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By JDK What a wonderful mass of human- ity (320 strong) packed into the Big Stone American Legion last Saturday, for a reunion of the VanLith families. What great fun it was for yours truly to bump shoul- ders with folks we hadn't seen in years! One of the highlights for us was getting to chat a bit with Lenny Spanyers, shown here, who grew up in Ortonville and Duluth and now lives in Texas. He is a "spitting image" of his father and was one of two boys and two girls born to the late Pete and Anne Spanyers, who operated the former Ortonville Foundry here for several years. Lenny had quite a career in football, playing guard for South Dakota State, where he won ALL American honors. We were closest to his older brother Pete, same age as us, who was also a great athlete. In the 6th grade here he weighed 197 pounds and stood about 6-3. He played cen- ter for the OHS Trojans when he was only in the sixth grade. A fete we doubt has ever been matched before at any high school. Pete went on to play for the University of Iowa, where he was Honorable Mention as a tackle. We remember when we attended a U of M game with Iowa, on almost every defensive play for Iowa, you'd hear the announcer say "and the tackle was by Pete Spanyers." Injuries slowed his career and he later was killed in a tragic auto accident, Photos of reunion will appear next week! ***** Don't knowwhat every individual thinks about the legacy of Michael Jackson after his death last week. But it's unbelievable when folks rate him "almost as some sort of God!" We think the media has far over- played their hand on the singer. He was a great per- former, but we've had other greats in their time! And his last few years were quite shameful! Let us aH move on with life, as is normal with all passings! To most folks, the greatest icons in the world are always morn and dad, for each person has only one of each and they contribute far greater to life than words can describe, to the raising of each person, from birth to deatM Amen!! Hey want to receive a real "royal treatment" next time you go to church? Try attending the regular 10 a.m. Sunday service at Milbank's United Church of Christ. Pastor is Colleen Natalie Lees assisted by her husband Jeff Natalies Lees. If they , spot you coming, as they did daugh- ter Sue and wife Jeanette (both ham- pered with a bad knee), Colleen and Jeff will not only come out of the church to welcome you but then will see that all the doors are opened and "extra arms" are available for the handicapped, to usher you into your favorite pew! Also a big help is church member Dr. Norm Madsen. You'll be amazed, really!!! Jeff is the top newsman at the Grant County Review weekly newspaper, publish- ers of which are long time friends Clarence and Phyllis Justice. Minnesota children under age eight and shorter tha 4 feet 9 inches tall must be in a child safety seat or booster seat, effective July 1. Under the booster law, children cannot use a seat belt alone until they are age eight or 4 feet 9 inches tall- whichever comes first. To ensure child safety, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) recommends parents keep children in a booster based on their height, rather than their age. DPS reports only 30 percent of Minnesota children use boosters. In the last five years in Minnesota, 2004- 2008, 18 children passengers ages 4-8 were killed in crashes and 3,047 were injured. Booster seats lift a child up allow- ing the proper seat belt fit-the lap belt low and snug across the hips and the shoulder belt snug across the middle of the chest. Typically children around age four and more than 40 pounds are ready for a booster, upon outgrowing a forward-facing child safety seat. Before the law takes effect, DPS officials are reminding parents and caregivers to secure a booster seat for children to be iri compliance with the law. A booster seat citation is more than $100. "Boosters are common sense safe- ty tools to ensure children are riding as safe as possible in a vehicle," says Heather Darby, DPS child passenger safety coordinator. "Children who are li Minnesota natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist William Hunt and Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Glenn Schafer have announced that NRCS and FSA are accepting applications for the 2009 Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP). NRCS and FSAjointly administer the GRP. GRP applications received by July 24, 2009, will be evaluatedofor 2009 GRP funding; applications received after this date will be evaluated for future GRP years funding. GRP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assis- tance to support grazing operators for conservation of the nation's