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Our area, state, and nation has lost a great booster of conservation with the passing of famous wildlife artist Les Kouba, a native of Hutchinson. Les was well known in this area and had many friends here, one of the best among those being Vince Stegfier and our late father- publisher Lem. Les was present at many functions here sponsored by Vince and our Ducks Unlimited group. We are proud to have in our office, one of Les' original paintings of a scene on the Big Stone Wildlife Refuge. You'll be missed, Les ... happy painting in your new world beyond! Hats off to all involved in any way in putting on yet another successful Oak Tree Golf Classic here last week. end. Proceeds were again for the Big Stone Health Care Foundation. This annual event (7th this year) is becoming ever more popular with golf enthusiasts. A great tournament for a great cause! Indeed, the Vikes do seem to be for real, and perhaps may even be a team of destiny ... after their squeaker over St. Louis Sunday. A big plus for them is that they have depth at every .position ... even at perhaps the most important spot, quarterback. Randall Cunningham is rated by many as the best back-up QB in the business. Now with starter Brad Johnson out for two to three- weeks, Cunningham's roll will be even more vital! Time will tell! Veteran area farmers can't remember when row crops have matured as early as this year. Many will be harvesting corn later this ;,..: mouth, perhaps a record for . early harvest. Weather has been so summer-like, that foliage has not yet started to change colors here ... which may be another record. While on the subject olrfarming, how our heart aches for farmers today as they face disastrously low prices ... well below what it costs to produce even the greatest of yields. It's mind-boggling and really hurts "when you read of the greed shown by airline pilots, airline management, and those "poor" ball players who are raking in tons of money ... yet here in rural America, many farmers could be facing bankruptcy because of such low prices. Really, there must be something that can be done! If it takes some government action, let it happen! It doesn't make sense that almost every other business in the country can set their own prices, whereas the farmer can only take what's given to him, IF he's lucky enough in the first place to get a crop in the bin. Has the world had enough of the Clinton. Lewinsky affair?! Really, putting the report from the Starr Investigation on the Internet is going a little too far[ Mark McGwire has certainly given pro baseball a shot-in-the-arm, with his record-setting number of home runs. Sammy Sosa has now joined him, both with 62 homers. We wonder if Sosa will get as much ink as Mark has already received[? For sure, both are to be lauded for their achievements. Ever notice when watch- ing or listening to a baseball game, that whenever a team takes the lead, it seems that almost always the opponent will take the lead back in their very next at-bat?[ Health night features weight loss class Want to lose weight? Uncomfortable with your body size? Come to this class to find out how to simplify your lifestyle choices and promote healthy living. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7-9 p.m. Lakeland Auditorium in the Lower Level of the Lakeland Health Center; presented by Julie Remer, RD, LD, and Cheri Hess, MS, RD, LN, CDE. ooO Pctm-utl p, CUSTOM BUTCHERING Mon.-Wed. EMERGENCY BUTCHERING CALL (605) 862-8402 OR (320) 839-3430 Page 2 Peterson urges residents to participate in farm price crisis rally Rep. Doug Peterson is inviting area farmers, business owners and everyone with a stake in the rural economy to join in a call for immedi- ate federal action on commodity prices at the Great Upper Midwest Farm Price Crisis Rally on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Worthington. U.S. Senators Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, Tom Harkin of Iowa and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota are scheduled to be at the event, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m to Noon at the Nobles County Fairground Grandstand. The fairgrounds are located at the junction of 1-90 and Hwy 59 in Worthington. "This rally is an opportunity to people from across the Upper Midwest to send a message to Congress," Peterson, a farmer from rural Madison, said. "Only Congress can restore the safety net and do what's necessary lo get crop and live- stock prices back to a level where farmers can survive. It's important to have a strong turnout to show Congress that rural Minnesota is hurt- ing and needs help." This is the only major farm crisis rally planned in the Midwest this fall, Peterson said. Across the board low prices for major crops, hogs and cattle are expected to drive down farm incomes by some $1.5 billion this year. That makes the current low-price crisis a bigger loss than the wet-weather dis- aster of 1993 or the drought disaster of 1988. A University of Minnesota researcher predicts the average Minosota farmer will see