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Council discusses lower fees for building permits, improvements Ortonville's City Council Ortonville Mayor Dave Ellingson someone to do inspections that Indeed, the Lord works in strange ways to help bring joy into one's life. For example, yours truly had a not- too-hot start on Monday morning. We were worrying about a number of things ... one of which was how our wife, Jennet!e, still recovering from a stroke, was going to get two pies made in time for hosting her bridge club that night. Early-on in the day, we met farmer- friend Jim Nelson, who showed us with a few words of how much faith means in a life .... and in realizing what a sorry fate is facing many of our farm friends today, we all of a sudden felt so thankful and ashamed that we were feeling sorry for ourselves. Then, but a few minutes later, we entered our office to find a freshly-baked pie on our desk, courtesy of long-time and ever-so-faithful employee Arlene Wiese. She had not known of Jeanette's needs, but perhaps she got the word from that little "birdie" who seems to take care of so many of our human needs!? ***** Hats off to Rick Chamberlain and Brent Hasslen, co-chairmen of Ortonville's Ducks Unlimited Banquet to be held this Friday at the Matador Supper Club. This is the first DU banquet here since 1993. Rick got the ball rolling and says that a packed-house is expected, with prizes galore in store or those attending. "Response has been simply terrific," says Rick. We've always considered that hit- ting a baseball, whatever the league level, is the hardest single feat in any sport! So with what has happened this year in the major league home- run race, it is really PHENOMENAL, and you'll note that is spelled with all caps. Indeed, Sammy Sosa's 68 and Mark McGwire's 70 is something that will not be duplicated for many moons. It's rare enough when one man hits that many, breaking the reck,  vlWn two hit that many in one season, that's a real rarity!! For sure, it's been a tremendous shot in the arm for baseball, which has been hurting ever since the player walk- out a few years back. We wonder what might have happened if when President Clinton appeared before the investigative hearing last January, he would have not lied, but rather said only that "I refuse to testify because this whole affair is strictly a per- sonal matter!" We'll bet the investigation would have soon ended and the American taxpayer would have saved a lot of money! And our eyes and ears would not have seen and heard a lot of "dirt!" Big Stone City native Ron Kolb has moved back to Ortonville, after a brief spell living in Willmar. Ron's new home here is Room 106 at the High Rise Apartments on First Street. Kudos are due today to good friend Bobbie Hoye of Mallard Point. She was golf- ing in the St. Lawrence fundraiser golf tourney last Sunday in Milbank, and she did right well on her drive off the 9th tee-box. Bobble won honors for the women's longest drive ... knocking that little white thing a dis- tance of 225 yards. Wow ... that would even put many a male golfer to shame, includ- ing yours truly. (You can bet she had her Noni that dayI) Should be a barn-burner of a game come next Monday night, Oct. 5th, when our Vikes meet the Green Bay Packers on the latter's home field. Both are off to a 4-0 start this season, and both highly rated. For sure, it's not a game a sane man would bet on!! Auto section inside this issue Inside this issue of the Ortonville Independent, loCal readers will find a fall automotive section. The special section contains informatioi on car care, feature stories relating to automobiles and auto sales and service advertising. I I IIIIII discussed a recommendation from the Board of Appeal/Planning and Zoning Commission for changes in the city's building inspection process and fee structure at its regular meeting last Monday. Mel Ehlert, who had purchased a house between the Jehovah's Witness church, and Anchor Motel in Ortonville in May, was in attendance to voice his concern about the city's current inspection process. "I invite the entire council to come up there and see all the things not done by the city building inspector," Ehlert said. "The garage, built about eight years ago, was built at a slant and no one corrected the problem, so all the water runs to the front." Ehlert also stated the State Electrical Inspector had looked at the property and told him the wiring in the garage was illegal. "What are we paying all this money for if this sort of thing keeps happening to people?," he asked. stated the council should be working with the Planning and Zoning Commission instead of against them on trying to establish rates for inspections. "Ve shouldn't be beating up committee members who are working hard on this," he said. "It's tough to get people to work on committees as it is." Councilman George Elliott stated there should be one fee for up to a certain amount of improvements and another fee for anything beyond that. "I'm going to recommend to the committee a $100-150 flat fee on new houses, and a minimal rate for improvements and new shingles," he said. Ken Simonitch of the city Board of Appeal/Planning and Zoning Commission, who was present at the last meeting, stated that if the city were to go with only a fiat fee for inspections, there would be not enough money to pay the inspector. "It'll be a miracle if we can find cheap," he said. The matter was again referred - back to the Board of Appeal/Planning and Zoning Commission, which will meet T,esday, Oct. 13 to discuss the matter fuNa,er. In other'business last Monday night, the councit agreed to enter into a contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to once again hold motorcycle tests in Ortonville. Ortonville Police Chief Gary Dinnel told council members there had been much interest in bringing the tests back to Ortonville. "Before this, people would have to drive all the way to Alexandria to take the test," he said. Dinnel stated the motorcycle tests would be held along Maple Avenue on two Thursdays per month, and traffic would still be allowed on the road while the tests were taking place. 