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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Thanksgiving message Thanksgiving is a holiday where friends, family and loved ones get together to enjoy good food, fond memories and make other memories. Most people drive long distances to arrive at their families or friends' homes. This letter is just a reminder to BUCKLE UP when you're driving and riding and to obey speed limits. Seat belt use has risen to about 80% in Minnesota and we hope it will continue to go up. Nov. 21 to Dec. 1 is a time period that law enforcement will be watching for these violations a little more than usual. Our office will join the nearly 350 other agencies in Minnesota that will try and keep the highways safer and you alive. All too often we hear stories about traffic tragedies on the holiday weekends. Nearly 70% of the traffic fatalities in Minnesota occur on the rural highways and roads. Please buckle up and enjoy the holidays. -Joseph d. Berning, Jr. Big Stone County Sheriff 'o i " l d War II Memories your son, and the sons of other American fathers, are doing just such things as that here in the Southwest Pacific. "Theirs is a very real and very tangible contribution to victory and to peace. "I would like to tell you how gen- uinely proud I am to have men such as your son in my command, and how gratified I am to know that you Americans with such courage and resourcefulness are fighting our coun- try's battle against the aggressor nations. "You, Mr. Gioege, have every rea- son to share that pride and gratifica- tion." Sgt. Gloege is a graduate of the Ortonville high school and has a brother, Walter, in training in. California. (Editor's note: This is one in a series of articles, many from The Independent, found in a cherished scrapbook compiled by OrtonviUe's Heiga (Mrs. Sam) Bart.)  t  ft Staff Sgt. Orville C. Gloege Decorated With Air Medal in South Pacific Theatre Project X-mas From Allied Air Force Headquarters, Southwest Pacitic Area came word today that Staff Sgt. Orville C. Gloege, of Odessa, was recently decorated with the Air Medal. A letter to Orville's father, William L Gloege, from George C. Kenney, Lieutenant General, Commanding, says in part: "The award was made in recogni- tion of courageous service to his com- bat organization, his fellow American airmen, his country, his home and to you. "He was cited for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights in the Southwest Pacific Area from February 15, 1944 to April 23, 1944. "Your son took part in sustained operational flight missions during which hostile contact was probable and expected. These flights included bombing missions against enemy installations, shipping and supply bases and aided considerably_in the successes in this theatre. "Almost every hour of every day WALTER GRIMM celebrates his 98th birthday at Ortonville's Senior Citizens Center with a ame of bridge. Nash Perrine, rvm Kaufman and Gene Olson rounded out the foursome last week. put that up around the garden and that seemed to keep the deer out." Walter loves the lilacs and daffodils and has a special bleeding heart he's proud of. But he probably enjoys playing cards at the Senior Citizen's Center about as much as anything. Every day the Center is open, Walter takes the Prairie Five Ortonville bus from First Street to the Senior Center, has lunch, again by city Jaycees Ortonville Area Jaycees are running Project Christmas again this year. The Jaycees will be buying gifts for underprivileged children in Big Stone County. Last year we spent over $3,600 on about 185 children. If you would like to help with this excellent cause,you can send cash donations to Project Christmas, EO. Box 53, Ortonville, MN 56278 or you can drop off "new" unwrapped gifts to Blair Johnson, C.P.A., in Ortonville or to the Ortonville Pizza Ranch. The Ortonville Dairy Queen is also serving as a drop site and will be giving away a free sundae  anyone who drops off a "new" unwrapped present there for Project Christmas. by the late Rev. Geo,e P. Werner D.D.  (Edi. note: Follow,ng s one of a series of articles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his famil'y to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to ]934. Your're reading his nmories of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon. The author ',,,as born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and liv in Blue Earth and Minneapolis beiore moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. lhno lanssen, now retired in WaMut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Wemer passed away late in the year 2000. --=,,. Gapp, Roggenbuck II to head BSC Development Corp Big Stone City's Development Corporation met Nov. 7, 2002 for its monthly meeting, which also served as its Annual Meeting. Rick Barnhardt, Mary Andrews and Joann Ross were elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term. Elections wer also-held for President and Vice President of the Corporation. Elected were Tim Gapp as President and Larry Roggenbuck as Vice President. The Big Stone City Development Corporation meets the first Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Janet at 862-8121 for more information on the meeting location. Steven Bly rites Thursday Walter Grimm celebrates and spends the afternoon playing bridge. "He plays a good game of bridge .... always a dependable part-. ner," says Paula Reisdorph, Director of the Ortonviile Senior Citizen Center. "At 98, can you imagine." Markets I III I IIIIII No. i Wheat ...................... 4.38 Soybeans ............................ 5.23 Corn ................................... 2.11 Nov. 19, 2001 No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.00 Soybeans. .......................... 4.06 Corn ................................... 