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! Area news digest RED LAKE FALLS-The sixth year of the catastrophe began recently. "There it is," said grain expert Jochum Wiersma as he held up a stalk of wheat. The upper half of the head was born and dead, ruined by scab - the only question is how bad it will be." Wiersma, the small grains specialist at the University of Minnesota's Northwest Experiment Station, found the scab-infested wheat recently on a farm near Red Lake Falls - the first time the grain disease has been detected in the Red River Valley this summer. After living through five disastrous years, the valley's wheat growers appear to be in for more of the same in 1998. WATERTOWN, SD-Work is under way to raise a three-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 12 west of Waubay on a literal causeway across Rush Lake. The $6.3 million job began last week and is expected to continue 90 working days. When work began, the roadway was less than a foot and a half above the water level. The project is designed to raise the roadway embankment with gravel, riprap for erosion protection, new asphalt surfacing and a cable guard rail along the entire stretch of road across the lake. Along with the huge amounts of gravel and fill currently coming from sites near Waubay, the project also will require another 104,000 tons of stone riprap for the edges of the elevated highway. In all, that's about 20,000 semi loads, said Gary DeJong of the State Department of Transportation. MILBANK, SD-Much honored Mllbank attorney Leo Flynn has received more accolades for his generosity. At a special program recently in Strandburg, the Association of Townships recognized Flynn for coming to the aid of local governments with gifts of more than a half million dollars over the past two years. Officials from the county board of commissioners and nearly every city and township in the county came to pay tribute to Flynn and thank him for his timely gifts. Bob Weber, state representative from Strandburg who organized the tribute, read a proclamation from Gov. Bill Janklow designating Friday, July 10th as Leo Flynn Day in South Dakota. The Milbank philanthropist, still practicing law at age 90, has become a one-man United Way, giving away about a million bucks in recent years to local institutions and charitable causes, as well as to various government subdivisions. Inkpa Days 1998 WINNERS LISTS Yard Beautiful Event 1st - LeAnn Athey; 2nd - Tom & Darcy Roscoe; 3rd - Bob and Orla Onken Turtle Races Ages 0-6: 1st - Jenae Schneider; 2nd - Austin Swanson; 3rd - Austin Schneider Ages 7-9: 1st Kalynn Mcreg; 2nd - Joshua Schuelke; 3rd - Scott Athey _ Ages 10 & up: 1st - Brandon Trapp; 2rid - Dustin Hanson; 3rd - Kendra Cloos Bale Rolling Co-ed Division Winners - Charlie Van Der Arde, Joe Vogel, Heidi Lindquist Men's Division winners - John Wiik, Ryan Zaun, Wes Gullickz Women's Division winners Marilyn Byer, Lisa Hinders, Kara Byer Boy's Division winners- - Dustin Hanson, Dan Laskowske, Jesse Cloos . Girl's Division winners - Amy Speth, Amy Smith, Steph Schuelke Lawn Mower Obstacle Course 1st- Tammy Schumacher and Kim Jenkins Frisbee Contest Ages 0-6: 1st - Chase Kuefler; 2nd - Brandon Johnson; 3rd - Chad Spots Ages 7-9: 1st Jeffrey Papasso; 2nd - Lori Arneson; 3rd - Tyler Ruhr Mini Tractor Pull Winners 4 Year Olds Girls: 1st Rikki Roscoe; 2nd - Bridget Walsh; 3rd - Ashley Kaiser Boys: 1st - Dillon Zemlicka; 2nd - Andrew Steltz; 3rd - Nathan Kelm $ Year Olds Girls: 1st - Cortney Jenkins; 2nd - Darshell Frevert Boys: 1st - Andrew Loudenback; 2nd - Collin Byer; 3rd - Darnian Pillatzki 6 Year Olds Girls: 1st - Ashley Koch; 2nd - Nicole Pauli Boys: 1st - Travis Buttke; 2rid - Jeffrey Trapp; 3rd - Dustin Koch 7 Year Olds Girls: 1st - Brenna Cloos; 2nd - Amber Zemlicka; 3rd - Aleese Byer Boys: 1st - Scott Athey; 2nd -Alec Loudenback; 3rd - Christian Karels 8 Year Olds Girls: 1st - Natasha Brotzel; 2nd - Kaitlyn Pinkert; 3rd - Caitlin Henderson Boys: 1st - Luke Koval; 2nd - Tyler Buttke; 3rd - Andrew Hinders 9 Year Olds Girls: 1st - Mikayla Pond Boys: 1st - Chris Hanson; 2nd - Joshua Schuelke; 3rd - Brian Trapp 10 Year Olds Girls: 1st - Amanda Cummins; 2nd - Julia Dew; 3rd - Jami Buttke Boys: 1st - Michael Huilsn; 2nd - Brandan Trapp; 3rd - Justin DeVaal 1A Year Olds ..........  