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An interesting story today from Joleen (Mueller) Sytsma of Clearwater: "I am a 1976 graduate of Ortonville High School. My maiden name is Mueller. My son Kyle has been recruited by the University of Minnesota Duluth to play baseball. The interesting catch for you is that Kyle is a third generation catcher (maybe even fourth). His grandfa- ther, my Dad, Gordon Mueller, was a catcher in his day and his son (my brother, Kyle's uncle), Myron Mueller was a catcher for Ortonville and many other teams after gradua- tion. If my memory serves me right I t, hink my grandfather (Gordon's father) was also a catcher. A press release by UMD in August announced that Kyle had signed his letter of intent, and stating Kyle a 6-1 catcher was a three year All-Central Lakes conference performer for St. Cloud Tech High School. A four-year starter for the Tigers, Kyle completed his career with a 2.79 ERA! Also, UMD has just announced that they will be joining the North Central Conference beginning with the 2004- 2005 baseball season. I'm sure my Dad and brother would have many stories to tell if you care to interview them." Thanks Joleen, we may just follow up on your suggestion! What in the world has happened to our Vikings? Can't remember a lousier display than in their pathetic loss last Sunday to the Jets. Seems like the entire group...players, and coach- es...need to get "over- hauled." At the rate they played Sunday, the:'t be lucky to win another game this season. Elda Hyatt of Florida sends us a clipping from a Naples, FL newspa- per. "Knowing your interest and feel- rags about the baseball arena," she writes, "I thought you might enjoy! The commfrom one of our more illustrious citizens and his humor brighten many a did mine. As they say, a good, hearty laugh helps to relieve the heaviness of life!" The citizen she refers to is John Froloff of Naples, who penned the following: Pitching in. "The other day I was watching FOX and the big story was a possibility of another baseball strike. So what? I thought. Let's get on with more important news. Then the commentator came on. He stated the players were divided on the strike issue. He went on to state some of the players have million dollar salaries and bills to pay: "They live from payday to payday!" Immediately my emotions took over. My eyes began to water. What can I do? How can I help'? I got up, went to my file cabinet. I took out my last pay stub. I began to weep uncontrol- lably. I will form a charity." An update today on two of our dearest reader friends .... Woody Sellin and Rev. Wil Hansen. Woody is hack home now, after some therapy following a stroke, and wife Janis says he's com- ing along just fine. Wil and wife Phyllis are back in Rochester this week, where he will undergo surgery Wednesday for his aneurism. He expects to be back home Friday. ***** Elda sends yet another clipping from a Naples paper, which reads: "Those uncontractable Twins" The success of the 2002 Minnesota Twins is a great story, made sweeter by a local angle--they hold spring train- ing in Fort Myers and feature players who started in the minor leagues with the Miracle. They excel as a small-market team against giants from New York, Chicago and California. They do so with patience and pride, grooming their own star performers over several years rather than tapping the costly domain of free agents. The Twins still claim one of the lowest payrolls among the major leagues' 30 teams. This year, as they clinch the American League's Central Division title and a spot in playoffs that culminate in the World Series, there is a special rea- son to smile: they weren't supposed to e,en exist, let alone compete for a world championship this year. The Twins were on a short list of teams slated for demolition by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball until only a few weeks before spring train- ing. Now the Twins have the last laugh. They are among the elite. Even fans who owe their first alle- giance to other teams are pulling for the Twins, the ultimate underdogs of 2002." > TWO MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA for the Minnesota Wild Hockey are shown here at the St. Paul Excel Energy Center last Saturday. They assisted members of the Ortonville group with press passes to gain entry to the arena to accept a $10,000 check that night from the NHL. At left is Rachel Renee and at right is Lou Cotroneo. District 2 race (Continued from page 1) the best candidate? Question #3: Due to the declining populatio, n of Big Stone County, what are your suggestions to grow, or at least maintain what we have'? Candidate responses are as fol- lows: Krueger's response to quetstion #1: An issue that affects every citi- zen of Big Stone County is healthcare. We have worked and continue to work to ensure that our healthcare is afford- able, accessible (in our community), and that we retain a choice of quality providers. Our county has been involved with Prime West, a ten coun- ty Joint Powers group to develop a locally driven and controlled health plan, instead of a big HMO coming in and taking away all local u, sion making authority. This arrangement will make the best use of Medical Assistance dol- lars, for treatment as well as focusing on wellness. It