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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... It's a breeze...clean, A new program of Missouri River Energy Services (MRES ®) will bring environmentally friendly wind power to 55 MRES member communities in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The program is called "RiverWinds sw' and in its first phase, MRES plans to build two large wind- powered generators near Worthington. The wind turbines will begin producing electricity by July. Worthington is an MRES member and we also are working with other members in Iowa and South Dakota with the possibility of adding more wind turbines under the RiverWinds banner in the future. RiverWinds is MRES' latest in a long line of efforts to bring low-cost, environmentally friendly energy and energy services to our members and to their customers. Our members purchase about half of the energy they need from the federal government's hydroelectric plants located along the Missouri River. These plants burn no fuels and they produce power simply by using falling water. Even our fossil-fuel plants include state-of-the-art pollution control renewable wind energy equipment that allows the plants to exceed federal and state air- and water-quality standards. MRES and our members also are participants in a $7.5-million trust fund to protect habitat for endangered whooping cranes and other migratory waterfowl in the central Nebraska, and we offer several programs to help our members and their customers use energy efficiently. RiverWinds is a logical next step in our continuing efforts to bring people the energy they need and at the same time, to protect the environment. Under the RiverWinds program, customers in our member communities will have an opportunity to purchase "wind certificates" that entitle them to receive a portion of their electricity needs from our new wind resources. MRES and our members hope a significant number of customers will choose to participate. As we are saying, "It's a breeze" to sign up and take advantage of this environmentally sensitive program. - Ortonville Power'& Light Guidelines for the prescription drug program change as of July 1 The Prescription Drug Program, which helps many older Minnesotans pay for their prescription drugs, has income and asset guidelines. Effective July 1, the income guidelines will increase to $906 for an individual and $1,214 for a couple. Also effective July 1, people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare will also be eli- gible at these guidelines. The asset limitations are $10,000 and $18,000, respectively. The homestead property, a mobile home used as a primary res- idence, a prepaid burial fund of up to $1,500, burial space items and one motor vehicle, under certain condi- tions, are not considered when figur- ing assets. Under this program 1 i F| i i ii i i • ) 6 ii Clues ACROSS 1• Duration 5• Focuses a beam of electrons 9. Provided help to 14. Wallaroo 15• Stew with chickpeas 16. Commerce 17. Social group 18. Placental mammal 19• Number 20. Himalayish 22. Tidal wave 24• Open country in South Africa 25• Gets 26. Symptom 29. Grading 31• Caress 34. Main fome of attack 35. Chest 36. Yes vote 37. Artificial diamond 38• Ruled by an abbot 40. Mother 41. Rivers 42. Linear unit 43. Coal tar product 44. Drive 45. Stone splinter 47. Despots 48. Fourth gospel 4g. Reflected sound 51. Old World lizard 53. Foretell 54• Cereal 57• Small antelope 58• Rare metallic element 60. Serf 61. Geological time 62• Fimt man 63. Lustedessness 64. Possess 65• Hold on to Clues DOWN 1. In-group 2. Monetary units of Afghanistan 3. Saddle home 4. Cancellation 5. Type of anaesthetic 6. African antelopes • 7. Goose egg 8• Product 9. Right 10. Hamper 11. Aggregation 12. Mild yellow Dutch cheese 13. Restaurant 21. Breast 23. Smooth 26. Superior of an abbey of monks 27. An inquiry 28. Health care provider 30. Camp -Z --T o-- Ii n i e i 31• Monetary unit of India 32• Monetary unit of Iceland 33• Time of life 38. Greek letter 39. Head 40• Indifferent 43. Anaesthetic 45. A metamere 46. Subatomic particle 48. Front of a blouse 50. Herb __, San Francisco columnist 51• Issue 52. Covered with or tinged with gold or a golden color 53. Sulk 54. Rally 55. Dollar 56. , musical award 57• Resistance unit 58• Related to Hmong in southern China 59. Aroused enrollees pay the first $35 each month that prescriptions are purchased. Other requirements for the Prescription Drug Program include being a Minnesota resident for six months, enrolled in Medicare Part A and B and having no