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More stupid government spend- ing of our taxpayers dollars! We wonder if Obama ever once consid- ered asking his "employers" if, they approved of his upcoming five nauon, 10 day trip to Asia...aboard Air Force One, loaded with about 2,000 of his entourage...along with limos for ground travel ...all this with a sinking economy and high un- employment! Does it make any sense??? Do we have anything to say at anytime about government spending other than at time of vot- ing???? ***** Hey...the snowbirds have nothing on us "stay-at- homers" so far this Fall sea- son. Temps have been shirt- sleeve weather for about the past month, and no sign yet of a winter blast coming. Hope-a-hope, it stays away for awhile, eh? As often said, "stay like this for the next six months," then warm up!" We may be a week late with our comments on Randy Moss. But in a nut-shell, we say GOOD RID- DANCE to a guy that, since re-join- ing the Vikings, has been nothing but acting like he was sent here by his former "LOVERS", the sabotage our Vikings. Not once in the four weeks he was here did he show like he cared for the Vikes...then after he was given the axe, he comes out and has the gall to say how much he was in love with his former coach and teammates of the Patriots. The biggest mistake was when they re-hired him. And aside from Moss, the Vikes play on both offensive and defensive lines, has been absolutely STINKY for most of the year. We pity what QB Brett Favre has' and is going through. Except for a few interceptions he has thrown, he has played his heart addition to giving all he's got in his body. A tougher, more deter- mined football player you'll never find! Coach Childress needs to change some of his tactics, and the lineman need to wake up if the Vikes are to salvage anything out of this season ! Long time friend and city native, Bruce Hagevik, ace reporter for WCCO radio for many years, reported on the air Sunday night that Appleton's prison may re- open, the target date being sometime in 2012. WHAT A RELIEF THE ELEC- TION AND STUPID CAMPAIGN- ING IS FINALLY OVER! Indeed, the American people have spoken and in a nut-shell, the message was directed mainly at President Obama...that he cease his endless rhetoric and finally get down to busi- ness for what all Americans want from THEIR government...namely accountability, far less spending and creation of more jobs. WE JUST HOPE NOW PRESIDENT OBAMA WAKES UP (as former President Clinton recently advised) and that Obama will really start listening to us folks for whom he should be work- ing! We wonder...and hope...that he is smart enough and enough of a leader to change. Indeed,' he will need to change drastically! We wonder how the per- son running for office of Sheriff in the county in which Litchfield is located, made out in the recent elec- tion...and if his name had either a plus or minus factor for the voters. His name...a very short and to the point...AHO! Depends, of course, how you pronounce it! Win or lose, we bet he or she has, does, and will take some honest ribbing! ***** We also note where Obama, admitting the shellacking he took in the recent elections, has finally con- sented to "working" with all law- makers to improve our economy! What in the heck has he been doing ..... 'with his time for the past two years, other than fly all over the world degrading America and across our nauon stumping for election of his party friends, again at taxpayers dol- lars! True, other Presidents may have been just as guilty of over- spending our money, but does that mean that "what's good for the goose is also good for the gander?" We say again that if all lawmakers of both parties would take our money "out" of where they speak...and reattyhf- ........ they all want to make a big hit with (Continued Page 2 the American people, they should publicly and honestly take a pay cut, to show us they really do care about us, especially the many unemployed! As we all know, our many employ- ees in government never, never ask us for a pay raise...rather, they just take it without our approval! Ridiculous! Really, we think a drastic REFORM is needed...even if it means enactment of iegisla- the entire political and voting system. All nega- tive advertising should be BANNED...replacing it with words telling the voters what the candidate will do for us, rather than simply blasting their opponents! Finally, the last reform is to elimi- nate the two-party system! Why? Look at all the voters nation-wide who vote strictly party-line...the hell with who is running or about the per- sonality of the person! If he or she is a real "jack-ass," makes no differ- ence to the die-in-the-wool Democrat or Republican. Throw the parties out the window, let only Americans run for office ...those dedicated, by proof, of their only intention to help ALL AMERICANS...regardless of party, religion, or race. Throw all the can- didates into a pot for the voters to pick whomever they feel will, SERVE THEM BEST! That's our thinking! Amen! GHC photo contest winners to be honored Nov. 18 Graceville Health Center will honor the winners of the GHC Photo Contest in a short ceremony at the Graceville Community Building at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. There will also be a Chili Feed and Silent Basket Auction from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the award ceremony. The purpose of the photo contest was to provide the finest photographs for exhibition throughout Graceville Health Center, starting with the newly remodeled hallways, patient rooms, waiting areas and offices at Holy Trinity Hospital and GHC Clinic. The photographs will be enjoyed by patients, staff, volunteers, and visi- tors. According to the Photo Contest Committee, over 300 photographs were submitted in the contest and approximately 140 photos were cho- sen to be displayed at this time. "We were very pleased to see such strong community support for the contest," stated contest organizer Carla Gilsdorf. "It's amazing to see how many talented artists we have in our area, which made it that much tougher for the judges to chose the winners." Members of the GHC staff served as judges and included Todd Howell, Jackie Taffe, Sherry Jipson, Mary Bauer, Patti Karsky, and Lori Rixe. "None of the judges knew who took which photos when they were picking the winners," added