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'( GUEST EDITORIAL. To Kill an American (Written by an Australian Dentist) You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is. So they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!!) 'An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan. happiness. An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to wiri back their country! As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan. The national symbol of America, The Salute of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the An American may also be a Comanche, homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, people who built America. Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as Some of them were working in the Twin Towers native Americans. the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, life for their families. It s been told that the World or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only countries, cultures, and first languages, including difference is that in America they are free to worship those that aided and abetted the terrorists. as each of them chooses. So you can try to kill an American if you An American is also free to believe in no religion, must Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, For that he will answer only to God, not to the and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing the government and for God. yourself. Because Americans are not a particular An American lives in the most prosperous land in people from a particular place. They are the the history of the world, embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere is Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the an American. God given right of each person to the pursuit of By Richard Johnson The Office Hours for the Big Stone Veterans Service Office are as follows: Tuesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. If there is an emergency of any sort I can be reached at my home at (320) 568- 2448. I do have voice Richard Johnson mail at the Office. Leave your name and number and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, you can call me at home at the above number. I do have an answering machine at home. My office phone number is (320) 839- 6398. OFFICE MOVED The Big Stone County Veterans Service Office has moved to the Big Stone County Government Building on main street across from the courthouse. The telephone number is the same (320) 839-6398. My Office hours are the same - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8-4:30 p.m. each day. My office is located in what is now the conference room at the front of the building to the right of the counter. My new address is: Big Stone County Veterans Service Office, 11 SE 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278- 1541. PRIORITY GROUP 8 RELAXATION: With the change in priority Group 8, Veterans whose income is below or within l0 percent or less of the national income thresholds will be eligible to enroll in VA Health care. The Change just received is: 1. The change is: That the assets will no longer be included in determining eligibility. The determination for eligibility will be based on income. (The $80,000 income + asset cap has gone away). 2. What stays the same is: If a veteran's income is not greater than 10 percent above the GMT threshold, they are eligible for enrollment based upon the PG 8 relaxation effective June 15. 3. If a veteran has questions on his/her eligibility based on income: Here is the link to the Priority Group 8 expansion, and the second one is to the Priority Group 8 Enrollment calculation or contact you County VSO for help. http://wwwl .va- gov/health http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility /apps/enrollmentcalculator/Time Capsule Artifacts from 1934 Revealed at Mpls. Vets Home A military medal, pictures, a VFW magazine, a.map and newspaper clippings were discovered in a cornerstone of building nine at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, together with members of the Veterans community, opened the time capsule from 1934 during a ceremony to remove the .cornerstone of the historic building. The capsule also contained several historical books, including the "History of Hiawatha", "Minnesota in the Civil War" and "Minnesota in the Indian War." For a complete list of the time capsule content and pictures visit www.mdva.state.mn.Us/VeteransHome s/Minneapolis/. The time capsule included items that date back to the founding of our Veterans Homes, and it was awe- inspiring to view these artifacts that were deeply significant to the Minnesota Veterans community 75 years ago, said MDVA Commissioner Clark Dyrud. The original cornerstone is dated at the start of construction, Nov. 11, 1934. Completed in 1937, building nine was constructed almost entirely by hand over a span of nearly three 605-432-5032 I Choose from 38 health plans that make sense for your life Choice. It's always good when it comes to health