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Hospice "Share a Memory" tree lighting slated for Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. During the holiday season, the ing ceremony at each of its hospice (320) 231-4450. With a light you can memories of our loved ones and the locations on Tuesday, Dec. I at 5 p.m, remember someone who has given An excellent idea was brought to our attention by a farmer friend recently. With the drastic low prices today on crops, beef and pork ... why doesn't some group organize a state- wide sales promotion, for example, of meats ... where farmers bring in their produce to rented lots near packing plants and offer their prod- ucts for sale at a price below that found on the grocery shelf, but yet high enough where the farmer can make ends meet. A shame it is that a pork producer can only get about 20 cents a pound for his product today that's selling on the grocery shelf for $3 a pound. Seems that special farm- sales of this nature were conducted _ successfully a number of years ago. Would be one way for our hurting farmers to maybe stay alive!? ***** One of our readers has pointed out that when we criticize the refs in the "bad" calls that turn out against the Vikings, we should also point out the "good" calls that favor the Vikes! In particu- lar, he was referring to the "fumble" by the Bengals' quarterback in last Sunday's game that turned into a TD for the Vikings. Replays showed the quarterback's arm was in the throwing pro- cess, hence the play should have been ruled an incom- plete pass. We agree.* All of which shows, of course, that the officiating needs some mighty fine-tuning! ***** We've said it before ... if it's justi- fiable that the Tobacco industry and Tobacco farmer be penalized for megabucks, because the product is dangerous to one's health ... shouldn't it also be justifiable that the liquor industry be raked over the coals the same way because of the damage to health from over-use of liquor!? Not only does liquor damage one's health, if over-used, but it's also a death weapon via the drunk driver. He's like a gun being shot down the highway, maybe even worse! Daughter Sara came up with an excellent idea on one way to elim- inate drunk drivers. It makes sense! Everyone entering a bar where liquor is served should check their car keys with the bartender, and before the person leaves to drive home, he should be given a breathalizer test. If it proves unworthy of driving, he .should not be given his keys back, or the keys should be given to someone in his or her party who is sober enough to drive sanely[ In the days of the wild-west, we understand cow- boys would often be required to reg- ister their guns at the bar and they wouldn't get them back if they over- indulged ... why shouldn't a drunk- driver be treated the same?! He's a deadly weapon i fallowed to drive! ***** Indeed, we have some great crews working our snowplows and snow removal equipment in Minnesota, Big Stone County, and City of Ortonville. They did won- ders, and with abnormal speed, in getting our roads opened after last Tuesday's first blizzard of the season. Congrats to one and all! We thought it was only our televi- sion set that was having trouble with the audio on Fox Channel 12, which broadcasts .most of this year's Vikings games ... but we learned recently that the entire city of Ortonville has the same problem. The "up and down" sound has been going on for several months, whereas it seems this should have been reme- died by now! ***** Yet another small worlder. Recently, we were dining at a metro area cafe, and sitting next to us were eight lovely young ladies, all married and with children, spending a night out on the town. Two of the girls were twins, and when we men, tioned we were from Ortonville, they remarked 't seems we spent some time in that city when we were little girls ... our parents were vis- iting people there named Mehlhop." How about that Lefty and Vi ... do you remember the Tinquist twins?: ***** wonderful times we spent with them become more vivid. As we look back at the traditions we have established and the fun we have had over the years, we remember our loved ones in a very special way. Rice Hospice is inviting the mem- bers of the community to "Share A Memory" by joining us in a tree light- The Ortonville tree will be lit in a spe- cial ceremony in the Solarium by the-- Pharmacy in the Ortonville Hospital, where, when lit, it can be enjoyed by all members of the'community. If you would like to share the memory of, or honor a special person this holiday season with a light on the memory tree, call Rice Hospice at you special memories ... someone .now or in the past ... someone younger or older ... or someone hear or at'a,istance. All Se a Memory gifts will be used to help, provided bereavement care in the Ortonville community. Governor Carlson proposes changes to state primary system Governor Arne H. Carlson today proposed two new primary elections for the state of Minnesota, the first coming in May and the second in September. The May primary would preferably replace the caucus system and allow every Minnesotan to vote for the candidates in the party of their choice. The September primary would be a run-off election of all parties, putting the two top vote-getters on the ballot in November. "Democracy is defined as 'govern- ment by the people' and 'rule of the majority,'" said Governor Carlson. "Under Minnesota's current system, I see us moving away from those two guiding principles. It is time to begin looking at doing things in a different way." The May primary would engage more people than ever by allowing citizens of every political party direct access to their chosen candidates through the ballot box. Minnesota's complex caucus and convention sys- tem effectively freezes out many