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I One of a series ..... "Whitey" Johnson' lead-in his memoirs signing (Edi. note: As previously mentioned in our Odds 'n Ends column, Artichoke native Wayne G. "Whitey" Johnson, 89, will soon have a book on his Memoirs pub- lished, entitled "Whitey From Farm Kid to Flying Tiger to Attorney" and for which he will have a book-signing come Dec. 11 at the Big Stone Legion. Prior to the book- signing, The Independent will be publishing a condensed version of Whitey's back- ground, in a three part series starting Nov. 16, 2010) Wayne Gordon Johnson was born on July 8, 1921 on a farm in Artichoke Township near Ortonville. He was one of 14 children. His parents, Jentofl Christian Blom Johnson and Aasta Karoline Olsen had emigrated from Norway in 1907. Wayne started his flying career in 1937 when, a farmer near Chokio, taught him to fly in a Curtiss Robih plane. He earned his flying lessons in exchange for farm chores while attending high school in Chokio. Spending over 70 years in the air as a pilot, he continued to fly well into his eighties. On Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the • Japanese attack On Pearl Harbor, Johnson joined the Army Air Corps. After Cadet and Tactical training, and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, he was sent to China as a fighter pilot with General Claire Lee Chennault's famed Flying Tigers-14th Air Force. He flew the P-40 Warhawk and P-51 Mustang fighters in combat. For a lark, and not officially authorized he flew the Japanese Aichi Val and Jake dive bombers at a Shanghai air field after the surrender. After the war he flew P-51 s for the North Dakota Air National Guard while attending college and also did crop dusting in a Stearman by-plane. He has over 7,500 hours pilot time in over 60 different types of military and civilian aircraft with single and multi- engine land and sea ratings. His most memorable combat mis- sion was the first fighter strike on Japanese airdromes near Shanghai on Jan. 17, 1945 when a flight of eight P- 51 Mustangs from the 118th Tactica Reconnaissance Black Lightning Squadron. of which he was mem- ber,and eight P-51's from the 74' Fighter Squadron destroyed 94 Japanese aircraft on the ground and three in the air without loss of any U.S. planes. General Chennault, Commander of the Flying Tigers, said it was one of the most successful mis- sions of the war. Wayne Johnson is the Editor of the four volume history Chennault's Flying Tigers, designer and editor of the Flying Tigers 2003-2007 Calendars. He is the author of two pri- vately published books, The Trial of Christ, where hisanalysis on the unfairness of the trial leading up to Christ's execution, and a Sailor's War based on the diary of his brother-in- law, Red Knudson, who was wounded while serving on the battle ship Tennessee during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. 1941. (Continued next week) I I I m l I l l l l l I I I "STAY AND PLAY IN WILLMAR!" I • Any Day, Any Standard Room, Any Hotel 3 I the months of November & December 2010 I Holiday tn~ Willmar Coml~,rt Inn Willmar Days h~n Wit|mar CounlYy Inn & Suites • 320,235.6060 320.231.2601 320.231.1275 320.214.0300 I I IIIIIm IIIm ibm Ill illllm lllm IIIIIIIm m illlil alllllm iiilll iiiiiiiim e Lots of Holiday Decor, Wrapping, Lights, Everything You Need for the Holidays! I By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. Veteran Service Officer The office hours for the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office are 7:30 a.m.-4 p .m. Monday through Friday. My office phone number is (320) 839-6398. As promised in my Oct. 12 newspaper article, here are the Big Stone County Veterans Service Office statistics through my first year of employment. Please keep in mind that the statistics are for only new (first time not previously submitted) disability compensation claims or existing disability compensation that were granted an increase. I will begin this week's article with the definitions of retro payments, monthly payments, and future pro- rated annual monthly dollars. The retro payments are the back monthly payments when a veteran is granted service-connected disability compensation and/or requests an increase percentage to his/her disability(s) due to the condition(s) getting worse in severity. The future annual dollars are defined as the monthly payments received over the first 12 months after the claim was granted. The number of veterans who were granted service-connected VA disability compensation claims (new or increased) was 129. Of the 129 approved claims, 88 are veterans who live in Big Stone County. • One time retro payment dollars received by all Big Stone County veterans was $153,464. • One time retro payments received by all assisted veterans was $238,291. • Future pro-rated annual dollars over the first 12 months by all Big Stone County veterans is $341,352. • Future pro-rated annual dollars over the first 12 months by all assisted veterans is $550,341. The number of office contacts or those who came into the office by either a scheduled appointment or walk-in was 1,321. The number of home/outreach visits to veterans or their families was 149. Until next week, take care and "Fair Winds and Following Seas !" Over the last two years as your state representative, I have worked hard to respond directly to your concerns, and fight for good jobs and great schools in our community. I pledge to continue that commitment, no matter the unprecedented challenges that lay ahead. Three years into this recession, unemployment in Minnesota still hovers at seven percent, with more than 200,000 Minnesotans out of work. Because people are working, earning, and spending less, state lawmakers will face a $5.8 billion budget deficit when we return to the Capitol in January. With new majorities in the House and Senate, and a new Governor poised to take office, it is more important than ever for legislators to work together to address the serious economic and fiscal challenges facing our state. Our quality of life, the integrity of our schools, and the future of our economy depend on the work we accomplish together in the weeks and months ahead. As before, l will continue working closely with Republicans and Democrats to ensure the needs of our students, our parents and grandparents, hard-working families, and small businesses throughout West Central Minnesota are met. And when the time comes to take a principled stand and fight for middle class families, that's exactly what I