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Kudos today for Ortonville native, long,time friend and former Ortonville ace reporter, Craig McEwen, who retired last Thursday after 32 years of reporting for the Fargo Forum. Craig also sends kudos our way, saying "quite frankly, Jim I honed my writing and photog- raphy skills at the Independent work- ing with you, Jeanette, your dad, Lem...along with one of the best lino- i" '.,i : ..... "so-so" from her recent health prob- lems, but otherwise all is okay, and our family sends greetings to all who remember us." Long-time friend and former employee of ours, Fran Trygestad of Bellingham submits a letter-to-the- editor by her son, Nell, now of New Prague, that appeared in a recent issue of the New Prague Times, which we think worthy of passing on to our readers. "It's alternative fuel for' me," begins Nell, and he contin- ues: "With the recent environmental disaster still going on in the Gulf of Mexico, I have and will continue to support an American-made and much cleaner choice of fuel for my vehicle. The alternative choice is E85. My reasons are many, but • reflecting on this past Memorial Day, my first reason is wars are not being' waged over a gallon of ethanol. The loss of a mother or father, son or daughter, sister or brother for a barrel of oil is senseless.. Second, the money from the purchase of a gallon .of ethanol stays in our country. I prefer to support a domestically pro- duced liquid transportation fuel rather than one produced outside the type operators ever, Heine Balster, United States. This action also helps print foreman Bob Fuller, Denny reduce our trade imb'alance Third. Vieman, Bobble Lu Thorne, Gladys Reisdorph, and Arlene Wiese in the front office. Working for you, Jim, provided me a great down-to-earth training and a full understanding of all facets of the newspaper busi- ness...to whichmost daily news jour- nalists have never been exposed." We remember-well that Craig was a key man in publishing of the Independent's Centennial edition back in 1974. Working for us was Craig's first job in the newspaper field, the foundation for which he recalls "started side-by-side with you on clacking typewriters and Speed Graphic cameras...oh for the good ole days, eh?" Craig will turn 64 come November and is looking forward to retiring, and doing some fishing at his resort on Cormorant Lake near Detroit Lakes, "and of course visiting more with mom, Andrena, in Ortonville." Craig and wife, Leita, welcomed their first grandchild, Jackson Carl Wigglesworth, in April. He and Leita have two grown chil- dren, Jessica (McEwen) Wigglesworth and Aimee McEwen. The McEwens will continue to live in West Fargo. ***** Here we go again...Twins manager Ron Gardenhire not listening to the Bert Blyleven theory (and one we have always shared with Bert) of "leaving your starter in as long as he is HOT, regardless of pitch count." In Saturday's humiliating loss to Tampa, the Twins were leading four to one on two homers by Jim Thome, a homer by Justin Morneau, and three hits by Joe Mauer. Yet the Twins suffered a loss with a slug of runs given up by reliever after reliev- er...taking a loss that never should have been. Starter Liriano had everything under control, until Gardenhire made his stupid move! Not fair to the team. Disgusting!!! News today from sister, Barb, and her husband, Harold McCarthy, for- merly of Minnesota for many years, now retired in Vero Beach, FL. "Having a quiet 61st reunion for Mac's class at Carleton College." In addition to Mac's citation Barb also received an Exceptional Service Award in 2004 for her work with the school's Alumni Admissions" pro- gram...which resulted •in about 100 students attending Carleton. Regarding Mac's honor, the follow- ing appeared at the program: 'One enthusiastic nominator described Harold "Mac" McCarthy as an insur- ance leader • who made a difference. Initially planning to pursue a career in the ministry, McCarthy spent two years in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1945-1946 and landed a job in the insurance field following his gradua- tion from Carleton. After 17 years with Federated Insurance, McCarthy joined Meridian Insurance m Indianapolis in 1967, beginning as personnel director and progressing to executive vice president. From 1974 to- 1991 he was Meridian's President and CEO, and he was chair of the board from 1991 until his retirement in 1992; he continued as a board member until 1997. McCarthy guid- ed Meridian through a public stock offering, a series of