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REPLACED SOME 58,000 RAILROAD TIES along the tracks in a 66 mile stretch from Bristol, SD The 52 person crew from Burlington Northern Railroad finished the job, which had an cost of $4 million, last Friday. Above, a "tie crane" unloads some of the new ties which are then cleaned and spiked. THE LASER GUIDED TRACK STRAIGHTENER follows behind the crew once they have finished. Using a cart placed out in front with a laser attached, the main machine uses an "eye" to alin itself with the laser beam. tnis ensures the track is in line after the work has been completed, in case the rads were damaged dur- ing the process. THE OLD TIES. This machine, called a TKO, uses tooling which goes into the ground on each Hydraulic arms then vibrate to bring the old ties up from the ground so they can be removed later. SPIKE SETTER DRIVER MACHINE drives spikes through the new ties into the tie plates which hold The machine is guided along the track by two members of the crew. fimn page 1) come along again to ld ties, followed by a an anchor LIFTER is used to elevate the rails so that tie plates can be rails and attached to the new railroad ties. which spreads the rail fasteners, called anchors, apart to make room for the new ties. Anchors are used on the rails because changing weather conditions can make the rails expand and contract, and using them can keep this at a minimum. "Most of the time the new ties are wider than the old ones," Samples said. "This requires us to spread the anchors apart to fit the new ones in." After the anchors have been spread for the new ties, two more tie cranes come along to put to put the new ties in place, then two more TKO's place the ties under the rails. More laborers come along next to clean off the new ties and put the plates on, followed by a plater machine which slides the plates in place. A spiker machine follows, driving spikes back into the plates through the ties. An anchor squeezer machine comes next, with two hydraulic arms which squeeze the anchors against the ties so that they don't move. Then comes a regulator ; this puts all the granite chips back into place around the tracks. The final machine is a track straightener, which is operated by the surfacing crew and straightens any curves in the track which may have been caused by the work being done. "The straightener is laser guided machine with a small cart out in front," Samples says. " There is an 'eye' on the machine which aligns with the laser on the cart, giving an accurate reference point for the crew to straighten the track again." After finishing up for the year, the crew is laid off for the winter until they will face another job next spring. "Its a tough job at times," Samples says, "but the crew enjoys the work and we like traveling all over the country to do it." Obituaries Fern Saulsbury Fern M. Saulsbury of Bellingham, WA, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 1998 in Bellingham at age 73. She was born March 16, 1925, in Ortonville. Fern had been a county resident since 1946. After moving to Washington, she married Everett Raymond Saulsbury. They had four children; Theresa Rae, Marion Kae, Michael Vern, and Jacquelyne Fern. The middle children Michael and Kae, remained very small throughout their lives. Called "miniatures" by their physicians who could not identify the cause of their condition, they were forever to change Fern's personal identity. From the moment of Michael's birth, she became known as "the mother of the little people." Fern loved homemaking, and although she owned her own interior painting company for many years, her interests primarily revolved around her home. In later years, her greatest i involvement was with her flower garden. Preceding her in death were her husband Ray in 1975, son Michael in 1976, and daughter Kae in 1985. Survivoi's include her daughters, Teri Sanders of Bellingham and Jacquelyne Vance of Tacoma; six grandchildren, Randall Sanders of Portland, OR, Marcus Sanders of Bellingham, WA, Kara Sanders of Aloha, OR and Kimberly, Murray and Michael Vance of Tacoma, WA; brothers, Duke of Concrete, WA, Herb, Ken and Vernon of Minnesota; sisters, Trudi of Wenatchee, WA, Lenoa of Wisconsin and Irene of Minnesota. Memorials may be made to the Blind Association, c/o ARC of Whatcom County, 1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 or to the Senior Center's Nutrition Center, 315 Halleck