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MAC and NAPS food day July 3 MAC and NAPS food will be dis- tributed on Wednesday, July 3 at the regular pickup time of 10:30- 12:30 at the New Life Community Baptist Church in Ortonville. This free todd is based on income for senior citizens 60 years of age and older and children up to age 6. If you feel you might qualify for this box of free food, call 320-839- 3247 for information. Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Logan Jackson last Wednesday. There wer no squares in attendance with guests from Watertown and Peever. No dance on Wednesday, July 3. Upcoming dances: Hank Prasnicki, July 10, Hawaiian night. Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the High School lunchroom. Use the Northeast door, visitors are always welcome. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! t FOR THE TWINS were these local youth and adults, as a busload traveled to the Minnesota Twins game Sunday, defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3. In total, 33 children and 11 adults attended the event, sponsored by the Lodge, Ortonville VFW Post #3964, Minnwest Bank and Cenbank. ngs 1) to address the up the Course for in the Big Area has a development active, 3ns; state grant special the state's assistance the area With South BEEF BUNDLES PORK BUNDLE 50 LB. S98.95 25 LB. S49.95 20 LB. $34.95 Shop [or Hereford ade Plone (605) 8,36-4256 i ask Ior Lowell Valley Road. SD Dakota, a state with a very business- friendly reputation. Given the eligibility and certification of many properties in central business districts, some jurors thought the Main Street Program is another resource that ought to be explored. What we seem to lack is a shared vision. It is vitally important that we develop one. Economic development programs and projects aren't coordinated, sometimes duplicate each other and don't make best use of available resources. We think a shared vision could focus on three community assets: Big Stone Lake, the area's health care infrastructure, potential historic preservation and tourism opportunities. The area's economic vitality is dependent on successfully developing what we've got. The community must work in concert to provide strategies to meet our economic development challenges and exploit opportunities. There's plenty to do. The big challenge is figuring out a way to assign jobs to economic development players and getting the* organizations to accept a more focused, defined role in a process that's bigger than each of them individually. Q: How can economic development best be achieved? A: We believe it starts with developing a shared vision and getting everyone's buy-in to the vision. We should begin the process of developing a shared vision by building the effort on assets developed by the area residents' involvement in the Blandin Community Investment Partnership and the Blandin Community Leadership Program. The issue is "How do we do economic development better in the Big Stone Lake Area." The BCIP Steering Committee and BCIP graduates need to get together and do a stakeholder analysis as a first step to addressing the issue. Players identified in the analysis ought to be invited to be parl of a process that develops- shared vision statement. That same group should also be principal participants in a newly formed nongovernmental citizens committee that reviews economic development projects and programs sponsored or proposed by economic development agencies, local governments or area businesses. The citizens committee is Keeper of the Shared Vision Flame. The committee will evaluate projects and programs against that standard does the project or program enhance or promote the shared vision; does it duplicate someone else's effort; will it leverage other planned, on-going or accomplished efforts? Q: What realistically can we expect as outcomes? A: The area's big problem in accomplishing economic development is that it doesn't have a coordinated strategy. That's because it doesn't have a shared vision. The process we suggest offers a real possibility to develop that shared vision. Submitting economic development programs and projects to a citizens committee review is voluntary. Our intention is not to establish another economic development organization or a needless hoop to jump through. If the citizens committee's composition is inclusive and its operation is transparent, economic development program and project sponsors and proposers will eagerly seek the committee's input. The citizen committee's stamp of approval on a project is valuable in any competitive grant process. The committee's approval is also a big step and a shortcut to building community consensus for a project or a program. The committee will also be a good vehicle for communicating economic development plans to the public. It's important that the community knows its public sector and private sector leaders are promoting economic development in a coordinated, purposeful way. Jury members included Lavalle Berkner, Harold Moore, Colleen Regan, Jim Larson Jan Nordick, Tom Tobin, Orlou Mittelstaedt, Becky Parker, Mildred Thymian and Vai Rausch. Mittelstaedt, Nordick and Regan did not participate in deliberations. ORTONVILLE, MN ChuckSteak i $1'79 HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-5:30PM; Sat. 8AM-5PM PHONE (320) 839-2653 t0-t Lb; Pkgsii 90% ei Boneless   t.b. Ground Beef or ;;: : ; ..... Organic Ground ]'oPi ,,ri::, ( Pioneer's Own - Per Lb COUNTRY RING -- SAUSAGE ............... 89..79 Per Lb, DELl HAM ............... Z.Z LOCALLY GROWN BEEF - Per Lb. QUARTERS -- OR SIDES ............... 8 1.49 LOCALLY GROWN PORK - Per Lb. HALF A HOG ................. 89 Buffalo are back at Big Stone Refuge! Stop at Pioneer for our special prices/ 1/8, 1/4 OR 1/2 - Fresh from the J&L Bison Ranch Buffalo Meat For Sale- $1.00 per lb. Equal to federally inspected plant. Market your beef and pork anywhere/ ,0000,FEATURING NEW BIG STONE LAKE AREA RESIDENTS ! /- EIR NEW HOME on Ortonville's Northwest Second Street are Angie Larson, left, who is and Jay at right, holding Madeline, 3. has dreams and goals - some of which are never achieved g them is a hassle. Minnwest Bank makes it easy. Home loans offer a lower interest rate and possible tax deductibility, making to get what you want or need. It's the smart way to borrow. Jay and Angie Larson Family "It's such a nice and friendly city," agree Jay and Angie Larson of Ortonville, who made the move to the town with a heart in June of 2001. The couple has two children, Madeline, 3 and McKinley who is 1. They purchased the former home of the late Dr. Charles Bolsta,- which was last owned by Lonnie and Patty Richardson who operated it as a bed and break- fast. When asked why they came to Ortonville, Jay says because his father Jim Larson, who is fast becoming one of Ortonville's leading entrepreneurs, chose Ortonville as well. Jay works as a mortgage banker for ABN Amro Mortgage Co., which owns LaSalle Bank in Chicago and Minneapolis. He has been work- ing as a mortgage banker for the past 11 years, and has been at his most recent job for the past year. Jay spends weekends at his home here, and travels back and forth from the Twin Cities to work for ABN. Angie works for the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Odessa, as well as one day a week at Dancing Bean Coffees in Ortonville. She has been employed with the refuge for the past three months and has always worked with Wildland Fire Suppression, since she was a sophomore in high school. Angie was born in Montana, then moved to Alaska with her parents at age 9. She finished high school there, then attended and graduated with a degree in arts management from Linfield College in Portland, OR, where she met Jay. With a major in economics, Jay also graduat- ed from Linfield. He is the son of Jim Larson of Ortonville and Ann Larson of Minneapolis. Angie is one of three children of Jim and Marilyn Jurgens, now of Anchorage, AK. Jim Jurgens works for the National Park Service in Anchorage. Angie was raised in Anchorage, and her mother works with the city's school system. Jay's hobbies are working with his children and sports in general, while Angie is kept busy in her leisure time with cooking and gardening. Angie is a member of the Ladies of Big Stone Lake and also works with Early Childhood Family Education in Ortonville. Jay and Angie agree they simply love Ortonville and its people, adding it's a wonder- ful choice for them to raise their family. Series sponsored by Minnwest Bank l.tlt it" "1 hrt',(n Call or stop in and talk to one of our loan professionals today for more information. Growing With Our Community! MINNWEST (!,20) 839-2568 " 21 Southeast Second Street Ortonville, MN 56278 =ubject to out standard credit qualifications and certain restrictions apply. Corumlt your tax advi=or regarding the deductibilit of itnterest. Member FDIC INDEPENDENT Page 13