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Johnson for Warner R. of Ortonville, will be today, Tuesday, Sept. continue one hour rvices at the church on Kropfl will officiate, McEwen organist. will be Samantha Conraads. pallbearers will be nieces and ; many friends. will be Ted Ronald Scott, Scholberg, and Johnson was born to Oscar and Anna ille. He was 22, 1922 at Clinton where he also was confirmed in Elim Lutheran Church. Warner graduated from Ortonville High School, and on June 8, 1962 was united in marriage to Gail Evers in Zion Lutheran Church at Ortonville. A lifelong Ortonville area farmer, Warner loved farming, gardening, bowling and anything to do with his grandchildren. He was a member of Zion Lutheran church, where he was financial secretary for over 30 years. He also served as chairman of the Ortonville Township Board. Mr. Johnson passed away Friday afternoon, Sept. 25, 1998 at the Ortonville Hospital, having reached the age of 76 years, three months and three days. Survivors include his wife Gail of Ortonville; a daughter LaDona (Dennis) Buescher of Bloomington; a son Melvin R. (Shannon) Conraads of Sheridan, WY; a sister Ruth (Art) Hoernemann of Ortonville; two brothers, Glenn (Irene) Johnson of Waterloo, IA, and LeRoy (Fern) Johnson of Billings, MT; three grandchildren Samantha Buescher, Daniel and Patrick Conraads. Warner was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold and Carl. Pearl Nelson Funeral service for Pearl Nelson, 94, of Madison Lutheran Home, formerly of Revillo, were held Monday, Sept. 28, 1998 in the Chapel of the Madison Lutheran Home. Rev. Thorrras Bechtold officiated. Special music was by" Susan Nelson and Janet Henrich, with Eunice Hegg at the organ. Pallbearers were Brandon Nelson, Dwayne Nelson, Craig Kanstrup, Jon Henrich, Kenneth Nelson, Mark Nelson, Donald Busch, Paul Nelson and Randal Peterson. Interment was in Augusta Cemetery of Marietta. Pearl Irene Derr, daughter of David and Gertrude (Brietung) Derr, was born Aug. 22, 1904, at rural Altamont, SD. She received her education at Revillo graduating in 1922 from Revillo High School. Pearl was united in marriage to Harvey Nelson at Watertown, SD on Dec. 6, 1932. Pearl and Harvey farmed in Vernon and Adams townships until 1963 when they retired. Harvey died Aug. 2, 1988 and Pearl moved into the Madison Lutheran Home where she made her home until her death on Friday, Sept. 25. She had reached the age of 94 years, one month and three days. Pearl was a member of the United Methodist church in Revillo until it closed in 1989. In her lifetime she found enjoyment in doing hand work, growing flowers, writing letters and was a longtime member of the U Go I Go club, or rural Revillo. Ske is survived by three children Phyllis and her husband John Kanstrup of rural Madison, Marlin and friend Anna Mac of Big Stone City, SD, and Neiland and his wife Bonita of rural Revillo, eight grandchildren; Susan Nelson, Craig Kanstrup, Janet Henrich, Mark Nelson, Kenneth Nelson, Karen Busch, Paul Nelson and Holly Peterson. Also 15 great grandchildren Brooke and Brandon Nelson, Brock, Colton and Ty Kanstrup, Garrett, Meghan ,and McKenzie Henrich, Jordon and Tanya Busch, Megan Nelson, Derek and Brady Nelson and Corie and Camryn Peterson. Pearl is also survived by one sister Edith, Mrs. Harry Quast of Ortonville, one sister-in-law Hertha Nelson of Revillo and several nieces and nephews. Pearl was preceded in death by three sisters, Ethel Derr, Amy Tucholke and Laura Mogard, two brothers Richard and EIton Derr, her husband, three grandsons, David and Randall Kanstrup and Brian Nelson. AGRI-GROWTH Gerhardt iServices for Naomi of Ortonville, will be Sept. 30, United Methodist SD. Will be from 5 to 8 p.m. king at the Larson Watkins will officiate. Vi Rabe, with Russell will be Loren Nichols, Aaron ryan Delage, Robert Johnson. be in the Mound ardt was born Rev. Andrew A. and Bergland in was baptized Aug. 12, 1913. high school in attended North at Naperville, IL for she was united E. Gerhardt at gD. Officiating at the Rev. Cad Bergland. her teaching career in South Dakota, elementary and SD. for two and second grade tg her college degree sity of Minnesota, was honored as the Uberance for life and the hearts of in her family, She loved to and relatives around Lobbins 76, of New y, Sept. 19, Norway Lake. were held )t. 23, at Hope m Sunburg with the at West Norway Nov 8, 1921 in of Ben and Augusta He was baptized -Utheran Church in married to Marian lived in Odessa, in Glencoe before to Forada, where Operated a grocery and care business. In to their home on for a time at m Willmar and part heL Her favorite activities included camping, hunting, gathering around the piano for a song fest, canning and cooking for loved ones, reading, playing games, and enjoying life to its fullest. Active in the Tabor United Methodist Church at Big Stone City, SD, Mrs. Gerhardt directed the choir for 40 years. She also taught adult Sunday School, belonged to the Sarah Circle, and established the Young Adult Builder's Club, which was not only for social activities but also to raise funds for the new church building. Her community involvement included many school related activities such as drama, music and sports events. She was a Girl Scout leader, belonged to a women's golf league, book study club, volunteered at Northridge and helped raise funds for the hospital. She also sang solos and duets for many area weddings and funerals. Mrs. Gerhardt passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998 at the Northridge Residence in Ortonville, having reaching the age of 85 years, 3 months and 23 days. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends, having left a wonderful lega/cy of love to us all. Survivors include her hus!lfid Ed of Ortonville; two daughters, Rita (Loren) Lindholm of Coon Rapids, and Judy (John) Nichols of Hutchinson; a son, Donald (Judith) Gerhardt of Shelburne, VT a brother, Rowland Bergland of Wyoming; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Janice Naomi; and 10 brothers and sisters. time at the Hill Crest Truck Stop. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing and wood crafting. He is survived by his wife, Marian; three sons; Duane Lobbins of New London, Dennis (and Debbie) Lobbins of Lansdown, Maryland, and David (and Julie) Lobbins of New London; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Herbert (and Terry) Lobbins of Rockford, IL, Elloid (and Betty) Lobbins of Ortonville and Donald (and Liz) Lobbins of Beg Brooke, England; four sisters, Adeline Barnickle of Mendota, IL, Marcy Mills of Mendota, IL, Betty Leaf of New London and Shirley (and Charles) Roioff of Mendota, IL. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Donald, one brother and four sisters. CORNER .om00 Thomas Codan MINNESOTA AGRICULTURE NEEDS ITS COMPUTERS TO WORK IN 2000 Last week I took notice in this column of the potential problems posed for Minnesota agriculture by the Y2K problem. The Y2K prob- lem, also known as the Year 2000 problem, is the fear that many key computers in this state and nation will not be able to function properly after midnight on December 31, 1999. The reason computers are so im- portant in agriculture s related to tile fact that this is a business that runs on a terribly tight schedule. Many of our Mimmsota agricultural products-products like milk, corn and beef-are perishable stock mar- ket commodities tlmt are bought and sold like everything else in this global marketplace. If our agricul- tural production is going to get to ......... consumer' s supermarket or lo- cal retail grocery store, it must go through the regular clmnneis of dis- tribution: from producer to proces- sor to distributor or wholesale gro- cerao local retailer to the consumer's dinner table. In bulk, the commodi- ties must move from the field to the elevator to the railhead to the tenui- nal on the river to the internatiotml ports for shipment overseas. Each step in all of those proc- esses is carefully managed, watched- over and controlled by a seemingly eudless array of specialized com- puters. The whole process could be slowed or eliminated if the chain is broken by a computer failing to function as a result of the Y2K problem. Michael Schommer, the commu- nicatious specialist for the Minne- sota Department of Agriculture, points out that "widespread com- puter problems brought on by the dawning of the century could make it difficult for seed companies to deliver the proper type and amount of seed to each area, leading to delays in planting. With such a short growing season in Minnesota, lengthy delays could endanger the entire growing season." Let's keep in mind, also, that Minnesota agriculture-whether we're looking at the farm or at individual agtibusinesses-is very dependent on energy, particularly electrical energy. The delivery of electrical power to the farms aud businesses in the Minnesota coun- tryside is ahnost totally controlled by sophisticated computerization. A collapse in those computers would wreak havoc for Minnesota's livestock farmers who need heat provided by electricity to keep young calves and piglets warm and keep the milking equipment operating on the state'sdairy anns. As Minnesota's Commissioner of Agriculture ires written: "The key to preventing these agricul- tural disasters is to imke sure thai everyone who depends on comput- 6rs is doing what they can to pre- pare for the date clmnge. Tiffs means farmers who have computers should contact manufacturers of their equipment and software to figure out what they must do to safeguard themselves. At the same time, agribusinesses need to take this problem seriously and plan ahead of time. Also, farmers and agribusinesses should make sure their suppliers are taking steps to ensure services will not be inter- rupted by computer errors result- ing from file date change," Hugoson said. The next time you read about the Y2K problem, think about its im- pact on Minnesota agriculture. Tom Cochrane is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Agri- Growth Council; a statewide organi- zation representing the many facets of the state's agriculture industry from farmer's field through proce. ing, retailing and international trade. The organization was founded in 1969 to provide a voice of information and education for and about agriculture. Mobile meals Prairie Five menu Ads Get Noticed. 