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.'l. By JDK A couple more small worlders. Last week, we vacationed at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and on the return plane trip Saturday, as we embarked, we saw a familiar face. It belonged to a Mr. Chestnut of Minnetonka, who asked to convey his best wishes to Vince Stegner, the former having attended several of Vince's "Goose-Golf-Good Times" events held here years ago which helped pay for Ortonviile's new golf course. Then as we left the airport, a young man called us by name. He was pushing a youngster in a cart and waiting for his wife to pick him up. Name was John R. Rodvik, executive recruiter for Custom Search, Inc. of Mpls. John is the son of Marvin and -Janice (nee Hegge) of Franklin, own- ers for many years of a nursing home there. Janice was our classmate of 1948. The two of us were among those who went all through school together. ***** Our prayers were answered for yet another successful major operation for our foreman and life-long friend, Bob Fuller. He under- went surgery last Wednesday in Wiilmar to clear blockage in his leg veins. A few years ago, Bob had a triple bi-pass. He's coming along just fine today at his home, but it will be several weeks before he's back to normal and back to work. Says it's the first time in years he's had warm feet, with blood-flow back to nor- real! ***** - Then on the return to Ortonville from Mpls. Sunday, we stopped for a cup of coffee at a convenience store in Benson. Struck up a conversation with an elderly man who, when learning we were from Ortonville, asked if we knew the Kaerchers, as he said his family rented farm land from a Kaercher in the Artichoke , area when he was a young lad. Man's name was Jesse Pahl. We informed him it must have been one of our uncles whose farm was rented by his family ... either the late Ross or Cec Kaercher, both our uncles. Jesse said he also knew the late Art'Keller, who worked for 7-Up here for a number of years. Sorry we missed two long-time friends and read- ers who stopped to visit while we were gone last week ... namely Ruth (Spanyers) Brown (Mrs. Les) of Starbuck, and Bill Kiernat, now of Phoenix, Arizona. Watch for a piece Bill sub- mitted to us recently, show- ing some photography work he did for The Independent back in 1953 featuring the harvest of Big Stone Lake ice. ***** .As Minnesotans prepare to vote on a constitutional amendment to preserve hunting and fishing, State Sen. Pat Pariseau (Republican- Farmington) wants to give anglers and small-game hunters the opportu- nity to purchase a lifetime license for such outdoor pursuits. Not a bad idea! We urge a strong "yes" vote on this amendment in next Tuesday's election! Indeed, the Vikes are for real ... no doubt about it. Especially when they defeat Detroit on their home field. If only the Vikes can stay clear of any major injuries, and if they can keep their focus, stay away from complacency ... they should for sure make it to the playoffs and, as it looks now, to the Super Bowl! With a little iuck,'they could even go undefeated! Another tough test, of course, will be next week when they play Tampa on their home field. A win there will have to convince everyone of their greatness! Two letters this week ordering Hobo Soup t-shirts. Alan Knauth of Gaithersbg, Maryland, adds "I was a hobo in ilae 1970's for six years on and off all over the south and west of the USA. Love your soup!" And Greg Gurak of Circle Pines, MN says "I tried your soup, it was very good. It reminds me of the bean soup made by Grandma Browns that I had grow- ing up in New York." Vote Nov. 3rd Page 2 New director begins work at Bonanza Educational Center Susan Andersen of Stockholm, SD has began serving as the new director of the Bonanza Educational Center in the Bonanza unit of the Big Stone Lake State Park. The center is located approximately 18 miles north of Ortbnville along Hwy. 7. Andersen, a 1992 graduate of South Dakota State University, majored in microbiology and received her masters degree from SDSU in 1996. "I hope to use my experience in science to make the programs here at Bonanza more science-based, and to work more with schools when possible," she said. She and husband Ed, who works in Milbank, SD, both do a lot of driving during the week, but she says she doesn't mind at all. "When you can drive up here in the morning and see the fog rising over Big Stone Lake and get to work with nature all day, it's definitely worth the 50 mile drive," she said. She will be working full time at the center during the