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Parental Obituaries involvement important to kids John Russell Kaercher Funeral services for John Russell Kaercher, 77, of Big Stone City, SD, were held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, in Trinity Lutheran Church at Odessa. Visitation was held Tuesday evening in the Larson Funeral Home at Ortonville with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Rev. Edwin Parker officiated with Pat Radtke as organist and vocalists will be Ruth Ann Gloege, Carole Gerber, Donald Stock and Verden Gerber. Honorary pallbearers were Lauren Kaercher, Max Kaercher, Angela Irish and Avery Irish. Active pallbearers were Jason Kaercher, Nathan Kaercher, Lenny Reiland, Scott Reiland, Zak Kaercher and Faith Kaercher. Military honors by the Big Stone VFW Post #3964 and Gertje Van Lith American Legion Post #229. Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at Odessa. John Russel Kaercher was born May 20, 1922 in Ortonville to John Michael and Rachel (Rehnke) Kaercher. He was baptized by the Rev. George Zech at Tabor United Methodist Church, Big Stone City on Aug. 20, 1922. John "Russ" graduated from Ortonville High School in 1941. In November of 1942 he entered the Army/Air Force where he served until November of 1945. On Jan. 28, 1947 John was united in marriage to Marcia Schmeichel of Odessa at Maywood, CA to this union five children were born. Throughout his life John proved himself an expert in many trades, he was a professional upholsterer, mason, sheet metal worker, home builder and floor layer. Nothing was more important to John than his family. He taught all five of his children the floor covering business and how to hunt, fish and be successful in life. John was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Odessa. His faith in the Lord brought comfort to him throughout his life. John's actions in life were influenced by his love of the Lord. Mr. Kaercher passed away Sunday evening in the Ortonville Hospital having reached the age of 77 years, four months and 13 days. John's interests were varied but he will be remembered for his love of hunting, fishing and gardening, especially his roses. The garden spot on the "Kaercher Island" always made him happy. Special hobbies included oil painting, the restoration of his class 1940 Ford pickup and ice boating in his youth. Family, friends and neighbors could always count on John for a word of advise or a helping hand. Grandkids had a special spot in John's heart. Taking them fishing for the first time, hearing of accomplishments in school and seeing them grow were always a source of pride and happiness to John. Close friends and family will remember John for being a bit of a rascal, who loved to give a good surprise. His colorful stories will live with us always. Survivors include his wife Marcia Kaercher of Big Stone City; one daughter, Janet and her husband Victor King of North Pole, AK; four sons, Jerry and his wife Timona of Burnsville, Dale and his wife Patricia, John Michael and his wife Terra and Anthony and his wife Sonya all of Anchorage, AK; one sister, Muriel Sherman of Ortonville; ten grandchildren, Jason, Nathan, Zak, Faith, Lauren, and Max Kaercher, Lenny and Scott Reiland and Angela and Avery Irish. He was preceded in death by his parents. John will be deeply missed by his family and friends. By Christine Jax, Ph.D. Commissioner -- Department of Children, Families & Learning As a mother, I think I can speak for many parents when I say that no walk with your child is quite as long as that to the school bus the first day of kindergarten. But parenting, as we all know is about bringing a child along to adulthood. That is never easy. I'm sure that first day both my daughter and I had some of the same feelings - trepidation, anticipation, fear and excitement. Learning is about change and that can be difficult and exciting. All parents have experienced some of those difficulties and they have experienced the excitement of watching children learn and grow. Putting your child on that bus wasn't the beginning of her education, though. There were all those books you read to her, the songs you sang to get her to sleep, all those questions you asked, all the listening you did, the learning games you played, the crayons you bought and then wiped off the walls! And putting your child on the bus isn't the end of your part in her education either. Get to know her teachers. Send them notes. Make sure you go to parent conferences. Talk to your child. Ask her what she likes and doesn't like, what and how well she is doing every day. Nutrition is important; a balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner is essential for peak performance. Set up a regular time and place in the house for study every school night. Review your child's homework with her. So many of these things seem simple and they are. But we all need to remember how important they are. The education of our children doesn't only take place in the classroom. Families and schools must work together to provide our kids with the best education possible. Doug Laub Funeral services for Doug Laub, 48, of Odessa were held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 1999 in St. John's Catholic Church at Ortonville. visitation was Thursday evening in St. John's Catholic Church at Ortonville with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and also one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Father Robert Goblirsch officiated He was united in marriage to Diane Anderson on Dec. 29, 1984 at Milbank, SD. Mr. Laub was a self employed business owner and was at present working with the Dakotah Granite Co. in Milbank, SD. Doug passed away on Oct. 3, 1999 at St. Raphael, Ontario, Canada, while on a hunting trip. