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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... It all starts with newspapers It all starts with newspapers. It has been written that a newspaper at its best is a community talking to itself. The newspaper's coverage of meetings and events, investigative journalism that uncovers important issues, and strong opinion pieces that offer points of view and courses of action, are most often the starting point of discussion within a community. The theme of National Newspaper Week is "It all starts with newspapers," a statement that gets right to the heart of our business. As recorders of activities large and small within %, the community, as the community's watchdog and often spokesperson, a newsl: Lper DmVS a crucial role in day-t, -day e in every city, town and village in the country. Beginning with a birth announcement, nelsp ioers start their coverage o:  3PIe's lives at the earliest event. "" at coverage continues throughout a person s life, recording accomplishments, failures, milestones and finally, death. As a keeper of the stories of a community, the newspaper is there at the start, and the finish, and remains the only effective instrument for such record-keeping. Most pro{ects in the community are truly launched v lher obiectives and fund-raising goals are splashed across the pages of the local newspaper, educat.ing residents about the need that has been identified, and telling them how they can get involved. Coverage in the newspaper of such aspects as fund-raising initiatives, door-to-door campaigns and construction schedules help the readers stay in touch with the projects from start to finish. As they begin their search for an important household item, consumers usually turn to the pages of the newspaper to study advertisements and promotions placed by local merchants. When planning trips, readers turn to the newspaper for information about possible destinations, accommodations and other travel information. When looking for a new home or attempting to sell their present house, people find the pages of the newspaper the best place to start. The classified section of any newspaper is the first source for people looking for employment. As always, it all begins with newspapers. For many people, their first job is as a newspaper carrier. Their first field trip in school is often a visit to the local newspaper, and for information for a school project on current events, their first stop is the newspaper. It all begins with n- ALL s'rA'rs  newspapers. N.e,d N,,,,.pW..k. Ck,t. 10. 1e Many people develop a life- long love of reading by picking up a newspaper each day to find out about the important news, follow the procre of their favorite teams, check out the views o! a top columnist, or to read their favorite comics. That habit of reading the newspaper is an important step in building J iteracy skills, as well as keeping a person well-infor ed on the issues of the day. A good newspaper offers something for everyone, whether it is coverage of an election race, reports from council and school board meetings, display or classified advertising, or strong opinion writing that educates and excites the reader. When it comes to creating an informed, educated, productive and opinionated community, it all starts with newspapers. -Frank McTighe, President Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association 10 12 14 22 CLUES ACROSS 1. Music term 4. Groove 8. Possessed 10. Sacred text 11. Doctor of Education, abbrev. 12. Muse of lyric and love poetry 13. Nastiest 14. Driving 15. Harass 18. Busybody 20. Indian music 22. Indian term of respect 23. Hung jury result 24. Manuscript evaluator 25. Not ours u 5 11 21 CLUES DOWN 1. Wager 2. Pilfer 3. Legendary piece of furniture 5. League 6. Tag 7. Reverse the outcome 9. Flower 16. Bantu 17. Reequip 19. Brazilian seaport 21. American state SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. Tacet 4. Rabbet 8. Had 10. Bible !1. Edd ! 2. Erato 13. Snidest 14. Teeing 15. Hassle 18. Kibitzer 20. Raga 22. Sahib 23. Retrial 24. Reader 25. Theirs SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. Table stakes 2. Cabbage 3. The Round Table 5. American 6. Badge 7. Turn the tables 9. Daisy 16. Swahili 17. Rearm 19. Bahia 21. Utah CA980001 AI Kubousek retires 31 years at Otter Tail AI Kubousek of Big Stone City retired this year after 31 years with Otter Tail Power Co. He started with OTP June 7, 1967. Otter Tail work history: Jamestown Plant employee, Jamestown Divi- sion Accounting Assistant, Hallock Division Office Manager, I Canby Division Office Manager, I Milbank Division Manager and.l Legislative Representative,, I Legislative Affairs. Special remembrances: Working with the South Dakota governor's office on economic development, working with Big Stone Plant employees to encourage establishment of corn plant near Big Stone, and the opportunity to establish relationships with legislators in St. Paul. Retirement activities: Golf, fishing, gardening, and travel. " Family: Wife Lynda; sons Kirk and Kyle. Harvest rush is on - use extra caution The rush hour is on to get harvested crops to market. The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution in rural Minnesota during this time. Mn/DOT advises motorists to: * Buckle up. * Be aware of your surroundings; watch for slow moving traffic. * Be extremely careful during periods when visibility is limited - such as nighttime and when its raining - and to use your headlights. * Avoid taking risks by obeying all traffic signs and posted speeds. * Watch for mud and other debris. Persons who deposit mud on the roadway are responsible for its removal. Mn/DOT will clean up roadways at the request of the local law enforcement officials; however, Mn/DOT may bill the responsible party for the cleanup service. Attention senior drivers The Ortonville Area Senior Citizens are again sponsoring AARP's 55 Alive/Mature Driving 4- hour refresher course on Oct. 8th. It's an evening class at the Senior Center beginning at 6 p.m., ending at 10 p.m. and is open to all persons 50 years of age and older. Enrollees must have completed a full eight hour driver's safety course previously. Pre-registration is recommended to insure a place in the class and you may do so by calling the Senior Center at 320-839-3555. This is your opportunity to renew your driving skills and to continue to qualify for the insurance discount being offered to drivers age 55 and older by all