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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Inconsistency in law! by/on and Cindy Moen, Odessa, MN What should the penalty under the law be for the taking of a human life? I can only tell you from experience, that no amount of money or jail time,can ease the severe pain and emptiness that we feel, resulting from the loss of our only daughter, Jessica. We can tell you that there is a grave inconsistency in the law, as it relates to our case and the case against Bill Janklow. The gentleman who ran the stop sign and plowed into our daughter (50mph at impact, approximately 50 feet into the intersection with no brakes applied) received an $86 fine for failure to stop and a $50 fine with a 30-day jail sentence (with work release) for careless driving. The careless charge was only added after two erson-to-person visits with the states attorney in ilbank, SD, pleading our case for additional charges to be placed in order to feel some justice for the loss of our daughter. Mr. Hall had previous violations of speeding, suspended license,revoked license and a history of violence that he had served jail time for. In addition to this, during his arraignment, he stated twice that he had stopped, perjury at the very least! The state highway patrol states in their investigative reports that there was a high rate of speed at impact, with evidence that no brakes had been applied. Jessica was on a 65mph highway and at impact she was only doing 43mph. (Think about it!) We were told by the states attorney that the only way he could add a charge of involuntary manslaughter/vehicular homicide, was for us to show proof that the intent to harm Jessica was there. Apparently this letter of law only applies to some and not to others? How do the lawmakers decide what differentiates the two cases? High profile case versus a case involving a small town college student? Mr. Janklow has shown a sincere remorse. Mr. Hall, to this day, has not shown any remorse. Money? What? Both individuals ran stop signs that resulted in the loss of life. Both individuals have prior driving records. What has differentiated the two cases? We understand that, yes, accidents do happen. We are not hateful or vengeful, but only have a wish and heartfelt desire to see some justice for the loss of a vibrant, young girl who touched the lives around her and was offering so much to society. Peterson lauds disaster declaration State Rep. Aaron Peterson Friday applauded Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement that he would seek a federal drought disaster declaration for Minnesota's farmers and called on the Governor to begin planning an ag- disaster relief package for the 2004 legislative session. "If the farm income loss from this drought meets or even exceeds the predicted $1.1 billion mark, we'll have an economic crisis affecting everyone in Minnesota," Peterson, of Rural Madison, said. "Not only will farmers be hurt, but also the thou- sands of businesses and tens of thou- Two car accident occured near Big Stone, no fatalities Last Thursday, September 4 two cars collided, while coming off the detour from Milbank, SD to Big Stone City, SD. According to the Grant County Sheriff's report, Louise Meyer of Wilmot, SD was driving southbound on SD Highway 109. Cynthia Van Dover of Big Stone City, SD was trav- eling west on 144th Street with her two children, Clare, age 4 1/2, and Daniel, four months. The Van Dover vehicle stopped at the stop sign and the driver stated that she did not see any vehicles coming. When she started across the intersec- tion, she saw the Meyer vehicle corn- ing from the north. Neither driver was able to avoid the collision. The Meyer vehicle struck the Van Dover vehicle on the passenger side. Both drivers were treated and released. Daniel Van Dover was uninjured and Clare was kept overnight for observation at the hospital. Estimated damage to the 1992 Chevy CKI09 belonging to Farmers Coop Association of Wilmot, SD was $8,000. Estimated damage to the Van Dover vehicle, a 1997 Ford Expedition, was $7,000. Both vehi- cles were towed from the scene. 