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By JDK All-class reunion folks seemed to be scattered most everywhere during this year's Cornfest weekend, which, as stated previously, was again highly successful! Top photo below shows who we think must have been the oldest in attendance, namely 92-year- old Monte Zahringer, shown with his sister, Doris "Terry" Zehringer Rockwell. Monte now lives in Eden ~t ~l response~ . . by President Obama, insist- ing.that the Mosque be built else- where, he would be sh6wingleader-. ship that all Americans deserve, want, and NEED! Rather, .by his stubborn silence, and even at times showing approval of the plan, he is playing right into the desires and wants of the terrorists! If we are alone in these thoughts, then our nation is in deep, deep trouble, and especially so in the days ahead, if such a lack of leadership prevails! For sure, change is needed and sooner rather than later! See letter- to-the-editor elsewhere this issue. A PS to the above item! We get such feelings that always turn negative when- ever President Obama speaks on whatever topic and look at the trou- bles that' face our American citizens today!! *#@@3 News today from former residents Larry and Elaine Cartwright. So great to see some of you at the reunion for all you went through, Prairie, Doris lives in Chanhassen. Jim, you look fantastic. Enjoy every- day the good Lord gi;ces you and all of US, for that matter. Saw the article in the paper of Larry's and my regis- tration for pharmacy when we were working in Kansas. Nice, nice peo- ple there but the weather was icky. Needed to get back to good ale Minnesota. Again thanks for every- thing and kindest regards to all. The C's. II JAil | Fair, food, fun. Visitors to the 2010 Minnesota State Fair can register to win free gro- ceries for a year at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) booth. The prize is part of the Minnesota Farmers Feed US cam- paign, a national consumer education campaign featuring farmers who show how they produce safe. nutri- tious and affordable food. The campaign is sponsored by MDA and several Minnesota agriculture Lower photo shows a man who weorganizations. Minnesota residents can register at have not seen in years, namely Taylor the MDA booth in the Martinson, son of the late "Bunt" Agriculture/Horticulture building or Martinson, whose mother was a Kahler of the Kahler Hotel chain, online at the Minnesota Farmers Feed which included the Columbian Hotel US website in Ortonville. In the face. Taylor is a ( At the spitting-image of his father, butthere Ca psites stil is a big difference "top-wise"! Bunt " m had a bundle of curly hair, unlike that of Taylor. With Taylor is his cousin, Lois (Martinson) Knopf of Ortonville. The Minnesota Department of * * * ~ * Natural Resources (DNR) has good A thought on Vikings news for anyone who hasn't made football, after watching the plans for Labor Day weekend yet: there are still plenty of campsites pre-season game which they won over Seattle Saturday. available at Minnesota state parks and Travaris Jackson should be recreation areas. Although it's been a busy summer moved to the No. 4 position and reservable sites are all spoken for as Quarterback. Rosenfal at some parks, other parks have and Webb far exceeded any vacancies in the double digits. performance we've seen thus far from Jackson. Go Vikes! And there, is more good news: up to 30 percent of the campsites at each park are unreservable, so those sites Ever find yourself getting a feel- are available on a first-come, first- ing that something is going to hap- served basis. pen, and then it does? That happened Six of the parks with at least 10 to us while watching the Twins- reservable sites available both Friday, Mariner game Sunday. The TwinsSept. 