a 200 per- cent d'ene in income from 1997 to 1998 - thJ0iggest year-to-year drop ever recorded. "We need Congress to raise loan rates, to make crop insurance cover- age effective, to boost exports pro- grams and to re-establish the Farmer- Owned Grain Reserve," Peterson said. "They can do that in the next month - if they hear from enough peo- ple about the problems out there. That's what this rally is for, and that's why it's important for everyone with a stake in the rural economy to partici- pate. LqP Prairie preservation guided coach bus tours Enjoy the natural splendor of Lac qui Parle! On Sunday, September 20th, Lac qui Parle Prairie Preservation is sponsoring the 2nd annual bus tour around Lac qui Parle Lake. Join us for a deluxe two hour motor coach tour around historic Lac qui Parle. Knowledgeable guides will delight you with stories as we explore the history of the land and it's people. Stops will include the newly restored Zion Lutheran Church, the new LqP Learning Center, and LqP State Park. See traces of the Red River Ox Cart Trail! "Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the area. Fve lived here all my life and didn't know some of the facts that were presented to me last year on the bus tour," states Gerda Dolman, curator LqP Historical Society. The bus will leave Zion Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. Seating is limited. Pre- registration required. $5/person includes free admission to CURE's River Revival. Call Lynn Lokken at (320) 269-2105. "River Revival" celebrates more than the area's great outdoors This year's Minnesota River Revival offers something more than a chance to celebrate the great outdoors in the Minnesota River Valley. The seventh annual celebration also offers a chance to take a trip back in time. Mike Quaid of Wilmot, SD will revive the pioneer art of black- smithing during the Revival. To make the trip back in time, just head over to the Watson Lion's Park and join the River Revival celebration from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. Visitors will find Quaid stoking the fires and pounding the iron in his pio- neer era shop, and welcoming them to witness it all first hand. For those who prefer "quieter" arts, visit with Linda Canton of Minneota. She will set UP her own -- ,.a shop to demonstrate sheep wool spin- ning. Or, just come to enjoy the outdoors and beauty of the Watson Lion's Park and its scenic setting along the Chippewa River. "It' s a great time for people of all ages," said Lynn Lokken, coordinator of Clean Up our River Environment (CURE), sponsor of the annual cele- bration. She said last year's event attracted over 500 people, and she expects as many or more this year. Like it's predecessors, this year's celebration is aimed at introducing people to the beauty of the region, as well as to the talents of those who make it their home. Some of the talent will tak to the stage, as a line-up of area musicians will perform through-the day. The musical offerings range from blues to polkas and old time music. The fea- tured musicians include the Strollers, the Good Old Boys, Carol Ford and Audrey Arner, the Starlites, the Old Tyme Band, and the Friends of the Minnesota River Valley. Along with the music, there is sto- rytelling in tepees, minnow races, pony rides for children, and the opportunity to explore the waters of the Chippewa River. Canoes will be available for those who wish to explore the Watson Sag and river. Food and other vendors will be available on site, and there will be art and handicraft exhibits. All events are free with the cost of a $3 individual or $ family admission. Sons of Norwav: OnEconomic Development : : : banquet tickets Susta,nable development on sale now By Cal Clark about the environmental affects. Sons of Norway Ghrienet Dalen (Granite Valley) Lodge 1-651 will be holding Institutional Banquet Friday, Sept. 25th at the Lantern Inn north dining room at Milbank, SD, at 7 p.m. serving time. Tickets can be obtained from lodge members. This is the Charter Institution making the Milbank Lodge a member of the Sons of Norway 1st District. This lodge is open to all persons with Nordic backgrounds. There is still time to join as a Charter Member. The lodge holds monthly evening meetings. Local officers are Pres. Floyd Dailie, Milbank, Sec. Amy Mitchell, Milbank, Treas. Marilyn Stemsrude, Stockholm, finance off. Norman Shelsta, Ortonville, and publicity person, Elaine Aden, Milbank. You are invited to join what promises to be an active, educational and entertaining institution as Sons of Norway "Ghrienet Dalen" (Granite Valley) Lodge. Ticket deadline is Sept. 21st. Charter memberships will be accepted until Sept. 25th. We say "Velkammen" to all interested people. Join now and become a charter member. (AbV) Diabetic support group next Tuesday Diabetic Support Group will meet next Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Ortonville Hospital Chapel. For more information please contact Jeanette Felton, RN, Support Group Facilitator at 839-2502. Happy Birthday ANGLE on Sept. 14th Love from Morn J Sustainable