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New Anti-Terrorism laws will help prepare, protect Minnesota  As the Fourth of July holiday Julyl,helpcoordinatepreventionand "Webelievethatthesenewmeasures approaches, many Americans-- response activities among ate and are important steps to prevent, according to recent polls --admit they local agencies and allocate Wing respond to and punish acts of terror- are at least somewhat concerned about for training, terrorism response equ-,, ism in Minnesota." the possibility of a terrorist attack ment, and upgrading capabilities of- Weaver thanked legislators for occurring somewhere in the United hazardous materials emergency their diligence and cooperation in get- By JDK ] Two small worlders here via fax from reader and former resident Jerry Larson, now of Portsmouth, NH: "Because of the names involved, I needed to re-read and re-read one of your 'small worlder's in your May 7th column, which reads as follows: Another small worlder. We've learned just recently that AI Larson, a younger brother of Ortonville's Jim Larson, has known Ortonville native Bob VanHout (OHS class of 1946) as the two men have worked as electricians for the same company in the metro area for over 30 years. Ai lives near Andover and Bob lives in Vadnais Heights. You relate how 'A! Larson,' a younger brother of 'Jim Larson,' worked with 'Bob VanHout' who was a friend of Ortonville resident Jim Larson. You see, my older broth- er 'Jim Larson' and 'Bob VanHout' were friends (both OHS '46). But my brother Jim Larson is not the Jim Larson in your column. Our father's" name was 'AI Larson' also not the A! Larson in your column. I only remember meeting Bob VanHout once - at my brother's house in Mpls. I also recall that he gave me a ride to Ortonville that weekend. Because of the circumstances, I know that the year was 1956 or 57. I suspect that Bob recalls that Jim had a younger brother but that is about all. He might also relate the names 'AI Larson' and 'Jim Larson'. I believe that there might be a case of mistaken identity• If not, a huge coincidence. Actually, I guess it is a rather large coincidence in any event. I'm Jerry Larson (Younger brother of Jim Larson and son of AI Larson). PS Both Jim and Ai are currently Moundsview residents of Ortonville. On a related note of Ortonville down- town business history update, My father, A! Larson, operated a barber shop in the south front window cor- ner of both Toby,s (Tom Tobin) and Ai's (A1 Bormes) pool hall. He ran it for about 20 or 30 years - from early 1930's until about 1960. It was a two chair shop. For many years, Horace Turnacliff (father of Cleone, Rita and Inky / wife Marie) worked the second chair. I believe he started working with my father after his shop in Big Stone City was burned-out. Horace and my father were also good person- al friends. After the Turnacliffs moved to New Mexico, a semi- retired gentleman by the name of Mr. Serale (sic) took over the second chair. I believe Mr. Serale was from Odessa. My father eventually sold the shop to Duane Gustafson." We had the honor of recently meeting a pro golfer in the metro area. Keith Olerich is here in prepara- tion for the PGA tourney to be held in August at the Hazeitine course in Chaska. Keith is from Apopka, Florida. He took an interest in our Hobo Soup, so we've sent him some cans along with a t-shirt. Our heart is deeply saddened today with the passing over the week-end of our long-time good friend Bill Kleespie. For years, Bill has been involved with the food industry in this area...lately having been owner of Hilltop Cafe and hav- ing just recently sold the Matador Supper Club. True, everyone can be replaced, in whatever occupation they are in...but this area will forever remember the fine services in food catering rendered over the years by Bill. Indeed, he had countless friends, yours truly included, who will long remember him and are thankful that he came our way! States. response teams. At a gathering today at the State Capitol, Reps. Rich Stanek and John Tuma and Commissioner of Public Safety and Homeland Security Director Charlie Weaver, joined by police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel, announced new laws designed to improve the state's securi- ty and emergency preparedness and encouraged Minnesotans to engage in their usual Fourth of July celebra- tions. Stanek, the chief author of the Minnesota Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002 and chairman of the House Judiciary Finance Committee, says authors of the legislation worked to strike a balance between preserving individuals' civil