3. and Saturday, Sept. 4, (as of were hanging onto a 1-0 lead in the Aug. 26) are within 100 miles of the bottom of the seventh, when Twin Cities: announcer Bert B/y/even starting .Flandrau State Park (New Ulm), talking about the Mariners, at bat. which has a swim pond popular with that they had excellent pitching, but .families on hot days. needed to deyelop their offense. "Oh ,Minneopa State Park (Mankato), which has a beautiful double water- no now the Mariners are going to come alive." was our thought of the fall. words coming from Blyleven. Sure .Minnesota Valley State enough, the Mariners garnered a cou- Recreation Area (Jordan), which pie runs off a hot Twins hurler Carl includes a multi-use trail that runs Pavano, and they proceeded to win parallel to the Minnesota River. an the game 2-1. Funny isn't it how ideal spot for hiking, biking, and thoughts can turn into reality?! inline skating. Surely, many of you perhaps have Myre-Big Island State Park had a similarexperience?! (Albert Lea). where visitors enjoy canoeing, kayaking and birdwatching on Albert Lea Lake. .Rice Lake State Park (Owatonna), All "true-blooded" Americans. with campsues nestled under tall regardless of religion and political hardwoods and .opportunities to beliefs, should be convinced today observe a variety of wildflowers and that our nation is deeply lacking ~he waterfowl. leadership needed in a President. *St Croix State Park (Hinckley), You need only to look at Obama's the largest Minnesota state park. with un-American handling or better said an extensive trail system, a fire tower, his "non-handling'" of the much that visitors can climb, two scenic talked about plan of building a rivers, arid canoe rentals. Mosque but a block away from There are even a few sites left at Ground Zero in New York. A plan Afton State Park. where campers that the vast majority of Americans leave their cars behind and backpack are dead against! Obama shouldto their sites for a wilderness-like know the feeling of us Americans experience just east of St. Paul. that it is a matter of sensitivity rather For those willing to drive a little than freedom, that the Mosque further, the following Minnesota state should nol be built so close to parks also have at leas't 10 reservable Ground Zero where thousands of sites open: Blue Mounds. Camden, Americans lost their lives at the Crow Wing, Kilen Woods. Lac qui hands of Un-American terrorists! Parle. Lake Bronson. Old Mill. Such a plan is just as crazy, sensitive- Scenic. Schoolcraft. Upper Sioux wise, as allowing the building of a Agency, and Zippel Bay. memorial to the Japanese next to Campsites are' also available at Pearl Harbor! With a simple "NO" other Minnesota state parks, but in more limited numbers. Those plan- (Continued ning to spend the weekend with Miss teen Big Stone Co. sought If you are single, between the ages of 13 to 18 years, applications are being accepted for the title of "2011" Miss Teen Big Stone County"!!! Miss Teen Big Stone County! will repre- sent her county at the Miss Teen ,Minnesota pageant, which will be held at the "Ritsche Auditorium", March !2 and 13, 2011 in thecity of St. Cloud. The young lady chosen as "Miss Teen Big Stone County" will become an ambassador from the Big Stone County Area and wilt receive an offi- ' cial title and sash! The young lady chosen as Miss Teen Minnesota will receive a prize package and scholarship totaling $10,000 and the chance to represent Minnesota at the Year "2011" Miss Teen International pageant. The "American Heart Association's" Go for Red for Women" is the official Charity of the Miss Teen Minnesota Pageant. The current reigning "2010" Miss Teen Minnesota is Jenna O'Rourke of Dakota County. As Miss Teen Minnesdta, Jenna speaks to the public about "Save Lives Fullfill Yours!!! volunteer for the American Cancer Society" When Jenna was 18-years- old her doctor discovered that she had' a bone difference." She founded the organization; High Schools Against Cancer! This gives teens an opportu- nity to get involved with the American Cancer Society at their schools. For more information visit: Teens will compete in Personal Interview, Fitness Wear, Fun Fashion Wear and Evening Gown. (There is no talent or swimsuit competition) !!!! Young teen ladies living in Big Stone County interested in applying should write for bio form to: Miss Teen Minnesota, International Pageant, PO Box 240537. Apple Valley, MN 55124-0537. or call for information:- (952) 432-6758 or Fax (952) 953-3896. Email b free groceries website, vonsumers are introduced to nine featured farmers and their fami- lies. Online registrations will be accepted through Nov. 6. TWO lucky winners will each receive $5,000 worth of groceries. In addition to MDA, other pamci- pating agriculture groups include the Minnesota Pork