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With the passing over the week- end of Ted Williams, regarded by many as the "best-ever-hitter" in baseball...we note where several metro area writers have mentioned their ties with the great slugger, espe- cially being that he started his career with the old Minneapolis Millers, a farm team for the Boston Red Sox where Ted played his entire pro career. We can't remember the exact year, but we recall that Williams was highly featured in many South Dakota dailies when he once made at pheasant hunting trip with other nota- bles to an area near Miller, SD. We also recall reading somewhere that Ted had such great vision, that he could many times actually see the seam on the baseball as it was com- ing at him] Wow!! How thankful we of this area are today in that our crops have never looked bet- ter. True, you can't count the blessings until the crops are in the bins, but think of how many other areas in our land are so destitute because of either drought or flooding! Our prayers are not only for thanks today that we have been blessed, but we pray also for those less fortunate! What utter greed! What utter stu- pidity! "We refer to the possibility that pro baseball players may go on strike at the end of this season. If so...you can kiss good bye what-has been dubbed the favorite American pas- time! How. much money do the little "babies" want, anyway!? And how much will the stupid club owners continue to pay them?! Indeed, it's hard for the rest of America to stom- ach the thought of a strike...what with the sourness so evident in our economy of late! And should the strike take place...baseball fans across the country would be even more stupid if they attend even one game should the strike ever come to an end! Whether the players and owners realize it or not...and they should have at least one ounce of brains...they are on the brink of killing the_sport, and killing their livelihood! On a hot summer day you're bound to find many Minnesotans turning to bot- tled water to help quench their thirst. On average, Americans drink approxi- mately 2.3 servings of bottled water per day. Although bot- tled water is portable and convenient, those who drink it may be shortchanging themselves of an important tap water benefit; fluoride, according to the Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota. Via e-mail recently, we received a message from a man named Tom Rise of Roseburg, Oregon, which reads: "The reason for this email is to ask if it would be ok with you if my grandson, Zane Rise, could have one of your newspaper t-shirts (x-large) with your name or "logo" on it? He has had a head injury and stays close to home because he has seizures. He is a big boy, and a very private kid. He just loved to read the sports page and hope that he will again soon. His best friend's uncle is a salesman and sends his friend a lot of different pro- motional t-shirts. So I thought I would see if I could get my grandson a few from some unique newspapers. Anyway, if you do have such a thing, and would not mind if Zane had one, that would be great. He loves to get any kind of package with his name on it. If not, I completely understand. Thank you for your time and have a great year in 2002." We don't have an Independent t-shirt to send to Zane, but we have obliged him by sending a Hobo Soup t-shirt, which we hope he enjoys. Yet another small worlder! Recently we began talking with a stranger at Gerring's Car Wash in Wayzata. John Henry Boyd is a professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University if Minnesota, and when he learned we were from Ortonville...he began telling us that he and some other friends had owned a slough for many years locat- ed a couple miles north of Correil, selling it about eight years ago. They had used it for hunting. He mentioned some area folks to whom he asked us to say hello...namely Chet Carl and family, and Carl Schmidt. Peterson announces state grant for 145 miles of snowmobile trails A state grant of more than $30,000 is on its way to help create some 145 miles of snowmobile trails in Lac Qui Parle, Swift, Chippewa and Big Stone Counties, according to Rep. Doug Peterson. "This is a major milestone in mak- ing our area a more attractive tourism destination," Peterson, of rural Madison, said. "It took a lot of work by local snowmobilers, county offi- cials and cooperative local landown- ers. I was proud to be part of this suc- cessful effort." The state Snowmobile Trail Assistance grant of $30,462.70 was awarded by the Department of Natural Resources Trails and Waterways Division. Funds for the grant come mobiling is almost a billion-dollar from snowmobile-related fees appro- industry in this state, and that's impor- priated by the Minnesota Legislature. rant because it brings dollars into the The grant funds will be admjgistered rural economy from the Twin Cities. by Lac Qui Parle County. o "'cl"iaI Dozens of small businesses would The next step is for local benefit from additional visitors in the and sponsoring snowmobile clubs to winter." obtain permission from landowners for the proposed trails and from local governments to have the trails cross local streets or roads. "By establishing this extensive network of trails, our region will be able to compete with Northern Minnesota for the snowmobiling tourist - and the money they spend on food, lodging and recreation," Peterson said. "Recreational snow- In the 2001 legislative session, Peterson co-authored legislation that increased funding for snowmobile trail grants by $600,000 a year in both 2002 and 2003, to $4.4 million each year. That funding survived the bud- get-cutting done by the Legislature in 2002 mainly because it came from taxes paid by snowmobilers them- selves, according to Peterson. Signup for environmental quality incentives program Minnesota farmers can apply for more than $8 million in federal funds to install conservation practices on their farms through the newly revised Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept applica- tions through July 