insurance cover- age for prescriptions for four consecu- tive months. Prescription drug dis- count cards or programs do not count as insurance. If you do not qualify for the Prescription Drug Program, there are other options. These include the increasing number of programs through the pharmaceutical compa- nies. The Patient Assistance Programs, which often require doctor intervention, may also be helpful. Information on these programs is available at www.needymeds.com or by calling the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433. These additional tips might also hel p to save more money: • Ask your doctor to suggest less expensive alternatives, such as gener- ic drug products or less expensive substitutes• • Ask for medicine samples. • Ask how long you will take this medication so you buy just enouKh and no more.  .". • Shop around. Different pharma- cies charge different prices for the same medications. Some membership stores will allow you to purchase pre- scriptions without being a member. • Ask if your pharmacy has a senior discount without joining a membership program or paying an up Letters to E//ssa by e late Rev. George P. Werner D.D. (Edi. note: Following is one of a series of articles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his family to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're reading his memories of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon. The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. Ihno Janssen, now retired in Walnut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Werner passed away late in the year 2000. ***=. "VACATIONS" (continued from last week) The Black Hills of South Dakota After many years, those hopes for another vacation were realized. The summer after my first year of college. my father and mother planned anoth- er vacation. We had journeyed north to the forests and lakes of northern Minnesota in our old 1927 Model T Ford• We had endured the rigors of that primitive vacation, sleeping in the car and eating along the road. Now we were ready for finer things. My dad had just purchased a 1936 Ford V8 for the substantial sum of $620 and we were ready for the open road. It was the summer of 1936 and the depression lay heavily upon the land. But Cheeb was undaunted by our monetary constraints and invited a girl to accompany us "to keep her company," so said Cheeb. Geraldine Schuck was a year younger than 1, the daughter of one of our farm fam- ilies in my father's church. She was tall and rather athletic, as most farm girls in Minnesota seemed to be. She was to play a rather important role in our trip to western South Dakota. We drove west from Worthington, crossed the Minnesota/South Dakota border near Sioux Falls and entered the treeless, arid plains of our border state. This was my first introduction to the high plains of our country. The horizon seemed to stretch on and on beyond the curvature of the earth. Little farm houses stood lonely and barren in withered fields of wheat. It was pathetic to be lost in such a sea of vast nothingness. Willa Cather's "Giants in the Earth" kept intruding on my thoughts. I remembered that pioneers had set out from Worthington, head- ed west through the tall prairie grass- es and had to find their way by using a compass. There were no natural features in the landscape by which to orient themselves. Often they got lost• One winter during a blizzard a man lost his way between the barn and the house and his body was not found until the snow and ice melted the following spring. Our first stop was in Mitchell at one of the few tourist attractions in central South Dakota_ Here we were greeted by the unusual sight of a building made of corn, called by the predictable name of Corn Palace. The exterior of this large convention hall was made completely of corn-on-the cob. Not the kind you could eat, of course, but dried and hardened field corn. I had half expected to see squir- rels and birds having a field day here, but no, all that golden corn made a most impressive sight for these not too sophisticated tourists. And so it was on to our crossing of the wide Missouri River at Chamberlain. The Mississippi/ Missouri River system is the longest in the world• And now we were entering a different world. The strag- gling discouraged looking fields of wheat gave way to uncultivated rolling plains of short, native grasses. We were in the great range lands of the west• I loved its openness with no fences, no bamers of any kind, only the wide open sky meeting the far away horizon of distant range. (continued