Girls: 1st - Ashley Hansen Boys: 1st - Patrick Karels; 2nd - Blayne Ronglien; 3rd - Matthew Koval Kiddie Parade Winners Most Creative (or original) - Nurse & patient: Stephanie Schuelke, daughter of Steve and Rosa, and Alicia Redepenning, daughter of Jeff and Robin all of Big Stone City Best Individual Entry - Hawaiian dancer: Megan Baerwaldt, daughter of Rob and Violet of Big Stone City Best Group Entry - Circus Theme: Blake Eldridge son of Scott and Dawn Bowers of Volga, SD, Kendra, Brenna and Adam Cloos, children of Jim and Jo of Milbank Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest Luke Koval, Kelly McCartney and Steve Brotzel Shoe Kicking Contest Darcy Roscoe and Tom Roscoe I Big Stone City I Gail Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 Ervin and Lamoine Herrmann and Ada Herrmann were visitors at Hazel Gibson's in Beardsley last Sunday afternoon. Dr. Jay and Melba Ballhagen left on Tuesday morning for their home in Ronan, MT after visiting relatives for a week. Lucille McFarland visited Myron and Lorraine Schnaser Monday, July 13th. Lorraine Schnaser and Dennis visited in Faribault at the Kirk Neuman home. Friends from Hutchinson visited at the Myron and Lorraine Schnaser home. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Anderson from Oregon City, OR were Thursday afternoon visitors and supper guests at the Clifford Chistensen home. Other guests were Sandy Christensen and children from Big Stone. Mr. and Mrs. E. MacMurray of "" T"UB]3S ..... WATER ,Drinking Water Systems .Iron Removal Systems .Salt Delivery Apldetoa, MN Phone 289-1999 Moravian Falls, NC were Wednesday evening dinner guests at the Oliver Nolting home. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Olson and two grandsons of Kensington were Wednesday afternoon visitors at the J .... ry Oliver Nolting home. Feb .... y Har ch Harold Bergseth visited Jean l Thompson last Friday. "*Y June Ardell Courtney and her daughter v " - AUgUSt from Or;nge, CA visited Jean-,. . S:tlmtDe r Thompson last Sunday. ' Ed Baily from Taft, CA visited " Jean Thompson for four days. Ralph and Lavina Loeschke spent r.t,1 Thursday shopping in Watertown.. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Morton and Sydney of Eden Prairie, were Inkpa weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Voeltz. Curt Herberg, Tammy Hanson and Ashley and Melanie Herberg and Vista and Joseph all of Watertown were Inkpa weekend guests at John and Carol Hauck's home. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Van Deusen of Lilburn, Ga visited Eunice Brotzel last Saturday. Richard is Eunic'e Brotzel's nephew. Jim Sherod and Eunice Brotzel drove to Manilla, IA Wednesday. Eunice brought her sister-in-law Betty Whitmer back with her for a few weeks stay. Betty will be visting with other relatives. Mary Peschong accompanied Paul and Liane Rausch and family to Helena, MT for the Rausch family reunion over the 4th of July weekend. After the family reunion, they spent time touring, hiking and camping in Glacier National Park. They enjoyed a two mile trail (mostly snow covered and accompanied by mountain goats) that lead them to a hidden lake at Logan Pass. At Fort Peck, MT they camped near the four mile long, earthen Fort Peck Dam near the Missouri River. This was the first dam built in the Upper Missouri Basin. The project was authorized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 which employed nearly 11,000 men and women in the midst of the great depression. Paul's nephew John Rausch is the director of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. This theatre was constructed and has been running since the 1930's. They immensely enjoyed the play "Peter Pan" which was the