liberties and protect- ing the public safety of all Minnesotans. "This legislation suc- ceeds on these basic principles," says Stanek. The laws, which become effective The new laws include • Establishing a felony penalty for persons who cause damage and dis- rupt the operation of a critical public service facility, • A new weapons of mass destruc- tion crime for persons who possess certain highly toxic substances or who .possess dangerous agents with the intent to cause harm, • Anyone who commits a felony- level crime to further terrorism will he subject to greatly enhanced penalties, and • Possible first-degree murder charges for individuals who cause the deaths, of others while committing terrorist acts. "With this package we can prose- cute those who possess weapons of mass destruction, trespass on critical public service facilities or commit ter- rorism," says Tuma, who chairs the House Crime Prevention Committee. ting the legislation passed last session. "This legislation lays a foundation for Minnesota agencies to prevent and respond to terrorism related crimes and any large-scale incidents." said Weaver. "Minnesota will be safer because of these laws, and we'll be better able to root out those who may intend to commit acts of terror." The speakers acknowledged public apprehension about the possibility of Terrorism attacks on the Fourth of July. "Minnesota is a safe place to enjoy the holiday with friends and family," says Stanek. "And the mea- sures of protection and detection passed by the Legislature will make it even more secure." Weaver encouraged Minnesotans to partake in their traditional celebra- tions. "There is no known evidence that attacks on this country are immi- nent. I think it's more important than ever that we celebrate our indepen- dence this year." 2003 older Americans Act award round announced The Upper MN Valley Area Agency on Aging would like to announce the beginning of the 2003 Award Round for federally funded Older Americans Act Title III funds. The funds are awarded through the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) through contracting and grants. Funds are used for supportive services that assist adults age 60 and older maintain their independence for as long as pos- sible in their own homes. The service area is Region 6W (Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine Counties). Criteria set by the AAA Advisory Committee for awarding Title III dol- lars in 2003 include: • Requests must address targeting the low income, the isolated and the minority elderly of Region 6W. • No funding of duplicate services in the region. • Emphasis on projects that will become ongoing with community support and other resources. • Emphasis on regional projects, however, each grant will be reviewed on it's own merit. • Collaborative efforts are favored. • Emphasis on supportive services that compliment the long-term care reform initiatives and maximize per- sonal choice. The AAAAdvisory Committee has identified the following supportive services as the top six priorities in 2003: chore/repair; transportation/escort: respite/caregiv- er supports; companion: nutrition Perch and walleye in fishing contest The Ortonv!li˘ l, ndependent's fish- ing contest just completed week seven, with only a perch and walleye We are going to start a few changes weighed in. As Dentils Dagt of. art he library beginning July 1st. You Lakeshore RV Pmlt-and Fruit Farm  will need to bring in YOUR library stated it, "even the fish knew to take it card to check anything out or to use (rural services); and information and assistance• The committee is seeking applications for regional programs to address these priorities. All funds must be matched locally and cannot supplant existing resources. More s.pecific information on allowable ser- wces and funding levels for 2003 are available upon request. The funding cycle is for the calen- dar year of 2003, starting January 1 and ending December 31. Interested agencies or providers are encouraged to call the AAA at 320/289-1981 with questions concerning the availability of these funds and appropriateness of applying. Letters of intent are due to the AAA by July 26. easy in this hot weather." Micah Reiffenberger of Ortonville had the winning perch for the week, at 1 pound. He weighed in at Bud's Bait of Ortonville. Richard Rohman of Washington, IL landed a 7 pound 8 ounce walleye to take top placement in that category, and also weighed in at Bud's. Final scrip money jackpots are now $100 for walleye, $130 bullhead, $130 northerns, and perch is now $145. WEEK #7 RESULTS : . ",1':.   