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Recently we made a stop at a Walgreens in Plymouth, where we met a man wearing a sweat-shirt with a "Mooney" label on the front. Having flown about 3,000 hours in a Mooney a number of years ago, we struck up a conversation with him. We failed to get Mike's last name, but learned he had scads of hours in five different Mooney aircraft, plus a 210 Cessna. He quit flying about two years ago. Knowing that one of our reader-friends, Rich Steiner lives in Plymouth, we asked Mike if he knew Rich.+Ao which he answered in the affirmative, having met Rich a few years ago at a function at Crystal air- port. We began talking to Mike about the plane crash last month that killed Senator Paul Wellstone and group, asking Mike if he thought he knew the answer to why the plane crashed. Without hesitating, he said it was definitely tail-icing, that the plane is equipped with de-icers on both wings and tail, but that the pilot must not have had the "automatic" switch turned on, working the de-icers only by the "manual" switch. As such, it was the same as having the de-icers turned off. This was Mike's opinion. In about six months, we understand the FAA will have determined what it feels to be the cause of the crash. It will be interesting to see if the FAA report coincides with Mike's opinion. Sure seems strange to find our current Gophers and Vikings having such lousy seasons, after the media had previously built them up to be looking so respectful. We wCnder if there shouldn't be a change in the coaches of both teams?! In Sunday's loss to the Giants, the Vikes nearly pulled out a win after Coach Tice "finally" replaced Cullpepper with Bauman. Many in the major media had called for the benching ofCuliplr many games a+;'+" Te + Way Bauman turned the game around, Sunday, even though the defense couldn't come through, we tend to agree the change to Bauman should have been made quite some time ago! A fine testimonial today on our Hobo Soup from long-time friends and readers, JR and Babe Parker of Big Stone City: "An unsolicited plug for Hobo Soup. Babe and I have just been using it the last few years-not only do we like it very much, but it is by far the best value on the soup. shell'. Campbell soups use to be one pound to the can (and a lot of water in it!) Over the years it has gradually reduced the content rate to 14 ounces and then a few years later to 12 ounce - and now most of them are 10 ounces- and the  has gone u_u_12. By contrast, a can of Hobo Soup is 15 full ounces - very little liquid in it - add 1/2 cup of water and you have a full serving for two hungry peo- ple - and would you believe it is cheaper than Campbell soup - only 99 (ninety nine cents) a can at Bill's SuperVatu. I strongly recommend anyone who wants a delicious soup instead of a Campbell's "rip off" to try it - I also  suggest they add one  of sugar to it - that really enhances the flavor." Congratulations for a job well done is due all those in the Big Stone County Auditor's office who worked through the night in compil. ing the results of the General Election last week. It was amazing at how much more efficient the tabulations were, and how much more swiftly the results were posted with an all-new computer-screen system. Really great! Reader friend Betty Schwarze is highly elated once again over the exploits of her grandson Josh Dirlam, playing his senior year of football for the Johnnies of St. John's University in Collegeville. The win by the Johnnies + last Friday at the Metrodome gave them the MIAC title, and they will now advance to the National Championship playoffs. Nice going! Upon returning from the game last Friday, we understand Betty was so excited over the win she went into the ditch. The car was slightly damaged, but she luckily sus- tained no injuries! Page 2 Commissioners to tour Big Stone County road projects; consider livestock-friendly designation HIPAA, what does it stand tor, and Wildlife reported On two easements forhges. what does it mean tkr Big Stone issues and Steve Delahanty. U.S, fish ,'siners scheduled a tour County? Dan Hanratty, named County Project Sponsor, and Darlene Nichols, Human Resource Director for Big Stone County, are responsible for insuring that Big Stone County com- plies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPPA which is designed to protect the privacy of health records main- tained and transferred among a variety of social service and hospital entities, At the Big Stone County Commissioners Meeting on Nov. 7. Commissioners briefly discussed the ramifications of the Act, expecting that the impact may inw)lve many of the County agencies. Commissioners asked for recom- mendations from Bruce Swigerd, Commisioner, regarding work and use of the Schreiner Building recently purchased for