companies writing policies in the State of Minnesota. If your residence is in another state, contact your agent for any savings they may offer. Lanks a million Dear Mr. R0s: I'm the 24th child of 24. All of my sisters and brothers have the same morn and dad. My 75 year old parents have been together since they were 9. They married when they were 15 and are still married, although they are very, very ill . My dad has had 4 heart attacks and 7 strokes, with one triple by-pass surgery. My mom has only had 2 heart attacks and 1 stroke. But the reason I'm writing is because I need money to go see them . It has been a year. I need $200. Please, can you help? Ms. L. M .... The Advertiser, Ames, IA Dear Ms. M.: If your letter sounds incredible, it's because it is. I might believe that between your mother and father they have had 8 strokes and 6 heart attacks. I might even believe that they married at age 15 and have been married 60 years, with 24 children as a by- product of that marriage. What I can't understand is why your 23 older brothers and sisters won't pool their resources and send you $200 so you can visit your folks. That's less than $9 per sibling and that's why I'm turning down your request. I might be an old fool, but I'm an old fool who didn't part with $200. Dear Mr. Ross: About 12 years ago a woman by the name of Margaret Carson wrote you from Vancouver, Washington. She asked for money, not for herself, but for the impoverished children in her neighborhood who were forced to go to school without socks or underwear. She had correctly surmised that used clothing stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) have many items for poor children but NOT socks or underwear. Margaret felt sad to see the number of children who passed by her house with no socks and ragged clothes. In your wisdom, you sent her a check to purchase socks and underwear and there began a service to little children, which continues to this very day! I know all this because I came to that school, Hough Elementary, as a school counselor in 1989. Margaret and her husband, Bill, continued over the years to save money and when they were able, they would again stock me up with socks and underwear for "our" children. Today, there is an agency that fills this need. And possibly very much due to Margaret's first request to you, it is perceived as a need and not a luxury. I wish that I could just send a smile from one of the children who has benefited. For example, one day not long ago, I took two smelly, wet, mismatched adult socks off a 7 year old boy and gave him a warm, dry, new pair that fit. Such joy on his face!! After all these years, such experiences still bring tears to my eyes and I always feel so privileged to be the one who gets to do this work. In closing, I want to let you know that Margaret's husband died of cancer in January and now she, too, is ill. She has given so much to us. I wish I could think of some way to give back just a little. Then it occurred to me that a letter from you, saying how important she and Bill have been to us, would mean so much. My guess is that a letter like that would bring endless joy to her remaining days. Ms. S. S .... The Columbian, Vancouver, WA Dear Ms. S.: I couldn't have said it any better than you have, so I'm printing your letter in my column. That's because for one brief moment today millions of readers across the country will read of the fine contribution Margaret Carson and her husband made to the children in their community. They may even think, "Now there's a truly gracious couple who knew the meaning of kindness." I'm sure everyone will join me in saying, "Thanks a million, Margaret and Bill, for all that you have done. You made a difference, a big one and we're proud of you.*" Editor's note: check your local radio station for Percy Ross' call of the day and visit his web site at www.thanksamillion.co Write Percy Ross, PO Box 39000- B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. Let's talk about ... ...... :: The following is a monthly artide submitted by the Big Stone County Women's Advocacy Resource Center. Services available include support, referrals and legal advocacy to victims of domestic violence. For more information, to schedule an appointment or to inquire about upcoming support groups call the Ortonville office, 839-2331. 24 Hour Crisis Line: 1- 800-974-3359. "What a Victim's Advocate does" A Chat With An Advocate We are here to listen... not work miracles. discover their own strengths... not to rescue them and leave them still vulnerable. We are here to help victims discover what they are feeling... not to make the feelings go away. We are here to help a victim discover they can help themselves... not to take responsibility for thent We are here to help a victim identify their options.. not to decide for them what they should do. We are here to discuss steps with a victim... not to take the steps for them. We are here to help a victim We are here to help victims learn to choose... not to make it (mnecessary for victims to make dcult choices. Author unknown For help or information call the Women's ARC at 839-2331 or the crisis line, 1-800-974-3359. Letters to the editor Dear Editor, I am the band director for the RTR (Russell, Tyler, Ruthton) high school band. On Friday, Sept. 25th our football team hosted the Trojans. It was Homecoming for the Knights which means the band puts on a half- time show. I was very impressed with the fans from Ortonville. When my band finished their half-time performance and passed by your stand you applauded them. I was shocked. Yes the hometown fans applauded them but the band members are their sons and daughters. It's not very often the band members are acknowledged for their efforts by members of another community. Most of the time when we play pep band we are just (I hate to say it) background noise. I commend all of you for your thoughtfulness, it gave my band members and me a boost. A lot of work and practice went into Friday's performance and I thank you for showing your appreciation for our efforts. I would also like to thank the Trojans and coaches for their flexibility in working with us, it was helpful to have an extended halftime. Thank you. Sincerely, Kathy Peterson RTR High School Band Director PRINTING Is Our Business THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT The aMystery Begins ... Will you be an agent? Inde JEAI Publisher JAMES D. 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