vot- ers who feel the two sides are too extreme. They are then left with a can- didate chosen by some party activists and the nearly inevitable internal party primary that follows. "The reality is that both the Republican and the Democratic par- ties have been pushed to the extreme of the far right and far left, respective- ly. The caucus system does not serve the people of Minnesota," said the Governor. "Having a primary election in May moves us back toward the direction of 'government by the peo- ple' rather than having candidates anointed by the party machinery." The September run-off primary would ensure that those people elect- ed truly received a majority of the votes cast. For instance in a statewide campaign, all candidates who won their party primary in May would be put before the voters in September. The two candidates receiving the most votes would then run against each other in November. "The state of Minnesota now has Students perform at Augustana The Following students were selected to represent Ortonville High School at the 41st annual Augustana College Band Festival, which was held Nov 6-7 1998; seniors, Mark Lindquist, Liz Thompson,and Erika Kaiser; Juniors, Kassi Karels and Lee VanLith; sophomores Cassie Torgerson and Carmen Leger. Approximately 350 high school stu- dents and 90 band directors represent- ing schools from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska attended the two day event. Up to 12 students from each school were nominated for the festival, and the top musicians from the four-state region were chosen for the event. Those selected spent their weekend attending rehearsals, clinics, recitals, and recreational activities. A grand finale Concert was held Saturday, Nov 7 on the campus of Augustana College. The concert fea- tured the Augustana Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Bruce T. Ammann, and tuba virtuoso, Mr, Patrick Sheridan, who performed with the college band and one of the festi- val bands. Participating high school musi- cians performed in one of three festi- val bands, under the direction of con- ductors Lt. Col. Alan L Bonner ret., United States Air Force, Mr. Robert Erickson, director of bands at Hoffman Estates High School, Suburb of Chicago, and Dr. Bru'e T. Ammann. four political parties, the Democrat, Republican, Reform and Minnesota Taxpayers Parties, that are given major party status and qualify for pub- lic funds," said Governor Carlson. "Under our current election process, the rise of more parties could lead to elections where the winner receives less than 30 percent of the vote. A September run-off primary gives every party an equal opportunity to be put before the voters and at the same time ensures that of the top two vote- getters, the ultimate winner has the support of a majority of voters." Governor Carlson has offered this proposal for public and legislative debate. Said the Governor, "What I hope todo is begin a dialogue with the Legislature and the Governor-elect on this subject. Minnesota as always led the way with progressive ideas and has not been afraid to make changes in the system. I believe if we listen to the voice of the people, they are again telling us it is time for change." Library board meet The Pioneerland Library System Board will meet on Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, 7:.30 p.m. at Municipal Utilities Building, 700 SW Litchfield Ave., Willmar. Circulars inside I * Jim's Clothing of Dawson Sheriff's Dept. receives for "safe and sober" Despite blizzard conditions last Tuesday, the Big Stone County Board met at its regular time, though the meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m. due to the storm. The Big Stone County Sheriff's Department was recognized for being awarded third place in the 1998 Minnesota Safe and Sober Challenge. Sheriff Joe Berning stated the award was given out to counties based on their size and alcohol related activity, including arrests and juvenile consumption. "We were also given the award because of our work, including the driving vehicle display county fair and talks on the effects of said. The prize comes in tl mini-grant in the amount and award plaques will be] to winning counties m Tuesday, Dec. the kick-off of the Department of Public Safe and Sober campaign. NEW D ! ~ GIFT GALLERY ~ When in Milbank, make a stop at Emanuel's for th 1 and interesting gifts for the hard to shop for iday gift list. Our candle collection is like no other available in Unusual, unique and fantastic are just a few have heard. Clocks of all sizes and shapes, gorgeouS by Blenko and Sasaki with coordinating candles Christmas tree ornaments and decorations, picture and many gift ideas from Department 56 will be on display in Gallery. Stop by and share some holiday cider with us. ".4 South Dakota Century Old Business" EHAflUEL """" CARPEr HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5:15pm; Sat. 9am-4pm Toll Free 888-432-4568 306 South Third Street Milbank, South Dakota 57252 Love Lights A Tree The Big Stone County Unit of the American Cancer Society will begin their llth annual project of Love Lights A Tree on Nov. 28. The tree is located on the lawn of the Big Stone County Museum on the corner of Hwys. 12 & 7. Love Lights A Tree provides individuals and businesses in our community a method of recogniz- ing someone special by giving a gift of love in that person's name. Each light on the tree represents a donation of $10 in memory or honor of your special person. The funds raised from this project are used for cancer research, education and service. Gifts may be sent to: Ruth Donais (317 Dyer St., Ortonville, MN 56278), Audrey Weilendorf (RI, Box 219, Ortonville, MN 56278) or left at Minnwest Bank, Ortonviile, MN. Thank you for your generous sup- port. 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