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Further news today on reader- friend Kent Bolsta, who we featured in a photo a couple weeks ago regarding the "small worlder" of him being a room-mate of former resident Jack Loula at Country Manor Nursing Home in Sartell. Kent&apos;s wife Sandy sends us a recent photo, show- ing Kent in one of his happier moods with Audrey Vizenur, a therapeutic recreation assistant at the Manor. Sandy says Country Manor is a "lovely place and there are so many nice people working there. Kent gets lots of attention and is well liked, and he is happy there." News today from former residents Larry and Elaine Cartwright, now of Montevideo. They will become "snowbirds" for the first time this year, spending the upcoming winter months in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Have a ball you guys...you deserve it. Still miss you lots here! There's been lots of justified con- troversy over the media coverage of the "Remember Wellstone" program held at Williams Arena on the U of M Campus last Tuesday, Indeed,it was most fitting that a tribute be paid to those who met such a tragic death, and some great eulogies were said._but truly the program was way, way over-played, turning more into a political rally, than for what it was most intended! We wholeheartedly agree with Gov. Jesse Ventura's action of walking out of the program when it was obvious that a rally was taking over. We understand he was not alone in the walk-out. We concur with Jesse, too, in that if he appoints a replacement to fill the unexpired term of Senator Wellstone, the appointee will come from the "com- mon-man" ranks...not a died-in-the- wool politician! And on that note...we strongly disagree with a remark by Senator Mark Dayton that he thinks Jesse should not pick from the common "common" lot, as Mark feels a more "brainy, more experi- enced" person should fill out the tenn. Who is to say there are not as many brains in a "common" man as one more schooled in politics!? Hogwash! While on the subject of politics...please, one and all, remember it's your duty as an American citizen to vote.* And we are always baffled as to the millions upon millions of dollars spent in the cam- paigns...all for only gaining a seat that pays far below what is spent! Indeed, that tells us its all about power...the con- trol resulting in more wealth to the victor than his pay. And who suffers through it all? Namely the taxpayer.* Ridiculous] Campaign reform is badly needed! A small-wodder today from read- er Ardelle (Knopf) Courtney, now of Orange, California: "I have really missed being at my cabin on Big Stone Lake these past two summers with visits of family and friends. The Ortonville Independent has kept me in touch and I particularly enjoy your "odds and ends" column in which you often write about "small worlders". While attending the sup- port group meeting for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), I noticed a lady across the room wear- ing a Minnesota sweatshirt. The cou- ple were Amy and Dick Thornton, formerly of Clinton. My sister-in- law, Lois Knopf, had sent me a news- paper article about the Thorntons participating in a fundraiser walk in Irvine, CA on Oct. 19. Since Itoo, have been diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs Disease I had been working on the "Walk to D'Feet ALS" and here we are getting acquainted." County Historical Society annual meet set Nov. 14 Big Stone County Historical Society's annual meeting has been set for Thursday, Nov. 14th, to kick off with a 6:30 p.m. meal at the Matador Supper Club. Guest speaker will be local author Brent Olson. While some business will be con- ducted, it is a night for everyone throughout the county to get together for an evening of fun and entertain- ment. You don't need to be a member to attend. Please make your reservations by calling the Museum at 320/839-3359 by Nov. 1 lth and also let them know if you would like a ride. Price will be $10.00 with door prizes. Brent is the author of the books "The Lay of the Land" and "Letters tO" a Peasant". Election of Board Members will talCe place at this meet- ing. Those whose term will expire this year are: Larry Helgeson, Jim McKinney. and Norm Shelsta. THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS UNDERWAY The group anticipates receiving a federal Transportation Enhancement Grant next year focusing on the Muskegon boat as the historic mode of transportation plus many improve- ments to the museum grounds. Anytime you improve one area, the rest needs to be improved also, so help will be needed next summer! CHRISTMAS AT THE MUSEUM will be incorporated this year with the re-dedication of the Bethany Lutheran Church re-located on the Museum grounds (or Grand Opening - if the"w,ather cooperates). . The .d i; set for Sunday, Dec. 8th at 1:30 p.m. Mark this date on your calendar now! It should be an exciting day with a special theme. Our three workers (Earl Komis, Palma Gutzman and Delores Sitter) deserve a lot of praise for getting the Museum organized. There is always more to do done however, so if you have some time available, please vol- unteer! OUR NEWEST COLLECTIONS have been a bell collection (from all over the world) from Esther Mullins and more wildlife to add to our dis- play from Jan Schmidt's aunt. True I00Ainnesota. Some things are distinctly Minnesotan -- like Blue Cross and Blue Minnesota, reognized for delivering quality health care plans for years. That why more MinnesOtans choose Blue Cross than any Call me for individual or group plans or plans that work with Tom Oakes ,qem 40 NW 2nd Street Ortonvllle, MN 56278 320.839-2118 or 800-630-4978 BlueCross of Minnesota "Do Not Call" PRINTING Is Our registration began Nov. 4th THE ORTONVILLE phone lines in Minnesota. I would not be surprised if half of those numbers are eventually registered on the Do Not Call list." Minnesota's Do Not Call list, established by the 2002 legislature and signed into law by Governor Ventura, is expected to reduce the number of unsolicited