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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... The effort to bring choice to American education hit a milestone yesterday. A group of 35 business and political leaders announced in Washington a plan to distribute $72 million in scholarships to enable more than 35,000 children to attend schools of their choice. Rather than merely wait forpublic schools to improve, these civic leaders have decided the time has come to shake up the education system by encouraging competitive forces. The Children s Scholarship Fund (reachable at 800-805-KIDS) is the brainchild of Ted Forstmann, the chairman of Gulfstream Aerospace, and John Walton, a director of Wal-Mart Stores. Three months ago, the two men committed $100 million to set up scholarship programs in 38.cities Since then, they have raised an additional $72 million from like- minded reformers. They have also recruited a stellar and diverse Board of Directors. It includes civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King III and the Rev. Floyd Flake. Former Democratic Cabinet officials Henry Cisneros and Joe Califano have signed on, as has Miami Heat coach Pat Riley and Roger Staubach. So too have Democratic Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan, John Breaux and former Senator Sam Nunn. Business leaders such as Dick DeVos of Amway, James Kimsey of America Online," Peter Lynch of Fidelity, -Julian Robertson and Stedman Graham are on board. The board also includes such universally respected figures as Barbara Bush and Colin PoweU. Mr. Forstmann says this breadth of support demonstrates "the agreement many people have that we need equal opportunity and a competitive environment in education." The need for competition Choice goes mainstream was brouc It home to him during his involvement with the I g Brother program. He found that while only 30% of students in public schools went to college, more than 90% of those from parochial schools did. Nor were the two groups of students radically different. Nearly nine out of of 20 New York City parochial school students were minorities and more than 60% came from single-parent households. Mr. Forstmann believes public education can be strengthened in much the same waythat competition has improved consumer products. He notes that any system that can enforce a 90% market share has overly monopolistic characteristics. "We have thousands of bureaucrats worrying about the harm private monopolies do," he says. "But how many people worry about the harmful effects that a public school monopoly can have? The answer could be found in last week's record attendance at the annual Washington meeting of CEO America, the umbrella group that sponsors scholarship programs supported by private donations in more than 40 cities. Organizers clearly feel that the political zeitgeist has shifted toward choice, a move symbolized by the fact that a National Education Association vice president monitored the conference. Only a few years ago, school choice was considered a radical concept embraced by politicians at their peril. That's changing, but it s a sign of the times that a group of mostly private citizens such as Mr. Forstmann and Mr. Walton have assembled are so far ahead of the curve than either the politicians or the education establishment. --Wall Street Journal, Sept. 29, 1998 .======,=4 3 B I I I i J Ig CLUES ACROSS 1. Gluts 4. Audio system 8. Female grunts 10. Frenzy 11. Catch 12  tojuaspnxtn 13. Brain parts 14. Projectiles 15. Italian painter 18. Before birth 20. Indian helmet 22. Register formally, variation 23. Steamship line ends 24. Furnishes income 25. Malice 3 I 18 I CLUES DOWN 7 i 1. Specimen + sufficient 2. Oscine 3. Small bird + sprawl 5. African country 6. Islamic calendar month 7. Belief + wing 9. Xerophiles 16. Love intensely 17. Egyptian city 19. Auriculated 21. Snare SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. Sates 4. Stereo 8. Wac 10. Mania 11. Nab 12. Legal 13. Thalami 14. Arrows 15. 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Cheryl Elizabeth Bue, Milbank, SD, DWI/.10/more DUI, Fined $1000, Stayed $500, Surcharge $75, Court Costs $135, Jail/Prison: Stayed 120 days for 3 yrs., Supervised Probation for 3 yrs. BIG STONE CO. ATIT. Daniel Francis Sykora, Beardsley, Issue Dishonored Check, Fined $210, Stayed $160, Surcharge $30, Court Costs $10, Jail/Prison: Stayed 10 days for 1 yrs.; Issue Dishonored Check, Fined $210, Stayed $210, Jail/Prison: Stayed 10 days for 1 yrs. BIG STONE CO. SHERIFF John Robert Hynnek, Ortonville, Consumption/Non-Driver, Fined $50, Surcharge $30, Court Costs $10. Michael David Hormann, Graceville, Indecent Exposure, Indecent Exposure, Fined $500, Stayed $300, Surcharge $60, Court Costs $10, Jail/prison: Stayed 90 days for 1 yrs., Supervised Probation for 1 yrs. ORTONVILLE POLICE DEPT. Daval Termaine Eason, Crystal River, FL, Speeding 48/30, Failure to Appear, DL Suspended on 10/20/1998. Joshua Shane Casey, Big Stone City, SD, Drive w/o Cycle Endorsement, Fined $45, Surcharge $18.50, Court Costs $15. New baby girl born to Zenks Todd and Gila Zenk of Clinton are proud to announce the birth of their baby daughter, Madison Lee, born Oct. 7, 1998 at Stevens Community Hospital in Morris. She weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz. and is 20" long. Proud grandparents are LeRoy and Carol Hautala of Minneapolis and Kenny and Vicki Zenk of Clinton. Great grandparents are Helen Zenk of Clinton, Bob and Loretta Loy of Big Stone City, SD, Sylvia Hautala of Bear River and Mae Marsyla of Cook. Awards, changes at B.S. power plant Tom Iverson of Big Stone City, SD received an award in August for 20 years of service at the Big Stone Power Plant. Iverson is employed as a mechanic at the plant. Recent changes at the plant include the following title changes: Eugene Schlueter, first operator to chief operator; Francis Piatz, second operator to A operator; Mark Clifford, third operator to A operator; Daniel Scoblic, fourth operator to B operator, Kent Przybycien, mechanical maintenance to B operator; Kleon Kvatum, apprentice power plant technician to power plant technician I; and Scott Beyer, plant trainee to mechanical maintenance. Sioux City, Iowa: I pray you're reading my column this