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The fire Around The world" p--\\; Camp Area 4-Hers, Casey Arndt; Jennifer Henrich; a'hd Abby Knutson; of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club; and Daniel Kleindl and Kyle Pansch of the Toqua Troopers 4-H Club joined 104 other West Central District youth at the 2002 "Light The Fire Around the World" 4-H Camp held June 11-13 at Camp Koronis near Paynesville, Minnesota. Camp offered hand-on AROUND THE WORLD was the title of a camp held June 11-13, attended by several area -= shown above. activities and exciting workshops through which the campers tried new things, discovered new ideas and learned more about themselves and their world. Traditional camp activities such as saluting the flag, games, swimming, arts and crafts, and campfires were also enjoyed. Pictured are campers from Big Stone, Stevens, and Traverse counties. Former Resident t area youth attend YELLO Teresa Ekdahl .recently attended plo.'ng Leadership -,ua), a Minnesota t Leadership "lg Stone County fhomson, Holly Y- Haggerty Jill I...lger and' Jenna ;,tse Count), were a, Traverse County and Nicole and s kicked off with teremony led by as ;adors. David speaker who is ,.U.vational speaker "ell as a former MN t, did an amazing in.cluded with a pant duct tape I1 a I kce. the participants on a "courage" e p r by the Youth '.Ssional youth Afterwards, service work honor of the Power of Together, of flow- hydrants and :ked up trash, uilding. The a participant great entertain- YELLO, attended by area 4-Hers shown above, featured teambuilding activities, a banquet celebration and dance, along with a closing cere- mony and slide show. Jenna Heck and Sheila Krueger represented Big Stone County at the MN 4-H Federation Conference which followed. ment for all. Wednesday began with fun team- building activities. Next, the partici- pants were able to choose between going to the Science Museum or tak- ing a cruise on the Padleford Boat for their "day on the Town." The evening concluded with a final banquet cele- bration and dance where several spe- cial guests joined the youth, including four MN 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees: Linda Smith, Sue Fisher, and Betty McAndrews from the 4-H Foundation; and the Center for 4-H Youth Development's Director, Dale Blyth. The conference concluded on Thursday with a closing ceremony, :slide show, and a motivational cap- note speech by David Horsager. Jenna Heek and Sheila Krueger represented Big Stone County at the MN 4-H Federation Conference which followed. Jenna served as our voting delegate and both helped select the 2002-2003 State 4-H Ambassadors. Pictured below are the participants who attended Yello. Sportsmen Club tes to Bonanza Center P.i Center would As well as fishing, students also to the Toqua had the chance to practice knot tying 3raceville for and to learn about fish ecology and $300.00. anatomy. d to buy fish- ng 10rod and Boy born June 29 lugs, rod hold- . 00,ding net. to Paul Beachems Students from lad the chance It at Bonanza am Clinton- rowns Valley, City, Chokio tk part in the am at Bonanza Paul and Lori Beachem of Marshall became the parents of a boy born June 29th, 2002. Caleb Paul weighed six pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 1/4 inches long. Caleb is the new grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Norvin Beachem of Ortonville. Although students caught only three fish (one northern, one sheep- head, one silver bass) this past spring, there was much excitement and learn- ing happening. Thank you to the Toqua Sportsmen Club for their help in providing edu- cational and fun opportunities for the students of our area to enjoy at Bonanza Education Center. Save this paper t0r recycling Nazareth July 121 Friday, July tz - 8pm show Tickets $1z in advance $15 at the door at the casino and at... .n- F..xlt 1 off 1-29 on the North ' and South Dakota border 1.800.DAKOTA 5 __  mmm al allm ' 2002 i i Uses CPR on Dad We'll help eePt.your boat I or most of us, boating is enjoyed on the weekends. In fact, most of the time, the boat isn't even in the ter - ifs in storage. Contact us tcvlay about boat insurance from Auto-Owners. It's designed to protect your boat in the ter and out, and everywhere in between - all year long Life Hon Car Business Kindt Agency, Inc. 113 NW First Street OrtonviUe, MN Located in the CenBank Iaildlng Phone 320-839-6145 IIII Teresa Ekdahl and her dad, Richard Ekdahl arc pictured above at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association held in Washington. They were recognized for Terri's efforts in using CPR on her dad in 1998. Dick Ekdahl operated the airport in GraceyiU several years ago, and