Gilsdorf. "We felt it was very important to not let that influence the outcome." Amateur photographers from the Graceville area entered photographs in the following categories: animal, history, and scenery. Winners were: Animal Category- First Place: David Grossman for "Whitetail at Sunset"; Second Place: Sara Gronfeld for "Swallowtail Butterfly". History Category - First Place: Mike Barutt for "Johnson Junction I"; Second Place: Shirley Weeding for "Still Beautiful". Scenery Category - First Place: Dr. Jay Schmidt for "Toqua Summer Evening II"; Second Place: Danika Gary for "Sunset and Telephone Lines". Best in Show was awarded to Sara Gronfeld for "St. Patrick's Day Parade" with Jane Stotesbery receiving Runner Up for "Magnificent Sunset". The winning photographs will be on display during the Chili Feed and Silent Basket Auction on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Graceville Community Building. All proceeds from the event will go towards the framing and matting of the photographs chosen to be dis- played throughout the facility. These photographs will also be available for viewing throughout the evening. (ADV) New scholarship available for organic farming education A new scholarship program is available to Minnesota crop and dairy farmers who are in the process of tran- sitioning to organic production or who have been recently certified organic. The scholarships will defray up to 90 percent of qualifying farmers' costs to enroll in Farm Business Management (FBM) courses offered by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). Transitioning to organic typically takes 36 months, a period when the farmer must use organic practices but can't sell crops or livestock products for premium organic prices, according to Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) organic specialist Meg Moynihan. "Effective financial and business management is crucial to farm pros- perity," said Moynihan. "This educa- tional program is designed to help producers make more informed and better management decisions during- and also after-transitioning to organ- ic ." Farm Business Management cours- es allow farmers to work one-on-one with an instructor who will-help them design a financial recordkeeping sys- tem in order to understand how their various crop and/or dairy enterprises are performing. Financial statements like cash flows, balance sheets, and end-of-year financial analyses give a picture of the farm's financial health and provide information participants can use to plan for the coming year. Farmers who enroll will have addi- tional opportunities to attend special organic transition workshops and con- tribute their own experiences and ideas about transition as part of this important research. The MDA encourages farmers to sign up for this new opportunity. With a limited number of scholarships available, interested farmers should call Meg Moynihan at 651-201-6616 to find out if they qualify. The scholarships are offered in conjunction with the Tools for Transition project, a study about the economics of transitioning to organic production. Tools for Transition pro- ject partners include the University of Minnesota, the MnSCU FBM Program, the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and the MDA. Funding comes from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture Organic Research Initiative. 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The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If you have any information about this case, please call the Lac qui Parle Sheriff's Office at 320-598- 3720. Milltones in concert during November The Milltones Barbershop Chorus will be presenting two concerts in the area during the month of November. On Sunday, Nov. 14, the Milltones will present a sacred concert at Blue Cloud Abbey beginning at 2 p.m. Prelude music will be provided by Sheila Dailie. The Milbank, SD All- State Choir members will also be singing a few selections The free will offering will held fund the Milltones scholarship program. Following the concert there will be cookies, bars and coffee. The Milltones will then perform on Sunday, Nov. 2 l'at Zion Lutheran Church, 806 Highland Highway in Ortonville. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with a free will offering going towards the Angel Tree Project and Zion's youth. Coffee and bars will be served following the concert. Parent/teacher conferences held this week Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held at the Ortonville High School on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 4-8 p.m. Parents are encouraged to see any teacher during those hours. Parents who would like to see any particular teacher at a certain time may call 839-6181 ext. 302 to set up an appointment. Kindergarten through sixth grade conferences will be held Nov. 9 and 16. Appointment slips have been sent home. If you have any questions, call 839-6181 ext. 400. Big Stone Senior citizens Sec. Carol Hoitquist Big Stone Senior Citizens met on Thursday, Nov. 4 with 20 present. The meeting was opened by President Cliff. Secretarys and Treasurers report were given and approved. Old business: Gerry offered to donate a coffee pot and thanks to Idella for bringing one today. New business: A volunteer is needed to make coffee for the month of December. Stories were told by Clara and Phyliss. Next meeting will be Dec. 7. Christian Women to meet You are invited to "Caring and Sharing" morning coffee on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 at 9 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church on Highland Hwy., Ortonville. The special feature person is Mel Reinke telling about the services The Salvation Army provide for the sur- rounding communities. Our soloist is also our speaker, Jean Peterson. Pre- coffee music is Clarrisa Grunwich. Our speaker, is Jean Peterson from Forest Lake, and her talk is "The Power of One". She is a marketing communications consultant and speaker. She is an author, has a black belt in Karate, enjoys music and act- ing. Tickets are $5 inclusive with free babysitting available if requested. Please reserve by Nov. 12 to Evelyn 320-839-2189 or Elaine 320-839- 3332. Also, contact them if you have to cancel. All are welcome. 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie, 82.142 mi. 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