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Designs (continue from page one) ated many rosemaled pieces including small hope chests, plates, serving trays and ornaments. Newman had a collection of counted cross stich pieces that she brought to the first event. She later ex- panded to design beautiful cards, or- naments and other unique hand made items. The ladies wanted the event to be classy and stand out above ordinary craft shows, so they dressed in black and white clothing with colorful scarves and put red table cloths on all the tables. They displayed a Christmas tree, on which to display their many holiday ornaments. Holiday music played softly in the background and they served their customers free bars, cookies and coffee. The designers involved with Spe- cialty Designs today, have continued with all these traditions, though they don't wear scarves anymore. The first event, held at the Adolph- son home was held in October of 1985. It was so successful, that the women decided to make it an annual event. The next year the location was moved to the Ortonville Senior Center, and had traditionally been held there the first Saturday in December. This year Specialty Designs will be a two day event held Friday and Sat- urday, Nov. 26 and 27. The original five designers contin- ued making items for the annual event for many years. They have invited new designers to join them and have had different people displaying designs each year. About 30 designers have been involved over the years, with be- tween five and 10 displaying each year. Though none of the orignal design- ers participate in Specialty Designs today, Newman created merchandise for the event for 22 of the 25 years. Specialty Designs still tries to maintain the high quality image from which it began. The designers focus on each participant specializing in a dif- ferent design work. The five desirners taking part this year include Sharon Johnson, Carol Newman, Kris Ninneman, Barb Ash and June Harms. Johnson specialties are her deli- cious homemade baked goods and lefse, and her handmade crafts which includes quilts, table runners, hand towels, dish towels and aprons. Knutson has made porcelain dolls for many years, and has taught porce- lain doll painting classes throughout the years she has now started with in- tricate wood carvings. She will be dis- playing dolls and her wood work. ' Ninnerhan has a love and talent for drawing and painting. She is an active member of the Big Stone Arts Council, and will be selling her pen and ink drawings, watercolor paintings, cards, acrylic paintings and hand painted Christmas ornaments. Ash is also involved with the Big Stone Arts Council. She will be show- ing her unique jewelry which she makes with dichroic glass and mixed metals. She will have many earrings and pendants on hand, each piece being one of a kind. Harms is the newest member in- volved with Specialty Designs. She will be selling unique textile purses and bicycle jewelry. Specialty Designs will be held this Friday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. A 25th anniversary Specialty Design gift basket will be given away at a noon drawing on Friday. Hourly door prizes will be held both days. The public is invited to stop by and check out the designs, and enjoy cook- ies and coffee. There will be lots of holiday decorating items and orna- ments and specialty designs that make great gifts. Rep to help with Medicare questions The Annual Coordinated Election Period for the Medicare Prescription Drug Program runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. This is the time each year that you can enroll in a plan if you did not previously enroll or change to a new plan. The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. will be once again be assisting Medicare beneficiaries with their 2011 Medicare plan research and enrollment. Trained staff and volun- teers will be available by appointment at the Ortonville Community Center on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for a presentation and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. To schedule an appointment contact Ashley Ellingson at 1.-800-333-2433 ext. 82024. Medicare beneficiaries should bring current insurance information, their Medicare card and current prescrip- tion medication bottles. The speaker will be from The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. The presentation will address the new changes in the Medicare Part D Program. If you have any questions or need further information contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433. The Senior LinkAge Line is a pr gram of the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging. Notary Publics renewal to start Minnesota notaries with expiring commissions in 2011 may renew their commissions online at begin- ing Dec. 1, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2011. "It is important that a notary's commission remain current," Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said. "Notaries whose com- missions are expiring can renew them online beginning Dec. 1. It is an easy process that saves valuable time." Notaries public are appointed by the governor and approved by the state senate upon filing with the Office of the Secretary of State. Notaries hold office for a five-year term that expires on Jan. 31 in the fifth year after the year the commission was issued. Once a notary public is