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, horses, the with Pat Kunz serving as the organist. Hockey Association and Team Special Muc was provided by the St. Penning. Doug loved being with John's Choir. Hoiiorary pailbearers friends aiid 'lived for his family: Mr. were all of Doug's friends and Laub was alsoknown for being agreat relatives. Active pallbearers were Tom Graham, Norman and Mike Haukos, Randy Christensen, Dennis Redepenning and Craig Johnson. Interment was in the Emanuel's Hope Cemetery near Odessa. Douglas James Laub was born on Dec. 31, 1950 to parents James Leonard and Claudy (Fernholz) Laub at St. Paul. He was baptized on Jan. 14, 1951 and later confirmed on March 6, 1960. He grew up in St. Paul and attended school at the St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights until 1969. conversationalist. Survivors include his wife Diane of Odessa; his mother Claudy of Maplewood; one daughter, Mary Jo Smithwick of Ortonville; two sons, James Leonard and Curtis Douglas both at home; one granddaughter, Erica Stattelman; three sisters, Yvonne (Bernard) Henrich of Centerville, Cheryl (Joe) Hjelmstad of Elbow Lake, and Mary (Keith) Andreasen of Farmington; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Larson Funeral Home at Ortonville was in charge of arrangements. Dale M. Ladwig Dale M. Ladwig, 60, died of a heart attack Friday, Oct. 8, 1999 in St. Bernard's Providence Hospital in Milbank, SD. There will be no visitation. There will be an opportunity for family and friends to meet at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Milbank beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, for an informal time of sharing and for remembering Dale's life. He was born on June 7, 1939 in Miibank, SD, the son of Harvey and Alice (Wellnitz) Ladwig. Dale graduated from South Shore High School. He was united in marriage to Shirley Doris Bohlen June 7, 1966, in Billings, MT. Following marriage, the couple lived in Allen, NE, from 1966- 75, Omaha, NE from 1975-76; and in Elkhorn, NE from 1976-88. Shirley died on Nov. 1, 1983. Dale continued to reside in Elkhorn, NE, until 1988 when he moved to Milbank. He was an over-the-road trucker. Survivors include two daughters, Dori Ladwig, Wilmot, SD, and Julie Ladwig, Milbank; one son, Leo Ladwig; and three brothers and sisters-in-law; LaWayne and Joanne, Tallahassee, FL; Kenneth and Mary, Big Stone City, SD; and Milo and Linda, Milbank; and several cousins, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Dale was preceded in death by his parents. The Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of the arrangements, Merlin "Mick" Cooper Merlin "Mick" Cooper, 56, of 811 Summit Ave., New Ulm, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 5th, 1999.at the Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm with burial following in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was Friday evening and Saturday morning at the Firle Funeral Home in New Ulm. A Parish Prayer Service was held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Firle Funeral Home in New Ulm. Merlin is survived by his wife, Carol Cooper; two sons, Keith and his wife Liz Cooper, Gary and his wife Wendy Cooper, all of New Ulm; four grandchildren, Alex, Austin, Samantha and Daniel Cooper, all of New Ulm; mother, Edith Cooper, of Morris; brother, Harold and his wife Sandy Cooper of Appleton; three sisters, Connie and her husband Melvin Wohlers of Morris, Shirley Cooper of Richfield, Karen and her husband Bob Nierson of Bloomington; three aunts, Agnes Christensen of Clinton, Gladys Torgerson of Big Stone City, SD; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father; mother-in-law and father-in- law. Merlin Dean Cooper was born May 19, 1943 in rural Clinton to Melvin and Edith (Carlson) Cooper. He grew up on the family farm. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1961. On May 11, 1962, he was united in marriage to Carol Karels in Ortonviile. The couple lived for five years in Morris, where Mick became an insurance agent. They moved to New Ulm in 1967. Mick worked his way to be District Sales Manager for Combined Insurance. He retired from Combined Insurance in 1990, when he started his own agency. Mick was a member St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm. Obituaries Gary "lke" Christensen Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church of Ortonville for Gary "Ike" Christensen. Rev. Edwin Parker officiated at November. Death came to Ike on a hunting trip in Canada due to asphyxiation on Oct. 2, 1999. He had reached the age of 48 years, seven months and five days. He was a member of the Ortonville VFW, Moose Lodge, Odessa Legion and for 10 years with the Ortonville Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting In IN MEMORIAM In memory of Gary who passed awa3 The following note from daughter, Juli shows how many saw Ikey is a lot of fun. this service. Congregational songs were sung, with Julie Thymian at the organ. Honorary pallbearers were Employees of Pepsi Cola, Ortonville Fire Department, VFW Post #3964 Big Stone Lake, and Odessa Legion Post 520. Active pallbearers included Tom Graham, Carl Oswood, Larry Drobny, Norman Haukos, Michael Haukos and Edward Butch Thole. Concluding services were held at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery of Odessa. Gary "Ike" Dean Christensen was born on Feb. 27, 1951, in Ortonville, to parents Hans and Rose (Albright) Christensen. He was baptized on June 23, 1957 and confirmed on June 6, 1965 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Odessa. Ike attended school first in Odessa and later in Ortonville, graduating from Ortonville High School in 1969. After High School he joined the Minnesota National Guard in Ortonville in which he served for several years. Ike found employment with a Flax Straw Crew. Then he found employment in Watertown for Pepsi Cola and then he transferred to Ortonville as a route salesman. Ike was united in marriage on Aug. 20, 1983 to Susan Doney in Milbank, SD. He would have worked for Pepsi Cola in Ortonville for 26 years in Arthur "Sonny" Kohlman Funeral services for Arthur "Sonny" Kohlman were held Saturday morning, Oct. 9, 1999, at 10 a.. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township. Pastor Edwin Parker officiated at the services. Nancy Schmidt was the organist and accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Sonny and Eileen's children sang the special vocal music. Pallbearers were Bruce Erickson, William Stegner, Joel Block, Erik Block, Lee Block, Ryan Kohiman, of dialysis, plus other physical handicaps. His love for his God, his family, and their love for him aided in his tolerance for this phase in his life. He was grateful for any and all visits, prayers, and concerns for him. He was a good husband and father, and easy to care for. He was known as "Sonny" by his family, friends and neighbors. His tolerance for pain was an inspiration to all who knew him, and an example for his grandchildren who looked to him for wisdom and a cheerful smile Michael Kohlman, Aaron Kohlman even when he was in pain. and Jacob Kohlman: Interment was at ;/'Sonny" was a fifo-long member of Immahue'l lLu'theran Ceintfei .......  ...... Inuel' LUtherafi Church where he Arthur Albert Edwin Kohlman was held various leadership positions. He born on March 11, 1921 at Appleton to Henry and Martha (Haven) Kohlman. He was baptized on April 19, 1921 at Immanuel Lutheran Church by Pastor Paul Gierke and was also confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran on April 14, 1935 by Pastor Gierke. Sonny attended school through the 6th grade at District #30, Hegbert Township and through the eighth grade at the parochial school at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Arthur farmed with his father and brother until his marriage to Eileen Hanson on June 25, 1945. They were married at Good shepherd Lutheran Church, Hegbert Township. After their marriage they purchased a farm in Hegbert Township in 1950 and lived there until 1970. They sold the farm in 1970 and purchased a two acre farmsite in Hegbert Township. During this time Arthur helped W.D. Anderson load livestock and also began doing carpentry and painting work. This was a family affair; including Eileen, Becky and Kelly. Art had his first heart attack in 1980, and his declining health did not permit him to do full time work. In 1989 his kidneys began to fail, causing him to rely on a kidney machine to maintain life until the time of his death. Arthur endured ten years also served as a member of the Shible Township Board and was a member of the school board. He was the friendly neighborhood butcher for several years. He tended his lawn and garden until declining health prohibited these activities. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing baseball in his early years, and enjoyed watching television in his later years. Arthur died Wednesday morning, Oct. 6, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He had reached the age of 78 years, six months and 25 days. He is survived by his wife Eileen; five children: Judith Kohlman of Montevideo, Dennis (and Patricia) Kohlman of Appleton, Ronald (and Pattie) Kohlman of Perham, Becky (and Neal) Block of Ortonville and Kelly (and Lorene) Kohlman of Staples; nineteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters: Fern Paulson of Alexandria and Esther Olson of Eau Claire, WI; his brother Edwin Kohlman of Holloway; one uncle Gustuve (and Naomi) Haven of Tacoma, WA; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mabel Anderson and an infant granddaughter. Charles Walker Funeral services for Charles Walker, 93, of Appleton formerly of Ortonville were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999 in the First English Lutheran Church at Ortonviile. Visitation was held Wednesday evening in the Larson Funeral Home at Ortonville with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Rev. Dan Hermanson officiated with Jerome Goddard serving as the organist. Shirley Lynne was the soloist. The pallbearers were Greg .Robertson, Larry Cartwright, Randy and Steven Rolfmeier, Don Fitzner, Gene Burdick and Bradley Karow. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Big Stone City, SD. Charles Alfred Walker was born on July 27, 1906 to parents Charles and Mary Louise (Johnston) Walker at Gravity, IA. He was later baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. He grew up and attended country school near Gravity. Mr. Walker married Alvera Seth and served ten years in the Army and the later years were in WWII. He worked at the C.F. and I. manufacturing plant in Seattle until 1980 when he retired. Charlie moved to Ortonville to be near his family after Alvera's death in 1982. He was united in marriage to Luella (Bundtzen) Snyder on May 3, 1986 at Covina, CA. Mr. Walker passed away on Monday morning, Oct. 4, 1999 at the Appleton Nursing Home reaching the age of 93 years, two months and seven days. He was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, The VFW in Milan, and the Gertje Van Lith American Legion Post #229 in Big Stone City, SD. Charlie loved to travel and go dancing. He loved baseball and sports in general. Survivors