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Editorial comment Keep public notices in newspapers! by Lois Torgerson From time to time, boards, councils and commissioners, along with other elected officials bring up the idea that they 'save money' by not publishing the legal notice and minutes of their meetings in the local newspapers in their communities. Of course, newspapers are very emphatic in their efforts to have government bodies continue to publish their information in official newspapers, the option that is being discussed most often is that the proceedings of the meetings and notices could be put on the county's website. That way, citizens would have to have a computer an be hooked up to internet in order to find out what is going on in their cities, townships, counties and state. I believe that is not a very good option. Many people, especially elderly andthose in rural America, do not have computers, let alone internet service. I realize that more and • more computers are found in homes - but there is still the time needed to 'log on,' etc. How much more convenient and practical to have the notices published. According to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation, nine out of 10 Minnesota adults, or 90 percent, believe that cities, counties, townships and school boards should be required to publish public notices in newspapers, and 92 percent believe that keeping the public informed of such government activities is a worthwhile expenditure of funds. Are these notices read? The survey also showed that 88 percent of Minnesota adults read public notices in other local newspapers either regularly or sometimes; and 72 percent of them rated the continued publishing of public notices in newspapers as very important or important. While all meetings are open meetings, most people do not take the time to attend meetings, unless they have a specific agenda or reason; otherwise citizens are expecting to learn about their city, county and school board actions through the stories and legal notices in their local newspapers. This needs to be continued. Letters to the editor I To the Editor: This letter concerns the dismissal of our Veteran Service officer! Doug Tomschin is the most intelligent officer that I have ever known. I have been in his office, when VSO officer in other county's have called him for technical info. At which time Doug would immediately give them form number needed for their claimant. His job performance, for the Veterans in this area and surrounding area, has contributed to Veteran benefits which in turn help not only the Vet and his or her family, but also help bring the average income of the people way up. This in turn reduces the social demand of the County Welfare system and your taxes. I feel ashamed of the county commissioners who can't see this for themselves and have to have it pointed out by others! Personally, I believe that having a person working for the County that is looking over everyone's shoulder, is a counter productive program and should be terminated. The only thing you get out of a Big Brother or Big Sister situation like this is reduced efficiency due to the fact every one of the County emptoyeea, become paranoid there by being afraid II .... I i II rice00hospice Ortonville/Graceville Satellite Office 11 FOR INFORMATION CALL :00207839-2502 .xt 124 to do their job the way they know it has to be done. Volunteerism is what makes local churches, hospitals benefits of all kind work. It amazes me to no end, that the County Commissioners would use the excuse of volunteering, by a county employee as an excuse to fire him or her. Where will it end. And by the way, hasn't anyone ever heard of Double Jeopardy. They are supposed to have a County Attorney, that would worn the commissioners if such an act don't violate the civil rights of anyone, it will cost you in the end. If the County Commissioners can't see this, then, I say replace the elected officials, then the new commissioner can terminate the job that caused the problem. Veteran and families: be sure your vote counts next election. Dean Tubbs Appleton P.S. They who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Dear Concerned Citizens: Beware of the sign project in Ortonville. Wecontribul˘i to a similar project in Ortonville a few years ago for a particular $ contribution -your name would be on a bronze walleye statue for the Big Stone Arts Council at the foot of Big Stone Lake. To our knowledge - there is no statue - where did our contribution go? How many others contributed to this same project? Thank you