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Area news digest Midwest rock-climbing? You I GRANITE FALLS-Yellow Medicine East High School (YME) in Granite Falls cancelled Homecoming events because of fears of violence arising from a fatal stabbing last Saturday. Nathan Hoseck, 22 of Hanley Falls, a 1999 graduate of the school, died of multiple stab wounds received in a fight at a drinking party in rural Granite Falls. Two other men were injured in the fight. Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the slaying. Granite Falls school officials cancelled a Homecoming bonfire and car-bashing event and tightened security at the school amid rumors of retaliation. Several YME students had attended the drinking party, school officials said. WILLMAR-The communities of New London, Spicer and New London Township should merge into one new town. That's the recommendation of a local task force, which has spent 10 months studying the matter. If leaders from the three communities agree, the merger+ proposal could be put to a public vote next year. If voters in each community approve the proposal, the new town could be established by January 2004. Members of the New London and Spicer city councils and the New London township board of supervisors will meet Oct. 22 to discuss the recommendations. MADISON-The Minnesota State Highway Patrol investigated a t- bone type accident which occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7:07 a.m. at the junction of U.S. Hwy. 212 and State Hwy. 75 five miles south of Madison. Involved in the accident was a 1996 International semi driven by Dustin Stulp, 20, of Cottonwood who was treated for bumps and bruises at the Madison Hospital and released. The semi was demolished. The other vehicle was a 1992 Peterbilt semi with a trailer driven by Paul Lawrence, 48, of Brookings, SD. Lawrence was treated for a shoulder injury at the Madison Hospital and transferred to McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. He was wearing a seatbelt. Big Stone City I Gail Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 Monday, Oct. 7th Adeline Overberg's company Mr. and Mrs. Perry Jones from RenD, NV visited friends and relatives at Sisseton, SD. Sunday, Oct. 6th Harry Loeschke went over to Marvin Loeschke's and they took Harry to dinner at Mallard Point. Week-end guests of Lou and Marie Brown were Gert and Rus Leger of Ortonville; Ruth Wenner and Jim Wenner of Waite Park: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Leger and family of Blaine; Fran and Ron Graham of Roseville; Julie and Dwayne Strei of Ort6nville; and Kathy and Scott Larson and Matt of Alexandria. On the 28th of Sept+ Delores Bengtson's daughter-in-law Diane took Delores back to Bismarck, ND. On the 30th of Sept. was the birth of a great-grandson of Delores Bengtson in Bismarck. The baby's name is Joshua Benjamin Jans. It is the son of Dwight and Suzanne Jans. The baby weighed seven pounds and two ounces. Delores was there for a week and Diane took DeloreS back on Saturday, Oct. 5th. Wednesday night, Oct. 9th Bonnie Swezey and Amanda and Lance and Bonnie's grandson Cody visited Delores Bengtson. Cody is from New Mexico and was visiting his dad Travis and Wade and Bonnie Swezey and family tbr a week. Howard Janssen of Ortonville visited at the home of John and Jerri Van Hour on Thursday, Oct. l Oth. MeNin Ballhagen of Beardsley and Ada Herrmann of Ortonville were supper guests on Monday, Oct. 7th at the Irvin Herrmann's home. Judy Nissen of Ortonville visited Sally Roggenbuck and other people at Northridge. Friday, Oct. 4th to Monday, Oct. 7th Dick and Margaret Jaenecke from Rockton, IL visited at Ralph and Lavina Loeschke's. Margaret is Ralph Loeschke's sister. Sunday evening, Oct. 6th Mr. and Mrs. Jaenecke from Rockton, IL; Glenda Elvecrog from Big Stone City; Donavon, Derrick, and Kendra Loeschke from Big Stone City; and Loraine Noiting from Big Stone City were supper guests of Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. Clifford and Ileen Christensen visited Ralph and Lavina Loeschke on Friday, Oct. 4th. --., Thursday, Oct. 10th Jean Elsinger from Wilmot drove Ralph amt Lavina Loeschke to Sioux Falls. where Ralph had a check-up on his surgery. Jean and Lavina went shopping. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY Because Experience Counts! A Lutheran pastor, Gary Kubly has served in Southwest Minnesota for more than 28 years. Gary Kubly was Rural Life Coordinator for the Lutheran Churches in Minnesota in the 1980's. He was also a rural issues consultant for the Countryside Council and the Director of an Agriculture Information Resource Center. Gary" has been a public school teacher and served in the U.S. Air Force. He is a member of American Legion Post #69. Gary is completing his third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. and his wife, one Vete fer Gary Kubly In Yellew Medicine, RenVllle, Big Stene, Llnceln, Lac qul Perle, Swift end Chippewa Ceuntles. Paid for by the Friends of Gary Kubly for State Senate Committee, p.o. Box 31, Granite Falls, MN 56241. By Stephen Regenold Special to the Star Tribune Looking for a rock climb in ing for agood surf beach in Kan- sas. The flat prairie h61ds little in the way of vertical relief, much less substantial ridgelines or ex- posed rock. But last autumn, I found myself near the small prairie town of Or- tonville lacing up a pair of climb- ing shoes. A hint from a climbing buddy about a great rock near the South Dakota border had tweaked my interest enough to make the three-hour drive from Minneapo- lis. Our first stop was at a swamp outside the town of Odessa. lust 20 yards off the highway, sur- rounded by chest-high cattails and reeds, we found the fabled Odessa Boulder. Measuring about 15 feet high and 60 feet in diame- ter, the granite boulder is a rarity in plains country. To boot, the granite's quality is immaculate. Sharp crystal edges, defined holds and an overall abra- sive texture make it perfect for climbing. We climbed without ropes and pushed ourselves on the most difficult faces of the boulder. After numerous falls onto the soft swamp floor and a few suc- cessful ascents, we packed up and drove west to Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. The park includes the Minne- sota River and a mix of prairie, hardwood forest and, you guessed it, big stones. Even for non- climbers, this rugged landscape makes an ideal setting for day hikes to explore one of the Mid- west's most unusual landscapes. As the last glacial ice receded 11,000 years ago, small granite domes and outcrops were ex- posed in the otherwise fiat land- scape. More or less unaffected to- day, these formations are found throughout the refuge alongside stands of silver maple and in seas of native prairie grasses. Coated with lichen and often rimmed with prickly pear cacti, the outcrops are as beautiful as they are strange. We climbed on a formation just uphill from the riv- er. Again, the rock's quality was excellent and the home-on-the- range setting lem'an air of odd hi- larity to our pursuit. I concentrated on each hand- hold and crack, imagining myself on a granite route high in the Sier- ra Nevada Mountains, only to look out over the plains. + I felt out of place yet somehow deeply satisfied. The setting was gorgeous, my body was tired and we hadn't seen another soul all day. In truth, a heartland climber can't ask for much more than that. -- Stephen Regenold (raeal- jons@hotmaiLcora) is a Minne- apolis fielan wraer. (Edi. note: The following appeared in the Oct. 6th, 2002 issue of Mpls. Sunday Tribune.) Climbing the Odessa Boulder, in a swampy area near Odessa, Minn., is harder than it looks. The about 15 feet high and 60 feet around. A_O ........................ What to kJ0w ,- Whatis it? Big Stone Wildlife Refuge is a unique prairie park in western Minnesota near the towm of Ortonville. ),- Getting there: From Minne apolis, drive west on Hwy. 7 for about three hours. Big Stone Wild- life Refuge is 2 miles southeast of OrtonviUe on Hwy. 7. The Odessa Boulder is about 1 mile west of the, Hwy. 7 and 75 intersection on the south side of the road. It's worth , peek even if you're not a climber. )- More information: Big Stone Wildlife Refuge: 1-320-273- 2191, http://midwest.fws.gov!bigstone. Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce: 1-800-F%8-5722. http:!/www.bigstonelake.com. Whm to stay Schmidt's Lanaing (i-800-610. 4928, http://www.schmidtsland- ing.com) is a resort on Big Stone Lake with 14 cabins and a camp- ground with i0 RV pads. The resort is open year-round and rents boats and ice house. Camping is available at Big Stone State Park (1-320-839-3663, http: //www.dnr.state.mn. us/parks/). Other OrtonviUe lodgings in- clude the Sunrise Motel (1-320-839- 6104) and the Vali-Vu Motel 1-800-841-6234). Wi00eto eat Ortonville offers a surprising va- riety of restaurants. Try Brt & Brew for a burger or the Dancing Bean Coffee & Pastry Shoppe for something sweet. Other options include the small-town chain  Ran and Too Mad Cafe. All are on NW. 2nd Street. park The 11.521-acre Big Stone Vfddlife Refuge was established in 1975. More than 6,000 acres of the park are grasslands, including 1,700 ecres of native unplowed prairie. C raafite outcrops up to 30 feet high c,.nd Minnesota's only population of ball cactus make the park a unique oestination. The