I st T. Gmse/Z. Giese t4 n=h) 2nd J. Ross/G. Ross (4 ) 3rd  Parker/Geier o n) i "si::.:-. :., ?.:..: 4lh FletcherlRoelke (2 nsh)-?::: ! 3.2# :' Library corner the computer. The reason for this is we need to protect the privacy of our patrons. We cannot do that if you are using someone else's card or come in without your card. You will be assured that only items you have checked out personally are on your card. We will also be requiring all patrons to pay any fines they have due before having access to computer use. So, if you owe fines and want to use the computer, you will need to clear 5th Sompson/Busker (2 )',, 2,˘P2 LARGEST WALLEYE -o.2# Giew & Gieso/G4eso (tie) LARGEST SHEEPHEAI).4# - Jackson/Jackson , OVERALL STANDINGS ,x Van H/Torrn 31.6# .ROss/Ross 29.6# Amdt 24.80 mln/o, u y.z your account first. We have received many new books in the library in the last couple of weeks. Included are new books by Danielle Steel, Jude Deveraux, Tom Clancy, Lisa Gardner, Jan Karon, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson and many others. The summer reading program is continuing with over 40 children signed up. They had a great time making hamsters and seeing a real live Never have we heard of anything so utterly ridiculous removed  as the thought instigated throughout our country last week that the words "under God" should be ') from our nation's Pledge of Allegiance! We should spend ]g/hen you order 2 sets of more time doing away with the terrorist cells throughout 3" or 4"prints you will  . the world, than worrying or receive the 2nd set FREE/   spending time with such trashful thinking! Markets ' 35ram C-41 color print film only, excludes panoramic and A.P.S. 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The good news is, how- ever, that at least two U.S. organi- zations will have a lasting impact in Yunnan Province• Habitat for Humanity opened an office in Kunming in May 2000, the only such office in the entire nation. Getting underway has been challenging, according to the American director, who speaks flu- ent Chinese. The group's first project will be to renovate 28 houses this October in a rural village. Leprosy handi- capped all of the village's elderly residents. The first overseas work team will arrive in March 2003. The Chinese-speaking team has been waiting three years to come. We think it's terrific that the same organization that helps some very special people in Brookings and other South Dakota communi- ties will soon help special people here in China. Another organization, Project Grace, had its roots in the 1980s when an elderly man in Seattle felt a burden for the people living in this mountainous province. In the mid-1990's, a handful of people began working. Today, over 100 people from 13 countries and a dozen organizations work under the banner of "Caring for the Poor. Sharing Knowledge, Loving People•" Project Grace works in six areas: agriculture, education, fami- ly life and leadership, medi'cal, microenterprise and reh and physical The o clinic with It trains (i.e., En and the builds schools project. It farming The by disabled among Hearts 'n' and em abled in handiwork In the past, hasn't tangibly, and not had a help the American Habitat for Grace care for It is not America'S ! this part Many we're comi don't know. opportunities ! but, using a laborers are pointed to SDSU is University envision English again, us Humanity, organizations. • l There is no. nities to serve home). ale lOt so admire the long-term beautiful hamster at the last program. This scape in coming week they will be making project scrapbooks and the week after will by July have a demonstration on sign language.  Stop ilh and see all the new books and videos we have gotten in. Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July? Wind generator project continues Workers are making steady progress on the Worthington Wind Generation Project. Soon four 900 kW turbines will be part of the land- SPECIAL WEEKEND 1 Upper Deck Reserved Seat 1 Hot Dog 1 Soft Drink Over A $16 Value/ 11111 Ill BLUE liT| July 26, 7:05 p.m. July 27, 6:05 p.m. July 20, 1:05 p.m,. TNIBI gl BBWILI August 2, "/:05 p.m. August 3, 6:05 p.m. August 4, 1:05 p.m. August 5, 12:05 p.m. Onb recein less than 7 days - to yow flrsl game date mat be poked up at the Tvnm M,oaome Dodge Dakota Pickup Windows (wl call}. Please indicate the number of ticket packages lor  _e/_. _ Name: _ Address City Day Ph ThC have been is located Worthington. route to the completed tion was For more httl: the tab of the site as it Signature CC# Circle O Visa, MasterCard, Amen Express. 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