acquisitions, and a_period of rapid growth that tripled • its asset base and income. He served on the boards of three national trade associations, the largest of which-the National Association of Independent Insurers-he led as chair of the board from 1986 to 1987. While on that board• he testified before the U.S. burning ethanol fuel reduces green- house gas emissions by at least 20 percent. And finally, the impact of the former oil spill in Alaska and the current oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico reaches far beyond its sur- rounding environment. Local ecosystems are now either destroyed or changed forever. Countless busi- nesses such as fishing and tourism have been devastated, many of which are owned and operated by families. Nothing like this has happened in the ethanol industry. I am tired of sup- porting the oil companies. The ethanol industry is changing rapidly. Improvements in the process and the addition of multiple feedstocks are making the industry more competi- tive everyday. New Prague has two E85 pumps in town, one at Shell and one at Coborn's Little Dukes. Help diversify our energy supply and suport a domestically produced liq- uid transportation fuel." ***** Strong Part Seven Thou Must Sweep Cobwebs From Thy Mind Before They Imprison Thee The mind is its own place, and in itself ca n make a heaven of hell, or a hell of heaven, Why do you still think of the • love that your own fool- ishness and temerity caused you to lose, long ago? Will that memory help your digestion this morning? Why do you still grieve over your failures? Will tears improve thy skills while you labor,for your fami- ly, today? Why do you still remem- ber the face of he who harmed thee? Will the thought of sweet revenge enable you to sleep better tonight? Friends dead, jobs failed, words that wounded, grudges undeserved. money lost, sorrows unhealed, goals failed, ambitions destroyed, loyalties betrayed-why have ye preserved all this evil clutter as if it had value? Why have ye allowed such cobwebs of infany to gather in the. attic of your mind until there is scarcely room for a happy thought about this day? Sweep out the tragic strands to the past that have accumulated with the years. Their festering entrails will choke you, in time, if you are not diligent. The ability to forget is a virtue, not a vice. And yet, to know that yesterday with all its mistakes and cares, its pain and tears, has .passed forever and cannot harm you, ts not enough: So also must you believe that you can do nothing about tomorrow, with its possible heartaches and blunders, until the sun rises again. All you have, thatyou can fashion as you wish,is the hour at hand..Never let worry about tomorrow cast a shadow over today. What madness it is to be expecting evil before it comes. Waste not a moment's thought on that which may never happen. Concern thyself only with the present. He who worries about calamities suffers them twice over. Forget what is past and let God concern himself with the future. He is far more capable than you Court report I (Week of June 30, 2010) Big Stone County Sheriff's Office CharlesAlan Bauer, Graceville. Aiding an Offender, Fined $3•085. Supervised Probation five years, - Community Work Service, 500 Hours for indeterminate May do additional 500 CSW in lieu of fine. Misty Lynn Lemcke. Ortonville. Speeding, 81/55, Fined $285. Michael Olajide Rendon. Appleton• Driving after Revocation. Fined $285 Senate Finance Committee about the Koreen Marie Heath, Red Wing, industry's views on pending tax Speeding, 65/55, Fined $125. ref°rmleffislafidii'"-Ttie-liccahy;S Benjamin Thomas M0nson. daughter, Susan, sang a solo at the Spicer, Speeding,69/55, Fined $135. event honoring Mac. "Remember, Jim, it was 61 years ago you sang at our wedding in Ortonville. When in Minnesota. we noticed an article on Vince Parker in the St. Paul Pioneer Press." That article, Barb, was also sent to us.by Wayne Benshoof, which MN State Patrol Amy Joy Mcdonnell, Beardsley, Seat Belt Required. Fined $110. Clayton Travis Trexler. Montevideo. Driving after Suspension, Fined $185. Ortonville Poliee Department we published several years ago and Cody Allen Pettyjohn. which will re-appear in an upcoming Bellinham Seat Belt Required. issue in our "Down Memo Lane" .-,a¢']-ln ' column. [ gb S/ygihis-recovering- - ..... , .... Summer Center Day 1910-2010 set for Morris ' Centennial Summer Center Day will be held at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris on Friday, July 16. 