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By JDK What a pleasant surprise visit we had last Monday, when Dennis Toner and wife Sandy now of Tucson, AZ stopped in to say hello. Sandy was one of the best tellers ever at Tri- County State Bank (now Cenbank) and Den was always noted as not only a good golfer, but had a real knack for catching big walleyes on Big Stone Lake. His biggest rival for the walleye was the late Gerhardt "Mr. Walleye" Block. We had a nice chat and Denny reminded us of an incident on the Ortonville golf course many years ago that he remembers to this day. The course was only 9- holes then. We had just birdied old Hole No. 2 (now No. 7), and Denny was playing just behind us. At the end of the round, we started bragging to Den about our birdie, to which he responded with the biggest smile you could imagine! "Hell, Jim I just eagled the same hole right behind you." That put an all-time end to any of 'our bragging about our golf nice thing about golf you alw@s remem- ber your good shots! Den is one of 12 children in the Tom Toner family here. His brother Pinky, lives in Tucson also! Sandy's parents are John.and Emma Folkens of Clinton, both in their 90's, whom Den and Sandy visited while here. ***** We wonder how many know that Brock Lesnar who last week won retained the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavy- weight championship, hails from Webster, SD? We won- der, too, how many of our own area remember meeting Brock when he once dined at Ortonville's Matador Supper Club. He is a former U of M Gopher. Three cheers for Sarah Palin, who recently announced she was stepping down early as Alaska's Governor before her term is up. Many from the major media have and still are blast- ing her for her decision, and the great David Letterman is still hounding her! As was said of the late President Harry Truman " give 'em hell Harry," we say to Gov. Palin, "give 'era hell Sarah." Whether or not she ever runs for President, we like her spunk and determination to bring A HALT TO BIG GOVERNMENT which is sorely needed by our current lawmakers who like to spend like a bunch of"drunken sailors !" Here's an oldie for you, in this photo which Jerry Longhenry found recently while thumbing through some of his memorabilia. Pictured is yours truly at right, and at left, is the late Ernie Copper. If photo had not been showing a side view, identity of both men would be clearer. Photo was taken inside the former "Phillips 66" Gas station on main street here in the building which houses Sturdevant's NAPA business. Photo was taken in the year 1957, when yours truly was "only" 27 years old. Indeed, how time flies! ***** We have a celebrity of sorts in our midst in the per- son of Ortonville attorney Ron Frauenshuh, which comes by the way of his uncle, David Frauenshuh, a highly successful real estate personality for many years in the metro area. Come Aug. 1st of this year, there will be a grand opening in St. Louis Park for the Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center, named in honor of David Frauenshuh. The new Center adjoins the facility of Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. Big Stone Senior citizens I II Sec. Gen Strube Big Stone Senior Citizens met on July 7, 2009. Meeting opened with the pledge to the flag, birthday song for July birthdhys followed by table prayer Seventeen members enjoyed a pot luck dinner with: chicken from the Pizza Ranch. Cliff opened the business meeting at 1 p.m. with the secretary's report and treasurer's report which were read and approved. Old business: None. New business: discussions on a different table for the card players. No decision reached. LaMoine, Gladys, Clara read some stories. Motion made for adjournment. Cards and bingo were played and enjoyed by all present. DEMOLITION HAS BEGUN on the Ortonville School playground along Trojan drive. The old playground equipment has been torn down and new equipment should be arriving later this month. Cities Under 1,000 Population 'Spared'. County aid is expected to be reduced by $33 million in FY 2010 and $67 million in FY 2011, with Governor Pawlenty's unallotment proposal. This amounts to a reduction of no more than 1.19 percent of each county's annual aid plus levy for 2009, and a reduction of no more than 2.41 percent for 2010. For Big Stone County, the 1.19% amounts to $48,849 for 2009 and in 2010, the percentage is 2.41%, and amounts to $99,177. The five counties with ~ population of approximately 5,000 or less are exempted from these reductions (Kittson, Lake of. the Woods, Mahnomen, Red Lake and Traverse). Stevens County will see a 1.19% reduction in 2009 - of $67,954; and 