include his wife Luella of Appleton; two sisters, Bertha Robertson and Geri Cartwright both of Appleton; several nieces and nephews, including Arlene Rolfsmeier of Appleton, Patsy Lee Fitzner of Olivia, Larry Cartwright of Montevideo, Greg Robertson of Appleton and Gary Pollock of Seattle, and several .other nieces and nephews. Larson Funeral Home at Ortonville is in charge of arrangements. and his corvette. Ike is survived by his wife Susan Christensen of Ortonville; mother Rose Christensen of Odessa; three sisters, Judy and husband Larry Ninneman of Hutchinson, Cindy Christensen of Ortonville, and Nancy and husband Steve Danielson of Savage; two brothers, Dennis Christensen of Odessa, and Randy and wife Brenda Christensen of Big Stone City, SD; brother-in-law Randy Gaven and special friend Lori Olson both of Woodbury; four nephews, one niece and two great nephews and one great niece and a special God Child Julie Drobny. He was preceded in death by his father Hans Christensen. Blessed be his memory. Vernon H. Janssen Vernon H. Janssen, 75, of Shakopee died Sunday, Oct. , 1999 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Mr. Janssen was born March 29, 1924 in Mattoon, WI, the son of Ihno and Whillemena (Thormaehlin) Janssen. He served in the Army during WWII. He was employed as Sales Manager for Buffalo Chrysler in Buffalo and in sales on a part time basis for Waconia Dodge in Waconia. Mr. Janssen was a member of Buffalo American Legion Post #270. Survivors include his wife Evelyn Hauer Luce; children Anita (Steve) Opheim of Burnsville, Wendy Corbett of Apple Valley, Dianne Held of Minnetonka, James (Andrea) Janssen of Eden Prairie, eight grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, Aaron, Erik, Gretchen, Amanda, Brandon and Luke, five step children, Ann Sudman of Rochester, Arthur (Val) Luce of Maple Lake, Anthony (Gwen) Luce of Buffalo, Christine (Paul) Lagerquist of Plymouth, Julie (Harlan) Reitan of Collierville, TN, nine step Scott Krogsrud The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison, announces the death of 28 year old, Scott Krogsrud, a resident of for lots and lots of walks. to do is say "walk" and "OK, where?" I know won't believe it, but danced with me a few he likes Shania, too). new swingset, Ikey was put it together. He likes to buys me cheese curls, M Pepsi, too. I got some quarters from Ikey them. In a couple of to be two years old, but going to be there. He angels, and my watch over me. I'm a fie girl 'cause Ikey was a life. I love you and miss and I love you Sue. 37-1 grandchildren, Jackie, Melissa, Danny, John, and Amber, two step grandchildren, Miranda sister Marcia (Ardoth) Hastings, brothers Ihno Janssen of Walnut Creek, (Obelia) Janssen of Daniel Janssen of Three sisters-in-law, four law also survive. He was preceded in parents, daughter Cindy, two, three sisters. Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 6 at The Church of the Ascension in with The Reverend Don officiating. Interment was Snelling National military honors. Pallbearers were PaU Duane Elliott, Dr. Earl William Eng, Larry Fellerer. The Cavanaugh Funeral Home in charge evening at the funeral Visitation will continue service on Thursday at the Fargo, ND formerly of Bellingham, Scott Krogsrud is who passed away Saturday, Oct. 9 at parents Start and Lin Morrls, the result of an auto accident, ..... Amanda, brothers Kent Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 14 at 12 noon, at St. Peters Lutheran Bellingham. Rev. Robert Friedrich will officiate with burial in the Appleton cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Zahrbock home in Madison. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday of Bellingham. Sister and sister Donna of Grandmothers: Dorothy Correll and Lillian OrtonviUe. The Zahrbock Madison, is in for 28 year old Bellingham. RIM changes, sign up Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District is again offer- ing a Reinvest In Minnesota Reserve (RIM) sign-up during the month of October and ending November 12. There is a very unique change this year that gives landowners who have existing CRP the option of enrolling the acres into RIM and continuing to collect CRP payments. This RIM extension option only applies to con- tinuous CRP contracts containing CP- 2 1 (filter strip) and CP-22 (forest riparian buffer) practices. Payment rates will use the weight- ed average base soil rental rate that the landowner received with their approved CRP contract, excluding any CRP bonus or incentive pay- merits. That number will be multiplied by 15 and then by 40%. Example: $80 x 15 years x 40% = $480 acre. In this example the landowner would receive a $480/acre RIM payment and would continue receiving ments until the end of the tract. After the rolls into a Landowners must alsO funding ular RIM '99 sign-up. cations will be screened tized by the I.,ac qui Commission. Not all be accepted. This option gives are interested in CREP but l enrolled in CRP the participate in a and be compensated well: Applications for CRP-RIM option are November 12, 1999. If ested in more call the Lac qui Parle 598-7321 ext. 3 and talk Fernholz. The first annual, newly reorganized Big Stone Area Ducks Unlimited banquet was held Friday, at The Matador Supper Club in Ortonville' The chapter thanks all involved in making such a success. More than $20,000 was raised hag and increasing duck and goose Thanks to all who attended the banquet, members and to all the businesses who banquet. With your continued support and we can keep the duck and goose population We thank you all. DUCKS aMn INC. Big Stone Lake Area Chapter Page 8  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct. 1 Parental Obituaries involvement important to kids John Russell Kaercher Funeral services for John Russell Kaercher, 77, of Big Stone City, SD, were held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, in Trinity Lutheran Church at Odessa. Visitation was held Tuesday evening in the Larson Funeral Home at Ortonville with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Rev. Edwin Parker officiated with Pat Radtke as organist and vocalists will be Ruth Ann Gloege, Carole Gerber, Donald Stock and Verden Gerber. Honorary pallbearers were Lauren Kaercher, Max Kaercher, Angela Irish and Avery Irish. Active pallbearers were Jason Kaercher, Nathan Kaercher, Lenny Reiland, Scott Reiland, Zak Kaercher and Faith Kaercher. Military honors by the Big Stone VFW Post #3964 and Gertje Van Lith American Legion Post #229. Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at Odessa. John Russel Kaercher was born May 20, 1922 in Ortonville to John Michael and Rachel (Rehnke) Kaercher. He was baptized by the Rev. George Zech at Tabor United Methodist Church, Big Stone City on Aug. 20, 1922. John "Russ" graduated from Ortonville High School in 1941. In November of 1942 he entered the Army/Air Force where he served until November of 1945. On Jan. 28, 1947 John was united in marriage to Marcia Schmeichel of Odessa at Maywood, CA to this union five children were born. Throughout his life John proved himself an expert in many trades, he was a professional upholsterer, mason, sheet metal worker, home builder and floor layer. Nothing was more important to John than his family. He taught all five of his children the floor covering business and how to hunt, fish and be successful in life. John was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Odessa. His faith in the Lord brought comfort to him throughout his life. John's actions in life were influenced by his love of the Lord. Mr. Kaercher passed away Sunday evening in the Ortonville Hospital having reached the age of 77 years, four months and 13 days. John's interests were varied but he will be remembered for his love of hunting, fishing and gardening, especially his roses. The garden spot on the "Kaercher Island" always made him happy. Special hobbies included oil painting, the restoration of his class 1940 Ford pickup and ice boating in his youth. Family, friends and neighbors could always count on John for a word of advise or a helping hand. Grandkids had a special spot in John's heart. Taking them fishing for the first time, hearing of accomplishments in school and seeing them grow were always a source of pride and happiness to John. Close friends and family will remember John for being a bit of a rascal, who loved to give a good surprise. His colorful stories will live with us always. Survivors include his wife Marcia Kaercher of Big Stone City; one daughter, Janet and her husband Victor King of North Pole, AK; four sons, Jerry and his wife Timona of Burnsville, Dale and his wife Patricia, John Michael and his wife Terra and Anthony and his wife Sonya all of Anchorage, AK; one sister, Muriel Sherman of Ortonville; ten grandchildren, Jason, Nathan, Zak, Faith, Lauren, and Max Kaercher, Lenny and Scott Reiland and Angela and Avery Irish. He was preceded in death by his parents. John will be deeply missed by his family and friends. By Christine Jax, Ph.D. Commissioner -- Department of Children, Families & Learning As a mother, I think I can speak for many parents when I say that no walk with your child is quite as long as that to the school bus the first day of kindergarten. But parenting, as we all know is about bringing a child along to adulthood. That is never easy. I'm sure that first day both my daughter and I had some of the same feelings - trepidation, anticipation, fear and excitement. Learning is about change and that can be difficult and exciting. All parents have experienced some of those difficulties and they have experienced the excitement of watching children learn and grow. Putting your child on that bus wasn't the beginning of her education, though. There were all those books you read to her, the songs you sang to get her to sleep, all those questions you asked, all the listening you did, the learning games you played, the crayons you bought and then wiped off the walls! And putting your child on the bus isn't the end of your part in her education either. Get to know her teachers. Send them notes. Make sure you go to parent conferences. Talk to your child. Ask her what she likes and doesn't like, what and how well she is doing every day. Nutrition is important; a balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner is essential for peak performance. Set up a regular time and place in the house for study every school night. Review your child's homework with her. So many of these things seem simple and they are. But we all need to remember how important they are. The education of our children doesn't only take place in the classroom. Families and schools must work together to provide our kids with the best education possible. Doug Laub Funeral services for Doug Laub, 48, of Odessa were held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 1999 in St. John's Catholic Church at Ortonville. visitation was Thursday evening in St. John's Catholic Church at Ortonville with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and also one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Father Robert Goblirsch officiated He was united in marriage to Diane Anderson on Dec. 29, 1984 at Milbank, SD. Mr. Laub was a self employed business owner and was at present working with the Dakotah Granite Co. in Milbank, SD. Doug passed away on Oct. 3, 1999 at St. Raphael, Ontario, Canada, while on a hunting trip. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, horses, the with Pat Kunz serving as the organist. Hockey Association and Team Special Muc was provided by the St. Penning. Doug loved being with John's Choir. Hoiiorary pailbearers friends aiid 'lived for his family: Mr. were all of Doug's friends and Laub was alsoknown for being agreat relatives. Active pallbearers were Tom Graham, Norman and Mike Haukos, Randy Christensen, Dennis Redepenning and Craig Johnson. Interment was in the Emanuel's Hope Cemetery near Odessa. Douglas James Laub was born on Dec. 31, 1950 to parents James Leonard and Claudy (Fernholz) Laub at St. Paul. He was baptized on Jan. 14, 1951 and later confirmed on March 6, 1960. He grew up in St. Paul and attended school at the St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights until 1969. conversationalist. Survivors include his wife Diane of Odessa; his mother Claudy of Maplewood; one daughter, Mary Jo Smithwick of Ortonville; two sons, James Leonard and Curtis Douglas both at home; one granddaughter, Erica Stattelman; three sisters, Yvonne (Bernard) Henrich of Centerville, Cheryl (Joe) Hjelmstad of Elbow Lake, and Mary (Keith) Andreasen of Farmington; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Larson Funeral Home at Ortonville was in charge of arrangements. Dale M. Ladwig Dale M. Ladwig, 60, died of a heart attack Friday, Oct. 8, 1999 in St. Bernard's Providence Hospital in Milbank, SD. There will be no visitation. There will be an opportunity for family and friends to meet at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Milbank beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, for an informal time of sharing and for remembering Dale's life. He was born on June 7, 1939 in Miibank, SD, the son of Harvey and Alice (Wellnitz) Ladwig. Dale graduated from South Shore High School. He was united in marriage to Shirley Doris Bohlen June 7, 1966, in Billings, MT. Following marriage, the couple lived in Allen, NE, from 1966- 75, Omaha, NE from 1975-76; and in Elkhorn, NE from 1976-88. Shirley died on Nov. 1, 1983. Dale continued to reside in Elkhorn, NE, until 1988 when he moved to Milbank. He was an over-the-road trucker. Survivors include two daughters, Dori Ladwig, Wilmot, SD, and Julie Ladwig, Milbank; one son, Leo Ladwig; and three brothers and sisters-in-law; LaWayne and Joanne, Tallahassee, FL; Kenneth and Mary, Big Stone City, SD; and Milo and Linda, Milbank; and several cousins, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Dale was preceded in death by his parents. The Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home of Milbank is in charge of the arrangements, Merlin "Mick" Cooper Merlin "Mick" Cooper, 56, of 811 Summit Ave., New Ulm, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 5th, 1999.at the Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm with burial following in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was Friday evening and Saturday morning at the Firle Funeral Home in New Ulm. A Parish Prayer Service was held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Firle Funeral Home in New Ulm. Merlin is survived by his wife, Carol Cooper; two sons, Keith and his wife Liz Cooper, Gary and his wife Wendy Cooper, all of New Ulm; four grandchildren, Alex, Austin, Samantha and Daniel Cooper, all of New Ulm; mother, Edith Cooper, of Morris; brother, Harold and his wife Sandy Cooper of Appleton; three sisters, Connie and her husband Melvin Wohlers of Morris, Shirley Cooper of Richfield, Karen and her husband Bob Nierson of Bloomington; three aunts, Agnes Christensen of Clinton, Gladys Torgerson of Big Stone City, SD; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father; mother-in-law and father-in- law. Merlin Dean Cooper was born May 19, 1943 in rural Clinton to Melvin and Edith (Carlson) Cooper. He grew up on the family farm. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1961. On May 11, 1962, he was united in marriage to Carol Karels in Ortonviile. The couple lived for five years in Morris, where Mick became an insurance agent. They moved to New Ulm in 1967. Mick worked his way to be District Sales Manager for Combined Insurance. He retired from Combined Insurance in 1990, when he started his own agency. Mick was a member St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm. Obituaries Gary "lke" Christensen Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church of Ortonville for Gary "Ike" Christensen. Rev. Edwin Parker officiated at November. Death came to Ike on a hunting trip in Canada due to asphyxiation on Oct. 2, 1999. He had reached the age of 48 years, seven months and five days. He was a member of the Ortonville VFW, Moose Lodge, Odessa Legion and for 10 years with the Ortonville Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting In IN MEMORIAM In memory of Gary who passed awa3 The following note from daughter, Juli shows how many saw Ikey is a lot of fun. this service. Congregational songs were sung, with Julie Thymian at the organ. Honorary pallbearers were Employees of Pepsi Cola, Ortonville Fire Department, VFW Post #3964 Big Stone Lake, and Odessa Legion Post 520. Active pallbearers included Tom Graham, Carl Oswood, Larry Drobny, Norman Haukos, Michael Haukos and Edward Butch Thole. Concluding services were held at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery of Odessa. Gary "Ike" Dean Christensen was born on Feb. 27, 1951, in Ortonville, to parents Hans and Rose (Albright) Christensen. He was baptized on June 23, 1957 and confirmed on June 6, 1965 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Odessa. Ike attended school first in Odessa and later in Ortonville, graduating from Ortonville High School in 1969. After High School he joined the Minnesota National Guard in Ortonville in which he served for several years. Ike found employment with a Flax Straw Crew. Then he found employment in Watertown for Pepsi Cola and then he transferred to Ortonville as a route salesman. Ike was united in marriage on Aug. 20, 1983 to Susan Doney in Milbank, SD. He would have worked for Pepsi Cola in Ortonville for 26 years in Arthur "Sonny" Kohlman Funeral services for Arthur "Sonny" Kohlman were held Saturday morning, Oct. 9, 1999, at 10 a.. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township. Pastor Edwin Parker officiated at the services. Nancy Schmidt was the organist and accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Sonny and Eileen's children sang the special vocal music. Pallbearers were Bruce Erickson, William Stegner, Joel Block, Erik Block, Lee Block, Ryan Kohiman, of dialysis, plus other physical handicaps. His love for his God, his family, and their love for him aided in his tolerance for this phase in his life. He was grateful for any and all visits, prayers, and concerns for him. He was a good husband and father, and easy to care for. He was known as "Sonny" by his family, friends and neighbors. His tolerance for pain was an inspiration to all who knew him, and an example for his grandchildren who looked to him for wisdom and a cheerful smile Michael Kohlman, Aaron Kohlman even when he was in pain. and Jacob Kohlman: Interment was at ;/'Sonny" was a fifo-long member of Immahue'l lLu'theran Ceintfei .......  ...... Inuel' LUtherafi Church where he Arthur Albert Edwin Kohlman was held various leadership positions. He born on March 11, 1921 at Appleton to Henry and Martha (Haven) Kohlman. He was baptized on April 19, 1921 at Immanuel Lutheran Church by Pastor Paul Gierke and was also confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran on April 14, 1935 by Pastor Gierke. Sonny attended school through the 6th grade at District #30, Hegbert Township and through the eighth grade at the parochial school at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Arthur farmed with his father and brother until his marriage to Eileen Hanson on June 25, 1945. They were married at Good shepherd Lutheran Church, Hegbert Township. After their marriage they purchased a farm in Hegbert Township in 1950 and lived there until 1970. They sold the farm in 1970 and purchased a two acre farmsite in Hegbert Township. During this time Arthur helped W.D. Anderson load livestock and also began doing carpentry and painting work. This was a family affair; including Eileen, Becky and Kelly. Art had his first heart attack in 1980, and his declining health did not permit him to do full time work. In 1989 his kidneys began to fail, causing him to rely on a kidney machine to maintain life until the time of his death. Arthur endured ten years also served as a member of the Shible Township Board and was a member of the school board. He was the friendly neighborhood butcher for several years. He tended his lawn and garden until declining health prohibited these activities. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing baseball in his early years, and enjoyed watching television in his later years. Arthur died Wednesday morning, Oct. 6, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He had reached the age of 78 years, six months and 25 days. He is survived by his wife Eileen; five children: Judith Kohlman of Montevideo, Dennis (and Patricia) Kohlman of Appleton, Ronald (and Pattie) Kohlman of Perham, Becky (and Neal) Block of Ortonville and Kelly (and Lorene) Kohlman of Staples; nineteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters: Fern Paulson of Alexandria and Esther Olson of Eau Claire, WI; his brother Edwin Kohlman of Holloway; one uncle Gustuve (and Naomi) Haven of Tacoma, WA; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mabel Anderson and an infant granddaughter. Charles Walker Funeral services for Charles Walker, 93, of Appleton formerly of Ortonville were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999 in the First English Lutheran Church at Ortonviile. Visitation was held Wednesday evening in the Larson Funeral Home at Ortonville with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Rev. Dan Hermanson officiated with Jerome Goddard serving as the organist. Shirley Lynne was the soloist. The pallbearers were Greg .Robertson, Larry Cartwright, Randy and Steven Rolfmeier, Don Fitzner, Gene Burdick and Bradley Karow. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Big Stone City, SD. Charles Alfred Walker was born on July 27, 1906 to parents Charles and Mary Louise (Johnston) Walker at Gravity, IA. He was later baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. He grew up and attended country school near Gravity. Mr. Walker married Alvera Seth and served ten years in the Army and the later years were in WWII. He worked at the C.F. and I. manufacturing plant in Seattle until 1980 when he retired. Charlie moved to Ortonville to be near his family after Alvera's death in 1982. He was united in marriage to Luella (Bundtzen) Snyder on May 3, 1986 at Covina, CA. Mr. Walker passed away on Monday morning, Oct. 4, 1999 at the Appleton Nursing Home reaching the age of 93 years, two months and seven days. He was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, The VFW in Milan, and the Gertje Van Lith American Legion Post #229 in Big Stone City, SD. Charlie loved to travel and go dancing. He loved baseball and sports in general. Survivors include his