expansion of County office space. Doug Tomschin, Veterans Service Officer/EMD reported that a grant application for $38,000 has been requested for purchase of a trailer that will be filled with emergency pre- paredness equipment and shared among several communities in the County. Also, Beardsley Fire Department is looking at grant possibilities to upgrade equipment. Motion was carried to issue a tobacco license to the Columbian Hotel. Motim carried to send a letter in support as'requested by the Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers Board Don Kleven from the U.S. Fish & & Wildlife reported on the Clinton project east of County Road 6. A dike is being built to alleviate a flooding problem, which wilt result in open water, marsh and nesting islands. Neb.,oliations on the Moonshine Lake pro.lect are continuing among landowners, the Watershed District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Nick Anderson, County Engineer reported to the County Commissioners on road projects, and described several locations where beaver were being trapped to avoid problems. Cattle grazing on ditches in some locations were compromising the integrity of the ditches. Landowners will be contacted to attempt resolution. Anderson requested that a firm access policy be developed to clarify culvert and access payments when additional access is requested, indicat- ing that the State is moving forward with stricter access control policies. New requirements for erosion con- trol will he instigated by the MPCA and will impact costs of MnDot grad- ing projects. Project costs are expect- ed to increase from $5,000 to $10,000. The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber  of Commerce Tourism Committee requested that the Welcome to Ortonvilh, sign be located on MnDot property. Request granted. Anderson also reported on possible changes in the Highway Department funding, and a motion was :aade and passed to hire a consultant to prepare for November 12 to view a variety of highway issues. They also set a date of Nov. 25, 10:00 for the 5-year plan- ning meeting. Trees for Toqua Park have been chosen and money approved. County Board introduced Darlene Nichols to the heads of departments, welcomed her, and expressed their support fl)r the importance of her newly established position to the county. Darren Wilke, Environmental Officer reported with John Cunningham on the proposal from the Commissioner of Agriculture which would allow counties to be designated as Livestock-Friendly. The Comissioners would apply to the MDA for designation and.if meeting the criteria would receive technical assistance from the MDA in. identify- ing candidate areas that could be des- ignated for livestock de',elopment, and review plans, policies, proce- dures, regulations, etc as they relate to livestock-friendliness. Factors not conducive to a viable animal agriculture sector such as; absolute size limitation for feedlots, moratoria on feedlot expansion or new construction or prohibition of earthern basins for dairy manure would generally disqualify the county from consideration. No action was taken, but represen- tatives from the Board will attend a conference hosted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, Nov 26 in Willmar to learn more about the designation. 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 enterain- merit. You don't need to be a member to attend. Please make your reservations by calling the Museum at 320/839-3359 by Nov. l 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 take 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 red'diving a federal Transportatitm 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 summeH 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 weather cooperates). The date is 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 hae some time available, please vol- unteert 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. . FCCLA-Youth Determination brightens the future + Here are some super leaders! The Ortonville chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America attended the Region 5 FCCLA Fall Meeting on November 4, 2002 at Ortonville High School. They learned about this year's state theme "Youth Determination Brightens the Future!" They focused on growth, leadership, education, challenge, diversity, and community. Students participated in different Round Table Sessions to learn about FCCLA projects they could get involved in this year. Projects included Focus on Children, STOP the Violence, Creative Public Relations, STAR Events, Region Office, Parliamentary Procedure, FCCLA Fun Songs, and more t Special entertainment during lunch was provided by West Central Area's band, Notwithstanding. OHS Fall Band Concert set Nov. 19 On Tuesday, Nov. 19 the OHS Music Department will