1.61 The Zahrbock funeral home of Madison, announces "the death of 16- year-old Steven Bly of Madison, who passed away last Saturday as the result of an automobile accident near Madison. Funeral services will he held at 1 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Madison Public School Auditorium in Madison, with Father Jeff Horejsi officiating. Interment will be in the St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon until 5 p.m. at the Zahrbock funeral home in Madison. There will be a Rosary Service Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue after 6 p.m. Wednesday at the School auditorium, there will be a scripture service Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the school. Steven Bly is survived by his parents: Thomas and Theresa Bly of rural Madison, sister Stephanie also of Madison. Paternal grandmother Lois Dahi of Madison. Maternal grandparents: Norbert and Phyllis Deslauriers of Canby. Check writer is court no show Walter Grimm celebrated his 98th birthday on Friday by playing cards at the Ortonviile Senior Citizen Center. Walter grew up a mile north of Highway 7-75 just west of Odessa. "I was the youngest of seven children, and became my Dad's companion, went everywhere with him, especial- ly after my mother died." Walter attended the country school a mile away from his family's farm, and remembers that Ruth Lindgren taught two years, and Mrs. Peterson, who married Stewart Peterson also was one of his teachers. As part of a big family he played "dog and deer," a game of tag that runs a prescribed course on either side of the creek that ran near the school above the river bottoms. Deer can jump, dog must run the course. "The first deer I saw around here was when I was farming in the 30's. Saw one jumping Dick Pansch's fence, and the only geese were the home-grown variety." But there were lots of ducks, fox and beaver, and Walter saw a pair of wolves in the mid 20s running across the field towards John Huizenga's place. He fondly remembers the circus coming to Ortonville. All the animals, wagons, and clowns would parade up First Street, down Main, and set up the big tent in Kaercher's pasture across the viaduct. It was pure excite- ment for a poor kid from Big Stone County. Walter always wanted to farm. And no matter what, "like a darn fool," he kept trying, But without much money to get started, he rented land all throughout Big Stone County at one time or another, finally purchasing 103 acres at Meadowbrook. Waiter's stories are a who's who of Big Stone County. Anyone doing research on family history should check with Walter. He's a wealth of information about the Odessa area, who farmed where, who bought land, who sold cattle, where buildings were built and moved. Waltel remembers a lot about farming, the pleasures and the hard- ships. Like the year he lost all his pigs, 34 or 35, to cholera. Burying them all was a terrible job. In 1988, Walter moved to Ortonville, shortly thereafter to the house at 137 SE First Street. "When my brother Henry moved to the nurs, ing home tn Clinton, I took over the house, expanded the garden, kept the flowers blooming." 'is year was the best ever. The garden was really pretty, except the darn deer ate the tulips off, and they never did bloom, Marcella, my niece brought some yellow ribbon, and we Edward Wayne LaMour failed to appear in Big Stone County Court as summoned for issuance of a dishon- ored check in an amount exceeding $500.00. He purchased property from JoLee's Jewelry paying with a check that was returned unpaid due to non- sufficient funds. LaMour resides in St. Paul. A warrant for his arrest has been issued. "STATE FAIR" (continued from last week) But my greatest thrill was reserved for the grandstand. Here, one after- noon. 1 saw the "'mother of all train wrecks." At the far ends of the long viewing area before us, two gigantic old steam engines were fired up with a tremendous head of steam. They were at opposite ends of the arena, facing each other on a single track between them. Hooked to each engine was a box car with its sliding doors open. These cars were filled with dry hay. We all knew what was going to happen because our bill- boards shrilly had proclaimed that we were to see the train wreck of the century. The grandstand and bleachers were filled to capacity. Minnesota was Paul Bunyan land. A giant of a man who had an enormous blue ox as a companion, a man who could do wonders with his prodigious ax. This was a state that had known the rigors of settling in Sioux country and liv- ing through the murderous Sioux Uprising of 1862 which annihilated hundreds of sealers along the upper reaches of the Minnesota River Valley. This was a state whose early immigrants (my grandfather includ- ed) endured the ravages of the grasshopper plagues which decimat- ed their crops and sent them to the brink of starvation. This was a state that expected and delivered the impossible. This was a state that could stage a spectacular train wreck. All was made ready. The engi- neers, plainly to be seen from the grandstand, climbed up their iron lad- ders into the cabs of their engines. The bells were rung, the steam hissed, the crowd as silent as fired up for the spectacle as the engines. Slowly the engines began to move toward each other. Then the throttle was opened wide and the wheels spun on the screeching tracks. Suddenly flaming torches were thrown into the open doors of the freight cars and the hay ignited with a roar. It was a sight to behold as the trains, gathering speed quickly roared down the track headlong to a man- made catastrophe. The trains rapidly were approaching maximum speed. With wide open throttle the engineers could be seen jumping from their cabs as their engines neared ground zero. Perhaps nothing before or since had been seen by so many people at one time. The paltry offerings of Nero in the Roman Coliseum to mol- lify, if not edify the populace (a few gladiators and Christians killed). were as nothing compared to what was happening before our eyes. We were galvanized, thrust into a frenzy of identifying ourselves with this mountain of steel crashing into its counterpart. Then it happened. The two engines, drawing their flaming box cars behind them in a trail of fire, crashed into each other with a tremendous roar, steel mesh- ing with steel, gushing steam explod- ing skyward, a.s the engines upended head to head and became one gigan- tic ball of grinding, groaning black steel catastrophe. All senses were immediately assailed. Our eyes fused with the superhuman crash, our ears were assaulted with the deafening roar, our nostrils breathed in the smell of steam and water on red hot metal. We were a part of it. no spec- tators, but participants in thJs "train wreck of the century." To my knowledge, nothing like this was staged before or has been since. Surely in this year of 1996 this could not happen. The cost would be prohibitive. Many groups, conserva- tion and others, would decry this waste of resources. We have become too civilized to take pleasure in this pioneer mentality type of diversion from the mundane and routine tenor of human existence. Now we resort to men threshing one another in "prize" fights or smashing into one another to grasp an oblong pigskin and carry it over a "goal" line. I won- der. Have we really come that far in our search for excitement and diver- sion from the stark reality of our humdrum existence? 1 wonder. is / \\; COO 000?g nton ] INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! ] DO-IT-YOURSELF Laminate Wood Flooring UltraLock: A patented form of tongueand groove firmly locks the elements together, both lengthwis arid crosswise. It is faster and easier to lay the floor whether itis done by a professional or a do-it-yourselfer. 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