wife Luella of Appleton; two sisters, Bertha Robertson and Geri Cartwright both of Appleton; several nieces and nephews, including Arlene Rolfsmeier of Appleton, Patsy Lee Fitzner of Olivia, Larry Cartwright of Montevideo, Greg Robertson of Appleton and Gary Pollock of Seattle, and several .other nieces and nephews. Larson Funeral Home at Ortonville is in charge of arrangements. and his corvette. Ike is survived by his wife Susan Christensen of Ortonville; mother Rose Christensen of Odessa; three sisters, Judy and husband Larry Ninneman of Hutchinson, Cindy Christensen of Ortonville, and Nancy and husband Steve Danielson of Savage; two brothers, Dennis Christensen of Odessa, and Randy and wife Brenda Christensen of Big Stone City, SD; brother-in-law Randy Gaven and special friend Lori Olson both of Woodbury; four nephews, one niece and two great nephews and one great niece and a special God Child Julie Drobny. He was preceded in death by his father Hans Christensen. Blessed be his memory. Vernon H. Janssen Vernon H. Janssen, 75, of Shakopee died Sunday, Oct. , 1999 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Mr. Janssen was born March 29, 1924 in Mattoon, WI, the son of Ihno and Whillemena (Thormaehlin) Janssen. He served in the Army during WWII. He was employed as Sales Manager for Buffalo Chrysler in Buffalo and in sales on a part time basis for Waconia Dodge in Waconia. Mr. Janssen was a member of Buffalo American Legion Post #270. Survivors include his wife Evelyn Hauer Luce; children Anita (Steve) Opheim of Burnsville, Wendy Corbett of Apple Valley, Dianne Held of Minnetonka, James (Andrea) Janssen of Eden Prairie, eight grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, Aaron, Erik, Gretchen, Amanda, Brandon and Luke, five step children, Ann Sudman of Rochester, Arthur (Val) Luce of Maple Lake, Anthony (Gwen) Luce of Buffalo, Christine (Paul) Lagerquist of Plymouth, Julie (Harlan) Reitan of Collierville, TN, nine step Scott Krogsrud The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison, announces the death of 28 year old, Scott Krogsrud, a resident of for lots and lots of walks. to do is say "walk" and "OK, where?" I know won't believe it, but danced with me a few he likes Shania, too). new swingset, Ikey was put it together. He likes to buys me cheese curls, M Pepsi, too. I got some quarters from Ikey them. In a couple of to be two years old, but going to be there. He angels, and my watch over me. I'm a fie girl 'cause Ikey was a life. I love you and miss and I love you Sue. 37-1 grandchildren, Jackie, Melissa, Danny, John, and Amber, two step grandchildren, Miranda sister Marcia (Ardoth) Hastings, brothers Ihno Janssen of Walnut Creek, (Obelia) Janssen of Daniel Janssen of Three sisters-in-law, four law also survive. He was preceded in parents, daughter Cindy, two, three sisters. Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 6 at The Church of the Ascension in with The Reverend Don officiating. Interment was Snelling National military honors. Pallbearers were PaU Duane Elliott, Dr. Earl William Eng, Larry Fellerer. The Cavanaugh Funeral Home in charge evening at the funeral Visitation will continue service on Thursday at the Fargo, ND formerly of Bellingham, Scott Krogsrud is who passed away Saturday, Oct. 9 at parents Start and Lin Morrls, the result of an auto accident, ..... Amanda, brothers Kent Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 14 at 12 noon, at St. Peters Lutheran Bellingham. Rev. Robert Friedrich will officiate with burial in the Appleton cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Zahrbock home in Madison. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday of Bellingham. Sister and sister Donna of Grandmothers: Dorothy Correll and Lillian OrtonviUe. The Zahrbock Madison, is in for 28 year old Bellingham. RIM changes, sign up Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District is again offer- ing a Reinvest In Minnesota Reserve (RIM) sign-up during the month of October and ending November 12. There is a very unique change this year that gives landowners who have existing CRP the option of enrolling the acres into RIM and continuing to collect CRP payments. This RIM extension option only applies to con- tinuous CRP contracts containing CP- 2 1 (filter strip) and CP-22 (forest riparian buffer) practices. Payment rates will use the weight- ed average base soil rental rate that the landowner received with their approved CRP contract, excluding any CRP bonus or incentive pay- merits. That number will be multiplied by 15 and then by 40%. Example: $80 x 15 years x 40% = $480 acre. In this example the landowner would receive a $480/acre RIM payment and would continue receiving ments until the end of the tract. After the rolls into a Landowners must alsO funding ular RIM '99 sign-up. cations will be screened tized by the I.,ac qui Commission. Not all be accepted. This option gives are interested in CREP but l enrolled in CRP the participate in a and be compensated well: Applications for CRP-RIM option are November 12, 1999. If ested in more call the Lac qui Parle 598-7321 ext. 3 and talk Fernholz. The first annual, newly reorganized Big Stone Area Ducks Unlimited banquet was held Friday, at The Matador Supper Club in Ortonville' The chapter thanks all involved in making such a success. More than $20,000 was raised hag and increasing duck and goose Thanks to all who attended the banquet, members and to all the businesses who banquet. With your continued support and we can keep the duck and goose population We thank you all. DUCKS JMI1 INC. Big Stone Lake Area Chapter Page 8  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct. 1