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GUEST EDITORIAL Soldi,e.r,Boys (Submitted by Vince Parker) During World War II the officers in the 32nd it would come to me. The guys liked me running the Bombardment Squadron based in Italy decided to deal, shuffling, dealing, covering the bets, tallying the build a new Officers Club. The existing facility was a score. I relished it. To others it was a chore. tired, leaky, old shack. It just didn t do it. On the night in question, I was having a good run To get the project rolling, they hired skilled Italian of luck but the cards were a bit of a problem. They labor for the bargain price of one dollar per hour. were sticky and dog-eared and even by the flickering The finished product was a remarkable piece of candle light I could read the deck It wasn t fair to the craftsmanship-befitting "Officers and Gentlemen." other players. There was a corporal just hanging They were so pleased they decided to have a grand around watching the game. I sent him out to fetch a opening celebration, new deck of cards. The entertainment committee, comprised mostly While we dallied a large green jog appeared and of B-17 pilots, flew several empty bombers to naples began to make its way around the table. I suspect a and returned with a cargo of young ladies of good many Italian bath tubs wer stained redfrom questionable virtue. And so the festivities began, home made Italian wine. Brewed, bottled, corked Now the enlisted men had their own club and weren t and sold to American soldiers for two-bits a bottle, it privy to all of the goings on behind the closed doors was dynamite, and a goodly number of unsuspecting at the Officers Club. And apparently no Gls ended up in the guard house gone goofy on arrangements were made for a return flight, because Dago Red. Come to think of it maybe it was a secret in the wee hours of the morning, the girls began to weapon. The corporal came back with a new deck filter out of the Officers' Club and slip into the tents of cards and the game resumed. scattered throughout the area. During the interim days, the time it took the chaplain to corral the young girls and ship them out, the troops were very accommodating. And I mean that in the very best sense of the word. I surely don't wish to imply that all those tents were little dens of iniquity because that simply was not the case. However, there were a few exceptions. One of these exceptions found me late one night crouched down on an empty ammunition box dealing Black Jack by candle light. Gambling crept into my bones early in my military career when I was stationed near Las Vegas, NV. And with the basic needs: room, board, clothing and medical all attended to by Uncle Sam, and with personal needs such as cigarettes at five 'cents a package, haircuts for ten cents and a few other minor necessities obtained at equally ridiculously low prices, there was little need for money. And when we arrived in Italy, all our American money was converted to allied military currency pegged to the Italian Lire. The Italian bills printed on ordinary paper looked phony, like Monopoly money, and left the impression they were of little value. And with increased pay for overseas combat duty, money actually became more a medium of entertainment than exchange. I could sniff the air and track down a card game, and if I couldn't find it, Suddenly, seemingly from out of nowhere, a female voice flooded the tent. It was over in the corner, behind me, in the little alcove that jutted out away from the main section of the tent. A glance in that direction revealed the corner was shielded by several GI blankets draped over a wire and secured by clothes pins. A loose flap in the tent accessible from the outside served as an entry and exit and afforded privacy. The perfect lair for a young hooker. There was laughter and giggling and much frolicking in that cozy little den. A song erupted, a popular, snappy American ditty frequently sung by Ladies of the Night to let it be known they were open for business. She belted out a remarkably good rendition of the song Pistol Packing Mama. The gamblers were impressed and added husky voices to the chorus. I paused and took in the scene. "Parker, deal the cards!" the gamblers admonished. Tomorrow, as young warriors, we would gamble in the sky. Some would win some would die and what s to become of that busy little bee over there in the corner struggling to survive in her war tattered world? The tent was rocking "Pistol Packing Mama" filled the night. The HELL with tomorrow!! (Courtesy of Air Force newsletter of Feb 2006.) By State Sen. Gary Kubly seriously deplete their reserves. Governor cuts education to balance "We are being told that it could budget Minnesota school districts will cost districts $33 per student in face serious budget woes under the interest costs if they are forced to $1.8 billion unallotment cuts recently borrow," said Sen. Kubly. "If they are proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, forced to deplete their reserves, it noted state Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL- could cost them $27 per student in lost Granite Falls. interest. These cuts are going to cause "Although the governor our schools fiscal instability and will characterized the unallotment to impede our ability to maintain quality schools as a 'shift', it's really a cut education programs in our state." because he doesn't have the authority, Gov. Pawlenty's education cuts nor would he accept a plan, to repay could go as deep as 36 percent, the school districts in the future," said depending on whether he has the Sen. Kubly. "It seems to me that this authority