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Helgesons selected for '98 SWCD Ag-Sportsman Award Harley and Ellie Helgeson of Helgeson Ranch have been selected to receive the Ag-Sportsman Award for 1998 by the Big Stone SWCD Board of su.pervisors. Harley has been farm- ing since 1979. He married Ellie in 1988. They own 600 acres of land. 450 acres are pasture and wetlands, and of this, 250 acres are considered native prairie. The remaining 150 acres of cropland are put into a corn, oats and alfalfa rotation to help feed the livestock. The livestock on the Helgeson Ranch consist of 70 head of cattle and 33 horses. Of the two, the Helgeson's enjoy working with their horses most. One horse, a wild mustang, came from the open range of Nevada. They also have registered paint stallions for custom breeding. In 1997, Harley attended school in Sioux Falls to become a farrier(horseshoer). He has started his business at this profession and has regular customers. Over the years the Helgeson's have left their marginal land in pasture instead of breaking it up for cropland. This has led to the livestock type of farming that they now have. And by doing this, much soil erosion and wet- lands have been saved. They also -plant food plots for the deer and pheasants. Some of the sloughs are leased out for hunting and some are kept open for friends and relatives to hunt in. Harley and Ellie have three chil- dren. They are Adam (9 yrs.), Kaylee TWO OF THE 33 HORSES that (6 yrs.), and Kara (4 yrs.). Adam and Kaylee are ip 4-H. Kara likes her kitty named Dumplin. The Helgesons attend St. John's Catholic Church of Ortonville. In addition to the ranch work, Harley is on the Odessa Township board and Ellie is the band director at Grant Deuel school in Revillo. Horseback riding is a hobby of the whole family. The Helgesons try to attend two or three trail rides a year. Harley and Ellie enjoy playing volley- I reside on the Helgeson Ranch. ball. Although music is Ellie's work, it is also one of her favorite pastimes. Harley likes to hunt pheasants and deer. Fishing is also a favorite pas- time of his. Congratulations once again to Harley and Ellie of Helgeson Ranch for achieving the Big Stone County Ag-Sportsman Award for 1998! Extension We have 2,000 yards of high quality carpet in Stock. ON SALE NOW THRU DEC. 7TH- $6-$18 per yard." Tom Wood - 26th year How long does it take to understand which carpet is best for you? About 20 minutes. It's called FULL DISCLOSURE. You can know before you buy how it will perform. Living rooms should always have a DURABILITY RATING of 3.5 to 5. CARTWRIGHT DRUG GIFTS & COLLECTIBLES 147 NW 2rid St Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-6102 Dept 56 Collectibles Snow Village Heritage Village Snowbabies 8oyds 13earstones and Folkstones , , Ty Beanie Babies * :; . --J-, Terry Red|in Plates & Mugs  ;: ; . ,"-, Afghans -  d-'L  Precious Moments . Yankee Candles %S3- , ,. -_.ff Root Candles n./,.;,-_ _"4,  Fenton Glass ,',  " . Collectible Dolls NOW, EVEN THE SMALLEST BUSINESSES CAN HAVE THE KIND OF HEALTH PLAN BIG BUSINESSES DO. t. -t,end Sa..a d ev  C,s Learn how Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is helping businesses like yours estab- lish affordable, high-quality benefit programs for your employees. Call the agent listed below. Bt Sld AsaaaM qSz.INSURANCE CENIER TOm OA00S 21 Southeast Second Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320-839-2568 Registered marks of the Blue (,'ros arid Blue Shield .1sm'iation C 1994 Blur Crt).s and Blue Shield qfMinneota John Cunningham, County Extension Director 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 OCTOBER USDA CROP REPORT Craig Haugaard, Swift County Extension Educator, provided the following material. The second largest corn crop in history is being harvested in the United States according to USDA's October Crop Production Report. The U.S. production estimate remained essentially unchanged from the September projection. The large crop has resulted in a much lower corn price than a year ago. USDA is projecting a seasonal average farm price of $1.80 to $2.20, versus $2.45 for the marketing year which ended Sept. 1. The lower price is expected to stimulate use of corn, both in the United States and abroad. Dbmestic use is projected to increase by 264 million