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Boy, does our court and judicial system need an overhaul .... BIG TIME! Suppose most of you have heard of the young man who mur- dered two women in Iowa, and in appearing before law officials, he was "all smiles" yet and said the rea- son for his killings was so the women wouldn't report his just committed act of theft. We understand the man has had a criminal record since he was only 13-years-old. WHY, WE ASK, DON'T OUR JUDGES SENSE THIS, 1N THE MINDS OF SO MANY CASES ACROSS THE LAND AND EITHER LOCK SUCH PEOPLE UP BEFORE THEY KILL, OR SURELY PLACE THEM IN A REHAB PLACE? We heard a while back where a judge in Oklahoma released a man committed for rape. It just doesn't make sense that all the law-abiding persons should be at risk because the judges let such "mani- acs" roam the streets. Come on, Judges...wake up and do the job for which you were either appointed or elected! Hey big govern- ment...WAKE UP! Want to really create more jobs in the private sector, enact a plan that will begin DE-CEN- TRALIZING INDUSTRY from over-crowded big cities to smaller communities of America. Put some of the stimulus taxpayer dollars to good use! Best way we know how to start such an exodus is to offer huge tax breaks to industry to make the moves! What makes matters even worse for our Troops is President Obama say- ing on Sunday that we need to keep our troops in Afghanistan "for at least four more years...maybe longer before we turn the country over to local govt." What a STUPID WAR- FARE POLICY! Why wait even another day or week before we launch an all-out offensve, an all-out victory...and pull ALL OUR TROOPS HOME! Are we there to win or not?! Doesn't make sense to rage a war-policy like that. We note where we are stepping it up a notch by now deploying tanks.,.but a lot more fire power is needed for victo- ry! Really, for what are even there? Wake up Obama! As for our Vikings...what a disappointment! Looks like they need a whole new team on both offense and defense! Favre has played his heart out but has had lit- fie protection! For sure he will not return next year. Trouble with the QB spot, they let the best back-up go when they traded Rosenthal! lt's way too early in the season to predict, but il' our U of M basketball team continues to play as they did on their 72-67 upset win over No. 8 North Carolina in a tourney played in Puerto Rico, they will go a long, long way in this year's Bi,, Ten play. Coach Tubby Smith has one of the best U of M teams we can recall in many a year! Can't relnember when we have seen a better-played game than the win over North Carolina. Especially on defense, the Gophers Were OUTSTANDING! And then on Sunday, they beat another fine team in West Virginia, as the Gophers won the Championship in the Puerto Rican tourney. Go go Gophers! , .-g .-.g : , Talk about creating jobs overseas...someone has done their work! Recently we were talking with a credit card rep, on two.separate occasions. When we asked where they were of the answers came back India, the next time it was Ecuador! Must be a heck of a phone bill...unless Ma Bell has made them a deal! KUDOS are long over-due for the talents and dedication to our Veterans, shown in the past year or so by authors ]ayDee Ross and Judy (Ge,hardt) Nichols. We're sure most O|" our readers will agree that the "Let's Never Forget" series...sponsorcd by OAHS, Hasslcn, and Hedge & Herberg...havc hecn so inspiring and so prccioust Now for the really good news. For months, we have told the authors, who have wanted to be almonynums, tha! their efforts should be put inlo book fornl. And what a surprise we had recently when we learned from JayDee's brother, Dr. Bob Ross, that JayDee and Judy are, indeed, working on such a book!...rcmemhering our Veterans! We can't wail lor it's publication! ec,o, Dd of a series ..... "Whitey" ,Johnson' lead-in to his memoirs signing (Edi. note: As previously mentioned in our Odds 'n Ends column, Artichoke native Wayne G. "Whitey" Johnson, 89, will soon have a book on his Memoirs published, enti- tled "Whitey From Farm Kid to Flying Tiger to Attorney" and for which he will have a book-signing come Dec. 11 at the Big Stone Legion. Prior to the book-signing, The Inde- pendent will be publishing a condensed version of Whitey's background, in a three part se- ries starting Nov. 16, 2010) He is past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Flying Tigers 14th Air Force Association. He served as Secretary of the Flying Tigers Museum Committee for the Flying Tigers exhibit at the Museum of Avia- tion, Warner Robins, CA. He helped design some of the exhibits at the Mu- seum of Aviation, provided captions, historical material, and monitored the exhibits for historical