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Truly we of the Ortonville area are most fortunate to have one of the finest and most up-to-date health facilities to be found anywhere...which is even finer and greater now with the addition of an all-new Outpatient Clinic, just com- pleted. The official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new facility will be held this Wednesday, at 4 p.m....to which we are hoping there will be a large turnout. Indeed, we are not only gifted to have such a fine facility, but to also have five top- notch Doctors and two Nurse Practitioners. The actual opening of the new facility will be next Monday, Aug. 4th. ***** What a tremendous week- end it was, just past, for our fair city! Nearly 900 bikers were in town for start of the 14th annual TRAM, for ben- efit of MS, and to top that off...our golf course was packed with about 100 cou- pies for the annual Couples Golf tourney. Both were big successes, once again, and both favored with ideal weather! We heard so many good comments from many of the bikers on the wonder. ful hospitality afforded them. Our hats off to all who had a hand in these two events this year, both being great assets to our local economy! Man.y readers may recall when we ran a pmce a few weeks ago about former resident Gaylord McMahon, now of Nashville, TN, one of our readers, namely Jerri Hutchinson (formerly Agnes Mueller)now of Washington, called us to ask how she could contact Gaylord, as she knew him when he worked for Herb McDowell in the Ford Garage here back in 1937. We did just that, and now today, we hear from Jerri who write "MisSion ec " " a omphshed ...after 66 years, I got to say hello to 'Mikie'. Terrible phone connection, however, as he said he couldn't hear me several times. But still nice to say hello to someone you knew so long ago. My deepest thanks, Jim, hope you enjoy a box of candy 'Aplets & Cotlets" I am sending. Used to go over east to buy these from a big fat man called "Tiny," who reminded me of the late Butch Mittlestaedt in the old Electrik Maid Bakery. I remem- ber my first job was to help Helen (Mrs. Herb) Bolsta dry the most beautiful dishes. I was so scared I would break one but nev.er did. My second job was my first baby-sitting job with Tommy, Barbara, and Jimmy Kaercher. For some more news...recently I came across a photo of me taken in 1937 at Gus Orton's Bait Shop, I was standing in a sail- boat which I think belonged to Jackie Beachem...think the name of the boat was 'Diamond Eagle'." With the passing of 100-year-old Bob Hope on Monday,..we, too, can say "thanks for the memories" (his theme song), as we remember we were caught on national television walking a few feet behind him at the Gala held in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President Reagan, back in January of 1981. Good friend J.R. Parker also has a memory of Bob Hope, which he calls "My three Minutes with Bob Hope!" It goes: "In the summer of 1945 1 was in an Army Hospital in Topeka, KS. My ward was pre#ominately leg wounds with full body casts (plaster from arm pits to toes) and had orthopedic beds that had two iron pipes running the length of the bed about four feet above and protruding about a foot beyond the end of the bed. There were multiple of these beds in long adjacent rows. One day Bing Crosby and Bob Hope visited the ward. Bing sat on the empty bed next to me, and we talked about Normandy, France, where he had put on a U.S.O. show- for perhaps six to eight minutes. Soon after Bob Hope stopped at the foot of my bed. He exclaimed "How are you doing, soldier?" Being encased in plaster of paris from arm pits to toes- I answered "I can't com- plain, they keep me plastered!" Hope let out a guffaw of laughter-grabbed the overhead pipes on my, and the adjacent bed-did a complete somer- sault-and continued down the ward. Being plastered back then was "slang" for being inebriated (which was polite for being drunk). Hope and Crosby gave thousands of hours traveling all over the world during World War II entertaining services men and women. And so ended my encounter with the rich and famous (and nice! folks!) AND THEY'RE OFF! Some of TRAM's bicycle riders are pictured above, as they head down Ortonville's main street on Monday morning. The next stop of the MS TRAM will be in Montevideo. Almost 900 bicyclists in town Sunday to kick off MS TRAM Nearly 900 bicyclists were present in Ortonville last Sunday for the kick- off event to the 14th annual MS TRAM. TRAM is a five day, 300-mile bicycle tour that will pass through six central Minnesota towns from now until this Friday, August 1. It is expected that the riders have raised approximately $700,000 to help end the devastating effect of mul- tiple sclerosis. After leaving Ortonville on Monday morning, TRAM riders head- ed toward Montevideo. They will travel to Redwood Falls, Hutchinson and St. Peter before they will finish the ride in Faribault. Each of the above host cities will treat riders to its hometown flare, entertainment, camping and food. The MS Society provides motor- coach bus transportation to the start, transportation of bikes and luggage, fully stocked rest stops, a finish-line dinner and a commemorative T-shirt. MS TRAM was recently ranked in the Top 25 list of Fund raising Events of the Business Journal's 2002 Book of Lists, and was featured in MPLS.ST. PAUL Magazine's favorite summer trips. