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HOMECOMING KING MATT KARELS AND QUEEN KIRSTEN DRAGSETH with attendants Ryan Delage and Alissa Tinklenberg. Shown in back from left to right are candidates Mark Lindquist, Liz Olson, Mike Graham, Bridget Riley, Laura Lantis, Jeremy Iverson, Amber Anderson and Rich Raffety. TAKING A SWING AT THE SPIRIT CAR is OHS senior Jeff Laskowske. The car, donated by Strege Auto of Ortonville, was demolished Thursday eveningduring OHS homecoming. The OHS Key Club sold chances as a fundraiser, and proceeds went to support the Key Club. Extension report John Cunningham, County Extension Director 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 Dorothy Rosemeier, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Service, Swift County provided the material below. I think-it is very timely. In 1993, I wrote the following article regarding the uncertainty of farming due to adverse weather and the lack of support from the neighborhood and communities. Well, we're here again, this time the weather has cooperated, but the low prices may drive many farmers out of business. Some are estimating that 20% of farmers will go out of business in 1999. With the potential for so many going out of business and the potential negative effects on the local economy, are the neighborhood and communities showing signs of support? Let's hope that this time we take a hard look at our "sense of neighborliness" by showing support to those experiencing hard times and a willingness to work together to maintain and enhance our agriculture economy. Losing a farm is more then economic loss. It's also a loss of a way of life, one's occupation, and one's home. For many, it is the loss of a business that has been in the family across generations. There is a struggle with feelings of self-worth, competence, adequacy as a spouse or parent. Given the tradition of rural life, one would assume that neighbors would rally in support of families loosing their farm just as they would with the loss of a loved one or other disasters such as serious illness, accident or fire. Not so, according to a research study by Paul Rosenblatt and Sara Wright, University of Minnesota. Rosenblatt and Wright found that SHOCK 00SALE '--_1 Ultra Gas Shock [[ Ultra Gas _ Supreme ¥ Name In Performance Aulomo6oe Pare: Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb. Chops & Roasts - Per Lb. QUARTERS or SIDES 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $1.34 $29.95 Alignment is Our Specialty ii!11 See Mark 2 and 4 Wheel Alignments with St&-of-the-Art Compurlzed AIIgnmenl System. i i laUt r - ORTONVILLE, MINNESOTA • TELEPHONE 039-2073 "families in business trouble and their neighbors do many things to block ordinary support. Following are possible blocks to giving needed support. 1. Non Support--Some neighbors feel that non-support is helpful. Neighbors may draw away from a family in trouble because they believe that their distance is polite and respectful, a way to minimize the discomfort of the family. Some feel that their own well being may be a source of pain, like "rubbing it in". Often in a farming community there is a half-serious, half-playful competition. 2. Breakdown of Community -- There may be a feeling that families in trouble are not a part of the community, or do not feel like part of the community because they're unable to give back to the community at this time. Neighbors may fear that they will be asked to give too much--such as emotional support or time. Community is also based on sharing common interest or experience. If someone is leaving farming, neighbors may not discuss what to plant, etc. I Salute to our pork producers! ORTONVlLLE, MN Pioneer, Award Winning - Per Lb. I SUMMER I SAUSAGE ................. s2.79 3. Contagious Misfortune--There may be a fear that if one is seen with a family in economic trouble, others in .the community may think they are alg'o in trouble. Some people that are doing OK may feel they need to pay more for services and products to offset losses from people unable to pay their bills. 4. Distancing Emotions & Personal Threats--Neighbors may avoid a family n-trouble to avoid facing the personal distress, emotions, depression, disorganization, or strong words from them. Neighbors might also avoid feelings of fear about their own future on the farm. One may feel survivors guilt about staying on the farm when a neighbor is not .... 5. Lack of Tradition and Ceremony--There is no ritual when a farm is lost to bridge the transition from the loss to a new beginning. In death the ritual is a funeral. 