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E,titorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... A day at the fair... (Edi. note: Reader Ardelle (Knop0 Courtney of Orange, California, submits this piece. She writes that "summer has been hot here and sorry my stay at Big Stone Lake in June-July was so short. Hope to be there for a long summer in 1999.") t/i t/ i S It's "fair time" again throughout ourcountry - County and State Fairs with entertainment, rides, hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, foot massages, to name a few. Special barns wafting odor over the grounds with pigs, cows, calves, ponies, goats, llamas and fowl. Baby animals are trying to have dinner competing at their mother s lunch counter. Aren t igs and cows bigger than they used to be? Future armers and 4-H Club young people are proudly t:xhibiting their well earned ribbons. Recently I attended Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona, CA and it brought back memories of Achievement Day in Milbank and local county fairs. I remember making a foot stool from a wooden box in 4-H Club and proudly en'ering it. Also one time I entered a chocolate cake andearned some color ribbon. How thrilling then to see my very own projects on display. Demonstrators and/or hawkers filled both aisles in the exhibit halls. There were several types of cleaning materials, liquid in a spray bottle, cream in a jar, andpowder in a can. All deemed to be the most powerful cleaning agent and the least abrasive. They will remove ink, glue, oil, grease, pet stains, shoe polish or any other spot one could imagine. Beaters, choppers and graters create much interest with crowds watching and tasting. One could have rings cleaned, sample crackers with special dips, try out w:Ivety lotions for dry skin and enjoy viewing quilts, crocheted items and many craft pieces. Vacuum cleaners, cooking pots, dishes appearing as fine china but really plastic and unbreakable add to all the "for sale" items. I was reminded of aluminum pots and pans used in home demonstrations in my growing up years west of Big Stone. Mother would invite severalcouples for dinner in our farm home. The kitchen table would be Ulled out with all the leaves extending the table as rge as the room would permit. The gentleman, or sometimes a couple, would arrive a couple hours before the eating hour. He would have vegetables, fruit, meats and all foods necessary to put on this very nutritious meal with the least work possible in these waterless cooking pots. Either cobs or wood would be brought in to be sure sufficient fuel would be on hand for an even fire in the cook stove. While serving the dinner the so-called expert of cooking and nutrition kept a running sales pitch for the aluminum cookware. Because it was waterless cooking, the vegetables kept their natural colors, thereby retaining all the flavor. I can t remember all the special reasons why one should purchase "Wearever" cooking pots, but the dinner guests asked a lot of questions and the expert had all the answers. This all worked on the basis of Tupperware house parties wherein the hostess would get a "deal" on purchases. I only know that Mother cooked with "Wearever" for many years. Often l'm reminded of "days gone by" and feel the need to put it on paper, l'm looking forward to visiting fairs again next summer at Clinton, Morris and Herman. -Ardelle Courtney 140 N. Waverly St., Orange, CA 92866-1731 onvers0000th ms WITH THE a I get grouchy this time of year as my family will attest. It's not that har- vest is stressful, though it is. It is not even that corn is a lousy $1.50 or whatever it is, though that doesn't help. It is really that I don't like machinery very well. I can't sit on anything more than a day or two with- out being overcome by the urge to get out. Pretty strange stuff for a farmer, you are saying. No it's not. Check it out. Tomorrow's farmer does not sit on tractors anymore. He hires others to do that. Increasingly, he doesn't even sit in a pickuv and drive up and down the road. He sits alright, lut in front of a computer with a phone in his ear. But I'm not much for sitting in the house either. And as for computers, they make pretty good typewriters. They are overpriced is all. What I am for is doing and espe- cially when that involves walking. I have gone so far as to devise an acronym for it. MBWA - it means "management by wandering around." There is a saying that goes with it - "farming must be done on foot.  ., Years ago, in the town where I went to school, there was a superin- t 2 m 10 12 14 22 24 CLUES ACROSS 1. Make fat 4. Ancient Persian ruler 8. Psyche part, plural I0. Man-made fiber 1 I. Raincoat 12. Wasteland 13. African country 14. Importune 15. Precipitative 18. Trades, barters 20. Egyptian port 22. Lariat 23. Outlying area 24. Scarce 25. Disconnect CLUES DOWN I. Substitute 2. Drops 3. Reservations 5. Aromatic resin 6. Hastens 7. Web-footed bird 9. Speaks, archaic 16. Bantoid language 17. Stem 19. Hemp 21. British unit SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. Plump 4. Satrap 8. Ids 10. Nylon 11. Mac 12. Heath  13. Tunisia 14. Insist 15. Causal 18. Traffics 20. Said 22. Reata 23. Purlieu 24. Scanty 25. Unlink SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. Pinch hitter 2. Unloads 3. Pinches of salt 5. Ammoniac 6. Races 7. Pintailed duck 9. Saith i 6. Swahili 17. Scape 19. Abaca 2 i. Cran LOSE 30 LBS. Why weight? CALL TOLL FREE 888-373-6958 CB980003 | tendent of that school who walled to work in the morning. This has stuck in my mind mainly because it was so unusual at the time. After all, the town's business people, most of whom lived no farther from downtown than the superintendent did from school almost universally drove to work. The superintendent held a rather high place in the social structure of a small town and walking instead of driving was definitely a lower status thing to do. My own family and neighbors, farmers mostly, were increasingly dri- ving wherever they went. Tractors and automation were coming in on the farm, making this change possible, yet there was still enough hard physical work so that there was a feeling of entitlement about sitting down and being taken somewhere by a machine. People actually drove the block from the grocery store to the l'ardware store. Not to do so made you seem poor. We have since found out how dan- gClllp;.lluihow :dtltal, to the health .this attitude was. Aofew folks are walking a little morethan they did before. Farming used to be done on foot. It would be drawing a conclusion from very little evidence to say that farming then was always better than it is today. But it does not strain credibility to say that it could have been and sometimes probably was better. The reason is that when machinery separates us from the ground it also simplifies us and the jbb we do. It sim- plifies us because we are no longer in a position to notice the small constant things that are going on under our feet and all aroundus. We can sit on a tractor or combine and know via the radio and the cell phone everything there is to know about the grain and livestock markets and the number as well as movement of product and the conditions attach- ing to the various markets in all the different parts of the world. We can ride the machine and learn a great deal about the operation of the machine itself. If there is global positioning equipment aboard, and that is becom- ing a reality for larger farmers, we may even find some things out about the soil and how it relates to yield. But if we get off and get down on our hands and knees regardless of how demeaning that may seem, we begin to see how we are related to the soil. Tractor riding simplifies the job we do, because after a time of tractor rid- ing, we do not for the most part want to do anything that does not involve a tractor. And that leaves out a whole useful pile of possible farm manage- ment practices. What happened to me, I have no idea. Somebody-must have slugged me with a two by four somewhere along the line. I only know that when I spend too much time on a tractor, my body starts to feel out of joint and I feel out of control. It is when I am on foot and out among the fields and ani- mals that I feel most able to see what needs to be done and properly manage the doing of it. If management is the art of not being surprised, there is no better way of working that out with a biological system such as a farm than being there to see the problem start, as well as being in a quiet enough frame of mind to hear opportunity knocking. For me, that happens on foot, not astride a machine. Dear 1Vr,Percy: Well, it took 2 of ever growing out of it. Miss years from shelter to shelter and the streets in-between, but me and my 4 kids finally have our own place. People take so much for granted. What we wouldn't give to sleep on beds again. We have a few chairs and a table, but no beds, no couch. It's a long story what happened to us, but let me warn your readers. It could happen to them, too. You miss a couple of paychecks, lose your job, go a little crazy and suddenly you're out of the system. Mr. Ross, you seem to help those who are rebuilding their lives, not destroying