week. My sincere thanks for your generous contribution of $25,000 in cash. Since you are an ardent fan of this column, I thought you should know it arrived safely even though you didn't include my zip code. I'm so thankful and do not want to seem the least bit ungrateful, but never send me cash like that again. If you wish to remain anonymous, you might go through an attorney for a nominal fee. I'm overwhelmed by your generosity and will be the best steward I know how with your money. Just know that when you read this column, you're making a big difference for a lot of deserving people. I only wish I could give you the rightful recognition you deserve. Dear Mr. Ross: Not so long ago I had it all-home, family, good job. Then a chain reaction started and I lost everything due to a gambling addiction. Although it has been 6 months since I gambled, it will probably take me 6 years to rebuild my life. At least I'm on speaking terms with my wife now and hope for a reconciliation soon. Our 3 children want "dad" back in their lives, even though I've caused them so much grief. I love them all dearly. So why do I need your help? I'm willing to pay all my debts and frill do so over time. However, I borrowed $700 from my parents (which I gambled away instead of making the mortgage payment like I said I was) and I don't have time on my side to pay it back. My mother has since suffered a stroke and my folks really need the money. I'm not asking for a gift, just a loan with the promise I will pay it back. Mr. C.D .... The Times, Ahus, OK Dear Mr. D.: I don't have time on my side, either. At my age, I don't make any long term plans, if you know what I mean. Tell you what-I'll loan you $700 on the condition you perform 70 hours of community service. At the end of your 70 hours, I want a short essay on what you did and what you bind this agree ment, so the choice is up to you. It's not like I'll send my bookie to break your legs if you renege, but the thought of bilking an 81 year old man out of $700, sure wouldn't rest easy on my conscience. Dear Mr. Ross: My name is Tiffany and I'm 16 years old. I have a great passion for giving talks to younger children. Last year I became involved with the International Moose Association's program called "Kid's Talks." This is where high school students go into their local schools, churches and organizations to speak with 4 to 9 year old children. My peers and I help these children learn how to say "No" to drugs. No adults to create or give our talks for us, they are just there to support us. In other words, it's done by students for students. The reason I'm writing is I'm going to be creating an entirely new program this year and don't have the extra money to buy materials. In pricing this out, the least expensive is $100. Seeing how I'm saving to go to college, I can't afford it. If you help me, think of it not as a girl to me, but as an investment in the future. En closed is a copy of one of the talks I gave last year. Miss T. J .... Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, IL Dear Miss J.: I don't know when I've come across a more organized, mature, creative and purposeful 16 year old! You are destined to be come a great educator. Thanks for allowing me to hitch my wagon to your star because the check is in the mail. Editor's note: check your local radio station for Percy Ross' call of the day and visit his web site at www. Write Percy Ross, c/o the Ortonville Independent, PO Box 39000-B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number. All letters are read Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. Area news digest i I I WILLMAR-dust like Jonah's whale, this 490-foot, two-acre creation known as "Elmo" is big enough to swallow you whole. And it will. "You can get lost in it," laughed Don "Farmer" Nelson, the creator of Elmo, a cornfield maze waiting for visitors at the Nelson Farm southwest of Litchfield. "We had somebody lost in there for 45 minutes one day," he added, still laughing. But, don't worry. Nelson figures that most people will find their way through the Elmo maze in about 15 to 20 minutes, and there is no real danger of getting lost. Open areas surround the maze on all four sides. The giant cornfield maze that holds Elmo is the latest addition to the Nelson Farm, a popular autumn destination for families and school groups in the area. The grinning, hand-waving creature with a 10-foot nose has already attracted the attention of just about every pilot cruising the skies over Meeker County. On the seven weekends from Sept. 19 through Oct. 31, Don and his wife, Sonja, "Mrs. Farmer," will turn the entire farm over to the pursuit of old-fashioned fun. MII.BANK, SD-Gov. Bill Janklow made a special trip to Milbank recently to announce that Royal and SunAlliance insurance company will be expanding its operations here, creating up to 75 new jobs over the next 18 months. The RoyalCare Claims Center Office, a nationwide operation, wig be the first of its kind for the insurance company, said Patrick Horan of Denver, CO, vice president of the Royal and SunAlliance Mountain Claim Region. "We don't have one anyplace else," said Hgran. "That's why this one is so important." The Royal-Care Claims Center Office will be consolidating some of the functions of Royal and SunAlliance's 48 claim offices around the country. WHEATeN-The proposed Wheaten Area Schools improvement project has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning Review and Comment procedure, according to the Wheaten Gazette. The referendum election for the proposed $1.55 million bond referendum is Dec. 16. Independent Ads Get Noticed. (You're reading this one aren't you?) NORTHERN WASTE SYSTEMS will be picking up leaves, grass and garden waste on Friday, Nov. 13 and y, Nov. 20, 1998! The Ortonviile Independent (U.S.P. 412-410} oeeOO Publisher JAMES D. SUZETTE Editor & Ad and Pdnting ROBERT*FULI Plant Mana ARLEN; WI E Office Manager Compositor/Recel - ,YAN Reporter/Ad cons"- MIKE BARNHAROT Photograpller BILL DWYER ; BOB  Pressmen KRlSTdNOV00 Camera I ' NANCY ;COBLIC Collatsr ..... 4 Tues., Nov. 3, 1998 Vol. Peaoac Poa $25.00 per year tn Parle, Traverse Minnesota, in South Dakota. counties in Dakota. All others, Postmaster:. 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