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_...j_/,,,By JDK More timely news from reader Wayne G. "Whitey" Johnson, Artichoke native now of Beaver Bay...regarding his new memoirs book for which he will hold a book- signing come Dec. 11 at the Big Stone Legion Hall. "When I TALK ABOUT A UNIQUE NOVELTY! You're looking at one in above photo. described some of my relatives in the It's a pen that Ortonville's Cenex Store is giving away to customers...which area in my last memo to you, I failed contains a unique "roll-out" strip with the calendars for years 2011 and 2012. to mention my niece Doris Johnson Our thanks to Manager Kim Sykora for coming up with the idea! who recently moved to Ortonville from aruralarea. She hadreadyour OFC set for Project Christmas Odds and Ends column and immedi- ately called me to remind me that she was indeed a relative. She is the OFC of Ortonville, Inc. (formerly drop off "new" unwrapped gifts or daughter ofmy sister Orla. I have Ortonville Area Jaycees) are getting donations at Blair Johnson, CPA and another niece, Doreen Winston, who geared up for Project ChristmasMinnwest Bank in Ortonville. has a restaurant called The Cabin, in again this year. The OFC will be The OFC buys all the toys locally. Clinton and a nephew that lives in buying gifts for underprivileged chil- They plan to do their shopping on Appleton, another one in Chokio, my dren in Big Stone County. Saturday, Dec. 4. Please have all toys brother lives near Wheaton, and Last year, over $5,000 went and cash donations at the drop off some Jorgenson cousins around towards gifts for 200 children. If you sites by Tuesday, Nov. 30. Clinton, so I have relatives all over would like to help with this excellent If you have any questions regard- the area." Readers should note we cause you can send cash donations to ing this please call Lisa Merritt at start a three-paret series this week as Project Christmas, KO. Box 53, 320-839-6284 or Carri Hamann at alead-intoWhitey's book! Ortonville, MN 56278 or you can320-839-2774. ***** Congrats to friend Val Rausch of Big Stone City, re- elected earlier this month to the House in South Dakota. At a recent meeting of Sodak republicans, Val was named Speaker of the House for the next two years. Recently, we had a piece on drop- ping the atomic bomb on A1 Quada's headquarters and stop sending our troops over to Afghanistan, exposing them to permanent injury or death in a cause that has been dragging on way too long. We have been criti- cized by some saying the bomb drop is too drastic. Could be...but our main thought is that America and its Allies should stop "playing around" with human lives. The military knows very well where the evil ones hang out, so lets put on a major offensive, wipe them out completely and bring our troops home where they belong! AND STOP THIS STUPID SPENDING OF SOME $700 BILLION... which is reportedly more than was spent on World War II. the Vietnam war. and the Korean war. ABSOLUTELY STUPID THAT OUR LAWMAKERS PUT UP WITH THIS! If it is all about feeding the coffers of our industrial- ists, that in itself is a CRIME AND A SIN! AMEN!!! More solicitation of your prayers for Dr. Bob Ross and Howard Paulson. The two will be motoring this Wednesday to Mexico, where Howard will begin a project of helping build an orphan- age! Indeed, a great Christian cause...the more of which the world should wit- ness. Bob will be flying back in about a week, Howard will stay for an extended time to work on the project. Are there any daredevils out there? Really, really, really...a true d~redevil!! Hard to believe what we heard on CBS radio a few days ago. We are not sure if it was true, or if the newscaster was just dreaming! But the report was that NASA was looking for volunteers to ride a spaceship to Mars ..... not a round-trip, but ONE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only ones we can think of who might volunteer is someone in their nineties, maybe closer to 100! Reason for the trip is that someone out there believes there is life on Mars. Talk about having the guts to volunteer, think a few years ago of the astronaut who was the first to solo flight around the earth...even more daring...the first man to walk on the Moon. Though it wasn't target- ed as ONE-WAY, it certainly took a lot of guts to volunteer in both cases. For sure, if anyone volunteers for the ONE WAY, you can be sure the world will learn of it!!!!!!!! Can anyone help us? For years, we have wondered what happens to the thou- sands of birds you see, black- birds, wrens, sparrows. robins, you name it? In almost every season you see thousands of them filling our skies. But what happens when they die? Seems you never see dead birds on the ground...the only ones we remember seeing dead are those that occasionally get banked when they err and fly into your window! Any answers...will appreciate!? ***** (cleD: your part to help up Big Stone Lakelj/ Pheasant hunting pressure compared to last year Minnesota's 2010 Pheasant sea- ing out are having some decent luck