're reading this one aren't you?) Tuesday, Sept. 29 through Friday, Oct. 2: Elayne Fahlgren, Floyd Guse, Jane Streed Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct 9: Barbara Nornes, Tucker Thomas, Bud Knippen EeYEECAR EEeYEI00--/I00R EEE[YWIF_/00.'3, C:C:YE[II y Way You Look At It... ARE IS IMPORTANT[ Christopher J. Conroy for all your optometric needs. [] fl' y GENERAL EXAMS --CONTACT LENSES I1 II -- LOW VISION. VISION THERAPY. PEDIATRICS "Ig 123 Nv Secnd St78t - Center Mall _ ,-,, m Orton ille, MN56 78 _--,,, |tlO C" X R E 320-839-2608 D,. c00oy Reservations may be made by calling the Senior Center. When requesting a meal call the Senior Center the day prior to eating at 839- 3555 before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 Beef Tips/Gravy, Noodles, Carrots, Fruit Sauce, Whole Wheat Bread i Wednesday, Sept. 30 BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Oriental Blend Vegetables, Sherbet, Raisin Bread Thursday, Oct. 1 "Cook's Choice Day" Friday, Oct. 2 I Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes/ Gravy, Sauerkraut, Birthday Cake,  Rye Bread I Monday, Oct. 5 Baked Fish/Salmon Loaf, Seasoned Mashed Potatoes, Cream Style Corn, Bread Pudding, Whole Wheat Bread Tuesday, Oct. 6 Ham or Ham Balls, Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage/Pineapple Sld, Gingerbread/Topping, Rye Bread George Weinman Funeral services for George Weinman, 91, of Clinton were held Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998 in Mt. Olive Lutheran Church at Graceville. Rev. Keith Bilitz officiated. Organist was Andrew Bilitz. Honorary pallbearers were all his many relatives and friends. Active pallbearers were his grandchildren, Bruce and Mark Tellefson, Susan Corneliussen, Scott Weinman, Michael, Daniel, Jason and Sarah Moberg. Interment was in Clinton City Cemetery. George Andrew Weinman was born Nov. 8, 1906, to Fred and Henrietta (Meyers) Weinman in Malta Twp., Big Stone County. Baptized in 1906, George was confirmed in the Christian faith in 1929. He attended country school in District #10, east of Clinton. On June 10, 1936 he was united in marriage to Ruth Steen in a garden wedding at her parents' farm in Almond township. A life-long farmer in Malta Township, George loved to fish, swim, dance, sing, and work in the fields. He had a special love for his animals and his family life, having grown up in a large family with three brothers and four sisters, as well as his married life. George was a good husband, father and brother. He worked hard, but knew how to relax and enjoy the small things in life. He could fall asleep in the hayloft, ct 0 a hard floor after dinner, or in the shade of a tractor or tree. George had more sayings than you could shake a stick at: "Waste not, want not," "Hurry, but take your time," "Time and tide waits for no man," "Do as I say, not as I do," and the list goes on and on. He took special pleasure in teasing, especially children. Mr. Weinman passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 1998 at his daughter's home in Malta Township, having reached the age of 91 years, 10 months and 13 days. Survivors include two daughters, Ramona (Paul) Tellefson of Hawley, and Nita (Bill) Moberg of Clinton; daughter-in-law Bette Weinman of Ortonville; two sisters, Emma (John) Folkens of Clinton and Frieda Spaulding of Alexandria; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, Gerald; two sisters, Laura and Minnie; three brothers, Henry, Carl and Gus; and a grandson, Douglas. On Economic Development Export promotion By Cal Clark Export promotion can be one of the most exciting and rewarding community economic development strategies. However it is a team effort, requmng the participation and commitment of local manufacturers, banks, chambers, educational institutions, and state and federal government. Where firms export from is not necessarily where the labor costs are the least. The decision on location of a production facility is based on the logistics of distribution and the comparative advantage of the world geography. According to James "Bud" Eaton, in an article in the September 1997 issue of the Economic Development Review, "Companies use geo-product identification which is determined by markets, cost and resource locational logistics. The strategy is market dri ven, not cost-driven." For local firms to be ready to export successfully, they need to meet five criteria: 1. Have a product that is exportable. There must be demand for this product in a foreign country, and the target market must be open to U. S. trade of the product. 2. Have additional production capacity to serve the expanded market they are entering. 3. Have financial stability. 4. Have the personnel required, from floor workers to top management, to perform the export operations. 5. Have an unwavering top management commitment to export opportunities. When these conditions are present, export promotion can be a rewarding strategy for the company and the community. 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. SEE WHAT'S NEW FOR FALL AT HARVEST FEST Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3 BEST OF LUCK TO THE TROJANS! 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