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Area news digest MORRIS-Members of the Morris Fire Department, assisted by the Morris Police and Stevens County Sheriff's Department, responded to a report of a gas leak at 8 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of West 6th Street. According to Fire chief Doug Storck, the basement of one home on the block was found to be dangerously full of natural gas. "We found a valve that was left on that fed an abandoned pipe," Stock said. "The homeowner had replaced a gas stove with an electric one and hadn't capped the old pipe." Storck said when colder weather began, the couple renting the house had begun using the gas furnace. Unfortunately, gas was also being fed to the abandoned pipe. "l'm just surprised something more drastic didn't happen," Storck said. "The mild weather on Thursday kept the furnace from kicking in; even that little spark could have set it off and created a very bad situation." SISSETON, SD-It took almost three months for the official photographs to arrive, but when they did, Sisseton farming couple Dana and Julie Stapleton marveled again at their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet President. George W. Bush in his Oval Office last July. In January 2001, Dana was selected as South Dakota's Outstanding Young Farmer by the South Dakota Jaycees. That put him in the running for the National Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) Award sponsored by the United States Chamber of Commerce. In February 2002, Dana and Julie traveled to Grand Rapids, MI where they, and three other couples, were named top national award winners. MILBANK, SD-Robert Mogard has been charged with arson in the third degree, burning to defraud an insurer. He made his initial court appearance Tuesday at which time he asked for a court appointed attorney. He will enter a plea next week. Mogard is accused of setting fire to his own house on July 20. The house, located at 303 South 1st Street, was heavily damaged. The case was referred to the State Fire Marshall and the Department of Criminal Investigation. Their investigation determined that the blaze was set. Mogard was a former Milbank police officer. He left the department in August. MONTEVIDEO-Amid the dark clouds handing over the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) budget situation, Kerry Christoffer sees a gleaming silver lining. The long-awaited construction of a new 105- acre lake view campground near the southeast corner of Lac qui Parle Lake is beginning. "I'm thrilled that this project is finally going to get under way. It's been a long, hard struggle" to get to this point. It's going to be a great addition to this area," said Lac qui Parle State Park Manager Christoffer. Big Stone City Gall Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 Ralph and Lavina Loeschke's son Don Nigg from Sisseton visited his - Aryln and wife Barb Loeschke from sister Sis Torgerson on Saturday, Oct. St. Joseph, MO spent the week-end of 12th. Mr. and Mrs. Perry Jones of RenD, NV left Friday, Oct. 11 th after a week visit at Adeline Overberg's. The Perrys were going to Canada from Adeline's to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving and then they will head home. They also have relatives in Canada. Sunday, Oct. 13th Adeline Overberg accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Gary Overberg and Ruth Christensen to church and dinner at Peever, SD. Oct. llth with Ralph and Lavina Loeschke. Greg and Leanne Barnett and Tommy of Sioux Falls and Cynthia Angerhofer of Brookings were Oct. llth week-end guests at the home of Arlin and Verna Angerhofer. Saturday, Oct. 12th Donna Rabe, Darlene Censer, and Kay and Ken Strandvold were among tho's who attended the funeral of Robert Oison at Claremont, SD. On Thursday, Oct. 17th the B0wl NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION Notice is hereby given that a General Election is to be held on November 5, 2002. The opening time and place for each Precinct located in Big Stone County is listed below. All polling places state wide close at 8:00 PM. AKRON TOWNSHIP Akron Town Hall in Correll - 10:00 AM ALMOND TOWNSHIP Clinton Memorial Building - 10:00 AM * ARTICHOKE TOWNSHIP - Mail Ballot * CITY OF BARRY - Mail Ballot * CITY OF BEARDSLEY - Mail Ballot BIG STONE TOWNSHIP Big Stone Town Hall - 8:00 AM * BROWNS VALLEY TOWNSHIP - Mail Ballot CITY OF CLINTON Clinton Municipal Building - 7:00 AM * CITY OF CORRELL - Mail Ballot FOSTER TOWNSHIP Foster Town Hall - 10:00 AM CITY OF GRACEVILLE Graceviile Communit Building - 7:00 AM GRACEVILLE TOWNSHIP Graceville Community, Building - 10:00 AM * CITY OF JOHNSON - Mail Ballot * MALTA TOWNSHIP - Mail Ballot ,D * MOONSHINE TOWNSHIP - Mail Ballot * CITY OF ODESSA - Mail Ballot * ODESSA TOWNSHIP - Mail Ballot CITY OF ORTONVILLE W-1 Ortonville Armory - 7:00 AM CITY OF ORTONVILLE W-2 Ortonville Fire Hall - 7:00 AM * ORTONVILLE TOWNSHIP - Mail Ballot OTREY TOWNSHIP Otrey Town Hall - 10:00 AM PRIOR TOWNSHIP Prior Town Hall - 10:00 AM *TOQUA TOWNSHIP - Mail Ballot Michelle R. Knutson, Big Stone County Auditor * Please note that the polling place for non-registered mail ballot precincts is the County Auditor's Office. Minnesota l00,heasant population up 86 percent from 2001 tinue to be lost. Within Minnesota's Ring-necked pheasant numbers are up 86 percent this year from the same time last year, according to surveys recently completed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. DNR wildlife biologists credit the increase to a mild winter and fair weather during nesting and brood rearing in southern and western Minnesota. Gray partridge numbers also increased, whereas cottontail rab- bit and white-tailed jackrabbit num- bers were similar to last year. "In general terms, hunting prospects for Minnesota pheasants and cottontail rabbits are good to fair this fall," said John Giudice, wildlife research biologist with the DNR's Farmland Wildlife Population and Research Group in Madelia. Giudice, who supervised the DNR's yearly August roadside survey, said that overall the number of pheas- ants seen along survey routes was up 86 percent from 2001 and was 36 per- cent above the 10-year mean (1992- 2001). "Over-winter survival was proba- of Love met in St. John's Catholic Church basement to recycle greeting cards. A half hour movie was shown of the life of Christ. A very good potluck dinner was served after the movie. Marie Volkenant and Sally Roggenbuck of Northridge attended the Bowl of Love. Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 16th the residents of Northridge saw a Halloween movie. On Wednesday night, Oct. 16th Mr. Lundean played the accordion for the residents of Northridge. On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 15th a game of bingo with popcorn was held at Northridge. After bingo lunch was served in the dining room. On Tuesday night, Oct. 15th a minister came to sing to the residents of Northridge. On Monday evening, Oct. 14th Doris Scheff held a meeting with the residents of Northridge about superstitions. Mrs. Gene Pillatzke of near Nassau and a good friend Eleanor Birhle of Northridge stopped in to see Sally Roggenbuck of Northridge. Ervin and Lamoine Herrmann and Ada Herrmann visited Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13th at the John Hoffard's home at Wahpeton, ND. The week-end of Oct. 18th Wade and Cindy Van Dover and family went to Westport, SD to go-'pheasant hunting with his family. Tom Dew and family and Rollie Kareis were guests. Tuesday night, Oct. 15th Wade and Cindy Van Dover and family had unexpe, eted guosts and dinner guests Joseph Dudley and family which were going from Michigan to Aberdeen, SD. Joseph is a old college friend of Wade and Cindy Van Dover. Friday evening, Oct. I lth supper guests of Donald and Alice Holtquist were Harold and Laiah Holtquist of Milbank and Eddie and Paul Dart of Fort Collins, AR. Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 16th coffee guests of Donald and Alice Holtquist were Veena Stoehr, Ethel Anderson of Ortonville, and David and Roselyn Lundell of Oregon. Ruth Torgerson visited Gladys Torgerson of. Northridge on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 17th. Thursday night, Oct. 17th the Big Stone City fourth grade and Milbank St. Lawrence's fourth grade had a basketball game. Big Stone won 8 to 4. IIII I bly above average in most areas and hens entered the nesting season in rel- .atively good condition," Giudice said. ",,Production appeared to be good to except throughout much of the range. Ex.cptions may have occurred in portions of the east-central, central and southeast regions where April- June precipitation was 125 to 300 per- cent of normal. The southwest, south- central and west-central regions appear to offer the best pheasant hunt- ing opportunities for 2002. "Hunters will find local areas with good pheasant density in other regions as well," Guidice said. Pheasant population trends and harvest predictions are based on results of the DNR's annual roadside survey, which began in the late 1940s and was standardized in 1955. DNR conservation officers and wildlife managers in the farmland region of Minnesota conduct the survey during the first two weeks in August. The survey consists of 175 routes, each 25 miles long, with 156 routes located in the ring-necked pheasant range. Observers drive each route in early morning and record the number of game animals they see. The data pro- vide an index of relative abundance and are used to monitor annual changes and long-term trends in pop- ulations of ring-necked pheasants, gray partridge, eastern cottontail rab- bits, white-tailed jackrabbits and selected other wildlife species. Giudice noted that habitat condi- tions remain poor for grassland wildlife throughout most of Minnesota's pheasant range. "Pheasants generally do best in landscapes that contain 30-50 percent grassland and the remainder in row crops," Giudice said. "Grasslands that remain undisturbed until Aug.1 are especially important for pheasants. In 2002, undisturbed grassland habitat under the protection of farm programs and wildlife agencies accounted for only 5.5 percent of the land area with- in the pheasant range." Nonprogram grasslands and other potential nesting cover (odd areas, small grains, pasture, hay land) con- primary pheasant range, potential nesting cover declined 3.2 percent per year from 1987 to 1997, despite the addition of 1.2 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land. "Given these figures, it is not sur- prising that pheasants and other grass- land-dependent wildlife remain at rel- atively low levels," Giudice said. Strong conservation provisions in the 2002 Farm Bill could add addi- tional grassland habitat to Minnesota's landscape. The first gen- eral CRP sign-up since February 2002 is expected in 2003. However, if com- modity prices remain high, conserva- tion interests will have to aggressive- ly market land-retirement programs to maintain or increase grass abundance. The outlook for gray (Hungarian) partridge hunting improved, but con- LET'S RAISE THE UNITED APPEAL FUND DRIVE TO THE TOP! save on your home and car. I hen you buy your life insurance from us through Auto-Owners Insurance, you'll receive special dis- counts on your home, mobile home or car We'll save you money. As an independent Auto-Owners agent, we take great interest in you - as well as your home and car. We are specialists in insuring people - and the things they own. Lifo Home Car Business Tom Kindt Agency 113 NW First Street Ortonville, MN Located n the CenBonk building Phone 320-839-6145 tinues to be well average. Largest southern Minnesota. of adults observed also greater than last year average. size was slightly and was long-term average. "The best covey or two will be il and south-central said. The number of counted during the was similar to last southeast exhibited increase (85 chance will be in the tral regions," GiudiCe: Jackrabbits side surveys and similar to the remained 76 term average. wide jackrabbit the 1950s and level in 1993, tion has not The United Appeal Fund Drive is down this weekend! Help push the total over with your generous donation. Remember, "One Gift for Many ", Your tax deductible contribution will. distributed to over 20 local agencies and or in the area, eliminating the many separate fund held in the past. A volunteer from your neighborhood knocking on your door for your contribution- may also mail your donations to: "United Appeal %, Minnwest Bank". 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