play for the month of July. A rich fossil field was discovered at Fort Peck in 1907. The most spectacular findings include the skeleton of the Akylosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex. More than 400 fossils were displayed at the museum which is part of the Fort Peck Power Plant. The Rausch family and Mary arrived home last Saturdfiy evening in time to enjoy the last of the Inkpa Bxg Stone County Precipitation Data Charles Hanson Farm on Atlchoke Lake tiat by John Cunnxngham July 17, 1998 Normal 1991 Def 1992 Def. 1993 Def 1994 Def 1995 ef 1996 Def 1997 0 68 0 69 00l 0 51 -0 17 0 26 -O 42 0 93 0 25 0 29 -0 39 0 56 0 12 0 53 I 82 1 62 -O 20 I 15 -0 67 I 58 -0 24 0 53 -1 29 3 48 1 66 O 52 -I 30 i 43 232 3 43 1 11 I 60 -0 72 2 I0 -022 431 I 99 2 98 0 66 0 60 I 72 3 22 298 332 0.34 I 34 -3 64 3.50 0.52 I 50 -I 48 3 39 0 41 4 25 1 27 0 99 4.10 7 51 3.41 7.90 3.80 562 I 52 2.22 -I 80 2 98 -I 12 1 54 -2 56 2 01 3,21 5 32 2.11 3.55 0.34 8.14 4 93 5.41 2 20 651 3 30 5 05 1 84 3.63 3.09 3.el 0.72 1.90 -1.19 2 68 -041 2.26 -083 5 19 2 I0 3.39 0 30 3.59 1.66 2.71 0.85 1.71 -0.15 2 02 016 2.55 0 69 3 58 1 72 322 136 1.37 1.93 069 -1.24 0.38 -I 55 0 47 -1 46 294 1 01 304 1 11 4 23 2 30 359 1,02 1.10 0.16 1.68 0.66 219 1 17 0.94 -0 08 0.24 -0 78 I 57 0 55 0 64 0 64 0.47 -0 I 0.45 -0.19 0 97 033 0.24 -0.40 055 -0 09 I ]4 1 ID 0.17 ...................................................................... 2428 30.99 6.71 22.83 -145 30,54 6.26 24.59 0.31 32.84 8 56 28.87 4.59 24.3 TotaX excess Precipitatlon January 1, 1991 through June 30, 1998 equals 25 59 iche- Putting Minnesota's home in Just seven years ago Minnesota's budget reserves were drained, record lay-offs occurred, and the stock mar- ket crawled like a bear instead of charging like a bull. Fast forward to today: Minnesota's coffers are replenished, many are earning more faster, and we're the first state in nearly 25 years to recap- ture a Triple-A bond rating from all three major financial rating institu- tions. Life seems so good that at first glance it appears today's economic upswing s even benefiting Minnesota's most disenfranchised - the homeless. In fact, acqording to a recent Wilder Research Center study, more of Minnesota's homeless are employed today than at any previous time m state history, more have money for rent, and fewer have been unemployed for extended periods of time. But take a closer look at the study, and the picture changes: An estimated 15,700 people are homeless on any given night in Minnesota, an increase of nearly 8,000 people since 1991's dark days. Quietly and anonymously, more children are joining Minnesota's legion of homeless. In fact, since 1991, we've seen a 43 percent jump in the number of Minnesota children who do not have permanent shelter. In today's rising economic tide, it's easy to blame these numbers on peo- ple who don't want to work. But many homeless people want to work and do, In fact, nearly 35 percent of homeless Minnesotans are currently employed. Also, 70 percent of adults without permanent housing in Minnesota have completed high school, and nearly 30 percent have gone on to some type of post-secondary education. Unfortunately, the housing supply required to provide stable living arrangements for low-income families does not exist in adequate numbers in Minnesota. A!though the rate of full- time employment among temporary housing residents has steadily increased, the income generated from this employment is often not adequate to support market rate housing costs. When permanent housing can be found, it often consumes more than half of an individual's or family's income. The Department of Housing and Urban Development's 1998 report to Congress on affordable housing indi- cates a deficit of more than 38,000 units of affordable housing in the Twin Cities alone. Combine this fact with the elimination of all new Federal rental assistance programs, and the outlook becomes one of crisis proportions. Besides a lack of affordable hous- ing, many other factors