Rodney and Lori Gustafson Big Stone City, SD To the Editor: To the person or people who egged my husband Den's white Taurus on Halloween night, shame on you! This stupid prank was not appreciated by the owner's of the cars that had to be cleaned. To the culprits wise up! or grow up! This kind of damaging activity is not only malicious, but illegal. Fran Kopitzke Ortonville To the Editor: This is in regard to a theft. For the last 26 years we have put out a waste basket full of candy for the "trick or treat" kids on Halloween. This has been on our front door stoop under a lighted sign saying "dear spooks, have several pieces, and leave some for the following spooks." We have always been at Warren Schoens birthday party, Oct. 31 st. In all those years, when we arrived home about Midnight, there has always been some left in the waste basket, except last year it was empty. We thought possibly there had been more kids out that year. This year we bought more candy, nearly $40 worth. We put it out about 5 o'clock. We had company coming, they arrived at six o'clock, we asked them if they had some of our trick or treat candy, they said no, they had not seen it. We went out and looked, and the waste basket and candy were gone. I hope who ever took it, when they look in the mirror, will give themselves a smile of satisfaction, they committed the perfect double crime. They had not only stolen from us, but had stolen from several dozen kids, who had come to an empty nest. Congratulations who ever you are, keep itup and maybe you can make : big time, and go to prison ............ L L ..... If anyone knows who it was, please do not inform Babe and me, we are not interested in knowing. We did not believe it could happen in the Ortonville and Big Stone City area. Sincerely, Babe and J.R. Parker Big Stone City, SD Markets No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.82 Soybeans ............................ 7.51 Corn ................................... 2.16 Nov. 4, 2002 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 4.57 Soybeans ........................... 5.26 Corn ................................... 2.16 LIEBE DRUG INC 146 N.W. 2 ND. ORTONVILLE, MN . TUES-WED. NOV. 18-19 PHOTO HOURS 10-1 & 2-5:30 -10xl3 $1 99 plus taX - 8xl0 1 2 - Sx7s 99˘ a,r-,, 2 - 3x56 pie, t=x 16 King Size Wallets (;reap charg€ 8 Regular Size Wallets 99˘ p*rt-*, plus lax GrandFather Clocks lust In Reg. $499 Anniversary SALE PRICE Starting at s399 II . WE USE KODAK PAPER, FILM & CHEMISTRĄ a Big Stone Co. honored by Am. Cancer Soc. The American Cancer Society Honored the Big Stone unit at the third annual Volunteer Recognition event held at Breezy Point Resort in Pequot Lakes, MN Oct. 24-25. More than 100 regional volunteers attended the training and recognition event. The Unit was honored with the Per Capita Donation Award in which residents donated $1.68 per capita last year to the ACS. Donations to the American Cancer Society go to patient services, education, advocacy and research. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing Suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 15 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. ,,  Serving N.E. South Dakota and Western Minnesota for 16 years Seeing patients weekly at the Ortonville Hospital. Call Lori Larson at 1-320-839-2502.for an appointment. TmyLSomu, lLD. Alidmhl. Yemer, M.D. Gemkl Rkber, M.D. (605) 882-2630 or 1-800-658-4763 Mallard Pointe Business Park Watertown, SD Pet$$tink... But they don'€ have to;'.. with AtmosKlear00o.orE, m00n=tor "Love your product! I have an older dog that tends to pee in my dining room. I bought a bottle of Odor Eliminator, and the first time ! used it, I stopped when I couldn't smell the urine or cleaning solution. The odor was gone immediately! My hus- band was so amazed that he now uses the spray to eliminate human scent from his hunting clothes. I will never be without my Odor Eliminator again!! Thanks for such a butt-kickin' product!!" - J MK - Recommended by General Motors & the Star Tribune - Available at Granary Food Co-op 47 NW 2nd St.. Ortonville (320) 839-6204 9CILR. CHEST FREEZER Reg. $269 ANNIVERSARY SALE PRICE s199 RSARY SALE1 IIMLE PRICE s69 :R C01 IB0 7 PC. Living Room Grouping Sofa, Ioveseat, 2 lamps, cocktail table, 2 end tables. More groupings arriving dally/ I I I *To qualified buyers, with payments. See store for details. APPLIANCE ' 1t/. FURNITURE souRcE0000',00,00 Milbank, SD. 1/2 Block N of Fire Hall • 605-432-6491 • 1-800-435-2612 v... N,,o..o..ooe -- Size Captains Bed ANNIVERSARY SALE PRICE s49 FLAT |EEN TV'S IN STOCK fJ All on Reg. $599 .Wood .Vinyl .Carpet .Laminates The Inde (u.s Oegl' • JAMES Publisher / M= SUZETTE Editor and ARLENE Office Computer and Con EMILEE Compositor A BETH Reporte • BILL DW YER Pressman BOB SHEROI) Pressman Camera Collater PHIL BLAKE Layout •O-O• Tues., Nov. 4, 2003 Continuing the ORTONVILLE J Published Ever OrtonvillE Periodicals $30.00 per year n Pade, Traverse Minnesota, Grant and in South Dakota. counties in All others, $38.00 per Postmaster: Send The Ortonville Ortonville, NEW ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS A FEBRUARY 1ST Big Stone, Lac qul Swift Counties In Grant and Robert= il February ........... 