plans. Because your needs are unique, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has plans as individual as you are. For example, Options Blue is a plan with a health savings account. With Iohn Stolpman Box 277 SM Simply Blue you pay only for the coverage you Bellingham, MN need, not for what you don't. Maybe Personal (320) 568-2101 Blue is right for you. It's a plan that provides you and your family more traditional benefits. Give me a call. We can discuss your situation and find out which plan will work best. Authorized independent agent/agency for BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota ~ ~ I~l~ ~ b I~ cram md lira SN~ ~ Ioyce Hermans 45 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN (320) 839-6194 science improvement Science MCA-II online assessment results released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) today showed strong improvement over last year's results. For 2009, fifth-grade scores improved by nearly years. The ceremony also marked the six percentage points over last year, demolition of the existing structure eighth-grade scores increased by and subsequent construction of a new about four percentage points, and high 100 bed skilled nursing care facility school scores improved by about on the site. Residents were moved sevenpetcentage points. from the current building nine in Nov. '.',These results-show that a strong 2007 after structural problems were focus on rigorous.science education is discovered. Construction of the new paying off," Minnesota Education improvement. This spring, a total of about 181,600 students in grades 5, 8 and high school took the Science MCA-II, which measures student performance on Minnesota's Academic Standards. The science standards define what students should know and be able to do in a particular grade and are devel- oped in partnership with Minnesota educators. Each student earns a score in one of four achievement levels: Does Not Meet Standards, Partially Meets Standards, Meets the Standards facility is scheduled'to be complete by Commissioner. . Alice Seagren said. or Exceeds the Standards. Students the fall of 2011. ':'While there is .much work to be.: who Meet or Exceed standards are ii In an effort to preserve some of the done, Minnesota:'s students and edu<. proficient. Currently, results fr~'m the historical elements from building nine, a number of original features and decor will:be incorporated and displayed in the new building, including the cornerstone. Horticulture Night At WROC July 30 -,~. Garden tours h-orticulture demon- strations, hands-6n :activities, picnic, music, art, farm tour and an educa- tional trade show,~will combine to cre- ate the 39th gnnual Horticulture Night. The egent will be held Thursday, July 30 from" 5-9 p.m. at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach center at Morris. Horticulture Night has activities for all ages, with over 10 demonsti:ations. The U of M WCROC is located one m~le east of Morriw on Hwy. 329. Horticulture Night is free and open to everyone. ONCE AGAIN MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Gilbert Roscoe Russell Wall Margaret Fishheck Norman Christensen Jeanette Bergstad Florence Radtke Matthew Hicks Anthony Hilleren Winifred O'Leary Nancy I-Iilleren Dorismae Meers David Nelson Alois Pohlen Tony Korstjens Brenda and Mark Hoffman Gene Sis Gary Kubly Robert Dahl Roger Schneck Wilbert Sherod Don Holm Jerry Okeson Bruce Halvorson Roger Reisdorph Lynda George Mike Ekern James Uphoff Erika Kaiser Della Cramer Susan Sbei Billy Podewils Earl Dikstaal Edward Lund Les Athey Sue Servais Glenn Kuechenmeister Tami Gangelhoff Heidi Bucher Brent Gerber Jeff Nornes Gene Johnson Kathy Nordgren Rae Ann Giibertson Curt Wischmeier cators can be proud of this strong step forward ." On the 2009 online Science MCA- H: 45 percent of fifth-graders were proficient on the Science MCA-II compared to 39 percent in 2008. About 43 percent of eighth-graders were proficient, compared to 39 per- cent in 2008. About 50 percent of high school students were proficient, compared to approximately 43 percent in 2008. The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) e e e e e JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor ~UZETFE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep BARBARA A. KAYE Sales and Marketing =,o Tues July 28, 2009 Vol. 91 ; No. 28 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2rid St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $34.00'per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $39.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $43.