will do; it's what voters elected me to do. In the months ahead, I will need your continued input as we grapple with some of the most serious challenges our state has faced in a generation. I will continue communicating with folks throughout the district with regular columns in the newspaper and town hall meetings. If you would like to receive my regular email updates, please sign up on my website at As always, I encourage you to contact me directly with any questions, concerns, or ideas for legislation. You can reach me by phone at (651) 296-4228 or by email at I look forward to hearing from you, and working with you to make our community an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. Together, I am confident we can get our state back on track and build a brighter future.for Minnesota. UMVRDC to meet The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at the Appleton Civic Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sales th hrt°Ughou. ore/ • begins x LEFSE made on site! ar holiday displays! 320-839-6224 Main Street • Ortonville, MN Online Bidding Only I 6 miles S of Tintah, MN or 8 miles NE of Wheaton, MN on Traverse County Hwy 13 I Contact: Larry Kroshus, upNorth Land & Lakes - 218.770.0340 or Ryan Hanson, Century 21 Vista, lnc. - 218.205.7351 Fahey Auctioneers (4301o001) 888.234.3510 Bid online only at Bidding closes Tues. Nov. 30 •ee ~•• • ~e•• • ee • • •e eeee ••• • e••e•••e e ee •• e•• • • • •• • •• Melvin W. Townsend, Irrevocable Trust, owner Katherine D. Townsend Family Trust your farm ~,~ },our communtry -, your oo.op Reti P in honor of ger (Barney) Barnhardt at the West-Con Ortonville Elevator | 3:00 to 6:00 PM Please join West-'Con and its employees in bidding Barney a fond farewell! The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) JAMES D~ KAIRCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues., Nov. 16, 2010 Vol. 92; No. 44 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $35.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $40.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $45.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box 336, Ortonville, Minnesota 56278. NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATE SCHEDULE - ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE BASED ON A FEBRUARY 1ST DUE DATE- Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse, Swift Counties in Minnesota and Grant and Roberts in South Dakota February ........... 35.00 August .............. 17.52 March ................ 32.12 September ........ 14.60 April ................ 1.29.20 October ............. 11.68 May ................... 26.28 November ........... 8.76 June .................. 23.36 December ........... 5.84 July ................... 20.44 January ............... 2.92 ALL OTHERS IN MINN. AND SO. DAK. February ........... 40.00 August .............. 20,00 March ................ 36,63 September ........ 16.68 April .................. 33,30 October ............. 13.36 May ................... 29.97 November ......... 10.00 June .................. 26.64 December ........... 6.67 July ................... 23.31 January ............... 3.34 ALL AREA OUTSIDE OF MINN. AND SO. DAK. February ........... 45.00 August .............. 22.50 March..: ............. 41.25 September ........ 1875 April .................. 37.50 October ............. 15.00 May ................... 33.75 November ......... 11.25 June .................. 30.00 December ........... 7.50 July ................... 26.25 January ............... 3.75 "PUBLISHER'S LIABILITY FOR ERROR" rhe Publisher shall not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. The Publisher's liability for other errors or omissions in connection with an adver- tisement is strictly limited to publication of the advertisement in any subsequent issue or the refund of any monies paid for the advertisement. DEADLINES Church notes - Saturday mail Display ads - Friday mail Correspondence - Monday mail Pictures - 5 p.m. Friday News - Friday afternoon Classified ads - Friday noon (Any ad brought in later will be too late to classify.) OFFICE HOURS A Monday: 8 AM-5 PM A Tuesday: 8 AM-5 PM A Wednesday: 8 AM-5 PM A Thursday: 8 AM-5 PM A Friday: 8 AM-5 PM A Holidays may affect office hours. " ' ~' LETTERS POLICY Letters to the editor discussing com- munity issues are encouraged, Letter writers should be aware that The Independent reserves the right to edit and/or condense letters for print. The paper also reserves the right not to pub- lish letters that are unsuitable or for which it might be held legally liable. Letters should contain the writer's printed or typed name, signature, address and telephone number, Addresses and telephone numbers will not be published. Letter writers are asked to limit them- selves to one letter per month. Please keep letter brief, perferably not over 350 words, and to the point. AD vs. NEWS The Ortonville Independent policy in determining what is advertising and what is news is based on one simple test: If an individual business or organi- zation charges for admission to an event, for an item or for a service, it will be con- sidered advertising. In other words, "if you charge, we charge." Advertising is the life-blood of a news- paper. Without it a newspaper would cease to exist. The money a paper receives for subscriptions and single paper sales is used to pay for the ink and paper used in producing the product. It no longer does so because of paper cost increases. It still covers the cost of ink and a small portion of the paper used. Advertising to a newspaper is like crops and livestock to farmers; meat and products to the grocer; dresses and coats to the soft-line merchant; and plows and tractors to the implement dealer. Without any of those items, the particular busi- ness would not be in business. - ADS: We reserve the right to refuse any advertising without obligation to justify our decision. POLICIES: A News: Our goal is to report the news as fully and accurately as possible. The staff's opinions will appear only on the opinion page. A Editorials: Opinions published on this page, whether locally written or reprinted from other sources is intended to stimu- late thinking and discussion among our readers. Opinions expressed by the edi- tors are their own and not necessarily those of other staff members. Opinions expressed-in items from other publica- tions may be contradictory to the editor's own views,, but are offered for their gen- eral interest • .~'-...__ Q0.~. 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