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Reader and long-time friend Shirley Krueger of Ortonville informs us today that Joan (Reisdorph) Saeger, married to Shirley&apos;s late uncle Donald Saeger, was perhaps the originator in Minnesota of the recycling program we know today. She recalls that back in the 1960's Joan's children would search their neighborhood in the metro area for waste materials for many years ! ***** Received the newspaper photo-clipping below today from our sister, Barb McCarthy, now of Florida, showing how an 84-year-old lady from Rhode Island was interred recently, in her "beloved 1962 Corvair." "Reminded me of father Lem," writes Barb, "who once said he'd like to have been buried in his car." ***** Two big events in our area last weekend were once again termed a success, and the weatherman smiled on both with excellent conditions. Once again, also, our hats go off to all who had a hand in making our County Fair and Ortonville's Couples Golf tourney a success. Both events are vital to our area. Thanks one and all! Area crops are looking great today, but how sad it is that prices are so deflated! We wonder how many of our area farmers will survive if they are not able to find stor- age to hold on for better prices! Such a shame it is in this great land that those who feed the world should face such problems, whereas those who play a game of sport are being paid millions! Something is wrong! ***** Word comes today from the Bureau of the Census that it's prepar- ing to take the US Census in the year 2000. Bureau employees will be vis- iting each housing and farm unit over the next few months to observe the location and to interview residents. The Bureau informs us that their activities are authorized by a law that protects the confidentiality of your answers. While protecting confiden- tiality, the law also requires that you furnish the info requested. And only sworn Bureau employees ... no one else ... will have access to the infor- mation you provide. ***** Gov. Carlson has announced the biggest out- doors bonding package in state history. At Fort Shelling State Park in St. Paul, Carlson proposed a $201 mil- lion bonding initiative to improve state parks and trails, expand habitat for fish and wildlife and simplify the recreational license system. "Our great outdoors not only make Minnesota unique, they are part of our identity as a state, and must not be taken for granted," Carlon said. "It is vitally important that we preserve our natural resources for future genera- tions. This is an investment in our future." In his announcement, the Governor cited the tremendous eco. nomic impact Minnesota's natural resources have on the state economy. Fishing alone brings in nearly $1 billion for the state' economy and by the year 2000, outdoor recre. ation will generate more than $2 billion for the state. City Council to proceed with Special county board meeting Horseshoe Park improvements on health issues At the regular meeting of the Ortonville City Council last Monday, the council voted to proceed with the improvements to Horseshoe Park, located along the foot of Big Stone Lake along the dike road between Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD, following a public hearing on the subject. Ortonville Mayor Dave Ellingson stated the new improvements will provide more bathrooms and hower facilities, and may allow a maximum of 39 units at the site, instead of the current four camping units. The Council entered executive session and closed the meeting to the public for an hour and a half, leaving more than 35 people waiting to voice their concerns. After the closed meeting, which included only the City Council and Attorney Bob Pflueger, it was stated the meeting had concerned litigation filed against the city by Countryside Public Health Service regarding Horseshoe Park. Following numerous letters to the council, Countryside had filed the suit due to the city's failure to comply with health regulations regarding Horseshoe Park. The public hearing on the subject of Horseshoe Park followed the executive session, where Jim and Donna Gregory, owners of Schmidt's Landing of Big Stone City, SD stated their opposition to making the improvements. Gregory stated that his business had spent a,considerable amount of money in the area in recent years, including more than $55,000 last year alone. "We just couldn't do business here anymore if the city competes with us," he said. Gregory also stated that the resort plans to update its facilities in the future, using local contractors and lumber yards, which add up to an additional $1.4 million brought to the community in the next 20 years. Councilman Butch Mittelstaedt had proposed a solution to the ;problem at the June 17 Council meeting, stating that he had spoken to several plumbers in the area, and they would he willing to donate time and materials to bring the park up to code. This would satisfy Countryside's regulations, and make the park able to accommodate larger numbers of people for activities such as the annual trail ride. Dallas Hanson, who donates the electricity for Horseshoe Park, stated that he thought it was an important part of the city of Ortonville and should stay open for many years to come. Hanson then received a commendation from the council for his donations to the park in the past. Dennis Dragt, owner of the Lakeshore Fruit Farm and RV Park, presented a petition to the council against improvements to Horseshoe "k with the signatures from 40 bum'lws people. "Our people go into town and spend a lot more than those at Horseshoe do, he said. Following Dragt's comments, Ellingson stepped down as mayor temporarily to voice his opinion as a private citizen. 'Tve lived on Big Stone Lake for 27 years, and one of the best features of this town is our free campground," Ellingson said. "What I can't live with is Dragt bothering business people in this town to sign a petition against it. People go to Horseshoe Park to just sit back and relax, and if they want tb miniature golf or whatever, they'll go to his place or one of the others." Following the closing of the public hearing, the council passed a resolution to update the facilities at Horseshoe Park for up to 39 units at one time, which would settle the litigation with Countryside Public Health Service. The resolution was later amended to include a reasonable charge for camping at the site, the cost of which will be determined at a later meeting. Notice is hereby given that the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners will meet in special session to consider information regarding employee/retiree health insurance coverage, proposed changes in Medicare and financial obligations associated with retiree health insurance. Doug Grabham of AON Consulting will be the presenter. The