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe paralysis or loss of vision. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. School board acts on general items By Arnold Souba The Ortonville School Board at the regular meeting accepted bids on milk, bread, fuel and other commodi- ty items for 2003-04. Per diem wage for the board was held at last years figure, as were lunch prices for stu- dents in the coming year. Health and Safety was reviewed for the new year, and the tuition agreement with Milbank was approved. Official Depositories for district funds were designated. The Ortonville Independent was named Official District Newspaper. The long term contract of Kelly Vangsness was approved, as were the leave request of Joe Eustice and the cheerleading advisor contract of Kelly Gustafson. Payment of bills for $286,703.72 was authorized. The next meeting of the board will be held Aug. 18th at 7 p.m. in the school library. Government Program now offers 100% financing for homes in small towns and rural areas of Minnesota Moderate income families living in rural area,, the home of their dreams - affordably. Valid only in population, outside large metro areas- or in the country New Homes Existing The home you choose can be of any size or design - income, credit worthiness and the appraised value of the 100% financing now You must have adequate and dependable income You must have reasonably good credit. . After purchase, you must occupy the dwelling. FREE 12 page report- "Secrets of Smart HI If you're interested in owning your own home call now- Fast, easy and free pre-qualification over the phone. Jamie Mittelstaedt Call Today 00Midstate Ortonvillt www.midstatemort Open house bridal shower for Batie An open house bridal shower for Sara Batie, bride-to-b.e of Jason Vollmer, will be held Saturday, Aug. 9th, starting at 10 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church 1 "A gift list shower...no card or yourself and shower." Gift cards Cummins '98 Ram 2500 "Quad Cab" Sitter reunion held After a fun filled day of deer hunt- ing last November, Steve Sitter won- dared how many Sitter cousins could get together for a week-end in late June 2003 for some visiting and fun. Gayle and Bruce Sitter volunteered to do some corresponding for the event, and due to that, 36 cousins came for the reunion at Steve and Mary's farm. Several had tents in Howard's yard, some were in motels and some in lake cabins and some at the farm. The following attended: Arvilla Clark and son from Sauk Rapids, Richard Hook from Ronan, MO and his son Donald Hook from Cheyenne, WY air Force Base. Kathy Hook and husband Art Fernandez and their granddaughter Cassandra from Colorado Springs. Phyllis Sitter of Spencer, Ia, her daughter Jolene and husband Mike Kramer of Des Moines with their children Megan and Rachel. Gayle and Dianne Sitter of Klamath Falls, OR and their grand- daughter Ceanna. Nell Sitter of Willmar, Delores Sitter of Ortonville, son Bruce of Big Lake,'son Steven and wife Mary of rural Ortonville and their children Kathryn, Natalie, Paul Daniel and James. Howard and Penny Sitter of rural Ortonville, son Leigh of Canby, daughter Bonita of Madison, WI, son Jay and wife Bethmarie Ward of Mpls. Linda Mary Felton and husband Conrad Freeman of Alexandria and Alan Kuyper of Clive, IA. Lots of visiting was done. ( Check out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com f '99 J.ee.p ! Grand Ltmtted I /1=o,=,16, o 8 ) TRAM BIKE RIDERSrivI in O rto.nville at noon last Sunday, July 27. They began across Minnesota early Monday morning. Despite the early departure, however, most riders greeted Ortonvil|e residents with a smile, a wave and a "thank you". Find a honey of a deal in the st.r 347e're sponsoriny a trip to the see the 00/nnesota Tw/ns Sunday, August 24 Bus leaves Bank Parking - Time TBA Game Time: 1:05 p.m. Minnesota Twins vs. Kan -- L "we =. qeserwa 00i;00--00mSectton West  :::q[ Call Bre by Friaay, I- reserve your Game Ticket: $31.00 per person Chartered Bus ride sponsored by Clinton Your Community Bank for 100 Check out the display of Clinton State Bank memorabilia Member FDIC Clinton State THE BANK THAT