6. Blaming the Victim--People are blamed for their misfortune. Blame makes it easier to distance oneself from the problem and to feel safe. 7. Rural Values--Rural communities often hold the values of individualism and independence. Therefore non-support is shown because they feel the family "got themselves into the trouble, they can get themselves out." Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM PHONE (320) 839-2653 Per Lb. DELl TURKEY ..................... s2.99 Hunters and Customers... REGISTER FOR AN 870 S/'/O'/UNI 8. Self Isolation When in Trouble--People in trouble feel their reputation has been tarnished in the community and so they avoid others. Distressed families may be blaming others government, lenders, attorneys, neighbors, etc. Thus, they avoid others. Families in trouble may be putting so much of their time and energy into trying to save the farm, they loose contact with others. Many farm families will be facing tough economic and emotional times. If there was ever a time for neighbor to neighbor caring, it is now. We need to break through the above barriers - whether real or perceived - that keep neighbors from supporting one another. No family exists alone. Families in trouble need sup.port from their church, community and neighbors. Just as the proverb states, "Joy shared is joy doubled; sorrow shared is sorrow cut in half." Open house set for Arndt 60th You are invited to a 60th wedding anniversary open house honoring Wait and Goldie Arndt at their home at 1713 - 3rd Ave S, Fargo, ND, 58103,Saturday, Oct. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. Hosted by their children. Study Club meets again on Oct. 21 st Ortonville's Study Club met Sept. 16 at the Golf Club House. After a short business meeting, a program on Folk Art, with emphasis on the art of Rosemaling was presented. Next meeting will be at the Matador on Oct. 21 at 11:30 a.m. Redde¢ on tl Pom-Cottl gNg]lg00N are a changing! FALL IS HERE 25% OFF FALL ITEMS WINTER Is Coming! (Christmas, toot.) Pre-Christmas Sale ..,,... 50% OFF All Holiday Greenery & Florals, Berries & Picks Christmas items displayed daily - shop early. Creative Expressions 211 So. Main St. Milbank, SD 57252 * (605) 432-9192 HOURS: Mon.-Fn. 9-5: Sat. 94 Thank You to all who participated in the Harvest Pest Homecomin celebration• The winner of the best theme for window decoration was Lori BP,. The judSes save honorable mention or continued seasonal decorations to Countryside Public Health, The Ortonville Flower Shop and Too Mad Cfe. Bi Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Harvest st Committee IN i11t Stay Warm and Safe with our Hunting Fabric/ • Chamois -Blaze Orange • Camouflage -Quilted Blaze Orange • Flannel .Twill -Nylon • Sweatshirt Fleece .Blaze Veflnx .TreBark • Material for Hunting Blinds For Sportswear or Gun and Archery Cases/ Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-5pm 1 l I 4 5 | I I t II ! Ullllllll/lllllall It 15 II 11 11 11 11 I  [ hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhldddd d • FABRIC-- YARDSTICKs.o00 320.839-3334 MISSION POSSillLE AGENT REPORT.... A mission possible agent was discovered in a local church basement where she stopped a parent and with a kind twinkle in her eye, told the parent that she was going to speak with their 9-year-old child. She had observed this child riding their bicycle with a group of kids and they rode through a stop sign without looking for cars. Rather than just shake her head or think to herself, how terrible it is that the parents had not trained the kid on bicycle safety, this kind agent tool( the time and the energy to speak with the child. She told the parent, wisely, that she knew sometimes when kids get messages from people other than their parents, they can be more powerful. We will never know if this agent saves this child's life in the future, yet we do have firm research that proves that when kids get caring messages from more people than just their parents, it is one of the important assets that leads them to success in their lives• Bravo to another Mission Possible Agent for caring and getting involved!! Assets built into a local child in this case: Assets # 4,7, and 13. Agent Time involved: Less than 5 minutes. Potential results of this agents investment: Unlimited! File your Mission Possible Agent Report with: Vision Marketing RR 1 Box 218 Ortonville, MN 56278 I  I CUSTOM BUTCHERING Mon.-Wed. EMERGENCY BUTCHERING CALL (605) 862-8402 OR (320) 839-3430 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1 Page 8