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Such a tragic loss to our area and state...the passing of long-time friend and former State Representative Chuck Brown of Appleton, whose funeral will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 19th. A former auc- tioneer with his father, Chuck served our area well in the legislature. You can bet there will be a large turnout for his final rites. A piece on Chuck from the Mpls. Star-Tribune, appears elsewhere this issue. What a great week-end it was, just past...for a time of nostalgia again at the various class reunions, and enjoying all the events of another suc- cessful Cornfest. Hats off to all who had a hand in help- ing make all the events possi- ble. ***** Upper-most in our prayers today is the need for rain for our row crops. We're reminded of how our late father-publisher, Lem, once brought a group of colorfully dressed Sioux Indians from near Sisseton to per- form a rain-dance on Ortonville's main street .... back when we were also in dire need of rain. Can't remember if the dance did any good, but it sure brought a lot of atten- tion...thousands flocked to town to pray for the dancers. Later, another effort was made to bring moisture, when a group raised money to place a number of special machines which blasted chemicals into the atmo- sphere called "cloud seeding"...a pro- motion largely instigated by Vince Stegner. We think there was some success to the venture, but was never tried again[ ***** Dean and Nadine Kavorik of Big Stone City relate an experience they had in Sturgeon Bay, WI last July 4th. They walked into Butch's Bar in that city and were surprised to see a can of Hobo Soup on the shelf. It had been there quite some time, however, having a can- ning date of 1991 on it. ***** Did you notice a lengthy article on hearing-aid pioneer Bill Austin, founder and CEO of Starkey Laboratories, Inc., of Eden Prairie'? Bill recently fitted us out with two aids that greatly increased our hear- ing. A walk through his offices is most exciting! You'll find countless photos of celebrities who Bill has helped with their hearing. Bill "has been inside the heads of four U.S. presidents. He has helped George W. Bush hear the faint chirp of birds and allowed actor Karl Malden to listen to waves again. He has assisted Ozzy Osbourne and, recently, flew out to fix a hearing problem for Paul Newman before a car race. And when Austin, his third annual charity fundraiser Saturday at the Minneapolis Hilton, featuring a din- ner, music and comedy, some of his celebrity clients and friends helped him gross more than $1 million to help the company give free hearing devices for poor children around the world. Scheduled performers for the sold-out gala (only corporate tables are left) include comedians Steve Martin, Norm Crosby and Red Buttons. Journalists Larry King and Walter Cronkite, and stars such as Tony Curtis, Robert Culp and George Kennedy also attended. Austin, a 61- year-old hearing-aid pioneer, may be the wealthiest and best-connected Minnesotan you've never heard of." How nice it is to see great- ly increased activity at Ortonville's hardware store, now under ownership of good friend Jim Larson. He has a lot of new ideas he'll be putting forth in the place of business...details of which we know he'll be spreading later on with his future advertis- ing. Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Dennis Van Ash last Wednesday. There were three squares in attendance with guests from Brookings, Watertown, Peever, Dawson and Arizona. No dance on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Upcoming dances: Aug. 27, Jim Jirak. FLYING THROUGH THE AIR, a performer with Chaos on Wheels, a bicycle stunt show, performs a back flip with ease during one of Saturday's shows. The group performed three shows on Saturday as part of Cornfestival activhies. Minnesota Girl Elected Girls' Nation President Kendall Beer, a Girls' Nation Senator from Ramsey, has been elect- ed president of Girls' Nation, the American Legion Auxiliary program held each summer. She is the first Minnesota girl to ever be elected to the highest office at Girls' Nation. She is the daughter of Jennifer DeBoer and Michael Beer, and will be a senior this fall at Elk River High School. She was selected as a senator to Girls' Nation at the Girls' State program this spring at Bethel College in St. Paul. Over 400 girls attended the state program. Her running mate at Girls' Nation was Natalie Vernon of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who is the Girls' Nation Vice President. Beer was sponsored by Elk River Unit 112. Two Minnesota girls are sent to Girls' Nation each year. Jamie Mittelstaedt - Construction Conventional, Modular and Kit Homes Owner/Builder Programs Lot Loans Brid 00Midstate Ortonville, MN 320-839-4252 or PRINTING Is THE ORTONVILLE Pheasants Forever B On Saturday, Sept. 6th the Grant County Pheasants Forever Chapter will hold its 3rd annual banquet. The social hour will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with the sit-down din- ner served at 7 p.m. The auction will commence at 8 p.m. Festivties will be held at the Big Stone American Legion clubroom. In preparation for the banquet, the steering committee has been meeting weekly. The committee consists of the fol- lowing shown in side photo: Left to right Don Van Veen, Ryan Waterfall, Rod Brandenburger, Larry Roggenbuck, Matt Unzen, Le o Freiwald, Jim McFarlane, Cris Freiwald, Dan Bogenrief, Greg Strobel and Gary Berry. Twenty guns, several wildlife prints and many miscellaneous items will be offered via raffles, drawings and door prizes. uet SOAR'I00NG FUE00L COSTS ..... AN D WINTER CrOMING SOON.., , Now's the time to. replace your heat=ng systen00 air conditioning I[ Does Your Bathroom Need a Facelift? Now's the time to fix it up! -plumbing -fixtures -new tub/vanity FRIENDLY SERVICE REASONABLY PRICED Call today for a free estimate t. HYNNEK ROS. PLUMBING, H AND AIR CONDITIONING Main St. Ortonville, MN Bill Hynnek, owner ATI