accuracy. John- son helped design the Flying Tigers Memorial Monument at the United States Air Force Museum Memorial Park in Dayton, OH; designed the Fly- ing Tigers monument at New Park, Taipei, Taiwan; the Flying Tigers plaques for the Memorial Garden at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; the Flying Tigers plaque for the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery as well as the his- torical plaques for the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles International Airport. He was instrumental in sectir- ing a postage stamp honoring General Claire Chennault, commander of the Flying Tigers, in 1990. Johnson has written numerous arti- cles on aviation, and lectures widely, particularly on the role of the Flying Tigers in WWII, as well on other his- torical and legal matters. He is a mem- ber of the United States Air Force Association, and a charter member of the Commemorative Air Force Associ- ation which was organized to preserve World War II aircraft and to operate a display museum as well as demonstrate WWII aircraft at air shows. He helped form and is a charter member of the Lawyer-Pilots Associa- tion. He also helped organize and was the first president of the Flying Sports- man of North America. Wayne Johnson graduated from the Chokio. high school in 1939 and received his higher education at Michigan Mining and Technology, North Dakota State Uni- versity, University of Minnesota and the William Mitchell College of Law. He was admitted to the Minnesota bar in1952. He is admitted to the practice of law in Minnesota and Wisconsin, United States District Courts. United States Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the of the American, Min- nesota and Wisconsin Bar Associa- tions, the American and Minnesota Trial Lawyers Associations, the Lawyer-Pilots Association, and the Minnesota City Attorneys Association. (Continued next week). Fall experiences at Bonanza By Mr. Mike Larson, Bonanza Di- rector The experience was special at the Bonanza Education Center this fall. The 686 visitors arrived and departed during what seemed to be endless 'In- dian Summer" days. Cold blooded creatures such as frogs, snakes, spiders and insects were present well into No- vember. Abundant summer rains produced thick stands of prairie grasses that tow- ered over most of the young visitors. Several teachers remarked that in the 17 years that schools have been visit- ing Bonanza they do not ever remem- ber the prairie looking as magnificent as it did this fall. Bonanza wildlife made homes in the tall prairie grasses. There's a Para from CGB whose heart is still racing after a rooster pheasant exploded from cover right at her feet. Two Browns Valley middle school girls had a turkey take flight right next to them. They must have been able to feel the wind created by the bird's massive wings. The prairie hikes often flushed white-tailed deer an experience that never fails to produce excited cries from the hikers. Again a variety of topics were ex- plored by visiting classes. Soils, weather, habitats, plant identification, conservation techniques, camouflage, fishing, art projects and local history are some examples. One of the most unusual and excit- ing visits occurred when the senior high school students from Chokio-Al- berta spent the day at Bonanza. They were divided into groups and each group had to locate and identify five of Bonanza's most common trees. They demonstrated their ability to make a log cabin, tepee, or wagon-wheel campfire and afterwards they enjoyed eating apples they had baked on the hot coals. After lunch the groups developed their orienteering skills as they ex- plored the park. Such a visit from nine through 12th graders has never hap- pened before. Perhaps its a sign of things to come. The Kindergarten class from Or- tonville probably had the most unusual experience at Bonanza this fall. A film crew from Channel 10 Educational TV spent the day with them filming the children interacting with the outdoors. It will be featured as a segment in an upcoming documentary about state parks along the Minnesota river. Since this was the Kindergarten children's first visit to the park they will probably expect a film crew to be present at all of their next visits. The fall was exciting right down to the last visit. As a group of second and third graders were unloading from their bus a bald eagle flew along the lake shore next to the Bonanza building. We at Bonanza, like the Native Americans who first populated this area, recognize the bald eagle as a good omen. You can imagine how excited we were when the eagle turned and flew by the building for a second time. That double flight by the bald eagle reminded us that our fall outdoors ex- periences at