2.41% in 2010 of $137,968. Cities under 1,000 in population are spared cuts, according to the 'unallotmenr. The only city in Big Stone County to receive reductions is Ortonville, which will receive a reduction of $68,373 in 2009, and in 2019, the reduction will be $142,774. The other cities in Big Stone County are all under 1,000 population. The reductions begin to take effect at the start of the new fiscal year, which begins July I, 2009. The budget solution includes: $200 million Reduction of local aids and credits to cities & townships $100 million Reduction of local aids and credits to counties $67 million Reduction of refunds and other payments $236 million Reduction in human services spending $100 million Reduction in higher education appropriations $33 million Reduction in most state agency operating budgets $1.77 billion K-12 education pay- ment deferrals and adjustments $169 million, Additional revenues through administrative actions TOTAL: $2.675 billion Reduction in local government aids and credits - $300 million ($200 mil- lion to cities and townships, $100 million to counties) State aids and credits to cities and counties are proposed to be reduced by $300 million. The reductions would be split so that 1/3rd of the amount is reduced in FY 2010 and 2/3rds are reduced in FY 2011. City and township aid (LGA) will be reduced by $67 million in FY 2010 and $133 million in FY 2011. No city's reduction exceeds 3.31 per- cent of annual aid plus levy for 2009, and 7.64 percent of annual aid plus lev, y for 2010. No township's reduc- tion exceeds 1.74 percent of annual aid plus levy for 2009, and 3.66 per- cent of annual aid plus levy for 2010. Small counties, cities, and town- ships have less flexibility and fewer options to deal with budget chal- lenges. Cities and townships with an adjusted net tax capacity per capita less than the statewide average and which have a population of less than 1,000 are exempted from these reduc- tions. In total, 53 percent of Minnesota cities (454 of 854) and 35 percent of Minnesota townships (629 of 1,802) will not experience a reduc- tion under this plan. Reduction of refunds and other payments - $67 million Refunds for political contributions made between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2011 are proposed to be eliminat- ed, resulting in a savings of $10.4 million for the biennium. This would not impact individuals electing to make contributions to the State Election Campaign Fund through the check-off on state income tax returns, nor those contributions. The renters' refund would also be reduced to more accurately reflect actual property taxes paid, saving $51 million Reduction in human services spending- $236 million Human Services expenditures make up roughly 28 percent of the state general fund and are largely responsible for dramatically increas- ing state government costs In an effort to limit direct impacts to indi- viduals, as well as avoid further reductions to hospitals and nursing facilities, targeted reductions to grants, provider payments, authorized services, and operations are proposed. Key items include: K-12 education payment defer- rals and adjustments - $1.77 billion Begi.nning in FY 2010, aid pay- ments to schools will be temporarily reduced, generating $1.17 billion in savings The reduced portion of those payments will be deferred such that school districts will receive 73 per- cent of their first year entitlement that year and the remaining 27 percent in the second year. In home housing needed for Tram Would you like to share your home with one or more TRAM riders the night of July 26. At the present time two area motels are full and we have some riders that would like to stay in private homes. The only obligation is a good bed and bath for them to use. Transportation to the meeting place Monday m~orning is appreciated but not expecte,d. If you are willing to share your home, please call Greta Yaeger at 839- 2457 or Ginger Athey at 839-2280. (Non-Adv-3) Heart sociation WEI~E FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE Over 50 quilts were displayedspring to being over 100 years old. Several quilters showing their from 30 quilters at the 2009 Bonanza Quilters ranged in age from 4-91, works are members of the local quil- Quilt Show held June 6-7 at thewith Mary Weinman, who resides at ters quild, 'Hands Across the Lake.' Bonanza Education Center in Bigthe Clinton Care Center, being the Visitors to the show were asked to Stone Lake State Park. eldest member at 91 years young, vote for their favorite quilts. The top Quilters displaying their quilts Other who displayed their quilts three winners received quilting books came from