Phone 321 INDEPENDENT Page 2 Such a tragic loss to our area and state...the passing of long-time friend and former State Representative Chuck Brown of Appleton, whose funeral will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 19th. A former auc- tioneer with his father, Chuck served our area well in the legislature. You can bet there will be a large turnout for his final rites. A piece on Chuck from the Mpls. Star-Tribune, appears elsewhere this issue. What a great week-end it was, just past...for a time of nostalgia again at the various class reunions, and enjoying all the events of another suc- cessful Cornfest. Hats off to all who had a hand in help- ing make all the events possi- ble. ***** Upper-most in our prayers today is the need for rain for our row crops. We're reminded of how our late father-publisher, Lem, once brought a group of colorfully dressed Sioux Indians from near Sisseton to per- form a rain-dance on Ortonville's main street .... back when we were also in dire need of rain. Can't remember if the dance did any good, but it sure brought a lot of atten- tion...thousands flocked to town to pray for the dancers. Later, another effort was made to bring moisture, when a group raised money to place a number of special machines which blasted chemicals into the atmo- sphere called "cloud seeding"...a pro- motion largely instigated by Vince Stegner. We think there was some success to the venture, but was never tried again[ ***** Dean and Nadine Kavorik of Big Stone City relate an experience they had in Sturgeon Bay, WI last July 4th. They walked into Butch's Bar in that city and were surprised to see a can of Hobo Soup on the shelf. It had been there quite some time, however, having a can- ning date of 1991 on it. ***** Did you notice a lengthy article on hearing-aid pioneer Bill Austin, founder and CEO of Starkey Laboratories, Inc., of Eden Prairie'? Bill recently fitted us out with two aids that greatly increased our hear- ing. A walk through his offices is most exciting! You'll find countless photos of celebrities who Bill has helped with their hearing. Bill "has been inside the heads of four U.S. presidents. He has helped George W. Bush hear the faint chirp of birds and allowed actor Karl Malden to listen to waves again. He has assisted Ozzy Osbourne and, recently, flew out to fix a hearing problem for Paul Newman before a car race. And when Austin, his third annual charity fundraiser Saturday at the Minneapolis Hilton, featuring a din- ner, music and comedy, some of his celebrity clients and friends helped him gross more than $1 million to help the company give free hearing devices for poor children around the world. Scheduled performers for the sold-out gala (only corporate tables are left) include comedians Steve Martin, Norm Crosby and Red Buttons. Journalists Larry King and Walter Cronkite, and stars such as Tony Curtis, Robert Culp and George Kennedy also attended. Austin, a 61- year-old hearing-aid pioneer, may be the wealthiest and best-connected Minnesotan you've never heard of." How nice it is to see great- ly increased activity at Ortonville's hardware store, now under ownership of good friend Jim Larson. He has a lot of new ideas he'll be putting forth in the place of business...details of which we know he'll be spreading later on with his future advertis- ing. Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Dennis Van Ash last Wednesday. There were three squares in attendance with guests from Brookings, Watertown, Peever, Dawson and Arizona. No dance on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Upcoming dances: Aug. 27, Jim Jirak. FLYING THROUGH THE AIR, a performer with Chaos on Wheels, a bicycle stunt show, performs a back flip with ease during one of Saturday's shows. The group performed three shows on Saturday as part of Cornfestival activhies. Minnesota Girl Elected Girls' Nation President Kendall Beer, a Girls' Nation Senator from Ramsey, has been elect- ed president of Girls' Nation, the American Legion Auxiliary program held each summer. She is the first Minnesota girl to ever be elected to the highest office at Girls' Nation. She is the daughter of Jennifer DeBoer and Michael Beer, and will be a senior this fall at Elk River High School. She was selected as a senator to Girls' Nation at the Girls' State program this spring at Bethel College in St. Paul. Over 400 girls attended the state program. Her running mate at Girls' Nation was Natalie Vernon of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who is the Girls' Nation Vice President. Beer was sponsored by Elk River Unit 112. Two Minnesota girls are sent to Girls' Nation each year. Jamie Mittelstaedt - Construction Conventional, Modular and Kit Homes Owner/Builder Programs Lot Loans Brid 00Midstate Ortonville, MN 320-839-4252 or PRINTING Is THE ORTONVILLE Pheasants Forever B On Saturday, Sept. 6th the Grant County Pheasants Forever Chapter will hold its 3rd annual banquet. The social hour will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with the sit-down din- ner served at 7 p.m. The auction will commence at 8 p.m. Festivties will be held at the Big Stone American Legion clubroom. In preparation for the banquet, the steering committee has been meeting weekly. The committee consists of the fol- lowing shown in side photo: Left to right Don Van Veen, Ryan Waterfall, Rod Brandenburger, Larry Roggenbuck, Matt Unzen, Le o Freiwald, Jim McFarlane, Cris Freiwald, Dan Bogenrief, Greg Strobel and Gary Berry. Twenty guns, several wildlife prints and many miscellaneous items will be offered via raffles, drawings and door prizes. uet SOAR'I00NG FUE00L COSTS ..... AN D WINTER CrOMING SOON.., , Now's the time to. replace your heat=ng systen00 air conditioning I[ Does Your Bathroom Need a Facelift? Now's the time to fix it up! -plumbing -fixtures -new tub/vanity FRIENDLY SERVICE REASONABLY PRICED Call today for a free estimate t. HYNNEK ROS. PLUMBING, H AND AIR CONDITIONING Main St. Ortonville, MN Bill Hynnek, owner ATI Phone 321 INDEPENDENT Page 2