contribute to homelessness, including domestic violence, mental illness, underem- ployment and substance abuse. While no one thing causes homelessness, it's conversely true that no one thing will solve it. And that is why it's critical to take the information homeless Minnesotans have shared with us and commence a substantive statewide dialogue on homelessness and its causes. Despite efforts by Governor Carlson to increase resources to serve the homeless and precariously housed, the barriers are,daunting. Not only did the Federal government stop producing new housing for its poorest citizens more than a decade ago, but we are now also faced with an econo- my in which the cost of housing has significantly outpaced the value of wages. Nelson daughter graduates from :: veterinary college Days festivities. Tina Rausch and qollege friends Melissa Nelson, class of 1987, ..... ; e.,ge b, olne oyer, the wegknd..,t..Ortonville High School, graduated celebrate Inkpa Days. " 'June 13, 1998 from the College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul. She is now an associate at the Willmar Large Animal Clinic in Willmar. Melissa graduated in 1991 from the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and attended graduate school at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD until 1994. During college she had been granted scholarships and grants to perform on farm research trails on her farm in Ortonville to study sustainable livestock raising techniques. Dr. Nelson is the daughter of Henry and Suzanne Nelson rural Ortonville. Vivian Hublou's daughter Helen (Mrs. Steuart Deal), son Mark, and granddaughters Chrissy and Niki from Waukegan, IL visited family and friends last weekend. Vivian Hublou's grandson Don Hublou, Don's wife Pam, and daughter Heather from Clinton, MO visited with family. INDEPENDENT WANT- ADS PAY ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Paul Novak Charles Berg Mrs. Bernard Peterson Leonard Johnson Rice Hospice Ruth Smith Richard RundeH Florence Maki Richard Sinkule Marie Fitzner Alice Sayles Mrs. Don Gere Kurt Hansen Mary Holmquist Pvt. Henderson begins basic training Army Pvt. Tyler C. Henderson has entered basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, GA. During the training, he will receive instruction in drill avd ceremonies, map reading, tactics, - military customs and courtesies, and first aid. He will develop basic combat skills, and experience using various weapons available to the infantry soldier. Henderson is the son of Faith M. and Duane L. Henderson of Big Stone City, SD. IIII iii i I Good 4-H Members Make GREAT FARMERS!! We also urge businesses to support the 4-1-I members on Saturday, July 25 at the 4H Livestock premium Ribbon Auction! Clinton Ag Service 325-5203 Clinton Johnson Grain Co. 748-7521 Johnson Couple this with vate developers enter the and Minnesota is nificant challenge: we leverage the and the non sustain adequate poor? Government, homeless people be the only othel dialogue on cannot solve this they. You, I, and business, the non care, education learn about our lessness and our tribute to its solution. Minnesota's publicly elevate discussion as he the state clamoring ing the issue of working toward an address it, of their tremendous service. In several Carlson wilt leave cy of putting books in order. state and go without hope our next Carlson's progres engaging of homelessness of our home Greg Owen, Ph scientist at the Center in Saint all three of the homeless studies. Dr. Gregory J. Peterson Specializing in Back, Neck and Extremity Care for the Entire Family. Phone OFFICE HOURS: Mon., Wed., Fri.  Tues. & Thurs. 8:30-12:00; Sat. by  215 SE 2nd Street Ortonville, Office (320) 839-2323 Home CONSOLIDATED 315 HWY. 28E GRACEVlLLE, CONSOLIDATED AG SERVICE, INc. 320-748-7277 OR Display at the Big Coun00,.Fa!r this w, i00il ##00ii00;i!;ii!iiiii;iiii00i;iii!il;iiii!iiiii;ill IMPLEMEN GRACEVILLE, MINNE PHONE 320-748-7277 or MN WATS 1-800-248-0475 Page 2b ._ INDEPENDENT TuesdaY, jal