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sc%;ie. ~rhCy loaded the husband on thd stretghrr and began carrying him to the street. One of them asked the wife how the injury had occurred. When she told them, they began laughing so hard that they dropped the stretcher, and broke the guy's col- larbone. Talk about instant karma. k ~_...~ z,By JDK Have we ever told you of an idea we had for a most unique promotion- al idea for our Big Stone Lake area? For what it's was to build the world's largest and longest Roller Coaster ride, starting at say Nielsen's Park. extending HIGH over the City of Ortonville proper...ending up in the waters of beautiful Big Stone Lake. Perhaps it wouldn't be legally allowed by the authorities...and maybe unaffordable for insurances, but for sure it would undoubtedly be a great tourist attraction! A million thanks today...on behalf of all Ortonville all members of Ortonville's Volunteer Fire Dept. who, as usual, serve with little rewards but with gallant courage. In particular, they were all at their utmost best in battling our main street fire of last week...a fire that demolished two main street firms. Without the efforts by our firemen, the damage could have been much worse. Indeed, what courage it takes to be a Fireman, putting their lives on the line with every alarm. Thanks, heaps, to one and all! We note where an Editor of a newspaper in Romania is full of praise for all Americans. In his arti- cle, he ponders many questions as he talks of how unselfish Americans are in helping those in need worldwide. He asks "how on earth are Americans able to always respond united as one human being? What unites Americans? Is it their land...their history...their economic" He says he tried for hours to find an answer...but after hours of thought, "I reached only one conclusion: ONLY FREEDOM CAN WORK SUCH MIRACLES!" Amen! A heart-warmer for yours truly and our Hobo Soup! Ann Abbott of Waterloo, IA, writes: "Went to my home town of Britt, IA, last August and was amazed to see your booth selling Hobo Soup at the National Hobo Convention. Bought four cans, which wasn't enough...I need more, let me know the price of a case." After a phone call to Ann, a check is on its way for a nice! As sad as this is, it turned out to be a real laugher! It's a reprint from a newspaper in New Orleans, titled "Off the Clock" by Rebecca Dudley! "My ex-husband had this annoying habit of bringing greasy old carbure- tors and things into the house to work on. So, last week, when my friend called to tell me this story, my first response was, "Where did this guy live?'" Now reassured that I was never related to him by marriage, this reall2~ is too hilarious not to share. The way my friend told it, this guy pushed his motorcycle from the patio into his living room. where he began to clean the engine with some rags and a bowl of gasoline. When he fin- ished, he sat on the motorcycle and decided to start it to make sure every- one was still OK. Unfortunately, the bike started in gear. and crashed through the glass patio door with him still clinging to the handlebars. His wife had been working in the kitchen. She came running at the noise, and found him crumpled on the patio. badly cut from the shards of broken glass. She called 911. and the paramedics transported the guy to the emergency room. So far. the story is humorous-in a "that is what you get for being a big enough lout to bring your motorcycle into the house" kind of way. But here is where 1 really split a gut. Later that afternoon, after many stitches had pulled her husband back together, the wife brought him home and put him to bed. She cleaned up the mess in the living room. and dumped the bowl of gaso- line in the toilet. Shortly thereafter. her husband woke up, lit a cigarette. and went into the bathroom. He sat down and tossed the cigarette into the toilet, which promptly exploded because the wife hd not flushed the gasoline away. The explosion blew the man through the bathroom door. The wife heard the explosion and her husband's screams. She ran into the hall and found him lying on the floor with his trousers blown away and burns on his buttocks. The wife again ran to the phone and called for an ambulance The same two paramedics were dispatched to the Steaks, Roasts, HamburgerPork Chops & Roasts 25 LB. BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $79.95 $39.95 DEPEND ON IT Continued And other places I've hung out over the years By Arlo Janssen My brother Immanuel studied for the ministry at the same time I did, but at a different seminary. One day he visited on a school day and came to class with me The only empty seat for him was on the oppo- site side of the room from where I sat, in an assigned seat. Halfway through the hour the pro- fessor said to Manny, "Janssen, I've lectured for 30 minutes, and I haven't seen you write one note; can you tell me why?" Manny, who had quite a sense of humor, replied with his arm folded, "Sir, I have not heard anything so far that I've wanted--to remember." The students, knowing it was a case of 'mistaken identity,' laughed aloud. That's when I stood up and introduced my brother to the instruc- tor; then he laughed, too, and asked if we were twins. I never thought that Manny and I looked that much alike, but apparent- ly some people did. Un annua A few years later, when both of us were in the ministry, I preached for him in a large New Years Eve service, while he conducted the liturgy. With his beautiful voice, he chanted the whole service, which he hadnever done before At the end of the service, while Manny and I were meeting people at the door, a number of them said to me, "Your chanting added so much to the service. I hope you teach your brother to do that," I guess, then, those folks also thought they heard Immanuel preach, if they thought I did the chanting. Though we wore similar clerical robes, again I was surprised that peo- ple' saw that much similarity in us, especially my brother's parishioners. (Numbers seven and eight of the 10 Janssen children, Manny and I were two years apart.) Signed copies of Arlo's book about growing up in Odessa are available at Otrey Lake Gallery in Ortonville. If you would like to contact him, write to PO Box 1311, Benson, AZ, 85602. E- mail: arlo.janssen(a)gmail, com campa,gn The United Appeal of the City of Ortonville and Ortonville Township will be holding its annual residential campaign on ,Sunday, Oct. 10, between 3 and 6 p.m. Volunteers will be going door to door seeking your help and support. Due to the downturn in the econo- my, many of the local agencies are seeing more need and less funding to support their efforts. Your gift to United Appeal will help individuals and families throughout the commu- nity to meet their basic needs of food, shelter, health care and children's development. No gift is too is "One Gift for Many!" The United Appeal of