30.00 March ................ 27.50 April .................. 25.00 May ................... 22.50 June .................. 20.0,0 July ................... 17.50 ALL OTHERS February ........... 34.00 March ................ 31.24 April .................. 28.40 May ................... 25.56 June .................. 22.72 July ................... 19.88 ALL February ........... 3800 March ................ 34.87 April .................. 31.70 May ................... 28.53 June .................. 25.36 July ................... 22.19 ]3e Publisher shall changes or The Publisher's omissions in tisement is strictly lin the advertisement issue or the refund of the advertisement. Church Display ads - Correspondence - Pictures - 5 p.m News - Classified ads (Any ad brought in to classify.) OFFICE A Monday: A Tuesday: A Wednesday: A Holidays Letters to the munity issues are writers should be Independent and/or condense paper also reserves lish letters that are it might be held Letters printed or typed address and te Addresses and not be published. Letter writers are a selves to one keep letter brief, words, and to the The Ortonville detorminin! is news If an zation for an item or sidered advertising. you charge, Advertising paper. Without cease to exist. receives for paper sales is paper used in no longer does increases. It still and a small Advertising crops and to the md plows and Jealer. Without particular hess. We reserve the advemsing without our decision. A News: Our goal fully_ and staff's opinions r[roge, whether m other late readers. tor are her own of other expressed in own views, eral interest. 839-3761 tO sifted Ortonville mail(i Page 4 I N D E P E N D E N T TuesdaY' Editorial comment Keep public notices in newspapers! by Lois Torgerson From time to time, boards, councils and commissioners, along with other elected officials bring up the idea that they 'save money' by not publishing the legal notice and minutes of their meetings in the local newspapers in their communities. Of course, newspapers are very emphatic in their efforts to have government bodies continue to publish their information in official newspapers, the option that is being discussed most often is that the proceedings of the meetings and notices could be put on the county's website. That way, citizens would have to have a computer an be hooked up to internet in order to find out what is going on in their cities, townships, counties and state. I believe that is not a very good option. Many people, especially elderly andthose in rural America, do not have computers, let alone internet service. I realize that more and • more computers are found in homes - but there is still the time needed to 'log on,' etc. How much more convenient and practical to have the notices published. According to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation, nine out of 10 Minnesota adults, or 90 percent, believe that cities, counties, townships and school boards should be required to publish public notices in newspapers, and 92 percent believe that keeping the public informed of such government activities is a worthwhile expenditure of funds. Are these notices read? The survey also showed that 88 percent of Minnesota adults read public notices in other local newspapers either regularly or sometimes; and 72 percent of them rated the continued publishing of public notices in newspapers as very important or important. While all meetings are open meetings, most people do not take the time to attend meetings, unless they have a specific agenda or reason; otherwise citizens are expecting to learn about their city, county and school board actions through the stories and legal notices in their local newspapers. This needs to be continued. Letters to the editor I To the Editor: This letter concerns the dismissal of our Veteran Service officer! Doug Tomschin is the most intelligent officer that I have ever known. I have been in his office, when VSO officer in