Ortonville, Big Stone City, included Peggy Duffield's sewing as prizes. First place winner was SD, Odessa, Clinton, Graceville, Class at Ortonville High School. Carol Knutson of Ortonville with her Beardsley, Browns Valley, Morris, Students included Kay Eastling,"Civil War Sampler" quilt. Second Milbank, SD and Wilmot, SD. There Megan Sherod, Nicole Kelzer, Kayla place was Sandy Casper of Graceville were also quilts displayed from the Albright and Katie Ohrtman. with her stained glass quilt. Third Big Stone County Historical Society. The Sunday School Class at place went to Wendy Hentges of A variety of quilts were displayed Holden Lutheran Church in Milbank with her "All About Me" in various styles such as table runners, Beardsley. The quilt was calledquilt. wall hangings, anniversary quilts, "Things I Love." The students col- Joanne Svendsen of Big Stone bedspreads, traditional and crazy quilt ored cloth pictures of things they Lake State Park thanks all those who designs. They even had some quilt loved, including dinosaurs, flowers displayed their quilts and stated that it squares done in stained glass. The and more, and the cloth squares were was a good turnout from the commu- quilts ranged from being made this sewn together in a quilt, nity to view the quilts. CWC to meet July 21 at Zion You are invited to a morning cof- fee of "Faithful Friends" on Tues July 21, 2009 at 9 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church on Highland Hwy Ortonville. The special feature will be Sue Kulbeik to speak about training pup- pies to become seeing-eye dogs. She will tell about the joys of being a guide-dog puppy raiser. Our speaker will be Sally Hjelle, Savage speaking on "Accentuate the Positive-Eliminate the Negative". She is a gifted singer and tells her story in both word and song. She will also be our soloist. Clarrisa Grunwich will provide pre-coffee music. Tickets are $5 inclusive with free babysitting available if requested. Please reserve by July 17, 2009 to Evelyn 320-839-2189 or Elaine 320- 839-3332. Also, contact them if you have to cancel. All are welcome. Sarah Maas named to University of Mary Dean's List An area student was among 666 students named to the spring semester Dean's List at the University of Mary, America's Leadership University, in Bismarck. This number includes students in U- Mary!s undergraduate program and in the School of Accelerated and Distance Education. To qualify for the honor, traditional undergraduate students must earn a 3.50 or better grade point average while carrying at least 12 credit hours. Among the students named to the list was Sarah Maas of Ortonville. Students enrolled in U-Mary's School of Accelerated and Distance Education (S.A.D.E.) program must earn a 3.50 or better grade point average while at a full-time adult learner status. CARD SHOWER for $amantha's 19th Birthday! ~ SATURDAY, JULY25 - $amantha K. Meyer 17$th F$C, 1-151 FA APO, AE 09330 (This is her address for the duration of the deployment.) participants in Big II project reaffirm commitment The Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) and Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Boards of Directors, recently reaf- firmed their commitment to the Big Stone II project, a joint effort by five regional electric utilities to build a 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant next to the existing Big Stone Plant. The Boards' action means that MRES intends to take 150 megawatts of power from Big Stone II to meet future electrical needs of its 57 long- term power supply members and for the community of Hutchinson Big Stone II participants in addi- tion to MRES are the Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Heartland Consumers Power District, Montana-Dakota Utilities and lead developer Otter ~Fail Power Company. All Big Stone II project partici- pants are expected to take formal action to proceed in September. The project has received all of the major permits needed from the States of Minnesota and South Dakota for Big Stone II and for the Big Stone transmission project. Also, a final federal Environmental Impact Statement was published June 26 in the Federal Register and a Record of Decision is expected in tl~e coming weeks. / .;. FIRST PLACE WINNER AT THE 2009 BONANZA QUILT SHOW was Carol Knutson of Ortonville with her "Civil War Sampler" quilt. Visitors to the show were asked to vote for their favorite quilts. Over 50 quilts were displayed at the showheld June 6-7 at the Bonanza Education Center in Big Stone Lake State Park. E Hwy. I2 Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2957 Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, July ! 4, 2009