commissioned or renews their com- mission, they must also register their commission with county in which they reside. The cost of a commission for renewing a commission is $120 payable to the state plus a $20 fee to register with the county. If a notary public commission expires, a notary must seek reappoint- ment by submitting a completed Notary Public Application. Application and renewal forms are available online by visiting, or by contacting the office at 651-296-2803 (select option three for assistance). "Notaries create trust in transac- tions that are central to our lives such as starting a business, adopting a child, or even buying a home and serve an important role in the way business is conducted in Minnesota," explained Ritchie. Bonnie Joy Smith accepted at Mankato Bonnie-Joy Smith, has been accepted for admission at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. Founded in 1927, Bethany is a pri- vate residential liberal arts college. Bonnie-Joy Smith is the daughter of Raymond Smith of Greenwood, IN and Linda Smith of Ortonville. Bonnie-Joy is a senior at Ortonville High School. We Are g Our 'ONE YEAt00 nniversar 22-27, 201 DALLY SPECIALS ~ i Monday & Tuesday One FREE Dessert with purchase of TWO Dinner Entrees Wednesday FISH and CHIPS Thursday CLOSED for Thanksgiving Friday H0000ARaCk of RIBS or FOOD Platter Saturday Korbel Marinated RIBEYE .-- Please Join LIVE Us! at LAKEWO0 SUPPER CLUe Mark "Elmer" and Sheila Thompson, owners Ortonville, MN 320-839-9972 I , 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY, NOV. 27 Big Stone American Legion 6:00-9:00 PM Open House with Food Buffet 9:00 PM Dance with Music by "Henry's Sights & Sounds" Everyone Welcome! Independent Ads Get Noticed. (You're reading this one aren't you?) Area news djgest TRACY- Former Tracy High School graduate Wade Helleson received a $25,000 check as recipient for the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Helleson, who teaches at the Lowell Math-Science- Technical Elementary school in Sioux Falls, is a 1994 graduate of Tracy High School. WATSON- And the winner is...the tree. Former Watson mayor Kylene Olson's effort to save a tree along Minnesota Highway 7/59 near Watson succeeded, as the estimated 150-year-old cottonwood was spared from the chain saw. A project to build a sanitary sewer line from Montevideo to Watson threatened the tree, but Olson's effort got engineers from Widseth, Smith and Nolting and Associates to redirect their path, so the tree can remain standing. CLARKFIELD- Two people have been arrested and are being charges after reportedly admitting to police they were responsible for the Aug. 23 burglary at Carl's Bakery. Abel Chaparro, 27, and Keri Quigley, 21, both of Granite Falls, were arrested and charged with the crime where Carl's drive-in window was pushed in and nearly $500 was taken. While being interviewed by police, Chaparro reportedly said, with the aid of Quigley, he robbed Carl's "in record time." Chaparro is charged with one count of burglary in the third degree, and Quigley is charged with one count of aiding and abetting a burglary in the third degree. Both carry a maximum of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Quigley was a former employee of the bakery and spoke to other individuals about the location of the money inside the store, which red-flagged her as a suspect. Both Chaparro and Quigley have extensive criminal pasts. APPLETON- With the retirement of Vice President Rollie Schmidt from Prairie Sun Bank, after 45 years, there is a pair of big, empty shoes to fill. However, PBS customers don't have to be concerned. Vance Rheingans was hired at Prairie four months ago knowing he was replacing Schmidt. Those four months allowed time for an easy transition for Rheingans as loan officer and Vice President. He began his career as a loan officer at the Federal Land Bank in Appleton in 1984 and made the move to Farmers and Merchants in 1990 as an insurance agent and loan officer upon Bucky Massee's retirement. Rheingans made the move from Farmers and Merchants State Bank to Prairie Sun Bank. ] Ortonville News I By Gail Maxwell 839-2207 Jack and Elaine Gable went to Rock Rapids, IA on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and returned home on Thursday, Nov. I 1. Jack and Elaine went to see Scott Van Aartsen in a dinner theater. The play was called "Sunny Money". Lisa Ver Meer and Allison Van Aartsen attended the dinner theater with Jack and Elaine on Tuesday night. Jack Gable sang with the Milltones in their sacred concert at Blue Cloud Abbey on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14. Jeanette Bohlman went to Wilmot to the Community Center for the Whetstone Jamboree on Saturday night, Nov. 13. Saturday, Nov: 13 Vi Hansen had lunch at Don and Carolyn Verheul's home. Others present were Sue Hanratty, Kevin and Nikki Cooper and children Derrick and Kirsten, and Todd and Sarah Verheul and their son Mark. Gen Adelman of Ortonville spent Friday, Nov. 12; Saturday, Nov. 13; and Nov. 14 with Mike and Marge Knudson at Monty. Dean Adelman of Corcaron, was a Monday, Nov. 15 overnight guest at Gen Adelman's and also visited Wilfred at Northridge. Delores Karels, Phyllis Schluter, and Jerri Van Hout went to hear the Milltones at Blue Cloud Abbey on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14. Urban, Lucille, and David Stolpman went to Watertown on Thursday, Nov. 11. They enjoyed the