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.......................... : YOUR County Commissioner .... "Working togethe00 : , dz r Stone > )00rnat brings back Big Stone ice harvest memories WANTED - YOUR VOTE KNUT!;ON County Auditor Harvest Here Nears Completion A stroke can change your lilt forever -Photn: by Bill Kiernat - Independent ntcras'Ing lrvestlng, from Big Stone Lake to Milwaukee Road freight tetured above. The harvest, which is being done on con- tit r.ank Karow and sons of Ortonville will probably wind u,p to A ltogether about 350 cars of ice will be taken out of Or- ttoek ice houses of the Milwaukee Road from Montevideo Coast. t tehtop picture ice field workers are pull'ng a big saw ,re ice, making deep cuts to break the ice into rafts and of ice cakes are then broken away from the field and )the channel toward the loading ramp where other work- )ff eaeh cake and put it on the endless ramp chain. he ramp the cakes are pulled by power chain around "to from which they slide into the box carm heroes are the strong arm men who hook the cakes .a nto the car and guide them into position. (Edi note: Former resident and native son Bill Kiernat, younger brother of Ortonville's Ed Kiernat, sub- mrs a photo - article this week from the front page of The Ortonville Independent dates Feb. 5, 1953. Photos and story appear to the side. Bill also submits the following to update us on what he's been doing.) ***** Hello Jim -- Welcome from the Valley of the Sun: Attached is an enlargement of a 1953 Independent clipping which I recently ran across. I thought you might enjoy seeing the pictures. They brought back many happy memories. When Lem published these pictures of the February 1953 ice harvest, little did either he or I know that they would be the first of a long and fasci- nating list of pictures and, later, words to carry my by-line. These pictures were taken the February of my senior year in high school -- hey, that's 45 years ago. Since that earlier time, the negatives have disappeared. During my time as a Printer's Devil at the Independent, some of the ink must have stuck. I joined United Press (later, the International was added with the buy- out of International News Service) and eventually recognized as the Company's in'st person to work with both a camera and a typewriter, or photojournalist. Most of the headlines and stories have now faded into histo- ry, yet, some of the larger, more sig- nificant ones can be brought back to active memory with little effort: * Like covering President Eisenhower as he inaugurated the first completed section in Minnesota of the then brand new Interstate Highway System," ......... * Spending time alone for an exclusive campaign-trail interview with JFK, * Being with an aging Harry Truman as he made publicity stops for a lic]uor company, * Driving to Waverly to spend a day chronicling Hubert Humphrey. * Making ironically five trips to Aberdeen, 5D to cover the Fischer quintuplets, * Knocking on a screen door to get a wife's reaction about her husband (Francis Gary Powers) being shot down and captured by the Soviets, * Being told to get packed because I would he going to Cuba if the US sent in troops, * Being the only white face in a Georgia church-full of blacks listen- ing to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dis- suading violence and preaching love so that "we will overcome." (On my first civil rights assignment from UPl's Atlanta bureau, I was given a surplus military helmet and told to keep my mouth shut. "You say one word," I was warned, "and they'll know you're a damn Yankee, and southerners don't like Yankees)" All that seems so many life times ago. More currently, I retired ( July 1998) from roughly a decade and a half of teaching with the Maricopa Community College District. I was professor of U.S. History and Political Science at Paradise Community College. Now, with retirement, life really begins. Jim, wanted to let you know that I do enjoy reading weekly the Independent. Much has changed in Ortonville, yet, somehow, the place still seems the same. In addition to yourself, it appears that Bob Fuller is still working with you. Please give him my best wishes. Do you have an e-mail address? I have been watching the paper but haven't seen one that connects with you. Mine is AgeWise@GTE.NET. Jim, I really only wanted to show you the clipping copy. A keyboard in front of me can make me do funny things. Maybe you'll enjoy reading these words as much as I enjoyed writing them. It's been years since I've thought about any of these sto- ties. Goodheartedly, we can blame Lem for this. Who knows, without him publishing these first pictures and working as a printer's devil at the Independent, I might never have become a phtjurnalist" May the best of all be with you, Jim. PRINTING Is Our Business THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT Oct. 27, 1998 Ortonville news Gaff Maxwell, Phone 839-2207 On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 17th Sena Scholberg had a birthday party. She had the Home-Rite people and some of the Day of Love people from the First English Lutheran Church as guests. Orrin Scholberg of Duluth was here and had a birthday also. Al3ean Svenvsgaard of St. Louis Park was unable to attend. The Eric Streed family from Lakeville spent last weekend visiting their families in Ortonville. Mrs. Allison King of Palmer, AK visited with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rundell from Wednesday, Oct. 14th through Friday, Oct. 16th. She also visited with friends in the Cities before returning to Alaska. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rundell attended their uncle and aunt's birthday on the 25th of October at Andover, SD. Saturday, Oct. 17th Phyllis Schluter and her sister Jerry Van Hout attended a birthday party for their sister-in-law Emily Kvidera at Stacy. They stayed overnight with Phyllis' daughter Sharon Wiesner. They returned home Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18th. Tuesday evening Delores Sitter and Lucille Mathews came out to visit Faith Sprung. Brad Parks and his wife Jennifer visited Lillian Ninneman last Saturday. Lillian Ninneman went with a group of church people to an Assembly of God revival in Willmar on Monday evening. Tuesday Lillian Ninneman went to the Christian Womens Club. Lillian sure enjoyed it. Last Sunday Bill and Diane Hartman served a pheasant supper for Diane's parents Mr. and Mrs. Leon Schliesman from Milbank. Mr. and Mrs. Brian Goetsch of Dassel and Mr. and Mrs. Lavrne Mielitz were Thursday morning coffee guests of Delores Goetsch. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gerjets were afternoon luncheon guests at the Marvin Block's last Sunday. Tuesday evening dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Block were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rawleigh and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rawleigh of North St. Paul. Kathy Gilsdorf and her sister Joyce Sis went to the Twin Cities Oct. 16th, 17th and 18th. They stayed with their sister Carol Snyder and saw the play l?x,._.TJ]I. They also visited with nieces and nephews. Roxanne Swezey of Minneapolis visited her mother Beth Swezey for a week. Last Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Travis Swezey and son Cody of Watertown, SD and Wade and Lance Swezey visited Beth Swezey and Roxanne. 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