grass- lands. "Enrollment of land in GRP will have a positive economic impact on Minnesota and will improve environ- mental quality by preventing the con- version of grassland to other uses, including crop production and urban development," said Hunt. According to Hunt, the program has several enrollment options; per- manent easements and 10, 15, or 20- year rental agreements. Application evaluation for acceptance in the 2009 GRP will be based on ranking criteria that will emphasize grazing opera- tions; protection of grassland, land that contains forbs, and shrub land at the greatest risk from the threat of Ladies wanted for Bridge Invitational All women bridge players are invited to partake in the annual Ladies Bridge Invitational at the Ortonville Community Center, 200 Monroe Ave Ortonville on Monday July 20. Registration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon. A salad luncheon will be held at noon and card playing begins at 1 p.m. Cost of the invitational is $8 per person, which includes lunch. Prepaid registration is required by Wednesday, July 15. Mail checks payable to Betty Nelson, P.O. Box 260, Clinton, MN 56225. No cash refunds (please furnish your own subs.) For more information call 3 0- 325-5148. All bridge players are welcome. Cards of thanks Twins manager Ron Gerdenhire lost the second CARD OF THANKS game of the St. Louis series Thank you to everyone who con- last Saturday, failing touse a tributed to my "needs" during my tactic we think he should use recent hospitalization. Dr. Beyer and more often or at least not be his team are terrific. Thank you to all afraidof using! Namely the my visitors and well wishers who walk. The Twins were lead- sent cards and flowers and especially ing 3-2, when one of the for their prayers. My positive out- hottest hitters in the majors come is due to the power of prayer came to bat, Albert Pujols.and to the miracle of modern He hit two homers off starter medicine. My sincere thank you to Kevin Slowey, the first oneyou all! for two runs, the other a sin- 24-1 Lydie K. Wulff gle homer, giving the Cardinals a 5-3 win. After CARD OF THANKS the game, Gardenhire was Special thanks to my family for asked why he didn't use the the 90th birthday party they had for walks to Pujols, and he corn- me June 14th, and to all who sent merited "it would have been cards and gifts, came to the party and humiliating, but also admit-for the telephone calls. It was a spe- ted he made a mistake by notcial day and will be remembered for a using the.walk! Live and long time. learn, eh Gardy?? 24-1 Adelaide Kirchberg 1 shorter that 4 feet 9 simply aren't tall tained only minor injuries. enough to use a seat belt alone, if they In Minnesota, three out of every do, a belt may do more damage than four child restraints are used incor- good in case of a crash." rectly, meaning children are riding in Child passenger safety officials the wrong restraint or the restraint is say the importance of boosters is not properly secured. In the last five underscored by death and injuries years, 2004-2008, 44 vehicle occu- associated with poor seat belt fit - pants under age 10 were killed on including ejection, internal decapita- Minnesota roads and 32 of the victims tion and serious abdominal damage, were not in child restraints, or the The booster law further strength- restraint was used improperly. ens the state's motor vehicle occupant DPS reports the following as the laws, accompanying the primary seat most common child passenger safety belt law that went into effect June 9. mistakes: The primary law means drivers and Turning a child from a rear-fac- all passengers must be belted or in a ing restraint to a forward-facing child restraint to avoid being stopped restraint too soon. and ticketed by law enforcement. Restraint is not secured tight Darby says children are not ready enough - it should not shift more than to ride in a seat belt alone until they one inch side-to-side or out from the can sit with their back against the" seat. vehicle seat, knees bent completely Harness off the child is not tight over the seat and feet touching the enough, if you can pinch harness floor. Darby says a sign that a seat material, it's too loose. belt does not fit properly is if the child Retainer clip is up too high or too wraps the shoulder belt behind them low, should be at the child's armpit to avoid the belt rubbing against their level. neck. The child is in the wrong Darby notes that parents must be restraint, don't rush your child into a aware of the restraint steps a child seat belt. should progress through as they grow: Parents are encouraged to visit Rear-facing infant seats, forward-fac- to ing toddler seats, booster seats, and download booster seat and child pas- seat belts - all of which