present their annual fall concert. Groups participating will be the 5th and 6th grade band, the Junior High Band and the Senior High Band. Different styles of music will be performed including excerpts from different ballets (featuring the Junior High flute section), folk songs from Russia, folk songs from French Canada and a piece depicting what it would have been like if Mozart had visited the North Pole. Soloists for the evening will be Laura Brown, flute, Amanda Krogsrud, flute, Amy Smith, trumpet and Stacy Wiegman, alto saxophone. The concert will be in the High School Auditorium and will start at 7:30. Admission will be the same as all other school activities $4 for adults and $2 for students. All the students and the director Don Donais are looking forward to an enjoyable evening. Schellberg still in Sodak hospital Charles Schellberg is still a patient at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Cards may be sent to him at Sioux Valley Hospital, USD Medical Center, 1100 South Euclid Ave., Room 6108, Sioux Falls. SD 57105. Leah McLaughlin'is Region 5 Vice President. She helped plan and imple- ment the meeting along with conduct- ing a round table session on public speaking tips. The Ortonville chapter participated in a competition for a cheer to pro mote FCCLA and each chapter's goals for the year. The goals tbr the Ortonville FCCLA chapter are: -increase membership -more involvement in Star events -more members run for region and state office positions. Ortonville members who attended were Diana Roeder, Colleen McLaughlin, Kelsey Dybdal, Briana Rice, Sally Helgeson, Erica Schultz, Ann Kopitzke and Leah McLaughlin. Mrs. Patty McLaghlin chaperoned. Mrs. Duffield is their advisor. Doris Taffe Elected Mayor at Barry Doris Taffe, with 7 votes, was elected mayor of Barry; Gene Carrington received one vote. For trustee in Barry, Gene Carrington received six votes, Doris Taffe, 2 votes and Derek Maher, one vote. Coming events The Ortonville Study Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13th, at the Dancing Bean. THANKI YOU for your vote in the Nov. 5th election for Ortonviile School Board. James A. Nelson Paid advertisement prepared and paid for by Jim Nelson, 244 South Minnesota Street, Ortonville, . %278 WASTE MANAGEMENT will be picking up leaves on Friday, Nov. 22nd INDEPENDENT Veteran's Day banq to be held this On Saturday, Nov. 16th Big Stone City American Legion Post 229 will honor its Legionnaires at the Post Home. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with a sit-down supper, prepared by Chef Tom Van Lith and crew at 7 p.m. The program will commence at 7:45 p.m. The program - under the direction of Commander Dan Scoblic - will consist of Posting of Colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, awarding Dan Durbin his Legionnaire of the Year recognition, Chaplin Jack Cloos lead- ing in prayer and a tribute to the Post's deceased members of 2002. Maria Rausch and Scoblic will be reco many years of faithful forn{ing taps at Gregory for his work Eagle Scout badge Community Chorus The Keynote Ray Otto - a Le and pastor at St. Charles. The program will the closing prayer, ment of colors. Legionnaires are their reservations to Nov. 13. Independent Ads Get (You're Reading This One Aren't New technolgy aids tallies in Big Stone Links from the Big Stone County web site, (wwmbigstonecounty.org) brought election return updates to those looking for on-going vote counts in Big Stone County this year for the first time. The link developed by the Big Stone County Auditor's office 'and Curt Johnson of Vertical Solutions allowed viewers to get the most cur- rent vote counts within five minutes as reported to the Auditor's office. The old board was no longer post- ed by hand in the rotunda of the cour- thouse, but returns were posted by computer and displayed on a screen with running totals. The Auditor's oit'ice was pleased with nology as it provided rate information down significantly ol from news sources mation throughout the "The supplemental well and the election despite the last minute the death of Paul Auditor Michelle pleased that Big report an 81 percent compared the State's of 79.16 percent voters numbered 2,741 voters or 8.4% who re tion day." Energy assistance On Oct. 1, 2001, the Fuel Program, run by Prairie Five CAC, Inc., began !aking applications to help pay heat- mg costs. The Fuel Program will make heat- ing payments to the vendor. The Fuel Program pays only a part of your heating costs, so keep paying your heating bills even if you apply for help. Income Guidelines (3 Months) Household iz Income 1 2 3 4 You must be at or income guidelines. Eli on three months wanting y for their county The Big Stone Worker is Felicia reach her at Clinton. 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