2010 is the 100-year anniversary of the West Central Research and Outreach Center (west Central Experiment Station, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station- Morris Substation). There will be tours on Crops, Livestock Systems, and Renewable Energy in the morning. All tours leave frorh the farm shop. Farm shop demonstrations and dis- plays will be available for viewing in the morning. A Local Food Lunch will be available in the Ag-Country Auditorium. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with morning tours running approximately one hour in length, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending about 11:30 a.m. The tours will begin at regularly scheduled times. Everyone is invited to attend • the morning tours, the noontime lunch, and afternoon symposium programs or any. part thereof. WCROC is locat- ed one mile east of Morris on State Hwy 329 off of Hwy 59. There are three Crop Tours and each tour will run. at 8, 9:15. and 10:30 a.m. and will be held in field at crop sites. Absentee Balloting For Primary Begins June 25 Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reminded voters who will be away from home or otherwise unable to make it to their polling locations on Aug. 10 that they can vote absen- tee in the state primary beginning Friday, June 25. The absentee ballot- ing time period comes earlier this year because Minnesota moved its primary from September to August to provide active-duty military a'nd overseas voters more time to partici- pate in Minnesota's elections. "We expect many Minnesotans will be out camping, fishing, enjoying our state parks, or relaxing on the lake away from home this summer," Ri, tchie said. "If you want to vote in the primary, but you are going to be away from home or otherwise be unable to go to your polling location on August 10, you can still partici- pate starting June 25," Ritchie said. The absentee balloting period for the state primary is Jun. 25 - Aug. 9. State law allows eligible Minnesota voters to vote absentee either by mail or in person for one of the following reasons: * Absence from the precinct (away from home) * Illness or disability * Serving as an election judge in another precinct Religious discipline To vote absentee by mail, visit the secretary of state's Web site to down- load and print an absentee ballot application, or contact your county auditor or municipal clerk to obtain one. Voters can vote absentee in per- son during normal business hours at their county auditors' offices and' some city clerks' offices. There are special voting procedures for active-duty military personnel, their dependents, and Minnesotans overseas. This office encourages these voters to visit https://minneso- ta.overseasotefoundation.org, a one- stop-shop developed by the Office of the Secretary of State in partnership with the Overseas Vote Foundation, to assist these voters in requesting their absentee ballots. Voters will notice improved absen- tee ballot materials designed to make the process of voting absentee more user-friendly and to reduce errors made by voters when completing their ballots. The office received national recognition for the redesigned materials from the Center for Plain Language earlier this year. Independent Ads Get Noticed. (You're reading this one aren't you?) Mobile meals July 5-9: Rita Raffety, Howard and Vivian Janssen. July 12-16 . Carol and Roger Hynnek. Elaine Anderson. Jane McCallum. MEADOWBROOK WEST AND EAST along Big Stone Lake held their annual Fourth of July Parade on  Sunday. Grand Marshal's, show above, were Melvin and Florence toeschke. WCROC celebrates 100 years The West Central Research and Out- ,reach Center (WCROC) was estab- lished in 1910 as the West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) and West Central Experiment Station (WCES). Through 1963 WCSA was a boarding school that provided high school education to young rural men and women with an emphasis on agri- culture and home economics. Since 1959. the campus at Morris has been the home of the University of Minnesota. Morris. a public liberal arts college. WCES has focused on agri- cultural research for 100 years, known as WCROC in recent years This year's Centennial willbe cele- brated with a series of events during 2010. Centennial Center Day will held on Friday, July 16 at the ROC, one mile east of the intersection of Highway 59 and MN 329. with the first field tours leaving at 8 a.m. There are eight tours featuring field crops, livestock• and renewable energy. Many include old and new varieties and management practices. A pig