development has been defined as development that allows people to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development can be thought of as a holistic approach that responds to three areas of consideration: environmental impac)s, ec0nomic considerations and community concerrlS. Environmen.t. Sustainable development should improve and protect the quality of the environment by: Not depleting non-renewable resources before technology can shift to another source; Managing renewable resources without depleting or degrading them; Hiring within the physical capacity of our resources; Honoring the rights of future generations by not compromising their ability to meet their needs; and Erring on the side of caution when uncertain Economic Development. Sustainable development should strengthen the economic well being of local residents by: Stimulating economic growth; Providing quality job opportunities for present and future generations; and Broadening opportunities and sharing wealth equally among all residents. Community. Sustainable development should enhance the quality of life and well-being of community residents by: Providing safe and peaceful living conditions; Preserving human, cultural and biological diversity; and Sharing opportunities and responsibilities fairy among all residents. Cal Clark is director of economic development in Minnesota for UtiliCorp United, parent company of Peoples Natural Gas and Northern Minnesota Utilities. He welcomes comments or suggestions at 320-629- 6226. GRILLING sPECIALS! ORTONVILLE, MN Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM PHONE (320) 839-2653 Pioneer, Award Winning - Per Lb. I Per Lb. COUNTRY RING '- I DELl $ S,US,GE ................. -Z.79 ,,M ........................... 2.79 Let Pioneer Cater That Special Event For You... REUNIONS, WEDDINGS, GROOM SUPPERS Seasoned Roast Beef Pork, Ham, Chickxn and Trkey 00INDEPENDENT Ortonville news Gaff Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 Pat Monson of Stanchfield came Thursday to visit Margie Monson for a few days. Marvin and Joan Block visited Margie Monson. Last Friday Gladys Meister of Milbank and Audrey Koch visited Brenda Glover at Watertown. Tuesday Clara Reuss and Mrs. Wayne Nicholson of Appleton visited Audrey Koch. John and Marcia Herberg of St. Cloud, Maurice and Kathy Herberg from Graceville, Karen Skoog and friend from Coon Rapids, and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Skoog and family of Wadena, all helped George Van Hale celebrate his birthday on Sunday, Sept. 6th at Mr. and Mrs. George Van Hale's. Lloyd and Betty Herberg were Tuesday night supper guests of George and Ruth Van Hale. Lakeside Extension Club met at Birdie Scholberg's home on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 9th. Six ladies were present. A tour to Redlin Art Center in Watertown is planned for the October meeting. Clara Zeek visited Syl Pinkert last Saturday afternoon. Scott and Jenny Pinkert and their two children Justin and Kaitlyn were last Sunday evening supper guests at their Grandma Syl's. Gladys Strobel from Clinton visited Syl Pinkert on Thursday. Lillian Ninneman and Vidella Roschen were among several women who attended the Women's Fall Rereat on Thursday at the Big Stone Camp for Christ. It was a very encouraging and uplifting day. Jerry and Alma Jorgenson visited Vernon and Bert Longhenry last Sunday evening. Claudia Wednesday to Craig Randlema Grand Forks, ND. Cathy Lutzvick visited Kathy to the 3rd. Kathy Gilsdorf's Gilsdorf was here fro Sept. 7th. He was Rausch Brothers m tournament. Kathy Gilsdorf to visit with friends and 13th. Walt and Rock, IA spent the Jack Gable family. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Labor Day weekend Grand Rapids where Lee and Vidella and Tiffany e weekend at the Lake Miltona. celebrate their anniversary. Carrie Hartman with her parents th She is going to schoO.t Mr. and Mrs. Dassel were Labor guests of Evonne Swansott morning coffee Goetsch. High bridge afternoon Ortonville Senior Hamngton and Mr. and Garrison visited Saturday. They also Hansen. Women's ARC fundra The Women's Advocacy Resource Center of Big Stone County will be participating in the Ortonville City Wide Rummage Sale Sept. 19 in an effort to raise additional program operating funds. A wide variety of clothing will be displayed on tables inside and outside of the office building, 47 Northwest 2nd Street (old furniture store) from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Many beautiful women's sweaters, coats and suits as well as men's children's coats, be available. New items will t hour. The minimum tion of $2/plastic bag victims of domestic Stone County. The Women's currently funding that goes 1999. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING This is your sneak preview to best value on Carnival Cruise Carnival. The Most Popular Cruise Line in the Work CRUISE SALE! Must be Sept. 23 ot All points has Ca//Dorcnc & Rob/n Far deml special Carn00al ,05.,,, Comfort and casual living are major rior design today. 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