meeting will be held at the community room of Community Second Street, The meeting Wednesday, July At 1:30 p.m. the will meet with local to continue the Medicare. Run, Ride and Row at Refuge Sept. 19 Efforts by the Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers Board have worked to increase the public's awareness of the work being done to restore the Minnesota River. One of these efforts is the Minnesota River Run, Ride and Row, a series of events taking place in communities up and down the river on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Ortonville portion of the event will be held at the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, located one mile south of Ortonville on Highway 7 and 75. Participants can run, bicycle or walk the 6.9 mile paved route through the refuge or enjoy the view by canoe. Canoe services as well beverages will be stations throughout Check-in for Row event will be on Sept. 19, and the from 10 a.m. to 1 The charge is $7 per According to executive director the Minnesota River' listed as one of the polluted been removed from of on-going efforts by local organizations. New 4-H curriculum for 1998-99 For nearly three years now, the Curriculum Task Force has been hard at work reviewing curriculum for the 4-H program in Minnesota. A great deal has been replaced with new and exciting materials; two levels of new universal records created; Plus Sheets and My 4-H Stuff developed and moved into use across the state. Three years ago nearly three-fourths of the 456 pieces of curriculum materials were over 10 years old and many much older. This Fall, three-fourths will be published within the past few years. There are plans in place for replacing the remainder in next sever- al years with materials being designed here and across the country at various land-grant universities. If you have not had the chance to look at some of the new materials, stop by your Extension Office. You'll be very pleasantly surprised by the quality....some wonderful, exciting and fun materials for youth and vol- unteers. You can see the entire Curriculum Guide for the c(irdng year on the Center's H0mepage ( where new and revised materials are highlighted, along with the full listing of curricu- lum. For the Fall of 1998, there will another 125 new pieces available. This will include a new livestock judging guide; revised member and leader materials in horse, rabbits, and swine; and an ethics video on kids and horses. There will be new member and leader material in Child Development, Clothing, Food and Nutrition, and Vegetable Gardening; a new National Meat Science Series; a set of technical supplementary materi- als in Small Engines. You will find a revised Shooting Sports Wildlife member advance guide; a revised Financial Statement Resource Sheet for the universal records; and a revised Health curricuhu. Violence Prevention and Issues Investigation have whole sets "of newly published materials as well as new materials to support Flower Gardening, Indoor Gardening and Plant Soil Science. Club and Federation officers will find a new series discussing each of the specific officer roles. There are new materials for volunteers around appropriate activities based on vari- ous ages/developmental stages of youth and a very large number of new supplementary materials listed in many of the project areas. A new sec- tion, in the Curriculum Guide, on Group Activity Curriculum highlights twelve new sets of material especially Even larger northern this week in Independent fishing contest The title of the largest northern this year in The Ortonville Independent fishing contest was taken over again in week 13 by Duane Peters of Wilmot, SD. The title was previously held by Gene Tinkney of Wahpeton, ND with his 12 pound 8 ounce fish from week 12 of the contest. Duane's fish beat the previous title by only one ounce, weighing at 12 pounds 9 ounces. Both Duane's monster and the previous title holder's fish were weighed in at Hartford Beach Resort of Corona, SD. In the walleye category this week, Tom Nelson of Ortonville was on top with an 8 pound 15 ounce fish. His catch was weighed in at Bud's Bait of Ortonville. In the bullhead category, Jim Loeschke of Ortonville reeled in a 1 pound 12 ounce beauty last Monday. Jim's fish was weighed in at Big Stone Bait of Ortonville. The perch category this week was split between two winners - Stewart Steen of Clinton and Bob Stenzel of Big Stone City, SD. Both anglers weighed in 12 ounce fish, Bob at big Stone Bait and Stewart at Bud's Bait. There were winners in all categories again this week, so the jackpots stay the same, with the perch jackpot at $130, the northern jackpot at $160, and the walleye and bullhead jackpots $100 each. suited for shorter term, time-limited programs such as after school, sum- mer programs and camp. Over a dozen PLUS Sheets will be available by early Fall with another dozen to be added over the coming months. Stop by your Extension Office and take a look at some of these....they can be a great resource' adding some fun and excitement to all the learning and growth that will take place in this coming 4-H year. If you have any comments or sug- gestions, please feel free to contact any of the faculty on the 1998-99 Curriculum Task Force: Patrick Jirik, Jim Deidrick, Valerie Malmquist, Barb Piehl, Carrie Olson, Michael Charland (chair), Bill Svendsgaard, Brian McNeill, Richard Moreland, Melissa Persing, Brad Rugg, and Betty McAndrews. ve skoog We have great accessories and gift ideas for your home and the homes of any- one on your gift list. Large shipments of candles, votive candles, clocks of all sizes and gazing balls! You haven't seen a candle until you have seen otir 40 lb. cinnamon and apple candle. It is so unique and different. Do you know the history behind the gazing balls? We would love to hear your stories. All of us at Emanuel Furniture are happy to help you reflect your own personal style in your home or to find that perfect gift. Come see us soon! 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Schreiner & Associates Stolpman Insurance Agency Ortonville Auto & Supply Minnwest Bank Liebe Drug Matador Supper Club Steven Winther, DDS Ortonville Independent Big Stone Motel Pepsi Cola Company of Dakota State Bank, Big Stone Branch Ortonville Plumbing & Henrich & Sons DDD Wax Rendering Econo Lodge True Valu Hardware Strong Insurance Bill's Super Valu Plus Big Stone Cellular, Inc. Fluegel, Helseth, McLau Anderson & Brutlag, Char Ellingson's, Inc. Ortonville Flower Shop I American Express Financia Berkner Plumbing & ORTONVILLE 1998 COUPLES GOLF TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE Jerry and Melanie Wiegman, Val and Paula Blair and Anne Johnson, Norm and Gen Davis, Deb Rausch, Dave and Lori Larson and Dr. Bob Page 2  INDEPENDENT TuesdaY,