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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Is it not amazing that polls are showing a majority of Americans are anxious ta go to war against Iraq? However, they do not favor us going it alone as President Bush has been threatening to do. TV is carrying almost daily, short sound bites from his speeches emphasizing that we must strike first against Iraq and change the regime. Very little has been heard of the other side of the story. AI Gore, whom we have never admired or supported, fortunately came out of retirement recently to point out that there had not been any hard evidence that Saddam Hussein will soon be capable of producing a nuclear bomb. He stated that an attack could result in the loss of thousands of American lives, that it could unite the Muslim world and cause a much wider conflict. Others who had been silent for fear of being labeled unpatriotic, soon joined Gore in questioning the President&apos;s threat to unseat Saddam, even if the US had no allies. Senator Ted Kennedy, not a favorite of ours, offered a very thought provoking speech last week in which he questioned the policy and the fact that the US had not devised a follow up program which might involve us for many years. The opposition, thankfully, got to President Bush who reversed his policy and fortunately agreed to involve the United Nations in the process. However, it was Bush's own speech to the Congress that brought him a barrage of criticism. When he declared that Democrats in Congress were not interested in the nation's security, he ignited a fire storm! South i Is war the solution? Dakota's Senator Daschle, majority leader of the Senate, in an angry response, demanded an apology from the President. While Bush did not apologize, a day or two later he had reversed his policy on Iraq and took a more moderate approach toward negotiations and the role of the United Nations. We heard less of his intentions to go after Saddam without the support of other nations. Nonetheless, Saddam's offer to let the UN inspectors in was criticized by the Bush Administration as only a delaying effort. Maybe so, but why all the rush to o to war and fire the first shots against a nation that has been ignoring UN rules for a dozen years? Why would the US reverse its long time policy and suddenly decide to launch a war against a nation that presently is doing no harm to its neighbors or to the US? If Iraq was not so rich in oil would its regime disturb us so much? Where is the hard evidence that Saddam is about to make a dirty bomb or a nuclear bomb? Why are we not disturbed because North Korea, whom Bush lists as a member of the "evil empire", already has the bomb? Furthermore, there has not been produced, at least as far as has been made public, any link between Saddam and the Twin Towers and other bombings of 9-I 1. The other threat we hear about is the presence of al-Qaida members in Iraq. However, there are cells in at least 60 countries, including the United States. -Grant County (SD) Review by the la Ra,. George P. Werner D.D.  tEd'. note: Following is one of a ries of articles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his family to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're reading his memories of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddo. The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. lhno Janssen, now retired in Walnut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Wemer passed away late in the year 2000. "A GRAND OLD MAN" Wisconsin Regiment of which Grant (continued from last week) was the Commander. He took part in a number of engagements. Among On Feb. 11, 1845, August F. them, the capture of St. Petersburg Werner was born in Dembenke, was the most important. Province of Pozen, Germany. His One time while he was walking parents were Michael Wemer and along, he saw men in the trenches Christina Gruelk Werner. His father who looked as though they belonged was a laborer, on his side. He said, "Who's there?" There were seven children born to They answered, "We surrender." this union. August F. Werner, Daniel, They were rebels. He told them to Charles, Michael, William, Caroline come out and lay down their arms. and Henrietta. He helped them all They were his prisoners and he took come over to this country. All except them to his headquarters where they one settled in the neighborhood of the were shipped further north. This took Germantown Evangelical United place at Petersburg. They spent most Brethren Church, located five miles of their time at Petersburg and southeast of Lamberton. Michael Richmond, Virginia. He was in the located in New Ulm Ninth Army Corps. Burnside was his August F. Wemer went to school general. The last general was Meade. " until he was 14 years of age. It was a Burnside resigned after the battle of village school and there were about Petersburg. 130 scholars. These schools were On July 1865Mr. Wemer was dis- very strict. If the pupils couldn't charged and went to Washington, DC gl00$1fll.-/n00l FSA seekinq__ recite or whispered, they were up for a couple of weeks for a revue. 11t across a desk and whipped. Then, There he also received his company county nom,nations they usually got a whipping at home register. He guarded Jefferson Davis' too. cell and he saw the scaffold where The Big Stone County Farm He earned money by herding cat- Booth was hanged. He served in the (_k]9 Service Agency's local committee tie and sheep. At the age of 16, a war up to the close and was mustered friend took him along to the United out at Madison, Wise. k/,0(ti election is coming up soon. States and they arrived at Quebec, After the close of the war, he \\;[k The last day to return nominating Canada. From there, he went to returned to Princeton, Wisc. wherehe g"' ),, t''4-'- ,,.a,,K.t"." petitions for the Farm Service Detroit, Michigan and then to labored as a hired servant for several 0  1pb* l.,er S? ='ll=m  t .r'a'b="' Agency (FSA) County Committee Princeton, Wisconsin, where he years. election is Oct. 28, 2002. worked on a farm for two years. He In 1868 he moved to New Ulm, Nominations for the committee made his home with his sister Minn. There were no rallroads at that I% , U,)tj] election will be accepted from Caroline in Wisconsin. time. They did their trading at eligible producers in Akron, At the age of 18 years, Mr. Werner Mankato and St. Peter, either by oxen '1  Artichoke, Big Stone, Odessa, enlisted as a volunteer in the 38th or by walking. /N .] . 