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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Many organizations, profit and nonprofit, communities and ordinary people are always looking for leaders to propel them to the next higher level. The question often asked is; what qualities does it take to make a good leader? Is there a difference between being a good leader versus a good manager? Yes, there are many differences between leaders and managers. Some of the differences are listed below. MANAGEMENT .Control -Short-term Boss of the people Holds people accountable for conformance Focus on the bottom line Structure, chain of command .Administrates Asks, how and when LEADERSHIP .Change .Long-term Servant of the people Holds people accountable for results Focus on the horizon ,,Flexibility, openness .Innovates Asks, what and why Good leadership is about getting others to follow by inspiration and tapping into the well springs of Leadership- Management human motivation. Management is mostly about "to do" lists which includes organizing, planning, control and coordination. L'eaders are the architects. Managers are the builders. Great leaders get extraordinary results from ordinary people. Great managers simply get well planned and sometime well- executed outcomes, but seldom the huge successes that arise from the passion and enthusiastic commitment inspired by true leadership. If you have any doubts about some of this, ask yourself about the leadership of Mother Theresa or Princess Diana. How were they able to inspire the thousands of people in their areas of endeavor? Leaders are at their best when they challenge the status quo, inspire a shared vision, envision others to act and encourage the heart. Leadership requires people who are able to take criticism while praising others; having the ability to assume responsibility for their own mistakes as well as the mistakes of those under them, and continuing to grow and learn; for stagnation is not leadership. If all of us emulated these characteristics it would then lead to a more harmonious society with accomplishments coming at a faster rate. Communities and organizations need leaders to grow and prosper otherwise stagnation and decline become the norm. -Bill Powell, Ortonville Correction . In last week's story on the first ordination of Father Douglas Binsfeld, it was stated that one of the Priests present for the ceremony, Father John Shelly, had been ordained in Big Stone City 50 years ago. This was in error. Rather, it was Changes needed birthday calendar It is time to call in additions and corrections for the American Legion Auxiliary Birthday Calendar. You do not need to be a Legion member to put names on the calendar. Father Jim Wolf of Aberdeen, who Any changes must be made by Yllly ws ordained at  Charles in Big 22ndYou _are asked to callFmrayne Stone City $Oago. .....  ............. :- :-,-.at 89-2353, ...... ....... .......... -,,--, ,,.- 1 8 10 14 17 21 7 CLUES DOWN 1. Romantic whisperings 2.__ Lilly. drug com- pany 3. Former U.S. gold coin worth $10 4. Guy (slang) 5. Rage 6. Ancient Celtic tribe 7. Quick drink I I. __. Arthur, actress 12. Creates 15. Ocean 16. Endurance 18. Lake in South Africa 20. Old-fashioned 23 CLUES ACROSS I. Vista 4. Toddlers 8. With great difficulty 9. Harass 10. Doses 13. Heath 14. Wood sorrels 15. Can't move 17. About blood 19. Opera singer 21. Essential 22. Small boat 23. Rushed 24. Fill with high spirits SOLUTIONS ACROSS SOLUTIONS DOWN I. Scene I. Sweet nothings 4. Bambini 2. Eli 8. Eking 3. Eagle 9. Badgers 4. Bub 10. Tablets 5. Madness 13. Erica 6. lceni 14. (3ca 7. Instant coffee 15. Pareses I I. Bea 17. Hemic 12. Sires 19. Soprano 15. Pacific 21. Needful 16. Stamina 22. Skiff 18. Mwem 23. Sluiced 20. Pass6 24. Elate c'798oo02 SWCD supervisor spots open in LqP People concerned with resource management in Lac qui Parle county may want to file to run for supervisor of the Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District. There are many good, qualified residents in our SWCD that would make excellent board members, and they are encouraged to file. The filing period is open from July 7 through July 21, 1998. SWCD supervisors make important decisions affecting the management of wetlands, lakes, soil and forests. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who really wants to make a difference. SWCDs are special purpose local units of government that manage and direct a number of popular resource programs, including the state Cost- Share Program and the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Program. Each of Minnesota's 91 SWCDs is governed by an elected five-member board. Although the supervisors are elected at-large - meaning th every eligible voter in the district may vote for all open supervisor positions - they are nominated from one of five nominating districts within the SWCD. An individual must live in a nominating district with an open supervisor position in order to run. The townships of Augusta, Mehurin, Manfred, Garfield, Freeland, Yellow Bank, Agassiz, Perry, Walter and Arena and the communities of Bellingham, Nassau and Marietta, make up the two nominating districts with openings for the 1998 election. Supervisors do not participate in primary elections; they will be elected at the general election Nov. 3, 1998. Although supervisor terms are generally four years, the terms open for election this fall are only two years, in order to establish a new, staggered election process. