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f for CJ "Tommy" were held were all of friends. Active Michelle and John Schaffer, Bryan, in Mound Cemetery Thomas was born Clinton, to parents Ann (Schoenrock) up and attended !entered the Navy on served two and a ;Gradual Canal and all until Feb. 16, inner's Mate Third He was awarded n Ribbon, two battle Medal and the C J "Tommy" Thomas was united in marriage to Verla Witte on April 11,1947 at Bellingham. CJ worked at the Pioneer Meat Market where he later became the owner with his wife Veda. He retired in 1989. He was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ, Lakeview Masonic Lodge #143 and was a Shriner, member of the Big Stone Lake VFW Post #3964, a 50 year member of the Campbell- Williams American Legion Post #258, and a member of the Ortonville Fire Department where he served as treasurer. He enjoyed woodworking in his garage, spending time at his cabin fishing and boating and watching sports on TV especially the Twins and Vikings. Mr. Thomas passed away Monday morning, Oct. 28, 2002 at the Ortonville Hospital, reaching age of 77 years, 10 months and ! 7 days. Survivors include his wife Veda of Ortonville; two daughters Judith (Ed) Schaffer of Ortonville and Barbara (Perry) Nelson of Breckenridge; two sisters Arlys (Harvey) Bruns of McMinnville, OR and Janice (Homer) Bauer of Kenyon; five grandchildren Michelle (John) Johanson, Gregory (Deb) Schaffer, Bryan, Cullen and Sara Nelson; four great grandchildren Connor and Jacob Johanson, Brenden Schaffer and Kendra Nelson. )n for Alice Ruth were held Friday, and Lydia was born July 12, Township in Big h grew up and : ooling at School .ontinaed at School Aug. 1, 1915 by and was Aug. of 1930 by at the Evangelical in Syrmes Township schooling, Alice grocery store in moved to Santa employed was also a member of Heart to Heart, Sons of Norway and the Synnes Tuesday Club. She enjoyed gardening, mowing lawn, canning and looking at the "wishbook". She especially enjoyed spending time-with her family. Alice died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 87 years. She is survived by her husband: Herbert Jacobson of Morris; children: Gerhard (Kay) Jacobson of Morris, Curtis (Marcy) Jacobson of Hamilton, MT, Ronald (Carol) Jacobson of Alexandria and Shelley Jacobson of Minneapolis; six grandchildren: Todd Jacobson, Neal (Jennifer) Jacobson, Aimee Jacobson, Eric (Lisa) Jacobson, Alice (Trevor) Torres and Amy Heiner-Jacobson; two great- grandchildren: Tyler and Brooke Jacobson; one sister: Lillian (Elmer) Olson of California; one brother: Lloyd Hagen of Morris; and daughter- in-law: Lillian Jacobson of Las Vegas, NV. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Mabel Baumgartner and LaRayne Royal; and three brothers: Wallace, Orville and Extension report Amy R.B. Rager Regional Extension Educator, PRAIRIES: RICH IN HISTORY AND LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE The Western edge of Minnesota is rich in fertile farmland, and both natural and cultural history. Understanding our history and what has come before us, can help us to make good decisions about how we i manage these precious resources for tomorrow. The Tallgrass Prairie played a significant role in the development of America. Travelers found that the vast and open grasslands provided new challenges, new opportunities, and a new way of life..As the settlers moved into the prairie in the 1840's the sod was converted by oxen and plow to cropland. By the 1890's most of the prairie had disappeared. Today we find some of the most fertile and productive cropland on what once was a "sea of grass". Wet prairies and their related wetlands were also drained and converted to corn, oats, and wheat. Rural communities, whose economies were largely based on agriculture, sprang up throughout Minnesota and supported the production, use, and transportation of these commodities. In Minnesota approximately 18-20 million acres of prairie existed. Today less than 1% or 180,000 acres remain. The prairie ecosystem is very diverse, supporting a vast array of flora and fauna. As changes have occurred in land use, the plants and animals have also been forced to change. In some cases this means, that plants and animals are no longer found in a particular area. I'm the third generation to farm III this land. My father raised 13 kids on 300 acres. Today, I'm trying to raise three kids on 1,300 acres ... and it is tough. I'm paying taxes on this old pasture. A prairie easement gives me some income on this land, and I can still enjoy all the things I love about this prairie ... the wildlife, hunting, and knowing that it will be protected forever. Swift county, MN resident Today there is an increased interest in prairies. People are rediscovering the beauty that the first white settlers found. Only by working with landowners can we protect what remains of the Tailgrass Prairie. With landowners as partners, protection can come from short-term agreements or long-term easements to save these scattered tracts of prairie. I've cut hay on this prairie for 58 years. Everything around has been plowed up. But this field is full of wildflowers and songbirds. A permanent easement that lets me keep haying it and protect prairie at the same time just makes sense. Lac qui Parle County, MN resident The vigor and productivity of Tallgrass Prairie remnants ca'n be improved and maintained through periodic prescribed burning, rest- restoration grazing, or mowing. Through the combined efforts of both public and private organizations, areas or remnant prairie, whether located on public or private lands, can be enriched each year, Efforts are under way at local, state and federal levels to preserve and protect our prairies. For more information on prairies contact your local extension office and ask for the publications: Establishing and Maintaining a Prairie Garden, and Plants in Prairie Communities. Amy R. B. Rager is an Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Environmental Science serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Area news digest IIIII II II II KERKHOVEN-Between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons of diesej fuel leaked from a Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive last 7 mrsday in Kerkhoven. The spill was cleaned up by West Central Environmental Consulting of Morris. According to authorities, two BNSF engines were on the Crop Production Services plant spur, attached to a fertilizer car. The second locomotive snagged the steel plate that covers the plant's fertilizer pit, dragging it underneath the train until it became lodged against the fuel tank and ripped it open. Fuel gushed into the plant yard, according to Lyndon Skogstad, plant manager. Firemen built gravel dikes to contain the fuel and keep it out of a nearby tile line. APPLETON-The Swift County Sheriff's Department has issued an advisory to local citizens that there is a burglary/theft ring operating in Swift County. Burglaries and thefts in the urban and rural areas of Danvers, Holloway and Appleton have been increasing. This recent criminal activi is related to a group of persons who are also involved in the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine and the trafficking of cocaine and marijuana. These persons may also be linked to similar crimes in the border areas of our adjacent counties. Citizens are urged to contact their local law enforcement agencies with information about suspicious persons and suspicious vehicles. Such criminals frequently have access to firearms and may be dangerous if confronted, especially if they are under the influence of drugs. Citizens are asked to monitor suspicious activities from a safe distance and call law enforcement for assistance. WHEATON-The Wheaton Police Department is investigating an apparent theft at the Home Bakery. Law enforcement officials received a report of money missing from the bakery shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday from Paula Rood. Initially, police thought entry might have been through a front window between 6 to 9 p.m. that evening, but now there are doubts whether entry was forced. "It was investigated as a burglary," said Acting Police Chief Mickey Johannsen. "Whether it actually was a burglary is kind of questionable at this point." The counter of the bakery closed at 6 p.m. Thursday and the night shift came in at 9 p.m., meaning alleged perpetrators had to sneak in along Broadway during the evening hours. The amount of money taken was not disclosed. Paulsen's Tree Service - STUMP GRINDING (320) 839-7009 McLaughlin is a WyoTech grad Dan McLaughlin, son of David 194I to 1942. she was united G. Jacobson in by Reverend their marriage home in Baker moved to Morris, to live until the ! taember of the Trinity in Alberta, where of the ALCW; she Ddnald.  V" ::,$r sng as pallbearers for the service were Alice's children, class from Wyo grandchildren and great-/'Tech, one of the grandchildren. ,, ,. nation's premier Honorary pallbearers were air who t e c h n i c a i h Wentworth, 91, Oct. 29, 2002. he should attend Blind in Gary, but was not that to overcome this he played a avid hunter and and his family moved Ralph and later, Shoe Shop. 938, he married Ethel and June, Shoe Shop and south of Ortonville ;ota River This farm is called her friend. Karen Stahn served as organist for the service with Deb Hanse accompanying Joe Hanse serving as soloist. Pederson Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of the arrangements. Strei Strei was born to t (Karels) Strei. He Parochial School this time Tom and father on the Tom was united Cordie of Big Stone were wed at St. in Big Stone, of Tom and Cynthia joy in life, four ae Strei of Rosen, Strei of Oxbow, Ronning (Dan) of (Sarah) Strei of and Cynthia retired enjoyed life, what they loved. hunting, avid fisherman. and spending now part of the Big Stone Wildlife Refuge. Don started working for Pflueger's Dairy after he quit farming, and later worked for the Big Stone Canning Company as fieldman for almost 30 years. During Don's retirement years, he and Ethel traveled extensively, spending their winter's visiting family and friends in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington, as well as visiting Alaska, Hawaii, and New Zealand. Don is survived by his wife, Ethel; a daughter, Sharon (Roger) Hegge of Big Stone City; three sons, Donald R. (Wanda), Dale, and Gene, allof Tacoma, WA; three grandchildren, Todd and Chris of Washington, and Tawnya (Joe) Farre' of Henderson, NV. Also surviving are four great grandchildren Kyle Wentworth, Ashley Farre', Allison Farre', and Lillie Wentworth. A graveside service was conducted Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at Mound Cemetery in Ortonviile, with Rev. Marlene Elmstrom officiating. Tom loved life and thanked the good Lord for every day that was given to him. Tom left his life peacefully on Oct. 27, 2002 at his home in Alexandria at the age of 80 years, He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; four children, eight grandchildren, three brothers, four sisters, and many friends. Mr. Strei was preceded in death by his parents; Joseph and Cecelia, two brothers and two sisters. Prayer service was held on Tuesday, OCt. 29, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial was on Wednesday, OCt. 30, 2002, 1 ! :30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father A! Ludwig officiating. Entombment was at St. Mary's Mausoleum. Services were directed by Peteneier's Alexandria Funeral Care and Cremation Services. and Patti McLaughlin graduated with the Sept. 2002 ig  training schools. WyoTech, located in . Laramie, WY, is nationally recognized for excellence in ., Automotive, Diesel, and Collision/Refinishing training. Dan graduated with an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree, Diesel/Auto Technology and a diploma in Chassis Fabrication and High Performance Engines. He also received MACS Worldwide Refrigerant Recycling and Service Procedures Certification. Dan had perfect attendance at WyoTech. He has accepted and started a position at Wallwork Truck Center of Fargo, ND. J. OAHS Auxiliary meets Nov. 12th O.A.H.S. Auxiliary will be meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Northridge. The dispersments of funds and the election of two offices are on the agenda. 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