St., Bellingham, WA 98225. A graveside service was held at Greenacres Memorial Park Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, followed by a celebration of Fern's life at 2400 Moore St. in Bellingham, WA. Arrangements by Jones-Moles Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2465 Lakeway Dr. at Yew St. Rose Reimers Funeral services for Rose E. Reimers, 95, of Clinton, were held at Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, in St. John's Catholic Church at Ortonville, MN. Father Robert Goblirsch officiated, with Pat Kunz, organist. Honorary pallbearers were Rose's nephews: Richard, Jerry, Joel, Randy, and Kim Stattelman and George Goodhart. Active Pallbearers were Richard Reimers, Duane Reimers, Michael Richards, David Reimers, David Hergenreder, Calvin Reimers, Mark Reimers, and Jeff Reimers. Interment will be in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville. Rose Elizabeth (Stattelman) Reimers was born April 9, 1903 to Henry and Elizabeth (Schaller) Statteiman at West Bend, IA. Baptized in Iowa, she was confirmed and took her first communion on June 8, 1919 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church at GraceviUe, MN. Rose attended Big Stone County Schools, completing 8 grades. On Sept. 20, 1928, she was united in marriage to Christian Reimers in Holy Rosary Church at Graceville. The couple farmed' Southwest of Clinton until 1955, when they purchased a home from Stella Anderson. Rose lived there until becoming ill in August of 1998. As a homemaker, she had many interests, including crocheting, quilting, TV daytime stories and game shows, baseball and basketball games. PUTTING IT BACK THE WAY IT WAS. The regulator is used to replace the granite chips along the sides of the railway once the ties have been replaced andthe work is completed. She delighted in having friends take her out for coffee. Mrs. Reimers passed away Tuesday, October 27, 1998 at Holy Trinity Hospital, Graceville, MN, reaching the age of 95 years, 6 months, and 18 days. Survivors include one daughter, Darlene Vierow of Evans, CO; one son,.lrJ (aro!yn) Reimers of Denver, CO; two ssters, Agnes Lestina and Florence Stattelman, both of Long Prairie; one brother, Joe Stattelman of Clinton; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Preceding Rose in death were her parents; husband; one son, Don; one sister, Mary Goodhart; and one brother, FAwin Stattolma ....... II,' Independent Ads Get Noticed. II (You re reading this one aren t you?) Obituaries Carol Hauck Funeral services for Carol Hauck, 54, of Big Stone City were held Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, in Larson Funeral Home at Ortonville. Rev. Dennis McManus officiated. Organist was Pat Kunz. Private interment will be at a later date. Carol Jean (Klemm) Hauck Holiday. Barbies and tins, travelling in the truck with John, cooking and baking. She was renowned for her caramel rolls. Her "baby" was her pet poodle, "Bridgette." Mrs. Hauck passed away at her home in Big Stone City on Oct. 26, 1998, having reached the age of 54 years, 6 months, and 6 days. She will be remembered for her many visits with friends, neighbors, and relatives, and her generosity in giving of herself to help others. Survivors include her husband was born April 20, 1944 at Kasson, to Roman and Florence (Anderson) Klemm . She was baptized July 16, 1945 by Rev. Moen at Kasson and confirmed on June 15, 1958 by Pastor Walter G. Dierks in Zion Lutheran Church at Browns Valley. Carol graduated from Browns Valley High School in 1962. On July 3, 1982, she was united in marriage to John Hauck at Sisseton, SD. She was employed as a certified nurses aid in various health care facilities throughout the area. Among Carol's interests were sewing, embroidering, collecting John of Big Stone City; three daughters, Melanie Herberg of Hudson, WI, Rhonda (Marvin) Witte of Beardsley, and Connie (Jeff) Watts of Minot, ND; one son, Curt Herberg of Watertown, SD; one step daughter, Jodell Johnson of Cannon Falls; one step son, John Hauck of Cannon Falls; her father, Roman Klemm of Browns Valley; one sister, Joelyn Sittig of Beardsley; two brothers, Gary Klemm of Benson, and Berent Klemm of Cottage Grove; 18 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Carol was preceded in death by her mother. New Low Low Prices FREE 2nd Set of Prints Everyday 36w.. ?6.99 36ex=...*9.99 Cartwright Drug 147 Northwest 2nd St Ortonville M N 320-839-6102