14 52 53 6O 61 64 Clues ACROSS Clues DOWN 1. Large bag 1. Apply perfume to 4. Inane 2. Diving bird 9. Large wading bird 3. Fatty part of milk 13. Mongrel dog 4. Pat lightly 14. Low stool in the 5, Be obedient to shape of a drum 6. Italian dish made of 15. Vase cornmeal mush 16. Supplements with 7. Ancient Greek god of difficulty love 17, Farther down 8. Coniferous tree 18. Leg joint 10, Type of group 20. Affirmative 11. Wrath 22. Boisterous young girl 12. Hook a line 25. _ Ward, actress 19. Fish eggs 27. Meadow 21. No (Scottish) 28. Snakelike fish 23. Flaw 29. An open skin infection 24. Veil 32. Sash 25, Abstain 35. Away from wind 26. Cacophony 39. Capital of Bhutan 29. An enclosure for 40. Address swine 41. Hall of Fame catcher 30. Exclamatien of 42. The religious center of surprise Saudi Arabia 67 31. Manipulate 33. A stimulus 34. T..arge, mythological bird 36. Pretend 37. Longest division of geological time 38. Conclusion 43. Red wine 46. Young goat 48. Two-wheeled, horse. drawn carriage 49. S. China seaport 50. African country 52. Capital of Morocco 53. Ire 54. Head covering 55. Distinctive style or manner 57. Help 58. Chafe 59. Type of frying pan 61. Supporter 44. Have a disposition to do something 45. Jamaican popular music 47. Decorate a cake 49. Russian peasant 51, In a way, rigid 54, Sixth letter of Hebrew alphabet 56. Abel's brother (Bible) 58. Regenerate 60. Swedish rock group 62. The space above the ground 63. College fee 64. A fine skill 65. A European river 66. Wink 67. Ancient Egyptian deity HV ldN)IN | "1 smld ::I Q 0 -.. v m o , o.lm00,, v -,,. m:., ,:..m, ,, o o , )u . !a  /i H ,. mm,m ., om, , , o ,, 'm" o . , . om. o v s sands of Minnesotans who depend on prosperous family farms for their livelihood. Even if federal aid helps the farmers, we'll have a lot of small businesses and working people in dif- ficulty as well." The Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service reports 84% of the state was "short" or "very short" of topsoil moisture. With the dryness and temperatures running consistently above average, crop yields may be cut by one-third. A disaster declaration would make producers eligible for low-interest loans to help them with- stand the income loss but offers little assistance to others in rural communi- ties. "That's where the state can play a role," Peterson said. "And that why I'm asking the Pawlenty Administration to start working with rural legislators now to consider what the state can do and what resources we could have available. With advance planning, we could enact a disaster relief bill into law right away when the Legislature comes back into session next February." Past farm disasters and depressions have shown the loss of farm income has wide-ranging effects beyond the dollars and cents of farmers' balance sheets, Peterson added. "The stress of financial difficulties leads to many other problems, like increased domestic violence, alcohol abuse, family disruptions, loss of health insurance, kids having trouble in schools," Peterson said. "We have to focus on protecting and preserving rural families and our rural future." Jorgens0n rites Zahrbock funeral home of Madison announces the death of 78- year-old Al, vin "Shorty" Jorgenson of Bellingham. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Mr. Jorgenson is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Bellingham and their four children. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Jim Millerbernd Barb Hauer Patty & Joe Ebnet Russell Anderson Virgil Raaf Dennis Carlson Virgil Gerber Greg Gerber Norman Davis Gary Berdan Cora DeVaal Marie Gagnon Wade & Cindy Van Dover Harold Hippie Glen Danielson Walter Grimm Thomas Nelson Charles Moeller Mrs. Allen Hanson Marilynn Mielitz Albert Lotthammer George Novak C.W. Kleinstuber Sharon Folk Lloyd Hanson Robert Hornstein Shirley Kindt Amanda Jensen Elsie Jacobson Paul Rausch Brian & Donna Valek David Schwarze Amy Nelson M/Mrs. John Van Hout Rosalie Gray Florence Radtke Kenneth Jensen Clark Mastel Jake Danielson, Jr. Andrew Karels lrvin & Marlys Jessen Ken Enwoldsen Agnes Edison Wm. C. Clifton '93 Dakota Club Cab 4X4 Loaded Somethings you may not see again for 60,000 years' THIRD PLACE WINNERS at this year's Oak Tree Golf Classic are, left to right, Dawn and