to shift school districts' is absolutely the last thing our schools property tax revenues. Various need right now. They received no legislative fiscal experts have stated funding increase this year, and now that the governor doesn't have the they face what essentially amounts to authority to go-it-alone on this shift, a 27 percent cut in school payments." yet he maintains he holds this Sen. Kubly noted that the Pawlenty authority. Sen. Kubly was most cuts are state aid payment delays to alarmed that the Pawlenty education school districts. While the state cuts would contribute to an enormous currently delays payments on a 90/10 budget deficit of $7.3 billion for the basis, Pawlenty's proposal would be 2011-2012 budget cycle. the highest delay in history, paying "Our state was devastated by the districts only 73 percent and delaying huge $6.4 billion deficit we faced this the remaining 27 percent. This could year, and we were able to soften that cause serious cash flow problems for blow with federal stimulus dollars," schools, forcing them to borrow or explained Sen. Kubly. "We won't have that money in 2011, and we will face a deficit-all due to the Pawlenty cuts-that totals almost 24 percent of the state's entire budget of $31 billion. We can't continue this financial mismanagement of the state." Pawlenty announced his unallotment proposal in mid-June. Many of the cuts will be implemented on July l, while others may be delayed until later in the budget cycle, depending, on the governor's time, frame. . ! "The Legislature's hands are tied, as the governor decided to use this go- it-alone approach to the budget crisis," Sen. Kubly said. "Unfortunately, this does nothing to help our schoolchildren and simply pushes our state's budget crisis into the future." Anyone with comments or questions can contact Sen. Kubly at 301 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd St. Paul, MN 5 5 1 5 5 1 6 0 6 sen.gary.kubly@senate.mn or 651" 296-5094. By Richard Johnson The Office Hours for the Big Stone Veterans Service Office are as follows: Tuesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. If there is an emergency of any sort I can be reached at my home at (320) 568- 2448. I do have voice Richard Johnson mail at the Office. Leave your name and number and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, you can call me at home at the above number. I do have an answering machine at home. My office phone number is (320) 839- 6398. OFFICE MOVED The Big Stone County Veterans Service Office has moved to the Big Stone County Government Building on main street across from the courthouse. The telephone number is the same (320) 839-6398. My Office hours are the same - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8-4:30 p.m. each day. My office is located in what is now the conference room at the front of the building to the right of the counter. My new address is: Big Stone County Veterans Service Office, 11 SE 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278- 1541. VA COPAY Some veterans must make the following copays to receive VA health care and/or medications for non- service connected conditions: Inpatient Care: Priority Group seven and certain other veterans are responsible for paying 20 percent of VA's inpatient copay or $213.60 for the first 90 days of inpatient hospital care during any 365-day period. For each additional 90 days, the charge is $106.80. In addition, there is a two dollars per diem charge. Inpatient Care: Priority Group 8 and certain other veterans are responsible for VA's inpatient copay of $1,068. For the first 90 days of care during any 365-day period. For each additional 90 days, the charge is $534. In addition, there is a $10 per diem charge. Extended Care: For extended care services, veterans may be subject to a copay determined by information supplied by completing a VA Form 10-10 EC. VA social workers can help veterans interpret their eligibility and copay requirements. The copay amount is based on each veteran's financial situation and is determined upon application for extended care services and will range from $0 to $97 a day. Outpatient Care: A three-tiered copay system is used for all outpatient services. The copay is $15 for a primary care visit and $50 for some specialized care. Certain services are not charged a copay. Copays do not apply to publicly announced VA health fairs or outpatient visits solely for preventive screening and/or immunizations, such as immunizations for influenza and pneumococcal, or screening for hypertension, hepatitis C, tobacco, alcohol, hyperlipidemia, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer by fecal occult blood testing, education about the risks and benefits of prostate cancer screening, and weight reduction or smoking cessation counseling (individual and group). Laboratory, flat film radiology, electrocardiograms, and hospice care are also exempt from copays. Medication: Most Veterans are charged eight dollars for each 30-day or less supply of medication provided by VA for treatment of conditions that are not service-connected. For veterans enrolled in Priority Groups 2 through 6, the maximum copay for medications that will be charged in calendar year 2009 is $960. The following groups of veterans are not charged medication copays: 1. Veterans with a service- connected disability of 50 percent or more. 2. Veterans receiving medication for service-connected conditions. 3. Veterans whose annual income does not exceed the maximum annual rate of the VA pension. 4. Veterans enrolled in Priority Group 6 who receive medication under their special authority. 