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Time at Apple Orchards FRUIT FARMS in rural Clinton, located along Highway 75 along the shores of Big Stone )een taken over this season by Joseph Stattelman, grandson of owners Norel and Dorothy )h has taken the fall quarter of his college studies off to take care of the apple orchard, assist- Norel, who is a resident at Clinton Good Samaritan Center. Below, Joe is shown with one es of apples he has on hand at the orchard; he is caring for about 1,000 trees. See accompanying By Lois Torgerson he area isn't just wheat, the apple harvest as well. is reported to be earliest on record in local orchards things A third gener- in the Hillside Fruit has been owned and Norel and Dorothy many years. Norel is for bringing apples each fail, offering :he various varieties, ones were good for and which ones were :apples. Joseph Stattelman, the orchard last spring home from college at of Minnesota, Duluth. grandfather, Norel had injured in a mowing orchard last July, and resident of the Clinton Center. His sharing COntinues at Good Sam, provides staff and apples, which one me was on a nearly the orchard has about this year there is a varieties, which at the orchard. This said, "Grandpa helped md my cousins, Kelly Nick Stattelman helped with Pruning trees during the was also working full Dad, Randy, at so his orchard done evenings and t weekends. He said the apples began coming in August and will be harvested through October. Joe decided that he would take this quarter off from his studies at UMD, to work the orchard and har- vest the apples - much to the delight of his grandparents ! Joseph is a 1997 graduate of Clinton-Graceville High School, agd while he had helped from time to time at the orchards, this ye'ir has really shown just how much work there is to do! His Mom, Becky, and brothers, Willie and Charlie, have helped as well from time to time. Sister, Gina hasn't been around as she is in college, but the apple orchards are familiar to her as well, as all the grandchildren have spent time there throughout their childhood. And Grandma Dorothy is at the farm to assist. She spends many hours assisting customers, and work- ing the "store". The family has delivered apples throughout the area, to nursing homes, craft shows, taking orders from many area folks, and have apples available to anyone needing/wanting them. The orchard is located along Highway 7, 13 miles from Ortonville. At you'n k just how that ,wlll be Pla mout and weuergy  i NDEPE NDENT ,o Need help funding child care? Big Stone County Family Services, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning, currently have funds available under the Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Program to help parents to cover the costs of child care if the parents are not on MFIP and their income is within program limits. Basic Sliding Fee can assist with child care costs Work: You may get help with child care if you work 20 hours or more per week and earn at least mini- mum wage. Job Search: You may get help with child care for a limited time to look for work. School or Training: You may get help with child care for a limited time to complete your education. At.Home Infant Care Credit: You may be able to receive payment for one parent to provide child care for a child less than one year old in your own home. Farmers and self-employed people are eligible for this program as well. There is no waiting list at the pre- sent time, you can use a child care provider of your own choosing (either licensed or legal, unlicensed), and you can even apply through the mail. That means you don't have to take precious time away from work and family to come into Family Services and apply. Income guidelines are quite liber- al, so don't assume that you make too much money to qualify - call Family Services to see if you would be eligi- ble. The Big Stone County Child Care Assistance worker is Bill Martig. He can be reached at 320-839-2555, extension 14. Call today - you could be receiving help with child care expenses tomor- row. Sustainable agriculture grant applications due soon The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture Program is accepting applications for grants through December 15 to research and demonstrate innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture. Individuals and teams of farmers, researchers and educators are eligib.le for up to $25,000 in grants to help get projects started. "Successful grant applications will I rice0000Dhospice Ortonville/Graceville Satellite Office FOR INFORMATION CALL 120-839-2502 ext. 124 increase net farm profits, benefit the environment and improve a farm fam- ily's quality of life," said MDA Commissioner Gene Hugoson. Projects must be conducted on farms and are funded for three years. Joint applications for watershed pro- jects or farmer groups are encouraged. Applications are available from Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Program (ESAP). Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff to solicit feedback in developing proposals. An independent panel of farmers and agricultural spe- cialists will review applications. A summary of current grants underway is available in the free, recently published Greenbook '98. STIELOW SILVER ANNIVERSARY. Cherie, Shandy and Adam invite all friends and family to come and help celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of their parents Doug and Jodi Stielow, shown above, on Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998 at the Moose Lodge in Ortonville. The fun will begin at 4:30 p.m. with food and more fun to begin at 6 p.m. No local invitations are being sent. LORDAN CO. IS HOLDING A This Saturday, Oct. 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our new location on Big Stone City's main street THE SIX-HEAD INDUSTRIAL EMBROIDERY MACHINE can sew six items at once. Lori Hermanon, owner, at left, and Linda Chase will be giving demonstrations. Up to 40% Off All In-Stock Embroidered Merchandise T-SHIRTS " SWEATSHIRTS JACKETS " INFANT & CHILDREN'S CLOTHING >15,000 designs on hand >Custom designs can be digitized >Serving customers nationwide >Another six-head machine will be arriving soon Order your tax-deductible business identity apparel/ LORDAN CO. mbroidery Main Street , Big Stone City, SD 57216 605-862-8995 or 1-888-788-8833 AVay! t