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ฎ In the October, 1998 issue of "Guaranty RV Centers" magazine, which features Family Motor Home articles, Russell E. Sawyer, Jr. of Sioux Falls had this to say: "My wife and I on June 24 found a camp- ground that met just about every need and desire of those of us who believe that "home is where you park it." It had been very hot in the South Dakota region, and we needed a place to stop for five days beford we had to be somewhere. We looked through a campground directory for a park that listed 50-amp service, because we thought we'd probably need to run two air conditioners in the 90-degree-plus temperatures. What a pleasant surprise when we pulled into Lakeshore RV Park and _ Fruit Farm, a beautiful, relatively new (three-year-old), undemsed park. The owners, Dennis and Carol Dragt, have had an apple orchard for some 25 years, and by taking some of the land they have developed a very nice park in a beautiful setting. It is on the shore of Big Stone Lake at Ortonville. The campground has 40 level sites. Some are shaded, some are open. Miniature golf, a swim- ming pool, a whirlpool, play areas for kids, and a nice meeting room that will seat about 60 are some of the amenities. It also has boat rentals, a fishing dock, a laundry room, show- ers, rest rooms, a data port, and a nice store. Dennis said he travels around the country and visits RV parks and then tries to incorporate the best he can find into his park. Dennis and Carol, along with their son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Colette, could not be more cordial hosts. We recommend Lakeshore RV Park to anyone who wants a relaxing, clean, family-oriented park that is not very expensive. Yet another small worlder ... this one related to us by friends Albert and Norma Andresen of Reviilo. Recently, the couple was heading by car to Wyoming, when they had a flat tire somewhere in the middle of South Dakota. At about this same time, their son, Robin and a friend were coming back from hunting in Bison, SD. No sooner had Albert and Norma pulled their car over to the side of the road, when a car going in the oppo- site direction stopped to offer help. You guessed it ... in that car was Robin, who had the flat tire fixed in short notice and the Andresens were soon back on their way. "Boy ... weren't they a couple of good samaritans?" Remarked Norma to Albert. Yes, indeed ... the Lord works in strange ways! It was meant to be! Robin and wife MicbeHe had lived in Ortonville up until about a year ago. He was with the National Guards and she worked at Magic Mile Travel! ***** A small worlder this week from reader friend Mrs. Stan (Thelma) Rensberger. "Let it be known." she says, "that Thelma and Mrs. Sam (Josie) Barr, have birthdays not only on the same day, Oct. 2nd, but also they were both born in the same year. If that's not enough, we both have sons-in-law with the same surnames, namely Haug, which means 'hill' in Norwegian. Stan and I and Josie and Sam all took a trip to Cartegena, Columbia, South America, some time ago. Most women are hesitant to divulge their age, so I won't disclose that ... that's up for grabs! Seeing as how we were both born in October, which is the Halloween month, I feel we are justified in keeping the age secret!" Keep the faith Viking fans! Let it be known, regardless of those who maintain that officiating doesn't win or lose games, the striped guys handed the win last Sunday to Tampa Bay. No way should the Bucs have won that game without the favor of the refs. But one loss does not a season ruin, to be sure! The Vikes will come back and "come back strong ... they have too many weapons! Pheasants Forever to meet Nov. 3rd Big Stone County Pheasants Forever Chapter will be meeting tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 3rd at 8 p.m. at the VFW Club. Page 2 Extension report Jean Kvols, County Extension Educator PARENTS INFLUENCE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR CHILDREN November is Family Month as it is the beginning of the holiday season where there is much focus on families and children. This week's column is on parental influence, by Roselyn Biermaier, Yellow Medicine County Extension Educator. Parents have a better opportunity than anyone else does to provide children with what they need to develop into well-adjusted youths and adults. Parents cannot avoid playing the central role in their children's lives. Furthermore, their influence is as strong when they shirk their responsibilities as when they try their best. If we're honest with ourselves, we all do things at timqs that we wouldn't want our children to copy. But what we do speaks louder than what we say. to children. For example s children under 8 years old think in concrete terms. Their ideas are based on the experiences they've gained in their short lives. Children simply can't ignore all the violent and derogatory messages they see on television and in the home. Seeing negative messages is a memorable part of their short lives. While it's difficult to shelter children from all the negatives, parents can limit children's exposure to violence and derogatory messages on TV and Extension report John Cunningham, County Extension Director 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 NORMAL 1999 GROWING SEASON AHEAD? These are the latest outlooks from AI Bender, state climatologist at South Dakota State University based on expectations of a quickly-fading La Nina. A normal growing season is likely for 1999, following a mild late winter and a stormy late fall and early winter. The drought that some are fearing to occur next summer due to a La Nina event need not be of great concern. The La Nina event should be sharp and short. The La Nina will be pretty strong, but not last very long as opposed to E1 Nino which was strong and of long duration. By the next growing season, it will be'gone. La Nina will still happen, it just won't have as great an impact as was first thought by meteorologists. A long, hard winter is not expected. The winter may be cold and sto[my through late fall and early winter, but A1 expects a return to normal or above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation by spring. The warm spell the state experienced during the end of October is fortunate. It gives farmers an opportunity to finish harvesting. If the storm systems that moved through in the beginning of October hadn't occurred, the weather would have followed the climatological trend--temperatures continually decreasing throughout the month with a raised likelihood of a Halloween snowstorm. The warm October is part of-'the broader warm spell this region has been experiencing since April. Even with the cool June averaged in, the whole season was above normal. September was the third warmest on record. The average temperature of 67.8 degrees Fahrenheit was seven degrees F above normal. We haven't had anything like that since 1931. Although October data is not complete yet, Bender predicts the month to be above normal for both temperature and precipitation. The past wettest year was 1982 with 4.3 inches in October. It is very possible that this October will exceed that. The state's normal precipitation. during October is 1.14 inches. The climatologist's precipitation records date back to 1948. October should finish above normal in the temperature category. However, it won't be as severe as September's departure from normal. Bender expects a rapid transition to late fall and early winter. The long- lead outlook forecasted the October through December time period to be above normal in precipitation for most of the Northern Plains. Earlier, Bender expected the drier period to extend through October and the increased precipitation to occur in the last half of the time period. The systems that dumped a lot of rain across the Northern Plains in October were unexpected, but the overall outlook is still for a stormy, wetter period. The progression of fall has been close to normal. Bender expects temperatures to begin to reach the freezing point every night and daily averages to be near 32 degrees Fahrenheit by th6 middle of November. in the home. The best thing adults can do to help children accept people or things that are different is to be a positive role model. If your response to the unrest in the world or in the U.S. is to blame or judge certain individuals or groups of people, you are modeling this attitude to your children whether you realize it or not. Prejudice is taught rather than a natural instinct. We can live in a community with fer.cial minorities, but we still teach c-dren prejudice through our behavior trward any person who's different. Children themselves may be discriminated against sometimes because they come from a poor family or are overweight or don't have a father at home or have a learning disability. It's easy for parents to tell children they need to accept kids who have difference like these, but in the next breath the parents might be discriminating against someone themselves. There was a research project where an elementary teacher divided students into groups of eye color. Only those with brown eyes received certain privileges. The students with blue and green eyes felt left out. By experiencing this situation, the students better understood how it feels to be different. Parents and other adults must teach children about differences and that being different is OK. The government or churches alone can't do this. Learning these lessons has to do with values, and values are learned primarily in the home through example. 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