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Hobo Soup featured in state's corporate report _/, By JDK We were deeply saddened today in opening our mail to learn that this newspaper's long-time friend, Pete Izutsu of Hawaii, had passed away. Many here will remember Pete as the playing partner of our late father, Lem, in a number of Patio Golf tour- naments here. For years, Pete looked after Lem like a son when Lem would spent several months of the winter in Hawaii. "Patio Pete" was how many dubbed him here. Whenever he would come to play with Lem, Pete would be loaded down with gifts from the Islands, all free, for others who played in the Patio event. Indeed, Pete will be missed and his friendship to yours truly and family will be forever cher- ished. He was one in a million, full of so much love for everyone he met. Once, Pete came to play with us in a Patio after Lem had passed on, and the first thing Pete did upon arrival was to take candy and cigarettes to Lem's grave ... Pete's way of remem- bering. "Lem will use these gifts up there," Pete would say. one of his favorite sayings was "Really" when- ever remarking about anything. And so we say "Really to you, Pete, you really were a really great guy. REAL- LY!! Many Vikings fans are jumping ... or have jumped several weeks ago ... on the team's Super Bowl Band wagon. And rightly so ... for the team is loaded with talent and depth like never before in history, and also like no other team in the league this year ... with the exception perhaps of Denver. The Vikes success, however, as with suc- cess of any endeavor in life, will depend mostly upon their concentration, hard work, devotion to their goal, and if they can keep up their current momentum. In other In the October issue of Corporate Report, a magazine of Minnesota Businesses, Ortonville's Hobo Soup was featured in an article authored by free-lance writer Diane Richard of the metro area. Under the marketing section of the "NewsReal" division of the magazine, the product was under the heading "Nostalgia In A Can." In full color was a print of the Hobo Soup label. A uniquely Minnesota food prod- uct is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, but without the fanfare typi- cal of other corporate milestones. No, there will be no special festival for Hobo Soup, the mulligan whose label proclaims: "A Jungle Recipe Fit for a King." Jim Kaercher, who is responsible for each of the 24,000 cans of Hobo Soup sold each year in a handful of the nation's groceries, has enough on his plate. Like filling T-shirt requests from fans who mail in labels with a check for $14.50. And finessing buyers at Cub Foods and other stores to slot the product he and his late father concoct- ed in Ortonville in 1963. In recent months, he's even been designing a Quixotic strategy to extend the brand to other canned foods. As Kaercher says, "I've always wanted Hobo beans, potatoes - any- thing hobo-ish." Few - or quite possibly no - other products are as linked to the easy rider as Hobo Soup. "It has its own public- ity because it's a legend, see," Kaercher says. About the legend: Kaercher's father, Lemuel, had a touch of nomad in him that neither public office nor business prominence could quash. The elder Kaercher, a two-term state representative and founder of the Ortonville Independent, rode the rails throughout his life. Lem's journeys frequently involved campfire meals of bacon, beans and whatever else his fellow travelers could scrounge. The soup so delighted his father, Kaercher says, that one day Lem and Jim brought the recipe to a local caf6 to replicate. All 50 gallons of the stew sold,"kipiring the two to take it to m, it has had limited, albeit enduring, success. By Kaercher's estimate, his sales are about $3,000 a year. 'Tve never had the time or the money or the knowl- edge to market it, you see," says Kaercher. But the man who took over both the newspaper and soup business when his father died 17 years ago is not without hope. He's looking for someone to take the brand to the next level. So far, no one has come for- ward. "Most of the younger generation don't know the hobo legend. But it's not dead yet," he says. "Basically, everyone has a yen to be a hobo. Do what you want when you want. It's a freedom." Lack of rain sparks concern about unlawful work in wetlands Landowners who have wetlands on their property should consult with an expert before digging, filling or mov- ing soil on certain parts of their prop- erty. That is the advice from the Department of Natural Resources, whose Enforcement Division reports the beds of many wetlands are drier than normal. These areas may look like uplarid but are actually part of the wetland basin. "In many cases, a permit is required from the DNR or other unit of government before any work can begin," said Perry Bollum, DNR wet- land enforcement officer. Bollum encourages landowners to have their wetlands defined by a soil and water professional, a service available from the local Soil and Water Conservation District. "It is important for landowners to know the boundaries of their wet- lands," said Bollum. "That's especial- ly true this year when many wetlands are dry." Minnesota wetlands are protected by state statute