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Area news digest APPLETON-The Appleton Fire Department invited the fire departments from the towns that have West-Con plants located in them to participate in a training course on anhydrous spills. Towns participating were Watson, Sunburg, Danvers, Odessa, Holloway, South Shore, South Dakota and Appleton. Because the use of anhydrous is so abundant in these areas, a training course was put on by Ray Steil of Terra Industries Inc. Steil has spent 25 years with Terra and is the chair for TFI Safety and Health Commission, chair for the National Safety Council, was involved with the Port Neal explosion and the Grand Forks, North Dakota flood.- According to Doug Moe of the Appleton Fire Department to be able to get training of this magnitude from a nationally known expert, was a good thing for these communities. The training course was held Sept. 21 at the Appleton plant. MONTEVIDEO-A new flour mill is being erected at the Wegdahl plant of Granite Falls Ventures Inc. The mill grinds yellow pea hulls and the peas are also used to produce various feed commodities. Once the mill is completed, it should be producing 3 million pounds of export material annually. They now import their yellow peas from Canada, North Dakota and Montana, but hope to get some local growers involved if their test plots show promise. Right now they have enough contracts to fill for three years. Granite Falls Ventures is also involved in Tilapia fish farming and hope to expand to salmon, yellow perch and trout. WATERTOWN, SD-"How can small communities survive without a store?" asked Conde farmer Elwood Simmons as he stood in front of the new Bristol Community Store, Inc. The idea to build a community store was discussed a few years back, according to Lyle Johnson and Jim Peterson, Bristol co-chairman of the volunteer corporation that operates the store. After forming the corporation, they began seriously to look for shareholders. About $35,000 in $50 shares already have been purchased from both the Bristol and Andover communities. The store manager, Karen Johnson, officially started work on Sept. 1. She is the only paid employee, but according to Peterson, other employees may be added later with volunteers helping to run the store. MILBANK, SD-Melissa Pinkert of Big Stone City was crowned the 1998-99 South Dakota State Dairy Princess at the annual contest held in Watertown recently. Pinkert, 20, daughter of Nell and Sonja Pinkert, attends South Dakota State University'where she is majoring in animal science and ag business. Along with the state title, Pinkert also received the contest's best speech award. As State Dairy Princess, Pinkert is awarded a $1,500 scholarship and will serve as the official good-will ambassador for South Dakota's dairy industry. She will spend the next year promoting dairy products and the industry at a variety of public and media appearances. Big Stone City Gall Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 American Legion Auxiliary will meet Oct. 8th at 7:30 at the Legion clubroom. Hostesses are Genevieve Adelman and Luella Hoxtell. Members may bring gifts for the gift shop if they wish. Friends from Big Stone gathered at Northridge on Monday afternoon for coffee and cake to help Florence Trapp celebrate her 94th birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Nelson from Fairmount, ND and Mr. and Mrs. William Voeltz and Billy were last Sunday dinner guests of Eldora Nelson. Last Sunday evening visitors at the home of Elmer and Charlotte Athey and family were Dorothy Tillman and Fran Benkofske. Grace Van Hout and Eldora Nelson .played bingo Tuesday at the Ortonville Senior Center. Mr. and Mrs. Myron Schnaser visited at the Steve Remund home in Sioux Falls on Monday. Lucille McFarland visited at the Myron Schnaser home Thursday. Elayne Fahlgren of Ortonville was a Monday afternoon visitor of Darlene Barnhardt. Marilyn Athey was a Wednesday afternoon visitor of Darlene Barnhardt. Saturday, Sept. 26th Leo and Darlene Barnhardt treated the following guests to supper at the Matador Michel and Suzann Harmening and Nathaniel and Zachry of Genoa, ILi Arnie and Sharyn Cox and Trevor of Becker; R. Scott and Ann Barnhardt and Darryn, Adam, Penny and Garret of Milbank; Dusty and Tara Reese and Ashley of Fargo, ND; Tammie Barnhardt of Aberdeen, SD; Roger and Marilyn Barnhard glad Trace and Jesse; Tom and Sandy Rice; Rick and Michael Barnhardt; Rodney and Tonya Barnhardt and Zachary and Taylor; and Joe and Jennifer Wiik all of Big Stone City. Before returning home the same group enjoyed breakfast Sunday morning, Sept. 27th at Hilltop Cafe. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks sponsored a hunter safety course for students ages 11-15. George Lieb of Big Stone City was the instructor. This safety course is required by law for this age group if they plan to go hunting. Sixth grade students from Big Stone Schools received the first immunization of a series of three for hepatitis B on Friday. Oct. 2rid. Student pictures were taken at Big Stone School on Tuesday. The girls basketball team from Big Stone School traveled to Bellingham on Tuesday. The 4th grade defeated Bellingham and the 5th and 6th grade team lost to Bellingham. Letters Policy Letters to the editor discussing community issues are encouraged. Letter writers should be aware that The Independent reserves the right to edit and-or condense letters for print. The paper also reserves the right not to publish letters that are unsuitable or for which it might be held legally liable. Letters should contain the writer's printed or typed name, signature, address and telephone number. Addresses and telephone numbers will not be published. Letter writers are asked to limit themselves to one letter per month. Please keep letter brief, preferably not over 350 words and to the poinL Hilbonk P.O. Box 326 Milbank, SD 57252 Jim Lusk, Jr. CALL TODAY FOR A CONS UL TA TION ..... 