son opened on Saturday, Oct. 16, and on pheasants - particularly along the according to Curt Vacek, DNR Area MN River Valley and throughout Wildlife Supervisor, hunting pressure western LQP County. over the past few weeks appears to be Duck hunting has also been a dis- down from last year. appointment as reports have indicated "Surprisingly, I think pheasantvery few ducks being taken. Those hunting pressure is down slightly this who ventured out appeared to have year compared with last. With the some success with geese, but not pleasant weather and most of the much luck withthe ducks. crops harvested by MEA weekend, I This weekend is the firearms deer would have expected more hunting season opener and all hunters are activity than I've seen," said Vacek. reminded to wear blaze orange when Vacek went on to say that accord- venturing out. ing to reports, folks who are ventur- Water Softeners and Salt Delivery to Your Home or Office! WE SERVICE ALL MAKES OF SOFTENERS Serving the Big Stone Lake Areal APPLETON, MN 320-289-1999 irl ........ i[ii i'"'l'lFl .......... [ .............................. Ill[[llll'll" I1 ............ I ....................................... I Children's Holiday Special Package Special 8xi0, 4- 4x5 No sitting fee Greeting Cards Also Available Studio 75 Call today for more 2 miles SE on Hwy. 7 details and make your Ortonville, MN appointment[ 320-839-2037 t Worry- ies ( Human Resource Director Sue tacts. Meyer reported that 111 were of- ing and would like to set up a meeting Schultz began the County Board meet- rice and walk-in appointments with 10 time to meet with the County Commis- mg on Tuesday, Nov. 9 by introducing home and outreach contacts, sioners. Robinson stated that the Terry Ocana as the new Information Meyer informed the Board of the BSAG Board has discussed the future Technician (IT) for Big Stone County. number of Outreach events that he has of the organization and would like to Ocana said that he and his family have been asked to speak at. They included find out what direction the commis- bought a house in Ortonville and that a Flag Etiquette presentation at the Vet- sioners would like to see BSAG go. he is looking forward to working and eran's Day Program at 2:30 p.m. on After some discussion, it was decided living here. Ocana officially began Nov. 11 at the Big Stone City School; to meet following the County Boards work on Nov. 1. guest speaker at the American Legion regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Commissioner Brent Olson in- Veterans Day Dinner at the Clinton 6:30 p.m. at the Media Center of the formed the Board during his commit- Memorial building on Nov. 11 at 5:30 Ortonville Public Library. tee report that Prime West did their p.m. and guest speaker at the American Big Stone County Auditor Michelle audits and Big Stone County received Legion Veteran's Day Dinner at the Big Knutson reported that no bids were re- several awards for 100 percent compli- Stone City Legion on Saturday, Nov. ceived for snow removal for the side- ance in the different areas they were 13. Dan's wife, Mary, represented him walks at the Family Services building. audited. Six different certificates were at the Veteran's Day Dinner at the Or- It was decided to have the Personnel received, three going to Public Health tonville VFW due to a prior commit- Committee discuss this with Emer- and three to Family Services ment. U.S Flag lapel pins and business gency Management Director Jim Has- Big Stone County Veterans Service cards were handed out to the attendees slen. Officer Dan Meyer presented his at the various events. The next meeting of the Big Stone monthly report to the Board. Meyer Vince Robinson, representing BigCounty Board will be held on Tuesday, stated that October was another busy Stone Area Growth (BSAG), statedNov. 23 at 8:30 a.m, in the Board month with 121 veteran/family con- that the BSAG Board has been meet- Room of the Courthouse. SANTA GALS AND GUYS will begreeting Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD shoppers this holiday season. Shown above kneeling in front are left ro right Courtney Meyer, Ben Valek and Alexis Larson. Standing in back from left to right are Clarissa Blake, Hayden Knip, Jacqueline Meisohle, Coral Roach, Bridget Walsh, Quincy Swenson and Rachel Hoernemann. Also unique donated items including these pictured at the right. l New this year. .... artwork from local artists will also be auctioned. Clinton Memorial Building Here is just a sample of the handcrafted items made at MSI that will be auctioned. Many new designs Great gift ideas! Rhubarb Leaf Sculptures & Wine Gift Basket ,r served from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Auction: 6:30 p.m. Adults/7-12: $6.00, K-6: $5.00, Preschool: $3.00 Shredded Beef Sandwiches, Homemade Salads & Bars, Chips, Pickles & Beverage (Take-Outs Available) Auctioneer Services by: Fragodt Auction CO. RandyFragodt, -MN76-12 .800-394-8731 ,3154 Hwy. 40, .Appleton, MN 56208 Page 2 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov. 16,2010