next week) World War Memories (Editor's note: This is one in a series of articles, many from The front fee• Independent, found in a cherished scrapbook compiled by Ortonville's Heiga (Mrs. Sam) Barr.) To learn more about the many pos- sibilities, call the Senior LinkAge • • • • • * * * Line® at 1-800-333-2433. Staff Sgt. R.H. Cornelisen is Among Bridal shower for Hand-Picked Troops Ready for Invasion Williamson-Nelson A special bulletin received by The reliant, for not since the Indian wars Indepcndent fromtheHeadquartersof has the individual soldier been so An open house bridal shower in the European Theatre of Operations much on his own. He must have intcl- honor of Heather Williamson and of the United States Army, states that ligence, initiative and cunning, Brandon Nelson will be held at the S-Sgt. Raymond H. Cornelisen of because be faces the craftiest of foes. Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville, American infantry troops, some of the infantry will use to accomplish its pTh.m.Uday, July 18 from 7:30 to 9:30 Ortonville is among the thousands of Included among the weapons which • • whom are veterans of the role in the invasion, and with which The couple are registered at Target Mediterranean fighting, who are now infantrymen must be familiar, states and Carlson Drug. All arc welcome, in England undergoing, the most rigor- the bulletin, are machine guns, ous training promnmAnny history grenades, rifles, pistols, bayonets, i ONCE AGAIN . . . MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: James Adehnan Clifford Birkholz • Ruth Lauster Nina J. Birkland Ruth Benson Leslie I". Olson Esther Ahrendt Mrs. B.C. Fowler Warren Johnson Joel Kuyper Richard "late Mrs. Doug Fett Mrs. Eugene Sunnen Howard N. Hanson Herb K'mg Richard Steiner Orville Vane Hortense Ische Donald Verheul Mrs. Ray Stanke Mrs. Germain Adelman Grace Van Hout Max Gruenwald Gene Gloege Vernon Goldsmith Curtis Gjengdahl Pat Taffe Linda Olson Leslie Jean McCallum Delores Kareis Minnie Schellberg Dale Klitzke August Klitzke Elaine Nawrocki Harry Loeschke Gloria Sorenson Iverson Insurance Mrs. Charles McLaughlin Everne Danielson to ready them for the Allied invasion of the continent. "These tough, experienced troops" states the release, "whose task it will be to close with the enemy and cap- ture or destroy him, are being condi- tioned to live and fight under almost any imaginable battle condition• Not only does the foot soldier have to be skilled in the basic training of the infantry man, but he must specialize .in the training of the unit to which he is assigned. "It was these men of whom Lt. General Lesley J. McNair, Commander, U. S. Ground Forces, spoke when he said: 'The foot soldier today must be far more than merely robust and durable. He must be keen and alert to master the intricacies of some 15 weapons. He must be inher- ently ingenious, resourceful and self- automatic rifles, 81-mm mortars and anti-tank guns. In addition these tough, reliant soldiers are learning that to be good at scouting and patrolling is not enough; that they must be nearly perfect as possible, stepping silently at night, crawling noiselessly at night, moving as part of the ground, knowing map and com- pass and how to use each either by day or nighL "At the same time the American foot soldier is learning the importance of his phase of the war, the phase fought by the infantryman, walking, crawling, waiting patiently for the kill, running when a minute earlier he did not believe he could pull one foot after another. He is learning his is the- role which will finally determine whether and when the war is won." No one covets Minnesota better. It's comforting to know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been providing quality health care plans for nearly 70 years. With the variety of plans for individuals, groups and plans that Work with Medicare, we've got you covered. Give me a call for more information• Beth Mueller, agent (located in Cennk building) 113 NW First Street Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-6145 BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota SUZETTE I Compeer RYAN Tues., July 9,: Minnesota, in South counties in All others. Postmaster: The Ortonville Ortonville, NEW Big Grant and Ju ALL OTHERS I March ................ 3L May .................. 25. Jub ALL ARF .... 3t. Ma) "PUBLISHER'S t The Publish changes or not lessen omissions m tisement is the the Church notes Pictures - 5 News - Frida, Classified ads (Any ad brought to classify.) 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