he, his Wife, Carol and daughter, Terri moved west after Terri had completed the first grade. She is now a student, in a nursing program m Portland, OR. Terri was in the area last week, visiting her brother, Doug Parrow and family in Milbank, SD and also friends of her family in Ortonville. In 1998 while hauling wood, Dick collapsed, and Terri alerted Carol to call 911 - and put to work the CPR skills she learned in health classes at Cross-Cultu00ral Adventure: A South Dakota Family in China "How will our children adjust?" was an important question when I wrote my first column six months ago prior to our family adventure in China. Upon our arrival, we found to our delight that they adapted quite well. Recently Aaron told Gwen: "I just love China." We all love China, but not everything has been easy.or enjoy- able. Like most Chinese, we had no clothes dryer. Gwen will not miss walking up 65 steps several times each day, especially when she did laundry and hung it outside. We had a small two-burner stove but no oven or microwave (also typical). Food shopping and cooking was difficult and time- consuming. We grew tired of bar- gaining for items; we look forward to price tags. We did not enjoy the pushing and shoving in crowds, squat toilets incessant honking, inefficiency, and bureaucracy. American higher education, for example, is highly service-oriented compared to what I've experienced here. We much prefer Biblical princi- ples of servanthood, humility, and admitting one's errors and faults over the ever-present Chinese prin- ciple of "saving face" and the ten- dency to not be forthright. The pluses of living in China, however, far outweighed the nega- tives. Alyssa liked "all the little shops and being able to buy stuff close." Aaron also liked the small shops and not having to drive to shop." Gwen agreed, especially for the "oh, I forgot to get that at the store" occurrences. We will all miss the small, bustling streets teeming with activities of life. Despite the "bigness" of China, we all use "small" to describe what we like, and among the masses of I Wy'east Middle School until paramedics arrived with a defibrilla- tor. Later, Teresa organized a petition drive to save.CRP classes at Wy'east that were a casualty of budget cuts. Terri visited at the Ortonville Independent last Wednesday with one of her mom's best friends, Nancy Scoblic, and also with Lois Torgerson, who remembered her as a little girl. Terri said to greet their friends in the area. She also recalled her first grade teacher at Graceville - who was Phyllis Levno. Mrs. Ekdahl is the former Carol McDonald. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS by Lyle D. Oison I Just Love China: July 1, 2002 people we will miss specific indi- viduals, many whose names we don't even know. Alyssa will miss the smiley lady (a friendly food vendor we saw nearly every day) and the candy guy (who creates artistic animal-shaped toffee suckers). Gwen will miss the helpful couple at the nearby store that sold western food. There's the three-generation family shop where we bought bottles of pop, the young women who sold us milk at the bak- ery, the couple at the Kodak store, and on and on. We will miss many wonderful people whose names we do know, such as Qinwei, who was responsi- ble for us at the university, and Zhou, who has befriended SDSU exchange professors for years. She is one of the most helpful and gra- cious persons we have ever met. I will miss my students. One class wrote, "We will miss you for- ever. Please don't forget us and remember to come back to see us. We love you." Always a farm girl at heart, Gwen liked seeing rural China, par- ticularly the farming methods. Having seen how many Chinese wash their laundry and hair, she appreciated a washing machine and hot shower. Alyssa "really liked trying to speak Chinese to buy something." Aaron also liked speaking and studying Chinese (he had a tutor). We will all miss the cultural exchange that took place at our meals with other foreign teachers. Living in China has indeed been an adventure. We have enjoyed sharing it with you. When we get back, feel free to e- mail us ( or call us (605-693-4565) if you have questions about our China experi- ences. Casa del Sol annual reunion set July 9, 10, 11 Casa del Sol Park from DOnna,' TX will hold it's ninth annual reunio0. for winter Texans at Ortonviile. The group usually has from 80 to 100 people who participate in this summer reunion. The dates this year are set for July 9, 10 and 11 with the group headquartering at Lakeshore R.V. Park. Herbert and Marilyn Streich and Maria Freng are in charge of arrangements for the reunion this year. 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