Mark Hughes, Ortonville. Not present for photo was Rick Oakes of Milbank. Get Involved... PRAIRIE FIVE COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL, INC. PRAIRIE FIVE RIDES A volunteer opportunity to reach out to people in your community...be a RIDES Escort and/or Driver! Need assistance while using our transportation services? RIDESwill pro- vide a volunteer escort to help you. Call 1-877-757-4337 from 7am-6pm ETINGS .bers.com FREE 1 800 65 MEETING INFORMATION: Ortonville, MN Trinity Lutheran Church 341 Park Street Wed. 5:30 PM products. ;S trademark. All rights reserve, 003 Weight Watt h Not The Inde (U.S.P.S. 4 ee Publisher SUZE'I-rE Editor and Office Computer and EMILEE Compositor BETH Re BILL TIM Camera [ NANCY oe# II Tues., Sept. 9, 2003 Continuing the Published Ever Periodicals Postage p4ttd i $30.00 per year Parle, Traverse Minnesota, Grant in South counties in All others, Postmaster: The Ortonville Ortonville, NEW ALL A FEBRUARY Big Swift Counties Grant and Roberts February ........... 30.00 March ................ 27.50 &orii .................. 25.00 May ................... 22.50 June .................. 20.00 July ................... 17.50 ALL OTHERS February ........ ' March ................ 31.24 Apdt .................. 28.40 May ................... 25.56 June .................. 22.72 July ................... 19.88 ALL February ......... 38.00 March.... ] ....... 34.87 Apdl .................. 31.70 May ................... 28.53 June .................. 25.38 July ................... 22.19 "Pt The changes or The omissions in the issue or the the Church notes- Display ads - Pictures - News - Friday Classified ads (Any ad brought to classify.) A Monday: A Tuesday: A x Thursday: b. Friday: A Holidays Letters to the munity issues writers should and/or it Letters printed or address Addresses not be publi Letter selves to The determining If an for an item or sidered paper. cease to receives fo paper nolongerc increases. and a small and particular hess. We advertising our decision. I t News: our late readers of other expressed own views, eral Phone 839-3761 sifted Ortonvllle Page 4 INDEPENDENT Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Inconsistency in law! by/on and Cindy Moen, Odessa, MN What should the penalty under the law be for the taking of a human life? I can only tell you from experience, that no amount of money or jail time,can ease the severe pain and emptiness that we feel, resulting from the loss of our only daughter, Jessica. We can tell you that there is a grave inconsistency in the law, as it relates to our case and the case against Bill Janklow. The gentleman who ran the stop sign and plowed into our daughter (50mph at impact, approximately 50 feet into the intersection with no brakes applied) received an $86 fine for failure to stop and a $50 fine with a 30-day jail sentence (with work release) for careless driving. The careless charge was only added after two erson-to-person visits with the states attorney in ilbank, SD, pleading our case for additional charges to be placed in order to feel some justice for the loss of our daughter. Mr. Hall had previous violations of speeding, suspended license,revoked license and a history of violence that he had served jail time for. In addition to this, during his arraignment, he stated twice that he had stopped, perjury at the very least! The state highway patrol states in their investigative reports that there was a high rate of speed at impact, with evidence that no brakes had been applied. Jessica was on a 65mph highway and at impact she was only doing 43mph. (Think about it!) We were told by the states attorney that the only way he could add a charge of involuntary manslaughter/vehicular homicide, was for us to show proof that the intent to harm Jessica was there. Apparently this letter of law only applies to some and not to others? How do the lawmakers decide what differentiates the two cases? High profile case versus a case involving a small town college student? Mr. Janklow has shown a sincere remorse. Mr. Hall, to this day, has not shown any remorse. Money? What? Both individuals ran stop signs that resulted in the loss of life. Both individuals have prior driving