telemarketing calls to consumers. Minnesota resi- dents may register their phone num- bers - at no charge - on the Do Not Call list and telemarketers are required to remove those numbers from their databases. As of Jan. 1, 2003, telenarketers will be required to purchase a new Do Not Call list every three months Violators could face civil penalties of up to $1.000 per violation and repeat offenders could be barred from all telemarketing in the state. The Department of Commerce will main- tain the list and enforce the law. Certain organizations are exempt from the law and do not have to pur- chase the Do Not Call list before phoning Minnesota residents: Non profit organizations Political organizations Businesses with a prior relation- ship with the customer Solicitors that do not intend to complete the sale over the phone, but rather complete the transaction in a face-to-face setting. Other provisions in the No Call List law All telemarketers will be prohib- ited from using devices that disable Caller ID on consumers telephones. Telemarketers will be required to immediately identify themselves, the company they represent and the prod- uct they are selling. If the Federal Trade Commission develops a nationwide "do not call list," Minnesota's list will be automat- ically included on the national regis- ter. In that case, companies that obtain the federal list wouldn't be required to buy the state list. Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Jim Bernstein today announced that Minnesota residents will be able to register their residential phone numbers on the State's new Do Not Call list beginning Monday, Nov. 4. An automated, interactive phone system will allow Minnesotans to reg- ister up to three residential phone numbers during a single call. The sys- tem will recognize the phone number and will ask the caller to confirm the information. The statewide, toll-free Do Not Call registration phone number is 800-921-4110. Internet registration will also be available through the Department of Commerce web site: www.com- merce.state.mn.us "Minnesota consumers have made it quite clear that they want some relief from unwanted telemarketing," said Commissioner Bernstein. "There are roughly 2.2 million residential Food shelf, Jaycees need referrals of needy families 839-2555 and leave that information. All referrals are kept in strict confi- d.nc Plea make your referral no " later thanNoy.r 8, . Help < .... matte s6:mh6 ybtFkh6w ff ti(le hap pier this Christmas. Grossman is member of Johnnies Golf Saint John's University Tracy Grossman, son of Rod and Char Grossman of Ort, onville was a member of the 2002 golf team at SJU. The team finished second at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team championship on Oct. 4-5. As a team, the Johnnies finished in the top two in five of six tournaments they competed in this fall, including team titles at the Bemidji State Invitational and Twin Cities Classic. The Johnnies have finished in the top eight at the NCAA national championship meet the last three years and are currently ranked seventh nationally after ,the fall season. LitKr, m y corner People often say that the Christmas season begins way too early, ad it sure sJike Halloween time ay be a b ti'liut what every0ne needsf0 Christmas. There are a lot of Christmas needs and desires out there, and there are needs in Big Stone County that last year- round. Christmas time is a time to think a bit about how fortunate we are, and about how we might be able to help someone whose Christmas needs may go beyond a computer upgrade or a new pair of cargo pants. The Big Stone County Food Shelf and the Ortonville Jaycees are seeking help from the community to bring some Christmas joy to needy families in our area. Through the combined efforts of Food Shelf, Jaycees, and the community, many families and indi- viduals who would not be able to have a Christmas dinner with all the trim- mings or a gift or two under the tree will have those things. If you or someone you know has a need of food and/or gifts for the Christmas season, please mail a note with their name and address to: Big Stone County Family Service Center, PO Box 338, 340 NW 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278 or call 320- The hours of the library are Monday - Thursday 12-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10-3 p.m. The next children's program will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9th at 10:30 a.m. The theme is teddy bears. Children are asked to bring their favorite teddy bear, picture of bear or a book on a hear. New in Romance is Jayne Ann Krentz' "Sweet Starfire and Crystal Flame". Cidra, a wolf, is raised under the protection of a spiritual race, but she cannot hide her wolf nature forever in "Sweet Starfire", while in "Crystal Fire" Kalena, the sole survivor of a proud family, disguises herself as a simple country girl to destroy her family's enemy, Quintel. New in Suspense is Robert K. Tanebaum's "Absolute Rage". The murders of an ambitious Teamster and members of his family lands Chief Assistant D.A. Butch Karp on one of his most challenging cases---one that will threaten his own family with violence as he probes ever deeper into big city labor corruption. Also new is tion iLtomeo Evan Hunter's Gone". When his flee Annie, learns he her before she hart somebody else, a him to realize life. New in Bic Guess: A Memoir Channing. A the acclaimed traverses five business and reveals challenges involving her father's New in Careers is Your Parachute? 20(; Manual For Changer". A handy explains how to ! personal goals and explains how toward obtaining employment, with salary negotiation searching online and Is y00)ur l'00,ome )wners :;A :yn00cketin INig:vL, is time to ::,:)tnparet. AUTO HOME BUSINESS HEALTH LIFE Gary Miller Agency 122 NW 2nd Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-2965 Fax 320-839-2942 MN/NIMSD License #12303 1 ARDELLE COURTNEY at left, with new-found friend Amy Thornton, formerly of Clinton. TuesdaY' Page 2  INDEPENDENT