Board, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Couficil, Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Broiler and Egg Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Beef Council, and Gold n' Plump. I available at friends or family may have better luck finding multiple sites together at a group camp than in the main camp- ground. Group camps are reservable, and many of them are currently avail- abl~ at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas Camping fees at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas range from $12/night at a rustic site with no showers or flush toilets up to $28/night for a site with electricity, water, and sewer hookups. The cost to reserve a group camp ranges from $30 to $75 a night. There is also a nonre- fundable reservation fee of $8.50 per campsite. No reservations are needed to camp in Minnesota state forests, where sites are sometimes easier to come by on holiday weekends, and the cost is only $12/night. The DNR advises anyone planning to camp over the holiday weekend to make their reservations as soon as possible by calling 866-85PARKS or 866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, or by visiting stayatmn- parks .com. Those without reservations will increase their chances of getting one of the non-reservable campsites by arriving at their park of choice by Thursday morning. Additional camp- sites open tip on Sunday, as weekend visitors begin to head home. People should call the park in advance to find out how many campsites are expected to be open. People heading to a cabin or stay- ing at a resort, should consider visit- ing a nearby state park or recreation area to hike, bike, or attend one of the many interpretive programs taking place throughout the weekend. Most interpretive programs are free, and a variety of equipment is available to check out for free at many state parks and recreation areas (i.e. GPS units for geocaching, fishing kits. birding kits, and kids activity kits), but a vehicle permit is required to enter the parks. A one-day permit cost $5. Year- round permits, $25. provide unlimited access to all 73 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase. For details on Minnesota state parks including descriptions of each park.scenery, wildlife, and recreation- al opportunities, call 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 or visit mndnr'g v/parksandtrails" II The Minnesota Department of Em- ployment and Economic Development (DEED) Dislocated Worker Program has been awarded a $5.5 million grant to provide job training and related serv- ices for about 1,800 unemployed Min- nesotans who are receiving training or on waiting lists for training. The National Emergency Grant (NEG) was awarded by the U.S. De- partment of Labor. "This is important funding that will help unemployed workers to retrain and find new careers," said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. "The Dislocated Worker Program is a key part of our strategy for putting Min- nesotans back to work and keeping the state economy healthy." The grant will be administered by 11 entities that provide Dislocated Worker Program services in the state: Anoka County Job Training Center, Dakota-Scott Workforce Services, Hennepin County Training and Em- ployment Assistance, Northeast Min- nesota Office of Job Training Ramsey County Workforce Solutions Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Programs Inc Southeastern Minnesota Workforce Development Inc South- west Minnesota Private Industry Coun- cil Inc Stearns-Benton Employment and Training Council, Washington County Workforce Center and the Winona County Workforce Council. Dislocated Worker Program serv- ices include skills assessments, basic skills training, individual career coun: seling and occupational skills training. National Emergency Grants provide temporary funding for state and local employment and training programs. Each state must apply for the grants and must meet specific guidelines to be eligible. DEED also recently received a $2.6 million NEG from the Department of Labor to help train more than 600 workers who lost their jobs when Eagan-based Northwest Airlines merged with Deha Airlines of Atlanta. DEED is the state's principal eco- nomic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, in- ternational trade and community de- velopment. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at Fol- . low us on Twitter at A new statewide survey out this week finds that housing costs in Min- nesota continue to outpace wages. Rural Minnesota is experiencing some of the highest housing increases and rental shortages, due in large part to the recession and foreclosure crisis, ac- cording to a county-by-county analysis from the Minnesota Housing Partner- ship. Leigh Rosenberg, the Partnership's research and outreach manager, says many jobs that have traditionally paid a living wage no longer do, such as teaching, law enforcement, retail sales and food preparation. While the study found home ownership was out-of- reach - as expected - for some of the workers, it also found that even rental trends looked bleak. "There was no county in Minnesota in which all of the types of workers we looked at were able to afford to rent a typical two-bedroom apartment." The state also saw an increase in households that are considered "ex- tremely cost-burdened." Approxi- mately 22 percent of renters and t0 percent of homeowners paid at least half of their income on housing. Rental cost increases were more. pronounced outside of the Twin Cities area, with the biggest hikes in Dodge, Pine. Kanabec. Mille Lacs and Le Sueur Counties. Rosenberg says the re- cession has resulted in a severe short- age of available rentals for a number of rural counties "In the wake of the foreclosure cri- sis when a number of families have lost their homes and 'no longer have access to credit to be able to buy a new one. it can mean that they end up having to pay far more than they i'eally can afford because rental costs are so high; espe- cially in proportion to what jobs pay in more rural counties." Rosenberg hopes the report serves as a reminder to lawmakers that safety nets like unemployment are vital. "Especially now as we head into elections in November, we really rec- ommend talking to candidates about what they plan to do to make sure Min- nesotans have both safe and affordable housing." The report showed that.during the peak foreclosure crisis tram 2005- 2009. Minnesota had more than 87.000 foreclosures, with 26 percent occurring in 2009. The most common reason people sought foreclosure prevention counseling in the past year was due to job loss or reduced income. The data is online at www.mhponline:org/re- search/county-profiles. Independent Ads Get Noticed. (You're reading this one aren't you?) VFW post #3964 sponsors 4-H Big Stone Lake VFW Post #3964 sponsored the Big Stone County 4-H awards which were distributed at the Big Stone County Fair. They sponsored the "champion overall horsebelt buckle" won by Kaylee Helgeson, the "champion jr horse at halter" award, won by Michael a Erickson. the "champion beginner poultry showmanship" won by Chanter Combellick and "champi- on jr poultry showmanship" won by Cormick Combellick. I ( Ii Wed.esday, Sept. I Friday, Sept. 17 ~-t GYN Dr, Kevin Benson i ,ursaay, Sept. 2 Pain Dr Peter Meier Podiatry Dr Steve Managennenf Dr. aotrick Retteroth Ontology ' ,~. ~n S aCComon Orthopedics "" DrUr"-eresr n Ste .en MondagN Sept. 20 " |Uesday," - r~tChael Vener Sept. rue,ephr l gy Dr, Jennifer Fi/IoUS 7 Podiatry Dr. Alex Lebrro sday, Sept. 21 Nephrology . Dr . glat(~ioiOg"i E)';"~eo~r' R b Krueg~rPodiatry " Jennifer F I , G ous nard Nordstrom # ' ~ur-Alex Lebrija Wedeesday Sept. $ Cardiolg 'i," ~'-':. r, Rob k'rueger ~. Leonord Nordstro/.Tq, rfiursday, rth peaiCSSept. 9 Dr. JOmes Green Wednesday, Sept. 22 Orthopedics Dr Jomes Green Vascular D Greg Soh,lt Thursday, Sept. TUesday, Sept. 14 ENT Dr Ken Cardiology Dr. Tom SfysOn.cology ' ~. ~eth Rogotzke uro,ogy v.~rD[~ston Steen Wed, esday, Sept. 1'$ Friday, Sept. 24 GYN Dr : evin Unger Nephrology ~ gevin Benson I'o'diafry ~-~, A'/man Geneid .r. Altergy~ Dr, James Mutnick ~t oreven Sacc Y Cardiology omen=uesaay, Sept. 28 "1 n 0gSlla ~,- Sept," l 6 Dr. Tom Stys SurgeryCa rd' t gv:.'.'::."7 [:. Dr. lore Stys Thursday, Se t Dr Rob Krueger Orthopedics Dr. Michael Verier P . ~0 Orthopedics Dr. Mic~- ael Vener v *Dates subject, to change. 7):ese followthg serVices do not require a referral: Audiology (G/no/(or, re) ~o.~ .~ s,~, a '~U-231-4714 ~'~ wl;;e)nf "0 Counseling (Rondl /.#1ehaug) I 320-589.7641 Tuesdays & Thursdays Page 2 ~INDEPENDENT Tuesday, August 31,2010