other county's have called him for technical info. At which time Doug would immediately give them form number needed for their claimant. His job performance, for the Veterans in this area and surrounding area, has contributed to Veteran benefits which in turn help not only the Vet and his or her family, but also help bring the average income of the people way up. This in turn reduces the social demand of the County Welfare system and your taxes. I feel ashamed of the county commissioners who can't see this for themselves and have to have it pointed out by others! Personally, I believe that having a person working for the County that is looking over everyone's shoulder, is a counter productive program and should be terminated. The only thing you get out of a Big Brother or Big Sister situation like this is reduced efficiency due to the fact every one of the County emptoyeea, become paranoid there by being afraid II .... I i II rice00hospice Ortonville/Graceville Satellite Office 11 FOR INFORMATION CALL :00207839-2502 .xt 124 to do their job the way they know it has to be done. Volunteerism is what makes local churches, hospitals benefits of all kind work. It amazes me to no end, that the County Commissioners would use the excuse of volunteering, by a county employee as an excuse to fire him or her. Where will it end. And by the way, hasn't anyone ever heard of Double Jeopardy. They are supposed to have a County Attorney, that would worn the commissioners if such an act don't violate the civil rights of anyone, it will cost you in the end. If the County Commissioners can't see this, then, I say replace the elected officials, then the new commissioner can terminate the job that caused the problem. Veteran and families: be sure your vote counts next election. Dean Tubbs Appleton P.S. They who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Dear Concerned Citizens: Beware of the sign project in Ortonville. Wecontribul˘i to a similar project in Ortonville a few years ago for a particular $ contribution -your name would be on a bronze walleye statue for the Big Stone Arts Council at the foot of Big Stone Lake. To our knowledge - there is no statue - where did our contribution go? How many others contributed to this same project? Thank you Rodney and Lori Gustafson Big Stone City, SD To the Editor: To the person or people who egged my husband Den's white Taurus on Halloween night, shame on you! This stupid prank was not appreciated by the owner's of the cars that had to be cleaned. To the culprits wise up! or grow up! This kind of damaging activity is not only malicious, but illegal. Fran Kopitzke Ortonville To the Editor: This is in regard to a theft. For the last 26 years we have put out a waste basket full of candy for the "trick or treat" kids on Halloween. This has been on our front door stoop under a lighted sign saying "dear spooks, have several pieces, and leave some for the following spooks." We have always been at Warren Schoens birthday party, Oct. 31 st. In all those years, when we arrived home about Midnight, there has always been some left in the waste basket, except last year it was empty. We thought possibly there had been more kids out that year. This year we bought more candy, nearly $40 worth. We put it out about 5 o'clock. We had company coming, they arrived at six o'clock, we asked them if they had some of our trick or treat candy, they said no, they had not seen it. We went out and looked, and the waste basket and candy were gone. I hope who ever took it, when they look in the mirror, will give themselves a smile of satisfaction, they committed the perfect double crime. They had not only stolen from us, but had stolen from several dozen kids, who had come to an empty nest. Congratulations who ever you are, keep itup and maybe you can make : big time, and go to prison ............ L L ..... If anyone knows who it was, please do not inform Babe and me, we are not interested in knowing. We did not believe it could happen in the Ortonville and Big Stone City area. Sincerely, Babe and J.R. Parker Big Stone City, SD Markets No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.82 Soybeans ............................ 7.51 Corn ................................... 2.16 Nov. 4, 2002 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 4.57 Soybeans ........................... 5.26 Corn ................................... 