open season, and will substitute teach back home in the months when the center is closed. The Bonanza Educational Center's season now runs six months of the year, with three months of open time in the spring and three in the fall. "Our budget has kept the center open only half of the year, but I hope to be instrumental in having it open nine months out of the year as soon as possible," she said. Andersen had previously worked with the Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Alaska, which helps preserve birds of prey. She had written several grant proposals there, and hopes to transfer those skills here to build up the budget at the center. Since arriving at the center in mid- September, Andersen has received a grant to write performance packages at Bonanza to help meet high school graduation standards. "I hope to build children's visits here around the future graduation standards, and this is certainly a step in the right direction," she said. tsides writing grants, Andersen stated"s will be available to speak to organi2atjpns interested in helping out with funding at the center, and volunteers, speakers and supporters are always needed. One of the future projects she is working on at the center is the addition of outdoor classrooms, to make it possible to have larger groups visit the center. The Bonanza Educational Center will be closing for the season in late Nov., so Andersen invites everyone to stop out soon to meet her and see the new projects going on. "I've seen nothing but great visitors and classes so. far, and am happy to be helping people learn more about the wildlife around them," she said. Anyone interested in visiting or supporting the center should call (320) 265-6944, or (605) 676-2547 to reach Andersen at home. Sunflowers alternative to corn, soybeans With low market prices for corn and soybeans, many farmers are look- ing for alternatives. Sunflowers may be one alternative crop that could bring farmers some dollars of profit. Many farmers tried growing sun- flowers in the late 1970's when corn and soybean prices were low. In 1975, U.S. farmers harvested 709,000 acres of sunflowers. By 1979 sunflower production climbed to a record 5 mil- lion acres. In the 1980's, European competition sent prices plummeting and production dropped sharply. With the inception of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), European countries were disciplined for subsidizing over-pro- duction and agreed to limit their oilseed crop production. Sunflower prices recovered. This year, U.S. farmers will harvest 3.3 million acres of sunflowers. There's new optimism among sun- flower growers, said Larry Kleingartner, National Sunflower Association (NSA) executive director. "Farmers already have the equip- ment needed to grow sunflowers," Kleingartner said. "Sunflowers can take advantage of residual nitrogen in the ground that lays lower than the corn roots can reach. Sunflowers have a good tenacity to produce yields even under stress." Kleingartner said there are exciting developments in sunflower varieties. NuSun varieties, developed by the private seed sector in conjunction with USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, hold great potential. Letters to the editor Letters to the Editor: This past Saturday was as beautiful a day as die Lord has ever created. These days I have been doing some regualr aerobic walking and my trip took me on the dike road between Ortonville and Big Stone City. In spite of perfect condition that morning, I was disappointed in what I saw_ You can't take two steps 06' that road without encountering a beverage container or other trash. I would estimate that 80 percent of that trash is beer cans, booze bottles, or cigarette packages. My letter is not about alcohol or tobacco bashing. It's about respect of our environment and laziness. There is no excuse for tossing trash out your car window. Marcia Sandro quietly picks up our roadside trash. Let's put her out of business so she can do some other worthwhile project. Robert Ross, Ortonville, MN NuSun varieties produce sun- flower oil low in saturated fat. The new oil has several times as much oleic acid and less than half as much linoleic acid as traditional sunflower oil. Some studies suggest that people who eat oleic acid in their moderately low-fat diet can reduce their serum cholesterol and.risk for coronary heart disease. Kleingartner and NSA members hope consumers and food companies like NuSun so well that growers can double their sunflower acres by 2001. For more information contact Max Norris at the AURI