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One of our dearest and closest of friends, Dr. Charles "Chili" McClintick of San Antonio (co- founder of Pearle Vision), sends us some mighty interesting facts today about his 1940 class (all male at that time) at Texas A&M which gathered for their 62nd reunion in early October in Galveston: The class is one of tile most stot:ied of Aggie classes. It included six graduates who went on to become Army Generals, one Admiral, and a handful of Fortune 500 Company CEOs. There were about 800 members of the all- male class, most of whom served in World War II. Eighty members were killed in action, the total number of wounded is unknown. One class member is Jim Hollingsworth, a dec- ()rated Lt. General, Jay Robbins, all- time No. 9 rated ace with 22 kills, and George Gay, lone survivor of the famous torpedo squadron 8 at Midway. Chili recalls that on Aug. 6, 1945, he was returning to base after dropping bombs from a B-29 near Honshu, Japan, when he and his crew saw a huge, dark cloud many miles off their left wing. They learned later that they had been accidental wit- nesses to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that led to the end of World War II. Four years ago, about 50 members of the 1940 class gath- ered for a mini-reunion...only 25 returned for the event this year, which will probably be their last reunion, after 62 years of annual gatherings! We recall several years ago, one member of Chili's 73rd Bomb Wing, related a most unusual story in a newsletter of how his B-29, just after taking off from Okinawa loaded with bombs, "slapped the ocean's surface before gaining alti- tude. In so doing, one of the pro- pellers was slightly dented, yet the plane flew it's entire mission." • Hey...how about those Vikings?! Believe it or not, we had a feeling they were going to upset the Packers, defillitely I)laying their best ball of the current season. Let's hope their intensity continues! As for the current Gophers...what a big disap- • pointment! Looks like they'll have to wait yet another year! We were privileged to be among the honored guests at the Veterans Day program and dinner staged last Saturday by Big Stone City's American Legion Post. What an eventful time it was, which we thor- oughly enjoyed. Main speaker Rev. Ray Otto of St. Charles Church in Big Stone City, was a big hit with his thoughtfulness and humor. We under- stand one of the ladies in the crowd approached Rev. Otto after his speech, saying "if you promise to keep talking like that, I71 consider changing my faith and become a Catholic!" Wow...what a compli- ment ! Lac qui Parle's Canada goose season ended last Wednesday, with some excel- lent hunting reports on the final week. Hunters ended up killing about 6,000 geese...the season s quota was 12,000. A short animal quiz in Sunday's Mpls. Star-Tribune asks what animal is deadlier than sharks, alligators, bears and rattlesnakes combined? "The answer is the gentle, lovely deer! The New York Times reports that deer are struck by cars, trucks, and motorcycles more than a million times a year, the accidents killing more than 100 annually and causing $1 billion in damages." Dakota State University in Madison, SD, has a new way to reach potential donors...an 8-station call cen- ter has been added for the "DSU Dialers" phonathon team. A total of 14 students work in the call center. One of the dialers is Hilary Wiese of Ortonville. ***** \\; A note today from Gene Biever who thinks plaudits are due the City of Big Stone. "Big Stone City park benches placed on main street really look nice," he says, "and garbage collectors on main street also look nice...fineassets to the City of Big Stone." Much interest for proposed city assisted living complex More than 80 people attended an Open House at the Senior Citizen Center on Wed. Nov. 13 to hear a pre- sentation by Prairie Grass Communities' representatives Brent Christiansen and Darrell Farr, and to ask questions pertaining to the pro- posed construction of 34 independent and assisted living apartments in Ortonville. Ken Archer, Administrator of Ortonville Area Health Services, introduced Christiansen and told the group about the task force investigat- ing the options for construction of a housing facility to provide alternative housing for elderly residents. Questions ranged from, "How do I get on a wait- ing list?" to "What will it cost?". Prairie Grass expects about 20 part and full time local jobs to be avail- able, though Christiansen indicated that the jobs might be equivalent to 10 to 15 full time jobs. Despite survey information, atten- dees questioned the 'fill rate' time frame, wondering if this community had enough people who could afford the rates and who would or could fill the units. Christiansen stated that Prairie Grass attempts through experi- ence to build appropriately to the size of the community. Farr indicated that independent units are usually full at the time of opening, while expecta- tions that the assistant living side will be virtually full within 12 to 18 months. Maxfield Research Incorporated, has been retained to Update the market study done four years ago with more current 2000 census data. Healthcare grant funds will be used to pay for the update and study conclusions should help in determining the feasibility of the project. How would this facility impact the nursing home and other facilities in the area'? Archer, said he hoped the facility would be part of a "seamless health care system." "OAHS would coordinate with the new facilitv for health related ser- vices, working hand in hand with Prairie Grass Communities," said Archer. Bearcats host Grant Deuel for parents night Thursday, Oct. 24th, the Bellingham Bearcats hosted Grant Deuel for their parents night. In the fourth grade game, the Bearcats couldn't stop the taller Wildcats. The