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do get compensation for attending meetings and functions and are reimbursed for expenses. For more information, please contact the SWCD at 320-598-7321, extension 3. Strong graduates from NDSU Robert James Strong, son of Jim and DeLaine Strong of Ortonville, was among the 1,069 students who graduated from North Dakota State University of Fargo, ND this May. Strong received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the university. Another area student who graduated is Jeffrey Lee Erickson of Chokio. Jeffrey received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal and Range Sciences, and graduated with honors, which means that his cumulative grade point average exceeded 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. mission 0 M.IS. Y a le6 rice00hospice i Ortonville/Graceville Satellite Office FOR INFORMATION CALL MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA. Beginning on March 5, mail begins pouring in from around the country addressed to "Service Dog, P.O. Box 39000- WHO." What strange event has taken place at the Thanks a Million headquarters? Dear Readers: Well, you did it again! You've moved mountains. You've impacted Jalayne Noonan's life and the lives of 5 others you don't even know about yet. Several months ago I asked that you join me in raising funds toward a $10,000 goal to obtain a service dog. Tkis special "Lassie" was needed for a woman who became paralyzed from the breastbone down after a near fatal car accident. The accident occurred 3 years ago and since that time Jalayne has had to depend on others to be her arms and legs. With a service dog she could attain the highest level of independence possible. Simple things like grocery shopping and solo parkway adventures would be within her grasp -again. These are things physically abled people take for granted until they are stripped from our lives-then they become activities that we can only dream about. The loss of dignity, self-esteem and the constant dependency on others can erode a person's self-worth. It can leave one bitter, with a cynical outlook toward life. Not so with Jala3ne. Her outlook is positive, upbeat and filled with enthusiasm in eager anticipation of her new friend. That's because not only did we meet our $10,000 goal, but we exceeded it by nearly $50,000! What this means is 5 other people will be awarded service dogs through my Thanks a Million column. Therefore, I invite you to write me if you know of someone who could benefit from a service dog. The organization that you made your generous contributions to, Paws With A Cause, will work with us in the placement of these special canine companions. Again, if you know of someone who would benef'rt from this service, please write me. There are enough funds secured to honor 5 additional placements. On behalf of Jalayne Noonan, radio station WHO of Des Moines, Iowa and myself, thanks a million! Your contributions totalling $60,000, cards and letters have been most warmly received. You collectively have changed the life of a brave lady. Job well done, folks, and I applaud your efforts. It does this old man's heart good to know that I can count on the kindness of my readers. Dear Mr. Ross: I hesitate in writing you and not that I'm undeserving of your help. I hesitate in that you probably receive too much mail as it stands and I hate to add to your already overwhelming burden. Truth be told my son injured himself playing soccer. While I have insurance, it only paid 80 percent of the costs incurred. I've been left with $462 in medical bills which I cannot pay. Now I could get a second job, but as a single mother, it would only take away more precious time from my 3 children. I'm not guilting you, this is just how things are. I believe in helping myself and if need be, my small family will buck up and make the sacrifice. However, I also still believe in fairies and magic. Ms. P. C .... The Monitor-Index, Moberly, MO Dear Ms. C.: Just as long as you don't expect me to show up in tights and pull a rabbit out of my hat, I won't shatter your beliefs. I'm sending you the requested $462, plus an extra $100 for a day at an amusement park. I also believe in magic, and it never fails how a day of rides and ice cream can produce smiles on the faces of 3 kids and an adult. Have fun.* Editor's note: You may visit Percy Ross' web site at ww: thanksami llion, corn Write Percy Ross, P.O. Box 39000- B, Minneapo'lis, MN 55439. Include ),our phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. Penny thoughts By Penny Sitter -, We are eagerly awaiting some new arrivals. There is a bird nesting under the eaves on the light fixture on the deck. She started building there awhile back and we threw her nest away three times. The fourth time we decided to let her stay as she was so determined to nest on that spot. Her nest is made up only of green moss. There was no moss on the house shingles so she must have carried it from a distance. It was unbelievable how fast she could get each nest started. She has a helper who sits on the deck rail at times while she is on the nest. According to the bird book, they belong to the fly catcher family but we don't know which one. I call her Amanda. We put a rug on the deck underneath her nest so the baby birds won't fall through the cracks in the deck when they start to leave the nest. We hope they hatch soon. I II I I I The wren is nesting insidethe spout of an old cistern pump. She ignores all the houses we have put up for her. She feels more secure in a east iron structure. She's there every summer. I guess she's like me. The sam old house is where I like to be. All my young have left the nest but when I cleaned closets last week, I found many reminders of their days at home. Should I have thrown out old school papers, artwork, letters and cards? Maybe I should have, but somehow everything went back into its hiding place. How can you throw away a card made of construction paper, lots of paste and tape the has "I love you, Mother" printed in big crooked crayon letters? I believe Amanda is a better house keeper than I am. She's keeping things neat. But I suppose when she leaves, we'll have to clear away her nest. { . , % ....... , , "IF THIS GARDEN GETS ANY BIGGER, I THINK I'LL HAVE TO GET A MOTOR ON THIS THING!," says George VanHale, who is having another great rowing season in the garden behind the Trojan Apartments. This years crop includes cucumbers, sweet corn (waist h|h), pumpkins, 140 tomato plants, onions, green and yellow beans (nine rows), squash, cabbage and assorted flowers. George says that he gets a lot of help from his wife Ruth, who cans most of the vegetables, and the only problem is an occasional raid by a passingdeer. Re reme- dies this with bags of hair, because the scent helps to'keep the animals away. 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