UNDERSTANDS Page 2 J INDEPENDENT Truly we of the Ortonville area are most fortunate to have one of the finest and most up-to-date health facilities to be found anywhere...which is even finer and greater now with the addition of an all-new Outpatient Clinic, just com- pleted. The official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new facility will be held this Wednesday, at 4 p.m....to which we are hoping there will be a large turnout. Indeed, we are not only gifted to have such a fine facility, but to also have five top- notch Doctors and two Nurse Practitioners. The actual opening of the new facility will be next Monday, Aug. 4th. ***** What a tremendous week- end it was, just past, for our fair city! Nearly 900 bikers were in town for start of the 14th annual TRAM, for ben- efit of MS, and to top that off...our golf course was packed with about 100 cou- pies for the annual Couples Golf tourney. Both were big successes, once again, and both favored with ideal weather! We heard so many good comments from many of the bikers on the wonder. ful hospitality afforded them. Our hats off to all who had a hand in these two events this year, both being great assets to our local economy! Man.y readers may recall when we ran a pmce a few weeks ago about former resident Gaylord McMahon, now of Nashville, TN, one of our readers, namely Jerri Hutchinson (formerly Agnes Mueller)now of Washington, called us to ask how she could contact Gaylord, as she knew him when he worked for Herb McDowell in the Ford Garage here back in 1937. We did just that, and now today, we hear from Jerri who write "MisSion ec " " a omphshed ...after 66 years, I got to say hello to 'Mikie'. Terrible phone connection, however, as he said he couldn't hear me several times. But still nice to say hello to someone you knew so long ago. My deepest thanks, Jim, hope you enjoy a box of candy 'Aplets & Cotlets" I am sending. Used to go over east to buy these from a big fat man called "Tiny," who reminded me of the late Butch Mittlestaedt in the old Electrik Maid Bakery. I remem- ber my first job was to help Helen (Mrs. Herb) Bolsta dry the most beautiful dishes. I was so scared I would break one but nev.er did. My second job was my first baby-sitting job with Tommy, Barbara, and Jimmy Kaercher. For some more news...recently I came across a photo of me taken in 1937 at Gus Orton's Bait Shop, I was standing in a sail- boat which I think belonged to Jackie Beachem...think the name of the boat was 'Diamond Eagle'." With the passing of 100-year-old Bob Hope on Monday,..we, too, can say "thanks for the memories" (his theme song), as we remember we were caught on national television walking a few feet behind him at the Gala held in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President Reagan, back in January of 1981. Good friend J.R. Parker also has a memory of Bob Hope, which he calls "My three Minutes with Bob Hope!" It goes: "In the summer of 1945 1 was in an Army Hospital in Topeka, KS. My ward was pre#ominately leg wounds with full body casts (plaster from arm pits to toes) and had orthopedic beds that had two iron pipes running the length of the bed about four feet above and protruding about a foot beyond the end of the bed. There were multiple of these beds in long adjacent rows. One day Bing Crosby and Bob Hope visited the ward. Bing sat on the empty bed next to me, and we talked about Normandy, France, where he had put on a U.S.O. show- for perhaps six to eight minutes. Soon after Bob Hope stopped at the foot of my bed. He exclaimed "How are you doing, soldier?" Being encased in plaster of paris from arm pits to toes- I answered "I can't com- plain, they keep me plastered!" Hope let out a guffaw of laughter-grabbed the overhead pipes on my, and the adjacent bed-did a complete somer- sault-and continued down the ward. Being plastered back then was "slang" for being inebriated (which was polite for being drunk). Hope and Crosby gave thousands of hours traveling all over the world during World War II entertaining services men and women. And so ended my encounter with the rich and famous (and nice! folks!) AND THEY'RE OFF! Some of TRAM's bicycle riders are pictured above, as they head down Ortonville's main street on Monday morning. The next stop of the MS TRAM will be in Montevideo. Almost 900 bicyclists in town Sunday to kick off MS TRAM Nearly 900 bicyclists were present in Ortonville last Sunday for the kick- off event to the 14th annual MS TRAM. TRAM is a five day, 300-mile bicycle tour that will pass through six central Minnesota towns from now until this Friday, August 1. It is expected that the riders have raised approximately $700,000 to help end the devastating effect of mul- tiple sclerosis. After leaving Ortonville on Monday morning, TRAM riders head- ed toward Montevideo. They will travel to Redwood Falls, Hutchinson and St. Peter before they will finish the ride in Faribault. Each of the above host cities will treat riders to its hometown flare, entertainment, camping and food. The MS Society provides motor- coach bus transportation to the start, transportation of bikes and luggage, fully stocked rest stops, a finish-line dinner and a commemorative T-shirt. MS TRAM was recently ranked in the Top 25 list of Fund raising Events of the Business Journal's 2002 Book of Lists, and was featured in MPLS.ST. PAUL Magazine's favorite summer trips. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe paralysis or loss of vision. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. School board acts on general items By Arnold Souba The Ortonville School Board at the regular meeting accepted bids on milk, bread, fuel and other commodi- ty items for 2003-04. Per diem wage for the board was held at last years figure, as were lunch prices for stu- dents in the coming year. Health and Safety was reviewed for the new year, and the tuition agreement with Milbank was approved. Official Depositories for district funds were designated. The Ortonville Independent was named Official District Newspaper. The long term contract of Kelly Vangsness was approved, as were the leave request of Joe Eustice and the cheerleading advisor contract of Kelly Gustafson. Payment of bills for $286,703.72 was authorized. The next meeting of the board will be held Aug. 18th at 7 p.m. in the school library. Government Program now offers 100% financing for homes in small towns and rural areas of Minnesota Moderate income families living in rural area,, the home of their dreams - affordably. Valid only in population, outside large metro areas- or in the country New Homes Existing The home you choose can be of any size or design - income, credit worthiness and the appraised value of the 100% financing now You must have adequate and dependable income You must have reasonably good credit. . After purchase, you must occupy the dwelling. FREE 12 page report- "Secrets of Smart HI If you're interested in owning your own home call now- Fast, easy and free pre-qualification over the phone. Jamie Mittelstaedt Call Today 00Midstate Ortonvillt www.midstatemort Open house bridal shower for Batie An open house bridal shower for Sara Batie, bride-to-b.e of Jason Vollmer, will be held Saturday, Aug. 9th, starting at 10 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church 1 "A gift list shower...no card or yourself and shower." Gift cards Cummins '98 Ram 2500 "Quad Cab" Sitter reunion held After a fun filled day of deer hunt- ing last November, Steve Sitter won- dared how many Sitter cousins could get together for a week-end in late June 2003 for some visiting and fun. Gayle and Bruce Sitter volunteered to do some corresponding for the event, and due to that, 36 cousins came for the reunion at Steve and Mary's farm. Several had tents in Howard's yard, some were in motels and some in lake cabins and some at the farm. The following attended: Arvilla Clark and son from Sauk Rapids, Richard Hook from Ronan, MO and his son Donald Hook from Cheyenne, WY air Force Base. Kathy Hook and husband Art Fernandez and their granddaughter Cassandra from Colorado Springs. Phyllis Sitter of Spencer, Ia, her daughter Jolene and husband Mike Kramer of Des Moines with their children Megan and Rachel. Gayle and Dianne Sitter of Klamath Falls, OR and their grand- daughter Ceanna. Nell Sitter of Willmar, Delores Sitter of Ortonville, son Bruce of Big Lake,'son Steven and wife Mary of rural Ortonville and their children Kathryn, Natalie, Paul Daniel and James. Howard and Penny Sitter of rural Ortonville, son Leigh of Canby, daughter Bonita of Madison, WI, son Jay and wife Bethmarie Ward of Mpls. Linda Mary Felton and husband Conrad Freeman of Alexandria and Alan Kuyper of Clive, IA. Lots of visiting was done. ( Check out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com f '99 J.ee.p ! Grand Ltmtted I /1=o,=,16, o 8 ) TRAM BIKE RIDERSrivI in O rto.nville at noon last Sunday, July 27. They began across Minnesota early Monday morning. Despite the early departure, however, most riders greeted Ortonvil|e residents with a smile, a wave and a "thank you". Find a honey of a deal in the st.r 347e're sponsoriny a trip to the see the 00/nnesota Tw/ns Sunday, August 24 Bus leaves Bank Parking - Time TBA Game Time: 1:05 p.m. Minnesota Twins vs. Kan -- L "we =. qeserwa 00i;00--00mSectton West  :::q[ Call Bre by Friaay, I- reserve your Game Ticket: $31.00 per person Chartered Bus ride sponsored by Clinton Your Community Bank for 100 Check out the display of Clinton State Bank memorabilia Member FDIC Clinton State THE BANK THAT UNDERSTANDS Page 2 J INDEPENDENT