Southwest Field Office in Marshall at (507) 537-7440 or check out the NSA web page at Ortonville Auto gets Gov's award Governor Arne H. Carlson has recognized Ortonville Auto and Supply of Ortonville as one of the businesses and organizations in Minnesota to receive the "Green Star" awards from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for completing environmental audits of their operations or storage-tank systems. Green Star awards signify successful participation in the MPCA's innovative Environmental Auditing Program. "The Green Star awards are Boy Scout troop #28 to important because they identify businesses that have taken the collect food shelf donations initiative to make sure that they are in compliance with environmental laws," said Governor Carlson. Ortonville and Big Stone City, SD vegetables and fruit, canned milk, The awards were issued to Boy Scouts are "Scouting for Food" for the local food shelf this Saturday, Oct. 31 in the area. Scouts have inserted orange bags in this week's Ortonville Independent which will be delivered to all subscribers in both Ortonville and Big Stone City limits and counter sale copies. The scouts ask that everyone help them by donating non-perishable food items such as soup, beef stew, chili, canned fish and meats, canned pasta and cereal, placing them inside the bags and leaving them at curbside or in plain view outside your front door by 9 a.m. on Saturday. The donations will then be picked up starting at 10 a.m. If anyone outside city limits wishes to make a donation, they are asked to bring their bags to either the Gary Pfleger home at 539 Eastvold Ave., or Sturdevant's, both in Ortonville. RE-ELECT Don Teske FOR MAYOR OF ODESSA Inserted and paid for by the candidate on his own behalf, Don Teske,Box 24, Odessa, MN 56276. Customized Steel WindowDoor Wraps Soffit -Vinyl and Steel Siding .Fascia 6 co, to see what my 00011 1-800-668-6608 P Colin Raffety, Owner 10+ years experience can do for you! businesses and organizations that completed successful environmental audits and examined pollution- prevention opportunities from Jan. 1 to June 30. Grief support groups to meet Rice Hospice Program will be offering six-week Bereavement Support Groups for individuals who have experienced a loss. Grief pertaining to the upcoming holidays will also be discussed during some of these sessions. Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, Cafeteria Conference Room (lower level) Rice Hospital, Willmar, 4:30 - 6 p.m. (and Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28) Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, Nehring Room, Paynesville Area Health, 200 1st Street West, Paynesville, 4 - 5:30 p.m. (and Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28) Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998, Granite Falls Lutheran Family Room, 350 - 9th Ave., Granite Falls, 3 - 4:15 p.m. (and Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31) Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, Hospital Chapel, Swift Co. Benson Hospital, 1815 Wisconsin Ave., Benson, 3:30 - 5 p.m. (and Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29). Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998 - 3 - 4 p.m., Johnson Memorial Hospital - Dawson - Room will be Posted (and Dee. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29). Enrollment is open to anyone in the community. Pre-register by Monday, Nov. 9, 1998. For more information, call Brenda Wiese at (320) 231-4442. 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Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman stated payments will be made as soon as nation's farmers and of whom are suffering agricultural crisis in a Under CRP environmentally to 15 years. In makes annual rental producers and establishin Enrolled erodible, contribute to a s quality problem, substantial e devoted to conservation uses. Additional CRP in be obtained on the VOTE WADE AT For Big Stone County District #4 7 would appreciate your vote on Not) In.'ted and paid for by the te on hs own behaK RR 1. Box 18, Clip & take with you DFL Sample . li ,0 his & hers for YOU on TueS., Now. HIS i x For Congress 4' For Co, " DAVID MINGE g" DAVL.D i X MNHouseofRep. X MNHoU DOUG PETERSON DOUG__.PE ForGovernor  ForGO HUMPHREY-MOE HUMPH Sec. of State Sec. ot EDWlNA GARCIA EDWINA Slate Auditor NANCY I.ARSON State Treasurer CAROLE JOHNSON X State NANCY I X State Tr CARO00LE' X AttrneyGeneral X Attorney MIKE HATCH MIKEt I ON TUES, NOV, 3 VOTE , POR00! g)51 [II00R!!T O! 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