Minnesota River winds 11 /2 miles through Big Stone in a wide vey created by glacial rtmoff thou- .ands of years ago. In 1971, the river , vas dammed east of the park and an additional 4,250 acres of wetlands were created. Because of this, the park is now a major waterfowl mi- gration area for birds such as the common egret, great blue heron, cormorant and many species of ducks. In addition, an estimated t,200 whitetail deer live in the refuge ong with small populations of ;eintroduced river otters and wild prairie chickens. Jk'lJei " Birding: The park estimates that 17 species of ducks and 23 species of shorebirds can be seen in md around the refuge. , /mtotaur: BigStone has set up a 6- mile auto-tour route that has stops at many points of interest. Each stop is numbered and corre- sponds with a serf-guiding brochure [available at refuge headquarters or at de auto route entrance). Hildng: There are many miles of hiking trails. The trail that starts at the rest area near the interpretive shelter has numbered stops and a self-gukthag brochure. : Winter activities: While there are no groomed trails, the park is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 4-H Centennial Families Recognized of the Mazon Boys 4-H Club in Comndy, Illinois and Albert Lorenz was a member of the New Lenxa Ag 4-H Club in Will, Illinois. Eric, Christina and Daniel Kleindi, past and current members of the Toqua Troopers 4-H Club, are fourth generation 4-Hers. Their mother, Luann (Zimmerman) Kleindl was a member of the Elderado 4-H Club and the Baker-Go Getters 4-H Club in Stevens County. Grandma Dorothy (Rilley) Zimmerman, was a member of the Stevens Merry-Mixers 4-H Club and the Baker-Go-Getters 4-H Club in Stevens County. Great- Grandpa Stanley Rilley was a member of the 4-H Corn Club in Stevens County. Congratulations to all of the multi During the past year, 4-H has cele- brated 100 years, 1902-2002, with the theme "opportunities to shape a life- time." Locally, six Big Stone County 4-H families were recognized as hav- ing 3 or 4 generations of 4-H mem- bership at the Annual Achievement Program on Sunday, October 6, 2002. The program recognized the follow- ing families: Amy, Katie, Lisa, Emily and Mark Farweli are third generation 4-H members having been or currently enrolled in the Toqua Troopers 4-H Club. Their mother, Deb (Homing) Farwell, was a member of the Everglad 4-H Club in Stevens County, MN. Their grand-father, Roger Horning, was a member of the Eldorado 4-H Club in Stevens County. Abigail and Isaac Knutson are third generation 4-Hers who are mem- bers of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club. Their mother, Michelle (Gerber) Knutson, was a member of the Odessa Jolly Worker 4-H Club and their father, Aaron Knutson, was a member of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club. Their grandmother, LeVon (Pomerenke) Gerber, was +also a member of the Odessa Jolly Workers 4-H Club, as was their grandfather, Virgil Gerber. Grandpa Eldon Knutson was a mem- ber of the Happy Hultlers 47-H Club. Sarah (Krueger) Goodhart, Brian, Holly and Sheila Krueger are third generation 4-Hers who have or are currently enrolled in the Beardsley Go-Getters 4-H Club. Their mother, Jeanne (Stewart) Krueger, was a member of the Ortonville Busy Bees and their father, Richard Krueger, was a member of the Beardsley Go Getters. Grandma Shirley (Meyer) Skoog, was a member of the Scandia Scouts 4-H Club in Murray County, MN and Grandpa William J. Stewart, Jr. was a 4-Her in Lyon County, kiN. Sarah, Seth and Shone Maas are third generation 4-H members of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club. Their moth- er, Barb (Krogsrud) Maas, was a member of the C(m! Comrades, as was their grandmother, Dorothy (Kavanagh) Krogsrud. Ashley Johnson, of the Clever + Clovers 4-H Club, is the beginning of a fourtR generation of 4-Hers. Her mother, Kathy (Lorenz) Johnson, was a member ofthe LL & SS 4-H Club in Kankkee, Illinois and her father, Earl Johnson, was a member of the Cloverleaftrail Rider 4-H Club in Grundy, Illinois. Grandma Marie S. Lorenz was a member of the Crete Busy Bees 4-H Club in Will, Illinois and Grandpa Richard Lorenz, was.a member of the Orland Clover Ag 4-H Club, in Will, Illinois. Grandma Kay Johnson, was a member of the Marry Mazon Maker 4-H Club in Grundy, Illinois and Grandpa Jim Johnson, was a member of the Mazon Ag 4-H Club in Grundy, Illinois. Great-grand- parents Shorty Johnson was a member ite rock, mal short and most are ing moves. However, and a cou Stone Wildlife Refuge good that it to climbing Mountains. climbs, the t mg eeling, small cliffs and boulders. 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