records. What has differentiated the two cases? We understand that, yes, accidents do happen. We are not hateful or vengeful, but only have a wish and heartfelt desire to see some justice for the loss of a vibrant, young girl who touched the lives around her and was offering so much to society. Peterson lauds disaster declaration State Rep. Aaron Peterson Friday applauded Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement that he would seek a federal drought disaster declaration for Minnesota's farmers and called on the Governor to begin planning an ag- disaster relief package for the 2004 legislative session. "If the farm income loss from this drought meets or even exceeds the predicted $1.1 billion mark, we'll have an economic crisis affecting everyone in Minnesota," Peterson, of Rural Madison, said. "Not only will farmers be hurt, but also the thou- sands of businesses and tens of thou- Two car accident occured near Big Stone, no fatalities Last Thursday, September 4 two cars collided, while coming off the detour from Milbank, SD to Big Stone City, SD. According to the Grant County Sheriff's report, Louise Meyer of Wilmot, SD was driving southbound on SD Highway 109. Cynthia Van Dover of Big Stone City, SD was trav- eling west on 144th Street with her two children, Clare, age 4 1/2, and Daniel, four months. The Van Dover vehicle stopped at the stop sign and the driver stated that she did not see any vehicles coming. When she started across the intersec- tion, she saw the Meyer vehicle corn- ing from the north. Neither driver was able to avoid the collision. The Meyer vehicle struck the Van Dover vehicle on the passenger side. Both drivers were treated and released. Daniel Van Dover was uninjured and Clare was kept overnight for observation at the hospital. Estimated damage to the 1992 Chevy CKI09 belonging to Farmers Coop Association of Wilmot, SD was $8,000. Estimated damage to the Van Dover vehicle, a 1997 Ford Expedition, was $7,000. Both vehi- cles were towed from the scene. 14 52 53 6O 61 64 Clues ACROSS Clues DOWN 1. Large bag 1. Apply perfume to 4. Inane 2. Diving bird 9. Large wading bird 3. Fatty part of milk 13. Mongrel dog 4. Pat lightly 14. Low stool in the 5, Be obedient to shape of a drum 6. Italian dish made of 15. Vase cornmeal mush 16. Supplements with 7. Ancient Greek god of difficulty love 17, Farther down 8. Coniferous tree 18. Leg joint 10, Type of group 20. Affirmative 11. Wrath 22. Boisterous young girl 12. Hook a line 25. _ Ward, actress 19. Fish eggs 27. Meadow 21. No (Scottish) 28. Snakelike fish 23. Flaw 29. An open skin infection 24. Veil 32. Sash 25, Abstain 35. Away from wind 26. Cacophony 39. Capital of Bhutan 29. An enclosure for 40. Address swine 41. Hall of Fame catcher 30. Exclamatien of 42. The religious center of surprise Saudi Arabia 67 31. Manipulate 33. A stimulus 34. T..arge, mythological bird 36. Pretend 37. Longest division of geological time 38. Conclusion 43. Red wine 46. Young goat 48. Two-wheeled, horse. drawn carriage 49. S. China seaport 50. African country 52. Capital of Morocco 53. Ire 54. Head covering 55. Distinctive style or manner 57. Help 58. Chafe 59. Type of frying pan 61. Supporter 44. Have a disposition to do something 45. Jamaican popular music 47. Decorate a cake 49. Russian peasant 51, In a way, rigid 54, Sixth letter of Hebrew alphabet 56. Abel's brother (Bible) 58. Regenerate 60. Swedish rock group 62. The space above the ground 63. College fee 64. A fine skill 65. A European river 66. Wink 67. Ancient Egyptian deity HV ldN)IN | "1 smld ::I Q 0 -.. v m o , o.lm00,, v -,,. m:., ,:..m, ,, o o , )u . !a  /i H ,. mm,m ., om, , , o ,, 'm" o . , . om. o v s sands of Minnesotans who depend on prosperous family farms for their livelihood. Even if federal aid helps the farmers, we'll have a lot of small businesses and working people in dif- ficulty as well." The Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service reports 84% of the state was "short" or "very short" of topsoil moisture. With the dryness and temperatures running consistently above average, crop yields may be cut by one-third. A disaster declaration would make producers eligible for low-interest loans to help them with- stand