because they absorb nutrients, store floodwaters, recharge groundwater, and provide a variety of other recreation and natural resource benefits. Wetland boundaries can be difficult to determine after an unlaw- ful alteration has occurred. Wetland restoration can be costly. "It's difficult to reach a win-win situation after a violation has already occurred," said Bollum. A similar sit- uation exposed lake beds and stream beds--is also occurring along many lakes and rivers. Work such as filling, grading and excavating or any other alteration may require prior approval of the DNR. What a fine asset to our commu- nity! We speak of the all-new Minnwest Bank which is now open, with a Grand Opening set for Oct. 22nd. We find ourselves getting more exercise, too, in visiting the bank. When it was right next door to our offices, we could make the trip in but a couple seconds, even without a jacket in winter. But no more. Mind "you, we're not complaining ... we need the exercise in a dire way! Sad news today via Mrs. Curt (Opal) Olson of Clinton, that her brother, George Griffith, formerly of Ortonville, is hospitalized today and being treated for pancreatic cancer. His address is St. John's Hospital, 2727 McCallen Blvd., Joplin, MO. Our prayers go out to you, George. Reader Wilma Johnson sends renewal and writes from Lynnwood, Washington, that "I have decided to spend another winter here. Last win- ter was enjoyable as we had just one snowfall of about an inch, but that melted within a day and the heaviest outerwear I needed was just a light jacket; however, predictions for this year - due to La Niiia - are ominous with colder, wetter conditions, so it may be a different season! To experi- ence a spring here is absolutely fan- tastic. I have never seen so many flowering trees, and so many vari- eties! Some of the residential streets are ablaze with color, especially when the rhodies are in full bloom. Thanks for keeping the paper coming ... you must have a good proofreader; I don't find many typos!!" It was nice to see Alice Green out and about on Monday of this week, being treated to a lunch at Dairy Queen by her daughters Jeanne, of Willmar and Margaret Fishbeck and her husband, of the metro area. Alice, 92, is a resident now of Northridge. Good news from Governor Carlson today that the September unemployment rate for the state is the lowest on record for the month ... at 2.4 percent. The Sept. rate was up slightly from August, hut well under last year's 3.2 percent. RIM applications taken now The Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) include reduced soil erosion and sedi- If you are interested in more infor- Reserve Program strives to protect mentation, enhanced fish and wildlife marion about the RIM program, or to and improve water quality by reim- habitat, flood control and groundwa- find out if you may have eligible land, bursing landowners for enrolling their ter recharge, call the Lac qui Parle SWCD at 320- land in a permanent conservation Eligible lands include sinkholes 598-7321 extension 3 for an appoint- easement, and then provides assis- and areas adjacent to public supply ment. tance to restore the area to grass, trees wells, riparian lands, wetland restora- RIM applications will be taken or wetlands, tion areas, and other environmentally Oct. 1 - Oct. 30, 1998. Growe discusses proposed Const. amendments Secretary of State Joan Growe today discussed the three proposed constitutional amendments that will be voted on at the 1998 state general election. "Minnesota voters play an essential part in amending our state constitution," Growe said. "It is important that the voters become familiar with the questions on the ballot." Three proposed amendments will appear on the ballot in 1998. In the first question, the voters are asked whether to extend the dedication of proceeds from the state lottery to the environmental trust fund to the year 2025. In the second question, the voters are asked whether that hunting and fishin taking of game and forever preserved. In question, voters are abolish the office of state effective in 2003. Proposed amendments must be both I by the legislature and majority of those subsequent state general Voters who choose not to' proposed constitutional are, in effect, voting proposed amendment. Since its adoption in Minnesota constitution amended 113 times. 93 amendments have been the voters. Letters to event, thereby eliminating to house canvas which no ( do. Thanks again, and if ever need the help of unit, we're just a Dear Ortonville Independent: I would like to shake your hand personally, and say "thank you" for the support and assistance you gave to our Relay for Life event on Aug. 26th. This was the first time the event has been held in our county, but hopefully, not the last. The American Cancer Society has decided to adopt the Relay for Life as its primary fund raising Monte Chair REBATES & DIS TOO NUMEROUS TO GO INTO Furnaces Fire Places Air Purifiers Exchan Cleaners Freeze Other benefits of the program sensitive lands. "24 Hour Service at Rate" "||'e Don't H $|,hat $|'e Can't words, if they don't become LARRYiI'S REFRIGERATION & c ottl Thls  oUld be thehyem We hop emt .... 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