are effective senger safety resources. Also avail- and necessary, able online is the "Buckle Up Kids" Since 1991, a majority-86 percent- and "Don't Skip a Step" brochures of around 35,000 children involved in that provide detail on how to properly crashes who were properly restrained secure a child in a vehicle. were not injured and 13 percent sus- 4-H dog show set The 2009 Big Stone County 4-H Dog Show will be held this Monday, -- PIONDAYr ]UI, July 6, at 6 p.m. at the Big Stone County Fairgrounds. This event is free of charge and county 4-H dog members and their dogs will be judged on Showmanship, Obedience, and Agility. Please come support the 4-H youth and enjoy a fun evening. Farm safety camp set "State Alert, Don't Get Hurt" is the theme for the 2009 Big Stone County Farm Safety Camp. It will be held July llth from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Big Stone County Fairgrounds. Youth ages five and up are encour- aged to at,tend this very infdrmative ] hands on camp. Door prizes will be I C B'rRYr 1 1$I FA I given and all participants will receive .| APOAE09330 I a special treat courtesy of the Big ' I Please save this address and stayin touch/I Stone County American Dairy Association! This camp is sponsorecl by Big Stone County Farm Burearu, Big Stone County American Dairy Rootbeer floats Association, and Big Stone County 4- H. at Hartmans for cancer support 4-H Demo, food Oldies but Goodies Team of revue set July 6 the Big Stone County Cancer Support Group will be serving root beer floats The 2009 Big Stone County 4-H at Hartman's Super Valu, Ortonville Demonstrations and Food Revue will on Friday, July 3 from 11-5 p.m. We be held on Monday, July 6, at 2 p.m. are asking a donation of $1.50, all at the Clinton Memorial Building in proceeds will "go to the Big Stone Clinton. This event will include 4-H. County Cancer Support Group, Walk demonstrations, livestock demonstra- of Hope. tions, food revue, and Horse Related The 2009 Walk of Hope will be judging. This event is free of charge so come on over and see what some of held in Clinton this year on Saturday, Sept. 19. the local 4-Hers have been working on. conversion to uses other than grazing; plant and animal biodiversity. For the first time ever this GRP sign-up will accept applications for land currently enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program con- tracts that are scheduled to expire in 2009. Eligible landowners who enroll in GRP will receive payment for perma- nent easements based on the lowest amount of either the fair market value of the property less the grazing value of the land; geographical cap as deter- mined by NRCS; or offer from landowner. Participants with approval rental agreements will receive annual pay- ments for the rental contract period. GRP enrollment permits common grazing practices, haying, mowing, or harvesting for seed production, sub- ject to certain restrictions. All participants in GRP are required to implement a grazing management plan approved by NRCS. For additional eligibility criteria and information regarding GRP, con- tact your local USDA Service Center or visit the USDA websites at home&sub iect=copr&topic=grp or Paralegal Cert. 4-H fashion revue awarded to set for July 7 Leah McLaughlin The 2009 Big Stone County Fashion Revue will be held on Leah McLaughlin received a para- Tuesday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. at New' legal certificate on May 21,2009, at a Life Community Baptist Church in ceremony held at the Klaus Center at Ortonville. Judging will be held Hamline University, St. Paul. throughout the day with the Fashion Speakerswere Fernando Delgado,Revue open to the public. The event Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, is free of charge and the theme for this and Alumni Speaker,Michelle year is "Wild, Wild, West." Please McCollough. come and enjoy a fun evening. McLaughlin was awarded The Legal Research and Writing Award trophy and prize from Sieben, Grose, Volkenant on Von Holtum and Carey Ltd, one of five awards presented. UNO Dean's List A reception followed the program. Certificates were awarded to 55 stu- More than 570 students wre named dents, to both the Chancellor's List and the David, Patti and Colleen Dean's List at the University of Mclaughlin were able to attend the Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) for the Spring 2009 semester. Included from ceremony. Odessa was Janelle Volkenant. Reloadables Fountains Aerial Displays Sky Rockets Bottle Rockets Firecrackers Sparklers Roman Candles Lots of Kid Friendly Fireworks And Much Morel Located Right ; the border from Ortonville, MN on We / Street Big Stone City, " 605-862-8365 Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, June 30, 2009