the City of 9 Prairie Five Head Start is a pro- gram for three, four, and five year olds in the counties of, Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine. This program offers center-based, combination and childcare partner- ship options. Programming is avail- able in the following communities: Appleton, Benson, Canby, Clara City, Clarkfield, Clinton/Graceville, Cottonwood (Lakeview), Dawson/Boyd, Granite Falls, Kerkhoven, Madison, Montevideo, Murdock and Ortonville. A federal and state funded pro- gram, Head Start is designed to assist income eligible families with children ages three, four, and five. Head Start also serves children with disabilities and their families. The program uses a holistic approach to meet the needs of the peo- ple involved. Services offered include early childhood development, health, safety, nutrition, mental health and parent training. The Head Start program encour- ages parents/guardians to be involved in their child's education, as they are the first and most important teacher in the lives of their children. Referrals for children come from pre-school screening, Family Service Centers. Early Intervention Teams and Special Education staff. Countryside Public Health. outreach workers, doc- tors. dentists. MN Work Force Center. ECFE and day care providers. Children with families that qualify through their income receive top pri- ority into the program, along with Big Toy Expo set Saturday Start your engines .... the third Annual Big Toy Expo is back[ The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative invites you to the Ortonville Airport on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to check out all the "Big Toys". Children of all ages and their fam- ilies are encouraged to attend. There will be free books for the kids. and snacks will be provided. II Ortonville and Ortonville Township is a non-profit corporation and is not associated in any manner with the United Way, nor is it a member of any national or state association. It is strictly a local organization whose impact is personal with its sole pur- pose to raise funds to help meet the needs of several organizations provid- ing important services to our commu- nity. Some of the local organizations the United Appeal helps include: Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Early Childhood Initiative, Big Stone Cancer Support, Project Backpack, Rice Hospice and more. availa four-year-old repeaters or a five-year- old with an IEP or extenuating cir- cumstances. If your family's income is 130 per- cent of the guidelines, you will receive the next priority enrollment. Those three, four, and five year olds whose families that are over income may qualify throragh refer- ral/disabilities, an IEP or extenuating circumstances, or other over incomes guidelines. Head Start's mission is to strive together to foster strong healthy chil- dren and their families and to promote staff excellence through dynamic pro- gramming. The program believes in working together to strengthen the quality of life in our community. ORTONVILLE FIREFIGHTERS try to extinguish the fire in the Once N' Again building on Ortonville's Main Street last Wednesday, Sept. 29. Ortonville fire Chief Randy McLain said their objective~was to stop the fire in the thrift store and to prevent it from spreading to Radio Sl~ack. The DCC Solution and Once N Again build- ings were destroyed in the fire, while Radio Shack and Anderson and Accounting buildings received water and smoke damage. Cause of the fire is still under investigation. ~' Check the STAFFCAMERAS Link for homecoming pictures www.ortonvilleindependent .com Ortonville EDA has a new website Y Ortonville's EDA has been work- ing with the Upper Minnesota River Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) on a Regional Recruitment Project. Although this research project is not complete, one item has been clear - people looking to relocate use the internet to obtain information about the community and use this informa- tion in their relocation decisions. The EDA has also been working with the Southwest Initiative Foundation and the U of M Extension on Social Media and expanding marketing options for businesses. The use of these technolo- gy opportunities are tools that the EDA will use to assist Ortonville busi- nesses to expand their customer base. The website will provide assistance information to our businesses or those looking to relocate; a place to find a link and/or information to every busi- ness in Ortonville (including home businesses); and provide the general public access to information on EDA activities. This site will also highlight various community activities and vol- unteers to provide insight into our community for those researching our town through the internet while being informational for our businesses and residents. The EDA Workgroups (Promotions & Amenities, Commercial Development and Housing) have been meeting during this past year as separate groups and have recently joined together for a Strategic Planning Session which was facilitated by Jacki Anderson and Katie Meyer of the UMVRDC. Although the group has identified a number of projects and goals, the overarching goal is to inform, connect and engage. We are currently planning the next Workgroup meeting to review the summary provided from the UMVRDC and discuss the next steps. The Workgroups are open to everyone with no limit on number or depth of involvement. If you are inter- ested in joining the process, please contact Vicki at 839-3284 or go to the new EDA website for the latest infor- mation on this and other EDA activi- ties. FIREFIGHTERS fought the fire on Ortonville's Main Street last Wednesday from above with the aerial boom from the Milbank Fire Department and from the roof of Radio Shack, and from the ground. They were able to stop the fire from entering Radio Shack, but it destroyed the two historical buildings occupiedby DCC Solutions and Once and Again. Stop in for a free estimate today/ 100% Customer Satisfaction Complete Auto Body Shop Windshield Repair & Replacement Largest In-Stock Windshield Inventory in Area Free Computerized Estimates COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. Steve and Linda Roggenbizck 109 SE Second Street Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 Phone (320) 839-2255 Toll Free 888-819-2255 j HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-6PM; Sat. 8AM-5:30PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 : ;:::}:ii:!- CHICKEN BREASTS Per Lbi Per Lb. HALF A HOG ..................... O~ DELl HAM ........................ $2.99 Locally Grown Pork-Per Lb. Olf~...~ Per Lb. Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb. -- Hamburger Patties ......... $2.99QUARTERS & SIDES...$1.85 99 SEASONED PO.Z SAOSA .............................................. $1. Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 ,i