0.)[/', Ortonville and Otrey townships.   The farmer-elected committee is a your voice in USDA s programs here 'q ,-"b in this area. Members of the ( rt'    :_X#C- committee work with area residents ! :."t" --  1 t,k'[ _ ] " 10' to maintain the local focus on many REQUEST FOR BIDS  't  / '0i-t I _ /--" USDAprograms, inform people of what's available, and help producers . understand how the programs work. Ortonville Area Health Services   IQ,,4 r- Committee member's work to help !i  shape national programs rata working local programs and all they really Odonville Area Health Services is soliciting need to know i's farming in this _ - community bids tar the purchase, delivery and If you think you can help, contact yo,r oca Farm Service Agency instollotionof furniture, turnishings and Paulsen Tree Service isOfficeimportantt obtain a nomination form. Itthat all parts of the equipment for the newOutpaflent Services farming community have a voice. Center. STUMP GRINDING Can do any size stump/ Stroke of Sealed bids will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. Most portable in county/ (in all those hard to get areas) the Brush on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002. The bids will be BOOM TRUCK opened the same day at 2:00 p.m. at the SKID STEER * A "Year in Review", the Big Stone City Council Chambers, 315 Madison Ave., SNOW REMOVAL* Arts Council will hold their annual Ortonville, MN 56278. meeting, Thursday, Oct.17th, 2002 at Contact 5:30 p.m., in the Countryside Public Howard PBnlsen at Health Community room- main street Project plans and specifications ore (320) Ortonvi,le. The ofganizatigns purpose is to availobie upon request, I[ any company i$ "Develop and Promote the Arts in 839 7009 the BigStone Lake Area." Join us as interested in submitting bids, please contact "= we nourish in planning 2003. Donna.Moberg, OAHS Administrative Assistant, 750 Eastvold Ave., Ortonville, MN Boy Scouts to 50278, phone 320-839-4126. ("Veterinary Technicians.. sell fruit baskets heart of animal health care!" selling fruit, cheese and sausages Ortonville Boy Scouts will be Bidder will be notified in writing. again this year. " -:  If you would like to order, you (Oct. 15, 22, 21302) may contact Eric Anderson, Ryan Wandersee, Kirby Athey, J.T. Gregory, Steve Wandersee or Pat Collins. - \\;-. -. ....... Markets ....... No. 1 Wheat ...................... 4.68 Soybeans ............................ 4.87 Corn ................................... 2.13 Oct. 15, 2001 NO.I Wheat ...................... 2.86 4 SIZES OF STORAGE AREAS: Soybeans ........................... 3.83 Corn ................................... 1.53 "5'x10' "10'xl0' "10'x20' "10'x30' MILBANK VETERINARY CLINIC salutes our veterinary technicians, left to right, Shell Tumlinson, Tiffany Myrum and Deb Buttke with Bart, a Cavalier Memorials for King Charles Spaniel and Madjek, a toy poodle, heart research Milbank "'--veterinary Clinic celebrates During the summer months, area National Veterinary Technician Week Oct. 13-19 residents contributed memorial gifts to the American Heart Association in The week is celebrated annually to recognize veterinary technicians honor of: nationwide for their contributions to veterinary health care. Primar)" Linda Lee, Gert Brachenbury, Pat responsibilities in a veterinary practice involve animal nursing, adminis- Thieman, Karen Konstant, and tering medications, assisting in surgery, taking radiographs, inducing and Bernice Hintz. monitoring of anesthesia, hospital management and laboratory duties. According to Dianne Cornelisen, _.- memorial chair for Big Stone County, a memorial gift to the American Heart Association is a meaningful way to express sympathy while also II helping to support the fight against ---Mill00amff heart disease and stroke, the #1 and #3 causes of death in America. :< <. o .,< il ter'aaryt ' Gifts to the American Heart l.  |iiiiiI!iii-:i.:.:.!.:`.:ii.iiiiii::::iii!iii!i-!!ii!ii!!::%#:`iTN Pi Tr P. S. lsta, DVM Association help fund life-saving iiii! ii  ii iii ::i: .:i ::iiiiit :::,::. ili :s:  i:: - ............ i! 517.4th Ave. W. research, public and professional s;!:i ......... iiii i!iiii::iii ......... iiii!::ii!i$iii:..:. ...i .......... i: education and community programs. :ii:.i i+.`::.`:.!+i!i`tii:`.`.:;.ii!ii?i:`ii!!i.:..`::+:`..iii#.t;iii Milbank,.SD 57252 For further information, or to Richard and Nollct 3 Annetl, Otoners " k'TlC 605-432-9501 make a gift, please contact Dianne Cornelisen, at 113 NW 1st St, Phone (320) 839-2469 or (605)432-6443 Ortonville, MN, or call 320-839- HIGHWAY 75 NORTH ORTONVILLE, MN 56276 J 6123. Page 4 INDEPENDENT The Inde (U.S.P.S. 4 SUZETTE Editor and Offe :nputar and EMILEE I DENNIS TIM Camera NANCY: Tues., Oct. 15, 2002 Continuing Oaonvill $30.00 per year in Parle, Traverse and Minnesota, in South Dakota. counties in Minnesota All others, $38.00 Postmaster: The Ortonville NEW RATE ALL SL A FEBRUARY Big Stone, Lac Grant and Roberts March ................ 27.50 .................. 25.00 May .................. 22.50 .................. 2o.0O ................... 17.50 ................ 31.24 &onl .................. 28.4O May ................... 25.56 June .................. 22.72 ................... 19.88 ALL .................. 3170 May ................... 28.56 June .................. 25.56 July ................... 22.1g The Pub changes or The Publisher's omissions in tisement is strictly the issue or the the advertisement Display ads - Pictures - 5 News- Classified ads - A Mory: A Wednesday: & Thursday: Friday: A Holidays Letters to the munity issues writers should independent and/or condense also ers that are it might be held Letters printed or address and Addresses and not be published. 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