605"432"5046 ,, Rovilyn and Jim Lusk 1"800"658"3335 with Courtney and Jim III ~ PLAN NOW FOR FALL DELIVERY ~ "Best quality, best prices, we guarantee it!" Big Stone Arts receives grant Big Stone Arts Council was awarded $3,700 from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to help sponsor local artist Darold" Bailey's construction of a public sculpture for the City of Ortonville. When completed, the 36-foot bronze and mahogany granite sculpture will rest at the foot of Big Stone Lake. A lot of enthusiasm has been generated throughout Southwest Minnesota regarding this public sculpture. Greta Murray, Executive Director for SMAHC states, "The grant panel was very excited about this project. They ranked it #1 of all the grants received this round ..." The grant was authored by Financial Officer of the Arts Council, Jeanette Knip. For more information about the Big Stone Arts Council, you may contact Co-Directors Shawnda Johnson at 839-6181 or Betty Wanke at 555-5555. The Grant Review Committee also commented they were "impressed with the good job done soliciting funding from the community." Darold Bailey and the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce have created a sponsorship program to assist in funding the project. A smaller version of the sculpture can be purchased for a sponsorship fee. More information on the walleye sculpture sponsorship program can be obtained by calling the Chamber at 839-3284. Coming events History of Southwest State Un" The Creation of a College and into a full fledged college town. He has authored I | University by Richard H. Jorgensen (Edi. note: Richard is a 1945 graduate of Beardsley High School, formerly of Ortonville. He married -larbara Lehrer, former B/'ens Valley school teacher. they "haye lived in Marshall since 1951. They spend part of their summers at their cabin on Big Stone Lake and part of winter at Navarre Beach, Florida.) The idea for a college in Marshall started in 1956. Richard Jorgensen, the author of HISTORY OF SOUTH- WEST STATE UNIVERSITY, takes us back to this original meeting and chronicles the various stages of activ- ities, meetings and lobbying efforts it took to get a bill through the legisla- ture for the creation of a college in southwestern Minnesota. Jorgensen gives us the inside story of the personalities as well as the con- flicts of the various communities that were vying for the college to become a part of their community. Through personal anecdotes and some outstanding pictures Jorgensen tells the story of how the college came to Marshall and how this, with the influx of faculty and students, changed the cultural environment from a small rural farm community THINK ABOUT Hunter's Dinner and bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 10th from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church of Odessa. Baked goods, crafts and produce. will educate youth and adults in their communities on the benefits of volun- teering through community service projects. One of the things Big Stone County 4-H members are into is com- munity service. In their communi- ties...4-H members serve as volun- teers. 4-H members serve in meaningful roles. Most of our 4-H clubs partici- pate in the Adopt A-Highway program where twice annually members and their parents pick up the trash in the road side ditches. Several of the clubs host community celebrations or pre- pare holiday decorations for the elder- ly in their communities. One club helped develop and maintain a butter- fly garden, while another makes pil- lows for head start children to use dur- ing nap time. Two clubs helped area libraries move their collections into new or remodeled facilities. These are just a few of the many projects 4-H mem- bers are involved in. 4-H members make a difference! 4-H launches its national public service advertising campaign, "Are You Into It?" during National 4-H Week, October 4-10. The campaign goal is to motivate youth to become involved in helping their communities through volunteer and community service projects. The campaign's premise is that youth are an untapped resource for community service and that youth and their volunteer efforts can be of benefit to themselves and their communities. 4-H will provide the infrastructure to "create a close connection between young people and community programs. 4-H "Are You Into It?" mrgets youth ages 10-13. Campaign focus groups found that youth viewed vol- unteering as "cool" and considered environmental projects and food/clothing drives to be the most familiar forms of community service. The focus groups also cited peer involvement and the opportunity to participate in fun activities as reasons to volunteer in their communities. The 4-Hers involved with this campaign i 55 is a speed limit...not an AGE Limit!! GREEN THUMB EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING, INC. may be able to help you if you are 55 or over and have limited income. Green Thumb can pay for classroom training to help you get a job. PLEASE CALL HILDA AT (320) 855-2440 EOE One former member of the original 1956 college committee, who has read the text, says this about the book: "The author has done a masterful job of telling the story of how Southwest State University became a reality." This book will certainly have spe- cial meaning to all those in the 19 county area who were able to take advantage of the college for them- selves as well as their children, those faculty members who have served the college for these many years, past and present, past and present staff mem- bers, and especially those who served on the original college committee. The book is available at the Bookstore Corral on campus, The Southwest State University Foundation office, The Wind River Book Store and the Lyon County Historical Society. About the Author Richard H. Jorgensen attended Hamline University from 1945 through 1949. He moved to Marshall November 1, 1951 and has spent his entire business career in the real estate and credit businesses. 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