5. Veterans receiving medication for conditions related to sexual trauma related to service on active duty; 6. Certain veterans receiving medication for treatment of cancer of the head or neck. 7. Veterans receiving medication for a VA-approved research project; and 8. Former POWs. NOTE: Copays apply to prescription and over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, cough syrup or vitamins, dispensed by a VA pharmacy. However, veterans may prefer to purchase over-the counter drugs, such as aspirin or vitamins, at a local pharmacy rather than making the copay. Copays are not charged for medications injected furing the course of treatment or for medical supplies, such as syringes or alcohol wipes. Dear Editor, these special treats very much! Thank We wanted to thank everyone who you once again! has brought down fruits, vegetables, Residents of the Highrise and many other delicious foods for us Apartments to enjoy. Ortonville We look forward to and appreciate To the Editor, during a very trying time for mother. This is in response to last week's I invite anyone to visit this area letter from Marilyn Jurgens regarding where the dogs are and look at the a friend of hers who was in need of a mess and fence that is supposed to home that permitted dogs. keep the dogs in. You can't help but First of all, I want everyone to notice the odors caused by many dogs know that the " elderly, apparently using the yard as a bathroom. senile person " that she belittled and As far as a city councilmember slandered is my mother, Marie making a statement that a person in Gagnon. My mother happens to be 91 Ortonville can have as many dogs as years old and has lived in this area for they like, I question whether a 89 productive years of her life. During councilmember would have made that time she married a hard-working such a statement, without checking quarry man and raised three children: city ordinances. In fact, city ordinance one daughter and two sons. Both other 91.06 is in force and restricts the sons served their country, one who number of dogs that can be kept. It was in the Air Force and passed away does not permit any kennels for shortly after retiring from it, and the raising puppies to sell. other son served in the Navy for 20 This has been an ongoing problem years, part of which was in Vietnam. for mother, as I'm sure it would be for What wasn't mentioned in the any person, especially one of her age. Jurgens letter is that in June of last The reference to her as a " senile year, while my mother was working in person " in the letter from Jurgens her garden, she was attacked by three was simply uncalled for and in very of her neighbor's so-called sweet lap bad taste. I'm sure a thoughtful, dogs. Mother was taken to the clinic understanding resident of a "City with by one of her neighbors and was a heart" would not have written such treated for scratches made by the words. It appears that Mrs. Jurgens is dogs. The Ortonville police responded not one of those. and a report was taken. I thank the police for their professionalism and Joseph Gagnon assistance in this ongoing problem. OrtonviUe i' hey have been most cooperative 15 35 38 52 Clues ACROSS 1. Singer Haggard 6. Ancient Greek coin 10. Doctors' group 13. Homer's epic poem 14. Left Bank resident 16. Kitchen appliances 18. Ambulance personnel 19. Counterbalance container 20.~ Cuckooes 21. MN 55051 22. Point midway between N and NE 23. Attires 24. Rows rising 27. Volcanic craters 29. Bard or lyricist 30. Swine 32. Invests in little enterprises 33. Uncovers 35. Ac : entree 36. Helps little firms 37. An open skin infection 38. Blind gut (pl.) 39. Make certain of something 41. Anxieties 43. What we breathe 44. Canadian law.enforcers 45. Prefix for outside 46. Swiss river 47. Don't know when yet 50. Shower spray deterrent 53. A short and amusing opera 54. Expressed pleasure 55. Myriameter 56. "Smile Please" author Jean 57. Regretful Clues DOWN 28. Swedish rock group 1. Bog down 29. Pakistani rupee 2. entary: basic31. Young women's 3. Rock cleft association 4. Household god 33. One who receives (Roman) a loan 5. Newspaper chiefs 34. They 6. Dramas set to music 35. Nag and object 7. Naked 37. Wooer 8. I: spoken 38. Camcorders 9. Long tedious lists 40. Algonquian chief 10. More aired 41. Noisy quarrel 11. The bay state (abbr.) 42. Beige 12. Article 45. Catch sight of 15. 14 line verse form 46. Showily imitative of 17. Clerical clothing artists 21. Designer Jacobs 47. Himalayan goat 23. Belonging to Cronus' 48. Casket stand mother 49. Griffith, Rooney 24. Foot appendage 51. Kiss hit "B " 25. Fencing swords 52. a.k.a. Dao 26. Phonograph record 53. Sacred Hindu 27. Manuscripts (abbr.) syllable The Ortonville Independent iosPs ,2-,0) JAMES' I';RC.ER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZE'I-FE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor/Advertising Rep BARBARA A. KAYE Sales and Marketing. Tues June 30, 2009 ol. 91; No. 24 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIP'FION RATES ];34.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $39.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $43.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box 336 Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATE SCHEDULE - ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE BASED ON A FEBRUARY 1ST DUE DATE- Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse, Swift Counties in Minnesota and Grant and Roberts in South Dakota February 34.00 August 17.04 March 31.20 September 14.20 Apdl 28.77 October 11.36 May 25.56 November 8.52 June 22.72 December 5.68 July 19.88 January 2.84 ALL OTHERS IN MINN. AND SO. DAK. 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