1998 Farm Service Agency committee election The importance of the Farm Service Agency county committee system stems from a simple concept- that local farmers know their commu- nities and their business. Armed with this understanding, local producers also know how best to make national programs address local conditions and situations. Committee members know what issues face farmers in their area, what conditi'ons affect their business- es, and since they are active farmers elected by their peers, they know the situation from personal experience. With this simple concept, it becomes important for local produc- ers to be involved with their local County Office Committee. This years election will be held in LAA 2 consisting of the townships of Graceville, Moonshine, Almond and Malta. Eligible voters from this area can nominate a candidate of their choice by petition which can be obtained from the FSA Office. Nominating petitions must be t.ac qui Parle river cleanup to be held this Saturday The seventh annual Clean Up Our River Environment (CURE)/National Guard/Scout Clean Up will be held this Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Lac qui Parle town hall, located at the corner of River Street and Broadway in Lac qui Parle Village, and orange vests will be provided. Those participating are asked to bring gloves and expect to get wet and muddy. Volunteers will canoe Much of the cleanup will require walking the banks of the Lac qui Parle river, so participants are also asked to wear waders if possible. The Army National Guard (Madison Unit) and Dawson/Boyd Scouts will assist in the cleanup also. Additional volunteers include members of the LqP Prairie Preservation and CURE. Noon refreshments will be providgd for volunteers. For more information, call Dean returned by October 26, 1998. Special emphasis is being made to encourage the nomination of females or a person from an under represented group. It is important that all producers participate in the nominating and elec- tion process. USDA prides itself in the fact that no other federal department involves people at the local le,)el in the kind of extensive way that USDA does through the farmer elected County Office Committee system. Arts council meet at Hilltop Saturday The Big Stone Arts Council will be holding a meeting this Saturday, Oct. 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Hilltop Cafe meeting room, with Barb Schwenk of Appleton Art with Heart as speaker. Cost is $2.50 per person which includes roll, coffee and juice. If interested in attending please contact Mary at 839-3284 by Thursday, Oct. 1. (Adv.) where possible, and are asked folSrig Solem at (320) 769-2063 or Lynn a canoe if ey can. :; ? : ++are SwJgero, In theWinners district four DJnnel, race .... forinBigprimary ' za/z.+u+- +(3..02. 69 _2105 .leadingAthey, vote getter,election Krueger receiving 133 + R Stone County Commissioner spots on votes. Her opponent in the Nov. 3 the general election ballot at the primary election held Tuesday, Sept. 15, Bruce Swigerd was the leading vote getter, with 157 votes. The other name on the Nov. 3 ballot will be Dave Dinnel, who received 95 votes. Mei Reinke received 41 votes and Galen Swihart had 34 in the primary. The voter turnout in County Commissioner District Two was quite high, with 391 votes cast. Elected to appear on the ballot in the general election were the two top vote getters in the five-person race. Incumbent Jeanne Krueger was the election will be Wade Athey, who received 94 votes. Following close behind the two were Dale "Hoss" Anderson with 89, followed by Curt Bailey with 53 votes and Norval Drewelow ith 22: There were 3,554 registered voters in Big Stone County as of 7 a.m. election day, and 47 registered on Sept. 15 in thecounty, according to Big Stone County Auditor Judy Pattison. In Big Stone County, 1,440 people went to the polls or cast mail-in ballots for the primary election. I PRINTING Is Our Business THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT For over 100 years, Blenko glass has maintained the tradition of handmade glass. Exquisite color, skilled craftsmanship and creative designs have made Blenko Vickle Skoog famous in the ancient craft of handblown glass. The uniqueness of handblown glass cannot be com- pared to that of machine formed glass. Because the glass ......... is made in small batches and the processes are performed by hand, it is common to observe small air bubbles, lines or individual marks left by the craftsmen. They are not flaws - but rather the distinctive nature of the handmade 0, | process. i We all need, now more than i: ever, handmade ............... objects that are . ::+ .+ unique and 'iii:] inspiring in our ;+; lives. Stop in this wonderful llection ! ,, .%;; : "A South Dakota ] + & Century Old  Business" HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5:15pm; Sat. 9am-4pm Toll Prm 8110-4]-4.11 605-4-4.B 306 South Third Street * Milbank, South Dakota 57252 National Newspaper Week October 4- t0, Letters to the editor Dear Jim, As most people, I have heard enough of the President, Miss Lewinski, and impeachment proceedings. And so I'!1 compound the problem by writing a few lines. What are we to do? Throw the bum out of office or let him continue? And perhaps, this isn't even the right question. Rather than asking what should we do with Mr. Clinton, maybe we need to ask what God is trying to do, or what He is trying to tell us. Perhaps I can only say what GOd is speaking to me. I like a world where there is a "good guy and a bad guy." It's fun to blame someone else. But this isn't wisdom, it's scapegoating so I can hide from myself and from my own sin and my own faults. I feel better when I can point my finger. I don't like looking at myself and finding sin, and finding darkness and finding evil. But that is where GOd is always pointing for me to look. And when I honestly look, I always find it. When I point to sin in someone else I feel good, righteous and saved. And that is precisely when I am the least good, righteous and saved. Yet, when I turn a blind eye to sin because, "I'm doing good thank you," I need to ask myself, "what have I become?" Do I speak commandments today and run off with the the only thing I hold well being or the to? There are three I can condemn, I can no problem, or I Wisdom. Wisdom hold it, to suffer be until I am problem until I am I don't think Jesus ! much with option less in the second. us to ignore the Fa ther' allow us to create scapegoat. But He s One who wants an i become one with us, into His likeness. invites us to mirror magnanimous love, It justice. This last way,,I Gospel solution. It s needs Grace. just fine on my God's Grace can and how I think. Bill Clinton or any problem is "me." T LORI B'S IN ORTONVILL This Friday & Sa October 2 & 3 DU] rING ORTONVILLE'S Buy One at REGULAR PRIC Get Second Piece (of equal or lesser value) HALF PRICE! F ALL and 20% JUNIOR -MISSY- WOMEN- pETITE . .. 135 NW SECOND STREET . ORTONVILLE, MINNESOTA 56278 . PHONE 320.839-2&05 Page 2  INDEPENDENT