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box ~836 Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATE SCHEDULE - ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE BASED ON A FEBRUARY 1ST DUE DATE- Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse, Swift Counties in Minnesota and Grant and Roberts in South Dakota February 34.00 August 17.04 March 31.20 September 14.20 April 28.77 October 11.36 May 25.56 November 8.52 June 22.72 December 5.68 July ~.: 19.88 January 2.84 ALL OTHERS IN MINN. AND SO. DAK. February 39.00 August 19~50 March 35.75 September 16.25 April 32,50 October 13,00 May 29,25 November 9.75 June 26.00 December 6.50 July 22,75 January 3.25 ALL AREA OUTSIDE OF MINN. AND SO. DAK. February 43.00 August 21.54 March 39.49 September 17.95 April 35.90 October 14.36 May 32.31 November 10.77 June 28.72 December 7.18 J~y'. 25.13 January 3.59 :71 "PUBLISHER'S LIABILITY FOR ERROR" The Publisher shall not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do science assessment do not cllrrentl:y not lessen the value of an advertisement. impact Adequate Yearly Progress : ,The Publisher's liability for other errors or ,'omissions in connection with an adver- (AYP). " ~ .:" .'{ tisement is strictly limited to publication of The Science MCA-II is interactive ' ',the advertisement in any subsequent i and allows students to simulate exper- issue or the refund of any monies paid for iments online, the advertisement. Over the last :sev, eral years, Minnesota has been ,working to improve science education to better prepare its students for a 21st century job market. This year, for example, educators, parents and community leadei's put the finishing touches on Scores for every ethnic subgroup :ne more rigorous academic science of students it= all grade levels tested s~i:lards, which will focus on college 5th, 8th, high school) Sl~b~ced and career readiness. r3----rE-- '~" 11';'" 18 24 50 r-if-T--- Clues ACROSS 1. Speedometer rate 4. Important game player 7. Sheep's cry 10. Scorch 12. Large So. Am. rodents 14. Taxis 15. Free from danger 16.3rd rock 17. Cain and 18. Gazes 20. President's service 22. Crow's call 23. Comic Harvey man 24. "Socrate" composer 26. Not prone 29. Of she 30. Cleans teeth 35. Cheer 36. Sealed metal container 37. s: SE Asian country 38. Impose regulations on 44. Electronic data processing 45. Eyelid infections 46. Ridgeline 48. Boxer Mohammed 49. Pen point 50. Break from a union 53. Tendons 56. Japanese beverage 57. Master of ceremonies 59.3rd Islamic month 61. Comportment 62. Fathers 63. Three performers 64. 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Company that ringsinstrument receipts )l=t S l IlL 9 NI ~- -ff' l VII S t~lV 3 d DEADLINES Church notes - Saturday mail Display ads - Friday mail Correspondence - Monday mail Pictures - 5 p,m. Friday News - Friday afternoon Classified ads - Friday noon (Any ad brought in later will be too late to classify,). OFFICE HOURS A Monday: 8 AM-5 PM A Tuesday: 8 AM-5 PM A Wednesday: 8 AM-12 NOON; 1-5 PM A Thursday: 8 AM-12 NOON; 1-5 PM A Friday: 8 AM-5 PM A Holidays may affect office hours. LE'I'rERS POLICY Letters to the editor discussing com- munity issues are encouraged. Letter writers should be aware that The Independent reserves the right to edit and/or condense letters for print The paper also reserves the right not to pub- lish letters that are unsuitable or for which it might be held legally liable. Letters should contain the writer's printed or typed name, signature, address and telephone number. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be published. Letter writers are asked to limit them- selves to one letter per month. Please keep letter brief, perferably not over 350 words, and to the point. AD vs. NEWS The Ortonvi!le Independent policy in determining what is advertising and what is news is based on one simple test: If an individual business or organi- zation charges for admission to an event, for an item or for a service, it will be con- sidered advertising. In other words, "If you charge, we charge." Advertising is the life-blood of a news- paper. Without it a newspaper would cease to exist. The money a paper receives for subscriptions and single paper sales is used to pay for the ink and paper used in producing the product It no longer does so because of paper cost increases. It still covers the cost.of ink and a small portion of the paper used. Advertising to a newspaper is like crops and livestock to farmers; meat and products to the grocer; dresses, coats and underwear to the soft-line merchant; and plows and tractors to the implement dealer. Without any of those items, the particular business would not be in busi- ness. ADS: We reserve the right to refuse any advertising without obligation to justify our decision. POLICIES: A News: Our goal is to report the news as fully and accurately as possible. The staff's opinions will appear only on the opinion page. A Editorials: Opinions published on this page, whether locally written or reprinted from other sources isAntended to stimu- late thinking and discussion among our readers. Opinions expressed by the edi- tor are her own and not necessarily those of other staff members. Opinions expressed in items from other publica- tions may be contradictory to the editor's own views, but are offered for their gen- eral interest. 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