demonstration displays the impact of changing diets over the years. Walter Hokanson, long time herdsman• him- self 100 years old, participates in a demonstration of an old fashioned cream separator and butter churning. At noon a lunch will be available that features local foods, including straw- berries from the ROC patch. The afternoon program features a symposium, "Looking Back-Looking Forward: The Role of WCROC in West Central Minnesota". Sam Evans. re- tired soil scientist, and Harley Hanke. retired teacher at WCSA and animal scientist atrWCES will highlight the achievements of Ag research at WCROC. Greg Cuomo. Associate Dean. Col- lege of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Sciences. speaks on ways the ROC's are a U of M resource poised for the future. Finally; a pair of nationally promi- nent speakers will present alternatiye wews of agricultural sustainability in the next 100 years Jude Capper. ant- mal scientist, Washington State Uni- versity, addresses the questi0n-"Is high yield agriculture the,path?" George Boody, Executive director of the Land Stewardship Project, speaks to '% agri- cultural diversity the patch?" The symposium closes with a panel discussion featuring the speakers with Eee Johnston, WCROC Direc}or of Operations. moderating. .................. WCSA alumni reunion will be held ;i on July 17 and 18. The reumon fea- i[ tures class gatherings, campus tours, .[i and a banquet on Saturday evening..7 Bus tours on Sunday afternoon feature the ROC and its lovely garden, the  town of Morris_ and the Stevens .: County Historical Museum which is featuring the agricultural theme this year. A WCROC centennial history and recollections DVD-video are avail- able. A Horticulture night and Admims- tration Building dedication will be held on July 29 with the dedication at 3:30 p.m. and horticulture activities at 5 p.m Horticulture mght is the most popular annual event at WCROC. Among the many tours is the rural gar- den of 1910. and presentations on West Central history,. The administration building renova- tion emphasizes energy efficiency. Paintings by David Riekert reflecting west central Minnesota scenes and the agricultural photography of" David Hanson will be unveiled. All events are open to the public. For more information contact Jean Spohr at 320-589- 1711 or by e-mail at spohrjm@morris.umn.edu. Two Ortonville artists work chosen for National Exhibit The Stevens County Historical So- ciety, in Morris. formed in 1922, has chosen the work of two Ortonville artists this year, Douglas Holtquist. a sculptor and Deb Larson a painter. Holtquist's "Prairie Moon," a cast glass and iron sculpture and "Twilight," Larson's oil painting of a cormorant roost on Big Stone Lake will be exhib- ited in the fourth annual "Horizontal Grandeur•" national fine arts exhibi- tion. Fifty pieces, by 35 artists from nine prairie states will be featured this year. "The criteria for submission was twofold, yet intentionally vague." said Tina Didreckson, Horizontal Grandeur Exhibit Coordinator. "Each artist had to live in a state that had a prairie and each piece had to be a representation of the prairie. Minnegota prarries are dif- Break-in, Robbery At Tri-Co. Co-op Mini-Mart June 21 A break-in and robbery was report- ed early Monday, June 21 at the Tri- County Coop Mini-Mart in Graceville. according to Big Stone County Sheriff John Haukos. The perpetrators broke int9 the business and broke open an ATM machine, removing the money. They took an undisclosed amount of cash from the machine, as well as smaller amounts from other areas of the store• according to Sheriff Haukos. The break-in' was discovered shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, June 21. The robbery is under investigation by the Big Stone County Sheriff's Department. and they encourage any- one .with any information to please call the sheriff's office. Ortonville A+ Foundation Golf Tourney this Saturday Join the fun this Saturday, July 10 and participate in the A+ Foundation Golf Tournament held at the Ortonville Golf Course. This is a three-person scramble with a team entry fee of $150 which includes green fees for non-mem- bers. meal tickets, beverage tickets and a guaranteed good time (with an added bonus of supporting the Ortonville Public School). Registration and sign-in begifis at ferent than those in MissoUri. New Mexico or any of the other nineteen states with prairies The quality of the work and variety of media is amazing this year and our jury had a tough time chosing the pieces." The Stevens County Museum along with active and fun programming and events, is in itself a destination vista One of the oldest buildings in Stevens County it dates to 1905. when it was constructed as a Carnegie Library with a donation from Andrew Carnegie. It became the county museum in 1970. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. the addition and restoration has maintained the integrity of the building while adding contem- porary and accessible space. In 2005 the renovation/expansion was corn- pleted and since has been awarded two prestigious recogmtions from the Min- nesota Preservation Alliance in 2006 and the National Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History in 2007 Opening Friday, July 9. with the artist reception from 6:30-8 p.m.. the exhibit will run through Oct. 29. The museum normally open. Monday-Fri- day, 9-5. will be open additional hours of opening weekend. Saturday- 11 a.m. -4:00 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.. All viewing of exhibits is free. If you are unable to attend the ex- hibit m person, during the opening or the museum's normal hours, you can wew the exhibit virtually or order an exhibit catalog after July 9. Visit i www.stevenshistorymuseum.com or call 320-589-1719. 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Call the Ortonville Golf Clubhouse now to register and rent carts at 320- 839-3606. or contact Isaiah Longnecker at 320-839-4217. If you are unable to participate in the Golf Tournament. you are invited to support OHS by mailing a tax- 'deductible financial gift to the A+ Foundation. Ortonville Public School. 200 Trojan Drive. Ortonville, MN 56278. Collector Car Appreciation Day set for Friday, July 9 The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 513 desig- nanng Friday, July 9. 2010. as Col lector Car Appreciation Day. This effort was undertaken by your SE MA Action Network (SAN) friends in Washington. D.C.. as a means to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoratton and collection plays in American society. Collector Car Appreciation Day will also provide an opportumty for enthusiasts, like you, to gather at'events nationwide to cele- brate this special day and raise aware- ness of the importance of our great American hobby. The resolution, sponsored by Senators Jon Tester and Richard Burr "'encourages the people of the United States to engage in events ald com- memorattons of Collector Car Appreciation Day that create opportu- nities for collector car owners to edu- cate young people on the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of we have to! all members of the SAN to get involved and make the first Collector Car Appreciation Day one for the history books. Here are some ways you can get involved to make July 9 a special day: If you own a collector car. drive it to work and show your coworkers! If you are a member of a car club, host an event or move an upcoming gathering to July 9 from its original date. If you are a member of another hobbyist organization, think about partnering with,clubs m your area to attract more parncipants and make a big splash on the first Collector Car Appreciation Day. Don't forget to invite your friends. neighbors, and even your local elected officials to events in your area to get them involved in the hobby. If you or your car club are planning to re cogmze the occasion or would like information on setting up a i• ,i [- :! -. the United States. including through the collection and restoranon of col- lector cars." Across the country, vents are being planned to recognize this Important day for collectors and enthusiasts. Car crmses, club gather- mgs and other fun events will take place to recogmze the impor.ance of preserving the heritage of the United States by encouraging the restoration and exhibition of collector cars. The success of the resolution is only as strong as your parncipation m events on July 9. and we are asking mot that Collector Car Appreciauon Day i- event, please contact SAN Director i- Ethan Landesman at ethanl@  sema.org as soon as possible. We will ." then add your event to the master list :" available at www'semasan'c°m and > publicize your event to the national "'- enthusiast community. " Local car enthusmsts will be cele- 22 brating Collector Car Appreciation [- Day on Saiurday, July 10 in Big Stone , City, SD at the Car Show as part of - Big Stone City's 125th anniversary, i Be sure to stop by and enjoy the i • collector cars. "- . Page 2 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, July 6. 2010 € il