is the intent of Prime West to investigate and evetttually bring in the small business owner and the self employed to provide a way to lower insurance costs. Hopefully this will, in turn, help the economy of our area. Countryside Public Health is a very valuable part of health care of our community residents. Since Sept. 11, 2001, bio-terrorism has been a legitimate concern for our nation. Public Health is working with hospi- tals, clinics, Public Safety, Emergency Management, and Environmental Health to assure that all are receiving the needed information. This partner- ship will work towards a better response effort, in the event of a dis- ease outbreak such as pandemic flu, small pox, etc. Public Health also pro- vides services for all stages of life - from the newborn and it's mother to the most elderly resident. It is my goal to make our communities a healthy place to live. An issue of equal importance is our state's 3-4 billion dollar deficit. This may not seem to be a local issue, but this shortfall in state funds will be shifted back to our local governments. This could mean cutting of programs and services or our county residents through their property taxes would have to pick up the difference. This is a very real and tough issue that will be facing us - and through no fault of our own! This is the type of thing that keeps a commissioner awake at night. Athey's response to question #1: Declining population and shortage of quality employment. Krueger's response to question #2: I am the best candidate for Big Stone County Commissioner repre- senting District 2, including the cities of Barry and Beardsley, and the town- ships of Big Stone, Browns Valley, Foster. Prior, and Toque. And I know most of you, personally. As County Commissioner, l'm fully aware of the nature and extent of the job. My number one priority is to f If you're happy and you know it... ...write a letter to the editor! J represent the residents of the 2nd District at the County Board table. As always, I pledge to listen to you, do my 'homework', make decisions hon- estly and fairly and act accordingly. State and Federal compliance issues often dictate decisions at the county however" the interest.of our lzens is our mam priority. developed good working relationships by cooperating with both organizations and government agencies on the local, state, and national levels. This is always helpful in getting grant dollars for our county. My rural values of honesty, respect, fairness, and a positive atti- tude are evident in my job as commis- sioner as well as in my personal life. Having been a farm partner for 27 years, I am mature enough to con- tribute a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, yet young enough to have energy and stamina .for an important and demanding job. My flexible schedule enables me to attend to county business whenever/ wherever it dictates. County government is a big busi- ness and we cannot afford to run it in a self-serving manner. I believe I was elected to make necessary tough deci- sions and to take a stand in the best interest of District 2 and all of Big Stone County. It would truly be an honor to serve you as Commissioner! Athey's response to question #2: I have experience in Local Government. It is very important to the people of District #2 to have someone to represent them and work for them. If elected, I will look out for their best interest at all times. I will also keep in contact with the people of District #2, and return all phone calls. 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It's comforting to know that Blue ross and Blue Shield of has been providing quality health care plans for nearly 70 the variety of plans for individuals, groups and plans that work Medicare, we've got you covered. Give me a call for more John Stolpman I.. Ortonville Bellingham 320-839-6194 320-568-2101 BlueCros$ of Stone (ounty we need to make it a really great place to live and work. To do this we need adequate and afford- able housing and jobs with livable wages. Good school systems and quality healthcare are of equal impor- tance to serve our population. Other efforts include, but are not limited to: - Enhance our farm economy, by encouraging value - added agriculture (efforts to further process the raw materials we produce). - Support and encourage involve- ment of all the communities in our county to promote the tourism efforts and celebrate the "Treasures" in our area. Every new dollar brought to our county through tourism, is respent, on average, four times. - Need to maintain good county wide road and trail systems, vital to economic growth and public safety. Improved telecommunications throughout the entire county could attract business to relocate here and encourage home-based ventures. - Work towards a county wide ,i Economic Develo assist in business attract new businesseS. In order to mainta increase our present must do all we can improve the quality Stone County. Athey's response le We need to keep quality health care schools and work local EDA and Valley Regional Commission. Through these hopefully we can nesses and quality Do I practil manag months of the Dol asset sales to my tax Does my understand a ag tax lawS at these might operation? 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