the income loss but offers little assistance to others in rural communi- ties. "That's where the state can play a role," Peterson said. "And that why I'm asking the Pawlenty Administration to start working with rural legislators now to consider what the state can do and what resources we could have available. With advance planning, we could enact a disaster relief bill into law right away when the Legislature comes back into session next February." Past farm disasters and depressions have shown the loss of farm income has wide-ranging effects beyond the dollars and cents of farmers' balance sheets, Peterson added. "The stress of financial difficulties leads to many other problems, like increased domestic violence, alcohol abuse, family disruptions, loss of health insurance, kids having trouble in schools," Peterson said. "We have to focus on protecting and preserving rural families and our rural future." Jorgens0n rites Zahrbock funeral home of Madison announces the death of 78- year-old Al, vin "Shorty" Jorgenson of Bellingham. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Mr. Jorgenson is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Bellingham and their four children. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Jim Millerbernd Barb Hauer Patty & Joe Ebnet Russell Anderson Virgil Raaf Dennis Carlson Virgil Gerber Greg Gerber Norman Davis Gary Berdan Cora DeVaal Marie Gagnon Wade & Cindy Van Dover Harold Hippie Glen Danielson Walter Grimm Thomas Nelson Charles Moeller Mrs. Allen Hanson Marilynn Mielitz Albert Lotthammer George Novak C.W. Kleinstuber Sharon Folk Lloyd Hanson Robert Hornstein Shirley Kindt Amanda Jensen Elsie Jacobson Paul Rausch Brian & Donna Valek David Schwarze Amy Nelson M/Mrs. John Van Hout Rosalie Gray Florence Radtke Kenneth Jensen Clark Mastel Jake Danielson, Jr. Andrew Karels lrvin & Marlys Jessen Ken Enwoldsen Agnes Edison Wm. C. Clifton '93 Dakota Club Cab 4X4 Loaded Somethings you may not see again for 60,000 years' THIRD PLACE WINNERS at this year's Oak Tree Golf Classic are, left to right, Dawn and Mark Hughes, Ortonville. Not present for photo was Rick Oakes of Milbank. Get Involved... PRAIRIE FIVE COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL, INC. PRAIRIE FIVE RIDES A volunteer opportunity to reach out to people in your community...be a RIDES Escort and/or Driver! Need assistance while using our transportation services? RIDESwill pro- vide a volunteer escort to help you. Call 1-877-757-4337 from 7am-6pm ETINGS .bers.com FREE 1 800 65 MEETING INFORMATION: Ortonville, MN Trinity Lutheran Church 341 Park Street Wed. 5:30 PM products. ;S trademark. All rights reserve, 003 Weight Watt h Not The Inde (U.S.P.S. 4 ee Publisher SUZE'I-rE Editor and Office Computer and EMILEE Compositor BETH Re BILL TIM Camera [ NANCY oe# II Tues., Sept. 9, 2003 Continuing the Published Ever Periodicals Postage p4ttd i $30.00 per year Parle, Traverse Minnesota, Grant in South counties in All others, Postmaster: The Ortonville Ortonville, NEW ALL A FEBRUARY Big Swift Counties Grant and Roberts February ........... 30.00 March ................ 27.50 &orii .................. 25.00 May ................... 22.50 June .................. 20.00 July ................... 17.50 ALL OTHERS February ........ ' March ................ 31.24 Apdt .................. 28.40 May ................... 25.56 June .................. 22.72 July ................... 19.88 ALL February ......... 38.00 March.... ] ....... 34.87 Apdl .................. 31.70 May ................... 28.53 June .................. 25.38 July ................... 22.19 "Pt The changes or The omissions in the issue or the the Church notes- Display ads - Pictures - News - Friday Classified ads (Any ad brought to classify.) A Monday: A Tuesday: A x Thursday: b. Friday: A Holidays Letters to the munity issues writers should and/or it Letters printed or address Addresses not be publi Letter selves to The determining If an for an item or sidered paper. cease to receives fo paper nolongerc increases. and a small and particular hess. We advertising our decision. I t News: our late readers of other expressed own views, eral Phone 839-3761 sifted Ortonvllle Page 4 INDEPENDENT