them. Please find it within your heart to help us, too. Ms. P. W .... The News, Northfietd, MN Dear Ms. W.: You need beds-are we talking 5 singles or 2 doubles and a single-maybe bunk beds? Then there are the mattress pads, sheets, pillows and blankets. I can always tell when a need is a tremendous one, because the person does not supply a lot of particulars. AH you know is your family needs a decent night's sleep and if that could be achieved by sleeping in the rafters, you'd have thought of that. Well, it is time for decision making because I'm sending $1 ,000-an average of $200 per person. It's up to you now to make the best purchases you can. Dear Mr. Ross: You seem to be a man people tell their secrets to. My secret is only known by my immediate family, so please don't publish my name. I'm 16 years old and I wet the bed. I don't know what to do about it. I've been to the doctor and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope - I'm afraid to drink anything after 12 noon. I've never been able to sleep over at a friend's house. My morn tries to help me, but there is nothing she can do. My mom and dad are divorced. He thinks I do this just to get attention. Doesn't he know how embarrassed I am? Do you realize I can never get married unless I get rid of this problem? "Oh, hi honey, I wet the bed every night, but don't let that stop you from sleeping with me!" See? Besides, at age 16 I've given up hope T. B .... Pennysaver, Tulsa, OK Dear Miss B.: That's a horrible secret to carry within yourself because it causes so much shame. Let's turn that around. I suggest you try the American Enuresis Foundation's program. The cost is $450 and their success rate is darn good if you follow the program religiously. Best part is it is achieved without any miracle pills or gadgetry. I wish you endless results by way of my forthcoming check. Mr. Ross: I want to share an observation you have made many times, but it took an earth shattering event for me to drive it home. Two weeks ago my biggest concern was money! Money to replace an ailing clothes dryer and dishwasher, new carpet-maybe a real vacation. Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer and found I had wealth beyond belief. My husband is a rock-he's there to do whatever, whenever. Our four grown children and their families have shown love and support beyond my imagination. I have what money can't buy-a family who loves me. Now I have to get better-they won't settle for less! Mrs. J. S .... Herald & Review, Decatur, IL Dear Mrs. S.: I can see why you have the love and support of family. you have a darn good attitude. Hearing the "C" word isn't as scary nowa days, especially with certain forms like breast cancer, which if detected early can be cured. Thanks for the attitude check. It's easy to become f'dled with self-pity, even if you're not battling cancer. Editor's note: check your local radio station for Percy Ross' call of the day and visit his web site at www. thanksamillion, com. Write Percy Ross, c/o the Ortonville Independent, PO Box 39000-B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. Open house for Schmeichels' 50th Jeanne and Marvin Schmeichel of Odessa observed their Golden wedding anniversary on Oct. 23rd of this year. In observance of the event, there will be an open house celebration on Saturday, Nov. 28th, 1998, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Odessa. There will be a brief program at 2 p.m. No local invitations have been sent. All friends and relatives are welcome. Your presence is your gift. Prairie Five Reservations may be made by calling the Senior Center. When requesting a meal call the Senior Center the day prior to eating at 839- 3555 before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Wax Beans, Sherbet, Whole Wheat Bread Wednesday, Nov. 18 Chicken Fried Pork Steak, Scalloped Potatoes, Harvard Beets, Poke Cake, Raisin Bread Thursday, Nov. 19 Baked Fish i Make-A-Head Potatoes, Peas 'ts, Pineapple Dessert, Whole Wheat Bread Friday, Nov. 20 Soup and Sandwich Day Monday, Nov. 23 Polish Sausage, Boiled Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Pie, WW Dinner Roll Tuesday, Nov. 24 BBQ Beef Cubes, Rice/Mashed Potatoes, Carrifruit Salad, Jello/Topping, Whole wheat Bread Finke enrolls at Hamline Univ. Brandon Dale Finks, son of Dale and Sharon Finke of Ortonville, has enrolled as one of the first-year students attending the College of Liberal Arts at Hamline University in St. Paul. This is the largest incoming first- year class Hamline has had in its 144- year history. 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