day there visiting with relatives and friends. The Redlin Art Center had an open house. The Stolpmans were given a sample copy of one of the paintings of the artist. Later in the day they went to the Applebee's Restaurant for a wonderful Veteran's Day dinner with relatives and friends. Helen Danielson Breden attended Christian Women's Club on Tuesday morning, Nov. 16 at Zion Lutheran Church. Helen found the talk very interesting about the Salvation Army given by Mel Reinke. Jean Peterson of Forest Lake provided music and gave the message for the day. Jean spoke on the power of one. David and Janet Weber were supper guests over at D.J. and Kristin Haggerty's and. family on Friday night, Nov. 12. Laura Lamb's parents of Perham came to visit Matt and Laura Lamb and girls on Thursday, Nov. 11 through Saturday, Nov. 13. On Nov. 16 Jeanne Berg attended Christian Women's Club at 9 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. The special feature was Mel Reinke of Ortonville talking about the local Salvation Army and the organization. The inspirational speaker was Jean Peterson of Forest Lake. She also provided the music. Jeanne enjoyed the music she provided. The morning coffee was well attended and inspirational. Roxeanne Swezey of Minneapolis visited her mother Beth Swezey of Northridge from Thursday, Nov. 11 to Monday, Nov. 15. Roxeanne was able to go with Beth to the funeral of Lloyd Sanders of Perham on Saturday. Saturday, Nov. 13 Denny and Pat Spanton went to the funeral of Wilfred Tucholke at Appleton. Earl Komis, Eleanora Quast, Delores Karels, and Gall Maxwell attended the funeral of Reuben Gutzman on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Methodist Church. Keith Kovarik of Livermore, CA visited his grandma Phyllis Schluter on Friday, Nov. 12. He was in Minnesota for a friend's wedding. They had a good time reminiscing. Bob Schluter of Bloomington visited his mother Phyllis Schluter from Friday, Nov. 12 to Sunday, Nov. '14. Bob returned to the Cities in time to visit .his nephew Keith before Keith left. Maggie Gutzman spent a few days with Palma Gutzman. Maggie and Palma Gutzman hosted the Homerite residents with treats on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Monday, Nov. 15 the Centennial Club met at Mary Ann Ulrich's with seven members present. Mary Ann told the ladies about her trip to Denmark and showed them pictures. They had a Danish dessert for lunch. A very interesting and good time was had by all. Tuesday morning, Nov. 16 Harvey and Jo Kelzer visited Harvey's sister Mary DeVaal of Milbank. Carol Labelle's mother Muriel Labelle of Madison made lefse for the holidays with Carol on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 17. High bridge players at the Ortonville Community Center Friday afternoon, Nov. 12 were Mel Ehlert and Darlene Loeschke. They had a very enjoyable afternoon. Farm Management Minute Volatile commodity markets call for good planning, By Randy Zimmerman, NCTC Farm Business Management Instructor, Ulen During the past five years commodity prices have had great price volatility. Volatility increases a farmer's exposure to risk and may provide fewer opportunities to market for a profit. Rallies in most bull markets are short lived. Agood written market plan will help control the emotions of when to sell and will allow the farmer to get some sales on the books at a profitable level. I prefer to set up a plan that generates revenue related on dollars per acre. For example a farmer may set a goal of making $100 dollars per acre. Good planning should include a good cash flow with anticipated income and expense for each crop grown. This will allow the farmer to determine his breakeven price and thus can also figure out at price to sell to make the $100 per acre. The $100 per acre is the profit margin the farmer hopes to attain during that year. The margin that you pick will depend on the production costs and the current market status. Most retail businesses work on this margin concept and farming should be no different. Make a written plan with sales objectives for each crop and stick to it! A written marketing plan will set price level goals for each crop. Set realistic profit margins and include the tools to use to market the crop at that price level. Set price targets along with quantities of each commodity. Early sales should be made at premium returns. Keep the plan simple! Don't let the volatility of the markets and your emotions override your plan. Market for a profit and you will farm tomorrow. The 2011 crop season is right around the corner. There is great opportunity. If you would like to learn more about written market plans for your 'farm business, please visit for more information. on ;: or cStom irocessing. STO0 Illgooi Ouad/o 00Award Winning Recipes Won Your Wild Game t the TrI-Stato Locker Conventlonl Processing Headquarters J" Summer Sausage J" Venison Jerky Lowest Prices on Deer ,/ Pepper Sticks J German Rope ,/ Country Ring Sausage Sausage 00Hi!appy Thanksgivin ! See Pioneer Meats for your fresh or turkeys and SBO Hams aonlRss T-b0neS199 00% Loan 112 Lc""V '=rwn HOg Ground Round Steak  Lb. Beef Roast b. or Steak S249 Lb. " s 4 6 9 Sirloin Steak Lb. S239 10-1 lb. ;:;s. Processing in the area/ We make the BEST Homemade Sausages in the areal 1/4 or 1/2 Beef IST'00. Pork Ohopo & ROIIStIi 2Otb. Pork Bundles s39"" StOilko. 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