Bonanza had been suc- cessful and worthwhile. We look forward to the next season and the in- spiration we can draw from interacting with the creatures living in the grea outdoors. DNR reminds parents of thin ice danger to ch,ldren The Minnesota Department of Nat- ural Resources (DNR) warns parents to caution their children to stay off ponds, streams and other water bodies that now have a thin coating of ice. "Every season, people fall through ice they thought was safe," said Tim Smalley, DNR boat and water safety specialist. "It's especially tragic when these incidents involve children. A quarter of those who die by falling through the ice are nine years old or younger." As of Nov. 18, no ice in Minnesota has beeff reported by DNR conserva- tion officers as consistently four inches thick, the minimum thickness for walk- ing. lee safety guidelines also recom- mend a minimum of five inches of new, clear ice for snowmobiles, and eight to 12 inches for automobiles. Children are often sent outside to play during the holidays - while meals are prepared and presents wrapped - and they can stray onto unsafe ice. "Many years, we receive reports of children falling through ice and drown- ing around the holidays," Smalley said. "Kids are attracted to ice like a magnet. They just don't know how much ice it takes to support a person, nor what is or isn't safe." Smalley said children should not go out on the ice without adult supervi- sion, even when conditions improve. The DNR recommends contacting a local bait shop or resort at the destina- tion lake to find out if ice is safe for the planned activities. / ? "Summer Visitors" is the title of the third place winning photo taken by Liz Rackl in the Big Stone Lake Area photography contest held in OertOnville recently. Tile jud ;e commented that the photo evokes that eeling of summer that we all enjoy and long for even in the heart of winter. The photo was taken near Rackl's home east of Ortonville. The contest was sponsored by II  Big Stone Arts Council, The Ortonville Independent and Java Jule's, offee House and Bistro. GREETING SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR during her visit to Ortonville on Friday, Nov. 12 is WWII veteran and Ortonville resident Elwood Throndrud. He presented a bouquet of flowers to the'Senator on her visit. The two reminisced about the occasion Elwood had many years ago to meet her father Jim Klobuchar when he bicycled in the area. Jim Klobuchar was very impressed with the beauty of the scenery along Big Stone Lake on Hi ,way 7 north of Ortonvi|le. Elwood also suggested to the Senator thai this area would be an ideal setting for a new veteran's home. We Salul 19rtonville's School Patrol KDIO Temps H Low Nov. 14 36 27 Nov. 15 39 23 Nov. 16 34 30 Nov. 17 34 27 Nov. 18 30 25 Nov. 19 34 18 Nov. 20 23 12 Canvassing sites announced for state election results The Office of the Secretary of State has released a listing of preliminary recount dates, times and locations in preparation for potential recounts in the gubernatorial election and three legislative races. The State Canvassing Board convenes today, (Tuesday) to canvass the results of the 2010 general election and determine whether any recounts are required under Minnesota law. Unofficial election results suggest that recounts may be required by state law in the gubernatorial election as well as state House races 15B, 25B and 27A due to vote margins that are less than one-half percent. In Big Stone County the :ecount will be done on Monday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. at the Commissioners Room at the Big Stone County Coutlhot, se in Ortonville under the direction of Michelle Knutson, Auditor, with one team. In Big Stone County, 1,281 people voted in the county's 23 precincts. ORTONVILLE SCHOOL PATROL is shown above with Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork, Principal Joel Stattelman and sixth grade teacher Joe Eustice, at left, and Trooper Kathy Pederson and sixth grade teacher Linda Hoffman, at right. # 33 MEMBERS STRONG FOR 2010-11 Allison Adelman Clarissa Blake Braden Bohlman Britton Conroy Julia Davis James Erickson III Paige Fredrichsen Kayla Giese Cody Giessinger Alex Gustafson Colin Hartman Rachel Hoernemann Michaela Hooser Tyler Jacobson Karina Kafka Travis Kellen Mason Kuechenmeister Jonathan Lagred Nick Miska Sawyer Olson Courtney Ortega Emma Ostlund Christopher Parker Deric Radermacher Parker Raffety Michael Roach Alisha Ross Tyler Ruby Valerie Scholberg Kayla Sherod Mackenzie Spaulding Adam Steltz Taylor Wilke ,J We Are Proud of You - One and All? Owners: P.O. Box 98 Big Stone City, SD 5721 6 Gayle & Colleen Hedge Phone 800-624-8067 or 605-862-8143 Page 2 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010