19 at its local offices across the state, said Mark Dybdal, District Conservationist in Big Stone County. NRCS administers EQIP. Congress reauthorized and exten- sively revised EQIP when it passed the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, commonly referred to as the 2002 Farm Bill. President George Bush signed the leg- islation into law on May 13. This farm bill strongly emphasizes conservation on working agricultural lands. As a result, conservation programs such as EQIP received significant increases in funding nationwide. Final rules for EQIP are still being written in Washington; however, NRCS in Minnesota is collecting applications now so it can quickly assist producers once the rules are completed and money is available. "I encourage producers to visit their local USDA Service Center and learn the new rules once they are available," said William Hunt, State Conservationist for NRCS. "The changes are significant and mark a positive step for both producers and our natural resources." EQIP, a voluntary program, pro- vides financial assistance to install or apply certain conservation practices, such as fencing, agricultural waste systems, terraces, and grassed water- ways. In addition, producers receive incentive payments to encourage agri- cultural and livestock producers to manage certain natural resources, such as manure, grasslands, and nutri- ents. A conservation plan is needed for all EQIP contracts. NRCS and county soil and water conservation district staffs provide the technical and educa- tional assistance producers need to apply or install conservation practices based on their conservation plan," Dybdal said. "The plan describes con- servation and management practices to protect soil, water, plants, air and animal resources. -For more information about the new EQIP rules or how to apply, con- tact the NRCS or Farm Service Agency office in your local USDA Service Center at 320-839-6149 for Big Stone County. CCL again plans Rothi Family reunion "Adorables" at County Fair held on July 4th Big StoneCountyMinnesota Citizens Concerned for Life will be Decendents of the family of Lawrence and Agnes Rothi met at the home of Fred and Nola Lockwood on July 4th, 2002 for an impromptu fam- ily reunion. Those in attendance were Bob and Bonnie Rothi, Ann (Rothi) Helgeson, Fred and Nola (Rothi) Lockwood, John and Anna Rothi, all of Ortonville; Jerry and Judelle Rothi of Canby, OR. - Second and "hird generations attendees were: Allan Helgeson and daughter Barbara from Duluth, Larry and Sandra Helgeson and Sally from Ortonville, Harley and Ellie Helgeson and Adam, Kaylee, Kara and Jason of Ortonviile; Greg Lockwood from Minneapolis, Steve and Janice (Lockwood) Riggs and Aaron and Kristin from Cedar Falls, Ia; Gary and Colleen Lockwood and Sarah, Kyle and Jason form Maple Grove, Curt and Linda Rothi and Jessica from Anoka, Dave and Vicki (Rothi) Sager and Njckolas and Marshall from Dassel, Patti (Rothi) Anderson and Kayla and Brooke from Lakeville, Harold and Laura Rothi and Wesley from Otsego, Paul and Joann Rothi and Karl Rothi and Sarah Schacker and Linnea from Portland, OR. ( Check out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com ) promoting life and raising funds by holding their annual "Those Adorable Babies" at the Big Stone County Fair in Clinton, July 25 to 28. Pictures of your babies will be displayed at the MCCL fair booth. For a small donation, votes may be cast for your favorite baby to become "Adorable Baby 2002" and represent Big Stone MCCL in the Ortonville Cornfest Parade, as well as receiving first prize of a $50 Savings Bond. To enter your favorite baby, under two years of age, Please send a 5x7 or smaller photo, along with name of baby, parents name and a self addressed stamped envelope (to return your photo) to: Becky Block 658 Paul Bunyan St., Ortonville, MN 56278, or leave in the drop box at that address. True Minnesota, Some things are distinctly Minnesotan - like Blue Cross and Minnesota, recognized for delivering Quality health care pans 70 years That's why more Minnesotons choose Blue Cross than IDIOn. Call me for individual or group Dtans or IDk3ns that work Medicare Tom Oakes Agent 40 NW 2nO Street Orto,nville, HN 56278 320-839-2118 or 800-630-4978 Happenings By Bob Dybvig My neighbor Stan Lynne has a Keepsake apple tree in his backyard. He has agreed to try a new approach to control apple maggots by inserting them into a zipper type sandwich bag. The method we used was to zip the bag half closed and putting a staple there, then slipping over the apple and zipping it closed and then putting a staple near the stem. The staples are necessary to keep the bag closed all summer. The two bottom corners needed to cut off to drain off any rainwater. This method is a safe, easy way to produce perfect apples, without relying on chemicals. Master Gardener Barbara Larson of Montevideo brought some of her bagged apples to a fall Master Gardener update last year. She had several varieties and showed us the differences of those that were bagged and those that were not. I will try to keep you updated on this project and perhaps we can have a demonstration if successful. The flowering plants have put on an exceptional show this year. We planted a Chinese lilac hedge in 1993 near the area at the Course. hedge is its mature hei and complete covered blossoms. are Japanese tree lilacs that arc putting on th, show as of writing. The the upper awesome this are saying, us.") We pruned the rose s the parking excited about pruned, but will be just fine. delay major until next s there is no volunteer "The Climb" film at New The new film from World Wide Pictures, "The Climb" will be shown at Ortonville's New Life Community Baptist Church next Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. The film is about two mountain climbers and their fire-and-ice relationship as they try together to reach the ultimate summit. The stunning visual scenery was shot in the Mountains. This is a film Following th, cream and New Life Center. 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