bushels, relative to a year ago, .Given the frantic pace that characterizes most families, dinner is often one of the few times that the entire family is gathered together. A little creativity can make this limited amount of time an enriching experience. Why not try a potluck family dinner'? Each member of the family is responsible for one part of the meal. Smaller children can work with a pare or older sibling. Afterwards, everyo'lw.,helps with the clean-up. Family;r--note night can be an opportunity to catch up on letter writing and bring happiness to others. Clear the table after dinner and let each family member choose five people to send notes to. You may choose relatives, friends you haven't seen for awhile, missionaries, teachers, associates or others. You can each write to a different person or slip individual notes to the same person in one envelope. Reminiscing during dinner can be fun. Spend your dinner reminiscing about the fun you've had as a family athome. Then choose the best experience you'e thought of and repeat it after dinner. A family dinner for "secret company" can be a special time. Plan a fancy dinner using the best tableware and tell the children that some "Important people" are coming for dinner. When it is time for the guests to arrive, send the children out the door and lock it so that they have to ring the bell to get back in. Then open the door and welcome them in as "important company." During dinner tell the children how special they are to you. Additional Tips for Making Mealtime a Positive Experience: - Develop a family meal routine - establish a regular time or setting when family members can be together -- even if it is only once a week. - Take this time for family sharing without outside interference. Avoid disciplining child at mealtime or bringing up family conflicts. DATES TO REMEMBER: November 16-21 - Minnesota Chemical Health Week November 18-19 - Multicluster Conference at New Ulm November 20 - Retirement Party of Roger Larson, Extension Educator, Chippewa County November 22-28 - National Family Week November 26-27 -Courthouse closed in observance of Thanksgiving November 30 Afterschool CIoverbuds session at Beardsley Elementary School 3:15-4:30 p.m.) ONE OF THE MANY WETLANDS that exist on the Ranch. By keeping their marginal land in pasture, soil is native plants, grasses and wetlands are preserved. Open buse 80th honoring Helen Johnso00 Saturday, November 21, 1 2:00-4:00 PM The Matador Su Fiesta Room (use ORTONVILLE, M Hosted by her children and grandchildren. your presence is your gift! and exports are projected to increase I by 135 million bushels. l a  Exports will not recover anywhere clgse to the level projected just 18 months ago by USDA for this past marketing year. That projection for the marketing year just completed was made before economic problems developed in Asia. Asian countries are important markets for U.S. corn. Wheat and soybeans are less affected. To illustrate, consider USDA's projected exports prior to when problems developed in Asia.,In May 1997, USDA projected exports for the 1997- 98 marketing year of 1 billion bushels for wheat, 2.05 billion, for corn and 890 million for soybeans. As of October 1998, USDA estimates that 1997-98 marketing year exports were 1.04 billion for wheat, 1.515 billion for corn and 877 million for soybeans. Exports fell short of expectations by 535 million for corn and 13 million for soybeans. Most of the decreases can be attributed to reduced imports by Asia. The consensus in the trade appears to be that several years will be required for Asia to recover from its financial difficulties and regain import levels. Two years of lost exports could exceed a billion bushels of corn. To put that in perspective, carryover corn stocks for the current marketing year are expected to be 1.71 billion, or more than double what they might have been with normal imports by Asia. Think of the difference that could make in the corn price. Jean Kvols, County Extension Educator MAKING THE MOST OF DINNER Happy Birthday I Wishing you many I more hugs on I Nov. 16th! STOP IN...You'il be surprised at our large selection of items the hol Rick and Cindy Chamberlain BAHBIR5111 SPORTING GOODS & Main Street Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone (320) 839-3122 Page 10  INDEPENDENT Tuesday, NoV.