- panies may be in crisis as a result. So what is this "millennium bug" or year 2000 problem all about and how do you know if your company is at risk? THE PROBLEM It has to do with computer code. When computer memory was at a premium, designers saved space by using just two digits to represent a year - 98 for 1998, for example. When the date changes at midnight December 31, 1998 to January I, 2000, these older, unmodi- fied systems will read the year as 00. The internal clocks of these comput- ers and microchips could take this to mean 1900, not 2000, and begin oper- ating on an outdated calendar. The result will be harmless in some instances, but extremely serious in others. WHO'S AFFECTED Users of large mainframe computers that run custom-designed systems such as government agencies, financial insti- tutions and manufacturers are vulner- able. Small companies with non-Y2K compliant hardware and software are also at risk. So are small firms with manufac- turing, inventory and accounting sys- tems where data dated after January 1, 2000, has already been entered. Owners of equipment with embedded computer chips involving dates or times could also be affected. This includes cash registers, telephones, elevators, refrigeration systems, gas and water facilities and security sys- tems, as well as a wide range of man- ufacturing and production equipment. Some small businesses may expe- rience little or no Y2K impact. This group includes small firms with Y2K compliant hardware and software. No company, no matter how small, should assume it is "Y2K OK" with- out self assessment and testing. Remember, even the smallest firms are dependent on outsiders - suppliers, customers, banks, utilities, property managers - who may falter due to their own Y2K problems. WHAT TO DO Make sure your equipment is Y2K compliant. That includes machinery with embedded chips as well as your hardware and software. If you cannot get Y2K com- pliance documentation, you may need to replace equipment or bring in a Y2K specialist. Perform Y2K compli- ance testing on all critical programs, including your latest computers and software. Test now in 1998, to ensure that you can continue your business with- out interruption and minimize cost. Delaying to 1999 could increase your testing and verification cost sharply. Make contingency plans. How will you stay in business after January 1, 2000, if your or suppliers that Y2K compliant on vendors for assistanCX. To ensure that orders, invoices and to arrive on time 2000, verify Y2K vendors, suppliers, financial institutions. THE ROAD TO is obviously but it is much business owner must critical business issue ingly. SBA small business owta" take the 1. your business ly, and figure out if lem. Make a realistic act on the facts. Don't s money on Y2K Internet site conduct a and icon in the 2. Take Action too late assess problems you uncover, ment the results. Ask'. assistance. Make 3. Stay Informed various lent way to stay (Submitted by Director of the 5 District Office) "We will help you take care of yourself' Park Plac NbalXk, 519 e Milbank, SO Resident Assistants are staffed 24 hours daily to provide security as well as assistance with activities of daily living. 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