2.16 LIEBE DRUG INC 146 N.W. 2 ND. ORTONVILLE, MN . TUES-WED. NOV. 18-19 PHOTO HOURS 10-1 & 2-5:30 -10xl3 $1 99 plus taX - 8xl0 1 2 - Sx7s 99˘ a,r-,, 2 - 3x56 pie, t=x 16 King Size Wallets (;reap charg€ 8 Regular Size Wallets 99˘ p*rt-*, plus lax GrandFather Clocks lust In Reg. $499 Anniversary SALE PRICE Starting at s399 II . WE USE KODAK PAPER, FILM & CHEMISTRĄ a Big Stone Co. honored by Am. Cancer Soc. The American Cancer Society Honored the Big Stone unit at the third annual Volunteer Recognition event held at Breezy Point Resort in Pequot Lakes, MN Oct. 24-25. More than 100 regional volunteers attended the training and recognition event. The Unit was honored with the Per Capita Donation Award in which residents donated $1.68 per capita last year to the ACS. Donations to the American Cancer Society go to patient services, education, advocacy and research. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing Suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 15 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. ,,  Serving N.E. South Dakota and Western Minnesota for 16 years Seeing patients weekly at the Ortonville Hospital. Call Lori Larson at 1-320-839-2502.for an appointment. TmyLSomu, lLD. Alidmhl. Yemer, M.D. Gemkl Rkber, M.D. (605) 882-2630 or 1-800-658-4763 Mallard Pointe Business Park Watertown, SD Pet$$tink... But they don'€ have to;'.. with AtmosKlear00o.orE, m00n=tor "Love your product! I have an older dog that tends to pee in my dining room. I bought a bottle of Odor Eliminator, and the first time ! used it, I stopped when I couldn't smell the urine or cleaning solution. The odor was gone immediately! My hus- band was so amazed that he now uses the spray to eliminate human scent from his hunting clothes. I will never be without my Odor Eliminator again!! Thanks for such a butt-kickin' product!!" - J MK - Recommended by General Motors & the Star Tribune - Available at Granary Food Co-op 47 NW 2nd St.. Ortonville (320) 839-6204 9CILR. CHEST FREEZER Reg. $269 ANNIVERSARY SALE PRICE s199 RSARY SALE1 IIMLE PRICE s69 :R C01 IB0 7 PC. Living Room Grouping Sofa, Ioveseat, 2 lamps, cocktail table, 2 end tables. More groupings arriving dally/ I I I *To qualified buyers, with payments. See store for details. APPLIANCE ' 1t/. FURNITURE souRcE0000',00,00 Milbank, SD. 1/2 Block N of Fire Hall • 605-432-6491 • 1-800-435-2612 v... N,,o..o..ooe -- Size Captains Bed ANNIVERSARY SALE PRICE s49 FLAT |EEN TV'S IN STOCK fJ All on Reg. $599 .Wood .Vinyl .Carpet .Laminates The Inde (u.s Oegl' • JAMES Publisher / M= SUZETTE Editor and ARLENE Office Computer and Con EMILEE Compositor A BETH Reporte • BILL DW YER Pressman BOB SHEROI) Pressman Camera Collater PHIL BLAKE Layout •O-O• Tues., Nov. 4, 2003 Continuing the ORTONVILLE J Published Ever OrtonvillE Periodicals $30.00 per year n Pade, Traverse Minnesota, Grant and in South Dakota. counties in All others, $38.00 per Postmaster: Send The Ortonville Ortonville, NEW ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS A FEBRUARY 1ST Big Stone, Lac qul Swift Counties In Grant and Robert= il February ........... 30.00 March ................ 27.50 April .................. 25.00 May ................... 22.50 June .................. 20.0,0 July ................... 17.50 ALL OTHERS February ........... 34.00 March ................ 31.24 April .................. 28.40 May ................... 25.56 June .................. 22.72 July ................... 19.88 ALL February ........... 3800 March ................ 34.87 April .................. 31.70 May ................... 28.53 June .................. 25.36 July ................... 22.19 ]3e Publisher shall changes or The Publisher's omissions in tisement is strictly lin the advertisement issue or the refund of the advertisement. Church Display ads - Correspondence - Pictures - 5 p.m News - Classified ads (Any ad brought in to classify.) OFFICE A Monday: A Tuesday: A Wednesday: A Holidays Letters to the munity issues are writers should be Independent and/or condense paper also reserves lish letters that are it might be held Letters printed or typed address and te Addresses and not be published. Letter writers are a selves to one keep letter brief, words, and to the The Ortonville detorminin! is news If an zation for an item or sidered advertising. you charge, Advertising paper. Without cease to exist. receives for paper sales is paper used in no longer does increases. It still and a small Advertising crops and to the md plows and Jealer. Without particular hess. We reserve the advemsing without our decision. A News: Our goal fully_ and staff's opinions r[roge, whether m other late readers. tor are her own of other expressed in own views, eral interest. 839-3761 tO sifted Ortonville mail(i Page 4 I N D E P E N D E N T TuesdaY'