quarter stops were: 0-8, 0-16, 0-16, 4- 20. The girls scoring were: Danielle B - 2, and Theresa - 2. The sixth grade showed a very aggressive Bearcat team. This was probably the best game the sixth grade team played this year. Great defense and great offense sent the Wildcats home defeated. Quarter stops were: 10-2,16-4, 20-8, 26-10. Scoring were: Danielle L - 2, Brandy - 2, Kayla - 2, and Whitley - 18. The final game for the Bearcats was at Big Stone Tuesday, Oct. 29. The fifth grade team started the game really strong. The girls played a great game, they passed the ball quickly, rebounded well and played as a team. Quarter stops were: 10-0.12-0,16- 2,16-7. Scoring were: McKenzie - 2, Costs of construction were esti- mated at $80,000 to $90,000 per unit. T'k force member Marilvn Lindah'/'ho visited the Prairie Grass Communities' recently constructed building in Hb.rmony, enthusiastically gave her impressions of the quality of the facility in Harmony. "The building was just lovely. No tong, dreary hall- ways with a line of doors." Pictures and artist renderings of the proposed site were displayed and information distributed to attendees detailing cost of rentals, services, square footage of units, and proposed common areas. According to Farr, Prairie Grass representative, they hope to meet with the Ortonville Task Force shortly to describe specific financing and cost matters. The EDA will be contacting Ellers and Associates as the bonding company that the City of Ortonville uses to find out bonding specifics. The City Attorney will be researching the Prairie Grass Communities' contracts prior to city involvement. Brandy-4, and Kayla with 10. The sixth grade game had a very slow first half. The Bearcats couldn't seem to get the plays to run and their shots were cold. The second half the Bearcats finally got their game going and had a great final game of the sea- son. Quarter stops were: 3-2, 7-6,13- 6, 19-8. In the scoring column were: Sammy - 4, Kayla - 4, and Whitley - 11. City POllice to star in seat be t enforcement Last spring Ortonville's Police Department participated in the state's blockbuster May Mobilization seat belt enforcement campaign. The effort resulted in 11 citations and warning and an l l-point percent increase in seat belt use, raising Ortonvilte) seat belt rate to 74 percent. In the sequel, staring officers from the Ortonville Police Department will join a cast of 350 other agencies and State Patrol in a Sate & Sober enhanced enlorcement campaign tar- geting seat belt use. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will direct the effort, Nov. 21 - Dec. 1. Minnesota's overall seat belt use has increased from 74 percent last year to a record-high of 80 percent based on observational studies con- ducted in August. In 2001, seat belt non use resulted in 317 deaths on Minnesota roads - more than two- thirds of all traffic deaths - and one death alone in Big Stone County. Ortonville Police Department will patrol extra hours on Ortonville roads to ticket those not using seat belts. OTS reports the best way to turn the remaining unbuckled 20 percent of vehicle occupants away from the Jehovah's Witnesses meet in Huron In a world where trust is almost a thing of the past what can people trust in, government, religion, stockbrokers, accountants, or maybe lawyers? Certainly not, according to a recent national poll where less than nine percent of those polled said they would put their trust in people of these professions• At the assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses that was held in Huron, SD Nov. 2 and 3 2002, the theme was "Trust in Jehovah and Do Good." (Ps. 37:3) The almost 500 in attendance from South Dakota, and neighboring North Dakota and Minnesota were encouraged to put their trust, even in these difficult times, in their God Jehovah. Trust was defined as "total confidence in integrity, ability, and good character." This trust would be manifest in all aspects of life, especially in marriage, family life, and material needs. All were encouraged to do good toward others by taking care of their families and sharing Bible truths. The talk entitled "Deliverance From World Distress Is Near" was given by Dick Seranco, a representative of The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. It was refreshing for all those in attendance, pointing to the end of this untrustworthy world when God's kingdom will rule the earth. For more information please contact Jehovah's Witnesses or go to www.watchtower.org PRINTING Is Our Business THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT "'dark side" is to use the enforcement - and issue tickets. "Our efforts in May increased belt use and, in turn, will save lives and prevent injuries," says Off'leer Jason Mork. "Now our goal is to boost that rate to 100 percent'- by writing up those who are still putting their lives at risk." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called for ever 3 , state to execute this mobilization to increase seat belt use. 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Give me a call for more infor John Stolpman Ortonville Bellingham 320-839-6194 320-568-2101 BlueCros$ of Minnesota Library corner The hours of the library are Monday - Thursday 12-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10-3 p.m. We now have available at the Library the Ordinance Book for the City of Ortonville. You may use this anytime you need to in the library. New in General Fiction is Maeve Binchy's "Quentins". While filming a documentary about Quentins, a famed Dublin restaurant, Ella Brady explores the changing face and spirit of the city from the 1970s to the present day as she captures the stories of the people and events who have made Quentins a center of their lives. New in Mystery is Linda Barnes' "The Big Dig". 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